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Thousands of students welcomed for Orientation Week


Steve Spinks
12 February 2013
Southern Cross University will welcome thousands of new students for Orientation Week activities across its three campuses at Coffs Harbour, Lismore and the Gold Coast this week.

Southern Cross University orientation co-ordinator Ann-Maree Wilkinson said Orientation Week had retained its importance on the SCU calendar.

"It's not only a great opportunity for students to become familiar with their campus, local facilities and classmates, it's also a time to learn essential study skills to help them through their all-important first session," Ms Wilkinson said.

Two new innovations this year include the School Host Program and the U Discover SCU Tour. The School Host Program sees students from each of the University’s seven academic schools to meet and greet first year students from the same course on their first day. The U Discover SCU Tour is a self-guided tour of an SCU campus with checkpoints highlighting student support services.

The course information sessions are essential for new students who are also encouraged to attend academic workshops to find out what will be expected of them in the coming years. There are also specialised workshops on information technology and referencing.

At the Lismore campus, some of the standout social activities include lunchtime entertainment supplied by contemporary music students, a healthy bush bites barbecue, an Icebreaker Party, various swim and gym activities and a ceremonial smoking session.

The Coffs Harbour campus will welcome new students with a pancake breakfast, an op-shop-themed party, an admittance ceremony from staff and PhD candidates, live entertainment and a party at the Jetty Foreshore.

Activities at the Gold Coast campus will include live music entertainment, a themed party and a market day.

For the full listing of events for each campus go to

Photo: School Hosts at SCU's Lismore campus.