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Orientation - September 2016

Mark the dates as throughout the first few weeks of September, there will be many activities to help you get familiar with Queen's, Kingston and be ready for your academic studies.  Some activities will be specifically for your program, others will be campus wide and will give you the opportunity to find out valuable information and meet fellow graduate students.  More details on whether you need to register for an event, venue etc will be provided as we receive it. For details on program specific activities, contact the Graduate Assistant in your program directly. Photo of Orientation resource fair

Tuesday, September 6th: Graduate Studies Pancake Breakfast, Welcome and Resources Fair
Time Event Location
8am-9am Pancake breakfast
  • Hosted by the School of Graduate Studies & Division of Student Affairs
Athletics & Recreation Centre concourse. (ARC)
9am-9.30am Welcome Presentation
  • Hosted by the School of Graduate Studies and Division of Student Affairs
  • An overview of specific information on what to expect from your student experience, highlighting some of the major resources you need to know about and to give you an opportunity for Q&A.
Athletics & Recreation Centre Main Gym
9.30am-11am Resources Fair
  • Hosted by the School of Graduate Studies, Division of Student Affairs and the Society of Graduate & Professional Students.
  • Resources and support groups for grad students, post-docs and their families at Queen’s and within Kingston.
  • Campus tours will also be available.-  assembling and departing from the ARC concourse at 9.30am, 10am, 10.30am
  • See the Booth Information
Athletics & Recreation Centre Main Gym
Tuesday, September 6th: Society of Graduate & Professional Students (SGPS) Social Activities
Time Event Location
4pm - 7pm

The Queen's Campus Amazing Race

  • No Registration required
  • This competition will involve exploring the Queen’s University Main Campus to take photos of important sites. It’s a race against time and your peers. You will be set into teams to complete the tasks assigned. Each photo you take is worth points. In the end, the group with the most points wins a prize (hint: free coffee!). Event begins at 4 pm in front of the JDUC.
John Deutsch University Centre, across Queen's University campus
8pm - 11pm

Speed Meeting at the Grizz

  • Registration required - contact the SGPS to buy tickets
  • Come out to the Grizzly Grill to meet other SGPS members in a speed meeting fashion that is similar to speed dating minus the romantic agenda. Show up on time so we can kick off the speed meeting activities and have plenty of time to keep mingling once the formal activities are over. This event is very popular every year—tickets sell out quick! P.s. There will be free food.
Grizzly Grill
Wednesday, September 7th: Teaching Development Day
Time Event Location
All day
  • Teaching Development Day
  • Hosted by Centre for Teaching & Learning.
  • Register for this event directly with CTL.
  • This day-long conference will be an opportunity for all students and post-doctoral fellows interested in teaching to meet and learn about new and interesting developments in teaching and learning.
Wednesday, September 7th:  Society of Graduate & Professional Students (SGPS) Social Activities
Time Event Location
6.15pm - 10.30pm

1000 Islands Boat Cruise

  • Registration required. Contact the SGPS to buy tickets
  • Come out to the exclusive SGPS boat cruise! Be at the pier ready to board by 6:15. You will get one of the best tours of the 1000 islands that Kingston has to offer. Mingle with your new SGPS friends, and dance to the live DJ. Guests are welcome, but beware, tickets sell out fast and there are limited spaces. Delicious appetizers and a cash bar will be available.
248 Ontario Street
Thursday, September 8th:  Society of Graduate & Professional Students (SGPS) Social Activities
Time Event Location
11:30am - 3:30pm

Sport Day

Want to get in some exercise, meet other students or simply try something new? The Athletics Commission will be hosting an adaptive Sports Day in the ARC upper gyms, so lace up those sneakers and get ready for some fun! The opportunity to learn and play wheelchair basketball, sitting volleyball, and a variety of other sports (adapted for personal of all abilities) will be offered on a drop-in basis from 11:30am to 3:30pm on Thursday, September 8th. Looking forward to seeing you there!

Athletics and Recreation Centre
6.30pm - 11.30pm

Semi Formal

  • Registration required. Contact the SGPS to purchase tickets
  • Put on your nice clothes, favorite tie, and come out to the SGPS Semi-formal for a wonderful dinner at the Portsmouth Harbour
  • Restaurant. Ticket includes dinner and a sparkling (non-alcoholic) beverage. There will be a fully stoked cash bar. A DJ will spin some tunes after dinner to get people pumped for the afterparty.
Portsmouth Harbour
11.45pm - late

After Party

The Semi-Formal after-party will begin after dinner when the DJ begins to spin some beats. All SGPS students are welcome to this event. There will be a cash bar, a dance floor, and a patio with a phenomenal view of Lake Ontario. Pizza and Poutine will be served throughout the night. Don’t forget to bring some taxi money to get home later. This event is free.

Portsmouth Harbour
Thursday, September 8th: Supporting Aboriginal Graduate Enhancement (SAGE) Meet and Greet
Time Event Location
4:00pm - 6:00pm

Hosted by Four Directions Aboriginal Student Centre

Queen’s SAGE is an interdisciplinary and cross-institutional peer-mentoring program designed to support Aboriginal graduate students with the successful transition into and completion of their graduate programs.

SAGE is also a student-driven mentor/support program, designed to increase Indigenous graduate students’ comfort level and relative ease within their programs, the university and the community as a whole. We will have quarterly meetings where students can socialize, share experiences as students and researchers, and support each other throughout the graduate experience.

FDASC house (Barrie Street)
Thursday, September 8th: Photo ID Pickup
Time Event Location
8:30am-12pm Photo ID Pickup Surnames A-M
  • Hosted by the Office of the Registrar
Wallace Hall, JDUC
12pm-4:30pm Photo ID Pickup Surnames N-Z
  • Hosted by the Office of the Registrar
Wallace Hall, JDUC

If any students are unable to pick up their photo id on this day, they will be able to the following Monday 12th September back in Gordon Hall.

Friday, September 9th: Side-Walk Sale
Time Event Location
9:00am - 4:00pm Come along and check out Queen's clubs, bargains from the Campus Bookstore and Athletics & Recreation, buy a plant or two, pick up goodies from Kingston organisations and much much more.

University Avenue

Between Union and Stuart Streets

Friday, September 9th:  Society of Graduate & Professional Students (SGPS) Social Activities
Time Event Location
6pm - 9pm

Billiards Night at the Grizz

  • A bit burnt out yet? Chill Friday evening at the Grizzly Grill for billiards and snacks. This event is free.
The Grizzly Grill
Saturday, September 10th:  Society of Graduate & Professional Students (SGPS) Social Activities
Time Event Location

Kingston Bus Tour

  • Details to follow
8pm - till late

Orientation Dance Mixer at the Grad Club

  • No registration required
  • Come tear up the floor at the Grad Club SGPS Dance Mixer. The Grad Club is exclusively open for SGPS members, plus ones are welcome—so come out and dance (or chill in one of the Grad Clubs many lounges)
The Grad Club
Sunday, September 11th: Society of Graduate & Professional Students (SGPS) Social Activities
Time Event Location
10.00am - 4pm

Corn Maze

  • Registration required. Contact the SGPS to buy tickets.
  • A Kingston Tradition! Meet at the Wolf Island Ferry at 10am! We will cross the ferry, board the bus and head on over to the Corn Maze for a delicious BBQ lunch and cookies. Remember, the ferry leaves at 1030 SHARP, so don’t be late.
Wolfe Island
Tuesday, September 13th: Athletics & Recreation Open House
Time Event Location
  • Athletics & Recreation Open House
  • Hosted by Athletics and Recreation & the AMS
  • Everything Extracurricular at Queen’s - In the main gym of the ARC find out about athletic clubs, intramurals, fitness programs and aquatic programs. In the Queen’s Centre take a look at all the AMS Clubs.
  • And don't forget "Fitness Free-For-All" September 12th-16th - Try any Fitness & Wellness Program for Free!
Main Gym the ARC
Wednesday, September 14th: International Grad Student Orientation
Time Event Location
Beginning at 5pm International Grad Student Orientation
  • Hosted by Queen’s University International Centre (QUIC)
  • This event is for international students to help you transition into life at Queen's, Kingston and Canada. This is an opportunity to be acquainted with some of the issues that graduate student might encounter as well as the support resources available. Social time and light refreshments to follow.
  • Note: The QUIC offices will be open for extended hours in the lead up to the start of classes. From August 25th to September 5th their hours will be 8.30am - 8pm daily
Queen's University International Centre (QUIC), John-Deutsch University Centre (JDUC)
Wednesday, September 21st: Welcome Back BBQ for Aboriginal Students
Time Event Location
5pm - 7pm

Aboriginal Students

Come and join in our BBQ to meet new and continuing aboriginal students on campus.

Four Directions Aboriginal Student Centre, Barrie Street