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St. Michael’s College presents a unique student orientation event

September 7, 2010

TORONTO, ON – St. Michael’s College is putting on a special presentation during orientation week in an effort to help new students adjust to university life.

The presentation, called “UniSmart: The Live Survival Guide to University,” is a 75-minute interactive show that covers a wide range of subjects of importance to students, such as: diversity, isolation and shyness, making friends, study habits, culture shock, drugs, alcohol, loud music, drink spiking and staying safe.

Students from St. Michael’s College and Trinity College will be attending the event, to be held at Convocation Hall on September 10, 2010.

The presentation is delivered by a New Zealand-based company called The Ideas Agency Ltd. and is making its North American debut at UofT. Known for its innovative and interactive approach – the company recruits street buskers as presenters – UniSmart has received high praise from students and faculty when delivered in the United Kingdom and other countries around the world.

“UniSmart was recommended by a colleague in the UK who loved the fact that they tackled serious subjects in a fun and dynamic format that appealed to students,” says Duane Rendle, Dean of Students at St. Michael’s College. “My colleague was so effusive in her praise for UniSmart that I decided to see whether they’d be willing to expand their operation into North America and come to St. Mike’s.”


WHAT: Orientation presentation “UniSmart: The Live Survival Guide to University”

WHEN: 11:15 a.m., Friday, September 10, 2010

WHERE: Convocation Hall, King’s College Circle, University of Toronto


For more information, please contact:

Duane Rendle
Dean of Students
Saint Michael’s College
Phone: 416-926-2264