UWS welcomes new students

Date: 27/02/2002

As a special welcome to several thousand students commencing study at the University of Western Sydney next week, the six campuses of UWS - Bankstown, Campbelltown, Penrith, Hawkesbury, Parramatta and Blacktown - will each host Orientation activities for new students this week.

The Orientation programs include an official welcome from each campus provost, library tours, college-based information sessions, computer centre tours, free barbecues and entertainment.

UWS Dean of Students, Professor Marsha Durham, believes the warm welcome will help new students feel at home and give them a chance to get to know their campuses and lecturers.

"Orientation is always a fun time for students, and it's a good opportunity to get to know the grounds and meet their fellow students," Professor Durham said.

"Orientation gives students a headstart to their first semester and creates a smooth transition from school or work to university.

"To make Orientation as easy as possible we will have staff and students acting as volunteers and guides. They'll be wearing bright yellow caps and t-shirts so they are easily identifiable."

All new students attending Orientation will receive an Orientation bag which contains campus maps and the Essential 2002 Guide for UWS Students. The handbook contains information about the University, websites, student organisations, and an A-Z guide on campus services such as accommodation, bookshops, parking and disability support.


Media contact: Suzie Vlaming, 96787429 or 0414 308 701, email: s.vlaming@uws.edu.au