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Stepping out at 40: Trent University plans a year of celebration – and appreciation

Monday, March 15, 2004, Peterborough


Trent University's 40th Anniversary Committee chair, Professor Gordon Johnston, says the University will go out of its way to make community connections during its 40th year, as a way of saying thanks for all the support Trent has received. The University celebrates its 40th birthday on October 17, 2004.

Trent University kicked off its 40th anniversary plans with a visit to Peterborough City Council on March 8, 2004 where Prof. Johnston presented Mayor Sylvia Sutherland with a framed poster of the University.

"From the very beginning, Trent and the City of Peterborough have been mutually supportive of one-another. Trent and Peterborough are intertwined, as evidenced by the common symbol of the sword in the waves shared by the city's coat of arms and the University's crest," said Prof. Johnston, standing before a backdrop of Trent's specially designed anniversary logo bearing the theme "The Spirit of Trent."

In recognition of Trent's anniversary year, Her Worship recently named the week of October 11, 2004 "Trent University Week" in Peterborough. In accepting the framed image of the University reflected on the Otonabee River at dusk, Mayor Sutherland recalled Trent's opening ceremonies as one of the first big events she and her husband attended after moving to Peterborough. A graduate of Trent herself, Mayor Sutherland applauded the University for its progress over the years and said it was "hard to believe" Trent is already celebrating its 40th anniversary.

Prof. Johnston took the opportunity to thank the community for its generous support of the University over its 40-year history and to announce a 40th anniversary celebration for the University and the entire community to be held on Symons Campus on Saturday, October 16, 2004. The event will include music, activities for families, and even a merry-go-round. Peter Gzowski College and the First Peoples House of Learning will celebrate their official opening on the same day, allowing the public to have a first view of the campus's newest addition. Other activities are planned throughout Trent Week on campus

The University also plans to hold a free barbecue for the community, across from City Hall in September 2004.

Retired faculty member Professor Roy Edwards and retired staff member Ms. Barbara Hulcoop are also collecting stories of Trent for publication in October. Members of the community are invited to share their memories of Trent by emailing

More details about 40th anniversary celebrations will be released as they become available.


For more information, please contact: Professor Gordon Johnston at 748-1011 ext. 1522



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