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ODay call for volunteers

Orientation Day | Herea tō waka (O Day) falls on Friday 15 February from 9.30am – 2.00pm this year – it’s our biggest event to welcome new students, families and whānau into the UC community.

To ensure the day runs smoothly, our Events and Partnerships team need your help as a staff volunteer.

O Day is a great opportunity to connect with new students and be part of the buzz. From “Supplier of Smiles” to “Information Guru”, there’s an opportunity for everyone to be part of O Day.

If you are interested in taking part, take a moment to review the roles (see below), check with your manager/supervisor to confirm your availability then click the sign-up link.

O Day volunteer roles:

  • Supplier of Smiles – you have a great smile and enjoy meeting new people
  • Information Guru – providing help and support is your gig
  • Foot traffic Controller – you’re there to scan people into sessions
  • Data Gatherer – you’ll happily ask people what they think
  • Campus Explorer – you know the campus well and can’t wait to show it off.

CLICK HERE to sign up!

If you have any questions, email the Events and Partnerships team.

Welcome Centre volunteers:

The Welcome Centre will be open between 4 February to 1 March on the Matariki ground floor. The Welcome Centre is a drop-in point of contact and referral for students and whānau, and is designed to help transition students into the UC community.

Staff volunteers are welcome to support our student leaders working at the Welcome Centre. Shifts are in two hour blocks from 9am – 4pm, 4 February to 1 March.

If you can help, please email your preferred dates and times to Elisabeth Baker by Friday 1 February.

Thanks in advance for your support of O Day 2019!

Mid-year Welcome

On 11 July we welcomed 239 domestic and international students who are starting at UC in Semester Two.

The programme of activities and presentations included:

  • Introduction to success services
  • Safety and wellbeing
  • Te reo lesson
  • Lunch and social activities
  • Campus tours

Evaluations were hugely positive and the favourite sessions were te reo lessons by Komene Kururangi and Jess Maclean from Aotahi and the safety and wellbeing session delivered by Hirone Waretini,  District Manager: Maori, Pacific and Ethnic Services,Canterbury District, New Zealand Police.

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O Day video

The Orientation Day 2017 introductory sessions kick off with a 15-minute video package of key need-to-know information.

The video compilation covers health and safety, student care, security, support, the UCSA, Student Volunteer Army and lots more. The video is also playing in the Welcome Centre.

Watch it, if you want to see what new students have been informed about.

Welcome Centre opening soon

Welcome Centre

A Welcome Centre will be opening on the ground floor of Matariki building on 10 February as part of UC’s 2017 Orientation activities.

The Centre will be a drop-in point of contact for students and whānau arriving on campus at the start of the 2017 academic year. The Centre will be open from 8.30am to 5.00pm, Monday to Friday from 10-24 February.

A principal intention of the Welcome Centre is to effectively transition students into UC by engaging and building relationships with them. A positive personalised initial experience is the foundation of a life-long association with UC.

Student and staff volunteers will be on hand in the Welcome Centre to provide information and friendly referral to key services such as Enrol-in-Person for international students, and the International Student Hub.

This new initiative falls within Student Services and Communication’s (SSAC) Orientation remit and is overseen by Student Success.

Can you help?
Staff volunteers are needed to support the running of the Welcome Centre from 13-24 February in 2 hour slots starting at 9.00am and ending at 5.00pm.

Please register your availability by contacting Jeni Moir.

Why get involved in O Day?

The Events and Partnerships team is seeking staff volunteers to help at Orientation Day on 17 February 2017.

UC colleagues have this to say about the O Day experience:

“Students are our core business – without them we don’t have a University. Staff need to get to know them, and they need to know and recognise us. What better way to meet our new 2017 cohort than to join them on O Day, and feel their excitement and (sometimes) nerves as they start out on a very big adventure. They have entrusted their learning futures to us – we should meet with them, acknowledge that, and share their special day.”

Professor Jan Evans-Freeman, Pro-Vice Chancellor Engineering

“I volunteered as it is a unique opportunity to connect and interact with the students and be part of that UC vibe! I enjoyed welcoming the students in the beginning of their learning journey, putting a smile in their faces, encouraging them to take a picture with their families and therefore contributing in creating memories! Calling for UC faces! Colleagues get involved! Remember and enjoy the energy that comes with the first day in Uni! For one day, we become a walking UC advertisement!”

Evelyn Varelogiannis, Learning Resources

“When the call went out for people to help welcome the fresh faced students on last years O Day, I was pretty keen. Sure – I wanted to offer a positive first impression of UC. But more than that, I wanted one of those Canterbury Red® t-shirts that came with the gig.  But helping on the day turned out to be way more fun than I’d bargained for. You see, our team was in charge of distributing UC lip balm to the first years as they arrived on campus… and I took this job very, very seriously. As the students came up Arts Road like whitebait swimming towards a giant whitebait net, I enjoyed the camaraderie of being in a team, the experience of seeing the anticipation on the students’ faces, and, of course, the deep satisfaction of knowing that I was playing my part in keeping our new students lips supple and healthy.  P.S. I still have the shirt.”

Spanky Moore, Senior Ecumenical Chaplain

“We all know that a core part of a positive student experience is having positive engagement with staff, and O Day provides the opportunity to get this off to a great start.”

Professor Jonathan Le Cocq, Pro-Vice-Chancellor Arts

“Volunteering at O Day was a fantastic opportunity to get out and meet students arriving at UC from not only our own backyard, but from all around the world. It was inspiring to hear students’ enthusiasm for UC. The sushi and hot chip give-away was very popular too!”

Dr Dean Sutherland, College of Science

And read this blog from Katie Perry about her team’s experience helping at O Day.