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Vol 38  No 2
September 1, 2005


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Memorial preparing to welcome new students

As the beginning of another academic year draws nearer, Memorial Universityís Centre for Student Life is busy preparing to welcome almost 4,000 new students into the Memorial family. Orientation at the St. Johnís campus occurs Monday, Sept. 5, and Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2005. Catering to its diverse student body, Memorial offers four orientation groups: traditional, students entering university for the first time; transitional, students who have transferred from another post-secondary institution; parents and international students, all of whom will be experiencing the Memorial University way of life first-hand this fall.

Kim Kelly, manager, Answers, Centre for Student Life, Student Affairs and Services, is filled with anticipation for the upcoming orientation sessions and events. Ms. Kelly said orientation can mean so many things to so many people. ďItís a great way for new students to meet other new students, to learn their way around campus, and to find out about all the services available to them. And, itís a great opportunity for parents to learn about the new stage of life their son or daughter is entering.Ē

Sessions will include: Welcoming ceremonies with an address from Memorialís President, Dr. Axel Meisen; various events at the Works; Campus Essentials, where students will find answers to all of their how, who and where questions; campus tours and information sessions from faculties such as arts, science and business.

ďOrientation is simply something students and parents must experience for themselves,Ē said Ms. Kelly. ďItís important because youíll get a feel for the academic flavour and get used to the campus environment. Itís also an opportunity to meet students from across the province, the country and from countless international locations.Ē

The first-year of university can be intimidating to many students. Orientation provides the opportunity for new students to relieve anxieties and find answers to questions. And, along with an anticipated 2,000 students who will be attending this fallís activities, they will be able to do it with those who are in a similar boat, in a fun and friendly atmosphere. To find out more information on scheduled activity times and topics visit www.mun.ca/orientation/.

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