Other formats

    Adobe Portable Document Format file (facsimile images)   TEI XML file   ePub eBook file  


    mail icontwitter iconBlogspot iconrss icon

Salient: Victoria University Students' Paper. Vol. 25, No. 1. 1962.

Welcome to New Students

Welcome to New Students

20th February, 1962.

It is my pleasant duty to welcome new students to Victoria on behalf of the Students' Association. The duty is certainly a pleasant one for we have, for the first time at the beginning of the year, student facilities unrivalled in New Zealand, and these will be a far more tangible form of welcome than any words written here. With the best multi-purpose gymnasium in Wellington, a Student Union Building incorporating Committee room, common rooms, Students' Association offices, a large modern cafeteria, and the best Little Theatre in New Zealand, if not Australasia, there is no need for me to describe the facilities in detail, as you will be using them on your arrival here.

I hope that by the time you are reading this, you will have overcome the difficulties of finding suitable accommodation, and that you will have earned enough money to keep you at University, or if you are part-time, you will have a satisfactory job. For those of you having trouble in these directions, I would like to remind you of the help and information available at the Students' Association office, through the Managing Secretary of the Union (Mr I. H. Boyd), on these, and indeed, any other problems which can arise while you are settling in.

During the first fortnight of lectures, the Students' Association runs its Orientation functions. These include tours of the University, an official welcome, faculty evenings, lectures on methods of study, the use of the library, a church service, freshers' social and of course, the freshers' ball, not to mention the various Club and other functions which you will see on the printed programme Naturally, the success of Orientation Week depends on a full attendance of new students at all these functions, and I strongly recommend them all to you.

One small request. You will all become members of the Students' Association when you enrol. The Association is run by students. Unless you, as students, give some Active support to its activities and clubs, you cannot in fairness expect to derive any benefit from the Association's functioning. While no student must forget that his or her purpose at university is to obtain" a degree, a certain amount of time away from study is equally essential. Finally, may I wish you all a most enjoyable and successful year.

Armour Mitchell,