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Akaltye Indigenous academic support centre staff Lorraine St Clair and Sharon Donnellan with students Loretta Harris, Emslie Lankin, Levina Letchford, Morgan Lane and Katheryn Cochrane at Alice Springs campus Akaltye Indigenous academic support centre staff Lorraine St Clair and Sharon Donnellan with students Loretta Harris, Emslie Lankin, Levina Letchford, Morgan Lane and Katheryn Cochrane at Alice Springs campus

Staff in Central Australia welcomed more than 50 students to university life at the annual Semester 1 orientation evening in the higher education theatrette at Alice Springs campus.

Director Central Australia Paul Fitzsimons congratulated each student on their courage to pursue tertiary studies, noting that these were valuable years in which they would “glow and grow”.

“The door is always open and we’re here to help,” he said before introducing staff from Student Services, the Akaltye Indigenous academic support centre and lecturers from the schools of education and health.

“It has been encouraging over successive years to see a rising trend in attendance at our orientation program and this year has been no exception,” he said.

“The growth is also being reflected at post-graduate level where we now have 16 researchers studying niche aspects of life across the community and ecosystem.”

Students were told that a recent upgrade of the wi-fi network would give them coverage almost anywhere on campus.

They were also given an overview of Learnline, the university’s online learning system, and taken on a tour of the library.

Representatives from the Student Advocacy Office and the organ and tissue authority DonateLife, also addressed the students.

View the Semester 1 2014 Orientation image gallery