Monday, November 24th, 2014

Angel Perez

As most of you know,  Dean Larry Dow is retiring from Trinity at the end of 2014 and he will be greatly missed by all- especially his Admissions and Financial Aid staff. Recently, Angel Perez was announced as the new head of our offices with the title of Vice President of Enrollment and Student Success. Although we will miss Larry’s leadership, we look forward to working with Angel in the years to come.

The following is an excerpt from President Berger-Sweeney’s official email announcement:

“Angel has spent the last eight years at Pitzer College, one of the seven highly selective Claremont Colleges. At Pitzer, Angel led an 18-member team, and under his leadership Pitzer received the highest number of applications, the highest yield, and the lowest admit rate in its history. Just as important, he was a leader among leaders, forming strong working partnerships with the offices of student affairs, academic affairs, international programs, athletics, and institutional research—a collaborative quality that is essential as Trinity moves forward.  Prior to joining Pitzer in 2007, Angel was Associate Dean of Admission and Financial Aid at Claremont McKenna College, also within the Claremont Colleges, where he served since 2004. He also served as a college counselor and head of a community-based organization in New York City, helping first-generation students apply to college.  Angel earned a B.S. from Skidmore College, an M.A. from Columbia University, and a Ph.D., expected this year, from Claremont Graduate University. He is the recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship, among other distinctions, and is the author of numerous articles.  You can read more about his background at”

Thank you, Larry, for all the years that you have devoted to this community.


Monday, November 3rd, 2014

“Should I keep you updated throughout the interview process?”

Yes!  I love to be kept up-to-date about the status of interviews.  It is very helpful for me to know, at the minimum, that you have received the request and plan to contact the applicant. It allows a sigh of relief to know that the initial email has not gone to your spam! If you want to let me know about progress you are or aren’t making, that is helpful as well.  There is no such thing as too much information!

Monday, October 13th, 2014

New Outdoor Kiosks

Another step to improving campus safety! Trinity has almost completed the installation of four new outdoor kiosks. These dwellings will provide information to visitors by day and aid in campus safety by night. On campus-wide event days, these kiosks will be staffed, but even on the average day, one will be able to access campus maps and event calendars here.  At night, these kiosks will enhance the campus safety presence and allow an extra vehicle to be utilized elsewhere. The kiosks were designed with stone and brick bases in order to keep with campus architecture and can be found on Vernon Street near Summit Street, on Summit Street near the Fuller Arch, on Summit Street near Summit Suites and on the lower Long Walk near the Raether Library.

Wednesday, October 1st, 2014

The Bantam

Do you remember why Trinity College students are Bantams?


Trinity didn’t always have a mascot. The credit for popularizing the Bantam goes to the Honorable Joseph Buffington, Class of 1875, who was the longest-serving judge in the history of the United States courts when he retired in 1938. In addition to being a world-class jurist, Buffington was an infamous toastmaster. The origin of Trinity’s mascot can be traced to a spirited speech Buffington gave at an 1899 Princeton Alumni Association dinner. Comparing Harvard, Yale, and Princeton to the big shots of the “collegiate barnyard,” he described Trinity as a proud, unfazed rooster.

“You will therefore understand, gentlemen, the spirit in which the Trinity bantam, game from comb to spur, crows at your door, hops in, shakes his tail feathers, and with a sociable nod to the venerable John [Harvard], and a good natured “How d’ydo” to the ponderous old Elihu [Yale] steps into the collegiate cock pit, makes his best bow to the tiger [Princeton], says he is glad to be here, is not a whit abashed at your hugeness, [and] is satisfied with himself and his own particular coop.”

The name caught on with Trinity students and alumni and the press soon started referring to Trinity athletic teams as the Bantams.

Wednesday, September 24th, 2014

The Widener Gallery

The Widener Gallery, located at Austin Arts Center, boasts 1,200 square feet of formal exhibition space.  The gallery is home to rotating exhibitions from both our own faculty and visiting artists.

Currently they are featuring an exhibition called, Into the Light, which is showing four Italian paintings from the Kress Collection. This collection opened yesterday and will be available until October 26th from Sunday to Friday, 1:00-6:00 PM.  This exhibition is also highlighted in a new art history course, A Closer Look at Art and Architecture.


Monday, September 22nd, 2014

Fun Facts about the Class of 2018

Now that the school year has begun, here are some interesting facts about the class of 2018!

  • 1 has received a Gold Award in the Girl Scouts
  • 2 hold black belts
  • 4 are working on their pilot’s license
  • 6 have received their Eagle Scout ranking in Boy Scouts
  • 14 have twin siblings
  • 25+ are 3-sport athletes
  • Over 14% speak multiple languages
  • Several have been home schooled and several have taken a gap year

Friday, September 19th, 2014

Factors in the Admissions Process

It is important to remember that there is no single determining factor in whether an applicant is accepted or not.  Factors that are considered by the Admissions Office when reviewing an application are:

  • Potential for success at Trinity as demonstrated by the applicant’s high school record.
  • Rank in class or grade point average (when available).  The competitiveness of the high school and the level of course work (Honors, Advanced Placement or IB courses) are also considered.
  • Three evaluations, two from academic teachers and one from the college counselor
  • Standardized test scores- two SAT II’s or  the SAT I or the ACT
  • Extracurricular activities and community involvement and/or employment. The quality of involvement is important, not the quantity!
  • Personal interview (not required, but strongly recommended)
  • Personal essay
  • Other special interests, talents, (athletic, artistic, musical) or connections to the College

Thursday, September 18th, 2014

Financial Research and Technology Center

To your right when you first enter the main level of the library is the Faculty Development Center; or rather, it is what used to be called the Faculty Development Center. Thanks to a thoughtful donor, Trinity was able to repurpose this space to create the Financial Research and Technology Center. The room boasts eleven Bloomberg terminals with double monitors and specialized keyboards as well a large wall-mounted ticker and additional screens. A single office resides in the corner with the current hope that the Student Investment Club will make its home there.

The center will be part of the “24 hour zone” in the library and therefore can be accessed at any time that the library is open.  If you have more questions about the center please contact Cheryl Cape ( or 860-267-2109). Also, there is an open house on September 24th from 2:30-4:00 PM, but Admissions just got a sneak peek! Hint: It looks amazing!

Friday, September 12th, 2014

“Can I interview my neighbor/ coworker’s child/ etc.?”

Each year, many of you ask me if it is possible to interview a student outside of the normal request program. This is certainly possible! Please let me know the name of the student (let’s call him Joe) that you are interviewing and I can send you a blank copy of the interview report. The one thing I do ask is that you consider how well you know Joe. If know him well, it would be better and more accurate if you wrote a recommendation letter. Such instances would be if Joe was your student, your intern, your neighbor or a close friend’s child. If Joe is someone you have never met, or have met only in passing, I would love if you interviewed him. Examples would be if Joe is the child of a coworker or another acquaintance or if he came up to you while you are covering a college fair.

Tuesday, September 9th, 2014

US News and World Report 2014

The below statement is a portion of a document of talking points related to US News and World Report rankings.  If you would like more information about how to respond to questions and comments in regards to their ranking system, how they measure and what steps the college is taking, please email me at

In today’s release of the U.S. News college rankings, Trinity was listed with four other colleges at number 45 in the category “Best National Liberal Arts Colleges.” This is a decline from last year, when Trinity was listed at number 36.

Also note that there are many companies that create their own ranking system.  For example, College Choice places us at number 19:

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