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Campus News : March 2010
12 Campus News April 2010 University of Wollongong 1300 367 869 www.uow.edu.au Campus News is produced by the Media Unit. Editorial Nick Hartgerink Bernie Goldie Kate Mcllwain Layout Artist Paul Martens Photographers Sean Maguire Mark Newsham Telephone +61 2 4221 5942 Facsimile +61 2 4221 3128 Email firstname.lastname@example.org Web media.uow.edu.au Address University of Wollongong NSW 2522 Australia CRICOS Provider No: 001202E ISSN 0312-2018 The new academic year at the University of Wollongong got off to a bright start with O-Week orientation activities and the Welcome to Wollongong festival in late February. O-Week was the biggest ever, with thousands of new and existing students joining in the fun. Highlights of the week included a Bollywood Sunset festival with food tasting, dance lessons and fire performances, a free comedy festival on the Duckpond Lawn featuring Wil Anderson and the Axis of Awesome, as well as lots of music, festival stalls, games and street theatre each day. Year off to a 'Bolly' good start Each morning during O-Week Faculties ran information sessions and mini-festivals at different locations on campus. These were a chance for students to get to know their lecturers and tutors as well as their fellow students. More than 500 international students attended the third annual Welcome to Wollongong in the city centre on 26 February. It was organised by a community working group made up of representatives from UOW, TAFE, local high schools and other education providers, Wollongong City Council and community organisations. After a civic reception and welcome, Wadi Wadi dancers led the audience into the Civic Plaza outside the Illawarra Performing Arts Centre for the festivities. These included information tables for students, live music, giveaways from local businesses and activities such as a drumming circle, juggling and hula- hooping with performers from Circus Wow. School students provided vegemite tastings for the international students. UOW Community Engagement Manager Leanne Crouch said the event is part of a wider project to enhance the experience of international students. "It's about celebrating diversity and profiling the presence of international students and the contribution they make culturally and financially to the region," she said. "In Wollongong international students contribute more than $1 million each year to the local economy," Welcome to Wollongong working group Chair Virginie Schmelitschek said. KM 1:The Bollywood Sunset festival was a highlight of O-Week celebrations. 2: The African drumming circle was a popular activity at the Welcome to Wollongong festival. 3: A fire-dancer at the Bollywood Sunset festival. 4: The Wadi Wadi dancers provided an insight into Indigenous culture at the Welcome to Wollongong festival. 5: Sri Lankan PhD student Chulantha Jayawardena offered vegemite sandwiches to participants at the Welcome to Wollongong festival. 1. 3. 4. 5. 2.