Events & Traditions
Otonabee College Events and Traditions
At Otonabee College, we have many amazing events for the community to check out. From two college weekends, to creating your best version of chili to tearing up the dance floor at the formal, there's truly something for everyone.
Below is a synopsis of some of the traditions and events held in Otonabee College. For any questions, more information or if you want to volunteer for any of these events, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
New members of Otonabee College are formally welcomed into the College and receive a unique college scarf which features the colours and crest of Otonabee. A College Scarf is more than the threads that are woven together to form a scarf with our college crest embroidered on it. This scarf serves a bigger purpose than providing warmth on cold days. As you will hear from members of the College, this scarf means so much more to our community.
The College Cabinet mascot, Ottie the Otter, will show up at a number of College events throughout the year. We have also adopted the River Otter at the Peterborough Zoo, just down the street from Trent University. We encourage you to visit the Peterborough Zoo to visit our very own River Otter. We also have a lovely family of groundhogs that live on our College Grounds: the Betties. You can follow their adventures on their Instagram (The Betties of OC Instagram).
Collegiate Leadership Competition
CLC participants share one important quality: a passion for leadership. As a participant, you will develop leadership skills and gain an opportunity to build your resume and professional network while representing your college or university. This life-changing opportunity will increase your understanding of personal strengths and areas for improvement by stretching you to the boundaries of your knowledge, skills, and abilities. Last year Trent entered its first team and placed 4th!!!!
Orientation Week College Welcome
At the beginning of each Orientation Week, the College Principal, Cabinet, Orientation and Housing welcomes the new incoming class to Otonabee College. The new students gather in Wenjack Theatre and are officially addressed as members of the college. The College Principal shares a couple of stories, a few wise words and explains what Otonabee College has to offer and what it means to be an Otonabee College student. This event is a great way to kick off Orientation Week and welcome the students to their new home.
Each fall, new members of Otonabee College are formally welcomed into the College and receive a unique college scarf which features the colours and crest of Otonabee. This College Crest helps students learn about the college motto, tempora mutantur nos et mutamur in illis ('the times change, and we change along with them'). Like the Otonabee River, our community is ever-changing and unrelenting. This tradition provides students with the chance to meet fellow new members, as well as current and alumni Otonabee students as well. This ceremony is an Otonabee tradition that is very special to the OC community.
Fall College Weekend & Wildside Weekend
Each Fall and Winter semester, the Otonabee College Cabinet organizes a College Weekend. The Fall College Weekend will take place late September or early October, and Wildside Weekend occurs early March. College Weekends are a great opportunity to get a group of friends together and take part in various sporting and social activities, entertainment and College Traditions. Check out our calendar for the most up-to-date list of events!
Formed in 2012, its goal was to reach out to students and get them active during a stressful time of year (March) when the workload begins to pile up and one usually forgets to set some time aside to get out and be active. Enter Trent Mudder. As a team, students, faculty, and alumni alike are welcome to join in and take part in completing a series of challenges/obstacles to test one's endurance, get a little dirty, and have a great time with peers and colleagues as they race to complete the Trent wide obstacle course based off of the popular event “Tough Mudder”.
Chili Cook-Off for United Way
The Otonabee College Chili Cook-Off is a longstanding tradition within the college community. Our beloved former College Porter, Bruce Shearer, was an avid supporter and annual participant – often taking home the top prize for his venison chili. Sadly, our College community said a physical goodbye to Bruce in July 2017. The Chili Cook-Off is hosted the second week of November as a fundraiser for the United Way Campaign. Each fall, the College Office puts out a call for entries to the Otonabee College community. Our community has their bowls and spoons ready every November!
East Vs. West Hockey Game
The East vs. West Hockey game was started four years ago by a group of Otonabee College students and, over the short term it has been on the Trent campus, it has grown in popularity to be a campus-wide event. The planning co-chairs are Otonabee College students to keep the tradition alive where it originated. Each team is comprised of 17 students from the East Bank Colleges and 17 Students from the West Bank Colleges (15 players + 2 goalies). Proceeds from this event are donated to a local charity – this year a recommendation has been made to support a charitable organization that promotes youth involvement in hockey programs.
3-Minute Paper (3MP) Competition
Open to Trent students completing an honours seminar, an honours thesis, or a major project in any discipline, the 3MP competition challenges undergraduates to present their work to others, in a clear, concise, and engaging manner. Participants have three minutes to explain their research and challenges students to balance complexity and depth with clarity and concision as they explain their research question, their findings, and its relevance to the Trent community; participants can use up to three PowerPoint slides as visual aids to support their talk. For more information, visit the Trent 3MP website.
Organized by the Social Representatives from your Otonabee College Cabinet, this is an evening to dress up and enjoy a great dinner with your College friends. There will be a theme to the evening and lots of dancing.
Annual College Prizes
Hosted by the College Office, Cabinet and Residence Life as an opportunity to recognize any student who is selected as a recipient of an Otonabee College prize. Discover more about the Annual Otonabee College Awards.
This is an annual Otonabee College event to celebrate the accomplishments of our graduating class as they complete their Trent University journey. Hosted by the College Office at the end of March each year.
This event, which is inspired by the story of Dr. Randy Pausch, a professor at Carnegie Mellon University who delivered his final lecture to his students after being diagnosed with cancer, serves as a send-off to graduates and aims to pass on final pieces of knowledge as they prepare for life after Trent. The Last Lecture features addresses from a distinguished alumna or alumnus as well as a graduating student, staff member, and faculty member who are selected by the graduating class. This is a popular event for all students, whether you are in your first or final year at Trent, as it is a wonderful end note to the academic year.
Otonabee Guests in Residence
Otonabee College sponsors a diverse guest list throughout the term. These distinguished guests can include visiting authors, artists, musicians, and scientists. These guests often host an event or workshop for all affiliated students to attend.