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Published on 12 February 2015

A New Semester Fiesta complete with Mexican Cantina, music by DJs, free barbecue, obstacle course, giant games and inflatable fun will be a highlight of Welcome Week for new and returning students at the University of the Sunshine Coast from 23-27 February.

All the colour and camaraderie of Welcome Week will hit the USC Sippy Downs campus from Monday 23 February to Friday 27 February, with a full program of information sessions, tours and entertainment.

The New Semester Fiesta on Tuesday 24 February is expected to be the biggest day, with activities ranging from Quidditch (played on broomsticks), giant Twister and barefoot bowls to cooking demonstrations, market stalls and photography and creative writing displays.

Almost 4,000 new students will join about 7,000 current students when Semester 1 starts on Monday 2 March.

USC Deputy Vice-Chancellor Professor Birgit Lohmann said Orientation provided plenty of opportunities for new students to get to know their campus, its facilities and services, before classes started.

“I encourage all USC students to attend Welcome Week to prepare for their studies in 2015 while having some fun and making new friends,” she said.

The week’s program includes practical sessions on degree programs, IT and library use, and student support services.

Academics and administrative staff, student ambassadors and mentors will be answering individual questions, while a Parent Lounge will be set up in the Library.

Thursday also will feature the USC Student Guild’s ‘Last Chance at Childhood’ celebrations at the Uni Club, including a Clubs and Societies Fair, slack-lining competition with USC Activate, music, food and games into the evening.

For a timetable and further information, go to Welcome Week.

Julie Schomberg

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