Pan-Colleges Events

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The Last Lecture

The Last Lecture offers graduating students an opportunity to come together and reflect upon their experiences at Trent University, bring closure to the time that they have spent here, and celebrate their many accomplishments both inside and outside of the classroom.

This annual event features an address by a graduating student, a distinguished alumna/us and a faculty member who will offer their words of inspiration to the Convocation Class.  Each lecturer speaks under one theme, offering their personal reflections, stories and words of wisdom to the graduating class. The Last Lecture helps to signify the beginning of the next step on your journey.

Unlike convocation where you sit by program and alphabetical order, at the Last Lecture you may choose to sit next to the person you sat beside in your first year lecture, and that same person might be your best friend today. Gather together a group of close friends and celebrate your last Trent lecture together.

Watch the 2016 Last Lecture Event

Available on YouTube


Life after Trent Networking Sessions

Tuesday January 24 2017 from 4:30-7:00pm in the Great Hall, Champlain College

Thursday January 26 2017 from 4:30-7:00pm in the Commons, Otonabee College

Life after Trent is an event that provides current students the opportunity to meet and chat with recent alumni. The purpose of this event is to provide an opportunity for conversation about the transition from an undergraduate program to the work force or further education. Alumni are excited and eager to discuss their personal experiences, share the variety of work and/or education experiences they have had since their time at Trent and provide advice that they learned along the way. Many alumni attending have taken a path that they hadn’t originally planned (or knew existed), but have found success in learning about how their Trent degree could help them along the way.

Enweying: An Event About Extraordinary Ideas

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Saturday January 28, 2017

9:30am-4:00pm in FPHL 117

(FPHL is the First People's House of Learning building located in Enweying/Peter Gzowski College)

Enweying features nine faculty members from various departments across Trent University who display exemplary teaching and who actively connect with students on a level beyond the classroom.It is important to note that these faculty are also nominated and invited by a student to participate in the event. This is a very special honour and opportunity for faculty to be selected by their students. Each faculty speaker is invited to give a presentation on a topic that they are passionate about, perhaps outside of the scope of their research.

This is a FREE event which includes morning refreshments, lunch and door prizes.


3-Minute Paper Competition

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Thursday March 9, 2017

7:00pm in Nozhem Theatre

(Located in the Enweying Building: Peter Gzowski College and First People's House of Learning)

What can you learn in 180 seconds?

In partnership between Academic Skills and the undergraduate Colleges at Trent University, the 3-Minute Paper (3MP) was inspired by the graduate level competition, The 3-Minute Thesis. 3MP challenges undergraduate students to present their original research in a clear, concise, and engaging manner within a short 3-minute time limit. Representing their College, participants may use up to three PowerPoint slides as a visual aid to support their talk.

For more information please consult the competition website housed under Academic Skills

Orientation Week 

Faculty FaceTime event poster

This event is structured in two parts:

From 1:00-2:00pm there will be a talk-show style portion where members of Trent University Faculty will answer questions about their undergraduate experience.

After the talk show, students will have an opportunity to talk to representatives (faculty, staff, students) from a variety of academic departments. It is a great opportunity to ask questions about course contents, ways to get involved in the department and so much more! Not sure if you want to chat with your department represenatitves on your own? Your Orientation Leaders will be at the event and can take a group of you together. As upper year students they may already have great relationships with these folks or be involved in their academic student club.

Light refreshments will be available to participants.


College Rivalry

Trent University’s college system allows for something which is unique on a university campus: college rivalry.  While each college offers a unique Trent experience, there is always room for friendly argument about which offers the best experience. Each college boasts its own college colours, unique crests, college cheers and traditions which all members of college are introduced to during Introductory Seminar Week (ISW). There are opportunities to prove that the college you are affiliated with is better than any other college through participation in intercollegiate events.