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September 23, 2017
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Orientation Week information for Laurierís Waterloo and Brantford campus undergraduate students

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Laurier is preparing an enthusiastic welcome for students arriving on the universityís Waterloo and Brantford campuses this weekend. Here is whatís happening for move-in day and orientation:

Waterloo campus: residence move-in and orientation

Laurierís Waterloo campus will welcome nearly 4,000 first-year students over the Labour Day weekend. To accommodate the large number of arrivals, move-in day will occur on either Sunday, Sept. 1 or Monday, Sept. 2, depending on the studentís residence building. Students can pick up their residence key from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Athletic Complex on both days.

Laurierís parent orientation sessions will also take place both days, with sessions at 11:30 a.m. and at 2 p.m. in the Bricker Academic Building, room BA201. Parents can RSVP at

Orientation Week, organized with the help of more than 600 senior-student volunteers, is a special program designed to help integrate first-year undergraduate students into the campus. Pre-registered students can pick up their Orientation-Week kit in the Athletic Complex. Students who have not yet registered for Orientation Week can do so in the Concourse. For more information, visit

On the Tuesday and Wednesday of Orientation Week, student success and academic sessions will provide students with information to support their academic transition to university life.

In long-standing tradition, Orientation Week will culminate with Shinerama on Saturday, Sept. 7. Shinerama, which started at Laurier in 1961, is Canadaís largest college and university fundraiser for cystic fibrosis research and treatment. Every September, more than 35,000 students from across Canada go out into their communities and raise money by shining cars, shoes and bikes, and by holding barbecues and selling candy. To date, Shinerama has raised more than $21.5 million, with more than $2 million coming from Laurier.

Rad Week, put on by Laurier Studentsí Public Interest Research Group, is a weeklong experience available at no cost to all first-year students that complements the Studentsí Union Orientation Week events. Through concerts, film screenings, exhibitions and more, Rad Week provides students with opportunities and resources to make a positive impact and engage in social change. Find out more at

International Orientation Week, for new undergraduate international students, takes place Aug. 26-31. To register, email

Brantford Campus: residence move-in and orientation

Laurierís Brantford campus will welcome more than 800 first-year students on Monday, Sept. 2, with the aid of nearly 100 senior-student volunteers. As specified in residence-placement letters, each residence community has a designated move-in time. One lane of Colborne Street will be closed to give families a safe place to pull over and allow volunteers to help unload belongings.

Registration will occur in the west lobby of the Research and Academic Centre, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Students living off-campus can pick up their Orientation Week kit in the lobby of the Research and Academic Centre - West from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Students who have not yet registered for Orientation Week can do so at that time. For more information, visit

Parents and guardians can connect with other families and learn tips on how to best support their student at a parent orientation hosted by the Dean of Students and Studentsí Union. The parent orientation will take place at 2 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 2, in Research and Academic Centre East, room 004. Parents can RSVP a t

To increase focus on studentsí academic transition to Laurier, students will sample classes with mock lectures during Orientation Week. Students can choose to engage in a Contemporary Studies lecture or a Laurier/Nipissing University-partnered Concurrent Education lecture. Professors will address relevant themes such as academic integrity, how to take lecture notes, and classroom etiquette. Other events will educate students on the variety of services and resources available to aid them in achieving student success.

International Orientation Week, for new international undergraduate students, will take place Sept. 2-7. To register, email

Orientation Week will culminate with the Shinerama car wash on Saturday, Sept. 7. 

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