Need a reminder of what working at a university is all about? Then sign up to be a meeter and greeter and help welcome the University of Manitoba’s 3,500 new students during Orientation Days 2007, Sept. 4 and 5.
"It’s a good way to kick start the year," Orientation coordinator Tina Riggs said. "You can get out of the office and see all the students and help them start things off."
"So far we have about 50 people signed up but we’d like to get over 100 people on board," volunteer coordinator Brandi Wait said.
The meeters and greeters have become a University 1 tradition with some people returning year after year. The goal is to help newly arriving students find their way to their orientation home rooms.
Volunteers will gather at the U1 Student Help Centre in 205 Tier Building at around 7:45 a.m. to fill up on coffee and donuts and gear up for the morning before fanning out across campus. From 8:30 until just after 9 a.m., volunteers will be welcoming students, giving them directions and handing out campus maps. By 9:15 to 9:30 a.m. the students should be in their homerooms learning about the university and the meeters and greeters can head back to work.
After getting a warm greeting by university staff members, the new students will have two days of orientation sessions that are meant to be informative and fun. They’ll learn about everything from the rules of academic honesty to finding out about the various student services and groups available at the university. Highlights will include a welcoming ceremony for new students at noon on Sept. 4 and a barbecue in the Duckworth Quadrangle in the afternoon on Sept. 5.
Making Orientation Days work will be a team of over 300 student volunteers. Riggs, Wait, special events coordinator Lauren Hill and academic supports coordinator Jennifer Sykes make up the principal team organizing U1 orientation. All of them have been involved in orientation in one way or another since 2005.
Riggs said it’s been a great way to gain experience and learn about the university.
"It allows you to be really connected with students, staff, faculty and the different service groups on campus," Riggs said.
"And it’s an opportunity to plan a large scale event," Sykes said. "We’ve had the chance to be involved and then come back the next year with a better understanding of what’s worked and what hasn’t worked so we have the opportunity to make it better."
To register as a meeter and greeter contact Brandi Wait at 474 8882 or Brandi_Wait@umanitoba.ca with your name, faculty or department, e-mail address, desired location and t-shirt size. Retirees are also welcome to come back for the morning.