Take a look back at 2020–21, including Trinity’s adaptations during the COVID-19 pandemic; the college’s ongoing support of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion initiatives; faculty, student, and staff highlights; academic and athletic achievements; virtual and on-campus events; efforts to encourage voter engagement in a national election; strengthening connections to Hartford; the continued contributions from proud alumni; and much more.

The entire Trinity community worked together to make the most of a challenging and memorable year.

Summer 2020 Highlights

Kinnard Hughes ’22
Kinnard Hughes ’22 completed an internship remotely with Loomis, Sayles and Company.

In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, Trinity College students from around the world completed summer internships and conducted research in a variety of disciplines to further their academic interests and explore their possible career goals. Many internships were offered in remote formats due to safety measures put in place during the pandemic. “Internships—even completed remotely or virtually—are still important because they are providing students experience and exposure to the professional world,” Joe Catrino, Executive Director of Student Success and Career Development, said. “The pandemic has shown us how businesses can and will be moving online, and these student interns will be prepared for that.” Five students shared their internship experiences and how they are looking forward to what is to come in their futures at Trinity and beyond.

Summer Research Projects

Summer research projects, a hallmark of a Trinity education, were forced to find creative ways to conduct their research in remote formats.

Learning and Working During a Pandemic

Building off what they learned from the transition to remote learning during the spring 2020 semester, nearly 100 faculty members at Trinity College attended ‘Design Studio’ workshops to learn best practices for online teaching and virtual student engagement as they prepared for a fall semester offered in a combination of remote, in-person, and hybrid course formats during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Teamwork across all areas of campus enabled Trinity College to remain steadfast in its mission of preparing students to be bold, independent thinkers who lead transformative lives—even in the most unpredictable times.

Additionally, Trinity alumni jumped into action. The Trinity Reporter spoke with seven members of the college community on the front lines of health care to learn how COVID-19 changed their working lives.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

During a summer marked by protests sparked by the killing of George Floyd, President Joanne Berger-Sweeney wrote, “A Message of Hope and a Call to Act,” which outlined the principles that guide the institution, as well as a commitment to action steps intended to begin the transformation of our institution toward inclusion and equity. President Berger-Sweeney issued an update in November to report on progress made.

Work to respond to the demands from TrinSurvivors, to eliminate sexual violence, harassment, and discrimination at Trinity, was also a focus of the summer, culminating in a letter to the campus community outlining next steps. An update followed in January 2021.

Trinity in the News

Trinity College President Joanne Berger-Sweeney pledges anti-bias training, other efforts to address racism on campus (The Hartford Courant)

Trinity in Hartford

Fall 2020 Highlights

As the college prepared to welcome the Class of 2024 and returning students to campus for the first time since COVID-19 forced the shift to remote learning, changes were evident with myriad new signs, hand sanitizer stations, and “Protect the Nest” graphics to remind everyone of the guidelines for safe in-person learning during the pandemic.

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Protect the Nest campaign on social

Seen on Social

Reaching out to students on social media proved to be an effective way to spread the message about Protect the Nest, promote the various efforts to keep students engaged through a challenging semester, and say thank you to our essential workers.

Events and Activities

Trinity Coaches and Athletic Staff Keep COVID-19 Testing Running Efficiently
The Hartford Courant spoke with Trinity College coaches and other members of the athletics department staff about the way they are supporting students and the entire college community during the fall semester. “Trinity’s athletic department is tasked with running the school’s [COVID-19] testing program, an ambitious program that aims to test every student twice a week, faculty and staff once per week,” Dom Amore writes.

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Students Staying Active and Engaged on Campus

With Trinity’s COVID-19 Campus Alert Level at green or yellow for most of the fall semester, students have enjoyed opportunities to participate in athletics and other activities while still maintaining the necessary health precautions.

Commendation

In recognition of the dedication and sacrifice of the college community throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, the Board of Trustees passed a resolution commending and extending their profound gratitude to the entire community.

Academics

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Trinity Faculty: How We Teach During the Pandemic

Whether their courses are offered in-person, remotely, or as a combination of both, Trinity College faculty members have adopted new technology and strategies this semester to connect with students and create solutions to the challenges of teaching during a pandemic.

VLW Rhoden Monrose ’09, Karraine Moody ’01, Marvin Pierre ’06

Virtual Long Walk

The usually busy alumni events calendar transitioned from in-person gatherings to virtual sessions on timely and favored topics. Thousands of members of the Trinity community, regardless of location or time zone, have embraced the opportunities to get together, to learn, and to find a sense of connection by participating through their screens on Zoom.

Alumni Voices

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.

Read the story and watch the video.

Kari Sweeney Efferen ’03 COVID-19 vaccine Pfizer alumna fall 2020
Kari Sweeney Efferen ’03

Trinity alumna Kari Sweeney Efferen ’03, a research scientist and associate director at the pharmaceutical corporation Pfizer, speaks to the Trinity community about the safety and effectiveness of vaccines, and answers questions about how one can be developed so quickly during a worldwide pandemic.

Read the story and watch the video.

VLW Rhoden Monrose ’09, Karraine Moody ’01, Marvin Pierre ’06
(Clockwise from top right): Karraine Moody ’01, chief executive officer of Hartford Area Habitat for Humanity; Marvin Pierre ’06, executive director of Eight Million Stories; and Rhoden Monrose ’09, founder and chief executive officer of CariClub participated in a panel via Zoom. Abigail Fisher Williamson, Charles A. Dana Research Associate Professor of Political Science and Public Policy and Law and the director of the Center for Hartford Engagement and Research (CHER), served as the moderator.

Trinity College alumni Rhoden Monrose ’09, Karraine Moody ’01, and Marvin Pierre ’06 are making groundbreaking changes toward creating a more equitable world.

Read the story and watch the video.

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Athletics Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee

The Athletics Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Committee strives to create a community of belonging, acceptance, respect, and understanding of differences for our entire athletic family.

Berger-Sweeney Joins Virtual Conversation on ‘Race, Class, Higher Education, and Democracy’

Trinity College President Joanne Berger-Sweeney took part recently in a virtual conversation called “Race, Class, Higher Education, and Democracy,” hosted by The Chronicle of Higher Education, a national leader in higher education journalism.

Trinity in Hartford

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After School Program Helps Kids Chase Their Dreams

After-school programs have reinvented themselves amid the coronavirus pandemic but Dream Camp in Hartford is still helping kids understand they can be whatever they dream. NBC Connecticut interviews Dream Camp director Adah Gillon and mentor Martha Peregoy ’21.

Winter 2021 Highlights

 

Alumni Voices

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. Read more.

Macey RussellMacey Russell ’80—Volunteer Spotlight

“After George Floyd, people are asking me, ‘What can I do?’ ” he says. “If people could be reflective of certain advantages they had compared with others growing up and think OK, what’s the one thing I can do tomorrow? Can I pick up the phone and call somebody? Can I offer to mentor or be an adviser to someone at Trinity who didn’t grow up like me? That would be a start.” Read more.

Peloton Instructor Jess Sims ’10 Gives a Lesson in Taking Care of Your Body and Mind

Jess Sims ’10, the former Trinity College women’s basketball player and three-year captain, began her career as a teacher in Texas for Teach for America, a program designed to help address educational inequities before becoming an instructor at Peloton, the interactive fitness platform. See Sims’ interview with Liz Althoff ’22, captain of the women’s basketball team, and read more about her career path.

 

 

 

Listen to Beyond the Summit

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Beyond the Summit

The Beyond the Summit podcast asks accomplished Trinity College alumni how they became who they are. In the first season the focus is on entrepreneurs. Host and New York Times columnist Paul Sullivan ’95 interviews David “Dave” Schnadig ’86, Danai Pointer ’07, Liz Elting '87, Rhoden Monrose ’09, and Ross Buchmueller ’87.

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Lessons Learned from the Fall 2020 Semester

As Trinity College prepares to welcome nearly 2,000 students back to campus in February for the spring 2021 semester, the work to keep the entire community safe during the COVID-19 pandemic continues. Here, members of Trinity’s COVID-19 steering committee and other campus leaders look back at the fall semester and discuss plans for spring.

Academics

Sullivan Sculpture and Ideas during COVID
Keelyn McNamara ’23 constructed a place to share a meal with the birds outside of her window.

Fine Arts Class Finds Creative Connections with Subjects and Spaces During Pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic led students enrolled in a sculpture class at Trinity College to get creative when considering the subjects and spaces for their works of art, which their professor says were full of humor, patience, and hope. “Their spirit was inspiring,” says Assistant Professor of Fine Arts Lynn Sullivan. Read more.

Trinity Students and Professor Publish Research on River Turtle Conservation

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Myles Little ’21, Ellie Tate ’21 and Assistant Professor of Environmental Science and Biology Amber Pitt conducted research in Missouri in 2019.

After conducting field research, a Trinity College professor and two students published a scientific paper that sheds light on how different threats impact river turtle populations. Based on research they conducted in Missouri in 2019, the paper can help to inform conservation strategies for river turtles. Read more.

A New Curriculum for a New Century

In the updated curriculum, students will complete 32 core academic credits and three additional credits known as the Trinity Plus, which can include a personalized, exploratory option—with all co-curricular credits, all academic credits, or any combination of both—or a more integrated option through a faculty-designed experiential certificate. The new curriculum also incorporates a wellness requirement, intended to promote personal well-being. Read more.

Video: A Focus on Experience – Introducing the new curriculum

Spring 2021 Highlights

Academics

Dancing Everywhere

“It’s time to think and dance outside of the box!”

That’s how Assistant Professor of Theater and Dance Peter Kyle and Assistant Professor of Theater and Dance Rebecca K. Pappas pitched their idea for “Dancing Everywhere,” the yearlong performance project that began in fall 2020 as part of their THDN-309 “Stage Production” course. Read the full story in The Trinity Reporter.

Alumni Stories

Bridget Mary McCormack ’88 H’13Balancing the Scales: A Conversation with Michigan Supreme Court Chief Justice Bridget Mary McCormack ’88 H’13

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. Watch now.

Focus on fairness

Fay Stetz-Waters IDP’01, director of civil rights for Oregon’s Department of Justice, works on issues that impact the state’s most vulnerable citizens. Read the feature article in The Trinity Reporter, and listen to the episode of the Beyond the Summit podcast where Stetz-Waters talks with Paul Sullivan ’95.

Virtual Long Walk‘Trinity Authors Series’ Features Conversations with Talented Alumni and Parents

This spring’s new Trinity Authors Series is shining the spotlight on written work by Trinity College alumni and parents. In each monthly entry in the Zoom video series, a Trinity faculty member has a conversation with the featured author about their education, career, and writing process. Read more.

In the Media

Anita Davis, vice president for diversity, equity and inclusion at Trinity College in Hartford, wrote an op-ed that was published in the Hartford Courant on May 2.

Read the op-ed in The Hartford Courant.

Activities

The usual hum of activities on campus took on a different tone for the spring 2021 semester as health and safety remained a guiding principle.

The popular Samba Fest was presented as a month-long series of virtual musical performances. See all the performances on the YouTube playlist below.

 

Joint resolution by the faculty of Trinity College to commend, celebrate, and thank the staff of Library and Information Technology Services (LITS) and in particular the Research, Instruction, and Technology (RIT) team for their extraordinary energy and commitment to sustaining our teaching and learning during a year of crisis...

Read the full commendation April 2021

News segment videoCareer Mentoring

WFSB News 3 covered Trinity’s 2021 Connect program, matching graduating seniors with alumni working in the field for a four-week industry-based mentorship program. The article and video feature Joe Catrino, executive director of student success and career development, Jeffrey Sagun ’21, and Dr. Brian Howard ’03. Watch the video.

Joe Catrino also published an op-ed on Medium,  Open Letter to the Class of 2021, on June 2, 2021.

Athletics

The Trinity College athletic department announced the recipients of four senior awards and ten inductees into the Athletics Hall of Fame.

Esther Appiah ’21 Fulbright
Esther Appiah ’21

Student Awards

The pandemic didn’t stop Trinity students from achieving success, with several students being honored with prestigious grants and fellowships.

Esther Appiah ’21 Awarded Fulbright Grant to Teach English in Côte d’Ivoire

International Studies major and Religious Studies minor Esther Appiah ’21 will travel to Côte d’Ivoire in January 2022 through the Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship (ETA) program. The ETA program places Fulbright grant recipients in classrooms in foreign countries to provide assistance to local English teachers and serve as cultural ambassadors for the United States.

Student Accomplishments

Karolina Barrientos ’22

Karolina Barrientos ’22 was recently named as a 2021-2022 Newman Civic Fellow. The Newman Civic Fellowship is a one-year fellowship experience for community-committed students from Campus Compact member institutions that support students’ personal, professional, and civic development.

Read more.

Alisa Levin ’21
Alisa Levin ’21

Trinity College senior Alisa Levin ’21 has been selected to receive a 2021 National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship (GRF), which will fund three years of her studies and research work in graduate school. She plans to begin a Ph.D. program in computer science in the fall.

Read more.

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Alicia Camuy ’22 presents at the International Neuropsychological Society in Denver.

Trinity junior Alicia Camuy ’22 has been selected to receive the Barry Goldwater Scholarship from an estimated pool of more than 5,000 students from across the country. The scholarship is one of the most prestigious awards for students interested in pursuing careers in the natural sciences, mathematics, and engineering.

Read more.

Jeffery Huang and his family at the Great Wall of China in the summer of 2019.

Jeffery Huang ’22 said his parents have always been a great source of inspiration. Immigrants from Taishan, China, his parents moved to Chicago, when Huang was a young boy. He said his mother and father both had “worked hard, laborious jobs”; his mother was a housekeeper in a hotel and his father a chef in a restaurant.

Their hard work is part of the reason Huang was inspired to become a Public Policy and International Affairs (PPIA) Fellow. The program works to promote the inclusion and full participation of underrepresented groups in public service and to advance their leadership roles throughout civic institutions serving domestic and international affairs.

Read more.

Ana Stambolic ’21
Ana Stambolic ’21. Photo by Mia Conte ’22.

Graduating senior Ana Stambolic ’21 has been named a 2021 Yenching Scholar and was awarded a fellowship to pursue an interdisciplinary master’s degree in China Studies at Yenching Academy of Peking University in China.

Read more.

Madison Gilbertson ’21In recognition of her dedication to mentoring children, Trinity College senior Madison Gilbertson ’21 has been awarded the Victoria L. Soto Memorial Award by Nutmeg Big Brothers Big Sisters. Gilbertson met with her ‘Little’ for four years while at Trinity, even connecting virtually when schools transitioned to remote learning during the pandemic.

Read more.

Commencement 2021

Giovanni Armani Jones ’21 Commencement 2021
Giovanni Armani Jones ’21

Trinity hosted two consecutive Commencement ceremonies on the Main Quad on Friday, May 21. Following a year unlike any other at the college, graduates receiving their bachelor’s or master’s degrees were seated with their two invited guests in separate groups spread out on the lawn beside the Chapel. The Commencement Address was delivered by Hartford HealthCare President and CEO Jeffrey A. Flaks. Read more about the ceremonies.

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Class of 2021—Cultivating Community

Trin Trio

Class of 2021: 195th Commencement Highlights

In the Media

The NBC CT story “Connecticut In Color: Trinity College’s ‘Trin Trio’” is about graduating seniors Giovanni Jones ’21Tiana Starks ’21, and Kiera Flynn ’21 and their journey at Trinity College. The three students received full scholarships to Trinity in 2017 and graduated on Friday, May 21. The story aired on NBC CT May 19 and is also available to watch online.

Summer 2021 Highlights

Class of 2025

During the second admissions cycle to be greatly affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, Trinity College enrolled 553 outstanding students as its Class of 2025. “Our choices were driven by the strength of character the students demonstrated, along with their academic motivation and preparedness,” said Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid Adrienne Oddi. “We have an amazing group of Bantams coming.”

Read more about the incoming class: Trinity Community Celebrates the Enrollment of the Class of 2025

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Future first-year students following the college’s Instagram account were able to participate in Q&A sessions with current Trinity students. The opportunity to have their questions answered through the social media platform was a popular options during the pandemic.

Many Welcomes and a Farewell

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Trinity College Welcomes 10 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.

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New Vice President for Library and Information Technology Services

Kristen Eshleman joins Trinity as vice president for Library and Information Technology Services (LITS). She will begin her new role on July 12. As a key member of the college’s senior administration, Kristen will provide leadership of the merged LITS organization and collaborate with fellow cabinet members and me, as well as with faculty, staff, and students, to advance our strategic goals.

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Appointment of Trinity College Chaplain and Dean of Spiritual and Religious Life

Rev. Marcus G. Halley has been named Trinity’s college chaplain and dean of spiritual and religious life. Marcus will begin his new role on August 4. As an essential member of the college, he will provide our campus community with spiritual and pastoral care and counsel. In addition, he will lead a diverse team in Spiritual and Religious Life representing Buddhism, Judaism, Protestant Christianity, Roman Catholicism, Islam, and interfaith communities.

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Classes originally slated to celebrate their Reunions last year got together online June 10–13 for Trinity’s Virtual Reunion Weekend. Alumni representing seven decades of Trinity’s history came together for 20 events during the course of the weekend, including class-specific functions planned by Reunion Planning Committees and All-Reunion speaking programs and on-demand contests. Classes originally slated to gather in 2021 also were invited to join in on the fun in advance of planning for joint festivities with the classes celebrating in June 2022.

Watch the videos.