Taking Off into a New Academic Year with a Look Back

September 5, 2019

Summer stories about Trent faculty, staff and students set the bar for University’s standard of excellence

A fan smiles and gives a thumbs up at the U19 World Lacrosse Championship while wearing Canada flags on her headband.

A new academic year is upon us, and while there’s lots to look forward to, you may want to read up on the excitement at #TrentU this summer. Don’t worry, we’ve already done the homework and pulled together the top news stories to bring you up to speed.

1. Canada Research Chair helps discover hybrid whale, the narluga

This summer, we found out what happens when two different whale species mate. Canada research chair and Anthropology professor Dr. Paul Szpak was part of an international team of scientists that confirmed the first-ever existence of a hybrid whale – the narluga! Through chemical and DNA analysis, the team proved that the mother was a narwhal and the father was a beluga.

2. Trent Welcomes the World as Host of U19 Lacrosse Championship

For 10 days in August, Trent played host to the world for the 2019 U19 Women’s World Lacrosse Championships. The international tournament brought together 525 athletes from 22 countries, and energized and inspired the community at Trent and in Peterborough.

The calibre of sport and spirit was a fitting showcase of Trent’s facilities and athletic achievements, and culminated in a face-off between rivals Team Canada and Team USA, with the Americans taking the title.

3. Trent University will be the first university to install green parking on campus in Canada

In keeping with the University’s long-standing commitment to environmental sustainability, Trent has become the first university in Ontario to install permeable grid paving – an environmental innovation made popular in Europe.

The environmentally-friendly parking solution is created using 100% recycled plastic, helping curb plastic pollution as it does not require the use of asphalt – often a byproduct of the petroleum industry.

4. Faculty secure funding for research making industry greener, helping breast cancer survivors cope after treatment, and understanding historical and modern society. 

5. Trent Students Take the Wheel to Develop Electric Vehicle Strategy for Clarington

Students in the Communications & Critical Thinking program at Trent University Durham are partnering with the municipality of Clarington to develop an electric vehicle strategy.

6. Trent Durham is growing! Get the dirt on the groundbreaking in May for the new six-storey building

Construction is underway for the first phase of the Durham GTA expansion project. In May, we started construction on a six-storey building to accommodate the growing student population at the Durham campus. The new building will feature new state-of-the-art academic space and be the home for 200 students with the first-ever on-campus residence.

7. Creating a Future-Ready Campus: Housing Strategy in the Works at Trent

Trent is joining other community efforts, taking further steps to provide housing in Peterborough, initiating a housing strategy to address increasing enrolment and respond to housing pressures in the Peterborough community.

The first phase of the Board-approved strategy, which focuses on the Peterborough campus, includes a proposal for building a new 400-bed college residence on the Symons Campus and adding 150 residence spaces at Traill College. A second phase of the project would include a 150-bed addition to an existing college on the Symons Campus as well as the renovation of residence spaces at Otonabee College.

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9. Bon Appetit! Trent becomes only Canadian university to offer three-star green certified restaurant

Trent University is now the only university in Canada with a three-star certified green restaurant. The Peter Gzowski College Dining Hall on Trent’s Symons Campus in Peterborough has met all of the requirements for the certification, through the Green Restaurant Association (GRA), including using reusable dishes, having a comprehensive composting and recycling program, using no Styrofoam and using energy-efficient appliances.

10. Welcome to Trent: New Entrance Sign Symbolizes Beginning of a Journey

New and returning students, alumni, staff and visitors were greeted by something new when they arrived on campus in September. A new welcome sign at the main entranceway has been installed – designed to encourage the entire Trent community to strike a pose with friends, snap a selfie and share their #TrentU moments.