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A Warm Welcome

04 Aug 2010

Ambassadors helped students register at the Postgraduate orientation event

More than 230 undergraduate and 485 postgraduate students began their studies in the Faculty of Economics and Business last week as Semester 2, 2010 got underway.

In the lead up to the start of semester, two orientation sessions were held to prepare students for the academic road ahead and give them a sense of student life. Both events provided an important opportunity for students to meet their peers as well as gain valuable insight into the skills, techniques and expectations of being a student in the faculty.

Undergraduate Orientation

On Tuesday 20 July, students commencing their undergraduate studies were welcomed to the faculty by Associate Dean (Undergraduate), Tyrone Carlin, at a briefing session at the University's Merewether Lecture Theatre. During the session students were able to meet fellow new starters and ask any pressing questions.

A panel of students was also on hand to speak about the diverse, supportive, and friendly study environment offered at the University. The panel representatives provided students with first-hand information about how best to approach lectures, how to gain a healthy work/study balance and then answered questions. The panel also encouraged students to get to know their peers, work together on projects, and learn from each other.

Postgraduate Orientation

On Wednesday July 21, the Seymour Theatre Centre played host to over 200 new students at the Postgraduate Orientation. At the welcome event, Associate Dean (Postgraduate) John Shields, provided students with information about what to expect as they begin their journey into further study.

Commencing postgraduate students were given the opportunity to hear from guest speaker, Amanda Irwin who is Head of Human Resources at Procter and Gamble. She spoke about the importance of succeeding in studies and how it lays the foundation for relationships in life and work. This was a great way for students to gain the perspective of an employer who has a strong relationship with the faculty and discover what is expected to secure success.

In addition to this, Associate Professor Michele Scoufis, spoke about the Peer Mentoring program offered in the faculty which aims to enhance the new students' sense of belonging to a learning community. Michele presented detailed information about the program which is designed to assist new students to build academic and social networks that allow them to settle more quickly into life as a student in the faculty.