O-DAYS! 2018

A number of department- and group-specific #ODAYS18 activities are planned the week of August 27, 2018, culminating in the Campus Life and OCAD University Student Union (OCADSU) collaborative BIG-Day! on Tuesday, September 4, when nearly 1,000 new and first-year #OCADU2022 undergrads will descend upon campus to kick off the 2017/2018 academic year! 

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Please see the detailed activity schedule below, which will be updated on a regular basis. Schedule subject to change:

Schedule 2018

Updated: June 14, 2018:

  • face2face: postcard exhibition 2018 for all new undergrads
  • August 27: Free workshop—Academic Essentials for First-Year
  • August 28: Free workshop—Time Management at OCAD U
  • August 28: International Student Welcome/Reception—
  • August 29: International Student Welcome/Reception—
  • August 29: Curator's Tour of Diagrams of Power
  • August 29: Campus Life CONNECT U
  • August 30: International Student Welcome/Reception
  • August 30: Free workshop (Day 1)-- TBA
  • August 30: International Student Welcome/Reception
  • August 30: Mature Student Welcome/ Reception
  • August 31: Free Workshop (Day 2)-- TBA​
  • August 31: Exchange Student Welcome
  • September 4: BIG-Day!
  • September 5: First day of fall term classes
  • September 6: 3rd Annual Safety & Wellness Day
  • September 7: Xpace: Back to School Party—TBA

 

​​OCAD U Life App

Download the free student life app today and access the O-DAYS! 2017 schedule from your smart phone! Check out campus events, student clubs/groups and connect with your peers on the campus wall.

 


 

Accessibility, food and photography

Be sure to refer to our notes on accessibility, food and photography found on our orientation landing page!

 


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Photo by Zack Law.

 


 

Monday, August 27, 2018

FREE WORKSHOP: ACADEMIC ESSENTIALS FOR FIRST-YEAR
5:30p.m. to 7:00p.m.
Room 230, Level 2, 100 McCaul
Facilitated by the Writing & Learning Center

This free workshop that offers hands-on exercises that will give you the opportunity to build essential tools for success in both your liberal studies and studio courses. We will look at critical reading, taking lecture notes and introduction to critique.

RSVP here to attend (link coming soon)


 

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

 

INTERNATIONAL STUDENT WELCOME/ RECEPTION
11:00a.m. to 1:00p.m.
Learning Zone, Level 1, 122 St. Patrick St.
or access via Grange Foodcourt, 113 McCaul St.

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New International Students should make plans to attend this special welcome! It will be a great opportunity to make new friends, ask questions and get advice. Watch your email for details. Current international students are encouraged to attend as Welcome Ambassadors.

RSVP here to attend (link coming soon)

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FREE WORKSHOP: TIME MANAGEMENT AT OCAD U 
5:30p.m. to 7:00p.m.
Room 230, Level 2, 100 McCaul
Facilitated by the Writing & Learning Center

A re-organization of your time, energy and resources is an important part of the transition to OCAD U. In this free workshop, we will discuss strategies and tips on how to organize your time, set realistic goals and gain insight into your personal work style. We will engage in hands-on activities that will assist you in setting priorities, developing a schedule and managing your stress for the years ahead. Participants should bring their course schedules and any day-timers or calendars they currently use.(link coming soon)

RSVP here to attend (link coming soon)

 


 

 

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

INTERNATIONAL STUDENT WELCOME / RECEPTION
11:00a.m. to 1:00p.m.
Learning Zone, Level 1, 122 St. Patrick St.
or access via Grange Foodcourt, 113 McCaul St.

New International Students should make plans to attend this special welcome! It will be a great opportunity to make new friends, ask questions and get advice. Watch your email for details. Current international students are encouraged to attend as Welcome Ambassadors.

 

RSVP here to attend (link coming soon)

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CURATOR’S TOUR OF DIAGRAMS OF POWER
1:00p.m. to 2:00p.m.
Onsite Gallery: 199 Richmond Street West

Join curator Patricio Dávila for a tour of the exhibition, Diagrams of Power, at Onsite Gallery, OCAD University. Diagrams of Power showcases art and design works using data, diagrams, maps and visualizations as ways of challenging dominant narratives and supporting the resilience of marginalized communities.
RSVP link: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/curators-tour-of-diagrams-of-power-tickets-46528468903

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CAMPUS LIFE CONNECT U
2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Learning Zone, Level 1, 122 St. Patrick St.
or access via Grange Food Court, 113 McCaul St.

This O-DAYS! activity is designed as an informal social opportunity to connect those new undergrads who may wish meet and connect with others in advance of the Labour Day weekend and BIG-O-Day! (Tuesday, September 5). This activity is hosted by Student Mentor Program. All new first-year undergrads are welcome! Special guest and inspirational speaker Andy Thibodeau will enlighten and entertain! 

 

RSVP here to attend (link coming soon)

 

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Photo by Zack Law.

 


 

 

Thursday, August 30, 2018

 

INTERNATIONAL STUDENT WELCOME / RECEPTION
11:00a.m. to 1:00p.m.
Learning Zone, Level 1, 122 St. Patrick St.
or access via Grange Foodcourt, 113 McCaul St.

New International Students should make plans to attend this special welcome! It will be a great opportunity to make new friends, ask questions and get advice. Watch your email for details. Current international students are encouraged to attend as Welcome Ambassadors.

RSVP here to attend (link coming soon)

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MATURE STUDENT WELCOME / MIXER
TBA

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Photo by Zack Law.

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FREE WORKSHOP (DAY 1)
TBA


 

 

Friday, August 31, 2018

FREE WORKSHOP (DAY 2)
TBA

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EXCHANGE STUDENT WELCOME
11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Learning Zone, Level 1, 122 St. Patrick St.
or access via Grange Foodcourt, 113 McCaul St.

New Exchange Students are invited to this session to get important information about academics, health insurance and more. OCAD U students who have studied abroad will be there with helpful advice. Watch your email for details. 

 

RSVP here to attend (link coming soon)

 

 

 

BIG-Day!
Tuesday, September 4, 2018
Morning

Watch your (personal/non-OCAD U email) in late August for detailed instructions and team assignment for BIG-Day!

OFFICIAL WELCOME!
9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
Butterfield Park, 100 McCaul St.

TEAM ACTIVITIES
10:45 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
100 McCaul St.

Concurrent Activity 1: Service Expo
Concurrent Activity 2: SU dis/Orientation
Concurrent Activity 3: OCAD U Kahoot! 
Team Play: make new friends and brush up on your OCAD U trivia in this fun online game using your smart phone or tablet! ANSWER FAST! WIN PRIZES!

Be sure you download the free Kahoot! App today (App Store or Google Play) in order to participate in the game. Listen for more easy instructions when you arrive!

 

 

Photo by Mathisan Paramanathan

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Tuesday, September 4, 2018
Afternoon 

LUNCH 
TBA
Butterfield Park, 100 McCaul St.

 

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ANNUAL ABOVE GROUND ART MATERIALS FAIR
1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Butterfield Park, 100 McCaul St.

Don't miss the annual Above Ground Art Materials Fair, a great place to see the latest art and design materials from leading suppliers, see demonstrations, ask questions and get free samples. Standing room only!

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ANNUAL COMMUNITY FAIR
1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. 
Butterfield Park, 100 McCaul St.

New students can meet, interact and connect with student groups, campus departments/services and members of the OCAD U community.

BREATH OF HENNA:
1:00p.m.-3:00p.m.

Toronto-based artist and OCAD U alumna Sarah Hussain will be attending the O-DAYS! Annual Community Fair (September 4), adorning students and staff with Henna Art! Visit Sarah (first-come, first served) for a complimentary 2-minute session in natural, lavender-infused Henna!
Having completed her degree in Fine Arts, with a minor in Material Art & Design, Sarah is celebrating her 10th year as principal for Breath of Henna, implementing her roots while using Henna in a global setting and travelling for destination weddings and corporate events. Sarah also continues her thesis in Henna as she is the first artist in North America to use Henna in an academic setting. Thank you OCAD University for letting us celebrate with you! Welcome new students!

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MATURE STUDENT COFFEE BREAK
2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Ada Slaight Gallery, Level 2, Room 225 
100 McCaul St. 

Campus Life invites you to hit "pause" and stop by for an informal opportunity to connect with other (25+) students over coffee, tea and snacks!

RSVP here to attend (link coming soon)

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OCAD STUDENT UNION CAMPUS SCAVENGER HUNT
1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. 
100 McCaul Street

Grab your scavenger hunt map and find the activities that speak to you the most! Visit three different locations on the map to be able to enter your name into our draw for Above Ground gift cards! 

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OCAD STUDENT UNION OPEN HOUSE
​TBA
Level 6, 230 Richmond St. W.

 

 


 

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

PHOTO ID CARDS AND LOCKER RENTAL
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 6 to FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 8, 2017
FOR NEW AND RETURNING STUDENTS
8:00 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
49 McCaul St.

PHOTO ID:
For new students (or returning students who wish to update an existing card), there is no cost for your OCAD U photo ID. There is a $20 fee to replace lost cards. Government-issued photo ID required.

LOCKER RENTAL:
The cost is $20 (cash only, one locker per student) for both fall/winter semesters. Locks are supplied by Facilities Planning & Management. Students require OCAD U photo ID to rent a locker.

RAD PHOTOS:
Did you have your photo taken during Registration Assistance Days (RAD) in June? You can pick up your photo ID at the Office of the Registrar, Level 5, 230 Richmond St. West, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday to Friday. Government-issued photo ID is required. If you have any questions, email Office of the Registrar. Students will be getting their photo I.D the same day.

NOTE:
After September 8, students who need photo ID and lockers must go to the Facilities Planning & Management, Room 220, Level 2, 51 McCaul St., 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

 

 

Thursday, September 6, 2018

 

4th ANNUAL SAFETY & WELLNESS DAY
11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Butterfield Park and Lambert Lounge

New and returning students, faculty, staff and members of the OCAD U community are invited to come and meet the Safety & Security Services and the Health & Wellness teams and enjoy some awesome free activities and prizes.

Highlights include:

OCAD student band showcase from 1-3pm
Free barber shop haircuts by The Mad One Barber Shop
Food Trucks with discounted menus
Free giveaways and food samples from Foodora
Enter-to-win prizes
Make Your Own Pin station
Free Self Defense Class

 

 

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Friday, September 8, 2017

BACK TO SCHOOL PARTY & PROGRAMMING LAUNCH
TBA

 

 


 

 

Accessibility, food and photography

Be sure to refer to our notes on accessibility, food and photography found on our orientation landing page!