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Queen’s class of 2012 meets Kingston


They’re coming to Kingston from across Canada, and from 50 countries around the world. They’ll paint themselves purple, and blue and yellow and red. They’re new and a little bit nervous – they’re first year Queen’s students and they’re proud to be here!!

Next week first-year undergraduates will participate in four days of fun-filled tradition during Queen’s Orientation Week. Completely voluntary, this orientation to Queen’s and to Kingston promotes pride, teamwork and friendship among our newest residents.

“We’re really excited to welcome the class of 2012 to Queen’s and the community,” says Jeff Waite, Orientation Roundtable Coordinator. “Our Orientation volunteers have been working extremely hard to ensure a fun and safe week to introduce new students to this amazing city and institution.”

Whether competing against peers in faculty competitions or participating in Shinerama shoe shine, Go Nuts! peanut drive or cleaning seniors’ windows for charity, Orientation Week is a time for first year students to become acquainted with each other, their professors, Queen’s campus and the Kingston community. They will take what they learn in this short time and apply it to the many diverse situations they encounter during their post-secondary career.

In fact, before they take their first university class, most of the incoming students will volunteer within the city and nearly half of them will continue to volunteer in Kingston and contribute financially to community groups during their successive years at Queen’s.

Shinerama, a nationwide fundraiser to fight Cystic Fibrosis and one of the most popular events during the week, is aiming to raise over $60,000 this year. Taking place at Confederation Park (across from City Hall off Ontario Street), featured activities include a silent auction, face painting, and a car wash. This event is open to the public and both media and members of the Kingston community are encouraged to participate.

“Orientation Week is an important experience for every Queen’s student,” says Talia Radcliffe, President of the Alma Mater Society. “We make every effort to show them how integral they are, not just to Queen’s, but to the Kingston community as well.”

For descriptions of interesting events that will have first-year students on the move for Orientation Week 2008, please see attached backgrounder.


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