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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.”

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

Convulsions in Greater Syria Packs McCook Auditorium


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.

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.

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.

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