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Algonquin College hosts annual Fall Games

By Ryan Paulsen, The Daily Observer

Incoming students at Algonquin College Waterfront Campus got to take part in an orientation tradition on Thursday morning, as the school held its annual Fall Games extravaganza.

“I think it's a wonderful event,” explains dean Karen Davies. “We hold it every year, and what we do is we take students from different programs and mix them together. So you'll have nursing students meeting forestry students, and outdoor adventure students meeting automotive students. They're in different groups, so they get to know a lot of the other students on campus. When they walk the hallways in a couple of weeks, they'll always know someone on campus.”

Once in teams, the students competed in a multitude of activities, ranging from logger sports to the team selfie challenge to the 42nd Field Regiment's “College Commando” obstacle course, all earning the chance to win prizes and bond as a student body that would be spending a lot of time together over the coming months.

Special guests this year were four members of the Ottawa Redblacks cheerleading team, along with the CFL team's mascot Big Joe, who posed for photos, took on the role of Price is Right guest hosts, and even took on the College Commando course themselves.

For Algonquin's community and student affairs manager, Jamie Bramburger, part of the key to the whole event is the fact that each group is made up of students from different programs.

“Lifelong friendships are formed in college,” he says. “The more we can do to integrate students to learn more about the other programs there are available on campus and also about the different services that are available that support student success, that's highly important. We want integration. We want someone from Wawa, Ont. to find someone else from Wawa, and they're probably not in the same program.”

Overall, though, the day was primarily about getting students to meet, interact and enjoy their first days at their new academic home. Based on the reactions from participants and organizers, Bramburger was already considering the day a success before it reached its halfway point.

“It really is a day of exploration and meeting people, and you can see the smiles on all their faces. It's just tremendous.”

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