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December 9, 2016
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Orientation Week kicks off on Laurierís Waterloo and Brantford campuses

Aug 31/12

First-year students will be arriving at Laurier this weekend, and the university and its senior students are ready to give them an enthusiastic welcome. Hundreds of volunteers will help them move in as efficiently as possible and introduce them to life on campus.

Here is whatís happening on Laurierís Waterloo and Brantford campuses:

Waterloo campus orientation

Laurierís Waterloo campus will welcome nearly 4,000 first-year students over the Labour Day weekend. To accommodate the number of arrivals, move-in day will occur on either Sunday, Sept. 2 or Monday, Sept. 3, depending on the studentís residence building. More than 500 senior students will volunteer as leaders to help Laurierís newest Golden Hawks navigate the weekend. 

Pre-registered students can pick up their residence key and orientation week kit from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on both days in the Athletic Complex. Students who have not yet registered for orientation week can do so in the Concourse.

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

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. 8. Shinerama, which started at Laurier in 1961, is Canada's 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.

To facilitate the transition of international and exchange students, Laurier International created an additional week of programming to best support students new to Canada. International orientation addresses topics such as academic success, Canadian culture, personal health and safety. Read more about international orientation.

For more information about orientation week on the Waterloo campus, and to view the complete schedule, visit For graduate student orientation, visit

Brantford Campus orientation

Laurierís Brantford campus will welcome more than 800 first-year students on Monday, Sept. 3, with the aid of more than 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 parents a safe place to pull over to allow the volunteers to unload belongings.

Registration will occur in the west lobby of the Research and Academic Centre from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Students living off-campus can pick up their orientation kit in the west lobby of the Research and Academic Centre from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Parents can connect with other parents and learn tips on how to best support their student at a reception hosted by the dean of students. All families are welcome to the reception, which will take place at 2 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 3, on the 2nd floor of the Student Centre.

To increase focus on students' academic transition to Laurier, students will sample classes with mock lectures during orientation week. Students can choose to engage in the Contemporary Studies lecture or the 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 to aid them in achieving student success, and the opportunities available to them during their academic career at Laurier.

International students, in addition to participating in orientation week, will have opportunities to learn about Canadian culture and to participate in workshops on academic success. They will also enjoy excursions to Niagara Falls and the St. Jacobís Farmersí Market. Read more about international orientation.

Orientation week on the Brantford campus will culminate with the Shinerama car wash on Saturday, Sept. 8.

For more information about orientation week on the Brantford campus, and to view the complete schedule, visit


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