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October 2019

Baby and degree create busy life for Nepalese graduate
30 Oct 2019

Adjusting to a new culture, adapting to new styles of learning and having a baby midway through her degree were part of a remarkable life change for a young Nepalese nurse who is among the Fraser Coast’s latest graduates.

Engineering students Philipp Danninger and Martin Stadlmayer in the catapult challenge
Knights pass catapult challenge with flying colours
30 Oct 2019

Mini balsawood catapults engineered by eager USC Sunshine Coast students flung table tennis balls as far as 6.3 metres recently, in a battle royale known as the Knights of the Round Catapult Challenge.

Degree expands to include forensics and cybercrime
30 Oct 2019

Blood spatter analysis, bite mark examination, and identifying how maggots can assist with the decomposition timeline of a dead body are just some of the lessons to be included in a revised subject offering for Bachelor of Criminology and Justice students at USC.

New facility to invigorate Creative Industries at USC
29 Oct 2019

Construction has started on a $5.5 million building at USC Sunshine Coast that is set to inspire the study of Creative Industries and enliven the campus.

Sunny approach to cooling campus wins global award
28 Oct 2019

A system that uses solar energy to provide air conditioning across an entire campus of the University of the Sunshine Coast has claimed a rather cool international award in Iceland.

Honours study focuses on trauma and burnout
25 Oct 2019

USC Psychology Honours graduate Tyne Smith has been able to apply her thesis findings immediately in her role as a Child Safety Officer, helping to understand and explain human behaviour.

Award for champion of cystic fibrosis community
25 Oct 2019

A passionate advocate for the welfare of people with cystic fibrosis and for the sustainability of the Sunshine Coast has been named USC’s Outstanding Alumnus for 2019.

Studious musician awarded two creative arts grants
24 Oct 2019

USC graduate and PhD student Lydia Fairhall has managed to secure not just one, but two, of Australia’s most prestigious creative arts grants.

First emu ‘gender reveal’ on the horizon
23 Oct 2019

Eleven baby emus emerged from eggs at USC Sunshine Coast campus at the weekend, as researchers worked on a technique that could end the emu gender guessing game.

Graduate sends heartfelt message to late mother
23 Oct 2019

One cap stood out among a sea of trenchers worn by graduates at USC’s recent Fraser Coast ceremony.

Engineering competition winners 2018
Mechanical Design students catapult into skills test
22 Oct 2019

USC Engineering students of Mechanical Design are pitting their creative wits against each other to design and build the best catapult and Olympic torch.

Exercise scientist makes moves for teaching
18 Oct 2019

A USC exercise science graduate is using the latest knowledge in exercise physiology and biomechanics to teach Bundaberg school children agility, balance, coordination and speed.

Arts/Business graduate gains medical industry job
18 Oct 2019

A new USC graduate is using skills from her Arts/Business degree in a new healthcare industry job that involves frequent travel around north Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast.

Enoggera graduate pursues courtroom career
18 Oct 2019

USC law graduate Peter Littlejohn will happily be accused of having some impressive career goals.

2019 Midwifery graduate Ashleigh Johnson
Nurse adds midwifery degree to career
18 Oct 2019

Compassion, communication and time management are skills that double USC graduate Ashleigh Johnson takes into work each day at Caboolture Hospital.

Social work graduate helps build new lives
17 Oct 2019

Kallangur mum of five Alisha Compton lives and works by a quote shared by a USC lecturer when she first started her Bachelor of Social Work degree – we are all one decision away from a completely different life.

‘Kid from Dalby’ is designing his own future
17 Oct 2019

Daniel Swift may have only officially graduated from USC with a Bachelor of Design last month but he’s already in demand and booked out on freelancing work for the rest of the year.

Student paramedic team success in national contest
17 Oct 2019

A team of USC Paramedic Science students has impressed the judges at an emergency simulation competition involving universities from across Australia and New Zealand.

Kids’ perspective to lead research at Brisbane’s Botanic Gardens
17 Oct 2019

USC education academic Dr Ali Black is leading a specialised research project seeking the suggestions of children to help advise on an upgrade to Brisbane Botanic Gardens’ popular Children’s Trail at the base of Mt Coot-tha.

Special education opens doors for new graduate
16 Oct 2019

Supporting students with disabilities and others who struggle in mainstream classrooms has given USC graduate Callum McTaggart a new perspective on education.

Parents can help ‘rewire’ the teenage brain: expert
16 Oct 2019

Parents of Moreton Bay school students have been invited to attend a public presentation by a USC brain development expert on how to help teens manage their smartphone use.

Chancellor’s Medal for world changer Mandula
16 Oct 2019

Master of International Development graduate Mandula Barta of Maroochydore has been recognised by USC for her considerable efforts to make the world a better place.

Students to do clinical placements in Indo-Pacific
15 Oct 2019

Forty-five Nursing Science students from four USC campuses will complete clinical placements in Indonesia, starting from this month, with funding support from the Australian Government’s New Colombo Plan Mobility Program.

Dr Adrian McCallum photo by Martin Hartley Photography, in book Scientists Get Dressed
Geotechnical engineer features in new book on science
14 Oct 2019

USC Geotechnical Engineering academic Dr Adrian McCallum features in a new children’s book, just published in the United States, about the wide variety of work undertaken by scientists and the interesting clothing they wear.

More fires and flooding for Sunshine Coast: Global Climate Change Week discussions at USC
11 Oct 2019

Climate change implications for the Sunshine Coast – including increased risks of bushfires and flooding – are among topics to be discussed at USC this Global Climate Change Week.

Small bird delivers big reward for student snapper
11 Oct 2019

A spur of the moment chance snap of one of Australia’s most-loved small birds has delivered big results for amateur photographer and USC student Jordyn Colquhoun.

Work begins on USC Moreton Bay’s atrium
11 Oct 2019

The stunning central atrium of the USC Moreton Bay foundation building at Petrie is starting to take shape.

Dakabin nursing graduate lands renal unit role
10 Oct 2019

A graduate of Northpine Christian College at Dakabin was already celebrating the start of her nursing career before officially receiving her degree at a recent USC graduation ceremony on the Sunshine Coast.

Antarctic trailblazer to give public lecture at USC
10 Oct 2019

An 86-year-old retired surveyor named by the Australian Museum as one of the country’s 50 greatest explorers will speak at USC on Tuesday 22 October about the mapping of Antarctica.

Social causes high on agenda for Bay graduate
9 Oct 2019

Through her USC studies, Hervey Bay’s Katie Brown had opportunities to use her business and marketing skills to help others in need – now she plans to make this her life’s work.

Engineering graduate builds his own career path
9 Oct 2019

Civil Engineering graduate Joshua Beehag of Redcliffe built his own career path while doing an internship with a Sunshine Coast pavement engineering company.

USC introduces hormone therapy for sea cucumbers
9 Oct 2019

While hormone therapy is a proven biotechnology in many animals, including humans, the University of the Sunshine Coast’s Genecology Research Centre will use it for the first time in a high-value sea cucumber species called “white teatfish”.

USC research student devoted to health of reef
7 Oct 2019

Rhianna O’Regan’s university career started with an intention to help sick people but that morphed into a passion for helping sick corals on the Great Barrier Reef.

Roslyn dives into USC Moreton Bay study refresher
4 Oct 2019

A 37-year-old Kallangur mother who lives with a chronic disease and volunteers at a not-for-profit organisation for people with disabilities has found the confidence to act on her desire to study psychology at university.

Eye of the tiger shark sets Jessica on new career
4 Oct 2019

Free diving with a tiger shark in Hawaii was a life-changing moment for graduating USC Animal Ecology student Jessica Skinner.

Business graduate adopts management techniques
4 Oct 2019

A Petrie retail worker who manages a team of more than a dozen people is putting into practice the knowledge he gained during a USC Business degree.

Nurse gains extra qualification to help mums, children
3 Oct 2019

A Redcliffe Hospital registered nurse who has loved working with children and families since graduating from university in Melbourne in 2003 has added a USC Bachelor of Midwifery to her career capabilities.

Graduate gears up Aussie Cricket team for Global Games
3 Oct 2019

USC Sport and Exercise Science graduate Nathan Dodd has been bowled over by the opportunities the sport of cricket has offered him, and now he’s delivering the same breaks to the Australian Cricket team for players with an intellectual disability.

Excitement builds for outstanding alumni awards
3 Oct 2019

Excitement is building ahead of the University of the Sunshine Coast’s annual Outstanding Alumni Awards on Thursday 24 October.

Ashleigh discovers her future in art of storytelling
3 Oct 2019

An emerging Indigenous writer from Gympie has graduated from USC with the aim of becoming one of Australia’s leading storytellers.

New graduate to share inspiring journey
1 Oct 2019

A Hervey Bay woman who once believed university was not an option for her has been named USC’s Outstanding Graduate Teacher and will be awarded for academic excellence at her graduation ceremony.

Gympie graduate to specialise in aged care
1 Oct 2019

After years working in retail, a Gympie father of six is using his new USC Nursing degree as a launchpad into a career delivering advanced health care to the elderly.

Expanding USC keeps earning five stars
1 Oct 2019

USC’s preparations to open a new campus in Moreton Bay in 2020 received a shot in the arm today, with the University earning top marks in key areas of an annual independent assessment of Australian universities.