Orientation & Transition

 

Orientation Week
Soph Peer Mentors
FAQs

Orientation Week

 

 

 

 

 

 

We are so excited to welcome all incoming students to Brescia!

We are very excited to share with our new-to-Brescia students the amazing programming our teams at Brescia and Western have developed. For a detailed overview of our events check out the detailed Orientation Week schedule attached here, and check out the descriptions for our main events below!

Brescia-Palooza

One of the most highly attended events of Orientation Week, Brescia-Palooza is an opportunity for our new-to-Brescia students to meet their Soph group, enjoy a BBQ lunch with live entertainment from the Western Band and Western Cheerleaders, and to tie dye the HBK shirt they will be wearing to Affilifest!

Diversity Festival

Spend the afternoon learning about and celebrating various cultures found in our Brescia community and beyond through interactive artistic and cultural activities. Our amazing community partners are excited to share their histories and traditions while creating lasting memories with our new-to-Brescia students. Activities include henna, belly dancing, wampum string creations, and more!

Brescia 101

You’ve arrived at Brescia, but what now? Brescia 101 is an opportunity to get the inside scoop from faculty and staff on what to expect in your first year. These concurrent sessions will focus on financial aid, personal wellness, the transition to university, academic supports, and getting involved!

Academic Life and Lunch

Enjoy a wonderful lunch while connecting with faculty and upper-year students about all things academic interests, future goals, and broader life experiences. Not sure what you would talk about? Don’t worry! At each table there will be conversation starters provided and a Soph to help guide the way.

Here are some examples of questions to help get the conversation going…

  1. Where is a great place to study on campus?
  2. How much time do students spend studying per week?
  3. Do students use any on-campus tutoring programs or writing centres?
  4. What could I talk about if I went to a professor’s office hours?
  5. What are some extra- or co-curricular opportunities that would compliment my academic/professional goals?
  6. Have you or someone you know changed programs and/or majors?

Affilifest

This amazing neighbourhood event is an opportunity for incoming affiliate students (Huron, Brescia and King’s) to spend an evening together, make new friends, and compete for the prestigious Affiliate Cup! As this year’s host, we are excited to announce our “county fair” themed event which showcases: inflatables, a video game truck, carnival games, live music, lawn games, and the Affiliate Cup activities! With so much fun to be had, be sure to fuel up on the cotton candy and other carnival food that will be served throughout the evening.


Please check back throughout the summer for more information, as we will be updating this page on an ongoing basis. If you have any immediate questions or concerns, or want a general overview of our Orientation Program and how it will contribute to your transition to university, please go to the Western Orientation page or contact the Student Life Centre at bucstudent.life@uwo.ca.

For more details and ongoing updates about Western Orientation, check our the Western University’s Orientation Week 2019 event page on Facebook!

Soph Peer Mentor Team

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

When you arrive on Brescia’s campus this fall for Orientation Week, you will be greeted by enthusiastic, friendly, and helpful student peer mentors called ‘Sophs’.

What is a Soph?

Sophs are upper-year peer mentors who have dedicated themselves to welcoming incoming students to Western and the Affiliate University Colleges (Brescia, Huron and King’s). Between the Affiliate University Colleges and Western, there are approximately 800 ‘Soph’ student leaders divided into Residence, Affiliate, Faculty, Off-Campus, Charity, and Info teams.

Sophs are carefully selected and trained to ensure the positive orientation and transition of each incoming student. Your Brescia Soph Peer Mentors are your leaders, resources, supports, and friends throughout Orientation Week and the rest of the year.

Soph Peer Mentor Program

As a new-to-Brescia student, you will be assigned to a small group of other new-to-Brescia students. Your group will be led by a Soph Peer Mentor whom you will meet and get to know during Orientation Week.

After Orientation Week, your Soph Peer Mentor will maintain regular contact with you and your small group over the year in order to help you transition successfully to life at Brescia. Your Soph Peer Mentor Team will provide a support network for you in areas related to your academic, social, and personal development. They will connect you to the resources and services every student should know at Brescia and Western.

If you have any questions about the Soph Peer Mentor Program, contact the Student Life Centre at: bucstudent.life@uwo.ca or the Head Soph at orientation.coordinator@bucsc.ca.

Soph applications will be available January 2020 on http://www.oweek.ca/. For more information join us at one of our information session’s during open recruitment.


Meet Your 2019-2020 Soph Peer Mentor Team

 

Name: Nicole Micallef – Head Soph 
Year: 
4th
Program: Psychology
Preferred Pronouns: She/Her
Languages: English
Places You Have Lived: Canada
Favourite O-Week Memory: The event for off-campus students where I ended up meeting a new-to-Brescia student who lived three doors down from me my whole life and I had never met before!


Name: Dana Singer – Programming Assistant
Year: 3rd
Program: Kinesiology and Psychology
Preferred Pronouns: She/Her
Languages: English and Russian
Places You Have Lived: Canada and Israel
Favourite O-Week Memory: Meeting my Soph Group for the first time and getting to know them. Two of the people in my group are now my close friends!


Name: Christina Heine – Programming Assistant
Year: 4th
Program: Family Studies and Psychology
Preferred Pronouns: She/Her
Languages: English
Places You Have Lived: Canada
Favourite O-Week Memory: I loved the singer Rick McGee at Affilifest! Affilifest gave me a small family inside a larger Western family.


Name: Paige Mielczarek
Year: 
4th
Program: Political Science and Criminal Justice
Preferred Pronouns: She/Her
Languages: English
Places You Have Lived: Canada
Favourite O-Week Memory: When Jessie Reyes gave Brescia the shout out of the YEAR during the O-Week concert – coolest moment ever!


Name: Kalinka Gicala
Year: 4th
Program: Nutrition and Families
Preferred Pronouns: She/Her
Languages: English and Polish
Places You Have Lived: Canada
Favourite O-Week Memory: Lovely chit-chats shared with lovely people, especially at the Brescia campfire!


Name: Erin Freeman
Year: 3rd
Program: Psychology
Preferred Pronouns: She/Her
Languages: English
Places You Have Lived: Canada
Favourite O-Week Memory: Life talks on UC Hill during the Carnival.


Name: Lauren Quinton
Year: 3rd
Program: BMOS Specialization in Consumer Behaviour and Health Science
Preferred Pronouns: She/Her
Languages: English
Places You Have Lived: Canada
Favourite O-Week Memory: Going to to the concerts with my new friends!


Name: Danielle Green
Year: 3rd
Program: Accounting
Preferred Pronouns: She/Her
Languages: English
Places You Have Lived: Canada
Favourite O-Week Memory: Move-in Day! The energy from our Sophs and the incoming students is so amazing.


Name: Kylie Gonsalves
Year: 4th
Program: Nutrition and Dietetics
Preferred Pronouns: She/Her
Languages: English and French
Places You Have Lived: Canada
Favourite O-Week Memory: Going to UC Hill for the first time and seeing all the different constituencies piling in, I had no idea there were so many and it made me feel like I was a part of something huge!


Name: Megan Redick
Year: 3rd
Program: French for Teaching and Disability Studies
Preferred Pronouns: She/Her
Languages: English and French
Places You Have Lived: Canada
Favourite O-Week Memory: Making so many new friends, and the excitement found within Brescia’s cheers throughout the week.


Name: Eli Marentette
Year: 4th
Program: Sociology and Community Development
Preferred Pronouns: He/Him
Languages: English
Places You Have Lived: Canada
Favourite O-Week Memory: Watching a Soph tell Josh Ramsay (of Marianas Trench) that her name was Nintendo, and him being thoroughly confused.


Name: Hannah Floyd
Year: 3rd
Program: Disability Studies and Leadership
Preferred Pronouns: She/Her
Languages: English
Places You Have Lived: Canada
Favourite O-Week Memory: The tie-dye event where I really got to know my Soph for the first time! This was the day I made a lifelong best friend.


Name: Ainsley Leguard
Year: 4th
Program: Political Science and Sociology
Preferred Pronouns: She/Her
Languages: English
Places You Have Lived: Canada
Favourite O-Week Memory: Taking time to talk with my new friends during Affilifest. It was when I really felt like I made stronger connections with my friends and realized how much we had in common.


Name: Jacqueline Koskamp
Year: 3rd
Program: Kinesiology
Preferred Pronouns: She/Her
Languages: English, French, some Dutch
Places You Have Lived: Canada and Netherlands
Favourite O-Week Memory: I really enjoyed the Brescia Bonfire because it was a way to build friendships and connect with new students.


Name: Shayna McNally
Year: 3rd
Program: Psychology
Preferred Pronouns: She/Her
Languages: English
Places You Have Lived: Canada
Favourite O-Week Memory: The Oliver Heldens concert. Everyone was just having fun and dancing, so it was a really great night. Plus, I discovered my new workout music!


Name: Cara Campbell
Year: 4th
Program: Foods and Nutrition
Preferred Pronouns: She/Her
Languages: English
Places You Have Lived: Canada
Favourite O-Week Memory: The hype, the electric energy, and the fast pace of the week. There are always things going on and opportunities to meet new people.


Name: Joelle Francis
Year: 2nd
Program: Food and Nutrition
Preferred Pronouns: She/Her
Languages: English, Arabic and French
Places You Have Lived: Canada
Favourite O-Week Memory: Opening Ceremonies, because I met my current best friends there for the first time.


Name: Haley Nelson
Year: 3rd
Program: Family Studies
Preferred Pronouns: She/Her
Languages: English
Places You Have Lived: Canada
Favourite O-Week Memory: Running back up the Brescia hill with my friends in the POURING rain after the football game was cancelled.


Name: Sarah Palmer
Year: 3rd
Program: Nutrition and Families
Preferred Pronouns: She/Her
Languages: English
Places You Have Lived: Canada and Italy
Favourite O-Week Memory: Playing games with my floor and some of the Sophs while eating ridiculous amounts of candy! Made so many friends!


Name: Evelyn Vargas
Year: 3rd
Program: Nutrition and Dietetics
Preferred Pronouns: She/Her
Languages: English
Places You Have Lived: Canada
Favourite O-Week Memory: The concert at the end of the week. My newly found friends (who are now my best friends) and I got to run down UC Hill and jam to music and dance. This brought us all together and it’s a time I will never forget!


Name: Claire Hopkins
Year: 3rd
Program: Nutrition and Dietetics, and French
Preferred Pronouns: She/Her
Languages: English and French
Places You Have Lived: Canada
Favourite O-Week Memory: Moving people in – I loved seeing all the excited new-to-Brescia students!


Name: Sarah Sequeira
Year: 2nd
Program: Food Sciences and Technology
Preferred Pronouns: She/Her
Languages: English
Places You Have Lived: Canada
Favourite O-Week Memory: The scavenger hunt followed by opening ceremonies! It was a great way to socialize with friends, and a fun and creative way to learn my way around campus.


Name: Nicole Hibbs
Year: 2nd
Program: Leadership Studies
Preferred Pronouns: She/Her
Languages: English
Places You Have Lived: Canada
Favourite O-Week Memory: Learning the Brescia cheers and dances!

 


Name: Tricia Higgins
Year: 4th
Program: Food and Nutrition
Preferred Pronouns: She/Her
Languages: English, French and ASL
Places You Have Lived: Canada and Ireland
Favourite O-Week Memory: When we used garbage bags as ponchos in the rain.


Name: Emma Soltys
Year: 3rd
Program: Philosophy and Religious Studies
Preferred Pronouns: She/Her
Languages: English
Places You Have Lived: Canada
Favourite O-Week Memory: Meeting new friends and finding my place in the Brescia community.


Name: Victoria McArthur
Year: 3rd
Program: Political Science
Preferred Pronouns: She/Her
Languages: English and French
Places You Have Lived: Canada
Favourite O-Week Memory: Dancing on UC Hill with my Brescia family!

 


Name: Cali Payler
Year: 2nd
Program: Health Sciences
Preferred Pronouns: She/Her
Languages: English
Places You Have Lived: Canada
Favourite O-Week Memory: The Silent Disco on Concrete Beach. It was really unique, and I’ve never been to something like that before! Everyone was dancing to a different song, and I was with a few new friends so it was a lot of fun!


Name: Melissa Milligan
Year: 2nd
Program: Community Development
Preferred Pronouns: She/Her
Languages: English, some French and German
Places You Have Lived: Canada
Favourite O-Week Memory: Learning the new cheers!


Name: Sam Agesen
Year: 3rd
Program: Criminal Justice
Preferred Pronouns: She/Her
Languages: English
Places You Have Lived: Canada
Favourite O-Week Memory: I wasn’t able to attend O-Week because I started in January, but I am looking forward to helping our new friends feel welcome at Brescia.


Name: Taylor Pratt
Year: 4th
Program: Psychology
Preferred Pronouns: She/Her
Languages: English
Places You Have Lived: Canada
Favourite O-Week Memory: The Jessie Reyez concert. Her music was sensational! The atmosphere and energy on UC Hill was like nothing else. She was unapologetically herself, giving off so much girl power! I was blown away when she gave Brescia a massive shout out on stage!


Name: Needhi Ruparel
Year: 1st
Program: BMOS
Preferred Pronouns: She/Her
Languages: English, Hindi, Gujarati, and some Arabic
Places You Have Lived: Canada, Dubai (U.A.E.) and India
Favourite O-Week Memory: I didn’t attend O-Week because I started in January, but I’m really looking forward to meeting the new-to-Brescia students and for all the activities that happen throughout the week!


Name: Menley Langham
Year: 3rd
Program: MOS and French for Teaching
Preferred Pronouns: She/Her
Languages: English and French
Places You Have Lived: Canada
Favourite O-Week Memory: Tie-dying shirts while bonding with new friends!

 


Name: Jessica O’Flaherty
Year: 2nd
Program: Nutrition and Dietetics
Preferred Pronouns: She/Her
Languages: English and French
Places You Have Lived: Canada
Favourite O-Week Memory: I really liked getting to know the girls on my floor as we tie-dyed our t-shirts.


Name: Marlies McCartney
Year: 2nd
Program: Sociology
Preferred Pronouns: She/Her
Languages: English
Places You Have Lived: Bahamas and Canada
Favourite O-Week Memory: At the Jessie Reyez concert when I got a funnel cake and a random student stood and had a conversation about my funnel cake for 5 minutes straight. It was hilarious and I loved every second of it!

For more information about Brescia Orientation and Transition, check out the FAQs below! These FAQs will be updated on an ongoing basis as we confirm more information and dates. If you still have questions or concerns, please contact the Student Life Centre at bucstudent.life@uwo.ca.

What will I be doing at Orientation Week?
During Orientation Week you get to experience programming at both Brescia and Western, and there is something for everyone! Stay tuned for our 2019 Orientation Week schedule, which will be posted here in July 2019.

Am I allowed guests during O-Week?
Parents, guardians, family members and guests are invited to participate in move-in festivities, for those living in residence. The remainder of the week’s activities will be restricted to students who have an O-Week bracelet (O-Pass).

Who is assessed the O-Pass Fee?
Those assessed the O-Pass Fee are all traditional first year students.
Note: Incoming students who were preliminary students in the previous year have been assessed the O-Pass fee.
Those not assessed the O-Pass Fee are all preliminary, mature and/or transfer students, and any student admitted after August 16, 2019.

When and where can I pick up my O-Pass?
O-Pass pick-up details are as follows:
Monday, September 2 from 9am-5pm at the Clare Hall Bottega
Tuesday, September 3 from 9am-5pm at the Clare Hall Bottega
Wednesday, September 4 from 8:30am-12pm and 1pm-4pm at The Hive
Thursday, September 5 from 8:30am-12pm and 1pm-4pm at The Hive
Friday, September 6 from 8:30am-12pm and 1pm-4pm at The Hive

Please note that you must present your Western ONECard or your student number and a piece of government photo ID (i.e., drivers license, health card, or passport) in order to pick up your O-Pass.

Missed our hours and need to pick-up your O-Pass or get a replacement wristband? Head to Western’s O-Pass Centre in UCC 269A! Their hours are as follows:
Monday, September 2 from 9:00am-11:00pm
Tuesday, September 3 from 12:00pm-11:00pm
Wednesday, September 4 from 12:00pm-11:00pm
Thursday, September 5 from 4:00pm-11:00pm
Friday, September 6 from 4:00pm-11:00pm
Saturday, September 7 from 4:00pm-11:00pm


I was not assessed the O-Pass fee but would like to participate in Orientation programming; how do I opt-in?
New-to-Brescia students can opt-in to participate in Orientation Week until Friday, September 6 at 4pm. To opt-in, please fill out the O-Pass Opt-In Form. Your eligibility to participate will be assessed during business hours. Check the “When and where can I pick up my O-Pass?” section for more details.

Please note that by submitting the O-Pass Opt-In Form the Orientation Pass Fee will be added to your student account. The O-Pass grants you access to Brescia’s 2019 Orientation Week programming, as well as certain Western University Orientation Week programming. The Business Office will be processing changes to student accounts due to opt-ins/opt-outs during the month of September.


I was assessed the O-Pass fee but am unable to participate in Orientation programming; how do I opt-out?
New-to-Brescia students can opt-out of participating in Orientation Week until Thursday, August 15, 2019 by completing the Opt-Out Ancillary and Organization Fees Form found on Brescia’s Ancillary Fees page.

Please note that by opting-out you will be unable to participate in Brescia’s 2019 Orientation Week Programming, as well as Western University Orientation Week programming. If you are eligible to opt-out of Brescia’s 2019 O-Week, the necessary credit will be added to your student account. The Business Office will be processing changes to student accounts due to opt-ins/opt-outs during the month of September.


I'm a Brescia student, but can I attend Main Campus/Huron/Kings events?
As a Brescia student you have access to any event here at Brescia, and events from other constituencies (i.e., Western Campus, Huron, Kings, and the various Western faculties and residences) that are open to all students. However, there are certain events that are only for students who belong to that constituency; it will be made clear on the Orientation Week schedule what events you are able to attend as a Brescia student.

I am an Off-Campus student; what are some important things I should know about to get the most out of the week?
We would love for all of our Off-Campus students to engage in as much Orientation Week programming as possible, but we understand that may be difficult. Throughout the week there are various events and programming occurring over the course of each day, with breaks for meals and downtime. If you plan on being on campus for the majority of the day, please be sure to prepare meals ahead of time or bring money to purchase food, check the weather, and be sure to check out the Orientation Week schedule each day.

There are key off-campus student events and initiatives designed to support and engage this particular student community, some of which include:

Off-Campus Student Lounge – Located on the second floor of Brescia’s new Academic Pavilion, the Off-Campus Student Lounge is a space for our off-campus students to sit back and relax during Orientation Week.

Off-Campus Student Lockers – If any off-campus students are interested in utilizing a locker to keep valuables and belongings secure during Orientation Week, be sure to rent (for free) a locker! Available on a first come first serves basis, off-campus students will be able to sign-up to use a locker for Orientation Week at the same times and locations as the O-Pass pick-ups. Lockers are located on the second floor of the St. James Building, a convenient walk from the Off-Campus Student Lounge.

Off-Campus Student Meet and Greet – Monday, September 2 from 10:30am-11:00am in the Mercato Lounge – During this event off-campus students will be able to meet with their peers and gain some valuable information about the week from the Brescia Soph Team (i.e., key Orientation Week events, late night shuttle bus schedule, a tour to the Off-Campus Student Lounge and lockers, etc.)

Off-Campus Student Welcome Dinner – Monday, September 2 from 5:00pm-6:00pm in the St. James Building Auditorium – This event is an amazing way to get fueled up for the Western football game, while also getting to know your fellow off-campus students. During dinner and some interactive icebreakers you will have the opportunity to connect with those who live closest to you in London and the surrounding area.

Off-Campus Shuttle Routes – Over the course of Orientation Week Western has organized late night off-campus shuttle bus routes to help get you home after our evening programming. These shuttle bus routes start at midnight each night; check out this detailed Late Night Shuttle Bus Schedule to find a route that works for you.

In order to help you properly plan meals and breaks over the course of Orientation Week, here is a list of Brescia events that will include food:

Monday, September 2 from 12:00pm-3:00pm – Brescia-Palooza – Lunch
Monday, September 2 from 5:00pm-6:00pm – Off-Campus Welcome Dinner – Dinner
Tuesday, September 3 from 8:30am-9:30am – Foundress Day Breakfast – Breakfast
Tuesday, September 3 from 11:00am-12:30am – Academic Pavilion Opening Ceremonies – Light snacks
Tuesday, September 3 from 9:00pm-11:00pm – Brescia Bonfire – Light snacks
Wednesday, September 4 from 12:00pm-1:00pm – Academic Life and Lunch – Lunch
Thursday, September 5 from 8:00pm-11:00pm – Affilifest – Assorted food and snacks
Friday, September 6 from 8:00pm-11:00pm – Brescia PJ Party – Light Snacks


I noticed that Orientation Programming goes on quite late each night; is it safe to be out on campus late at night?
Every Orientation event is organized and attended by trained Orientation Staff, Soph volunteers, and security (for larger late-night programs) to ensure the safety and security of all student participants. Sophs will also be available at the end of late night programming to accompany students back to Brescia campus. All events held during Western and Brescia’s Orientation Week are dry and do not involve the sale or consumption of alcohol thereby promoting a safer and more inclusive community for all participants.