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‘Make Your Impact’: Highlights of Fall Orientation Week

UToday HomeAugust 30, 2013

Students get into the spirit for the 2012 edition of Orientation Week. Among the highlights this year will be the Student Induction Ceremony, the Common Reading Program, and the President’s Barbecue. Students get into the spirit for the 2012 edition of Orientation Week. Among the highlights this year will be the Student Induction Ceremony, the Common Reading Program, and the President’s Barbecue. Several thousand Class of 2017 students will begin arriving on campus next week, and once again the University of Calgary is planning a comprehensive fall orientation program to ease their transition.

Fall Orientation Week is a high-spirited opportunity for new students to connect with others and successfully launch their university experience. This year’s fall orientation theme, Make Your Impact, is expected to challenge and engage new students to think about their personal impact, both locally and globally.

“Fall Orientation offers an excellent opportunity for students to become engaged and involved during their time at the University of Calgary,” says Teri Cameron, co-ordinator, Orientation and First Year Experience. “Through the various activities and events available, students are able to start building connections with each other and with the university while easing their transition to university life in a fun and informative manner.”

Here are a few highlights of the jam-packed fall orientation schedule:

Tuesday, Sept. 3
New Student Induction Ceremony, Common Reading Program and President’s Barbecue

Orientation week officially begins with the Induction Ceremony, which includes a full academic procession and welcoming remarks from President Elizabeth Cannon and members of the university’s senior administration. Induction will also feature a keynote address from this year’s Common Reading Program author, Colin Beavan.

Following the ceremony, students make their way to the President's Barbecue, where our Students’ Union, Graduate Students’ Association, and Alumni Association presidents will join President Cannon in serving lunch to our new students.  

The afternoon will be busy with over 90 Common Reading Program group discussions taking place across campus. These discussions are led by faculty and staff facilitators and cover themes such as leadership, sustainability and global citizenship.

Wednesday, Sept. 4
Target After-Hours

Thousands of students will attend an exclusive after-hours shopping and social event at the Target store in Market Mall. Buses will transport students to this unique experience, featuring a live DJ, in-store competitions and giveaways.

Friday, Sept. 6
ucalgarycares Day of Service

The Centre for Community-Engaged Learning offers new students a unique Day of Service that provides students the opportunity to spend the day connecting to their community, and engaging in service projects with non-profit and charitable organizations in Calgary. Nearly 300 students will support 13 agencies to make this year’s Day of Service the largest to-date.

Other fall orientation activities include:

View the full events overview for Fall Orientation Week.

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