Postcard to home: Jakhongir Khayatov

By plane, bus and foot, Jakhongir Khayatov travelled more than 11,000 kilometres to attend the Southern Cross University graduation ceremony in Lismore last month. The 23-year-old business alumnus from Uzbekistan, in central Asia, said he was determined not to miss it. “I decided to participate in the graduation ceremony in Lismore because it is a […]

Graduation marks new beginnings and opportunities

For around 200 Southern Cross University graduates, the annual September spring graduation, held in Lismore, marked the start of new opportunities. After years of effort and sacrifice, they were ready to venture into the world proudly armed with their University awards from the Chancellor Nick Burton Taylor AM. A morning street procession through the Lismore […]

Re-imagining of Grimm’s Snow White fairytale as a dark opera

Jazz pianist and Southern Cross University music lecturer Steve Russell has just wrapped up directing the music for the international debut season of the Snow White opera. The adults-only fairytale presented by La Boite, Opera Queensland and Brisbane Festival, was faithful to the original – and darker – Brothers Grimm version, with the Queen as Snow […]

Southern Cross Football Centre welcomes Liverpool legend

Our young football talent can be confident they ‘will never walk alone’* after Liverpool legend John Barnes opened the club’s first training academy in Australia at Southern Cross University. But the Liverpool Football Club International Academy NSW, based out of the Southern Cross Football Centre in Lismore, is more than honing skills and developing talent, […]

Postcard to home: Sophie Backlund

Sophie Backlund is a singer who’s passionate about science, and also a budding scientist who loves creating music. Born in Kristinehamn, Sweden and growing up in Leksand, Sophie left her homeland in the middle of last year for a study abroad year in environmental science at Southern Cross University Lismore campus. “I started my studies […]

Business awards win for personal trainer seeking to set new industry benchmarks

David’s Health and Lifestyle Studios at Goonellabah, owned by Southern Cross University sport and exercise science student David Hoffmann, has taken out Business of the Year at the 2016 Lismore Business Excellence Awards. “I was really happy when we won the Health and Fitness category earlier in the night, given we were up against larger […]

A who’s who of Australian music at Songwriters’ Workshops

It reads like the line-up for the festival of the decade – Hiatus Kaiyote, Iva Davies, Jim Moginie and Rob Hirst (Midnight Oil), Katie Noonan, Blue King Brown, Husky, Lior, Rai Thistlethwayte, Tex Perkins, Vince Jones. All these artists and more have graced the stage at Southern Cross University since 2006, sharing their skills and […]

Reimagining NSW: how a happy, healthy regional and rural citizenry helps us all

Reimagining NSW: how a happy, healthy regional and rural citizenry helps us all Alison Gerard; Branka Krivokapic-Skoko; and Liz Reimer from Southern Cross University This article was originally published on The Conversation, as part of its Reimagining New South Wales (NSW) series. For this series, Vice Chancellors across NSW asked a select group of early and […]

Postgrad corner: Judi Lowe

As a dive instructor and commercial boat master, PhD candidate Judi Lowe has dived all over the world. For her PhD research, Judi returned to her lifelong passions for scuba diving, dive travel to the coral reefs of the tropics and the lives of local fishers who live in poverty along those coral reefs.  Judi […]

Enterprise Lab to be established at Southern Cross University

Southern Cross University has been awarded $1 million from the NSW Government, through the Boosting Business Innovation Program, to establish the Southern Cross Enterprise Lab at its Lismore campus. The Southern Cross Enterprise Lab will facilitate collaborative opportunities between small and medium enterprises (SME), students and researchers for mutual benefit in the context of supporting […]

Rising Stars Scholarships help students achieve their best

Each year Southern Cross University and its partners support new and continuing students via the Rising Stars Scholarship program. Among the new recipients for 2016 are rising swimming star and biomedical science student, Moesha Johnson, who was awarded the Summerland Credit Union scholarship, and Justin Leigh-Smith, a science Honours student, who received the Rowe Scientific […]

AIME’s SCU program leading the nation’s next generation of young Indigenous talent

Southern Cross University has the best AIME Year 12 transition rate of any university in the country, with 58 of the 59 Indigenous high school graduates last year going into university, formal training or fulltime work. The 2015 Australian Indigenous Mentoring Experience (AIME) annual report, released this month, shows Indigenous high school students who participated […]

A small town’s rich stories to light up the screen

In the heart of the Upper Clarence, west of the Richmond Range, lies the town of Bonalbo, population 500. On the face of it, Bonalbo’s quiet streets belies its rich history: a former booming gold town in the 1850s and home of the first cattle dog trials in Australia in 1950. And for award-winning media […]

University student health services in focus at national meeting in Ballina

The Southern Cross University Health Clinic is leading the trend among campus practitioners nationally in its provision of services to both students and the general community. “The SCU Health Clinic at the Lismore campus bulkbills and offers a range of general practice services,” said Mrs Marlene Assim, manager of the SCU Health Clinic. “Unlike other […]

News in brief: July 2016

In this issue: Research Week around the corner UniLife Award nominations now open Research Week around the corner World-class research will be showcased at Southern Cross University’s annual Research Week, from August 1 to 5, with more than 50 events planned across the Gold Coast, Lismore and Coffs Harbour campuses. The second annual series will […]

Postgrad Corner: Yun Wang

Yun (Melinda) Wang has long been fascinated by the body’s complex and finely-tuned internal systems. Trained as a medical doctor in China, Melinda spent the first five years of her career working in the respiratory, neurological, gastrointestinal, cardiac, renal and endocrinology departments of the Wu Han No1 hospital before becoming a specialist physician in the […]

Postcard to home: Fabio Premoli

Fabio Premoli is a fitter-and-turner from northern Italy. Difficult economic circumstances at home encouraged the 40-year-old to consider improving his English to expand work opportunities available to him. After holidaying in Australia last year and enquiring about English study, he is now five months into a 50-week General English course with SCU College at the […]

Shelley Watts: the law student fighting for Olympic boxing gold in Rio

Shelley Watts made history two years ago when she became the first female boxer to win gold at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. Now the Southern Cross University law and human movement science student has Olympic gold in her sights. “If you don’t chase that gold, you’re going to fall short,” said Shelley a month […]

Paper-made ocean navigator garment wins wearable art prize

Stick navigation safely guided islander peoples across the Pacific Ocean for hundreds of years. Now a paper garment inspired by the technique has won a national wearable art prize for a team of textile artists, including a Southern Cross University researcher. The trio – Liz Powell, Dr Denise N. Rall from Southern Cross University and […]

Mazda Japan internship a first for mechanical engineering degree

A mechanical engineering student is the first from Southern Cross University and just the second Australian to be accepted into an internship with one of the world’s largest car manufacturers in Japan. Mitch Mahnken, a first-year Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Mechanical Engineering student, is at Mazda Motor Corporation’s head office and factory in Hiroshima […]

Meet the staff: Dr Ricardo Vasquez Padilla

What is your job at SCU? I started working four months ago in the School of Environment, Science and Engineering as a senior lecturer in the engineering program and course coordinator of the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Mechanical Engineering. What is the most challenging thing about your job? Every day is a challenge being […]