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May 2017

Medallist Vanessa Moran and Professor Tim Smith
USC medal for makeup artist with psychology degree
31 May 2017

A professional makeup artist who became fascinated by the psychology of customer care and business management has received a University Medal from USC for outstanding academic results in her Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology).

OT academic Dr Ann Kennedy-Behr
USC lecturer co-edits new guide for therapists
30 May 2017

Animal-assisted therapy, circus activities and even magic tricks are among the innovative occupational therapy (OT) techniques outlined in a new book co-edited by a USC academic

USC Animal Ecology students take part in photography field work on Fraser Island
Students learn the science of wildlife photography
30 May 2017

USC has recognised the importance of photography in scientific research by introducing an innovative course that teaches Animal Ecology students how to capture images of wildlife.

USC graduate Megan Krolik in Port Vila, Vanuatu following Cyclone Pam.
Early USC graduate building Habitats for Humanity
29 May 2017

One of USC’s earliest graduates has built a 13-year career helping people across the Asia-Pacific recover from some of region’s most destructive natural disasters.

Katelin and Andrew Shipp of Whiteside when they graduated together from USC in April.
Siblings to combine nutrition and fitness in online business
26 May 2017

Siblings Andrew and Katelin Shipp of Whiteside are shaping up to launch their own online business after graduating together with Bachelors of Nutrition from the University of the Sunshine Coast.

Focus Professional Group director Allen Hertel presents USC Gympie student Leanne North with the Focus Professional Group bursary
USC awards prizes to top Gympie students
25 May 2017

Three students from the Gympie region have gained USC awards at a ceremony that celebrates the University’s outstanding performers in arts, business and law.

Brisbane Broncos performance analyst Scott Barker (Sport and Exercise Science 2006), 7 News Queensland presenter Katie Toney (Bachelor of Communications 2006) and Abu Dhabi-based property services facilities manager Ryan Darnell (Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Business 2003).
Call for nominations of outstanding USC alumni
25 May 2017

USC is seeking nominations from the community for its annual Outstanding Alumni of the Year Awards.

USC High Performance Student Athletes at Maryborough's Aldridge State High School
USC athletes give school students ‘sport for thought’
25 May 2017

Emerging triathlete and USC high performance student athlete Hamilton Andrews knows first-hand the power of sport to motivate students to academic success.

USC’s Professor John Bartlett congratulating Emma Stevens at her graduation ceremony.
Mother of two awarded University Medal
25 May 2017

A mother of two who enrolled in a Nursing Science degree at USC after a long career in retail has graduated with flying colours and received a University Medal for academic excellence.

USC Fraser Coast Educator of the Year Michelle Gault
Teacher makes history as inaugural award winner
24 May 2017

A creative approach to immersing her students in history has earned Riverside Christian College teacher Michelle Gault the title of inaugural USC Fraser Coast Educator of the Year.

Graduate medallist Leonie Corr and Professor Tim Smith
Accountant has multiple reasons to celebrate
24 May 2017

A Sippy Downs woman has been rewarded with a prestigious University Medal for achieving outstanding academic results in a degree she started 16 years after finishing high school.

USC student Annabella Sorby, who has scored a place in the Australian Under 19 netball squad.
USC student named in national U19 netball squad
24 May 2017

USC Occupational Therapy student Annabella Sorby has scored a place in the Australian Under 19 netball squad after a stunning performance at the recent National Netball Championships in Canberra.

Brisbane School of Distance Education graduate Hannah Guijt.
OP1 student receives $32,000 USC scholarship
24 May 2017

An OP1 student from Sippy Downs is a step closer to her dream of working in humanitarian aid after receiving a $32,000 scholarship to study Nursing and Midwifery at USC.

OP1 student and volunteer surf lifesaver Madeline Moss has received a $32,000 financial boost.
USC awards $32,000 scholarship to Kawana dux
23 May 2017

OP1 student and volunteer surf lifesaver Madeline Moss has received a $32,000 financial boost to her studies at USC after being awarded a Thompson Excellence Scholarship.

Headstart student Samara Welbourne in Bali with her friend and fellow fundraiser Tyas.
Samara uses Headstart to lead Bali library project
22 May 2017

A high school student studying Indonesian at USC has used her language skills to help lead a $20,000 initiative to provide a rural village in Bali with a library.

USC Master of Nursing student Tess Beane of Hervey Bay
Dyslexia is no barrier for USC Masters student
19 May 2017

Oncology nurse and USC student Tess Beane refuses to let the challenges of moderate to severe dyslexia slow her quest for life-long learning.

USC Gympie student Bronte Newcombe
Students to shine at USC faculty awards event
18 May 2017

USC will join with industry sponsors in recognising the best and brightest business, arts and law students at its annual awards and prizes ceremony tomorrow night

USC Associate Professor of Molecular Biology Scott Cummins.
USC research offers sniff of success over ‘snail fever’
17 May 2017

A five-member genetic research team from the University of the Sunshine Coast is part of an international collaboration that has identified the complete DNA set of a freshwater snail notorious for transmitting a deadly parasitic disease to people in developing nations.

USC Education graduate Brendan Macaulay in the classroom.
USC launches new Master of Teaching
17 May 2017

USC will introduce a Master of Teaching (Secondary) in Semester 2 this year that will give aspiring teachers the opportunity to be qualified in time for the 2019 school year.

USC Deputy Chancellor Scott Williams at the recent USC Graduation Ceremony. Photo credit: Reed Graduation Services.
Business expert is USC’s new Deputy Chancellor
16 May 2017

The University of the Sunshine Coast’s new Deputy Chancellor is award-winning small business operator and philanthropist Scott Williams AM, of Noosa.

USC graduate Fraser Bliesner and wife Phoenix
USC medallist begins work as a paramedic
16 May 2017

A decision to enrol with his wife in a university pathway course at USC has taken Brisbane’s Fraser Bliesner from part-time work and travel to a career as a paramedic.

USC graduate Nathan Trace of Nanango
USC graduate returns home to teach in Nanango
15 May 2017

Former Nanango State High School vice-captain Nathan Trace is back at his old school as a science and physical education teacher after recently graduating from USC.

Insurance lawyer and international speaker Chris Rodd.
USC Law lecture to tackle costs of climate change
15 May 2017

The far-reaching economic consequences of climate change will be debated at a free public seminar to be hosted by the USC Law School on Monday, 22 May from 5.30pm.

Free USC health checks for Indigenous children
12 May 2017

Up to 30 Nursing Science and Midwifery students and academics from USC will help lead a free day of health and wellbeing checks for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and their families in Gympie tomorrow

USC's Sippy Downs campus.
Aspiring orators to gather for Debating Expo at USC
10 May 2017

Developing disarming discourse and creating robust rebuttals will be high on the agenda for those attending a Sunshine Coast Schools Debating Expo at USC on Thursday 18 May.

Koala.
New PhD students to receive Rotary scholarships
9 May 2017

Three USC researchers studying consumer services, koala conservation and bee resin will tomorrow receive the annual 2017 Rotary Postgraduate Scholarships.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull with Professor Greg Hill at the site of the planned USC Moreton Bay campus
USC gains loan for Moreton Bay campus
9 May 2017

The University of the Sunshine Coast’s plans to build a campus in the Moreton Bay region have received a major boost with the Federal Government offering USC a concessional loan for the project.

USC graduate Gypsy Nelson, of Burpengary, who has gained a position as an emergency medical dispatcher with the Queensland Ambulance Service.
Burpengary graduate to work as QAS Emergency Medical Dispatcher
8 May 2017

Burpengary 23-year-old Gypsy Nelson has been offered a position with the Queensland Ambulance Service after graduating from the University of the Sunshine Coast.

Dr Bridie Scott-Parker
Learner drivers needed for road safety research
7 May 2017

More volunteers are needed for USC research that aims to better understand how the driving behaviours of young motorists change when they progress from having L-plates to P-plates.

Matt Bushell’s photographic work ‘Urban exploration (Anti Social Social Club)’
Contemporary photography on show at USC
5 May 2017

A striking exhibition of digital photography, called How the light gets in: Contemporary photographic practice, will open at the USC Art Gallery at 6.30pm on Thursday 11 May.

Fraser Coast students compete in the USC Science and Engineering Challenge
Science students step up to USC challenge
5 May 2017

Clever young science minds from across the Fraser Coast have been put to the test at the Science and Engineering Challenge, hosted by USC and the Queensland STEM Education Network (QSEN).

USC Accounting graduate Kirstyn O'Brien of Bundaberg
Bundaberg graduate inherits love of numbers
5 May 2017

Accounting is adding up to a rewarding career choice for USC graduate Kirstyn O’Brien from Bundaberg, who has followed her mother into the world of finance.

Athletes and officials from the Scottish Commonwealth Games team inspect USC facilities.
Team Scotland to inspect USC sports precinct
5 May 2017

Dozens of officials from Scotland’s Commonwealth Games team will on Monday inspect the sporting facilities at the University of the Sunshine Coast, where the team will be based ahead of next year’s Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast.

Meet USC Fraser Coast
Explore mid-year study options at Meet USC
4 May 2017

Now is the ideal time to make mid-year career and study resolutions.

USC Doctor of Creative Arts student Emily Larkin, 24, of Buderim.
USC student turns assignment into book launch
4 May 2017

A USC doctoral student who fondly recalls meeting her favourite authors when she was a schoolgirl visiting the Sippy Downs campus for annual Voices on the Coast literature festivals will launch her first published book on the same campus tomorrow, Friday 5 May.

USC academic and Kawana Football Club head coach Scott McLean.
Coach’s research uncovers elite football factors
4 May 2017

A research project by USC academic and Kawana Football Club Premier League coach Scott McLean has helped determine which factors make an elite football side elite.

USC Gympie Nursing Science student Antonija Monckton
USC student and mother of eight relishes busy life
3 May 2017

There is a simple secret to juggling full-time university with the demands of a new baby, seven other children and a family business, according to USC Gympie student Antonija Monckton.

Elyssa Hughes, 27, of Bribie Island recently graduated from USC with a Bachelor of Nutrition and Dietetics.
Former flight attendant soars into dietetics role
3 May 2017

A former flight attendant has glided gracefully into a new career as a dietitian at one of Brisbane’s busiest hospitals after completing a degree at the University of the Sunshine Coast.

USC graduate Toni Wills and sessional academic Nycole Prowse outside USC’s Art Gallery – the location of one of the Anywhere performances.
USC performers to shine in Anywhere Festival
3 May 2017

Dozens of USC students, staff and graduates are set to take performance to the people across the Sunshine Coast when the Anywhere Theatre Festival begins tomorrow, Thursday 4 May.

A close-up image of a leafhopper foot taken during Dr Chris Clemente's animal physiology study.
USC research uncovers velocity-activated footpads
3 May 2017

A University of the Sunshine Coast researcher has helped uncover the secret behind the explosive leaping ability of leafhopper insects – a discovery that could help create better technology in the future.

Mechanical Engineering students Emily Echarri, 22, and Nick Jays, 21, recently returned from 15-day field trips as part of the Engineers Without Borders Design Summit.
Students engineer solutions for remote villages
2 May 2017

Two USC Mechanical Engineering students have travelled to remote villages in Nepal and India to see how ‘simple’ engineering solutions can make a powerful difference to those living in developing communities.

USC Clinical Trials Centre's Georgina Street and Golden Beach Medical Centre's Dr Peter De Wet
New USC clinical trial for asthma sufferers
1 May 2017

The University of the Sunshine Coast’s Clinical Trials Centre is about to start testing the effectiveness and safety of a potential new triple therapy medicine to better manage and treat asthma.

The six USC Spartans who have made the Australian teams - from left Leah Neale, Ellie Cole, Braedan Jason, Blake Cochrane, Taylor McKeown and Kaylee McKeown.
Six Spartans qualify for world championships
1 May 2017

Six USC Spartans swimmers have qualified for the 2017 world championships after strong performances at the recent Australian titles in Brisbane.

Ellen McGuigan, 20, now of Sippy Downs, has received a $5,000 scholarship.
Aspiring teacher receives new science scholarship
22 Mar 2017

A former Monto schoolgirl in the final year of her combined Education/Science degree at the University of the Sunshine Coast is the inaugural recipient of the Rowe Scientific Chemistry Scholarship.