Trent University in Oshawa Invites New Students to “Get Green”


Get Green Orientation Day for New Students on September 11 to Feature Drum Rally, Trent Reads Seminars and Barbecue

Thursday, September 10, 2009, Peterborough

New students to Trent University in Oshawa will receive a special welcome on Friday, September 11 as part of Get Green Day, a full day of orientation activities designed to celebrate the beginning of a new academic year and give new students the opportunity to meet faculty and fellow students and explore their new campus home.

Originally named to celebrate school spirit, Get Green Day, now in its second year, also highlights Trent’s dedication to the environment. At the event, all new students will receive a stainless steel water bottle which they are encouraged to reuse throughout the year in place of wasteful plastic water bottles.

Running from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Get Green Day centres on team play. Students will be divided into teams and together they will earn points through participating in a variety of activities, including a scavenger hunt, shine challenge and ultimate Frisbee.

This year students will also be able to participate in two new initiatives – a Drum Rally and Trent Reads seminars.

The Drum Rally will be facilitated by the Toronto-based "Drum Café.” The Rally will take place early in the day with the purpose of "drumming up energy" in new students. In the Drum Cafe's program everyone gets a drum and is encouraged to join in unison in an effort to unite and motivate their team.

Trent Reads is a program that was launched on the Peterborough campus last year and has been adopted for the first time this year at Trent in Oshawa. As part of the Trent Reads program, all new students were asked over the summer to read Lawrence Hill's award-winning novel The Book of Negros. During Get Green Day, students will join with faculty and upper year students in seminars to discuss the novel, giving them their first university seminar experience.

"Get Green Day reflects Trent and the Trent University in Oshawa community since it focuses on caring for the world around us, and shows the leadership and initiative of Trent in Oshawa students who are the key organizers of both the Get Green activities and the Trent Reads discussions for our incoming students,” says Dr. Rita Bode, associate dean of Trent in Oshawa. “It's also a good example of how we all work together, faculty, staff and students, to enrich campus life."

Get Green Day concludes with a celebratory barbecue to allow new students the chance to share their experiences in a more social setting.

Approximately 70 students are expected to attend Get Green Day, which is organized by the Trent in Oshawa Student Association. 


Media are invited and encouraged to attend Get Green Day at Trent University in Oshawa.

For more information, please contact:
Valerie Naylor, Student Association Vice President, Trent in Oshawa, 905-721-0457 x222 or 905-914-7555 (cell) or