Welcome to NSCAD
August 24, 2012

Welcome, welkom, willkommen, velkommen!

Whatever way you want to say it, NSCAD is putting out the welcome mat for new and returning students. Orientation Week starts rolling right after Labour Day with 2012 New Student Orientation at the Port Campus, 1107 Marginal Road, next to the Seaport Farmers’ Market. All are welcome, including new undergraduate students and their parents and families.

Start the day (Tuesday, Sept. 4) right with breakfast, from 8:30 to 10 a.m. At 10, the orientation presentations begin, with a break for lunch at 11:30. The burritos on the menu are always a big hit. Afterwards, you'll want to join a tour of the three campuses.

“This is a great session to get you going,” says Gabby Beauchemin, VP Academic for SUNSCAD. “You’ll get lots of info, such as where the buildings are, what to do if you run out of money in the middle of the semester, and what services are at your disposal year round. It’ll give you a good idea of the sense of community we have at NSCAD.”

SUNSCAD—the Students’ Union of NSCAD—takes over from Wednesday on, with a whole whack of free, fun activities for new and returning students. On Wednesday, Sept. 5, come to the student lounge at Granville for a good morning session of yoga. In the evening, bring your bike (or you can rent one) for a no-emissions pedal tour of Halifax—you can figure out the best route from the Port to Granville and how long it will take. The bike tour takes place from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.; the meeting place is I Heart Bikes on the Halifax waterfront boardwalk. Also at 5:30 p.m. is the opening reception for First Impressions, an exhibition of work by entrance scholarship winners at the Port Loggia Gallery at the Port Campus.

Thursday, Sept. 6 is the first day of school. Oooh, what are you going to wear? At 1:30 p.m., meet at the Port Campus for a Gallery Tour. Make sure to bring your U-Pass to check out all the arty sites.

NSCAD’s own Anna Leonowens Gallery and Seeds Gallery are destined to be highlights of the tour. “I think it’s great if student can get in the habit to go to the openings every Monday and see what other people are making,” says Gabby. “Plus, you’ll want to find out what else in going on in the city.”

Circle Saturday, Sept. 8 on your calendar for the SUNSCAD picnic on the Halifax Commons. There will be live music, food, even a bouncy castle! Plus, the folks at Eye Level Gallery and the Khyber Centre for the Arts will face off in a friendly game of baseball. Festivities will be rescheduled to Sunday, Sept. 9 in case of rain.

Then, on Friday, Sept. 14, put on your dancing shoes for a bash to be held at the Khyber, 1588 Barrington Street. Cousins, Special Costello and some DJs will provide the music. Doors open at 9:30 and the bands take to the stage at 10:30.

“It’s easy to participate no matter what year you’re in,” adds Gabby.

For more info, please see: http://nscad.ca/en/home/admissions/orientation.aspx

Orientation activities at a glance:


Sept. 4

Orientation Day at the Port Campus.
- Breakfast, 8:30 to 9:30 a.m.
- Orientation presentations, 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.
- Lunch, 11:30 to 12:30;
- Tours, 11:30 to 2 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 5- Good morning yoga in the student lounge, Granville, 9 to 10 a.m.
- Table Day, in the lounge, noon to 2 p.m.
- Sustainable Halifax bike ride, I Heart Bikes, Halifax boardwalk, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
- Opening reception, First Impressions, Port Loggia Gallery, 5:30 p.m.
Sept. 6

- First day of school
- Gallery tour, meet at Port Campus, 1:30 p.m.

Sept. 7
- World Portable Gallery Convention at Eye Level Gallery
- Plus Eye Level presents 161 Gallon Gallery, 6014 Cunard St. 7 p.m., artist talk. 8 p.m., reception.
Sept. 8
- SUNSCAD community picnic, noon to 5 p.m., Halifax Commons
Sept. 9
- Alternate date if picnic is rained out
Sept. 14
- Dance at the Khyber, 1588 Barrington St., 9:30 p.m. to 2:30 a.m. Cover $5.