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Finding Themselves at Trent: More than 600 Attend Open House

"We are absolutely delighted to have you here today," Trent University President Bonnie Patterson told more than 600 prospective students and family members as she welcomed them to the March 16 Open House.

Visitors eager to learn about the University gathered at 9 a.m. in the Athletic Complex for the Information Forum and Academic Fair, where they had the opportunity to talk to representatives from all academic departments and some clubs, groups and teams. President Patterson, who encouraged students to ask questions as they explored the campus throughout the day, welcomed visitors to the University mid-morning. She discussed the college system - a mix of living and learning, the University's commitment to teaching and research, student access to faculty members and balance between arts and science.

Student Stephen Dunbar spoke enthusiastically to prospective students about his Trent University experience. He arrived from the Northwest Territories, not knowing a soul, and within minutes, met a number of students and was introduced to Champlain College Master Stephen Brown. Mr. Dunbar also talked about his involvement in the University's popular intramural sports program and professors he described as "simply incredible."

"Here at Trent, you're not a number, you're a name," he said. "The professors love teaching, they love being here, they love talking to students."

The late morning and afternoon brought opportunities to tour the campus and attend specific information sessions on programs and services, including Forensic Science, Housing and Financial Aid, and Academic Skills. A second Open House will take place March 17, 2004 and those planning to attend are asked to RSVP to or 748-1332. The day will again kick off with the Information Forum and Academic Fair in the Athletics Complex at 9 a.m.

Guided Walking Tours of Trent University's campus will also be offered March 19, 2004 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Those planning to attend the Tour Day are asked to RSVP to or 748-1332.

Photo 1: Student Stephen Dunbar addresses more than 600 visitors.

Photo 2: Kristin Newell considers Sociology at Trent.

Image on home page: Peter Lapp discusses the new Forensic Science program at Trent.

Posted March 16, 2004

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