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Aug. 30, 2018

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Wilfrid Laurier University is welcoming a new class of first-year students to its Waterloo and Brantford campus communities with a series of orientation events taking place Sept. 2-8.

The Wilfrid Laurier University Students’ Union has organized an Orientation Week schedule that highlights the strengths of Laurier’s inclusive community. Orientation Week will focus on helping first-year students balance elements of student life while achieving academic success, enjoying life in the cities of Waterloo and Brantford, and understanding the importance of Laurier’s student body in our communities.

Key programming initiatives for Orientation Week include sessions covering consent and gendered violence prevention, physical and mental wellness with an emphasis on student safety and support.

“Equipping our incoming students with the necessary resources so they can have an experience like none other is our aim,” said Tarique Plummer, president and CEO of the Wilfrid Laurier University Students’ Union. “We understand the pressures associated with starting university, the misconceptions that may be present and the nerve levels that perhaps are soaring; as such, our programming has been customized to address the needs of our membership.”

“Hundreds of student volunteers, faculty and staff have been hard at work preparing for the much-anticipated arrival of our largest incoming class,” said Leanne Holland Brown, dean of students in Waterloo. “There are countless opportunities for students to learn about Laurier’s programs, resources and services available to support their personal and academic success. We’re thrilled to welcome our newest Golden Hawks to the Laurier community.”

All first-year students, whether registered for Orientation Week or not, will attend Student Success Sessions Sept. 4 for tips and advice from faculty champions on a successful and positive start to university.

“Orientation Week is filled with activities and events to help integrate incoming students into the Laurier and Brantford communities,” said Adam Lawrence, dean of students for the Brantford campus. “The Students’ Union, Student Affairs staff, faculty members and senior student volunteers have been working extremely hard to create a transition program to help prepare students for academic and personal success in the coming year.”

Running parallel to the Students' Union programming is International Orientation for Laurier’s new international students will take place Aug.31 – Sept. 3 and Graduate Student Orientation events on Sept. 4.

Move-In Day Information

Learn about everything you need to know before moving onto campus:

Select Events in Both Waterloo and Brantford

Laurier will again host a demonstration about the importance of fire safety, presented by Waterloo Fire Rescue (WFR) at Laurier’s Northdale Campus (66 Hickory St. W) on Sept. 4 and by the Brantford Fire Department Sept. 5 behind Post House Residence (corner of George St. and Dalhousie St.). At demonstrations on both campuses, firefighters will ignite and suppress fire in a single room to demonstrate the importance of smoke alarms, how quickly fire can spread and the importance of having an evacuation plan. On the Waterloo campus, a kitchen fire demonstration will show the effect of putting water on a grease fire and how to properly extinguish it.

On Sept. 5 in Waterloo and Brantford, author and co-founder of the Date Safe Project Inc. Mike Domitrz will present ‘Can I Kiss You?’ This interactive presentation brings a unique approach to tackling important topics such as dating, intimacy, consent, how to be an active bystander and sexual assault.

On Sept. 8, first-year students will participate in Shine Day throughout Kitchener, Waterloo, Cambridge and Brantford. Continuing a tradition that started at Laurier more than 50 years ago, students will wash cars, shine shoes and run barbecues to raise money for Shinerama, which helps fund cystic fibrosis research and treatment.

Select Waterloo Campus Events

The Positive Pulse event on Sept. 4 will focus on student wellness and mental health with physical activities such as yoga and Zumba, and gives students the chance to ask tough questions about transition and change.

On Sept. 6 in Waterloo, students will meet fellow first-year students from other schools at WaterlooFest in Waterloo Public Square. Organized in partnership with the City of Waterloo, the University of Waterloo and Laurier, the event includes live performances and food trucks and allows students to meet city officials and each other while getting to know their city.

Read Laurier’s Waterloo campus orientation news release or visit the Waterloo campus O-week schedule.

Select Brantford Campus Events

A perennial favourite of O-week at the Brantford campus, the Mayor’s Lunch will be back again on Sept. 5 with municipal officials serving up lunch to first-year students at Harmony Square to officially welcome them to Brantford.

Students can sample the flavours of the city with Taste of Downtown on Sept. 6, presented by restaurants from across the city.

Read Laurier’s Brantford campus orientation news release or visit the Brantford campus O-week schedule.

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