Sept. 3-7, 2021
Download our orientation app
All things Orientation in one place: our Mount Allison Orientation 2021 App includes everything you'll need, including our full schedule of events.
How to download our MtA Orientation 2021 app
**available for download soon**
Our Orientation App is powered by Guidebook.
Download instructions (QR Code):
- With your device's camera feature, scan the QR Code (available soon)
- Click "Download" and the Guidebook app will install on your device.
- Select iPhone or Android and follow the instructions.
- The Orientation Guide should open automatically. If not, search: "Mount Allison University Orientation 2021"
Download instructions (web):
- Go to https://guidebook.com/g/mta2021/ (available soon)
- Tap the "download" button to get the free Guidebook app
- Open the Guidebook app and search for: "Mount Allison University Orientation 2021"
- The Guide should open automatically!
Do you already have the Guidebook app?
If so, follow these instructions:
- Open the Guidebook app
- Tap the "find guides" icon at the bottom of the screen
- Type in "Mount Allison University Orientation 2021"
- The Guide should open automatically
Don't want to download the app? No problem!
Visit us on the web: https://guidebook.com/guide/178448/
Early Orientation 2021
Mount Allison runs the following two pre-orientation programs in advance of University Orientation. Get a head start on your time at Mount A!
Aug. 29-Sept. 2
Open to all new international students and Canadians who live abroad.
Get ready for Orientation!
Greetings from our President and Vice-Chancellor
Greetings from Dr. Jean-Paul Boudreau, President and Vice-Chancellor
Bienvenue — Pjila’si — Welcome to Mount Allison! Mount A is a community-minded place where we learn from and look out for one another. The past year-and-a-half have been challenging for all of us, but we are looking forward to returning to more on campus, in person classes, events, and activities — and that all starts with Orientation!
These next few months will be memorable for you as you graduate and look ahead to life at Mount Allison. Orientation will give you lots of opportunities to get to know the campus and the people who make up our community — even before you set foot on campus. I'm very excited about what your Orientation Chairs and Committee are planning for you this year — in a time when we are looking forward to being back together in person. They are planning an amazing program of activities to help you settle in to university life and I hope you will take the time to check them out.
Orientation will help make your transition to Mount A that much easier. Whether you are joining us on campus or at a distance in the fall, we look forward to having you with us. I can’t wait to meet you in person or digitally. Have a safe and enjoyable Orientation and a fantastic first year at Mount A!
President & Vice-Chancellor
P.S. I invite you to follow and share your ideas with me on Twitter @Boudreau _ Ideas.
Welcome to MtA from our Orientation Chairs
A message from Danielle Dickson, 2021 University Orientation Chair
Hi everyone! My name is Danielle and I’m your 2021 University Orientation Chair!
This summer, I’m working with an amazing team to coordinate your Orientation week and to ultimately help you gain the tools and knowledge needed to find success here at Mount Allison.
Our goal is to ease your transition into university and to introduce you to the academic and social life, as well as support services and resources offered at Mount A.
You can look forward to fun events, making new friends, connecting with faculty and staff, becoming familiar with the Mount A and Sackville communities, and some guaranteed dancing and smiles along the way.
Your Orientation team and I are super excited to meet you and show you around.
We’re committed to creating a welcoming, inclusive space for everyone to help you see why Mount A is 'Where You Want To Be!" See you soon!
A message from Pushkaraj Jadhav, 2021 International Orientation Chair
Hello soon-to-be Mounties!
My name is Pushkaraj, I’m from Pune, India, and going into my fourth year of studies in Commerce and Computer Science.
I’m thrilled to be your IO Chair this year, and to have the opportunity to facilitate your transition into university life. I’m glad to have on my team a cohort of upper-year students from various countries and cultural backgrounds.
We were all in the same positions as you were, not too long ago, and are dedicated to making your first experiences at Mount Allison and Sackville special and memorable.
Along with coming to university for the very first time, we know that many of you are also coming to Canada for the first time.
We’re here to answer all your questions and dispel all the doubts you may have coming to a new country for the first time.
Your orientation itself will be a fun week of activities to get you confident about university life.
We will have lots of summer sessions pre-orientation, so stay tuned for those! Until then, have a wonderful summer, and stay safe!
A message from Rosalie Halls, 2021 Meighen Centre Orientation Chair
Hello incoming Mounties!
My name is Rosalie, and I am going into my fifth year at Mount Allison. I am pursuing a degree in French Studies, and I am minoring in psychology.
I am thrilled to be this year's Meighen Centre Orientation Chair. My role is to help plan a pre-orientation for new students registered with the Meighen Centre.
The Meighen Centre offers exceptional services and accommodations to support students with documented disabilities.
I am here to facilitate your transition as much as possible and introduce you to the amazing resources available at the Meighen Centre, the Wellness Centre, and on campus.
I hope pre-orientation will give you a taste of the caring Mount Allison community and allow you to adjust smoothly!
The Meighen Centre staff, the volunteers, and I are very excited to meet you, and we cannot wait to help you begin your university career!
Meet your orientation groups and o-group leaders
Orientation groups (O-groups)
As a way of scaling down Orientation and making things more personal, we will be assigning all new students to Orientation groups.
Each Orientation group will consist of 10-12 new students and 1-2 Orientation leaders.
Groups will be formed around things that you have in common. This is why we ask questions on the registration form about your intended academic program and where you'll be living (e.g. on-campus, off-campus, commuting).
Our plan is to bring you together virtually this summer so that you have a chance to meet up in advance of Orientation.
Your group will be your go-to place for information about Orientation. The idea is that Orientation groups will live on into the fall term and be a place where you continue to hang out and connect with each other.
The questions that you have at the beginning will be different than the questions you have one week and one month in. Your Orientation group is a good place to go for questions, answers, and support.
Meet the O-Group Leaders
You can sort the leaders by topics of interest (e.g. academic program, hometown, club/society involvement, etc.). You can then contact the leader(s) of choice to ask them questions directly.
Don't wait until you get here in person to start connecting with Orientation leaders and volunteers. Take advantage of the time this summer to ask O-group leaders and volunteers your questions about Orientation and coming to Mount Allison.
We'll be adding new student profiles daily so check back often to get a more complete picture of our full Orientation team.
Meet your Mount Allison Students' Union Exec
Welcome Mounties! My name is Charlie Burke and I am this year’s MASU President! My role within the MASU is to oversee all the work of the student union and represent students (you!). The MASU Orientation is such an exciting time of year. My favourite MtA memory is (attempting to) line dance with my friends during 2019 orientation’s kitchen party event — my advice to all students is… don’t be a stranger! Orientation has lots to offer, take the time to find your place, get involved, and be engaged. You won’t regret it! If you have any questions about the MASU, whether it’s about a service we offer, a task we might be able to help with, or about long-term vision and goals of the MASU, you can reach me at email@example.com. Wishing you the best!
Hey hey hey Mounties! My name is Hanna Fuzesi (she/her) and I am the Vice President, Student Life for the MASU! My role includes advocating for student resources, student support and all things student health and well-being! I also support clubs and societies and am involved with residence life! Last but not least, I help with event programming! I absolutely love Orientation and all that it encompasses (I’m with Danielle with the karaoke BBQ!!) My advice to all students is to enjoy O-week to the fullest, be in the moment and make those connections, but remember to be gentle with yourself in this time of transition! If you don’t make the connections you want or get to the resources during this time, you have your whole time at Mount A to make it happen and so many people behind you! You got this!! If you have any question about student life and what I can do for you, please do not hesitate to reach out at firstname.lastname@example.org! I am so happy you are here :)
Hi Mounties!! My name is Hannah, my pronouns are she/her and I am the Vice President, External Affairs (VPEA) at the MASU! My favourite part of my position is encouraging students to take advantage of everything Sackville has to offer - especially for those who are here for the first time. There is something for everyone in this small town. The VPEA also organizes the Community Food Smart program for students, is the contact person for off-campus housing and advocates for students provincially and federally! My advice for incoming students is to challenge yourself and keep an open mind – your time here at Mount A is so short and you have so much to do, so take everything in! You're about to discover so much about yourself, so embrace it. If you have any questions do not hesitate to reach out to me at email@example.com or stop by the MASU office and say hello!!
Hey new Mounties! My name is Rohin Minocha-McKenney (he/him) and I am the Vice-President of Academic Affairs of the Mount Allison Students’ Union. That means that I help you with most things academic related like issues with professors, navigating the academic calendar (which isn’t even an actual calendar), setting up mock MCATs and LSATs, Nimbus Tutoring, Senate, academic advocacy, Learning Day, and anything else academic related – especially if really you want something done. Orientation is an amazing time to get, well, oriented with MtA and make some great connections – especially with your fellow Mounties. I feel like I have to say Learning Day is my favorite part of orientation but really, it’s the dance off – enjoy it! If you ever need anything or need any help with academic things please reach out and I can see how I can help, never hesitate to reach out – even to say just say ‘hi’. You can reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I can’t wait to meet you all!
Hello new Mounties! My name is Nadine Robinson (she /her), and I am your 2021-2022 Vice President, Communications! I am going into my fourth year as an English Major at MTA, and I am originally from Victoria BC. My role in the MASU is to keep you informed and up to date on all the events and services the MASU has to offer throughout the year. I am beyond excited to meet everyone in person this September and until then, please do not hesitate to reach out to me at email@example.com for anything Sackville, MASU or Communications related (or just to say hi!). I hope you all have a fun and safe summer, wherever you may be. See you soon!
Hello! My name is Michael Nolan, a fourth-year PPE student and your Vice President, Finance and Operations (VPFO). My role in the MASU is mainly internally focused, meaning that it is a bit different from the rest of the executive. That said, I conduct financial advocacy on your behalf, chair the committee that disburses MASU funding, and much more. I am very excited to meet you all when you arrive, and if you have any questions, feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
WELCOME CENTRE FOR ALL NEW STUDENTS
When you first arrive in Sackville — whether you are living on campus or off campus — your first stop should be our Welcome Centre.
The Welcome Centre will provide one-stop service for all new students before they arrive on campus. Services include key pick-up for on-campus residences, photo ID station, and Orientation swag-bag pick-up. Get all the information you need in an easy-to-park location before carrying on to campus or elsewhere in Sackville.
Welcome Centre locations and hours will be posted closer to Orientation.
If you're arriving on September 3 (residence move-in day)
To help with traffic flow, please enter Sackville via Exit 504 on the Trans-Canada Highway
- As you enter Sackville on Main Street, stop at the designated Welcome Centre (there will be lots of signs and helpful volunteers pointing the way).
- After finishing at the Welcome Centre, guides will direct you to your on/off-campus accommodation. Depending on the time and route, traffic may be slow-moving.
More details about the location of the Welcome Centre, designated traffic flow routes, etc. to be added to the map closer to the start of Orientation.
If you're moving into residence
- If you are a residence student, residence leaders and orientation volunteers will assist with your arrival and the move-in process.
- To keep things moving, please move your vehicle to a nearby parking lot immediately after unloading.
Find out more details about how to move into residence.
For residence students
Most students will move into residence during Move-In Day for first-year students on September 3.
To know exactly what to expect, where to go, and what to do on your first day in residence, visit moving into residence.
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What is Orientation?
Orientation is an introduction to life at Mount Allison. Whether you're coming from down the street, across Canada, or around the world, the adjustment to university life can be exciting and daunting at the same time. New people, new surroundings, new expectations, new ways of doing things. Orientation is where it all comes together. Orientation gives you a chance to connect with other new students through a variety of fun, interactive, and informative sessions and activities. Our amazing team of 100+ Orientation volunteers have all been where you are. They know what it's like to leave home and come to University. They know what it's like to get through those first few days, weeks, and months. They've learned the ins and outs, the good and the bad, the "to do" and "not to do" of getting through first year and beyond. They want to help make your Orientation and first year experience the best it can be.
What is an Orientation Group?
As a way of scaling down Orientation and making things more personal, we will be assigning all new students to Orientation groups. Each Orientation group will consist of 10-12 new students and 1-2 Orientation leaders. Groups will be formed around things that you have in common. This is why we ask questions on the registration form about your intended academic program and where you'll be living (e.g. on-campus, off-campus, commuting). Our plan is to bring you together virtually this summer so that you have a chance to meet up in advance of Orientation. Your group will be your go-to place for information about Orientation. The idea is that Orientation groups will live on into the fall term and be a place where you continue to hang out and connect with each other. The questions that you have at the beginning will be different than the questions you have one week and one month in. Your Orientation group is a good place to go for questions, answers, and support.
Who organizes University Orientation?
University Orientation is a collaborative effort between Mount Allison's Student Life Office and the Mount Allison Students' Union (MASU).
It's led by three outstanding student Orientation Chairs:
- Danielle Dickson (University Orientation Chair)
- Pushkaraj Jadhav (International Orientation Chair)
- Rosalie Halls (Meighen Centre Orientation Chair)
Supporting Danielle, Pushkaraj, and Rosalie are a large team of hugely enthusiastic student volunteers who come together to make Orientation a success. The Student Life Office and the MASU provide year-to-year continuity and logistical support. It's a huge team effort that takes the summer to pull together.
Is it necessary to register for Orientation?
It's not necessary, but it helps us a lot. It tells us who's planning to participate, whether you're here in Sackville or joining us from home. It gives us the info we need to put you into Orientation groups and to make sure we're ordering the right number of right-sized t-shirts. Please note that you'll need to use your Mount Allison email when accessing the registration form. If you run into any email issues along the way, contact the Computing Services Help Desk (Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m.) at email@example.com.
Is there a deadline to register?
No, but the sooner you register the greater chance you'll get the t-shirt size you requested! If you're not sure of your travel plans or whether you'll be doing the fall term online or in-person, don't worry. You can always fill out the form now and email us later (firstname.lastname@example.org) to make changes to your info.
Is there a cost for participating in Orientation?
Orientation is included in your student fees. Mount Allison and the Students' Union collect a variety of fees that benefit students differently. The library fee, the student newspaper fee, the fitness centre fee are all part of a family of fees that help to support student services on campus. Orientation is the same. Your Orientation fee goes towards organizing events, printing materials, buying supplies, and putting together a really awesome swag bag full of lots of Mount Allison and MASU goodies (including that Orientation t-shirt!). Everything is done to be as cost-conscious as possible. All of our planning is done with you in mind. Our focus is on making sure that everything flows back to give you the best possible Orientation experience, whether you're joining us in September, coming in January, or meeting up with us online.
What is Shinerama?
Shinerama is the largest university and college fundraiser in the country, involving over sixty schools, raising money and awareness for cystic fibrosis research. The Mount Allison Students’ Union (MASU) has been committed to finding a cure since its first Shinerama campaign in 1970, winning Best Overall Campaign four times (most recently in 2017 and 2018). Over the years, Mount Allison students have helped to raise over half a million dollars for cystic fibrosis research.
LIVING IN RESIDENCE
When should I arrive?
Students will be moving into residence in stages. The first group to move in will be any international travellers who are required to self-isolate. The arrival/move-in dates for these students are August 13 and August 14. Students who are participating in Early Orientation will move in next. International Orientation participants move in on August 29. Meighen Centre Pre-Orientation participants will move in on August 31. All remaining new students are invited to move in on Friday, September 3. For any residence-related questions, please contact email@example.com.
What are residence welcome activities?
Each on-campus residence organizes a series of events to welcome new residents and build house spirit. These events are intended to be fun and inclusive. They’re also completely optional. There is no obligation to participate if you feel uncomfortable doing so. Welcome activities will begin on Friday, September 3 and continue throughout the Orientation period. Be sure to check your Mount Allison email over the summer for welcome messages from your residence leaders. Connect with other residents of your house through your Orientation group and the house social media pages.
What is the Books-on-Beds service?
Arrange for your books to be delivered to your on-campus residence room before the start of each new term. Simply place your book order using the MTA bookstore’s online service. For more information, visit the Books on Beds homepage.
What are residence dues?
Each year, the student-elected executives in residence plan house activities for the students living in their particular residence. In short, it’s their budget for the year. The "Residence Dues" charge is placed on students’ Mount Allison accounts in an effort to make the payment and collection process easier for all concerned. The funds will be transferred to the house executives for student-led programming over the course of the year. Please note that only students in residence are charged Residence Dues. Furthermore, it’s the same flat charge for all residences.
Our Orientation volunteers are here to answer your questions and tell you about their experiences at Mount Allison.
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Orientation is a collaborative effort between Mount Allison's Student Life Office and the Mount Allison Students' Union (MASU).
As a MtA student, you're now part of the community of Sackville. Explore everything the town has to offer!
Each year, the MASU holds a Shinerama Campaign to raise funds and awareness for Cystic Fibrosis. The Shinerama campaign takes place throughout the summer leading up to our largest fundraising event called Shine Day.
Shine Day takes place the first Saturday of every September with over 500 student volunteers spreading out across Sackville, Amherst, and Greater Moncton to collect donations.
What's next? Our staff and faculty are here to help support you during your first year as a new student.