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August 2008 Issue
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Open Day is about providing the whole family with a unique experience of the University of Adelaide.

It is an excellent opportunity for all members of the community to visit our North Terrace Campus and get to know what the University of Adelaide is all about.

This month's issue of the Adelaidean provides a taste of some of the activities, events, entertainment, tours and public talks offered during Open Day.

Why come to university? What are we doing that's exciting and new? How do we make an impact on your everyday life?

No matter what your age or your interests, there's something for almost everyone.

Here's a brief glimpse of what's in store...

Find out what you need to know

Open Day is your window on the many opportunities for study at a leading Australian university. Be sure to visit the Bonython Hall Expo where you can find out about what courses we offer, where they can lead you, and the wide range of services available to our students.

Our Faculties and Schools also have displays and talks that will bring to life the kinds of academic opportunities that await you.

These provide useful information for any new and prospective students, such as the "Beginners' Guide to University", "Adelaide Abroad: Overseas Study as Part of Your Degree", "Undergraduate Scholarship Opportunities" and "Applying to and Enrolling at Uni".

Each of the University's Faculties has organised a series of talks to specifically address the opportunities for study and where that can lead you. Turn to page 14 for a full timetable
of Open Day talks.

Seeing the work with your own eyes and being able to speak with current students and staff about it makes all the difference. From working with DNA, to reducing noise in industrial environments, from "rewiring" the human brain, to creating computer animation, or tasting 17th century food - there are dozens of examples that will help you to better understand the wide-ranging educational and research opportunities available at the University of Adelaide.

Get a bit of culture
A wide range of talks, displays and tours that highlight the arts and cultural aspects of University life can be found at Open Day, such as:

Tate Museum
Ground Floor, Mawson Laboratories
Established in 1925, the Tate Museum collection includes minerals, rocks, fossils and specimens that illustrate geological phenomena, such as items collected during Sir Douglas Mawson's expeditions.

The museum is open from 10.00am to 4.00pm. Meet a tour guide at 2.00pm in front of the Mawson Laboratories for a 30-minute tour.

Arthur Boyd's The Judges Series
Exhibition Space, Mitchell Building
Arthur Boyd chose the theme for his series of 12 paintings, The Judges, in the hope that judges would never forget about human frailties and the susceptibility of temptation.

Sub Cruce Lumen: granting of arms to the University of Adelaide
Foyer, Barr Smith Library
Archival material tells the story of the application, approval and use of the University arms and motto as the symbolic representation of the University of Adelaide and affiliated St Mark's College.

Fun stuff around campus
Open Day offers a variety of entertainment right across the campus, from the Festival of Short Films, to indigenous music and food, sports and clubs demonstrations, drama and orchestra rehearsals.

Festival of Short Films
Scott Theatre
What's "Behind the Door"? Short films from young Australians addressing this theme will be shown and judged at this year's Festival of Short Films from 12.00pm to 2.00pm. Come and see the new generation of filmmakers giving it their shot at industry and public recognition, and prizes.

Wilto Yerlo/CASM
Walter Young Gardens
From 12.00pm to 3.00pm, enjoy an indigenous feast and see performances by the musicians and dancers from the Centre for Aboriginal Studies in Music (CASM).

Clubs, Sports and Entertainment/Adelaide University Union
Hughes Plaza
University isn't all about study - there's also the social aspect! Check out the atmosphere on campus, with live music, demonstrations by the various sporting and special interest clubs, and get a taste for what student life is like all year round.

What's inside those buildings?
There are tours to suit just about everyone's taste - Public Art and Heritage Tours, general Campus Tours, tours of laboratories and accommodation facilities, and even a self-guided tour of the historic Mitchell Building.

Museum of Classical Archaeology
Basement, Mitchell Building
At 11.30am, take a guided tour with Dr Margaret O'Hea, Director of the Museum of Classical Archaeology and Head of Classics at the University of Adelaide. Explore the treasures on display in the Museum including a Roman terracotta sarcophagus (ca 100 BC), a Villanovan cremation urn (9th century BC), and much more.

Campus Tours
Bonython Hall
Every hour from 11.00am a new Campus Tour starts out the front of the majestic Bonython Hall. Each tour lasts for approximately 45 minutes and will guide you through a combination of some of the University's heritage buildings and modern buildings, including laboratories and other areas of interest.

For more information, pick up an Open Day program at the North Terrace Campus on Sunday 17 August, or visit the University of Adelaide's Open Day website:

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