Trent University to Welcome Visitors at March Break Open House Saturday, March 12, 2011


Showcase of Symons Campus includes sample lectures, campus tours, and academic fairs

Friday, March 4, 2011, Peterborough

Trent University is pleased to invite prospective and interested students, friends and families to the March Break Open House on Symons Campus in Peterborough on Saturday, March 12, 2011 from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Anyone interested in learning about what Trent has to offer is welcome to join a variety of campus tours, attend free lectures, chat with faculty and staff, and attend academic fairs. President Steven E. Franklin will give welcome remarks at 9:30 a.m. in the Wenjack Theatre at Otonabee College, as will Dr. Hugh Elton, acting dean of Arts and Science (Humanities) at Gzowski College. An open-house welcome video, full schedule of events and information about registration are available at

"Trent's Open House introduces students to the Trent Experience, offering a glimpse into how we approach academic excellence,” said Dr. Gary Boire, Trent’s provost and vice-president academic. “Students and their families will be able to speak one-on-one with our nationally and internationally recognised faculty members, and sample from more than 50 degree programs and specializations in the arts, science and professional realm."

Open House Highlights:

  • TOUR THE CAMPUS: Join the campus tours throughout the day, the sciences lab tour at 11:30 a.m., nursing lab tours at 10:30, 11:30 and 12:00, crime-scene house tours departing every 15 minutes from the Health and Life Sciences Building between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., and residence tours from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • TAKE IN A MEMORABLE LECTURE: Sample lectures from a variety of disciplines at multiple locations from 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. At 10:30, catch “The Search for Earth-Like Exoplanets,” by Dr. Dave Patton from Physics & Astronomy in the Chemical Science Building or “With Gods like These, Who Needs Enemies?” by Professor Ian Storey from Ancient History and Classics at Gzowski College.
  • TALK TO PROFESSORS AND STAFF: Talk to faculty about the program of your interest, admissions and academic advising at the Student Services Fair from 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. in Otonabee College, the Humanities and Social Sciences Fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Gzowski College, and the Sciences Fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Chemical Sciences and Health and Life Sciences Builidings.
  • EXPLORE STUDENT SERVICES: Talk to staff from the offices of Disability Services, Housing, Counselling, Health Services, and the Trent International Program at the student services fair from 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.
  • CHECK OUT THE TRENT COMMUNITY SPORT AND RECREATION CENTRE: Try the climbing wall, paddling tank, and talk to a coach about your fitness interests.
  • WIN PRIZES: Enter a draw to win first choice residence, a bookstore gift certificate, a free session with a fitness trainer, a Trent swag bag and more.

The Robinson Dining Hall at Peter Gzowski College will be open for guests who want to sample the on-campus culinary experience, for an all-you-can-eat lunch for $8 per person.

To RSVP, please visit or call 1-888-739-8885.


For more information, please contact:  Melissa Joseph Hill, associate registrar, 705-748-1011 ext. 6228, or to RSVP, please visit or call 1-888-739-8885.