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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

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

Download this year’s Welcome Week schedule (PDF). Welcome Week kicks off on Saturday, Aug. 30 and runs to Sunday, Sept. 7.

For social media updates, follow McMaster Welcome Week on Twitter #MacWW2014 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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Event Listing

MacPass Distribution
MacPasses can be picked up from the Temporary Building (T-28) from Saturday, Aug. 30 – Monday, Aug. 31, between 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Monday Sept. 1 between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. MacPasses will then be available for pick up in Gilmour Hall (GH) 110 between 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. from Tuesday, Sept. 3 – Friday, Sept. 5. You will need your MacPass to participate in all the Welcome Week events. Get ready for an awesome week!

Opening Ceremonies
Off-Campus and Commuter Students - Saturday, August 30 - 4:15 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 11th 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 Taryn Crankshaw, stage manager Nastazja Palonka and the production coordinator Joana Fejzaj.

Scheduled Performances - Michael G. DeGroote Centre of Learning and Discovery (MDCL) 1305

Saturday, August 30

  • Off Campus Students (SOCS) 5 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
  • Brandon and Matthews Residences 7:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Sunday, August 31

  • Edwards and Les Prince Residences 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
  • McKay and Bates Residences 12 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
  • Wallingford and Mary Keyes Residences 7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
  • Hedden and Moulton Residences 9 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.

Monday, September 1

  • Woodstock and Whidden Residences 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Wednesday September 3

  • Location: Robinson Memorial Theatre – Inside Chester New Hall (CNH) Community Performance 4 p.m. – 5 p.m.

SOCS under the Stars: Dinner and Activities Off-Campus and Commuter - Saturday, August 30 - 7:30 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!

Residence Dinner, Opening Ceremonies & Community Meetings - Saturday, August 30 - 4 p.m. - 11 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!

Beaver Games - Off-Campus & Commuter Students  - Sunday, August 31 - 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.

MacQuest - Sunday, August 31- 11 a.m. - 3:15 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!

McMaster Welcome & BBQ  - Sunday, August 31 - 3:45 p.m. - 7 p.m.
This event is known as the official welcome to McMaster University. Students pass through the famous and historical McMaster Arch, they will be greeted with a handshake by McMaster and Hamilton officials.

Sunday Night Social - Sunday, August 31 - 7:30 p.m. - 11 p.m.
Off-Campus & Commuter Students
A popular off-campus & commuter student exclusive event with dancing, games, and socializing.

Mac Connector - Monday Sept. 1 - 9:30 a.m. - 11:30 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 2018 group photo!

Marauder Football Game - Monday Sept 1 - 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Come and cheer on your McMaster Marauder football team as they take on the Guelph Gryphons.

Choose Your Own Adventure - Monday Sept. 1 - 2 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Students who don't attend the football game can choose any one of the following events or go to them all!

  • Outdoor yoga classes and frozen treats in Faculty Hollow
  • Water fight en masse on BSB lawn
  • Open-mic coffee house event in Bridges Cafe
  • Faculty cookout outside of Hedden Hall

Registrations for all events part of the Community Involvement Project have limited availability and are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Registration is available on OSCARplus

Monday Night Social (Including the MSU Shinerama Charity Casino) - Monday Sept. 1 - 7 p.m. - 11 p.m.
Mingle with other first year students in:

  • A glow in the dark dance party
  • First-year speed meeting running from 7-10 p.m. in one hour intervals
  • Sports and board games
  • Shinerama Charity Casino with all proceeds going to support cystic fibrosis research

Marauder Football Game - Monday Sept. 1 - 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Come and cheer on your McMaster Marauder football team as they take on the Guelph Gryphons.

Faculty Day - Tuesday Sept. 2 - 8 a.m. - 4 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 - Tuesday 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.

Community in Conversation with Richard Wagamese - Tuesday Sept. 2 - 5 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
McMaster University is pleased to present author Richard Wagamese as he shares his gift for story telling and his literary work, the award winning Indian Horse and his recent publication Medicine Walk. See the McMaster Events App for more details.

BINGO PLAYERS Concert  - Tuesday Sept. 2 - 7 p.m. - 11 p.m.
Party in the Hollow for the MacPass Welcome Week concert featuring international DJ Bingo Players!

SOCS Sleepover - Off-Campus & Commuter Students - Tuesday Sept. 2 - 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!

Glow in the Dark Capture the Flag - Tuesday Sept. 2 - 7 p.m. - 11 p.m.
This annual tradition features a large game of glow in the dark capture the flag in the centre of campus. All students in residence and SOCS are welcome to come join!

Clubsfest - Wednesday Sept. 3 - 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
TheMcMaster Students Union recognizes over 300 clubs in five distinct catagories: Academic, Cultural, Recreational, Religious and Social Issues.

International Student Welcome Orientation  - Wednesday Sept. 3 - 9 a.m. - 1 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!

First Years in Conversation with Richard Wagamese  - Wednesday Sept. 3 - 10:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
First year students and the McMaster Community are invited to join author Richard Wagamese as he discusses his award winning book, Indian Horse, a heartbreaking yet triumphant tale of forgiveness and resilience. See the McMaster Events App for more details.

Airbands Competition  - Wednesday Sept. 3 - 1 p.m. - 4 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!

PJ Parade - Wednesday Sept. 3 - 6 p.m. - 7 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.

Shine Off - Wednesday Sept. 3 - 6 p.m. - 7 p.m.
The Shine Off is a competition between residences and SOCS to see who can clean their car the fastest. Come out to support your residence, learn about Shinerama and get pumped for Shine Day!

T'was the Night before Classes - Wednesday Sept. 3 - 8:30 p.m. - 10:30 p.m.
Come to MDCL for a Faculty Fair, Guest Speaker, Tips for Academic Skills and Panel Discussion.

Sidewalk Sale - Thursday Sept. 4 - 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
This annual event is your chance to grab a ton of free stuff, enter prize draws and see what Hamilton has to offer from local vendors and businesses!

Faculty Night - Thursday Sept. 4 - 2:30 p.m. - 11 p.m.
Get ready for a great night of meeting people in your faculty through some amazing events!

Community Clean-up & BBQ - Friday Sept. 5 - 2:30 p.m. - 11 p.m.
This event begins on campus with a cleanup in the surrounding neighbourhoods and concludes with a BBQ at 1280.

IRC Sing it - Friday Sept. 5 - 9 p.m. - 11 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!

Variety Show - Friday Sept. 5 - 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Come out for a hilarious time at the MSU Variety Show, featuring world renowned hypnotist Mike Mandel, as well as Yuk Yuks comedians making you laugh until your sides hurt!

Shine Day - Saturday Sept. 6 - 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.

MSU-DWWW, Shadd, Hollerado Concert Saturday Sept. 6 - 7 p.m. - 11 p.m.
MSU Campus Events is proud to bring Down With Webster, Shad and Hollerado to McMaster to headline this year's free MSU Welcome Week Concert!

IRC Bedracers - Sunday Sept. 7 - 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Bedracers is an annual tradition at McMaster and one of the most hyped up events during Welcome Week. Four fast runners and one rider from all residences, SOCS and faculties will compete against each other by racing, as the title indicates, a bed on wheels.

The Final Feast - SOCS - Sunday Sept. 7 - 12 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. 7 - 2 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. 7 - 4 p.m. - 7 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. 7 - 4 p.m. - 7 p.m.
Join your residence building for a final goodbye and closing to wrap up your Welcome Week experience!

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 2014 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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