We're two weeks away from TRENT Magazine going to print and we're very excited about the upcoming edition. As always, we have faculty members and alumni contributing articles on issues that are affecting both Canada and the world.
Stories to watch for:
- alumnus and naturalist Drew Monkman '71 writes about the spread of the highly invasive round gobi -- and how its invasion of the Trent-Severn waterway may currently be stopped in Peterborough's Little Lake
- alumnus Mark Davidson ’79 (former director for Citizen and Immigration Canada) and Faculty member Haroon Akram-Lodhi (Department of International Development Studies) discuss how immigration is (or isn't) affecting the social and economic status quo of Canada and Canadians
- Professor Stephen Brown recalls Stuart McLean's various visits to Trent -- and his time as writer in residence
- alumnus Dr. Spencer J Harrison '97 (Ontario director of Camp fYrely, Canada’s only national camp for sexual and gender minority youth and their allies) reflects on the myriad issues surrounding trans culture and trans life
- plus we feature Trent Research and Innovation Park tenant, Noblegen, and how this Trent-based start-up is using biomaterials for both water purification and ecologically sustainable consumer products.
In his editorial, managing editor Donald Fraser '91 looks back on the graduation day that he missed and the smiles that occur, no matter the convocation experience:
Of Endings and New Beginnings
On the day I was to convocate, I was miles and miles away from Peterborough—sitting atop a mountain, just outside of Lake Louise, AB, to be precise. It was a rare day off from the several jobs I was holding down, and I did what I always did with time to myself: I hiked towards the sky.
I had exactly two ounces of single malt whisky with me to mark graduation day. Any more than that would have made for a perilous journey back down. As I recall, I enjoyed both the dram and the view. I felt worldly. All grown up. Moved onto a new chapter of my life.
What I didn’t feel, I’ve come to learn, was the excitement that comes with graduation day at Trent University.
I’ve lost count of the number of convocations I’ve attended since then. As editor of TRENT Magazine, I’m usually found popping up all over the Bata Library podium, camera in hand, capturing the smiling faces of graduates as they accept their degrees.
And the faces are always smiling, no matter the circumstances. I’ve seen rows of grins shining through rain ponchos. I’ve seen beaming joy from one-shoed grads with broken-heeled pumps in hand. I’ve seen a red-faced fellow dust himself off after an on-stage trip and fall, only to accept his diploma with both aplomb and sheepish delight.
Inevitably, it’s a wonderful end to the student experience. What it’s not, however, is an end to the Trent experience. That, I’ve come to learn, lasts a lifetime.
Part of this is a result of the bonds that are formed—and I count several of my best friends to be people I met within hours of arriving for first year. You can see this shared camaraderie at alumni social events such as Head of the Trent or Ideas That Change the World; or at lectures, networking socials, and conferences.
But there are plenty of other ways that alumni remain plugged in to the Trent community. There are mentoring programs, where you can either gain or share experience with fellow grads; volunteer experiences; or just simple day-to-day perks like discounts on car and auto insurance, or Bata Library and Athletic Centre privileges.
Then there are the thousands of alumni who follow us on social media or who are regular readers of TRENT Magazine, TRENT Magazine Live (the home of our blogs, news feeds, and podcasts), or the monthly Alma Matters e-Newsletter—a publication that provides a regular digest of all things Trent.
If you’re not already receiving these publications on a regular basis, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to subscribe. And be sure to follow us on Facebook (the Trent University Alumni Association page), Twitter (trentalumni), Instagram (trent_alumni), or LinkedIN (The Official Trent University Alumni Association).
Because, while convocation day may represent an end to your degree, it is merely the beginning of your rewarding experience as alumni. And we want to share this whole new chapter with you.