Welcome #NewToMSVU students!

The majority of your Orientation will take place in Mount 101, our online program designed to provide you with everything you need to know about being an MSVU student. We’ve lined up some awesome real-time virtual sessions where you can meet and chat with current students, as well as Deans and faculty members in your program. You’ll also be able to book virtual appointments with members of our Student Services team to ask any questions you may have. And of course, we’ve squeezed in some fun social events! See the schedule below.

Check out the Orientation Check List 2020 (PDF) Have questions? Just email orientation@msvu.ca

President’s welcome video

Tuesday, September 8, 2020

Login to Moodle to attend your Virtual Orientation events in Mount 101! Need help? Email mount101@msvu.ca

Becoming a Mystic: 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.

MSVU students will give you important survival tips on how to get through your first year safely and successfully.


Dean & Degree Meet and Greet | 11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

Your Deans and Faculty will officially welcome you to MSVU. Get to know your new faculty and learn more about what to expect in your degree.


Student Services Fair | 1– 4 p.m.

Have questions about the different services on campus? Students can book drop-in appointments by emailing the specific departments. Members of various student services teams can answer any questions you may have!

When emailing a department to book a Drop In Appointment, please have your email subject line as “Drop In Appointment Request” and include the following information in the body of the message:

Student Number:
Reason for your drop in (i.e. question about funding, academic advising, etc.):

For a complete list of Student Services at MSVU, please review our Student Services A to Z.

Student Services Fair – Drop-In Appointments

Academic Advising
Academic advisors can answer questions about course prerequisites, course load, adding and dropping courses, and scheduling and registering for courses, how to prepare for advising appointments and when to seek academic advising.

Heather Maxwell, Academic Advisor
Jessica Ferguson, Academic Advisor
Erin Tomlinson, Manager, CAASS


Accessibility Services
Accessibility Services is here to provide information on disabilities, navigating the virtual environment and who to connect with when you need help or advice. During drop in appointments, our team can answer questions about general advising, funding, campus supports, assistive technology and more!

Kim Musgrave, Accessibility Advisor
Krista Beam, Test Administrator & Accessibility Assistant


Art Gallery
The Art Gallery takes care of the University’s art collection (seen around campus) and organizes exhibitions and public programs to connect the Mount Community with visual art and artists. Currently closed due to COVID-19, the Art Gallery operates online programs and activities in community and is available as a sounding board for any and all visual cultural queries.

Claire Dykhuis, Education and Outreach Coordinator
Laura Ritchie, Director, Art Gallery
Traci Steylen, Administrative Assistant, Art Galley


Career Services
Is career indecision on your mind? Are you looking for a job this school year or after you graduate? Wondering if your resume or online profile needs tweaking? Book a 10-minute drop-in appointment with Career Services during the Student Services Fair. We can chat, answer the questions you have, and decide if meeting another day for a longer appointment makes sense.

Kyla Friel, Career and Experiential Education Coordinator

To book an appointment, email careerplanning@msvu.ca

Counselling Services

Counselling Services is available to meet and answer any questions that you may have about counselling and your mental health care at the Mount. Our counsellors will be able to tell you about the free and confidential counselling services that we have available to students, as well as how to book an appointment and what to expect in a counselling session.

Jillian Rankin, Clinical Supervisor
Kyle Cleversey, Counsellor
Jane Gavin-Hebert, Intake Worker

To book an appointment, please email counselling@msvu.ca

Financial Aid
Financial Aid can answer questions about applying for government student loans (full-time and part-time), Mount scholarships, the Student Works employment program and the Mount’s In-Course Bursary program.

Alison Stark, Assistant Registrar, Financial Aid

To book an appointment, email financial.aid@msvu.ca

Financial Services
Financial Services is available to help students and potential students find answers to all questions regarding their student account statement, International Student Medical and Student Union Medical, Upass questions, charges to their student account, payments, student loan payments and processing and student account refunds. Office hours are weekdays 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM

Pam Reinders-Cooley, Manager, Student Accounts

To book an appointment, email pam.reinders-cooley@msvu.ca

Information Technology & Services

Do you have questions about how to access your MSVU network account, Email and course software?  Visit msvu.ca/itservices

Helpdesk Hours: Monday thru Friday 8:30am – 4:30pm

To contact IT&S, please email Helpdesk@msvu.ca or call 902-457-6538.

International Education Centre
The International Student Advisor will take questions about your immigration permits, transitioning to the Canadian online classroom, and any other questions about life in Halifax as an international student.

Kay Balite, International Student Advisor

The Manager of the International Education Centre will take questions about planning your travel to Canada, quarantine requirements, and any other questions about life in Halifax as an international student.

Amy Braye, Manager, International Education Centre

The Manager of English for Academic Purposes (EAP) Programs will be available to answer questions about MSVU language requirements, UBP or GPP registration, language support while you are studying your regular MSVU classes, and group tutorials.

Nicolle Bowes Cashen, Manager, English for Academic Purposes (EAP) Programs

To book an appointment, email international@msvu.ca

Learning Strategist 
The Learning Strategist can answer questions about the services she provides for all Mount students and how she can help students with study skills, time management, approaching assignments, and more.

Venus Bali, Learning Strategist

The Learning Strategist is unfortunately unable to hold drop in appointments during Orientation. To book an appointment at a later date, email venus.bali@msvu.ca

Library & Archives
During a drop-in appointment, students can expect answers to questions regarding services offered, how to gain access to the Library’s physical and digital collections, how to obtain or update their ID card, how to get research help, as well as information about study space during this time.

Meagan Pottie, Reference Assistant, Library
Denyse Rodrigues, E-Learning & Library Research Services Librarian

To book an appointment, email library@msvu.ca

Mount 101
Mount 101 and the Mount Mentors are here to help you during your first year at MSVU. We’re here to answer any questions about starting at the Mount. If you’re not sure who to ask, start with Mount 101 and we’ll get you to the right people. Drop in and ask us anything!

Marisha Caswell, Mount 101 Coordinator

To book an appointment, email mount101@msvu.ca

Transfer Student Coordinator
The Transfer Student Coordinator, Academic Advising is specifically geared toward our Articulation Agreement (2+2) students, however, I can also assist other transfer students. The Transfer Student Coordinator can answer questions about transfer credits, course prerequisites, course load, adding and dropping courses, and scheduled and registering for courses.

Cindy Huelin, Transfer Student Coordinator

To book an appointment, email advising@msvu.ca

Writing Centre
The Writing Centre Coordinator will be able to answer questions about how virtual writing tutor sessions are conducted, what to expect from an appointment with a writing tutor and how the Writing Centre can support students throughout their time at MSVU.

Clare Goulet, Coordinator, Mount Writing Centre

To book an appointment, email clare.goulet@msvu.ca


Graduate Student Orientation | 6 p.m.

Join the Graduate Studies faculty and the Dean of Professional Studies and Education as they welcome you to MSVU’s Graduate family.


MSVUSU Social Event | TBA


More helpful and fun online events for #NewToMSVU students

Wednesday, August 26, 10–11 a.m. | International Student Orientation: Travelling to Canada

Learn about IRCC’s most current travel restrictions and exemptions and how this applies to you. MSVU’s International Education Centre will also provide you information on the mandatory quarantine plan and what support services we will be providing.


Wednesday, September 2, 1-4:30 p.m. | Accessibility Services Orientation

Are you are a MSVU student with a disability? Are you wondering how your accommodations work? Questions about what you have access to in the online learning environment? Come discuss and learn all about Accessibility Services at MSVU!

Accessibility Services Introduction
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Learn how Accessibility Services assists with accommodations, support, advocacy and more!

Assistive Technology Expo
2:15 pm – 3:15 pm

Assistive Technology is any tool, product or device – from the simplest to the most complex – that can make completing a task possible and equitable for a person with a disability. Connect with us to learn more about Assistive Technology including some of the amazing things you can do from your phone or your computer!

Funding & Campus Supports
3:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Learn about funding options as a student with a disability and about the many resources in our virtual campus to support you! Meet members of the Accessibility Society – the student-led information, tips and support resource!

Thursday, September 3, 10-11 a.m. | International Student Orientation: Studying Without a Study Permit

Learn about what you need to consider before starting your Fall 2020 studies without a Study Permit or stage-1 Study Permit application approval. Your International Student Advisor will discuss some of your options and remind you of deadlines to keep in mind.


Wednesday, September 9 | Athletics & Recreation Mount Olympics

Kick off your year with Mount Olympics 2020! Join the Mount Campus Rec staff and challenge yourself to a series of activities – e.g. Minute to Win It and Dance Challenges. Film your attempt and tag @mountcampusrec for a chance to win a prize. Challenges will continue twice a week throughout the semester, the more challenges you participate in the greater chance you have at winning the grand prize in December!

Learn more.

Thursday, September 10, 1:30 p.m. | Career Services Workshop: Earn While You Learn

Learn where to look for on campus (remote work) jobs and off campus jobs, and the most effective ways to apply for them. This workshop takes place just in time, before some fall/winter job opportunities close. View Career Services Facebook @msvucareerservices and Instagram @msvucareers for the Blackboard Collaborate link.


Tuesday, September 15, 8:30-9:30 p.m. | Athletics & Recreation Trivia Night

Join Mount Campus Rec for a virtual Trivia Night. Make new friends while testing your knowledge in this fun new format!  All you need is a device to follow along and participate from home!

Learn more.

Thursday, September 17, 7:10-7:40 p.m. | Athletics & Recreation DanceFit FREE Trial

Get up and DANCE with this FREE session of DanceFit!  Melissa from the Mount Fitness Centre is here to show you just how fun a virtual dance class can be!  With dance moves from Hip Hop, Bollywood, Disco, Salsa, Merengue and more, it’s an easy way de-stress from your day, get fit AND have fun at the same time!  This class will give you a taste of what will be offered during our fall DanceFit recreation program.  More details on that program are available at msvu.ca/fit

Learn more.

Thursday, September 17, 9-10 p.m. | Kitchen Party

Get into the East Coast groove with a virtual Kitchen party! We’ve added our own spin to this classic East Coast tradition and YOU are invited! Students are welcome to hangout, share stories and music. The event will be Open Mic – if you wish to perform please email campusrec@msvu.ca by September 16.

Learn more.