In a perfect convergence of his Trinity College majors in neuroscience and German, Nic Zacharewski ’23 is spending his summer as a brain cancer research intern at a lab in Heidelberg, Germany, and writing about the experience in a blog.
Four New Trustees Appointed to Trinity College Board of Trustees; New Chair Starts Term
President Joanne Berger-Sweeney has announced the appointment of four new trustees to the Trinity College Board of Trustees. They are: LaTanya Langley ’95, H’17; Jamie Tracey Szal ’06; William G. Thomas III ’86, P’20; and James Yu ’87. In addition, Lisa Bisaccia ’78 took over as chair of the board. They began their terms on July 1, 2021.
Celebrating Professor’s Retirement by Remembering Lasting Lessons
When Associate Professor of Psychology David A. Reuman retired, his daughter surprised him with a book called ‘Professor Reuman’s Lasting Lessons.’ The compilation included 40 written contributions from David’s former students, colleagues, and family members.
Esther Appiah ’21 Receives Fulbright to Teach English in Côte d’Ivoire
Esther Appiah ’21 will travel to Côte d’Ivoire in January 2022 through the Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship (ETA) program, which places grant recipients in classrooms in foreign countries to help teach English and serve as cultural ambassadors for the United States.
Trinity College Welcomes Ten Tenure-Track Faculty Members
Ten tenure-track faculty members will begin new appointments at Trinity College on July 1, 2021, bringing diverse research interests and expertise to campus. “This is an exceptional group of faculty members we’re adding to our ranks,” said Acting Dean of the Faculty and Vice President for Academic Affairs Sonia Cardenas.
Balancing the Scales
Michigan Supreme Court Chief Justice Bridget Mary McCormack ’88 H’13 recently joined Trinity College President Joanne Berger-Sweeney for a Virtual Long Walk conversation about her journey from Hartford to the bench of Michigan’s highest court.
Paul Mounds Jr. ’07: ‘I don’t work in politics; I work in public service’
As the chief of staff to Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont, Paul Mounds Jr. ’07 is helping to manage the state government’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Here, Mounds talks about his dedication to public service, his connections to Hartford, and why he’s proud to be a Bantam.
Peloton Instructor Jess Sims ’10 Gives a Lesson in Taking Care of Your Body and Mind
The former Trinity College women’s basketball player and three-year captain, Jess Sims ’10, talks with Liz Althoff ’22, current captain of the women’s basketball team, and shares important tips to finding the right path.
From Hartford to Hollywood
Kristine Belson ’86, president of Sony Pictures Animation, joins Trinity College President Joanne Berger-Sweeney for an animated conversation about her days in Hartford and her entertainment career in Hollywood.
A Conversation with Hartford Promise Scholar Tiana Starks ’21 and Walter Harrison ’68, H’18
Trinity College student Tiana Starks ’21 spoke recently with Hartford Promise about her experience making the transition from Hartford’s Global Communications Academy to the Trinity campus. “Every time I went on Trinity’s campus, I felt a sense of belonging,” she told Walter Harrison ’68, H’18, co-chair of the Hartford Promise Board of Directors and a Trinity trustee.
A Passion for Helping People in His Home Country
“My country is going through rough times,” said Daniel Santos Ramírez ’23, a Trinity College student from Caracas, Venezuela. “I came to Trinity and the U.S. to get skills and training to help make things better back home.” Santos Ramírez has co-founded a project called Yakera, an online platform empowering Venezuelans to create fundraising campaigns and access donations from around the world.
Mental Toughness and Team Support Drive Strong Athletic Career
Julia Burdulis ’21 found a strong sense of community at Trinity, especially as a member of the Bantam cross country and track and field teams. ‘I do not think I could have done what I’ve been able to accomplish without my teammates,’ Burdulis said.
Empowering Fellow Students to Register and Vote
Maddy White ’22 is involved with the college’s TrinVotes! initiative to help students register and vote this November. She’s passionate about voter rights and wants to eliminate barriers faced by first-time and absentee voters.
Jeff Sagun ’21 Creates Journal Club for Scientists in the Making
With his summer plans upended by the pandemic, Trinity College senior Jeff Sagun ’21 created the Intercollegiate Neuroscience Research Journal Club, a 10-week online program that provides students around the world with access to current neuroscience-related research papers.
Q&A: Maggie MacAlpine ’09 on the Importance of Election Security
Maggie MacAlpine ’09, the co-founder of a company that offers election security services, is featured in the HBO documentary film ‘Kill Chain: The Cyber War on America’s Elections.’
John Lawson ’20 Brings Research on Racial Bias in Jury Selection to State Task Force
Not every 22-year-old can say he’s educated some of the most important legal decision makers in his state. For John Lawson ’20, a first-year law student at Harvard Law School and a recent Trinity graduate, this statement rings true.
Recent Grad Matt Koperniak ’20 Signs Free Agent Contract with MLB’s St. Louis Cardinals
Trinity College baseball tri-captain Matt Koperniak ’20, who graduated last month and was set to use his final year of eligibility playing for Division I Kansas State University in 2021, has signed a free agent contract with Major League Baseball’s St. Louis Cardinals. He is the first Bantam to sign an MLB contract in 10 years.
A Day in the Life of a Remote Staff Member: Rose Rodriguez ’15, M’18
Rose Rodriguez ’15, M’18, Trinity’s first sustainability coordinator, has been doing her job remotely by connecting with students and others through Zoom and social media. Here, Rodriguez recounts a recent day and reflects on her experiences supporting virtual events and maintaining a work/life balance while at home during the pandemic.
Kabelo Motsoeneng ’20 Completes Debut Novel as Senior Thesis
Kabelo Motsoeneng ’20 has spent 18 months working on his first full-length novel, which is scheduled to be published later this year. Motsoeneng integrated the revisions for his novel into a semester-long senior thesis project at Trinity.
A Day in the Life of a Remote Student: Jyles Romer ’20
Jyles Romer ’20, a psychology and sociology double-major from the Bahamas, has remained on campus even as classes continue remotely. Here, as Romer recounts a recent day, he reflects on his four years at Trinity, his goals, and what it’s like to live and learn during a global pandemic.
Tiana Starks ’21: A Leader in Civic Engagement
Tiana Starks ’21 has been named a Campus Compact 2020-21 Newman Civic Fellow for the leadership and civic engagement she has demonstrated in her work with the Liberal Arts Action Lab, the Trinity College Black Women’s Organization, the Obama Foundation Community Leadership Corps, Trinfo Café, and much more.
A Day in the Life of a Remote Faculty Member: Clayton Byers
“I can’t wait for in-person classes to resume, but remote learning is obviously better than canceling classes, so I want to give my students everything I can to allow their education to continue,” says Assistant Professor of Engineering Clayton Byers. Here, Byers recounts a recent day and reflects on the experiences of conducting a review session, advising, and teaching remotely.
Meet Standout Student-Athlete Peace Kabari ’20
Basketball player and All-American shot put thrower Peace Kabari ’20 shares the unique experiences of her life, which began in a refugee camp. Kabari is a student leader who promotes diversity and inclusion at Trinity and represents the best of the Bantams, all with her ‘gracious and grateful’ attitude.
From the Court to the Canvas: Min Jie Teh ’21 Finds her Passions at Trinity
Min Jie Teh ’21 had no plans to play squash in college, nor did she expect her artistic interests to take her very far. Now, Teh boasts a 43-8 career record for Trinity squash and is pursuing her artistic hobbies through the school’s studio art program––all while pursuing a degree in computer science.
‘Fostering Play in Cambodia’
Soon after they graduated from Trinity last spring, Jessica Duong ’19 and Joshua Corbo ’19 set out to rural Cambodia to build a playground and facilitate a soccer workshop for children in the village of Bech Khlok. The project was supported by a grant from Davis Projects for Peace, a program through which college students can make an impact on the world.
First-Year Students Explore Trinity and the World
New to campus last fall, the members of the Class of 2023—Trinity’s Bicentennial Class—come to the college with diverse backgrounds and interests. Whether from down the street or the other side of the globe, the students bring with them a desire to explore the world and expand their horizons.
Documenting the Legacy of ‘Willie,’ the NHL’s First Black Player
Bryant McBride ’88, P’20 has learned a lot from National Hockey League (NHL) player Willie O’Ree—the first black player in the NHL—and he’s passing on some of those lessons in Willie, the new feature-length documentary that he produced.
Engineering Interns Help Redesign Space Suit
An internship at Collins Aerospace in Windsor Locks, Connecticut, gave Maria Boucher ’20 and Katherine Bullock ’20 the opportunity to help redesign Collins’ portable life support system (PLSS) for its next generation space suit.
Associate Professor of Psychology Laura Holt ’00 and her Trinity students study the psychology of vaping.
Q&A: Skyler Szot ’21 on his NASA Internship
Electrical engineering major Skyler Szot ’21 has a semester-long internship in California at the Armstrong Flight Research Center, NASA’s premier atmospheric test flight center. In this Q&A, Szot shares some of his thoughts and experiences from the internship.
‘American Girl’ Talk
As the creators and hosts of the ‘American Girls’ podcast, Trinity College alumnae Allison Horrocks ’09 and Mary Mahoney ’09 have found a way to tie together their childhood passion and their professions as historians.
Laboratory Work to Wilderness
Trinity College Vernon D. Roosa Professor of Applied Science Susan A. Masino is blazing a trail in neuroscience and conservation. She insists that applied science be pursued with an approach of “fearless kindness.” To do so, she asks, “How can science make ourselves better, make our lives better, and make our planet better?”
My Summer on the Other Side of the World
Wendy Salto ’22, a rising sophomore from Chicago, had the opportunity this summer to work as one of two social media interns with Infosys InStep in Bangalore, India.
Connecting Classical Mythology to Contemporary Life
Associate Professor of Classical Studies Meredith E. Safran digs deeper into how classical myths are recreated in modern media
Our Summer Experiences: Bantams Benefit from Internships Across the Country
Trinity students are making the most of the summer with a wide variety of internships that add new depth to their academic pursuits. Here, some Bantams talk about what they are doing this summer and what the experiences mean for their future paths at Trinity and beyond.
Behind the Soundtrack of Trinity
It would be difficult to find a member of the Trinity College community who has never heard the bells of the historic Trinity Chapel. Ellen Dickinson—musician, composer, and college carillonneur at Trinity—is the woman behind that music and has served the college for a decade.
Investigative Journalism for the Public Good
Jacqueline Rabe Thomas M’17, who earned her master of arts in public policy at Trinity College, was recently named one of seven journalists in the U.S. to receive a yearlong grant from ProPublica, a nonprofit newsroom that aims to produce investigative journalism in the public interest.
Float like a Butterfly, Sting like a Bantam
As a member of the Trinity Boxing Club, Imane Bounana ’20 is the first female boxer to represent Trinity.
Honored to Serve Trinity and His Hometown
Jason Rojas M’12 balances his time working at Trinity College and representing the 9th Assembly District at the Connecticut State Capitol in downtown Hartford.
Paying It Forward
Kathryn Wojcik enjoys working with students from social houses and Greek-letter and cultural organizations.
Forms Most Beautiful and Most Wonderful
Craig Schneider, Charles A. Dana Professor of Biology, talks about his work outside of the classroom and how he helps students see that there’s more to science than what’s written in a journal.
Cultivating the Future
RJ Chadha ’20 knew he wanted to pursue scientific research at Trinity, but he didn’t know how quickly he could make his mark on the scientific community.
Coming Full Circle
Assistant Professor of Religious Studies Gabriel Hornung ’07 is enjoying his new role on campus as an alumnus and a professor.
Paving a Path for Future Scholars
Bantam Elias Kagabo ’20, a biomedical engineering major from Rwanda, has a “deep love” for education, and he’s working to turn his ideas for educational access in rural parts of Rwanda into action with plans for a youth mentoring program.
Sarah Vimini’s Patience Pays Off For Trinity Women’s Golf
Patience is a virtue and that famous saying would certainly apply in the case of Trinity College women’s golf senior co-captain Sarah Vimini ’19.
Making a Name for Himself
Eddie Hayes ’20 is a student who cannot be defined as just one thing. He’s a leader both on campus and in his work as the CEO of Underscore, a digital outlet that showcases and connects up-and-coming artists who want to promote their talents
Uniting Youth in South Sudan Through Soccer
Ukuch Gabriel Ligol ’19 uses ‘Projects for Peace’ grant to encourage partnership and cooperation in region torn by tribal wars
Karraine Moody ’01
Karraine V. Moody ’01 first volunteered with Hartford Area Habitat for Humanity while a student at Trinity. Many current Trinity students are following in her footsteps.
Building a More Inclusive Campus Community
Supporting the LGBTQ+ community on campus, Director of LGBTQ+ Life Carrie Robinson leads Trinity’s Queer Resource Center
Michael Acosta ’13
Coffee has the opportunity to do a lot of good. Hartford has a lot of positive momentum.
Making an IMPACT
Ali Odermann ’21 helps Team IMPACT match up Trinity sports teams with children living with serious illnesses
The More Personal the Storytelling, the Better
Channeling his personal history into his pursuits as a storyteller and filmmaker, visiting assistant professor of film studies, Ian Harnarine works to demystify the film process for his students.
Playing the Long Game
Whether on the squash court, in the classroom, or at her summer internship, Salma T. Alam El Din ’20 is all business.
Engineering the Future
By combining engineering, urban studies, and a vision for helping the public good, Joseph Orosco, Jr. ’19 is working to uncover new ways to make life in cities affordable and sustainable.
Turning Grief into Action
With Sandy Hook Promise, Nicole Hockley ’92 seeks to save young lives.
With Eight Million Stories, Marvin Pierre ’06 guides previously incarcerated youth.
Speaking Truth to Power
Pulitzer-Prize winning journalist and editor Bill Marimow ’69 H’16 discovered the power of words early in his career.
Making a Difference—One Turtle at a Time
Whether researching two-foot-long hellbender salamanders in Pennsylvania or studying long-term changes in a Missouri river turtle community, Assistant Professor of Environmental Science and Biology Amber Pitt invites her Trinity students to join in her fieldwork adventures.
Asking History’s Big Questions
Professor Sam Kassow ’66 wants students to understand why history matters.