Trent University Durham GTA will come alive with activity and excitement next week as the campus welcomes nearly 500 new students – the largest incoming class to date in the institution’s 40 plus year history in the Durham Region – for Orientation Week 2017.
Starting Saturday, September 2 and running through Saturday, September 9, the University will host a week of programming in partnership with the Trent Durham Student Association (TDSA). Orientation Week is geared towards assisting new students’ transition into university life by acquainting them with student supports and services, preparing them for student success with academic workshops and guest lectures, ensuring they are able to fully engage with faculty and staff, and giving them the opportunity to meet and get to know their fellow classmates.
“Trent University Durham’s Orientation Week is designed to ensure that each incoming student develops friendships with their peers, connects with the diverse clubs, intramural, and leadership programming on the campus, and learns the skills needed to succeed at university,” says Jenifer Richardson, manager of Student Affairs at Trent University Durham GTA. “This year, we’ve extended our orientation activities to include a full week of events where students will have many opportunities to forge friendships, connect with the campus community, and make lasting memories.”
Students who participate in Orientation Week will connect with their peers, upper year students, faculty and staff to discover all that Trent Durham has to offer. They will also receive information on academic success, library services, mentoring, and student experience to help build their confidence as they enter into the academic year.
“We are very excited to welcome incoming students for the 2017-2018 academic year. This year’s orientation will be bigger and better than ever,” remarked Katie Cassin, vice-president of Campus Life with the TDSA. “We have an entire week planned with activities for new and returning students. We hope this week will encourage students to connect, engage and become involved with our campus during their time at Trent Durham.”
Helping to make Orientation Week an outstanding experience for new students, over 100 senior students, faculty and staff dedicate their time to coordinate and run the various dynamic events.
Highlights of orientation events at Trent University Durham are listed below, including exciting photo opportunities:
TDSA Residence Welcome
Saturday, September 2, 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
The TDSA executive will be at residence distributing welcome kits to all Trent students moving into either the Simcoe or South Village buildings.
Opening Ceremonies and Campus Cup
Tuesday, September 5, 12:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Head of Trent University Durham, Joe Muldoon, will welcome students to the campus. Students will then have an opportunity to get to know each other through a series of ice breakers, team building games and dodgeball as they compete for the coveted Campus Cup.
First Blast *NEW*
Tuesday, September 5, 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
New this year, there will be an on-campus, backyard fair for all new and returning students complete with food trucks, inflatable games, a DJ and dance floor.
Wednesday, September 6, 10:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Inspirational guest lectures and specifically-designed student success sessions will offer new Trent students skills to give them a strong head start to the academic year. Guest speakers include: motivational speaker, Blake Fly – How to Make the Most of Your University Career; and public educator and advocate, Julie Lalonde – Draw the Line: Sexual Assault Prevention.
TDSA Movie Matinee *NEW*
Wednesday, September 6, 3:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
The TDSA has reserved a theatre at the Landmark Cinemas in Whitby for a showing of Baby Driver. This event is free to new and returning students. A shuttle will be provided to and from campus.
TDSA Giveaways Day
Thursday, September 7, 10:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
TDSA representatives will be in the atrium on the first day of class to hand out welcome back gift bags, complete with discounts and coupons to local businesses. They will also be running prize wheels and providing information about TDSA services.
TDSA Sleepover Event *NEW*
Friday, September 8, 5:00 p.m. – Saturday, September 9, 10:00 a.m.
For the first time ever, new and returning students will have an opportunity to spend the entire night at the Durham campus during the TDSA sleepover event. The night will include dinner, games, movies, activities, refreshments, and more.