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Beloved Professor of Mathematics Leaves Lasting Legacy with Substantial Bequest

Trinity College has received a substantial bequest from the estate of Marjorie Van Eenam Butcher, professor of mathematics, emeritus, who was the College’s first female faculty member. Read more.

 National Science Foundation-Teaching Experiences for Undergraduates at Trinity CollegeTrinity Welcomes Students in NSF Teaching Experiences for Undergraduates Program

The National Science Foundation-Teaching Experiences for Undergraduates (NSF-TEU) kicked off on June 6 at Trinity College. The program brings together 12 undergraduate students from across the country in order to develop their knowledge and skill in teaching high school science. Read more.

  Eric Galm, Josh Gruss ’96, President Joanne Berger-Sweeney, and Cornie Parsons Thornburgh ’80 outside the Gruss Music CenterTrinity College Celebrates the Opening of the Gruss Music Center

For Josh Gruss ’96, the dream of giving back to his alma mater reached a high note with the opening of Trinity College’s Gruss Music Center on May 19, with alumni, students, faculty and staff members, and friends among the attendees. Read more.

 Mobile CSP App Development$1.2 Million NSF Grant Extends Reach of Work by Computer Science Professor Ralph Morelli

A supplemental grant from the National Science Foundation will fund the extension of a project led by Ralph Morelli, Trinity College professor of computer science, to train high school educators to teach an Advanced Placement Computer Science Principles course through the use of app development (Mobile CSP). Read more. 

Joshua Stillwagon, assistant professor of economicsAsst. Professor of Economics Receives Grant from Institute for New Economic Thinking

Joshua Stillwagon, assistant professor of economics at Trinity College, has received a grant from the Institute for New Economic Thinking to continue his research on Imperfect Knowledge Economics. The $37,780 award will extend Stillwagon’s junior faculty leave to a full year. Read more.

Trinity College Dedicates Room to Philanthropic Family

Trinity College dedicated the Dangremond Family Commons in Hallden Hall on April 7, 2016. The celebration recognized the Dangremonds’ gifts to support the renovation of the space and the family’s years of philanthropy and service to Trinity College. Read more.

Giving Day 2016Trinity’s Third Annual Giving Day Raises More Than $2.4 Million and Exceeds All Goals

Trinity College’s third annual Giving Day on April 20, 2016, was a resounding success, raising $2,401,209 for the Trinity College Fund. Read more.

Xiangming Chen received the Beacon Award from Tom Johnson ’62, Hon. ’05, P’97CUGS Director Receives Beacon Award from Institute of International Education

At the Institute of International Education (IIE) Scholar Rescue Fund (SRF) Forum held in New York on April 29, Xiangming Chen, dean and director of the Center for Urban and Global Studies (CUGS), was presented with the Beacon Award for his inspiring dedication to hosting IIE-SRF fellows at Trinity College. Read more.

Leslie Desmangles delivers the annual Shirley G. Wassong Memorial LecturePeople of the Lonely Star: The Jewish Diaspora in the Caribbean

Leslie Desmangles, Trinity College professor of religion and international studies, traced the migration of Sephardic Jews in Spain, Portugal, and other parts of Europe to the Spanish colonies of the New World as he delivered the 19th annual Shirley G. Wassong Memorial Lecture in European and American Art, Culture, and History.  Read more.

 "Girls Can Do It!" participants from Trinity and the Girl Scouts gather at ​Bellizzi Asian Studies Academy in Hartford.Inspiring and Empowering Local Girls Through ‘Girls Can Do It!’

Trinity students are the driving force behind “Girls Can Do It!” – a program designed to interest members of a local Girl Scouts troop in the engineering and computer science fields. Read more.

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 National Science Foundation Grant Will Enhance Computer Network at Trinity College

A National Science Foundation grant of $340,657 will fund the expansion and enhanced inter-connection of Trinity College’s computer network for scientific research and computing purposes. Read more.

Trinity Celebrates 25 Years of Neuroscience with ‘The Brain Event’

To honor the 25th anniversary of its Neuroscience Program, Trinity College has hosted a series of special events during the 2015-2016 academic year. Read more.

 $1 Million Investment in Hartford Children Changes Lives

Trinity College was awarded a $75,000 grant for continued support of the Jones-Zimmermann Academic Mentoring Program (J-Z AMP™) initiated at Trinity in 2001 through the generosity of the Marie and John Zimmermann Fund.  Read more.

Alumni Couple Endows Faculty Position in Art History Program

Trinity College has received a generous gift from Michael J. Kluger ’78, P’13, a Trinity trustee, and Heidi M. Greene ’78, P’13 to enhance the art history offerings at the College. Read more.

Scholarship Donors and Recipients Honored at 17th Annual Scholars Reception

 Approximately 250 scholarship donors and scholarship recipients and their families celebrated in Mather Hall’s Washington Room on March 3 during the 17th Annual Scholars Reception, which honors the donors and recipients of more than 450 named scholarships. Read more.

 Aurora Grant Enables Trinity and Partners to Expand on Prison Education Programs for Women

The Aurora Foundation, which supports women and girls in Greater Hartford, has awarded a $20,000 grant to Trinity College and four partner organizations to launch Free to Succeed, a pilot program designed to increase higher education opportunities for women being released from prison in Connecticut. Read more.

President Berger-Sweeney Expands on Trinity-Fudan Partnership

 President Joanne Berger-Sweeney has signed a new memorandum of understanding (MOU) on behalf of Trinity College with Fudan University in Shanghai. Read mo


  English Professor Receives Grant from National Endowment for the Humanities

 Christopher Hager, associate professor of English at Trinity College, is the recipient of a Public Scholars Program grant award from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Read more.

 NSF Grant Funds Summer STEM Teaching Experience for Undergraduates

Twelve undergraduate students from around the country will come to Trinity College this summer to participate in a new Summer STEM Teaching Experiences for Undergraduates from Liberal Arts Institutions (TEU) program, thanks to a grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF). Read more.

 Gifts of Massive Artwork from Boston Church to Furnish Trinity College Chapel

Trinity College has received a gift of large liturgical furnishings and artwork from a church in Boston, bringing the iconic Gothic Revival Chapel closer than ever to the full realization of the artistic vision cast by its principal architect, Philip Frohman, more than 85 years ago. Read more.

Girl Scouts of Connecticut Organization Honors President Berger-Sweeney

 President and Trinity College Professor of Neuroscience Joanne Berger-Sweeney was one of three Connecticut women in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) honored for their leadership by the Girl Scouts of Connecticut at the organization’s annual Breakfast Badge Award event.  Read more.

 Trinity College Earns Charity Navigator’s Highest Ranking

For the third consecutive time, Trinity College has been awarded a coveted 4-star rating ― the highest possible ― by Charity Navigator, the nation’s largest and most-utilized independent evaluator of charities, for sound fiscal management and commitment to accountability and transparency in its fundraising and development activity. Read more.

Community Learning Research Fellows Share Their Projects at Capstone Event

Isabelle Moore ’18 learned about food deserts when she took part last year in an alternative spring break project in New Orleans. After returning to Trinity, she mentioned to a professor that she would like to research access to food in Hartford. Read more.  


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Inside this issue: Volunteers Key to Giving Day Success, Bantam Pride across the Globe, honoring alumni Vietnam veterans, and much more. Read the issue.

Trinity Hosts 18th Annual Dream Camp on Campus

Trinity’s Dream Camp, a five-week summer program that kicked off on on June 29 for area children and teenagers from ages 6 to17, goes beyond the traditional reading, writing, and arithmetic that are essential to programs that work to combat summer learning loss. Read more.

Trinity's Giving Day Raises $2.2 Million

From Hartford to Hong Kong, 2,090 donors were “All in for Trin” during the College’s second annual Giving Day on April 29, 2015. Read more.

Stanford University Professor Josiah Ober Delivers Wassong Memorial Lecture

At the 18th annual Shirley G. Wassong Memorial Lecture in European and American Art, Culture, and History on April 27, Stanford University professor and best-selling author Josiah Ober shared his interpretation of newly available data that sheds light on the rise and subsequent decline of the classical Greeks. Read more.

Long Walk Societies Celebration at Rainbow Room in NYC

A "Celebration of Learning" was held at the iconic Rainbow Room on April 23, celebrating the liberal arts and sciences at Trinity College. View photos from the evening. 

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Inside this issue: 

Presidential Financial Aid Leaders initiative, gifts to Art History Department, celebrating the career of Larry Dow ’73, and much more.

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Ambassador Liu Jieyi Delivers McGill Lecture in International Studies

On April 1, a captivated audience listened to his Excellency Liu Jieyi, the ambassador of China to the United Nations, deliver the annual McGill Lecture in International Studies. Read more.

Scholarship Donors and Recipients Honored at Annual Event

Approximately 300 scholarship donors, scholarship recipients, and their families gathered in the Washington Room at Mather Hall on March 26 to celebrate their achievements at the annual Scholars Reception. Read more.

Spring-Summer Edition of Highlights

Check out the latest issue with updates on the election of Joanne Berger-Sweeney as Trinity's 22nd President, women's rowing's NCAA Division III championship win, Trinity's 188th Commencement, and more. Read the issue.

Career Development Center Hosts Trinity’s Inaugural Entrepreneurship Competition

Alex Barker ’14 and Jake Shimmel ’14 won $10,000 in the College's Inaugural Entrepreneurship Competition with their proposal for “Underdog,” a fantasy football mobile app. Read more. View photos from the final competition event.

More than 225 Awards Given at 64th Honors Day

The honorees, which included members of the Classes of 2014, ’15, ’16, and ’17, were presented with a broad array of prizes and awards for their contributions and accomplishments. Read more. View photos.

First-ever Trinity Giving Day Exceeds Expectations

Members of the College community came together in grand fashion on April 30, 2014, showing their support for every facet of the student experience and ensuring the success of the first-ever Trinity Giving Day. Read more. View photos from Giving Day.

Greek Week Celebration Filled with Fun, Service, Recognition

During April, Trinity College’s Greek Letter Organizations (GLOs) sponsored Greek Week 2014, a weeklong celebration of Greek Life on campus. Read more. View photos here and here.



rew Hyland, Charles A. Dana Professor of Philosophy at Trinity, recently delivered the annual Shirley G. Wassong Memorial Lecture in European and American Art, Culture and History. Read more. View photos.

Robert Cotto, Jr. Named Director of Urban Educational Initiatives


member of the Hartford Board of Education and until recently a senior fellow at the New Haven-based advocacy group, Connecticut Voices for Children, Robert Cotto, Jr. is Trinity’s new director of urban educational initiatives, a position created with seed funding from the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving. Read more.

Salima Etoka is Trinity’s First Truman Scholar in 28 Years


lima Etoka ’15, a QuestBridge Scholar, Idaho resident, and native of the Democratic Republic of Congo, has been awarded a prestigious Truman Scholarship for 2014. Read more.


Walk Societies Celebration at IAC HQ

The 2014 LWS Celebration took place at the IAC HQ on April 24. We celebrated the Trinity experience and put the spotlight on our remarkable Trinity students. View photos from the evening.

Women’s Squash Wins Third National Title

Trinity’s women’s squash team won its third national title and its first since taking the Howe Cup in back-to-back years in 2002 and 2003, and closed with a 16-1 record. Read more.

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Inside this issue: Scholars grateful for abundant opportunities, Erik Vogt’s inaugural lecture as Gwendolyn Miles Smith Professor of Philosophy, students explore careers, and more. Read the issue.

Inaugural Scott M. Johnson ’97 Distinguished Professorship Lecture 

Ellison Banks Findly presented her inaugural lecture as the Scott M. Johnson ’97 Distinguished Professor of Religion at Trinity College. Her talk was titled “At Home in the World: Challenges of Asian Thought Today.” Read more. View photos.

Our Annual Scholars Reception

Scholars and donors come together, some for the first time, to recognize and appreciate each other’s accomplishments. Our 2014 Scholars Reception took place on March 27. View photos here and here

Ann-Marie Hanson Delivers McGill Lecture

Esteemed Professor Ann-Marie Hanson delivered the annual McGill Lecture in International Studies after her grassroots work in confronting the garbage crisis in Yucatan. Read more. View photos.

Joanne Berger-Sweeney Elected 22nd President

On March 25, Joanne Berger-Sweeney, Ph.D., was named the 22nd president of Trinity College following a unanimous vote by the College’s Board of Trustees. She will succeed James F. Jones, Jr. as president on July 1, 2014, as he retires after 10 years of distinguished service. Read more here and here.

Paul Assaiante Urges Students to “Own Their Own Journeys”

Head Coach of Trinity’s Squash team, Paul Assaiante, urged students to “own their own journeys” in his moving inaugural lecture as the Paul D. Assaiante Professor of Physical Education. Read more. View photos

Students Explore Careers, Visit with Alumni and Parents

Many Trinity students used their Trinity Days break in February to explore career possibilities by participating in career treks focused on arts, business, and law or by taking advantage of career externship opportunities. Read more. View photos.

Erik Vogt Explores “The Case of Richard Wagner”

Erik Vogt, Gwendolyn Miles Smith Professor of Philosophy at Trinity College, delivered his inaugural lecture on “The Philosophers and Richard Wagner,” to an appreciative audience in the McCook Auditorium. Read more. View photos.

Long Walk Societies Committee Gathering

Members of the Long Walk Societies Committee met at Má Pêche Momufuku in New York City for a dinner meeting at which Dean of the Faculty and Vice President for Academic Affairs Tom Mitzel was guest speaker. View photos.

Duncan Family Hockey Stick Racks Dedicated

Trinity hockey coaches, captains, and friends had the opportunity to join the Duncan family at the Koeppel Community Sports Center to dedicate the Duncan Family Stick Racks on Saturday, January 18, 2014. View photos.

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