La Trobe opens doors to community

La Trobe opens doors to community

25 Aug 2011

Sunday 28 August offers a day full of information, fun and entertainment for future students and members of the community interested in finding out more about courses and life as a student at their local university.

A flash mob performs for visitors at Open DayLa Trobe University staff and students will be on hand to answer the many questions surrounding tertiary education.

Andrew Skewes, Executive Director, Bendigo campus says Open Day is a great opportunity for the community to access information about new and existing courses.

‘We have an excellent range of courses already running here, as well as the new Bachelor of Strategic Communication and Bachelor of Community Development that we are introducing in 2012, together with a Bachelor of Arts degree with a new work-ready component and a Diploma of Arts,’ Mr Skewes said.

‘It’s an exciting time of growth and expansion for us and we look forward to welcoming members of the public to our campus’ he said.

Amy Lanfranchi is one of 125 La Trobe student guides and ambassadors who will be on hand to assist with campus tours and answer questions about university life. Ms Lanfranchi says that studying at La Trobe has been fun and rewarding. She is looking forward to sharing her experience with future students and their friends and families.

‘I chose to come here because of the courses offered. Classes are small enough that you aren't just another face in the crowd; instead you have a real opportunity to interact with the staff and other students.

‘These relationships open up some amazing opportunities. For example, in my course I have been lucky enough to participate in four overseas study tours. It's these sorts of fantastic experiences that really sets our course and La Trobe Bendigo apart,’ Ms Lanfranchi said.

As well as specific course information, there will be general information sessions that cover topics such as youth allowance and Austudy, mature age study, services for students with a disability, fees and scholarships, the Special Entry Access Scheme, student exchange programs and much more.

Entertainment includes live music, free face painting and a roving clown. Radio 3BO will be broadcasting on campus between 9am and 12 noon and there will be a free BBQ run by the Rotary Club of Bendigo South. Visitors can commemorate the day with a free photo from the photo booth that will be on campus.

To help visitors get around on Open Day, a mini-shuttle bus will run between La Trobe’s Bendigo campus, the La Trobe University Visual Arts Centre (121 View St), Hargreaves Mall and Bendigo Railway Station every half hour from 10.00 am to 4.00 pm.

Information about disability services or access to the campus for Open Day, including reserved parking, is available from the Equality and Diversity Centre, phone 03 5444 7223 or 133 677 for the National Relay Service Deaf and Hearing Impaired, or by email to


Open Day activities are from 10 am to 4pm on Sunday 28 August 2011. An Open Day Planner and more information on the day are available at



Further enquiries: Zerin Knight, Ph (03) 5444 7375 F +613 5444 7526 M 0428 463 161 E




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