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Way’. Bienvenue. Willkommen. Welcome.
No matter how you say it, Okanagan College wants students to walk away from Orientation Day at the Penticton campus on Sept. 4 feeling welcomed and set for success.
"Students are making one of the biggest transitions of their lives when they begin post-secondary studies, and social connections support students with navigating that shift," says Eric Corneau, Regional Dean South Okanagan Similkameen. “It is excellent that the community has come together with welcoming students this year, to help newcomers feel at home in their new city. Everyone at the College is very excited about the day and the start of the new academic year.”
Students can get a java jumpstart with free coffee during a Mix 'N Mingle starting at 10 a.m, when they can pick up a welcome bag of goodies. Therapy dogs from St. John Ambulance will also be on hand for students seeking furry relief from the bustle.
Just after an official welcome and First Nations territory acknowledgement on the Common Green, students can meet instructors and fellow students during department sessions at 11 a.m. as the first step to academic success.
At noon, the Kickoff Carnival begins with a free barbecue, campus tours and a photo booth to capture that important first day. Students looking to break the ice with new friends are invited to play Giant Jenga, Zorb Pool races, riding bull, dunk tank, corn hole, arcade bowling and ring toss.
This is also the first year that community organizations are part of Orientation Day activities. "Taste the Okanagan," from regional beverage providers will offer students the chance to sample local craft beers, craft ciders, wines, kombucha, soda and coffee. Over 10 vendors will be on hand at the Sunoka Building on the north-end of campus for the can’t-miss tasting event of the year.
Students can win donated swag from local merchants specializing in books, movies, art, climbing, restaurants and dining, health, chocolate, sweets and treats, shopping, outdoor activities and more.