Friday, May 8th, 2015
Now *this* is a cool video! #Trinproud
By now many of you have heard about Trinity’s acquisition of 200 Constitution Plaza. Whereas the exact plans for the building remain in discussion, I wanted to give you a little background on the property!
Most of Constitution Plaza and the surrounding area has recently undergone new ownership. For example, one of the Plaza buildings, formerly the Sonesta Hotel, has undergone renovation and is opening next month as On the Plaza Apartments. In January, it was announced an undisclosed buyer bought 6 of the Constitution Plaza buildings. Across the street, a property is currently undergoing renovation which will bring at least 2,000 state employees to the area.
It is important to notice that the area is booming with educational facilities! Already located in the area is the UConn Graduate Business Learning Center, Capitol Community College and University of St. Joseph’s pharmacy school. UConn’s Hartford campus will be moving to the site of the former Hartford Times Building as well. We will be in great company!
Happy “spring” alumni volunteers! Although it is still chilly outside and piles of snow still cover the majority of the grass, here in Admissions we feel the spring! We have officially released the decisions for the class of 2015! All students with complete applications are able to log online to check their admissions decisions. Admitted students will also receive a beautiful acceptance package in the mail in the next few days.
In the next few weeks, I will contact those of you who have completed an interview for this year’s applicant pool, but if you would like to hear of your interviewee’s decision earlier, please email me at AASP@trincoll.edu. I would be happy to share the information with you and if your student is admitted, you are welcome to congratulate them!
Attached is an information sheet about the library. Please review for fun facts!
We have brought up the subject before, but here are some quick talking points about the program:
Or if you prefer a longer explanation:
The First-Year Seminars at Trinity are small, discussion-rich classes where students and their professor engage one another and wrestle intellectually with a topic. Driven by a faculty member’s passion for a subject, the seminars cultivate curiosity, introducing first-year students to academic habits of mind. Students practice critical reading and analysis, use writing as a mode of learning, and develop essential skills in research and documentation. Writing in a first-year seminar occurs regularly, takes various forms, and improves by means of revision and feedback. The intimacy of a first-year seminar prepares students for becoming active participants in their own learning, fostering the capacity to communicate effectively and collaboratively.
I hope that each of your Thanksgivings were marvelous! My favorite part of Thanksgiving is always the gravy- gravy on everything!
A quick reminder: add AASP@trincoll.edu to your trusted senders list if you haven’t done so already. This will ensure that interview requests and other volunteer opportunities don’t get lost in your junk mail.
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 http://angelbperez.com/.”
Thank you, Larry, for all the years that you have devoted to this community.
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!
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.
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.