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October 2004

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Jones Inaugurated as President
James F. Jones, Jr. was inaugurated as the 21st president of Trinity College on Sunday, October 16, 2004. more

Trinity Building on Cornerstones
President Jones has announced the implementation of a comprehensive planning model for the College, known as the Cornerstone Project, that will help to establish an ongoing process for annual planning in a wide range of areas. more

  International Week Brings Global Learning to Campus
Representatives from several of Trinity’s Global Learning Sites gathered on campus recently for a week of workshops, class visits, and informational sessions for students. more

  College Hosts Park Symposium
At a symposium marking the sesquicentennial of Hartford’s Bushnell Park, Trinity hosted a group of scholars and historians in the Washington Room for Bushnell Park at One Hundred Fifty: Legacies & Lessons. more

  Walker Delivers with Shoot the Messenger
Walker, longtime director of the Austin Arts Center, wrote and performed the one-hour play, which ran on consecutive Friday and Saturday evenings from September 24 through October 9. more

Sports Highlights
Senior Christina Kane wins X-Country Invitational. more

In the News here for recent media coverage of Trinity College.

What they’re reading…

Christine McCarthy McMorris
Administrative Assistant, Leonard Greenberg Center; and publicity assistant for Cinestudio.

"I just finished reading The Master, a new book by the Irish writer Colm Toibin. The genre is one that fascinates me—a biography that reads like a novel, imagining the interior life of a well-known person, in this case Henry James. It begins as the middle-aged James suffers public humiliation in London for his badly-received play. We see him snubbed for his American and Irish heritage among the English upper class, and misunderstood by his American friends and relatives for his rejection of Puritanism and his “shocking” novels. As James thinks back on his complex family relationships, near-erotic experiences with men and the traumatic trial of Oscar Wilde, I began to appreciate what chances James took with his art, if not his life. The language is elegant and understated, and the country estates in Ireland, the English villages, and the back streets of Venice are described with visual clarity and imagination."

Colin McEnroe, visiting lecturer in English and local media personality, talks with his class prior to the first presidential debate. McEnroe is teaching a graduate class this semester called “The Media and the Presidential Election.  (photo Nick Lacy)

Colin McEnroe, visiting lecturer in English and local media personality, talks with his class prior to the first presidential debate. McEnroe is teaching a graduate class this semester called “The Media and the Presidential Election."  (photo Nick Lacy)

Drew Hyland  

Drew Hyland
Charles A. Dana Professor of Philosophy

“Someone once phrased it rather nicely, I think, when they said that sports should be the sweatiest of the liberal arts,” Drew Hyland says with a slight smile. “I believe that.” He ought to know. A member of the Princeton basketball team from 1958 to 1961—back when the Ivy League was a force in big-time college sports—Hyland is aware of the important role that intercollegiate athletics can play in a student’s overall educational experience. And he wishes that more faculty members would recognize it as well.

“There I was,” Hyland remembers, “at this great institution of higher learning, devoting enormous amounts of time, emotion, and self identity to playing basketball, and not one of my teachers at this great institution ever suggested to me that I ought to make that athletic experience part of my education—that I ought to think about, and learn from, that experience. I used to joke that the closest my academics and basketball ever came to each other was when a professor would ask me for tickets to a game that was sold out. When I came to Trinity, I didn’t want any of my students to be able to say the same thing about their experience here. That’s why I first developed the ‘Philosophy of Sport’ class, which I’ve been teaching on and off for 30 years.”

Hyland points out that in most other countries, top-tier athletics are not associated with educational institutions. America has tied athletics to education because we presumably believe that the two are, or should be, connected. That connection is one that Hyland believes should be reinforced.

Along with Athletic Director Rick Hazelton and Associate Athletic Director Robin Sheppard, he helped to start a program through which Trinity’s athletic teams now have faculty advisers assigned to them. “It’s no surprise, of course, that I’m the adviser to the men’s basketball team,” he says. “The student-athletes, in all sports, who come to a school like Trinity, are good enough and passionate enough about their sport that they want an intense experience. I try to find ways to keep reminding them that their athletic experience can be a very meaningful and important part of their education. I sincerely believe that I learned as much about myself and human nature through basketball at Princeton as I did in any of my courses there.” 

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