South Campus Neighborhood: Book, Brownell, Elms, and Olmsted Nests
Dr. Jody T. Goodman, Assistant Dean of Students and Director of The Bantam Network, comes to Trinity from UMass Amherst where she served as the Director of Student Success in the College of Engineering and the Assistant Director for Leadership and Community Service with the Office of Student Engagement and Leadership. She earned her B.A. from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, an M.S. at New School University, an M.Ed. from UMass Amherst, an M.S. from Northeastern University, and an Ed.D. from the University of Rochester, where she specialized in educational leadership. In addition to providing oversight for The Bantam Network, she helps guide students as they navigate academic, health and wellness, and other personal challenges, referring them to the appropriate resources and services when necessary. Dean Goodman is the Nest Dean for the Book and Brownell Nests.
Dr. Ann E. Reuman, Senior Associate Dean of Students, earned her B.A. from Williams College, and her M.A. and Ph.D. from Tufts University, where she specialized in multicultural and gender issues in American literature. At various points in her life, Dean Reuman has studied and taught in Europe and the U.K.: two years in Berlin as a child, a winter in Kochel for an intensive language program followed by a semester in Freiburg her junior year in college, and four years in Thorpe, Surrey, England (and one summer in Lugano, Switzerland) while teaching at the TASIS international school, where she served as an Assistant Academic Dean and College Counselor. Dean Reuman oversees student judicial affairs relating to academic conduct, as well as the Student Accessibility Resource Center (S.A.R.C.) and the International Students and Scholars Office. In addition, she helps guide students as they navigate academic, health and wellness, and other personal challenges, referring them to the appropriate resources and services when necessary. Dean Reuman is the Nest Dean for the Elms and Olmstead Nests.
Emily Dowden ’18, Residential Learning Coordinator & TRINsition Fellow, is originally from Long Island, New York, and is thrilled to now live in Hartford, the city she so loved as a Trinity College student. During her undergraduate career, she majored in Religious Studies with concentrations in Judaism and Christianity, was an active member of the chapel community, and founded and served as Editor-in-Chief of Trinity’s newsmagazine, The Beacon. She is a member of the Class of 2018. Emily is the Residential Learning Coordinator & TRINsition Fellow for the Elms, Olmsted, Book, and Brownell Nests, and South Campus Neighborhood. She is excited and committed to help fellow Bantams navigate the challenges and rewards of being an undergraduate!
Meredith Friedman, Residential Learning Coordinator & TRINsition Fellow, grew up in Ridgefield, Connecticut and has lived in the Hartford region for five years. She received her Bachelors degree from Bates College in Lewiston, Maine where she was very involved in clubs, student government, and student/ faculty committees. After completing her double major in Politics and Art & Visual Culture, Meredith went on to American University in Washington, D.C. for graduate school where she completed an MFA. Meredith joined Trinity in 2015. She is the Residential Learning Coordinator & TRINsition Fellow for the Elms, Olmsted, Book, and Brownell Nests, and South Campus Neighborhood. Meredith looks forward to helping Trinity’s students succeed and learn to navigate the ins and outs of higher education. Meredith lives on campus with her husband Max and dog Millie – feel free to say “hi” when they’re on walks!
Sheila Njau ’17, Residential Learning Coordinator & TRINsition Fellow, was born and raised in Kenya until the age of 12 when she moved to Weymouth, Massachusetts. While Sheila enjoys a warm and sunny climate, she decided to plant roots in the New England area. Sheila is an alumna of Trinity College. As an undergraduate, she majored in Biochemistry and Neuroscience with the intention of going to Medical School. That quickly changed when Sheila discovered her love of working with students and helping guide them through their college experience. Ultimately, she made the decision to pursue a career in Higher Education. Sheila is the Residential Learning Coordinator & TRINsition Fellow for the Elms, Olmsted, Book, and Brownell Nests, and South Campus Neighborhood. Sheila is excited to welcome new Bantams to Trinity and Hartford!
Dr. Shane Ewegen, Associate Professor of Philosophy, is the Faculty Advising fellow for the Book and Brownell Nests. He grew up in Denver, Colorado, and was a songwriter and musician for many years before moving to Boston for graduate school in 2005. He has worked at Trinity since 2013 and, in his free time, enjoys playing with his dogs and jogging. He is excited to continue working as a Faculty Advising Fellow and to meet the students of his nests.
Dr. Paula Russo, Associate Professor of Mathematics, is the Faculty Advising Fellow for the Elms and Olmsted Nests. She has been a member of Trinity’s community for 31 years and teaches Math courses at all levels, from statistics to calculus to upper-level courses for majors. What she enjoys most about Trinity is the opportunity to work closely with students both in the classroom and as an advisor. She looks forward to meeting the students of the Elms and Olmsted Nests.
Long Walk Neighborhood: Cannon, Lockwood, Lemon, and Washington Nests
Robert Lukaskiewicz, Associate Dean of Students, graduated from Wilbraham and Monson Academy. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Syracuse University and a Master of Arts degree from Villanova University. While at Syracuse, he was a NCAA Division I cross country and track and field athlete. Prior to Trinity, Dean Lukaskiewicz was Dean of Students at College of St. Joseph in Rutland, Vermont. He has also been a Director of Advising and a high school principal. Dean Lukaskiewicz oversees student judicial affairs relating to social conduct, including supervision and training of Trinity’s Honor Council. In addition, he oversees the Student Involvement and Leadership (S.A.I.L.) Office, Residential Learning Community Operations, and serves as a liaison for campus facilities and operations. In addition, he helps guide students as they navigate academic, health and wellness, and other personal challenges, referring them to the appropriate resources and services when necessary. Dean Lukaskiewicz is the Nest Dean for the Lockwood and Cannon Nests.
John Selders, Assistant Dean of Students, Dean Selders joined the Dean of Students office in February, 2018 but is not new to Trinity College community. Prior to moving over to the Dean of Students Office, Dean Selders was an Associate Chaplain in the Office of Spiritual and Religious Life. Before coming to Trinity College, Selders spent a number of years teaching and working in nonprofit management. He’s a regarded community leader with years of experience in the social service sector. He helps guide students as they navigate academic, health and wellness, and other personal challenges, referring them to the appropriate resources and services when necessary. Dean Selders is the Nest Dean for the Lemon and Washington Nests.
Yasmin Affey, Residential Learning Coordinator & TRINsition Fellow, was born and raised in Chicago, IL but quickly made Hartford a second home when she started her first-year at Trinity College in the fall of 2015. A member of the class of 2019, Yasmin graduated with a degree in International Studies with a concentration in Middle Eastern Studies and a minor in Arabic. As an undergraduate, she was very involved with the Office of Spiritual and Religious Life as well as the Office of Multicultural Affairs. Yasmin is the Residential Learning Coordinator & TRINsition Fellow for the Lockwood, Cannon, Lemon, and Washington Nests and the Long Walk Neighborhood. She is looking forward to working with students, helping them make the most out of their time at Trinity.
Joel Copperthite, Residential Learning Coordinator & TRINsition Fellow, hails from Middlefield (a small town in Connecticut). He has been living as a Bantam for the past four years. Joel came to Trinity from the University of Bridgeport, where he worked as a Resident Director for three years and received his Masters in Counseling for College Student Personnel. He is the Residential Learning Coordinator & TRINsition Fellow within the Cannon, Lemon, Lockwood and Washington Nests and Long Walk Neighborhood. He is most looking forward to connecting with his residents and assisting them during their time at Trinity in any way he can.
Maria Dyane, Residential Learning Coordinator & TRINsition Fellow, lived in Morocco until she finished high school. She then moved to Johannesburg, South Africa for a few years where she graduated from an entrepreneurial leadership Academy. Maria joined the Trinity College family for her undergraduate degree. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science in both Economics and Computer Science. During her undergraduate journey, she was deeply involved in clubs and cultural houses, as well as served in different leadership roles. Her love and commitment to Trinity College drove her decision to remain at the College after she graduated. Maria went on to complete her Master’s degree in Public Policy here at Trinity. She is the Residential Learning Coordinator & TRINsition Fellow for the Cannon, Lemon, Lockwood and Washington Nests and Long Walk Neighborhood. Maria looks forward to working with and empowering and guiding students through their college journey. ‘Looking forward to the many conversations on and off campus!’
Dr. David Branning, Associate Professor of Physics, is the Faculty Advising Fellow to Cannon and Lockwood Nests. He joined Trinity’s Physics Department in 2005. His research area is quantum optics, the study of single particles of light, called photons. The surprising, “non-classical” behaviors of photons can be used for applications such as quantum cryptography, quantum computation, and even to test the foundations of quantum mechanics. He is looking forward to working with the students in the Cannon and Lockwood Nests.
Dr. Lisa-Anne Foster, Associate Professor of Biology, is the Director of the Center for Academic Advising and is the Faculty Advising Fellow for the Lemon and Washington Nests. She is originally from Long Island, New York, and arrived at Trinity in 1996. It was her involvement in the implementation of the Bantam Network that sparked her interest in academic advising. She looks forward to meeting the students of the Lemon and Washington Nests.
Vernon Street Neighborhood: Minty and Roosevelt Nests
Joseph DiChristina, Dean of Campus Life and Vice President for Student Affairs, serves as the College’s chief student affairs officer and is responsible for all areas of student life and involvement. These areas include: Athletics and Recreation, Campus Safety, Counseling and Wellness Center, Dean of Students office, Greek Life, Health Center, International Students and Scholars, Student Involvement and Leadership (S.A.I.L.), Spiritual and Religious Life, Student Accommodation Resource Center (S.A.R.C.), and The Bantam Network. Dean DiChristina comes to Trinity from Allegheny College in Pennsylvania, where he served as dean of students since 2001. There he managed operations and guided planning for 16 student life departments and was the founding director of that college’s award-winning Center for Experiential Learning. Previously, he served at Oberlin College in Ohio in several areas, including residential life, campus safety and security, and student activities, before being appointed associate dean of students. DiChristina earned a B.S. in biochemistry from Beloit College and a master’s degree in higher education from the University of Akron. He is the Nest Dean for the Minty and Roosevelt Nests.
Daniel Levy, Residential Learning Coordinator & TRINsition Fellow, attended Brandeis University as an undergrad, where he majored in American Studies and History. At the time, he worked as a Resident Advisor and was barista of the campus coffee shop. A proud New Jersey native, Dan spent time in Massachusetts, New York, and Ohio before joining the Trinity community and settling in Hartford, where he is particularly fond of Real Art Ways and the Harriet Beecher Stowe house. Dan is the Residential Learning Coordinator & TRINsition Fellow. He encourages students to be the authors of their Trinity experience and to lead with enthusiasm and empathy.
Elijah Hernandez, Residential Learning Coordinator TRINsition Fellow, is from Newark, New Jersey, the “Brick City,” where he lived for most of his life before leaving for the Church Farm School, a boarding school in Exton, Pennsylvania. After high school Eli was granted a scholarship to attend Trinity College where he majored in Interdisciplinary Computer Science with Music. During his undergraduate career, he was an active member in cultural organizations, a capella, the chapel singers, and miscellaneous jobs around campus. Eli is a Residential Learning Coordinator if for the Minty and Roosevelt Nests and the Vernon Street Neighborhood. He is extremely excited to meet the class of 2023 and looks forward to guiding them on this new journey they will embark on.
Dr. Irene Papoulis, Principal Lecturer in the Allan K. Smith Center for Writing and Rhetoric, is the Faculty Advising Fellow for the Minty and Roosevelt Nests. Something she loves about advising is helping her students discover and cultivate their own particular interests, likes, dislikes, and ambitions. More personally, she values listening and often says in class that listening can be as important, and as visible to others, as talking when it comes to class participation. She is excited to meet the students of the Minty and Roosevelt Nests.