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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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Karla’s name appears on match balls in 2016 again
2015-10-22

  

She was not destined to reach and win a third Varsity Netball title in 2015, but Karla Mostert still managed to end her last series on a high note.

The University of the Free State (UFS) Netball captain was named Player of the Tournament for the second consecutive year on Monday 19 October 2015.

Therefore, her name will still appear on the balls for the 2016 Varsity Netball series. Mostert, who due to her age will not be eligible to play in the series next year, was also Player of the Tournament last year, with her name appearing on the balls this year. All 31 games during 2015 were played with balls adorned with her name.

This is a consolation prize to Kovsies, as they lost unexpectedly against Pukke by 48-56 in the semi-finals played in the Callie Human Centre on the UFS Bloemfontein Campus on 12 October 2015. Pukke won the series for the first time on Monday 19 October 2015, when they thrashed Maties 50-37 in Stellenbosch.

The 25-year-old Mostert, whose nickname is Chits, has been a great stalwart for Kovsies over the years, and has had many successes with the team. She was also named as the Brutal Fruit Player of the Tournament earlier this year.

The Protea player, who was one of South Africa’s stars during the 2015 World Cup, will be playing netball for Bath in England next year, together with Lenize Potgieter.



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