Trinity Film Festival Welcomes Over 300 From Hartford and Beyond


Ringling College students Echo Wu and Kal Athannassov are overcome with emotion after winning the 2016 Trinity Film Festival 1st Place Award for their short animated film, Wishgranter. Television and movie actor, Mark Moses congratulates the filmmakers, as Anthony Flores ’16, senior member of the screening committee, presents the award, which includes a $1,500 grand prize. Click here for more photos from the event.
(photo Milosz Kowal ’18)

Hartford Mayor Calls on Trinity Students in City’s Revitalization

Trinity College - Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin - May 4, 2016

Luke Bronin (center), Mayor of Hartford, alongside Trinity students and Trinity President Joanne Berger-Sweeney, discussing ways that Trinity can be a part of Hartford’s continued growth.

“Trinity is a world class institution and a critically important part of the community,” Bronin said. “I appreciate everything [President Joanne Berger-Sweeney] has done so far to strengthen the ties between Trinity and the city. There are a lot of exciting things happening in Hartford. We’re seeing a delayed revitalization of downtown. We also have some enormous challenges. The City should be the economic and cultural heart of this region of one million people. It also has to be a city where any resident needs to feel they have a stake in Hartford’s rise. Trinity adds to the intellectual life of the city, and the cultural strengths of the city. We want students to get even more involved in the city – even things as simple as coming off campus more often. Coming downtown, spending time in our neighborhoods. I’d love to see Trinity students out more, exploring and being a part of the city. Take advantage of internship opportunities, volunteer. That Trinity brainpower is very important to Hartford’s revitalization. There is no end to the ways in which Trinity students can get involved. This is a critical moment of opportunity for Hartford. This is a great city with enormous potential. We are the heart of this region, and we need to continue to work to make Hartford as vibrant and interesting as possible, and I look forward to working with students and the institution of Trinity.”

Dedication of the Dangremond Family Commons at Trinity College

Dangremond Trinshot 4-22-16

Trinity College dedicated the Dangremond Family Commons in Hallden Hall on April 7, 2016. With the Dangremond family present, the ceremony marked the official naming of the landmark space, a venue for academic gatherings, workshops, dinners, and meetings in close proximity to the Art History Department and the Center for Teaching and Learning. The celebration recognized the Dangremonds’ long-standing ties to Trinity’s Art History program and with fine arts organizations in the region. It followed a Friends of Art lecture, “Art Museums Today: A Personal Perspective,” by Michael Conforti ’68, P’16, retired director of the Clark Art Institute. Pictured are Gus Dangremond ’14, David and Mary Dangremond P’14, President Joanne Berger-Sweeney, and Sam Dangremond.
(Photo by Greg Hindy)

Earth Day ‘Neath the Elms

Earth Week campout--April 20-21, 2016 (2)
Earth Week campout--April 20-21, 2016 (4)
From April 20 to April 22, 2016, Trinity students camped out on the Long Walk Quad to raise awareness for various environmental issues in honor of Earth Day. The TREEhouse (Trinity Recreation and Environmental Education), a cultural house located at 125 Allen Place, hosted the event as part of their Earth Week celebration events. The TREEhouse also hosted a six-lecture series this spring, and has developed and implemented several additional initiatives to raise awareness and improve campus sustainability. For more on student involvement in sustainability issues, or to get involved, contact Joe Barber at

Giant Twister Night at The Fred


Trinity College students gathered for a game of Giant Twister at the Fred Pfeil Community Project (The Fred) in Summit Suites East on the evening of Friday, February 5. The event was organized by The Fred and the Office of Community Service and Civic Engagement. For more on The Fred, click here.
(Photo by Abbey Schlangen ’16).

Computer Science Department Hosts “Hour of Code”


The Trinity College Computer Science Department hosted an “Hour of Code” event in the Mather Hall Terrace Rooms during Common Hour on December 10, in celebration of Computer Science Education Week (December 7-13). With no prior coding experience needed, all Trinity students, faculty, and staff members were invited to bring their laptops to join the “Hour of Code” movement. The event included food, raffle prizes, and more. Pictured above are Nku Patrick ’19, Tyler Wrenn ’19, and Brian Cieplicki ’19. To see more photos of Trinity’s “Hour of Code,” please click here.
Hour of Code” is a global learning movement that offers a one-hour introduction to computer science designed to demystify code and show that anybody can learn the basics. Nearly 137 million people have participated in more than 180 countries. According to Pauline Lake ’13, teaching consultant for the Mobile CSP Project in Trinity’s Computer Science Department, on the same day as the “Hour of Code,” President Obama signed into law the “Every Student Succeeds Act,” which adds computer science to the list of “well-rounded education” subjects. In Connecticut, all public schools will be required to offer computer programming courses as of July 2016. For more information about “Hour of Code,” please visit


Trinity Hosts ‘Halloween on Vernon’ Trick-or-Treating for Hartford Community


Trinity College recently hosted “Halloween on Vernon,” an annual event in which families from the Hartford community could come trick-or-treat and do fun activities on campus at tents staffed by members of clubs, cultural houses, and Greek Life organizations. The October 25 event was organized by the Annual Community Event Staff organization (ACES), which estimated that approximately 500 people – including many costume-clad children and their parents – came to campus. The Trinity Dance Company set up a cookie-decorating station and member Elise Lasky ’17 (pictured, left) said, “Halloween on Vernon is a great way to get involved in the community. It is always fun to see how many different types of candy one trick-or-treater can fit on a cookie!”
(Photo by José Perez ’16, caption by Molly Thoms ’17)

Trinity College Habitat for Humanity Joins Habitat Build in Hartford

Trinity College Habitat for Humanity
Members of the Trinity College Habitat for Humanity chapter student organization recently volunteered for Hartford Area Habitat for Humanity on a home build site on Grand Street in Hartford. Trinity’s chapter is a co-sponsor of the house, raising $9,000 for the construction. Trinity students on the build pictured left to right: Natalie Charette ’19, Maggie Dalton-Hoffman ’16, Monica C. Mhina ’17, Sarah Aronovici ’19, Danielle Bibeault ’19, Ben Mellor ’19, Becca Dedert ’19. Trinity’s chapter volunteers monthly with Hartford builds, as well as engages in events such as its annual 5K Habitrot race and Valentine’s Day gifts fundraiser, as well as an alternative spring break volunteer trip. See more photos from the build event, and  learn more about the Trinity College Habitat for Humanity chapter.

ENVS Students Brave Torrents for Research in Park River

Tuesday night’s serious rainstorm did not deter Sarah Black ’16 and Helen Samuels ’16 from braving strong torrents in the North Branch of the Park River to get the flow and depth data needed to calculate stream discharge, part of their class project. The students were conducting research for their ENVS 275 Environmental Science course, led by Dr. Joan Morrison. Click here for more.
(photo by Joan Morrison)

Venture Trinity: a Three-Day Leadership Conference for Women from the Class of 2019

Incoming first-year women participating in the Venture Women’s Leadership Program – a.k.a. Venture Trinity – pose after a panel discussion with alumnae trustees in the Joslin Family 1823 Room in the Raether Library and Information Technology Center. Venture Trinity is a pre-orientation program targeted toward women interested in leadership and building connections with their peers, upper year students, and alumnae. Pictured, from left, are Mary Bennewitz, Brianna Morgan, Taylor Kirchgessner, Shannon Kennedy, Olivia Spofford, and Erin Gannon, all members of the Class of 2019.
Photo by Maggie Elias ’17, Caption by Elly Worsley ’17)
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