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Our Alumni are a worldwide community. Run your cursor over the map to see how many CSU graduates are in each country.

Alumni spotlight stories

Our alumni are working hard to make this a world worth living in. Here they share their stories

Peter Sutton- Diploma of Teaching (Primary) - 1990

Peter Sutton

Social media advisor, author and educator

Helping schools harness the power of social media is all in a day’s work for international educator and consultant Peter Sutton.

Growing up in the Riverina, Peter studied his Diploma of General Primary Teaching at CSU in Bathurst before undertaking a teaching career that took him to Hong Kong and the United Arab Emirates.

Since returning to Australia, Peter has worked with more than 250 schools to help them minimise the risks of social media while building strong connections with their local communities.

Here, Peter explains how his new book, Social Remediation (co-written by his good friend, the late journalist Andrew Hughes), draws on his years of experience and reaffirms his love for education. 

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Gregory Dresser - Doctor of Business Administration - 2013

Greg Dresser

Researcher and Manager

Growing up in Orange, NSW, Gregory (Greg) Dresser entered a career in recreation, sports development, and teaching, and worked as a teacher in Australia and the UK before moving into community development.

In his career, Greg has worked in both public and private sectors, providing services and advice to community organisations, businesses and government agencies.

Like many senior managers, Greg holds an MBA but took the additional step of undertaking a Doctor of Business Administration with his research examining the efficacy of publicly-funded small business advisory and training services. 

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David Meharg - Master of Health Services Management - 2008

David Meharg

Health Manager and Aboriginal advocate

David Meharg grew up in an environment where going to university was not something to aspire to. Driven to study his Bachelor of Health Science at CSU as a mature age student, David says university was as much about learning about himself as it was learning about the health care system.

Now with two Master degrees to his name, David is currently Manager of Primary and Community Health Services in Orange, NSW, and about to embark on an international university study tour for Aboriginal students.

Here David explains why he is passionate about changing the way health services are delivered to Aboriginal people.


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Derek Motion - Doctor of Philosophy - 2011

Derek Motion

Arts advocate, poet

To the uninitiated, the Riverina region of NSW may not appear rich in creativity and culture. Scratch the surface, though, and a vibrant arts scene comes into view.

It’s in the west of the region that you’ll find Derek Motion; poet, reviewer, editor and Regional Arts Development Officer.

Winner of the 2009 Overland Judith Wright Prize, Derek has been published in CorditeMeanjinOtloliths and Overland and served as director of the Booranga Writers’ Centre for five years.  

Here Derek explains why he is so passionate about the arts.

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Bev Hicks - Certificate of Teaching - 1953

Bev Hicks

Educator, missionary

Bev Hicks is a remarkable woman.

Born in Bangalow in northern NSW the daughter of a Gallipoli veteran, Bev grew up in Reid, one of Canberra’s oldest suburbs, where she was heavily involved in the Methodist Church.

Bev’s childhood was shaped by the stories of visiting missionaries and she dreamt of missionary service as a young girl.

Attending Wagga Wagga Teachers’ College (an antecedent of CSU) in 1952-53, Bev  worked in schools in Canberra, the Northern Territory and Adelaide before establishing the School of the Air in Papua New Guinea.

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Tyson Rose - Bachelor of Business (Marketing) - 2006

Tyson Rose

Innovator, strategist

Growing up in Sydney’s northern beaches, Tyson Rose was always curious about exploring the world around him. After realising his initial Engineering degree wasn’t for him, Tyson transferred to a Bachelor of Business (Marketing) at CSU. 

He hasn’t taken a backwards step since, working for and with some of the world’s largest brands including Quiksilver, RedBull and Schweppes before founding two start-ups.

He now uses his knowledge of big business, start-ups and consulting to help reinvent businesses in his role as Business Architect at Business 3.0. Here Tyson shares what’s important in his profession.

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Samantha Kourtis - Bachelor of Pharmacy - 2004

Samantha Kourtis

Pharmacist and Telstra ACT Business Woman of the Year

It seems 2014 has been a big year for pharmacist Samantha Kourtis, Managing Partner at Capital Chemist Charnwood. In March, her pharmacy was awarded Pharmacy Guild of Australia's Pharmacy of the Year before Samantha was recognised as Telstra ACT Business Woman of the Year in October. 

Graduating with a Bachelor of Pharmacy from CSU in 2004, Samantha says her passion for community and healthcare drives her desire to make a real difference to the lives of others.

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Ross Reynolds - Bachelor of Business - 1981

Ross Reynolds

Former Australian Rugby Union player and coach

The son of a Cumnock grazier, Ross Reynolds began his rugby union career at The King’s School, and was soon named in the Mitchell College first XV after commencing his Bachelor of Business Administration at the Bathurst Campus in 1977.

Going on to play in the NSW Country Championship team in 1980, Ross played his first game for the Wallabies in 1982.Playing in 10 Tests and 25 Australian representative games, Ross had a successful career in coaching before moving into the commercial world, specialising in business development.

Ross shares his tips for winning in sport and in business. 

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Kylie Ledger - Bachelor of Arts (Graphic Design) - 1990

Kylie Ledger

Graphic designer and co-creator of ‘2795’

For many CSU Alumni, Bathurst holds a special place in their hearts.

This is certainly the case for graphic designer Kylie Ledger, who established her business Startle Art Graphic Design there in 1995.

After several years thinking how lucky Bathurst was to have such interesting and diverse community members, Kylie joined forces with fellow CSU graduate, photographer Jane Dempster, to produce a coffee table book celebrating the 2795 region. 

Titled ‘2795’, after Bathurst’s postcode, the book features profiles of 20 individuals, each with a unique story to tell as well as snapshots of many locals. Here Kylie shares a little of her story.

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Nik O'Donnell - Bachelor of Business (Honours) - 2013

Nik O'Donnell

Co-founder of Travelindicator.com 

Originally from Parkes, NSW – home of ‘The Dish’ radio telescope – Nik O’Donnell grew up with a passion for space and innovation.

Having graduated with a Bachelor of Business (Marketing and Tourism Management) in 2007 and a Bachelor of Business (Honours) in 2013, Nik now combines his love of travel and technology as co-founder of startup venture Travelindicator.com. A travel idea generator, Travelindicator.com uses an algorithm to match users to their ideal holiday destinations.

Here Nik shares how helping others discover new destinations is one of the most fulfilling experiences in life.

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