Orientation & Transition

 

Orientation Week
Soph Peer Mentors
FAQs

Orientation Week

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

We are currently working hard to organize an amazing experience for all New-to-Brescia students. 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.

Here’s our 2018 Orientation Week schedule!

For more details and ongoing updates about Western Orientation, check our the Western University’s Orientation Week 2018 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 2019 on http://www.oweek.ca/. For more information join us at one of our information session’s during open recruitment.


Meet Your 2018-2019 Soph Peer Mentor Team

 

Name: Erica DeFrancisco (Royal T) – Head Soph
Year: 4th
Program: Honors Specialization in Families and Communities with a Minor in French Studies
Favourite O-Week Memory: Opening Ceremonies with all 7000 new-to-Western students and 800 Sophs!


Name: Hailey Brooks (Jelly Belly) – Programming Assistant
Year: 3rd
Program: Major in Psychology
Favourite O-Week Memory: One Love! Everyone always feels so included and loved!

 


Name: Paige Mielczarek (Lemonade) – Programming Assistant
Year: 3rd
Program: Major in Political Science
Favourite O-Week Memory: One Love!

 

 


Name: Adona Umeri (Snap Map)
Year: 
2nd
Program: Major in Health Science
Favourite O-Week Memory: EDM Night

 

 


Name: Ainsley Leguard (Cake Boss)
Year: 3rd
Program: Double Major in Political Science and Women’s Studies
Favourite O-Week Memory: Colin Response concert (look for me in his “You Already Know” music video. I’m doing some embarrassing fist pumping)

 


Name: Alison Lengyell (Marx)
Year: 2nd
Program: Honors Specialization in Community and Criminal Justice with a  Minor in Public Administration
Favourite O-Week Memory: Opening Ceremonies and the ICONIC Brescia Hair Flip


Name: Brianna Talbot (DED3UNN4)
Year: 4th
Program: Honors Specialization in Nutrition and Dietetics with a Major in Psychology
Favourite O-Week Memory: The energy and excitement of Opening Ceremonies with all the cheering!

 


Name: Chloe Robinson (Sleeping Beauty)
Year: 2nd
Program: Honors Specialization in English with a Minor in Family Studies
Favourite O-Week Memory: All of Western cheering for the Brescia Hair Flip at Opening Ceremonies

 


Name: Christina Heine (Chuck E. Cheese)
Year: 3rd
Program: Major in Family Studies with a Minor in Biology
Favourite O-Week Memory: Dancing our faces off during Opening Ceremonies

 


Name: Claire Hopkins (Cyster)
Year: 2nd
Program: Honors Specialization in Nutrition and Dietetics with a Minor in French
Favourite O-Week Memory: The concert!

 

 


Name: Colleen Martin (Rosey Cheeks)
Year: 4th
Program: Nutrition and Dietetics and Kinesiology
Favourite O-Week Memory: Opening Ceremonies!

 

 


Name: Dana Singer (Dr. Wrong)
Year: 2nd
Program: Double Major in Kinesiology and Psychology
Favourite O-Week Memory: Seeing all the cheers at Opening Ceremonies

 

 


Name: Danielle Green (Contrabear)
Year: 2nd
Program: Bachelor of Management and Organizational Studies (BMOS)
Favourite O-Week Memory: All of the positive vibes and people during Opening and Closing Ceremonies

 


Name: Eden Bleiwas (Cop Out)
Year: 2nd
Program: Honors Specialization in Nutrition and Dietetics with a Minor in Psychology
Favourite O-Week Memory: Meeting all of my best friends and going to a new event every night!

 


Name: Emmalyn Bennett (Pooh Bear)
Year: 3rd
Program: Double Major in Kinesiology and Family Studies
Favourite O-Week Memory: The Brescia dances at Opening and Closing Ceremonies

 


Name: Erin Garson (Girl Scout)
Year: 4th
Program: Specialization in Family Studies
Favourite O-Week Memory: Going to see Walk Off the Earth and One Love with new friends

 

 


Name: Eryn Loney (Ditched)
Year: 2nd
Program: Honors Specialization in Nutrition and Dietetics
Favourite O-Week Memory: Opening Ceremonies

 

 


Name: Felicia Cosentino (John Deere)
Year: 2nd
Program: Double Major in Accounting and Leadership
Favourite O-Week Memory: The spirit, collaboration, and sense of community I experienced makes O-Week a memory that I will never forget

 


Name: Hannah Floyd (Dash)
Year: 2nd
Program: Double Major in Disability Studies and Leadership
Favourite O-Week Memory: Everyone`s cheers on UC Hill at Opening Ceremonies

 

 


Name: Jacqueline Koskamp (Cliff Hanger)
Year: 2nd
Program: Honors Specialization in Nutrition and Families with a Major in Kinesiology
Favourite O-Week Memory: Cheers and excitement on UC Hill with Opening Ceremonies

 


Name: Julia Sun (Cleopatra)
Year: 2nd
Program: Nutrition and Dietetics
Favourite O-Week Memory: Trying a Brescia veggie burger for the first time (with new friends)

 

 


Name: Kelley McNiven (Goose)
Year: 2nd
Program: Psychology
Favourite O-Week Memory: Carnival Night and hanging out with old and new friends!

 

 


Name: Koral Boucher (Cheese Puff)
Year: 2nd
Program: Foods and Nutrition with a Major in Psychology
Favourite O-Week Memory: The Opening and Closing Ceremonies AND meeting my best friends

 


Name: Kylie Gonsalves (Business Class)
Year: 3rd
Program: Honors Specialization in Foods and Nutrition with a Minor in French Studies
Favourite O-Week Memory: Everyone who stayed in the pouring rain at One Love

 


Name: Lauren Quinton (Fumble)
Year: 2nd
Program: Dual Degree in Business and Science
Favourite O-Week Memory: Seeing concerts with my new friends and watching the cheers on UC Hill

 


Name: Marcia Pelcz (Master Chef)
Year: 4th
Program: Honors Specialization in Community and Criminal Justice
Favourite O-Week Memory: Bonding with my new friends and floor family!

 

 


Name: Mivida Mounesi (Wambulance)
Year: 2nd
Program: Major in Health Science
Favourite O-Week Memory: Dancing on the UC Hill with my new friends during Opening Ceremonies

 

 


Name: Nicole Micallef (SohCahToa)
Year: 3rd
Program: Specialization in Psychology
Favourite O-Week Memory: All the Sophs lined up at the back of UC Hill singing and swaying to One Love

 


Name: Sarah Major (Paws Off)
Year: 4th
Program: Honors Specialization in Psychology
Favourite O-Week Memory: Running up the Brescia hill with all my new friends after late night programming, and making new friends walking to the football game

 


Name: Shelby Van Sickle (Piglet)
Year: 3rd
Program: French for Teaching
Favourite O-Week Memory: The energy and excitement of Opening Ceremonies

 

 


Name: Samantha Matt (Angry Bird)
Year: 3rd
Program: Honors Specialization in Nutrition and Dietetics
Favourite O-Week Memory: Opening Ceremonies and One Love

 

 


Name: Taylor Pratt (Houdini)
Year: 3rd
Program: Honors Specialization in Psychology
Favourite O-Week Memory: Opening Ceremonies on UC Hill. The moment that everyone taking part in Orientation Week comes together, in one space; the vibrations, the energy and school spirit creates something truly breathtaking


Name: Tricia Higgins (Red Onion)
Year: 3rd
Program: Honors Specialization in Nutrition and Dietetics
Favourite O-Week Memory: Feeding off the exhilarating energy given off by all my new found friends at all the events

 


Name: Victoria McArthur (Wilderness Girl)
Year: 2nd
Program: Major in Leadership Studies
Favourite O-Week Memory: Dancing with the Brescia team at Opening Ceremonies! It was the first time I truly felt at home at

 

 

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.


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 as well as preliminary 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 mature and/or transfer students.

When and where can I pick up my O-Pass?
O-Pass pick-up details are as follows:
Monday, September 3 from 9am-5pm at the Clare Hall Bottega
Tuesday, September 4 from 9am-5pm at the Clare Hall Bottega
Wednesday, September 5 from 8:30am-12pm and 1pm-4pm at The Hive
Thursday, September 6 from 8:30am-12pm and 1pm-4pm at The Hive
Friday, September 7 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.


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 7 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 $100 Orientation Pass Fee will be added to your student account. The O-Pass grants you access to Brescia’s 2018 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 Friday, August 31st at 4pm. To opt-out, please fill out the O-Pass Opt-Out Form.

Please note that by submitting the O-Pass Opt-Out Form you will be unable to participate in Brescia’s 2018 Orientation Week Programming, as well as Western University Orientation Week programming. If you are eligible to opt-out of Brescia’s 2018 O-Week, a credit of $100 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, how long will I be on campus each day?
We would love for all of our Off-Campus students to engage in as much Orientation Week programming as possible. Events will take place all day with meal breaks and down time. 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 O-Week schedule each day.

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.