Lakehead’s Fall Orientation helps students transition to university

 August 25, 2017 – Thunder Bay, ON

It’s not too late to apply to Lakehead University – applications will be accepted for most programs until the first week of September.

If you are accepted, the Thunderwolves Howl! Fall Orientation will welcome you and other new students to Lakehead University and introduce you to the Thunder Bay campus.  Orientation will run from Monday, Aug. 28 until Saturday, Sept. 2, and will focus on helping students successfully transition to Lakehead University.

“Students will definitely enjoy the Quest for the President’s Cup, which offers them a chance to explore campus, learn about the supports and services, get to know each other, and win prizes donated by local businesses,” said Jo Krisko, Manager of the Student Success Centre.

“All of Lakehead’s Orientation events offer a chance for new students to be introduced and connected to the Lakehead and Thunder Bay communities, as well as familiarize themselves with resources that will help them transition to university life,” she added.

Events and activities will cater to students entering from high school, college/university transfer, international, Aboriginal and mature students.

“These events will ensure students have a positive introduction to Lakehead and start the year prepared and excited for this new academic adventure,” said Chris Glover, Director of Student Affairs. “Our programming engages students in the University experience and helps them to develop a sense of belonging at Lakehead.”

The Thunderwolves Howl! Orientation is being organized by the Student Success Centre, Residence & Conference Services, and the Lakehead University Student Union.

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Monday, Aug. 28

  • 9 am to 4:30 pm – Natural Resources Management Orientation in the Braun Building room 1021
  • 1 pm – campus tours leaving from the Agora

Tuesday, Aug. 29

  • 9 am to 4 pm – Native Nursing Entry Program Orientation in the School of Nursing Building room 1021
  • 9 am to 4 pm – Native Access Program Orientation in the Ryan Building room 2026  
  • Day One of Orientation for new students to Lakehead’s Faculty of Law.
    9 – 9:40 am: Opening Prayer by Elder. Welcome from Faculty of Law Dean Angelique EagleWoman. Welcome from Lakehead University President and Vice-Chancellor Dr. Brian Stevenson. “Expectations for the Legal Profession” – Dean EagleWoman.
    9:45 – 10 am: Introductions of the Faculty Members, Instructors and Staff
    10:10 – 10:40 am: Thunder Bay Law Association (TBLA) President Rene Larson
    10:40 – 11 am: Fort William First Nation Chief Peter Collins
  • 10 am to 11 am and 2 pm to 3 pm – Learn to use city transit, hosted by the Student Success Centre in the Agora
  • 10 am to 4 pm - Board games and information booth in the Agora
  • 1 pm – campus tours leaving from the Agora

Wednesday, Aug. 30

  • 9 am to 3:30 pm – International Student Orientation in the Hangar
  • 10 am to 4 pm - Board games and information booth in the Agora
  • 1 pm – campus tours leaving from the Agora

Thursday, Aug. 31

  • 8 am to 12:30 pm - It's Residence Move-in Day!
  • 9 am to 12:00 pm – Orientation registration in the Agora
  • 9 am to 12:45 pm – Campus tours starting in the Agora
  • 9 am to 2 pm – city tours leaving from the Agora
  • 12 pm to 5 pm – Faculty of Engineering Orientation
  • 2 pm to 4:30 pm – Faculty orientation sessions in various locations
  • 9 pm – Cinema under the stars outside Residence

Friday, Sept. 1

  • 8:45 am – Motivational Speaker Ian Tyson in UC 2011
  • 10:15 am to 11:30 am – Safety Bingo in UC 2011
  • 11:50 am – Procession from the Chancellor Paterson Library to the Hangar
  • 12:00 to 12:30 pm – Opening Commencement in the Hangar
  • 12:30 to 1:30 pm – President’s Picnic in the Hangar
  • 1:30 to 2:30 pm – Varsity Madness in the Fieldhouse
  • 2:30 to 5 pm – The Quest for the President’s Cup in various locations
  • 5 to 7 pm – Mature and Transfer Student Dinner Party in the Faculty Lounge
  • 7 to 9 pm – Monte Carlo night in the Agora

Saturday, Sept. 2

LUSU day trips

  • Buses to Sleeping Giant, Fort William Historical Park, Tubing on the Kam, Paintball Mountain leave from the Agora at various times throughout the day
  • Downtown Scavenger Hunt – bus leaves from the Agora at 11:30 am, hunt starts at the Red Lion Smokehouse at noon
  • 7 pm to 9 pm – LUSU Carnival outside the ATAC building

Tuesday, Sept. 5

  • First day of classes

Saturday, Sept. 10

  • 12 to 5 pm – Maadaadizi Post-Secondary Student Orientation at Marina Park, to welcome Aboriginal students to Lakehead University and post-secondary school.



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Lakehead University has about 9,700 full-time equivalent students and 2,000 faculty and staff in 10 faculties at two campuses in Orillia and Thunder Bay, Ontario. Lakehead is a fully comprehensive university: home to Ontario’s newest Faculty of Law in 44 years, the Northern Ontario School of Medicine, and faculties of Engineering, Business Administration, Health & Behavioural Sciences, Social Sciences & Humanities, Science & Environmental Studies, Natural Resources Management, Education, and Graduate Studies.

Maclean’s 2016 University Rankings place Lakehead University second in Ontario and among Canada’s Top 10 undergraduate universities, and first among Ontario’s undergraduate universities for Total Research Dollars, Social Sciences & Humanities Grants, and Library Expenses. In 2015, Re$earch Infosource ranked Lakehead first among Canada’s undergraduate universities.