Faculty and Staff Awards and Honors

Dutch Barhydt ’81, M’04, P’08, director of leadership giving, was recognized by the National Alumni Association during Reunion for his outstanding service to the College in his former role as director of alumni relations. Barhydt served in alumni relations from 2001-2005, before assuming his new duties.

Bill Decker, head baseball coach, was named the 2005 Coach of the Year by the New England Intercollegiate Baseball Association, the New England Region of the American Baseball Coaches Association, and the New England Small College Athletic Association. The Bantams posted a best-ever 35-9 record and advanced to the NCAA Division III World Series for the second time in three years. In 15 seasons as head coach, Decker has compiled a 330-160 record to become Trinity’s all-time winningest baseball coach.

Jack Dougherty, associate professor and director of educational studies, received the 2005 Outstanding Book Award from the History of Education Society for his book More than One Struggle: The Evolution of Black School Reform in Milwaukee. Dougherty was recognized for significantly advancing “our knowledge of an important topic in the history of education … based on painstaking research in a wide array of primary sources … [and for presenting] its findings in a sophisticated fashion by developing an original argument in a well-organized and thoughtful way.”

Diana Evans, professor of political science, was awarded the Richard F. Fenno Prize by the American Political Science Association for her book Greasing the Wheels: Using Pork Barrel Projects to Build Majority Coalitions in Congress. The Fenno Prize is awarded to the best book in legislative studies and is recognizes work that is “both theoretically and empirically strong … [and] is dedicated to encouraging scholars to pursue new and different avenues of research in order to find answers to previously unexplored questions about the nature of politics.”

Drew Hyland, Charles A. Dana Professor of Philosophy, was invited to teach a course at the 30th annual Collegium Phaenomenologicum in Umbria, Italy. Hyland delivered a series of three three-hour lectures entitled, “A Socrates Grown Young and Beautiful: Plato’s Memorabilia” at the mid-summer gathering. The Collegium is intended for faculty members and advanced graduate and postdoctoral students in philosophy and related disciplines. The core of the program consists of a series of lecture courses, individual courses, individual lectures, and intensive text-based seminars.

Sam Kassow ’66, Charles H. Northam Professor of History, was presented with the Trinity College Trustee Award for Teaching Excellence during the College’s 179th commencement exercises in May. The newly created award may be presented annually to honor a faculty member whose achievements in scholarship, teaching, and other spheres of professional, civic, or personal endeavor exemplify Trinity’s high standards of excellence. The recipient is chosen by the Board of Trustees.

Peter Knapp ’65, special collection librarian and archivist, won the Alumni Medal for Excellence during Reunion in June. The medal, awarded by the National Alumni Association, is given annually to honor alumni/ae who have made significant contributions to their professions, their communities, and to Trinity College.

Kevin McMahon, assistant professor of political science, has been recognized by the American Political Science Association for his book Reconsidering Roosevelt on Race: How the Presidency Paved the Road to Brown. McMahon received the Richard E. Neustadt Award for the best book on the American presidency in 2004. The award is given annually to honor an individual whose work has incited a broader view of the impact and influence of the presidency.

Gary Reger, professor of history, has been named the Charles A. Dana Research Professor for the academic years 2005-07. The professorship was established to support a full professor with a period of reduced teaching responsibilities in order to enable her or him to move forward with an important piece of research. Reger is the College’s twelfth Dana Research Professor.

Patricia Thornton, associate professor of political science, testified before the Congressional-Executive Commission on China on May 23, 2005. The occasion was one of a series of Issues Roundtables, and the session was entitled “Unofficial Religion in China: Beyond the Party’s Rules.” Thornton was one of several experts who discussed the expression of religious belief under the current system of Communist Party-controlled religious practices. The roundtable examined beliefs that have sprung up outside the system, as well as what the government has done to attempt to control them. You can read Thornton’s statement to the commission at http://www.cecc.gov/pages/roundtables/052305/Thornton.php?PHPSESSID=774cd16cca07a8df83ec29ec7a1dab06.

Marina Traub, head coach of women’s rowing, was named the Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association 2004-05 Division III Coach of the Year. In her first season at Trinity, Traub guided the Bantams to a perfect 6-0 season en route to winning the New England Division III Championship title, the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Championship title, and the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) National Invitational Championship title. The women’s crew also qualified for the NCAA Division III National Championship Regatta, where Trinity won the grand final to capture the Varsity Eight title and finished third in the Overall Point Standings.

Trinity College has been awarded the CampusTours© September 2005 Four Star Tour Award for its “simple yet elegant” virtual tour and interactive map on the College home page (www.trincoll.edu). Designed by the Office of Communications with the help of a Web consulting firm, Trinity’s Web tour feature was recognized by the awards committee as “one of the best implementations we’ve seen of a campus map, allowing for both close detail and overall campus perspectives simultaneously.”


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