University of Saskatchewan welcomes students back to campus

More than 2,500 new students will begin their campus experience at the University of Saskatchewan (U of S) this week, with the kick off of Orientation and Welcome Week activities, in partnership with the University of Saskatchewan Students' Union (USSU).

Media are invited to attend the following events:

Tuesday, Sept. 1

International Student Welcome

1-7 pm (check-in opens at noon)

Neatby-Timlin Theatre, Arts 241

Hosted by the International Student and Study Abroad Centre, this 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, Sept. 1

New First Nations, Métis and Inuit Student Welcome

12-4 pm, with a social event to follow

Aboriginal Students' Centre

This event will offer a chance to make connections with other students on campus and the opportunity to learn about services and activities available to Aboriginal students at the U of S.

Wednesday, Sept. 2


9 am-3:30 pm

The Bowl

Orientation is the official welcome for the newest members of the campus community. Students will gain general knowledge of campus, including where their classes are held, how to get involved on campus, and how to deal with academic problems, and participate in college-specific information sessions.


8-9 am: Student check-in and registration at Nobel Plaza (in front of the Peter MacKinnon Building)

9-9:15 am: Indigenous welcome and recognition of Treaty 6 land and territory

9:15-9:20 am: Welcome address from Interim President Gordon Barnhart

9:20-9:25 am: Welcome address from Graduate Students' Association President Rajat Chakravarty

9:25-9:30 am: Welcome address from University of Saskatchewan Students' Union President Jack Saddleback

9:30 am-12 pm: College-led orientation programming (various locations across campus)

12-1 pm: Lunch

1:15-3:30 pm: University-wide scavenger hunt and Campus Expo in the Bowl

Thursday, Sept. 3

Dorm Burn

2 pm, Nobel Plaza

To promote fire safety on campus, the Saskatoon Fire Department will simulate an actual fire on campus by building a replica dorm room and setting it ablaze using common situational items (such as a lit cigarette or an over-heated laptop).

Thursday, Sept. 3

Carless Drive-In

9 pm

The Bowl

This year's feature is Jurassic Park. Popcorn provided by Affinity Credit Union.

Thursday, Sept. 3-Friday, Sept. 4

USSU Welcome Week

Live music, DJs, food trucks and beer gardens in the Bowl, starting at 11 am daily.

Friday, Sept. 4

Green and White Day

All of campus and members of the public are invited to show their pride by wearing our signature colours.

Friday, Sept. 4

U of S Alumni Association Pancake Breakfast

8-10 am

The Bowl

Free for all U of S students, faculty, staff and alumni.

Friday, Sept. 4

Alumni Association Huskies Homecoming Football Game

7 pm, Griffiths Stadium in PotashCorp Park.

The U of S Huskies take on the University of Manitoba Bisons in the season opener.


For more information, please contact:

Meghan Sired
Communications Co-ordinator
University of Saskatchewan
(306) 966-6068; (306) 381-7992 (cell)

James Shewaga
Media Relations Specialist
University of Saskatchewan
(306) 966-1851; (306) 270-5583 (cell)

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