First published 9 February 2012
New students will start streaming through the gates at James Cook University’s Townsville campus next week to get ready for uni, ‘learn about learning’ and hopefully have some fun at the same time.
JCU will start its official Orientation Week (O Week) program on Monday, February 13.
It is a week designed to let new students, who are starting studies in Semester 1, 2012, find out about their studies, accommodation and potential social activities while studying at JCU.
JCU Vice-Chancellor Professor Sandra Harding said participation in the Orientation Program was the best way to start the JCU experience.
“James Cook University is an exciting place to be, and many students will receive a taste of this during O Week,” Professor Harding said.
“Of course, this is an exciting time for new students. They’ll be focused on commencing and, ultimately, completing their chosen course of study.
“O Week is a great way to become more informed and more comfortable with the journey ahead, to start making new friends and to familiarise yourself with the University and the campus, accommodation, people and wonderful resources.”
Professor Harding said staff are on hand to help students reach their personal academic goals during their time at JCU and their professional goals once they graduated.
“The O Week program is designed to help you learn about JCU and all that it has to offer so that you can reap the full benefit of your university experience from the very first day.”
7-9 February - A three-day Unistart course, to help with study techniques and processes
Information sessions for parents and partners of new students
Tailored help for international students
During O Week:
13 February - Welcome to University – an evening of entertainment
13-14 February - Introduction to students’ faculty and course
Week-long – Issuing of student ID cards
Week-long – International information sessions and workshops
Information sessions on studying at JCU, money matters, library and computing information, library orientation tours, computing workshops, support services, access to students mentors
Following O Week:
Blessing of the Academic Year
3 March - Essay skills workshops
Monday 13 February – 2pm-5pm
Giant Games and other entertainment – Market Square – near Refectory
Tuesday 14 February – 7pm onwards
Toga Party @ The Club - The must-do event and the biggest night of the year. 18+ ID required
Toga Party @the pool – 5.30pm onwards - All ages event. No alcohol.
Wednesday 15 March – 10am to 2pm
Market Day Extravaganza - stalls, businesses, freebies, entertainment, JCU Clubs and Societies, JCU and JCU Student Association Services, fun and games
Wicked Wednesday at the gym – see what the JCU Fitness Centre has to offer
Cinema Under the Starts – outdoor movie night (alcohol free)
Thursday 15 February
Reef HQ trip – 12 noon to 4pm
Free BBQ lunch and entertainment – 11am-2pm – Market Square
Happy Night (with DJ) at the Uni Club – 18+ ID required
Friday 16 February
Billabong Sanctuary Trip – 12 noon – 5pm
Bludgers Bar @The Club – Live band - 18+ event.
Saturday 17 February
JCUSA O Week Music Festival – 1pm til late
Unique entertainment experience – 18+ event. The Club precinct.
JCU Media contact: Caroline Kaurila (07) 4781 4586 or 0437 028 175.