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Honouring Indigenous Heritage and Knowledge

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Greetings, York community,

Wishing everyone on campus and beyond a happy National Aboriginal Day! In honour of the long-standing relationship our University has to Indigenous heritage and knowledge, and in full acknowledgment of York’s presence on the traditional territories of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy, the Huron-Wendat Nation and the Métis Nation, as well as on territory of the Mississaugas of the New Credit Nation, we encourage you today to take a moment to think about this connection and the importance of open dialogue.

To find out more about York’s Centre for Aboriginal Student Services (CASS) and young Indigenous voices on campus, follow the conversation our colleagues at the YUBlog had with two Work/Study students at CASS.

Skennen (in peace)

 

Updated News about Fall Orientation

New Information about Fall Orientation 2014!
In our excitement to get you vital information about York’s upcoming Orientation week, we missed a few details. This special issue of the York Future Student Newsletter has the up-to-date information that you need to know to plan for a successful O-week at YorkU!

There’s a lot to do, so if you’re at all confused, reach out in your YU START Online Learning Community or to your Faculty or College.

Fall Orientation (or O-week) kicks off on Monday, September 1 and runs through Sunday, September 7, 2014. Check the Orientation homepage throughout the summer for details.

Are you starting classes at York University this September? Then you’re definitely going to want to attend Orientation. This is your chance to learn about the campus, discover all the resources available to you and, most importantly, meet new people, network, and get plugged-in to campus life.

On Twitter? Jump in the O-week conversation online using #WeAreYU.

Student Life at York University

Academic Orientation
When: During O-week

Register online with your College
Depending on your College, you may need to register for Academic Orientation. At Academic Orientation you will:

  • Find out more about your College
  • Meet students and professors in your program
  • Learn about the academic support services available to you
  • Improve your note taking, studying and time management skills

Each College holds its own Academic Orientation. Visit your College’s website to find out specific Orientation details. Not sure which College you are affiliated with? Check the College Finder page on the Orientation website.

Social Orientation
When: Monday, September 1 to Sunday, September 7

Visit the Orientation website for more information about Social Orientation.

Attending Social Orientation is a great way to become familiar with life at York. Orientations are organized by the Colleges and Student Community & Leadership Development (SCLD). Your College’s student council will organize events like scavenger hunts and trips to Wonderland, while SCLD organizes York-wide events. Although attendance at Social Orientation is not mandatory, it is strongly advised. Orientation is specially designed to help you transition into your life at York, meet friends and have fun!

Move-In Day
When: Monday, September 1

York University Residences at York and Glendon

This is the official move-in day for students living in residence at York! Wondering what to bring and what to expect? Download the move-in day pdf to find out more. All residence students will attend a building-wide meeting, a welcome BBQ and residence orientation during O-week. More information about orientation for residence students can be found on the Orientation website.

Parent & Family Orientation
When: Monday, September 1 from 10am to 2 pm (Move-in Day!)*

Parents, guardians, and family will learn about the opportunities, services and resources York has for your student. The event will begin with a welcome from President Mamdouh Shoukri and includes a student services information fair, a student play put on by our own Vanier College Productions that showcases the first year experience, as well as an optional session about financial aid. Find out more about the day online on the Parents & Family website.

*Parents and families of students affiliated with Founders and Vanier Colleges will have a separate orientation date during orientation week.

Family & Parent Info Session this August

For those parents unable to attend the event on September 1, we’re offering a Parent & Family Info Session on August 23 from 2-4pm. Your parents will receive information about: the transition to university life; the first-year experience; and tips to help you prepare for your first day.

Making Connections Day
When: Tuesday, September 2
Various locations across the Keele Campus

If you’re in YU Start, your attendance is expected at Making Connections Day, although registration is not required. You’ll learn about Making Connections Day in your YU START Online Learning Community. If you’re in the Faculty of Science, the Lassonde School of Engineering or the Schulich School of Business, please contact your Faculty directly. Glendon students will participate in orientation on the Glendon campus.

You’ll have the chance to meet new York Lions – just like you. YU START students will meet face-to-face with their peers from their Online Learning Community and participate in academic orientation activities. You’ll learn more about your program, Faculty and the campus.

You Had Me at Consent
Rexall Centre

An important awareness-raising event about safety and sexual harassment/assault prevention on campus.

Experiencing the Possible
Rexall Centre

Produced and performed by Vanier Productions, the play is for students, by students, about the first-year experience.
All new students are welcome and encouraged to attend the Day. A meal will be provided.

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Orientation for Mature & Transfer Students
When: Wednesday, September 3 from 5:30pm to 8:30pm OR Saturday, September 6 from 9:30am to 12:30pm
Register online

Incoming Mature and Transfer students are also encouraged to attend orientation sessions, as they provide an opportunity to introduce yourself to your college and other mature students, as well as to gain general information on York and the student support available to you. During the first week of September, the Atkinson Centre for Mature and Part-time students offers two orientation sessions. Register online.

International Orientation
When: Online before arrival and during O-week

If you are new to both York and Canada, attendance at International Orientation is mandatory. It will provide you with an introduction to the programs and services offered by York International, as well as other campus resources and student support services for international students at York. There are orientation resources online before you arrive, and an in-person session once you are on campus.

Glendon College Orientation
When: Monday, September 1 to Tuesday, September 7
Visit Glendon’s Orientation page for details.

Glendon, York’s bilingual midtown campus, has a full-week of orientation activities planned for Glendon students.

There are plenty of reasons to jump for joy as a York student.