Over 4,000 new students at both Trent’s Peterborough and Durham Greater Toronto Area (GTA) campuses will discover the transformative Trent experience first-hand during Orientation Week 2021.
“There is nothing like the excitement of welcoming new students to campus, especially this very unusual year,” said Dr. Nona Robinson, associate vice-president of Students at Trent University “It’s such a happy time. Orientation connects students to the University community – providing them with opportunities to meet each other, learn about the transformative Trent experience first hand, to find out about support resources, and to connect with their college community and professors. It gives them help to hit their academic ground running.”
Beginning on Saturday, September 4 with Move-In Weekend and running through Friday, September 10, Orientation Week offers incoming Trent students the opportunity to take part in numerous events and activities that encourage forging friendships and familiarization with the community.
The University continues to prioritize the health and safety of the campus and local community, with measures including a new vaccination policy, which will require COVID-19 vaccinations for all students, staff, faculty and others on campus. Orientation Week 2021 is also being offered as a combination of remote, hybrid and in-person activities. Many in-person events will be held outdoors, allowing students to socialize safely.
From tried-and-true O-Week traditions like the Great Race, to community-focused events like the Flavours of Peterborough, which showcases the city's vibrant restaurant scene, Orientation Week at the Peterborough campus offers first-year students an opportunity to get fully-acquainted with the University.
At Trent University Durham GTA, students will be moving into the new residence building at the Oshawa campus on Monday, September 6. During Orientation Week, they will be able to take part in a variety of sessions and small-group activities including academic information sessions, games, and a campus fair.
Trent will also be hosting Re-Orientation activities and events at both campuses as an opportunity for returning students who missed out on in-person orientation last year to get acquainted (or re-acquainted) with campus supports, services and spaces.
Highlights of campus-wide orientation events in Peterborough offering engaging photo opportunities for media include:
Saturday, September 4 and Sunday, September 5, 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Orientation Week staff from all colleges and staff from housing services at Trent will welcome and support new students and their families with registration and their move into residence. Drop-in vaccination clinics will be operating on both days for Trent University students, staff and faculty, and the broader community.
Tuesday, September 7 1:30 p.m. – 3 p.m., Bata Podium
Bringing together Trent’s diverse student groups to share dances from cultures around the world with the broader Trent community. Organized by Trent International, this event is open to all and celebrates on-campus diversity.
Flavours of Peterborough
Thursday, September 8, 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m., LEC South Field
Students will kick off the first day of classes by enjoying great food from some of Peterborough’s finest food providers. The Flavours of Peterborough Food Festival is a fun event filled with music, games, and activities, and will feature some of the most popular food dishes in Peterborough.
The Great Race
Friday, September 5, 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m., Trent Athletics Centre
The Great Race, a time-honoured Trent tradition, is run by the Trent Central Student Association and kicks off with the annual cheering competition. Each college is assigned the task of creating a new cheer for their college and Trent University. This giant relay race, which takes place at the Trent Athletics Centre, always brings out the college spirit in everyone.
Trent Durham GTA Orientation Week highlights include:
Monday, September 6, 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Orientation Week staff from all colleges and from housing services at Trent Durham will welcome and support new students and their families with registration and their move into the brand new residence.
Food Truck Dinner & Campus Fair
Tuesday, September 7, 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Students will have the opportunity to enjoy dinner at a food truck marketplace. This event offers lots of engaging fun, including soccer darts, dance revolution and axe throwing.
Community Vendors Alley
Thursday, September 8, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
This is an opportunity for new Trent Durham students to get acquainted with the local community. Businesses and organizations from Durham will be on campus to explain their services, recruit volunteers or staff. This event includes music, refreshments, and prize giveaways.
About Trent University
One of Canada's top universities, Trent University was founded on the ideal of interactive learning that's personal, purposeful and transformative. Consistently recognized nationally for leadership in teaching, research and student satisfaction, Trent attracts excellent students from across the country and around the world. Here, undergraduate and graduate students connect and collaborate with faculty, staff and their peers through diverse communities that span residential colleges, classrooms, disciplines, hands-on research, co-curricular and community-based activities. Across all disciplines, Trent brings critical, integrative thinking to life every day. Today, Trent's unique approach to personal development through supportive, collaborative community engagement is in more demand than ever. Students lead the way by co-creating experiences rooted in dialogue, diverse perspectives and collaboration. In a learning environment that builds life-long passion for inclusion, leadership and social change, Trent's students, alumni, faculty and staff are engaged global citizens who are catalysts in developing sustainable solutions to complex issues. Trent's Peterborough campus boasts award-winning architecture in a breathtaking natural setting on the banks of the Otonabee River, just 90 minutes from downtown Toronto, while Trent University Durham Greater Toronto Area, delivers a distinct mix of programming in the east GTA.
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