Student’s Hoodie Day design worn nationwide

When Ella Gillespie pulled on a hoodie for AIME’s national Hoodie Day on July 7, it was a proud moment. Ella and thousands of Australians around the country were wearing her design ‘Travelling Whales’. The artwork by Ella, a Year 9 student at Evans River K-12 School and a mentee in the AIME (Australian Indigenous […]

Census shows increase in children with disability, but even more are still uncounted

Dr Sally Robinson is a Senior Research Fellow in the Centre for Children and Young People at Southern Cross University. In this article, Dr Robinson and colleague Professor Karen Fisher from UNSW uncover the impact of disability data not counted in the 2016 Census. Karen R Fisher, UNSW and Sally Robinson, Southern Cross University The […]

Impact of the colony’s first residential boarding school on Aboriginal children

Two hundred years ago, Rosemary Norman-Hill’s great-great-great grandmother Kitty was forced to abandon her Aboriginal way of life and live in the colony’s first residential boarding school, the Parramatta Native Institution Old records show Kitty was one of the first Aboriginal children to be removed from their parents under forced assimilation orders. A Doctor of […]

Hot off the press: dream of printed student magazine realised

Hot off the press in time for Orientation and Session 2 is the latest edition of SCUSM, the Southern Cross University Student Magazine. And no one is more chuffed than its editor Karlyn Major. The printed magazine is the digital media and communications student’s brainchild and Karlyn said she’s buoyed by the response from students. […]

Silent beauty of the lone dancer on Library video wall

The silent dancer mesmerises with her silent, free-flowing performance; her movements projected six-metres high across 16 screens on the Discovery Wall at the Southern Cross University Learning Centre. Who is she? And what music is she dancing to? ‘The Dancer’ is a collaboration between dancer Jacinta Durney and cinematographer/editor Ian Slade. The project came from […]

By keeping it local, Lismore City Council helps students on path to employment

Lismore City Council has long been committed to ensuring successful tenderers have a focus on local content, and that includes giving local young people better opportunities for future employment. Michael Sky, 23, a third-year Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Civil Engineering student at Southern Cross University, is currently completing a six-week work placement at the […]

Researchers find age of South Africa’s ‘young’ hominid fossil

The age of a hominid fossil found in South Africa, which has been dated using state-of-the art techniques by Southern Cross University researchers, has led to an ‘astounding’ new look at human evolution. The University’s Geoarchaeology and Archaeometry Research Group (GARG) lead researcher Dr Renaud Joannes-Boyau was invited to collaborate in analysis of the fossil’s […]

‘Not all chemists wear white coats’: Dr Ellen Moon selected for Homeward Bound

Geochemist Dr Ellen Moon, a Southern Cross University early career researcher, has been selected for Homeward Bound, a 12-month international leadership initiative for women in STEMM. Homeward Bound aims to promote women with a science background into positions of leadership affecting policy around the sustainability of our planet. The virtual and on-ground program develops leadership, […]

Why does the Carmichael coal mine need to use so much water?

Coal mines, such as this one near Bowen, use water for everything from equipment cooling to dust management. CSIRO, CC BY Dr Ellen Moon is a Research Associate in Southern Cross GeoScience. In this article from The Conversation, Dr Moon explains the coal mining industry’s use of water for everything from equipment cooling to dust […]

Symposium honours first Aboriginal RN to train at Lismore hospital

Ena Williams broke new ground in the 1940s in Lismore as the first Aboriginal trainee nurse at the city’s hospital. Later in her career, Ena was the senior nurse at the Maningrida Clinic in what was then the largest Aboriginal remote community in the Northern Territory, and in 1974 was part of the Cyclone Tracy […]

Flood recovery inspires students to put their skills to good use

When Kym McMillan, a Southern Cross University Bachelor of Social Welfare student, was surrounded by flood water during the recent Murwillumbah deluge, she felt helpless as the media reported the events unfolding in her community. As floodwater prevented Kym from leaving home for three days, she and a friend started the ‘Flood Clean Up 2484’ […]

News in brief: May 2017

In this issue: Classical guitar meets a full Symphony Orchestra Health checks for farming families at Primex Classical guitar meets a full Symphony Orchestra World-renowned classical guitarist – and Southern Cross University Professor of Music – Matthew Marshall will be performing with the Lismore Symphony Orchestra as part of its 2017 concert series, bringing a […]

News in brief: June-July 2017

In this issue: #BeSurprised at Open Days Queen’s Birthday honours for Southern Cross family Get ready to #BeSurprised at Open Days Be amazed at where a Southern Cross University degree can take you by coming along to our Open Days in August. Hear from our world class academics and be inspired by engaging three-minute pitches […]

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 […]