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Orientation eases students into university life

Orientation Fall 2012

TRU kicks off an action-packed first week with TRU Discover on Sept. 8, the annual orientation for new domestic and international students.

“Bring Your Thing” is this year’s theme and celebrates the diversity of talents, goals, cultures and perspectives on campus.

Start the day by joining an estimated 1,300 other new students at 9 a.m. at the Tournament Capital Centre Fieldhouse for a New Student Convocation and a formal welcome from President and Vice-Chancellor Alan Shaver and the deans of each faculty and school.

Academic open houses will allow you to get your bearings on campus before classes begin the next day on Sept. 9. Meet first-year faculty members and other students in your programs.

A free barbecue lunch, swag, prizes, grass volleyball, spikeball, music, and campus tours are among the fun and social activities. Tours run at 1 and 2 p.m. Student volunteers will answer your questions and highlight the services and activities TRU has in place to make your transition to university as smooth as possible.

Make a point of going to the campus-wide Back to School BBQ on Friday, Sept. 11. This features free food, music, activities and a resource fair with information on various services, clubs, recreation and other opportunities to enhance your time at TRU.

Caitlin Johnson,
TRU Orientation Coordinator
[email protected]

Live at TRU music series another eclectic mix

Ensemble Caprice

Ensemble Caprice

Live at TRU presents another eclectic mix of Canadian music for its fall 2015 series.

Two shows are on the schedule with both in the Alumni Theatre located in the Clock Tower building. Arrive early as seating is limited to just over 200 people.

Oct. 29Ensemble Caprice brings their baroque music performed on period instruments to town. The ensemble is becoming known for their innovative and adventuresome approach to an increasingly expanding musical repertoire.


Nov. 26Gordie MacKeeman and his Rhythm Boys bring an infectious blend of traditional and modern from Prince Edward Island and around the world to the Interior of BC.

Accolades Restaurant re-opens Sept. 16

Thompson Rivers University’s Accolades Restaurant has always garnered, well, accolades, and has been featured as one of the top 100 restaurants in Canada for several years running. It’s an achievement no other university restaurant in Canada can claim.

Yet even the best need re-imagining. After a one-year hiatus, time spent rethinking and retooling, a new and improved Accolades will be open for business Sept. 16, 2015.


Patrons can expect an array of interesting and flavourful starters, mains and desserts from the new Accolades.

Featuring special events and innovative menus using locally sourced, seasonal food and wine, this award-winning student-run restaurant will, once again, be available to please the palates of the Kamloops public.

There is high industry demand for trained cooks, and the instructors are working hard to ensure that the best chefs in the country come from the Culinary Arts Training Program at TRU

“Industry loves our students because of the real-life kitchen and restaurant experience we provide,” says Chef Ed Walker, Chair and instructor of the Culinary Arts Training Program.

Budding chefs and hospitality specialists need a training ground, and Accolades provides senior culinary students with a venue where they can provide discerning patrons with the latest trends and techniques in food preparation and service.

A new twist to the front of the house this year is having a past student come back to teach in Accolades. Maeghan Summers graduated from the Hotel and Resort Diploma program in 2007 and is passionate about the program that developed her abilities and facilitated her growth in the hospitality industry. Fast forward to today and Maeghan is the general manager and partner of the local favorite, The Noble Pig Brewhouse. “I am looking forward to creating memorable experiences for guests and students alike in a new setting and to be back where it all started,” Summers says.

Starting Sept. 16 Accolades will be open Wednesday and Thursday nights. Service starts at 6 p.m., 30-40 guests per night, up to Dec 10.

For reservations, email [email protected]

Media contact
Chef Ed Walker, Chair
TRU Culinary Arts
[email protected]


All welcome to our 45th Anniversary Celebration

Celebrate TRU's 45th anniversary with live music, food and fun on Friday, Sept. 11 at 6 p.m.

Stake out your spot on the Campus Commons lawn and celebrate TRU’s 45th anniversary with live music, food and fun on Friday, Sept. 11.

We’re celebrating our 45th anniversary and everyone is invited.

Starting at 6 p.m. on Sept. 11, the celebration features live music, a food fair and beverage garden, various activities and a children’s play area with face painting and bouncy castle. This outdoor, family-friendly event is hosted by Steve Ayres from B100, Kamloops’ at Work Music Station.

Join us at the Campus Commons, outside the main entrance to the Campus Activity Centre. With the exception of some VIP seating, seating will be picnic style—bring blankets, lawn chairs or simply find a comfortable spot on the grass to relax and unwind.

Live music features the instruments and voices of Van Damsel, Anita Eccleston, and Serious Dogs. Each draws from a repertoire of originals and cover tunes sure to get you dancing, hands clapping, feet tapping and heads nodding.

The food fair and beverage garden open at 6 p.m. Arrive early for the best selection from stations selling BBQ pulled pork on a kaiser with coleslaw, butter chicken rice bowl with gluten free and Halal options, channa masala with gluten free and vegetarian options, sweet chilli meatballs and Thai sesame noodles, and BBQ hotdogs. Assorted chips, canned pop, bottled water and cookies will also be available.

You must be 19 years of age or older to access the beverage garden.

More info on the musicians

Van Damsel | Facebook | @VanDamselMusic | YouTube channel

Anita Eccleston | Facebook | @AnitaEccleston | YouTube channel

Serious Dogs | Facebook | Promo on YouTube

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