Academia is a very young residence and this lends itself to many good things for us as HK, it means we have the opportunity to create tradition and lay down foundations, make history! Academia is officially 10 years old and the HK structure was introduced in the residence 6 years ago. The reasoning behind this was the control of such a large group of people, especially outside of office hours. This then lent itself to the creation of the committee who saw a lack of organized social events etc and the University acknowledged our residence status. Academia could from then onwards partake in JOOL and all the other campus related activities. We have built a strong foundation in so few years by ensuring that we perform on the same standard and if not a higher standard than the rest of campus.
Academia offers the best of both worlds, giving students the privacy of an apartment, but also giving them the opportunity to participate in activities organized by the Academia HK, the University and the surrounding community.
We cannot wait to see what Academia will look like ten years from now, we truly hope the changes we have implemented will stand the test of time and make Academia stronger. We are the biggest res on campus and therefore we should rule.
Academia is an urban community of 954 students where we believe that "through diversity we learn and in unity we trust". We strive to embrace our motto – "A Village of Friends" – in every aspect of residence life and all of our activities/projects are aimed at promoting our core values: Respect, Honour, Kinship and Excellence. We look forward to welcoming you into the Academia-Family in 2010 and we hope that you will enjoy the experiences that Stellenbosch University has to offer!
As House Committee, we are committed to ensuring that our projects and events for 2010 are fun and well organized. However, our success largely depends on your participation and support. Please read through your First Year's Information Package carefully and follow all the instructions. Furthermore, Academia's Welcoming Program must be read in conjunction with the University's "Welcoming Program for New Students and their Parents".
Academia is a University of Stellenbosch associated residence and therefore, you and your parents must please attend the events in University's Welcoming Program Booklet for students who live in 'residences' and not the events for PSO (Private Student Organization) students.
The Academia Welcoming Program is aimed at introducing you to the academic, institutional and social values of the University and Academia, as a residence. Furthermore, the program will provide you with important information about life in Stellenbosch and the opportunity to experience the MATIE culture, whilst making new friends during Jool.
MATIES JOOL/RAG consists of a series of exciting, student-orientated events (like "Trollies", "Vensters" and "Floats") which are aimed at promoting social awareness and community development. JOOL will undoubtedly be one of the highlights of 2010 and we are very excited to share our plans with you!
For more information you can go to www.matiesjool.co.za.
The aim of this First Year's Information Package is to provide you with the essential information that you may need before you arrive in Stellenbosch. As soon as the Academia Welcoming Program starts, we will discuss the various aspects of the program in greater detail with you.
We wish you and your family a blessed Festive Season and a Happy New Year. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us!hide this
The roles of the Academia house committee and the academia office administration is often blurred. The synergy between the two bodies is vital to the well being of the house, but each do have definite roles to play.
The house committee is responsible for the overall well being of Academia residents, dealing with issues such as social events, academic support, cultural activities, sport opportunities, community interaction and discipline.
Whereas the office; or Academia administration is responsible for the contractual side of Academia, thus referring to all maintenance queries, finance queries, services provided within the premises and things of such nature. Both bodies are accountable towards each other. Hold regular management meetings and are informed of the other body's doings.hide this
Peter Blackbeard (Maintenance Uneven Blocks)
Sckalk Botes (Maintenance Even Blocks)
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My name is Tienie Fourie and I come from a super small town (Olifantshoek) in the Northern Cape, but this year you will get to know me as a member of your HK. I am one of the deputy Prims and I am in charge of first years and Academics. That means if you have any problems, be it social or Academic, I will be there to listen and to help. And in the rare event that we cannot handle the problem on our own, I also know who to call in time of need.
As you might have heard from other people, University is not the same as school. This is very true, and since you are at University to study – academics will be your most important priority here at Stellenbosch. That is why together with your mentor (each first year gets assigned to a senior) I will be there every step of the way to support you and to make sure you cope with the academic load.
Secondly I am HK of first years. It is my privilege to get to know every first year and to ensure that you enjoy your stay in Academia. Anything you want to communicate to the HK, you can tell me and I will make sure your voice is heard. I am not only here to ensure you are enjoying Academia, I am also here to represent all first years.
That's all from my side and I can't wait to meet you!!
As head of academics I am in charge of mentors for first–years. I am also HK of first–years, and these two portfolios combined entail assuring the acclimatization of the first–years into their new social and academic paradigm.
I want to ensure that a prestigious academic reputation and structure forms within Academia, and that all the new first–years succeed in what is expected of them, both academically and socially.
By spanking them!
With a proper support system that the mentors provide, and through well–planned and executed administrative ventures, this goal is easily within reach.
Within my portfolio it is sometimes needed to rely upon others for feedback and reports, and this introduces delays and errors within the system.
We have a very enthusiastic, competitive and positive group of first–years that respond well to our direction, and they have genuine spirit and loyalty to Academia, and with them on our side we can't lose!
I want to leave a well–structured and efficient system in place for managing the academics and first–years, so that consecutive HKs can more easily slide into the role and not have to relearn all of the lessons that made it so challenging.
The purpose of this portfolio is bringing people of different backgrounds and cultures together, having them co exist happily respecting one another. This applies to both international and regional students. Diversity is more of an atmosphere, a feeling of acceptance you want to have in your residence for one another. The best thing about this portfolio is that it can be interwoven into the other respective portfolios as well.
My portfolio is diversity and cluster. The purpose of the diversity part is in bringing people of different backgrounds and cultures together. Having them co–exist happily respecting one another's traditions and beliefs. The idea of the cluster aspect is in being able to share, exchange and feed off the resources and ideas of the other residences at the university that comprise the cluster.
This year I would like to achieve the integration of students from different backgrounds into university society and life. Making them feel as if they belong at the university and their differences are what make them unique and special, something to be proud of, not shy. The cluster has both social and academic functions. Through this students can gain useful tools for both university life and the real world, which enables them to enjoy themselves in this process.
This can be made possible by firstly having a mind map of what my goals are (if you don't set a goal then you never actually know what you are working towards). Secondly I will sit down on a regular basis with the cluster as well as other HK and plan well the necessary steps which will draw us closer to achieving this final goal, and lastly by executing these plans.
I personally believe the sky is the limit, but one thing which tends to hinder progress and development is the constraint of time. All things which must be integrated into a system properly must take time.
By setting the wheels in motion for a grand master plan will bring about a positive change in the integration of students to this new phase of life. Laying a foundation on which the coming HK can build upon, by using cluster and diversity.
Community Interaction involves the outreach to people in the community who are in need. We as students learn from and with the community we work with. A huge part of RAG is about giving back to the community. In the beginning of each year, each residence takes on a long term community project. This project is done with the One–Stop Service at Maties Community Service. Academia has chosen the Pebbles Project for 2010 which involves tutoring children between grades 1–12 on 9 different wine farms in the Stellenbosch region. We are partnered with Silene, Aristea and Kolonieshof for this project. The tutoring will be happening twice a week and volunteers will help us to achieve the goal of facilitating these children to reach their Academic goals.
Above: Photo of Academia, Aristea and Silene's HK's of Community Interaction at one of the farms of the Pebbles Project.
Academia's RAG partner for 2010; is Silene and we are going to do a small RAG community project with them at Meerlust Wine Estate. We will be taking old clothes and crayons to the children at the afterschool there. Volunteers will also join in and we will spend some time with the children. This will be taking place during RAG and all First Years are encouraged to take part.
For more information on the Pebbles Project please visit www.pebblesproject.co.za
Academia wants to become more environmentally friendly and to do so we have decided to bring in a recycling system for the flats. This recycling system involves the division of wet waste and dry waste. Wet waste is anything that is thrown away which can decompose such as food. It is also as the name says "wet". It is therefore un–recyclable and needs to be transported to the dump. Dry waste on the other hand is any product which CAN be recycled; this includes paper, glass, plastic etc. The division of wet and dry waste will have the consequence of reducing the amount of waste which is transported to the dump (which at this moment is full). The less waste in the dump, the more waste will get recycled and the better it is for the environment.
The recycling system will therefore start in each flat with special two–compartment bins each compartment for the respective type of waste. Therefore each student would not have to go out of their flat to recycle. This is a small vision which can have a huge impact in the long run.
The new phase of Academia will be the first phase to have this implemented as it is already more environmentally friendly with solar panels, better water usage facilities and the like.
I look forward to partnering with the rest of Academia to serve our community and help empower our nation.
Community Interaction – it involves the outreach to people in the community who are in need. We as students learn from the community we work with. A huge part of RAG is about giving back to the community. In the beginning of each year, each residence takes on a long term community project. This project is done with the One–Stop Service at Maties Community Service. There are also small projects throughout the year.
Green – this portfolio is about being environmentally friendly. Going green is a popular saying that means that you are becoming more aware of the effects of global warming and that you've made a choice to live more environmentally friendly/green. This is important, especially when NOW is the time that these changes need to be made. The worldwide Climate Crisis will not go away and this portfolio helps look at what we as students can do to be more kind to our environment.
Community Interaction – I would like Academia to be part of a long–term project, specifically tutoring children. I would also like Academia to have more small projects.
Green – It would be ideal if we could make Academia more environment friendly, and to start recycling within each flat/room. It also would be helpful to market GOING GREEN so that more students become aware of the Climate Crisis.
Community Interaction – Academia has chosen the Pebbles Project for 2010 which involves tutoring children between grades 1–12 on 9 different wine farms in the Stellenbosch region. We are partnered with Silene, Aristea and Kolonieshof for this project. The tutoring will be happening twice a week and volunteers will help us to achieve the goal of facilitating these children to reach their Academic goals. Academia's RAG partner for 2010, is Silene and we are going to do a small RAG community project with them at Meerlust Wine Estate. We will be taking old clothes and crayons to the children at the afterschool there. Volunteers will also join in and we will spend some time with the children. This will be taking place during RAG and all First Years are encouraged to take part. For more information on the Pebbles Project please visit www.pebblesproject.co.za
Green – Academia wants to become more environmentally friendly and to do so we have decided to bring in a recycling system into the flats. This recycling system involves the division of wet waste and dry waste. Wet waste is anything that is thrown away which can decompose such as food. It is also as the name says "wet". It is therefore un–recyclable and needs to be transported to the dump. Dry waste on the other hand is any product which CAN be recycled, this includes paper, glass, plastic etc. The division of wet and dry waste will have the consequence of reducing the amount of waste which is transported to the dump (which at this moment is full). The less waste in the dump, the more waste will get recycled and the better it is for the environment. The recycling system will therefore start in each flat with two bins instead of one. Therefore each student would not have to go out of their flat to recycle. This is a small vision which can have a huge impact in the long run. The new phase of Academia is also more environmentally friendly and has solar panels as well.
For both portfolios cooperation/interest can become a problem. However this can be overcome if both portfolios' and their visions are marketed well.
Project coordination and management must be done well, otherwise the projects will fail.
Community Interaction – enrichment
Green – future
Vision, planning, organisation, recruitment of volunteers, marketing.
I would like to believe that we helped many community members during the long–term and small projects and that we GAVE BACK TO THE COMMUNITY in a big way.
For the Green portfolio I hope that Academia showed that a small change can make a huge difference in the future of many students' lives. That those students go out into the world knowing how to be GREEN and how much it matters to the EARTH.
In general I want all the students of Academia to be proud of their 'res', the HK and what Academia as a whole has accomplished.
The Exec & Admin is made up out of four Portfolios. The Primaria, Secretary, Treasurer and JOOL Admin.
Select one from the menu above to view the portfolio explanation and questionnaire.
I am Rosalind J de Waal, your Prim for this year; it is my great privilege to be leading you and to be welcoming you to our home. We as the HK of Academia are very excited to meet you all and to help with your integration into university life at Stellenbosch.
Before I get down to all the details you will need to know I want to share with you something from my own life.
When I arrived in Stellenbosch I was a bundle of emotions; excited, petrified, expectant, anxious and enthralled. I had so many preconceptions and expectations of what res was supposed to be, of the family I was walking into, but I was disappointed, I did not feel that which I had expected at the res I got into, partly because I didn't try hard enough to make friends and mostly because I was wishing for the idea I had in my head of what I wanted it to be to become a reality. But I did make close friends in res that first year, friends who are still very dear to me and whom I spend much time with, but it could have been so much more if I had laid down my preconceptions and allowed myself to be in the moment to experience life NOW! I moved to Academia the next year and made a paradigm shift to live IN the moment, to allow myself to let go of preconceptions, set ideas and be open to embracing change...
So you may wonder why I am sharing this... the reason is that each one of us has these preconceived ideas.
Some of you may not have gotten into res; some of you didn't want to go to res, some don't really mind, some chose to be here, some didn't... whatever the case may be you are here. So my challenge to you; is whether you are going to live in false hope of something that isn't reality at this moment or are you going to take the proverbial lemons life hands one and make lemonade? We are delighted to have you in Academia and want to help you become a well rounded individual, but iron sharpens iron and means close contact – you have to be with us, here in the moment, living life to the full, making the most of the time we have been given. We are proud of where we stay, we are proud of Academia, we want you to share in the vision, the dreams and goals we have set for Academia, we want to take them further, we want to leave you a legacy to build upon, help us.
You are standing at beginning of a new phase in life, one that we would love to share with you and help you in, let us, let Academia be a part of this exciting time in your life.
There are so many details I need to discuss with you, but I will do this when you arrive. I have to mention one very important thing though – discipline... the dreaded word... But rather look at it this way; every home, institution, country etc. has rules that make it run smoothly and so also Academia has rules to make things run smoothly for our residents, we have a code of conduct that you are all bound to adhere to, this will be discussed in detail with your parents and then with yourselves, please read through this so that you know the boundaries within which you are free. These rules and regulations are there for your protection and your convenience, please help make our job easier and respect them. The disciplinary committee is headed not only by the HK but also by University Disciplinary Council representatives( the same people you would come into contact with if you where to commit a misdemeanour on campus) and therefore we hope that we will not have any trouble this year with any residents in this regard. Let's have fun but also let's show respect for each other and our home.
We have an exciting year ahead with many things on our calendar, we will tell all about these when you arrive, but most importantly we are turning TEN!!!! This means we will be celebrating in style! We hope to throw the bash of the year and get all Academia Alumni to join in too. We have a very impressive list of Alumni and we are excited to welcome you as a group who will only add to the calibre of Academia.
We have adopted the Greek system and will be implementing elements from this to enhance the traditions and legacy of Academia. We have the Academia Hall that will be finished in the middle of the year; that will provide us with a great gathering place, and a place for amazing events and opportunities to invite others to experience Academian life.
We as your HK have many tricks and treats up our sleeves and trust that you will enjoy this year with us. Remember, you are the Academia leaders of the future and I hope that this year we will set a standard that you will only build upon, may our roof be your floor!
Welcome to alpha chi alpha, welcome to an international community, welcome to life and welcome to Aca.
All my hope
I have an overseeing role in the HK, therefore I actually do all the portfolios. I lead the HK in reaching the goals we set out for ourselves. I am a cheerleader, chastiser, caregiver and course corrector to name but a few roles. This portfolio is the most diverse of all and it's lovely to be able to have an influence in every aspect of the portfolios.
I would like to build upon the foundation laid by the previous HK's leave a legacy of hope for the next HK and get our core values etched into the minds and hearts of all Academians. Further I would like to inspire and encourage people to get more involved with our leadership structure and with Academia in general.
Through innovation, properly executed and well planned strategies for all events and overall raising of the proverbial bar, so as to create a healthier image of Academia.
Obstacles I could pinpoint would be the human factor, expecting certain things from the Hk and the house and not receiving what I expected, further also the time management aspect, which boils down to priorities.
I believe one should work on your strengths and manage your weaknesses. Therefore I will pinpoint the strong points ine ach portfolio and hammer on those, while making sure that our weaknesses do not get the better of us.
I want to leave structures and systems that make the next Hks life alot easier, further I want them to be to focus on leading and not managing, anyone can manage, few can lead. I wan to leave behind a leadership culture, inspired and innovative group of people able to take Academia to where it belongs!
Hello to all the new upcoming first years that will be joining us in our home next year known as Academia :)
I am Danelle van Wyk and hold the position of secretary in the HK of 2009/2010. My portfolio is all to do with admin... And does Aca have a lot of that, hehe!!! No but I do keep everyone on the HK up to date on the important things to remember, further I make the Prim's job a lot easier, as she is always running around with far too much to do, shame... But enough about my portfolio.
Academia is a young res on campus and next year we will be celebrating our 10 year anniversary!!! As we look back at the past ten years, we build on the foundations and systems already in place at Academia. However, we are also very excited in leaving our own legacy as HK which includes more academic control, diversity, traditions and MOST importantly, RESPECT!!!
This year one of our main visions is striving for excellence in all fields of Academia in order to uphold an honourable and respectable image on campus. Further more we wish to improve on the systems and structures already in place so that Academia can become a peaceful and balanced place to live in. Some of our main goals include the funding of an Academia Hall that will be used for functions, studying and food catering, starting an awesome Academia band, improving our relationship with the international students as well as implementing a Greek system between the blocks which will allow us to have competitions and great FUN!!! ?
We also actively want to get involved with bigger world issues and have our hearts set on human trafficking awareness. Some of the longer term goals that we would like to see Academia achieve include the purchasing of a bus for the use of all students living here, the installation of more cameras to further improve security and the general improvement of facilities which could include tennis courts, a swimming pool and a small sized gym. How cool would it be to have our own little town here in Aca?!? As first years we as the HK really want you to be made aware of our portfolios as well as get to know a little bit about each one of us. We think it will make the admissions program more efficient and enjoyable for all so please take in everything this package has to offer you. We want to encourage a desire among all of you now and when you arrive take the time to build upon it. I am extremely excited to meet you all and have an awesome holiday.
As secretary of the HK 2009/2010 I am expected to be in control of all administration. This includes taking minutes of all HK meetings as well as other important events. Furthermore, I see to it that all important notices are typed and sent to the respective persons in charge. I am also part of the disciplinary committee and with regard to this I have to type out and send all disciplinary notices to the alleged offenders. In the disciplinary hearings themselves I record what has been said by all parties and then file these in our records.
I want to make sure that all administration is up to date so that the HK of the following years can read our documents and build on our success. Furthermore, I want the organisation to be on top form so that our HK and their duties can run smoothly. In addition I would like to organise the HK room in such a way that will aid efficiency in a structured and neat environment.
Time management is definitely important in this regard and to take note of everything that still has to be done so that one forgets. Furthermore, never leave things to the last minute, this has been my down fall many times. I strive to improve in this regard.
No obstacles...just making sure that everything is up to date and not leaving it to the last minute.
One thing about my portfolio is that I love to organise things and it is very much required in this case. I can therefore only focus on myself and my organisational skills to improve this portfolio. I am however not pleased with the lack of information about the residents living in Academia but I am happy to report that as a HK we are trying to solve that problem.
I just want the next secretary to realise one important thing when taking on this portfolio....professionalism. When dealing with documents and notices regarding the residence and university matters, it is very important to remain professional and use official Academia letterheads and logos at all times. It brings across a much better image for your Residence. This has not been done in the past.
As treasurer of Academia, I aim to ensure that the finances of this HK term will stay within the budget that we set up at the beginning of the year. This year, we were lucky to have the help and support of the previous HK regarding the finances and especially the budget. Each of the protfolios had the chance to request the amount they think they might need during our term to ensure that the best quality of products and services will be offered to the residents of Academia. I reviewed each of the portfolios' requests and drew up a budget from this information. The previous treasurer also made this year's work easier by managing the money admirably during his term.
In 2010 I will aspire to not only follow in his footsteps of excellence, but also to leave my own.
To manage the funds for the HK
To make sure that there isn't a loss, while making sure that only the best products and services are given to Academians.
I am not yet sure of how I am going to do this. When the situation arises, there will be a solution, and a way to handle it.
That people will not be payed on time.
The relationships that we have with people, especially with the office.
No matter what people say... you CAN do it.
My name is Salomé Coetzee and I come from Namibia. Very far, I know! I will be handling the portfolios of JOOL Administration, Clothing and Archives.
Being HK of JOOL Admin, I look forward to the beginning of 2010 when JOOL/RAG is taking place. I will be helping our HK of Academics and First years, in planning in the program for JOOL and I will be doing my best to make it tons of fun. My dream is to win JOOL 2010 together with our JOOL partner Silene and with all your help that can become a reality! I took part in all the activities that are part of JOOL when I was first year and I had a lot of fun so I am sure you will too. JOOL is a fun way of raising money for charity, getting to know the university and making new friends.
As HK of Clothing I had the privilege of being part of the organizing of your first year packages. During the rest of the year I will organize different kinds of clothing that are for the whole of Academia and that you will be able to order through the HK.
Then, I got the "baby" of the HK portfolios, HK of Archives! I will be the first one to take care of the archives of Academia so I do not have any footsteps to follow in and no one to lead me. This is really exciting for me. I really want to make it brilliant so that everyone will be inspired to excel so that their achievements can go into the archives where everyone will be able to see them. I hope you will take part in all the competitions and events with the aim of excelling so that we can fill up the archives! Another aim I have for this portfolio is to get as many past test and examination papers as I can for all the different subjects for Aca to be able to access at our convenience.
I believe you will be happy living in Academia and we as HK will certainly do our best to make Academia like a second home to you.
I look forward to meeting you all next year! Now enjoy your last holiday as a "high school kid" and be SAFE!
As HK of Academia, I have three portfolios entitled to me. The first one is JOOL Admin. Here I take care of the administration for the whole of the RAG period. I have to make sure everything runs smoothly and that RAG will be a success. I also serve as the middleman (in this case, "middlewoman") between the RAG committee and the HK of Academia. The second one is that of Clothing. All the clothing that gets done for Academia or needs to get done for Academia gets organised through me. I have to do the packages for RAG that are for us as HK, the first years of Academia, and the Mentors/SK. During the year, I am allowed to organise clothing that the whole of Academia can purchase. These can include things like coats or "hoodies" or t–shirts. Then, my third portfolio is Archives. I am fortunate enough to be the first HK–member in Academia that can do this. It is my responsibility to set the bar for the following HK's. This portfolio entails that I have to collect records, documents, or other materials of that will be of general interest or later of historical interest.
I would like to improve on the work that previous HK–members have done and do some things that they did not do. Take for example my Clothing portfolio, I would like to have something like a t–shirt designed for the alumni of Academia which is something that has not been done before. Basically, I would like to achieve excellence with my portfolios and be remembered for my work done.
I have a lot of things I have planned and I will work on it every moment I have and, where I struggle or need assistance, with the help of the other HK–members. I will ask for advice on things I don't understand and I will just put all my effort into my work.
Definitely tests and examinations. What would also be obstacles, if such things should happen, is when the companies I work with give me troubles like late deliveries or lost goods.
Don't know of any.
I want my portfolios to be seen as awesome portfolios to have and that one can dream big with them. I also want Academia to KNOW about these portfolios and not just hear about them.
Academia is a learning community of South African and international students. Our status has recently been changed to a University Residence, and therefore the opportunities for taking part in University organised cultural activities is far greater. The activities we have planned are to take part in Massaser and Kleinser (which will be explained upon arrival) as well as to facilitate the all–round development of Academians in providing opportunities to attend various cultural events in and around Stellenbosch.
Academia is the University's biggest residence. Academia is your new home and maintenance is an important part of everyday life. The Academia office has dedicated maintenance staff who we as a HK aim to assist in making sure that all maintenance requests are followed up. This is done through the maintenance book which is kept in the office. If you have any requests regarding maintenance, the office is where you should go. We are proud of where we stay and maintenance starts with respect for that which has been entrusted to you. Please help look after your new home for 2010.
Culture – Facilitating cultural activities centered around our diverse district, as well as those cultural activities that Academia organises. Making sure residents have as much fun as possible in all the cultural activities.
Maintenance – Controlling and making sure that the maintenance process in Academia is running smoothly.
Culture – There are some events in which Academia has not yet taken part in over the years. My goal is to incorporate Academia in these events and to make sure our residents are exposed to as many cultural opportunities as possible.
Maintenance – To ensure that all Academia residents receive the necessary attention in this regard as well as timely service.
Culture – We have all these events in the University itself, so there is no need creating the events.
By informing students how fun the events actually are they will partake in them and grow a tradition.
Maintenance – The HK's have their own book, so they will record the external maintenance problems in Academia, it is up to the students to make sure problems are recorded in the maintenance book in the office and I will be checking up on this book to make sure things are happening smoothly.
Culture – People not actually getting involved
Maintenance – Students not writing their complaints in the maintenance book.
Culture – Exciting
Maintenance – Hammer
Culture – Academia has not been highly involved in the past, but we have an extraordinary amount of talent in Academia just waiting to explode.
Maintenance – Having two dedicated and hard working maintenance people, working full time for Academia ensuring that the job is done to top standard.
Culture – People knowing how exciting the cultural events of the University actually are. Taking part in events and growing to become the best in future.
Maintenance – Creating a system whereby all maintenance issues will be dealt with timely and effectively.
Our goals for marketing are to:
Thinking out of the box in a creative and fun way, while still being able to get the necessary information across to residents or the broader community.
Our goals for marketing are to: Create an awareness of events, To inform Academians about important dates, To publicise of our future plans and goals for the development of Academia.
Thereby we can all play a role in the transformation of our residence.
Different marketing strategies would be: Posters, Flyers, Banners, Flash mobs, Random objects
All these strategies would be used to promote the message that we would like to portray.
Cost of marketing and the different interests of people.
Thinking out of the box
Through marketing we want to portray our values and morals so that all Academians may show respect for Academia and treat each other with dignity. Leaving the foundation of striking a good balance between social responsibility and fun in all our marketing.
The safety and security portfolio as well as the discipline portfolio are clear as to their content. This year I really hope to let Academians live in an environment which is both safe and secure, within Academia and as far as possible outside of our boundaries. I feel that people can only aspire to their full academic potential and grow to be successful if the environment they live in is comfortable and secure. With regards to discipline a firm yet fair stance will be taken, and the appropriate procedures will be adhered to. I really hope this year we can come together as a res and promote ourselves to the broader campus in a positive way.
My portfolio entails the safety and security of the residents of Academia, as well as maintaining a level of respect and discipline among fellow residents.
I would like to build on the already established security fixtures as well as institute a more prominent disciplinary system.
By speaking to the relevant people and assessing the previous systems that are in place and merely building upon them.
The lengths to which criminals will go in order to steal, also the fact that you have to deal with misbehaviours as they happen as they cannot be planned for.
The amount of help that is available for me from the outside.
A much safer and disciplined Academia.
As the HK of the Social Portfolio, it is our aim to enable Academia to interact and socialise with each other at every opportunity, and to extend and build upon our already strong community. Our biggest goal is to unite the first years with the rest of the residence through the events on our social calendar. Working in coordination; the social and marketing portfolios, will strive to ensure that the social events hosted in 2010 are of absolute stellar calibre. The reputation of the social events will ensure the gathering of Academians; to not only a place where a well deserved break can be enjoyed, but to a place where friends are made and bonds are strengthened. 2010 is Academia's ten year anniversary and our greatest desire is for Academians to interact and bond like never before. So that through good times and bad, the memories of meeting new friends, gaining of new experiences and sharing an amazing year together will forever be etched into our hearts.
The social portfolio includes the planning, and execution, of all social events throughout the year. Events included are the 1st years welcoming party, Mr & Miss Academia, Greek Week, Pub golf, Huisfonsdans, House Dance and various other house gatherings and parties.
As the HK of the Social Portfolio, it is our aim to enable Academia to interact and socialise with each other at every opportunity, and to extend and build up on our already strong community. Our biggest goal is to unite the first years with the rest of the residence through the events on our social calendar.
Organising social events, where the house is able to interact on a social and informal basis, is a key aspect in bringing people together. In coordination between the social and marketing portfolios, we as the HK of Academia strive to ensure that the social events thrown in 2010 are of the utmost calibre. The reputation of the social events will ensure the gathering of Academians, to not only a place where a well deserved break can be earned, but to a place where friends are made and bonds are strengthened.
The marketing of events, in coordination with the social portfolio, need to be sublime in order to get the word out to the house of the exact details regarding the event. Another obstacle is ensuring that every Academian is keen to attend the event and that the events aren't perceived to be "a first year/English/Afrikaans/4th year" event. All the events are for each and every Academian.
Uhhhm...funny question (thought we'd have to build upon our weak poits??!?!). The strong point of our portfolio is the passion and desire that we (Sean and Jo) have for throwing events and parties. Everyone enjoys a good party, and we feel that who better to throw a bash than us! The weak point in our portfolio is getting the house excited about an event and thoroughly marketing the event to the house... If we manage to overcome this obstacle, we believe that Academia events will be unlike and other event.
At year end we would like to leave behind a well structured and carefully planned events calendar that would enable the new HK to not only be able to easily prepare and build upon the events already in place, but also be able to develop and integrate new social events.
Awareness of sport within Academia has indeed increased in the past several years. The portfolio as a whole has expanded with the addition of tennis and squash in the past year, running side by side with the more main stream codes such as rugby, soccer and hockey. The integration of a cycling club as well as a social water polo team looks imminent for 2010. Facilities that will be set in place for the forthcoming year include volleyball nets, basketball hoops, and a seven a–side soccer pitch, therefore creating a more active village of friends within the premises. Academia's sporting teams have built themselves a reputation in the divisions of the Residence leagues and we look forward to building on this promoting not only team cohesion but also the advancement of select individuals which may go along and represent the University at a more semi–professional level. Our main goal is to promote a healthy and active lifestyle, involving Residence, displaying good values on and off of the turf therefore fostering pride in the Academia experience showing that we are indeed the largest on campus and rule it with sheer numbers. I am looking forward to the forthcoming year.
Maintenance & Culture
Block 11 & 12
076 087 3084
Finding out what his secret is to a relaxed way of living
Johnny Neon -Lazerkill
It is a great experience. Learning about new things in life and how to handle them, is a skill which I will keep through my life time.
One of the top residences in Stellenbosch, built on traditions and a pride which no-one can stop.
Block 14 & 23
076 610 8982
I always dreamed of being a teacher and spent most my childhood giving class to my "imaginary" students... hehe good times :)
Huh... Spiderman I guess.
First person who came to mind is Christiano Ronaldo... not to speak about anything specific, just want to see him up close, might ask him why he left the best football club in the world.
My cellphone... definitely!
Akon – Sexy chick
It's a lot of hard work but the best part of it all was getting to know all these awesome people which I normally just walked straight past in the beginning of the year.
I see Aca as a prestigious residence with outstanding facilities... almost like a little town – with our own tennis courts, small gym and swimming pool.
Block 8 & 9
082 572 0498
A racing driver.
I would love to meet John Smit. He seems like a very humble, down to earth guy. I feel he is one of the most successful captains the Springboks have ever had as well as the fact that he has become one of the all time greats in not only South African rugby, but world rugby.
Eagle Eye Cherry – Save Tonight
It's very eventful. Lots of hard work but I think at the end of the day when we can see the results it will be worth it. I must say that it keeps you on your toes at all times.
I see Academia dominating campus in 10 years time. We have more than double the amount of people the other big res' have and I think that we have huge potential. If we all participate to our full ability no one else will come close to us.
Block 1 & 2
072 424 0203
A hairdresser for a short while and then a vet with my best friend.
Storm from the X–men.
Robert Mugabe to find out what he's really like.
Moo (Kaela) my sidekick!!!
Sexy chick by david guetta.
Amongst the top residences in Stellenbosch and well known for its good social and academic reputation.
Community Interaction & Green
Block 19 & 20
076 104 4031
Egyptologist, Olympian, Actress, Singer, Professional Dancer
Hayley Williams – lead vocals for Paramore
She's an amazing singer/songwriter and seems like an awesome person.
Memories – David Guetta
It's an honour and amazing learning experience. Everyday being part of the HK is exciting and definitely worthwhile.
I see Academia as being one of the top Reses in Stellenbosch regarding JOOL/RAG.
Security & Discipline
Block 10 & 13
082 612 7055
I always wanted to be a mad scientist, maybe a possible reason I chose the degree I did...
I'd have to go with my childhood hero of Batman.
I would really like to meet Albert Einstein, just to understand the man behind the genius.
I'd have to take my guitar. But it all depends on the destination... Otherwise a toothbrush might come in handy...
Seether – Careless whisper
It's a really fun and interesting experience, due to the very colorful personalities we have on it.
At the end of Bosman road. Haha, no in all seriousness I can see Aca, as it has become affectionately known to its residents as competing with all the top reses in Stellenbosch.
082 953 4047
Rogue from X–Men.
Honza A Blaha, because of his amazing work with horses.
Tracy Chapman – Fast Car.
Great experience, a lot of hard work but definitely worth it.
In ten years time I see Academia as an established residence which will be fulfilling our motto, Respect, Honour, Kinship and Excellence.
Diversity & Cluster
Block 3, 4 & 5
076 031 7988
Growing up I always dreamt of being a pilot. I thought flying planes and going all over the world was extraordinary and glamorous.
It would be the Black Ranger. He was THE ultimate power ranger.
T.S Elliot. I am fascinated by his work.
It would probably my Ipod. There is nothing more soulfully fulfilling than good music.
Abdullah Ibrahim's Mannenberg, a classic!
It is quite fun, always on your toes and NEVER short of work to do!
I see it having found its feet and established an identity as well as traditions which can be associated with it, like some of the older residences in Stellenbosch.
082 498 8939
I went through many stages, but the 2 stages that stuck were doctor (until I realised I actually had to cut people open) and the second which is still an aspiration – actress/singer/director/producer...
I don't believe in superheroes; I only believe in Jesus Christ the greatest of them all, and yes I'd like to more Christ–like.
I have a past and present – King David from the Bible, to seep up his wisdom and learn from him, what a man! And present – Meryl Streep – I do not need to explain why... her abilities and achievements speak for themselves!
I wouldn't be silly enough to take a whole suitcase just to put one thing into, but if I had to take only one thing it would be my phone, it has everything on it, especially my e–bible. At least then I could call to get more things...
Shawn MacDonald – Captivated
A privilege. A rollercoaster. A whole lot of fun. A challenge. A balancing act but mostly an honour to be able to serve Academia.
As the place Johann Eitner had in mind, as a place of beginnings, as a residence unlike any other, that offers so much more, as a community, a place of tradition, legacy and pride in being alpha chi alpha.
JOOL & Archive
Block 24 & 25
071 944 7352
I kept changing my mind every month, but mostly I couldn't make up my mind between a veterinarian and a nurse.
Missy Elliot. It is my dream to be able to dance for her on her music videos.
Another suitcase... that contains all the things I want to take with me.
"Let's get crazy" by Miley Cyrus a.k.a. Hannah Montana
I'll be honest; it is a lot of hard work! Especially when you are the HK of JOOL Admin AND HK of Clothing, and it's your first term... But when looking past that, it is a lot of fun. I met new people and now have new friends and I'm having a lot of fun with our group. It's exciting to be able to organize all these events and things, and making all these plans for the future. In some ways it is also a bit scary when you've never been in charge of anything that is this big and there is no one to keep telling you what to do. All you can do is ask for help from the other HK or ask for advice from everyone and then just keep your head and push through. The other best thing about being HK is that it prepares you for the "real" world. I haven't been on the HK that long and already I've learned so much!
Still on the corner of Bosman and Banghoek Street... I see Academia in 10 years' time as a small community on its own where the residents know about each other and are all friendly people who strive for a common good. Not only that, but that Academia would be a kind of haven for all. There should be a bond between the residents that is stronger than those found in other reses. We should in 10 years' time be found everywhere, participating in all the sport, academic and cultural activities that the University presents us with and we should be winning RAG every year because of our numbers! Basically, in the words of our prim for 2009/2010: "We should rule campus"!
Block 15 & 16
083 358 4116
A professional cricket player.
Barack Obama. After the turmoil of the Bush reign it's refreshing to see an American president who radiates hope for not only America, but also the world.
Guns & Roses – Knocking on Heaven's Door.
It's great! Very exciting to hear the prospects for our term and to see what heights we can take Academia too.
Academia is the biggest res on campus. It would only be fitting to see Academia as one of the best residences on campus academically, sportingly and socially.
082 953 4047
My hot Pie pink dress
Love story by Taylor Swift
It's a lot of work but it is so much fun when you have an amazing group of people who all support one another... and do silly things.
Functioning fully as a Fraternity and a Sorority.
072 448 1598
Who lives in a pineapple under the sea... SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS!!
Hugh Hefner, for obvious reasons... He gets to walk around in his PJ's all day long!!
Elton John – Candle in the wind.
I enjoy my portfolio and am learning a lot about responsibility.
I would like Aca to be a self–sufficient community which contributes to the development of international sporting stars because of Aca's superior sporting facilities.
Deputy Primaria, Academics & First Years
Block 6 & 7
073 787 8549
I wanted to be a pilot or a doctor!! They were so cool!! I mean you can see the world or you can put the funny thing in your ears and look smart!
Hmmm... I would love to be the Flash!!! I can be super fast and have more time for sleep :)
I would have found it interesting to meet Vlad Draculya. That guy must have had one interesting way of thinking about the world.
Laptop!! I am completely lost if I do not get to work on my computer daily. I seriously get withdrawal symptoms :(
Rain drops keep falling on my head...
It is a nice challenge, lots of responsibility. But also loads of fun.
The best and biggest res on campus!!! But hey that's going to happen in the near future! Not ten years...
Block 17 & 18
082 828 7982
A racing driver.
Al Gore... after losing the US elections to George Bush, he stayed in office to stand up for something that he is passionate about. He didn't allow setbacks to stop him from realising his dream of making people more aware about the affects of global warming.
29 bottles of wine on the wall, 29 bottles of wine... if one of the bottles just happen to fall 28 bottles of wine on the wall... ok, no, seriously : Paper Shoes – Incubus
Being on the HK is like being part of a salad. There are some parts that you don't like (when things don't necessarily go according to plan), and some parts that are really nice (the fun we have together). It is a lot of hard work, but rewarding in the end, especially when you reach the goals that you have set for yourself.
I think in ten years time Academia will be one of the top reses on campus. We are beginning to make a name for Academia, and with the right attitude we can make a difference in the way that the rest of campus sees us.
Click on a name above to see the bio and questionnaire for each HK member.
Alternatively navigate to the Mentor section to find out more about the mentorship program.
The mentorship program is a University initiative to help integrate the first year students to university life. There is difference between mentors and tutors (as to be found on the mymaties.com homepage), in that mentors care for the overall integration and adaptation of the first year, whereas the tutor is focused purely on academic development and integration.
Each first year is assigned a mentor, the mentor groups comprise of about 10 mentees per mentor and this ensures that personal attention is given to each first year. Feedback on the mentee's well being is done throughout the year by mentors to parents. This serves as a means to make sure that parents are aware of the progress of their child's integration.
The mentorship program is also the training ground for the future leaders of Academia. Here the group learns the structures of the residence and is able to assume the role of HK with far greater ease.hide this
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The earliest roots of the University can be traced back to the 17th century when a beginning was made with regular school instruction. In 1859 the Theological Seminary was founded and in 1866 the Stellenbosch Gymnasium. In 1881, the "Arts Department" of the Stellenbosch Gymnasium became the Stellenbosch College and renamed the Victoria College in 1887. In 1918, Victoria College made way for an independent university and Stellenbosch University opened its doors for some 500 students and 39 lecturers. The University has since then grown into the internationally recognised institution of excellence it is today with more than 24 000 students, 800 lecturers and some 50 research and service bodies.
Stellenbosch University is recognised as one of the four top research universities in South Africa. It takes pride in the fact that it has one of the country's highest proportions of postgraduate students of which almost ten percent are international students. According to the University of Leiden's ranking, SU ranked 454th out of the top 500 universities worldwide in terms of international publication output and 415th in terms of the impact of citations from SU scientific publications in 2007. This is one of the most reliable rankings in respect of research but it does not – and rightly so – attempt to rank universities in a comprehensive sense.
The University of Stellenbosch Business School (USBenbosch Business School (USB) was ranked 39 out of the 100 leading business schools in the world, according to the Aspen Institute's 2009-10 edition of its alternative Beyond Grey Pinstripes survey. The USB is also the only business school not only in South Africa but also the rest of the continent to be included in the Top 100 list.
In 2009 Webometrics ranked Stellenbosch 3rd in Africa behind the University of Cape Town and University of Pretoria.
Stellenbosch University designed and manufactured Africa's first microsatellite, SUNSAT, launched in 1999.
View over the "Red Square" of Stellenbosch University with the peak,"The Twins" beyond.
The University lies in the picturesque Jonkershoek Valley in the heart of the Western Cape Winelands. Stellenbosch, South Africa's oldest town after Cape Town, is a university town with a population of about 90,000 (excluding students). It is located about 50 kilometres from Cape Town and is situated on the banks of the Eersterivier ("First River") in the famous wine-growing region and is encircled by picturesque mountains. Teaching at Stellenbosch University is divided between the main Stellenbosch campus, the Tygerberg campus, where the Faculty of Health Sciences is situated, the Bellville Park campus, where the graduate School of Business is, and the Saldanha campus, housing the Faculty of Military Science at the Military Academy of the South African National Defence Force.
Stellenbosch University is a predominantly Afrikaans medium university, especially at undergraduate and honours course level. However, students are allowed to write their assignments, tests and examinations in both English and Afrikaans. The language of tuition also varies depending on the faculty, with the Arts faculty for example being 40% English, most if not all courses are lectured bilingually and the language of most handouts or prescribed material is determined by the student. At postgraduate level the language of tuition is determined by the composition of the class. The majority of advanced postgraduate courses are conducted in English. According to the current language profile of the university, 60% of its students state Afrikaans as their home language, 32% have English as their home language, whilst only 1.6% of students have Xhosa as their home language.
The language policy is still an ongoing issue for the University, since it is one of the very few tertiary institutions left in South Africa offering tuition in Afrikaans. Because of this, it is held in very high regard by the Afrikaner community, with the university even being considered a central pillar of Afrikaner life. Most other institutions have always been English or have changed over time to an English-only policy.
Stellenbosch University consists of about 150 departments divided amongst 10 faculties. It also has more than 40 research (and other) institutions.
The faculties that are situated on the main campus are:
The faculties and schools that are not situated on the main campus are:
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