Trinity College’s Department of Political Science hosted a discussion with U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT) on Wednesday, October 5, 2016, in a crowded McCook Auditorium. Murphy, a member of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee, addressed his role on the committee and the challenges faced by U.S. foreign policy. This was an opportunity for students to engage with one of the most recognized members of the Senate on a subject that has been polarizing during the presidential campaign.
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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)
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 Joseph.Barber@trincoll.edu.
A talk by leading scholars on the situation in Syria packed the McCook Auditorium last week. Kifah Hanna, assistant professor of language and culture studies, moderated the panel discussion with Ziad Abu-Rish of Ohio University and Omar Dahi of Hampshire College. Students were eager to ask questions of the panelists and remained in the hall after the event was over to continue the conversation.
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.
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)
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.
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.
(Photos by John Marinelli)
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)
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)