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Trent University Set to Welcome 2,000 New Students


Trent Newcomers Begin Introductory Seminar Week
on September 4

Friday, September 1, 2006, Peterborough

On Monday, September 4 approximately 2,000 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 4 to Saturday, September 9 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.

“Trent University offers a very unique version of university orientation. It’s different from what you might see at other colleges or universities because Trent’s ISW includes a combination of social and academic events,” says Chris Glover, ISW Coordinator. ”At Trent our focus is the success of every student.  By the end of ISW, students will be prepared for their first year of classes and familiar with their social and academic surroundings.”

Please note the photo opportunities in these highlights of ISW at Trent:

Monday, September 4, 8:30 a.m. to 6:00 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.

Transfer Student BBQ and Welcome
Tuesday, September 5, 12 noon to 2:00 p.m., Otonabee College Room 203
All students transferring to Trent from another university or college are invited to attend the Transfer Student Barbecue and Information Session to meet other students and Trent staff.

Clubs and Groups Day
Wednesday, September 6, 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Bata Podium
Students are invited to gain further information on a variety of clubs and groups at Trent.

Wednesday, September 6, 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., Catharine Parr Traill College
At this event students can dunk ISW staff, play in the bouncy castle, don sumo suits, play tug-o-war, and eat cotton candy and snow cones to their heart’s content. All proceeds from go towards raising money for the Shinerama event on Saturday.

Thursday, September 7, 12 noon to 5:00 p.m., Bata Podium
A new ISW event, Trent World Day aims to bring a greater understanding and consciousness of the diversity represented at Trent. Central to the day will be Introvillage, featuring origami lessons, international DJs, henna, vendors, and other internationally-focused organizations.

IntroFEST BBQ and Concert
Thursday, September 7, barbecue at 5:00 p.m., concert at 7:00 p.m. 
Trent’s first concert of the year! The band is a surprise.

Friday, September 8, 3:00 p.m., begins on the Bata Podium
A time-honoured Trent tradition, the Great Race is a giant relay race between the colleges across the Symons Campus.

Saturday, September 9, all day, various locations. 
Shinerama is back and this year Trent students are aiming to raise $18,000 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 college that raises the most money will be presented with the Natasha Taylor Cup.

Presentation of the ISW Cup
Saturday, September 9, 8:30 a.m., Catharine Parr Traill College Lawn
The ISW Cup will be awarded to the most enthusiastic college during the opening ceremonies of Shinerama on the morning of Saturday, September 9.

For a complete list of ISW events, please visit www.trentu.ca/isw.


For more information about new student enrolment at Trent, please contact:
Susan Salusbury, Trent University Registrar, (705) 748-1011 x1677

For more information about ISW activities, please contact:
Chris Glover or Tim Brock, ISW Coordinators, (705) 748-1011 x5162 or x 5124