Awards recognise outstanding contributions

Four women making outstanding contributions in their fields of endeavour received awards at the Southern Cross University March graduations, including the former Mayor of Lismore City Jenny Dowell who was recognised with the award of Honorary Doctor of the University. The award recognises Jenny Dowell’s service to the Lismore and Northern Rivers communities and was conferred […]

Frogs are calling: restored waterways show results for amphibians

Native frogs appear to be thriving in restored waterways around Rocky Creek Dam after Whian Whian Landcare members and Southern Cross University researchers used automated recording devices to capture a diversity of amphibian calls. Now the community research partnership project’s protocol for the restoration of riparian areas, incorporating best management practice around frog consideration and […]

Music course hits high note

The music program at Southern Cross University is buzzing after The Voice sensation Darren Percival wowed audiences at the first songwriters’ workshop of the year, and new industry-standard recording facilities were unveiled. Runner-up in The Voice Australia 2012 and one of Australia’s most accomplished entertainers, Darren Percival showcased his incredible solo vocal looping at the […]

Singer Weaves equal measure of passion for her students – and her career

Equally passionate about exploring and honing her own professional singing career as she is teaching Southern Cross University students, award-winning music lecturer Leigh Carriage has been invited to play a key role in a new mentorship program for songstresses in regional Queensland. Katie Noonan, Australian singer-songwriter and artistic director of the Queensland Music Festival, said […]

Too hot to learn – why Australian schools need a national policy on coping with heatwaves

Dr Brendon Hyndman is an academic in Health & Physical Education (PDHPE) within the School of Education at Southern Cross University. His research has been focused on schools as a crucial setting to develop students’ physical activity participation, health and overall wellbeing. In this article, Dr Hyndman looks at the impact of heatwaves on children’s […]

In Print: Books by our Academics

Mermaids (and Mer-Men) in 20th and 21st Century Audiovisual Media By Philip Hayward, Published by John Libby Publishing Mermaids have been a feature of western cinema since its inception and the number of films, television series, and videos representing them has expanded exponentially since the 1980s. Making a Splash analyses texts produced within a variety of […]

Passion for maths: Bree Bailey named education student of the year

Being a mathematics teacher who inspires high school students to see the magic in numbers is the goal of Southern Cross University education student Bree Bailey, who has won the national 2016 Pearson Student of the Year Award. “I want to make maths interesting and relevant, showing students its contemporary uses,” Bree said. “Maths shapes […]

Scholarship inspires fledgling legal eagles

Solicitor Bruce Miles OAM mostly served the disadvantaged during his 50-year legal career. Now some of the best and brightest minds in the School of Law and Justice at Southern Cross University have received scholarships in his honour. The Bruce Miles Foundation encourages Aboriginal law students in their university studies by providing textbooks. Mr Miles […]

Drones and sharks, marine poaching, a post-flying world, and more: The Conversation

Southern Cross University researchers (and colleagues from other universities and institutions) have featured in The Conversation in recent months: How drones can help fight the war on shark attacks Life in a post-flying Australia, and why it might actually be ok How to tackle the rising tide of poaching in Australia’s tropical seas When it […]

Watch out, snakes about: student designs new campus safety poster

As the mercury rises, so too the number of snake sightings. But safety and respect is the message from Southern Cross University in a new snake information poster designed by media student Karlyn Major. Live Ideas, an initiative of Southern Cross University, provides real world opportunities for students and staff to work with community partners […]

In Print

Books by academics and researchers at Southern Cross University. In this issue: Reading Colonies: Property and Control of the British Far East by Rohan Price Relationships and Recognition: Photos about Working Together by the Centre for Children and Young People Reading Colonies: Property and Control of the British Far East By Rohan Price. Published by […]

News in brief: Inspiring lecturers

Teaching awards for academics who are enhancing the student learning experience Three Southern Cross University academics have received awards from the Vice Chancellor – and praise from students – for delivering inspirational first-year study units that help in the transition to University. The Vice Chancellor’s Citations for excellence in teaching and learning, awarded at a […]

Outstanding talent of Southern Cross University’s emerging artists acknowledged

Two NSW North Coast galleries have recognised the talent of Southern Cross University’s emerging artists, with both set to exhibit the work of visual arts graduates next year. The Lismore Regional Gallery Graduate Award and the Northern Rivers Community Gallery Award were presented to installation artist Sarah-Jane McGrath and ceramist Brooklyn Winter, respectively, at the […]

Spanish language music video on show in Buenos Aires

A horror cinema audio-visual ensemble, featuring Southern Cross University researchers, will have its music video ‘Dark Shadows’ screened at FIVA, a leading international video arts festival in Buenos Aires. The video shows time-lapse photography of x-ray imagery being chemically degraded. The Moviolas use musical and visual themes from horror cinema in broader contexts, such as […]

Before Hollywood … there was Bonnywood

West of the Great Dividing Range in the small town of Bonalbo, a plucky band of farmers, artists, engineers and the occasional schoolteacher have been taking on the scheming financial overlords of the film industry. Their tale will be told at the star-studded red carpet world premiere of Bonnywood Rising. Part melodrama, part Western, part […]

Using DNA to unlock the mysteries of cannabis and reduce the risk of dodgy ‘medical’ products

by Professor Graham King, director, Southern Cross Plant Science This article was originally published on The Conversation.  The federal government will now accept licence applications from groups wanting to grow cannabis locally for scientific and medical purposes. Cannabis remains an illegal drug in Australia for recreational use and there no plans to change that. But […]

In Print: Books by our Academics

Richard Braithwaite launches Sandakan book just before his death Fighting Monsters:  An Intimate Knowledge of the Sandakan Tragedy by Richard Braithwaite Published by Australian Scholarly Publishing Dr Brendan Nelson, director of the Australian War Memorial, launched Professor Richard ‘Dick’ Braithwaite’s book on 28 September at the Memorial in Canberra. Three days later, Professor Braithwaite died. […]

Bundjalung language revival earns Excellence in Engagement Award

An initiative revitalising the Bundjalung language and culture was one of the projects recognised at the 2016 Southern Cross University Excellence in Engagement Awards. The sixth annual Excellence in Engagement Awards acknowledged and celebrated the contribution of University staff and their collaborators who have enriched communities through active citizenship, engaged teaching and research. The Awards […]

Large scale artworks set to make an impression at annual visual arts exhibition

The wow factor will be on everyone’s lips at Southern Cross University’s annual visual arts exhibition by graduating students in November. Large scale artworks in painting, printmaking – including a four-metre high print by printmaker John Lockhart – sculpture and video will be on show at the 2016 Graduate Exhibition, opening on November 11 in […]

SCU alumnus elected mayor of Lismore City

Lismore City’s newest and youngest mayor is a Southern Cross University graduate who credits his arts degree for the communication and management skills that have proven invaluable across his career. Mayor Isaac Smith, 42, was popularly-elected last month during local government elections after serving two terms as a councillor. “Our former Mayor Jenny Dowell was […]

Areas with more poker machines have higher rates of domestic violence

The Conversation article by Francis Markham, Australian National University; Bruce Doran, Australian National University, and Martin Young from Southern Cross University Our recently published research suggests a link between the number of poker machines in an area and levels of domestic violence. We compared publicly available data on poker machine numbers with police-recorded domestic violence incidents […]