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Welcome to Fall Orientation, August 26-30, 2013

Web registration for McGill Macdonald Campus’ Orientation activities is now closed.  If you would like to register for activities, please email welcome [dot] macdonaldatmcgill [dot] ca.  As some activities are full, please wait for a response before assuming that you are registered.


Download updated Orientation Schedule (August 22, 2013)


SUNDAY - August 25
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

Members of the Macdonald Branch of the McGill Alumni Association will also be present to welcome students and parents to residence.

MONDAY - August 26
Discover Macdonald Campus

8:30 - 14:00

Link Café open ($)
Macdonald-Stewart Building

9:00 - 12:00

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
Ceilidh, Centennial Centre

10:15

Facts About Fees* (parents welcome)

Info on e-billing, payment of fees, etc. with Mary Jo McCullogh, Director, Student Accounts.
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.

16:00

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

 

TUESDAY - August 27
Discover Macdonald Campus

8:30 - 11:30

Link Café open for breakfast ($)
Macdonald-Stewart Building

9:30 - 10:30

Freshman Advising for students in Nutritional Sciences
Raymond Building R4-045

10:30

Student Services Info Session
Ceilidh, Centennial Centre

11:30

Athletics information and tour
Meet outside of Centennial Centre

12:00

Lunch* (sponsored by Mac Athletics)
Ceilidh, Centennial Centre

14:00

 Frosh groups (details to follow)

WEDNESDAY - August 28
Discover Macdonald Campus

8:30 - 11:30

Link Café open for breakfast ($)
Macdonald-Stewart Building

10:00 - 11:30

Freshman Advising Session 1 for students with Advanced Standing, i.e. International Baccalaureate, French Baccalaureate, APs, etc.
Active Learning Lab MSB-016

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. Participants will have the chance to win great prizes. Please sign up online at http://bit.ly/liborientation2013. Please note that additional sessions will be offered in September, including a session en français. 

11:30

Bus Tour of Campus (meet at Ceilidh) followed by
Lunch & Refreshments 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 served in the Round Barn 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.

Registration required – spaces are limited.

14:00

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. Participants will have the chance to win great prizes. Please sign up online at http://bit.ly/liborientation2013. Please note that additional sessions will be offered in September, including a session en français. 

THURSDAY - August 29
Discover Macdonald Campus

8:30 - 11:30

Link Café open for breakfast ($)
Macdonald-Stewart Building

10:00 - 12:00

Freshman Advising for students entering with a high school diploma (no advanced standing)
Active Learning Lab MSB-016

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. Participants will have the chance to win great prizes. Please sign up online at http://bit.ly/liborientation2013. Please note that additional sessions will be offered in September, including a session en français. 

12:15

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

13:15 

Going Green at Mac Campus: Get involved and make a difference
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. Participants will have the chance to win great prizes. Please sign up online at http://bit.ly/liborientation2013. Please note that additional sessions will be offered in September, including a session en français. 

16:00

Culinary Workshop/Demonstration IS NOW FULL
Hosted by McGill Food & Dining Services Executive Chef Oliver De Volpi
Learn basic cooking skills, healthy meal preparation and healthy eating choices. Meal included.
Centennial Centre, CC2-212

Get Cooking with our Executive Chef! The Culinary School is the newest activity on campus sponsored by McGill Food and Dining Services for the students of McGill University. You will be taught not only basic cooking skills, such as how to mix, measure and marinade, but also about healthy meal preparation and healthy eating choices, including how to shop properly at a grocery store. The workshop consists of: deboning a chicken for various uses; chicken stock for soup and sauces; chicken scaloppini with tomato sauce; chicken stir-fry and General Taos Chicken and nutritious chocolate chip cookies. The best part is you get to eat everything after the presentation!
This event is brought to you by the Macdonald Campus Development and Alumni Relations Office.

 

FRIDAY - August 30
Downtown comes to Macdonald Campus

8:30 - 11:30

Link Café open for breakfast ($)
Macdonald-Stewart Building

9:30 - 10:30

International Students Welcome Session*
Raymond Building, R2-045

9:30 - 10:30

Francophone Students Journée d’accueil*
Raymond Building, R2-046

With Manon Lemelin, Assistant for Francophone Students – First-Year Office and Sylvie Lapointe, Administrator, Macdonald Student Services

10:30 - 10:45

 Break

10:45 - 11:45

Exchange Essentials
Raymond Building, R2-045

With Linda Anderson, Student Exchange Officer, Enrolment Services
Want a degree with a difference?  Consider participating in a student exchange.  This session will both welcome newly arrived exchange students to McGill and provide information to new McGill students who are interested in the possibility of participating in an exchange during their McGill degree.

11:45               

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

13:00 - 14:00

Making the Grade*
Raymond Building, R2-045

With 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.

14:00 - 14:15

Frugal Scholar Money Management Program
Raymond Building, R2-045

With 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.

14:15 - 14:30

Break

14:30 - 15:30

Simple Strategies for Successful Students*
Raymond Building, R2-045

With 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.

14:30 - 16:30

Drop-in Freshman Advising
Active Learning Lab MSB-016

 

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 5

10:00                 

What the Macdonald Student Needs to Know*
Professor David Lewis, Associate Dean (Student Affairs)
Raymond Building, R2-045

Some things you should know before classes begin... and an overview of course numbering, credits, grades, examinations, procedures, role of Academic Advisors and important dates.


Please note that activity times and locations may change. Please check this website regularly for updates.

*Web registration for McGill Macdonald Campus’ Orientation activities is now closed.  If you would like to register for activities, please email welcome [dot] macdonaldatmcgill [dot] ca.  As some activities are full, please wait for a response before assuming that you are registered.

** Getting Started @ Macdonald Campus Library is offered multiple times. Choose the time that works best for you and register on the library website at: http://bit.ly/liborientation2013. For these sessions, meet in the foyer of the Macdonald-Stewart Building 5 minutes before start time.


Useful links

Student Affairs Office: http://www.mcgill.ca/macdonald/studentinfo/sao/
Student Services Office: http://www.mcgill.ca/macdonald-studentservices/
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