2017 Orientation/Welcome Week Schedule
The 2017 MSVU Orientation program will run September 3rd – 7th, 2017.
Welcome Week for ALL MSVU students will run September 7th – 15th, 2017.
The Full 2017 Schedule will be released as events are confirmed. Check back regularly.
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 3
Welcome to MSVU! It all starts now because Orientation week is finally here.
10am – 5pm
Our leaders are on hand to guide you through the check points of the start to orientation week. They’ll meet you at the door and ensure you get where you need to go! Starting at 10 AM you can:
– Pick up your pre-ordered Orientation Kit
– Get registered for Shinerama
– Meet our student peer mentors
– Meet your orientation leaders and your orientation group
10am – 12pm
RESIDENCE RUMBLE: Residence Move-in
Rosaria Lobby and Terrace. Pick up your residence keys and move into your new home at the Mount! The Registrar’s Office, Financial Services, and Information Technology Services will also be on hand to answer any questions you have.
10am – 12pm
PARENT INFO CENTRE
Rosaria Lobby. Mount staff will be on hand to answer all of your questions!
10am – 12pm
ABORIGINAL STUDENTS OPEN HOUSE
At the MSVU Aboriginal Student Centre. Welcome to all Aboriginal students! This is a special open house for you to visit the new Mount Aboriginal Centre, meet our Aboriginal Student Services Coordinator, connect with other students and find out all the Mount has to offer you.
12pm – 1pm
INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS RECEPTION
McCain Centre Room 105. Welcome to all International students! This is a special reception for you to meet Mount student leaders and learn more about what orientation is and how to get the most out of your Mount experience.
1 pm – 3 pm
RESIDENCE LIFE ORIENTATION (light lunch provided)
Rosaria Dining Hall. Welcome to all new Mount residence students! Come meet your new residence community including your RA’s, Don’s and fellow residence students. Find out what residence life at the Mount is all about. Then, meet some of the students in your Orientation group!
1:30pm – 2:30pm
PARENT SESSION FOR RESIDENCE STUDENTS
Don McNeil Room (R401). A special parents session all about residence living.
2 pm – 3 pm
OFF-CAMPUS STUDENTS RECEPTION (light lunch provided)
Vinnie’s Pub & Student Lounge. Welcome to all off-campus students! Come meet the M-Team, pick up your Frosh Kits and welcome packs, get put into your orientation team, make new friends, meet other off-campus students and find out how you as an off-campus student can stay connected and engaged.
Starting in the Rosaria Lobby. Now comes the time you’ve been waiting for…meeting the rest of your orientation group and making new friends! You will be lead through games and icebreakers and this session ends in team photos :)
Seton Auditorium. This ceremony marks the official start of your academic program at the Mount. Your Deans will lead you through your first (but not your last!) academic procession. Parents, family, and friends are welcome and encouraged to attend. Bring your camera and tissues!
NEW STUDENT WELCOME DINNER
Rosaria Multi-Purpose Room. The Official Kick Off to Orientation! New Mount students are invited to join university President, Dr. Mary Bluechardt, university faculty and staff, the MSVU Students’ Union, the Residence Life Team of Don’s and RA’s and your Orientation leaders for a unique welcome dinner to kick off the 2017 year!
Rosaria Multi-Purpose Room. It’s time to gather everyone for the Class of 2021 photo!
WAYNE HOFFMAN – MENTALIST– Make your way to Seton Auditorium for Wayne Hoffman. Have your mind blown…and read! A performance like nothing you’ve ever experienced before.
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 4
9:30am – 10:30am
ORIENTATION BREAKFAST – ALL NEW STUDENTS WELCOME!
Rosaria Dining Hall. Start off the day with a delicious meal served up by Chartwells, the Mount’s food service provider. Drop in for a breakfast you can enjoy with the M-Team Orientation leaders and all your new friends.
10:30am – 11:30am
The MOUNTS NEW 2 U ORIENTATION
Rosaria Dining Hall. A MUST NOT MISS EVENT! Get the important survival tips on how to get through your first year safe and successful! Presented by your fellow Mount students!
11:30am – 2pm.
THE MOUNT CARNIVAL
McCain Atrium. Start exploring now! This special Carnival will introduce you to many of the services and resources available at your fingertips on campus. Visit the various booths and get the inside scoop on campus wellness, fitness, recreation, campus jobs, counseling, volunteering, global exchanges, health services, your health & dental plan, and more. Each booth will provide you with a puzzle piece you can assemble later to enter into a great prize draw.
12pm – 2pm
THE ONE STOP ESSENTIAL MSVU SHOP
McCain 105/106. There are many details to take care of when starting your year. We’ve assembled those essential “To Do’s” in one space to make it easier for you to get it all done. You’ll be able to get your Student ID taken and take care of other essentials like your UPASS, and MEAL CARDS! Plus talk to academic advisors and pay fees!
THE GREAT MSVUSU BBQ
Location TBA. Join your Students’ Union outside on the Rosaria lawn for our annual orientation BBQ. It’s burgers, dogs, entertainment, games, and fun in the sun while you continue exploring the Mount Carnival! *Vegetarian/Gluten Free options available!
2pm – 5pm
Orientation teams assemble in the Rosaria Lobby and prepare for a tour of Halifax using their new bus passes! Learn how to get where you want to go, and take some memorable photos too while you travel all around Halifax.
CHARTWELL’S WELCOME DINNER
Rosaria Dining Hall. Welcome new students and welcome-back returning students. It’s the annual Chartwell’s themed orientation dinner.
8pm – 11:00pm
McCain Atrium. Get dressed up and hit our unique casino complete with prizes, treats, music, AND a show!
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 5
BACHELOR OF EDUCATION ORIENTATION
Rosaria Multi-Purpose Room. Welcome, all new Education students to the Mount and to your full academic orientation. Throughout the day you will meet your fellow education students, faculty and staff and be introduced to everything you will need to succeed in your education degree.
9 am – 4 pm
ACADEMIC ADVISING & TESTING
Seton Academic Centre. Come to the Seton Academic Centre if you still have not received your Academic Advising or if you still need to take placement tests.
McCain Atrium. MSVU Vice President Academic Dr. Elizabeth Church welcomes our new students to the beginning of your new academic journey. Make sure you have your class schedules because, after the academic welcome, students will be getting personalized academic tours of their classrooms by Orientation Leaders.
2:00pm – 3pm
DEANS & DEGREES MEET AND GREET
Your MSVU Deans and Faculty will officially welcome you to the Mount. Get to know your new faculty, meet current MSVU students and learn more about what to expect in your degree. Your Orientation leaders will escort you to your designated program area.
GRADUATE STUDENTS ORIENTATION
Seton Academic Centre, Room 404. Join the graduate studies faculty along with the Dean of Professional Studies and Education as they welcome you to the Mount Graduate family. Get all the pertinent information you need to start the next chapter of your academic career and university experience.
ADULT, MATURE & TRANSFER STUDENT SOCIAL
Vinnies, Rosaria SUB. Drop by Vinnie’s and meet other mature/transfer students. Enjoy some pub food, ask questions to university representatives in a relaxed atmosphere and be inspired for the exciting year ahead!
Location TBA. Join your Orientation team as they compete in the mayhem that is inflatable games and courses. Can your team make their way to the top of the score board and beat the mayhem?
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 6
FIRST DAY OF CLASSES
Welcome to the Academic year! Be sure to stop by our many help stations located throughout campus if you have questions, need directions or just want some morning coffee!
9pm – 12am
TIGHT AND BRIGHT GLOW PARTY
Vinnie’s, Rosaria SUB. Celebrate your first day of classes with DJ’s, energy, and glow excitement.
9pm – 12am
BOARD GAME CAFE
Don MacNeil Room, Rosaria SUB. Looking to relax after your first day of classes? Join us for board games and more.
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 7
7pm – 12am
OSCAR AWARDS GALA
TBA, Rosaria SUB. Join your fellow new students at the movie and awards gala. Prizes for individual team members and full teams will be awarded based on participation, spirit, and points collected throughout the week.
9pm – 1am
WELCOME BACK PUB (19+)
Vinnies, Rosaria SUB. Welcome to students, new and returning. Check out our newly renovated space, enjoy the patio, meet new people and get ready for a night of awesome live music.
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 8
AMAZING SHINE RACE
Rosaria SUB Lobby. Run around Halifax doing fun tasks with your friends while raising money for Shinerama as a pre-hype for Shine Day. Teams of 4-6 people encouraged.
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 11
WELLNESS & GLOW YOGA
Rosaria MPR, Rosaria SUB. Our Peer Mentors will lead you through a wellness activity followed by glow in the dark yoga. Super fun and FREE!!
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 12
11am – 2pm
MOUNT MASH-UP COMMUNITY AND VENDOR FAIR
Seton Academic Centre Lawn. Local businesses and organizations join us on campus to meet students, give away lots of freebies, enjoy music, and MSVU fun!
7pm – 9pm
Vinnies, Rosaria SUB. Join your fellow students in the first trivia event of the year. General knowledge and Shinerama specific questions will make this a trivia you’ll enjoy all night long.
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 13
11am – 2pm
MSVU VOLUNTEER & SOCIETY FAIR
Rosaria Terrance, Rosaria SUB. Come find out all of the volunteer possibilities you have on campus this year. Also get to meet the current MSVU societies and find out how you can start your own!
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 14
11am – 2pm
Vinnies, Rosaria SUB. Come see our amazing four-legged friends that have all of the fluff. Destress after your first full week of classes and meet some amazing furry friends.
3pm – 7pm
Vinnies, Rosaria SUB. Welcome to students, new and returning. Check out our newly renovated space, enjoy the patio, meet new people and get ready for an afternoon of relaxing with a drink in your hand.
6pm – 7:30pm
MONTY’S FIT KIT!
Fitness Centre, Rosaria SUB. Everything you need to start building up your fitness toolbox. Get the year off to a healthy start and meet the trainers and instructors who are here to help you! Activities include DanceFit, Box&Burn, Pump, Core, and Stretch.
9pm – 1am
BLUE & WHITE HOMECOMING BALL
Vinnies, Rosaria SUB. Get dressed up in Mystic colors and get ready to have a ball, while kicking off Alumnae weekend, Shinerama, and the Mystic Soccer Home Openers.
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 16
9am – 3pm
Rosaria SUB Cafeteria. Join all of our new and returning Mount students as we head out into the streets of Halifax to raise awareness and funds in the fight against cystic fibrosis! Our top Shiner will win one of their courses paid for by the university. Start shining now with online fundraising! www.Shinerama.ca
9pm – 1am
Rosaria SUB Cafeteria. After a full day of Shinerama, we want to thank our amazing volunteers with a Shine Pub just for them! All SHINERAMA participants get in free, but students who wish to attend can make donations of $5 at the door!