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29 January 2019 | Story Xolisa Mnukwa | Photo Anja Aucamp
Prof Francis Petersen speech
“We can create an institution that operates and lives in the times of embracing and celebrating diversity, inclusivity, and academic excellence by ensuring that students own their time at university,” said Prof Francis Petersen.

25 January 2019 marked the official welcoming of the University of the Free State’s (UFS) first-year students, as they moved into their respective residences and were warmly welcomed on the UFS Bloemfontein Campus. This day also marked the start of the registration process for first-year students.

According to first-year Psychology student Keisha Claasen, who moved into her residence earlier on 25 January, her first experience of the UFS was daunting but exciting, as she had never been in a similar environment. According to Given Gwerera, who dropped his son off at the Karee residence earlier the day, “the UFS is an institution with great culture and an overall good academic record.” He further explained that he trusts his son to make full use of the opportunities presented to him, as he has a cool head on his shoulders.

On the evening of 25 January, an eager group of millennials, joined by their parents, took the first sip from their cup of varsity life as they assembled on the Red Square of the Bloemfontein Campus to meet the Rector and Vice-Chancellor, Prof Francis Petersen, members of Rectorate, the deans of all faculties, and the Student Representative Council (SRC) of the UFS.

“2019 will be a year of continued change; the UFS is thrilled about the prospect of bringing about opportunities for adaptation and realignment to the future,” said Prof Francis Petersen.

He further explained that the university prides itself in moulding its students into well-rounded individuals who will develop into globally competitive graduates as required in a diversity of landscapes. Prof Petersen urged first-years to remain open to the technological developments that go with globalisation, because of its permanent effects on society today.

First-years were further advised to take advantage of the rich pool of academic research and knowledge that is characteristic of the university and is piloted by UFS scholars, by engaging with and learning from them.

The inspiring night concluded on a colourful note, as the audience enjoyed an artistic laser show in front of the Main Building. Caption:

“UFS academics conduct research that forces the world to take note,” said Prof Francis Petersen at the official first-year welcoming ceremony on the UFS Bloemfontein Campus.

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The overall winner of the national Sêr is Veritas!
2015-09-01



Veritas
Photo: Johan Roux

Walking away with the top prize of R10 000 and bragging rights, the 2015 national Sêr champions were none other than Veritas. Hosted by Stellenbosch University, the biggest university music competition, the 2015 ATKV University Serenade Competition, was held on 28 August 2015. Sêr finalists from various universities in the country converged to witness the moment when the best a cappella group emerged with the crown.

Marjolein
Photo: Johan Roux

This is the fifth time that the residence is in the musical excellence spotlight. Veritas made its debut as national champions in 1997, and have proved adamant to expand their trophy collection as the 2001, 2003, 2010 and 2015 title holders.

Earlier in the month, Veritas had battled it out against Vishuis and Armentum at the university Kleinsêr for the privilege of representing the university nationally. Veritas has done the university proud at the nationals by triumphing once again over the hosts, Sonop, and Pieke from the University of Pretoria in the Best Self composed and Best Prescribed song categories.

Marjolein, the ladies’ title holders at the UFS, took second place in the ladies’ category. Although it was a tough competition, Marjolein still walked away with titles for Best Self Composition and Best Prescribed Songs.

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