Another year at St. Joseph's College
Preparations to receive the 75 new students and all the returning students have kept everyone busy at St. Joseph's College, especially the Dons. A Don is a senior resident appointed by the Dean to look after the wellbeing of the girls on her floor. This covers everything including building spirit, enforcing the code of conduct, assisting with personal or university matters and showing leadership.
Dons of St. Joseph's College for the academic year 2003 - 2004 spent three days at Geneva Park Conference near Orillia with all of the Dons, Deans, Residence Assistants from all of the University of Toronto, St. George campus as well as Scarborough and Mississauga campuses. Over 200 people attended the three-day workshop and training session for Dons. Through interactive lectures, they learned about conflict management, time management, educational projects, ethnic relations, health and security concerns and how to build community in the residence.
The Dean, Sister Anne Marie Marrin and the Administrator, Sister Conrad Lauber, attended the conference and participated in the workshops and entertainment, meeting with their counterparts in between sessions.
A BBQ was held for the Dons and House Council of St. Joseph's College before the new residents arrived. Each Don picked a theme for her floor and decorated the floor. This included personalized nametags on the doors.
Tour of local sites
First year students of St. Joseph's College were welcomed in the evening, then given a tour of the local sites in the neighbourhood. A week of orientation followed before classes started on Sept. 8, 2003.