Wear red to #celebratecsu

Foundation Day celebrates our past, who we are and where we are going. We're proud of our past and present students, alumni, staff and our community. We celebrate the people who make up our community and our commitment to the public good.

Why we celebrate Foundation Day

Foundation Day is about uniting the CSU community and having a sense of belonging. We encourage you to be proud of being part of our University.

The day gives us the chance to engage with our communities. We tell our communities of our ongoing value, commitment to them and what we do. Find out more in the 2018 Economic Impact Report.

It is also an opportunity to have fun and promote worthwhile causes. You can donate to CSUgive, to give financial support to the next generation of CSU students.

When we celebrate Foundation Day

We celebrate Foundation Day on the Wednesday of the week of 19 July each year. This marks the establishment of the University on 19 July 1989, when the Charles Sturt University Act (Act no. 76, 1989) was signed.

Events

There are lots of ways you can join the celebrations. Come along to our Foundation Day events. You can wear red and share your #celebratecsu photos on social media, or check out the people we recognise this year with our stories on social media.

Keep an eye out for more information about what's planned across our campuses this Foundation Day.

  • Albury-Wodonga

    Foundation Day Launch and CSU Excellence Awards
    When: 10am, Wednesday 18 July
    Where: Gums Building 752
    What’s on: The official launch of Foundation Day including a Welcome to Country, the presentation of CSU Excellence Awards, the launch of the University's Economic Impact Report and cutting the celebratory cake.

    Tree Planting
    When: 11am and 1.30pm, Wednesday 18 July
    Where: Between carpark 1 + 2
    What’s on: Tree planting and creation of Sloane Frog’s habitat. Free pizza in the second session.

    Foundation Day lunch celebrations
    When: 12pm, Wednesday 18 July
    Where: Gums Building 752
    What’s on: Live entertainment, free lunch, photo booth, best dressed and giveaways.

  • Bathurst

    Foundation Day Launch and CSU Excellence Awards
    When: 10am, Wednesday 18 July
    Where: Rafters Bar
    What’s on: The official launch of Foundation Day including a Welcome to Country, the presentation of CSU Excellence Awards, the launch of the University's Economic Impact Report and cutting the celebratory cake.

    Foundation Fair
    When: 11am, Wednesday 18 July
    Where: Rafters Auditorium
    What’s on: Game stalls, student performances and history of CSU display. Free popcorn and fairy floss!

  • Dubbo

    Foundation Day Launch and CSU Excellence Awards
    When: 10am, Wednesday 18 July
    Where: Cafe
    What’s on: The official launch of Foundation Day including a Welcome to Country, the presentation of CSU Excellence Awards, the launch of the University's Economic Impact Report and cutting the celebratory cake.

    Foundation Day lunch
    When: 12pm, Wednesday 18 July
    Where: Cafe
    What’s on: Music, BBQ and photo booth.

    Staff vs student trivia
    When: 5.30pm, Wednesday 18 July
    Where: Cafe
    What’s on: Staff take on the students in a trivia competition.

  • Orange

    Foundation Day Launch and CSU Excellence Awards
    When: 10am, Wednesday 18 July
    Where: Building 1000 (Templers Mill)
    What’s on: The official launch of Foundation Day including a Welcome to Country, the presentation of CSU Excellence Awards, the launch of the University's Economic Impact Report and cutting the celebratory cake.

    Foundation Day lunch and activities
    When: 11am, Wednesday 18 July
    Where: Building 1000 (Templers Mill)
    What’s on: Free lunch from 12pm, live music, games and giveaways!

    Red themed bar night
    When: 8pm, Wednesday 18 July
    Where: Building 1000 (Templers Mill)
    What’s on: Creative Arts Club are hosting a ‘red’ bar night.

  • Port Macquarie

    Foundation Day Launch and CSU Excellence Awards
    When: 10am, Wednesday 18 July
    Where: Courtyard
    What’s on: The official launch of Foundation Day including a Welcome to Country, the presentation of CSU Excellence Awards, the launch of the University's Economic Impact Report and cutting the celebratory cake.

    Foundation Day Social Events
    When: 11.45am, Wednesday July 18
    Where: Courtyard
    What’s on: Live music, lawn games, student MasterChef competition and annual chilli eating competition.

  • Wagga Wagga

    Foundation Day Launch and CSU Excellence Awards
    When: 10am, Wednesday 18 July
    Where: The Hub
    What’s on: The official launch of Foundation Day including a Welcome to Country, the presentation of CSU Excellence Awards, the launch of the University's Economic Impact Report and cutting the celebratory cake.

    Networking event
    When: 11am, Wednesday 18 July
    Where: The Hub
    What’s on: Student leaders networking morning tea with acoustic performers.

    Foundation Day lunch
    When: 12pm, Wednesday 18 July
    Where: The Hub
    What’s on: $5 lunch, photo booth and best dressed competition.

    Foundation Day party
    When: 8pm, Wednesday 18 July
    Where: The Crow Bar
    What’s on: Student DJ’s.

  • Wangaratta

    Wangaratta : Foundation Day afternoon tea
    When: 2.30pm, Wednesday 18 July
    Where: Wangaratta Regional Study Centre, 218 Tone Rd, Wangaratta
    What’s on: Networking and socialising.
    Please email ilyoung@csu.edu.au for catering purposes

  • Other locations

    Canberra: Foundation Day workshops and supper
    When: 4.30pm, Wednesday 18 July
    Where: St. Marks Theological College
    What’s on: Study skills workshops with finger food and socialising.
    Find out more

    Melbourne: Foundation Day workshops and social catch up
    When: 4pm, Wednesday 18 July
    Where: Hotel Grand Chancellor
    What’s on: Study skills workshops, socialising and supper.
    Find out more

    Brisbane: Foundation Day workshops and social catch up
    When: 4pm – 7pm, Wednesday 18 July
    Where: Queensland Law Society
    What’s on: Study skills workshops, socialising and nibbles.
    Find out more

    Sydney: Foundation Day workshops and lunch
    When: 10.30am, Wednesday 18 July
    Where: TAFE Sydney
    What’s on: Library and ALLaN workshops, career job application workshops and study tips.
    Find out more

    Sydney: Alumni Event
    When: 6pm for a 6.30pm start, Thursday 19 July
    Where: Royal Automobile Club of Australia, 89 Macquarie Street, Sydney
    Time: 6pm for a 6:30pm start
    Dress: Business attire (with a splash of red)
    Cost: $30 alumni/ $50 guest

    What’s on: Join CSU Alumni as The Doctor’ Scott Williams delivers a vital message on the proven link between humour and better health. Scott’s keynote address ‘The happy human’ shows us how we can find the bright side of life in almost every situation.
    Find out more and book your seat.

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