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Orientation Week at Queen's


Orientation Week at Queen’s
Coming from all parts of Canada and from around the world, Queen's University first-year students are arriving this weekend and will start to explore their new school and city.
Attached is a backgrounder of events starting Monday, September 7th, including Principal Woolf’s welcome speech to new students on Tuesday, September 8th (see immediately below).
Principal Woolf to welcome new students to Queen’s
Kingston, ON – Principal Daniel Woolf, together with Kingston’s Mayor Harvey Rosen, faculty, staff and current Queen’s students will officially welcome the incoming class of 2013 at a traditional ceremony to be held on the front lawn of Summerhill (weather permitting).
WHO:  Principal Daniel Woolf, AMS President Michael Ceci, Queen’s Rector Leora Jackson, Queen’s alumnus Paula Jarvis and Kingston Mayor Harvey Rosen
WHEN:  10:15 – 11am, Tuesday September 8 (procession to start at 10:10am)
LOCATION:  Summerhill lawn, Queen’s University
PLEASE NOTE:  Orientation media passes will b available at this event. If the event is cancelled due to bad weather, media will be notified by 9am on Tuesday Sept. 8th.
Highlights of Orientation Events
Events are listed by name, followed by faculty or department designation, time and location, and a brief description.
Weekend of September 5-7
Most first-year students move into residence on Sunday.
Monday, September 7
Olympic Games – FYNIRS* (11:30am-2:30pm in Macdonald/Memorial Park): Frosh participate at game stations, in sculpting competitions, obstacle courses, tug-o-war, dodgeball, boat building, volleyball and ultimate Frisbee.
* FYNIR = First Years Not In Residence
Tuesday, September 8
Bigger and Better – FYNIRS (1-2:30pm in MacGillivray-Brown Hall): Groups of students will be given a newspaper. They must use it to trade with members of the Queen’s and Kingston community in order to try and acquire bigger and better items.
Wednesday, September 9
Victoria Hall Steps – Concurrent Education (9-10:15am): First-year Concurrent Education class will be welcomed by 40 “Teaches” covered from head-to-toe in silver paint! This is the Concurrent Education program’s longest-standing tradition.
EngCuts – Engineering (12:55-2:30pm at Agnes Benidickson Field): First-year Applied Science students have the option of receiving an “Engcut”, a unique hair style involving wacky cuts and colours.
Carnival Day – Arts and Science (1-5:30pm in City Park): Frosh and Gaels will participate in a number of carnival games.
Queen’s Bands – Nursing (2:30-3:30pm at Grant Hall): The Nursing program are invited to watch a performance by the Queen’s Bands, then taught how to highland dance.
Teach Trivia Night and Talent Show – Concurrent Education (8:30pm-12am in Common Ground Coffee House and McLaughlin Hall (JDUC): Concurrent Education Orientation leaders (aka “Teaches”) will entertain their new students.
Thursday, September 10
Thundermugz – Engineering (12-3:30pm at Agnes Benidickson Field and City Park): Frosh Groups will build chariots using only scrap building materials and a toilet bowl (for a throne). After a thorough safety inspection, groups will race their chariots through the park, while dodging the onslaught of a mixture called “thundersludge”.
GoNuts – Engineering (4:30-8pm in Tindall Field Parking Lot): The organizers of Applied Science Orientation (the FREC Committee) and members of the Rotary Club, will drive groups around to sell tinned nuts to the Kingston community to raise money for charity events.
Friday, September 11
Frosh Olympics – Arts and Science (12-5:00pm in Cricket Field): Frosh and their Leaders will participate in a series of activities including Sloppy-Wet Dodgeball, Tricolour Twister, Tug-of-War and Relay Races.
GECO/GCCO – Inter-Faculty (1-1:30pm at City Park): Engineering and Commerce battle in a spirited cheer-off competition. 
Waterfront BBQ – Kinesiology / Physical and Health Education (6:30-7:30pm at the Waterfront Field)
Frosh Concert – Inter-Faculty (7:30-11:00pm at the K-ROCK Centre): Featuring international best-selling band Our Lady Peace with opening act Inward Eye.
Saturday, September 12
Fun Day with Kingston Boys & Girls Club – Kinesiology / Physical and Health Education (9:15am-2:30pm in front of the Physical Education Centre): Marking an exciting new partnership between the PHE/KIN faculty and the Kingston Boys & Girls Club, this event features an open house at the Boys & Girls Club building, plus a full slate of fun-filled activities for members of the Kingston community (led by PHE/KIN Frosh and their leaders).  Compsci Cup – School of Computing (10:30am-4:00pm in Cricket Field): Frosh spend the day participating in a rotation of activities including removing all the plastic bugs from a kiddy pool full of peat moss and water, and completing an obstacle relay race.
Tournament of the Century – Nursing (11:00am-3:30pm at Grass Creek Park): First-year Nursing students will go through a series of team events such as “condiment twister”, obstacle courses and plenty of mud relay races.
Shine Day in the Park – Arts and Science (12-5:30pm at Victoria Park and Confederation Park): During this annual fundraiser, Frosh Groups will shine shoes, wash cars, sing and dance, and do just about anything to raise money from the community for Cystic Fibrosis. It’s a great opportunity for the residents of Kingston to meet the new residents of Queen’s University.
Orientation Week Roundtable, Alma Mater Society (AMS)• David Chou, 613-449-2589, ort@ams.queensu.ca • Tasha Niesen, 613-539-9662, ortcomm@ams.queensu.ca• Nerve Centre, 613-533-6254
News and Media Services, Queen’s University• Cynthia DesGrosseilliers, 613-533-6000, ext. 75019, desgross@queensu.ca• Jeff Drake, 613-533-2877, jeff.drake@queensu.ca
Media passes and kits are available from the AMS Orientation Week Nerve Centre (J. Deutsch University Centre (JDUC), corner of Union & University, lower floor, open 8am – 8pm); at the Principal’s Welcome Ceremony Tuesday morning; or call News and Media Services office (see above).

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