Named for Trinity traditions and historical legacies, the Nests foster community among our students.

The Bantam Network encompasses 5 Nest pairings, each functioning as a coordinated network of care for our students. Each Nest contains a unique support system of Nest Advisors and Community Mentors, who help guide students as they navigate the rewards and complexities of collegiate life.

Nest Advisors
  • Nest Dean
  • Residential Learning Coordinators-TRINsition Fellows
  • Faculty Advising Fellow
Community Mentors
  • Resident Advisors
  • P.R.I.D.E. Leaders
  • First-Year Mentors

We foster community through the Nests by grouping together students across different academic disciplines and engaging in on-campus programming, exploration of Hartford, and experiential learning opportunities. 

The five Nest pairings
  • Book & Brownell
  • Cannon & Lockwood
  • Elms & Olmsted
  • Lemon & Washington
  • Minty & Roosevelt

How Does It Work?

All new students entering the College are placed into a Nest. While Nest placement for first-year students are based on their selection of the First-Year Seminar, transfer students are often placed in Nests associated with their Faculty Advising Fellow. Nest Advisors and Community Mentors continue to nurture and maintain relationships with students as they move through their time at Trinity.

Explore the Nests

Book Nest references the college’s oldest continuously observed tradition. During the Matriculation ceremony, each incoming first-year student is asked to sign the matriculation declaration, otherwise known as “The Character and Standing Rules,” first penned in 1826. Held annually in our historic Chapel, this book signing is the symbolic act of enrolling at the college and indicates the official opening of the academic year.

Brownell Nest is named after Trinity’s founder and first president, the Right Reverend Thomas Brownell. A statue of Brownell is situated at the center of the College’s Main Quadrangle, overlooking students at Convocation and Commencement.

Book & Brownell Nest Advisors (From Left to Right)
  • Nest Dean: Dr. Jody T. Goodman, Assistant Dean of Students and Director of The Bantam Network
  • Residential Learning Coordinator-TRINsition Fellow: Sheila Njau ’17 M’19
  • Faculty Advising Fellow: Dr. Shane Ewegen, Associate Professor of Philosophy

“Our best advice to students – take a risk. If you never challenge yourself, you may never realize your full potential. So take a chance, take a risk, step outside your comfort zone. You may surprise yourself.”

Cannon Nest is named for the two cannons located on the Main Quadrangle. They were salvaged from the steam powered U.S.S. Hartford and gifted to the college, memorializing those Trinity students who served their country. Among those who served is the nephew of Trinity’s founder, The Right Reverend Thomas Brownell.

Lockwood Nest is named for Theodore D. Lockwood ’48, H’81, who served as Trinity’s 15th president. He presided over the college during a time that saw the inception of co-education and an increase in admittance of students of color.

Cannon & Lockwood Nest Advisors (From Left to Right)
  • Nest Dean: Robert Lukaskiewicz, Associate Dean of Students
  • Residential Learning Coordinator-TRINsition Fellows: Joel Copperthite andYasmin Affey ’19
  • Faculty Advising Fellow: Dr. David Branning, Associate Professor of Physics

Elms Nest references Trinity’s  famous elm trees, planted in the shape of a “T” on the Main Quadrangle. All Bantams are also familiar with the school’s alma mater, “‘Neath the Elms,” written by Trinity student Augustus P. Burgwin in 1882.

Olmsted Nest honors Frederick Law Olmsted, American landscape architect, journalist, social critic, and public administrator. He had a hand in shaping the campus we love and is otherwise known for his co-design of Central Park in New York City, among other famous parks. 

Elms & Olmsted Nest Advisors (From Left to Right)
  • Nest Dean: Dr. Ann E. Reuman, Senior Associate Dean of Students
  • Residential Learning Coordinator-TRINsition Fellows: Emily Dowden ’18 and Meredith Friedman
  • Faculty Advising Fellow: Dr. Paula Russo, Associate Professor of Mathematics

Lemon Nest harkens back to Class Day in 1857, when a senior presented a wooden lemon squeezer to the Class of 1859 as recognition of the sophomores’ “aggregate excellence in scholarship” and “moral character.” From that day forward, every Class Day included a ceremonial passing down of the lemon squeezer to the most popular rising class. Today, that very lemon squeezer makes an appearance annually during Convocation, a tradition that is followed by lemonade for all.

Washington Nest refers to Trinity College’s original name being Washington College,  when it was founded in 1823. The school’s name was dubbed Trinity in 1845 in reference to its’ Episcopal roots and to differentiate itself from other institutions known as Washington.

Lemon & Washington Nest Advisors (From Left to Right)
  • Nest Dean: John Selders, Assistant Dean of Students
  • Residential Learning Coordinator-TRINsition Fellows: Maria Dyane ’17 M’19
  • Faculty Advising Fellow: Dr. Lisa-Anne Foster, Associate Professor of Biology and Director of The Center For Academic Advising

Minty Nest honors President Berger-Sweeney, who introduced the  student competition that resulted in the Bantam Network. The Minty Nest is named for her beloved golden Labrador, Minty. Students, faculty, and staff alike often see Minty being walked across campus.

Roosevelt Nest is named for the Luther-Roosevelt stone, which was laid in 1919 after Theodore Roosevelt delivered the Commencement address in 1918, at the request of then college president Flavel S. Luther. Trinity students have since observed the tradition of never stepping on the stone before their Commencement ceremony.

Minty & Roosevelt Nest Advisors (From Left to Right)
  • Nest Dean: Joseph DiChristina, Dean of Campus Life and Vice President for Student Affairs
  • Residential Learning Coordinator-TRINsition Fellows: Daniel Levy and Elijah Hernandez ’19
  • Faculty Advising Fellow: Dr. Irene Papoulis, Principal Lecturer in the Allan K. Smith Center for Writing and Rhetoric