U of G Welcomes Students During Orientation Week

September 02, 2009 - Campus Bulletin

The University of Guelph will be welcoming more than 4,500 new students to campus Sept. 5 to 12 for Orientation Week 2009.

Some 300 events are planned, including a huge pep rally, a community volunteer event and the President's Welcome and Luncheon.

The theme of this year's Orientation Week is “Make Your Mark.”

"We're excited to welcome students to the University with a theme that will engage their passion for learning and making a difference,” said Robert Routledge, co-ordinator of orientation and transition programs. “The University of Guelph is a great place for students to take a big step forward in making their mark!"

Orientation begins on Saturday with student move-in day. About 4,000 students will be moving into residence with help from almost 1,000 representatives of the University.

Gordon Street will be closed between Stone Road and College Avenue from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. to accommodate the move in. The Guelph community should also anticipate increased traffic on Stone Road and College Avenue as students make their way to the various residences on campus.

Once students are moved in, they can participate in a variety of activities running from 5 p.m. to midnight, including floor meetings, hall dinners, opening ceremonies and a special event on Johnston Green.

The pep rally is scheduled for Sunday at 5 p.m. at Alumni Stadium and includes the "OV Boogie," a time-honoured U of G tradition.

Several student groups have banded together to host Marianas Trench, USS and Ill Scarlet for a concert in the Athletics Centre Sept. 7 at 8 p.m.

The President's Welcome and Luncheon is Sept. 9 at 11 a.m. in the Gryphon Dome. At the welcome, chancellor Pamela Wallin, president Alastair Summerlee, alumni, students and staff will provide insights into the keys to achieving success at university. A free lunch will follow.

After lunch, students are invited to a resource fair outside the dome, which will showcase the variety of clubs, programs and services offered at the University and within the Guelph community.

The semester officially begins Sept. 10 for all students.

Orientation Week wraps up Sept. 12 with the U of G in the Community and the OVie Awards to recognize various achievements and celebrate the hard work of hundreds of volunteers, event planners and the Orientation team.

For more information and a complete list of Orientation Week events, visit the Centre for New Students website at www.studentlife.uoguelph.ca/cns/orientationweek.shtml.

For more information, contact Robert Routledge at 519-824-4120, Ext. 52994, or rroutled@uoguelph.ca.

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