Trinity Opens Lounge in Mather Hall for Retired Faculty Members

Berger-Sweeney Encourages Retirees to Remain Involved with Mentoring Trinity Students

Hartford, CT, January 15, 2015 – Trinity faculty members do a wide variety of things after they retire: travel, spend time with family, pick up new hobbies, or continue teaching and researching. What they all share is that long after they have finished their careers, they remain an integral part of the Trinity family. On Tuesday, the College acknowledged that lifelong relationship with the opening of the Retired Faculty Lounge in Mather Hall.

Joanne Berger-Sweeney, President and Trinity College Professor of Neuroscience, accompanied by Tom Mitzel, dean of the faculty, and Borden Painter '58 H'95, professor of history, emeritus, prepares to cut the ribbon at the opening of the Trinity College Retired Faculty Lounge.

“I can’t tell you how happy I am to have this space here,” said Tom Mitzel, dean of the faculty, shortly before the lounge’s ribbon cutting, which was attended by approximately 40 retired faculty members. After a meeting with Borden W. Painter, Jr. ’58, H’95, professor of history, emeritus, and a former president and dean of the faculty, Mitzel worked with a group of current faculty members and retirees to establish and open the space.

“This is a very small, visible symbol of how much we want you to remain connected to the community,” said Joanne Berger-Sweeney, President and Trinity College Professor of Neuroscience. This is the second opening of a retired faculty lounge for Berger-Sweeney; as associate dean of the faculty at Wellesley College, she led the charge for a similar space that would keep retired faculty members engaged with the institution.

The lounge’s location in the basement of Mather Hall, a hub for student life on campus, is no coincidence. Berger-Sweeney encouraged the retired faculty members to stay in touch with Trinity students and to involve themselves in the forthcoming mentoring networks. With the lounge now open, Mitzel said he anticipates announcements about programming with retired faculty members soon.