Welcome Day and New Student Orientation 2017

Posted: 
Tuesday, August 29, 2017

New Student Orientation (NSO) is an annual tradition at UPEI to help incoming students get their bearings at their new school and put them on the path to success. NSO 2017 aims to build healthy connections between students and the people and places that will impact their first-year experience.

This year, NSO runs from Saturday, September 2 to Saturday, September 9.

Welcome Day (see activities below) is this Saturday, which is always an exciting day for UPEI. Similar to previous years, students will be introduced to various departments and services on campus that will gather in McMillan Hall of the W.A. Murphy Student Centre. This allows them to become familiar with UPEI staff and its supports and services.

Throughout the rest of the week, there will be information sessions, engaging activities, and fun celebrations— all with the purpose of building healthy connections and lasting memories for our incoming students.

This will culminate in a fundraising event on the last day—Panthers for Change. This year, we are supporting two local charitable organizations: Learning Disabilities Association PEI and Canadian Mental Health Association (PEI Division). These local charities have both agreed to invite our students to continue volunteering with them throughout the year.

To jumpstart fundraising efforts, NSO leaders will sweep the campus on Friday, September 1 at 9:30 am as part of an annual activity called “Bling-bling”. They will collect spare change from staff, faculty, students, and visitors on campus to see who can raise the most money in under an hour—you are encouraged to donate!

Welcome Day Activities
Time: Activity; Location

9:00 am: Residence Move-in; Residence Buildings
9:00 – 10:30 am:  Coffee House; Chi-Wan Sports Centre
9:30 am – 1:00 pm: Campus Tours (every 30 min); W.A. Murphy Student Centre
9:00 am – 12:00 pm: Register for courses and pay tuition; Registrar's Office, Kelley Memorial
10:00 am – 1:30 pm: Welcome Day Fair, Laugh it up! Photo Booth, Musical Entertainment; W.A. Murphy Student Centre
1:30 pm – 9:00 pm: NSO Team Registration, Team Activities, Supper, and NSO Kick-Off; Chi-Wan Sports Centre

For more information, visit the New Student Orientation webpage.

Dana Kenny
Communications Officer
Department: 
Marketing and Communications
Phone: 
(902) 566-0941
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