Orientation week highlights student spirit and involvement
Orientation Week 2012 kicked off on September 2 and includes a variety of student events and fundraisers for the local community.
Over the first few days, first-year students settle into their new homes and rooms and get to know their dons and floor, building and housemates through a range of activities including the new common reading program. Then they move to faculty-based events organized by upper-year students.
“The transition to university is a major life change for many students and Orientation Week is all about community-building,” says Ann Tierney, Vice-Provost and Dean of Student Affairs. “We work hard to ensure all students feel welcome and comfortable in their new home and in the campus environment.”
Highlights for the week include: Commerce Cares, an event dedicated to random acts of kindness; Frosh Olympics, during which students compete against each other in fun activities; and a food donation drive run by Concurrent Education students.
On Saturday, September 8, students in the Faculty of Arts & Science will take to the streets of Kingston for Shine Day, which gives new students the opportunity to interact with the Kingston community as they raise money for Shinerama, a nationwide student initiative benefitting the Canadian Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.
“Hundreds of volunteers have spent a year preparing for these few days, and are eager to say ‘Welcome’ to the incoming class,” says Dmitri Tchebotarev, Orientation Roundtable Coordinator. “Students are about to have some unforgettable experiences – ones that strengthen Queen’s and give back to our local community.”
Orientation Week activities wind down on Saturday, September 8, and the first day of classes is Monday, September 10. For more information on Queen’s orientation visit the website.