Orientation 2013 UMGSA welcomes new and returning students with a week of festivities

From Sept. 9 – 13 the GSA will be making sure U of M graduate students have all their orientation needs covered. This year’s festivities will be taking on the theme of “nerd,” with Sept. 10 being “life of the nerd,” Sept. 11 “rights of the nerd,” and Sept. 12 “jobs of the nerd.”

Starting on Sept. 9 students are welcome to come in for a day-long open house at the UMGSA Fort Garry office, located at 221 University Centre.

The following day, dubbed the “life of the nerd,” will begin with complimentary breakfast and opening ceremonies at 8:30 a.m. and 9:00 a.m., respectively. The day will also feature a general question period, in which students can ask about various aspects of life in Winnipeg and at the U of M, followed by a 12:00 p.m. lunch, a two-hour information booth session, and a scavenger hunt.

Students who attend orientation presentations throughout the week can acquire “VIP access passports” which can be used to help avoid some of the longer lunch lines for that same day.

Wednesday of orientation week, “rights of the nerd,” will once again feature breakfast and lunch for graduate students but will also include information sessions on such topics as: Health and Dental Services, the Academic Learning Centre, Human Rights and Advisory Services, as well advisor-student guidelines. The day comes to a close with a game of Jeopardy! hosted in the UMGSA Lounge based on graduate student life at the University of Manitoba.

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On the final nerd-themed day of orientation week, “jobs of the nerd,” students will have access to a skills and employability career development workshop, as well as a swing dance at 11:30 a.m, an alumni round table at 12:30 p.m., and a wine & cheese from 2:30 – 5:00 p.m. This day will also include breakfast and lunch for students.

“The GSA executive is very excited that we are partnering with the Alumni Association to bring in alumni from different areas (Social Sciences, Natural Sciences, Humanities, Health Sciences etc.) to meet and mingle with new graduate students,” said Jennifer Chen, UMGSA executive-at-large, elaborating on several of the association’s offerings throughout the week. “This new event will provide great networking opportunities to new students in their study fields so that students will have [a] clear aim and target at the beginning of their studies.”

The closing day of orientation week — Friday, Sept. 13 — will once again feature a day-long GSA open house, an orientation social from 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m., and an afternoon tour of the city courtesy of the Winnipeg Trolley Company. Specially geared toward new students who are experiencing Winnipeg for the first time, the trolley tour will take place from 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Seating is limited on the trolley tour and as such any interested graduate students are encouraged to register for their place on board at https://gsawinnipegtour13.eventbrite.ca/.

Along with all the activities, Chen also made sure to thank the Faculty of Graduate Studies for their sponsorship and involvement in the 2013 orientation week. Thanks in part to the FGS presence, there will be plenty of amenities, awards, give-aways, and information aplenty for grad students throughout the week.

More information on the 2013 UMGSA Orientation Week can be found at http://www.umgsa.org/our-services/orientation/.

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