Scholars Reception

Celebrating the impact of scholarships at Trinity College

The 18th Annual Scholars Reception was held on April 6th, 2017.

Featured Speakers:
Alfonso L. Carney, Jr., Esq. '70
Cassandra Henderson Carney, M.D. '75
Black American Alumni Scholarship Fund

Cassandra Henderson Carney received her B.A. in French from Trinity College in 1975 and taught French in the Chicago Public Schools for two years. She then went to medical school earning her M.D. in three years from Loyola University-Chicago in 1980. She completed her four-year residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Chicago Medical Center and then went on to complete a two-year sub specialty in Maternal-Fetal medicine at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of the Yeshiva University in New York City. For over 30 years she has worked as an ob-gyn specializing in high risk pregnancies. She is a Certified Diabetes Educator (CDE) and was rated by Smart Doc in 2016 as one of the Top 100 Diabetes Experts in the United States. She was named by Castle Connolly as one of the New York Metro Area’s Top Doctors from 1998-2016. Her professional publications are numerous.  She is currently director of Maternal-Fetal Medicine at Lincoln Medical and Mental Health Center.  In 2016, Cassandra was appointed professor of Clinical Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Weill Cornell Medical College in New York City.

Al Carney received a B.A. in philosophy from Trinity College in 1970. He went on to the University Of Virginia School of Law, receiving his Juris Doctor in 1974. He worked for both General Foods Corporation and Kraft Inc. as an international lawyer before moving to Philip Morris where he served as vice president and assistant corporate secretary of Philip Morris Companies, Inc. and corporate secretary of a subsidiary, Philip Morris Management Corporation. He held several positions with Altria Corporate Services, Inc., most recently as vice president and associate general counsel for Corporate and Government Affairs. In 2005 he became a principal of Rockwood Partners, LLC. The firm provides medical and legal services to a variety of clients in New York City. In this capacity, Al served as acting COO and corporate secretary of the Goldman Sachs Foundation. Currently, Al serves as chairman of the board of the Dormitory Authority of the State of New York (DASNY) and as chairman of the New York City Water Board, gubernatorial and mayoral appointments respectively. He is a trustee of the University of Virginia Law School Foundation and holds a number of board positions with New York City not-for-profits.

Along with their successful careers, Cassandra and Alfonso have been active in leadership roles at Trinity College. Cassandra served on the Board of Trustees from 1994-2003, in addition to serving on her class Reunion Committee and as a mentor for Trinity students. Al served as a trustee from 2003-2011 and on the Alumni Association Executive Committee from 1996-2002. He is currently serving as a presidential advisor. They both have been recognized by the College for their efforts — Al was awarded the Alumni Medal of Excellence in 1995 and the Alumni Achievement Award in 2010. Cassandra was awarded the Alumni Medal of Excellence in 2000.

Both are members of the Black Alumni Organization, which is currently celebrating the 25th anniversary of its origination at Trinity College; Al was its first president. They, along with Jack C. Barthwell ’72, conceived of, and made the inaugural contributions to the Black American Alumni Scholarship Fund.

Guest Speaker:
Donald Haffenden, Jr. 14
Black American Alumni Scholar

Donald Haffenden, Jr. graduated from Trinityin 2014. While at Trinity, Haffenden was a Black American Alumni Scholar. During his time ’neath the Elms, he was a member of Trinity College Model Congress, the Trinity College Gospel Choir, and the Philosophy and Anime Clubs. Haffenden was a recipient of the Blanchard W. Means Prize in Philosophy in 2014, and he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in philosophy and human rights studies. He currently works for the Achievement First Public Charter School network that serves 33 schools across three states, including Connecticut. 

For more information about the Scholars Reception, or the Trinity College Scholarship Program, please contact Laura Boucher, senior associate director, stewardship programs at or 860.297.2286.

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