Second year Business Administration students Kevin Nelson, Nicole Hodgson, Bryce Harrison, Jenna Bartram and Madison Taylor (not shown) sell lemonade in front of the Co-Op grocery store on Richmond Ave. for a group assignment on the first day of class last year.
This week, 3,000 people from as far away as China, Brazil and the Philippines will start a new chapter in their lives at Brandon University.
The academic year begins with classes and orientation events including the giant Rock the Block outdoor concert Friday, Sept. 13, in Brandon’s downtown featuring Juno award winners The Sheepdogs.
"Orientation 2013 is a great way for our students to get to know the BU campus and the amenities throughout the city of Brandon," said Katie Gross, director of student recruitment and retention.
"We introduce students to a network that will provide basics like food and entertainment plus important supports that will contribute to their success as students and citizens."
The journey begins today with a day-long orientation that includes students, parents and BU staff banging on drums in a team-building session in the Western Manitoba Centennial Auditorium, led by the international Drum Café group.
Through the first two weeks of September, students will enjoy a pancake breakfast, barbecue, dodge-ball tournament, teepee raising, two socials organized by the students’ union, trivia and karaoke nights, learning skills workshops, information sessions and the Rock The Block street festival.
"The university is a significant driver in our community," Mayor Shari Decter Hirst said.
"The economic impact of students and staff is enormous, above and beyond their contributions in building Brandon as a Smart City, where knowledge and creativity will be the currency of the new economy."
Meanwhile, at Assiniboine Community College, second-year business administration students will converge at the Riverbank Discovery Centre at 8:30 a.m. today to kick off their academic year and test their entrepreneurial skills. Students will begin the day with a series of creative challenges designed to put theory to practice by way of friendly competitions.
Guest speaker Bob Mazer, CEO of Mazergroup, will present the keynote address at 9:30 a.m., prior to the student’s final adventure of the day. In teams, they will perform a task similar to the hit TV show "The Apprentice."
Students will be located throughout the city developing business ventures that are innovative, creative and profit-making — however, as with all good reality series, there will be a twist. This is a great introduction to the Capstone Business Project course they are required to take in the final year of their program, which combines all elements of theory learned in the classroom.
All teams will be presenting their completed tasks at 2 p.m., followed by a presentation of awards for highest revenue earned and people’s choice. All revenues earned throughout the day, will be donated to the students’ charity of choice.
And also for the students, the ACC Students’ Association will be holding a barbecue at the Victoria Avenue East Campus today starting at 11:30 a.m. to celebrate the new academic year and welcome students to the college.
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition September 3, 2013