Resident Faculty Members Take Students to NYC

  Group photo before the opera.

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. The excursion was a collaborative effort among the participants that showcased a variety of events centered around music, art, and nature. The group included 16 students, representing all classes and several areas of study, as well as Director of Campus Life Amy Howard and her husband, Steven, Assistant Professor of Anthropology Beth Notar, Visiting Lecturer in Modern Languages Heidi Swanson, and Visiting Lecturer in Music Kris Allen and his wife, Jen. The trip included visits to the New York Botanical Gardens, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the NYC Opera at Lincoln Center, and a jazz club in Greenwich Village.

“All of these events were chosen to create an atmosphere of engagement and curiosity,” explains Howard. “We wanted the students to try things they had never tried before, to make some new friends, and perhaps cultivate a new hobby or interest in the process. We hope to get funding to do more trips in the future, and I will be working with the FIRs for next year to continue to expand this terrific program.”

Guided tour at the NY Botanical Garden.  

The Faculty in Residence program is in its fifth year and typically houses three or four faculty members in residence hall apartments. Participants develop and initiate campus programs for resident students, ranging in nature from yoga to tango classes, and accompany students to area lectures, performances, restaurants, and other activities of mutual interest. The FIR program is designed with the intent of developing and encouraging a wide variety of interactions among students and faculty on an informal basis.

The Office of Residential Life is currently looking for faculty members who have a genuine interest in being part of the on-campus community and programming for resident students. For more information, contact Amy Howard, director of campus life, at (860) 297-2304 or

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