From speed friending and wellness workshops, to a carnival and vendor fair – did someone say, “‘goat yoga?” – Niagara College is rolling out a full slate of Orientation activities as it prepares to welcome a record number of students to its Niagara campuses this September.
Preliminary enrolment numbers indicate that well over 10,000 students are expected for fall term – and about 6,000 of them will be new to the College
“Enriching lives and fulfilling dreams for students is part of our ‘Niagara College DNA’ and we are looking forward to welcoming our largest-ever intake of students this fall,” said president Dan Patterson, PhD. “Our unique approach to applied learning is drawing students from across Canada and around the world, and we look forward to providing them with an outstanding start to their college experience.”
The College’s Centre for Student Engagement and Leadership, and the NC Student Administrative Council (NCSAC), have been busy preparing a lineup of Orientation events and activities to introduce students to both the academic and social aspects of college life.
“Attending college is a major step for students, and our goal during Orientation Week is ensure they have all the tools, information and support they need for their successful transition into college life,” said Lesley Calvin associate director of Student Engagement, Academic Advisement, and Career, Student Services. “In addition to providing relevant and engaging programming, our goal is to help students build connections to their academic programs, campus staff, and their new peers – and have fun in the process.
NCSAC president Ryan Huckla noted that NCSAC will be unveiling a new theme for Orientation Week, ‘Welcome to Your Knight Life,’ which is not only a play on the varsity team name, but aims to unify and celebrate the student body. He noted that, for students, Orientation Week is about meeting new friends, finding their classes, and about starting a new path.
“NCSAC is at the forefront of the social side of this experience,” he said, noting that all NCSAC’s events are all free and all ages, aiming to be inclusive to all students. “Our events are about bringing students together and being a crucial part of creating memories that will last forever.”
On-campus excitement will begin on the morning of Saturday, September 1 (8 a.m. to 1 p.m.), when hundreds of students move into residences at the Welland and NOTL Campuses, assisted by staff and student volunteers, including student-athletes.
The main Orientation day will be on Tuesday, September 4 which will be packed with variety of events, kicking off at 8:30 a.m. Both campuses will feature a student services fair, program information sessions, co-op information sessions, campus tours, a lunch and live music event, pub night (all ages), and much more.
Orientation events also include:
Carnival and Vendor Fair (Welland): This second annual flagship event will feature a Ferris wheel and other carnival rides, activities such as goat yoga, free cotton candy and more (Sept. 7, 4-8 p.m.);
Your Best Self workshops (Welland and NOTL): aim at promoting wellness and helping students finding balance and positivity in their lives. Incorporating the four pillars of success – eat, sleep, move, and think – students will hear from a speaker and have the option of participating in yoga, a wellness walk or mindful masterpiece activity (Sept. 4);
Speed Friending in the Vineyard (NOTL): Students can mingle over canapés while expanding their social network in the picturesque vineyard. (Sept. 5, 6:30 to 8 p.m.);
Rock Star Karaoke (NOTL): Held on Residence Move-in Day, students can perform karaoke in front of a live rock band in the courtyard (Sept. 1, 8-10 p.m.);
Free BBQ Lunch (Welland and NOTL): To be held at the NOTL Campus on Sept. 5 in the courtyard, and at the Welland Campus on Sept. 6. The Welland event will mark the official unveiling of the new Student Commons Plaza; and,
Dinner and Movie Night (Welland): Students can bring their blankets for a screening of Tag on the front lawn (Sept. 6, 6-9 p.m.).
A full schedule of activities is available at orientation.niagaracollege.ca/
Classes for most full-time programs will begin on September 5. New programs will begin this fall including Commercial Cannabis Production and Artisan Distilling – both the first of their kind in Canada, which have been making headlines around the world.
(Source: InsideNC, Julie Greco)