Cold pies and games welcome students to uni
By SAM BENGERsamb@gladstoneobserver.com.au
JOEL Kowald was introduced to university life in a fitting way yesterday ? eating a cold pie in about 30 seconds to win 'chook money'.
'It was a big effort ? it involved mind over matter, but it was definitely worth it,' the new Central Queensland University student said.
As part of the university's Orientation Week (O Week), new students took part in an Amazing Race meets Survivor challenge.
O Week organiser Pam Brown said the students were sent on three challenges: a dip in the fountain in front of the Yacht Club and a race back to the university campus; a food challenge ? including students having to eat a cold meat pie, a hot drink of flat Coke, a spicy meatball and a serving of some jelly-like substance; and a quiz about the university. ' This way we incorporate all the boring information they have to know about the university, with a lot of physical activities and a bit of a challenge for them ? it's all about making it fun for them and getting them ready for university life,' Pam said.
She said as well as the Amazing Race challenge, students also participated in formal introductions to the university.
'The students arrived this morning (yesterday) and had a formal welcome, were introduced to staff and other students and took part in faculty meetings as well as finding their way around the uni with the help of mentors,' Pam said.
'Then they had lunch and were entertained by a jazz band before having a meeting with the student association members.'
Students competed in teams of four for 'chook money' with the winning group receiving prizes including coffee club vouchers, plane tickets for two to Brisbane and DVDs.
Associate Professor Bob Prater said O Week was sponsored by a lot of local businesses, which showed the community support enjoyed by the university.
'It's great that we can give these out as prizes,' Mr Prater said.
'It parallels the reward the students will receive at the end of their study.'