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April 21, 2004

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David Ahlgren

 

David Ahlgren Appointed Hallden Professor
Professor David Ahlgren has been named the Karl W. Hallden Professor of Engineering. The Hallden Professorship, established in 1955, is made possible through funding provided by Karl William Hallden, Class of 1909.
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  Dworin Ensemble Marks Milestone with Dance Performance
Groups of third, fourth, and fifth graders wearing brightly colored T-shirts filled the Washington Room with their energy on April 14.
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  Trinity Student Group Hosts Mental Health Conference
Several members of the Trinity community took part in a day-long program designed to address mental health issues on college campuses.
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  Auction for Child Center Raises Money and Hope
Nearly 200 people attended the March 19 Trinity College Community Child Center’s 7th Annual Wine Tasting and Auction, raising approximately $15,000.
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  Sports Highlights
The Bantam women’s crew, which won its first New England Championship and qualified for its first NCAA Championship Regatta last spring, is ranked third in New England and fifth in the country under first year Head Coach Lyllah Martin.
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In the News
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What they’re reading…
Director of Printing and Mailing Services K. J. Park

"In his book, How to Become CEO: The Rules for Rising to the Top of Any Organization, Jeffrey Fox describes what one should do and what pitfalls to avoid in the workplace. I found it to be an enriching motivational book that details how to succeed in the business world today. I recommend this book as it is a good, practical handbook for leaders in any organization. And I recently found out that Fox is a Trinity alum, so that makes it even better. "

 

Clinton Bailey, visiting professor of international studies, answers a question during his recent lecture at Gallows Hill Bookstore. Dr. Bailey discussed and signed copies of his new book, “A Culture of Desert Survival: Bedouin Proverbs from Sinai and the Negev.”

 
TRINITY PEOPLE
 

Gail Woldu
Associate Professor
of Music

Even though she is a recognized scholar of late-19th and early-20th century French music, Professor Woldu is keenly aware of the educational importance of the popular music of every generation—and the need for students to understand its roots. She knows that, especially where her students are concerned, there is much more to music than notes and melodies. “My approach to teaching uses music as an excuse to talk about social issues,” she explains. “It’s really the sociology of music because, usually, it’s the social issues that make music happen, particularly important popular music.

“In my ‘American Popular Music’ class, a lot of students come in thinking that it’s going to be a ‘foot-tapping class’ about everything they already know. Or they think it’s going to be things they’ve at least read about in Rolling Stone or seen on MTV and BET. For them, popular music is about Dave Mathews and Beyonce. But we go back to Stephen Foster and the black-face minstrels; we talk about the blues queens. Sometimes it has never occurred to them that these things are part of the picture. It gets them to realize that they don’t really know anything about American popular music. They might know the names, but not much more than that.

“I also try to educate them about the realities of the music industry. We’re devoting the last two weeks of the semester to the business side of hip-hop. I think it’s important they realize that they are watching and listening to performers who are trying to project an image in order to sell a product. As members of the target audience, as consumers, they need to be aware of that. I want them to understand that there’s a lot more to it than what they see and hear.”

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