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As the official welcome to University of Toronto Mississauga, Orientation provides new students with an introduction to life at UTM, and all the campus resources available to make transition into university a successful one.

O-Week is free for all new-to-UTM students! Attendance at O-Week is strongly encouraged. Upper year students will tell you that attending this week really helps with learning about the campus and making friends.

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O-Week 2016 will be from Tuesday August 30th-Friday September 2nd. 

So that we can best accommodate you, be sure to register by August 24!

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O-Week Schedule

O-Week 2016 Schedule. See the event descriptions below!

O-Week Events

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A circular photo showing students jumping off a rock.

Taste of UTM Lunch

    A young man is shown in the foreground holding a golden mask. In the background, an older man stands looking at the camera. Meet Faculty and Academic Societies
A circular photo showing a students with her hands up in the air out of excitement. Black, red, and white balloons are shown in the background. Carnival & Resource Fair     A student is shown standing in front of a tropical-looking plant. Diverse Breakout Sessions
Three students are shown looking around for clues during a scavenger hunt. Plant Your Roots
Community Service
Event
   

Two students are shown sitting in front of the Instructional Building at UTM.

Alumni Keynote Lunch

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Academic Departments & Societies

When? - Wednesday, August 31 from 9AM-12PM. Timing varies by Department.

Where? - See below.

Everyone is encouraged to attend this important orientation event. Meet other new students in your program, first year faculty, and learn about academic expectations. Afterwards, meet academic societies related to your discipline! Find your Department below.

Department/Program Time Location
BUSINESS 9AM-10:30AM IB110
HUMANITIES
Language Studies
English & Drama
Philosophy
Historical Studies
9-11AM IB245
VISUAL STUDIES 9-11AM IB140
ICCIT 9-11AM IB335
SOCIAL SCIENCES
Geography
Economics
Political Science
Anthropology
9-11AM DV2074
COMPUTATIONAL
SCIENCES
9-11AM KN137
FORENSIC SCIENCES 9-11AM IB150
LIFE SCIENCES 9-11AM RAWC
CHEMICAL & PHYSICAL
SCIENCES
9-11AM IB120
PSYCHOLOGY 10-11AM IB345
SOCIOLOGY 9-10AM IB235

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Sheridan Orientation

When? - Wednesday, August 31 from 12PM-5PM.

Where? - Start at UTM. Bus leaves from Deerfield Hall

How should I prepare?

  • Upload your photo for your Sheridan onecard online at myphoto.sheridancollege.ca, to ensure that your Sheridan ID is ready for pickup when you arrive
  • Bring your UTM TCard, a government issued photo ID, and your 9 digit Sheridan ID number

Before you start classes on September 6, students in joint UTM/Sheridan programs are invited to attend a joint UTM/Sheridan Orientation. You will start your day at UTM in Mississauga & then travel by bus to Sheridan in Oakville in the afternoon. The event is free and registered students will receive lunch. Come get your Sheridan onecard, learn about your program and the campus, meet the resources and your peers, and prepare for your first year at UTM and Sheridan.

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Breakout Sessions, Thursday

When? - Thursday, September 1 from 10AM-12PM.

Where? - Various IB rooms, DH2050, Library

We are excited to offer a bevy of workshops, talks, and sessions of all kinds that are nearly as diverse as the incoming student body. At 10AM and then again at 11AM, attend a session of your choice (no special registration required)!

Thursday 10AM-11AM
Session Name Location Description
Library101 Library Classroom
A & B
(Basement)
Library info + tour
MoveUofT IB390 An active body can help fuel an active mind – it can help you get better grades and build new friendships. Learn more about these academic and social benefits, and about the opportunities for engaging in fun-for-you physical activity available on campus, including MoveU programs
specifically intended for 1st year students.
Discover Your Leadership Potential IB260 Take part in this interactive session that focuses on developing leadership skills. This workshop will give students a taste of what it’s like to take part in the utmLEAD program.
Community Engagement and You! IB250 Looking for a way to meet new people, gain valuable hands-on experience and give back to the community? If yes, then volunteering with the Centre for Student Engagement is for you! During this session you will learn about all the short term (1-3 day) and long term (1-2 semester) projects that you can sign up for based on your interests. All projects will allow you to work with local community organizations at UTM and in the Peel Region.
First Generation Students IB200

Did your parents/guardians not attend post-secondary education in Canada? If so, you are a first-generation student! Come share your story with other first generation students, and learn about opportunities designed just for you.

Accessibility Includes U! IB395 Learn about the AccessAbility Resource Centre's services and programs for students with disabilities. Also meet our peer mentors who will share some helpful tips and talk about various leadership and volunteer opportunities on campus!
Career Games IB240 Come to the Career Centre Games to learn how the Career Centre can help you find a job on/off campus and figure out what to do with your degree.
Experience the World! IB110 Learn about the variety of international study opportunities available to you as a UTM student. We have global experiences ranging from a week in Peru to a year-long exchange in Longon and everything in between. See how study, research or an internship overseas can benefit you.
Teaching Circle IB360 Learn more about indigenous culture in this open teaching circle held by Indigenous Elder Mark- Cat Criger.
Information Technology @ UTM DH2050 Come and explore the services of the Information and Instructional Technology Services (I&ITS) Office and learn how you can protect yourself from unwanted malicious attacks on your valuable electronic devices!
Nature Walk IB320 Take a walk with the Environment Sustainability Coordinator Chelsea Dalton and discover the natural beauty on campus.
5 Ways 2 Wellbeing IB140 University life can be stressful. Now’s the time to plan for how you’re going to manage that stress so you can feel good and function well as a student. Drawing on recent evidence from the study of wellbeing, you’ll be introduced a cluster of activities that promote resiliency and prevent burn-out so you can be at your best.
Chill with the LAUNCH Leaders IB335 Meet your LAUNCH Leaders, upper year students who know the tips and tricks of making your UTM experience amazing. 
You've Got GRIT! IB235 To be successful in life it takes more than just intelligence. Grit, a trait that combines passion with perseverance, has been found by researchers to be a trait shared by many successful individuals. Come discover your Grit score and learn tools for how to channel and improve your own level of Grit!
Amazing Space IB220 Rally your friends and compete against your peers to discover the hotspots on campus!

 

Thursday 11AM-12PM
Session Name Location Description
Library101 Library Classroom 
A & B
(Basement)
Library info + tour
New Student Questions with the Office of the Registrar IB250 Can I drop a course? Change my program? Take courses at another campus? New students have questions, and we have answers! Join us at this informative session held by the Office of the Registrar Academic Advising team, to find out the answers to some of the most frequently asked questions asked by new UTM students.
Life as an International Student IB110 Learn about the typical day in the life of an international student at UTM. We will discuss immigration, health care, what challenges and successes you may encounter, and all of the supports you will need in your studies here in Canada and beyond.
Academic Integrity - What is Plagiarism? IB220 Academic integrity: what it is and what you need to know.
Time Management and Study Habits IB385

Expand your time management skills and develop strategies for efficient study habits.

First-Year Math Skills for Success IB210 Test your math skills! Review the foundational math skills required for success in first-year university studies.
Critical Reading for University Studies IB240 Learn critical reading skills for your success in first-year university!
Upper-Year Student Panel IB380 The Upper- Year Student Panel provides students with an opportunity to hear about the UTM experience from students who have been there before. New students are encouraged to bring
questions that they may have about the transition to university.
Teaching Circle IB360 Learn more about indigenous culture in this open teaching circle held by Indigenous Elder Mark- Cat Criger.
Information Technology @ UTM DH2050 Come and explore the services of the Information and Instructional Technology Services (I&ITS) Office and learn how you can protect yourself from unwanted malicious attacks on your valuable electronic devices!
Nature Walk IB320 Take a walk with the Environment Sustainability Coordinator Chelsea Dalton and discover the natural beauty on campus.
Taking Hard Courses in University, Learning a Lot, and Becoming RICH! IB245 In this charming presentation, learn about how to get the most (money!) out of your university education.
Believing in Yourself: Building Motivation for Achievement IB140 Join us as we explore methods for developing and maintaining an attitude of positive motivation!
Chill with the LAUNCH Leaders IB335 Meet your LAUNCH Leaders, upper year students who know the tips and tricks of making your UTM experience amazing. 
You've Got GRIT! IB120 To be successful in life it takes more than just intelligence. Grit, a trait that combines passion with perseverance, has been found by researchers to be a trait shared by many successful individuals. Come discover your Grit score and learn tools for how to channel and improve your own level of Grit!

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Alumni Keynote Lunch Event

When? - Thursday, September 1 from 12PM-2PM.

Where? - Faculty Club, Spigel Hall, and Mist Theatre

Come and meet some of UTM's most esteemed alumni and hear how they made the most of their university experience, and in what way UTM contributed to their success. There will be a buffet lunch served, free of charge. Students will listen to keynote speeches and have the opportunity for smaller group discussion with the alumni. Space is limited; registration is required.

Alumni Profiles: Gabriella Fermo, Teo SalgadoChris Thompson

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Plant Your Roots at UTM

When? - Thursday, September 1 from 2PM-5PM.

Where? - UTM Campus (Meet at the Faculty Club in the Davis Building, DV 3141)

How should I prepare? - Wear closed-toed shoes and long pants (mandatory). Bring lots of water

Students will have the chance to "plant their roots" by planting trees around campus to help make UTM a greener place. The project will be run by Evergreen, an organization that belives we can solve today's critical environmental challenges by bringing diverse groups of people together, inspiring them with ideas and engaging them to take action. The project will begin with an orientation and information session led by Cat Criger, our Traditional Indigenous Aboriginal Elder. Students will learn the techniques behind tree planting, then will each have the chance to plant several trees around campus.The session will be followed by a group reflection. Space is limited; registration is required.

Get involved with Evergreen again! Evergreen will be running another tree planting project in October. Learn more here.

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Breakout Sessions, Friday

When? - Friday, September 2 from 11AM-2PM.

Where? - Various IB rooms, DH2050, Library

They're back! Participate in another set of fun and informative sessions. Select one during each hour (11AM, 12PM, and 1PM)!

Friday 11AM-12PM
Session Name Location Description
Be Your Own Hero, A Hands-On Creative Workshop IB200 Everyone needs a hero… why not be your own? Becoming your own best advocate is a powerful position in life. Creating the supports, resources and connections you need to be your own hero will serve you in all situations in life from career decisions, to relationships, to triumphs, defeats, and everything in between. Name some of your greatest assets and create a visual representation that represents these elements—create a piece that represents beauty and strength!
Clubs @ UTM IB245
&
IB250
Join us for an hour of exciting performances featuring some of the clubs offered at UTM. Then, feel free to stay and chat with club representatives to see how you can get involved!
5 Ways 2 Well Being IB235 University life can be stressful. Now’s the time to plan for how you’re going to manage that stress so you can feel good and function well as a student. Drawing on recent evidence from the study of wellbeing, you’ll be introduced a cluster of activities that promote resiliency and prevent burn-out so you can be at your best.
Cocktail Hour IB210 Who’s drinking and how much? Discover what UTM’s recent health survey tells us about UTM’s drinking culture and the ways to party safer with alcohol. You will also learn about how to recognize when someone is too turnt (a.k.a. has alcohol poisoning) as well as how to care for your friends who’ve just had a bit too much.
MoveUofT IB390

An active body can help fuel an active mind – it can help you get better grades and build new friendships. Learn more about these academic and social benefits, and about the opportunities for engaging in fun-for-you physical activity available on campus, including MoveU programs
specifically intended for 1st year students.

Eats at UTM IB385 Embark on a culinary tour of the campus with UTM’s very own Registered Dietitian as she shows you how to maximize the value (dollar and nutritional) of your food choices, how to avoid that “freshman fifteen”, and most importantly, how to fuel your body and your brain for university studies.
Transfer101 IB345  
Library101 Library
Classroom
A & B
(Basement)
Library info + tour
Life as an International Student IB110 Learn about the typical day in the life of an international student at UTM. We will discuss immigration, health care, what challenges and successes you may encounter, and all of the supports you will need in your studies here in Canada and beyond.
Amazing Space IB220 Rally your friends and compete against your peers to discover the hotspots on campus!
Developing an Attitude for Success: Growth Mindset & Positive Psychology IB120 Learn about what success means to you and strategies for achieving it through positive thinking.

 

Friday 12PM-1PM
Session Name Location Description
Library101 Library Classroom 
A & B
(Basement)
Library info + tour
New Student Questions with the Office of the Registrar IB250 Can I drop a course? Change my program? Take courses at another campus? New students have questions, and we have answers! Join us at this informative session held by the Office of the Registrar Academic Advising team, to find out the answers to some of the most frequently asked questions asked by new UTM students.
Classes in Canada: Tips From Your Peers IB110 Learn about the typical day in the life of an international student at UTM. We will discuss immigration, health care, what challenges and successes you may encounter, and all of the supports you will need in your studies here in Canada and beyond.
Academic Integrity - What is Plagiarism? IB220 Academic integrity: what it is and what you need to know.
Time Management and Study Habits IB390

Expand your time management skills and develop strategies for efficient study habits.

Problem Solving Skills for Success IB360 Problem solving skills you need to succeed with your university studies.
Critical Writing for University Studies IB240 Learn critical writing skills for your success in first-year university!
Citation - Paraphrasing, Quoting, Summarizing IB380  
Believing in Yourself: Building Motivation for Achievement IB320 Join us as we explore methods for developing and maintaining an attitude of positive motivation!
Amazing Space IB200 Rally your friends and compete against your peers to discover the hotspots on campus!
Developing an Attitude for Success: Growth Mindset & Postitive Psychology IB385 Learn about what success means to you and strategies for achieving it through positive thinking.
Chill with the LAUNCH Leaders IB120 Meet your LAUNCH Leaders, upper year students who know the tips and tricks of making your UTM experience amazing. 

 

Friday 1PM-2PM
Session Name Location Description
Life as an International Student IB110 Learn about the typical day in the life of an international student at UTM. We will discuss immigration, health care, what challenges and successes you may encounter, and all of the supports you will need in your studies here in Canada and beyond.
The Real Sex Lives of UTM IB280 Find out what’s really going on between the sheets as we explore the sexy findings of UTM’s recent health survey, discover resources for your sexual and reproductive health, as well as how to engage in consensual and safer sex with partners. This sex-positive presentation is inclusive of all sexual and gender orientations.
Discover your Leadership Potential IB260 Take part in this interactive session that focuses on developing leadership skills. This workshop will give students a taste of what it’s like to take part in the utmLEAD program.
Community Engagement and You! IB250 Looking for a way to meet new people, gain valuable hands-on experience and give back to the community? If yes, then volunteering with the Centre for Student Engagement is for you! During this session you will learn about all the short term (1-3 day) and long term (1-2 semester) projects that you can sign up for based on your interests. All projects will allow you to work with local community organizations at UTM and in the Peel Region.
First Generation Students IB390

Did your parents/guardians not attend post-secondary education in Canada? If so, you are a first-generation student! Come share your story with other first generation students, and learn about opportunities designed just for you

Eats at UTM IB385 Embark on a culinary tour of the campus with UTM’s very own Registered Dietitian as she shows you how to maximize the value (dollar and nutritional) of your food choices, how to avoid that “freshman fifteen”, and most importantly, how to fuel your body and your brain for university studies.
What You Need to Know as a Mature Student IB377 Meet other mature students and get all your questions answered by staff and faculty.
You've Got GRIT! IB120 To be successful in life it takes more than just intelligence. Grit, a trait that combines passion with perseverance, has been found by researchers to be a trait shared by many successful individuals. Come discover your Grit score and learn tools for how to channel and improve your own level of Grit!
Career Games IB240 Come to the Career Centre Games to learn how the Career Centre can help you find a job on/off campus and figure out what to do with your degree.
Amazing Space IB220 Rally your friends and compete against your peers to discover the hotspots on campus!

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