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Laurier’s Brantford campus welcomes first-year students with Orientation Week events

BRANTFORD – Wilfrid Laurier University will welcome first-year students to its Brantford campus with a series of Orientation Week events taking place Sept. 4 to 10.

Orientation Week, organized by the Wilfrid Laurier University Students’ Union, is an opportunity for students to learn their way around campus, meet new people and become involved in student life.

“We have been looking forward to welcoming our students to our campuses with an in-person, face-to-face greeting for a long time now,” said Ivan Joseph, vice-president of Student Affairs. “There is nothing like feeling the energy and enthusiasm that ripples across our community during Orientation Week. Thank you to all the student leaders, volunteers, faculty and staff who go out of their way to showcase the Laurier community spirit and demonstrate what is so Golden about the Laurier student experience.”

Events throughout the week include Shine Day, when students wash cars to raise money for Cystic Fibrosis Canada (founded at Laurier in 1961), lunch with Brantford Mayor Kevin Davis, a carnival in Harmony Square, a headphone disco and a room-burn demonstration by firefighters to promote fire safety. Throughout the week, students will also learn about safety and support services at Laurier, resources to help them balance their physical and mental health, and tips and advice for academic success. A list of Orientation Week photo opportunities for media is below.

“My advice to students is don’t be afraid to put yourself out there and take the opportunity to engage with your fellow Golden Hawks,” said Shane Symington, president and CEO of the Students’ Union. “I hope students lose themselves in the moments where they’re at Headphone Disco or other events and find themselves as they get their first taste of a community that will embrace them, and truly make them feel like they belong. We hope they make this experience their own.”

“We’re excited to have a full complement of students engaging in Orientation Week activities this year,” said Adam Lawrence, Laurier’s dean of students. “Many thanks to the O-Week organizers, and a warm welcome to Laurier’s newcomers.”

Sunday, Sept. 4 is Move-in Day; times will vary among the four Brantford residences depending on building and community.

On Monday, Sept. 5, students can attend a painting tutorial inspired by the late painter and TV host Bob Ross. The event takes place in the lobby of the Research and Academic Centre West building. A Welcome to Campus Dinner will also take place in the basement of 1 Market restaurant.

On Tuesday, Sept. 6, Brantford Fire Department firefighters will ignite and suppress a fire in a model bedroom to show how quickly a fire can spread and demonstrate the importance of smoke alarms and having an evacuation plan. The room burn demonstration takes place in the rear parking lot of 50 Wellington St.

On Wednesday, Sept. 7, Brantford Mayor Kevin Davis and local councillors will serve lunch to first-year students in Harmony Square as an official welcome to Brantford.

Saturday, Sept. 10 is Shinerama Shine Day. Students will wash cars at the Student Centre parking lot and FreshCo. (50 Market St.) to raise funds for Cystic Fibrosis Canada. O-Week icebreakers team and staff will participate in fun challenges tied to the amount of funds raised. Closing ceremonies start at 7 p.m. featuring amazing food and activities.

Other events throughout the week include a carnival, headphone disco dance party, glow-in-the-dark paint party, a hypnotist performance, drag hour, taste tour of downtown Brantford, lip-sync battle, movie night, games night and dodgeball competition. Visit the Students’ Union website for a full list of activities.

Laurier’s Waterloo campus will also be running Orientation Week activities.

In addition to O-week events international students can register for the Senior Executive Officer and Faculty Reception & Lunch at 11:30 a.m. Graduate Student Orientation will take place Wednesday, Sept. 7 highlighted by Ivan Joseph’s speech, “The Role Confidence Plays in Academic Success.”

For a full list of events, go to the Laurier Students’ Union O-Week web page.

Photo Opportunities for Brantford Orientation Week

Room-Burn Demonstration

Brantford Fire Department firefighters will educate students about fire safety by showing how quickly a room can become engulfed in flames. The room burn occurs on Tuesday, Sept. 6 from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the rear parking lot of 50 Wellington St.

Mayor’s Lunch

Mayor Kevin Davis and local councillors will welcome first-year students to Brantford with lunch. The event takes place on Wednesday, Sept. 7 from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. in Harmony Square.

Tastes of Downtown

Students sample foods from Brantford’s downtown restaurants. The event takes place on Thursday, Sept. 8 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Research and Academic Centre West lobby.


The carnival features cotton candy, a dunk tank and many other carnival delights. The event takes place Friday, Sept. 9 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. in Harmony Square.

Shine Day

Students will wash cars and take part in fun activities in support of Cystic Fibrosis Canada on Saturday, Sept. 10 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Student Centre parking lot and FreshCo. (50 Market St.).


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Re-Engaging Students · Events · Keene State College

Re-Engaging Students · Events · Keene State College

Library 121

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As we look forward to the fall semester, many of us are anticipating continuing challenges with re-engaging students in the classroom environment. Bring your lunch (if you want to), and join us for a reflective conversation on this challenge and to share and generate ideas for approaching our classrooms and students in the environment in which we find ourselves. Over the last several months there have been articles about his topic in the New York TImes, Chronicle of Higher Education, and Inside Higher Ed among others that could provide a useful starting point for our conversation.

Organized by the Teaching Innovation Studios group

This event is part of the Faculty Enrichment Events calendar.

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SIU welcomes students to back to campus, announces upcoming events

SIU welcomes students to back to campus, announces upcoming events
students gathered around a fire, roasting marshmallows

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August 10, 2022

SIU welcomes students to back to campus, announces upcoming events

by Christi Mathis

CARBONDALE, Ill. — Southern Illinois University Carbondale will roll out the maroon carpet to welcome new and returning students to campus in grand Saluki style with a host of special activities during Saluki Startup and Weeks of Welcome.

Students move onto campus Aug. 18 and 19, with classes starting Aug. 22. Preparations have been underway for months to ensure a smooth transition for students to their new campus home away from home. View the online schedule, which is constantly being updated as activities are added. Students can also stay abreast of what’s happening by downloading the Saluki Superfan app, their portal to keep tabs on student life throughout the year.

Dawg Days helps create a successful transition

SIU’s Dawg Days New Student Retreat, set for Aug. 15-18 at Touch of Nature Outdoor Education Center, is an action-packed week. Organized and led by students, it is designed to help their new student peers successfully transition to college life. 

move-in-21-v2-sm.jpgParticipants learn about Saluki traditions, services and the support system as they network and engage in fun activities, including battleship games in canoes, duct-tape dodgeball, kayaking, hiking, rock climbing, canoeing, themed evening socials, a costume party and much more. They will also connect with campus administrators, faculty and staff, as well as with one another.

Forging connections through Saluki Startup

Creating a Saluki family connection is what Saluki Startup, set for the early days of the semester, is all about. During special activities on Aug. 18-21, the university will help returning and new students get acquainted with one another and the campus.

A recent popular addition to Saluki Startup is Light up the Lake, set for 7-9 p.m. Aug. 18 as the boat dock will be glowing all evening. Campus Lake/Becker Pavilion will come alive with glow-in-the-dark games and activities, slacklining, a climbing wall, a DJ, freebies, snacks, a pottery throwing wheel and other fun Saluki experiences.

A Resource Fair provides information about what’s available and how to connect with the campus departments or units as well as community organizations 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Aug. 19, in Ballroom D of the Student Center. The Saluki Startup Kickoff at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 19 at Saluki Stadium is a giant pep rally, complete with a class picture for new students. Afterward, the action moves to the Student Recreation Center for Late Nite at the Rec, with volleyball, swimming, basketball and a host of other activities from 9 to 11 p.m.

2018-DawgDays-sm.jpgThe Student Center is the place to be at 7 p.m. Aug. 20 for the popular Dawg’s Night Out student fest as participants enjoy arts and crafts, inflatables, games, food and assorted revelry.

A favorite tradition, the Chancellor’s Welcome Fest, will be 1-3 p.m. Aug. 21, complete with a cookout, DJ, climbing wall, yard and watermelon games, giveaways and the chance to get acquainted with campus leaders, faculty and staff.

There are also meet-and-greet events sponsored by numerous colleges and groups and various other activities throughout the early days of classes. Find the complete Saluki Startup schedule of events at For more information about any of the events, email or call 618-453-1000.

Welcoming one and all with events galore

At SIU, the “welcome back” vibe continues with a variety of diverse activities during five Weeks of Welcome, or WOW, as it is called it on campus. Highlights of the fall schedule include some very special guests you’ll want to see.

SIU will celebrate Diversity Week during this time. Juan Manual “John” Quiñones, ABC News correspondent/journalist and longtime host of “What Would You Do?,” will speak during the kickoff on Aug. 29. The diversity commemoration from Aug. 29 to Sept. 1 will also feature a discussion of military culture, a disability support and accessibility presentation, jazz ensemble, a Women’s Equality Day celebration and a jazz and hip-hop seminar, mural painting, SAFE Zone and DACA training and more. The full schedule will be available online when finalized.

You can also “Meet Kevin and Oscar from ‘The Office’” in the Student Center Ballrooms at 6 p.m. Sept. 22.  Oscar Martinez and Kevin Malone, portrayed by Oscar Nuñez and Brian Baumgartner, will share about their time on the NBC Emmy-winning series “The Office.” Students and the general public are welcome to attend the free presentation; no tickets are required and admission is on a first-come basis. A book signing will follow, and some fortunate guests will have the opportunity to meet the pair at a reception following the moderated event.

Other Week of Welcome activities include open houses, an involvement fair, movies, a job fair, a bonfire, barbecue, workshops, student organization events, and a free Family Carnival at the Student Recreation Center’s west gym from 10 a.m. to noon Aug. 27 featuring a bounce house, games, snacks and more. Geared toward non-traditional families, the event is designed to help them learn about campus and the community and connect with resources and other people.

Weeks of Welcome will wrap up with Saluki Family Weekend, Sept. 23-25, featuring a craft sale, Greek Sing, and other activities, including the the football Salukis hosting North Dakota in gridiron action.

Visit for the complete schedule of events, which is subject to change, depending on weather and other factors.


Media Advisory

Reporters, photographers and news crews are welcome to cover many of SIU’s Dawg Days New Student Retreat, Saluki Startup and Weeks of Welcome activities.

Opportune times to capture good stories, photographs and video at Dawg Days, set for Aug. 17-18 at the Touch of Nature Outdoor Education Center, include:

  • The Saluki Welcome Fest, 4:30 p.m. Aug. 15, featuring the SIU spirit Squad and other fun along with various guest speakers, including Tena Bennett, assistant vice chancellor for auxiliary enterprise; Jennifer Jones-Hall, dean of students; and Jeffery T. Burgin Jr., vice chancellor for student affairs.
  • Participants will rotate among various active games, 9 a.m.-noon Aug. 16.
  • New students will be enjoying a costume party at 9 p.m. Aug. 17.

All activities take place at Camp 2. For more information or to arrange a visit to Touch of Nature at another time, contact Brian Croft at 618-453-1121 or

You can also find great opportunities for stories, photographs and video on the SIU campus during numerous Saluki Startup and WOW, including:

  • Move-in, which begins 18 for new students and continues Aug. 19 for returning students. For more information, visit For details, contact Jim Hunsaker, senior associate director of operations for University Housing, at 618-453-1067, 618-201-2211 (cell) or
  • Light up the Lake, 7-9 p.m. Aug. 18, Becker Pavilion, Campus Lake.
  • Saluki Kickoff Event, 6:30-8 p.m. Aug. 19, Saluki Stadium.
  • Late Night at the Rec, 9-11 p.m., Student Recreation Center.
  • Dawg’s Night Out, 7-11 p.m. Aug. 20, Student Center. Arts and crafts, games, inflatables.
  • Chancellor’s Welcome Fest, 1-3 p.m. Aug. 21, Shryock Lawn, climbing wall, yard and watermelon games, and more.
  • Involvement Fair, 5-7 p.m. Aug. 25, Faner Plaza. Students can find out what’s happening on campus, learning about campus resources and registered student organizations as well as community organizations as they meet fellow Salukis. Contact or 618-453-5714.
  • Family Carnival, 10 a.m.-noon Aug. 27, Student Recreation Center.
  • Diversity Week, 29-Sept.1. The full schedule will be posted online when finalized.
  • “Meet Kevin and Oscar from ‘The Office’” 6 p.m. Sept. 22, Student Center Ballrooms.

The complete schedule of events for Weeks of Welcome is at For more information, contact Jennifer Jones-Hall, dean of students, at or 618-453-4846.

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Students hailed at Harper Adams University graduation events

Some of the Harper Adams graduates
Some of the Harper Adams graduates
Some of the Harper Adams graduates

Ceremonies were staged for students who completed their courses in the 2019-20 and 2020-21 academic years.

Both days saw morning and afternoon ceremonies recognise the successes of those graduates whose events were delayed by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Harper Adams Vice-Chancellor, Professor Ken Sloan, said: “Remarkably, the last time a degree congregation convened in this place was three years ago, back in 2019.

“None of us could have known at that point that Covid-19 would cast its shadow across every aspect of our life and create additional challenges across three academic years.

“Thanks to the resilience and inventiveness of our students and employees we were able to maintain teaching, research and our Future Farm throughout the pandemic.

“Things didn’t always go to plan but I believe that everyone studying during this historic chapter gained additional skills and a maturity which makes them even more valuable citizens, at work and in their communities.”

Monday’s ceremony was addressed by Dr Rebecca Mclean, a senior postdoctoral researcher working on developing multivalent livestock vaccines against new emerging pandemic viruses and by Jonathan Glen, senior operations manager of road-rail machinery manufacturers Rail-Ability.

A ceremony on Wednesday was addressed by Harriet Wilson, head of agriculture and sustainable sourcing at McDonald’s UK & Ireland, and Chris Megarry, head of UK GP farming at Aviagen.

Earlier this year, Harper Adams was named the best university in the country for career prospects at the What Uni Student Choice awards – an award it has held every year since 2016.graduation events

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Students, parents can ‘Get to know Georgian’ at virtual events

Students, parents can 'Get to know Georgian' at virtual events

‘We’d encourage people to attend to explore their options as there’s still time to register for fall,’ says official of college’s July 12, Aug. 9 events




Are you thinking about heading to college this fall? If you’re ready to pursue your dream career and looking to study at Georgian, we can help answer any questions you may have!

The college is offering two Get to Know Georgian events this summer on July 12 and Aug. 9. These events run from 5 to 6 p.m. and they’re virtual so you can attend from wherever you are.

At Get to Know Georgian, not only will you learn about our programs and services – we’ll waive the Ontario College Application Service (OCAS) fee if you apply on the day of the event with a Georgian program as your No. 1 choice.

Whether you’re thinking about attending Georgian yourself or are a parent or supporter of a future student, this event is your opportunity to connect with our friendly recruitment team about all things Georgian.

“We’d encourage people to attend to explore their options as there’s still time to register for fall,” said Kristy Linklater, Associate Director, Marketing and Recruitment. “Many programs have room for September and our knowledgeable and friendly student recruitment team is here to answer all your questions, and assist you with applying to college.”

Get to Know Georgian is a great opportunity to:

  • learn how to get started by searching our 130+ full-time programs to find the right program fit
  • get information on the many supports available to students
  • find out what Georgian’s seven campuses have to offer as you explore postsecondary options
  • understand Georgian’s admission requirements, our application process and key dates
  • discover financial aid options
  • and more

There will also be a Q&A session where people can ask specific questions about Georgian.

Register online and get full details at

Campus tours are back at all our campus locations! If you’re thinking about studying at any of those campuses you can now book a campus tour.


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Transition event in Maple Ridge provided for students with diverse needs – Maple Ridge News

Transition event in Maple Ridge provided for students with diverse needs - Maple Ridge News

The Life After School Transition resource fair is coming up for students with extra support needs.

The event will be held at the Greg Moore Youth Centre, at 11925 Haney Pl. on May 31 from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., and students, youth, families, caregivers, support workers, and interested community members are invited to attend.

This event is put on by the LAST Committee to help students and young adults with diverse abilities prepare for the next stage of life, after they graduate from high school. Families with students who will be leaving school in the next five years are encouraged to attend, and see what resources are available in the community.

Representatives from a variety of local service providers and agencies – covering continuing education, employment, health, recreation, financial planning, transportation assistance and more – will be on hand with information about their programs and organization. They will answer questions and provide additional resources or contacts as necessary.

For more information email or see the website

A number of local organizations are involved in the LAST Committee, including School District 42, Community Living BC, the Ridge Meadows Association for Community Living, Maple Ridge/Pitt Meadows Community Services and more.

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DU students hail return of open mic events: Safe spaces to exhibit talent

DU students hail return of open mic events: Safe spaces to exhibit talent

Calling all singers, rappers, beatboxers, poets, instrumentalists, mimics and comedians to come and take to the stage — Delhi University’s young performers couldn’t wait to hear announcements like these, after two long years of being in the virtual space due to the pandemic. As open mic events, where one can display their talent in front of an audience, return to DU’s campus, budding performers share how much they love the freedom it gives them!

Aayush Goel, a third-year student of Business Economics at Shivaji College, recently gave voice to his poems at an open mic organised by the college’s Enactus team. Elated to find a platform, he says: “When the Covid-19 situation got normal, I was determined to perform. I never realised before my first [physical] performance how good it felt when audience praises you for your work. That feeling, when someone cries after listening to you because they relate to your story or the thought moved them, is spellbinding.” Goel adds that open mics are “really a safe and easy space where one can just present what one thinks”.

For Anushka Raj Sonkar, a second-year student of Bachelor of Business Administration at Shaheed Sukhdev College of Business Studies, performing at an open mic came as a chance to dust off her singing skills. She shares, “I’m a trained singer. Even though I’m out of practice now, I’m excited to perform and entertain everyone. It’s going to be just Bollywood songs.”

Feeling lucky to be back in time for the last leg of fest season, before he graduates and enters a different world, is Pratham Naman. A talented singer, who is pursuing BCom (Hons) at Sri Guru Tegh Bahadur Khalsa College, he shares his excitement to be a part of the event, aptly named Mic Drop 4.0! “It used to be a prolific experience back when I was in my first year. It’s a platform where artists can express their art in its true form. The crowd motivates us to give our best,” says Naman.

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