New Academic Year Underway at Trent
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
2,000 New Students, over 90 New Faculty, and Brand New Alumni House among the Highlights
Wednesday, September 13, 2006, Peterborough
Classes officially began on Monday, September 11, but Trent University has been buzzing with activity for weeks. The School of Education and Professional Learning, which recently set up its permanent headquarters at the Symons campus, began classes on August 28; more than 2,000 new students and transfer students arrived on September 4 for Introductory Seminar Week; and renovations are continuing on many University upgrade projects.
"The start of the academic year is always a time of excitement here at Trent and this year has been no exception,” said Trent President Bonnie Patterson. “Whether students are joining us for their first year of study or are returning for another year of discovery, we are ready to welcome them and equip them with the tools for success – and a real sense of their ability to make a difference in the world.”
2,000 New Students Arrive
On Monday, September 4 approximately 2,000 new students and transfer students arrived at Trent University to begin Introductory Seminar Week (ISW), a series of orientation activities that acclimatizes new students to the Trent environment.
Official numbers will not be confirmed until November, but preliminary data show Trent is close to exceeding all enrolment targets.
"Our Education programs, both Consecutive and Concurrent, are full, as is the Forensics program,” said Trent Registrar, Susan Salusbury. "Nursing is very close and our international numbers look really good. The Trent in Oshawa program is also up by 28 per cent.”
According to the Office of the Registrar, high school numbers are also strong, with an increase of over five per cent in applications, and an increase of 10 per cent in acceptances. Overall, the number of new students at Trent is up by approximately 7.5 per cent over last year.
90 New Faculty
Trent University welcomes approximately 90 new faculty members for the 2006/2007 academic year, including 22 new tenure-track faculty and 70 sessional faculty. Tenured faculty include specialists in a variety of disciplines including: Dr. Nikolai Dokuchaev in Mathematics, Dr. Peri Ballantyne in Sociology, and Dr. Lewis McLeod in English. Sessional faculty, including Andy Mitchell, former MP and cabinet minister for Perry Sound-Muskoka and new President and CEO of the Greater Peterborough Area Economic Development Corporation, will teach at the University for 12 months or less.
School of Education and Trent-Fleming Moves to Symons Campus
This summer, both the Trent-Fleming School of Nursing and the School of Education and Professional Learning both moved to the Symons campus from their former location at Gzowski at Argyle.
The School of Nursing is now located in the Science Complex and the School of Education and Professional Learning is in Otonabee College. On August 28, the School of Education and Professional Learning welcomed approximately 420 full and part-time students for the first day of classes.
Trent University launched its new website on August 28. With the launch of an internal portal for students called myTrent, the external website was reconfigured to shift its focus to communicating with external clients of the University, including prospective students, faculty, staff, and supporters. The site was also redesigned to more effectively highlight and promote Trent’s diverse services, such as athletics and first-rate conference facilities.
Exciting new features of the redesigned website include: navigation based on the needs of the visitor; redefined pathways allowing users to find information quickly; main navigation present on every page to ensure users know where they are at all times; different beauty shots of campus and student life with every visit to the home page; and a new video, The Trent Experience. Visit www.trentu.ca to see the new website.
Improvements to Facilities
Throughout the spring and summer, many facilities at Trent were renovated and improved in order to ensure Trent’s readiness for the next academic year. Specific highlights include:
- ALUMNI HOUSE
The new home for Alumni Affairs in the former Master’s Lodge at Champlain College, opened in early August. One of Ron Thom architectural gems, the space has undergone numerous renovations that will continue into the fall.
- SCHOOL OF EDUCATION & PROFESSIONAL LEARNING
Additional administrative space and a suite of faculty offices are among the upgrades made for the School of Education and Professional Learning in Otonabee College.
- GRADUATE STUDIES
New office suites for Graduate Studies and the Registrar’s Office have been constructed in Blackburn Hall. Trent University aims to increase graduate student enrolment to 350 by 2010.
- THE DNA BUILDING
The DNA building occupancy certificate was granted on August 14. The main East Bank driveway from River Road to the DNA building has also been repaved.
- UPPER PODIUM
Site of Convocation and countless other events throughout the year, the upper podium adjacent to the Faryon Bridge is being re-surfaced.
For more information, please contact:
Kathryn Verhulst, Communications Officer, (705) 748-1011 x1456