Hello and welcome to the Coffs Harbour Student’s Association! We are run by students for students. We aim to make student life more enjoyable by providing a range of services, spaces and events at the Coffs Harbour campus of Southern Cross University. We are here to help you make your University experience as enjoyable, fun and supportive as possible. You are very welcome to pop in for a cuppa and a chat any time.
Drop in to the CHSA office, located in F block next to the bus stop, and say hi!
President: Hannah Young
I am currently studying a Bachelor of Education and I have a passion for working with students with additional needs, so I’m also studying Psychology to support my end goal of working in special education or a school support role. I was homeschooled for my entire life, so I understand that university study can be overwhelming at times, especially when you are new to it! I’m excited to be a part of the committee and I hope that I will be able to help make the adjustment to uni life easier for students. In my spare time you’ll find me making music, playing with my cat, or volunteering at/attending my local church – the Coffs Harbour Bible Church. I love meeting new friends so please come and say hi to me anytime!
Vice President: Paolo Newell
I’m studying a Bachelor of Psychological Science. I love interacting with others and appreciate the life at university. I enjoy participating in and being a part of the community and a good opportunity came to be involved by becoming a member of the CHSA. I am very grateful to be living on campus which makes life simpler. My hobbies include Dancing (Salsa), Table Tennis, going to the gym among other things. Feel free to come and have a chat.
Treasurer: Ignas Gasengayire
I have been part of the CHSA for the last 4 years. In that time I have completed my Undergraduate Degree in Accounting and am now furthering my studies in Education. I have a passion for migrant and refugee communities and see University as an amazing opportunity and pathway to future success. I have been involved with the Uni Mentor program this year as well as AIME and have contributed to social events through Burundian Drumming Group, Rafiki Connection. I currently enjoy the position of Treasurer on the CHSA and I encourage all students to get involved with non-academic life on campus to make the most of your University experience.
Secretary: Mike Howarth
I am currently studying a Bachelor of Psychological Science. I have been involved with the university since 2004, I am a retired school teacher and tutored in some education units, work as a casual on the technology help desk and conduct the First aid courses for CHSA. I previously worked with the AIME program as a Mentor. I have a passion for learning which is why I undertook a degree course this year, for the first time I am studying for study’s sake and really enjoying it.
General Member: Elisha Stewart
I’m currently studying the Bachelor of Indigenous Knowledge. My goals in life is to make my mark in the world and build good relationships and maintain a positive environment everywhere I go. I am in my 5th year of studying at the Southern Cross University in Coffs Harbour and I have always been impressed with the Student Association and their efforts in supporting my study life.
Operations Manager: Lucy Cleverdon
Lucy has been with the CHSA since the start of 2017. She is available Monday to Thursday to assist you in making your Uni experience as enjoyable as possible. If you’re experiencing any difficulties, interested in starting a Club or Society, joining the CHSA Committee, or have any other questions, come in and have a chat.
Events & Marketing Coordinator: Jodie Phillips
Jodie joined the CHSA in 2018. As a graduate of SCU, Jodie is very familiar with student life on our lovely Coffs Harbour campus, and is dedicated to supporting all our members. You can find her keeping our Uni Lounge spick and span, wielding the BBQ tongs and planning our latest and greatest events.
CHSA is primarily funded by the Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF). This is a compulsory student paid fee which provides available funds to maintain and improve essential services and amenities of a non-academic nature for students without reducing funding for teaching.
These funds can be used by universities to focus on student services that will support and enrich the student experience.
Find out how SCU allocates SSAF funding here.
How To Join
To become a member of the CHSA you can either fill out our online form here or come into the office and join in person. Your membership is valid for the year that you sign up. You will need to sign up again each year.
Once you have become a member you can come into the office to collect your Membership card, which will give you access to our subsidised printing.