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Trent University Set to Welcome New Students for 07/08 Academic Year


Trent Newcomers Begin Introductory Seminar Week (ISW) September 3

Thursday, August 30, 2007, Peterborough

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. After sampling a variety of lectures, the students then make their final course registrations selections for the year. 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.”

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

    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 NEW! PHOTO OPPORTUNITY!
    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 PHOTO OPPORTUNITY!
    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 PHOTO OPPORTUNITY!
    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.
  • Closing Ceremonies PHOTO OPPORTUNITY!
    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.
    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 site.


For more information about ISW activities, please contact:
Chris Glover, ISW Coordinator, (705) 748-1011 x7124 or (705) 872-2702 (cell)