Year in Review, 2018-19
A look back at 2018–19, including faculty, student, and staff highlights; campuswide events; the launch Women at the Summit, Trinity’s celebration of 50 years of coeducation; academic and athletic achievements; and much more.
Summer/Fall 2018 Highlights
As the recipient of a ‘Projects for Peace’ grant, Ukuch Gabriel Ligol ’19 returned to his home country of South Sudan last summer with a plan to help build peace in the region by bringing together young members of combative tribes for a soccer tournament.
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Trinity College’s Program on Public Values hosted a forum in which Connecticut gubernatorial candidates discussed issues related to the environment
“We are thrilled to welcome the Class of 2022 and our new transfer and IDP students,” said Trinity College President Joanne Berger-Sweeney. “These students bring impressive academic strength as well as a wealth of experience and interests, including prior civic and community involvement and global experiences. In the case of both our domestic and international students, many have studied or volunteered abroad, and their range of perspectives will enrich the Trinity experience for us all.”
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Amid new U.S. immigration policies and threats to academic freedom around the world, Trinity College is among 11 U.S. institutions of higher education that have joined to form The New University in Exile Consortium, affirming a commitment to providing a haven for refugee scholars.
Who Will Write Our History
New England Public Radio reported, “A new film about a hidden World War II-era archive, created in secret by Jews living in Warsaw, is showing in western Massachusetts. Who Will Write Our History is based on a book by Trinity College historian Samuel Kassow. The film begins in 1940, two years before Germans first start to send hundreds of thousands of Jews from Warsaw to Nazi gas chambers. A small group of men and women living in the enforced Jewish ghetto secretly collected artifacts that would document their lives. The archiving effort was led by Emanuel Ringelblum.” The film had its world premiere in San Francisco.
Michael Acosta ’13: The Perks of Being a Bantam in Hartford
Infosys, a global leader in consulting, technology and next-generation services, announced an exclusive partnership with Trinity College to create new educational programs that prepare liberal arts students and Infosys employees for the digital workplace of the future. This multi-year collaboration will establish a Trinity-Infosys Applied Learning Initiative, which will provide learning opportunities for Trinity College students, engage faculty and alumni, and offer training for Infosys employees.
Hartford Business Journal on Infosys partnership:
The Trinity College football team captured its third consecutive New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) championship title with a 9-0 shutout win over the Wesleyan University Cardinals last fall. The Bantams completed the season with an 8-1 record. Trinity has now won nine official NESCAC titles (2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2008, 2012, 2016, 2017, 2018) and five in the last 11 seasons under Head Coach Jeff Devanney ’93.
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It takes courage to sit down to talk with someone whose political views are very different from your own. But that’s exactly what members of the Trinity community and the wider community did as they participated in One Small Step, a StoryCorps initiative that came to Trinity’s campus last fall. Listen to a podcast on WNPR in which students Bettina King-Smith ’21 and Nick Engstrom ’22 discuss their experiences talking about their political differences.
Winter/Spring 2019 Highlights
In the fall of 1969, Alyson Adler became the first undergraduate woman to sign the Trinity College Matriculation book. That historic occasion signaled a sweeping evolution at Trinity and at so many other colleges that became coed in that era. To commemorate this important moment in the life of the college, a three-semester-long set of programming and special occasions was kicked off with receptions this spring at 12 different venues across the country (and one in Paris).
More about Women at the Summit:
Bryan Nshimirimana ’21, co-president of Trinity’s Men of Color Alliance. February’s Black History Month celebration concluded with a talk by the daughter of Malcolm X.
Trinity’s on a great path to be more inclusive and diverse.
Craig Schneider, Charles A. Dana Professor of Biology: Forms Most Beautiful and Most Wonderful
‘Trinity Week’ on The Academic Minute
A WAMC national production supported by The Association of American Colleges & Universities, The Academic Minute features researchers from colleges and universities around the world, keeping listeners abreast of what’s new and exciting in the academy and of all the ways academic research contributes to solving the world’s toughest problems and to serving the public good.
March 11-15 was ‘Trinity Week,’ featuring interviews with Trinity professors. Listen to Elizabeth Casserly, assistant professor of psychology; William Church, associate professor of chemistry and neuroscience, Sarah Raskin, professor of psychology and neuroscience, Dan Lloyd, professor of philosophy, and Susan Masino, professor of applied science, talk about their work.
A new pilot program hosted at Trinfo.Cafe trained Trinity students in Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) to assist in preparing both federal and state income tax returns for Hartford residents at no cost. The tax clinic was one of several VITA locations coordinated by United Way and The Village for Children and Families. Read the article in the Hartford Courant.
The 14th installment of the Trinity International Hip Hop Festival took place the weekend of March 28 through 31, bringing together artists, educators, scholars, organizers, students, alumni, and fans from around the world. To this day, it remains the biggest and longest-running festival of its kind hosted by a U.S. college or university, due in large part to the work and dedication of the Trinity Chapter of Temple of Hip Hop.
Trinity College was recognized as a Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program Top Producing Institution for the 2018–2019 academic year and is at the top of the list among bachelor’s institutions, according to The Chronicle of Higher Education. The Fulbright Program is the U.S. government’s flagship international educational exchange program. This year, faculty grants were awarded to Hobart Professor of Classical Languages Gary Reger and Assistant Professor of Anthropology and Religious Studies Timothy R. Landry.
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The Trinity College Athletics Hall of Fame has been created to celebrate the rich history of athletic excellence at Trinity College that spans more than 160 years. The Hall of Fame honors the men and women who, through athletics participation, coaching or service, have distinguished themselves in the field of intercollegiate athletics, brought honor and acclaim to Trinity, and contributed to the success and advancement of intercollegiate athletics at the college. The group will be officially inducted into the Hall of Fame during Homecoming Weekend in October.
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Donors helped to meet the Trustee Challenge, unlocking an additional $1 million to support the college and its mission.
“Recognize, cherish, and nurture the relationships you have forged here, and embrace those that will come your way. Your lives will be so much richer for it,” Boston Red Sox President and CEO Samuel H. Kennedy ’95 said to the 537 graduates at Trinity College’s 193rd Commencement on May 19. A total of 506 undergraduates and 31 graduate students receive their degrees before a crowd of about 5,000—including family members, alumni, faculty, staff, students, administrators, and other guests—gathered on the Main Quadrangle.
More about the Class of 2019:
Trinity College’s Reunion Weekend saw more than 1,000 alumni and their families return to Hartford to spend time ’neath the elms. Through a tremendous shared effort by staff and alumni volunteers, Trinity was transformed into a center of activity for alumni from the classes ending in 4s and 9s and their families. See photos from Reunion 2019 here.
The Memories Continue
Take a look back at the 2017-18 Year in Review.