University of Southern Queensland (USQ) O-Week celebrations peaked yesterday afternoon with the Phoenix Carnival drawing big crowds.

Saki Okubo, Esimi Mogbeyi and Risa Kajihara are all smiles at the 2014 USQ Phoenix Carnival.

Each year the USQ Toowoomba Phoenix Carnival brings together students, alumni, staff and the local community to celebrate the University and foster USQ pride.

Yesterday, the USQ Quad was filled with smiling faces on campus to enjoy live music, food, carnival entertainment, creative workshops, a gaming van and much more.

Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Students and Communities) Mr Carl Rallings said it was great to see so many people taking part in the Phoenix Carnival festivities.

“The Phoenix Carnival is a celebration of our pride as a University and the success and growth of our students, staff and community,” Mr Rallings said.

“Our growth has been particularly impressive and we have become a highly respected multi-campus teaching and research university.”

Esimi Mogbeyi, who is about to start a Nursing degree at USQ, said she had been having a lot of fun at the Carnival and other O-Week events.

“It makes me feel more involved and welcomed to the University,” she said.

“I’ve made a lot of new friends.”

Celebrations continued into the night with live music in the Uni Bar from 5pm until late. Featured performers included Whiskey Fox Run, Mace and the Motor, Weakling, Power of Three and the headline act Cheap Fakes.

Mr Rallings said O-Week 2014 had been a great success.

“USQ has welcomed over 4000 new students to the University including students from over 50 different countries” he said.
“I wish each of them the very best as they begin their studies here at USQ.

For the full list of USQ Toowoomba O-Week activities visit www.usq.edu.au/current-students/orientation/toowoomba.