In Photos: Ring Out a Cheer

"The choice of colours for the university accepted at this meeting-Green and Gold-are peculiarly adapted for the purpose for which they have been accepted. The choice of this beautiful and at the same time infrequent combination was based on an appropriate symbolism-the Green representing the wide stretches of verdant prairie-and flanked by the deep spruce forests of the Province-while the Gold prefigures the golden harvests that are Alberta's boast." -Minutes of the first University of Alberta Senate Meeting, October 13, 1908

When the prairie green turns to harvest gold, there's a special feeling of excitement, of expectancy, at the University of Alberta. New and returning students feel it. So do our faculty, staff and alumni the world over. As Henry Marshall Tory once put it, "There is wine in the air … great things are about to happen … again." Here's some of what September has to offer.

Wine in the Air

Great things are about to happen for the nearly 39,000 students who will converge on the University of Alberta's five campuses, many arriving for the first time.

Orientation (August 24-31)

A variety of programs welcome new undergraduate, graduate, international and Aboriginal students to the U of A, along with first-year students moving into residence.

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Day of Service (August 28)

First-year residence students give back to and connect with the larger community by lending a hand on projects from refilling playground sandboxes to cleaning up parks in Edmonton's river valley. This year's partners include Capital City Clean Up, Ronald McDonald House and the Edmonton Food Bank.

Week of Welcome (September 1-5)

Enjoy a pancake breakfast, a free viewing of Mad Max: Fury Road, a block party and a headphone disco as part of the Students' Union's annual Week of Welcome. Check out the Clubs Fair in WOW Village and Welcome to U in Celebration Plaza, too.

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Golden Bears Football Home Opener (September 11)

Watch the Golden Bears battle their longtime rivals, the University of Saskatchewan Huskies, at Foote Field. Admission is free to all U of A students with a valid ONEcard.

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Oilers Rookies vs. Golden Bears Hockey (September 16)

The defending CIS Champion Golden Bears hockey team faces off against a fresh crop of Edmonton Oilers rookies, including first overall pick Connor McDavid, at Rexall Place.

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Celebrate! Teaching. Learning. Research. (September 23)

Join us as we honour the achievements of faculty, students and staff who have distinguished themselves with their outstanding academic, research and support work.

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Presidents' Circle Opening (September 24)

Be among the first to see The Visionaries, a new sculpture by acclaimed artist and distinguished alumna Barbara Paterson. It will stand in the centre of the Presidents' Circle, a new outdoor space on campus dedicated to all past university presidents.

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Green and Gold Day (September 25)

Wear your school spirit on your sleeve by donning the Green and Gold to school and to work. Be in Quad at noon Sept. 25, and show the world what it means to be a part of the U of A.

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Alumni Weekend (September 24-27)

Celebrate 100 years of the Alumni Association by reconnecting with friends and taking part in all the great events happening on north campus.

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