Events

Dalhousie's Orientation Week runs from Sunday, September 1st to Wednesday, September 4th. These four days are all about meeting new people, expanding your comfort zone, getting acquainted with your new community, and having a great time! Maybe you’ll meet your new BFF during a waterfight, find a new hobby while touring Halifax on a bicycle, or decide to change your major after meeting a Professor who is really passionate about her field. Whatever the case may be, after this week, you'll be roaring like a Tiger!

For more info on these events, along with a complete schedule, you can also download the First Year O-Week Guide.

Move InSunday 9am

At 9am you can start moving into your new home! Your O-Week leaders should be close by, ready to introduce themselves and help you with your things. Your O-Week leaders will also be able to tell you where to meet next so you can head to the Field Party with the rest of your group for lunch.

RegistrationSunday 10am

You’ll want to get your O-Week Kit right away to avoid long lines. Make sure you get this before heading to the Field Party. This is also the perfect time to grab your DalCard. You could even throw it on a lanyard! Nothing says "university" better than a lanyard!

Field PartySunday 12pm

After a busy morning of traveling and unpacking, you’ll need to let loose and get a little crazy! The Field Party will help you do just that with water fights, bouncy castles, tricycles, and much more! Plus, enjoy a free BBQ to help you keep your strength!

Where: Studley Quad
Bring: DalCard, fancy new t-shirt (you'll get it with your O-Week Kit), it's a good idea to leave your phone at home along with anything else you don't want getting wet - this could get messy!

HousewarmingSunday 6pm

Welcome Home! Take this opportunity to get familiar with your residence community- this will be your home for the next 9 months after all. Housewarming will send you on a scavenger hunt around your house or building so you can get acquainted with your surroundings, and get to know your Residence Assistants. You’ll also be introduced to the rules and procedures of residence living. ResLife staff can’t wait to meet you!

Not living in res? Don’t worry- we’ve got other things for you do to!

Where: Your place/the SUB for those of you living off-campus
Bring: DalCard

Black & Gold NightSunday 8:30pm

This event is a two-parter. Upstairs we’ll have a 1000-person dance party. There will be snacks, a seating area, and of course, a wild dance floor. Then downstairs 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. You’ll get to experience all the great things the Grawood has to offer like Trivia, Open Mic, and Dal’s Got Talent.

Where: The Student Union Building
Bring: DalCard

Move In
Sunday 9am
Registration
Sunday 10am
Field Party
Sunday 12pm
Housewarming
Sunday 6pm
Black & Gold Night
Sunday 8:30pm
Morning YogaMonday 8am

For those who like to start their day off with mindfulness and movement, meet us in the Quad for an hour before we move into the more hectic parts of our lives. These sessions will be hosted by Halifax’s own Breathing Space Yoga Studio.

Where: Studley Quad
Bring: DalCard, comfortable clothing, water

Cheer OffMonday 9am

The Cheer Off is an O-Week favourite! Today we’ll start our morning off right – as loud as we can and in close quarters! We’ll meet in front of the Dalplex and each house will get their chance to show off their most creative, most elaborate, and loudest cheer. If that doesn’t sound like your cup of tea then I don’t know what kind of tea you like!

Where: Outside front doors of the Dalplex
Bring: DalCard

DalympicsMonday 11am

Let the games begin! We’ve got a belly flop competition, seated volleyball, dodgeball, and maybe even a giant blow-up slide thing! You choose which events you want to participate in along with your house. Supremacy points will be awarded throughout the day! And of course, lunch will happen somewhere in there too!

Where: Begins in the Dalplex
Bring: DalCard, water, sunscreen, running shoes, swimsuit & towel, Dal/House swag

Hooking Up With Venus EnvyMonday 7pm

Halifax’s Venus Envy 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!

Where: The Student Union Building
Bring: DalCard, cell phone (so you can tweet questions!)

Choose Your Own Adventure NightMonday 9pm

Were giving you the opportunity to make your Orientation Week exactly what you want it to be! Get together with your house, or just grab a couple of friends and head to one of the many events we have going on! This is a chance to check out other residences, make some new friends, and have a whole lot of fun! Some of the events you can expect include; Laser Tag, Life Size Board Games, Coffee House, Trivia, Movie Night, Sex Toy Bingo, Video Game Tournament, and much more!

Where: Your leaders will tell you
Bring: Your leaders will tell you

Morning Yoga
Monday 8am
Cheer Off
Monday 9am
Dalympics
Monday 11am
Hooking Up With Venus Envy
Monday 7pm
Choose Your Own Adventure Night
Monday 9pm
Morning YogaTuesday 8am

For those who like to start their day off with mindfulness and movement, meet us in the Quad for an hour before we move into the more hectic parts of our lives. These sessions will be hosted by Halifax’s own Breathing Space Yoga Studio.

Where: Studley Quad
Bring: DalCard, comfortable clothing, water

Faculty OrientationsTuesday 9am

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!

Where: Ask your leaders or RA's or check the First Year Handout
Bring: DalCard

Welcome to the FamTuesday 12pm

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 with some live music and receive some cool Dal swag. Afterwards there will be a delicious ice cream social!

Where: The Rebecca Cohn Auditorium
Bring: DalCard

HFXploreTuesday 1:30pm

HFXplore will help you learn firsthand what Halifax is all about. With your house group you’ll venture downtown and visit some interesting destinations. You might find yourself at Moksha Yoga, Java Blend, or Patagonia. First one to complete all of their tasks wins!

Where: Begins at Sexton Field
Bring: DalCard (which is also your bus pass), water, comfortable clothing and footwear

Key Note Speaker Tuesday 7pm

This years Orientation Week key note speaker is Drew Dudley! He creates cultures of leadership by inspiring people and their organizations to "plan to matter". At this event you can expect to be listening, sharing, and dreaming with your new Dal Fam! The night begins in the SUB (Student Union Building) with an innovative and interactive talk from Drew, that will be sure to inspire you, and get you excited for your first year at Dal!

Where: The Student Union Building

Get a preview of Drew here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MQDlsGjv4Kw#t=136

After JamTuesday 8:30pm

This event comes right after the key note speaker. From the Student Union Building, we'll head out onto the Quad and enjoy some creative activities, inspirational thoughts, and much-needed relaxation under the stars! We might even break out into song! This year you can also expect an outdoor movie screening, hosted by the Halifax Film Festival, if the weather allows it.

Where: Studley Quad
Bring: DalCard, an instrument if your heart desires

Morning Yoga
Tuesday 8am
Faculty Orientations
Tuesday 9am
Welcome to the Fam
Tuesday 12pm
HFXplore
Tuesday 1:30pm
Key Note Speaker
Tuesday 7pm
After Jam
Tuesday 8:30pm
Morning YogaWednesday 8am

For those who like to start their day off with mindfulness and movement, meet us in the Quad for an hour before we move into the more hectic parts of our lives. These sessions will be hosted by Halifax’s own Breathing Space Yoga Studio.

Where: Studley Quad
Bring: DalCard, comfortable clothing, water

Shine Day BreakfastWednesday 8:30am

On Shine Day, in order to thank you in advance for coming out to Shine Day, the Shinerama Committee is going to be setting up a nice breakfast for your enjoyment. Come grab some coffee and a breakfast sandwich courtesy of Freeman's before heading in to the Shine Day Opening Ceremonies!

Shine DayWednesday 9am

Every year we have a blast going out on the town 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 a great cause!

Where: Begins in the McInnes Room in the Student Union Building
Bring: DalCard, water, sunscreen, anything that might help you earn some cash (like an instrument or a costume)

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Shine UnwindWednesday 3:30pm

After a long hard day of shining, join us in the SUB to relax and refuel so you can be your most spirited self for the big game! You'll be introduced to our friends at Therapeutic Paws, where you can play with the puppies, enjoy food and drinks, and simply wind down in this chill atmosphere.

Where: Room 303 in the Student Union Building
Bring: Comfortable clothing

Rugby GameWednesday 8pm

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

Where: Wickwire Field
Bring: DalCard, Black & Gold swag to show your spirit!

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Morning Yoga
Wednesday 8am
Shine Day Breakfast
Wednesday 8:30am
Shine Day
Wednesday 9am
Shine Unwind
Wednesday 3:30pm
Rugby Game
Wednesday 8pm

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