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Explore campus by choosing from a variety of drop-in events that will introduce you to the McMaster Campus and surrounding areas. A full list of events will be added closer to Welcome Week.

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Beginners Yoga

10:15 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Sport Hall

11:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Sport Hall

1:00 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. Sport Hall

2:00 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. Sport Hall

Participate in a beginners yoga class and learn about yoga poses, stretches and relaxation tactics. Yoga mats will be provided.

There can be a maximum of 36 participants at a time.

This is an accessible event.

Case Competition

10:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. DeGroote School of Business (DSB) Lobby

This event will help you to develop the skills you’ll need to properly dissect a case. Participants will be placed in teams of five that will include three first-year students and two experienced upper-year students such as those from Elite Seat/JDCC and other reps with experience in case competitions. This will connect new students with upper-year students who could serve as mentors as part of the First-Year Orientation Program. Participants will also learn about the practical skills used in DeGroote classes and both internal and external case competitions. Feedback, tips, food and prizes will be provided to participants. Please meet in DSB lobby; the event will be taking place in room 505.

Dance Sampler

11:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Sport Hall

1:00 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. Sport Hall

Have some fun learning a few beginner hip-hop dance moves! No experience is necessary.

There can be a maximum of 45 participants at a time.

Regrettably, this event is not accessible.

Engineering Academics Event

10:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. John Hodgins Engineering (JHE) Lobby

This event showcases the four amazing programs that make up the Faculty of Engineering. You’ll learn important details about your specific program (Engineering, iBioMed, BTech or CompSci) and meet your classmates! The morning will begin with program-specific presentations from upper-year students to prepare you for the upcoming school year. The event will then transition to team-based design challenges.

Hamiltour

11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Bus pick-ups at 11:45 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. at Mary Keyes (near the Greyhound stop)

So, you made it to Mac? What about Hamilton? Explore your city, new or old! We’re going to check out some cool places all over Hamilton! All first-year students living in residence, off-campus or commuting are welcome to attend!

Improv Workshop and Westdale Walk

2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. John Hodgins Engineering (JHE) Entrance

Enjoy an improv workshop on campus. Then, join the Faculty of Engineering and the Off-Campus Society on a tour of the Westdale neighbourhood, where reps will show you some of the cool places that lie just outside of campus. Stops on the tour will include restaurants and local stores.

Spikeball

10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Sport Hall

Small-sided spikeball games (drop-in) will be facilitated by Intramural staff. Spikeball is a recent sport that mixes volleyball and foursquare. It is played with two teams of two players and a circular net in the middle.

There can be a maximum of 20 participants at a time.

Regrettably, this event is not accessible.

Ultimate Frisbee

10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Sport Hall

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Sport Hall

Small-sided ultimate frisbee games will be facilitated by Intramural staff.

There can be a maximum of 20 participants at a time.

Regrettably, this event is not accessible.

Soccer

10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Sport Hall

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Sport Hall

Small-sided soccer games will be facilitated by Intramural staff.

There can be a maximum of 20 participants at a time.

This is an accessible event.

Flag Football

10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Sport Hall

Small-sided flag football games will be facilitated by Intramural staff.

There can be a maximum of 20 participants at a time.

Regrettably, this event is not accessible.

Volleyball

12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Sport Hall

Informal volleyball (drop-in) is offered only in Burridge Gym.

Accommodations can be made for wheelchair accessibility. Please contact the Intramural staff for more information.

Badminton

10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Sport Hall

Informal badminton (drop-in) is offered only in Sport Hall. Court use is based on a first-come, first-served basis. Equipment is provided at the Joan Buddle Service Desk in the David Braley Athletic Centre (DBAC).

Accommodations can be made for wheelchair accessibility. Please contact the Intramural staff for more information.

Squash

10:00 a.m. – 10:40 a.m. Sport Hall

10:40 a.m. – 11:20 a.m. Sport Hall

1:20 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Sport Hall

2:00 p.m. – 2:40 p.m. Sport Hall

2:40 p.m. – 3:20 p.m. Sport Hall

3:20 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Sport Hall

Informal squash (drop-in) will be offered in the David Braley Athletic Centre, courts 1 – 3. Court use is based on a first-come, first-served basis. Equipment is provided at the Joan Buddle Service Desk in the David Braley Athletic Centre.

Regrettably, this event is not accessible.

Tropic Like It’s Hot

1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. John Hodgins Engineering (JHE) Lobby

Are you ready to “tropic like it’s hot?” Join Nursing, Health Science, and Science for a fun day at the beach — right on your own campus! This is a great opportunity to meet people outside your faculty and discuss how much you love science, among other things! Don’t miss out!

Alpine Tower Climb

10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Sport Hall

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Sport Hall

Climb the 52-foot Alpine Tower located by 10 Acre Field. This vertical playground has six different routes with various elements from rope ladders and handling logs to balance beams and cargo nets. No climbing experience is required, and equipment is provided. However, participants must wear closed-toe shoes.

There can be a maximum of 20 participants at a time.

This is an accessible event.

Climbing Wall

1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Sport Hall

2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Sport Hall

The climbing wall, located in the Pulse Fitness Centre, is a 36-foot rock wall with six different routes that range in difficulty; two of which have a three-foot overhang 20 feet in the air. This opportunity is great for individuals of all skill levels, especially beginners who are looking to try something new. We’ll have different activities available, including top rope climbing and bouldering. Participants must wear closed-toe shoes.

There can be a maximum of 20 participants at a time.

Regrettably, this is not an accessible event.

Cootes Paradise Hike

10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Sport Hall

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Sport Hall

McMaster University is surrounded by Cootes Paradise, the westernmost part of Lake Ontario, and a forested marsh that’s part of the Royal Botanical Gardens Nature Reserve. There are several RBG trails that connect directly to McMaster. Come out and get to know Chegwin Trail, Ravine Road and Caleb’s Walk. We’ll explore the sprawling forest ravines, the relaxing shaded boardwalks and the scenic Princess Point.

There can be a maximum of 20 participants at a time.

This event is accessible for people who use wheelchairs. There will be one all-terrain wheelchair available.

Art in Nature

10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Sport Hall

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Sport Hall

Come and create with us in the beautiful forested areas and marshes of Cootes Paradise. Let the scenery inspire you while you learn about the nature that surrounds our campus. Painting and drawing materials will be supplied.

There can be a maximum of 20 participants at a time.

This event is accessible for people who use wheelchairs. There will be one all-terrain wheelchair available.

Leadership Challenges

10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Sport Hall

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Sport Hall

Join us and take part in a variety of low rope activities that were designed to build communication and teamwork skills. We’ll guide you through some interactive group challenges that will have you swinging across shark-infested waters and hopping across marshmallows on a river of lava!

There can be a maximum of 20 participants at a time.

This is an accessible event.

SoBi Ride to Bayfront Park

10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Sport Hall

SoBi, aka Social Bicycle, is Hamilton’s newest bike share program. At this event, we’ll take you on a guided SoBi ride to the beautiful Bayfront Park. You’ll get to experience some of the wonders of the Trans Canada Trail and the scenic Waterfront Trail on the way. Bikes and helmets will be provided free of charge.

There can be a maximum of 15 – 25 participants at a time.

Regrettably, this event is not accessible.

Water Obstacle Course

10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Sport Hall

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Sport Hall

At this exciting event, participants will work in small teams to complete an obstacle course that includes a series of water-based challenges. Each station is designed to build communication and leadership skills, as participants must work together to solve different problems.

There can be a maximum of 20 participants at a time.

This is an accessible event.

Pancake Brunch and Yoga

10:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Burke Science Building (BSB) Field

Pancakes, yoga and fun — oh my! Join Engineering and Health Sciences for a fantastic morning of yoga, taught by a certified yoga instructor. Then, enjoy a delicious midday pancake breakfast. What a sweet way to end a perfect morning!

The Pulse Fitness Centre Orientation

1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Sport Hall

2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Sport Hall

Get ready for your first workout at the Pulse! Our experienced fitness staff will give you a full tour, demonstrate how to use the equipment and give you all the information you need to have a great experience in the Pulse.

There can be a maximum of 20 participants at a time.

This is an accessible event.

Do-It-Yourself Home Workout Ideas

1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Sport Hall

3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Sport Hall

Get outside and experience do-it-yourself options for a full-body workout that you can do at home. There will be opportunities to ask questions and seek advice from our experienced trainers on how to take your workout out of the gym.

There can be a maximum of 15 participants at a time.

This is an accessible event.

Fitness Class Sampler – HIIT Training

2:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Sport Hall

High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) is one of the hottest trends in fitness. Come and try this fun and challenging workout. Some of the health benefits include muscle-building, a lasting metabolism boost and an increase in heart health. No experience is necessary.

There can be a maximum of 28 participants at a time.

Fitness Class Sampler – Zumba and CORE

1:00 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. Sport Hall

3:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Sport Hall

Zumba takes the “work” out of “workout” by mixing low-intensity and high-intensity actions for a calorie-burning dance party. Once the Latin rhythms take over, you’ll see why Zumba fitness classes are often called “exercise in disguise.” Finish off your 45-minute Zumba session with a 15-minute CORE training session for a full-body workout. No experience is necessary.

There can be a maximum of 28 participants at a time.

Fitness Class Sampler – Group Cycling

1:00 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. Sport Hall

Our indoor cycling classes are a great cardio workout. The intensity of your ride is under your control, allowing you to work at a pace that is right for your body. Classes focus on aerobic endurance conditioning and aerobic interval training with brief, high intensity intervals that push your aerobic strength. No experience is necessary.

There can be a maximum of 23 participants at a time.

Engineering Academic Event supported by SSC Academic Skills

10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. John Hodgins Engineering (JHE) 264, 376, 144, 326H

The Engineering Academic Event is here to answer your questions about what life is like in the Faculty of Engineering! There are four academic presentations for each Engineering stream, which will be followed by a Q&A myth buster panel. After this session, we will be holding a design challenge competition!

What I Wish I Knew in First Year

12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. LR Wilson (LRW) B1007

Even the most successful students reflect back on their first year and wish they’d had certain habits and/or picked up on key pieces of information. We’ll share these insights with you so that you make the most of your undergrad experience!

Communicating with Professors

1:30 p.m. – 2:20 p.m. LR Wilson (LRW) B1007

Scared to talk to a prof? Unsure how to email? As a university student, you will need to visit office hours, ask questions, and send emails, and you need to do all of these things appropriately. Come for a panel of McMaster Faculty as they share their advice for professor communication.

For students with disabilities, this session will cover communicating about academic accommodations.

Note-Taking in University

2:30 p.m. – 3:20 p.m. LR Wilson (LRW) B1007

4:30 p.m. – 5:20 p.m. LR Wilson (LRW) B1007

This workshop will prepare you for university lectures by introducing a variety of effective note-taking strategies. With real examples, you will learn how to actively note-take for key points and summarize main ideas, so you can prepare more meaningful and effective notes.

For students with disabilities, this session will cover information about learning strategies.

This session includes a mock lecture by a McMaster professor.

Time Management and Procrastination

3:30 p.m. – 4:20 p.m. LR Wilson (LRW) B1007

Concerned you will feel overwhelmed and put off work? This workshop explores why we procrastinate and teaches time management strategies to help you organize your schedule, improve efficiency, and reduce academic stress. Learn how to balance your workload, prioritize your tasks, and save time for fun. Don’t let time slip away; stay in control!

Career Access Professional Services (CAPS)

3:30 p.m. – 4:20 p.m. Michael G. DeGroote Centre for Learning and Discovery (MDCL) 1110

Career Access Professional Services (CAPS) is for students and alumni who identify as a member of an equity-seeking group or have barriers to employment. The CAPS team provides individualized support to assist with all aspects of career development including exploration, preparation and the building of skills and confidence. Through fostering employer and partner connections, the Student Success Centre supports students and alumni in gaining access to experience-building and career opportunities.

This session includes a mock lecture by a McMaster professor.

Stress Less

4:30 p.m. – 5:20 p.m. Michael G. DeGroote Centre for Learning and Discovery (MDCL) 1110

Stress Less is an interactive workshop that is designed to help you distinguish between stress, anxiety, and fear. You’ll also learn how to identify stressors and notice how stress impacts your body. To give you practical a new strategy: Progressive Muscle Relaxation.

Sustainable Hamilton Tour

11:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Camp ArtSci (Located in front of McMaster Museum of Art)

Share your love for the planet and learn more about #HamOnt on an exploratory tour through our beautiful city. Join ArtSci reps as they visit various sustainable spots downtown. There will be opportunities to purchase food on the tour.

Trivia Day

2:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. The Pheonix

Taking place at the Phoenix, a great restaurant on campus, we will be hosting a trivia event! Come out for free appetizers, trivia and board games!