College welcomes the 2018 academic year

College welcomes the 2018 academic year
College welcomes the 2018 academic year

On Thursday 22 February the College rang in the start of the academic year by hosting a ‘2018 Welcome Party’.

Now in its second year, the Welcome Party is an additional event added the College commencement activities.

Dr Fiona Beck, member of the 2017 Student Experience Committee was delighted with the event success and explained why the College will continue to host these each year.

“The purpose of the event is foster a culture of unity within the wider college community. It’s an opportunity to inspire our students and give them a view of the big picture vision of the college” she said.

With 425 students and staff enjoying the festivities, the energy was vibrant. The outdoor event was held on the lawn area outside Craig Building, and was decorated with the college colour ‘claret’ (red).

Red ANU t-shirts were handed out to the first 100 people, with early birds lining up an hour in advance to ensure they didn’t miss out.

Ice-cream and the mini marketplace proved popular with students who were keen to learn more about the services and associations available at ANU.

College Dean, Professor Elanor Huntington, welcomed the crowd and shared why 2018 will be a pivotal year for engineering and computing at ANU.

“Recently it was announced that the College will receive a $320 million investment from the University to reimagine Engineering and Computer Science as an institutional priority. It’s a mighty project that will place ANU on a world stage.

“The signs of our expansion have begun. Our new Computer Science/Maths Building is due for completion in May. It will be home to all of maths, most of Computer Science and the “Australian Signals Directorate” or ASD, will occupy the top floor. ASD will be doing unclassified research with our academics and students – including undergraduates.

“This expertise is further strengthened by the ANU Cyber Institute, recently formed in collaboration with the National Security College” Professor Huntington said.

Distinguished Alum, Torban Sko spoke candidly about his time at ANU and provided insight into his role as Chief Technology Officer for The Sam Prince Group.

If you missed the Welcome party and would like to learn more about - services and associations available to students at ANU, please follow the links below.

Check out the photos in the gallery and pop over to the CECS Facebook page to see more.

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