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May 24, 2004

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Painter Elected 20th President of Trinity
In an unprecedented move by the Board of Trustees, acting President Borden W. Painter, Jr.  has been named the College’s 20th president.
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College Receives $800K Grant from Hughes Institute
The Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) has announced that Trinity is among the 42 colleges and universities chosen to receive a total of almost $50 million in grant money
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  Faculty Publications
Click here for samplings of books and other media from the 2003-04 academic year that were submitted to the Office of Communications

  Engineering Department Gets Electric Car
Don’t be alarmed if you see a cute little car that looks like a helicopter without propeller blades buzzing quietly around campus.
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  Resident Faculty Members Take Students to NYC
A group of Trinity faculty and students spent a recent weekend in New York City as part of the College’s Faculty in Residence (FIR) program.
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  The 2004 All-Campus Celebration: A good time was had by all!
Click here to see photos from the picnic and a list of raffle winners.
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Sports Highlights
The First-Year Colloquium, Out of Uniform: College Sports and Educational Values, compiled data provided by the Athletic Department and information collected from over 300 student-athlete survey responses.
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What they’re reading…
Christie Kelley, administrative assistant,
Allan K. Smith Center for Writing and Rhetoric

“I am currently reading Tara Road, by Maeve Binchy—a fictional story about two despondent women. A chance phone call brings them together and they decide on a whim to exchange residences for a summer. One lives in Dublin, Ireland and the other in a small New England college town. Both women are dealing with extraordinary adversity in their lives and feel that a house swap will give them each a chance to reflect on their circumstances.

Tara Road is a wonderful change from the texts and manuals I read throughout the semester. Binchy is a well-established writer, although this is the first book I have read from her. But I would definitely read another.”

President Borden Painter was joined by current and former members of his staff at a recent retirement dinner in his honor. (l-r) Anne Boornazian, Fran Casasanta, Sandy Andrews, President Painter, Gigi St. Peter, Susan Pikor, Mary Carroll Harrison Looper, Maureen Field, and Mary Conneely.


W. Miller Brown
Dean of Faculty

Miller Brown is most comfortable when he’s asking questions. That inclination, the result of his training as a philosopher, has served him well during his many years as a member of the Trinity faculty and, for the past five-plus years, in his role as dean of faculty. Being an effective dean, however, also involves another staple of philosophy: balancing the interests of the individual against the interests of the community at large. “I have found that deaning has deeper challenges and opportunities than I had imagined,” Brown said recently at a reception in his honor. “For one thing, it involves a variety of non-trivial moral issues that I have found challenging—questions of fairness across the faculty; of individual and personal difficulties that can have profound affects on one’s professional and personal life. For another, there are always epistemological puzzles that are fascinating and often difficult, puzzles about how to bring many people, many needs, and many choices into optimal arrangements that will preserve and enhance the interests of our students and faculty. These, too, are often non-trivial puzzles that can affect the quality of learning and teaching at the College, not to speak of the professional lives of individual people.

“Before I took the job,” he says, “I had a rather avuncular image of the dean, as a person whom the faculty could kind of go in and chat with. That was my understanding of the office, on the basis of my familiarity with previous deans. But I discovered that, in actuality, it’s an extraordinarily complex administrative position with a multitude of managerial responsibilities. I found myself having to learn pretty fast.”

Brown came to the College in 1965, when he was finishing his doctoral dissertation at Harvard University. He says that teaching at Trinity was an opportunity that was “too important for me to pass up.” He had previously been a teaching fellow at Harvard and a lecturer in French at Boston University. He has since written and lectured extensively in the areas of philosophy of science and philosophy of sport, was a visiting scholar at the University of Kent in Canterbury, England, and was a member of the Society of Fellows at the University of Durham in Durham, England.

“To state the obvious, we will do better if we work together, talk with, not at, each other, and respect each other’s differences and good efforts to make the College an even finer place to teach and learn. We have a great faculty, a superb administration and staff, and trustees who are dedicated to providing the resources we need to excel. I hope that in the next few years, with stable leadership, we can move steadily ahead … together.”

Brown is stepping down as dean of faculty, effective June 30, 2004.

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