Looking Back: Our Top Stories of 2017

Confetti falls on Student Centre volunteers.Highlights include the opening of the Trent University Student Centre, a Prime Minster as Honorary Degree recipient, Governor General's Award-winning alumni, an alumnus Premier, and much more!

As the usual hectic pace of university life slows to a pre-holiday crawl, and the students depart to their homes across the country and around the world, we have time to pour an eggnog, hang out stockings (no coal for this green university, thanks!) and take stock of the past year before we too head off for our seasonal break. We also have time to share some of our favourite TRENT Magazine Live stories of 2017.

It was a busy year around these parts -- but, then, Trent is always bustling. It was also one of celebration. As usual, our alumni gave us plenty to cheer about:

During the summer, John Horgan '79, continued Trent's tradition of excellence in elected office by becoming the Premier of British Columbia, even if it took him awhile to actually get there. While he gained his seat as NDP party leader on May 9th, it took until a non-confidence vote in July for him to officially be named Premier. As a cool aside: an article from the National Post lists his undergraduate degree from Trent University among the top five things to know about Mr. Horgan. Full story here.

Trent Chancellor Don Tapscott '66 continued his award-winning ways by being named the Thinkers50 #1 Digital Thinker in the World. While he was at it, he was also named the 2nd most influential management thinker. Dr. Tapscott's most recent work, Blockchain Revolution, predicted the massive impact of blockchain technology and cryptocurrencies. Had you heeded his advice on the importance of Bitcoin when the book first came out, you'd probably be a happy financial camper right now. Full story here.

Dawn Martin receives her Governor General's Award.

Recent alumna Dawn Martin '13 made huge strides by winning a Governor General’s History Award and the 2017 Aboriginal Arts & Stories Senior Writing Prize. Full story here. Meanwhile, alumna  Shelagh Grant was awarded the Joseph-Elzéar Bernier Medal and was one of three 2017 Royal Canadian Geographical Society award winners with Trent connections. Full story here.

Alumnus Professor Richard Harrison '76 was named the 2017 Governor's General Award winner for poetry. We were delighted to sit down with him for a podcast interview -- a far ranging chat that will delight lovers of literature, hockey fans, and Trent community members alike. Full story and interview here.

That interview was one of our podcast highlights. Others included NDP MP for Nanaimo-Ladysmith, Marjolaine Boutin-Sweet '74 (full interview here), musician Jason "The Human Kebab" Parsons of Ubiquitous Synergy Seekers (full interview here), and singer/songwriter/founding MUCH Music VJ Christopher Ward (full interview here). That final one focuses on wild and wonderful chaos that was the origins and first decade of MuchMusic. Former Much hosts, including the wonderful Erica Ehm tweeted us to say how much they enjoyed the show.

2016 Alumni Young Leader Award winner Diane Therrien '10 and 2017 Alumni Young Leader Award winner Brianna Salmon '10.

2016 Alumni Young Leader Award winner Diane Therrien '10 and 2017 Alumni Young Leader Award winner Brianna Salmon '10.

There were also Trent honours a-plenty! In a brand new format, the 2017 Trent University Alumni Awards  were taken on the road and presented at regional alumni events around the world. Full story and list of winners here.

Then there were our Honorary Degree recipients. Trent honoured seven distinguished Canadians, including Canada’s 21st prime minister, the governor of the Bank of Canada, one of today’s most prominent female revolutionaries, a trailblazing social justice advocate, and married partners who envisioned a better world, as the University’s 2017 honorary degree recipients at ceremonies in Peterborough and Durham. Full list of honorees here.

One of our biggest celebrations happened at our Peterborough campus as we opened the doors of the brand new Student Centre with a gala evening. The contributions of Trent alumni were a huge part of making the new building happen. Full story here.

Right next door, the Bata Library is undergoing $18 Million transformation into a "library of the future." Of course, Bata has always been a marvel. Just ask the folks at Chatalaine Magazine, who named it one of the "coolest libraries in Canada." Full story here. And here.

Speaking of magazines, ranked the number one undergraduate university in Ontario for the seventh year in a row, and number three in its category for all of Canada, Trent University had a strong showing in the Maclean’s University Rankings issue. Once again, alumni remain proud of their school's showing. Full story here.

Personal highlights for the TRENT Magazine editor -- and for many students -- were TRENT Magazine contributions from beloved faculty such as alumnus Prof. Dan Longboat '70, Prof. John Wadland, and Prof. Stephen Brown. Prof. Longboat prepared a piece on the current and future states of Aboriginal education (full story here); Prof. Stephen Brown offered a lovely look back at Stuart McLean's visits to Trent (full story here); and Prof. Wadland took a sober look at the Canada 150 celebrations (full story here).

TRENT Magazine itself had, perhaps, its finest year yet, providing glimpses into national and global issues through the eyes of talented alumni and faculty. All three editions are online:

Winter 2017

Spring 2017

Autumn 2017

And as 2017 inches towards a close, we not only look back on the year, but look at ahead to 2018. Coming up in the new year will be our first ever "Millennial" edition of TRENT Magazine, where we celebrate the accomplishments, dispel the myths, and explore some of the challenges of the youngest generation of Trent grads.

In the meantime, happy holidays, friends. Cheers to you and yours! Look for us in 2018. We'll be definitely keeping an eye out for you and your stories!


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