Laker Launch

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About Laker Launch

Laker Launch is an exclusive and structured experience for students enrolled in a "College Orientation and Success" course (GST 100). We've built in some ways for students to connect their peers and their instructor before classes even begin. As part of Laker Launch, students will:

  • Get a head start on building new friendships and learning what our campus has to offer

  • Work in teams to explore the campus and participate in FUN Welcome Week events

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As part of the Laker Launch cohort, students are required to participate in a few sessions throughout the week. Student teams will earn points for participating in sessions/activities in small groups and documenting it on Instagram by tagging @firstyearsofoz in their stories.

Schedule of Events (Required Programs)

Date & Time Session Topic Location Challenge

Monday, August 17

10:30 AM

 

Laker Launch Welcome with Provost, Scott Furlong

Recording 

Sign up for the Laker Launch GroupMe.

Form a team register to win prizes.

 

Tuesday, August 18

10:30 AM

 

Laker Launch Challenge Recording
Challenges will be released during each day’s 10:30 session.

Wednesday, August 19

10:30 AM

 

Using Your Strengths Recording
Challenges will be released during each day’s 10:30 session.

Thursday, August 20

10:30 AM

 

Action & Integrity Panel Recording Challenges will be released during each day’s 10:30 session.

Friday, August 21

10:30 AM

 

Staying in Action Recording Challenges will be released during each day’s 10:30 session.

Saturday, August 22

Various times

 

Team Service Project On the shores of our beloved Lake Ontario! Sign up and participate with your Team

Team Challenge Instructions

  1. Form your team during Monday’s meeting. If you don't have a team, hop on the Laker Launch Group.me to join one!

  2. Elect a team leader (someone who has a public Instagram account)

  3. Register your Team 

  4. Snap a picture of you and your teammates* attending Welcome Week events

Post the picture on yours and your Team Leader’s Insta story. Posts must contain the following items:

  • Tag @firstyearsofoz
  • Tag your teammates

Earning Points:

  • 1 point: Each event attended will earn the team
  • 1 point: Each teammate attending
  • 1 point: For additional challenges announced during Laker Launch Sessions

Posts will be counted until Saturday at midnight. The team with the most points wins a major prize and bragging rights.

*participants must be masked and practicing social distancing guidelines