Networking and Keeping in Touch
Your years of study formed a large and important part of your life and throughout your time with CSU you would have built many valuable relationships. Just because you finish your studies, it doesn’t mean you need to lose touch with the students and staff you’ve come to know during this time.
During your final year of study, investigate how you might stay in touch with each other and start thinking of ways you can easily facilitate this. While it may not be immediately apparent on graduation, continued contact with the University and your colleagues can not only be personally rewarding, but can also assist you in professional networking and lifelong learning throughout your career.
Being a part of the CSU Alumni family provides you with some great benefits. CSU Alumni benefit from networking for career and personal development; continuing education opportunities; making connections and continuing friendships made while at CSU.
Online Alumni Community
A great way to keep in touch after graduation is via the CSU online Alumni Community It’s free to register and you can:-
- Contact any alumnus registered with the community network without revealing personal information (including email addresses)
- Access a business network providing our alumni with the opportunity to promote their business and search for others
- Search the world for CSU alumni
- View and Leave messages via a bulletin board
- View a calendar of events
- Encourage others to join
- Inform others of your activities via a Diary Message
- Update personal information - The information collected by the community network has greatly improved the level of service we provide to our alumni interested in Charles Sturt University Community activities, careers and business networking opportunities.
The CSU online Alumni Community has a range of different chapters separated according to faculties, interests and regions. This allows you to network with other alumni from your own area of interest, town or country.
To review further information about each chapter, please visit the CSU Chapters area of the online Alumni Community.
Joining the CSU Alumni Membership Programme
The Alumni Membership Programme offers a range of networking and career benefits as well as monetary discounts and access to University facilities.
For example, as a Gold Card Member you receive a 10% discount on CSU post-graduate fees if you return to further study and a 20% discount on the wonderfully delicious CSU Wines.
As a special benefit for Gold and Gold Life members, the CSU Library’s Community Borrower's Scheme (fee - $110.00 per year) offers not only access to the physical collections of the libraries for those who are able to visit the libraries in person but also access to a wide range of online resources including more than 3,500 full text journals provided through EBSCO's Academic Search Alumni and Business Source Alumni database.
|Benefits – Alumni members and WACOBU (Wagga Agricultural Old Boys Union) members||Alumni
& Gold Life
|Notification of Reunions||Yes||Yes|
|Discounted reunion costs||Yes||Yes|
|Discount on CSU Wine||25%||25%|
|Discount on fee paying postgraduate courses at CSU**||10%||10%|
|WACOBU Newsletter (WACOBU members only)||Yes||Yes|
|Special Christmas Wine Offers||Yes||Yes|
|Priority on campus accommodation for children/grandchildren||Yes||Yes|
|Preferential rates for access to CSU Library (incl on-line databases)||Yes||Yes|
|The opportunity to apply for a Charles Sturt Foundation Alumni Postgraduate Scholarship valued at $2,000||Yes||Yes|
|Preferential rates for the use of university facilities||Yes||Yes|
|Preferential rates at the Centre for Professional Development (Bathurst Campus)||Yes||Yes|
How to Join
Other ways to stay connected
As long as you continue to keep your password active, you’ll be able to continue to use CSU general forums and CSU Interact project sites to communicate with students and staff of the University. Remember that you will no longer have a CSU email account, so make sure you copy or forward all the email contacts you wish to keep
- Friends Reunited and FaceBook both have CSU groups established.
- The Mentoring Australia site provides information on mentoring, links, conferences and programmes.
- The CSU Communications Directory provides contact details for all CSU staff