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Edition #242 – 6 March 2017

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Join us for a Pint (your shout)….Give Blood! Union Main Common Room, March 14, 15 & 16


Where: Main Common Room, Union Building,
Tuesday       14 March 12 - 4.30pm,
Wednesday 15 March 10am - 3pm,
Thursday      16 March 10am - 3pm

BOOK ON-LINE and get more information including eligibility criteria here
or ph 0800 GIVEBLOOD 0800448325

Many thanks for all your help.

Welcome to the University of Otago plus Services & Support @Otago

Welcome back to returning students and a warm welcome to 1st year Otago students.

Most fortnights, you will receive an e-newsletter ( to your student email with official notifications as well as other news of interest from the University and your Students’ Association, OUSA. Items may also be displayed on the digital screens in the Link.
You can view a copy of scarfie and past editions here

Please take every opportunity to seek out as soon as you can what Otago offers in its wide range of services and support.

Graduation applications for May 2017 ceremonies are now open

Graduation applications open on 6 March and close on 20 March. To graduate either in person or in absentia you must submit an application via your eVision student portal. If the graduation link is not available by the time that applications open, you should email immediately.

OUSA Capping Show Auditions THIS WEEK!

Each year (for the last 124 years) OUSA gathers together the best minds in comedy, the best actors and actresses, the best voices in barbershop singing, the best band, and some of the best of the worst Selwyn boys to do their (in)famous Selwyn Ballet. YOU can be part of this just by attending one of the three audition nights! There’s nothing to prepare, just come by yourself (or with a friend) and bring heaps of energy. Oh, you “don’t do theatre”? Don’t be alarmed! Most of our past cast hail from the great halls of law, medicine, and even commerce. Check out our Facebook event for dates, times and extra info! See you there.

To market to market…on Thursday 9 March

The first Market food day of the year is on this Thursday! From 10am till 3pm the Union area will be buzzing with stalls of goodies, from pre-loved clothing to hand crafted gifts, food trucks and live music! Come on down and see what you can get your hands on. If you are keen to be a part of the day as a stall holder, here is where you can find some more details.

Career Development Centre’s March Career Seminars, 2017 Accounting, Law & Finance Expo and Employer presentations

Career Development Centre’s March Career Seminars
Career workshops and seminars for March are now available to book on Career Hub
Come and learn more about the essential concepts for your CV & Cover letters, Job Applications, Successful Interviews.

Accounting, Law & Finance Expo
Take this opportunity to meet with employers and recent graduates from the world of Accounting, Law & Finance.
Learn more about what graduate recruitment and internship programmes are available and what employers are looking for in an applicant. Tuesday 7 March 2017, 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. The Link, Union Expo

Employer Presentations
For more information on the 16 upcoming employer events below and how to register go to Career Hub.

E-cig/ vaping research participants

We're looking for participants aged 16 and over for a study about vaping. We'd like to recruit people who've never smoked tobacco regularly, but who are vaping at least a couple of times a month, as well as people who are currently smoking tobacco and vaping as well. If you fit this description and are interested, please contact: or 0272 123 224.
Participants receive a $40 gift voucher to recognise the costs of participating in the research. This study has been approved by the UO Human Ethics Committee (16/132).

Group fitness memberships on sale at Unipol – only $88 full year unlimited classes

Full year group fitness memberships just $88 (less than 75c per class based on three classes per week during semester time) or semester memberships for just $68. Memberships include unlimited access to Yogalates, Spin, BoxFit, Pump, Core & Step. Join up at Unipol or on-line for the best group fitness in the city. Get bang for your buck and sign up today.

Represent Otago on the World Stage in the World's Challenge Challenge

In March 2017, the University of Otago will host a World's Challenge Challenge. This competition invites teams of three students to come up with a unique solution to a global problem. Members of the winning team will each get to travel to Western University in London, Ontario, Canada to compete in the first ever International World's Challenge Challenge. More information and registration.

PASS - Peer Assisted Study Sessions

Weekly interactive study sessions led by students who have successfully completed the course the previous year. Integrating WHAT to learn with HOW to learn
Check out our website to see if PASS is offered for your 100 level paper.

PASS begins week 2  -   Register online from March 2.

Subsidised Computer classes coming up – EndNote(Mac) & Excel (PC)

Book online using a credit card or in person at ITS Reception (ITS building over the river Leith, near Castle Lecture Theatres); Phone 479 8559

Endnote(Mac) & EndNote (PC)