Thursday, February 22, 2018

At Trinity and around the world: faculty, alum winter update

by Serena Elavia ’14

Richard Prigodich

In January, Trinity announced that Dean of the Faculty Rena Fraden had accepted a position as Dean of the College of the Pacific in Stockton, Cali. and would be replaced by interim dean Richard Prigodich. The Dean of Faculty serves as the chief academic officer and reports directly to President Jones. Fraden held this position for six and a half years, and will be on sabbatical for the spring semester. She was also the G. Keith Funston professor of English and American Studies. Prigodich has been a Trinity faculty member since 1985 and teaches chemistry. Previously serving as a leader, Prigodich was Chair of the Chemistry Department from 1994 to 2005. As well, he was on the Science Alliance Steering Committee for six years and was Interim Director for one year. Prigodich has served on numerous academic committees and helped to create the Interdisciplinary Science and Environmental Science Programs. He received a B.S. in Chemistry from Lake Forest College in Lake Forest, Il. and a Ph.D in physical organic chemistry from Wesleyan University in Middletown, Conn.

Charles Dodsley Walker ’40

On January 14, Charles Dodsley Walker, class of 1940, conducted at the famous Carnegie Hall in New York City for an orchestra of 700 instrumentalists and singers, of which 400 will be children. He was previously scheduled to perform in November, but Hurricane Sandy’s unfortunate timing forced him to reschedule. Walker will conduct Mahler’s eighth symphony for the eighth time, what he calls his “eighth eighth.” Piano ran in Walker’s family as his father played ragtime piano and his mother sang while doing housework. When he was 16, Walker enrolled at Trinity and studied the organ under Clarence Watters. At Trinity, he participated in the glee club and choir. When Walker graduated from Trinity, he was hired by the U.S. State Department to play a 40 concert series in Germany to highlight American culture abroad. Eventually, Walker landed at Harvard University where he did graduate work in music and later studied mathematics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Walker’s performance at Carnegie Hall is predicted to fill the entire hall.  

Matthew Longcore ’94

On November 15, 2012, Matthew Longcore, ’94, was appointed the new Director of Alumni Relations to replace outgoing director Katherine DeConti, class of 1998, who is relocating to New York. Longcore will be responsible for developing programs that strengthen the relationship between Trinity’s alumni and current members of the Trinity community. Previously, he served as director of the Danbury Center at Naugatuck Valley Community College in Waterbury, CT. Longcore has also worked at Norwalk Community College, Gibbs College, Skidmore College continuing Education, and the College of Westchester in New York. Longcore has also taught management and education courses at a variety of institutions in Conn. and New York. At Trinity, he received a B.A. in American Studies, and then graduated from Fairfield University with an M.A. in Education and eventually received a degree in Management from Harvard University. Like a true bantam, Longcore kept his connection with Trinity by serving on the executive committee of Trinity’s national alumni association and was the President of the Alumni Club of Fairfield County from 2004-2009. Originally from Westport, Conn. and now living in Norwalk, Conn.

Joan Hedrick

Over winter vacation, the Charles A. Dana professor of history and Pulitzer Prize winning author of biography Harriet Beecher Stowe: A Life Joan Hedrick was featured in a PBS film called “The Abolitionists.” The film was a three part documentary drama and aired on Jan. 8, highlighting the influential book that Stowe wrote, Uncle Tom’s Cabin. Hedrick was one of three professors from Conn. and one of many historians and writers to be featured in the series. Not only did Professor Hedrick make an appearance in the series, but she also participated in a panel discussion on Jan. 8 at the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center in Hartford. Hedrick has been at Trinity since 1980 and holds degrees from Vassar College and Brown University. At Trinity, she founded the Women’s Studies program and over time changed the program into the current Women, Gender and Sexuality program. She teaches a variety of classes including Drink and Disorder in America and Western Feminist Thought.  

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