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University of New Brunswick welcomes new students

Author: UNB Newsroom

Posted on Aug 30, 2019

Category: UNB Saint John , UNB Fredericton

The University of New Brunswick’s Fredericton and Saint John campuses are once again flooded with both new and returning students as another school year is set to begin. Here are some Fall 2019 Orientation highlights:

UNB Fredericton

Commencement: Saturday, Aug. 31, from 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. at the Richard J. CURRIE CENTER.

The UNB Fredericton campus gathers each fall to officially induct new students into academia. Hosted by UNB President and Vice-Chancellor Paul Mazerolle, this special ceremony gives the whole campus community the chance to welcome new students to the UNB family.

City of Fredericton and the UNBSU Hosts: Bridging Freddy Beach: Thursday, Sept. 5, from 5 - 11 p.m. in Downtown Fredericton.

The whole city welcomes new students to Fredericton at the Freddy Beach Welcome BBQ! After dinner, students will explore Fredericton and choose an adventure: local art, yoga, rock climbing, an incredible performance by drag queen extraordinaire, Eureka O’Hara, or one of many more options.

UNBSU Cornboil: Monday, Sept. 2, from 1 - 4 p.m. at the SUB Quad.

Student are invited to join the UNB Student Union for games, vendor giveaways, a clubs and societies fair, sand castle competition and free food!

Shinerama: Saturday, Sept 7, from 8 a.m. - 3 p.m. throughout Fredericton.

Shinerama is the largest post-secondary school fundraiser in Canada and has been a University of New Brunswick tradition since 1973. For the last 46 years, UNB gathers together on the last day of Orientation Week to collect donations from car washes, going door-to-door and BBQs across Fredericton. These donations go to Cystic Fibrosis Canada to support research and care programs for those who live with cystic fibrosis.

UNB Saint John

Shinerama: Tuesday, Sept. 3, from 1 - 4 p.m. in Uptown Saint John

A yearly event at UNB Saint John, Shine Day sees first-year students spread across uptown Saint John raising funds for and generating awareness about cystic fibrosis. Approximately 35,000 students at more than 60 universities and colleges across Canada participate in Shinerama, making it Canada’s largest post-secondary school fundraiser.

Casino Night: Tuesday, Sept. 3, from 7 - 9 p.m. at the New Brunswick Museum

Students are invited to test their luck and head to the New Brunswick Museum for a night of fun and casino games. A great opportunity for students who live both on and off-campus to get to know each other in the heart of uptown Saint John.

Groups at UNB have also taken steps to incorporate environmentally-friendly practices into Orientation Week. The Student Union on the UNB Fredericton campus identified sustainability as one of the pillars of the week, in addition to other green actions:

  • Single-use plastics have been replaced with reusable alternatives in UNBSU orientation kits;
  • The O-Week guides and schedules distributed by Student Services are printed on 100 per cent post-consumer recycled paper for the first time;
  • The International Student Advisory Office and Graduate Student Association reduced their paper usage by including all information on USB drives;
  • Red Shirt training and other events have been certified green through UNB’s Sustainability Office.

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