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February 2005

In this Issue
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Sharon Herzberger


Sharon Herzberger, Vice President for Institutional Planning and Administration,
has been named president of Whittier College. more

Sohaib Nazeer   Muslim Chaplain Joins Campus Community
The College has announced that Sohaib Nazeer Sultan will be spending approximately 10 hours a week working at Trinity as a spiritual guide and worship leader for Muslim students. more

  Creating, and Dismantling, a Mandala at Trinity
Eight Tibetan Buddhist nuns recently transformed Garmany Hall in the Austin Arts Center from a black box theater into a spiritual space in which they created, and dismantled, a sand mandala. more

Winter Institute Seeks to Enhance Teaching
In an effort designed to explore and highlight the many academic and technology-based resources and support services available to Trinity faculty, the Raether Library and Information Technology Center hosted the First Annual Winter Institute on Teaching. more

  18th Century Roman Festival Exhibit at Watkinson
Until February 28, members of the campus community, as well as the general public, can get a rare glimpse and a comprehensive view of one of Baroque Rome’s most famous festivals. more

College Launches Virtual Web Tour
Visitors to Trinity’s Web site can now take a virtual tour of our historic campus thanks to a new feature on the homepage. here

Stan Ogrodnik   Sports Highlights
Men’s Head Basketball Coach Stan Ogrodnik recently recorded his 400th career victory with a 94-65 win over Connecticut College. more

In the News here for recent media coverage of Trinity College.

Recognizing members of the campus community for their years of service to Trinity. here

Awards and Honors
Recent honors and awards received by Trinity faculty and staff. here

Crystal Williams

What they’re reading…

Crystal Williams
Alumni Office Assistant

“I began reading Possessing Your Inheritance, by Chuck D. Pierce and Rebecca Wagner Sytsema, approximately three weeks ago when I found myself seeking a greater level of spiritual growth and stability. The book focuses on spiritual restoration and the process of that restoration—meaning that God’s greatest desire is to pull us out of a place of desolation or grief through His word, and into a place of physical, spiritual, and financial blessings, or a place of rest. The process begins when you trust God to lead the way. Some of the topics include “From Grief to Glory,” and “Understanding God’s Plan for Your Life.” This is a great book. It has helped me to focus on my life and all that life has to offer me. Each of us will experience tough times as we continue on life’s journey; one thing we must remember is that if we believe in something greater than ourselves, and in this case it is spirituality, that all things will work together for our good. This book has re-confirmed in me that, regardless of disappointments, heartache, and day-to-day drama, God has a plan for my life and, regardless of the stumbling blocks I may have to cross on my way to success, my greatest desire is to follow and live according to God’s plan.”

Michael Heaney, visiting lecturer in legal studies, moderates a panel discussion titled “Do Men Have an Innate Edge Over Women When it Comes to Math & Science?” as part of the Academically Incorrect series during lunch in Mather dining hall. Panelists included (l-r) Abbie Garrity ’07; Dina Anselmi, associate professor of psychology; Sarah Raskin, associate professor psychology and neuroscience; and John LaPorta ’05.

Ward Curran  

Ward Curran
George M. Ferris Professor of Corporation Finance and Investments

Ward Curran first came to Trinity as an undergraduate in the fall of 1953 and, after earning a master’s degree and Ph.D. at Columbia University, returned to join the faculty in 1960. He possesses what could only be referred to as substantial institutional memory. Curran has witnessed myriad changes at the College since the days when he wore number 78 and anchored both the offensive and defensive lines on the Bantam football team.

“When I was a student, Trinity, like most colleges of its kind, was all male and almost all white, with a handful of exceptions,” Curran says. “It was a very paternalistic institution. The dean of students acted more like a favorite uncle than a dean today could possibly, even legally, act. It was a completely different era.” The College was considerably smaller in those days, about 800 students, with the overwhelming majority from the Northeast. Curran, who majored in history, was a recipient of the Illinois Scholarships—which are awarded to students annually on the basis of intellectual distinction, character, leadership ability, and need.

Over the years, of course, Trinity evolved into the College it is today. But that didn’t happen without a few bumps in the road. “The late ’60s was a difficult time to be a college professor,” Curran says. “The Vietnam War was cataclysmic. So was Watergate. It affected everyone—students, faculty, and administrators. There was a real disconnect for a while between age groups and, in the next decade or so, that changed the dynamic on campus. It wasn’t just Trinity, obviously. It was everywhere. The world had changed.”

Curran was originally hired by the economics department on an interim basis. “One thing led to another,” he says with a hearty laugh, “and I’m still here 45 years later.” During that time, in addition to his normal teaching load, he has taken on a variety of academic and economics-related responsibilities. He taught a course at Yale University for almost 30 years and has also taught at the University of Connecticut School of Law and Wesleyan University.

In addition, he was a consulting economist to the Consortium on Financing Higher Education and served as director of institutional planning during the administration of Theodore Lockwood, Trinity’s 15th president. Among Curran’s many publications are the books, Principles of Financial Management and An Economic Approach to the Regulation of the Securities Markets.

“If I’ve learned anything over all this time it’s that, basically, students haven’t really changed that much. They still come here to be educated—they want to learn. And that’s our job, to teach them. If we do it well, then, we can make a difference in their lives.”

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