Date: Friday, August 31, 2018
Time: 12 – 3 p.m.
Location:  2220 Richcraft Hall


The PMC Fall Orientation is the first step in your transition to Carleton Universityour goal is to make this process as smooth as possible. As a new student you will face unfamiliar situations, new challenges, and exciting opportunities during your first year.

Over a pizza lunch, learn about the different PMC services; gain insight into how to juggle academics, priorities, and uncertainty; meet the staff and students who will guide you during the orientation event and beyond; and start building your support network and getting connected.

Registration for PMC Fall Orientation 2018 is closed.


12:00 – 1:00 Lunch & Icebreaker: Pizza lunch, prizes, icebreaker, and mini fair of support services on campus.

1:00 – 1:30 Welcome & Paul Menton Centre 101 Session: Learn about the accommodation process for test and exams, learning services and how to plan a successful transition to university.

1:30 – 2:15 Student Panel: Panelists will share their experience about university life, how to prepare for academic demands and give strategies that have been helpful during their studies.

2:15 – 3:00 Tours of Disability Services: Tour the campus and visit the PMC and its affiliated service offices for students with disabilities. These offices include:

  • Paul Menton Centre (PMC)
  • PMC Learning Lab
  • New Sun Joy MacLaren Centre (JMC)
  • McIntyre Exam Centre (MEC)
  • Learning Support Services (LSS)

What to Expect

Lunch and Refreshments: 
Light refreshments and a pizza lunch will be provided at noon. This is an opportunity to mingle with staff, fellow students and PMC student ambassadors. There will be prizes and giveaways during lunch as well as a mini fair of important student support services on campus.

See below for information on food allergies.*

Paul Menton Centre 101 Session:
“What is the process for arranging academic accommodations at Carleton?”
“When do I talk to my professors about my accommodation needs?”
“What services are available to support my transition and learning?”
“How can I feel connected with the campus community and participate in volunteer opportunities while attending Carleton?”

Presented by PMC staff, this 30-minute session will give answers to all these questions and much more!

Student Panel
Returning students, who have been right where you are now, will share their personal stories about their first year at Carleton.

Learn about their successes and the challenges they faced during their transition to university. They will give you tips on how to get involved and feel connected with peers, how to communicate and advocate for your disability-related needs, and what strategies and student services can help you in your first year.

PMC Staff will guide you on a group tour of the PMC Learning Lab, the McIntyre Exam Centre, Learning Support Services, and the New Sun Joy Maclaren Adaptive Technology Centre and Transcription Services.

You will get to meet the coordinators of each centre and learn how to use their services.

*Guests with Food Allergies
The catering services have indicated that no guarantee can be provided that the food served will not contain or will not have come in contact with items such as nuts that may cause allergic reactions. Therefore, we request that guests with food allergies bring their own food and take their usual precautions with respect to their food allergies.

See also, Orientation for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (Get the FACTS) which precedes this event.

Email Jocelyn van Wynsberghe at or call 613-520-6608 if you have any questions.

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