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Orientation Schedule

Welcome to Fall Orientation, August 24-29, 2014

Check back regularly for updates to dates and times.

Questions or concerns: 514-398-7925  |  studentinfo [dot] macdonaldatmcgill [dot] ca  OR  welcome [dot] macdonaldatmcgill [dot] ca 

Online registration for Orientation activities has now closed.  You may still register in person at the Orientation Centre on Monday, August 25, or by email at welcome [dot] macdonaldatmcgill [dot] ca


PARENTS: We haven't forgotten you! We have activities planned just for you. Please visit the "Parents' Page" for details and to sign up for events


SUNDAY - August 24
Residence Move-in Day

13:00 - 16:30

The Student Affairs Office will be open for students moving into residence who wish to get their ID cards
Laird Hall, Room 106

13:00

Rooms available for move in

17:00

Residence Info Session and Buffet dinner for all new student residents and their parents
Ceilidh, Centennial Centre

18:15 

Food & Dining Service Info Session
Ceilidh, Centennial Centre

17:00

Comedian (details TBA)

Alumni and student volunteers will welcome you, answer questions and offer walking tours of Ste-Anne.

MONDAY - August 25
Discover Macdonald Campus

9:00-12:00

Welcome Centre Open
Orientation Help Table  •  Parents Kiosk
RBC (Royal Bank of Canada) and BMO (Bank of Montreal) representatives will be available to answer questions about all your banking needs
Foyer, Centennial Centre

10:00

Orientation and Frosh Welcome
How your week will work
Ceilidh, Centennial Centre

10:15

Facts About Fees

Info on e-billing, payment of fees, etc. with Mary Jo McCullogh, Director, Student Accounts.
For students and parents
Ceilidh, Centennial Centre

This session will provide newly admitted students with information about e-billing, guest access, billing dates and the consequences of non-payment. The payment of tuition fees should be the easiest thing to do at McGill! Find out about payment procedures, fee policies, how and when you will be billed and explore the Minerva menus related to fees. This short 45-minute session will end with a Q & A period.

14:45-15:45

Bus Tour for Parents

PARENTS: Visit the campus, including the Morgan Arboretum and the Macdonald Campus Farm. Tour begins from Centennial Centre Lobby. To register, please email Anna Duff, anna [dot] duffatmcgill [dot] ca

16:00

Dean’s Reception for students, parents and Advisors
Ceilidh, Centennial Centre

 

TUESDAY - August 26
Discover Macdonald Campus

9:30 - 11:00

Library (Tour and Workshop)

Take a discovery tour of the library, and learn student essentials like how to locate, borrow and print what you need.
All the basics are covered in the workshop, from using the catalogue, to downloading software, to getting research help online. Our friendly librarians will guide you through the Library’s website: the gateway to all library collections, services and facilities.  
Please note that additional sessions will be offered in September. Sign up online (hyperlink: http://bit.ly/libraryorientation2014)

10:00 - 11:00

Freshman Advising for students with Advanced Standing only
i.e. International Baccalaureate, French Baccalaureate, APs, A Levels, etc.
Raymond Building R2-045

11:00 - 12:00

Freshman Advising for students entering Nutritional Sciences only
Raymond Building R2-045

11:00 - 12:30

Library (Tour and Workshop)

Take a discovery tour of the library, and learn student essentials like how to locate, borrow and print what you need.
All the basics are covered in the workshop, from using the catalogue, to downloading software, to getting research help online. Our friendly librarians will guide you through the Library’s website: the gateway to all library collections, services and facilities.  
Please note that additional sessions will be offered in September. Sign up online (hyperlink: http://bit.ly/libraryorientation2014)

12:30

Lunch, sponsored by Mac Athletics
Ceilidh, Centennial Centre

WEDNESDAY - August 27
Discover Macdonald Campus

10:00-11:00

Freshman Advising Session for all remaining students
Raymond Building, R2-045

10:00                         

Getting Started @ Macdonald Campus
Library (Tour + Workshop)**

Take a discovery tour of the library, and learn student essentials like how to locate, borrow and print what you need.
All the basics are covered in the workshop, from using the catalogue, to downloading software, to getting research help online. Our friendly librarians will guide you through the Library’s website: the gateway to all library collections, services and facilities.  
Please note that additional sessions will be offered in September. Sign up online (hyperlink: http://bit.ly/libraryorientation2014)

11:00-12:00

Drop-in Advising for all Freshman students
TBA

11:30

Bus Tour of Campus and Lunch (meet at Ceilidh)
Refreshments and activities on the Macdonald Farm sponsored by Development and Alumni Relations (Macdonald Campus), the Macdonald  Branch of the MAA and the MCSS

This event is a Frosh activity, so you and your Frosh leaders are invited to join us as we tour the campus, visit the Morgan Arboretum ending up at the Macdonald Campus Farm. Lunch and refreshments will be provided and you will have the opportunity to meet some of our alumni. We will have fun games after lunch and then take you back to the Ceilidh.

Spaces are limited, so don't forget to register!

15:00-16:30

Drop-in Advising for all Freshman students
TBA

THURSDAY - August 28
Discover Macdonald Campus

9:30-10:30

Drop-in Advising for all Freshman students
TBA

10:30

"What the Macdonald Campus Student Needs to Know"
offered by Student Affairs and Student Services, Macdonald Campus
Ceilidh, Centennial Centre

PART I: Prof Chris Buddle, Associate Dean, Student Affairs, Macdonald Campus
What you need to know as a McGill Macdonald Campus student including:  Student rights and responsibilities  •  Important dates to note  •  Traps and pitfalls to avoid
PART II: Sylvie Lapointe, Administrator, Student Services, Macdonald Campus
Looking for a job?  Feeling sick? Want to know more about student loans? Don’t miss the chance to meet the Student Services team and find out how we can support your success and well-being.
We offer: Career Planning Service  • Counselling  • Student Financial Aid  • Student Health Service . . . and much more!

12:00

Lunch
Sponsored by the Macdonald Campus Student Affairs Office
Ceilidh, Centennial Centre

14:30

Getting Started @ Macdonald Campus
Library (Tour + Workshop)**

Take a discovery tour of the library, and learn student essentials like how to locate, borrow and print what you need.
All the basics are covered in the workshop, from using the catalogue, to downloading software, to getting research help online. Our friendly librarians will guide you through the Library’s website: the gateway to all library collections, services and facilities.  
Please note that additional sessions will be offered in September. Sign up online (hyperlink: http://bit.ly/libraryorientation2014)

 

FRIDAY - August  29
Downtown comes to Macdonald Campus

9:30 - 10:30

Francophone Students Session d’accueil
Raymond Building, R2-046

Sabrina Teoli, Assistant for Francophone Students – Campus Life & Engagement Office
Sylvie Lapointe, Administrator, Macdonald Student Services

9:30 - 10:30

International Students information / Orientation Session
Raymond Building, R2-045

9:30 - 10:30

Drop-in Freshman Advising
TBA

10:45-11:45

WORKSHOP I: Simple Strategies for Successful Students
Raymond Building R2-045

Evelyn Rodinos, Psychologist in Counselling Service – Counselling & Tutorial Services
You have been accepted into McGill because you have all proven yourselves to be successful students.  This session hopes to keep you staying successful by introducing strategies and resources to create the work/life balance necessary to have you master the adjustment to the challenges of university life.

11:45

Lunch
Sponsored by Student Services, Macdonald Campus
Ceilidh, Centennial Centre

13:00-13:15

The Frugal Scholar Money Management Program
Raymond Building, R2-045

Bronwyn Rice, Scholarships and Student Aid Office
At this session the Frugal Scholar Money Management Program will be highlighted. McGill's Scholarships and Student Aid Office (SSAO) shares the concerns of students who worry about managing their finances successfully over the course of their degree. That's why SSAO has worked directly with students for students to create a comprehensive program designed to help students budget effectively and graduate with manageable debt.

13:20-14:20

WORKSHOP II: Making the Grade
Raymond Building, R2-045

Dr. Edith Zorychta, Director of Graduate Studies, in the Department of Pathology, also teaches extensively to undergraduate students.
Come and get useful tips to help ensure that you make the most of your class time, and discover the range of resources available to you.  Find out some of the things that your professors do when they’re not in class and what you can reasonably expect of them.  Consider how to learn most effectively by using your individual talents and how to decide if a course is right for you. 

14:30 - 16:30

Drop-in Freshman Advising
Active Learning Lab MSB-016



Useful links

Student Affairs Office: http://www.mcgill.ca/macdonald/studentinfo/sao/
Student Services Office: http://www.mcgill.ca/macdonald-studentservices/
Macdonald Residence Office: http://www.mcgill.ca/students/housing/macdonald
Internships Office:
http://www.mcgill.ca/macdonald/programs/internships
Library: http://apps.library.mcgill.ca/workshops-and-tours/view-by-branch/11
Computing: http://www.mcgill.ca/it - Service Desk: Macdonald-Stewart Building 2-025
Athletics: http://macdonaldcampusathletics.mcgill.ca/
Departments and Research Units: http://www.mcgill.ca/macdonald/units/
Development and Alumni Relations (Macdonald Campus): http://www.mcgill.ca/macdonald/alumni