JCU Open Day on Sunday
James Cook University in Cairns will welcome the community to its Open Day this Sunday (19 August). Visitors will be able to tour University facilities and speak to JCU experts about their research.
“This is a special Open Day for us, celebrating 25 years of teaching and research in Cairns,” said Dr Stephen Weller, Deputy Vice-Chancellor and head of the Cairns campus.
“Many of our past students are in town to catch up with their former classmates, but Open Day is also about the students of the future, and their families. If you’re thinking about studying, or just curious to see behind the scenes at your local university, we hope to see you on Sunday.”
Dr Weller said the day included many hands-on activities.
“Our sport and exercise science team will test your reflexes and hand-eye coordination, you can mix up a remedy in the pharmacy lab, and there’s even the chance to try prosthodontic modelling in the dentistry demonstration.”
While the research aquarium, dental school and the Australian Tropical Herbarium are regular favourites with visitors to the campus, Dr Weller said there was always something new on the growing campus.
“We have a brand-new dental clinic, and two projects still under construction. Work is underway on our next lecture theatre, and the headquarters of The Cairns Institute, our centre for advanced studies in the social sciences and the humanities, focussed on life in the world’s tropical zones.
“This is also a good chance to catch up with staff from our new JCU Pathway College, a collaboration with TAFE that can help students make the transition to University.”
Activities on campus will range from sustainability to smart phone programming, education careers to erupting volcanoes, and creative arts to crocodiles (archaeology students will be unearthing a buried one).
The program features the Opti-MINDS Challenge, in which teams will compete in creative problem solving. High school debating teams will compete in the final of the Inter-school Law Debate.
There will be information on the courses available at JCU, how to get into university, and the support services available to students.
JCU’s Open Day will run from 10.00am to 2.00pm on Sunday 19 August. Full details of the program are at www.jcu.edu.au
Issued August 16, 2012
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