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Trent University Set to Welcome New Students for 07/08 Academic Year
August 8, 2007

Trent Newcomers Begin Introductory Seminar Week (ISW) September 3

On Monday, September 3 all new students and transfer students will arrive at Trent University to begin Introductory Seminar Week (ISW), a series of orientation activities that acclimatizes new students to the Trent environment.

ISW runs from Monday, September 3 to Saturday, September 8 and is for new students only. The week is designed to make the transition to university as comfortable as possible by offering a combination of University-wide and college-specific social events intermixed with condensed sample lectures of all first-year courses offered at Trent, a unique feature of Trent’s ISW activities. Over 175 student volunteers will live on campus for the duration of ISW, organizing events and assisting new students.

"With a combination of academic and social events, Trent's Orientation Program aims to prepare students for their first week of studies while exposing them to the diversity of our campus," says Chris Glover, ISW Coordinator. "This year, new students will have the opportunity to explore what Trent truly has to offer by sampling lectures and participating in a variety of new events. I can't wait for our new students to arrive."

Highlights of the ISW schedule include:

  • Move-In Day
    Monday, September 3, 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
    Student reps from the various residential colleges at Trent will be set up at entrance ways to the University to welcome first-year students as they cross the threshold into university life. Whistles, dancing, music, cheers and colourful signs are all a part of the scene.
  • Opening Ceremonies
    Tuesday, September 4, 8:00 p.m., Bata Library Podium
    Students will be welcomed by Trent President and Vice-Chancellor Bonnie Patterson, and the President of the Trent Central Student Association Scott Dempsey. The Unity Singers will also perform as a formal welcome to students. Following the welcomes is IntroFEST, a concert organized by the Trent Central Student Association.
  • Traill Carnival
    Wednesday, September 5, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Catharine Parr Traill College
    At this event students can participate in a ton of fun games. There will be a BBQ, dunk tank, ice cream, and a themed event offered by each College plus so much more.
  • Trent World Day
    Thursday, September 6, 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Bata Podium
    Trent World Day aims to bring a greater understanding and consciousness of the diversity represented at Trent. The day begins at each college with a morning international trivia challenge. Central to the day will be Introvillage, featuring origami lessons, international DJs, henna, vendors, and other internationally-focused organizations. Introvillage runs from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
  • Trent Central Student Association BBQ
    Thursday, September 6, 3:30 p.m., parking lots behind the stadium
    All Dining Halls will be closed for dinner. Students can purchase their BBQ tickets at any Aramark location from Monday-Friday lunch. Champlain will be open to sell tickets only.
  • Trent Varsity Soccer Games
    Thursday, September 6, 4 p.m. Athletic Stadium
    Students, staff and faculty are encouraged to attend the Varsity soccer games and cheer on the Trent Excalibur as both the men’s and women’s teams’ battle against RMC. Trent World Day staff will perform a cultural show during half time.
  • Closing Ceremonies
    Friday, September 7, 3 p.m., Athletic Stadium
    The Great Race, a time-honoured Trent tradition, will kick off the closing ceremonies. The Great Race, is a giant relay race between the colleges, which begins at Traill College and ends at the Symons Campus. Other activities include: ISW Staff Dance – 175 ISW volunteers will perform a dance for the first year students; and a Cheering Competition where ISW volunteers and new students from each college must write a new Trent Cheer, College Cheer and Shinerama Cheer. Guest judges include Bonnie Patterson, Scott Dempsey and Meri Kim Oliver, Senior Director of Student Affairs and Community Partnerships.
  • Shinerama
    Saturday, September 9, all day, various locations.
    Shinerama is back and this year Trent students are aiming to raise $21,000 for Cystic Fibrosis by shining shoes, playing music, and washing cars around Peterborough. Shinerama is the largest fundraiser for Cystic Fibrosis research in Canada. Opening ceremonies will be held at Traill College starting at 8:30 a.m. The Shinerama Cup will be awarded at the kick-off as well as the ISW Cup that is awarded to the college with the best ISW Participation Rate (per capita).

In addition to all ISW events, each college will also host their own college-specific events based on their themes for the week. 2007 themes include:

  • Dr. Suess: "Oh the Thinks You Can Think!" (Lady Eaton College)
  • Monty Python (Champlain College)
  • Superheroes (Gzowski College)
  • Pirates, OC Marks the Spot (Otonabee College)
  • Traill's Always Boom Dynamite (Traill College)

For a complete list of ISW events, please visit the ISW website.