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Welcome home – to the University of Regina

By Dale Johnson Posted: September 2, 2016 6:00 a.m.

A new chapter in the lives of students, as they begin their university careers at the U of R.
A new chapter in the lives of students, as they begin their university careers at the U of R. Photo: External Relations

The Labour Day Weekend, which marks the end of summer holidays, also marks the beginning of a new academic year. For many students, it’s their first taste of university life.

To help them get settled in and feel welcome at the U of R, Welcome Weekend is being expanded, with more events and activities for newcomers.

“We want to make sure that students feel connected to the U of R, make new friends, feel comfortable with their new home, and have a memorable first experience on campus,” explains Naomi Deren, the manager of the Student Success Centre.

“Welcome Weekend is for students who are brand new to campus. We provide students with many opportunities to get to know one another and feel comfortable with their new home. We know that transitioning from high school to university can be tough, and Welcome Weekend is one of the many ways that we help ease this transition.”

Welcome Weekend is more than just moving into a student residence.

For example, there are fitness classes, craft nights, frisbee games and dance parties. There are campus tours, outings to stores to stock up on food and dorm supplies, and a trip to the Royal Saskatchewan Museum.

And, many will get together and watch the Saskatchewan Roughrider’s Labour Day Classic in the Multi-Purpose Room in the Riddell Centre.

“The Sharpie Dance Party is always a favorite. Students love leaving messages on each other's shirts,” says Deren.

New this year is the Pokeman safari and pizza night.

As well, students can find out more about services offered at the U of R such as awards, financial aid, academic services, and nutritional and wellness advice.

Although Welcome Weekend is aimed at students moving into residences, Deren expects a lot of U of R students who live off campus will also be taking part in the events.  

”At Summer Orientation last month, I asked the students who lived in Regina if they would be attending Welcome Weekend events, and a great number of them put their hands up. So yes, we are hopeful that these new students will attend as well.”

There are also some events aimed at families – including orientation sessions and barbeques.

“Supportive families are important to student success. We want to make sure that families feel comfortable with the place their students will call home for the next four years and that they know the best ways to support their students,” explains Deren.

In all, about 600 students and their families are expected to take part in the Welcome Weekend events so that students feel at home – and are ready for Orientation Day on Tuesday, September 6, and then the start of classes on Wednesday, September 7.