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March 22, 2004

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Frank Kirkpatrick


Interim Dean of Faculty Appointed
Professor Frank Kirkpatrick has been named interim dean of faculty, effective July 1, 2004.
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Family Reunion logo   Trinity Representatives Take Part in a Family Re-Union at Vanderbilt
The gathering was part of Family Re-Union, a series of annual conferences moderated by former Vice President Al Gore and his wife, Tipper, that bring together families and those who work with them.
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Student Engagement Committee Working To Improve Campus Climate
The Committee on Student Engagement, which began its work last fall, has identified four major themes in its ongoing quest to help students feel less isolated and more connected on campus.
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Economics Department to Add Bachelor of Science Degree
The faculty members present during the March 9 meeting in McCook Auditorium voted unanimously to add the Economics Department to the list of departments and programs authorized to offer the Bachelor of Science degree.
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In the News
...click here for recent media coverage of Trinity College.

Sports Highlights
The men's squash team captured its sixth consecutive national intercollegiate title and its unprecedented 100th straight victory this month.
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Click Here...to see photos from the March 16 Staff Seminar.

Brian KellyWhat they’re reading…
Special Assistant to the Vice President for Development and Alumni Programs Brian Kelly

“I just finished reading Faces in the Crowd by Tom Kelly. Kelly is the best outdoors writer that I have found. His storytelling style is unique and gives the reader a sense that a lot of good things are happening in the conservation of our natural resources.”


photo from March 10 panel discussion on same-sex marriage

Associate Professor of Psychology Dina Anselmi (left) and Professor of Anthropology Jane Nadel-Klein participated in a March 10 panel discussion on same-sex marriage. The event was the first in a three-part series of campus discussions focusing on various aspects of the issue.

  Debbie Cook

Debbie Cook
Switchboard Operator
The Voice of Trinity College

“I meet people all the time who recognize my voice but they don’t know me,” says Debbie Cook. “I get that from people who have worked here for years and from people who are visiting campus for the first time. They say, ‘You’re the voice on the phone!’”

For the last 18 years, Cook has been ‘The voice of Trinity.’ As the switchboard operator and front desk attendant in Mather Hall, she handles everything from routing calls and helping visitors locate a particular office to tracking down students who have lost valuable belongings. “I just recently had a student who lost all of his insulin and his needles,” she explains. “He forgot his backpack and I had to practically tear the whole bag apart to figure out who it belonged to. But I found him. He was pretty happy to get that bag back.”

Raised in a small town in North Carolina, Cook now lives in New Britain with her husband, Donn. They got married the same day they met. “It sounds funny, I know,” she says with her trademark smile. “I was living in Chicago, working for Loctite Corporation, and he was working in Connecticut for the same company. That, of course, is another connection to Trinity. The company sent him out to do something in the building where I worked and I thought he was kind of cute. I asked him over for dinner and he ended up making dinner for me because I couldn’t really cook and he could. And that was it. We’ve been married for 28 years.”

Cook says that the best part of her job is her almost constant interaction with the students, something she says she never gets enough of. “When they go on break, I enjoy the quiet for a day or two and then I start missing them. I really love these kids. They have such an energy and excitement about them. It’s contagious.”

When she’s not fielding calls for the College, Cook is active in social causes. She is involved with Amnesty International and People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, both of which she says she became interested in through her support for students. She and Donn also like to camp and they try to take students along on trips whenever they can.

“Being around so many young people helps to keep me young,” she says. “After all these years, I really couldn’t imagine doing anything else. Trinity is my home.”

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