Lakehead University Orientation 2013 Helps Students Transition to University

(Friday Aug. 30, 2013 – Thunder Bay, ON) 

Faculty and staff at Lakehead University look forward to welcoming new undergraduate students and their families to Lakehead and Thunder Bay during Fall Orientation: Experience Lakehead 2013

Fall Orientation offers students the opportunity to meet other new students, learn more about the University and participate in a number of fun and welcoming activities.   

Orientation features information and activities for new undergraduate students to assist them in transitioning to university, and more specifically Lakehead. Events and activities cater to varied student populations, including students entering from high school, college /university transfer, International, Aboriginal and mature students.

“All of our programming is focused on engaging students in the University experience and assisting them in their transition to university life and the academic community,” said Joy Himmelman, Acting Director of the Student Success Centre. “We want students to find their place at Lakehead, to feel a part of the Lakehead community, and we want to provide them with the information and strategies to facilitate their success at the post-secondary level.”

Orientation includes a full week of academic and social activities to connect students with their professors, peers, and the community. Family and friends of the students are encouraged to attend Orientation events, particularly the President’s Dinner and various information sessions.  

Organized by the Student Success Centre, Residence & Conference Services, and the Lakehead University Student Union, the Fall Orientation: Experience Lakehead 2013 runs from Thursday, Sept. 5 through Friday, Sept. 13. A special thanks to this year’s Platinum Sponsor:  Alumni and Community Relations. 

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Also of note, Aboriginal Initiatives and Aboriginal Cultural & Support Services is hosting an Aboriginal Student Orientation Day on Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013 on the patio below the President’s Balcony from 9 am to 11 am.

Dr. Cynthia Wesley-Esquimaux, Vice-Provost, Aboriginal Initiatives, along with other dignitaries, will welcome Aboriginal students to the campus and to the city.


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Thursday, September 5

  • Residence Move-In: 10 am to 4 pm

Friday, September 6

  • Welcoming Commencement: 9:45-10:15 am, Lake Tamblyn
  • Welcome  BBQ: 12:45 pm-1:45 pm,  Lake Tamblyn  and Arboretum
  • President’s Dinner:  5-7 pm, Main and Residence Cafeterias
  • Varsity Madness: 10:30 pm-11:30 pm, C.J. Sanders Fieldhouse

Saturday, September 7

  • LUSU Shake-up: noon - 5 pm, Agora Circle lawn
  • LUSU Carnival: 7 pm-11 pm, Agora Circle lawn

Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013

  • Aboriginal Student Orientation: 9 am to 11 am, Patio by Lake Tamblyn, beneath the President’s balcony.


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Media: For more information, please contact Brandon Walker, Media Relations Officer, at (807) 343-8177.

Lakehead University is a comprehensive university with a reputation for a multidisciplinary teaching approach that emphasizes collaborative learning and independent critical thinking. More than 8,700 students and 1,850 faculty and staff learn and work at campuses located in Orillia, and Thunder Bay, Ontario, which is home to the west campus of the Northern Ontario School of Medicine. Lakehead University promotes innovative research that supports local and regional socio-economic needs. In Orillia, development continues on building a campus that meets Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) standards. For more information about Lakehead University, visit