Help­ing stu­dents ad­just

Al­go­nquin Col­lege’s Ori­en­ta­tion Car­ni­val a ma­jor stu­dent suc­cess ini­tia­tive

The Daily Observer - - NEWS - SEAN CHASE SChase@post­media.com

Al­go­nquin Col­lege is mark­ing its 50th an­niver­sary year with record enrolment at the Pem­broke Wa­ter­front Cam­pus.

As the new se­mes­ter got un­der­way ear­lier this month, the cam­pus learned that it has an enrolment of more than 1,030 full-time stu­dents. This is the first time the cam­pus has had an enrolment of more than 1,000 stu­dents in its 50 year his­tory.

When Al­go­nquin Col­lege first opened its doors as a tech­ni­cal school at Calvin United Church and the for­mer Cham­plain High School, it had 16 stu­dents. In 1969, it moved to old Maple Dairy on Pem­broke Street East where it re­mained un­til the new wa­ter­front fa­cil­ity opened in 2012. To­day, ap­prox­i­mately 50 per­cent of the stu­dents who at­tend the Pem­broke Cam­pus are from out­side Ren­frew County.

The school year kicked off re­cently with the Fall Ori­en­ta­tion Car­ni­val. Ori­en­ta­tion is a ma­jor stu­dent suc­cess ini­tia­tive each fall as it helps stu­dents ad­just to their new sur­round­ings by meet­ing new stu­dents as well as col­lege fac­ulty and staff.

“Ori­en­ta­tion is a crit­i­cal part of ev­ery stu­dent’s col­lege ex­pe­ri­ence,” said man­ager of stu­dent and com­mu­nity af­fairs Jamie Bram­burger. “It helps stu­dents, par­tic­u­larly those from out of town, get more com­fort­able with their new sur­round­ings. It’s in­tended to be an op­por­tu­nity for stu­dents to get to know new peo­ple, thereby cre­at­ing a more in­clu­sive learn­ing en­vi­ron­ment.”

The Fall Ori­en­ta­tion Car­ni­val fea­tured a se­ries of out­door car­ni­val games as well as buskers, lunch and prizes for stu­dents. Mak­ing an ap­pear­ance was the fa­mous Ottawa Red­Blacks’ mas­cot Big Joe as well as two mem­bers of the foot­ball club’s cheer team. The Red­Blacks and the col­lege’s Log­ger­sports team are part­ners in the game day ac­tiv­i­ties at ev­ery Red­Blacks game at TD Place Sta­dium in Ottawa.

SEAN CHASE/DAILY OB­SERVER

Al­go­nquin Col­lege's Pem­broke Wa­ter­front Cam­pus held its an­nual Fall Ori­en­ta­tion Car­ni­val re­cently host­ing Ottawa Red­Blacks mas­cot, Big Joe and two mem­bers of the foot­ball clubís cheer team. In the photo are (left to right) cheer­leader Cailin, stu­dent Ayanna Fisher, stu­dent Gabriella Ham­mond, stu­dent Taylor Mun­roe, BigJoe, stu­dent Azeem Za­man, stu­dent Emma Gar­diner and cheer­leader Britt.

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