Melissa Berberi practises chest compressionsFirst-year student Melissa Berberi practises chest compressions during a CPR-a-thon held by the Student Medical Response Service during Involvement Fair, Tuesday on Turtle Island Walk.

Orientation activities attracting interest and engagement

Amber Norman, student development specialist in the Student Success and Leadership Centre, noted great attendance at the River Games on Monday, and at Tuesday’s Involvement Fair.

“We’re seeing a lot of commuter students showing up, too, and that’s terrific,” Norman said as crews dismantled the displays set up in the David Wilson Commons by campus organizations and student clubs to attract participation. “It’s wonderful to see so many students engaging with university life.”

First-year chemistry student Melissa Berberi registered with the Student Medical Response Service, looking forward to training in first aid and hoping it will give her an advantage in pursuing a career in medicine.

“I have always liked to get involved with school activities,” said Berberi, a graduate of Assumption College Catholic High School. “I came today to see what’s going on. It’s a great way to get active.”

Brendan Snell, operations manager for the service, agreed. He said the Involvement Fair is one of the best venues for recruiting new members.

“We come out, we can let students know about us and what we do,” Snell said. “Let me put it this way: we had six applications before today, and now we have 45.”

UWindsor Welcome Week activities continue today — Wednesday, Sept. 4 — with sessions for academic programs starting at 9 a.m. in locations across campus. Faculty and staff are invited to join first-year students gathering for the Welcoming Celebration, 3 to 4 p.m. in the St. Denis Centre.

Classes in most programs begin Thursday, Sept. 5. The week will culminate in the Lancer varsity football game at 1 p.m. Saturday on Alumni Field.

Find more information on UWindsor Welcome Week activities on the program website.