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Orientation 2018

Welcome to Lincoln University.

Orientation 2018

Welcome to Lincoln University.

Main Timetable

Orientation is designed to get you all set for uni life and welcome you to the Lincoln University whānau. It's the best way to kick off the Lincoln experience, meet new friends, and above all, have a blast.

Below is a line-up of events. Follow Orientation 2018 on Facebook and #OurLincoln for updates. 

Please note that you must attend the following activities if they apply to you:
* Students living on campus  Halls orientation
* New international students  Student workshops
* Sports/Future Leader Scholars  Scholarship inductions

Sunday 11 February * Sports Scholars' and Future Leader Scholars' inductions begin
Monday 12 February * Sports Scholars' induction
* Future Leader Scholars' induction
Tuesday 13 February * Sports Scholars' induction
* Future Leader Scholars' induction
Wednesday 14 February * Halls check-in day
* New Start - welcome for mature students
* International student workshop #1
Thursday 15 February * Halls orientation
* Halls quiz night
* Study Abroad course advice and enrolment
* International student workshop #2
* International student workshop #3
Friday 16 February * New Student Welcome - academic info, social activities and prizes
* International student workshop #4
* Halls toga party
Saturday 17 February * Halls silly sports
* Family picnic on Forbes Lawn
Sunday 18 February * Halls Christchurch Day Trip
Monday 19 February * Official University Welcome - Mihi Whakatau
* Kai on Forbes Lawn
* Traffic light party
Tuesday 20 February * Hangover brekkie
Wednesday 21 February * Postgrad High Tea
* Karaoke night
Thursday 22 February * Clubs and market day
* Hypnotist night
Friday 23 February * Lincoln University Tramping and Climbing Club's Port Hills day trip

Orientation 2018 is a time for celebrating and welcoming new students to our Lincoln University whānau. For a taste of social celebrations at Lincoln, check out this Garden Party video.

* If you have any questions about Orientation, please don't hesitate to phone +64 3 423 0000, freephone 0800 10 60 10 (New Zealand only), or email 

New Student Welcome Timetable

The new Student Welcome takes place on Friday 16 February. All new students, doemstic and international, are invited to take part. Get important information to help with your studies, take part in fun activities, get free food and win prizes.

8.30am * Follow the green arrows to Forbes Lawn and find your qualification on one of the three coloured signs
* Receive a wristband in the colour matching your qualification
* Follow the footprints in that colour to your faculty induction venue (see which faculty you're in here).
9.00am Faculty induction and qualification information session.
10.30am * The great Orientation Amazing Race explained and organised
* Teams created and roles assigned.
10.50am * Return to Forbes Lawn for a free snack
* Prepare your team to begin the Amazing Race.
11.00am Amazing Race - a chance to win free entry to Lincoln University Students' Association (LUSA) events.
12.30pm Free barbecue lunch outside Mrs O's.
1.30-3.00pm * Get your LUSA O Week bag (packed full of freebies), play Bumper Balls and relax to music on Forbes Lawn
* Winning team of Amazing Race announced and prizes awarded.

Halls Orientation Timetable

Halls students will be treated to a range of activities in addition to the main Orientation event.

Date Time Location Activity
Wednesday 14 February 1-4pm Te Kete Ika - Food and Function Centre * Halls check-in: Pick up your key and meet your Residential Assistant (RA)
* If you are under 18 or have special dietary requirements, you will need to register with Catering during this time.
4pm S1 & S2 Student brief from Health Centre
5.30pm Te Kete Ika - Food and Function Centre Dinner with whānau (including formal welcome and introductions) - $15 per person for non-students.
7pm Halls * Halls briefs
* Ice-breaker games
* Halls t-shirts issued
* Halls banners
* Health and safety rundown and rules
* Choose Halls reps.
Thursday 15 February 7.30am-9.30am Te Kete Ika - Food and Function Centre Pancake breakfast
9.30am Te Kete Ika - Food and Function Centre Guest speaker: Mark Inglis
12 noon-1.30pm Te Kete Ika - Food and Function Centre Lunch
2pm Farm Road Tennis Courts Dodgeball
5.15pm Te Kete Ika - Food and Function Centre Mandatory brief for under-18 students
5.30pm Te Kete Ika - Food and Function Centre Dinner
7.30pm Te Kete Ika - Food and Function Centre Inter-Hall Quiz Night
Friday 16 February 7.30am-9.30am Te Kete Ika - Food and Function Centre Breakfast
Day free for Lincoln University New Student Welcome
8pm Te Kete Ika - Food and Function Centre Halls Toga Party
Saturday 17 February 8am-11am Te Kete Ika - Food and Function Centre Brunch
11am-3pm Sports fields Silly Sports
5pm Te Kete Ika - Food and Function Centre BBQ dinner and movie night
Sunday 18 February 9am-12 noon Te Kete Ika - Food and Function Centre Brunch
12.30pm Meet outside Recreation Centre City tour
5.30pm Te Kete Ika - Food and Function Centre Dinner
7pm Final campus tour

Official University Welcome - Mihi Whakatau

This is your official welcome into the Lincoln University whānau (family).

Date and time: Monday 19 February, 8.00am, arrival by 7.45am for briefing of protocol.
Location: In front of Ivey Hall

The mihi whakatau provides the starting point in your association with the University. You will be welcomed by local iwi (Māori community) and the current students and staff on campus.  The ceremony will take place in front of Ivey Hall if fine and in the Stewart Building Foyer if wet.
All new students participating in the mihi whakatau should assemble outside the Stewart building by 7.45am.
The mihi whakatau (or pōwhiri) is a central part of Māori culture and protocol. It is a ceremony of welcome involving speeches, waiata (song) and the traditional greeting, the hariru and hongi (shaking hands and pressing of noses).
The mihi whakatau will start with a karanga (call) by a member of the local iwi. Once that call goes out, you will move into the space and find seating for the speakers, those supporting the speakers and all remaining visitors. 
A member of the local iwi will then stand and formally welcome you in Te Reo (Māori language) to acknowledge you, your ancestors and your family.
That speaker will then be supported by a waiata (song) and if there are no other speakers, the visiting side will be invited to stand and speak and will also be supported with a song. On the completion of this process, you will be asked to come forward and hongi (press noses) with the home side and then finally participate in a small meal.
While traditionally used to welcome visitors on to a marae (the sacred space or courtyard usually in front of Māori meeting houses) the ceremony is also commonly seen in everyday New Zealand life. It symbolises the coming together of two separate groups of people as one.
Mihi whakatau can happen anywhere that tangata whenua (hosts) wish to formally greet manuhiri (visitors). This custom frequently takes place in the workplace to welcome new staff and important guests, at schools and universities to welcome new students, at sports and leisure clubs, and at significant occasions or ceremonies, such as building dedications.
Here's a version of the waiata we'll be singing. Get some practice in beforehand, if you like!

Compulsory International Workshops

If you are a new international student, please attend the following four compulsory workshops, all to be held in the Commerce Lecture Theatre, C2.

Workshop 1: International Welcome Wednesday 14 February, 2-3pm
Workshop 2: Academic Success Thursday 15 February, 11am-12 noon
Workshop 3: Keeping Well & Safe Thursday 15 February, 2-3pm
Workshop 4: Student Life Friday 16 February, 3-4pm

Study Abroad information and Enrolment

If you're on a Study Abroad or exchange programme, you will have the opportunity to meet with an advisor to discuss your courses and finalise your enrolment in LUCAS. The session will take place in the School of Landscape Architecture Building, D1, between 9-11am.
We recommend that you bring a copy of your home university academic transcript.
If you have any questions, please email Diane de Haan.

New Start - A Welcome for Mature Students

This programme takes place on Wednesday 14 February, 9.30am-12 noon (with optional activities in the afternoon).
Please note that it is important to book for New Start, as places are limited. To book your place, email Deborah Gillespie.
The session is designed for new Lincoln University students who have had a break from formal education for a number of years.
You will have an opportunity to meet other students in a similar situation, address any apprehensions about starting university study and familiarise yourself with the services on campus (including the library).
In the afternoon, you can explore the campus or meet individually with a Learning Advisor to discuss in more detail how to succeed in your study at Lincoln University.
For more information, contact:
Caitriona Cameron
Phone: +64 3 423 0328

Admission, Enrolment, Timetables
With lectures starting on Monday 19 February, staff will be on hand to help you complete your enrolment and find your timetable. Kiosks are located on the ground floor of the Forbes building and will be open Monday to Friday, 8.30am-4.30pm. Specialist staff can be found close by in the Student Administration office.

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