It will be a unique start to the fall term this year, with classes beginning Tuesday, September 8, rather than the traditional Thursday after Labour Day.
“We wanted to get the word out ahead of time since this is a bit of a departure from past practice,” says Provost, Douglas Kneale. “We also want to make sure that everyone has a chance to participate in UWindsor Welcome Week activities.”
Dr. Kneale says the festivities give students a chance to get acquainted with the campus and meet new friends.
“We are working hard to ensure a wonderful start to the school year for all our students—those new to our campus and those familiar to us,” says Dr. Kneale. “Whether as participants, spectators or volunteers, there is plenty for everyone to do.”
In addition to social and sporting activities, the week will feature orientation sessions to usher first-year students into every academic program.
“The program introductions conducted by our faculty are really the key to ensuring a successful transition to university life,” Kneale says. “We are very proud of the contributions made by the entire campus to help new students feel at home here.”
UWindsor President and Vice-Chancellor Alan Wildeman expressed hope that the entire campus community will join in the week’s events, including the free barbecue on Sunset Avenue on Wednesday, September 9.
“Given the lateness of Labour day, and the need to retain at least one day of flexibility in December in the event of – yikes – a snowstorm during final exams, classes have to start on the Tuesday,” says Dr. Wildeman.
“Despite this, Welcome Week is packed with things to do, and lots of excitement about the fall semester getting underway. I especially look forward to welcoming students before the Lancer football game on September 12.”
UWindsor Welcome highlights include:
Sunday, September 6. Residence move-in day concludes with a reception for parents at 2 p.m. Students will attend an educational session on sexual consent and close out the evening with an outdoor film feature in the Residence Quad.
Monday, September 7. The Tough Lancer Adventure Race will send competitors on a 5K obstacle course, crossing the finish line at a free barbecue and beach party hosted by Campus Ministry on the lawn outside Assumption Church.
Tuesday, September 8. The first day of classes in all programs will see a campus-wide photo scavenger hunt as well as an interactive art project in front of Dillon Hall.
Wednesday, September 9. President Alan Wildeman presents a free Campus Community Barbecue, with food served by university officials.
Thursday, September 10. The Adrenaline Rush inflatable carnival offers fun, frolic and a chance to win prizes; Shinerama will hold a fund-raising barbecue to support its fight against cystic fibrosis.
Friday, September 11. The Lancer men’s and women’s soccer teams open their home seasons on Alumni Field; admission is free with student ID.
Saturday, September 12. A pep rally and tailgate party—including a special address by Dr. Wildeman—will pump up fans to cheer on the blue and gold as Lancer football hosts the Carleton Ravens.
Visit www.uwindsorwelcome.ca for a full list of events, locations and times, or grab the event guide from the welcome booth in the UWSA tent located in the Student Courtyard between Dillon and Memorial halls from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. September 6 to 11.