Trinity's faculty and staff monthly e-newsletter

November 2004

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Breaking New Ground
There was a definite hockey-like chill in the air as the College hosted special guests, alumni/ae, and members of the local community for the November 6 groundbreaking ceremony at the future home of the Community Sports Complex. more

College Holiday Schedule to Change
Beginning with the 2005-2006 academic year, the College will no longer hold classes on Labor Day or Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. more

Vigilance is Best Prescription for Viruses
Do you remember Blaster, the computer virus that hit Trinity last summer? Well, the information technology staff certainly does. more

  Library Acquires One Millionth Volume
The book, a first edition copy of Charles Darwin’s On the Origin of Species (1859), is on display as part of the special collections Watkinson Library’s exhibition, “The Evolution of Evolution: From the Pre-Socratics to the Modern Evolutionary Synthesis.” more

Awards and Honors
Recent honors and awards received by Trinity faculty and staff. here

  Sports Highlights
The field hockey team completed its best season since 1998, posting an 8-7 record and qualifying for the NESCAC Championship Tournament for the first time. more

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

What they’re reading…

Michael NiemannMichael Niemann
Associate Professor of International Studies

“I am currently reading When Victims Become Killers: Colonialism, Nativism, and the Genocide in Rwanda, by Mahmood Mamdani. Mamdani follows up on concepts of ethnicity and race he developed earlier to provide a different view of the genocide in Rwanda. Whereas most commentators have explained this genocide as driven by hatred rooted in ethnic or even "tribal" identity, Mamdani stresses the role of political identity as a causal factor. Political identity is a by-product of state formation and, in the case of Rwanda, that formation included the creation of the political identities of Hutu and Tutsi as ‘nativized’ majority vs. ‘nonnative’ minority. He also emphasizes the regional context of the genocide, another point often overlooked by other commentators. It is a complex book, but well written.”

Professor of Political Science Clyde McKee offers remarks during the dedication of the Winthrop-Hutchinson Tree on the main quad as President Jones looks on.

Elly Jacobson  

Elly Jacobson
Coordinator for Urban Learning Initiatives

Having spent much of her 30 years in Hartford working on a variety of community service and arts-based initiatives, Elly Jacobson sees her job at Trinity as a natural extension of her life. “My personal and professional lives are kind of blended,” she explains. “As I’m out in the community, I’m constantly looking for possible connections that I can use at Trinity. And, of course, when I’m here I get ideas that I can bring back to the community. I often see myself as a translator between the College and the community. I cross a lot of boundaries.”

Jacobson came to Trinity in 1996 after spending most of her career in public service, including many years at the health department, where she served as deputy commissioner of health for the State of Connecticut. She also managed the Hartford Vision Project, a planning initiative that brought together community activists, corporate leaders, and politicians in an effort to chart a course for the city.

She was recruited to join the College administration by Hartford Mayor Eddie Perez, then Trinity’s director of community relations. “My first job at Trinity was director of community service,” Jacobson says. “In that role, however, I was frequently asked by faculty members to help them design community-based learning projects as part of their courses. I eventually moved over to the dean of faculty’s office to do that kind of work exclusively. So that’s what I do—I work with the faculty to help them design projects that give students the opportunity to have an outside-the-classroom learning experience that relates to their coursework.”

One reason that Jacobson finds her work so rewarding, she says, is because of her own community involvement. She is a board member of several local organizations, sits on the distribution committees of charitable foundations, and currently serves as vice chair of the Hartford planning and zoning commission. “If I hear anyone say that there’s not enough to do in Hartford,” she says, “they get a half-hour lecture from me. It’s a wonderfully exciting and fertile community. There’s so much to do that I can’t seem to fit it all in. And the same principle holds true for the kinds of projects that we can design with our community learning partners at Trinity. We are only limited by our imagination.”

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