Welcome to students from Cape Breton Island, across Canada and around the world. Enjoy your Island as the backdrop to your education.
We want to make sure that your first week at CBU is one to remember. That’s why we’re making sure you have all of the information you need before you start your journey here. This year, Week of Welcome at CBU runs from September 1-9, 2018. We can’t wait to see you throughout the week!
Week of Welcome is an exciting, fun-filled week to get comfortable on campus, meet new friends, and learn tricks and tips on how to make the most of your year at CBU.
- Monday, August 27 to Thursday, August 30 – Your Canada Agenda (International Student Sessions)
- Saturday, September 1 – Campus Kick-Off Carnival
- Sunday, September 2 – Breakfast with President Dingwall, Beyond Academics: Safety at CBU, Mocktail Night
- Monday, September 3 – CAPERS Men’s Pre-season Game, House Council Olympics
- Tuesday, September 4 – Start Smart, School Orientations and an EPIC Paint Battle!
- Wednesday, September 5 – First Day of Classes!
- Thursday, September 6 – Lip Sync Battle
- Friday, September 7 – Pit with a Prof and Spidey the Hypnotist | Mentalist
- Saturday, September 8 – Orange Out Day!
- Sunday, September 9 – I Forgot to Ask!
Airport Pick Up
Date: Monday, August 27th
Location: JA Douglas McCurdy Sydney Airport
Those who have submitted airport pickup forms will be greeted at the airport by a CBU representative. Service continues until September 5, 2018.
Orientation to Cape Breton Island
Date: Monday, August, 27th
Time: 9am – 4pm
Location: International Student & Study Abroad Centre
Shuttles will leave from CBU to take students to purchase groceries and necessity items and obtain their Nova Scotia ID and social insurance numbers. Service continues until September 5, 2018.
Date: Tuesday, August 28
Time: 9am – 4pm
Location: Multi-Purpose Room
Adjust to life in Canada by learning about Canadian culture and connecting with other students. Free lunch provided.
Date: Wednesday, August 29 & Thursday, August 30
Time: 10am – 6:30pm
Location: Great Hall & Courtyard
A full day of speakers, presentations, activities and prizes, with free lunch and t-shirts provided. Learn job-search skills, housing and healthcare information and have the chance to WIN a $500 tuition waiver.
*Students can come and go as they please.
Come one, Come all! This is a day you don’t want to miss. At Campus Kick-Off Carnival Day, first-year students will be able to move in to residence, your new home away from home, and then spend the day celebrating, meeting new people and having a blast!
So grab your friends and join us for a campus-wide BBQ, Live-entertainment and carnival games including an inflatable 70ft obstacle course, dunk tank, and bungee run. You’ll also have a chance to catch a campus tour, get a pic in our photo booth or have your Smart Card made.
Who should attend: All new students! Whether you’re living on-campus or off-campus, all first-year students are encouraged to attend. We can’t wait to celebrate with you!
9am – 12 noon
Move-in for first-year residence students
11am – 4pm
Carnival games including a 70-foot obstacle course, dunk tank, bungee run and more!
Free BBQ in residence courtyard for all! Vegetarian and gluten-free options available.
Bonfire with entertainment from Taylor Burton, past CBUSU Executive and amazing musician.
9:30am – 11am
Join President David C. Dingwall for breakfast.
Ask questions and hear directly from the Prez about what to expect from CBU for the 2018-19 year.
Register for Breakfast with President Dingwall
Want to join President Dingwall for breakfast, but need a ride? Hop on the free CBU shuttle!
Shuttle picks ups are scheduled to leave from:
- Scotiabank on Charlotte St,
- Protocase in Ashby Corner,
- Giant Tiger,
- Foodland in Glace Bay
Shuttles will leave at 8:15am, 8:45am and 9:15am.
11am – 1pm
Beyond Academics: Safety at CBU
Enhance your CBU experience by learning about safety, health and well-being.
7 – 9pm
The Pit Lounge
Meet new friends, listen to great music from CBU’s own Caper Radio open mic and enjoy delicious mocktails.
Come and join us as we cheer on the CAPERS Men’s soccer team.
11am – 1pm
CAPERS Men’s soccer team take on Fort Kent at the CBU Soccer Field for a pre-season game. Support our CAPERS student-athletes at the CBU field and get a taste of our outstanding school spirit! We bleed orange. Do you?
2 – 4pm
House Council Olympics – Soccer Dome
Rep your house and earn bragging rights at the House Council Olympics!
9am – 3pm
First-year university students have a lot of questions and likely some worries: Will the workload be too much? What is the best way to take notes in lectures? How do I approach a professor? Well have no fear, we’re here to answer your questions, provide some tips and tricks, and help you make some new friends along the way.
Start Smart! and the School orientations are FREE, informative events, full of info and fun. From a Mi’kmaw welcoming ceremony to keynote speakers and informative sessions, the day is jam-packed with everything you need to know to transition into university life.
Pre-registration for Start Smart! Day, including School Orientations, is now closed, but you can still attend even if you haven’t pre-registered! Simply register in the Great Hall between 8:30 am and 9:30 am on Tuesday, September 4th. See you there!
- 8:30 am – Registration (Great Hall)
- 9:30 am – Traditional Mi’kmaw Smudging (Courtyard)
- 10:00 am – President’s Welcome & Keynote Speaker – Drew Dudley (Canada Games Complex)
- 11:00 am – School Orientations
- SASS – Library
- SST – Verschuren Centre
- SSOB – SSOB
- Nursing – A230
- Public Health – The Pit
- 1:30 pm – Peer Success Coach Panel (Canada Games Complex)
- 2:30 pm – Closing & Paint Battle Prep (Canada Games Complex)
3pm – 4pm
CBU Paint Battle – Does your school have what it takes to win CBU’s epic Paint Battle and take home the trophy? Show up and find out! You’ll be provided with a white Tee at the end of Start Smart!, the School who’s colour appears the most at the end of the battle will be declared the 2018 winner.
Yoga – Breathing Space Yoga Studio will lead students in a class designed to relax them as they head into their first day of classes. Class will be held outside if weather permits; rain location is Great Hall.
Welcome to your first week of classes at CBU. You got this. And we’ll have help waiting around every corner to make sure you find your class.
7 – 9pm
Games Night will be hosted at the Pit. Wind down after class by playing board games, pool, ping pong and listen to some great music. Did we mention there’s prizes?
There’s no better way to keep the week rolling than to spend the night with your friends and win a prize.
7 – 9pm
The WOW Week Lip Sync Battle presented by the CBUSU will take place at the Pit. Gather your friends and show us your best moves. There’s a $100 cash prize. Sign up is available now at the CBUSU front desk or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Come and meet your professors. Ask important questions, and get answers directly. Later on in the evening, the CBUSU will host a hypnotist show with Spidey, who has been nominated Canadian Magician of the Year.
1pm – 3pm
Get to know your Profs in the Pit. They like lunch too.
This event is for new and returning students to get to know their professors and CBU staff members in a casual, relaxed environment. So come say hello and enjoy some snacks!
7:45 – 9pm
The Hypnotist Show with Spidey will take place in the MegaPit. You probably saw him on Netflix or America’s Got Talent. See him live at the Pit. Grab your friends and come on down! This is a wet/dry event. Doors open at 7:45pm, show begins at 8:00pm. Tickets are $5.00 and will be sold at the CBUSU front desk during Week of Welcome.
ORANGE OUT is one of the BIGGEST days of the year. Come out to support your CAPERS soccer teams, experience the amazing school spirit of CBU and have fun with friends. This is a day for the entire community, so come be a part of it! CAPERS vs UNB
11:00 am – Free Community BBQ @ The Pit – Sponsored by Cape Breton University Alumni. Face painting, orange army training, noise-maker station and music! Full for all ages!
12:40 pm – March to the soccer field with the Orange Army
1:00 pm Women Play (National Silver CIS medal 2017!)
3:00 pm Men Play (National CIS Champs 2017!)
On field entertainment provide by Alumni, Kintyre at half times
5:00 pm post-game social @ the Pit for all ages! Entertainment by alumni, Andrew Doyle
1pm: CAPERS Women Soccer Team vs Universite d’Moncton
3pm: CAPERS Mens’ Soccer Team vs Universite d’Moncton
Did you forget to ask an important question or think of something later that you probably should have asked? Don’t worry!
Join us in the Verschuren Centre for pizza and ask our experts any last-minute questions! Our Peer Success Coaches have been in your shoes, so don’t be shy. Ask away!