We’re sad to see fall go, but we sure had our share of memorable moments this semester. Check out major highlights of events that took place.
uOShow – The annual tradition not to miss! As part of the Welcome Week programming; providing a burst of exciting, action-packed events to make new students feel at home and part of the Gee-Gees community. Members of the university community enjoyed an exclusive night of live performance at the University Square featuring Elijah Woods X Jamie Fine and French rapper, Loud.
Urban Art Festival – The first of its kind Urban Art festival was lit! From music and live DJ on site,this festival was a show where many students got to express themselves through street art and leave their mark.
Escape the UCU – For those who enjoy the thrill of mystery and following clues, Escape the UCU had several teams working to solve puzzling tasks and an opportunity to learn about all our services on campus. It was a race against time and other teams. Only the best could survive and take away the big prize!
Franco-Ontarian Celebrations – It was such an honour having our very own alumni, Kat Levac take centre stage for an unforgettable night of comedy, as well as a free BBQ at the University Square as we celebrated the Ontarian Francophone community.
Peace Festival – What a great opportunity it always is bringing everyone together celebrating Peace. With words expressing people’s understanding of peace floating around the peace festival, to talks held to get conversations going about peace; this festival was a breath of fresh air.
Pride Week – A full week of Pride celebrations from the 7th until the 11th of October; filled with activities to help educate people and forge links with and among the LGBTQ2+ community. Featured was a talk by Amanda Jetté Knox, a Drag Show with Tatianna and several other local drag queens. The week was capped with the inauguration of a new rainbow-coloured crosswalk.
Day of the Dead – Learning about Mexican tradition was sensational as we had Students of Escuela Moderna Americana from Mexico join us on campus to share one of their dearest traditions, Día de Muertos. A unique celebration where death brings laughter and the comfort of closeness.
Panda – Victory again! In front of a record-breaking sold-out crowd of 24,600, the eyes of the university football world were once again on Canada's capital for the greatest rivalry game the nation has to offer. It was a spectacular game ending with the defeat of the Carleton Ravens by Ottawa Gee-Gees with a score of 32-10 in this years’ 51st Panda Game at TD Place.
International Games Week – It was all about gaming where gamers had fun playing innovate games, including board games, virtual games. Amongst such gaming event is Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (Nintendo Switch) tournament, Beat Saber, Large Twister Game, and lots more. In addition to the week, was a special guest speaker Bill Wray, Director of Operations at IQ eSports, who presented career opportunities in eSports!
Comfort Days – Who doesn’t love comfort? Lots of comfort food to choose from, adult colouring activity with hot chocolate, including our comfy GG gear Friday; in the spirit of supporting our Men Hockey Team at the Colonel By Classic (Ravens vs Gee-Gees). Comfort will always win our heart!
Travel and Adventure - This event involved the community in a new and unique way, kicking off with a “Travel around the world” Instagram contest to win $500 Air Canada gift card! Members of the university community also enjoyed free tickets to three films showing on campus as part of the Ottawa Adventure Film Festival. Films covered themes of accessibility and adaptive sports, Indigenous culture and our planet.
Rugby Championship – After a great back and forth play by both teams, the Ottawa Gee-Gees defeated the Guelph Gryphons by a score of 33-17 at Matt Anthony Field in the U SPORTS women's rugby bronze medal game hosted and presented by uOttawa. This victory marked the fifth consecutive U SPORTS medal for uOttawa Gee-Gees.
FISU University World Cup – The University of Ottawa Gee-Gees are international champions after winning the 2019 FISU University World Cup – Football. Ottawa toppled favourites in Brazil's Paulista University, who conceded their first and only goal of the tournament on a Mikayla Morton header in the second minute. The goal proved to be the difference-maker in the 1-0 win for the Gee-Gees.
With so many awesome activities to be apart of on campus, you won’t want to miss out on any of the upcoming events in winter. Here’s a sneak peak of what to expect:
Winter Welcome – January 6 – 10, 2020
Snowfest – February 3 – 7, 2020
Mois de la Francophonie – March 2020
There is always something for everyone! Stay connected with @uOcampus and get ready to join in the fun!