U of S set to welcome students back to campus

More than 2200 new students will begin their university experience at the University of Saskatchewan next week, when the university kicks off its renowned Orientation and Welcome Week activities, in partnership with the University of Saskatchewan Students' Union (USSU).

Media are invited to attend the following activities:

Sunday, August 31: International Student Welcome

1:30-4:30pm, Arts 143, with a social to follow

Hosted by the International Student and Study Abroad Centre, the International Student Welcome is a chance for students who are new to Canada to learn about services for international students available at the U of S and about getting settled in Saskatoon.

Tuesday, September 2: Orientation

9 am-4:30pm

Orientation is the University of Saskatchewan's annual event to welcome the newest members of our community to campus. This high-energy, information packed day kicks off with a welcome address from Interim President and Vice-Chancellor Gordon Barnhart and USSU President Max Fineday. Students will join other members of their colleges to take part in a variety of activities in the Bowl and to participate in college information sessions, where they will get the chance to meet faculty and staff, learn more about their program options, and find out what their first year at university is going to be like.


8-9am: Check-in takes place in the Bowl

9-9:15am: Welcome addresses from Interim President and Vice-Chancellor Gordon Barnhart and University of Saskatchewan Students' Union President Max Fineday from Nobel Plaza

9:30-10:30am: "This is Me" motivational session in Education Gym

9:30am-1:30pm: Activities including a 100' obstacle course, games and activities such as "bumper balls", magicians and break-dancing demonstrations will be ongoing in the Bowl

1:15-4:30pm: College information sessions take place across campus

Wednesday, September 3: Aboriginal Student Welcome

4:30-6:30pm, Louis' Loft

Hosted by the Aboriginal Students' Centre, new and continuing First Nations, Métis and Inuit students, as well as Aboriginal staff and faculty, will gather in Louis' Loft to build connections and learn about services and programs available at the U of S for Aboriginal students.

Wednesday, September 3-Friday, September 5: USSU Welcome Week

Live music, DJs, food and beer gardens in the Bowl from 11am-5pm daily

Thursday, September 4: Car-less Drive-In

8pm, The Bowl

This year's double feature includes "Pitch Perfect" and U of S dramedy "Paper Airplanes".

Friday, September 5: U of S Alumni Association Pancake Breakfast

8-10am, The Bowl

Friday September 5: Alumni Association Huskies Homecoming Football Game

7 pm, Griffiths Stadium in PotashCorp Park

Want a free tour of campus?

Contact the Diefenbaker Canada Centre at 306-966-8384or visit us online at http://www.usask.ca/diefenbaker


For more information, please contact:

Jennifer Thoma

Media Relations Specialist

University of Saskatchewan


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