Issue 1
Monday, 04 March 2019
Charles Darwin University
Erging Huang and Banuargo Pramudito give Orientation a high-five at Casuarina campus
Erging Huang and Banuargo Pramudito give Orientation a high-five at Casuarina campus

Orientation kicks off new learning year

Hundreds of students have begun to navigate their way through the start of the higher education learning year, having participated in Orientation events in Darwin, Alice Springs, Sydney and online last week.

The program included a mix of academic and social activities to ensure students were familiar with university facilities, support services, and clued up on how to succeed at their studies.

One of the messages that new and returning students received concerned the university’s commitment to the “Respect. Now. Always.” initiative to prevent sexual assault and harassment.

Pro Vice-Chancellor Student Engagement and Success Professor Philip Seltsikas said the campaign was about raising awareness among students and staff that sexual assault and harassment were unacceptable, and to show the clear avenues to support for those who needed it.

“It is important that at the start of the academic year everyone is reminded that sexual assault or harassment will not be tolerated by the university,” Professor Seltsikas said.

Orientation activities included “academic readiness” sessions, campus tours, yoga, a market day, and sporting and cultural events.

Proceedings in Alice Springs kicked off with about 35 students and staff gathering for a meet and greet session in the campus library.

Senior Customer Service Officer Tina Schembri said that advisers, counsellors and staff were on hand to support students every step of the way.

“We are here to help. If you have questions, don’t hesitate to ask,” she said.

Mrs Schembri also introduced Wendy Taleo, who demonstrated the use of the Learnline website, and Kathryn Bailey, who led a tour of the library.