Saint Mary’s University takes pride in having one of the most diverse student populations in Canada. Under the Saint Mary’s University Students’ Association (SMUSA) umbrella, over 65 active student societies provide a comfort zone for students of all cultures, ethnicities and interests. SMUSA takes pride in providing diverse, educational and fun activities to engage our students. That’s why we’re proud to be hosting Welcome Weeks 2017, in cooperation with Saint Mary’s University!

Welcome Weeks is an annual event held for more than 7,500 students, including 1,000 new students. It’s filled with social events and educational activities designed to help new students make connections with their peers, the residence or off-campus Saint Mary’s community, and faculty & professors. Throughout Welcome Weeks, students will connect with support systems and resources, meet student leaders and members of the Saint Mary’s community, and will participate in fun, safe events & activities.


Countdown to Welcome Weeks 2017








Welcome Weeks Kit

Welcome Weeks Kits are a must buy for all new students! For $95 (CAD) + tax, your Welcome Weeks Kit will provide you with FREE admission to Welcome Weeks events, including a Mentalist Performance, a Comedy Night and a Movie Night at Huskies Stadium, and also the following essential items:

  • Sightseer Styled Backpack
  • Stainless Steel Hot/Cold Drinks Bottle
  • Wayfarer Styled Sunglasses
  • Fleece Banket
  • Exclusive SMUSA Welcome Weeks T-Shirt
  • SMUSA Coloured Socks
  • SMU Ballcap
  • Luggage Tags
  • One Ring Smartphone Holder

To buy your Welcome Weeks Kit, pre-order online or by visiting us on the 5th Floor of the O’Donnell Hennessey Student Centre, Monday to Friday during the hours of 8:30am to 3:30pm. Pre-ordered Welcome Weeks Kits will be available for pick-up at the SMUSA Information Desk during Welcome Weeks (dates/times coming soon)For more information, please feel free to contact us 1-902-496-8700 or via email at

Pre-Order Welcome Weeks Kit:

*Disclaimer: You must include your full name, Banner ID (A#) and email address in order to confirm your order upon pick-up.

Student's Full Name & A#
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Welcome Weeks at a Glance

Here’s a look at some Welcome Weeks 2017 events:

Saturday, September 2nd

Shinerama BBQ

Time:  12:00pm – 2:00pm

Location: Queen Street Sobeys1120 Queen St, Halifax

Help raise money for Cystic Fibrosis research by joining us for a BBQ! Served and hosted by your Pack Leaders and Shine volunteers, this BBQ gets you to meet student leaders from across campus.

Wayne Hoffman, the Mentalist

Time: 7:00pm – 9:00pm

Location: McNally Main Auditorium 

Get ready to have your mind blown by Wayne Hoffman, the mentalist! He’s got a whole bunch of tricks up his sleeve to make this the most mystical night of your week.

Heads up: The Welcome Weeks Kit allows you free admission to all events! If you haven’t purchased a kit, this event has an entry fee.

Check out Wayne’s website for videos of his acts on shows like Ellen and America’s Got Talent!

Sunday, September 3rd

Off-Campus Information Session

Time: 7:00pm-9:00pm

Location: Sobey Room 255

For those students not familiar with the city of Halifax, SMUSA is hosting an off-campus information session to help find your way around Halifax, keep you familiar with nearby resources and teach you about our Metro Transit bus system. There’s lots to see and many places to go in Halifax, we want you to have the best experience possible! This event is especially important for those living off campus and those who want to know about our SMUSA services such as our safe drive home program, the Husky Patrol.

Welcome to the Gorsebrook

Time: 9:00pm – 1:00am

Location: Gorsebrook Lounge 

Check out the campus bar, the Gorsebrook Lounge in its element. This is an alcohol-free event, so it’s open to all ages. Dance the night away with SMUSA and other first year students!

Heads up: The Welcome Weeks Kit allows you free admission to all events!If you haven’t purchased a kit, this event has an entry fee.

Monday, September 4th

Zumba On The Field

Time: 12:00pm – 12:30pm

Location: Huskies Stadium 

Nothing like a work out right on the field! Get your Zumba on with Anna, Zumba instructor at the Homburg Centre, and warm up for Battle of the Packs right after!

Battle of the Packs

Time: 1:00pm – 5:00pm

Location: Huskies Stadium 

Battle it out across the SMU football field with your Welcome Weeks Pack! From the Amazing Race to a Water Fight, don’t miss out on one of the biggest, most fun events of Welcome Weeks!

Tuesday, September 5th

Shinerama Shine Day

Time: 1:30pm – 6:00pm

Location: Homburg Centre Fieldhouse 

This is an absolute must-do for Weeks of Welcome! Join the Saint Mary’s community to raise money for Cystic Fibrosis research, and explore Halifax while you’re at it. We do it all – sing on the streets, barbecue hot dogs, and even get pied in the face for money! You have to be there!

Shine Celebration Party

Time: 8:00pm – 11:00pm

Location: Secret

For all the hard work you put in to raise money for Shinerama, you’re invited to the Shine Celebration Party.

Heads up: If you volunteered at Shine Day, entry is free! If you weren’t able to hit the streets, this event has an entry fee, and all proceeds go to Shinerama!

Friday, September 8th

Movie Night on the Field

Time: 9:00pm – 11:30pm

Location: Huskies Stadium 

Grab your SMUSA blanket, bring a friend and join us on the SMU Football Field to watch an open air movie! Heads up: Eating is not allowed on the field!

Friday, September 15th

Husky Cookout

Time: 5:00pm – 6:30pm

Location: Alumni Arena Parking Lot (behind the Student Centre) 

Join us for a free BBQ before the first football game of the season. Eat some hotdogs, get some painted tattoos, pick up some noise maker and have fun with your friends on an extreme sports inflatable!

More event listings coming soon! Click here for the full schedule.

A look back at Welcome Week 2016:

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  • Shinerama BBQ
  • SMU Huskies Football Home Game
  • Mentalist Performance

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  • Welcome to the Gorsebrook

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  • Zumba on the Field
  • Battle of the Packs

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  • Shinerama Shine Day
  • Shinerama Shine Party

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  • Wes Barker, the Magician
  • SMUSA Society & Partners Expo

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  • SMUSA Society & Partners Expo

Register for Welcome Weeks 2017

Visit for the full schedule of events and to register. Don’t forget to pre-order your Welcome Weeks Kit for FREE admission to all Welcome Weeks events + cool swag!


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Have any questions about Welcome Weeks 2017 or SMUSA in general? Contact us at 1-902-496-8700 or at