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September 2019

Standing ovation for speech by inspiring Business graduate
27 Sep 2019

Thunderous applause and a standing ovation for a moving speech by Business graduate Belinda Harris were among the many highlights of USC’s series of six graduation ceremonies this week.

Ilkley base for academic to write wartime novel
26 Sep 2019

After a sold-out book launch in Brisbane, author and USC academic Dr Melanie Myers is gathering the troops to launch her debut novel on the Sunshine Coast this Friday.

Kindness the key to conquer challenges, says Chancellor’s Medallist
26 Sep 2019

A woman who left school in Year 9 has gone on to complete a Nursing Science degree at USC in fine form and, in the process, earn the highest award possible for a graduating student.

USC Business School hosts leaders’ workshop
26 Sep 2019

Sunshine Coast business owners, company leaders and entrepreneurs are being encouraged to attend an interactive business leaders’ workshop being hosted by USC’s Business School.

PhD brings big surprise for Noosa surfboard maker
25 Sep 2019

Mr Wegener’s PhD thesis began at a time that it appeared mass surfboard production, particularly cheap imports from China, would ruin boutique shaping in Australia.

From teenage runaway to straight-A graduate
25 Sep 2019

Pregnant and packing a car with her infant son and her belongings was a turning point for Melissa Bartels, who this week graduates from USC with a perfect academic record.

Mental health advocate to receive USC medal
25 Sep 2019

A tireless mental health and women’s body image advocate, Amy de Wet, will receive a prestigious Chancellor’s Medal when she graduates from USC with Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) this week.

Access and inclusion campaigner named as Chancellor’s Medallist
25 Sep 2019

A dogged determination to demonstrate how being in a wheelchair is not an impediment to becoming involved in university and community life has helped Bachelor of Business graduate Belinda Harris earn recognition as a Chancellor’s Medallist.

USC sports captains Tristan Wasman and Iesha Jackson
Top-class cyclists spearhead USC’s bid for glory
24 Sep 2019

A team of USC cyclists that includes six Pro Racing Sunshine Coast (PRSC) athletes will spearhead USC’s bid for glory at the UniSport Nationals Division 1 on the Gold Coast.

University to honour generous businesswoman
23 Sep 2019

A philanthropic businesswoman who has advocated for USC since she joined its Foundation Board 24 years ago will receive a special honorary award from the University.

USC to celebrate the generosity of donors
23 Sep 2019

USC will celebrate the enormous impact made by hundreds of generous donors whose support for the University has helped make amazing things happen within the community.

USC graduates named top local businesswomen
19 Sep 2019

Two USC graduates who applied their respective studies in property economics and psychology to their jobs at Sunshine Coast Council were winners in the recent Sunshine Coast Business Women’s Network 2019 Awards.

Honorary award for inclusive social sport volunteer
19 Sep 2019

A Buderim volunteer helping drive the expansion of inclusive sport on the Sunshine Coast to encourage more social interaction between able-bodied people and those with disabilities will become a USC Honorary Senior Fellow.

Funds available to help USC Moreton Bay students
19 Sep 2019

Future students of USC’s Moreton Bay are invited to apply for financial support as the new campus nears completion for Semester 1, 2020.

Experts available to comment on climate march
19 Sep 2019

Experts from USC are available to speak with media about Friday’s global School Strike 4 Climate, on the topics of climate change, communication and education.

Newest computer degree for Moreton Bay campus
18 Sep 2019

The newest Computer Science degree in Australia is set to open at the newest university campus, with USC set to offer the program from 2020 at Moreton Bay.

Graduate researches ‘hidden victim’ of tiger poaching in Sumatra: the tapir
18 Sep 2019

A passionate tiger conservationist is set to continue her globally-published USC research into the poaching deaths of another endangered mammal in the forests of Sumatra, the tapir (pronounced tae-peer).

USC scientist joins world-first lobster research hub
17 Sep 2019

A USC molecular researcher who pioneered a technique to change the sex of crustaceans will play a vital role in a $26 million, five-year joint project to establish the world’s first land-based rock lobster aquaculture industry in Australia.

Kate transforms life with mental health study
16 Sep 2019

Self-confessed former rebel Kate O’Neill’s journey to becoming a USC Nursing Science graduate has been filled with challenges and setbacks – as well as tenacity and triumph.

Bursary gives helping hand to Fraser Coast students
16 Sep 2019

Fraser Coast university students who need to relocate to continue their studies with USC could receive financial help under a special bursary pilot scheme.

Digital agility in business drives USC’s new degree
16 Sep 2019

A new degree that prepares graduates for the digital future of business is among the first study programs to be offered at USC’s Moreton Bay campus when it opens for Semester 1, 2020.

Honours researcher in running to ease rare disease
13 Sep 2019

A USC Dietetics Honours student determined to live a fit and healthy life despite a rare and debilitating genetic disorder has launched her national survey into the condition on the same weekend she completed a 21km run as part of the Mooloolaba 70.3 Half Ironman race.

USC Fraser Coast to build overseas connections
13 Sep 2019

Australia’s Consul-General in South-West China Christopher Lim has met with USC executive members, staff and students to discuss strengthening educational partnerships between the Fraser Coast and China.

Retail worker down to business at USC Moreton Bay
13 Sep 2019

A book-loving 19-year-old Strathpine resident at a study and career crossroads is about to start a new chapter USC Moreton Bay.

Study Electrical & Electronic Engineering at Moreton Bay
12 Sep 2019

USC Moreton Bay will offer a new degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering to meet the growing job market in new energy sources.

USC staff wear yellow to work in support of Sunshine Coast Lightning in the grand final
Celebrate Lightning's amazing season at community event
12 Sep 2019

Sunshine Coast Lightning fans have been invited to celebrate the 2019 season with the team at USC Stadium on Monday 16 September.

Fraser Coast’s top teacher hits the high notes
12 Sep 2019

An inspirational high school music teacher whose former students include a Grammy-nominated artist is the USC Fraser Coast Educator of the Year.

A meeting of cultures for print symposium
11 Sep 2019

USC’s Art Gallery will host a public forum featuring Japanese and Australian print art experts to coincide with an exhibition at Caloundra.

Multiple events at USC for R U OK? Day
11 Sep 2019

Four USC campuses are holding events to mark R U OK? Day this Thursday 12 September, while the university also offers a community suicide intervention training session.

Journalism graduate and Clarion Award winner Drew Beveridge
New Journalism graduate wins statewide award
10 Sep 2019

Drew Beveridge is flying high after she was named Queensland’s most outstanding final-year journalism student.

USC backs Lightning with ‘wear yellow to work’ day
10 Sep 2019

USC staff will be sporting the colour yellow as a bright show of support for Sunshine Coast Lightning ahead of the Suncorp Super Netball grand final on Sunday 15 September.

Peony scientist breaks new ground for cut flowers
9 Sep 2019

One of the world’s most popular flowers – the peony – can now be grown in hot climates, following a discovery by a Sunshine Coast woman while studying at USC.

Study finds value for money trumps online ratings
9 Sep 2019

Online reviews have revolutionised the way travellers select hotels, but a USC researcher has found when it comes to swaying consumers, ratings cannot beat old fashioned price and location.

Experts available to comment ahead of suicide prevention and mental health days
9 Sep 2019

Experts in mental health and suicide prevention from the University of the Sunshine Coast and its Sunshine Coast Mind and Neuroscience – Thompson Institute are available to comment ahead of two important days.

Mechatronics to start at USC Moreton Bay in 2020
6 Sep 2019

A futuristic industry set to boom globally is at the heart of a new Mechatronic Engineering degree offered for the first time at USC, starting at its Moreton Bay campus in 2020.

Journalism students in running for state award
6 Sep 2019

Two USC journalism students have been named as finalists in the Queensland Clarion Awards being held in Brisbane on Saturday 7 September.

Moreton Bay Headstart student Noah Vickery
Moreton Bay school students get early start to uni
6 Sep 2019

Moreton Bay students going into Year 11 and 12 next year will have the chance to make history as part of the first cohort to study at Australia’s newest university campus.

Jamie dives into USC Moreton Bay to study marine animals
6 Sep 2019

An animal lover seeking to understand the impacts of climate change to help marine life has received an early offer to study at the new USC Moreton Bay campus in Semester 1, 2020.

USC Headstart student Isabella Muza of Maryborough
Isabella’s Headstart to becoming a teacher
6 Sep 2019

There are many pathways to university – just ask St Mary’s College Year 12 student Isabella Muza who has already completed a university-level subject as part of her plan to become a primary school teacher.

USC nappy project changing lives in Vanuatu
5 Sep 2019

A USC Occupational Therapy student from Burpengary is determined to make a difference to the lives of disadvantaged mothers and babies in Vanuatu – one reusable nappy at a time.

Year 11 student to discuss benefits of Headstart
5 Sep 2019

Studying a human anatomy subject at university while in Year 11 is part of Chancellor State College student Petra Nunn’s plan to eventually become a doctor.

Brisbane Bullets to play pre-season game at USC
4 Sep 2019

USC will host an Australian National Basketball League pre-season game between Brisbane Bullets and reigning NBL champions Perth Wildcats on Friday 27 September.

Blood management in older adults questioned
3 Sep 2019

USC-led research exploring blood management in older patients with anaemia and blood loss has raised questions around the current recommended medical care approach.

Training for public to help prevent suicide
2 Sep 2019

Free suicide-alertness training is being offered to the public by USC as a part of its commitment to helping reduce the Sunshine Coast’s higher-than-average suicide rates.

Entrepreneurship student Carin Erikson at EIA in Portugal. Photographer: Ciano Vetromille
High-tech motivation for Business student
2 Sep 2019

An aspiring entrepreneur who enrolled in Business at USC Sunshine Coast six months after finishing high school in Sweden has networked with highly-successful global executives and politicians at the European Innovation Academy (EIA) in Portugal.

New tech gadgets inspire students to imagine future
2 Sep 2019

Electronic gadgets, coding and robotics are part of a USC program helping school students and teachers in the Gympie region develop skillsets in tune with the future digital age.USC’s Make, Integrate, Explore (MIE) Lab program involves professional development courses for teachers and hands-on lab sessions for Year 6 primary school students.

Bird nests give up century-old rubbish secrets
2 Sep 2019

About 900 bird nests, some dating back to the late 1800s, are helping USC researchers gain rare insights into how birds interact with human materials – both dangerous and safe.