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Students head to SCU for O-Week


Brigid Veale
10 February 2006
Around 3000 new students will get their first taste of university life during Southern Cross University's O-Week, from February 13 to 17.

O-week activities are being held at SCU's three campuses in Lismore, Tweed Gold Coast and Coffs Harbour ahead of the start of lectures on February 20.

Group Director of Student Services Mr Carl Rallings said new services were being offered to students in 2006 to help ease the transition to university study.

A new Office to Assist Student Involvement and Success (OASIS) will bring together various student services in the one place for the first time. OASIS is located in Goodman Plaza at SCU's Lismore campus, and will be available online for Coffs Harbour and Tweed Gold Coast campuses.

The office amalgamates the key services of Accommodation, Careers, Employment, Student Loans and Scholarships, previously located in different places.

Under the office of the Pro Vice-Chancellor Academic, SCU has also introduced a new foundation 'Preparing for Success Program'. The pre-award program is designed to help students gain entry to the degree programs at SCU and provide them with the academic skills and information to help them succeed with their later studies. The new program will start in Semester 2, and will be offered again in December-January.

Learning Assistance workshops for new students are also being held throughout Orientation Week and at the start of the semester.

O-Week officially begins in Lismore with the Welcome to New Students address by the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Paul Clark, on Monday, February 13, from 10am to 10.30am in the Y Block lecture theatre.

The Welcome to Students address will be given at the Coffs Harbour campus by Head of Campus Professor Zbys Klich, on Wednesday, February 15, 2pm – 2.30pm in the D Block Lecture Theatre, and at the Tweed Gold Coast Campus by Head of Campus, Professor Bryan Rothwell, on Friday, noon to12.30pm, on the University Lawn.

Other activities include campus tours, computer and library orientations, course information sessions and learning assistance workshops. There will also be a host of entertainment organised including free bands and social events at each campus.