Several thousand Class of 2019 students will begin arriving on campus this 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 their peers and successfully launch their university experience. This year’s fall orientation theme, We Are All Dinos, is welcoming students to the university and creating a positive connection in their campus community. This year, 3,600 new students are expected to attend festivities throughout the week.
“Overall, Orientation Week encourages incoming students to ‘find their fit’ as part of the University of Calgary campus community, and to connect to the resources that will help them reach their fullest potential,” says Teri Jones, 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:
- Monday, Aug. 31: International Student Orientation
All new international undergraduate, graduate and exchange students are strongly encouraged to attend the International Student Orientation organized by International Student Services. Essential information is provided on a wide range of programs, services and topics designed to assist international students in making a smooth transition. About 500 international students are expected to attend this event.
- Tuesday, Sept. 1: New Student Induction Ceremony, Common Reading Program and Presidents’ 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, Conor Grennan.
Following the ceremony, students make their way to the Presidents’ 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 80 Common Reading Program group discussions taking place across campus. These discussions are led by faculty, staff, and senior student facilitators and cover themes such as leadership, sustainability and global citizenship.
- Wednesday and Thursday, Sept. 2 and 3: Faculty orientations
Faculties provide new students with a customized experience including student’s first lecture from a nominated faculty member, and a campus tour including interesting facts, helpful tips and directions to important resources on campus.
- Thursday, Sept. 3: UCalgaryStrong Night
Taking place on Thursday evening, UCalgaryStrong Night will act as a community- building fair for incoming students. Students will have a chance to meet their peers and engage in fun events including brain games, puzzles, and team-building activities to strengthen an interactive campus community. This evening welcomes our incoming class to be a Dino!
- Friday, Sept. 4: ucalgarycares Day of Service
The Centre for Community-Engaged Learning offers a one-day ucalgarycares program during Orientation Week for new undergraduate students as a way to meet other people, learn about the community and involvement opportunities. Senior students trained as team leaders participate alongside about 150 new student participants at a variety of locations around the city.
Other fall orientation activities: