Built for Students, by Students: New Student Centre Celebrates Opening Ceremony
Grand opening ceremony for new Student Centre at Symons campus recognizes generosity of Trent community
The vision of Trent University students past and present has now become a reality as the green carpet was rolled out, and the official opening ceremony was held for the highly-anticipated Trent University Student Centre.
“The Student Centre is a partnership between the University, its students and donors who care about Trent. In that way, the Student Centre is a physical manifestation of what Trent is,” explains Dr. Leo Groarke, president and vice-chancellor of Trent University. “We’re delighted with the building that has resulted and look forward to its future use as space for our growing student body, offering new places where they can collaborate, learn and grow.”
In spring of 2013 a forward-thinking cohort of Trent students voted yes to a levy that would provide $10.5 million to fund the new Student Centre, and set the wheels in motion for the new building. This funding, combined with an outpouring of philanthropic support from the Trent community including, the Board of Governors, faculty, staff, and alumni, as well as University contributions, helped complete the $16 million project.
“The commitment from Trent students to bring this building to fruition inspired an outpouring of support. The Student Centre Challenge engaged staff and faculty, Trent’s Board of Governors, and alumni to make a gift towards the campaign,” said Julie Davis, vice-president of External Relations and Advancement at Trent. “As a result, we have yet another beautiful and inspiring space on campus thanks to the generosity and spirit of the Trent family.”
Designed to connect with the beautiful, existing architecture at Trent University – the aesthetic of the new building honours the historic Ron Thom architecture of the Symons Campus, while offering a new space for students to learn and thrive on campus. A few unique features and spaces in the new building include:
The grand opening ceremony saw over 300 students, staff, faculty, alumni and community members gather to tour and celebrate the new building. The event included a green carpet roll-out where groups of donors and supporters were honoured, live music, student performances, refreshments, and interactive entertainment.
Posted on Friday, September 29, 2017.