University of Calgary

Little Princes and new residences

Submitted by tdroden on Wed, 2011-09-21 10:31.

Fall Orientation Week welcomes new students with a bit of everything

Sept. 2, 2011

More than 4,000 first-year students will participate in the University of Calgary’s Fall Orientation Week beginning on September 5. This year’s rite of passage for all incoming students promises to be ‘EPIC’.

“EPIC orientation was this year’s chosen orientation theme and rallying point for students,” says Camille de Lacy, orientation and first-year experience coordinator. “It refers to the epic possibilities of university life.”

Orientation introduces students to academic and university life in a fun and engaging format. The idea is to make their first week on campus memorable, and to get students excited and prepared for the year to come.

Fall Orientation Week informally begins on Monday, Sept. 5, with residence move-in Day. Residence Services will welcome the University of Calgary’s largest residence cohort. The brand new Yamnuska Hall residence building will house nearly 600 students. (http://www.ucalgary.ca/residence/yamnuska.)

The next day, formal activities begin with the annual Induction ceremony on Tuesday, September 6. This bookend to convocation is the university’s official welcome of all incoming undergraduate students. Induction includes a pep rally and introduces students to senior administration, deans and their fellow students.

This year’s keynote speaker is Conor Grennan, author of Little Princes, the book selected for this year’s inaugural common reading program. Through this program, which provides a common and shared academic experience, over 6,000 newly admitted students received a copy of Little Princes. Throughout the summer, students discussed the text and ideas related to leadership, global citizenship and their own role in society. During orientation, they will share their thoughts in discussions led by faculty and staff. (http://uofcorientation.ca/commonreading/)

The ever-popular Day of Service is also back. As many as 150 students will take part in the Centre for Community-Engaged Learning’s Day of Service on Friday, Sept. 9, by helping out at the Calgary Inter-Faith Food Bank, the Mustard Seed and other local non-profit groups.

Throughout Fall Orientation Week, students will learn more about their campus through tours, service fairs and workshops as well as take part in a group trip to IKEA and a movie night with the Students’ Union.

The week caps off on Friday, Sept. 9, with KICKOFF, the university’s annual homecoming football game. The Canada West champion Dinos will begin their quest for the 2011 Vanier Cup by hosting the University of British Columbia Thunderbirds (http://www.uofckickoff.com/.)