Reopening of The Cave on September 6 Showcases its Renovations and New Menu

Campaign for Community Hosts Cave Opening, Seeks Student Leaders for Fall Semester

​Hartford, Connecticut, September 3, 2016 – Trinity College’s Campaign for Community is hosting the reopening of the Cave in the lower level of Mather Hall on Tuesday, September 6, 2016, from 12:15 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

​Campaign for Community student leader Molly Thoms ’17  in the Cave, which celebrates its grand reopening on Tuesday, September 6, during Common Hour.
Students, faculty, staff, and guests will be able to get their first look at the redesigned dining area, try the new food options from Trinity College Dining Services, and learn about how the Campaign for Community is working to improve life on campus.

Students have been involved in every aspect of planning this community space, from taste-testing new menu items to selecting paint colors and furniture. The renovated Cave was designed with the Campaign’s ideals of student leadership, collaborative partnership, and inclusion in mind.

The Cave also has new late-night hours starting this semester. Beginning on September 8, the Cave will stay open until 2 a.m. on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays. The hours of operation are: Monday through Wednesday, 11:00 a.m. – midnight; Thursday and Friday, 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 a.m.; Saturday, 3:00 p.m. – 2:00 a.m.; and Sunday, 3:00 p.m. – midnight.

Now entering its second year, the Campaign for Community is a student-led initiative to build the community we wish to be: one characterized by respect, inclusion, and collaborative partnership. Last fall semester, students identified means of becoming that community, and in the spring, ideas were sorted and implementation got under way. “Living the Vision” is the theme of the Campaign for Community during the fall semester. Having claimed the community we wish to be and crafted ways to become that community, we challenge ourselves to live our vision.

The Campaign for Community is now seeking student leaders to comprise six Student Working Groups this fall. All students are invited to nominate themselves or another student to serve in a small group of peers to carry forward the ideas and implementation of ideas generated in the Campaign’s first year.

The Student Working Groups are:

Diversity Education Resources: provide fresh perspectives and align resources to honor and support students of color and LGBTQ students;

Owning the Cave: forge a unique identity for the Cave and determine uses of this newly renovated lower level of Mather Hall;

The Pulse: identify and create opportunities for community dialogue on issues circulating in the heart of campus and beyond;

School Pride: preserve Trinity tradition and craft new stories of our life together;

Title IX: devise creative ways to encourage campuswide participation in changing campus culture and preventing sexual misconduct;

Wellness: promote a holistic approach to life within a demanding residential learning environment.


This is an opportunity for any student to help shape campus life. All students are eligible, including those involved in the Campaign at any point last year, as well as those who have had no interaction with this initiative yet. The Campaign is looking for diverse perspectives from students across academic disciplines, extracurricular activities, and interests.

To volunteer yourself or nominate another student to participate in leading the Campaign for Community this fall semester, send an e-mail to Chaplain Read at

Student Working Groups will begin the semester with a half-day of orientation the afternoon of Sunday, September 18. Groups will craft their work together, identify goals for the semester, and meet regularly to stay connected and keep themselves on track. Resources of support and advising will be provided by members of the administration and staff.

Come learn more about these Student Working Groups and talk to the Campaign’s student leaders at the reopening of the Cave in the lower level of Mather Hall on Tuesday, September 6, 2016, during Common Hour, from 12:15 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Living the Vision is our way toward the community we wish to be.

We hope to see you in the Cave!



The Campaign for Community Leadership Team

Eavan Flanagan ’18

Elise Lasky ’17

Kendall Mitchell ’17

Nate Thiemann ’17

Molly Thoms ’17

Tyler Wrenn ’19

Andrew J. Concatelli, Communications Associate

Joel Copperthite, Area Coordinator

Carol Correa de Best ’01 M’09, Associate Director, Multicultural Affairs

Joe DiChristina, Dean of Campus Life and Vice President for Student Affairs

Steve Donovan, Director of Alumni Relations

Brian Heavren, Director, Campus Safety

Taniqua Huguley ’15, Trinsition Fellow

Lisa Kassow, Director of Hillel and Senior Associate Chaplain for Jewish Life

Laura Lockwood, Director, Women and Gender Resource Action Center

The Rev. Allison Read, College Chaplain and Dean of Spiritual and Religious Life, chair

Laura Whittemore, Director, Student Activities, Involvement & Leadership (SAIL)

Kathryn Wojcik, Director, Campus Life Initiatives and Social Houses