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Orientation Week at St. Jerome's University

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01 Oct, 2022
05:00 pm
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Welcome (back) to SJU!  
 
Orientation Week at SJU runs from September 3rd to September 11th. Our Orientation Week is designed to include all members of our community, and to build-on and compliment our first-year students’ orientation experience from UW’s orientation programming.    

 

Who can attend? 

We have events for everyone during Orientation Week at SJU:

  • First-Year SJU Residence and Co-Registered Students 
  • Upper-Year SJU Residence and Co-Registered Students 

See the schedule below for events that are relevant for your group.
 

What is Orientation Week at SJU?  

During Orientation Week at SJU, we’ll focus on getting to know one another SJU-style. Students of all years will participate, giving you the chance to meet your SJU-people right from day one. Our program is designed to ensure you have all the SJU-specific info you need to feel at home and introduce you to some community-building tools that will help you to foster a safe and inclusive community experience for yourself and those around you.  

 

For our First-Year Students, Orientation Week at SJU is designed to build-on and compliment your orientation experience from UW’s Fall Orientation.
 


All of us at SJU are excited to welcome you the 2022-2023 academic year. Please make yourself at home!
 

Join us!  

No fee is required to attend Orientation Week at SJU. Simply follow the schedule below and join in as you are able! 

Please note, UW’s Fall Orientation events requires a fee to attend. You can learn more by clicking here.

Don't forget that all first-year and incoming students are welcome to participate in our Orientation and Investiture Ceremony (OIC) taking place on campus on Sunday, September 11th at 2:30 p.m. Registration in advance is required. Find out more details on the OIC page
 

 

Schedule

Orientation Week at SJU has something for everyone! Please take note of the events that are relevant for you, and whether an event requires registration. 

 

To keep up to date on these events and future ones, follow our student leaders on Instagram: @SJUlead 

 

Disclaimer: event times and locations may change due to weather conditions or other unforeseen circumstances. To stay up-to-date, please follow @SJUlead on Instagram.


SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 3RD 

Welcome BBQ
5:00PM – 6:30PM
Location: SJU Courtyard (if raining: Community Centre)

 

Who Can Attend: 

  • First-Year and Upper-Year Residence Students 
  • First-Year off-campus Co-Registered Students

 

All residence students and first-year co-registered students are welcome to join us for a shared outdoor meal to kick-off Orientation Week at SJU! If you are a First-Year Co-Registered Student living off campus, please check-in at Main Entry in Sweeney Hall at 4:30 PM for your meal ticket. 


SJU Welcome & Dance Tradition
8:30PM – 10:30PM
Location: Academic Centre (SJ2)

 

Who Can Attend: 

  • First-Year and Upper-Year Residence Students 
  • First-Year off-campus Co-Registered Students

 

Want to learn why so many people call SJU their home? Come listen to our student leader introductions, become oriented to the history of the four Houses, and learn the 2022 cohort SJU dance tradition!


SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 4TH

House Time
10:30AM – 12:00PM
Locations: Your don will bring you down to your House meeting spot! If you do not live in the residence building, please check-in at the Community Centre at 10:30 AM.

 

Who Can Attend: 

  • First-Year and Upper-Year Residence Students 
  • First-Year off-campus Co-Registered Students

 

Come and meet your House-mates, learn your House cheer, and play some fun games! You’ll find out what House you’re part of on day-1 of Orientation Week! But, here’s a sneak peak:

 

Leon House (green)
Spetz House (red)
Taylor House (yellow)
Zinger House (blue)

 

But it doesn’t stop here! Throughout the school year, the Houses organize events and battle one another in a variety of contests. But the rivalries are all in fun. So activate your competitive spirit and help vanquish your arch frenemies! Who knew SJU could feel like Harry Potter?     
 
Click here to learn all about the House System at SJU. 


Bystander Intervention Training 
2:00PM – 4:00PM
Location: STC 1012

 

Who Can Attend: 

  • First-Year and Upper-Year Residence Students 
  • First-Year off-campus Co-Registered Students

 

Part of living in a community is learning to watch out for one another. This workshop will equip you with simple and practical skills to recognize when you, a friend, or even a stranger might be in trouble (specifically in cases of sexual harassment or abuse) and act to keep yourself and others out of harm’s way. We know this can be a tough topic, but we also know that feeling prepared can make a big difference when we encounter tough situations in real life. Let’s be the kind of community that does the work to make our campus a safer space. This session is facilitated by the Sexual Violence Prevention and Response Office at UW.


Let the Good Times ROLL!* 
6:15PM – 10:00PM
Location: Academic Centre (SJ2) 

 

Who Can Attend: 

  • First-Year and Upper-Year Residence Students 
  • First-Year off-campus Co-Registered Students

 

Take part in an SJU tradition and join us on an off-campus bus trip to the Wellesley Arena for roller skating! Whether you're a pro or it's your first time on skates… come and ROLL into Orientation Week! Roller skates will be provided, but helmets and padding will not be provided. Check-in at the SJ2 Atrium starts at 6:15pm, and buses will depart at 6:30pm … let the good times ROLL! 

 

*Limited spots are available. Registration is required. Your don or off-campus leader will provide you more information. Unable to join? We got you covered – you’re invited to Chill Vibez Night! 


Chill Vibez Night
6:15PM – 10:00PM
Location: Ryan and Siegfried Hall Residence Living Room and Gym

 

Who Can Attend: 

  • First-Year and Upper-Year Residence Students 
  • First-Year off-campus Co-Registered Students

 

Come vibe with us and enjoy some fun board games, a rotating selection of sports, chill music, colouring pages, and a make-your-own sundae station. Get ready for some chill vibez with your peers and SJU student leaders! 


MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 5TH

Block Party
10:00PM – 12:00AM
Location: Ryan and Siegfried Hall Residence 

 

Who Can Attend: 

  • First-Year and Upper-Year Residence Students 
  • First-Year off-campus Co-Registered Students

 

Come one, come all! We are excited to welcome the whole block for a Block Party like no other. We’re looking at you St. Jerome’s, Conrad Grebel, Renison, and St. Paul’s! Join us at St. Jerome’s campus for a live DJ’d event with food, games, sports and tons of fun. It's time to get the whole block together - we’ll see you there!


TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 6TH 

Upper-Year Residence and Co-Registered Students Welcome 
2:00PM – 3:00PM
Location: SJU Courtyard (if raining: Sweeney Hall Lounge)

 

Who Can Attend: 

  • Upper-Year Residence Students 
  • Upper-Year Co-Registered Students

 

Welcome (back) to SJU upper-year students! Our Student Affairs team is excited to host you an exclusive event where we can come together as a community to celebrate your ongoing academic journey. Plus, you may see some new faces on our team. Whether you are new to SJU or have been around for awhile, we can’t wait to see you! 


Community Dinner and Floor Pictures
4:30PM – 7:00PM
Location: Academic Centre (SJ2)

 

Who Can Attend: 

  • First-Year and Upper-Year Residence Students 
  • First-Year off-campus Co-Registered Students

 

You’re invited to the first SJU Community Dinner of the year! We’re all going to come together as a community to welcome you (back) to SJU! Mingle with our student leaders, staff, and faculty. At the same time, get ready to have your photo taken with your floor mates! 


Fostering an Inclusive Campus at SJU!
Tuesday, September 6th / 7:30PM – 8:45PM
Location: STC 1012

 

Who Can Attend: 

  • First-Year and Upper-Year Residence Students 
  • First-Year off-campus Co-Registered Students

 

In this workshop, students with all entry points will gain knowledge on key terms and issues related to equity, diversity, and inclusion. This event will be hosted and facilitated by The Ripple Effect Education (TREE).

TREE’s mission is to give students the tools they need for healthy relationships and just communities. This workshop will be the initial drop in a life-long ripple effect of self-awareness, healthy conflict transformation, and justice. 


FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 9TH

Student Leadership & Services Fair
12:00PM – 3:00PM
Location: SJU Courtyard (if raining: Ryan and Siegfried Hall Residence)

 

Who Can Attend: 

  • All are welcomed

 

Come learn about the 100+ student leadership opportunities SJU offers and how they serve you! Also, take a peak at the variety of services SJU offers, including our Library, Campus Ministry, Service Learning, and The Funcken Café. 


Yard Games with your Student Affairs Staff
12:00PM – 3:00PM
Location: J.R Finn Green (if raining: Ryan and Siegfried Hall Residence)

 

Who Can Attend: 

  • All are welcomed

 

Let the games begin! Join your Student Affairs team in some friendly, competitive yard games. You’ll find something for everyone in this afternoon of fun and community connection. Plus, you’ll find that the Student Affairs team is a fun bunch of people who are eager to support you through your journey! 


Encounter•KW Indigenous Gardening*
Saturday, September 10th / 9:00AM – 2:00PM

 

*Click here to register. 

 

Join us for a community service learning day with the White Owl Native Ancestry Association at the Wisahkotewinowak (Wisahk-tew-win-o-wak) Indigenous Garden. Located on the north campus of UW, the garden represents "an urban Indigenous garden collective building Land-based relationships across the Grand River Territory." 
 

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What to Bring

We suggest bringing a small bag with your own water bottle and personal items. Other than that, we got you covered! 

Please note, we will not have a secure location to store personal belongings throughout or in between events.  
 

Meals

Please pay attention to which meals are provided for your group between September 3rd – 11th. 

 

First-Year and Upper-Year Residence Students at SJU

  • All meals beginning with Sunday, September 3rd dinner (Welcome BBQ)

 

All First-Year Co-Registered Students living off-campus

  • Welcome BBQ – Sunday, September 3rd – Pick-up your meal ticket at Main Entry, Sweeney Hall on Sunday, September 3rd
  • Community Dinner & Floor Pictures – Tuesday, September 6th – Invitation will be sent to you

 

All Upper-Year Co-Registered Students living off-campus

  • Upper-Year Residence and Co-Registered Students Welcome – Tuesday, September 6th – Invitation will be sent to you
Student Activities Beyond Orientation Week

Orientation week is just the beginning! Whether you opt for formal organized events, sports teams, special interest clubs, or informal hang-outs, the key to enjoying campus life is to get involved. We have a team of over 100 student leaders who plan and facilitate a variety of activities throughout the school year. You will find at least one or two events per week to attend! 
 
So take a look at all the options, unleash your inner explorer, and dive in!

•    Declare Your Major event
•    Roommate Game
•    Meditative Yoga
•    Chill Nights
•    Residence Formal
•    Movie Nights
•    Relay for Life
•    Random Act of Kindness Day
•    A Noteworthy Event: Success Tips for the Note Taker
•    Thrive Week
•    Making School a Piece of Cake
•    Student led Mass and Social Following
•    Sundaes on Sunday
•    Mall Gift Wrapping
•    Zumba Class
•    Iron Chef Competitions
•    Coffee Houses
•    Community Dinners
•    Toga Party
•    Therapy Dogs    •    SJ You Are Beautiful
•    New Year, New Habits
•    Soup Kitchen Volunteering
•    Busy Students’ Retreat
•    Green & Gold Gala
•    Skyzone Trip
•    Raptors Game
•    Open Mic Night
•    Bell Let's Talk Day
•    Paint Nights
•    Personal/Spiritual Development Workshops
•    Weekly Bible Study
•    Toronto Marlies Game
•    Corn Maze Trip
•    Trivia Nights
•    Cooking With Lessons
•    Student Leader Fair
•    Halloween Haunt
•    Frost Week
•    Fall Formal
•    Snow Bowl

 

To keep up-to-date on upcoming events, follow our student leaders on Instagram: @SJUlead 
 

House System

When you join the SJU Community, you’re placed into one of 4 Houses! Like a friendly version of Game of Thrones, the Houses organize events and battle one another in a variety of contests throughout the school year. But the rivalries are all in fun. So activate your competitive spirit, sign up to get involved, and help vanquish your arch frenemies! Who knew SJU could feel like Harry Potter?

 

If you are not sure what House you’re in by the beginning of Orientation Week at SJU, no worries – just show up to the House Time event to find out. 

 

You can learn more about the history of the 4 Houses here!
 

COVID-19

St. Jerome’s is committed to doing what is necessary to keep our students safe, while maintaining an excellent student residence and community experience. Any measures we might put in place are informed by recommendations from the Ontario government, Region of Waterloo Public Health, and the University of Waterloo. 

 

We currently do not have any COVID-19 measures in place at this time for Orientation Week. However, measures may be implemented at anytime if public health circumstances change and you will be notified by email.  

 

For more information, please see the University of Waterloo’s Information on COVID-19.
 

Co-Registration with SJU

Are you interested in co-registering with SJU? You can choose to co-register at any time in your academic journey. Click here for more information. 

Still have questions?

Visit the Orientation Week Student Help Desk:
Sweeney Hall

Hours: 

  • Saturday, September 3rd / 9:00AM – 5:00PM
  • Tuesday, September 6th – Friday, September 9th / 9:00AM – 3:00PM

Reach us by email: 
sjuresid@uwaterloo.ca 
 

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