The first day of a new academic year feels a bit like the university equivalent of New Year’s Day and comes with the same symbolism: clean slates, fresh beginnings and new possibilities. 

Whether you’re coming to campus for the first time and could use a hand finding your way, need a fresh dose of artistic inspiration or want to expand your horizons, MacEwan’s lineup of September events has you covered.

On September 7, make your way to Capital Boulevard (108 Street between 102 and 104 Avenues) for the 2022 Downtown Campus Block Party, where you can kick off the Fall term with free food, free entertainment, contests and giveaways. Don’t forget to check out the activities at the rest of the free event including exhibitors, radio stations and live performances, and watch MacEwan Provost and Vice-President, Academic Dr. Craig Monk make a splash in the dunk tank in support of our Students First fundraising campaign.

Also on September 7, we also encourage you to check out the activities on the kihêw waciston green space between the Robbins Health Learning Centre and Allard Hall including Indigenous performances and the showcasing of the Canadian Prayer Rug, a collaboration between the prairie’s Muslim and Indigenous communities. The Canadian Prayer Rug is a tapestry that celebrates the many communities and people who helped nurture and develop the Canadian landscape.

Join the Ukrainian Resource and Development Centre on September 7 to celebrate Ukrainian Heritage Day. Witness the raising of the Ukrainian flag both on campus and at the Legislature. Then spend the afternoon learning how to make borscht and perogies – but remember to pre-register for the cooking session. 

The Mitchell Art Gallery will be opening its latest exhibition this month. Artist Vivek Shraya will present her photo installation, titled I give myself a future, I give myself a past. The installation will be opening on September 16 with a free reception featuring Shraya and her collaborator, Zachary Ayotte, though pre-registration is required for attendance. The exhibition itself is free to view, and will be running through December 10.

On September 20, the Centre for Sexual and Gender Diversity is hosting a Sexual and Gender Diversity Introduction workshop. The workshop will include a breakdown of terminology surrounding the topics, as well as a discussion about inclusion and allyship. Pre-registration is required.

The Office of Sexual Violence Prevention, Education and Response is hosting a Creating Consent Culture workshop on September 21. Learn exactly what consent is, why it’s important and how to use that knowledge to build relationships. Pre-registration is required for this workshop.

Learn about navigating your finances – as a student and beyond – at Money Matters! on September 24. The conference includes a variety of experts providing information about budgeting, taxes, mortgages and more. Pre-registration is required, along with a refundable $10 deposit. Both breakfast and lunch are included in the all-day event.

September 29 is the deadline for Fall tuition and fee payments. Your account balance and details are available on myStudentSystem, and payments can be made in a variety of ways for your convenience.

Events will be added throughout the month, including programming leading up to the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation on September 30. Make sure to check regularly for details. 

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