Monday, March 12, 2012

Welcome 2012

Welcome aboard to 2012. By now many of you are already walking the corridors of your courses and getting orientated ...or disorientated. If you are new, you may have seen the UniSA welcome page: Remember that places like the 'Learning Teaching Unit' and 'Campus Central' will point you in the right direction if you are unsure about anything.

If you are returning, welcome back. You know what you have to do.

My role here as Chaplain, is to provide pastoral support to you if you need it. If you need someone to have a chat with - then you are welcome to contact me. Please note that if you have academic issues, I'm not the right person. Go instead to "Learning and Teaching Unit" and they'll point you the right direction.

Here's the best ways to reach me:


I check my email every one or two days.

If it is more important you can text or call me on mobile :
0404 303 084

Texting is best because I actually work at a few different places, so I may not be able to answer immediately but ...I will get back to you as soon as possible.

My UniSA staff page is here:

Lost On Campus? magill buildings are here:

Across the campuses there is a Christian group for students called
LSF (Lutheran Students and Friends).

The ones I've met are a good bunch of people - so if you are looking for Christian support, check them out here:


NOTE: LSF are having a camp very soon ie on March 16-18 2012

They say:

"Registration for Commencement Camp 2012 is now open. The camp runs on March 16-18, at Narnu Farm, Hindmarsh Island. If this is your first LSF Camp, you can join us for a weekend of great fun, food and God, as well as hear John Gardner talk about “Getting the most out of Uni” for just $45. Students/Non-workers are $60, and if you’re a worker it’ll cost you $70. Assistance with transport is available. See you there!"

>>>>Interested? Register HERE

Churches near your campus
There are a number of churches in the area if you want to check them out. I'm posting the Lutheran Churches here because I know them and their pastors are both good people to deal with.

If you personally have a good experience with a church of any Christian denomination near one of the campuses I am happy to promote them also:

Luthern Church very close to Magill Campus:

Luthern Church very close to Mawson Lakes Campus:

If you are an international student, pastor Stephen (at Mawson Lakes Community Church) is currently supporting and meeting with a number of students from around the world.

Social Network
I don't watch a lot of TV, so you'll find me instead on FB a lot. I leave the computer on and come back through the evening for a bit of light entertainment - you are welcome to 'friend' me... but I need to warn you... that I'm a middle-aged guitar player so there are a lot of posts about music and anything related to music...but try your luck, you can always de-friend me if it gets too much ;-) I don't take things too seriously on social networks...

Hebrews 13 tells us "The Lord has promised that he will not leave us or desert us."

Therefore; you can go confidently into this year with knowing that God is nearby through thick and thin and only a prayer away.

Blessings to you

Tim Oestmann
Chaplain at Magill and Mawson Lakes UniSA