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When We Were One: A Doolittle Raider Remembers

P R E S I D E N T ’ S


hen I made the decision to accept the presidency, many friends and colleagues asked me, “Why Trinity?” Of course, the reasons were many. After five years at the University of Colorado Boulder and 25 at the University of Minnesota, I was ready for a different sort of challenge. Leading a small, highly selective liberal arts college where the students are bright, motivated, and fully engaged—as some of my closest friends had been doing for years—had definite appeal. Initially, what drew me to Trinity was its excellent academic reputation; the attitude of exploration and innovation that pervades the campus; the opportunity to meet and hear world-class speakers on topics ranging from global issues to cutting edge science, the arts, and literature; the balance between academics and athletics; and the interdisciplinary exchanges that go on daily. Today, more than six months into my tenure, I am more confident than ever that Trinity is one of the finest and most exciting liberal arts schools in the country. Among the many things that make Trinity unique is the extent to which undergraduates participate in research—a significant advantage to those planning on graduate school—and the intellectually stimulating interdisciplinary approach that melds the sciences with the social sciences and the humanities. Having a large business program that includes the option of a master’s in accounting is also a distinctive and very attractive feature. These and other features such as the small class sizes and a faculty who share a triple commitment to superb teaching, intensive research, and personalized advising, are what animate the campus and prepare and inspire a large percentage of our students to attend graduate school. Rightly or wrongly, graduate schools have a tendency to be very status conscious and risk-averse. Brand matters. Their assumption is that better students attend better schools, i.e., one that has a great track record of sending students to the best graduate institutions. I am proud of the fact that Trinity has just such a record and that it is a well-known brand nationally as well as internationally. At present, over 250 foreign students have chosen Trinity and our graduates can be found at the nation’s premiere graduate schools as well as in businesses and professions around the world.


It has been especially nice to discover how environmentally aware and socially conscious Trinity students are. In fact, their thousands of hours annually of community service recently earned them national recognition from the President of the United States (see page 11) and their off-campus endeavors, along with those of faculty and staff, contribute significantly to the broader community. But I digress. (Easy to do when talking about this extraordinary place.) San Antonio itself was also influential in my decision to come to Trinity. From her attendance at an American Bar Association meeting, Penelope had already been captivated by the city. Now I, too, am enthralled with the rich cultural life that is so accessible in San Antonio: music, food, theatre, art, and the robust sense of history. (Take a tour of the missions with local attorney Bill Scanlan and you will never want to leave San Antonio!) Even our four-year old, Benjamin, has embraced both the city and campus life. He participated with Penelope, students, faculty and staff, and me in the Martin Luther King Jr. March in January, attended the River Parade during Fiesta, and climbed Murchison Tower with me to greet seniors during their traditional Senior Week tower climb. During the coming months I will travel to cities across the United States where I look forward to meeting alumni and parents and sharing more of the bright future I envision for Trinity University. As we move forward with our strategic planning process, I encourage all of you to stay engaged and share, to the fullest extent possible, in the life of the University. In the meantime, know that Penelope and I feel extremely privileged to serve this University and its vibrant community. We deeply appreciate the warm welcome we have received and look forward with enthusiasm to the challenging and exciting times ahead.

Dennis A. Ahlburg, President


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When We Were One: A Doolittle Raider Remembers With the prospect of war looming, Lt. Col. Edgar McElroy ’35 joined the Army Air Corps in 1940 to serve his country and pursue his boyhood dream of flying. As pilot of B-25 Number 13 on the U.S.S. Hornet, he made history as one of the famed Doolittle Raiders.

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h, July. The month of flags and fireworks. Picnics and parades. All in celebration of our nation’s independence so many years ago. But as we wave our banners, watch the night sky come alive with bursts of color, munch on hotdogs, and join the parade, let’s also remember that Independence Day is a good time to pause to reflect on the global threats we overcame to preserve our democracy and the heroes who were responsible. In this issue we are privileged to have a firsthand account from Trinity alumnus Edgar McElroy, a pilot with Doolittle’s Raiders, who helped turn the tide in the Pacific during WWII. While the language reflects the tenor and decorum of the times, his stirring account also vividly reveals the patriotism and selfless courage that defined the era, united a populace, and makes us proud and appreciative to be Americans. Our profile subjects include an interesting mix of alumni, who have parlayed their Trinity education into a variety of fascinating careers of their own making. Suffice it to say, the entrepreneurial spirit is alive and well. Among the events on campus, the arrival of two new vice presidents (page 4) brought renewed vigor to the administrative team; the dream of a new, interdisciplinary science and engineering center inched closer to reality (page 6); students enjoyed several new international experiences (pages 8 and 12); the diploma issue was put to rest (page 5); and soccer fans enjoyed a thrilling exhibition game that pitted the Tigers against the national team of Haiti (page 22). For the literati and art lovers among you, English professor Coleen Grissom offers a “Top Ten” for your reading pleasure, the 2010-2011 drama season looks exciting, and anthropology professor Jennifer Mathews is coordinating an exhibit of Maya woodcarvings. Enjoy the summer.


I very much enjoyed your article on Dennis and Penelope in the latest TRINITY magazine. It’s a fine piece of writing, and it looks like you had fascinating subjects. Kim M. Munsinger San Antonio The latest issue [January] is even better than usual! I really do look forward to each issue of the TRINITY magazine—really makes me proud of my alma mater, and also of the work my father and my mother did, in giving Trinity a good start in San Antonio years ago. This new President brings a whole different background and perspective than past Presidents, and I think that will be an asset— a fresh approach. And certainly, having a President with a 3-year-old is a new day! What a cutie! Sally Laurie Murphy ’54 Sutter Creek California


A recent article implies that the Student Managed Fund (SMF) has lost money over the years. Not so! In 1998 the Trustees of Trinity allocated $500,000 of the endowment to the SMF class for students to manage and invest in the stock market so they could gain real-world experience. Another approximately $359,000 was allocated to SMF in 2005. This total of $859,000 has grown under the stewardship of students to $1.2 million in early 2010. During that same 12 years, it might be noted, Standard and Poor’s 500 Index has decreased. More recently, during 2009, SMF earned 36.2% while S&P earned 24.5%. In fact, during its entire history, SMF has beaten the market about two-thirds of the time— measured quarterly. More important, more than 250 students have learned to research companies, write stock reports, and make persuasive oral arguments. Philip L. Cooley, PhD. Prassel Distinguished Professor of Business




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always welcome and encouraged.

I read with interest your short article, “New Science, Engineering Facilities Underway,” in the January issue of TRINITY magazine. I am glad to hear that the new building will be constructed to LEED standards, but the article doesn’t say what level of LEED. I hope it will be LEED platinum. The Trinity community and our region deserve no less, with all the health and environmental benefits that will accrue. I hope also that deconstruction rather than demolition of the Moody Engineering building will occur. This would allow for the salvaging of materials from the Moody building for reuse in other projects, and should be part of Trinity’s plan. We citizens look upon Trinity as a role model in many ways, and stewardship of our corner of the planet should be one of them. Loretta Van Coppenolle Trinity mother EDITOR’S NOTE: According to John Greene, director of physical plant, there are four levels of LEED. In order of “greenness” from least to most: Certified. Silver. Gold. Platinum. The current target on the science/ engineering project is “at least Silver.” This includes the Moody demolition, where all salvageable materials will be recycled in accordance with the construction waste management component.

Send them to Mary Denny, Editor, Trinity University, Office of University Communications, One Trinity Place, San Antonio, TX 78212-7200, or

feel to it. Finally, seeing that Sammye Johnson is still at Trinity was great. It made me want to attend my 30-year reunion next year. I always enjoy getting the magazine. I don’t always get time to read every article but the ones I do are excellent. I hope that life at Trinity is as wonderful as I remember it when I was there. PULLING IT ALL TOGETHER

I finally read the [January]issue and thought it was great, especially the piece about health care reform, which I hope a lot of people read. It pulled together for me all the colliding bits of info I pick up in the news and helped me understand why there’s any objection to it at all. Also I was glad to read about what Jackie Pontello is doing; I remember her as a smart student. Nancy Cook San Antonio



My wife, a Trinity alumna, is kind enough to share your fine publication with me. I much enjoyed your January 2010 edition. The article on “Health Care Reform” was superb. It was as clear and concise as any discussion I have read, and Dr. Schumacher’s recognition that simplistic solutions are not solutions at all was a breath of fresh air in a smoke-filled room.

I wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed the article by John Kerr on Ed Schumacher’s insights about health care reform. I thought he was especially on target when he said we should have used the money spent in Iraq on health care for the uninsured. Secondly, I was pleased to see the sidebar about Raphael Moffett joining Trinity as director of Campus and Community Involvement. Since I lived in Atlanta until July of 2008, I enjoyed seeing that he is now at Trinity. I earned a master’s degree from Georgia State University back in 1993 and am also familiar with Morehouse College and Clark Atlanta University. So his write up had a small world

Gordon Green Richardson, Texas

Claire (Sellers) Tiernan ’81 Hayesville, North Carolina I just got my TRINITY magazine and really enjoyed Patrick Keating’s The Art of Cinematography. Kristen Carney ’02 Austin, Texas


The contribution that Doug Brackenridge does on retired faculty and staff is (of course) of interest to me, and I received several most welcome messages from former students after the profile on me. Having positive feedback from former students really does make it all worthwhile! Jean Chittenden, professor emeritus San Antonio

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Two New VPs Fill Key Administrative Posts Ahlburg and others through the strategic planning process now in progress. She also looks forward to getting to know the San Antonio community, as well as the larger community of alumni, friends, and parents nationally. In her previous position as senior director of development for the Leeds School of Business, Christeson provided senior leadership to all fund-raising activities at the Leeds School as well as to the planning and implementation of the School’s successful $38 million campaign. Prior to Leeds, she served as regional director of development at Washington University in St. Louis where she was responsible for major gift fund-raising and worked collaboratively with deans and volunteers to successfully fund a variety of university needs from endowed scholarships to endowed chairs. Christeson holds a bachelor of communication from Truman State University. Mark A. Detterick

Tracy Christeson


Moving quickly to fill the vacancies left by the retirements of Craig McCoy and Marc Raney, President Dennis A. Ahlburg appointed Mark A. Detterick as vice president for Fiscal Affairs and Tracy Christeson as vice president for University Advancement and Communications. Both come from the Leeds School of Business at the University of Colorado, Boulder. Detterick will lead the strategic management of the University’s financial and operating activities, including budgeting, investing, financial reporting, purchasing, facilities, police, and human resources. Expressing confidence in Detterick’s financial prowess, Ahlburg notes, “Mark is meticulous with details, but he also has the vision to see the big picture for the institution.” For Detterick, it’s an exciting time to be at Trinity. He anticipates radical changes in higher education models over the next ten years—“will the ‘chalk and talk’ model still work?”—and in response, he says “we will pay close attention to the intersection of market trends, financial performance, internal competencies, and the mission of the University.” In his previous position as director of finance and operations at the Leeds School of Business, Detterick was an integral member of the school’s leadership and strategic planning team and oversaw the day-to-day fiscal affairs. Detterick earned a bachelor’s in business administration in finance from New Mexico State University and an MBA from the University of Colorado. His mother is a graduate of Trinity. Christeson will lead the strategic management of Trinity’s fund-raising, alumni engagement, and communications, including major gifts, planned giving, development services, and alumni relations. Ahlburg tapped her for the post because “Tracy is a consummate strategist and brings to Trinity comprehensive campaign planning and implementation expertise, as well as strategic skills in donor cultivation.” Like Detterick, Christeson believes “this is a great time to be a part of this amazing place!” She hopes to add value to the institution by building on the past, specifically building capacity in our annual fund efforts, raising opportunities for alumni engagement and connections and developing a plan for strong messaging of the future of Trinity University based on the vision outlined by Dr.

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Trinity to Inaugurate 18th President in October D

ennis A. Ahlburg will be officially inaugurated as Trinity’s eighteenth president on October 21-22, 2010. In deference to the uncertain economy, Ahlburg asked that the occasion be kept low key and relatively informal. Timed to coincide with Alumni Weekend festivities, the inaugural events will allow broader access and give many alumni the opportunity to meet the new president and participate in the event. The occasion will be marked with music and an all-campus picnic on Thursday, October 21. Friday’s festivities will include a luncheon for delegates and special guests followed by the formal investiture in Laurie Auditorium at 2 p.m. A post-inaugural reception will take place immediately following the ceremony on the lawn surrounding the Hepworth sculpture, “The Magic Stones,” in front of Coates Library. For more information, visit




Trustees Put Diploma Issue to Rest It started innocently enough. Isaac Medina, a senior nearing graduation last December, noticed a sample diploma in the Trinity bookstore and was “surprised” to see the words “in the year of Our Lord” in reference to the date. As a non-Christian, he felt such wording did not reflect the religious diversity that exists—indeed is encouraged—at Trinity. Medina brought the matter to Sidra Qureshi, a senior and president of the Trinity Diversity Connection (TDC). The discussion expanded to a small group of 25 other non-Christians— Hindi, Muslim, Jews, atheists, agnostics, etc.— who decided to petition for an option to have those words removed only from their diplomas. Recognizing this as a teachable moment, TDC and the Association of Student Representatives (ASR) cosponsored an open forum with professors from the departments of religion, political science, communications, history, and philosophy, moderated by debate coach Jarrod Atchison. By all accounts the debate was never vitriolic. Students, some of whom had been exposed to a Difficult Dialogues program sponsored by a Ford Foundation grant several years ago, conducted themselves with restraint, respect, and a desire to understand differing viewpoints. When they learned that the option of having the words removed only from the diplomas of those who so desired was not an option— understandably, customized diplomas could become a logistical nightmare—they circulated two petitions that drew support from a number of students across the campus of all denominations. One was to have the phrase removed from all diplomas, and the second one asked who would choose to have it removed if it were an option. In all, 186 students signed the petitions. According to Qureshi, the request was never meant as a negation of Trinity’s religious heritage—which some say they were not aware of—nor was it meant to show disrespect. It was simply a matter of wanting the diplomas to reflect acceptance of all faiths and tradi-

tions. The request drew support from both ASR and the University’s commencement committee, made up of faculty, staff, and students, who voted in favor of removing “in the year of our Lord” from all diplomas and sent their recommendation to the president. The furor erupted when a local education reporter, trolling the Trinity Web site, noticed a blog entry by interim vice president for student affairs and dean of students David Tuttle, who wrote about the issue. The issue was also covered extensively in the Trinitonian. The reporter’s article, which appeared on the front page of the March 28 San Antonio Express-News, ignited a firestorm of protest. Within minutes the University was besieged with calls and e-mails, almost uniformly opposing the wording change. The story was picked up by national media, who tended to spin the story as a Muslim vs. Christian controversy—which it was definitely not— angering alumni who almost uniformly urged upholding tradition and inciting Islamaphobes outside the University’s broad constituency. Unfortunately, some of the messages were particularly hateful and hurtful and in some instances directed personally to the students involved. President Dennis A. Ahlburg, while respectful of the students’ petition and proud of the

magnanimity displayed by them, pointed out that “democracy is not letting a small number of people have their way. Democracy is listening to the different voices and making an informed decision.” Additionally, he expressed the view that while Trinity should continue to foster a diverse environment, it should not ignore its cultural and religious roots. “The fundamental issue is not so much what is on the diploma. The fundamental question is, ‘Is Trinity a place that is accepting and supportive of all faiths?’ ” he says. Ultimately, the Board of Trustees, in a specially called meeting during which they heard from students representing both viewpoints, decided the issue. Their unanimous decision to retain the wording “in the year of Our Lord” was issued in the form of a resolution, which acknowledged the institution’s heritage and culture and called upon the greater community to “respect, honor, and embrace all members of the Trinity family.” For their part, the students who raised the issue accepted the decision and appreciated the opportunity to have aired their beliefs. Qureshi says the TDC is going to establish an interfaith council next year and initiate dialogue on religious issues. Medina, quoted in the Trinitonian, summed it up: “We asked a question and we got an answer. I’m happy with that.” To read the Board’s resolution in its entirety, visit Mary Denny

President Dennis A. Ahlburg congratulated 555 Trinity graduates in May.

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President Dennis A. Ahlburg, right, and project constituents are joined by former president John Brazil, left, for the symbolic groundbreaking ceremony in May.


Trinity Breaks Ground for Science and Engineering Center D

ue to rain on May 14, President Dennis A. Ahlburg presided over a symbolic groundbreaking in Northrup Hall for one of the largest and, at an extimated cost of $100 million, certainly one of the most expensive developments in the University’s history. To be completed in stages over several years, the project will become the new Science and Engineering Center, consisting of two new buildings—one of which will replace the existing Moody Engineering building— and the complete renovation of Cowles Life Science building. A bridge will physically connect the new Center to the Marrs McLean Science Building. Conceptualization for the project began four years ago, when Diane Smith, associate vice president for Academic Affairs, led a small team that included professors from biology, chemistry, and engineering, and John Greene, director of Physical Plant, to a strategic planning workshop for upgrading science facilities sponsored by Project Kaleidoscope. Their stated vision was for Trinity to become “the premier liberal arts institu-

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tion with regard to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) undergraduate education.” During the initial planning stages, the team visited top-rated science facilities across the country and worked with a consultant to refine current needs and build in flexibility.

Professor David Ribble, left, shares planned Science and Engineering Center specifics with Trustee John Korbell.

Ultimately, they selected the Boston firm of EYP Architecture and Engineering, to work in partnership with the San Antonio firm of RVK Architects, who in turn worked closely with a steering committee of faculty and staff, to develop final plans. Among its distinguishing features, the new Science and Engineering Center’s labs will have glass walls, intended to demystify the sciences and put “science on display.” In keeping with the University’s commitment to sustainability, a key goal of the project will be to attain the highest possible LEED standard by incorporating “green” designs and programs along with other environmental protection practices. Upon completion, the 116,000-square foot Center will offer state-of-the-art research and classroom spaces that promote a truly interdisciplinary approach to science education and scientific research, where much of contemporary scientific discovery is occurring. According to Smith, the facility will have an enormous impact on future generations of students, who are being prepared for a world where science education and literacy are increasingly important. David Ribble ’82, professor and chair of biology and who took a leading role in the planning and design of the center, says the new facilities will also benefit students who are not science majors. With atriums, classrooms with glass walls, and student designed study spaces, the complex will “tear down perceived barriers around science and expose students to the excitement and relevance of science to their daily lives.” To fully realize the development of the Center, the University will launch a $100million fund-raising initiative from private philanthropy to support the project. Says Ahlburg, “We are confident that these enhancements will stimulate further collaboration, encourage discovery, and open new ways of thinking across the sciences, and we look forward to engaging our alumni, business partners, foundations, and friends in this remarkable enterprise.” Updates on the construction of the Science and Engineering Center will be added to the Web site at magazine



Noyce Scholarships Attract Math and Science Majors to MAT Program

New Minor Prepares Scientists For 21st Century


Beginning in fall 2010, Trinity will

wo Noyce Scholarship grants totaling more than $2 million from the National Science Foundation (NSF) will provide continued support for Trinity’s Master of Arts in Teaching program. The scholarship funds recruitment, preparation, early-career support, and opportunities for life-long learning for the new generation of K-12 teachers in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). One grant for $600,000 targets recruitment and preparation of talented Trinity undergraduate math and science majors as teachers. The other, for $1.5 million, is geared toward career changers, professionals working in STEM fields who decide to become teachers. Under the program, Trinity offers as many as 10 Noyce Scholarships to qualified seniors and postbaccalaureate candidates. Recipients are eligible to receive a $15,000 tuition scholarship for up to two years. Beginning in fall 2010, Trinity will support two cohorts of STEM professionals in becoming high-quality teachers in the Noyce Teach-

ing Fellows Program for Career Changers. Ten fellows will receive a full cost-ofattendance scholarship—approximately $49,000—as they earn their master of arts in teaching. Upon graduation, fellows qualify for an additional salary supplement of $15,000 per year for four years to offset any salary loss sustained by a mid-career professional. Fellows will also receive ongoing professional development from Trinity faculty during their first years in the profession. In addition, Trinity will launch a new undergraduate summer internship program for students who want to teach in STEM fields. Trinity is one of only 50 universities selected by the NSF to participate in the Noyce Scholarship program, named for Robert Noyce, creator of the microchip and founder of Intel Corporation. The NSF previously awarded Noyce grants to Trinity in 2003 and 2008. More information is available online at

offer an interdisciplinary minor in biomathematics. The minor will focus on the expanding field of mathematical modeling of biological phenomena. The program of courses began several years ago with funding from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI), and a recent grant of $900,000 from the National Science Foundation (NSF) will allow the partnership between biology, mathematics, and engineering science to continue moving toward what has been called “the marriage” of the academic fields. According to Saber Elaydi, professor and chair of Trinity’s mathematics department, the collaboration among 13 professors in three departments will result in “a new type of scientist for the 21st century.” Curriculum details are available at


New Equipment Elevates Research Capability R

esearch capability at Trinity took a giant step forward in April with the installation of a new 500 MHz Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) spectrometer and the approval of funding for two additional pieces of equipment that will be used by students and faculty in the chemistry, geosciences, and biology departments With a price tag of $498,500—the most expensive piece of science equipment ever purchased at Trinity—the new spectrometer elevates the University to an elite group of only five other primarily undergraduate institutions that have received federal funding for similar equipment. Spectrometers of this caliber normally are found at larger, Ph.D.-granting schools, where they are reserved for graduate students and postdoctoral research associates. The purchase was made possible by a grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) using funds made possible by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. The NSF subsequently awarded Trinity $200,000 for two additional spectrometers—one known as an inductively coupled plasma-optical emission spectrometer and another that uses X-ray fluorescence techniques—and related support items. Both of these spectrometers will be used to analyze elements across a broad range of academic disciplines and should be ready for use by the fall semester.

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A special intra-semester class culminated in intensive two-week study tour of Viet Nam.

As one of many examples, Michael Nguyen, vice president of the largest private company in Vietnam, joined the group for dinner one evening. On another evening, the delegation was invited to the home of Mrs. Kim, the mother of a mixed race child, whose story, captured in the poignant Sundance award-winning documentary film Daughter From Danang, they had viewed earlier that day. Six Vietnamese students attending Trinity provided pre- and post-trip briefing sessions to the group, further personalizing the experience. By all accounts the trip was a stunning success. Student evaluations lauded the “amazing,” “eye-opening,” “life-changing,” “once-in-alifetime” experiences, while professors agreed the trip “exceeded all expectations.” Anticipating similar study tours in the future, Burr hopes the availability of financial aid will enable broader access to Trinity students. To read a detailed trip report, visit www. /trinity magazine. Mary Denny

Globalization: Up Close and Personal When a bitterly divided, warragaved, starving country reemerges as a cohesive, beautiful, economically thriving nation in just 20 years, it merits attention and further study. That’s why Trinity professors Dick Burr, business administration, and Jorge Gonzalez, economics, and Felicia Lee, former vice president for student affairs, developed a special 3-hour intra-semester course on the globalization of business that featured an intensive two-week study tour to Vietnam. They chose Vietnam because it is a place where students could observe a “great story of economic growth and a great human story.” Burr attributes the country’s remarkable progress to the fact that, “although they would deny it, the Vietnamese government is a kind of capitalistic communism that permits and encourages entrepreneurship.” As evidence, he

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points to the thousands of small, individually owned shops and many global businesses. Led by a host coordinator from Global Exchange, the group, which included 15 students along with the two professors and Lee, experienced an incredible in-depth exposure to the Vietnamese economy, culture, history, and people. Site visits and tours ranged the gamut from factories to small mom-and-pop shops, where students witnessed globalization in action as well as the flourishing entrepreneurial spirit of the people. At the Da Nang Economics College and Hue University, students discussed Vietnamese educational methods and practices with professors and students. Cultural excursions, ranging from Hoi An, a UNESCO World Heritage site to Ha Long Bay, a strong candidate to be one of the Natural Wonders of the World, exposed the group to the beauty of the country. They also visited war sites, including the infamous Hanoi Hilton, now a museum with Senator John McCain’s flight suit and parachute on display. Throughout the trip, both students and their faculty leaders were impressed with Vietnamese peoples’ friendliness and hospitality.

A student takes advantage of one of several modes of transportation in Viet Nam.



International Counselors Hosted on Campus A

Music Professor Wins Z.T. Scott Fellowship C

arolyn E. True, professor of music at Trinity University, received the 2010 Dr. and Mrs. Z.T. Scott Faculty Fellowship in recognition of her outstanding abilities as a teacher and adviser. The Z.T. Scott Fellowship, given annually for excellence in teaching and advising, includes a cash award to be used for professional development and research. Trinity University Trustee Richard M. Kleberg III established the Fellowship in 1984 in honor of his grandparents, Dr. and Mrs. Z.T. Scott. The award was announced May 15 during Trinity’s undergraduate commencement. Since coming to Trinity in 1990, True has maintained a balance between teaching, leading workshops and master classes, and serving on music juries across the country. She performs internationally as a soloist and chamber musician. Locally, she is known as a key performer with the SOLI Ensemble. As a teacher and adviser, True seeks to help each student reach his or her potential as a musician and as a musical scholar. She regularly invites students on “symphony outings” which involve dinner and a concert. For the past 10 years, she has held the “True Studio Piano Camp” at no cost to Trinity or students to focus on both individual practice and group lessons. A prize winner in national and international competitions, True holds the prestigious Performer’s Certificate and the D.M.A. degree from the Eastman School of Music. She was also the recipient of a Rotary Foundation Scholarship for study at the Conservatoire National de la Musique in Lyon, France. Her recently released CD, Carolyn True 1, features works of Ligeti, Bach/Brahms, Beethoven, and Bennett.

fter nearly a decade of globe trotting for the recruitment of international students, Eric Maloof, director of international admissions, decided it was time to show, not tell, high school counselors from around the world the Trinity he has been promoting. This spring, Trinity hosted 19 counselors from nine countries for a three day visit— the first ever—organized by Sara Newhouse, associate director of admissions. They came from Egypt, Thailand, India, and beyond and took full advantage of planned opportunities to engage with faculty and students, inspect facilities, and learn about San Antonio. According to Maloof and Newhouse, the counselors returned home sufficiently impressed with the strength of the academic programs and the quality of the faculty. For many, it was their first visit to Texas. “It is a much more beautiful campus that I expected, noted Margaret Kayayan, a counselor from

Colegeio Maya in Guatemala City, “and just a very good environment for the students.” They also sensed the welcoming atmosphere for international students. “I think it would be very easy for my students to fit into the culture,” said Nick Edwards from the Colegio Americano de Quito in Quito, Ecuador. “There are a lot of Latino students here so they wouldn’t be alone. And the domestic students are used to having international students on their campus so there is a real community.” Although not the only school that actively recruits international students, Trinity was among the first wave of schools to do so, and the effort has paid off. In just seven years, Trinity has increased its international student population, which includes both foreignborn students as well as American students living abroad, from 1.5 percent to 10 percent, supporting the University’s goal to become a more diverse and global campus.

New Minor Expands Academic Offerings T

ucker Morrow, a Trinity wide receiver and marketing major, has a dream job in mind. “I hope to work for a sports team and be in charge of marketing,” he says, “I want to be able to fill the seats in the stadium.” Beginning this fall, he will be another step closer to achieving his goal. Morrow will be among the first to enroll in Trinity’s new 24-semester-hour minor in sport management, an interdisciplinary program that will encompass communication, marketing, finance, and management courses. The new minor is designed to serve independently next to any major or complement a major such as business or communications and serve as a specialization or focus area. To be housed in the department of business administration, the new minor will provide practical, hands-on experience in addition to required courses that include management of organizations, sport in

society, sport management, and legal issues in sport, taught by a local attorney. Addressing the rationale behind the new program, Bob King, director of athletics, notes, “The athletics industry is very popular with our students. We felt it was very important to provide some educational background to what the sport management industry is like.” According to members of the faculty advisory committee overseeing the program, students also will be exposed to important business tools and concepts in an applied context and taught to exercise critical thinking and be analytical in dealing with a wide range of contemporary sport management issues. Because athletic administration involves supervision, leadership, and teamwork, all of which depend on effective communication, three of the designated electives are from the discipline of speech and communication.

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Some Facts About Collegiate Debate ■

All teams debate the same topic, affirmative or negative, all year long.

Topics, selected annually by a committee, are timely enough to ensure the need for continual study and research.

For 2009-2010: Resolved: The United States Federal Government should substantially reduce the size of its nuclear weapons arsenal, and/or substantially reduce and restrict the role and/or missions of its nuclear weapons arsenal.

Whether teams argue for or against the resolution is determined by a coin toss preceding each debate. Teams must be prepared to argue either side.

Arguing the negative is hardest because they speak only once, rebutting the affirmative team, who then argues conclusions. All arguments have strict time limits ranging from 3 to 9 minutes.

Trinity boasts 28 debaters, up from only one three years ago. They have been recruited from around the country.

Trinity debate teams participate in 13 tournaments a year. They receive one semester hour of credit for their preparation.

Trinity was among the first 10 teams in the nation to use laptops, ushering in the era of “paperless debate.”

Judges, all former debaters, now tend to give greater weight to research and organization than to delivery (persuasion).

It was a very good year for Trinity debaters, shown celebrating and displaying their trophies after their big win at Annapolis.


Debaters Sweep U.S. Naval Academy Tourney, Rank 12th in Nation at Berkeley Jarrod Atchison, assistant professor of speech and drama and director of Trinity’s debate team, was ecstatic. And with good reason. Competing against 57 teams from across the country, three teams of Trinity debaters had just pulled off an astounding coup, taking all three top honors at the prestigious United States Naval Academy Debate Tournament in Annapolis in January. The teams, two of which were first year students, won all 15 elimination debates they participated in and lost only three out of a possible 36 ballots. “This is so rare that I have never been part of a team that has done this either as a debater or a coach,” he exclaims. The win at Annapolis was all the more poignant as the team also brought home the first-ever Frank Harrison Coaches’ award, given to first place winners in both the varsity and junior varsity level. The Naval

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Academy established the award in memory of late Trinity professor Frank Harrison, who institutionalized debate when he came to Trinity in 1989 and is also credited with singlehandedly saving debate at the Naval Academy. Later in the semester, two teams of Trinity debaters—one, a team of first year students, in itself a rarity—qualified to compete among the 72 top teams in the country at the National Debate Tournament in Berkeley, California. The team of juniors made it to the “sweet 16” final rounds, where they lost the debate, but came away with a ranking of twelfth overall in the tournament. The last time a Trinity debater made it to the top sixteen occurred in 1993. The event also marks the first time a team of two first year students represented Trinity at the National Debate Tournament. Displaying justified pride in his students, Atchison says, “When it comes to debate, Trinity is not a Division III school. We are a Division I school.” Russell Guerrero ’83




Urban Debate League Scholarships to be Awarded Annually


rinity is the first school in the U.S. to offer scholarships specifically for high school seniors who participate in the Urban Debate League program. The scholarships will be awarded annually to two students participating in debate through the National Association of Urban Debate Leagues (NAUDL) network. It will cover full tuition for up to eight semesters. According to Jarrod Atchison, assistant professor of speech and drama and director of Trinity’s debate program, Urban Debate Leagues were created in an effort to overcome some of the access barriers to participating in high school debate. The leagues give students from low-income school districts the resources to learn debate and to compete in local tournaments. According to the NAUDL Web site, the Urban Debate League has boosted literacy scores among students by 25 percent and raised grade point averages by 10 percent. Nearly all Urban League debaters graduate from high school. Atchison also believes the new scholarships provide a special opportunity to reach urban debaters and “to recognize the tremendous assets they can give not only to the University but the University can give to them. It will be a great partnership.” Although currently there is no Urban Debate League in San Antonio, Trinity University debaters have actively been involved in the program, coaching high school students and judging tournaments for Houston’s Urban Debate League. Atchison says Trinity would be a committed local partner should a league start in San Antonio. Founded in 1985 in Atlanta, NAUDL is composed of more than 500 urban high schools from 24 cities in the United States, including Dallas, Denver, Houston, St. Louis, and Los Angeless. Each city features its own league, which organizes academic debate programming among participating public schools.

Hear Us Roar! Three athletes take national titles First, senior Todd Wildman won his second consecutive title in pentathlon at the national NCAA Division III indoor track and field meet in Greencastle, Ind., on March 12. Eight days later, in Minneapolis, Trinity swept the national NCAA Division III diving meets with junior Hayley Emerick winning the 3-meter title and senior Lindsay Martin winning the 1-meter crown. Visit www. for more information. Students’ community service earns national recognition In the 12-month period ending in June 2009, 1,657 Trinity students volunteered more than 20,000 hours of community service at nonprofit organizations in the San Antonio community. Additionally, two cohorts spent alternative spring breaks addressing homeless and hunger issues in Washington, D.C., and teaching English at a Dominican Republic orphanage. Their service earned Trinity a place on the 2009 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll.

Senior Todd Wildman takes the lead on his way to a second consecutive national title in NCAA Division III pentathlon.

receive the prestigious scholarship for students of mathematics, science, or engineering science since 1995. Computer science students place among top five teams in competition Two teams of computer science students from Trinity University placed fourth and fifth out of 32 teams in a regional contest that challenged them to solve real-world problems using open technology and advanced computing methods under a grueling fivehour deadline. “Miracle” play one of the decade’s best Katz named a Goldwater Scholar Andrea Katz, a junior physics major with a research interest in the Crab Nebula and a passion for dancing and performing “contra” music and cycling, has been named a Goldwater Scholar for the 2010-2011 academic year. She is the 20th Trinity student to

Trinity’s 15-lateral “miracle” play against Millsaps in 2007, one of the most widely aired plays in college football, was named one of the best plays of the decade by USA Today. The play most recently aired on ESPN on December 2 and 25, 2009, and January 2, 2010, as part of the “Decade in Review” special.

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LEFT: Inspired by their study tour, students

initiate a fund-raising effort to benefit three Nicaraguan NGOs. BELOW: Students help out with chores in a Nicaraguan village.


Students Witness Best and Worse-Case Scenarios on Environmental Issues in Nicaragua T

he acrid smoke from the mountains of smoldering garbage stung their eyes. The children scavenging for scraps tugged at their hearts. The lack of running water and primitive living conditions took them aback. But instead of being overwhelmed and depressed, these Trinity spring breakers came away with a sense of hope and inspiration. For the twelve students in sociology professor Meredith McGuire’s “International Issues in Health and Environment” class, the intense, week-long study in Nicaragua did what it was intended to do. It opened students’ eyes to the very real issues linking health and the environment, such as access to clean drinking and bathing water, food security and safety, and clean air not polluted by soot or toxic chemicals. It authenticated the human face of poverty, sickness, environmental degradation, and war and other violence. And it offered demonstrative evidence of the effectiveness of low-tech, grass roots initiatives. Perhaps the most glaring example of this was the disparity between La Chureca, the city dump in Managua, and a landfill in the rural town of Rio Blanco. La Chureca was

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engulfed in thick smog and noxious fumes from burning refuse while locals searched for salvageable items that could be resold. In distinct contrast, at Rio Blanco in a park-like setting, recyclable items were separated from the trash (which went in a sanitary landfill), and organic material was set aside for composting and used on community gardens. “What a difference,” exclaims junior Erica Heller. “At this facility, they implemented techniques similar to, if not better than, trash disposal in the United States.” The welcoming rural community, where students lived with host families, was equally impressive. The highlight of the trip for the whole Trinity group was the four days outside Rio Blanco in Cooperativa Martin Centeno, a small community established about 25 years ago by a group of war-displaced campesino families. Several members of the Cooperativa are leaders of grass-roots projects for improving health and the environment in the Rio Blanco region. This village thrives on a communal approach to providing everyday needs— from providing milk and cheese for families’ tables to helping each other with child care

and schooling. Senior Amalia Benke says, “It was amazing that, despite how little these people had, they were still so kind, gracious, and giving—always full of love and hope.” Inspired by the resourcefulness and resilience of the people, especially the women, as they struggle to improve their circumstances, McGuire’s students returned to campus and organized a project selling Mother’s Day cards and other initiatives that ultimately raised $2,600 to benefit three organizations the group had visited in Nicaragua: the Acahuatl Women’s Clinic in Managua and, in Rio Blanco, Casa Materna, (for women with high-risk pregnancies) and Casa de la Mujer (a center that provides counseling and practical help for victims of domestic violence, rape, and abandonment). The Nicaragua study tour, which for most participants proved to be a “life-changing” experience, was made possible with support from Trinity’s MAS (Mexico, the Americas, and Spain) initiative through generous gifts from Carlos and Malu Alvarez and the Estate of Dorothy Everheart Kohler. To read a detailed report of the trip and see additional photos, visit trinitymagazine. Mary Denny



much Faulkner, but, really, can anyone do that? Hers is a brilliantly conceived and narrated story of war, physical and mental disabilities, love, and redemption. Not an easy read, but a marvelous one. Lorrie Moore’s A Gate at the Stairs Moore’s usual choice of form is the story and sometimes her pacing goes awry in the novel, but she is among the most gifted writers I know who can juxtapose comedy and tragedy brilliantly. In this post-9/11 novel, she addresses many societal concerns with compassion and keen, often hilarious, observations.


Grissom Lists Her Recent Favorites I

start my recommendations with two brilliant short story collections: Jhumpa Lahiri’s Unaccustomed Earth and Alice Munro’s Too Much Happiness. For some reason, American readers don’t seem to enjoy shorter fiction as much as one might think busy lives filled with multitasking would encourage. Try some by reading these two superb collections written with almost unimaginably beautiful prose. As to novels, here’s the list of those I’ve most admired and enjoyed—some on my Kindle but most in that old fashioned format—a book: Elizabeth Strout’s Olive Kitteridge Labeled a “novel in stories,” because each chapter can “stand alone,” this Pulitzer Prize winner is a must-read because it’s funny, wise, and engaging as it urges us to try to understand people even if we can’t stand them. Margaret Atwood’s The Year of the Flood Apparently my favorite Canadian is writing a dystopian trilogy, and in this second volume, continues with “speculative fiction” describing, using her mordant wit and appreciation of the absurd, what will be left of this beautiful earth and humankind if we don’t re-evaluate some of our priorities. Jayne Anne Phillips’ Lark and Termite Some will say Phillips has been reading too

Toni Morrison’s A Mercy Fascinatingly, this is pre-Beloved in setting and illustrates again the genius of our country’s only living winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature. Forgive the cliché, but, of course, Morrison’s “prose” is almost always “poetry.” David Lodge’s Deaf Sentence Along with Richard Russo, Lodge writes my favorite fiction set in the collegiate world, but here he also tells me perhaps more than I— or other readers—want to know about growing older, but, as usual, does so with his brilliant wit and memorable, often farcical, scenes. Per Petterson’s Out Stealing Horses In spite of the charms of John Irving, Richard Russo, and Ian McEwen, I recommend Per Petterson’s Out Stealing Horses, a tender, intriguing story in minimalist prose. Barbara Kingsolver’s The Lacuna and Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Hall I decided to lump two together because they are such huge tomes and because they both present fictionalized depictions of famous people—Diego Rivera, Frida Kahlo, and their crowd in Barbara Kingsolver’s The Lacuna and the court of Henry VIII and beyond in the Booker Prize winner Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel. Neither is quite mesmerizing but both are enlightening and offer fresh, striking portraits of the famous and the infamous. That beautiful man and brilliant writer John Updike died since I last created such a list, so I must remind you of his genius, urge you to reread his oeuvre, in which, as he phrased it, “…my only duty was to describe reality as it had come to me—to give the mundane its beautiful due.” Reading challenging literature helps us do that and more. Keep at it!

Maya Carvings on Exhibit This Fall An exhibit of original woodcarvings by Maya artisans will be on display in Trinity’s Michael and Noemi Neidorff Art Gallery October 14-November 20 before transportation to Merida, Yucatan, for its final gallery showing. Trinity will host two major evening events in connection with the exhibit: an opening reception and gallery tour on the evening of Thursday, October 14, and a lecture reception and tour with Mary Katherine Scott and Jeff Kowalski of the University of Northern Illinois, original curators of the exhibit, on the evening of Friday November 5. The November event will kick off a major Latin American studies conference, cosponsored by Trinity and the University of Texas at San Antonio that weekend that will bring together major scholars and graduate and undergraduate students of Mesoamerican art history, anthropology, and archeology to share their latest research in the field. Trinity students will work with professor Jennifer Mathews to put together the interdisciplinary exhibit, staff the gallery, and assist with the symposium. Exhibit sponsors include Trinity’s MAS (Mexico, The Americas, and Spain) program; Arturo Madrid, Murchison Distinguished Professor of Modern Languages and Literatures; International Programs; and the departments of art and art history and sociology and anthropology. The San Antonio Museum of Art is also helping with materials for the exhibit. Contact Jennifer Mathews at jmathews@ or 210999-9507 or visit the Trinity Web site at for more information

Coleen Grissom, professor of English

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Group, a health care consulting firm focused on service and operational excellence, to develop curriculum resources.

Faculty and Staff Focus Biology Jonathan King published an article with recent biology graduate D’Ann Arthur and two neonatologists in a recent issue of Free Radical Biology and Medicine that examined rearrangement of cell junction proteins during recovery from oxidative stress. Chemistry Nancy Mills was awarded a National Science Foundation grant for research at undergraduate institutions for $249,784. The grant

Communication and Social Change of the International Communication Association. He also published the chapter, “Ethical challenges in U.S. youth radio training programs,” in Youth engaging with the world: Yearbook of The International Clearinghouse on Children, Youth and Media. Sammye Johnson received the Pioneer Award from the Southwest Education Council for Journalism and Mass Communication. The award honors an individual who has played a critical role in supporting and enhancing journalism and mass communication education in Texas, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Louisiana, Oklahoma, New Mexico, and Utah.


Peter Balbert Library of Congress, with restricted access to the files. Robert Flynn’s (emeritus) latest novel, Echoes of Glory, received a Spur Award from Western Writers of America for best long novel. Claudia Stokes was awarded a summer stipend from the National Endowment for


Nancy Mills for her continuing studies on antiaromaticity will support the research of at least 18 Trinity undergraduate students as well as a postdoctoral research associate.

Classical Studies Thomas Jenkins’ article titled “Livia the Princeps: Gender and Ideology in the Consolatio ad Liviam” was published in vol. 36, no. 1, of the journal Helios.

Coates Library Rosemary Nelson received the March 2010 Helen Heare McKinley award. Communication Robert Huesca has been elected chair of the Division of Global

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Roger Spencer, John Huston, and Rachel Branyan ’07 published their article “Influential Macromonetary Publications and Economists” in the fall 2009 issue of The American Economist. Branyan completed her work on the project while a Trinity senior and economics major. Blanca Kirkman received the second quarter Helen Heare McKinley award for her professionalism, high standards, attention to detail, and “keeping everybody on track.”

Claudia Stokes the Humanities to support the writing of a chapter of her current book project, The Altar at Home: Sentimentalism and Religion in the American Nineteenth Century. Her project was designated a “We the People” project, from funds allocated to support research in American history and culture.

Health Care Administration English Peter Balbert’s review-essay, “D.H. Lawrence and Death,” was published in English Literature and Transition. Balbert’s 25-year correspondence with the late writer Norman Mailer has been placed by the Mailer Estate into the scholarly archives open to research access at the Mailer Section of the Ransom Center at the University of Texas. His 16-year correspondence with writer Philip Roth is now part of the Manuscript Division of the Philip Roth Collection at the

Amer Kaissi has received a grant from the Association of University Programs in Health Administration (AUPHA) and the Studer

Amer Kaissi

Chris Karcher and Tambopata Partners Books published Masters of Fencing and their Books—Important Printed Books on Swordsmanship; 1516 to 1799, which includes a summary discussion of the 50 most significant works on fencing published between 1500 and 1800. Mathematics Saber Elaydi published two papers: “An Economic Model with Allee Effect” in the Journal of Difference Equations and “Applications, Stability and Asymptoticity of Volterra Difference Equations” in the Journal of Computational and Applied Mathematics. Peter Olofsson was first author, with Alison A. Bertuch, Baylor College of Medicine, of “Modeling growth and telomere dynamics in Saccharomyces cerevisiae,” which was published in the Journal of Theoretical Biology, 2010 263(3). Another article by Olofsson, “Size-biased branching population measures and the multi-type x log x condition” appeared in Bernoulli, issue 15(4), 2009. Olofsson also received a three-year, $209,292 NIH grant for his study titled “Branching process models in cellular population dynamics.” Olofsson’s article “A stochastic model of cell cycle desynchronization” was published in the Mathematical Biosciences Corresponding in November 2009. The secondary author was Thomas O. McDonald, Trinity mathematics major. His paper titled “Can shortening of telomeres explain sigmoidal growth curves?” was published in the Journal of Biological Dynamics. William F. Trench (emeritus) published a paper titled “Asymptotic preconditioning of linear homogeneous systems of differential equations” in Linear Algebra and Its


Applications. He also published “Characterization and properties of matrices with k-involutory symmetries II” in the June issue of Linear Algebra and Its Applications. Trench was named honorary president of IEEMS, the International Electronic Engineering Mathematical Society.

Religion Ruben Dupertuis’ article, “Writing and Imitation: Greek

Music Diane Persellin’s coauthored article “Faculty Development in Higher Education: Long-term Impact of a Summer Teaching and Learning Workshop” was published in the Journal of Scholarship of Teaching and Learning. She also received a Mellon Grant through the Associated Colleges of the South

Ruben Dupertuis

for her project, The ACS Teaching and Learning Workshop: Refreshing a Faculty Renewal Curriculum.

Education in the Greco-Roman World,” was published in a recent issue of FORUM. Sarah Pinnock contributed the chapter titled “Mystical Selfhood and Women’s Agency: Simone Weil and French Feminist Philosophy” in The Relevance of the Radical: Simone Weil 100 Years Later (New York: Continuum, 2010). She is currently president of the American Academy of Religion, Southwest region. William O. Walker Jr. (emeritus) had his book review of Paul Among The People: The Apostle Reinterpreted and Reimagined in His Own Time, by Sarah Ruden, published in the April 4 edition of the Charlestown, South Carolina, Post and Courier.

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Paul J. Chapa was recently elected

Barbara Ras’ poem, “Washing the Elephant,” was published in the March 15 issue of the New Yorker. Her most recent book of poems, The Last Skin, came out in March as well.

Diane Persellin

to serve as fourth vice president of the Hispanic American Police Command Officers Association at its national training conference in New Orleans. He is also president of HAPCOA San Antonio Chapter.

Psychology Paula Hertel edited a special issue of the journal Applied Cognitive Psychology, published in April 2010. Titled “Current Directions at the Juncture of Clinical and Cognitive Science,” the issue contains reports of empirical extensions of cognitive paradigms to psychopathological phenomena.


University Communications Venetia DuBose received three American In-House Design Awards from Graphic Design USA for her poster announcing the visit of Stieren Arts Enrichment Series guest George Wilson, a series of three posters promoting the Distinguished Scientists Lecture Series, and for the Cat Alliance five-year mark.

University Recognizes Five Faculty


rinity University recognized five faculty this spring for their teaching and scholarship, advising, and service. Honorees included assistant professors Nicolle Hirschfeld (Classical Studies) and Andrew Porter (English) who received the Trinity University Junior Faculty Awards for Distinguished Teaching and Scholarship. Also honored were professors Richard Burr (Business Administration), who received the Trinity University Award for Distinguished Advising; Curtis Brown (Philosophy), who received the Trinity University Award for Distinguished University and Community Service; and professor David Heller (Music), who received the Trinity University Award for Distinguished Scholarship, Research, or Creative Work or Activity. Frequently praised by her students as a role model and mentor, Hirschfeld’s broadly interdisciplinary scholarship combines economics, archaeology, geography, military history, cultural studies, and literacy studies. With 32 articles in print or in production, she has established herself as a leading authority on the pot marks inscribed on Bronze Age vases from Cyprus. For the past three years, she has served as president of the Southwest Texas Archaeological Society and is widely credited with rescuing that organization from imminent collapse. Porter, who has reenergized the teaching of creative writing at Trinity, is lauded by his students for his knowledge, his focus and clarity, his patience and supportive demeanor, his challenging assignments, and his infinitely helpful comments on their written work. His short stories have appeared in respected literary magazines as well as in several anthologies. His short-story collection, The Theory of Light and Matter, won the prestigious Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction and has received widespread critical acclaim. Burr, who regularly carries an advising load of 35-40 students, advises both majors and international students year-round. They include international first year students at the beginning of year, Monterrey Tec groups in the middle of each semester, business majors at the end of each semester, and the European or Madrid internship students in the summer. His students deeply appreciate his extraordinary attention and dedication, often going “above and beyond the call of duty” as he helps them navigate not only the major and degree requirements but also life beyond Trinity. A dedicated citizen of the University, Brown has served on countless committees at the department and University level, including the most time-consuming committees at Trinity: Faculty Development Committee, Commission on Promotion and Tenure, Faculty Senate (two terms), and University Curriculum Council (three terms). Professionally, he has refereed numerous philosophical journals and academic presses; as a parent, he has volunteered with Churchill High School Band Parents Association. Whatever the endeavor, he is “through in preparation, generous with his time, and skilled in considering the issues.” Since coming to Trinity in 1986, Heller has presented 185 solo recitals and 65 collaborative performances with other artists and ensembles. He has performed in churches, cathedrals, and universities in the United States, Canada, Europe, Latin America, and South Korea and produced four solo recordings on compact disc, three of which have received critical acclaim in such journals as The American Organist, and American Record Review. He is widely acknowledged as a superb musician-performer, a true scholar, and a brilliant, dedicated teacher.

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Gloria B. Labatt


loria B. Labatt, Trinity University Trustee emerita, died Friday, May 28, 2010. Mrs. Labatt was one of the founding members of the Trinity Associates program, the University’s leadership annual giving society, and she served as a Trinity Trustee and Trustee emerita for 35 years. Keenly interested in the success of young people, she actively served on a number the Board’s committees, including academic affairs, investment, student affairs, and church and religious life. A distinguished civic leader, Mrs. Labatt served on the board of the Community Guidance Center, and was chair of the ecumenical project Trick or Treat for UNICEF and the board of Sunshine Cottage. Mrs. Labatt was elected to the Alamo Heights school board, where she was a strong voice for excellence. Mrs. Labatt was preceded in death by her husband, Blair Labatt, and is survived by their four children and their respective spouses.

Colin Wells

Colin Wells, former T. Frank Murchison Distinguished Professor of Classical Studies, died March 11 in North Wales. He was 76. His distinguished academic career included groundbreaking fieldwork at Carthage, the ancient Roman city in North Africa. In 1976, he began directing a team of researchers with the excavation of Carthage, where he returned every summer to document important discoveries in the understanding of the Roman outpost. In 1990, he began taking Trinity students to Carthage to help with the field work. Along with his archeological work, he was a prolific writer who had numerous publications to his credit, including the books The German Policy of Augustus: An Examination of the Archaeological Evidence and The Roman Empire, which has delighted and stimulated undergraduates since its publication in 1984. Following a distinguished career at the University of Ottawa, where he was one of the pioneers of an interdisciplinary classical civilization course, Professor Wells came to Trinity University as the first Murchison Distinguished Professor of Classical Studies in 1987. At Trinity, he served as chair of the classical studies department and was a member of the Curriculum Council Committee and the Faculty Development Committee. He retired from Trinity in 2004 and was given the title professor emeritus. A dedicated scholar, he was engaged in writing a short history of the Roman army at the time of his death. He is survived by his wife, Kate, sons Christopher and Dominic, and two grandsons.

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Harold “Hal” Barger


arold “Hal” Barger, professor emeritus of political science and former chair of the department, died May 19 in San Antonio after a brief illness. He was 73. Professor Barger was a member of Trinity’s faculty for 31 years and taught both journalism and political science. He will be remembered for his love of travel, as a gifted gourmet cook, and as host of numerous dinner parties along with his late wife, Carol. Before entering academia, Professor Barger worked as a reporter at both the Cleveland Plain Dealer and the Chicago Tribune and covered a wide range of stories from sparring with a female judo instructor to interviewing former first lady Eleanor Roosevelt. He first came to Trinity in 1965 and was a journalism instructor for two years. He left the University to teach at Northwestern University and, later, the University of North Carolina-Ashville. In 1971, Professor Barger returned to Trinity as an assistant professor of political science. He became a full professor in 1983 and retired in 1999. He was the author of several publications including two books, The American Presidency: Myths and Realities and The Impossible Presidency: Illusions and Realities of Executive Power. He received many awards during his career including grants from the National Science Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities. A passionate scholar who delighted in friendly arguments, Professor Barger earned the nickname “Happy Hal.” He was also part of a group of faculty and friends who, beginning in the 1970s, enjoyed jogging together and spending their Saturdays having breakfast at El Mirador restaurant. His colleagues in the political science department recall his love of art, wine, and music—especially Mozart. He is survived by daughters Sarah Christina Rea of Austin and Jennifer Barger-Swenson ’90 and son-in-law Callan Swenson ’91 of Washington, D.C.



Andrew Mihalso

Frank Harrison


Frank Harrison, former

ndrew Mihalso, professor emeritus and former chair of the music department died in San Antonio on Tuesday, Jan. 5, after a brief illness, at age 75. A nationally recognized pianist, Professor Mihalso will be remembered as a talented performer and teacher who was a member of the Trinity faculty for more than 40 years. After receiving his undergraduate and graduate degrees from the Oberlin College Conservatory of Music, he came to San Antonio in 1958 while in the military and soon began his association with the University. Upon leaving the service, he became a full-time member of the music department where he taught piano performance and music literature. Named a full professor in 1976, he served as chair of the music department for several terms before retiring in 1999. During his tenure, Professor Mihalso made frequent concert appearances, giving both solo and collaborative performances. He was an active scholar in the areas of piano literature and opera, particularly the works of Wagner and Verdi. His critical reviews on Wagner were published in the New York Wagner Society magazine and his articles on the composer and painter M.K. Ciurlionis were published in The Greenwood Press Dictionary of Slavic Music and The American Music Teacher magazine. Additionally, he was frequently called to judge local, national, and international music competitions including events held by the Pittsburgh Symphony, the Shreveport Symphony, the San Antonio Symphony, the Houston Symphony, the San Antonio International Piano Competition, and the Music Teachers National Association Collegiate Competition. He was proud to be an honorary member of the Tuesday Musical Club of San Antonio where, for more than 20 years, he served as the director of the piano ensemble department, gave lessons to teams of pianists, and presented two recitals a year with the ensemble at the Tuesday Musical Club Concert Hall in Brackenridge Park. Widely recognized as an outstanding educator, Professor Mihalso was named Teacher of the Year in 1982 by the Texas Music Teachers Association. Trinity honored him with the Z.T. Scott Faculty Fellowship for Outstanding Teaching and Advising in 1990. He also served as president of the San Antonio Music Teachers Association, the Texas Music Teachers Association, and the South Central Division of Music Teachers National Association. He served six years on the board of directors of the Music Teachers National Association.

associate professor of speech and drama and director of Trinity University’s debate program, died in June 2009 at his home in Galveston. He was 69. Professor Harrison had a remarkable career in several fields during his lifetime, serving in academia, law, the military, and government. His favorite field, however, was forensics and he was the driving force behind the resurgence of Trinity’s debate program when he came to the University in 1988. Professor Harrison taught several courses in the speech and drama department, and was very active in the life of the University, serving as chair of the Publications Board, the Committee on Scholarships and Financial Aid, and the First Year Seminar Steering Committee. He was also presiding judge of the University Court and parliamentarian of the Faculty Assembly. Outside Trinity, Professor Harrison was deeply involved with several academic organizations related to speech and debate including serving as president of the American Debate Association. He presented numerous publications at academic conferences on free speech and debate. After he retired from Trinity in 2006, Professor Harrison volunteered as an adviser to the debate program, traveling with Trinity teams to offer instruction or help as a judge. Professor Harrison received a bachelor’s degree from King’s College in Wilkes-Barre, Pa. and a juris doctor from Harvard Law School. He was admitted to the Pennsylvania bar in 1965 and practiced law for several years in Wilkes-Barre. He was a captain in the United States Air Force and was an Assistant Staff Judge Advocate at Chanute Air Force Base, Illinois, and served as a Staff Judge Advocate at Kunsan Air Force Base, Korea. After leaving the Air Force, Professor Harrison returned to King’s College where he taught government and directed the debate program. He was elected to the United States House of Representatives from Pennsylvania’s 11th Congressional District in 1982 and served one term, and was a member of the Committee on Education and Labor and the Committee on Veterans’ Affairs. After leaving Congress, Professor Harrison became the city attorney for Wilkes-Barre before coming to Trinity.

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Students and Faculty Both Learn from First Year Seminars Stepping out of her comfort zone to teach a First Year Seminar on how people of other countries view Americans, Russian professor Sarah Burke shopped all over town— even driving to Austin—to buy ingredients for 11 authentic, international dishes to honor the heritage of students from Sri Lanka, Vietnam, El Salvador, Indonesia, Thailand, and India, among others. “We ate a lot of rice,” she quips, explaining that the homecooked meal was a tribute to the students who enrolled in her inaugural course titled “Crossing Cultures.” She even found music that reflected each culture and spent two days preparing student-produced recipes. The Sunday afternoon gathering was not frivolous. “Food is a good way to cross cultures,” says Burke. By all accounts, the dinner was a smashing success, drawing every enrolled student, many of whom took leftovers to share with roommates.

Poster of Bob Dylan by Milton Glaser, 1967.

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Approaching its 25-year milestone, the First Year Seminar at Trinity has become a signature course for the University. The two-part program requires incoming students to pick from among a varied assortment of courses where they will read at an advanced level, speak to peers in an academic setting, and learn to write well— all hallmarks of Trinity’s liberal arts curriculum. Sheryl Tynes, associate vice president for Academic Affairs who shepherds the program, calls the First Year Seminar a “launching pad” that sets students on a path to be leaders. The seminar steers students into a way of learning that involves articulating thoughts, analyzing ideas, and thinking about counterarguments. Thanks in part to the small class size, the seminar provides a “safe environment” where Tynes says students of every diverse stripe of political, religious, and social class begin to discuss subjects given to controversy with respect and dignity. Shy students whose hearts pounded or who had trouble articulating during high school presentations start to blossom. The seminar also draws students into the Coates Library, where they encounter the information literacy component of a Trinity education. To prepare papers, students must learn the mechanics of conducting research and compiling an annotated bibliography in addition to perfecting prose. Students aren’t the only one who benefit from the First Year Seminars. The opportunity for intellectual growth and enrichment attracts many faculty members who propose courses they are enthused about, and that enthusiasm enkindles students’ interest and participation. Explains Tynes. “If you light up when you talk about your interests, students pick that up. They’re drawn in like moths to a flame.” Many of the seminar courses are interdisciplinary in nature and evolve serendipitously. Michael Fischer, vice president for Academic Affairs, and University librarian Diane Graves discovered a mutual interest in the life and times of singer Bob Dylan and created a course on the subject. Chemistry professor Michelle Bushey joined forces with

engineering science professor Paul Giolma to teach “Of Gods, Monsters, and Science.” The format for First Year Seminars has evolved since they were introduced more than two decades ago. In the beginning, the course was titled “Freedom and Responsibility,” and it was accompanied by a common reading list for all class sections, according to biology professor Bob Blystone, who chairs the First Year Seminar Committee. Instructors from different backgrounds would interpret the readings through their academic prism. Ultimately, alternate books were introduced and reading lists were loosened, as were topics. Blystone’s view is that teaching a seminar is a labor of love. It requires a lot of homework to develop a course that makes issues palatable to 18-year-olds, he says. He decided to teach a seminar titled “Disabilities and Deformities” and asked psychology professor Carolyn Becker to share her research on body image and University psychologist Gary Neal to talk about depression. “Look, I’m a cell biologist,” Blystone says. “I have not been trained in social or political issues, but this is something I wanted to do. It allowed me to explore areas where I might not normally go.” About a quarter of American colleges offer something similar to Trinity’s First Year Seminar, forming what Blystone calls a “society” of such courses that are well known to booksellers. But the dynamic of Trinity’s seminar is unique, Blystone says, and students who don’t take it seriously can fail. And, he adds, it’s the one course most alumni never forget. “Ten or 15 years after graduating, alumni will tell me they usually remember the topic of their First Year Seminar. They might forget the faculty member who taught it, but they know what books they read and the discussions they had.” To view the list of possible First Year Seminars for the 2010-2011 academic year, visit Susie P. Gonzalez



Urban Studs and Pals Pay It Forward

Final exams didn’t stop Trinity’s Urban Studs, an organization of urban studies majors, from helping seven San Antonio social service agencies. With a little help from their friends, the Swashbucklers—residents of a special interest-theme floor—the Studs and their pals gathered $17,940 in unused dining plan funds, enabling them to deliver seven vehicles full of The nine-member MUN team and their alternate, gather for a picture with Inessa Stepanenko, standing right, prior to leaving for Taipei.

Students Represent Ecuador at Model UN

nonperishable food to area soup kitchens and emergency food pantries. For some agencies, the food arrived just in time as their supplies of staples had been recently depleted.

Nine members of Trinity University’s Model United Nations (MUN) team participated in the 19th annual World MUN conference in Taipei, Taiwan March 14-18 representing Ecuador. It was the first time a Trinity MUN team has participated at the international level, yet the delegates brought home an award for diplomacy. In addition to participating in the Model UN, the team, accompanied by Inessa Stepanenko, assistant director of International Student and Scholar Services and international studies instructor, spent a few extra days in Taiwan visiting National Cheng Kung University in Tainan, Taiwan, and Kaohsiung, Taiwan, as ambassadors for Trinity and San Antonio. National Cheng Kung University is an exchange partner of Trinity and Kaohsiung has been a sister city of San Antonio since 1981. The Trinity students’ visit to Kaohsiung was the first cultural delegation of college students to officially visit the city on behalf of San Antonio. The student blogs about the trip to the international conference can be found at http://blog.

Completed in just 22 hours, the project, now in its fifth semester, benefited Inner City Development, Urban Connection, Manna, Catholic Worker House, Corazon Ministries, Little Church of La Villita, and the San Antonio Food Bank. Giving back has become a tradition with urban studies majors.

T R I N I T Y T H E AT E R announces its 2010-2011 season Curtain times are 7 p.m. on Wednesdays and Thursdays, 8 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, and 2:30 p.m. on Sundays. Ticket prices are $8 for adults, $6 for faculty, staff, alumni, and senior citizens, and $5 for students. For more

information, call 210-999-8515. A Devised Work (as yet untitled) created by Trinity students, faculty, and staff directed by Roberto Prestigiacomo, in collaboration with Tim Francis October 1-3 and 6-9, 2010

The Good Person of Szechwan by Bertolt Brecht | directed by Stieren Guest Artist Carl Weber November 12-14 and 17-20, 2010 The Bacchae by Euripides | directed by Kyle Gillette February 18-20 and 23-26, 2011 Pride’s Crossing by Tina Howe | featuring Susanna Morrow directed by Stacey Connelly April 15-17 and 27-30, 2011

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Students Contribute to Relief Efforts for Haiti After Haiti was hit with a devastating earthquake on January 12, 2010, Trinity University president Dennis Ahlburg sent a campus-wide e-mail encouraging students to participate in the relief effort. Students quickly responded, with numerous organizations and individuals donating their time, effort, and money to help. Alpha Epsilon Delta, the national health preprofessional honor society, collected donations in the Coates University Center. Members raised $300 the first day and more than $1,700 in one week. All contributions went to Partners in Health, an organization that provides free health care to the people of Haiti. Trinity students learned about Partners in Health while reading Mountains Beyond Mountains last summer as part of the Reading TUgether program. Individual students also worked hard to contribute. Sophomore William Parker organized a concert on the Esplanade in which he, Matt Stieb, and Joe O’Connell performed to raise money. Parker was inspired to organize the concert after donating his own money, and wishing he could do more. “I love performing and playing music for people so I thought it would be a good opportunity to do that for a good cause,” he says. The Black Student Union also held a fundraiser where they sold t-shirts to show Trinity’s support for Haiti. The earthquake inspired collaboration between different organizations, making large-scale fund-raisers possible. Alpha Chi Lambda, International Club, and Latino Exchange partnered together to create a Valentine’s-themed fund-raiser called Hearts for Haiti. They sold chocolates and lollipops, which were delivered to the recipient through campus mail with a personalized note. The event was such a success that they

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had to stop selling a day early. Because of the large international presence on campus, International Club president Kristine Yi saw the impact of the earthquake on Trinity. “We knew we had students that have connections with Haiti,” Yi said. “We decided that it would be a great cause to create a fund-raiser for Haiti and help out. It was our little piece of an international contribution.” All funds were given to Partners in Health. Another event that brought the campus community together was Bend Over Backwards for Haiti, named for the limbo contest that was originally planned for the event. Campus Publications, Trinity Diversity Connection, Sigma Theta Tau, Alpha Epsilon Delta, and InterVarsity all took part in the planning of the event. ARAmark also participated by serving Haitian-inspired dishes in Mabee Dining Hall. The evening included a panel discussion led by Trinity faculty and other members of

the San Antonio community. Panelists included Trinity professors Patricia Norman, Claudia Scholz, and Michele Johnson, as well as Justin Yarborough and Kennedy Granger, third-year law students from St. Mary’s University. The panelists answered questions and discussed various issues facing Haiti, including the environmental degradation of the land and the recent effects of the earthquake. “I believe that the event brought awareness to the issue at hand and will hopefully encourage students to continue learning about atrocitie—natural and man-made— worldwide,” explained Catherine Dickson, one of the event’s organizers. All donations were given to Partners in Health and Doctors Without Borders. Commenting on the campus response, Ben Newhouse, associate director of Campus & Community Involvement, says, “When tragedy strikes in the world, our students model what it means to be an engaged global citizen, and by mobilizing to help others, they demonstrate the positive impact a community can have.” Kelsey Wetherbee ’10

Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice shared some of her experiences with students from music and political science classes prior to delivering the public Cameron Lecture in Politics and Public Affairs on April 7.



Planned Soccer Facility Improvements to Memorialize Former Player Construction will begin in the coming months on the Timothy “Tito” Isom Memorial at Trinity’s soccer field. The facility will include a press box, a restroom for teams and officials, and permanent team dugouts on the south side of the field.

Reading TUgether Focuses On Cultural Awareness The book selected for the 2010-2011 Reading TUgether program is The Spirit Catches You and You Fall

The center will be named for the late “Tito” Isom, a Tiger men’s soccer standout from 1994 to 1998, who died in September 2000 while working in Chicago. Additional renovations include improvements to the Meadows Pavilion that will include additional restroom facilities. The Chapman Trusts, major donors to Trinity for many years, are offering to match

gifts and pledges to the soccer renovations at a rate of four to one up to $800,000. “Developing these enhanced facilities gives us the opportunity to honor our long-time soccer coach Paul McGinlay who has built a national championship program,” notes President Dennis Ahlburg. McGinlay has guided the Tigers for 19 years with a record of 318-57-22 (.829) and ranks No. 2 in winning percentage among active NCAA Division III coaches. In 2003, the Tigers captured the NCAA Division III national championship. According to Director of Athletics Bob King, “These new improvements will bring our venue up to the high standards set by our men’s and women’s soccer programs and also enhance our ability to host championships and other quality events at our facility.” Trinity’s men’s and women’s soccer teams are perennial playoff participants, and have frequently been ranked in the top five nationally.

Down: A Hmong Child, Her American Doctors, and the Collision of Two Cultures by Anne Fadiman. The author will be the featured speaker on the first day of the fall semester in Laurie Auditorium and the campus community will be discussing her book this fall. The book, which won the National Book Critics’ Circle Award, chronicles the trials of an epileptic Hmong child and her family living in Merced, California. It is taught at universities both as literary journalism and as a casebook for cross cultural awareness in general; it is also widely read by medical practitioners who wish to offer more effective care to patients from other cultures. Fadiman, the inaugural Francis Writer in Residence, Yale University’s first endowed appointment in nonfiction writing, is a professor in the English department and mentors students considering careers in writing or editing.

Architectural rendering of the planned facility at Trinity’s soccer field. The facility will be named for late Trinity soccer player Timothy “Tito” Isom.

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Haiti’s Rouge et Bleu displays indomitable spirit despite the loss of their home stadium.


Exhibition Match Draws Crowd of Thousands T

he Trinity men’s soccer team took on the national team of Haiti in a friendly exhibition game April 19 at the Tigers’ field in front of 2,800 wildly cheering spectators. It was the first game for the Haitian team since the devastating earthquake on January 12 ravaged their training facility and stadium. Following the game, Trinity President Dennis Ahlburg hosted the Haitian players at a dinner at Mabee Hall. The rare event came about serendipitously. When it was learned that Le Rouge et Bleu needed a site to train for its May 5 match with Argentina, State Sen. Leticia Van de Putte (D-San Antonio) contacted San Antonio Sports to get the ball rolling. As soon as the team’s impending arrival was confirmed, Tiger men’s soccer coach Paul McGinlay contacted Mary Ullmann Japhet ’84, the organization’s assistant executive director for external affairs, to offer assistance. Both the Trinity and San Antonio communities reacted generously. Prior to the game at Trinity, San Antonio City Manager Sheryl Sculley and San Antonio Sports executive director Susan Blackwood made a presentation of soccer balls, donated by Classics Elite and Academy Sports and Outdoors, to Haiti’s coaches. Dr. Fernando

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Triana also made a significant donation, providing new Nike competition shoes to the team. The Tiger women’s soccer team sold specially made t-shirts, with the words “I Love Haiti,” that brought in $3,300 to help defray the cost of training of the Haitian team. San Antonio Sports also collected over $4,000 in donations at the game, and approx-

imately $50,000 overall. After their two week stay, any remaining funds were donated to Haiti’s National Soccer Federation, Fédération Haitienne de Football. Using his contacts, Coach McGinlay set up additional exhibition games with soccer teams FC Dallas and the Austin Aztecs for “Les Grenadiers,” who were headquartered at the T Bar M Sports Camps in New Braunfels, Texas. Although the Haitians turned around a scoreless opening period to beat the Tigers with two second-half goals, coach McGinlay was honored to help the team and thrilled with the experience his players received. “They will be forever changed,” he says. “As a college athlete, you usually don’t have a chance to play against some of the best players in the world.”

Students show their support for the visiting Haitian soccer players.

James Hill ’76


Trainer Jaime Aguirre takes the “ouch” out.

Tiger Athletes Compete Under the Watchful Eye of Trainers and Physicians Parents of Trinity student-athletes can rest assured that their young Tigers are in the best of hands. Student-athletes who compete in Trinity’s 18 intercollegiate sports do so under the watchful eye of a team of certified athletic trainers, physicians, and student trainers who comprise what Director of Athletics Bob King calls “the finest sports medicine team in the NCAA Division III.” On campus that team includes head trainer since 1999 Marc Powell, assisted by two full-time trainers Frank Pena and Jaime Aguirre. All are certified by the National Athletic Trainers Association, passing rigorous tests to achieve their proficiency. In addition to staffing home contests and practices, athletic trainers travel throughout the nation with the Tiger teams. Powell and his staff also employ 15 to 20 student athletic trainers throughout the year and conduct in-service training in August and “on-thejob training as we go.” Headquartered in the athletic training room on the first floor of the William H. Bell Athletic Center, the trainers administer

a wide range of supportive services: taping, pre- and postsurgical rehabilitation, rehab for nonsurgical injuries, first aid, injury evaluation and prevention programs, and illness evaluation. Treatment options include electro-stimulation, ultrasound, and a hot/ cold whirlpool. Partnering with the training staff are Drs. David Schmidt and Timothy Palomera, physicians from San Antonio’s Sports Medicine Associates, who conduct weekly clinics just for the student-athletes. Dr. Schmidt, a renowned orthopedic surgeon and sports medicine specialist, also serves as the physician for the San Antonio Spurs, the University of Texas at San Antonio, and many local high schools. He has also been the physician for the U.S. Olympic Festival, the World University Games, the Atlanta Olympics, and the NBA All-Star Game. Dr. Palomera is board certified in family medicine and completed a sports medicine fellowship. He is team physician for the San Antonio Rampage of the American Hockey League, the WNBA Silver Stars, and numerous high schools. “The difference between regular medicine and sports medicine is just time,” explains Schmidt. “We always make sure athletes are safe to return to play, but expediency of

diagnosis, appropriate imaging studies, and aggressive rehab are the big deal. We’ve realized in the last 20 years that taking care of athletes is more than wrapping them up in an Ace Bandage.” This year’s sports medicine fellow is Dr. Hector Lopez ’00 who also makes regular visits to campus. Another physician, who particularly enjoys covering soccer games, is Dr. Larry Karrh, a faculty member of the Christus Santa Rosa Family Medicine Residency Program, with over 30 years of experience. Dr. Karrh was named the 2009-10 Texas Family Physician of the Year by the Texas Academy of Family Physicians. According to Dr. Schmidt, all the physicians consider the athletic trainers to be their “second set of eyes,” for the Trinity student-athletes. Trinity’s athletic trainers often give their time and talents for events in the community, such as the NCAA Final Four and the San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo. Powell also works closely with Trinity associate professor of psychology Carolyn Becker on the University's female body image program, dealing with eating disorders and other issues. James Hill ’76

Head trainer Marc Powell assists an athlete.

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A Doolittle Raider


Edgar (Mac) McElroy grew up in Ennis, Texas, and attended Trinity in Waxahachie on an athletic scholarship but never lost his boyhood love of airplanes and his dream of flying. With the prospect of war looming, he joined the Army Air Corps in 1940 to serve his country and pursue his dream. As pilot of B-25 Number 13 on the U.S.S. Hornet, he made history as one of the famed Doolittle Raiders. This is his story, condensed for space considerations, as he lived it and as he wrote it.


by Lt. Col. Edgar McElroy ’35 submitted by Ben White ’51

reported for primary training in California. The training was rigorous and frustrating at times. It was tough going, and many of the guys washed out. When I finally saw that I was going to make it, I wrote to my girl back in Longview, Texas, and asked her to come out to California for my graduation, and, oh yeah, also to marry me. I graduated on July 11, 1941, and was now a real, honest-togoodness Army Air Corps pilot. Two days later, I married “Aggie” in Reno, Nevada. I received my orders to report to Pendleton, Oregon, and join the 17th Bomb Group. My unit was the first to receive the new B-25 medium bomber. When I saw it for the first time, I was in awe. It looked so huge. It was so sleek and powerful. The guys started calling it the “rocket plane,” and I could hardly wait to get my hands on it. I told Aggie that it was really something! Reminded me of a big old scorpion, just ready to sting! Man, I could barely wait!

Lt. Col. James H. Doolittle’s B-25 takes off from the U.S.S. Hornet In April 1942 on the way to bomb Tokyo.

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WERE ONE Remembers

Army B-25s lashed on the deck of the U.S.S. Hornet in April 1942.

We were transferred to another airfield in Washington State, where we spent a lot a time flying practice missions and attacking imaginary targets [along with] other assignments in Mississippi and Georgia. We were on our way back to California on December 7th when we got word of a Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. We listened with mixed emotions to the announcements on the radio, and the next day to the declaration of war. What the President said just rang over and over in my head: “With confidence in our armed forces, with the un-bounding determination of our people, we will gain the inevitable triumph. So help us God.” By gosh, I felt as though he was talking straight to me! I didn’t know what would happen to us, but we all knew that we would be going somewhere now. The first weeks of the war, we were back in Oregon flying patrols at sea looking for possible Japanese submarines. We had to be up at 0330 hours to warm up the engines of our planes—it was so cold that our engine oil congealed overnight and we used plumbers blow torches to thaw out the engines. We flew patrols over the coasts of Oregon and Washington from dawn until dusk. Once I thought I spotted a sub, and started my bomb run, even had my bomb doors open, but I pulled out of it when I realized that it was just a big whale. Lucky for me, I would have never heard the end of that! Actually it was lucky for us that the [Jap-

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anese] didn’t attack the west coast, because we just didn’t have a strong enough force to beat them off. Our country was in a real fix now, and overall things looked pretty bleak to most folks. In early February, we were ordered to report to Columbia, South Carolina. Little did I know what was coming next. My squadron commander called us all together and told us an awfully hazardous mission was being planned and asked for volunteers. There were some of the guys that did not step forward, but I was one of the ones that did. My co-pilot was shocked. He said, “You can’t volunteer, Mac! You’re married, and you and Aggie are expecting a baby soon. Don’t do it!” I said, “I got into the Air Force to do what I can, and Aggie understands how I feel. The war won’t be easy for any of us.” We volunteers—about 140 of us—were transferred to Eglin Field near Valparaiso, Florida in late February and told that we were now part of the “Special B-25 Project.” We set about our training, but none of us knew what it was all about. We were ordered not to talk about it, not even to our wives. In early March, we were called together for a briefing and in walks Lieutenant Colonel Jimmy Doolittle. Already an aviation legend, Colonel Doolittle explained that this mission would be extremely dangerous and only volunteers could take part. He said that he

could not tell us where we were going, but he could say that some of us would not be coming back. There was a silent pause; you could have heard a pin drop. Then Doolittle said that anyone of us could withdraw now, and that no one would criticize us for this decision. No one backed out! From the outset, all volunteers worked from the early morning hours until well after sunset. All excess weight was stripped from the planes and extra gas tanks were added. The lower gun turret was removed, the heavy liaison radio was removed, and then the tail guns were taken out and more gas tanks were put aboard. We extended the range of that plane from 1000 miles out to 2500 miles. Then I was assigned my crew. There was Richard Knobloch the co-pilot, Clayton Campbell the navigator, Robert Bourgeois the bombardier, Adam Williams the flight engineer and gunner, and me, Mac McElroy the pilot. Over the coming days, I came to respect them a lot. They were a swell bunch of guys, just regular All-American boys. We got a few ideas from the training as to what type of mission that we had signed on for. A Navy pilot had joined our group to coach us at short takeoffs and also in shipboard etiquette. We began our short takeoff practice. Taking off with first a light load, then a normal load, and finally overloaded up to 31,000 lbs. The shortest possible takeoff was obtained with flaps full down, stabilizer set three-fourths, tail heavy, full power against the brakes and releasing the brakes simultaneously as the engine revved up to max power. We pulled back gradually on the stick and the airplane left the ground with the tail skid about one foot from the runway. It was a very unnatural and scary way to get airborne! I could hardly believe it myself, the first time as I took off with a full gas load and dummy bombs within just 700 feet of runway in a near stall condition. We were, for all practical purposes, a slow flying gasoline bomb! In addition to take-off practice, we refined our skills in day and night navigation, gunnery, bombing, and low level flying. We made cross country flights at tree-top level, night flights and navigational flights over the Gulf of Mexico without the use of a radio. We were told that only the best crews would actually go on the mission, and the rest would be held in reserve.

We listened with mixed emotions to the announcements on the radio, and the next day to the declaration of war. What the President said just rang over and over in my head: “With confidence in our armed forces, with the un-bounding determination of our people, we will gain the inevitable triumph. So help us God.”

Doolittle emphasized again and again the extreme danger of this operation and made it clear that anyone who so desired could drop out with no questions asked. No one did. On one of our crosscountry flights, we landed at Barksdale Field in Shreveport, and I was able to catch a bus over to Longview to see Aggie. We had a few hours together, and then we had to say our goodbyes. I told her I hoped to be back in time for the baby’s birth, but I couldn’t tell her where I was going. As I walked away, I turned and walked backwards for a ways, taking one last look at my beautiful, pregnant Aggie. Within a few days of returning to our base in Florida, we were abruptly told to pack our things. After just three weeks of practice, we were on our way. It was the middle of March 1942, and I was 30 years old. Our orders were to fly to McClelland Air Base in Sacramento, California, on our own, at the lowest possible level. So here we went on our way west, scraping the treetops at 160 miles per hour and skimming along just 50 feet above plowed fields. We didn’t know it at the time, but it was good practice for what lay ahead of us. It proved to be our last fling. In Sacramento, mechanics went over our plane with a fine-toothed comb. Of the twenty-two planes that made it, only those whose pilots reported no mechanical problems were allowed to go on. After having our plane serviced, we flew on to Alameda Naval Air Station in Oakland. As I came in for final approach, we saw it! There below us was a huge aircraft carrier. It was the U.S.S. Hornet, and it looked so gigantic! Man, I had never even seen a carrier until this moment. There were already two B-25s parked on the flight deck. Now we knew! My heart was racing, and I thought about how puny my plane would look on board this mighty ship. As soon as we landed and taxied off the runway, a jeep pulled in front of me with a big “Follow Me” sign on the back. We fol-

lowed it straight up to the wharf, alongside the towering Hornet. All five of us were looking up and just in awe, scarcely believing the size of this thing. As we left the plane, there was already a Navy work crew swarming around attaching cables to the lifting rings on top of the wings and the fuselage. As we walked towards our quarters, I looked back and saw them lifting my plane up into the air and swing it over the ship’s deck. It looked so small and lonely. Later that afternoon, all crews met with Colonel Doolittle and he gave last minute assignments. He told me to go to the Presidio and pick up two hundred extra “C” rations. I saluted, turned, and left, not having any idea where the Presidio was, and not exactly sure what a “C” ration was. I commandeered a Navy staff car and told the driver to take me to the Presidio, and he did. On the way over, I realized that I had no written signed orders and that this might get a little sticky. So in I walked into the Army supply depot and made my request, trying to look poised and confident. The supply officer asked, “What is your authorization for this request, sir?” I told him that I could not give him one. “And what is the destination?” he asked. I answered, “The aircraft carrier, Hornet, docked at Alameda.” He said, “Can you tell me who ordered the rations, sir?” And I replied with a smile, “No, I cannot.” The supply officers huddled together, talking, and glanced back over towards me. Then he walked back over and assured me that the rations would be delivered that afternoon. Guess they figured that something big was up. They were right. The next morning we all boarded the ship. It was April 2, and in full sunlight, we left San Francisco Bay. The whole task force of ships, two cruisers, four destroyers, and a fleet oiler, moved slowly with us under the Golden Gate Bridge. Thousands of people looked on. Many stopped their cars on the bridge and waved to us as we passed underneath. I thought to myself, I hope there aren’t

any spies up there waving. Once at sea, Doolittle called us together. “Only a few of you know our destination, and you others have guessed about various targets. Gentlemen, your target is Japan!” A sudden cheer exploded among the men. “Specifically, Yokohama, Tokyo, Nagoya, Kobe, Nagasaki and Osaka. The Navy task force will get us as close as possible and we’ll launch our planes. We will hit our targets and proceed to airfields in China.” After the cheering stopped, he asked again, if any of us desired to back out, no questions asked. Not one did, not one. The ship’s Captain then went over the intercom to the whole ship’s company. The loudspeaker blared, “The destination is Tokyo!” A tremendous cheer broke out from everyone on board. I could hear metal banging together and wild screams from down below decks. It was quite a rush! I felt relieved actually. We finally knew where we were going. I set up quarters with two Navy pilots, putting my cot between their two bunks. They couldn’t get out of bed without stepping on me. It was just fairly cozy in there, yes it was. Those guys were part of the Torpedo Squadron Eight and were just swell fellows. The rest of the guys bedded down in similar fashion to me, some had to sleep on bedrolls in the Admiral’s chartroom. As big as this ship was, there wasn’t any extra room anywhere. Every square foot had a purpose. A few days later we discovered where they had an ice cream machine! There were sixteen B-25s tied down on the flight deck, and I was flying number 13. All the carrier’s fighter planes were stored away helplessly in the hangar deck. They couldn’t move until we were gone. Our Army mechanics were all on board, as well as our munitions loaders and several back up crews, in case any of us got sick or backed out. The aircraft were grouped so closely together on deck that it wouldn’t take much for them to get damaged. Knowing that my life depended

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Colonel Doolittle explained that this mission would be extremely dangerous and only volunteers could take part. He said that he could not tell us where we were going, but he could say that some of us would not be coming back.

on this plane, I kept a close eye on her. Day after day, we met with the intelligence officer and studied our mission plan. Our targets were assigned, and maps and objective folders were furnished for study. We went over approach routes and our escape route towards China. I never studied this hard back at Trinity. Every day at dawn and at dusk the ship was called to general quarters and we practiced finding the quickest way to our planes. If at any point along the way, we were discovered by the enemy fleet, we were to launch our bombers immediately so the Hornet could bring up its fighter planes. We would then be on our own and try to make it to the nearest land, either Hawaii or Midway Island. Dr. Thomas White, a volunteer member of plane number 15, went over our medical records and gave us inoculations for a whole bunch of diseases that hopefully we wouldn’t catch. He gave us training sessions in emergency first aid, and lectured us at length about water purification and such. Tom, a medical doctor, had learned how to be a gunner just so he could go on this mission. We put some new tail guns in place of the ones that had been taken out to save weight. Not exactly functional, they were two broom handles, painted black. The thinking was they might help scare any [Japanese] fighter planes. Maybe, maybe not. On Sunday, April 14, we met up with Admiral Bull Halsey’s task force just out of Hawaii and joined into one big force. The carrier Enterprise was now with us, another two heavy cruisers, four more destroyers and another oiler. We were designated as Task Force 16. It was quite an impressive sight to see, and represented the bulk of what was left of the U.S. Navy after the devastation of Pearl Harbor. There were over 10,000 Navy personnel sailing into harm’s way, just to deliver us sixteen Army planes to the Japanese, orders of the President. As we steamed further west, tension was rising as we drew nearer and nearer to Japan. Someone thought of arming us with some

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old .45 pistols that they had on board. I went through that box of 1911 pistols. They were in such bad condition that I took several of them apart, using the good parts from several useless guns until I built a serviceable weapon. Several other pilots did the same. Colonel Doolittle called us together on the flight deck. He pulled out some medals and told us how these friendship medals from the Japanese government had been given to some of our Navy officers several years back. And now the Secretary of the Navy had requested for us to return them. Doolittle wired them to a bomb while we all posed for pictures. Something to cheer up the folks back home! I began to pack my things for the flight, scheduled for the 19th. I packed some extra clothes and a little brown bag that Aggie had given me; inside were some toilet items and a few candy bars. No letters or identity cards were allowed, only our dog-tags. I went down to the wardroom to have some ice cream and settle up my mess bill. It only amounted to $5 a day and with my per diem of $6 per day, I came out a little ahead. By now, my Navy pilot roommates were about ready to get rid of me, but I enjoyed my time with them. Later on, I learned that both of them were killed at the Battle of Midway. They were good men. Yes, very good men. Colonel Doolittle let each crew pick their own target. We chose the Yokosuka Naval Base about twenty miles from Tokyo. We loaded 1450 rounds of ammo and four 500pound bombs. A little payback, direct from Ellis County, Texas! We checked and rechecked our plane several times. Everything was now ready. I felt relaxed, yet tensed up at the same time. Day after tomorrow, we will launch when we are 400 miles out. I lay in my cot that night, and rehearsed the mission over and over in my head. It was hard to sleep as I listened to sounds of the ship. Early the next morning, I was enjoying a leisurely breakfast, expecting another full day on board, and I noticed that the ship

was pitching and rolling quite a bit this morning, more than normal. I was reading through the April 18th day plan of the Hornet, and there was a message in it which said, “From the Hornet to the Army—Good luck, good hunting, and God bless you.” I still had a large lump in my throat from reading this, when all of a sudden, the intercom blared, “General Quarters, General Quarters! All hands, man your battle stations! Army pilots, man your planes!” There was instant reaction from everyone in the room and food trays went crashing to the floor. I ran down to my room jumping through the hatches along the way, grabbed my bag, and ran as fast as I could go to the flight deck. I met with my crew at the plane, my heart was pounding. Someone said, “What’s going on?” The word was that the Enterprise had spotted an enemy trawler. It had been sunk, but it had transmitted radio messages. We had been found out! The weather was crummy, the seas were running heavy, and the ship was pitching up and down like I had never seen before. Great waves were crashing against the bow and washing over the front of the deck. This wasn’t going to be easy! Last minute instructions were given. We were reminded to avoid non-military targets, especially the Emperor’s Palace. Do not fly to Russia, but fly as far west as possible, land on the water and launch our rubber raft. This was going to be a oneway trip! We were still much too far out and we all knew that our chances of making land were somewhere between slim and none. Then at the last minute, each plane loaded an extra ten 5-gallon gas cans to give us a fighting chance of reaching China. We all climbed aboard, started our engines, and warmed them up, just feet away from the plane in front of us and the plane behind us. Knobby, Campbell, Bourgeois and me in the front, Williams, the gunner was in the back, separated from us by a big rubber gas tank. I called back to Williams on the intercom and told him to look sharp and don’t take a nap! He answered dryly, “Don’t worry about me,

Lieutenant. If they jump us, I’ll just use my little black broomsticks to keep the [Japanese] off our tail.” The ship headed into the wind and picked up speed. There was now a near gale force wind and water spray coming straight over the deck. I looked down at my instruments as my engines revved up. My mind was racing. I went over my mental checklist, and said a prayer. God please, help us! Past the twelve planes in front of us, I strained to see the flight deck officer as he leaned into to the wind and signaled with his arms for Colonel Doolittle to come to full power. I looked over at Knobby and we looked each other in the eye. He just nodded to me and we both understood. With the deck heaving up and down, the deck officer had to time this just right. Then I saw him wave Doolittle to go, and we watched breathlessly to see what happened. When his plane pulled up above the deck, Knobby just let out with, “Yes! Yes!” The second plane, piloted by Lt. Hoover, appeared to stall with its nose up and began falling toward the waves. We groaned and called out, “Up! Up! Pull it up!” Finally, he pulled out of it, staggering back up into the air, much to our relief! One by one, the planes in front of us took off. The deck pitched wildly, 60 feet or more,

it looked like. One plane seemed to drop down into the drink and disappeared for a moment, then pulled back up into sight. There was sense of relief with each one that made it. We gunned our engines and started to roll forward. Off to the right, I saw the men on deck cheering and waving their covers! We continued inching forward, careful to keep my left main wheel and my nose wheel on the white guidelines that had been painted on the deck for us. Get off a little bit too far left and we go off the edge of the deck. A little too far to the right and our wing-tip will smack the island of the ship. With the best seat on the ship, we watched Lt. Bower take off in plane number 12, and I taxied up to the starting line, put on my the brakes and looked down to my left. My main wheel was right on the line. Applied more power to the engines, and I turned my complete attention to the deck officer on my left, who was circling his paddles. Now my adrenaline was really pumping! We went to full power, and the noise and vibration inside the plane went way up. He circled the paddles furiously while watching forward for the pitch of the deck. Then he dropped them, and I said, “Here We Go!” I released the brakes and we started

Army B-25s on the deck of the U.S.S. Hornet in April 1942. U.S.S. Gwin comes alongside.

rolling forward, and as I looked down the flight-deck you could see straight down into the angry churning water. As we slowly gained speed, the deck gradually began to pitch back up. I pulled up and our plane slowly strained up and away from the ship. There was a big cheer and whoops from the crew, but I just felt relieved and muttered to myself, “Boy, that was short!” We made a wide circle above our fleet to check our compass headings and get our bearings. I looked down as we passed low over one of our cruisers and could see the men on deck waving to us. It was just after 0900, there were broken clouds at 5,000 feet and visibility of about thirty miles due to haze or something. Up ahead and barely in sight, I could see Captain Greening, our flight leader, and Bower on his right wing. Flying at 170 mph, I was able to catch up to them in about 30 minutes. We were to stay in this formation until reaching landfall, and then break on our separate ways. Now we settled in for the five hour flight. Tokyo, here we come! Williams was in the back emptying the extra gas cans into the gas tank as fast as we had burned off enough fuel. He then punched holes in the tins and pushed them out the hatch against the wind. Some of the fellows ate sandwiches and other goodies that the

Navy had put aboard for us…I wasn’t hungry. I held onto the controls with a firm grip as we raced along westward just fifty feet above the cold, rolling ocean, as low as I dared to fly. Being so close to the choppy waves gave you a true sense of speed. Occasionally, our windshield was even sprayed with a little saltwater. It was an exhilarating feeling, and I felt as though the will and spirit of our whole country was pushing us along. I didn’t feel too scared, just anxious. There was a lot riding on this thing, and on me. As we began to near land, we saw an occasional ship here and there. None of them close enough to be threatening, but just the same, we were feeling more edgy. Then at 1330 we sighted land, the Eastern shore of Honshu. With Williams now on his guns in the top turret and Campbell on the nose gun, we came ashore still flying low as possible, and were surprised to see people on the ground waving to us as we flew in over the farmland. It was beautiful countryside. Campbell, our navigator, said, “Mac, I think we’re going to be about sixty miles too far north. I’m not positive, but pretty sure.” We started getting fire from anti-aircraft guns. Then we spotted Tokyo Bay, turned

west and put our nose down diving toward the water. Once over the bay, I could see our target, Yokosuka Naval Base. Off to the right there was already smoke visible over Tokyo. Coming in low over the water, I increased speed to 200 mph and told everyone, “Get Ready!” When we were close enough, I pulled up to 1300 feet and opened the bomb doors. There were furious black bursts of anti-aircraft fire all around us, but I flew straight on through them, spotting our target, the torpedo works and the dry-docks. I saw a big ship in the dry-dock just as we flew over it. Those flak bursts were really getting close and bouncing us around when I heard Bourgeois shouting, “Bombs Away!” I couldn’t see it, but Williams had a bird’s eye view from the back and he shouted jubilantly, “We got an aircraft carrier! The whole dock is burning!” We were all just ecstatic, and still alive! But there wasn’t much time to celebrate. We had to get out of here and fast! When we were some thirty miles out to sea, we took one last look back at our target and could still see huge billows of black smoke. Up until now, we had been flying for Uncle Sam, but now we were flying for our-

selves. We flew south over open ocean, parallel to the Japanese coast all afternoon. Up until now we had not had time to think much about our gasoline supply, but the math did not look good. We just didn’t have enough fuel to make it! Each man took turns cranking the little hand radio to see if we could pick up the promised radio beacon. There was no signal. This was not good. The weather turned bad and it was getting dark, so we climbed up. I was now flying on instruments through a dark misty rain. Just when it really looked hopeless of reaching land, we suddenly picked up a strong tailwind. It was an answer to a prayer. Maybe, just maybe, we can make it! In total darkness at 2100 hours, we figured that we must be crossing the coastline, so I began a slow, slow climb to be sure of not hitting any high ground or anything. The guys were still cranking on the radio, but after five hours of hand cranking with aching hands and backs, there was utter silence. Then the red light started blinking, indicating twenty minutes of fuel left. I turned the controls over to Knobby and crawled to the back of the plane, past the now collapsed rubber gas tank. I dumped every-

Four Doolittle Raiders with some Chinese soldiers after crash landing on the Asian mainland. Left to right (Americans only) are Lt. Clayton Campbell, Sgt. Adam Williams, Lt. McElroy, and Sgt. Robert Bourgeois.

Doolittle emphasized again and again the extreme danger of this operation and made it clear than anyone who so desired could drop out with no questions asked. No one did.

thing out of my bag and repacked just what I really needed, my .45 pistol, ammunition, flashlight, compass, medical kit, fishing tackle, chocolate bars, peanut butter and crackers. I told Williams to come forward with me so we could all be together for this. I had to get us as far west as possible, and then we had to jump. We were over land but still above the Japanese Army in China. We couldn’t see the stars, so Campbell couldn’t get a good fix on our position. We were flying on fumes now and I didn’t want to run out of gas before we were ready to go. Each man filled his canteen, put on his Mae West life jacket and parachute, and filled his bag with those “C” rations from the Presidio. I put her on auto-pilot and we all gathered in the navigator’s compartment around the hatch in the floor. We checked each other’s parachute harness. Everyone was scared, without a doubt. None of us had ever done this before! I said, “Williams first, Bourgeois second, Campbell third, Knobloch fourth, and I’ll follow you guys! Go fast, two seconds apart! Then count three seconds off and pull your rip-cord!” We kicked open the hatch and gathered around the hole looking down into the blackness. It did not look very inviting! Then I gave the order, “JUMP!” Within seconds they were all gone. I turned and reached back for the auto-pilot, but could not reach it, so I pulled the throttles back, then turned and jumped. Counting quickly, thousand one, thousand two, thousand three, I pulled my rip-cord and jerked back up with a terrific shock. At first I thought that I was hung on the plane, but after a few agonizing seconds that seemed like hours, realized that I was free and drifting down. Being in the total dark, I was disoriented at first but figured my feet must be pointed toward the ground. I was in a thick mist or fog, and the silence was so eerie after nearly thirteen hours inside that noisy plane, and then I heard a loud crash and explosion—my plane! I groped through my bag with my right hand, finally pulled out my flashlight. I picked up a glimmer of water and thought I was landing in a lake. I relaxed

my legs a little, thinking I was about to splash into water and would have to swim out, and then bang. I jolted suddenly and crashed over onto my side. It was a rice paddy! There was a burning pain, as if someone had stuck a knife in my stomach. I must have torn a muscle or broken something. I laid there dazed for a few minutes and after a while struggled to my feet. I dug a hole and buried my parachute in the mud. Then started trying to walk, holding my stomach, but every direction I moved the water got deeper. Then, I saw some lights off in the distance. I fished around for my flashlight and signaled one time. Sensing something wrong, I got out my compass and to my horror saw that those lights were off to my west. That must be a [Japanese] patrol! How dumb could I be! Knobby had to be back to my east, so I sat still and quiet and did not move. It was a cold, dark, lonely night. At 0100 hours I saw a single light off to the east. I flashed my light in that direction, one time. It had to be Knobby! I waited a while, and then called out softly, “Knobby?” And a voice replied “Mac, is that you?” What a relief! After daybreak Knobby found a small rowboat and came across to get me. We started walking east toward the rest of the crew and away from that [Japanese] patrol. Knobby had cut his hip when he went through the hatch, but it wasn’t too awful bad. We walked together toward a small village and several Chinese came out to meet us; they seemed friendly enough. I said, “Luchu hoo megwa fugi! Luchu hoo megwa fugi!” meaning, “I am an American! I am an American!” Later that morning we found the others. Williams had wrenched his knee when he landed in a tree, but he was limping along just fine. There were hugs all around. I have never been so happy to see four guys in all my life! Well, the five of us eventually made it out of China with the help of the local Chinese people and the Catholic missions along the way. They were all very good to us, and, so we found out afterwards, later they were made to pay terribly for it. For a couple of

weeks we traveled across country. Strafed a couple of times by enemy planes, we kept on moving, by foot, by pony, by car, by train, and by airplane. But we finally made it to India. We have a great country, better than most folks know. It is worth fighting for. Some people call me a hero, but I have never thought of myself that way, no. But I did serve in the company of heroes. What we did, will never leave me. It will always be there in my fondest memories. I will always think of the fine and brave men that I was privileged to serve with. Remember us, for we were soldiers once and young. With the loss of all 16 aircraft, Doolittle believed that the raid had been a failure and that he would be court-martialed upon returning to the states. Quite to the contrary, the raid proved to be a tremendous boost to American morale, which had plunged following the Pearl Harbor attack. It also caused serious doubts in the minds of Japanese war planners. They in turn recalled many seasoned fighter plane units back to defend the home islands, which resulted in Japan’s weakened air capabilities at the upcoming Battle of Midway and other South Pacific campaigns.


“Mac” did not make it home in time for his baby’s birth. He flew a DC-3 “Gooney Bird” in the China-Burma-India theater for the next several months, flying supplies over the Himalayas. Later he flew combat missions over Burma and then flew B-29 bombing missions out of the Marianna Islands. He retired from the service in 1962 and returned to “my beautiful Texas.” Edgar “Mac” Mc Elroy, Lt. Col., USAF (Ret.) passed away at his residence in Lubbock, Texas, early on April 4, 2003.

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Kristen Carney ’02 Efficiency Expert

Photos by David Smith


ome say necessity is the mother of invention. For technology entrepreneur Kristen Carney, frustration is. After graduating from Trinity magna cum laude and wondering what to do with a bachelor’s degree in English, Carney took a job as assistant to an economic consultant at a small consulting firm in San Antonio. “Every month or so, he would update these massive spreadsheets, typing in the numbers manually. It would take hours. I thought, ‘This is crazy.’” Carney began writing simple macros that automated the task. It worked like a charm, reducing a weeklong task to minutes. That, says Carney, “opened my eyes to technology and how much fun you can have with data.” By 2009, she had plenty of opportunities for fun at her second job at a large civil engineering firm in Austin as a socioeconomist, writing and reviewing reports on the environmental impact of infrastructure projects, mostly in transportation. Fun, that is, until the nightmare began. After a seemingly straightforward road analysis turned into 100+ hours of tedious data gathering and thousands of dollars over budget, a frazzled Carney once again knew there had to be a better way. Carney commiserated with Anthony Morales, an experienced programmer and designer she met at a local wine and coffee group, and the two discussed the idea of a cut-and-paste ready environmental data service for environmental planners. “At first we were just going to build this cool app and never really charge any money for it,” says Carney. Rave reviews from initial users quickly changed their minds. “That's when it was like, okay, it’s time to be a company and see if we can make money.” Carney applied to the Capital Factory— an early stage accelerator program that provides seed money and mentoring for tech startups in exchange for five percent ownership— and landed one of five spots on the company’s roster last year. Cubit Planning was on its way. So far, clients—mostly private engineering firms and government departments of

transportation—have used Cubit technology to pull more than 2,000 reports, using a Google map interface to draw their projects, click on a button, and get instant preformatted data, maps, and shapefiles. “We focus on a very specific niche called the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA),” explains Carney. “Nobody else builds just the reports that people need for NEPA projects.” Anyone can access the data from government Web sites, she adds, “but

it is a pain in the butt. What Cubit does is save people time. Clients tell us that it takes somewhere from 4 to 40 hours to do what our technology does in 30 seconds.” Carney is right at home in Austin, proudly showing off the “pretty cool” downtown offices of the Bluefish Development Group, one of Capital Factory’s participating mentors. With a built-in aquarium and Russian circus posters dotting the colorful walls, “it’s exactly what you’d think of when you think of a high technology, Web 2.0 office.” Carney

and Morales share a tiny room with another start-up. “Some days we have five people in there. Headphones are very important.” Carney admits it’s been a tough time, and the company has yet to be profitable. She is upbeat, however, believing that they are in prime position “when infrastructure ramps up again. We’re a little ahead of the recovery, but I think it’s a good time to start a business.” With up to 80-hour workweeks, Carney’s social life revolves around soccer, with membership on four teams. “It’s my stress release, and it keeps me in shape.” Reading consists of mostly business books, with occasional trips to Half Price Books to stock up on dollar fiction. She shares her life with Manu, a rescued golden retriever, and Bonkers the cat, a former homeless who “let herself in the front door and adopted me.” Her parents—a high school physics teacher and a former middle-school math teacher now in administration— “are super supportive.” As for that English degree, it would seem as anachronistic to database design as a rotary phone at a Blackberry convention. Not so, insists Carney. “Every day, I write. I’m writing e-mail, I run our blog [Plannovation], we have a recognized Twitter feed. I produce content every day. Even though it’s very technical, I do a ton of reading and research. Those skills I learned at Trinity are serving me well.” The best part, says Carney, is “getting to make so many mistakes. Every day I get to try something new, and if it doesn’t work I throw it out and try something else.” The high-energy, self-described “data geek” says she’ll never stop looking for new and better ways to solve problems. “Inefficiencies drive me crazy.” Julie Catalano

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Ralph Lutts ’67 Best Of All Worlds

Photos by Tom Cogill


t first glance, Ralph Lutts seems to have led a dozen lives: college professor, environmental historian, naturalist, author, editor, museum director, bookseller, registered lobbyist, consultant, nature photographer, and more. You’ll also need a program to keep track of his scholarly pursuits, which include environmental history, popular culture, film, children’s literature, eco-criticism, and Appalachian history, to name a few. Tired yet? Lutts is just getting warmed up. “My whole life has always been interdisciplinarian,” explains the soft-spoken Lutts, 66. Through what he describes as a series of “accidents and opportunities,” his career “took a direction in some ways different from my formal training.” There are, however, “common threads,” as he puts it, that tie his mind-boggling array of interests and career paths together, although not necessarily in a neat little bundle. Paradoxically, you have to look closely to see the big picture—and the big picture is exactly what Lutts wants you to see. For that, you need look no farther than through his home office window at the 40 acres his house sits on in Blue Ridge Mountains in southwestern Virginia (elev. 3,000), 20 miles from the nearest supermarket and 50 miles from the nearest movie theater. Meadows of Dan (pop. 1,934), in Patrick County, “is an extraordinarily beautiful part of the world,” says Lutts. “There’s no other place I’d rather live.” As an environmental historian and naturalist who loves “getting out in the woods,” there could hardly be a place more perfect for Lutts. But the Quincy, Massachusetts native says there was a time when he “never thought he would live outside of New England.” Although he has been at the Goddard College in Plainfield, Vermont, since 1995, now he just visits it twice a year in conjunction with his duties as faculty adviser for the graduate level Individualized Studies Program, where he has served as coordinator of the Environmental Studies Concentration since 2002. “At Goddard College I’m called an adviser,

not a teacher, because the model of education is one of dialogue and innovative thinking,” says Lutts of the distance learning program where students design their own program of study, communicating with Lutts through mail and e-mail after meeting with him for one week at the beginning of each semester. Typically, the students are older than the usual undergraduate/graduate students— from late 20s to 70s—and because of this, “we are really co-learners. They end up teaching me a great deal.” It’s hard to imagine there would be any-

of the social impacts of Walt Disney’s Bambi. He’s currently working on a book about the concept of place, “a phenomenon that integrates everything I’ve been talking about.” Three years ago for the first time, he experienced a phenomenon of another sort— getting married. Wife Susan Moore is a retired librarian, quilter, and most recently, bookstore owner ( Watching the birds outside his window— some days bring red and gray foxes, turkeys, and deer—Lutts reflects on how Trinity

thing left for Lutts to learn, given the depth and breadth of his working life, which would take several more articles to explore. In a nutshell: After receiving his bachelor of arts from Trinity with a major in biology and the equivalent of minors in geology and playwriting, Lutts spent 20 years in museum and nature center management in Massachusetts and Virginia. He also taught natural history at the University of Virginia, history at Virginia Tech, and natural science and environmental studies at Hampshire College in Amherst, where he received his doctorate in education at the University of Massachusetts. Along the way he published scores of essays, articles, papers, and a groundbreaking book, The Nature Fakers: Wildlife, Science and Sentiment, called “fascinating” by the New York Times Book Review, and nominated for 1990 Science Book of the Year award by the Los Angeles Times. He also received an award from the Forest History Society for his study

shaped his path. “Not many colleges had ecology courses in 1963. Trinity did. That was one of the key factors that led me to select it.” They were also “very flexible in allowing me to do independent studies.” In that sense, he adds, “I’m very much like my students in that what I’m doing fits in with my larger life goals. The line between my work and the rest of my life is sometimes kind of fuzzy.” Indeed. Retirement is something he looks forward to, although it probably has a different meaning to Lutts. “I’ll have time for my own research and writing,” including a new subject that’s recently caught the eye of this eternal student. “In the past couple of years I’ve gotten really interested in moss. It’s a whole new group of plants I’m trying to learn, and they’re not easy.” Maybe not, but something says they’ll be no match for Ralph Lutts. Julie Catalano

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Justin Nelson ’00 Banking On Success

Photos by John King Keisling


ustin Nelson points with pride to the wall he and his business partner built in their modest loft-style office in downtown Houston. “I guess I did get to use my engineering background after all,” he says. Surprising words from an engineering science major who received his bachelor of science from Trinity in 2000 with a concentration in mechanical engineering. But not when you realize that Nelson is into construction of a different sort these days. As founder of Strongroom Solutions, Nelson is building a company and a product that he hopes will end up in banks everywhere—a treasury management product called Payables Lockbox that does for banks and their business customers what services like Bill Pay do for consumers. “There are more complexities for a business paying their bills than a bank customer paying personal bills,” explains Nelson, 31. “Just like the banks offer Bill Pay to us to simplify our lives, they also offer similar services to businesses to simplify theirs.” In short, Strongroom enables banks to make bill paying simpler and more secure for their business customers. Nelson and his former and original partner, David Caldwell ’00, started toying with the idea in 2004, when Caldwell—who had worked in property management—noticed “a lot of inefficiencies in accounting. He also saw that banks were very interested in getting property management companies as customers,” says Nelson. “We talked about how we could do things differently.” With the help of a Denver development company, the result was an accounting application interface that banks could resell to companies that manage homeowners’ associations, property owners’ associations, and condo associations. The first nibble came from Sterling Bank in Texas, who had a community association management company customer very interested in the new program. But there was a problem, according to Nelson—the first version of the program wasn’t up to the task. “We knew we couldn’t do it with

our existing product. We had to start anew, create it ourselves, and build it in-house.” Enter Scott Mury ’00, a fellow engineering grad and “sharp kid” who had done a senior design project with Nelson. “Scott can build just about anything,” says Nelson, who brought Mury on as a partner and chief technology officer. Several months later, the new and improved version was just what the bank ordered—and it attracted even more business. “A year ago we had five customers. Now we have 24.”

It also put the company on the national radar. Recently, a top-selling master planned community—who uses one of Strongroom’s management company customers—was looking to switch banks, and the race was on to snap up such a lucrative client. On the requests for proposal to the various banks, they wanted to know: Do you offer Strongroom’s Payables Lockbox? Nelson laughs. “We got a call from Bank of America asking, ‘Who are you guys?’” They may not be wondering for long. “We just signed an agreement with Northbrook Services in Dallas for them to resell our product to all 50 banks in their net-

work,” says Nelson. In the past year, thanks to word of mouth and referrals, Strongroom Solutions has obtained customers outside of Texas in California, Florida, Nevada, Massachusetts, Kentucky, Virginia, Arizona, and Tennessee. He looks around the office, with its hardwood floors, high ceilings, and exposed pipes, and sighs. “This has worked well for us up to this point, but we’re going to have to expand soon.” That includes “looking for funding to really grow this thing, maybe bring on additional sales and development help.” Nelson says he hasn’t had a full week of vacation since he started the business, but plans to remedy that soon with a trip to the Grand Canyon. After 50- to 60-hour work weeks, he relishes time with his girlfriend and his 100-pound chocolate lab, Charlie. An only child, Nelson credits his mother, Karen, for her influence in “pushing me to attend Trinity to get that liberal arts background. Without it I would have had a much more narrow focus on engineering instead of entrepreneurship.” Another key aspect was landing an internship at global management consulting firm Accenture after his junior year, thanks to Trinity’s career services office. “That opportunity gave me a lot of confidence in my abilities, and it really set me up on a business path instead of engineering.” Not that he doesn’t appreciate the synergy of the two fields. “I think they both involve that feeling of creating something and watching it work. I think entrepreneurship and engineering share that, and that’s what I enjoy—building something and seeing it stand on its own.” He glances again at the wall he and Scott built. “It’s as simple as that.” Julie Catalano

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Margie Reese ’77 Preserving the Future

Photos by Hillsman Jackson


he world of fantasy beckoned Margie Johnson Reese from childhood, filling her head with dreams of tutus and toe shoes while growing up in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. But after a career journey that took her from Louisiana to Washington State to Texas to California, and ultimately to a dream assignment half a world away, her oncedancing feet are now firmly planted in the reality of making sure that the art of a people survives. Surrounded by the stunning exhibits at the African American Museum in Dallas where she volunteers, Reese, 59, speaks thoughtfully of her recent three-year stint as program officer for media, arts, and culture for the Ford Foundation Office for West Africa in Lagos, Nigeria. “Here you have a region of a continent that has contributed so greatly to the world of art history, but that work is at risk of being lost. If we don’t protect it, it is gone forever. We have nothing to learn from, nothing to teach.” As a child in the 60s, shut out of appearing in a local production of The Nutcracker, Reese learned her own tough lesson at an early age. “It wasn’t about finances or skills, but about segregation. The impact that it had on me, I just can’t tell you how I’ve carried that with me all through my professional career.” She says this without anger or frustration. “I made a commitment that whatever I did, in the theater, in the arts world, I would make sure that part of my job would be to ensure access for children.” After getting a bachelor of science in speech and theater from Washington State University—becoming “very fascinated” with the connection between costuming and performance—Reese did her graduate work at Trinity, specifically the Dallas Theater Center—“a magic place”—under the legendary Paul Baker. He later recruited her to become head of the costume shop in the theater department of a new arts magnet school in Dallas (now Booker T. Washington High School for the Visual and Performing Arts). “That’s how I became a teacher.”

Still enamored of the theater—“the whole princess/ballerina thing”—Reese left teaching and worked first as director of development for the Dallas Black Dance Theater and then as audience development specialist for the Dallas Opera. But her sights were set on a bigger stage: the Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs. “I fell in love with the ideal of helping organizations and individual artists create a way to sustain themselves and their work.” Still, the timing wasn’t right. In 1995, after five years as executive director of the nonprofit Cable Access of Dallas and wanting

And once again, an exit became an entrance. Convinced by a friend that the Ford Foundation job was “perfect” for Reese, whose two children, Marlena and Johnathan, were now grown, she thought she might as well consider it. “I saw the state of the museums and the art in their collections, and I just couldn’t turn my back on it.” She loved Lagos, she says. “It was beautifu—a huge metropolitan city with nonstop energy. It’s like New York on speed.” These days, life is a little slower—but barely. Reese founded MJR Partners, a professional arts management and consulting firm for

“to do something different,” then-mayoral candidate and now President Obama’s trade ambassador Ron Kirk offered her the ultimate position: Director of the Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs. Reese didn’t have to be asked twice. She had arrived, content in the belief that the Dallas OCA would be the last stop in her career. The City of Los Angeles had other plans, hiring her as general manager of the Department of Cultural Affairs in 2001, where she supervised a staff of 174 arts professionals and programming for 22 city-owned visual and performing arts centers. Once again, Reese thought that was the end of the road. “After five years, I decided I had had my run and I was ready to retire.”

local, national, and international cultural organizations. At the museum, two passions define her: preservation and education, the former in making sure “these antiquities are not forgotten,” the latter in the form of a new reading room for children. Reese credits Paul Baker’s Integration of Abilities course for her own ease at assuming any role necessary to get the job done. “I use his teachings every single day. For a Trinity graduate from my era, it gives us a leg up.” Fitting talk from a would-be ballerina whose reality far outshines any visions of sugarplums. Julie Catalano

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Gift Endows Summer Research Program Carey Joullian ’82, president and chief

High definition digital equipment in the renovated broadcast studios takes communications study to the highest level.

AT&T Gift Transforms Television Facilities, Gives Students Access to State-of-the-Art Equipment Thanks to a gift from AT&T, Trinity students studying television production now have access to high definition digital equipment rivaling that at other schools as well as many broadcast stations across the country. The transformation positions Trinity to become a leader in broadcast studies and a destination school for students pursuing a career in broadcasting. The renovation project, the largest since the creation of the television facilities almost 40 years ago, replaced analog equipment with high definition digital equipment including a new multichannel audio console and an array of digital video monitors. Studio 21 now boasts new HD Sony studio cameras and a new lighting system. Two robotic HD cameras enhance a satellite newsroom in the Richardson Communications Center.

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The facilities, rare in higher education especially for use by undergraduates including first-year students, are used for communication courses and student-produced shows such as Newswave, Studio 21, and The Not So Late Show, which air on Trinity’s TigerTV station. The funds to upgrade the television facilities came from a $5 million technology grant given by AT&T during Dream. Inspire. Achieve. The Campaign for Trinity University, which reached its successful conclusion last fall. In addition to the upgraded television facilities, the grant has advanced Trinity’s use of cutting edge technology throughout the campus. Previous portions of the gift helped convert KRTUFM, Trinity’s listener-supported radio station, into a high definition digital facility and upgrade several campus technological resources, including the creation of an information commons in Coates Library and technology updates in classrooms across the campus.

executive officer of Mustang Fuel Corporation and a member of the Trinity Board of Trustees, made a $300,000 gift to establish an endowment for the Biology Summer Undergraduate Research Fund. “My family set up a similar fund for the history department many years ago and I wanted to replicate it,” says Joullian. Joullian collaborated with David Ribble ’82, professor and chair of the biology department, to develop a program that was unique to Trinity and involved undergraduate research. The fund will be used exclusively to support research fellowships for Trinity students working with biology faculty and could include field research, travel to scientific meetings, or provide stipends to students as needed. “Hands-on research is the best way to learn science, and the experience gained from such research is invaluable in the pursuit of careers in the biologica sciences. However, conducting research is expensive, and these funds from Carey, along with other external grants, will enable us to continue to work with students,” says Ribble. Although Joullian and Ribble were Trinity classmates and friends, “I doubt either of us could have imagined our current involvement with Trinity 26 years ago. But we both feel strongly about giving back to an institution that was important to each of us as undergraduates,” notes Ribble. Joullian’s gift was part of Dream. Inspire. Achieve. The Campaign for Trinity University, which successfully came to a conclusion after raising $205,935,000. The campaign allows Trinity to continue to recruit the best and brightest students, regardless of their financial circumstances, and supports innovative new academic programs that capitalize on Trinity’s strengths and meet the demands of the global society in which students must thrive.



Chapman Trust Endows New Professorship, Honors Trinity’s 16th President

Meadows Grant Expands Leadership Networks for School Principals


Efforts to help school principals hone

$3 million gift from the J.A. Chapman and Leta M. Chapman Charitable Trust, has endowed the Ronald K. Calgaard University Professorship. Named in honor of Trinity’s 16th president, the new faculty position is designed to attract additional internationally recognized scholars and teachers and brings the number of Trinity’s endowed professorships to 24. Because the Calgaard University Professorship will not be tied to a specific academic discipline or department, it offers the flexibility to pursue world-class scholars from a variety of fields. Trinity president Dennis A. Ahlburg hailed the new professorship as “a fitting tribute to a man who transformed Trinity into a world-class institution.” President Calgaard, whose 20-year tenure (1979-1999) was the longest in Trinity history, led the University to national prominence. Under his leadership curricular changes emphasized the liberal arts and sciences, new majors and departments were added,

admission standards were raised, and substantial resources were allocated to develop a faculty that would support the mission of the University as a rigorous learning center. Sharon Bell, Individual Trustee for the Chapman Trusts, and a Trinity University Trustee, noted, “The Chapman Trusts are pleased to honor Ron Calgaard with this named professorship. Ron was a transformational leader for Trinity University, a wise mentor to me as a new Trinity Trustee, and a personal friend to my late father, William H. Bell, and predecessor Individual Trustee of the Chapman Trusts.” Created in 1966, the Chapman Trust has had a transformational effect on Trinity University, having funded construction, maintenance, renovation, research, faculty development, scholarships, computer systems, and many other aspects of the University. Members of the Chapman family have been associated with Trinity since its early days in Tehuacana in the 1860s.

relevant leadership skills will continue under a grant to Trinity University’s education department from the Meadows Foundation in partnership with School Leaders Network (SLN). The Meadows Foundation awarded Trinity $281,000 for the first year of a three-year project to maintain and extend the reach of the Trinity Principals’ Center with a paid director and support staff and to begin an intensive leadership development effort in the Edgewood Independent School District in San Antonio. The Edgewood component of the project will involve all principals from the district in additional skills workshops and one-on-one coaching throughout the academic year. The goal is to demonstrate a multifaceted, district-wide leadership development strategy that will impact the district, especially student learning. Paul Kelleher, the Murchison Professor and chair of Trinity’s education department, implemented a range of leadership initiatives four years ago after meeting Elizabeth Neale, founder and CEO of SLN. The Principals’ Center has been credited with meeting the needs of between 75 and 80 principals who comprise the current five networks that meet once a month and are led by SLN-trained facilitators to learn from each other to benefit their individual campuses. “The demand has been there to set these up,” he says, adding that the number of participants could rise next year to as many as 130 administrators. Data from the 2008-09 Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills tests shows that schools with SLN principals score higher than their counterparts at schools without the School Network focus by a 2:1 margin in the minimum and commendable scores.

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Alumnus Honors Russ and Doris Gossage A

n ititial $50,000 gift from David Prichard ’75 has begun the process of establishing a scholarship fund to honor long time Trinity administrator Russell Gossage and his late wife, Doris. Russ came to Trinity in 1963 to help then President James Laurie build the Trinity of today. Over the years he was called on for many assignments, including director of admissions, alumni director, and development officer. He married Doris, who worked in the Trinity business office and registrar’s office, in a campus ceremony conducted by President Laurie in 1967. Together, the Gossages hosted many overnight guests of the University with an inimitable blend of warmth, graciousness, and bonhomie. Alumni and friends who have been inspired by Russ’ ceaseless enthusiasm and devotion to Trinity and benefited from his and Doris’ support, encouragement, and hospitality are invited to participate in the establishment of the Russell and Doris Gossage Scholarship fund, which has a goal of $100,000, the minimum required for a named scholarship at Trinity.

Russ Gossage

For more information about the Russell and Doris Gossage scholarship fund and ways to participate, please call Rick Roberts 210-999-7431or


President Ahlburg On the Road

Lubetzky Foundation Establishes Award to Promote Kindness

Earlier this summer, Trinity President Dennis A. Ahlburg visited with alumni and parents in Houston, Denver, and Fort Worth. Additional receptions are scheduled for:


he Roman and Sonia Lubetzky Foundation has established an endowment to be known as the Roman M. Lubetzky Fund for Kindness. The endowment is intended to fund an annual award of $5,000 to a student who embodies and demonstrates the virtue of kindness as well as a high level of scholarship at Trinity. Recipients of the Roman M. Lubetzky Award for Kindness will be selected by a committee composed of students, faculty and staff along with Mrs. Sonia Lubetzky, widow of Roman Lubetzky and mother of Daniel Lubetzky ’90. The first recipient will be announced in spring 2011. Daniel Lubetzky, vice president of the Lubetzky Foundation, says the foundation created the award as a means of preserving and furthering the philosophy he shares with his late father with regard to encouraging kindness and financially assisting qualified students. In 1994 he founded PeaceWorks, an inter-

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San Antonio | August 12 Washington, D.C. | September 22 New York City | September 30 Invitations will be sent to alumni and parents in those cities.

Daniel Lubetzky ’90

national not-only-for-profit company that produces products incorporating ingredients from nations on opposing sides of political conflicts and promotes peace through support of the PeaceWorks Foundation and the One Voice Movement.


Alumni Association Honors Service-Oriented Students The Trinity University Alumni Association honored seniors Huynh Nga “Nancy” Nguyen and Ashley Rachelle Mayle for outstanding service to the University and to San Antonio, respectively. Both students are Houston alumni were enthusiastic participants in the all-alumni initiative.


Alumni Chapters Launch Simultaneous Initiative to Help Feed the Hungry I

t grew out of a brainstorming session in June 2009. Although most chapters do participate in various service projects, such as Habitat for Humanity, the four-member chapter committee of the National Alumni Board (NAB), along with chapter presidents participating via conference call, decided it was time to create a major chapter-wide initiative. They wanted a project that would not only benefit communities, but also unite and engage alumni across the country in a common cause. The inaugural project, Trinity Stamps Out Hunger, was launched in February. Over a two-week period, 10 chapters simultaneously collected nonperishable canned goods and online monetary donations to benefit food banks in their communities. On a designated Saturday—February 20—six chapters delivered the collected food and helped out at their respective food banks. The San Antonio chapter took advantage of their location to partner with TUVAC, the campus community service organization, and used the Coates Center as a collection point. Other chapters encouraged alumni to bring donations to happy hours or other chapter events. All chapters encouraged and welcomed online donations directly to the area food banks.

The 10 participating chapters included Arizona, Atlanta, Austin, the Bay Area, Chicago, Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston, San Antonio, and San Diego. Several east coast chapters were forced to opt out due to extreme weather. However, based on enthusiastic alumni response, the NAB committee is making plans for the next Trinity Stamps Out Hunger event and what they hope will grow into a significant, chapter-wide alumni tradition. To stay connected and learn about future activities and how to get involved, visit

San Antonio alumni sorted and moved over 25,000 pounds of food at the local food bank.

from San Antonio. Nguyen, who earned degrees in both biology and art history, was a McNair Scholar and member of the Academic Honor Council and the Biology Club Outreach. She also has been named to the Dean’s List and received the Jacob Ulrich Scholarship for a biology student. Nguyen was a student blogger for Trinity’s Admissions Office and worked at the circulation desk of the Coates Library. She had been a research fellow for the last three years in the biology laboratory of Trinity biology professor Kelly Lyons, studying ecology issues. A volunteer at the Baptist Health Systems physical therapy center, she also has taught horticulture lessons to students at Mark Twain Middle School, with a goal of igniting an educational spark in them. Mayle, who majored in business administration and minored in communication management, was also named to the Dean’s List. She cochaired the 2009 Welcome Week Concert for the campus. She has held internships at the San Antonio Convention and Visitor’s Bureau, at the San Antonio Sports Group helping business teams participate in the San Antonio Rock ’N Roll Marathon, and at Christus Santa Rosa Hospital in the human resources department, as well as volunteering with Special Olympics multiple times. In addition, she has held leadership positions in her social sorority, Sigma Theta Tau, and been active in the GIVE service project in the San Antonio area. Mayle was also Miss Fiesta from the spring of 2008 until spring of 2009.

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Duce Award Honors Hospital Administrator

Where Are They Now?

Phil Wentworth ’67, ’76 received the Duce Award at the Trinity Healthcare Alumni Association annual meeting in Chicago. The presentation took place during the meeting of the American College of Healthcare Executives. Wentworth spent his distinguished 30year career with Presbyterian Healthcare System, first as an associate administrator at Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas and later as president of the Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Plano, Texas. Under his leadership, the hospital received Magnet Status in 2007 and the Texas Award for Performance Excellence in 2008. After retiring from the Plano hospital, he served as interim president of Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas to fill an unexpected vacancy. He remains active in the Plano community and continues to share his wisdom and expertise with Trinity’s health care administration faculty and students as a member of the department’s Advisory Council, where he has helped shape program improvements. The Duce award, named for the late Leonard A. Duce, Ph.D., a former professor of health care administration and first dean of the graduate school at Trinity, annually honors a graduate of the University’s health care administration program for his or her outstanding leadership and significant contributions to the health care field. Phil Wentworth ’67, ’76

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harismatic, caring, and controversial, O Z White was a living campus legend during his Trinity career as professor and chair in the department of sociology (1964-1991). Hired by Dean Bruce Thomas at the Atlanta Airport following a brief interview, he came to Trinity with degrees from Furman University (B.A. and47 M.A.), Erskine Theological Seminary (M. Div.) and Emory University (Ph.D.). White quickly embraced President James W. Laurie’s vision of building the Skyline Campus and facilitating the university’s quest for academic excellence. “Laurie had a dream,” O Z recalled, “and he expected us to dream along with him.” Under White’s leadership, the department of sociology expanded its curriculum and attracted large numbers of students, many of whom went on to graduate school and careers as social work professionals. At the same time, White served as a consultant in regional drug and alcohol treatment and prevention and urban renewal programs in San Antonio and Little Rock, Arkansas. For many years he was a volunteer counselor at Christian Assistance Ministries (CAM) and San Antonio Metropolitan Ministries (SAMM). He engaged students to combine theoretical learning with hands-on experience in a variety of urban environments. Incorporating visiting lecturers, local field trips, and opportunities for volunteer service into his classes, White enabled students to experience personally the social complexi-

Professor emeritus R. Douglas Brackenridge visits with former faculty members.

ties of metropolitan San Antonio. As founding faculty sponsor of Chi Delta Tau, White guided the fraternity into social service projects that stimulated the formation of TUVAC and wider student body participation in volunteer activities. White also opposed discrimination due to gender or sexual orientation and was a faculty advocate for the right of gay-lesbian groups to organize on campus. An avid racquetball player and tennis enthusiast, he was a familiar figure on the lower campus both as a participant and spectator at intramural events. In retirement, White remains close to “Laurie had a dream, and he expected us to dream along with him.”

campus in his home on Kings Court where he has lived since 1992 with his spouse, Sharon Dix White, a former student. As a couple, they have been deeply involved with the Trinity Cat Alliance, a program designed to feed, vaccinate, neuter, and find adoptive homes for abandoned felines in the immediate area. They redesigned their home in order to accommodate rescued cats who mix freely with their dog, Frank, who tolerates their presence. White continues his consultant activities through O Z White Associates, a small company specializing in research, evaluation, and technical assistance. Current consultantships include The Rio Grande Valley Council, San Antonio Fighting Back, Inc., and Disease Management Services, Inc. Despite recent health issues, including a mild stroke and extended eye problems, White joins longtime friends Gene Norris and Paul Golliher for a daily (5 a.m.) workout at a local health club. His keen wit, insatiable intellectual curiosity, and ardent support for the poor and oppressed, remain undiminished. When he celebrates his 83rd birthday on August 14th, he will do so surrounded by old friends and his favorite martinis. O Z White can be reached by e-mail at, by phone at 210-416-3603, or by mail at 527 Kings Court, San Antonio, Texas 78212.




s a designer and artist, first impressions are important to Elizabeth Ridenhower. As a teacher, lasting impressions on the lives of students have always been her paramount concern. In her words, “People are sacred; things are not. Investing in the lives of people rather than in things reaps the biggest dividends.” From an early age, Ridenhower knew that she wanted to be a teacher. A native Texan, her favorable experiences with tutors on the family ranch and attendance at public schools in San Antonio shaped her vocational path. As teachers had broadened her intellectual and aesthetic horizons, she wanted to do the same for other students. After completing high school, she graduated from Baylor

of Frances Swinny in making introductions and familiarizing her with University routines. In turn, she did the same for other new female instructors. A small support group of female faculty dating back to that time period still meets today. Foregoing opportunities to serve as department chair, she elected to devote her talents and energies to classroom teaching and academic advising. Ridenhower routinely asked students to tell something special about themselves so that she could always remember them. One student, now in her seventies, told her, “I sleep on black satin sheets and I sing.” She has no trouble remembering her when they happen to meet. Following her retirement in 1990, Ridenhower had no specific goals in mind except that as a designer she wanted some order in her life. Joining a health club to establish a daily routine, she met a former student who asked her to help with a home design project. Impressed with the results, she began recommending Ridenhower to other friends and acquaintances. As a result, Ridenhower

segued into a postretirement design consultation business that now engages her 4-5 hours a day five days a week and has expanded to include landscaping, party planning, and production of various written materials. Consultations with clients have taken her to various locations in Texas, New Mexico, Montana, and New York. Beyond these responsibilities, she attends professional events, keeps current with publications in her field (she subscribes to 33 periodicals), and reads local and national newspapers. Now approaching her 80th birthday, Ridenhower exudes a vitality and enthusiasm that belies her age. She continues to paint on canvas and utilizes the same skills to design artistic environments in homes. An articulate and insightful conversationalist, she finds satisfaction and strength in her faith, family, and friends. As always, she endeavors to make positive first and lasting impressions. Elizabeth Ridenhower can be reached by postal mail at 240 Bushnell Avenue Apt. 303, San Antonio, Texas 78212.

University in 1951, majoring in education and art. Subsequently, she taught art to secondary students in Texas and New York. Looking to expand her vocational opportunities, she earned a master’s in art at Columbia University in New York in 1958. The following year, Dean Bruce Thomas offered her a position in Trinity’s art department to prepare students for careers as art instructors in elementary and secondary schools. In addition, she taught studio art and later, interior design courses for Trinity’s home building majors. During her 31-year career she created over 700 paintings and held numerous exhibits of her works. Ridenhower thoroughly enjoyed her “journey through Trinity” where she made lasting friends among students, faculty, and staff. Initially one of only a handful of women on Trinity’s faculty, she appreciated the kindness

Photo by Susan Masinter Riley ’69

“People are sacred; things are not. Investing in the lives of people rather than in things reaps the biggest dividends.”

These Trinity alumni came from across the United States to San Antonio to see Cajun voodoo musical Fire on the Bayou and to support fellow alumnus and composer Tom Masinter ’72, ’76. Tom was interviewed on February 20, 2010 by Joan Carroll on Trinity's KRTU-FM and was surprised to find his Trinity friends, some of whom he had not seen in almost 35 years, waiting for him at the radio station. Pictured at an afterglow party following the performance are, from left to right, Lawrence Gregory Boyd ‘75, Dan Edwards Jr. ‘75, Patricia Thannisch McLaughlin ‘75, George Rithianos ‘75, Michael Hawthorne ‘74, Tom Masinter ‘72, ‘76, Renee Burkett Shulgold ‘75, Jeffrey Taxman ‘74, Olga Rithianos Jones ‘73, and Trent Jones ’71.

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Chapter and Network Activities National Alumni Board The Trinity University National Alumni Board hosted the first annual Legacy Luncheon on April 10, 2010. The inaugural luncheon was held on the Holt Center lawn in a picnic-style setting during Spring Family Weekend. The event acknowledged alumni who currently share both family ties and their alma mater with current students at Trinity University. The Board plans to host more legacy events to recognize and engage generations of legacy families. Arizona The chapter kicked off the 20092010 year with a happy hour on October 28 at SideBar in Phoenix. Area alumni and current students greatly appreciated the opportunity to network at the January 6

for future use. The volunteers were incorporated into a larger group of volunteers on an assembly line where boxes were filled with assorted nonperishable food items. Alumni took special satisfaction in the fact that other chapters across the country were participating in the project on the same day. Atlanta The annual Making Connections, a networking event for alumni and current students, was held on January 6 at the home of Mrs. C. Preston Stephens (parent of Sally Westmoreland ’76). The Atlanta chapter packed 161 boxes of food at the Feed the Hungry Foundation for the inaugural Trinity Stamps Out Hunger service project. The group worked as a well-oiled machine: some alumni constructed the boxes and added the organization's logo,

Dallas-area alumni enjoyed both the pregame happy hour and the exciting matchup between the Mavericks and the Spurs. Mrs. Ralph Smucker (parents of the late Glynn Owens ’95). Austin alumni volunteered at the Capital Area Food Bank on the morning of February 20. Alumni worked in teams to sort and box donated food and prepare boxes for distribution. After the event, the group gathered at Hills Cafe for lunch. The chapter’s annual wine tasting event on April 3 at Max's Wine Dive in downtown Austin attracted 25 alumni who enjoyed the food and drinks. Bay Area

Atlanta alumni volunteered at the Feed the Hungry Foundation for the Trinity Stamps Out Hunger service project. annual Making Connections event. Chapter alumni participated in the nationwide service project Trinity Stamps out Hunger by volunteering at the St. Mary's Food Bank warehouse on February 20 from noon to 3 p.m. The group was charged with loading give-away boxes of food onto pallets and wrapping the pallets in plastic wrap so that they could be stored in the warehouse

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while others worked on the assembly line packing canned fruit and vegetables as well as nonperishable meats. The boxes of food are meant to feed a family for almost a week. Austin Making Connections was held on January 9 at the home of Mr. and

About 35 people, including 21 alumni, enjoyed preholiday festivities at a happy hour on November 5 at the San Francisco Press Club. A small group of alumni and current students gathered on January 9 at the Making Connections event at the British Bankers Club in Menlo Park to network. The chapter participated in the nationwide service project Trinity Stamps Out Hunger in February through a virtual food drive for San Francisco Food Bank. Chicago On September 17, area alumni gathered for a reception and book signing in Chicago with Jennifer Matthews, associate professor of anthropology, to hear her experiences during the researching and writing of her new book, Chicle. Mathews gave a highly engaging talk and visual presentation fol-

lowed by a discussion and dinner. Two dozen alumni and their guests, ranging from the class of '64 to the class of '07, enjoyed a beautiful fall day at Wrigley Field to cheer on the Cubs on September 12. Making Connections was held on January 9 at the condominium of Career Network Chair Colin McRoberts ‘01. The chapter participated in the Trinity Stamps Out Hunger service project. While the goal had been to find a food pantry at which alumni could meet and donate their time, due to lack of opportunities the event had to be scaled back to a food/monetary donation in conjunction with a happy hour. Colorado Sixteen souls braved single-digit temperatures to attend Making Connections on January 7 at the home of Sarah and Eric ’88 Hilty in Denver. Twenty alumni gathered at the home of Lisa Breytspraak ’95 on March 18 for the second wine tasting event. Everyone enjoyed tasting wines including Chianti, Piedmont, Montalcino, and more along with Italian-themed food. Dallas Area alumni and guests enjoyed a Christmas concert by the Dallas Wind Symphony at the Meyerson Symphony Center in the Downtown Dallas Arts District. The chapter held its Making Connections event


on January 7 at the home of Lisa and Jeff ’83 Smith. Alumni participated in the nationwide call to service, Trinity Stamps Out Hunger, which ran from February 8 to February 20. Because every $1 collected will allow the North Texas Food Bank to provide four meals to hungry North Texans, the Dallas chapter’s canned and virtual food drive helped provide over 850 meals to North Texans! On March 9 the chapter hosted David Spener, associate professor of sociology, who addressed area alumni and parents on his new book. A total of 34 alumni and parents attended his presentation, which was highly appreciated as timely and thoughtprovoking. During the fourth annual Dallas International Film Festival, Trinity alumni from the Dallas area were invited out to a night of film and fun on April 9. They watched the Dallas premiere of Cracks immediately after a short happy hour at the Trinity Hall. The film seemed to be positively received by most of the attendees. Those who attended the postshow party at the filmmakers' lounge, enjoyed every second of their time. Of course, with an open bar, games, a DJ, and filmmakers from all over the country roaming around, it was hard not to have a good time.

Despite the San Antonio Spurs losing the last game of their regular season to the Dallas Mavericks, the alumni and their guests enjoyed both the pregame happy hour at the boardroom and the exciting matchup. Fort Worth The annual Making Connections event was held on January 8 at the home of Carrie Harrington ’74. The chapter participated in the Trinity Stamps Out Hunger campaign by collecting food for the Tarrant Area Food Bank. On February 20, alumni met at the food bank to donate, tour the facilities, and learn about their operations. After the tour, alumni and their families went to Angelo's, a Fort Worth barbecue favorite, for some fabulous barbecue. The chapter toured the special CSI Exhibit at the newly-constructed Fort Worth Museum of Natural Science and History. The tour included a brief lecture and observations by Dr. Joe Warren, forensics professor of the UNT Health Science Center, regarding the history of forensics and information in the exhibit. It was a great educational opportunity for the interaction between "pop culture" and science.

New England alumni and their children rode the Santa Claus Express, an actual steam train in Essex, Connecticut.

The St. Louis chapter held its annual wine tasting at the home of out-going president Mike Henges ’78. Houston The annual career networking event, Making Connections, was held on January 6 at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Harry Mach (parents of Trinity Trustee Steve Mach ’92). Trinity alumni gathered January 30 to share memories with professor Coleen Grissom as she discussed her book, A Novel Approach To Life, and her many roles at Trinity ranging from hall mother, English professor, and dean of students, to vice president of Student Affairs, and friend. The group enjoyed sharing their favorite parts of the speeches as well as personal memories of both Trinity and Grissom. George Worthington ’76 chaired a gathering of 45 Houston-area alumni for a panel of three outstanding professionals who spoke about the culture of Trinity and how that experience positioned them for where they are today, both personally and professionally. Not the customary show-and-tell, this event was a fun and insightful give-and-take with fellow alumni exploring the intangible and personal: what moves these distinguished graduates, inspires them, drives them, and how that all related to Trinity. Alumni panelists were Dr. Mark Kline ’79, president, Baylor International Pediatric AIDS Initiative and Physician-in-Chief, Texas Children’s Hospital; Larry Waks ’75, partner, Jackson Walker LLP, one of the most influential entertainment lawyers in the country; and Dr. Suzanne Mouton-Odum ’91, licensed psychologist in private

practice and a leader in technologybased modalities for assessment and treatment of obsessive-compulsive disorders. The chapter’s alumni volunteers worked at the Herzstein location of the Houston Food Bank on February 20, participating in the nationwide service project Trinity Stamps Out Hunger. Later in March, alumni had a blast at the Trinity alumni bowling night at the Palace Bowling Lanes. Kansas City Kansas City held its inaugural Making Connections event hosted by Trinity Trustee Charlie Sunderland '78 and Kent Sunderland '80. Over 20 alumni and guests attended the event at the Ash Grove Cement Company. Charles Joseph '84 and Erik Sartorius '92 served as event cochairs. National Capital Area Peter O'Brien, professor of political science at Trinity University, discussed his new book, European Perceptions of Islam & America from Saladin to George W. Bush: Europe’s Fragile Ego Uncovered, on November 23 at Georgetown University. The annual career networking event, Making Connections, was held January 7 at Paolo’s Ristorante. Alumni enjoyed another private tour of the U.S. Supreme Court on March 15, courtesy of the U.S. Supreme Court Clerk, William K. Suter ’59. (continued on next page)

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When sending pictures We love to include your pictures, but if they are of low resolution, we cannot enlarge them sufficiently for use in a print publication. When taking pictures for the magazine, please make sure your camera is set to the highest resolution. For more specific requirements, contact Vee DuBose at There’s a chapter near you! If you would like to be involved in chapter activities or serve on the Board, contact these respective chapter presidents. Or check out the chapter pages at https://alumni. San Antonio alumni enjoyed burritos and other traditional Mexican favorites while attending the Fiesta River Parade party. New England Members of the New England Chapter and their families enjoyed riding the Santa Claus Express, an actual steam train in Essex, Connecticut, on December 12. It was a one-of-a-kind holiday experience for all aboard. Festivities included meeting for a meal at a local restaurant, riding on the train, and meeting Santa and his elves. Two Trinity alumni participated in the snowman competition sponsored by the New England, Denver, and Chicago alumni chapters: Camille Dolansky ’79 from Higganum, Conn., and Cheryl Spong Hampton ’91, from Denver. Several members of the chapter had a blast snow tubing at the Nashoba Valley Tubing Park. It was a cold and snowy day on February 27, but plenty of hot cocoa kept them warm. San Antonio The chapter’s annual holiday party on December 4, followed by the Christmas Concert, was a special treat for about 200 alumni and guests. Trinity Night at the Majestic for The Lion King on December 9 delighted the theater lovers who enjoyed watching the spectacular show and the cocktail during intermission. On February 20, a group of 30 alumni and current students participated in the first annual Trinity alumni service event, Trinity Stamps Out Hunger. Volunteers went to the San Antonio Food Bank warehouse, where they helped sort,

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stack, and move over 25,000 pounds of food. The San Antonio Food Bank serves around 58,000 people a week and the Trinity group was excited to have a hand in that. On February 28, the chapter went to the Woodlawn Theater to watch Fire on the Bayou, a musical written, performed and produced by fellow Trinity alumni, faculty and staff. All in attendance thoroughly enjoyed the reception and performance. They were delighted to be able to support the Trinity name in the community. This year's Alumni River Parade Party was another success! A diverse group of alumni enjoyed wonderful food and a great view of all the festivities. This year's floats were more interesting and exciting than in recent years, and the weather cooperated again. The chapter’s 2010 Food for Thought Luncheon-lecture series featured Trinity’s outstanding faculty who gave presentations on a variety of topics each month from January to May. More than 100 alumni, guests, and other loyal subscribers from the San Antonio community attended each lecture. All lectures are available on the Trinity Web site under “News and Events.” St. Louis The St. Louis alumni chapter hosted a wine tasting event at the home of the out-going chapter president Mike Henges ’78. Attendees voted on their favorite bottle of wine.

* Chapter in formation stage Albuquerque * Scott Webster ’85 Arizona Ray Fox ’78 Atlanta Beth Fenger ’95 Austin Claudia Chittim McFarland ’00 Bay Area Tommie Wilson '98 Chicago Erin Baker '99 Colorado John Lozano ’93 Dallas Kathleen Kerr Blanchard '94 Florida * Jody Tompson ’87 Fort Worth Amy Chambers '89 Houston Kristan Doerfler ‘01

Kansas City * Travis Holt ’06 Los Angeles Vacant; submit nominations National Capital Area * Griffin LeNoir ‘07 New England (includes New Hampshire, Vermont, Maine, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Connecticut)

Paul Fleck '92 New York Candice Comeaux '01 Oklahoma City * Jenny Richard ’97 Portland (Oregon) * Jonathan Logan '84 San Antonio Mike Zuber ‘74 San Diego Sophia Mena ’99 Seattle Heather Richardson ‘06 St Louis Rebecca Presson ’01 Tulsa * Mike McBride '89

Small World Dept. Jolyn Greer ’79 of Houston was pleasantly surprised when she was stopped on a walk by a woman who recognized her from a picture that appeared in Trinity magazine. The woman, Laura Griffin Schuhmacher ’86, is also a Chi Beta and currently has a daughter at Trinity, who is pledging Zeta Chi.



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M a r r i a g e s Dawson W. Tunnell lives in Denton, Texas, and advises that a book by the late John L. Miller ’45 is being translated into English. The Rev. Miller and his wife, the late Jean Everheart Miller ’45, served as missionaries in Brazil for many years.

1 9 4 6 Aurelia (Jeanie) Moore is active in several church groups, a book club, sewing, sings in choir, and also in a group that gives programs in nursing homes. She continues to enjoy traveling.

Allan Kownslar ’57, L.K. Croft ’57, and Larry Street ’59 visit at the annual Alumni Awards Dinner.

1 9 4 9 Mavis Robinson Frazer reminisced about her Trinity years and asked the question, “Do the Trinity students today know what a Quonset hut is? We went to class in them.”

1 9 5 8 Lee Adcock Hunnell and her husband had an experience not included in their South American agenda when their room on the 25th floor of the Santiago, Chile, Marriott Hotel “moved” with the earthquake at 3:24 a.m. Lee has written an interesting description of the event.

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Sam “Skippy” Hopkins who was president of the Class of 1960 and his classmate, Evelyn Baker Sparks, have expressed their excitement as they anticipate their 50th class reunion.

Susan Dart Kelso is teaching meditation and yoga with her dog, providing pet therapy for rehab and therapy patients. She is a retired professor of theatre arts at McNeese State University.

1 9 6 1 1 9 6 6 Betty Batson Kinsel was honored by the mayor of Three Rivers, Texas, when he declared February 25 Betty Kinsel Day. She taught in the elementary and high schools of San Antonio’s Northeast ISD for forty years.

Bill Thornton has been reappointed by Gov. Rick Perry to chair the Alamo Regional Mobility Authority for a term of two years.

Hermes Mallea to Carey Maloney ‘76 on April 3, 2009 R. Paul Davis to Mary R. Transue ‘83 on November 28, 2009 Joyce McDaniel to Terry High ‘88 on October 22, 2005 Johanna Pacheco to Joe Terry ‘95 on October 24, 2009 Greg Bahry to Lauretta Drake ‘96 on November 18, 2009 Austin Westervelt-Lutz ’00 to Stephanie Brinker ‘00 on September 26, 2009 Brian King ’00 to Alisha Christine Emmett ‘01 on October 10, 2009 Richard (Ryan) Weber ’04 to Shelley Laabs ‘01 on January 9, 2010 Katie Margaret Theard to Matthew Paul Soulier ‘02 on November 21, 2009 Ross Schulman to Loren DeJonge ‘03 on October 3, 2009 Justin Clark ’00 to Tami Ellis ‘03 on July 7, 2007 Curtis Laabs ’04 to Rebecca Schewe ‘04 on September 26, 2009 Christopher Deppe to Jenny Swanson ‘04 on January 2, 2010 Stephen Eric Hampton ’08 to Lyla Adel El-Messidi ‘05 on March 13, 2010 Mark Ryan Kozak to Kimberly Larson ’05 on March 21, 2009 Anthony Smith ’05 to Andrea Ramos ‘05 on March 13, 2010 Matt Simmons ’07 to Kirstin Atkinson ‘07 on June 27, 2009

50th Anniversary Sander and Anita Jacobsohn Frindell ‘63 on February 14, 2010

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Trinity alumni maneuver the 40-foot Tiger balloon under a traffic light at the Battle of Flowers parade.

Emily Walton to Kelly and Andrew Muir ‘89 on December 18, 2009 Sarah to Gregg and Elizabeth JacksonPettine ‘90 on October 19, 2009 Tyler Benjamin to Jonathan and Jennifer Akers Cutone ‘92 on June 2009 Jayden Alexander to Marvin and Rebecca Eury Dyke ‘95 on December 19, 2009 Annika Lee to Michael D. ’99 and Inga Munsinger Cotton ‘96 on December 16, 2009 John Robert to Sarah B. and Howard R. Griffin ‘96 on March 11, 2010 Neal-Thomas Daniel to Sherry and Dan Wright ‘96 on November 13, 2009 Lila Baran to Ben ’97 and Jen Robinson Atlee ‘97 on October 19, 2009 Kate Kelley to Peter and Beth Kelley Horine ‘97 on February 12, 2010 Kathryn Nittler Thompson to Tyler Thompson ’97 and Paige Nittler ‘97 on August 20, 2008

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For the Record B i r t h s Jacob Edward Mahan to Ed Mahan and Kim Obenshain ‘97 on January 20, 2010 Maya Olivia to Jeff and Anna Lazarus Caplan ‘98 on February 8, 2010 Boyd to Alistair and Lee Boyd Charlton ‘98 on December 24, 2009 Palmer Beach to Jenny and Warren Irwin ‘98 on June 1, 2009 Caroline


1 9 6 8 Lee Matthews is at Loyola University in New Orleans in the psychological resources department. Janet Rogers Matthews is chair of the American Psychological Association’s Board of Educational Affairs and also president-elect of the APA Division 31 Psychological Association. Wayne Walker and Kathlene Scott Walker ’70 have retired to Las Cruces, N.M. Wayne was a research physicist at Holloman Air Force Base and White Sands Missile Range. Wayne and Kathlene share many interests, including the Order of the Eastern Star, and he spends many hours caving and performing underground scientific and archaeological projects.

Claire to Jimmy ’93 and Terri Weems Augustine ’99 on June 22, 2009 Courtney Ann to Christina and John Kranick ’99 on January 14, 2010 Ashley Brooke to Greg and Susan Jewett Simmons ’00 on December 21, 2009 Abigail Lily and Juliet Rose to Brian ’99 and Sarah Register Smith ’00 on December 5, 2009 Charlotte Elizabeth to Kent ’01 and Wendi Krueger Landrum ’01 on February 11, 2010 Ethan Kim to Dan and Anna Keisling Robillard ’01 on September 18, 2009 Emmarie RuJeanne and Porter Thomas to Kevin ’02 and Jennie Welch Anderson ’02 on December 26, 2009 Chase Haynes Hobbs to Aaron and Nicole Endres Hobbs ’02 on March 20, 2010 John IV to John and Jordan Bittle Livingstone ’02 on November 9, 2009 Frederick William Gilham to Luke and Katherine Plog Martinez ’02 on October 9, 2009 Emelyn Elizabeth to Kevin ’02 and Anjuli Willis McReynolds ’02 on November 1, 2009 Lyla Jo to Piper and Brent Morgan ’02 on September 29, 2009 Gunnar Jason to Jason and April Ancira Thompson ’02 on March 12, 2010 Carson Edward to Greg ’03 and Jennelle Edwards Berger ’03 on December 6, 2009 Elisha Samuel

1 9 6 9 Willis F. (Bill) Fry has retired after more than 40 years in the health care and hospital industries. Becky Osmond was honored with the OSU-Oklahoma City L. E. “Dean” Stringer Award for excellence in teaching. She also received the Outstanding Adjunct Faculty Award for 2009-2010. She is a member of the faculty for the departments of science and developmental studies, Divisions of Science and Engineering and Arts and Sciences. Susan Masinter Riley wrote a beautiful memorial piece about late professor Andrew Milhalso and how he inspired her as a student.

1 9 7 1 Jim Nelon has the streaming videos of his Asian travels up and running in the video gallery under his new Web site domain at: and hopes you will check it out. Ron Piretti is the fight consultant on three Broadway shows: the 50-year revival of The Miracle Worker, In the Heights, and West Side Story. Sandra Ragan, professor emerita from the University of Oklahoma and coauthor of Communication as Comfort: Multiple Voices in Palliative Care, has spent thirty years in research, publishing, and teaching health and interpersonal communication skills. Mary Rohde Scudday is the fine arts chair at TMI, The Episcopal School of Texas. Her play, hard 2 spel dad, is a musical that was performed at the Dallas Children’s Theater through April.

Don Beeler ’73, left, has retired from Christus Santa Rosa Health System after 37 years. He is pictured with Manu Ginobili of the San Antonio Spurs. To Texas” which was sung at a ceremony at the Alamo in February.

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founder. He is on the board of Rocky Mountain University, the Children’s Hospital in Galveston, and a trustee of the Texas Physician Therapy Foundation.

Don Beeler, FACHE, received the 2009 Earl M. Collier Award for Distinguished Health Care Administration, the Texas Hospital Association’s highest honor. Beeler retired in January after a 38-year career with Christus Santa Rosa Health System, including a seven year tenure as regional president and CEO.

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Philip Knight-Sheen retired as CEO of Medrex and now serves as chairman and

The Rev. Philip Faris has been called to Graceminster Presbyterian Church in Monroe,

Patrick Finley, Sherilyn Coldwell, and Patricia Hensley ’72 celebrated the life of William Wells ’72 at his memorial service at the Alamo Heights Baptist Church in San Antonio in October.

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Tom Masinter and his company made up of actors, designers, and musicians received outstanding reviews of their performances of Fire on the Bayou during the month of February. The San Antonio Alumni Chapter enjoyed a performance as a special chapter event. Tom also wrote the music for “Gone

Lisa Sitz ’78 enjoys a visit with her legacy daughter, Miriam Sitz ’10, during the Legacy Luncheon on campus.


Ala. Faris and his wife have worked in the Logos program to help heal families and bridge the generation gap.

1 9 7 7 David Gavia has been named executive director of the Texas Municipal Retirement System. Connie Whitt-Lambert is head of the theatre department at Texas Wesleyan University. In a recent article in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, she discussed how skills learned as a theater major—writing, directing, innovation in set design—equip students to pursue careers outside the theater, such as drama therapy and architecture.

1 9 7 8 Jay Hohfeler is the new president and headmaster at the West Dallas Community School. Peter M. Koelling is director and chief counsel of the American Bar Association Justice Center. He serves as the director of the judicial division and has oversight of other Justice Center entities.

1 9 7 9 Melody Boone Meyer received the Rhodes Petroleum Industry Leadership Award from the ASME- International Petroleum Technology Institute. Meyer is president of the Chevron Energy Technology Co. and serves on the board of the National Offshore Industry Association. Pringle Teetor exhibited a piece in the show “Who’s Who in Glass 2010” at the Essex Arts Center in Lawrence, Mass., in March. The exhibition highlighted the multigenerational art created by masters of glass, cutting edge designers, and new artists.

1 9 8 0 Patrick F. Havey reports that Kevin J. Berger ’79 has retired from the military after 30 years of service. Antoinette “Toni” Salazar Morrell, Rusty Morrell, and Juliet Hagen Cassell ’00 are faculty members at St. Joseph Catholic School in Bryan, Texas.

1 9 8 2 Liz Dixon Branch is completing a master’s in library science at the University of North Carolina-Greensboro. After working as a paralegal for eight years, she decided on a second career and hopes to work in an academic law library. Her family includes three sons and two daughters who were adopted from Kazakhstan. Tony Franckowiak has been named committee chair and representative at large of the CPS Energy Citizens Advisory Committee in San Antonio. The

David Southerland ’88 committee provides community input directly to the CPS Energy Board of Trustees and staff.

1 9 8 3 Greg Castanza is now a financial adviser at Merrill Lynch. He lives in Glastonbury, Conn., with his wife and two sons. Heidi Bruegel Cox has been appointed by Texas Gov. Rick Perry to the Adoption Review Committee. She is executive vice president and general counsel of the Gladney Center for Adoption in Fort Worth and a fellow of the American Academy of Adoption Attorneys. Laura Hankins DiSilverio, aka Lila Dare, has written Swift Justice, due in bookstores in September from publisher St. Martin’s Minotaur. She also has three Mall Cop mysteries under contract due from Berkley in the summer. Brian Joseph is an artisan and lives in Austin. He has been asked to help sponsor HACAOT (Haitian & American Caribbean Organization of Texas), a nonprofit organization that has sponsored a mission to help the people of Haiti. Prior to the earthquake, Brian created art to be used for fund-raising. Larry Ketchersid’s new novel, Software by the Kilo, was inspired by a hike around the island of Paxos, Greece. In addition to corporate intrigue, there is wine, war, and “high-tech action.” Greg Weaver has been appointed senior vice president and CFO at Poniard Pharmaceuticals, a biopharmaceutical company.

1 9 8 4 Colin Campbell has been re-elected to the board of directors of the Visual Effects Society. VES is a nonprofit, professional, honorary society providing professional enrichment and education and promoting industry recognition. William (Bill) Molina received confirmation that his film, Truth Be Tolled, is an official selection for the 43rd Annual World-


fest-Houston International Film and Video Festival. The film has also been nominated to receive one of the prestigious REMI awards at WorldFest 2010. Don Philbin, chair of the Trinity University Associates, has been inducted and named a Fellow in the American College of Civil Trial Mediators. Philbin is an adjunct professor at the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution at Pepperdine Law School and chair of the ABA Dispute Resolution Section’s Negotiation Committee. Paul Senecal enjoyed seeing his Class of ’84 classmates and issued an open invitation for boating on Long Island Sound next summer. Frank Sutton is the Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium chief operating officer and has been honored with the senior-level Healthcare Executive Regent’s Award from the American College of Healthcare Executives, the leading professional society for health care leaders.

1 9 8 5 Steven C. Webb has been named Market president of TD Bank based in Manchester, N.H.

1 9 8 6 Gretchen Magers has been tapped by the United States Tennis Association to join the 2010 Margaret Court Cup team to compete in the Senior World Team Championships in

was recently named a Texas Rising Star and Top Healthcare Lawyer by Scene in SA magazine. She has earned Fellow status in the American College of Healthcare Executives. Luis H. Urrea II has been elected president of the El Paso County Medical Society. He is an orthopedic sports medicine surgeon with the El Paso Orthopedic Surgery Group.

1 9 8 7 Dayna Watson Mosier is helping with the second Austin PANCAN 5K Run in memory of her husband who died of pancreatic cancer. Traci McColl Terpstra earned a master’s degree in communicative disorders from California State University, Fullerton, and is working as a speech-language pathologist in the public schools.

1 9 8 8 Jelynne LeBlanc-Burley has been named the acting general manager of the San Antonio City Public Service (CPS). She is a former deputy city manager for the City of San Antonio. Diqui LaPenta Martin asked that we correct a Class Note from the last issue: Kathy Gregoire Galvan ’88, attended her wedding in Trinidad, Calif., but was not on the honeymoon in Costa Rica! David M. Southerland is the interim chief operating

Bill Chiang ’88 celebrated with his parents at their 50th anniversary. Mexico City. This is the fifth year she has been chosen to represent the United States at the prestigious international competition. Corinne Suzette Smith, JD, FACHE, is chief of business development and legal counsel for the University of Texas San Antonio, the family practice plan for the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. She

officer for Battle Creek Health System. He recently became a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives, the nation’s leading professional society for health care leaders.

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Laura De Anda is a member of Voces Latinas and a contributing author to the anthology Ways to Say I Love My Life and Mean It. Eight women wrote stories of personal trials and how, through forgiveness, they found faith, self-love, and purpose. Judith Ann Canales was appointed by President Obama to serve as the administrator for rural business and cooperative programs for the United States Department of Agriculture. This is her second presidential appointment. having previously served in the Clinton administration. J. Michael Cowling has been named CEO of Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center to oversee all strategic and operational activities for the 199-bed hospital.

1 9 9 2 1 9 9 0 Liza Billups Lewis was appointed by Gov. Rick Perry to the Texas Commission on the Arts. Shane Baker is a non-Jewish performer working with the New Yiddish Rep, a company sponsored by the Workmen’s Circle. He is the star of The Big Bupkis: A Complete Gentile’s Guide to Yiddish Vaudeville. After earning a master’s in Yiddish from the University of Texas, Baker returned to New York and became the unlikely head of the Congress for Jewish Culture, an organization of elderly Polish Jewish socialists. Tom Spencer is professor of history and director of the honors program at Northwest Missouri State University. He has contributed to and edited an anthology of essays about MormonMissouri conflicts in the 1830’s. He has also written several essays on Missouri history for other anthologies.

Caryn Carson was selected American Airlines Road Warrior of the Year. Celeste Diaz Ferraro ’91, a former road warrior, suggested checking Carson’s Facebook page for a hilarious three minutes.

1 9 9 3 Billy Cress is vice president of Weston Solutions, Inc., focusing on “green building, clean energy” and long-term solutions. Working toward making San Antonio a better place, he invests time in the community and works with the Catholic Youth Organization. Karin Dai Kelly finished a half marathon in New Delhi on November 1. Faith Miller resides in Amarillo where she anchors the KAMR NBC4 News at Five, Six, and Ten. Stephanie Sullivan is one of two new consultants to be announced as a member of the 130 residential and commercial specialists at Chicago

Cody Powell ’03, Laura Powell, Jenny De Souza Venza ’03, and Darby Venza ’02, left to right, celebrated New Years Day in the Andes Mountains of Argentina. Mount Aconcagua, the snow-capped peak in the background, is the tallest mountain in the Americas. real estate brokerage Dream Town Realty. K. Meghan Wieters has received a Ph.D. from Texas A&M University and is at the University of Oklahoma as an assistant professor in the College of Architecture, where she teaches environmental planning and active transportation planning.

1 9 9 4 Daniel J. Bauer received the award for Distinguished Scientific Early Career Contributions to Psychology “for the creative integration of sophisticated quantitative methods with empirical research in the psychological sciences.” Bauer’s biography, along with a bibliography of 20 of his published papers, was featured in the November 2009 American Psychologist published by the American Psychological Association.

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Kristin Doerfler ’01 and Houston alumni chapter members kick back at the Improv.

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Sheena Edwards, a "mompreneur" and owner of start-up company Lizzie Lou Shoes, was featured on WOAI-TV's San Antonio Living with Shelly Miles. Jason Engbrecht resides in Faribault, Minn., and is a physics professor at St. Olaf College. He has been given the backing of the Democratic-FarmerLabor party for a state senate seat. Martina Jones Longoria works as a prosecutor in the Harris County District Attorney’s Office. She was recently promoted to district court chief doing capital litigation. She and her husband have two daughters. Bradley Stephenson has been appointed by Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius to serve as a member of the National Arthritis and

Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases Advisory Council of the National Institutes of Health.

1 9 9 6 Donald Allen has been appointed Healthcare Practice Leader at Pinstripe, Inc. The company is located in Brookfield, Wis. Howard Griffin is serving as the mission pastor at Highland Park Presbyterian Church in Dallas. Reza Kaleel has been promoted to vice president/ administrator, Christus Santa Rosa Hospital-Medical Center in San Antonio. Alicia Dykhouse Knight is senior product manager of the Web at Rosetta Stone. She lives in Northern Virginia and is the mother of two children. Morgan Matson founded Preferred Counsel Legal Placement Services L.P. and refers to himself as a “headhunter” for the legal services industry. He is active in a number of organizations that serve children and the disadvantaged. Andrew M. Miller has joined the firm of Blank Rome, L.L.P. in the Washington, D.C. office. Tanya Rinebarger works out of the metro-Denver office of Great-West Retirement Services where she is communications consultant for 401(k) business.

1 9 9 7 Janna Judd Hawkins has been named assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction for the Brownsville Independent School District. Attorney Cindy Karm Roberts is an associate with the firm of Buchanan & Bellan, L.L.P. in downtown Dallas.


Lee Boyd Charlton is moving with her husband and new baby to Muscat, Oman. Ashley Maranich has been deployed to Haiti with the 86th CSH, the Army’s “mobile” hospital. She expects to be there for 6 months (through July) and will be able to utilize both her pediatric and infectious disease/international health training. John Davis Miles has received a Ph.D. in English from Duke University and is an assistant professor of English at the University of Memphis. Corrie Stokes has been named the deputy city auditor for the City of Austin. She previously worked for the U.S. Department of Justice and the Library of Congress.

1 9 9 9 Sardar Biglari was compared to value investor Warren Buffett in a San Antonio ExpressNews article. Biglari runs a $500 million New York Stock Exchange company. His Shake n Bake restaurant company is poised to become a diversified holding company, Biglari Holdings, Inc. with headquarters in San Antonio.

2 0 0 0 Jessica Moore teaches wedding coordinator certification courses at Texas State University. She founded her business “Something to Celebrate” in 2005 and has had enormous success. Austin and Stephanie WesterveltLutz were surrounded by 13 Trinity friends at their September wedding. Austin is working in the development department at SMU and Stephanie is finishing a residency at UT Southwestern. Norma Perkins is the hospital administrator at Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital in

Sitka, Alaska. Terris Tiller worked with the transition for the U.S. Olympic Committee to go from the Olympic Winter Games to the Paralympic Winter Games

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2 0 0 1 Scott Haywood has been appointed to the Texas Racing Commission for a term to expire February 1, 2015. Haywood is director of corporate communications for Astrotech Corporation and past director of communications for the Texas Secretary of State. Michelle Meade is the legal counsel for Governor John P. de Jongh Jr., of the U.S. Virgin Islands. Meade resides in St. Thomas. Anna Keisling Robillard is leaving the bright lights of Broadway and with husband and new baby are moving to Las Cruces, N.M. Dan will be in graduate school, and Anna will continue to do voice-over work and work on a children’s album. Stephanie Ross has completed graduate work in orthodontics and is in practice in Longmont, Colorado.

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M e m o r i a m

LaNelle Robertson Barclay ‘39 on November 8, 2009 Dorothy W. Betts ‘42 on March 3, 2010 Panalee Thomson Lapham ‘42 on May 13, 2009 George Hugh Paschal Jr. ‘47 on January 21, 2010 Jack Lee Callahan ‘49 on March 6, 2010 Vernon L. Schaub ‘49 on February 10, 2010 Hallie

Lyla El-Messidi ’05 and Stephen Hampton ’08

Amelia Baker ‘50 on March 12, 2010

Office in Fort Worth and wants to reconnect with alumni in the DFW area. Loren DeJonge Schulman lives in Washington, D.C. and works at the Department of Defense.

‘50 on January 20, 2010

F. Earle Bergquist ‘50 on September 19, 2009 Jane Millikan Crawford

Mary E. McKinney ‘50 on November 16, 2009 Allen G. Phelps ‘51 on

Patricia Foh has relocated to Kansas City, where she is in graduate school to become a school librarian. Darby Venza sent pictures taken on New Year’s Day in the Andes Mountains of Argentina. The experience showing the snow-capped peak of the tallest mountain in the Americas, Mount Aconcagua, was shared with Jenny De Souza Venza ’03, Cody Powell ’03, and Cody’s wife, Laura.

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Amber Rogers has accepted a position with the Department of Justice, U.S. Attorney’s

Lyla Adel El-Messidi and Stephen Hampton ’08 married at The Bushnell in San

Daren C. Brabham is completing his Ph.D. at the University of Utah. Research related to his dissertation has been published in several publications. He will be an assistant professor in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill beginning in July.

March 16, 2010 James T. Richmond ‘53 on December 13, 2009 Dorothy Myrtle Hatcher Stutzenburg ‘56 on December 31, 2009 Jonna Lee Baker McCaffrey ‘59 on February 27, 2010 Vivian Faye Story Kiesling ‘60 on March 17, 2010 Ernesto Valdes ‘60 on March 20, 2010 Judy Wicklund Allen ‘62 on February 9, 2010 Janice Christopher Brandenburg ‘63 on November 9, 2009 LeRoy E. Settergren ‘64 on March 25, 2010 Mary Tom Molteni ‘67 on January 22, 2010 Susan Harris Sullivan ‘67 on December 8, 2009 Maxine Margaret Thorward ‘72 on November 22, 2009 Maryalice Howe ’73 on June 2, 2010 Gregory J. Lens ‘78 on November 18, 2009 Mary Pogue Lyon ‘79 on December 2, 2009 Clinton Rabb ’79 on January 17, 2010 Anna Marie Rosales-Lozano ‘83 on January 30,

The wedding of Kimberly Larson ’05 and Mark Ryan Kozak included many Trinity alums from the Class of 2005. Pictured above, left to right, are (front row) Jennifer Agnello, Rachel Golden, Kim Larson Kozak, Ryan Kozak, Stephanie Carrara Francis and son Wesley, Stephanie Toll Jones, Penny McCool, and Melanie Hudson and (back row) Tiffany Forest, Kevin Stansell, Jeremy McDonald, Paul Francis, Nick Jones, Cowboy McCool.


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are in Madison, Wis., where Lauren has put her artistic skills to work making extreme cakes at a “fancy bakery.” In December she made huge gingerbread houses. Chris is at the University of Wisconsin working toward a doctorate. W. Tramaine Rausaw has accepted the position of director of student life at Odessa College, in Odessa, Texas. Ragan Updegraff is in Istanbul doing Fulbright research at Sabanci University. His focus is on the role of minority-based nongovernment organizations in resolving the Kurdish conflict. He will return to the U.S. in August and enroll in the Fletcher School at Tufts University.

2 0 0 7 Dana Bays has been accepted as a volunteer for WorldTeach, a nonprofit organization

November 30th Wall Street Journal Business Insight section, Winkler’s article “Follow the Tweets” was published in conjunction with MIT’s Sloan Management Review.

2 0 0 8 Andrew Dill is a first-year law student at the New York University School of Law. This follows a year in Madrid, where he was an assistant English teacher at an elementary school. Ron Fortin is the executive director of Centro Educativo Tecnico Scheel, Asociacion Nuestros Aijados in Antigua, Guatemala. He invites viewers to http://filipinoinguatemala. and welcomes your comments after viewing. Marton Gerfely has founded a Web design company, “GlobalMe,” as a means to pay his way

Melanie Riall ’08 has been backpacking for six months in Southeast Asia and Australia. She posed with this tiger in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Antonio and among the wedding guests were Trinity alumni Amanda Crouch ’05, Lauren Madrid ’05, David Leong ’05, Alexis Ferraro ’04, and Erin O’Connor ’04. She is pursuing a Ph.D. in clinical neuropsychology at the University of Houston, and he is studying for his M.D. degree at the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston. Kim LeBlanc is working for the Texas Film Commission in the Office of the Governor as location scout. She also appeared in Bryan Poyser’s newest film, Lovers of Hate, which

was screened for the 2010 Sundance Film Festival U.S. Dramatic Competition.

2 0 0 6 Courtney Spickelmier Bryand was selected by the San Antonio Math and Science Education Coalition as the Middle School Math Teacher of the Year for Bexar County and was presented a check for $1,000. She teaches at the East Central Heritage Middle School. Lauren Sicking Reynolds and Chris Reynolds

Courtney Spickelmier Bryand ’06, left, a math teacher in San Antonio’s East Central ISD, was selected as the Middle School Math Teacher of the Year for Bexar County.

October 22-24,

all roads lead to TRINITY. Come visit on Alumni Weekend.

Inauguration of President Dennis A. Ahlburg Friday afternoon, October 22

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placing teachers in schools in developing countries. Bays will teach computer skills and HIV/AIDS awareness as needed by her assigned school in Namibia, Africa. Jessica Renier has been promoted to senior economic analyst and coordinator of economic and financial analysis on Princeton’s Business Plan Competition. The competition was held in New York City, November 24, 2009. Jay St. Pierre has joined the administrative team as chief financial officer for the Chattanooga, Tenn., market, which is part of the Parkridge Medical Center. Joe Tognetti has been accepted at Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary to study toward a Master of Divinity. Elizabeth Winkler is currently a research associate at the Center for Research in Electronic Commerce at the University of Texas at Austin’s McCombs School of Business. In the

through graduate school. His Web site is at Leigh Ann Leavell is a first-year student at the University of Texas School of Law in Austin. Tanya Miles is an auditor of banking and capital market clients in the Wall Street office of PricewaterhouseCoopers. Melanie Riall has been backpacking for six months in South East Asia and Australia. She sent a picture from the Tiger Kingdom in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Daniel Rodriquez-Iturbe specializes in residential real estate at the Phyllis Browning Co. in San Antonio.

2 0 0 9 Kyle Altman has been signed to play soccer with the National Sports Center Minnesota team.


Betty Jameson Verdino Name: Betty Jameson Verdino Home: Missouri City, TX Education: Trinity University ’60, Bachelor of Arts in Foreign Languages

Activities: I am blessed with good health and the energy to pursue what I love. I suppose at the top of my list is tennis—a Trinity leftover that still serves me well. We enjoy our many friends, our church activities and mission work, garden club, gourmet club, bible study, book club, musical outings, reading, writing, teaching, travel and more—and just enjoying the sunset in our home with friends. (We don't do sunrise). Family: When your children become your friends, it is indeed a joy. My husband and I count among our closest friends two daughters and a son, as well as four grandchildren and four greats! How great is that! Achievement: I would like to think that I am still achieving, though be it a little more slowly and a lot more thoughtfully. Every day is filled with satisfaction and a feeling of well being. I try not to close my eyes at night until I can account for at least one small achievement for the day. And, I guess the small ones add up over time. Ask me again in ten years.

Legacy: Support for the Trinity Annual Fund through the Associates program and a planned gift to benefit future Trinity students in the form of an endowed scholarship. Motivation: My parents, also Trinitonians, were always so generous and so giving. I grew up and grew older with this same motivation. I guess it is more out of gratitude and thanksgiving for what has been given to me. That is the only way to thank those who went before you—to do the same for the next generation. For information on how your generosity can benefit Trinity University, please call us at 888-TU-DONOR, or visit us online at JULY 2010 55


What’s In a Name? How did Trinity University acquire its name? In recent years, a variety of answers to this question have appeared, most of which have been either historically inaccurate or linguistically misleading. A few years ago one publication attributed the name Trinity to the three locations (Tehuacana, Waxahachie, and San Antonio) where the University resided, thus endowing the founders with prophetic vision! University archival sources provide information to answer this question. First, it was called a university rather than a college because its founders had high educational aspirations. They hoped to have a “university of the highest order” that offered professional and graduate level programs in addition to undergraduate studies. Although a few graduate programs such as business, law, and medicine commenced during the Tehuacana era (1869-1902), they were short lived due to inadequate funding and miniscule enrollment. In 1892 Trinity trustees proposed to change the institution’s name to Trinity College, but when the Cumberland Synod of Texas urged the university not to abandon its graduate aspirations, they did not pursue the change in nomenclature. Trinity continued to function primarily as an undergraduate liberal arts college until the 1950s when graduate programs at the masters level were introduced. Second, it was called Trinity because Cumberland Presbyterian founders wanted a name that reflected a broad Christian orientation rather than a narrow

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denominational affiliation or geographical location. Having experienced the failure of multiple uncoordinated educational ventures prior to the Civil War, they desired to have one university that would attract the patronage and financial support of their three governing bodies (Texas, Brazos, and Colorado Synods) and also appeal to a wider circle of Texas residents. The earliest explanation of why Trinity was chosen as a name comes from J.H. Wofford, a member of the committee that selected a location and a name for the new educational institution. Writing in April 1870 for The Banner of Peace, a denominational periodical, Wofford stated that the committee unanimously decided on the name Trinity because of “the joint work of the three Synods, in the name of the Holy Trinity.” Subsequent university catalogues reaffirmed this explanation in similar language. “In keeping with the harmonious concert of action of the three Synods in establishing a Christian institution, very appropriately was the name ‘Trinity University’ chosen.” (1901-1902 Catalogue). During the Waxahachie years, while retaining the original explanation, two additional suggestions for the appellation “Trinity” appeared in university catalogues. Neither can be traced back to the university’s founding. One referred to the educational triad of “body, mind, and spirit,” and another to the possibility it might include the three antebellum Cumberland schools Larissa College, Chapel Hill College, and LaGrange Collegiate Institute (later Ewing College) that preceded Trinity. (1937-1938 Catalogue). The latter suggestion about the three schools has been mistakenly cited in some publications as the sole source of the name. In summary, Trinity’s founders adopted the name Trinity University to reflect its Christian ethos and academic aspirations. Responding to changing times, shifting circumstances, and evolving insights, the University continues to respect its historical roots and pursue its goal of academic excellence. R. Douglas Brackenridge, Professor Emeritus, Department of Religion

[ déjà view ] Trinity’s Forgotten Traditions: Swing-In Swing-Out T

he generating impulse for Swing-In Swing-Out, frequently referred to as “one of Trinity’s most revered traditions,” was Maude B. Davis, Dean of Women on the Waxahachie campus. Both venerated and feared by Trinity students as a kindly mentor and a strict disciplinarian, Davis was an influential figure on the Trinity campus and regional and national educational organizations during her distinguished career (1923-1958). Serving initially as dean (1923-1945), she spent her remaining years as professor in the department of education. Wanting to insure a warm reception to first-year female students, Davis initiated Swing-In in the fall of 1924. Sophomore

women, functioning as “Big Sisters,” hosted a reception for their “Little Sisters” to welcome them into the Trinity community. To complete the cycle, she established Swing-Out in the spring of 1925, a goodbye banquet-ceremony hosted by junior women to honor senior women. Sponsored by the Young Women’s Christian Association (Y.W.C.A.), both the welcome and exit traditions endured for more than 50 years as prominent events on Trinity’s social calendar. Rituals designed by Davis had a lasting impact on numerous student generations of Trinity women. Core elements included group singing, inspirational speeches, a dinner, and a candle-lighting ceremony in the evening darkness, designed to foster emotional and spiritual bonding. The Trinitonian described a typical ceremony in 1932. After a songfest and “an inspirational and pep talk to the girls,” the women had supper on the lawn outside their residence hall. Following a talk TOP: Maude Davis (right) with Swing-In participants in 1955. ABOVE LEFT: Outdoor Swing-In candle lighting ceremony in the

Storch Library lawn area in 1961.

entitled, “How It Feels to Be a Little Sister,” they processed to the athletic field, guided by a lantern and lighted candles. “As the colorful and impressive line moved toward the field, the singing of ‘Follow the Gleam’ added much to the ceremony. When the girls were seated in a circle on the field, Mrs. Paul Schwab gave the inspirational talk of the evening. As she ended her talk, Miss Frances Garvie played ‘Sweet Hour of Prayer’ on the violin. Then from the distance taps were heard. After this the group marched back with their lanterns to Drane Hall.” When Trinity moved to San Antonio in 1942, Swing-In SwingOut continued to be observed as hallowed traditions on the Woodlawn campus. Subtle changes occurred, however, during the next decade on Trinity Hill. The Y.W.C.A. ceased to be an active campus organization and sponsorship of the traditions passed to the Board of Women’s Social Clubs under the guidance of new administrative leadership. In 1959 the event was described as “swinging all freshman women into the circle of Trinity’s fellowship,” but all Trinity women were invited to attend. Appropriate attire was “semiformal or cocktail dresses.” Following a candle lighting ceremony, participants gathered for a reception in the Storch Library garden area. The last references to Swing-In and Swing-Out in The Trinitonian occurred in 1975. Deemed anachronistic by student leaders and university officials, the traditions morphed into more inclusive events such as the present New Student Convocation and the Last Great Reception for seniors. In different ways, the modern formats seek to accomplish the same goals as those envisaged by Maude Davis in an earlier era. R. Douglas Brackenridge, Professor Emeritus, Department of Religion

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THOMAS FRIEDMAN | Columnist, The New York Times

Thomas Friedman, columnist for The New York Times and author of Flat, Hot, and Crowded, delivered the spring 2010 Trinity University Distinguished Lecture on February 16, 2010. Our country is actually incredibly alive and exploding…but Washington, D.C., is not capturing that energy and channeling it the way we need. ■ The way for America to get its groove back is to lead the world in the next great industrial revolution. ■ The next big global industry is going to be the search for abundant, cheap, clean, and reliable electrons. I call that industry ET. ET is going to be the next IT. ■ The country that owns ET is going to have, I believe, the most national security, economic security, environmental security, and innovation security, and global respect. ■ This is a problem that will not be solved by regulators or bureaucrats. It will be solved by innovators, inventors, and engineers. ■ Price matters and it matters more than ever with ET than it did with IT because of one critical difference…The IT revolution gave us a whole new set of functions. You went from typewriters to laptops…[With ET] you’re going to have the same lighting, the same heating and cooling, and the same mobility. Therefore, the only reason to switch and move from one fuel to another is price. ■ You lead an incredibly digital life right now, but politics is still analog. Get out of Facebook and into somebody’s face.”

July 2010 | Trinity University Magazine  
July 2010 | Trinity University Magazine  

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