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O-Week to kick-start academic year

By Leanne Coleman

The academic and social program has been designed to allow students to become familiar with the campus The academic and social program has been designed to allow students to become familiar with the campus

A range of orientation activities will be on offer for commencing students at Charles Darwin University, centres and campuses throughout the Northern Territory and Australia in 2014. 

In Darwin, the five-day academic and social program has been designed to allow students to become familiar with the campus, their courses and have an opportunity to meet and interact with current and new students.

Students can attend a free breakfast and an official welcome on Tuesday, 25 February followed by a student panel, where students can hear first-hand from current students about what they can expect from studying at CDU.

The packed program will include an exhibition with more than 40 organisations promoting their products and services to students with lots of free giveaways. Students who take part in the Orientation Explorer Game will be in the running for an Ultimate Study Pack including an Apple MacBook Pro.

The Faculty Information Day on Wednesday, 26 February will enable students to meet the Academic Liaison team, key faculty staff and attend sessions related to their specific course.

Those interested in studying with the Australian Centre for Indigenous Knowledges and Education will be able to attend the Indigenous Knowledges, Learning and Engagement Showcase to explore the facilities and enjoy a live performance of traditional dance.

Social activities will include a free movie night, Welcome Party @ Pirates Bar, and concert and BBQ at International House Darwin.

Other activities include “Get Activated”, which will provide students with information about how to activate their student accounts, enrol in units and get their Student ID cards. “Get on Deck @ the Library” will help students to familiarise themselves with the facilities and support available. The team from the Academic Language and Learning Success Program will be on-site running workshops on study skills and assignment writing.

Meanwhile in Alice Springs, the Higher Education theatrette will be the focal point of a three-hour program from 4pm on 25 February tailored to Central Australian-based students.

Director of Central Australia Paul Fitzsimons will deliver an overview of the university before introducing students to speakers from the Schools of Business, Education, Health and Environmental and Life Sciences.

A career advisor and student counsellor will be among others to explain the range of supports on hand before a Learnline presentation and tours of the library and the campus round out the evening.

CDU Centres in Sydney and Melbourne will also hold orientation events. For more information about orientation events visit W:  http://www.cdu.edu.au/orientation/