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February 10, 2004

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Reception for President-elect Jones—all welcome
President-elect Jones and his wife Jan will be on campus on Tuesday, February 17 for an all-campus welcome reception at 4:00 p.m. in the Washington Room.
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New Trinity Web site launches on February 16
Members of the Trinity community will have a chance to browse the site before it launches, during the week of February 9.
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Global Education Advisory Committee examines study away programs
The Global Education Advisory Committee—convened by President Painter in the fall of 2003 to reconfigure, guide, and advise the College’s global education programs—has made considerable progress toward its first goal: the evaluation of Trinity’s approved study away programs.
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Neighborhood residents delight in a Trinfo.Café Christmas
Twenty-five neighborhood families celebrated their first digital Christmas this past year as the Trinfo.Café, Trinity’s community technology center, held its third annual computer give-away on December 18, 2003.
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In the News
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Awards and Honors
Recent honors and awards received by Trinity faculty and staff.
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President-elect Jimmy Jones (center) addresses the Board of Trustees meeting at which he was chosen as the College's 20th president. To his left is Interim President Borden Painter and to his right is Paul Raether '69, chair of the Board.

President-elect James F. Jones, Jr. (center) addresses the Board of Trustees meeting at which he was chosen as the College's 20th president. To his left is Board of Trustees Chairman Paul E. Raether '68 and to his right is Acting President Borden W. Painter, Jr. '58.

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Miguel Ramirez:
 Economics as “sophisticated common sense”

“My research is primarily dedicated to analyzing the challenges and opportunities Latin American nations face as they attempt to stabilize and reform their economies,” says Professor of Economics Miguel Ramirez. In particular, he is interested in the effects of increased privatization in the region. “Firms have been privatized in key industries such as banking and telecommunications,” according to Ramirez, ”without adequate regulatory agencies and the absence of anti-trust laws.” His research has focused on the impact of International Monetary Fund (IMF) policies in Argentina, Chile, and Mexico, as well as the mixed success of reform programs such as privatization of state-owned firms, deregulation of economic activity, and liberalization of trade and finance. He notes, however, that he is not opposed to privatization, as long as states are also willing to impose antitrust regulations.

Ramirez often uses his own research as a catalyst for classroom discussion, and presents his findings to inspire students to investigate complex economic issues for themselves. “Economics amounts to sophisticated common sense,” he says, and he encourages his classes to examine real-life economic issues in the broader context of history and politics. Described by both students and colleagues as a dynamic and rigorous teacher (one student calls his teaching style “interactive”), Ramirez structures his classes around a combination of spirited discussion and extensive writing assignments. “In my opinion,” he says, “requiring students to write down their ideas in a cogent and compelling manner on, say, the impact of IMF policies in Latin America or whether the presence of short-term capital controls helped China avoid the Asian financial crisis of 1997-98 fosters critical and independent thinking and organized classroom discussion.”

A native of Chile who became a naturalized U.S. citizen in 1990, Ramirez has been a member of the Trinity faculty since 1985. He earned a Ph. D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champagne in 1984.

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