Live-in students are returning to university for the start of Orientation Week 2009.
Live-in students are returning to university for the start of Orientation Week 2009. Coffs Coast Advocate

O week is all about getting more out of uni

SOUTHERN Cross University semester one 2009 kicks off today with Orientation Week.

'O Week' includes many activities to accustom new students to the life of university and get the old hats back into the swing of things.

“There is so much more to Orientation Week than ever before,” student services group director Carl Rallings said.

“It is now a four-week event covering not only the traditional events but also the first three weeks of semester.

“Orientation is being viewed as an induction process rather than a singular event and is a fundamental service that sets the scene for long-term student success.”

Some of the many activities on offer are an IT essential session, a library session, campus and town tours, a learning assistance workshop, course welcomes, information forums, a cocktail night, Traffic Lite Party, and a family and friends day.

“Our total budget for the four weeks of orientation activities, which run from Monday, February 16, to Friday, March 13, is around $100,000 following extra support provided by the University's First Year Academy,” Mr Rallings said.

“The First Year Academy is an innovative project that has been in operation for the past six months, designed to support the first-year student experience.”

SCU O Week will be held at various venues around the Coffs Harbour Education Campus. For more information and times of sessions visit www.scu.edu.au/orientation/



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