Rolling out the welcome mat
August 24, 2011

“It’s going to be fun! I’m excited!”

As the VP of cultural affairs for SUNSCAD—the Student Union for NSCAD University—Allisha Moore is up to her eyeballs in details for Orientation Week.

But there’s no containing her enthusiasm; she’s eager to welcome new and returning students to the university.

“The start of school can be pretty intimidating but it doesn’t have to be,” she says, leaning against a desk in the SUNSCAD office, just off the student lounge on the Granville campus. “Everyone is so friendly and it’s a small community, so you’ll find a spot to fit in.”

Right after Labour Day, Orientation Week begins, fittingly, with New Student and Family Orientation Day on Tuesday, September 6. It kicks off at NSCAD’s Port Campus with coffee and breakfast at 8:30 a.m., followed by the university’s official welcome at 10 a.m. Students can munch on DIY burritos (there are gluten-free and veggie options too) while perusing the tables to find out about everything NSCAD offers. In the afternoon, returning students will take the newbies for tours of NSCAD’s three campuses: the Port campus on the Halifax waterfront, the Granville campus in the heart of downtown Halifax and the Academy building near Citadel Hill, where the film program is based.

Classes begin the next day, on Wednesday, September 7, but the fun continues through the week. There’s a Comic Book Jam on Wednesday, “Table Day” on Thursday and a Night Bike Ride on Friday.

Then, on the weekend, NSCAD students can join students from the University of King’s College across town for a rain-or-shine trip to the beach. The bus leaves the Granville campus at 10 a.m. and returns around 4 p.m. It’s only $10 and includes lunch, but students will need a ticket, available at the SUNSCAD office.

“I absolutely guarantee that this event is going to be the best,” says Allisha emphatically.

On Saturday evening, take your sunburn down to Reflections for a dance party. It’s free for students to get in provided they’ve got their NSCAD student card and two pieces of ID.

“We want students to feel welcome and to realize they’re coming someplace special. We want students to feel comfortable no matter what campus they’re on, and to get a sense of what Halifax is like—and Dartmouth too.”

Here’s a rundown of the full list of events. You can also check out the calendar on the SUNSCAD website.

Orientation week at NSCAD

Tuesday, Sept. 6: Orientation Day at Port Campus

 Breakfast, 8:30 - 10 a.m.
 Presentations, 10 a.m.
 Lunch and tables, DIY burritos, 12 noon
 Tours, 1 - 3 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 7

 Free coffee, student lounge, 8:30 a.m.
 NSCAD Comic Book Jam, student lounge, 5 - 7 p.m.
 Film screening, details to be announced, 6:30 – 9 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 8:

 Yoga, board room, 5th floor, Granville campus, 8:30 a.m.
 Table day – come by and learn about student clubs and community organizations. Student lounge, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
 Sports. Running group meets at the Port Campus for a run to Point Pleasant Park and the soccer stars meet at the fountain on Granville mall. 7 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 9

 Picnic on Citadel Hill. Meet at the student lounge. Noon to 2 p.m.
 Community walk. Find out the best places to eat and check out galleries. 3-5 p.m.
 Night bike ride. Bring your bike and your helmet and SUNSCAD will provide the lights for this evening cycle through the city – “there’s the potential for us to ride to Dartmouth too,” says Allisha. Meet at the Port campus, 6:45 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 10

 Beach trip to Rainbow Haven with the kids from King’s. You’ll need a ticket ($10 from SUNSCAD) to get on the bus. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
 Dance party at Reflections Cabaret. Free with NSCAD student card and two other ID cards. 10 p.m.