New year kicks off for Commerce students. Random acts of kindness a Frosh Week highlight

Posted on September 13, 2010

KINGSTON, ON – Commerce students returned to campus for the first week of classes after a successful Frosh Week welcomed incoming first-year students. Student-run orientation activities were held for the 375 members of the Class of 2014 with student Bosses leading the festivities. Some of these activities included the Cross-Campus Challenge with students exploring the campus, answering trivia questions and performing tasks on the way; and the Comm Down Info Session which featured a series of presentations on such topics as where to do laundry and how to work in teams. As has been the tradition for over 100 years, the climax of the week was the Commerce-Engineering Cheer-Off – with Frosh and Bosses from both faculties attempting to out-do each other in yelling out their faculties’ cheers. As usual, each side claimed victory.

Another highlight was a presentation by Kindness Crew co-founder Chris Bratseth who encouraged Kingston’s newest residents to make a difference in their new home town. Student teams then roamed the campus and vicinity performing “random acts of kindness,” helping people carry their groceries, collecting donations for the food bank, and the like.

“The Kindness Marathon lets our incoming students give back to the surrounding Kingston community, truly fostering a sense of leadership and community spirit from the beginning of their time in the program,” says Hartland Pitfield, Academics and Leadership Officer of the
Commerce Executive on Orientation.

The Commerce Society also got down to business, hosting its annual ComSoc Kickoff that brings together all ComSoc conference and committee co-chairs on Sept. 12. The all-day event featured presentations, workshops and discussions designed to help the co-chairs plan their upcoming events, fourteen of which are held throughout the school year.

“We’re delighted to welcome back our returning students while extending a warm welcome to the newest members of the Commerce family, the Class of 2014,” says Shannon Goodspeed, Executive Director of the Commerce Program. “This year’s Orientation activities covered a wide range of topics and activities designed to foster a sense of belonging and engagement which are hallmarks of the Commerce Program.”