Orientation Week activities to connect students with Niagara College life

Back-to-school excitement is in the air and Niagara College is rolling out the welcome mat for thousands of new and returning students.

A full slate of activities designed to introduce students to college life and kickstart the new fall term have been planned for NC Orientation Week, September 6 to 11.

“Orientation is such a key time for new and returning students,” said Lesley Calvin, manager of Student Engagement, Academic Advisement and Career Services. “For all of our main activities, we aim to provide our new students with the tools and information they need for successful transition into college life as well as providing relevant and engaging programming for them have fun and start building connections to their academic programs, the campus staff and faculty, and their new peers. It’s a really magical time for us in postsecondary.”

Students planning to call campus ‘home’ for the next academic year will get a head-start on the excitement on Residence Move-in Day, September 3 (9 a.m. to 1 p.m.). College staff and volunteers will be ready to assist students with settling into residences at the Welland and Niagara-on-the-Lake campuses. Move-in will be followed by a roster of activities during Welcome Weekend at the two campuses, including a glow-in-the-dark games night, backyard Olympics, and more.

Orientation will be in full swing on September 6, with activities beginning at 8:30 a.m. at the Welland, Niagara-on-the-Lake and Niagara Falls campuses. Students can attend program information sessions, campus tours, a student services fair, a free lunch, as well as enjoy the evening at a first-year student mixer (8 p.m. to 11 p.m., The Core, Welland Campus), and a Monsters of Schlock stunt show (6 p.m. to 9 p.m., The Armoury, NOTL Campus).

On September 7, the NOTL Campus will host a Dessert Reception for the mature student crowd and the local community (6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., Wine Visitor + Education Centre); while the Welland Campus will host a Glow Party Pub Night (9 p.m. to 1 a.m., The Core).

On September 8, Speed Friending events will be held at the three campuses, in addition to the Student Administrative Council’s Kick Off Karaoke night at the NOTL Campus (7 p.m. to 11 p.m., The Armoury).

One of the biggest highlights of Orientation 2016 will be the College’s first-ever Colour Dash, to take place on September 9 on the ground of the Welland Campus. The 2-km fun run – where participants get doused in coloured powders – will begin at 4 p.m., followed by food and music until 8 p.m. at the finish line.

On September 10, the Welland Campus will host the NC Trunk Sale – an event open to the public – from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Like attending several yard sales at once, visitors can browse reusable items for sale at this free, family-friendly event, as well as enjoy food and activities such as inflatable bouncers, and face-painting. The event will be held rain or shine and proceeds raised through the purchase of vendor spaces will be donated to the United Way of South Niagara. For information about the Trunk Sale visit: http://orientation.niagaracollege.ca/event/nc-trunk-sale-2/

To conclude Orientation activities, students and staff will team up to participate in the Big Move Cancer Ride on September 11. The St. Catharines-based cycling event supports patients of the Walker Family Cancer Centre.

Classes for most full-time programs will begin for the fall term on September 7. New programs launching this fall include the Honours Bachelor of Business Administration – Human Resources program, as well as two joint programs with Brock University: a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) – Game Design, and Bachelor of Science (Honours) – Game Programming.

For more information and a full schedule of Niagara College Orientation activities, visit http://orientation.niagaracollege.ca/

Niagara College offers more than 100 diploma, bachelor degree and advanced level programs at campuses in Welland, Niagara-on-the-Lake, and Niagara Falls; as well as more than 600 credit, vocational and general interest Continuing Education courses. Areas of specialization include food and wine sciences, advanced technology, media, applied health and community safety, supported by unique learning enterprises in food, wine, beer, horticulture and esthetics. For more information visit NiagaraCollege.ca.

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For information, contact:

Michael Wales
Senior Communications Officer
Office: 905.735.2211 ext. 7773
Cell: 905.328.4101
mwales@niagaracollege.ca

Julie Greco
Communications Specialist
Office: 905.735.2211 ext. 7368
Cell: 905.328.2532
jgreco@niagaracollege.ca