OPSEU and The Trent University Faculty Association (TUFA) recently demonstrated their support for the new Student Centre at Trent, each donating $5,000 in support of the Student Centre Challenge.
“The support of Trent employees for the new Student Centre, both collectively through their unions, OPSEU and TUFA, as well as through their individual contributions, is a heartening testament to the leadership and dedication of Trent staff and faculty,” said Richard Morgan, associate vice-president, Development, External Relations and Advancement. “They bring their best to the university each and every day through their work, and they invest in the future of our students through their generous contributions. It’s a wonderful example of what makes Trent a special place.”
The new Student Centre, designed by Teeple Architects with student, faculty and staff input, will be located beside the Bata Library on the banks of the Otonabee River. The 37,000-square-foot building will house Stohn Hall, a 250-seat tiered lecture theatre that can also host special events and performances, and two state-of-the-art, high tech classrooms. It will also provide a home for Trent’s new Centre for Entrepreneurship and Social Innovation, which will equip students with the knowledge, tools, experiences and support they need to become successful innovators and entrepreneurs. There will also be new meeting spaces for Trent’s diverse clubs and levy groups, and formal and informal space for all students, those who live on campus and off.
Students are the driving force behind the new Student Centre, providing, through a special levy, $10.5 million of the $16 million required for the building, with $1.5 million coming from the University. Trent board, staff, faculty and retirees have raised over $500,000 to date.