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Back to school

Welcoming new students

By Mandy Cook

It’s back to school as thousands of new and returning students head to Memorial’s campuses east, west and overseas in the week ahead.
Classes resume at Memorial’s St. John’s and Grenfell College campuses Wednesday, Sept. 9. Most Marine Institute students return to class on Tuesday, Sept. 8.

Meanwhile, Dr. Kim Parker of Religious Studies is leading a group to Memorial’s campus in Harlow, England. Faith, Love and Lore: Literature, Art and Religion in England, is an interdisciplinary program that is a co-operative effort between Memorial and the University of Prince Edward Island.

A key aspect of fall for first-year students is Orientation.

Orientation 2009 activities at the university’s St. John’s campus take place on Monday and Tuesday, Sept. 7-8. Orientation is designed to allow students to become familiar with their surroundings, mingle with new friends, get tips on improving their ability to get good grades and most of all, have a good time. As of late August, about 2,400 new undergraduate students were registered to attend Memorial in the fall semester.

“Orientation is Memorial’s biggest, most high-energy event of the year,” said Tom Brophy, director of Student Success Programs at Student Affairs and Services. “Not only is it a lot of fun, it also provides students with a meaningful foundation upon which to build a successful academic career. At Orientation, students have the opportunity to take a campus tour, get their student ID, learn how to manage their money and get an introduction to many programs and services.”

In addition to the student orientation, a parent orientation will take place on Sunday and Monday, Sept. 6-7. Parent Orientation was created to address questions and concerns that parents may have as their child progresses in their academic career at Memorial. Topics include dealing with finances and social supports on embracing your own personal adjustment at this time of transition. Parents can choose to attend either day as both sessions are the same.

Registration for Orientation 2009 will take place on Sept. 7, from 12-12:30 p.m. in the Field House at Memorial.

For more information on the schedule of events for the St. John’s campus orientation, see

Sir Wilfred Grenfell College in Corner Brook is also holding orientation beginning Monday, Sept. 7, with icebreaker games, snacks, concerts, information sessions, campus tours, and many other fun and exciting events. For more information, visit

Orientation for all new students of the Marine Institute will take place on Friday, Sept. 4. This full-day event will provide students with important information on the programs and services available and give them the tools needed to succeed at the Marine Institute.

“We want students to think of Memorial as more than just an educational institution – we want them to think of it as their home for the next few years,” said Mr. Brophy. “There’s no place like home, and through orientation they will find, there’s no place like Memorial.”