Maggie Elias ’17, Staff Writer
Trinity campus was abuzz this past weekend for Homecoming 2013. Many familiar faces were seen all over campus as alumni and families came to visit their wonderful alma mater. Many interesting and fun events were held all throughout the weekend to celebrate and welcome returning students.
To start off the busy weekend of events, the Trinity Club of Hartford hosted their annual banquet on Thursday, November 7 to honor the Club’s Person of the Year. This annual award, started in 1959, is given to an alumnus of Trinity College who has given an exceptional amount of time and service to either the College or the local Harford community.
This year, the Person of the Year award was given to Jeff Devanney ’93, Head Coach of the Trinity Varsity Football team. “I was very, very humbled to receive the award. You look at the names on the list of who has received these awards and I was so grateful to be thought of in even the same breath as these people. As a Trinity person, it was a wonderful evening to be around such wonderful members of the community,” Coach Devanny said.
Two exhibitions also opened on Thursday night and continued throughout the weekend. First was the “Slickrock and Canyons Art Exhibit.” This exhibit was a display of black and white, detailed images from the 2014 Environmental Science Field Trip to Nevada, Utah, and Arizona. The experiences and findings were documented and displayed wonderfully. The other exhibit was the “Frank Ozereko Exhibit.” Selections of trace prints and sculptural ceramic teapots by Ozerko were on display all weekend.
On Friday, November 8, a panel discussion with Public Policy and Law alumni was held. Alumni Meredith Reeves ’06, Public Defender, Committee for Public Counsel Services in Salem, Mass., Michael Lenihan ’07, Fellow for the European Stability Initiative, Breen Power ’06, Business Manager, at Pfizer Neuroscience Research Unit, , and Elizabeth Guernsey ’06, Director of Policy and Operations at the NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development, all gathered to share their post-graduate experiences, career paths, and successes. It was a wonderful opportunity for current students and graduates to network and connect with Trinity graduates.
The Trinity College Class of 1963 was celebrated throughout the entire weekend, since this year was their 50 Year Class Reunion. A reunion luncheon was held for the entire class and their families on Friday afternoon, which was then followed by the ‘Pass the Baton’ 50th Reunion ceremony. On Saturday, November 9, the Class of 1963 had a meeting followed by the annual clock dedication and reception. Lastly, to wrap up the events for their class, the annual 1963 Scholars Reception and Dinner was held.
In addition, alumni college programs were offered all throughout Friday afternoon for Class of 1963 and other alumni. Christoph Geiss, Associate Professor of Physics and Environmental Science, led a “300 Million Years of Trinity History” tour that offered a different perspective on Trinity’s beautiful campus and its history.
Susan Masino, Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience, held a lecture on “Ketogenic Diet and Adenosine: Basic Science and Translational Opportunities” which explored links between metabolism and brain activity.
Lastly, Ron Kiener, Professor of Religion, had a presentation on “The Slow Rise and Quick Fall of the Muslim Brotherhood”. This lecture discussed the ideological roots and central personalities in the development of the 20th century movement known as the Muslim Brotherhood.
On Saturday morning, a very special memorial service was held in honor of the late Dr. Chester “Chet” McPhee ’68, who passed away in December of 2012. Dr. McPhee was a much beloved alumnus and member of the Trinity community. For years, he coached swimming and diving, football, lacrosse, and water polo at Trinity. After finishing coaching, Dr. McPhee remained an active member of the Trinity community. He worked in the Athletic Department, was substitute teaching for physical education classes, and worked on special assignments for the Athletic Director.
Chaplain Allison Reed, who worked closely with Dr. McPhee’s son, found the memorial service extremely touching and memorable: “Dr. McPhee possessed a wit as sharp as his intellect and a keen passion for music. Both of these gifts his many students and colleagues greatly enjoyed as well. It was an honor to work with Coach McPhee’s son, Jeff, and his family to prepare for Saturday’s service, and the College is indebted to alumni Jimmy Balesano, Denise Jones ’80, and Luke McCarthy ’94 for sharing with the Trinity community their poignant and powerful testimonials to the life of their coach, mentor, and friend.”
Following the wonderful service, students and alumni gathered to watch the Bantam football team defeat the formerly undefeated Wesleyan University. The Trinity Trinitones performed the national anthem, and fans waved their “Trin Nation” rally towels to cheer the beloved Bantams to victory. During halftime, Trinity’s 1993 undefeated football team was honored and celebrated.
To wrap up the enjoyable weekend, La Voz Latina held the Salsarengue Fiesta, their annual event for students, alumni, families, and friends to listen to live Latino music and dance the night away. Many gathered and had a blast dancing, listening to wonderful music, and spending time with friends.
Another Homecoming weekend has passed here at Trinity, but the excitement has not. The school spirit and support between students and alumni will continue and strengthen and be much anticipated until Homecoming 2014!