Published on 12 February 2012
12 February 2012
The combination of live entertainment, social events and sporting challenges with serious sessions on budgeting, time management and note taking can only mean one thing … Orientation Week is here.
The University of the Sunshine Coast will welcome 3,200 new students to its Sippy Downs campus this week (13-17 February) by providing a wide range of fun and formal activities.
The large intake of students is expected to swell USC’s total student population to above 8,200 by the time Semester 1 begins on 20 February.
Official welcome events will be held for the Faculty of Science, Health, Education and Engineering on Tuesday from 9-10am and for students of the Faculty of Arts and Business on Wednesday and Thursday mornings.
Tuesday will be the biggest day of O Week with a community market that features stalls, community information booths and cuisines from around the world.
A highlight on Wednesday will be the annual Great Court Race from 12.30pm (weather permitting). The exciting 800m foot race is open to USC students only and carries cash prizes for the first three male and female runners.
This will be immediately followed by the Golden Key International Honour Society’s popular “great obstacle course race”.
Wednesday also will be the day for students to sign up for various clubs and teams at the USC Sports and Societies Day, and don their swimming gear for the inaugural Spartan Pool Dash at 3pm at the USC Pool.
Other events during the week will include a “World Cup” FUTSAL carnival from 3-5pm on Thursday, lunch-time social games of tennis, basketball, volleyball, indoor cricket and football during the week, and a two-day trip to the USC Research Centre on Fraser Island starting on Friday.
USC’s Student Guild is also staging a range of fun activities for O Week, including a pool party on Monday afternoon and an “Amazing Race” event around campus on Tuesday.
— Terry Walsh