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Welcome Week 2015 will take place from Saturday, August 29, 2015 – Sunday, September 6, 2015

Information about Welcome Week 2015 will soon be updated. For a glimpse of what Welcome Week is all about, check out the Welcome Week 2014 POV video.

Welcome Week 2014

  • Vision
  • Values and
    Guiding Principles
  • Events
  • McMaster Events App
  • Meal Plan

Welcome Week Vision

The purpose of Welcome Week is to offer five opportunities that will help first year students make a good start at University.

Welcome Week helps students:

  • Make connections with McMaster, their academic faculty program office, student faculty society, residence/off-campus community, with other students and the city of Hamilton
  • Develop an identity as a McMaster student within their faculty, residence/off campus community
  • Be and feel safe, both physically and emotionally
  • Connect with academic, emotional and university support systems
  • Meet and connect with student leaders, who are positive role models

Welcome Week involves events, activities, concerts, tours and welcome ceremonies. Unlike any experience you have had before, Welcome Week will provide you with educational seminars and social events that will connect you to the Hamilton community, McMaster University, your Faculty, your residence or off-campus society and, most importantly, to other students.

This orientation program is centred on your successful transition into the University environment. Throughout Welcome Week you will connect with academic and non-academic University support systems, meet student leaders and members of the McMaster community and participate in fun and safe programs and activities.

Welcome Week Values and Guiding Principles

Equality: First year students join the University community with all the rights of those already here. They are given the support and assistance which new members of the community require. They will feel proud to be here, to not be treated as subordinates, and to not feel that first year students are inferior.

Freedom of Choice: First year students are encouraged to participate in the events of Welcome Week.  However, they are free to choose when and how they would like to join in or to even decline participation if they wish.

Celebration of Diversity: First year students come from varied backgrounds and cultures and they have highly varied interests and values. Differences in gender, race, ethnic origin, sexual orientation, ability, religion and political affiliation are recognized and treated with respect and sensitivity.

Respect for Individuality: All first year students are free to be unique and can expect to be treated with respect.

Privacy: Even where students live together, as in residence, they are entitled to their own private space and time. They should not be disturbed when they have gone to their own room and other students should enter only if invited.

Welcome Week Events

Welcome Week kicks off on Saturday, Aug. 31 and runs to Sunday, Sept. 6.

Residence Move In
Bates, Brandon, Les Prince, Edwards, Matthews, McKay
Saturday, August 29 – 8 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Hedden, Keyes, Moulton, Wallingford, Whidden, Woodstock
Sunday, August 30 – 8 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Event Listing – 2015 Welcome Week

MacPass Distribution
MacPasses can be picked up from the McMaster University Student Centre (MUSC) Marketplace:

  • Saturday, Aug. 29 from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Sunday, Aug. 30 from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Saturday, Sept. 5 from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
  • Sunday, Sept. 6 from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

MacPasses will then be available for pick up in Gilmour Hall (GH) 110:

  • Monday, Aug. 31 from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Sept. 1 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Sept. 2 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Thursday, Sept. 3 from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
  • Friday, Sept. 4 from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

You will need your MacPass to participate in all the Welcome Week events. Get ready for an awesome week!

Faculty Swag Distribution
Get your Faculty Swag in the Arts Quad! See the Events App if you’re picking up Faculty Swag after Sept. 1

  • Saturday, August 29 – 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Sunday, August 30 – 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Monday, August 31 – 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Chill-Out Zone
Check out the chill zone all throughout Welcome Week for low-key activities and to have your questions answered.

  • BSB/JHE field tent from August 29 – September 3
  • MUSC Marketplace from September 4 – September 6

SOCS Rocketeer Expo
Participate in fun activities and win swag. Activities include: jousting, ultimate Frisbee, giant twister, and snow cones. Participate for tickets to win SOCS swag of epic proportions!

  • Saturday, August 29 – 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Opening Ceremonies - Off-Campus and Commuter Students
Saturday, August 29 – 4 p.m. – 5 p.m.
This is your "Welcome to McMaster." Meet the executive members of the Society of Off-Campus Students (SOCS) - These are the folks who will be delivering all the great programming to you throughout Welcome Week and the whole year!

IRIS Drama
IRIS (Inspiration, Reflection, Integrity, Success) is an annual orientation drama that is celebrating its 12th year in welcoming first years to our McMaster community. The production provides an overview of the opportunities and challenges first years may face as they orient and transition themselves into our community. This year's cast has been chosen, with their director Jordan Kopcok, stage manager Daniel McGuire and the production coordinator Chukky Ibe.
Scheduled Performances – Michael G. DeGroote Centre of Learning and Discovery (MDCL) 1305
Saturday, August 29

  • Off Campus Students (SOCS) 5 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Sunday, August 30

  • Brandon and Matthews Residences 2 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
  • McKay and Bates Residences 7:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Monday, August 31

  • Edwards, Les Prince and Woodstock Residences 6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Tuesday, September 1

  • Whidden, Mary Keyes and Moulton Residences 1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
  • Wallingford and Hedden Residences 6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Sunday, September 6

  • Open to everyone 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Residence Dinner, Opening Ceremonies & Community Meetings
Saturday, August 29 – 4 p.m. – 9 p.m.

  • Opening Ceremonies: Join your residence in a building wide ceremony to kick-start Welcome Week! You will meet your Residence Orientation Reps; get an overview of the week and learning some fun cheers!
  • Community Meetings: Join your floor in a mandatory community meeting where you'll get to meet your Community Advisors, Residence Orientation Reps and floor mates!
  • Residence Programming: Join your Residence Orientation Reps for building specific alternate programming! Ask your ROR for more details!

SOCS Space Jam - Off-Campus & Commuter Students
Saturday, August 29 – 7:30 p.m. – 11 p.m.
A popular off-campus & commuter student exclusive event with dancing, games, and socializing.

Beaver Games - Off-Campus & Commuter Students
Sunday, August 30 – 9:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.
STOP! It's Beaver Time!
Come out and be cheered on by the SOCS Beaver while competing as a team in a dynamic series of fun games and challenges.

Coffee House – Off-Campus & Commuter Students
Sunday, August 30 – 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Come by Bridges Cafe for a cool afternoon of musical acts and more put on by both your SOCS reps and your fellow first years! We’ll have snacks available, so feel free to sit back and enjoy one of Welcome Week’s calmer afternoons. Remember to sign up sometime Saturday if you’re interested!

McMaster Welcome
Monday, August 31 – 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
This event is known as the official welcome to McMaster University. Students will be greeted with a handshake by McMaster officials followed by a welcome address.

SOCS under the Stars: Dinner and Activities - Off-Campus & Commuter Students
Sunday, August 30 – 7 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.
Off-campus and commuter students can relax on the first night of Welcome Week and enjoy a delicious meal provided by the campus vendor, Willy Dog. After dinner choose one or all of the following activities to enjoy!

  • Movie Night
  • Video Game Mini-Tournaments & Free Play
  • Field Games on BSB Field!

Monday, August 31– 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Journey around campus in this challenging choose-your-own-adventure style game. With the help of your teammates, students discover the hidden gems of McMaster and get their minds in motion!
Many tours and activities have a limited capacity. Register now using the links below to reserve your spot! Download the Macquest PDF for additional information on tours and programming.
Discover your Campus, Discover your City registration
Athletics and Recreation registration

Monday Night Social (Including the MSU Shinerama Charity Casino)
Monday Aug. 31 – 7:30 p.m. – 11 p.m.
Mingle with other first year students in:

  • First-year speed meeting running from 7:30 – 10 p.m. in one hour intervals
  • Sports and board games
  • Shinerama Charity Casino with all proceeds going to support cystic fibrosis research

Mac Connector
Tuesday, Sept. 1 – 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Picture this - a large field and a sea of people all wearing their colorful Residence/SOCS shirts while participating in energetic ice-breaker games. This Welcome Week tradition will also include an aerial blimp to capture the Class of 2019 group photo!

Faculty Fest
Tuesday, Sept. 1 – 11 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Come to BSB and JHE field and find all of the faculties there to share academic advice and resources, information about how to get involved in your faculty society, and lots of activities, swag, and prizes! Faculty office representatives will be present at different times depending on your faculty – so come on out, drop-in and find out which piece of Faculty Fest you will enjoy the most!

Tuesday, September 1 – 3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

  • Reboot your Workflow
  • Strategies for Effective Note Taking
  • Study Smarter, Not Harder: How to Prepare for Tests and Exams

It Begins With You: A Conversation with Kim & Tiq Milan
Tuesday Sept. 1 – 3:30 p.m. – 5 p.m. & 6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Kim & Tiq Milan will be on-campus speaking about consent, sexual violence and rape culture. Come learn about healthy intimate relationships and how you can support your friends who are survivors of sexual assault in an engaging and interactive conversation.

Airbands Competition
Tuesday, Sept. 1 – 8:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.
This exciting event is a Welcome Week favourite. Giving first year students the chance to participate in the fun and watch faculty and campus groups compete for the title of the best Airband. Involved in this event is a whole lot of dancing, music, and cheering!

Faculty Day
Wednesday, Sept. 2 – 10 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Get ready for a great day of getting to know your faculty and peers! This event will occur in various locations on campus and is an exciting way to meet your faculty and future classmates.

Faculty Fusion
Wednesday, Sept. 2 – 4 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Faculty Fusion is a way to bring all of the faculties together at the end of the day to celebrate being McMaster students! Faculties will gather together to hear each other's oaths and participate in a massive cheer-off, filling Ron Joyce Stadium.

1st Year Concert
Wednesday, Sept. 2 – 7 p.m. – 11 p.m.
We’re very excited for this year’s concert. This year’s artist will soon be announced, so be on the look out!

Last Pin Standing
Wednesday, Sept. 2 – 7:30p.m. – 9:30p.m.
Come enjoy a competitive game of life sized bowling! There will be plenty of life-sized games available to play, so even if bowling is not your thing -- come play a game of Human Jenga or giant Twister!

SOCS Sleepover – Off-Campus & Commuter Students
Wednesday, Sept. 2 – 6 p.m. – 11 p.m. & Saturday Sept. 5 – 6 p.m. – 11 p.m.
Too excited to go home? Don't want to miss a thing? Why not stay for the night? Off-campus and commuter students are invited for a night of games and socializing! Make sure you bring a sleeping bag and pillow! Registration is limited to 175 students. Dates for registration will be posted soon so stay tuned!

Thursday, September 3 – 10 a.m. – 11 a.m.

  • Intro to Academic Success
  • Things I Wish I’d Known in First Year

Common Reading Program
Thursday, September 3 – 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Share a common reading experience with other students. Students registered in the program will receive a free copy of the book, meet award winning author, Kim Fu, and participate in the reflection contest. Visit program page for more information.

Cookies and Consent
Thursday, Sept. 3 1:30p.m. – 3:30p.m.
Join McMaster Faculty and Staff and Hamilton community members in a conversation about consent and sexual violence. The event will begin with a panel conversation where audience questions will be answered. At 2:30pm, the event will transition into small group discussions, on a variety of topics relating to sexual violence and consent, led by the panelists.

IRC Sing it
Thursday, Sept. 3 – 3:30 p.m. – 6 p.m.
The IRC Karaoke event is just one of the many chances to win the Welcome Week Cup. Year after year Karaoke Night proves to be full of first year talent so prepare to be amazed!

Faculty Night
Thursday, Sept. 3 – 7 p.m. – 11 p.m.
Get ready for a great night of meeting people in your faculty through some amazing events!

Shine Off & The Rope
Friday, Sept. 4 – 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Exciting new event by the IRC and Shinerama reps! Look out for more info.

International Student Welcome Orientation
Friday, Sept. 4 – 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.
The International Student Orientation will be welcoming all first-year International Students. The orientation will begin with breakfast, feature many speakers on various topics and lots of entertainment!

Words of Wellness
Friday, September 4 – 4 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Shane Koyczan is an internationally renowned spoken word artist, poet, and author. The performance includes slam poetry and performed by the Hamilton Youth Poets. To register visit Eventbrite page.

Saturday Sept. 5 – 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
During Welcome Week, we help raise money for cystic fibrosis (CF) research and care through a fundraiser called Shinerama.

School Concert
Friday Sept. 4 – 7 p.m. – 11 p.m.
Another Exciting Artist is going to join us! Look out for more details

Saturday Sept. 5 – 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
During Welcome Week, we help raise money for cystic fibrosis (CF) research and care through a fundraiser called Shinerama.

PJ Parade + Westfest
Saturday Sept. 5 – 6:30 p.m. – 11 p.m.
The PJ Parade is a great opportunity for first year students to learn more about the Westdale community, meet their neighbours, and show faculty and residence pride. This is followed by WestFest - music and performances and much more in the heart of the Westdale community

SOCS Sleepover #2 (Off-Campus and Commuters)
Saturday, September 5 – 8 p.m. – 7 a.m.
Having a good time at Welcome Week and don’t want to go home? Then stay the night! Join the SOCS for a night of fun and games, sports, movies, and snacks. Bring a sleeping bag and pillow. Registration is limited. Visit for details.

Community Clean-up & BBQ
Sunday Sept. 6 – 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
This event begins on campus with a cleanup in the surrounding neighbourhoods and concludes with a BBQ at 1280.

The Final Feast – SOCS
Sunday Sept. 6 – 12:30 p.m. – 2 p.m.
As Welcome Week comes to a close, join your fellow reps and first years and get excited with a FREE lunch at The Final Feast.

Welcome Week Finale
Sunday Sept. 6 – 2:30 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Come celebrate the end of your Welcome Week at McMaster University. The Welcome Week recap video will be shown for the first time! All faculties and residences rocked the week but there can only be one winner of the Faculty Cup and Residence Cup. Who will win?

SOCS Closing Ceremonies
Sunday Sept. 6 – 4 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
SOCS wraps up Welcome Week in style! After Rep Reveal in which we share our true identities we have a giant water balloon fight of epic proportions.

Residence Closing Ceremonies
Sunday Sept. 6 – 4 p.m. – 5 p.m. Join your residence building for a final goodbye and closing to wrap up your Welcome Week experience!

For social media updates, follow McMaster Welcome Week on Twitter #MacWW2015 or like the Mac Welcome Week Facebook page.

Keep up to date with events happening during Welcome Week by downloading the McMaster Events App. The app will provide up to the minute information, updates and changes.

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McMaster Events App

Keep up to date with events happening during Welcome Week with the McMaster Events App. The app will ensure you are provided with up to the minute information, updates and changes.

The app is available for download on Apple products with a Camera, Windows 8 products, touch-screen Blackberrys and Blackberry Playbooks, and touch-screen phones as well as Android 2.2 and higher. The App may be accessed from a desktop or laptop through Google Chrome or Safari, though not all features may work as effectively because the app was not intended for desktop use.

The Events App features several tabs, including:

  • MacPass Distribution - includes information about what's included in the 2015 MacPass Orientation kit as well as pick-up locations and alternate distribution locations following Welcome Week.
  • McMaster Campus Map - includes building tags and locations that students will most likely visit during Welcome Week.
  • Welcome Week Calendar – covering all of the events occurring throughout Welcome Week with times, locations, descriptions, and photos.
  • Favourites – allows students to organize their own schedule and create a personal calendar for session attendance at Welcome Day and Welcome Week events. This feature will also allow you to favourite campus buildings.
  • Social - links to the Welcome Week Facebook page and Twitter account for the most up-to-the minute information.
  • Photo – features photo highlights from previous Welcome Week events and 2013 photo uploads.
  • Video - features videos from previous Welcome Week events.
  • Important Apps & Links - includes links to various resources available on campus for students.
Additional Resources

You are encouraged to review the Events App Presentation and User Guide for a fuller understanding of the app along with its features.

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