U of G to Welcome 4,200 New Students During Orientation Week

September 01, 2010 - News Release

The University of Guelph will welcome more than 4,200 new students to campus Sept. 4 to 11 for this year's Orientation Week.

More than 300 events are planned, including a pep rally, a world record event, a series of special lectures and the president’s traditional welcome and luncheon.

The theme of Orientation Week is “Legendary Beginnings.”

“We’re excited to welcome new students to campus and the community and are looking forward to providing them with a safe, fun and legendary transition into a new phase in their lives,” said Robert Routledge, co-ordinator of orientation programs. “This year’s Orientation Week will instil a sense of school spirit in our first-year students and demonstrate that Guelph is a campus that will help and support them throughout their time here.”

Orientation begins Sept. 4 with residence move-in day and a special event for new students living off campus. About 4,000 students will be moving into U of G residences with help from almost 1,000 members of the University community.

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 anticipate increased traffic on Stone Road and College Avenue as students make their way to various residences on campus.

Once the students are moved in, they can participate in “Your Legendary Beginnings,” an event running from 7 p.m. to midnight that includes community meetings, sport activities, dancing and movies.

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

Students are invited to participate in the annual world record challenge Sept. 6 at 11 a.m. on Johnston Green. The event will give students the opportunity to break a world record and also learn more about the Bracelet of Hope campaign. Participants are asked to wear a red or white shirt for the challenge.

At 8 p.m., the band Down With Webster will perform in the Athletics Centre.

The president’s welcome and luncheon is Sept. 8 at 11 a.m. in the Gryphon Dome. President Alastair Summerlee, alumni, students and staff will offer insights on the keys to achieving success at university. A free lunch will follow.

Classes begin Sept. 9, and Orientation Week wraps up Sept. 11 with “Everyone’s Orientation Week Challenge,” followed by the OVie Awards to recognize various achievements and celebrate the hard work of more than 600 orientation volunteers, event planners and the orientation team.

For more information and a complete list of Orientation Week events, visit www.guelphoweek.ca.

Robert Routledge
Co-ordinator, Orientation programs
519-824-4120, Ext. 52994

For media questions, contact Communications and Public Affairs: Lori Bona Hunt, 519-824-4120, Ext. 53338, or lhunt@uoguelph.ca, or Deirdre Healey, Ext. 56982 or d.healey@exec.uoguelph.ca.

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