School's In - StFX welcomes students with support, fun, and MTV!

    ANTIGONISH, NS, Aug. 27 /CNW/ - The StFX campus will come alive over the
Labour Day weekend as the student body - including 1,257 freshmen - arrives
for another academic year. Students can expect a warm welcome, a personal
meeting with university president Dr. Sean Riley, academic support - and MTV
    MTV Canada will be on campus Tues., Sept. 2 in their quest to find the
"coolest school" in Canada. The competition - narrowed down to four schools,
StFX, the University of Ottawa, the University of Manitoba, and the University
of Saskatchewan - is part of MTV's "Maclean's ranking - MTV Style," which will
document First Week activities at the four schools.
    "We have one of the best frosh weeks going and now we have the chance to
share the experience with the country," says Jeff Paddon, Student's Union
vice-president of activities and events.
    "StFX and the Students' Union have outdone themselves once again on this
year's frosh week. The energy is growing and will explode with excitement on
Aug. 31 when 1,257 new students arrive on campus. It's really exciting when
you consider this is our opportunity to show that our school is the premier
undergraduate experience we already know it is."
    Paddon says MTV chose StFX because they liked the sound of the splash
bash, which is a theme party the Students' Union is throwing outdoors. They
also liked the sound of the traditional events around campus.
    A key component of First Week activities is a series of welcoming,
entertaining and reassuring events designed to help students ease jitters,
make friends and get acquainted with their surroundings. Arriving on campus is
a big event for first year students and their parents and can often be
overwhelming, scary and a make-or-break event for a university career.
    "What our focus has been for the past few years is how we are able to
engage students during First Week in ways that ensures a successful transition
into university life generally and StFX specifically," says Dean of Students
Joe MacDonald.
    "We reinforce what is special about StFX and how that experience
guarantees that each student made the correct choice in coming to X."
    StFX President Dr. Sean Riley makes it a point to meet each and every
student and their parents on the first day during the President's Welcome and
Parents Orientation session on Sunday, Aug. 31.
    While a large aspect of the week is on fun and social activities, StFX
also focuses on academic advising and course selection. Over the week,
students check into residence, arrange meal plans, buy books, and take
advantage of personalized academic counseling.
    Members of the Orientation committee -- the O-Crew -- are stationed
around campus to provide directions, answer questions, and to encourage
students to attend the week's activities.
    Other highlights week include the Xaverian Welcome Ceremony, where
students take a pledge of excellence in a ceremony held Wed., Sept. 3 at
7 p.m. at the Chapel, AntigoClean, a student clean-up around town on Sept. 4,
and Shinerama, an annual fundraising event for Cystic Fibrosis, which takes
place Saturday, Sept. 5. Students will be out in full force, hoping to best
the amazing $21,000 raised for CF last year. This campaign netted StFX a
national award for the most improved campaign, and brought to $340,000 the
total StFX students have raised in the last 38 years.
    First year international students arrived a week early to take part in
the university's International Welcome Program.
    Classes begin on Thursday, September 4.

For further information:

For further information: Shelley McCarron, Writer, Communications
office, St. Francis Xavier University, (902) 867- 3916,

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