Windsor Welcome Week is a chance for new and returning students to unleash their inner Lancers, says organizer Nadia Hachem of the Educational Development Centre.
“There is an activity for every taste,” says Hachem, a student development specialist. “We hope that students will take advantage of the opportunities to learn about campus life, make friends, and have fun.”
She says that a team of hundreds of staff, faculty and students contribute to making the week a success.
“We’ll have professors conducting program orientation sessions; staff in residence, food and student services; and our volunteer students leading activities across campus,” Hachem says. “It really is a huge undertaking and we appreciate all the work people put into it.”
Highlights of the week’s activities include:
Sunday, September 1. Residence move-in day ends with a reception for parents at 3 p.m. Students will hang around for a performance by two-time Canadian Comedy Award winner Debra DiGiovanni and close out the evening with the bring-your-own-tent Campout on Campus in the Residence Quad.
Monday, September 2. The University of Windsor Students’ Alliance and Campus Ministry are sponsoring a pancake breakfast; next up are the Samajam Cultural Concert and the Labour Day Bash featuring crazy Olympics and free food.
Tuesday, September 3. Scavenger hunts will send residence students across campus and Windsorites across the city. Enjoy awesome games, free barbecue and slushies at the WWW Beach Party.
Wednesday, September 4. Academic orientation sessions are mandatory for first-year students in all faculties and programs; the 3 p.m. Welcoming Celebration is a pep rally for new students. The Coming Home Music Festival brings DJ Nicky Romero and other artists to Windsor riverfront.
Thursday, September 5. The first day of classes also offers the Adrenaline Rush inflatable carnival, with bouncy fun and free grub, as well as an evening performance by comedian Trevor Boris.
Friday, September 6. Games in the CAW Student Centre Commons include interactive bowling and life-sized Jenga. End your week with a campus tradition—the toga party.
Saturday, September 7. Shine Day will see UWindsor students joining the largest post-secondary fundraiser in Canada, taking their shoe-shining skills to the streets of Windsor to benefit cystic fibrosis charities.
Visit www.uwindsor.ca/welcomeweek for a full list of events, locations and times, or grab the event guide from the UWSA Alumni Tent in the Student Courtyard between Dillon and Memorial halls.