Events

Dalhousie's Orientation Week runs from Saturday, September 3rd to Friday, September 9th. These 7 days are all about meeting new people, expanding your comfort zone, getting acquainted with your new community, and having a great time! We’re going to be introducing you to Dalhousie the best way we know how as true maritimers; east coast style! So welcome aboard and get ready to rock the boat!!!

Saturday, September 3rd

Move-In (and Registration for Residence Students)

Time: 9am

Location: Residences

Get set up and settled in your new home at Dal! Unpack before joining your new housemates in all the fun of O-Week.

OCUS Registration (Off Campus Students)

Time: Saturday (10am-5pm), Pre-registration only (7:30-10pm), Sunday (10am-2pm)

Location: Student Union Building

Registration for off campus students (those not living in residence) is the time to get you t-shirt and O-Week kit, meet the rest of your house (or group) and even check out the off-campus lounge, designed specifically for you! Coat check is also available to off campus students, and those living on sexton campus at no cost! We’ve got you covered!

Field Party

Time: 12pm

Location: Quad

Join us in the Quad for an exciting welcome to Dal! There will be dance offs, music, huge inflatable slides and so much more. There will also be a BBQ, snow-cones and lots of snacks to keep you from getting too hungry while you’re enjoying all the fun! If you need to cool down, there will a splash zone and lots of fun stations all over the Quad.

Community Meetings

Time: 4pm

Location: Residence Students: Res, Off Campus Students: McInnes Room

Head to your Res or The McInnis room in the SUB (for OCUS students) and learn all there is a to know about living in residence or off campus. This is an opportunity to meet your Residence Assistants and Community Assistants and meet others living in your residence or community. You will learn some important rules and also have a lot of fun!

Opening Ceremonies

Time: 7:30pm

Location: Quad Stage

Return to the Quad for the official opening of O-Week. You’ll have a chance to earn some house points, embrace your Tiger Pride and learn about all the excitement to come throughout the week!

Rock the Boat

Time: 8:30pm

Location: Quad Stage

Directly following the Opening Ceremonies, you’ll get a taste of some East Coast music so get ready to dance and sing a long to some (soon to be) favourite tunes.

Grawood Sampler

Time: 8:30pm

Location: Grawood

In the Grawood (your campus bar which will be dry during O-Week), we have a lower-key event planned for those who prefer something a little more chill than Rocking the Boat. You’ll get to experience all the great things the Grawood has to offer like Trivia, Lip Sync Battles, Open Mic and much more!

After Jam

Time: 10pm

Location: Quad

Unwind after you first day of O-Week with some chill activities, music and maybe even show off some of your own musical skills!

Sunday, September 4th

Shine Hype Up

Time: 9am

Location: Dalplex – Fieldhouse

Come and hear about what Shinerama is and what makes it so great and get excited for Shine Day tomorrow!

Cheer Off

Time: 11am

Location: Dalplex – Fieldhouse

The Cheer Off is an O-Week favourite! We`ll see which house can show off their pride the best! Each house will get their chance to show off their most creative, most elaborate, and loudest cheer. Remember that you could make it to the finals so having a second cheer in your back pocket is a definite must!

Dalympics

Time: 12pm

Location: Dalplex and Wickwire Field

Let the games begin! We’ve got volleyball, dodgeball, an inflatable obstacle course, and so much more! You choose which events you want to participate in along with your house. House points will be awarded throughout the day, so the more you participate, the closer you are to the coveted house cup!

Art Attack

Time: 12:30pm

Location: Quad

High energy not your thing? No worries we have you covered with this awesome low-key event. Let out your inner artist with painting, music, and theatre games in the Quad and earn some house point in the process!

Sex Talk

Time: 7pm

Location: Rebecca Cohn

Halifax’s Venus Envy and Dal will be hosting this educational yet entertaining event. This will be sex ed unlike anything you’ve ever seen before. Be prepared for a little nervous laughter and a lot of questions answered!

Choose Your Own Adventure

Time: 8:30

Location: All over!

Get together with your house or grab a few new friends and check our as many activities as you'd like. Tonight's an opportunity to explore your own interests, see different places on campus and try out something new. Some fun things to try include laser tag, ghost tours, board games, glow in the dark frisbee in the Quad and more!

Monday, September 5th

Dal 101

Time: 9am

Location: McCain

Explore a fair of campus resources (while eating a delicious pancake breakfast) and then choose your favourite interactive workshops to attend! Will you decide to learn more about “Halifax’s Hidden Treasures” or will you get some tips on how to “Ace Your First Month on Campus”? The choice is yours!

Shine Day

Time: 12pm

Location: Check with your leader

Spend the afternoon out in the city to raise money for cystic fibrosis research. Each house will do their own mini-fundraiser. Past ideas include car washes, musical busking, carrying groceries... the possibilities are endless! This is your chance to explore Halifax and meet the locals, while contributing to Shinerama!

Induction Ceremony

Time: 7pm

Location: Rebecca Cohn

This is your official welcome into the Dalhousie family! At this event, the top administrators come in to talk to you about what an awesome decision you made in coming to Dal! You’ll also be entertained and receive some cool Dal swag.

Rugby Game

Time: 8:30pm

Location: Wickwire Field

Get decked in your black and gold to come out and cheer on your Dalhousie Men’s Rugby team in an epic battle against Acadia! After a fun-filled few days of meeting new people, learning about Halifax, and getting acquainted with your new school, this is the perfect opportunity to let your stripes show!

Tuesday, September 6th

Faculty Orientation

Time: 4pm

Location: Check with your leader!

Each faculty is hosting a unique event to welcome their new students. This is when you’ll learn about where your classes are and what your program is going to be like. You might even meet a classmate who can help you get through first year psych (no promises)! Plus, there will be lunch at the end!

Intramural Sampler

Time: 8pm

Location: Wickwire Field

For those of you wanting to get active at Dal, we have lots of intramural options. This event is your chance to get a taste of all the intramural sports available on campus (and sign up).

Outdoor Movie

Time: 9pm

Location: Quad

Grab your new friends from O-Week and your first day of classes and come and enjoy the outdoor air with some popcorn and a movie.

Wednesday, September 7th

Cultural Society Café

Time: 4pm

Location: McInnes Room (SUB)

Whether you are from near or far, there will be something new and exciting for you at the Cultural Society Fair. Experience performances, food, and music from cultures around the world and learn how to get involved with the cultural societies on campus.

Dal After Dark Presents: Campus Wide Glow Capture the Flag

Time: 9pm

Location: Quad

Head to the Quad with your friends, or make some new ones as you search for the opposing team’s flag, and maybe find a few Pokémon while you’re at it! Lures will be going all night so be sure to charge your phone before!

Cosmic Bingo

Time: 9pm

Location: Council Chambers (SUB)

Get colourful as you play a timeless favourite, bingo! Prizes will be given and neon is a must!

Thursday, September 8th

Dal Entrepreneurship Society presents: Moonshot

Time: 6pm

Location: Collider (Killam: Second Floor)

Discover your inner sense of innovation and learn about way to turn your ideas into problem solving solutions and world class businesses! Don’t have an idea? Don’t worry, they can help with that too! Drinks and snacks will be provided!

Urban Garden Society presents: Community Garden

Time: 6pm

Location: Dalhousie's Urban Garden (behind the Goldberg Computer Science Building)

Discover the Dalhousie Urban Garden, a unique student-run, student-funded space. Let us take you on a tour of our veggie plots and food forest, learn about extending the growing season, and pot flavourful herbs to grow indoors. Volunteer with us and join in the harvest!

Dal After Dark Presents: Board Game night

Time: 8pm

Location: SUB Lobby

Whether you a die hard Settlers of Catan fan or prefer a good old game of battleships or monopoly, join Dal After Dark for the first regular board game night.

Karaoke

Time: 9pm

Location: McInnes Room (SUB)

Grab a mic and sing the songs of the summer. Show off your skills solo or grab a group of friends to sing along.

Friday, September 9th

Outdoor BBQ (with the International Center!)

Time: 5:30

Location: Quad

Grab a delicious bite to eat and meet some friends from around the world. Music and games will keep you busy as you get ready for the official closing of O-Week.

Closing Ceremonies

Time: 7pm

Location: Quad

Come back together with your house to end a week of fun! There will be a BBQ beforehand and music followed by awards and the unveiling of the house cup winner!

Coastsheaga

Time: 8pm

Location: Quad

Get out your flower crowns and glow sticks and celebrate the end of O-Week and your first week of classes with a DJ Dance Party on the Quad!

Saturday, September 10th

Community Day

Time: 9:30

Location: Quad, Organization’s Site

After an amazing week touring the campus and city, it’s time to give back! Join Student Life and the Dalhousie Student Union an spend a Dal volunteering at an organization around the city! Make lasting memories while leaving a lasting impression on the community. Registration is required for this event and will open August 15th. Free Lunch and BBQ dinner will be provided! Yum!

Sunday, September 11th

Halifax Colour Festival

Time: 12pm

Location: Quad

Celebrate a cultural holiday with live music, friends, and a COLOUR RUN! Make sure you wear clothes you don’t mind getting colourful. Each registered first year will receive a ticket in their O-Week kits to attend this amazing event! Don’t forget to look for yours.

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