Students, Faculty, and Staff Honored during 189th Commencement Ceremony

Trustee and Faculty Awards Recognized Alongside 552 Degrees

Hartford, CT, May 19, 2015 – Though all eyes were on the 552 students awarded degrees during Sunday’s Commencement exercises, awards were also presented to students, faculty, and staff for their achievement and contributions to the College. In addition to Trustee Awards for Student, Faculty, and Staff Excellence, the Thomas Church Brownell Prize for Teaching Excellence and Arthur H. Hughes Award for Teaching Excellence were awarded, as well as three Charles A. Dana Research Professorships.

Alison Draper, Caroline Benson Hayes, Binod Giri, and Dan Lloyd are presented with Trustee Awards for Staff, Student, and Faculty Excellence.
 On behalf of the Board of Trustees, awards were presented for Faculty, Student, and Staff Excellence. The first went to Dan Lloyd, Brownell Professor of Philosophy, who was recognized for over 30 years at Trinity bridging the humanities, sciences, and arts, as well as his leadership of the Community Learning Initiative from 1994 to 2002, first-rate scholarship and publication, and the high quality of his teaching. “You represent excellence in the liberal arts,” said Philip S. Khoury, vice chair of the Board of Trustees.

The Trustee Award for Student Excellence went to Binod Giri and Caroline Benson Hayes. Giri, a double major in engineering and mathematics, was recognized for his academic achievement as well as his engagement on campus, including working as a tutor and supplemental instructor and, as an international student from Nepal, helping to expand Trinity’s global awareness. Hayes, a double major in international studies and women, gender, and sexuality, was a President’s Fellow and a leader of Trinity’s women’s lacrosse team.

Thomas Mitzel, dean of the faculty and vice president for academic affairs, presents faculty awards alongside Joanne Berger-Sweeney, who presided over her first Commencement as president.
 Alison J. Draper, director of the Science Center and lecturer in interdisciplinary science, was awarded the Trustee Award for Staff Excellence. Draper was recognized for her coordination across disciplines, and was called “the foundation of the interdisciplinary science program.” In addition to her work with students and dedication to academic rigor, Draper was acknowledged for her leadership in a variety of programs, including the “Science for the Greater Good” series, the Summer Science Research Program, and the summer science academy with Hartford Magnet Trinity College Academy.

Two faculty members were honored for their devotion and dedication to the academic life of Trinity, whether in the quality of their teaching, research, writing, or all three. Daniel Blackburn, Thomas S. Johnson Distinguished Professor of Biology, was presented with the Thomas Church Brownell Prize for Teaching Excellence, which is given to a senior faculty member who consistently performs exemplary work. Blackburn was praised by Thomas Mitzel, dean of the faculty and vice president for academic affairs, for “captivating students with his passion and clarity” during his more than 25 years of service at Trinity.

The Arthur H. Hughes Award for Teaching Excellence, which is given to a faculty member who has taught for fewer than nine years, was awarded to Daniel Mrozowski, visiting assistant professor of English. Additionally, Sarah Raskin, professor of psychology and neuroscience; Stefanie Chambers, associate professor of political science; and Anne Lambright, associate professor of language and culture studies, were awarded Charles A. Dana Research Professorships.

Photos by Al Ferreira.