SOUTHERN Cross University will this week host youth radio royalty when it is visited by triple j breakfast host Tom Ballard as part of the breakfast show's "O Week Crawl".
Mr Ballard will take part in an open mic night starting at 4.30pm Wednesday and interviewing first years about their experience of university life so far.
The university said the visit would be organised and promoted within the university by a group of second and third year students from the School of Health and Human Sciences.
The students, Aimee Bellingham, Daniel Hodgins, Sally McMahon and Jeremy Syme, had been given a budget of $500 to promote the event and had to pitch for the job at a training session for the university's "school hosts" who are acting as guides to first years during O-Week.
Mr Hodgins, 29, said the visit was good for the university.
"It's Tom Ballard from triple j, what is there not to be excited about? Having such a popular morning show host on our campus is creating great hype among the students," he said.
The Get Connected @ SCU orientation program, starting March 4, will be run across the University's campuses at Lismore, Gold Coast and Coffs Harbour. It is designed to encourage student networking and peer support and includes sessions on mentoring and peer-assisted study sessions; academic skills workshops; health and wellbeing; and an introduction to the First Year at SCU Facebook site.
Full event details are at the SCU Facebook page.
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