NU-Q Institute and student orientation mark start of NU-Q’s 11th year

Wildcat Welcome, the annual new student orientation program, jumpstarted the undergraduate experience of 104 freshmen students.

In what has become an annual tradition, faculty and staff attended the NU-Q Institute while the school’s Class of 2022 attended orientation to kick-off the 2018-19 academic year.

At a State of the School address to faculty and staff, NU-Q leadership shared plans for the school’s 11th year of operation.

"The University is the sum total of the people who work in it – their vision and energy,” said Everette E. Dennis, dean and CEO. “With your efforts, NU-Q will continue to provide a world-class education and pave new pathways in the industry.” 

Chief Operations Officer Pim Thukral and Senior Associate Dean Hariclea Zengos also delivered key insights into new processes and procedures affecting the administration of the school.

Addressing the group through a video message from Evanston, Northwestern University Provost Jonathan Holloway urged members of the community to harness NU-Q’s capacity to create meaningful change for an immediate generation. “Once you open the doors to discovery, once you open the aperture to the fullest setting, you can’t take those things back,” he said. 

Staff and faculty also got an insider’s look into the upcoming opening of the Media Majlis at Northwestern University in Qatar, the first museum in the Arab world dedicated to the content of media, journalism, and communication. Other sessions provided practical guidance on using library resources, showcased research and creative scholarship, and acted as a platform for community members to discuss areas of growth.

Meanwhile, Wildcat Welcome, the annual new student orientation program, jumpstarted the undergraduate experience for incoming freshmen students providing them an opportunity to forge new friendships, discover mentors, and learn more about their rights and responsibilities as members of the Northwestern community.  

“Although we’ve always known the NU-Q’s programs are world renown, orientation week showed us that the community is what makes this place special,” said Salma Al-Delaimi, a transfer student and freshman.

The annual March Through the Arch ceremony, a Northwestern-wide tradition, drew the week to a close. With a surprise visit from University Mascot Willie the Wildcat, students were cheered into the community by those members who will guide them through the coming years in their undergraduate careers.