Trinity Commencement in Five Minutes

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The Class of 2014 left their mark on Trinity, and this year’s Commencement was one to remember.  This video recaps the event, and includes links to Katie Couric’s full commencement speech, as well as student reactions and farewells.

Trinity Professors Get Stumped on Trinitea

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Trinity Professors are some of the brightest scholars in the world.  But their knowledge was put to the test in “Trinitea,” a new student/faculty talk show, featuring chats over tea.  Click the above photo to watch the professors on the hot seat.

Scenes from the 2014 Trinity Film Festival

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The 2014 Trinity Film Festival made for another memorable evening at Cinestudio and on Trinity’s campus.  Click here for a full photo gallery from the event.  (Photos by John Atashian)

Baby Brownell on Long Walk

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Baby Brownell was born as part of an arts project at Trinity, created by Mark Yanagisawa ’14.  Students studying sculpture with Associate Professor of Fine Arts Patricia Tillman were asked to create a site specific work on campus.  Yanagisawa, a mechanical engineering major and architectural studies minor, created this as a juxtaposition to the iconic Bishop Brownell statue on the Long Walk Quad to “free some of the seriousness of the bishop,” and to make it more accessible to students.  Next year, Yanagisawa will be in Chester, Penn., working as a mechanical engineer for Kimberly Clark Corporation.

Bird’s the Word at Trinity College

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Above: Jennifer Lee, an eighth grader at the Two Rivers Middle Magnet school in East Hartford, presents her research on birds at Trinity’s Annual Science Symposium Poster Presentations.  Jennifer was selected to present her work along with Trinity students, having been chosen for her standout research analyzing 10 years of bird banding data from Dr. Morrison’s field site at Two Rivers.  Jennifer worked with Dr. Joan Morrison (pictured), Professor of Biology at Trinity, and a long-time ornithologist.  Jennifer was most surprised to learn from her research that the diversity of birds in the urban Hartford area is quite high and not dominated by any one species, and that birds’ food of choice during the nesting season is, overwhelmingly, insects. 

Morrison works with area students throughout the year on tagging birds and researching their behaviors and distributions.  In addition to studying birds in Connecticut, Morrison has returned repeatedly to the MacArthur Ago-ecology Research Center in south-central Florida for over 20 years to continue her studies of the Crested Caracara, a unique falcon found year-round on Florida’s ranchlands and remnant prairies. Morrison’s research now uses GPS/GSM transmitters to study the caracara’s movements. Her plan is to use this technology to facilitate the next research phase for this federally- and state-threatened species, to understand breeding pair responses to habitat conversion.  Click here for a short video about Professor Morrison’s research on the Crested Caracara.

Trinity Professor Recognized as Finalist for Prestigious Lincoln Prize

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Chris Hager, Associate Professor of English at Trinity College, stands alongside filmmaker Steven Spielberg and a bronze bust of President Abraham Lincoln.  The occasion was the celebration of The 2014 Gilder Lehrman Lincoln Prize, on April 24, at the Union League Club in New York City.  The Prize is awarded by Gettysburg College and the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History.   Hager was one of six finalists for his book, Word by Word: Emancipation and the Act of Writing (Harvard University Press).  The book was recognized as “an original and compelling study, that asserts that more slaves were literate than is commonly thought, and that their fugitive letters, diaries, petitions and other writings provide valuable insights.”   Spielberg received a Special Achievement Award for his movie “Lincoln,” released in 2012, which won two Academy Awards, was nominated for twelve, and grossed over $275 million worldwide.  Click here for more on the event.  (Photo by Don Pollard)

Students win $10K for Business Idea

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Over 100 people gathered at the Washington Room in Mather Hall to watch presentations at the 2014 Trinity Entrepreneurship Competition, held by the Career Development Center.  Pictured above, Nathaniel Nurmi ’14 was one of four teams to present at the event.  Alex Barker ’14 and Jake Shimmel ’14 ultimately won the competition, which included a top prize of $10,000 to pursue their project.  Click here for full details about the event and the winning idea.  Click here for a photo gallery of the final event. 
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All Campus BBQ on Long Walk Quad

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This is a scene from an all-campus BBQ last week, co-hosted by the Greek organizations at Trinity and by Chartwells Dining Service.  Students got perfect weather for the event, held on the Long Walk Quad.  For more photos from the cookout, click here.  (Photos by Klair Siciliano ’16)

A Scene from the 2014 Robotics Competition

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David Pietrocola ’07, his father, and his brother, Joe Pietrocola, a student at Drexel, watch one of Trinity’s robot in action.  Six countries were represented at the 21st Trinity College Fire Fighting Home Robot Contest, one of the premier robotics events in the world.   Click here for a complete photo gallery.   (Photo by John Atashian)

Students Present Research to CLI Community Partners

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Education studies major Taylor Godfrey ’14, and psychology major Melva López ’14, present their research at this week’s Community Learning Initiative Community Partners Appreciation Party. Godfrey and López partnered with Hartford Magnet Trinity College Academy for their project, “Learn 2 Learn: A Metacognitive Intervention.” Their research demonstrated the value of explicit instruction of metacognition, something they called on schools to implement in order to enhance academic performance.

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