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Welcome Class of 2024!

We are excited to officially welcome you into our Huron community where we will empower you to become a fellow Leader with Heart. We are excited to celebrate with you when it is safe for us to be back on campus, but in the spirit of protecting your well-being our Orientation Program is going virtual this year.

That means, the ultimate Orientation experience Huron is known for will be coming to screens near you! Through our virtual OWeek activities, where you can participate in the comfort and safety of your home. We are committed to giving you an unforgettable orientation experience.

OWeek Schedule Summary

EVENT DESCRIPTIONS

VIEWING PARTY AND RECORDING GUIDE

What is OWeek?

Orientation Week is an annual welcome event hosted for incoming first-year students in September. The purpose of Huron’s Orientation Program is to make incoming students’ transitions into university life easier, more fun and less scary.

By collaborating with all levels of our university, we aim to set up our students for success. Before classes begin, you will meet fellow students in your program, upper-year mentors (Sophs) and key members of our Huron community who will help shape the best parts of your living and learning experiences. This week is your chance to get to know our faculty members and our incredible staff who will provide 1:1 personalized support from the beginning of your university career to your graduation.

The Orientation Program is a joint effort between several stakeholders on campus including: Huron University, Huron Students’ Council (HUCSC), Western University, Kings University College and Brescia University College.

Your transition into this new stage of your life does not end after OWeek, and Huron is committed to providing support to each and every one of our students throughout the year. After OWeek, we have Huron Week, Clubs Week and many more initiatives that will support you to have the best-possible academic, extracurricular and community engagement experiences possible. Along the way, you will never have to walk alone as our faculty, staff and administration will always advocate for and prioritize your best interests.

If you have questions about Huron’s Orientation Program, please reach out to our Student Engagement Coordinator at neldahan@uwo.ca

What is a Soph?

Sophs are upper-year student volunteers who are your mentors and OWeek spirit leaders. They’re the friendly faces of Huron’s Orientation Program and your guides throughout your first year at our university. Our Sophs are well-trained volunteers who are knowledgeable about our campus and resources. Most importantly, they are true Leaders with Heart who are personally invested in helping you to enjoy all aspects of Huron as much as they did.

  • My name is Buck and I’m the Head Soph for Huron’s Orientation Program. The Soph Team has a ton of unique and fun OWeek events planned to make your first week at Huron one to remember! I still have many fond memories of my own Orientation Week. If I had one piece of advice, it would be to get out there and attend events. Everyone is looking to meet people during their first week of university and by engaging in the safe, inclusive and fun programming we’ve organized, you will enhance your ability to connect with people, from all over the world, who may become your lifetime friends. I can’t wait to meet you via our virtual events, and when we’re able to welcome you to campus. We’re going to have an awesome year together!
    "Buck" - HEAD SOPH, ORIENTATION PROGRAM
    Program: 4th year Governance, Leadership and Ethics with a minor in Dance
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  • We want every student to have the best Orientation they can. This is the perfect time to meet all your fellow classmates and to feel really proud and excited about being part of Huron’s university experience. I made some of my favourite first-year memories during O-week and I am going to do my best to ensure you do too. See you in September!
    "Build a Bear" - PROGRAMMING ASSISTANT, ORIENTATION PROGRAM
    Program: Program: 3rd year BMOS
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  • I can still remember my OWeek like it was yesterday: Some of the people I met on the very first day are still my closest friends. No matter what it involved, we always had a ton of fun going to all the events and meeting new people. You can trust we want to provide that same level of awesome for our incoming students, so the Soph team has been working hard to plan the Class of 2024’s OWeek. The big week is fast approaching, and we’re going to have the best time! See you soon... oi oi oi!
    “Animal Farm” - PROGRAMMING ASSISTANT, ORIENTATION PROGRAM
    Program: 3rd year French and Political Science
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  • This is my third year Sophing for Huron and I could not be more excited to welcome another year of Leaders with Heart to campus. I met my best friend/roommate on the very first day of OWeek during my first year at Huron. As if that wasn’t enough, I have enjoyed every single experience since, so I know – firsthand – how stoked you should be for OWeek. It’s truly one of the best times to meet people and make lasting friendships, so take full advantage of it. Huron fosters the best community and atmosphere, and I can’t wait to introduce the incoming students to what being a Huron student means!
    “Dr. Pepper” - PROGRAMMING ASSISTANT, ORIENTATION PROGRAM
    Program: 4th year Psych with a minor in Health Sciences
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  • Hey Class of 2024! I am here to help you have an amazing transition to Huron during Oweek and throughout the rest of your year at Huron. This will be my fourth Oweek and, time and time again, these weeks have created some of my very favourite memories. I have met many of my dearest pals at Huron and while Sophing. I am really excited for you to get to enjoy this experience! Welcome to Huron! Oi Oi Oi!
    “Sherlock Holmes” - PROGRAMMING ASSISTANT, ORIENTATION PROGRAM
    Program: 4th year Psychology
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Oweek Stay Up To Date

Follow us on social media to receive live updates, meet our Orientation leaders (Sophs) and learn more about our programming. Equally as important, when you’re participating in Canada’s best online Orientation Week, be sure to upload your favourite moments to social and share them with Huron’s main accounts.

STUDENT TESTIMONIALS (FROM OWEEK SURVEY)

The testimonials and statistics below were compiled from the Orientation 2019 survey. Huron students submitted their feedback anonymously, so we like to think these are authentic representations of the enjoyable, entertaining and inclusive experiences we create:

“I really appreciate the Sophs went above and beyond to make sure everyone was making friends and felt like they were transitioning well to Huron. I don’t make friends easily, so this meant to world to me” – Student from 2023 Class, OWeek 2019 Survey

  • The majority of respondents felt as though they were part of the Huron community after Orientation Week
  • 83% of respondents felt participating in Huron’s Orientation Program helped them feel welcomed and connected at Huron
  • The majority of respondents felt they were made more aware of leadership opportunities for first-year students at Huron by the end of Orientation

OWEEK OFFICIAL FACEBOOK PAGE

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Mark Your Calendars

Important Dates

August 24 to 26 – Virtual Res Meet & Greets

September 4 to September 13 – Orientation Week (OWeek)

September 9 – First day of class

September 14 – deadline to apply to a position on Residence Council

September 20 – Huron Sunday Study Groups

September 21 – Huron Week 2020

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Land Acknowledgment

We would like to acknowledge the history of the traditional territory in which Huron University College operates. We would also like to respect the longstanding relationships of the three local First Nations groups of this land and place in Southwestern Ontario. The three First Nations communities closest in proximity to Huron University College are:

Chippewa of the Thames First Nation (part of the Anishinaabe)
Oneida Nation of the Thames (part of the Haudenosaunee)
Munsee-Delaware Nation (part of the Leni-Lunaape)

Key Contacts

Jennifer Flynn-Clark, MEd

AVP, Students
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8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.                  Monday – Friday