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Monday, August 27, 2018

Signature Events

Signature Events are annual Welcome Week events that happen on a larger scale.

Click here to download our printable schedule of Signature Events.

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All Students

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Off-Campus Students

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Residence Students

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International Students

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MacPass Pick-up

10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
CIBC Hall

This is your first stop to experiencing all things Welcome Week! Drop by to pick-up your t-shirt, faculty swag, and “all-access pass” to events. You can’t miss us. We’re the ones in the lime green and bright pink t-shirts!

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IRIS Theatre Production

10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.,
7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
L.R. Wilson Hall

Do you want to check out the performing arts scene on-campus? Are you nervous about your first year at university? It can feel like a lot, but luckily, IRIS is here to make it a little easier and fun, too! Come see a creative theatre production about the first year experience, put on by upper year students in our beautiful new concert hall.

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SSC Academics: Note-taking in University

10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
CNH 104

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 listen for key points and summarize main ideas, preparing more meaningful and effective study notes. This session also includes a mock lecture by Dr. Geraldine Varos.

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

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SSC Academics: What I Wish I’d Known in First Year

11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
CNH 104

Even the most successful students look 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!

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McMaster Welcome

11:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Sport Hall – Brandon, Whidden, Bates, Moulton, Matthews, and Wallingford
2:45 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., Sport Hall  –  McKay, Edwards, Hedden, Mary Keyes, Les Prince, Woodstock, Off-Campus

It’s official. You’re a Marauder. To celebrate, you are invited to a special welcome where you will participate in a lively conversation with our President, Dr. Patrick Deane, the Dean of Students/Associate Vice-President of Students and Learning, Sean Van Koughnett, and the McMaster Students Union (MSU) President, Ikram Farah. You will have a chance to submit your own questions and learn from our speakers on topics of interest to you. What are you curious about? What would you like to know about your new home?

Following the conversation with our speakers, you’ll receive a piece of McMaster SWAG and shake hands with one of the speakers and/or Karen McQuigge, Director of Alumni and Advancement. McMaster Welcome concludes with a unique, not to be missed, warm and enthusiastic welcome from hundreds of Welcome Week Reps formed into the world’s largest rep tunnel! McMaster Welcome is to be experienced; you’ll leave feeling inspired and confident in your choice to make Mac your home away from home.

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International Student Orientation

1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
MDCL 1305/1307

Learn about how to transition into life as an international student in Canada, and get to know the programs and services that will be useful to you during your time at McMaster. The ISS Orientation will also give you a an opportunity to meet important members of the McMaster community, ISS staff, as well as fellow first year international students and upper year student mentors.

Please register on OSCARplus.

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SSC Academics: How to get involved (Student Panel)

1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
CNH 104

Were you a leader in high school? Want to start now? Whether you’re a new or experienced leader, there are different ways to get involved and make an impact at McMaster. Presented by a panel of student leaders, this session will introduce the benefits of getting involved at Mac and what opportunities are available in first year.

For students with disabilities, this session will feature students registered with Student Accessibility Services.

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SSC Academics: First Generation Students

2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
CNH 104

First generation students often feel they are at a disadvantage when they come to university. We are here to tell you that’s definitely not the case! This workshop will explore what it means to be a first generation student and how to make the most of your time here at Mac.

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SSC Academics: Supports for Students with Disabilities

2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
TSH 120

Are you a student with a disability interested in learning about academic accommodations? This session will review the accommodations process including registering with Student Accessibility Services (SAS). This orientation session will also review supports available through Student Accessibility Services and other student support services on campus.

Please email sastransition@mcmaster.ca for any accommodation requests.

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MacConnector

4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Alumni Field

Picture this – a large field packed full of students/reps all wearing their colorful Residence/Off-Campus student shirts while participating in energetic ice-breaker games. This traditional Welcome Week event also includes an aerial drone to capture the Class of 2022 group photo!

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Monday Night Lights

7:30 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.
Various locations listed below

To begin our first full evening of Welcome Week, Mac will host Monday Night Lights. This will be a truly awesome experience where students can explore campus and participate in all of our activities with campus covered in lights. Monday Night Lights will feature the following:

  • Our Shinerama Charity Casino in the MUSC Atrium
  • Glow Party featuring DJ Donna Love Joy in TwelvEighty Bar & Grill
  • An Interactive Art Show Case in the University Hall Field
  • Rock Painting in Mills Plaza
  • Indigenous Students and Studies Cooking Class in the Indigenous Student Services L.R. Wilson Office
  • What’s in your cup responsible drinking bar in the MUSC Starbucks area
  • A Safe(r) Space held by our MSU Peer Support Services in the University Hall Rose Garden

Drop in and out of all these events and start your journey as a Marauder!

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Off-Campus Students: Welcome Week Sleepover

6:00 p.m. to 9:00 a.m. (the next day)
Sport Hall

Don’t want to commute home after Monday Night Lights? Don’t worry. Stay the night for pick-up sports, video games, movies, and snacks. We’ll be sleeping in Sports Hall, so be sure to bring your own sleeping bag and pillow!

Registration is limited. You will receive an email announcing when registration opens sometime in August.

Other Amazing Welcome Week Events

We recommend checking out all of these other amazing Welcome Week events!

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Shinerama

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International Student Services

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Indigenous Student Services

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Faculty

To be announced!

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