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March 2017

Generic photo of Sippy Downs campus.
USC campuses to re-open fully on Monday 3 April
31 Mar 2017

USC campuses at the Sunshine Coast, Gympie, Fraser Coast and Brisbane will re-open fully on Monday 3 April.

USC graduates being applauded after receiving their degrees at a graduation ceremony in 2016.
USC to stage nine graduation ceremonies
31 Mar 2017

The University of the Sunshine Coast will stage nine graduation ceremonies over three days next week to celebrate the academic achievements of almost 1,400 graduating students.

Mary Hutton, the founder and chief executive of the world’s leading bear rescue and protection organisation, Free the Bears Fund.
Bear crusader to receive USC doctorate
30 Mar 2017

A Perth grandmother who began an international crusade to protect the world’s bears from exploitation will be become an Honorary Doctor of the University of the Sunshine Coast.

Former USC Deputy Chancellor David Jeffries of Yaroomba who will become an Honorary Senior Fellow of the University.
Former Deputy Chancellor to become Senior Fellow
29 Mar 2017

A man who helped steer the University of the Sunshine Coast through a period of rapid growth over the past decade will be presented with an Honorary Senior Fellowship at a USC graduation ceremony on Wednesday 5 April.

A previous USC Spaghetti Bridge contest.
Tension aplenty for spaghetti bridge contestants
29 Mar 2017

Expected heavy rainfall associated with ex-Tropical Cyclone Debbie will add an extra challenge for teams competing in USC’s annual Spaghetti Bridge Competition tomorrow (Thursday 30 March).

Chelsea Wallis of Marcus Beach.
USC students to shine at faculty awards event
29 Mar 2017

USC will celebrate a number of firsts when it joins with sponsors in recognising the best and brightest business, arts and law students at its annual awards and prizes ceremony this Thursday (30 March).

USC Arts graduate Karl Ringrose at the Expedia office in Brisbane.
Arts graduate mixes travel and work for career peak
28 Mar 2017

A USC graduate who used skills from his Arts degree to work across countries from Canada to Nicaragua is now a Brisbane-based software engineer for one of the world’s leading travel companies, Expedia.

Braedan Jason, Steven Elliott and James Hill at the 2016 SEEDS scholarship presentation.
Paralympians awarded $20,000 USC scholarships
27 Mar 2017

USC’s ground-breaking support for athletes with a disability has been boosted this year by three new $20,000 scholarships for para-athletes provided by the June Canavan Foundation.

USC International Studies student Jaime Butel, of Mount Coolum, who has received a $20,000 Chancellor’s Scholarship.
Scholarship recipient studies for sustainable world
26 Mar 2017

A former student leader at Sunshine Coast Grammar School who has returned from a year of overseas travel and charity work to enrol at USC has received a Chancellor’s Scholarship.

First-year USC Midwifery students.
‘Connect’ links mums-to-be with student midwives
26 Mar 2017

An innovative USC program that provides active support for pregnant women on the Sunshine Coast has been expanded following the University’s introduction of a dedicated Bachelor of Midwifery this year.

Some of the new academic staff at USC Fraser Coast
USC growth brings global expertise to Fraser Coast
24 Mar 2017

The number of academic staff at USC’s Fraser Coast campus has almost doubled, bringing extensive research and teaching expertise from across the world to the region.

Dr Eileen Herbert-Goodall and the cover of her novella.
Doctoral graduate to launch published novella
23 Mar 2017

An award-winning Coast writer is set to launch a novella drafted during her USC Doctor of Creative Arts and recently published by a company based in the United States.

Careers Fair on USC campus.
USC Careers Fair attracts Coast’s top employers
23 Mar 2017

A Careers Fair at the University of the Sunshine Coast tomorrow (Friday 24 March) looks set to provide USC students and graduates with a distinct edge in seeking employment.

USC Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Greg Hill and SANParks Chief Executive Officer, Mr Fundisile Mketeni at the re-opening of Letaba Elephant Hall
Student work celebrated in Africa
23 Mar 2017

Four USC representatives have attended the official re-opening of the famous Letaba Elephant Hall in South Africa’s Kruger National Park this week.

USC Engineering researchers Dominic Vrolijks, Luke Verstaten and Associate Professor Terry Lucke at the test rig.
USC to show off its stormwater ‘big rig’
23 Mar 2017

Engineers, developers and architects from around Australia are set to scale USC’s impressive stormwater testing rig during a special demonstration day on Friday 24 March.

international USC Nursing Science student T J Kroezen  on combat duty for the British Army
TJ leaves combat in Afghanistan to study nursing
22 Mar 2017

Former British Army soldier T J Kroezen’s transition to a nursing science student at USC Fraser Coast was fast and extreme.

Ester Erlich’s artwork ‘Joust’, which is part of the 2016 JADA exhibition.
Prestigious drawing exhibition to visit USC
22 Mar 2017

Grafton Regional Gallery’s major art award and touring initiative, the JADA: Jacaranda Acquisitive Drawing Award, will open at the USC Art Gallery at 6.30pm on Thursday 30 March.

USC Business/Science graduate Tyson Blair has landed a role with multinational insurance broker Jardine Lloyd Thompson (JLT).
Graduate wins role at multinational insurance broker
21 Mar 2017

Tyson Blair has launched into the world of big business after graduating from USC, landing a role with multinational insurance broker Jardine Lloyd Thompson (JLT).

John Shadforth, Laraine Hill, Andrew Wallace MP at the launch of the USC 1996 Society.
1996 Society to build better future for USC
21 Mar 2017

The USC Foundation Board’s formation of a philanthropic club called the USC 1996 Society has already resulted in pledges totalling almost $100,000 to support the future growth of the University.

Education/Science student Raymart Walker, 21, with USC staff members at Orientation.
USC student selected for global leadership summit
20 Mar 2017

A USC student has been chosen as one of just 25 scholars from around the world to attend a global leadership summit in the United States from 24-26 March.

Meridan State College’s 2016 dux, vice-captain and sporting champion Mahli Burgin of Currimundi who has earned a Chancellor’s Scholarship.
Academic and sports star nets $20,000 scholarship
16 Mar 2017

Meridan State College’s 2016 dux, vice-captain and sporting champion Mahli Burgin of Currimundi has earned a Chancellor’s Scholarship, worth up to $20,000, from the University of the Sunshine Coast.

USC Dementors team members competing at a recent tournament (photo credit Ajantha Abey Quidditch Photography).
High-flyers to compete at national Quidditch event
16 Mar 2017

Some of the country’s best Quidditch players, including members of the World Cup-winning Australian team, will soon fly in for the region’s first national Quidditch tournament at the University of the Sunshine Coast.

USC Lecturer in Wildlife Ecology Dr Scott Burnett
USC project searches for elusive marsupial
15 Mar 2017

A USC researcher is on a mission to secure evidence of one of the smallest members of the kangaroo family – the threatened long-nosed potoroo.

Golden Beach resident and OP2 recipient Tom Banks.
Deans Scholar receives $20,000 scholarship boost
15 Mar 2017

USC Science Deans Scholar student Tom Banks has received a tremendous boost to his aspirations of a career in biotechnology, thanks to a Renouf Family Scholarship worth up to $20,000.

Sunshine Coast Lightning goal shooter Caitlin Bassett. Photo credit Getty Images.
Lightning’s sharp shooter Bassett studying at USC
15 Mar 2017

Sunshine Coast Lightning’s sensational goal shooter Caitlin Bassett has signed up to study at the University of the Sunshine Coast.

USC takes steps to ‘Close the Gap’ in Fraser Coast
15 Mar 2017

USC Fraser Coast will host a Close the Gap event to showcase initiatives to improve Indigenous life expectancy, educational achievement and employment in the Fraser Coast region.

Isis District State High School 2016 captain and Childers Youth Citizen of the Year Aleisha Nugent is studying Paramedic Science at USC.
School captain gains USC regional scholarship
14 Mar 2017

A USC scholarship valued up to $20,000 has topped a list of outstanding achievements for Isis District State High School 2016 captain and Childers Youth Citizen of the Year Aleisha Nugent.

Artist's impression of redesigned Letaba Elephant Hall in South Africa’s Kruger National Park.
USC representatives to attend celebration in Africa
14 Mar 2017

Four USC representatives will be among the guests attending the official re-opening of the famous Letaba Elephant Hall in South Africa’s Kruger National Park on Monday 20 March.

Jodie Chapman with her son D-Jei, who completed Headstart before going on to further study at USC.
USC offers tips for parents about preparing for uni
13 Mar 2017

Parents of school students in Years 10-12 have been invited to attend a special Meet USC event at the University of the Sunshine Coast at Sippy Downs on Wednesday 22 March.

USC has action plan for Indigenous success
9 Mar 2017

USC has reaffirmed its commitment to growing enrolments and lifting the success rates of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students, as Australia’s universities launch a national strategy setting ambitious targets for Indigenous participation rates.

Executive Master of Business Administration student Angela Miles.
Study secures business success for mum of three
9 Mar 2017

From leaving school aged just 14 to working in senior levels of business management, USC graduate Angela Miles’ path to success has been anything but ordinary.

Professor Christian Jones with Denise and Bruce Morcombe.
Daniel Morcombe Foundation to launch USC’s Orbit Rescue game app
8 Mar 2017

Child safety campaigners Bruce and Denise Morcombe will this week launch a new version of a space-themed online game that provides children aged 8-10 with strategies to avoid sexual abuse.

Lachlan Smart celebrates the completion of his solo flight around the world
Solo aviator to deliver public lecture at USC
8 Mar 2017

World Record-breaking solo pilot and new USC Business student Lachie Smart will outline his approach to setting and achieving extraordinary goals when he presents USC’s fourth annual Geoff Shadforth Memorial Lecture on Thursday 6 April.

Attollo representative Patrick Sheehan with Moreton Bay Mayor Allan Sutherland, USC’s Scott Snyder and Attorney-General Yvette D’Ath.
USC presents $10,000 innovation award to Moreton Bay company
7 Mar 2017

USC has presented a game-changing materials handling company with the $10,000 USC Innovation of the Year Prize at Moreton Bay Regional Council’s second annual Moreton Bay Innovation Awards.

Lecturer in Nursing Leisa Mcneill teaches USC Nursing Science students at the Sunshine Coast Health Institute
Students to experience world-class facilities at new Sunshine Coast Health Institute
7 Mar 2017

USC students now have access to some of the best health education facilities in Australia with the University starting classes at the brand-new Sunshine Coast Health Institute (SCHI).

Dr Adrian McCallum
Polar ice explorer to inspire Fraser Coast school leaders
6 Mar 2017

A USC lecturer and polar ice explorer who is developing affordable life-saving avalanche detectors after surviving a tragedy on Mount Everest will inspire young leaders from the Fraser Coast

Professor Aaron Ellison, a Senior Research Fellow in Ecology at Harvard Forest, is spending 10 days working with USC academics.
Harvard ecologist visits USC’s Fraser Island research centre
6 Mar 2017

An expert ecologist from Harvard University has arrived at USC to help boost teaching and academic opportunities at USC’s research and learning centre on Fraser Island.

Camille Barrier of Université Grenoble Alpes in France.
International interns chip in for bioenergy research
6 Mar 2017

Research students from Canada and France have arrived at USC to assist forestry researchers turn logging by-products into renewable energy.

USC Engineering academic Dr Adrian McCallum.
Life-saving work to inspire school student leaders
3 Mar 2017

Student leaders from high schools across the Sunshine Coast and Gympie will be empowered to inspire and help others through an exciting Leadership Day at USC on Monday 6 March.

Air Chief Marshal Sir Angus Houston AK, AFC (Ret’d) is USC's new Chancellor.
Sir Angus Houston appointed USC Chancellor
3 Mar 2017

Air Chief Marshal Sir Angus Houston AK, AFC (Ret’d) will become the University of the Sunshine Coast’s new Chancellor on 1 April 2017.

An elite swimming camp at the USC Pool.
Olympians and lawyers to speak at Sports Law event
3 Mar 2017

The hot-button issue of doping in sport will be debated by some of Australia’s top athletes at a public Sports Law event at USC on Monday 13 March at 11am.

Fraser Coast radio announcer and new USC student Davina Ebenezer in the nursing labs at USC Fraser Coast.
Davina swaps microphone for stethoscope at USC
3 Mar 2017

She is one of the Fraser Coast’s most popular radio announcers, but after seven years on the airwaves, Triple M’s Davina Ebenezer is now studying nursing science at USC Fraser Coast.

Associate Lecturer in Serious Games and USC PhD student Katryna Starks.
3 USC research videos selected for national stage
1 Mar 2017

Three videos featuring USC research on road safety, video games and climate change are among 21 projects selected from across Australia for a national showcase starting today, Wednesday 1 March.

Dr Mark McKean, of Buderim, also recently won a prestigious national award for outstanding service as a coach.
Graduate helps Lightning go from strength to strength
1 Mar 2017

A USC adjunct academic and PhD graduate has been appointed lead strength and conditioning coach of the region’s national netball team, Sunshine Coast Lightning.