Music Composed by Trinity Students Performed Professionally


Trinity College composition students of professor Dan Román share a moment with members of the Hartford Independent Chamber Orchestra (HICO).  The professional orchestra performed the students experimental compositions last Thursday, December 4 at the Trinity Episcopal Church in Hartford. This event and collaboration were made possible thanks to a generous grant by the Center for Urban and Global Studies Arts Committee. In this photo, from left to right: Michael Munzer ’16, Matthew Russo (trombone – HICO), Davis Kim ’15, Malcom Moon ’15, Janet Jacobson (violin – HICO), Malibongwe Thwala ’17, Ebban Maeda ’16, Matthew Angelo (flute – HICO), Steve Syz ’17.

ChemisTree Party at Trinity


Today, the chemistry department at Trinity College hosted a ”ChemisTree Party” for their majors.  Students crafted  ornaments that now adorn two artificial trees in the lobby of Clement Hall.  Click here for more photos of the event.


Dance Workshop with Jonathan Gonzalez ’12


Jonathan Gonzalez ’12, an award-winning, New York-based choreographer whose work has appeared on stages in the United States and Europe, returned to Trinity as a guest choreographer and performer in Fall Dance (November 20-22), in which he presented a solo. He also took time out to lead a dance workshop for students.

“Jonathan is very generous. It was his suggestion to stay after his solo performance and personally work with students,” Professor Leslie Farlow of the Theater and Dance Department, with whom Gonzalez studied at Trinity, said. ”He is a wonderful role model and everything you want an artist to be.”

Above: Oludare Bernard ’15 watches Gonzalez (right) instruct a group of students.  Gonzalez is currently pursuing his MFA in dance at Sarah Lawrence College.  Click here for a full gallery of his visit to Trinity.
Written by Dayana Alexandrova ’15
Photos by Diana Guay photography

Celebrating Veterans in the Trinity Community


On Tuesday, November 11—Veteran’s Day—Trinity College held a ceremony to honor and celebrate America’s veterans, including those who are College employees and Trinity alumni. “Trinity College honors American veterans this day, and especially thanks our staff and alumni who have served our country,” said President Joanne Berger-Sweeney in her remarks during the ceremony.

Trinity College employees and alumni participated in the ceremony through song, poems and prayers, and offering their perspectives and experiences as American veterans.

Ceremony participants:
Allison Read, college chaplain; Luther “Luke” Terry ’67, member of the Board of Trustees; Elizabeth Wilde, associate director of alumni relations; Megan O’Brien ’14, program coordinator for the Office of Spiritual Life; Brian Killian, campus safety officer; Lanteben Williams (“English”), facilities monitor for Ferris Athletic Center; and Michael Petitpren, director of facilities.

Trinity Hosts Northeast Deans


Trinity hosted the Northeast Deans meeting in early November. The gathering is held annually at one of the varying member institutions, bringing the deans together over two days to discuss salient issues in higher education and providing an opportunity to share best practices and offer advice within the group.

Tom Mitzel, Trinity’s dean of the faculty and vice president for academic affairs, said, “I know I treasure this meeting every year, to be able to learn from the wisdom of my colleagues, and to engage in high level conversations about how best to continue offering the highest level of education for our students.”

Attendees pose for a group photo in Hamlin Hall (left to right): Neil Weissman, provost and dean of the college, Dickinson College; Christopher Zappe, provost, Gettysburg College; Robin Rinehart, dean of the faculty, Lafayette College; Joel Martin, provost and dean of the faculty, Franklin and Marshall College; Denise Buell, dean of the faculty, Williams College; Tom Stephenson, provost, Swarthmore College; Abby Van Styck, dean of the faculty, Connecticut College; Jon Chenette, dean of the faculty, Vassar College; Michele Dominy, vice president and dean of the college, Bard College; Cristie Collins Judd, dean for academic affairs, Bowdoin College; Catherine Epstein, dean of the faculty, Amherst College; Beau Breslin, dean of the faculty and vice president for academic affairs, Skidmore College; Lori Kletzer, provost and dean of the faculty, Colby College; Patrick Reynolds, dean of the faculty, Hamilton College; Therese McCarty, dean of the faculty and vice president for academic affairs, Union College; and Tom Mitzel, dean of the faculty and vice president for academic affairs, Trinity College.

Morning Yoga on the Quad


Members of the Trinity community took part in an early yoga session on the Long Walk Quad this morning.  The outdoor class was offered by the Office of Recreation and the Office of Residential Life at Trinity College.  Follow Recreation on Facebook for future events:  Yoga classes are offered every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, free of charge with a Trinity ID, at Vernon Social Center.

New Student Host of Trinitea Talk Show Named


Will Schreiber-Stainthorp ’15 has been named as the next host for Trinitea, a student-faculty talk show at Trinity College.  New episodes will be released in the fall semester.  Visit for more information, or follow the show on Facebook for updates at

Trinity Class Builds Documentary Film


Trinity students enrolled in Film 309 at Trinity created a documentary entitled “Coaching Colburn: Finding Love and Laughter in the Face of Autism.” The story centers around a Trinity student’s cousin, who suffers from a developmental disorder called Fragile X.  The film was directed by Jeff Bemiss (pictured center), who taught the course, and produced by the 11 students in the class.  The film screened at the Trinity Film Festival in May and at the Newburyport Documentary Film Festival this past weekend.  Click here for more.

Trinity at Hartford’s 2014 EnvisionFest


Above: Trinity students from Praxis, a residentially based community-service program at Trinity, who volunteered to help with EnvisionFest activities at the Wadsworth Atheneum. Pictured l-r: Lupita Barajas ’17, Lizzy Foley ’17, Bo Etropolski ’17, Natalie Sooksatan ’17, Soham Modnani, Jessie Stowell ’17, and Shanice Hinckson ’15.

Below: Scott Gac, associate professor of history and American studies at Trinity, talks about violence, manliness, and race in early American art at the Wadsworth Atheneum. Among the paintings he discussed were George Catlin’s Catlin the Artist Shooting Buffalos in Texas with Colt’s Revolving Pistol (1855) and John Frederick Peto’s Reminiscences of 1865 (1897).


(photos by John Atashian)

Trinity Presidents of the Past and Present


Joanne Berger-Sweeney, 22nd President of Trinity College, meets Jim English H’89, President of Trinity from 1981-1989, at a recent alumni event in Watch Hill, Rhode Island.  Looking on is Jack Fracasso, Vice President for Advancement.  Berger-Sweeney assumed the Presidency on Tuesday, July 1, and will be inaugurated on Sunday, October 26, in a ceremony that is open to the public.

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