Welcome to MemorialOrientation 2008
By Pamela Gill
New students are encouraged to become part of Memorial's biggest, most high-energy event of the year. Fall Orientation 2008 is a two-day event designed to allow students to become familiar with their surroundings, interact with new friends and, most importantly, have fun.
Orientation is a program designed by Student Affairs and Services for any student attending their first year at Memorial. Student Affairs has several Fall Orientation programs designed to meet the needs of students.
New Student Orientation on Memorial’s St. John’s campus takes place Tuesday and Wednesday, Sept. 2-3.
Students register for Orientation as they would for a course: go to the student web, log in, click the registration menu, when it asks for a CRN (Course Reference Number) type in 49524.
They will then get a card in the mail telling them all about Orientation. Students can also check out the online version in PDF form.
At Orientation, students get paired into groups of about 25. Each group will have one to two group leaders. As a group they go all over campus, participate in “MUNble Jumble,” attend a faculty fair, learn about on-campus involvement activities, learn how to manage money, see some entertaining skits and much more.
Each September, Student Affairs and Services hosts a day-long event designed to inform parents and guardians about life at Memorial University of Newfoundland.
While students are busy moving in and getting ready for an exciting school year, parents can take the opportunity to meet and listen to the president of the university, the dean of Student Affairs and Services and a host of other academic and student services professionals. Topics include dealing with finances, social supports on campus, academic tidbits and recognizing and embracing your own personal adjustment at this time of transition.
The Orientation committee warmly welcomes parents and their students into the fold, and aim to provide the information that will help them make the most of Memorial.
Parent Orientation will take place on Sept. 1–2. Parents can choose to attend either day—as both sessions are the same. Look for more information in your mailbox regarding Parent Orientation in August.
For more, see www.mun.ca/orientation.
Be a Part from the Start at Grenfell College
Students arriving on the doorstep of a new university often feel intimidated or overwhelmed by the transitions they face. At Grenfell College, Student Services and the Grenfell College Student Union staff are aiming to make that change easier.
Be a Part from the Start, this year’s orientation program, will begin Tuesday, Sept. 2, and run through the month of September.
“Orientation is focused on welcoming all new students to the Grenfell community – everyone from mature and transfer students to those fresh out of high school,” says Nyasha Musandu, Orientation marketing co-ordinator, adding that Orientation 2008 includes everything from information sessions (Grenfell 101), campus tours, free swims, free ice skating, a sexual health night, a dance party, barbecues, dodge ball, a boat tour and a trip to Gros Morne.
“Being involved in Orientation allows students to familiarize themselves with their new surroundings, learn interesting things about university life, make new friends, and most importantly, have some fun,” she said.
There are also sessions for parents and non-traditional students. Parent Orientation will be held on two occasions: Monday, Sept. 1, at 1 p.m., and Tuesday, Sept. 2, at 6:30 p.m. in LC301 of the Library and Computing Building. These sessions are designed to make parents an equal part of the transition to university. Parents will learn about campus life, services available at Grenfell College and the emotional challenges that may arise during this new experience.
The Non-Traditional Student Orientation is equally important. Non-traditional students are those who fall into one of the following categories: 24 years or older, a single parent, had an interrupted education, is married, is without a high school diploma, has dependents, works full-time, is financially independent, or is a part-time student.
“The session allows non-traditional students to learn about university life and meet other students who are in similar situations,” says Ms. Musandu, noting that Non-Traditional Student Orientation takes place on Thursday, Aug. 28, at 1:30 p.m. in LC301 of the Library and Computing Building. “They will be offered detailed information on Grenfell, campus tours and a glimpse of what university life will entail.”
A limited number of orientation kits, filled with information and items that will ease students” transition to university, are available for purchase by calling 709-637-6232 or emailing email@example.com.
For more information, contact Beverley Hunt, orientation co-ordinator, Student Affairs, at 709- 637-6232 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or Kieran Smith, orientation co-ordinator, Grenfell College Student Union, at 637-6230 or email@example.com.
For up-to-date information about Orientation 2008, visit www.swgc.mun.ca/orientation.
Grad orientation puts students on the right path
By Jeff Green
Grad students are getting their own custom-made roadmap next month to help steer their way through higher learning.
Memorial University’s Graduate Student Orientation is set for Saturday, Sept. 6, on the St. John’s campus, giving those making the transition from undergrad courses to graduate work a chance to learn more about the services geared towards them.
It’s the first time a pan-university orientation session has been created for graduate students.
A fair – featuring a series of displays and information booths – will be set up on the main floor atrium of the Inco Innovation Centre. Units such as the School of Graduate Studies, Distance Education and Learning Technologies, Instructional Development Office, Graduate Student’s Union, the Writing Centre, and Student Health Services will be on-hand to provide information about the services and support they offer.
Meanwhile, students will hear from Acting President Dr. Eddy Campbell and Dr. Lilly Walker, dean of Student Affairs and Services. Dr. Noreen Golfman, dean of Graduate Studies, will provide a keynote address. There will also be two roundtable discussions focusing on the roles and responsibilities of supervisors and advisors/graduate officers, and the balance between work and life for graduate students.
Breakfast will be served to participants in the morning and refreshments throughout the day. The first 50 graduate student registrants on Sept. 6 will receive a free 1 GB memory stick.
“The Graduate Student Orientation promises to facilitate the transition of incoming graduate students by increasing their awareness of the nature of graduate studies,” said Andrew Kim, graduate enrolment manager with the School of Graduate Studies. “It will help them develop an understanding of their role in the university as well as services made available to them.”
The orientation is being organized by the School of Graduate Studies, Student Affairs and Services, and the Instructional Development Office.
The Sept. 6 event is open to all new and returning graduate students.
For more information, visit www.mun.ca/sgs/orientation.php.