THE MAGAZINE OF TRINITY UNIVERSITY SUMMER 2016
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EDITOR’S NOTE TRINITY Summer 2016 Editor
Scholar at risk.Looking back on my time at Trinity, I cannot quite apply that
descriptor to my educational experience. Scholar at risk of staying out too late at Bay’s on a Thursday night, sure; scholar at risk of losing my spot on that one couch on the library’s third floor, all the time. I may be going out on a limb here, but I feel that many of my fellow Tiger alumni were not at risk for much other than the occasional hangover or failed accounting final. What would it mean, then, to truly be a scholar at risk? To desire educational enrichment so deeply that you come to the U.S. knowing you may be putting yourself, your family, or your peers in harm’s way? To know that if your goal to advance your research were to come to light in your home country, you may never be allowed back? On page 10 of this issue, you will meet Trinity’s Scholar at Risk—well, what we can share about this scholar, anyway. We have not used pronouns. We have not used photos. We have not put hometowns or majors or minors or degrees or favorite classes because risk is this scholar’s reality. The scholar is spending the 2016 calendar year at Trinity, and will again be engaged in the international studies colloquium. I invite you to close your eyes for just a few seconds to truly imagine the mixed emotions of fear and courage, conflict and bravery, that our Scholar at Risk has faced in order to stand at the lectern this fall and offer such profound perspectives. I closed my eyes. I truly imagined. And I can thank my Trinity education for instilling empathy, curiosity, and cultural understanding—we all can. In our residence halls, we live with people from different states, different cultures, and different parts of the world. In our classrooms, we learn from professors who bring perspectives from different countries, or who travel frequently for conferences, for research, and for Fulbrights. Through study abroad programs, we immerse ourselves in languages and customs foreign to our own. And through undergraduate research and experiential opportunities, we engage with international issues on vast, expansive levels. Sure, I left Trinity knowing how to speak a foreign language, how to take a train from Germany to France, and how to cook a mean pad thai. But let’s dig deeper: I learned when to speak and when to listen, when to teach and when to learn, when to act and when to pray—all drawn from my interactions with a community of international thinkers and doers, natives and travelers. Most important, I learned how to appreciate my own cultural roots and the roots of others—we are, after all, rooted to the same Earth. Boa viagem!
Jeanna Goodrich Balreira ’08 Writers Carlos Anchondo ’14, R. Douglas Brackenridge, Sarah Farrell ’17, Susie P. Gonzalez, Mike Greene ’07, James Hill ’76, Ken Hoffman P’19, Joshua Moczygemba ’05, Isaiah Mora ’18, Justin Parker ’99, Mariah Wahl ’16 Photographers Natelee Cocks, Anh-Viet Dinh ’15, Joshua Moczygemba ’05, Genevieve Shiffrar, David Smith, David Viñuales Copy Editor Ashley Festa Assistant Vice President for External Relations Sharon Jones Schweitzer ’75 President Danny J. Anderson Board of Trustees Sharon J. Bell, Ted W. Beneski, Walter F. Brown Jr., Clifford Buchholz ‘65, Miles C. Cortez ’64, Douglas D. Hawthorne ’69, ’72, Gen. James T. Hill ’68, George C. Hixon ’64, Walter R. Huntley Jr. ’71, ’73, John R. Hurd, E. Carey Joullian IV ’82, The Rev. Dr. Richard R. Kannwischer ’95, Richard M. Kleberg III ’65, Dr. Katherine W. Klinger ’72, John C. Korbell, Oliver T. W. Lee ’93, Steven P. Mach ’92, Robert S. McClane ’61, Melody Boone Meyer ’79, Marshall B. Miller Jr., Michael F. Neidorff ’65, Thomas R. Semmes, L. Herbert Stumberg Jr. ’81, Jessica Whitacre Thorne ‘91, Lissa Walls ’80
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22 Chasing Change
29 Go Abroad 38 On the Wall with Nancy Ericksen 40 Preserving History
44 Lessons in Humanity
48 It’s a Tiger World After All
Letters to the Editor 7 Trinity Today 12 Trinity Press 13 Summer Reading 14 Tiger Pride 18 Where Are They Now? 20 In Memoriam
Go Abroad - Features 50 Alumni Profiles 58 Class Notes 71 Chapter Activities 76 Alumni News 79 Déjà View 81 Trinity Travels
Making the Cover This issue’s cover photo was taken by David Young ’06 during his time in the Peace Corps. The photo depicts a village view in Ouled Larbia, Morocco.
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
I thoroughly enjoyed reading the Trinity magazine’s food issue. The “Hungry for Learning” article made me want to introduce Trinity University to a Central Texas nonprofit called HealthStart Foundation (HSF), with the hope of possible collaboration with other Tiger alumni. After graduating Trinity in 1997, I headed off to medical school to complete my residency training in emergency medicine; I can’t remember ever learning about nutrition during my medical training! I became involved with HSF (www.HealthStartFoundation.org), whose mission is to empower kids to create a healthier future for our communities through early health education. Our programs include a nine-unit curriculum (called “Health Education for Youngsters”) that teaches kids how to be conscious of what they put in their bodies. We also have a school cafeteria plan (called “What Are You Feeding?”) that demonstrates how each component of a child’s lunch helps nourish a different body system. Finally, we are working on a game app that teaches the same principles through an interactive game for kids. – Dr. Irfan Hydari ’97
I always appreciate reading about the many ways my fellow alumni apply their Trinity education/experience, but this particular issue also added places–and flavors!–to my bucket list. The only trouble is deciding where to head first: Napa and the Palmaz Vineyards? Colorado and Smoke Modern BBQ? If my husband gets to pick, it will be one or both breweries! – Denise High ’83
Having recently completed my M.S. in human nutrition, and actively pursuing a career as a dietitian, I was so excited to read in “The Food Issue” how Trinity students, faculty, and alumni are taking a keen interest and role in tackling food issues (such as food insecurity) and raising questions about where our food comes from. Reading the article “Food Matters” about the new first-year experience course makes me wish I could go back to Trinity! While I wish this course had been offered during my time there, I am thrilled to know it is there now and will hopefully inspire future Tigers to take an increasing interest in our food system and the important role of nutrition in health. – Haley Royer ’12
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I found the article “The Thin Ideal” very interesting and informative. I agree that the societal “perfect body image” is an issue that sometimes results in physiological and psychological symptoms and is therefore a worthy subject for further research and inquiry. On the other hand, the generally accepted opinion of the medical community is that obesity is a serious health issue as well, and societal acceptance of obesity has equal, and perhaps much more widespread, risks to health and well-being, especially given that around 60 percent of the U.S. population (depending on sources) fall under the medical definition of overweight, obese, or morbidly obese. One perspective is that adverse feelings from comparison with more fit bodies could be a legitimate impetus for a needed change in personal behavior that could cumulatively affect the greater health of society in general, so advocating the acceptance of “all body types” may lead to greater issues than those that would be averted. Another point of view is that, in times past and in other societies such as ancient Greece, idealized or perfect form—mental, physical, mathematical, artistic, or otherwise—gave citizens something to strive for. It was inherent, for instance, in the Pythagorean perspective that while perfection was not attainable, it was a worthy benchmark. Perhaps what we are missing is acceptance of the dialectic between the limitations of our own humanity and the limitations of humanity in general. If not everyone can run a 4-minute mile or complete a marathon, and some get depressed as a result, do we demonize and cancel the Olympic Games, or do we counsel those affected to both achieve and accept their own personal best and applaud those who achieve higher results, gaining motivation and appreciation therein? – Gregg Blain ’88
Jeanna is a writer, designer, and coder for Trinity’s creative services and a proud English major, class of 2008. When she’s not gardening or trying new foods, Jeanna is probably watching Star Wars, singing with the ladies in the Beethoven Damenchor, or working on writing a book on programming as a second language. Follow Jeanna at @jeannabalreira.
Carlos is a writer and editor for university marketing and communications at Trinity University. Carlos graduated from Trinity in 2014 with a double major in communication and international studies. He is a runner, reader, and collector of as many stamps as possible to fill his passport. Follow Carlos at @cjanchondo.
Anh-Viet is the digital content producer for university marketing and communications. He has taken more than one million photographs, enjoys playing piano, exploring nature, and hopes to travel the world. He graduated from Trinity in 2015 as a biology major and feels blessed to have experienced music, art, and science during his time at Trinity.
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Anh-Viet purchased this small painting from a town square market in El Limón Dos, Nicaragua.
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Susie started her career as a newspaper reporter but changed the “channel” to Trinity when she realized she is a lifelong learner who thrives in an academic setting. Susie loves to share stories about Trinity people and programs with local, regional, and national media outlets and appreciates picturesque sunsets while walking her dog. Follow Susie at @susiegonz.
Joshua is the sports marketing coordinator at Trinity, a post he’s held since 2013. Joshua helps run Tiger Network, maintains and updates trinitytigers.com, and captures action and still sports photography. He graduated from Trinity in 2005 as a business administration major, with concentrations in marketing and communication.
Doug served on the Trinity faculty in the Department of Religion from 1962 to 2000 where he taught courses in the Bible, history of Christianity, and American religion. A volunteer in the University archives, he regularly visits the Bell Center to exercise with fellow retiree Ken Hummel.
Josh picked up this memento from his honeymoon in the Pacific Northwest; the bear embodies his connection to nature.
The Big Picture As scientists sound a conservation alarm on the harvest of sea snakes, sociology professor Alfred Montoya traces the networks involved with catching these snakes in the wild and using them for food or traaditional medicines. Read more on page __. photo by Zoltan Takas Marketing major Adam Press ’17 bungee jumps in Queenstown, New Zealand, while studying abroad at Victoria University of Wellington during the Fall 2015 semester. “My favorite part of study abroad has been how much I have grown as a person,” Press says. “From traveling across the south island to getting lost on a hike and camping on the side of a mountain, every amazing moment has helped me become more competent and independent.”
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Danny learned to play naipes in Mexico; this is a card from a deck he bought in the summer of 1978.
One of the most impactful, life-changing experiences I
had during my undergraduate years at Austin College was the opportunity to study abroad. I entered college thinking I wanted to go to medical school and began studying chemistry and biology, both of which In the fall of 1978, Danny visited Cuidad I loved. But then I started Rodrigo while on a field trip to Extremadura taking economics classes in western Spain. and couldn’t quite decide. Like many first-year students at Trinity, I came to college not knowing the breadth of opportunities and professions I could consider. I had come to a point where I wanted to put a little bit of distance from my immediate world and to think about how to “pop the bubble” that I was living in. I spent the summer of 1978 in Puebla, Mexico, for an intensive Spanish-language program to prepare for a year-long study abroad program in Madrid, Spain. While I was studying in Spain, I saw the process of social change as the country ratified its constitution and ended the Franco dictatorship. I watched democracy emerge and discovered that I had a skill for literary analysis. I also became fascinated with Spanish-American literature, as well as Mexican fiction. As a result of this experience, I finished up my bachelor’s degree by putting more emphasis on Spanish, which put me on an academic career path that ultimately led to Trinity University. A study abroad or international experience is about more than just travel or finding yourself. When you study abroad, you cross not only physical boundaries, but also linguistic and cultural boundaries, and this changes the way you see the world. In this issue of Trinity magazine, you will read about many such transformations. In an increasingly diverse and interconnected world, students must develop the necessary knowledge and skills to be effective citizens of the world, to be able to communicate, understand, and do business with people across the globe. The Trinity Tomorrow strategic plan calls us to enhance students’ international engagement and awareness. This is essential for tomorrow’s leaders who will thrive in a world where travel and
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technology bring us closer together. Anyone who is not able to participate and be a part of that world is falling behind. To fulfill this objective, Trinity is pursuing a number of initiatives, including the creation of additional faculty-led study abroad programs. In recent years, several study abroad programs led by Trinity faculty have provided students distinctive international learning experiences. Two long-standing programs—the Madrid Summer Program and the Shanghai Program—set a high standard of excellence for these types of international experiences. Trinity faculty members have also piloted additional multi-week study abroad programs in Cuba, Germany, China, Japan, and Nicaragua. Faculty-led programs provide added value by allowing our students to work closely with Trinity faculty members in an international setting while taking rigorous classes that align with the goals of the Trinity curriculum. The strategic plan also gave life to Trinity’s Center for International Engagement (CIE), which serves as a central home for the University’s international activities. CIE accommodates the needs of International Studies, study abroad, such interdisciplinary academic programs as Mexico, the Americas and Spain (MAS), East Asian Studies at Trinity (EAST), and Languages Across the Curriculum. The CIE also supports Trinity’s significant population of international students and faculty and provides leadership for cross-campus initiatives that emphasize international engagement and awareness. By leveraging our strengths, Trinity will ensure delivery of transformational international experiences, both on campus and off campus, to a great number of Trinity students. A study abroad experience is the most dramatic manifestation of what it means to leave home, more so than going away to college. For me, it was a mind-opening experience that immersed me in a world different from my own. The experience helped me become more aware, more analytical of the world around me, and gave me an appreciation for my own home in a different way. Sometimes you have to leave home to go home. Best wishes,
Danny J. Anderson, Ph.D. President Trinity University
Students Key Beneficiaries of Trinity Endowment University responds to congressional questions regarding endowment’s role in higher education On March 2, the U.S. Congress instructed Trinity and 56 other private colleges and universities to respond to 13 questions about their endowments. The Senate Committee on Finance and the House Committee on Ways and Means sought detailed information on how the University manages and uses its endowment to deliver on its educational mission. Trinity’s endowment, valued at $1.14 billion as of May 31, 2015, supports student financial aid, student and faculty scholarship, and other operational costs. It also ensures Trinity’s margin of excellence. The endowment has allowed the University to develop quality programs, recruit eminent faculty, maintain the best facilities, and deliver greater value to students than would be possible with tuition dollars alone. In fiscal year 2014-15, endowment revenue contributed 35 percent of the University’s operating budget, essentially subsidizing every student’s Trinity experience—even students who pay full tuition. Beyond the numbers or statistical points of comparison, the endowment is an investment in students and faculty. In a letter and detailed response to the committees’ questions, President Anderson describes “the critical importance Trinity’s endowment makes in the University’s historic quest to provide a high quality education to generations of students at an affordable price.” Read the full letter and response at gotu.us/EndowmentResponse.
Discovering the Public Sphere Environmental artist Mary Miss reveals how she engages people within the public realm Mary Miss, American environmental artist and designer, presented “City as Living Laboratory: Artists Making Sustainability Tangible” as the Ruth McLean Bowman Bowers Visiting Scholar for Women’s Histo-
ry Month on March 29. Miss explained that from her early career she was less interested in creating pieces for museums and more interested in finding ways that people could move through a space and encounter objects in those landscapes. Miss became attracted to the public sphere because she wanted to establish cues in a space that would make people notice that area in a different way. During her visit, Miss said she wanted students to realize that they have the ability “to empower themselves and to make a difference.” She added she believes women need to be encouraged to trust their voices and to let those voices be heard. In addition to meeting with students in a classroom setting, Miss also spoke to a larger audience in Trinity’s Chapman Auditorium.
Business Ethics Speaker Asks Hard Questions School of Business Ethics Symposium showcases impact of ethical decisions What would you do if your employer asked you to hide illegal information about the company’s operations? How would you find the strength to uphold your moral code when it meant turning in your co-workers and friends and putting your livelihood at risk? These questions were posed by guest speaker Cynthia Cooper during Trinity’s Business Ethics Symposium on April 11. Cooper visited Trinity to share her experiences as the head of Internal Audit for WorldCom, where in 2002 she unveiled a massive accounting fraud. At the time, WorldCom’s $3.8 billion accounting fraud was the largest in history. Cooper that students and business professionals are faced with ethical decisions every day, both large and small. Cooper’s presentation emphasized the importance of making the right decisions not because you may be caught, but because ultimately the strain on your character and your integrity are not worth the momentary benefits of acting unethically. Her story showed the Trinity community how small, ethical choices can have a large, permanent impact.
Investing in Ideas New grant provides funds for 30 entrepreneurship internships Student entrepreneurs at Trinity are one step closer to founding the businesses of their dreams, thanks to a new grant from San Antonio’s 80/20 Foundation. In partnership with Geekdom, the coworking space, an internship program called Students + Startups will pair 30 Trinity students with local tech startups and entrepreneurs. The program provides eligible students with a $4,000 stipend for a 10-week, full-time internship. Also covered is the cost of on-campus housing and tuition for one academic credit hour. The 80/20 Foundation and local startups will cover the total cost of each respective internship. This investment in entrepreneurship comes as the University’s Trinity Tomorrow strategic plan calls for a greater push for student experiential learning opportunities. According to Luis Martinez, director of Trinity’s Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, the Students + Startups program is meant to teach Trinity students about the formation of startups and what type of roles entry-level hires typically take on in these organizations.
A Growing Legacy A dedicated advocate of students, Tynes becomes Vice President for Student Life Sheryl Tynes, associate vice president for Academic Affairs and professor of sociology, has been appointed as the vice president for
What is a Poet Laureate? Jenny Browne plans to use art as a tool for collaboration in her new position as poet laureate of San Antonio by Mariah Wahl ’16
Amid cheers and a standing ovation, Mayor Ivy R. Taylor invested Trinity University English professor Jenny Browne as the 2016-18 poet laureate of San Antonio on March 28. The City Council Chambers were entirely packed. Felix Padron, executive director of the Department for Culture and Creative Development, notes that no former poet laureate has ever been invested with such an audience. In spite of all this fanfare, Browne introduces herself to us simply. She tells the story of how she introduced herself to a group of Congalese and Somalian teenage girls in a refugee camp in Kenya. Knowing that her official introduction meant very little to them, she found a different way to tell them who she was. “My name is Jenny and I’m a poet and a writer and reader and a professor. I’m also a wife and a mother and
a sister and a daughter. I’m an American and I’m a Texan and I live by a river in a city called San Antonio.” It’s a humble approach for such a prestigious-sounding title, one that prompts Browne’s daughters to jokingly refer to the investiture as her “coronation.” Browne seems determined to eliminate any mystery about the position, however. When people congratulate her on her award as poet laureate, they also quickly ask: What exactly is that? The official job of a poet laureate is to promote literacy and the understanding of arts and culture in the San Antonio community, or as Mayor Taylor puts it, it means to have “an endless determination in fostering greater cultural understanding in the San Antonio community.” As a student, I’ve seen Professor Browne foster this kind of understanding firsthand. In my poetry classes, we frequently share poems and garner feedback from each other in workshop. Sharing work that is often personal could easily be an apprehensive experience, but Professor Browne has a way of making workshop a collaborative and supportive place rather than a critical one. Her trick is this: Every time she comments on a student’s work, she makes her voice very soft and begins, “I wonder about…” I marvel at how this change of voice and this gentle approach makes it easier for all of us in class to be kinder to one another. About our modern world, one supposedly renowned for its connectivity, Browne says, “We are profoundly empathy deprived. Empathy is the task of poetry, writing, art.” From Professor Browne I have learned that when we encourage each other to wonder about how something can be different, our dialogue changes. Our communication opens up possibilities, whether that’s of a poem, or of someone’s creative potential. “We don’t want to talk about how much language matters,” Browne says in her poem “The First Person,” which tells the story of a seemingly harmless comment that carries immense weight. As poet laureate, Browne’s task seems to be to harness the power of language. Poetry can be a tool to open up the possibilities of our city in what she refers to as both the “physical and imaginary” spaces, to make the different voices of our community heard. I am excited to see what we can “wonder about” San Antonio, with the help of our new poet laureate and the power of language available to all of us. Mariah Wahl, from Longmont, Colo., contributed her voice as an intern in the office of University Marketing and Communications. She graduated in May 2016 with a Bachelor of Arts in English.
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Student Life at Trinity. She will serve as the University’s top administrative officer for all areas of student success, including academic support, residential life, health services, counseling, student accessibility services, and student involvement. Tynes, who first joined the Trinity faculty in 1988, was chosen for her commitment to student success and her institutional knowledge of Trinity. In her tenure, Tynes has overseen the Academic Honor Code, Academic Honors Programs, the “Allies” program to support Pell-eligible and first-generation students, academic advising, the first-year experience, the Student Success Center, curricular initiatives, and a variety of other programs. Tynes has been the individual primarily responsible for academic policies regarding student life, and she acts as a liaison for the curricular and co-curricular goals of the Trinity Tomorrow strategic plan. Tynes’ personal research focuses on childhood and youth and Social Security matters.
Advancing Women Leaders H-E-B, Trinity’s School of Business present landmark summit Women from the San Antonio area came together on April 30 for the first Trinity University Women’s Leadership Summit, presented by H-E-B in association with Trinity’s School of Business. The summit offered young women an opportunity to connect with area business and civic leaders during a day of learning, inspiration, and networking.
Amy Cuddy, Harvard Business School professor and bestselling author, was the featured speaker at the summit. Cuddy, a social psychologist, discussed her research that shows how body language affects how others see us and how we see ourselves. Cuddy gave the second-most-popular TED Talk of all time, and her book, Presence: Bringing Your Boldest Self to Your Biggest Challenges, is on The New York Times bestseller list. “Our intention is to establish the Trinity University Women’s Leadership Summit as an annual event that inspires and empowers young women while connecting them with business and civic leaders in our community,” said L. Paige Fields, dean of Trinity’s School of Business. Fields said the summit is the brainchild of Trish DeBerry ’87, president of The DeBerry Group and a member of the School of Business Advisory Council.
A Distinguished Scholar Trinity names Norma Elia Cantú as the new Murchison Professor in the Humanities Norma Elia Cantú has been appointed as the Norene R. and T. Frank Murchison Endowed Professor in Humanities at Trinity. A prominent Chicano and Latino cultural studies expert, Cantú comes to San Antonio from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. She will join the Trinity faculty in August. Cantú is also professor emerita of English and U.S. Latina/o Literatures at The University of Texas at San Antonio. Additionally, Cantú
taught for 20 years at Texas A&M International University in Laredo, Texas. An accomplished author, Cantú’s research focuses on cultural and literary production along the U.S.-Mexico border. Originally published in 1995, she wrote Canícula: Snapshots of a Girlhood en la Frontera, which chronicles her childhood experiences on the border. Canícula is the winner of the Premio Aztlán Literary Prize. The founder of CantoMundo, a Latina/o poetry workshop, Cantú is active in a number of Latino organizations, including the Latin American Studies Association and the National Association for Chicano Studies, among many others. She succeeds professor Arturo Madrid, who retired as the Murchison Professor in Humanities after 50 years in higher education.
Education Ambassadors Four Trinity seniors to serve as Fulbright English teaching assistants This academic year, four Trinity seniors were selected as recipients of Fulbright English Teaching Assistant (ETA) Awards. The graduates will spend one year teaching English language skills to students of various age groups. Emily Acker ’16 is placed in Tunja, Colombia, at the University of Boyacá; Sonam James ’16 in Zlín, Czech Republic; Laurel Meister ’16 in the Thuringia region of Germany; and Sarah Yaccino ’16 in Ecuador. The ETA Award is one type of Fulbright grant and provides a native English speaker the opportunity to serve as a cultural ambassador for the United States. A chief component of the ETA program is to design a service project that benefits the local community. For the Trinity recipients, service project plans include a Model United Nations club, a music group, and an education program for underprivileged youth. At Trinity, this is the first year more than two Fulbright scholars have been selected in one cycle.
from left Acker, Yaccino, James, and Meister
Carlos picked up this jersey after running the 2013 Rock ‘n’ Roll Madrid Half Marathon while studying abroad in Madrid.
The Value of Sustained Relationships ‘Scholars at Risk’ professor offers a unique perspective to international studies colloquium by Carlos Anchondo ‘14 UNESCO,or the United Nations Educa-
tional, Scientific, and Cultural Organization, named 2016 the International Year of Global Understanding. In a world rife with conflict, the organization’s appeal for tolerance and peace inspired Trinity University to host a Middle Eastern scholar of human rights law through the Scholars at Risk (SAR) network. The scholar participated in the fall 2016 international studies colloquium, titled “Issues in the Contemporary Muslim World and their Historical Backgrounds.” The colloquium, hosted by Trinity’s international studies program, discussed
“In the information age, getting information for everything is so easy, but we should be able to distinguish between the right information and the wrong information,” the scholar says. “We should be aware and avoid generalization.” Nanette LeCoat, associate professor of modern languages and literatures and director of the international studies program, leads the colloquium every semester. She invited the SAR scholar through the Institute for International Education, of which Trinity is a member. LeCoat encourages students to move beyond dialogue and to enter into meaningful relations with people from other countries and cultures. “A sustained relationship is that profound contact that allows you to know the other person as a human being and understand their desires and interests,” LeCoat says. “That is the value of this colloquium.”
A sustained relationship is that profound contact that allows you to know the other person as a human being and understand their desires and interests. the idea of a monolithic Islam, the Iranian Revolution, the Syrian Civil War, ISIL and its digital presence, Islam and human rights, and more. The SAR scholar offered the perspective of a jurisprudence professor to students enrolled in the colloquium as well as to course auditors. Nameless to protect colleagues in the scholar’s home country, the scholar says that a lack of information about other parties contributes to a dearth of understanding.
The SAR scholar adds that there are often real differences between what governments or a political group says and what the people of that country want. The scholar asks students to engage in direct connections with other countries and cultures because one day the “younger generation will be the leaders of the world.” For more information about future colloquiums, contact the international studies program at 210-999-7313.
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Greek Gold Greek life competes for Pantheon Award for second semester Social sorority Sigma Theta Tau and social fraternity Omega Phi have each earned the Pantheon Award for the Spring 2016 semester. The organizations both secured 500 standards points, the maximum possible score, in the Greek Life Olympiad, a challenge held every semester to create meaningful value for Greeks and the overall Trinity community. Fraternities and sororities gross points by living the four pillars of the Greek community: scholarship, service, leadership, and camaraderie. Every Greek club is expected to net a minimum of 250 points per semester. The Greek Life Olympiad is structured to reward organizations for what they do well, as opposed to serving as a disciplinary framework of required activities. This standards initiative is run by Jeremy Allen ’07, Trinity coordinator for fraternity and sorority life. Allen says the program is designed for fraternities and sororities to demonstrate “that their letters truly stand for something great.” Fall 2015 recipients of the Pantheon Award were the Spurs sorority and Omega Phi.
Top Academic Officer New vice president for Academic Affairs plans to make Trinity the model for a 21st century education Effective June 30, Deneese L. Jones became the new vice president for Academic Affairs at Trinity. Jones will serve as the University’s chief academic officer and will oversee academic programs, the mentorship and development of faculty, and implementation of the University’s Trinity Tomorrow strategic plan and the Pathways curriculum. Jones, immediate past provost at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, brings a 25-year career in academia to Trinity. Prior to her time with Drake, Jones served as dean and professor of education at Longwood University’s College of Education and Human Services. An accomplished educator, Jones has published articles in scholarly journals as
Susie’s daughter gave her these shamrock earrings from a trip to Ireland— appropriately, from Trinity jewelry company.
well as books related to her research interests in equity pedagogy in literacy instruction, teacher education and multicultural education, and leadership development. She was the 2013 recipient of the Texas Woman’s University Chancellor’s Alumni Excellence Award, where she was honored for her career in higher education. Jones received her bachelor’s from Texas Woman’s University and her master’s and doctorate from Texas A&M University, College Station.
Open Access for All Coates Library pledges support for humanities and social sciences monographs Trinity’s Coates Library is among nearly 300 libraries worldwide to collaborate with Knowledge Unlatched, a London-based nonprofit dedicated to the open access of humanities and social sciences monographs. More than 100 titles are now available for free on OAPEN and HathiTrust platforms as fully downloadable PDFs. All Knowledge Unlatched books are also search engine optimized. Two books, authored by Trinity professors Peter O’Brien, from political science, and David Spener, from anthropology and sociology, were published as a result of Knowledge Unlatched. Spener’s We Shall Not Be Moved/No Nos Moverán and O’Brien’s The Muslim Question in Europe were both published by Temple University Press. Over $1 million has been raised by the library consortium to make publishing possible.
Michael Hughes ’05, instruction librarian at Coates Library, says partnering with Knowledge Unlatched reaffirms the Library’s commitment to open access and the “open production and dissemination of knowledge.” “Initiatives like Knowledge Unlatched are good for readers, good for libraries, and good for authors,” Hughes says. “Open access makes it easier for readers to find the information they need and leads to an increased citation of scholarship, too.” Published titles cover five subject areas, including anthropology, history, literature, politics, and media and communications. In total, Coates Library has given nearly $4,000 to the project.
Food for Thought Reading TUgether selection examines the pleasure of “optimized” foods Trinity University’s Reading TUgether tradition continues this year with a thought-provoking exposé about how food companies have managed to transform our grocery shopping and eating habits. The book chosen for 2016 is Salt Sugar Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us by Pulitzer Prize winner Michael Moss. Salt Sugar Fat describes in a simple yet powerful way how food experts are able to “optimize” their products with salt, sugar, and fat to maximize the addictive pleasure of the consumer, and fatten the wallets of the shareholders. This fascinating dissection of the food industry and our consumer habits is an essential summer read. The Reading TUgether program is a unique experience that encourages the whole Trinity community to read the same book. Salt Sugar Fat author Michael Moss will deliver the DeCoursey Reading TUgether Lecture on Wednesday, Aug. 24 at 7 p.m. in Laurie Auditorium. The lecture is free and open to the public.
Trinity Launches Educational Farmers Market The Trinity Market features fresh, locally sourced food, as well as education and wellness initiatives by Susie P. Gonzalez In keeping with its core purposeto help students “Discover. Grow. Become,” Trinity University has launched an educational farmers market to showcase fresh, locally sourced products and healthy lifestyles while fostering vendor business development and food sustainability in a fun environment. The Trinity Market, which opened in late March, hosts a variety of farmers, ranchers, and healthy-lifestyle entrepreneurs from the surrounding area every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Quickly growing into a community gathering space, the Trinity Market has become a place to bring families, listen to live music, participate in fitness activities, and shop for groceries. The Market is set up in a greenbelt on the northern section of campus adjacent to Hildebrand Avenue. Mitch Hagney ’13, CEO of Local Sprout, said of the market, “Giving farmers and undergraduate students a shared venue to interact, while spurring a working marketplace, is bound to create productive collisions that benefit both farmers and students.” The Market was initially funded by a $99,932 grant from the USDA in October that was specifically aimed at Farmers Markets Promotion Programs (FMPP). Most of the grant will be used for development and outreach in addition to student internships, vendor business development, and education about local food and sustainability issues. Learn more about the Trinity Market at www.thetrinitymarket.com.
A Cloud of Unusual Size and Shape Matt Donovan
Classic Tex-Mex Cooking Jim Peyton ’65
Delayed Legacy Conrad John Netting IV
Insane Devotion edited by Mihaela Moscaliuc
Donovan pursues the image of the cloud throughout 14 spellbinding essays on ruin and redemption. A Cloud of Unusual Size and Shape is about the flawless connections between antiquity and the present, personal experience and historical events, architecture and art and literature. The redemptive power of beauty reminds us that darkness and light make an inextricable pattern in our lives, what gives meaning to the sorrow and joy of being human.
Trinity political science alumnus Jim Peyton compiles more than 100 recipes that cover Tex-Mex, barbecue, chili, and everything Texas in between. From the basics of the Mexican table like pico de gallo and guacamole to fused dishes like tacos, fajitas, enchiladas, beans, and ribs, Classic Tex-Mex Cooking melds the Texas fire-cooked culture with Mexico’s vast medley of flavors in a combination that has never tasted so good.
When the infant Conrad Netting received his late father’s Air Medal in a military ceremony in February 1945, it seemed to close the book on yet another tragedy of World War II. But what appeared to be closure was only a pause after Netting dug deeper into his father’s past. The resulting tale is part love story, part wartime thriller, part comingof-age struggle, and a compelling real-life reminder that the human story is not over when a war ends.
Gerald Stern has been a significant presence and an impassioned and idiosyncratic voice in 20th- and 21st-century American poetry. Insane Devotion is a retrospective of his career and features 14 writers, critics, and poets examining the themes, stylistic traits, and craft of a poet who has shaped and inspired American verse for generations. The critical essays range from lyrical to scholarly, with some providing close readings of poems and others weaving in personal reflections, historical and literary contextualization, and interdisciplinary perspectives.
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San Antonio: Our Story of 150 Years in the Alamo City Staff of the San Antonio Express-News San Antonio is a richly illustrated compilation of more than 150 years of coverage on the history and culture of the city, as told in the pages of the San Antonio ExpressNews from 1865 until 2015. From local politics to news stories on the military, energy, water use, the border, and immigration that reverberate nationally and internationally, to the recent naming of San Antonio’s five Spanish missions as a UNESCO World Heritage site, the city has always been a place where the American identity is forged.
Enjoyable and Occasionally Salacious Coleen Grissom’s Summer Reading List I honestly don’t know why I leap so gleefully into agreeing to compose a list of recommended readings; the truth is that I think I may be losing my ability to discern what others will admire and appreciate in the fiction they read. When I stop and think about it, this really isn’t new. Perhaps I’ve just repressed those many courses during which the students’ views of some of the novels I most admire and cherish do not match mine—Bellow’s Herzog, Updike’s In the Beauty of the Lilies. Student critiques that I vividly recall included, “too intellectual” and, for the Updike, “what a misogynist.” I coped by referring in my journal to this generation of students as “little weasels.” Thus, recommending novels or stories to others and to have those readers dislike, even abhor, my choices shouldn’t take me by surprise (and rarely do these days). What does take me by surprise is having students admire and cherish many of the same works that I do! Often I anxiously include in my required readings a novel that I know is demanding, often off-putting, shocking, nightmare-inducing—sometimes downright salacious. (Don’t you love such juxtapositions? “downright” from my East Texas youth; “salacious” from my encounter with Forever Amber.)
When—exceeding all expectations—my students find Joshua Ferris’ To Rise Again at a Decent Hour difficult, but also hilarious and fascinating; Karen Joy Fowler’s We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves heartbreaking, consciousness-raising, and unforgettable; Louise Erdrich’s The Round House wise, insightful, and inspiring—I realize I should never be a gambler. I rarely guess correctly. All the above was a long way of saying I hope this annual list of reading suggestions will offer some, if not all, worthwhile to consider. To avoid having to rank these recommendations, I put them in alphabetical order with
a succinct blurb; but trust me, even if I don’t always trust myself. I found all these attention-holding, informative, sometimes transformative, frequently enjoyable, even hilarious—and, now and then, a bit salacious. Atkinson, Kate: A God in Ruins (A companion volume to
her brilliant Life after Life.)
Atwood, Margaret: The Heart Goes Last (Another view
of the future that will make you think, even in this political environment, that life’s not so bad.)
Berlin, Lucia: A Manual for Cleaning Women (stories)
(Will make you re-read Matthew 25:35-40 and wonder why you’re so lucky.) Clegg, Bill: Did You Ever Have a Family? (Examinations of various ways we deal with grief.) Erdrich, Louise: LaRose (Erdrich seems incapable of hitting a false note, writing a wrong word.) Flanagan, Richard: The Narrow Road to the Deep North (Won the 2014 Man Booker Prize—simply a
remarkable, mesmerizing novel.) Groff, Lauren: Fates and Furies (President Obama named it the best book he read in 2015. Just saying...) King, Lily: Euphoria (Think you know all about Margaret Mead? Think again.) McKenzie, Elizabeth: The Portable Veblen (Ever talk to squirrels? How about a dog or a cat? Ever worry about conspicuous consumption?) Morrison, Toni: God Help the Child (Our country’s only Nobel Prize for Literature laureate takes on child abuse.) Ng, Celeste: Everything I Never Told You (A disturbing, yet moving family drama.) Russo, Richard: Everybody’s Fool (Paul Newman’s Sully is back as is the old fashioned novel some of us loved and are always seeking.) Strout, Elizabeth: My Name Is Lucy Barton (Strout’s Olive Kitteridge was just a warmup for this quiet, exquisite story.) Thomas, Matthew: We Are Not Ourselves (Pursuit of the “American Dream” derailed in an increasingly familiar, tragic way.) Tyler, Anne: A Spool of Blue Thread (Does anyone trace American family histories as vividly and gently as Tyler? I think not.) - Coleen Grissom, professor of English
the NCAA Singles Championship. Deuel was presented the 2016 ITA West Region Arthur Ashe Leadership and Sportsmanship Award. Matt Tyer and Adam Krull won the USTA/ITA Division III National Small College Doubles Championship in the fall. The Tigers won a seventh consecutive SCAC Championship. Deuel was named the SCAC Player of the Year for the second time, and Tyer was tabbed as the conference Newcomer of the Year.
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Trinity captured the 2016 NCAA National Championship with a school-best 44-7 record, sweeping Keystone (PA) College in the finals series and finishing with a 17-game win streak. Drew Butler was named the Tournament Most Outstanding Player. Butler hit .435 (10-23) over the five games, drove in 11 runs, and scored seven. He had five extra base hits including, three doubles and a home run. During the NCAA Championship, Coach Tim Scannell earned his 600th career victory, and was elected the National Coach of the Year by Hero Sports, D3baseball.com, American Baseball Coaches Association, and the 2016 Skip Bertman Award, given to the best coach from all divisions in collegiate baseball from the National College Baseball Hall of Fame. The postseason accolades were plentiful for the Tigers, including a citation from the San Antonio City Council. Jeremy Wolf was named First Team All-American after breaking the school and SCAC records with 28 doubles, which was also tops in the NCAA. He was selected by the New York Mets in the Major League Baseball Amateur Draft. Pitcher Teddy Turner received Honorable Mention All-America honors. Swimming & Diving
The Tigers sent four student-athletes to the NCAA Division III Swimming & Diving Championships after capturing both SCAC titles. Sophomores Sarah Kate Mrkonich, Danielle Freund, and Lindsay Hagmann represented the women’s team, while senior Andrew Thiesse was the Tiger men’s competitor. Mrkonich and Freund earned All-America honors in the 1-meter and 3-meter diving events, while Hagmann was a seventh-place finisher in the 100-yard freestyle to earn the same distinction. Trinity’s women’s team tied for 17th place nationally. Thiesse became an Honorable Mention All-American with a 15th place finish in the 400-yard individual medley. The Tiger women qualified as a Scholar All-America Team by the College Swimming
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Coaches Association of America (CSCAA), and Freund, Mrkonich, and Hagmann were also honored as Scholar All-Americans. Additionally, Stephen Culberson ‘15 competed at the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team Trials in the 50-meter freestyle. Women’s Basketball
Trinity qualified for the NCAA Division III Playoffs for the second time in four years after winning the SCAC Championship. Trinity completed the season with a 22-6 record, and a No. 22 national ranking. Monica Holguin was elected to the DIII News Honorable Mention All-America Team and the D3hoops.com All-South Region Team, and she was the SCAC Player of the Year.
Second-year head coach Gretchen Rush ‘86 led the Tigers to a fifth straight appearance in the NCAA Division III Playoffs after winning the SCAC Championship. Trinity finished the season with a 15-10 mark and a final ranking of 23rd nationally. Liza Southwick and Marie Lutz competed in the NCAA Doubles Championship and received All-America honors in doubles from the Intercollegiate Tennis Association for the second straight year. In the fall, the Tiger tandem won the USTA/ITA Southwest Region crown for the second time and finished in sixth place at the National Small College Doubles Championship. Track & Field
The Tigers, led by 17th-year head coach Pat Cunningham, finished strong in the 2015-16 campaign. Trinity won four of its last six regular-season games. Sophomore Matt Jones broke Trinity’s all-time single-season assists record, with 128 in his column. Jones also led the conference in assists (4.9/game), and placed seventh in the nation in the assists/turnover ratio (3.2). Men’s Tennis
Head coach Russell McMindes ’02 guided the Tigers to the NCAA Division III Playoffs for the seventh consecutive year, falling in the regional final at Emory University. Three Trinity players earned All-America honors from the Intercollegiate Tennis Association. Paxton Deuel received the honor for the second time in his career, and also competed in
Trinity turned in strong performances at the NCAA Division III Outdoor Track & Field Championships after winning both SCAC team titles. Britney Sullivan improved upon her 19th place NCAA finish as a first-year by placing 10th in the women’s triple jump. Sullivan was also 13th in the triple jump at the NCAA Indoor Championships earlier in the spring. On the men’s team, Cody Hall placed ninth in the NCAA 110-meter hurdles, while Sophomore Matt Love finished 14th in the national discus event. Taylor Piske was elected to the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) All-District 8 Men’s Track & Field Cross Country Team, and he was named a finalist for the SCAC Man of the Year Award. Bailey Drury was named the SCAC Women’s Track Athlete of the Year, while Sullivan was designated as Field Athlete of the Year.
The “Sport in London” class visited Wembley Stadium in London in January.
Athletes Around the World Tiger student-athletes take international trips to learn more about sport and its global impact by James Hill ’76 Brazil, England, Germany, Italy, Spain, Sweden.More than just
sightseeing excursions, Tiger teams often attend world sporting events, compete against local teams, and engage in dialogue with scholars of sport management and leadership. The team trips—allowed once every three years by the NCAA—take place during winter and spring breaks and during the summer. Men’s soccer head coach Paul McGinlay has taken his team abroad on numerous occasions, including a fourth trip to Rio de Janeiro last March. Trinity players took on professional football clubs Boavista and Botafogo in friendly matches. Of course, there was still time to spend on Copacabana Beach and visit the Christ the Redeemer statue. McGinlay feels the international trips are eye-opening in a number of ways. “The trips make it very clear there is another level out there,” McGinlay says. “In Brazil, they do more with less. Our challenge, when we come home, is to do more with those things that are made available to us.”
The Tiger women’s soccer team visited Sweden in 2013 at the time of the Women’s Euro Championships. Trinity players attended the semifinals and played against elite Swedish teams. Kim Polasek ’16 says the team experienced a whole new culture. “We got to step out of our comfort zone,” says Polasek, a biology graduate who is pursuing a career in physical therapy. “The people there seemed less worried about being connected with each other via technology and spent more time outdoors exploring and living in the world.” Men’s basketball head coach Pat Cunningham guided the Tigers to Ireland in 2008 and Italy in 2012. In addition to competing against Italian club teams, Tiger players also conducted basketball clinics for local children. Health care administration graduate student Jimmy Clark ’16 made the trip to Italy, which is indelibly etched in his mind. “I remember being astonished at the country’s low rates of obesity. People were always walking or riding bikes,” Clark says. “As a future health care administrator, it taught me to encourage the physical activity of patients and of the population as a whole.” A two-week trip to England last winter consisted of athletes and sport management students. McGinlay, a native of the U.K, along with Jacob Tingle ’95, assistant professor of the Practice and director of the Office of Experiential Learning, were the mentors and guides. Students took a class titled “Tom Brown’s School Days: A Comparison of the British and American Sport Systems.” “We wanted the students to be able to have some comparison points with the American sports model and the British sports model,” Tingle says. “As an example, American football comes from the same wellsource that rugby and soccer come from. All of our course readings were enhanced because we could go to Wembley Stadium and get a true sense of the history.” Former Tiger baseball player Drew Butler ’16, a business administration graduate, said the trip to England was “life-changing.” “In London, you could feel the passion and love for sports everywhere you went, whether a team was in last place or first,” Butler says. “It gave me a whole new perspective on the worldview of sports and how people look at sports as a whole.” The trip participants were treated to a Skype presentation by former men’s soccer standout Chris Gaffney ’92, who resides in Zurich and previously lived in Rio de Janeiro. A noted author, Gaffney is an authority on the planning and impact of mega-sports events. “I have tried to impress on students the inherently political nature of sport,” Gaffney said. “Media and popular representations of sporting activity tend to depoliticize our leisure activities. My comments to the students explored these ways of thinking about sport and using it as a vehicle to address issues of social justice and human rights.”
One for the Home Team Trinity baseball takes the NCAA DIII national title, and this dad is pretty proud by Ken Hoffman P’19 There has never been a year—never one for any Texas Division III college baseball team—like Trinity University had this season. The Trinity Tigers went all the way, winning the Division III College World Series in Appleton, Wis. So many firsts: A 44-7 season record, Trinity’s best year ever. The most wins and fewest losses in all of Division III baseball. Four SCAC titles in a row.
When the season started in February, I figured that I’d go to a few games when the team played at home in San Antonio. I had no idea whether the team would win or lose, but San Antonio is a straight shot across Interstate 10, and Lulu’s Bakery & Café serves a monstrous chicken-fried steak and a 3-pound cinnamon bun the size of a shoebox. Shaquille O’Neal eats those cinnamon buns like they’re doughnut holes. Reason enough for the roadie. I wound up attending every weekend home game. I drove to San Antonio from Houston so many times, the woman behind the beef-jerky counter at Buc-ee’s knew my name. I went to away contests in Sherman, Tyler, Seguin,
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Louisiana, Washington state and Wisconsin. If you are ever in Spokane, Wash., try the onion rings at the downtown restaurant The Onion. They are gargantuan and crunchy and greasy—the triple crown of onion rings. The games I couldn’t attend in person, I watched streaming on the Tiger Network. I hooked up a laptop to my big screen at home so I could yell at the players better. When the dust cleared in Appleton four months later, Trinity players were jumping on one another in a Tiger pile, hoisting the national title trophy. Two players were named All-Americans. Four made the All-Regional team. Six made the All-World Series team, including one freshman lefty who sleeps down the hall from me—in case you are wondering why I chased the Trinity team this year. Division III is the largest division of NCAA sports with about 400 teams. Member schools are mostly smaller, and they do not award athletic scholarships. At Trinity, players have to be admitted first on their grades, scores, and class rank, and then they can try out for a sports team. Trinity is a tough school; admission test scores are among the highest in Texas. Early in the season, I was talking to the left fielder about music. Later, I commented to my son, “Hey, that guy is pretty smart.” He said, “They’re all smart.” Hit the books, kid. Time to keep up with the Joneses… and the shortstop and the catcher.
Head coach Tim Scannell has been at Trinity for 18 years. This year, he won it all and was named Division III National Coach of the Year.
During the regional tournament in Spokane, I was sitting in the press box when an NCAA representative asked me to do the post-game interviews. You have seen these interviews on TV. The coach and two student-athletes are sitting at a table with nameplates in front of them, answering boring sportswriter questions. I had a little fun with the players. Instead of asking a Trinity outfielder what pitch he hit for a double, I wondered, “When you come to the plate, your walkup music is a Beatles song from the White Album. That song was recorded 27 years before you were born, and it wasn’t even a hit single on the charts. How do you know about ‘Helter Skelter?’” He said his mother was a Beatles fan and turned him on to ’60s music. Trinity is a big-time baseball program. They recruit players from all over North America.
This year’s roster had players from California, Washington, Virginia, North Carolina, Montana, Colorado, Canada, Mexico and Arizona. Especially Arizona. Particularly Phoenix. Former Trinity recruiter Zach Fregosi fracked Phoenix for the core of this year’s team. Depending on that day’s lineup, six players taking the field were from Phoenix. They all knew and played with and against one another before coming to Trinity.
Trinity athletics highlights, continued The World Series clincher against Keystone College was win number 602 for coach Scannell, a Trinity record.
As the final press conference was wrapping up, I hit Scannell with: “This was your 602nd win. Most of your starting lineup is from Phoenix. Are you aware that 602 is the area code for Phoenix?” “I didn’t know,” Scannell said. “That’s a big chunk of our guys. That’s funny.” That’s more than funny. That’s amazing. The entire starting lineup was composed of seniors. Only one was from Texas, outfielder Andrew Waters from Houston. And he did not get into the lineup until the 10th game, when the regular right fielder went down with an injury. Did Waters take advantage of his big break? Let’s see, his first weekend as a regular, he went 10 for 12, an insane .833 batting average, with two homers, two triples and
ferences were streamed live on the NCAA website, and they are on YouTube forever. I know these will be memories of a lifetime for these players. But for me, “Revenge!” When he came in and saw me sitting there, he gave me a look like, “I will absolutely kill you if you mess with me.” Questions I had prepared: “What pitch did you throw to get the final out against Cortland State… and why can’t you make your bed in the morning? Another thing, is there a reason you can’t take out the trash once in a while?” I weenied out. I always weenie out. I think I asked him how a freshman keeps his composure in a tight game against the No. 1-ranked team… or some typical jock question. As we left, an NCAA official said it was the first time a dad ever interviewed his own kid. I told him, “Hey, anything to get him to talk to me for a change.”
Hit the books, kid. Time to keep up with the Joneses… and the shortstop and the catcher. four doubles, good for a 2.000 slugging percentage. He also made two diving catches in the outfield. He was named National Division III Player of the Week. It would have taken Wile E. Coyote’s entire arsenal of TNT (he seemed to have a lot of explosives in Roadrunner cartoons) to get him out of the lineup after that. He wound up batting .421 for the season and drove in the winning runs in the World Series final. “I haven’t been an everyday player until my senior year in college. This year has been incredible for me. In my life, being with these guys and being able to win it and be a part of it… means the world to me,” Waters said.
The Trinity team batted .352 for the year. That is a crazy number. They went on a rampage in post-season, winning all 12 games en route to the title and beating defending champs Cortland State of New York two straight in the World Series. While roaming the stadium and hanging out in the press box in Wisconsin, I heard this over and over: “Trinity is the most respectful group of people, the players and parents, we’ve ever had up here, and maybe the best team we’ve ever seen.” I’m not saying that is more important than winning the World Series—I’m not that corny—but it was pretty sweet icing with a cherry on top.
If looks could kill...
After one game, I walked into the press-conference room and saw my son’s name on one of the nameplates. My immediate thought: “This is going to be fun.” These press con-
Ken Hoffman, a columnist for the Houston Chronicle, is the proud dad of Tiger pitcher Andrew Hoffman ’19. Get in touch with Ken on Twitter at @KenChronicle.
Head coach Brandi Crnkovic led the Trinity softball team to a 26-16 record while earning a spot in the SCAC Championship game for the fourth consecutive year. Senior pitcher Kaci Wellik earned her 47th career victory by edging Texas Lutheran University 4-3 in the SCAC semifinals to become Trinity’s all-time leader in wins. The pitching ace also tossed the 14th no-hitter in Trinity history earlier in the season. Emily Fleischman was elected to the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) All-West Region Second Team, while Rebecca Berreth made the Third Team. Women’s Golf
Led by Christine Campbell, the 19th-ranked Tigers won the SCAC title by six strokes. Campbell earned All-SCAC First Team honors after finishing in fourth place overall. Brigette Lee tied for seventh place to became a four-time All-SCAC recipient and was elected to the CoSIDA Academic All-America At-Large Third Team for the second consecutive year. In addition, Lee was named SCAC Woman of the Year. Lee
Trinity finished as runner-up at the SCAC Championship, paced by conference runner-up Travis Hindle. Redmond Lyons joined Hindle on the All-SCAC First Team after tying for fourth place. Hindle was later elected to the Division III PING All-West Region Team.
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Ben Plummer once sent a memorandumto
Ben Plummer Professor Emeritus, Chemistry by R. Douglas Brackenridge
the academic dean written on a loose piece of old vinyl tile. Weary of ignored requests to remedy needed renovations, he listed his grievances on the tile and handed it to the dean. His innovative strategy produced desired results. Ultimately, his department, chemistry, was relocated to another building with upgraded facilities. This episode illustrates in microcosm the trajectory of Plummerâ€™s career at Trinity. Determined to maintain high personal standards as a teacher and researcher, he was driven to secure a safe and effective learning environment for students. Over the years, his successful grant proposals garnered $2 million for personal research and departmental instrumentation. Throughout his career, he exhibited a droll and ironic sense of humor that belied his no-nonsense demeanor. A native of Burlington Junction, Mo., Plummer knew from an early age that he wanted to be a chemist in an educational setting. After earning a Ph.D. in organic chemistry at Ohio State University in 1962, he taught at South Dakota State University in Brookings before coming to Trinity in 1967. At Trinity, he taught a wide range of chemistry courses and enjoyed conducting research with undergraduates and postdoctoral students. He published a textbook, Selected Principles of Organic Chemistry, in 1968. His record of scholarship and national and regional awards elicited a request from the National Science Foundation (NSF) that he become a grant officer in Washington, D.C., in 1994-95. Plummer was active in the wider academic community. He often debated academic issues at plenary faculty meetings, and he served on numerous committees. A singularly important task was his appointment to a special committee in the early â€™70s to discuss retaining faculty tenure or moving to rolling contracts. Plummer and his peers successfully argued that loss of tenure threatened academic freedom. In 1995, Plummer was diagnosed with ocular melanoma. Physicians removed his right eye and replaced it with a prosthesis. Consequently, he had to cope with episodic dizziness as his brain adapted to a new visual environment. Forced to end 30 years of racquetball, he became adept at golf, a weekly recreation he still enjoys with friends. Despite the impairment, Plummer maintained his professional life of research and scholarly work until retiring in 2001. Plummer lives in San Antonio with his wife, Gail, whom he married in 1961 when they were graduate students at Ohio State University. The couple has four children: Scott, Douglas, Suzanne, and Jeffrey. A grandson, Adam Litch, is currently a sophomore at Trinity. Travel has been an integral part of their family life beginning with camping trips with their children during summer vacations. More recently, they have enjoyed international travel as a couple, visiting 27 different countries including Portugal, Spain, Italy, France, and Germany in Europe, and Egypt, Zambia, Zimbabwe, and South Africa in Africa. Visits with children and grandchildren are frequent and special. Plummerâ€™s hobbies include birding, singing in church and semi-professional settings, photography, oil painting, sketching, water colors, and presentations of bird pictures he has taken. Rumor has it that he contemplates submitting a painting for display on a piece of old vinyl tile; that is, if he can find one on the Trinity campus. Plummer welcomes e-mails at email@example.com and phone calls at 210-403-0945.
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Ewing Chinn Philosophy, Retired by R. Douglas Brackenridge
Ewing Chinn arrived in San Franciscowhen he was five years old not knowing a word of English. Shortly after Ewing’s birth in the village of Ho Chung in Guandong province (formerly Canton) of China, his father immigrated to the U.S. Due to restrictions on Chinese immigration, his wife and child were not permitted to accompany him. Ewing’s mother later entered as a single woman, and Ewing lived with relatives in China for five years until an uncle was able to escort him to the U.S. Educated in a neighborhood school in San Francisco where the students were Chinese and the teachers Caucasian, Chinn mastered the new language and excelled as a student. He had a penchant for math and science and enjoyed American sports, especially basketball. During a year at the University of California at Berkeley, Chinn took a philosophy course that stimulated his interest in the discipline. Chinn opted to leave familiar surroundings and transfer to a small liberal arts college in another state to cultivate his newfound interest in philosophy. A minister friend recommended Macalester College in St. Paul, Minn. Chinn enrolled at Macalester and graduated in 1958 with a major in philosophy. Awarded a one-year Rockefeller scholarship to Union Theological Seminary in New York for students interested in theological studies, he attended lectures by Paul Tillich and took a class from Reinhold Niebuhr. Chinn earned a Ph.D. in philosophy at the University of Southern California in 1966. In 1958, Chinn married Lucia Hsia, and the couple has two sons, Clayton, a research scientist in Washington, D.C., and Larry, who teaches and performs in a jazz band in the San Francisco Bay Area. Chinn’s first teaching position was at Bowling Green State University in Ohio in the Department of Philosophy. When he came to Trinity in 1967, Chinn was the only Asian-American professor on the faculty. Welcomed by the campus community, he continued to enjoy acceptance throughout his University career. Chinn had been attracted to Trinity because of its similarities to Macalester and the opportunities it offered to teach graduate and undergraduate students. Initially his interests were logic and the philosophy of science, but he later became attracted to Asian philosophy. Chinn was a member of the first elected Faculty Senate and served on the Faculty Research and Development Committee. Chinn’s youthful involvement in athletics and natural agility made him a valuable member of faculty-staff intramural basketball teams. An avid tennis player, Chinn maintained a high visibility on the University tennis courts. When Chinn received a National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) grant to do research at Brown University, intramural director Jim Potter quipped, “We are not losing a professor; we are gaining a tennis court!” Chinn retired in 2005 after 38 years of service to the University and lives in San Antonio with his second wife, Zsuzsa Paal, a native of Hungary. The two have a strong love for animals, including their dog, Buddy, with whom Chinn is pictured above. He teaches philosophy parttime at UTSA and does research and writing in Asian philosophy and American pragmatism. When not engaged in scholarly activities, Chinn’s major avocation is spending time with family in San Antonio and the large Chinn clan mainly in the Bay Area of California. Although quintuple bypass surgery in 2012 curtailed his favorite exercise routines, Chinn keeps physically active and retains the sharp wit and upbeat demeanor he displayed throughout his Trinity career. Chinn welcomes contacts by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Ted Sparling, retired associate professor of health care administration, died on Jan. 23. He was 71. Sparling arrived at Trinity in 1976 as an assistant professor in the Department of Health Care Administration. Two years later, he became chairman and director of the department’s Center for Professional Development. Through this position, he was instrumental in establishing HCAD’s executive program for administrators with experience who wanted to enrich their knowledge through a rigorous master’s degree program. It was believed to be one of the first nontraditional graduate health care management programs in the United States. Outside of Trinity, Sparling served as chairman of a management study group to reorganize the Texas Department of Mental Health/ Mental Retardation and help initiate the Texas Consortium of Geriatric Education Centers. Sparling earned a doctorate from the School of Public Health at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, a master’s in health administration from Washington University in St. Louis and a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Texas A&M University. Sparling retired from Trinity in 2010.
J. Norman Parmer, former vice president for Academic Affairs and professor of history, died on Jan. 26. He was 90. Parmer, a leading authority on international education, served as Trinity’s chief academic officer from July 1975 to May 1982. Under his leadership, he advocated for improvements to the quality and diversity of incoming students and new faculty, as well as the need to provide faculty with adequate facilities and funds to promote their scholarship and research activities. He also convinced the Board of Trustees to move forward with plans to improve the University’s library facilities, the result of which ultimately was the development of Coates Library. In addition to his academic work, Parmer served as the first Peace Corps director in Malaysia and as a Peace Corps division director in Washington, D.C. After leaving the vice presidency at Trinity, he returned to the faculty as a professor of history at Trinity and held visiting professorships at the National University of Malaysia, Cornell University, and Ohio University. Parmer earned a bachelor’s degree in history and economics from Indiana University, a master’s in European history from the University of Connecticut, and a doctorate in British and Asian history from Cornell University. Parmer is survived by his daughter, Sarah Pecor, and her husband Tom; a son, Tom Parmer, and his wife, Elizabeth; six grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Jean Chittenden, professor emerita in the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures, died on March 8. She was 91. Chittenden joined the Trinity faculty in 1964 as assistant professor of Spanish after receiving her Ph.D. from The University of Texas at Austin. Over the years, she taught a variety of Spanish courses at all levels, rose to the rank of full professor, and served several terms as department chair. One of the first female faculty members to be appointed chairperson, she was an advocate for women and other minorities on the campus. She lobbied for the use of nonsexist language and encouraged the employment of qualified female scholars. In addition to her academic responsibilities, Chittenden served as a sponsor of the Chi Beta Epsilon sorority. Following her retirement in 1998, Chittenden traveled extensively. Fulfilling a long-held desire to visit South America, she toured a number of countries including Brazil, Chile, and Argentina. She especially enjoyed trips to Spain, where she indulged her interest in Spanish playwrights. She also devoted considerable time as a volunteer at the Assistance League, a national organization devoted to helping needy families with young children. Chittenden is survived by her son, Russell, and her many friends.
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A Bright Legacy Bench designed to honor late sociology professor DANIEL R. SPIEGEL Dan Spiegel, professor of physics and astronomy, died on May 6. He was 53. Spiegel completed his Ph.D. at the University of California, Santa Barbara, in 1989, working at the boundaries of physics and chemistry with his adviser, Alan Heeger, the 2000 Nobel Laureate in Chemistry. Upon joining Trinity in 1991, Spiegel built the upper-division physics lab sequence from scratch, including a photonics course, blending elements of electronics and optics that was among the first of its kind. One of his original lab activities earned him an “Editor’s Choice Award” from the American Journal of Physics. His research into molecular motion overturned much of the previous common knowledge about diffusion in liquids. An effective and dedicated teacher, Spiegel frequently involved students in his soft matter research, and many received Goldwater Scholarships, NSF Graduate Fellowships, and other awards. Known by his colleagues as hardworking and an energetic mentor, he had a keen interest in helping students understand how physics overlaps with other sciences, as well as other fields. Outside of Trinity, Spiegel was an active volunteer with Habitat for Humanity and the American Red Cross. He is survived by his son, Adam; his son’s mother, Rita; and his parents.
One year ago on a sunny morning in March, tragedy struck Trinity’s campus. Sociology professor Michael C. Kearl died while walking to his office. The following day, a student suggested the University place a bench on the site where Kearl passed away to serve as a permanent memorial to Kearl, a proud member of Trinity’s campus since 1977. Kearl’s wife, Joan, and her sons, Frank and Zachary, thought the bench would be a perfect canvas to artistically showcase Kearl’s dedication to Trinity. Melissa Childers-White ’77, a glass artist and close friend of the Kearl family, used a fused glass technique to recreate the colors of a sunset from a photograph that Mike took. “I had never seen a sunset like it before,” Joan remarks of its orange, yellow, and purple hues, “and I haven’t seen one like it since.” Frank designed the illustration featured in the copper arc in the middle of the bench. “The illustration is like an I-Spy game,” Joan says. “Each part is an element from his life and the things he loved.” Jillian Palone, chair of the metals department at the Southwest School of Art, and her husband, Noah, a graphic artist, crafted and etched the copper name and attribution plates. Gene Mazuca installed both the glass and copper elements to create the finished product—a bench that, Joan says, “sits in such a special place in the heart of campus.” “This was about continuing his legacy, celebrating him. There were people laughing and talking, and friends from different parts of our lives that got to meet each other,” Joan says of the bench dedication ceremony. “And I think Dr. Kearl would have liked what we did.”
Dr. Michael C. Kearl Endowed Scholarship Fund for Aspiring Sociologists Help keep the legacy of sociology professor Michael Kearl alive by donating to the Kearl Endowed Scholarship Fund. To honor his outstanding teaching and advising, this scholarship will be awarded to one talented sociology student each year. Contribute in his memory by mailing a check with “Kearl Scholarship” on the memo line to Trinity University, One Trinity Place #49, San Antonio, TX 78212.
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PEACE CORPS AND THE TRINITY EFFECT
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by Carlos Anchondo '14
Stepping off the bus, David Young â€™06 squinted into the sunlight. With two bags slung over his shoulders, Young surveyed his surroundings, taking in the vastness of the Sahara Desert behind him and the small city of Boudenib before him. The sun warmed his back, and tiny flecks of sand whirled around his ankles. He was home. Or, at least, the new home the Peace Corps had chosen for him in southeastern Morocco. Taking a deep breath and letting it go, Young walked into Boudenib and the next two years of his life.
left Young visited Chefchaouen, a city in northwest Morocco known for its buildings in shades of blue. above While stationed in Boudenib, Young engaged in education and spent time traveling and hiking.
Embracing the Unknown
Young discovered this piece of wood with an Arabic prayer written on the back in a tiny antique shop in Goulmima.
Young was the first Peace Corps volunteer ever to be placed in Boudenib. A history major while at Trinity, he was somewhat surprised to be chosen as a small business development volunteer, aiding the Moroccan Ministry of Artisans and Tourism. With little to no guidance about who to contact or which organizations to support, Young did the only thing he could: He began knocking on doors, an American traveling salesman of goodwill. Young eventually discovered a local women’s and children’s association where he helped build a website, taught English, and assisted the women as they defined their mission and objectives. He structured the website to best facilitate grant requests and gathered content into a cohesive form. More important than all this, Young says, was that the association served as a social place for the women to congregate outside of their homes. In a country where the public domain is principally restricted for men, English classes doubled as a place for the women to come together and talk. As he worked to empower the local artisans, Young says it was important to remain flexible and be willing to accept uncertainty.
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“People in the Peace Corps need to be very creative, because you are never sure of what is going to happen,” Young says. “In this tiny desert town, I drew on the firm foundation Trinity gave me as an independent researcher and I figured out solutions to some hard, abstract problems.” Eager to learn a new language and travel, Young joined the Peace Corps a year after graduating from Trinity. Still searching for a career path, he slowly discovered his calling through the letters and cards he sent home to the U.S. Always a gifted essayist, Young honed his writing skills as he attempted to encapsulate his Peace Corps experience for family and friends. In his ample free time, Young began writing fiction, eventually leading him to earn his MFA in Creative Writing from the University of San Francisco in 2013. Now a freelance writer, editor, and journalist, Young says that learning Moroccan Arabic has made him more cognizant of how he uses English. Thinking of the initial Arabic conversations where he could only glean every other word, Young says his Peace Corps days taught him to be an active listener, a skill which he uses daily in his work.
Like Young, Oliver Gaines ’08 was also selected as a business development officer. Across the Sahara to the south, Gaines was posted in Senegal. Fueled by a thirst for adventure and a desire to get to know another culture “on a more intimate level,” Gaines went directly from Trinity into the Peace Corps. After leaving Trinity’s vibrant campus, he gradually adjusted to the unhurried pace of Ngaye Makhe, his Senegalese village. Gaines was then faced with a saturated market of well-qualified artisans all making the same product. Working with an association of 250 women, Gaines started a partnership with an organization in Oregon to export hand-woven baskets, and he also identified specific village women to lead operations once he left. As he observed the operation, Gaines noticed that the plastic used for the baskets, broken down from colorful prayer mats, could be purchased directly from the facto-
of the U.S. government, Gaines misses the up-closeand-personal view that Peace Corps allowed him. With his new title, security protocol prevents him from the completely immersive experience he enjoyed in Senegal. Nevertheless, Gaines is happy escorting Americans from tight spots. Although more than five years have passed since his service, Gaines says his Peace Corps friends are still some of the closest in his life. Akin to Young, he admits that a certain amount of what happens to a volunteer during his or her service is out of the volunteer’s control, a feeling that can be both liberating and frightening. No matter the country, Gaines says he can find commonalities in the service of any Peace Corps volunteer. “There is a certain aspect of that person that you automatically understand if they have served in the Peace Corps,” Gaines says. “You can identify with them on so many levels, and that’s really very cool.”
Watch a Peace Corps video one year into Gaines' service at gotu.us/gaines
I learned to appreciate being with people, drinking coffee, and doing laundry. Now, even among the busyness of American life, I have learned to just be. ries. Putting his finance and economics double major to work, Gaines helped the association save valuable time and money. All profits were used to support community service projects, from restocking medical supplies to purchasing materials for the local school. Although Senegalese and American culture are vastly different, Gaines came to comprehend how certain aspects of human nature are consistent across seemingly separate societies. While his host family were all devout Muslims and his host father had four wives and 30 children, Gaines saw how they, like parents in the U.S., simply wanted the best for their children—for them to be safe, to attend good schools, and to be well fed. He also recognizes that while the women’s association and its basket export business are thriving, many Peace Corps projects are not able to stand the test of time. “A lot of times, it is hard to get sustainable work done,” Gaines says. “Volunteers do great projects, but it can be difficult to continue that work once you are out of the country. In that sense, volunteers get more out of the experience than the community does, because you are thrust into a world so different from your own that will change you in many ways.” Today, Gaines is a consular officer with the U.S. Foreign Service working in the U.S. Embassy in Luanda, Angola. It is his first assignment, and Gaines is kept busy handling visa applications, helping Americans who have lost their passports, conducting economic reporting, and anything else that comes his way. As a representative
Kristi Quillen ’03, who served three years in Costa Rica, feels the exact same way. “When I talk to other Peace Corps volunteers, even people who have served 30 years ago or in a totally different country, there are still so many elements about their experience that I relate to,” Quillen says. “It is such an impactful experience that is hard to articulate sometimes what it was or what came from it.” Quillen, an assistant editor at Mother Earth News magazine, joined the Peace Corps at age 29 after working as a high school English teacher. She was a member of the new English teaching program in Costa Rica and helped train local teachers, some of whom had never interacted with a native English speaker before. Quillen organized workshops at high schools to teach language learning skills, such as speaking, listening, reading, and writing. She also collaborated with the regional adviseor on rubrics and administering student feedback. Similar to Gaines and Young, Quillen, an English major, noticed that life in Santa Rosa, Costa Rica, was more leisurely and that business was conducted at a much gentler rate. Whether it was convening a meeting or trying to organize an English camp, Quillen came to see that success was achieved not through set meetings, but through relationships and, often, through chance conversations on the street. “Life was about being versus doing, and that has
In Costa Rica, Quillen used a chorreador to make coffee.
left and below Quillen stirs masa and heats a banana leaf over an open flame in preparation of Christmas tamales, a holiday tradition.
affected how I approach my life now,” Quillen says. “I learned to appreciate being with people, drinking coffee, and doing laundry. Now, even among the busyness of American life, I have learned to just be.” Thinking of Trinity, Quillen says the University instilled in her a responsibility for engaging with the world and compelled her to think earnestly about what she would use her education for. That focus on service and thinking about oneself as part of a larger world played a definite role in Quillen’s decision to apply to the Peace Corps in the first place. At home in Kansas, Quillen has turned her passion for sustainability, food, and the Earth into a full-time career. She edits articles on subjects ranging from gardening to energy to homebuilding, and says that a love for learning about new topics keeps her challenged and energized each day. Guiding articles from start to finish, she plans out editorial content and issues months in advance. For Quillen, working at Mother Earth News means sharing the lessons of sustainability that were at the heart of her Peace Corps experience. “Sustainability comes back to being with people and being in a community,” Quillen says. “In Costa Rica, relationships were more important than agendas and living sustainably was about caring for other people and giving back.” Joining a Community
above The view from McKay’s front yard in La Lucha, Costa Rica. right McKay poses with three girls from the graduating kindergarten class at the school where she taught.
Acclimating to la pura vida was also something that Gaby McKay ’13, ’16 contended with as a Peace Corps volunteer in the rural 300-person village of La Lucha, Costa Rica. Originally from Dallas, McKay says life in La Lucha, where the nearest town was a two-hour bus ride away, took some getting used to at the start. After the hustle and bustle of Dallas and then San Antonio, the culture of a small town, where everyone knew everyone, was a marked change. As time passed, McKay, like Quillen, became thankful for the village’s intimacy. McKay, a communication and Spanish double major, taught in the elementary school where 50 children studied. The most rewarding part of her service was getting to know her students and their families as people. Sitting on the front porch of their homes, McKay came to understand family dynamics and incorporated that knowledge into her teaching. “Although the people in La Lucha did not have many resources, they were always so willing to help, whether it was a ride if I missed the bus or a place to stay if my host family was going out of town,” McKay says. “I loved that sense of community.” In addition, McKay also taught dance lessons. A highlight from her service was the Mother’s Day performance put on by students at the elementary school. Before joining the Peace Corps, McKay was unsure about her future as a teacher and whether it was a profession she genuinely wanted to pursue. In hindsight, McKay knows working
clockwise from far left Meeske atop a camel during an ice festival in Mongolia; Meeske poses with his Mongolian family; in Mankhan, Meeske lived in a type of yurt called a ger.
in La Lucha and seeing the impact of an English class on students reinforced her decision to become an educator as the right choice. McKay’s resolve was so bolstered that she applied and was accepted to the Trinity Master of Arts in Teaching. A Trinity graduate for the second time, McKay is excited to stay in San Antonio to teach Spanish because of the wide range among student skill levels. She starts at St. Philip’s Early College High School in August. Fluent herself, McKay is prepared for beginners and native speakers alike. She also likes that Spanish is not a state-tested subject, allowing for greater flexibility and freedom in her curriculum. McKay calls the Peace Corps a truly transformative experience that allows you to learn about yourself and break free from your comfort zone. “I would encourage anyone to join the Peace Corps because you learn about different cultures in a more in-depth way than study abroad or even an extended vacation,” McKay says. “I lived and worked in a community where the people had an open door for me at all times.” Reminiscent of the other Trinity Peace Corps volunteers, McKay is hesitant about exaggerating her personal imprint on her village. Although she knows she made a difference, she surmises she was more impactful on certain students and families. She recalls the 4-year-old in her host family and how much she saw his English improve by the end of her service. More than the phrases and words she taught him, she says it is his “love of learning” that will continue to last.
Learning through Experience
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A fellow educator, David Meeske ’13 taught English in a slightly colder climate than Costa Rica. An international studies major, Meeske was assigned to the remote village of Mankhan, Mongolia, for his first two years. The only foreigner in Mankhan, he taught English and lived in a ger, a type of yurt, complete with electricity, a bed, a stove for fires, and a dry sink. Meeske then extended for a third year, moving to Erdenet, Mongolia’s third largest city, to conduct community development work. As a Trinity student, Meeske excelled in German and studied abroad twice in Berlin and Vienna. In Vienna, he taught at a high school and practiced English with students. After those experiences, Meeske envisioned Peace Corps as a means for him to experience being a foreigner outside of Western Europe. Posted in Mongolia, he undoubtedly got his wish. One of the projects that Meeske is proudest of is a life skills course he co-organized in Mankhan for the children of nomadic herders. While their parents are out herding, these young adults live in a dormitory next to the school and can sometimes fall behind their peers due to a lack of structure and regular family support within the dorms. To assuage this trend, Meeske and his Mongolian counterpart taught healthy modes of communication, beneficial attitudes toward power, and empathy. Although he envisioned much grander accomplishments for his service, Meeske says managing expectations throughout his service kept him from too many disappointments. “Some volunteers set extremely specific expectations, but I did my best to simply let the experience be what it was going to be,” Meeske says. “Despite different cultural
traditionally worn during Naadam, the biggest summer holiday in Mongolia, where people compete in three traditional sports: archery, horse racing, and wrestling. The shirt was given to Meeske by his school at the end of his two years in Mankhan, and its medal is the highest award from his school.
habits and immense linguistic barriers, I found that I adapted to life in Mongolia a lot faster than I thought. It goes to show that you can get used to just about anything.” Meeske, who just finished his service in June, will begin an English-teaching Fulbright in Turkey this fall, working at Yildirim Beyazit University in Ankara. He believes Peace Corps has brought out certain aspects of his personality that were once less evident, such as confidence and perseverance, rather than an overt change in who he is as a person. As he learned Mongolian and how to become an effective teacher, Meeske says he came across his fair share of failures. Yet, he views these
scheduled for 10 a.m. would inevitably start at 11. Martel learned to always bring a book. Nevertheless, despite the challenging teaching conditions, Martel came to love life in her village. Her host family, in particular, taught her “way more than I ever could have taught them.” “My host family took me in as one of their own,” Martel says. “They taught me patience, to be accepting, and the community aspect of life. They portrayed the saying that it really does take a village.” After leaving Zambia in 2011, Martel became a doctor of physical therapy, graduating from the Univer-
At Trinity, I got a taste of how diverse and complex the world is, but here that has been expanded and it is incredible to see how many parts make up the world. experiences as opportunities to grow and re-evaluate his attitude toward the situations. Analogous to Gaines, Meeske claims a person’s Peace Corps experience is what they make of it. Be it lessons with students, laughs with his host family, or riding a camel across the frozen steppe, Meeske says he has absorbed so much through observation and experience. “It is really fascinating to learn about people and different ways of living,” Meeske says. “At Trinity, I got a taste of how diverse and complex the world is, but being in Mongolia took that to a whole other plane—one I never even knew existed.” Serving with Love
Martel was given a painting by an artist and friend from her village. It depicts people dancing a traditional Zambian dance to drums and singing.
A greater worldview was precisely what Laura Martel ’08 set out to find when she graduated from Trinity as a biology major. As an undergraduate, Martel had spent her summers interning in her home state of Colorado at a summer camp for disabled children. Returning every summer, Martel realized her calling lay in rehabilitation and she decided to become a physical therapist. However, when graduation came, Martel felt she needed a more global perspective before starting physical therapy school. She found it, and more, in Zambia’s James Katuna village. After the Peace Corps’ requisite three months of training, Martel began teaching English in a brick schoolhouse with open windows and no electricity. In a classroom designed for 30 kids, Martel taught nearly 80, jammed together three children per desk and textbook. In addition to teaching, Martel and her fellow volunteers also performed HIV/AIDS education. The hardest part was adjusting to the work culture, where a meeting
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sity of Colorado, Anschutz Medical Campus, in 2015. She works in neurological rehab at Craig Hospital in Englewood, Colo., tending to people with traumatic brain injuries, strokes, and spinal cord injuries. Martel applies the lessons in acceptance to her work, saying her Peace Corps service has “definitely impacted my ability to not judge patients and to listen to their full story.” By listening to every patient’s story, Martel comes to know who they are as people. “If I can make even one person’s life a little bit less painful or a little easier, then that will make me happy,” Martel says. On top of her Peace Corps experience, Martel has also given back through an organization titled Comunidades Unidas Peru, or United Communities, Peru (CU Peru). It is a nonprofit composed of medical students from the University of Colorado that provides medical training to community health workers in a rural area of the Peruvian Amazon. As a student, Martel served as vice president, and today she has continued on as chair of the communications committee. In addition to CU Peru, Martel has also started volunteering as a physical therapist in the Sacred Valley of Peru. As a senior in college, Martel was scared by the two-year time commitment required of Peace Corps volunteers. As an alumna, she laughs at her reservation, saying that two years was necessary to “learning everything I did and to come home the person that I am.” She says she absolutely found the perspective she went searching for, and learned, like her fellow Trinity Peace Corps volunteers, that she received more than she gave.
In countless ways, a Trinity education is an international one. We learn about other cultures through our peers, our coursework, and our studies in foreign countries. A global outlook is one of the many tools we take with us as we join the ranks of Tiger alumni. Through these pages, discover the Trinity programs, experiences, and people who continue to share their international education with the world. GO ABROAD WITH US.
photo by Anh-Viet Dinh â€˜15 Playa Jiquiliste, Nicaragua
by Carlos Anchondo â€™14, with thanks to Tiger student and alumni contributors
¡Vamanos chicos! To experience life outside the capital city, the Madrid Summer Program takes weekend trips to Toledo, Segovia, and El Escorial.
Become a Madrileño 1
High on a hill above the plains of Castilla-La Mancha, Toledo is known for its medieval Jewish, Arab, and Christian monuments. It is also the former home of the artist El Greco.
Northwest of Madrid, Segovia claims the Alcázar of Segovia, a Gothic cathedral, and one of the best preserved Roman aqueducts on the Iberian Peninsula. 3
A UNESCO World Heritage Site, El Escorial is a historical royal residence of the King of Spain. It contains both a royal monastery and La Granjilla de La Fresneda, a hunting lodge and park.
The oldest faculty-led study abroad programtakes students to Madrid, Spain’s capital city. Summer 2015 marked the 10th anniversary of the Madrid Summer Program, where students spend six weeks interning at a Spanish company and taking a course taught by Trinity faculty. Only Spanish is spoken during the internship and complementary course. Course topics include the European Union, the Spanish economy, the Spanish financial crisis, and Spanish history, art, and culture. Bladimir Ruiz, associate professor of Spanish, has guided the program as director since 2009. Ruiz calls the program a unique opportunity for all Trinity students who desire to develop their professional expertise in a foreign country using a second language. “For me, the whole idea has been to make this program a Trinity program,” Ruiz says. “It is not just a modern languages program or a business program, but a Trinity program designed to serve any student majoring in any field.” Aside from the internship and course components, students also participate in cultural activities, from plays, tapas crawls, and the ballet to movies, wine tastings, and the famed Madrid nightlife. All students live with host families, pre-screened by Trinity. Students regularly call the Madrid Summer Program a transformative, confidence-building adventure.
Faculty-led study abroad allows students to learn directly from a Trinity professor while immersed in a new environment. Students earn academic credit with a corresponding letter grade.
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“Being an American overseas for nearly 22 years has diversified my friendships,
Faculty-led study abroad courses take students to: Amsterdam and The Hague, Netherlands Berlin, Germany
influenced my worldview, and enriched my teaching. I think everyone should
live at least temporarily as a foreigner to complete their education!” Joanna Miller ’88 Madrid, Spain
Fourth grade teacher at the American School of Madrid
London, England Madrid, Spain Osaka, Japan Reykjavik, Iceland
Each program is designed so that all tours, excursions, and destination visits reinforce concepts from the coursework. Programs will each have separate applications and their own timelines and procedures for notifying students about their acceptance. Some programs have rolling admission while others have firm, set deadlines. For certain faculty-led programs, students will enroll in a course prior to departure, while others will only attend a few pre-departure meetings.
Shanghai, China Zhuhai, China
I didn’t know what to expect when I got to Shanghai, and, in a way, I had no expectations set — not because I didn’t want to be disappointed if I had set them too high, but because I wanted to clear my mind when I left Texas and be absolutely open to everything Shanghai threw at me. I never could
Shanghai have imagined a better experience. I was able to adapt to this new city with a clear mind and open arms. Humberto Sandigo ’16
San Antonio, TX (Lived in Shanghai for eight weeks)
Marketing and Communications Intern at Trinity University
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Taste of Shanghai Join more than 24 million Shanghai residents and eat like a local with these three delicious Shanghai street foods. 1
Heading east, students may also find experiential learning opportunites in:
1 Beijing | photo by Ingrid Harb ’16 2 Hong Kong | photo by Avantika Krishna ’15 Savor XIAO LONG BAO, or
Tigers also have the option to pursue
experiential learning opportunities while studying abroad. Similar to the Madrid Summer Program, Trinity students have the ability to gain valuable work experience through the Shanghai Summer Program.
China’s Financial Hub Entering its fifth year,the Shanghai Summer Program enrolls students in a twoweek course on contemporary China before they begin one-month internships with businesses in Shanghai. A partnership with Jiao Tong University brings Trinity and Chinese students together in the same classroom. Dante Suarez, professor of finance, has taught with the Shanghai Summer Program on a course titled Comparative Views of Modern China. The course challenges Trinity students to compare their preconceived ideas of China with the reality of their surroundings.
“This program allows students to study the culture, economics, and politics of China within the context of the country,” Suarez says. “This program is the best educational experience I have been a part of.” In addition to their internships, students travel with Trinity faculty to Beijing and Hangzhou. Students regularly call the program one of the most impactful experiences of their academic careers and say it transformed their understanding of the relationship between the U.S. and China. Students also engage in cultural activities like museum visits, Tai Chi classes, calligraphy lessons, and demonstrations in traditional Chinese medicine.
soup dumplings, filled with ground pork, a dash of ginger, and soaked in a rich pork stock soup. The dumpling skins are transparent, yet strong enough to lock in the hearty and fragrant soup flavors.
Located at the cross of the Yangtze River Delta and the Yellow Sea, Shanghai is famous for its eel dishes. SHANSI LENG MIAN, or eel noodles, combines fine wheat noodles served cold with vinegar, sesame sauce, and hot eel cooked in ginger and soy.
Do not miss GUO TIE, or fried pork dumplings, that are filled with pork, ginger, Shaoxing wine, garlic, sesame oil, and salt. Guo tie are eaten with miniature chopsticks from small, rectangular Styrofoam trays.
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Nicaragua AND DOMINICA
Through service-oriented study abroad, Trinity students tap into their altruistic roots. Topics like health care, education, and the environment know no geographical boundaries. Students are able to apply their academic interests to two faculty-led study abroad programs that take place during SpringÂ Break each year.
On a field trip to Nicaragua, students visit with people organizing grassroots projects addressing the causes of environmental degradation, human illness, and death. This case study complements an international studies course titled International Issues in Health and the Environment.
Students also have the option to participate in an alternative spring break trip to The Commonwealth of Dominica, a small island in the Caribbean. Students spend the week volunteering at a school for children with special needs and will apply coursework about international development and childhood education.
Dominica Fast Facts The country is famous for
Titou Gorge, nestled deep within Morne Trois Pitons National Park. Travel to the gorge by way of Middleham Falls, the tallest waterfall in the Eastern Caribbean. A mere 72,000 citizens call Dominica home, the majority of which live in the capital city of Roseau. Dominica secured independence in 1978. It was formerly colonized by the French and later the British, with English now serving as the countryâ€™s official language.
“My volunteer internship in Nicaragua in 2013 greatly increased my appreciation for the value of education. Working with underprivileged children in underfunded schools made me even more appreciative of how fortunate I am to have had access to such quality education throughout my life. Living abroad has introduced me to a variety of different lifestyles and has inspired me to pursue a life of adventure and discovery.” Chase Lee ’15 Cali, Colombia Theatre teacher in a bilingual school
by Paige Patrick ’14
It is hard to believe that more than five years have passed since I traveled with Trinity to Dominica as a part of Alternative Spring Break. In Dominica, our group volunteered at the Alpha Centre, a facility for children with mental disabilities. I still remember how excited they were as they welcomed us with handshakes and high fives. In addition to the jaw-dropping natural beauty of the island, I also remember meeting Dominica’s Prime Minister. When I asked him what he considered to be the strongest attribute of his people, he responded with, “Our resilience.” He explained that Dominicans do their best with what they have, both in times of economic security and insecurity. I was impressed with his eloquence and sincerity, and I thought his spirit reflected the brightness and genuine nature of the Dominicans we met throughout the trip. Volunteering in Dominica as a member of the Trinity Alternative Spring Break team is an experience that I will always treasure.
Did you know? Trinity students provide modern medical care to underprivileged families through the Foundation for International Medical Relief of Children (FIMRC). Each year, the Trinity FIMRC chapter travels to Nicaragua to volunteer and learn about global health. Julian Burgos ’17 serves as presidentof FIMRC and is responsible for organizing the annual trip to Nicaragua. He learned about the organization during the Trinity student involvement fair, held during new student orientation. Burgos, a biology major from Guadalajara, Mexico, has interned and volunteered with FIMRC in Limón, Nicaragua, and Huancayo, Peru. Burgos says both trips have reaffirmed his desire to become a doctor and underscore the importance of practical experience. “You learn things that cannot be found in books,” Burgos says. “You see things on experiences like these that nobody can explain to you. You have to be there to witness it.” Over winter break in 2013, Burgos worked in the impoverished village of Limón, testing patients’ glucose levels and their vitals, observing a pediatrician at work, giving presentations about high blood pressure, meeting with local healers, and more. Burgos said this trip focused on preventive care and opened his eyes to the effects of infrastructure on medical care. As president of Trinity’s FIMRC chapter, he is also responsible for recruiting new members and setting fundraising goals. In the past, funding for the trip has come from the MAS program. Burgos says the most important requirement for an FIMRC trip is a strong interest in global health or public health. And while it is not necessary, Burgos says the ability to speak the local language enhances the overall experience. In the future, Burgos plans to open his own sustainable clinic in a small village or town, most likely in Central or South America. He says helping is something that comes from the heart and that being able to simultaneously aid and learn is what made those experiences unique. “These experiences make you value your health, all the things you have, and how you live,” Burgos says. “You learn so much by helping others and that is what I have valued the most.” Learn more about Trinity’s FIMRC chapter at gotu.us/FIMRC
Paige Patrick graduated from Trinity with a degree in political science. She now lives in Nashville, Tenn., and works at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.
Although almost everyone’s phone doubles as a camera these days, study abroad is a great excuse to
invest in a nice point-and-shoot
CAMERA to document your travels.
Miles of cobblestone streets, sidewalks, or dirt roads await you, so a pair of comfortable
WALKING SHOES is an absolute must.
Oh, the Places We’ll Go! Study abroad alumni will tell you that time flies and your experience will be over faster
1 Lake Marian, New Zealand | photo by Amanda Eng ’14 2 Parque Nacional Laguna del Laja, Central Chile | photo by Megan Stewart ’15
than you know it. Bring a
3 Paris, France | photo by Oluwamayowa Akindele ’15
4 Mendoza, Argentina | photo by Beatrice Roman ’15
to record meals, memories, and thoughts that you will undoubtedly treasure years down the road.
Traditional study abroad at Trinity pairs each student It is a small gesture, but take a
SOUVENIR from your home state to give to your host family or future roomies as a token of thanks. Many study abroad veterans have formed lifelong bonds with their host families and roommates.
with a program or foreign institution that is compatible with their academic, personal, and professional goals. With the Office of Study Abroad, students research programs and identify courses that complement their Trinity degree. Every Trinity student receives individual attention when it comes to selecting their study abroad destination and what program best fits their specific needs. More than 45 percent of students study abroad before graduation, whether in a summer term, a semester, or a full year abroad. Historically, the most popular destinations for Trinity students include:
People’s Republic of China
The United Kingdom
Planes, particularly the budget airline variety you’ll likely be patronizing, tend to charge for those checked bags. Pack a
BACKPACK for weekend travels and use it as a carry-on. Your wallet will thank you.
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“I can now drink a proper whisky (try Auchentoshan if you A small Scottish sketch from Dolan
are looking for a nice lowland whisky without too much peat), cook a full Scottish breakfast (haggis and all), dance confidently at a ceilidh, understand the phrase “Awa’ an bile yer heid” and use it competently, rock a kilt, throw a bit of banter, and glow like a vampire from my perpetual lack of vitamin D. Scotland is a fierce place with a fierce people, but I wouldn’t trade my experiences here for the world.”
Edinburgh Taylor Dolan ’13
Edinburgh, Scotland, U.K. M.A. candidate at the
Cambridge School of Art
On the Wall with Nancy Ericksen
by Carlos Anchondo ’14 To know study abroad at Trinityis to know Nancy Ericksen. For 30
years, Ericksen has counseled students about their study abroad options, pairing their interests, language skills, and academic pursuits with just the right program and country. Each year, Ericksen, the assistant director for study abroad, helps send more than 250 students abroad to explore the world and to become global citizens. Through program site visits, personal travels, and student meetings, Ericksen has accrued a vast collection of mementos from around the world. These small treasures are as diverse as the more than 40 countries Trinity students have lived in during study abroad. Join us for a guided tour of Ericksen’s most cherished keepsakes and the memories they store.
1 In 2001, Ericksen launched the annual Study Abroad Photo Contest. In the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks, the 15-year series continually serves as a reminder of the importance of international understanding and the world’s beauty.
2 In her travels, Ericksen collects hand-made earrings. Recent acquisitions include pairs from Russia, Egypt, and Nicaragua. “I wear not only these earrings, but the memories with them.”
3 When Ericksen visited the Book of Kells at Trinity College Dublin, she picked up a recreation of a page from the famous illuminated manuscript. Matthew 27:38 shows the exquisite detail of the Columban monks. Ericksen believes the Long Gallery at Trinity College to be what heaven looks like, as she “cannot imagine a better place to spend eternity.”
4 Ericksen gathers representations of St. George in honor of George Boyd, a mentor from her very first days at Trinity. This painting, from Greece, depicts St. George slaying the dragon. Ericksen also has Georges from Spain, Great Britain, Russia, and other places.
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PRESERVING HISTORY Art history major granted Jo Ann Wigodsky Architectural Travel Fellowship
words by Carlos Anchondo ’14 photos by Cameron Piper ’17
At five years old, Cameron Piper ’17 already commanded a love for architecture. Visiting his grandmother in New Orleans, the pair would ride the streetcars together, Piper’s face pressed against the glass windows as the buildings streamed by. New Orleans, where Piper’s family has roots dating back to the 1700s, fostered his love for architecture and taught him his first lessons about the relationship between a physical structure and a city’s sense of place. As an art history major, Piper cares deeply about the historic preservation of buildings and how those structures act as a connection to the past. Piper spent his junior year abroad studying art, architecture, and French in Tours, a university town approximately 150 miles southwest of Paris. This summer he returned to Europe as the first recipient of the Jo Ann Wigodsky Architectural Travel Fellowship. Facilitated by the Department of Art and Art History, the fellowship provides grant money for a summer study of architecture. Starting in Helsinki, Piper will embark on a trip to study examples of early 20th century architecture in Scandinavia and Germanic Europe.
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Piper’s travel route
“I want to see how these modernist buildings are being preserved, why they are being preserved, and what the call to preserve them looked like,” Piper says. “Traveling across Europe, I will be able to compare how the same architectural trends, in the same period, look different in Finland than they do in Austria than in the Czech Republic.” Originally from Banner Elk, N.C., Piper says he was inspired to apply for the fellowship after taking art history professor Kathryn O’Rourke’s course on 20th century architecture. Among other destinations, he will visit Finland’s Villa Mairea and Paimio Sanatorium, Sweden’s Skogskyrkogården cemetery, and Germany’s Neue National Gallery and Bauhaus art school. Piper is particularly excited to see the Fagus Shoe Factory in Alfeld, Germany, a building he says is “one of the most beautiful in the world and way ahead of its time.” At each monument or building Piper will take a photograph, which will later be compiled into an exhibition at Trinity. As he travels, Piper hopes to capture a sense of each city’s energy and the nuanced evolution of modernist architecture. He says that often societies are tempted to tear down architecture that is no longer in style, a mistake he says cannot be remedied by trying to reconstruct the built environment every generation. To be considered for the fellowship, Piper submitted a bibliography of texts relevant to the places he will visit, a statement of support from a Trinity faculty member, a budget and proposed itinerary, a statement of intent, and a transcript. Piper completed the entire application while living in Tours, working diligently to become fluent in French. “The ability to be bilingual spoke very strongly to me,” Piper says. “Studying abroad for an entire year helped push me into adulthood and forced me to be comfortable on my own even when things did not go exactly as planned.”
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Often societies are tempted to tear down architecture that is no longer in style, a mistake that cannot be remedied by trying to reconstruct the built environment every generation.
As Piper drafted the application, he purposefully chose to focus his fellowship itinerary outside of France. He wants to widen his perspective on European early modernism before the advent of World War II. In the fall, Piper will begin work on an honors thesis that examines housing on the outskirts of Paris and of New Orleans during the 1950s. Despite having completely different styles and contexts, he plans to use the two case studies to debunk the misconception that poor architectural form can cause various social problems. The JoAnn Wigodsky Architectural Travel Fellowship honors the legacy of Jo Ann Wigodsky P’75, an artist whose love of travel and architecture largely influenced the career of her son Dan Wigodsky. Dan established his architecture firm, Wigodsky & Associates Architects, in 2001. His practice is primarily focused on bringing creativity and experience to the design of buildings. Piper is the inaugural recipient of the fellowship and has previously taken Trinity courses about medieval art and architecture, green urbanism, the urban experience, and 18th century art and architecture. He plans to make historic preservation his life’s work and vows to protect the world’s treasures through every building, neighborhood, and culture he can discover.
LESSONS IN HUMANITY One Marineâ€™s tours
in Iraq and Afghanistan
As he entered college at Trinity, the memory of 9/11 compelled Mike Greene to join the Marine Corps and defend his country. The enemy, he thought, was clear. Yet, it was not until multiple deployments in Iraq and Afghanistan that Greene’s eyes were opened to the realities of war and grim truths about building lasting change. by Mike Greene ’07
Black and White
I enrolled at Trinity in the fall of 2003. With Sept. 11’s wounds still fresh, the “Coalition of the Willing” had crossed the line of departure to liberate the Iraqi people and prevent weapons of mass destruction from falling to our enemies elsewhere in the world. From the perspective of an 18-year-old, foreign policy was black-and-white: the unassailable tide of the enlightenment was under attack yet again, not from imperialists, fascists, or communists, but from a reactionary religious sect bent on destroying hundreds of years of progress and tolerance. So I joined the Marine Corps my freshman year through a program that allowed me to train during summer breaks and enter active duty upon graduation. In the interim, I gravitated toward the political science department at Trinity, in hopes it would help me better understand the dynamics of the situation unfolding on the other side of the globe. A few classes stand out—political science professor Sussan Siavoshi’s “State, Society and Change in the Middle East,” and retired political science professor Guy Poitras’ “Nationalism and Ethnicity in World
Politics.” My time at Trinity broadened my perspective and helped me understand the shades of gray in foreign policy and international affairs. Seeing the conflict firsthand during deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan deepened my understanding of the challenges of nation-building and left me with a better appreciation of the humanity of the Iraqi and Afghani people. Iraq: Red to Green to Red
After graduation and some additional training, I joined 2nd Battalion, 1st Marines, an infantry unit part of the storied “Old Breed”—the 1st Marine Division. We deployed to Nineveh Province, Iraq, in 2009, with the mission of interdicting weapons smugglers from Syria. A month and a half into our deployment, we moved to a string of bases in western Al Anbar Province and received a new mission: to foster economic and political development and maintain security for the Western Euphrates River Valley. The former portion of our mission— fostering economic and political development—is an assignment with which units
clockwise from top a bazaar in Helmand Province, Afghanistan; Afghani kids in a village of Helmand Province; author’s campsite on Syrian border; author (front right) meets with Iraqi Army leadership. photos by Mike Greene
like mine were frequently tasked yet ill prepared. While the Army and the Marine Corps made leaps and bounds in counterinsurgency—partnering with citizens to train local militias and root out destructive guerrilla groups—it was apparent on the ground that we lacked the resources and capabilities needed to transform the political and economic landscape of Iraq (and later, Afghanistan). That is not to say we did not try. We were augmented with career NYPD police officers and additional Judge Advocate staff to help train Iraqi police and prosecutors. We collaborated with civil affairs units to build roads and schools. We proudly reported progress in terms of schools built and dollars invested in infrastructure, the best we could do for an objective measure. We built with the best of intentions, but with no functioning education administration—no one to register students, hire and pay teachers, purchase textbooks—a school is just a building destined to
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be abandoned. And with no firm willing to invest in Iraq— build a plant or a refinery or a call center—a road is just a stretch of gravel or concrete destined to be forsaken. Each week, our staff briefed the commander on the capabilities of civil, police, and military leadership against dimensions like “rule of law,” “economic development” and “civil institutions.” Our assessment was wholly subjective; none of the career infantrymen (with whom it remains my proudest honor to have served) leading our unit had any expertise in economic or political development. Tellingly, each unit began their seven-month deployment assessing these elements as “red to orange” and moved them to “green” over the course of their deployment, only to be replaced by another unit who re-assessed each dimension as “red to orange.” Each unit made progress, but it is tough to say if we made lasting change.
Afghanistan: Taste the Rainbow
After seven months, 2nd Battalion, 1st Marines returned to California to rest and reconstitute for a deployment to Afghanistan a year later. In the fall of 2010, we deployed to southern Helmand Province, Afghanistan, assigned to train the Afghan National Army (ANA) and root out and destroy the Taliban, which was still very active at the time. Our unit, composed of approximately 1,000 troops, occupied more than 50 bases, ranging from company headquarters with more
who had seen Afghanistan under Taliban rule, seen the turmoil after the U.S. invasion, and now enjoyed relative peace and stability. My sense is that the political dynamics meant little or nothing to him—above all else, he wanted safety and the chance to provide for his family. Return to Normalcy
It has been five years since I returned from Afghanistan and started a new career. While I was there, we made progress: Iraq and Afghanistan were better, safer places
We built with the best of intentions, but with no functioning education administration—no one to register students, hire and pay teachers, purchase textbooks—a school is just a building destined to be abandoned. And with no firm willing to invest in Iraq—build a plant or a refinery or a call center—a road is just a stretch of gravel or concrete destined to be forsaken. than 100 people to four-man outposts led by a corporal no older than a fraternity pledge. The combination of an active enemy and a highly distributed footprint created many logistical challenges; one of the unique tools in our kit to address these challenges was the Field Ordering Officer (FOO) program. The FOO program allowed field units to purchase services and materials below a certain dollar threshold from local Afghan contractors. As a logistics officer, I was placed in charge of our unit’s FOO program. Through the program, I developed a close relationship with Agha Mohammed, an illiterate and exceptionally warm Pashtun businessman and father of three girls, the oldest probably 6 or 7 years old. Agha became our go-to guy, capable of sourcing virtually anything we needed, ranging from household appliances to construction crews and heavy equipment. As his main point of contact, I got to know Agha quite well; he would even bring his daughters to our base when he would check in on his work crews. Agha and I spoke through an interpreter, but his daughters understood our sergeant major’s magic tricks and knew they had free rein of the candy stashed from a thousand different care packages from the States. Like any little girl around dad’s business contacts, his daughters were bashful around us; but Skittles and magic tricks are universal, and I know they cherished their visits to our base. Agha would also bring dinner once or twice a month— lamb, rice, and naan cooked by his wife in their home a mile or two away—to sit and eat with my logistics chief and me. I always looked forward to dinners with Agha. It was a chance to enjoy local cuisine and talk to someone
to be than they were before we arrived. For a time, people like Agha were able to return to their normal lives because we prevented insurgent groups from creating havoc. However, we struggled to create lasting social, political, and economic change. Today, ISIS controls much of Anbar and Nineveh and the Taliban is gaining ground in Helmand. We achieved progress, but perhaps not transformative change; I cannot say definitively whether our efforts were a success or failure. For my part, I was fortunate enough to befriend Pashtuns, NYPD cops, and many among the “Old Breed of American Regular”—and I certainly do not see the world as black and white anymore.
Mike Greene is a management consultant with McKinsey & Co. in Chicago. He served four years in the Marine Corps after graduating from Trinity in 2007.
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Sana Husain Aaser ’13 Work of Faith by Carlos Anchondo ’14 In 2003, Sana Husain Aaser had just started seventh grade. The bell
had rung and Aaser entered the hallway to change classes. Holding her books, Aaser was walking along when a classmate ran behind her, reached up, and tugged hard on her hijab, pulling the headscarf from her head. Aaser was shocked, confused, and suddenly extremely aware of being Muslim. Speaking with the principal, Aaser’s mother asked that the boy who’d pulled off her daughter’s hijab not be punished too harshly. Instead, she used the incident as a teaching moment and spoke at the next faculty meeting about Muslim identity and faith. Today, as a recent master’s graduate from San Francisco State University with a degree in equity and social justice in education, Aaser remembers her mother’s lesson on rising above ignorance and taking pride in her Muslim faith. As the product manager at Noor Kids, an educational program producing books for Muslim children, Aaser strives to instill confidence in the newest generation of Muslims.
Aaser says. “It is woven into everything and, like the hijab, it is something that is a part of you. One aspect of being Muslim that I love is connection. That means not only a connection to God, but also a connection to other people. The nature of Islam is to bring people together.” An anthropology major, Aaser also speaks publicly against Islamophobia to both Muslim and non-Muslim audiences. She began delivering presentations as a high school senior at San Antonio’s International School of the Americas. Her first speech was at Trinity University’s Walls Symposium in 2009, where she discussed growing up Muslim in the U.S. Aaser maintains there are two approaches to working against Islamophobia: one, conducting outreach to better inform non-Muslims about Islam, and, two, doing a better job within the Muslim community to encourage confidence in who they are. At Noor Kids, which has published 12 books and sold more than 25,000 copies, Aaser feels like she is making a positive difference. She acknowledges that incidents like what happened to her in the seventh
“Everyone has their battles to fight and their work to do. I feel this is my place, and that is something I embrace.” “Noor Kids gives Muslim children characters they can relate to and allows them to be proud of Muslim culture and values,” Aaser says. The books, designed for children 4 to 8 years old, center on the journeys of Amira, Amin, Asad, and Shireen, and focus on building critical-thinking skills. Instead of asking how and what, discussion is focused on why. Aaser manages an international team of researchers, writers, and illustrators to guide the books from concepts into physical copies that are delivered to subscribers. She also created the curriculum and pedagogy used for the book series, employing a model where parents read with their children to foster a stronger sense of Muslim identity. Aaser points to research that indicates that young children who have deeper relationships with their parents are more likely to have stronger self-esteem and self-concept than those without this quality connection. As a child, Aaser recalls characters that did not look like her or did not share the same cultural and religious experiences she lived as a minority in the U.S. She feels emboldened knowing that her work with Noor Kids is helping to create what it means to be a modern American Muslim. “Being Muslim is not one part of my life, but it is a way of life,”
grade are frustrating, but also believes that every day is an opportunity to combat stereotypes and demonstrate the true nature of Islam. “Everyone has their battles to fight and their work to do,” Aaser says. “I feel this is my place, and that is something I embrace.” As a student at Trinity, Aaser ensconced herself in clubs like the Muslim Student Association (MSA) and the Trinity Diversity Connection. She recalls an event, after the Park 51 controversy regarding the placement of a mosque near Ground Zero, where MSA collaborated with the Black Student Union to speak out against discrimination and how powerful it was to see two groups come together in solidarity for social justice. Aaser says her passion for equity stems from the Islamic tenet of standing up against injustice, in whatever form it takes. She adds that her anthropology courses enabled her to become a more empathetic person and better connect with others. Strong relationships are something Aaser hopes to cultivate as Noor Kids grows in scale. She is continually struck by how meaningful it is to see a product transform from an idea to a real, tangible book passed into the hands of children. With each new story, Aaser and Noor Kids inspire their readers to strengthen their American Muslim identities and to share themselves with the world.
Jeremy Dack ’82 Adventure Aficionado by Carlos Anchondo ’14 Weathered, creased, and worn, Jeremy Dack’s boots have seen it all.
They have crushed gravel beneath their soles, strode over smooth pavement, splashed through mountain streams, and felt the cool powder of freshly fallen snow. In Huesca, Spain, at the base of the Pyrenees Mountains, Dack and his boots traverse the region for Iberian Adventures, his outdoor tourism business. The “soft adventure” tours take clients hiking, climbing, and exploring through Spain’s diverse and dramatic northern landscape. Co-founded and owned with his business partner Josefina, Iberian Adventures has introduced its customers to a “new side of Spain” since 1997. Clients choose from a select range of itineraries that in-
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“Nowadays, the business I am in requires me to be quite social and to interact with a client base that comes from all around the world.” clude hiking and adventure trips, custom or private expeditions, and tours along the famed Camino de Santiago. Dack says the company offers tourists a “more intimate picture” of Spain, particularly those looking to discover its natural beauty. “For those who would like to get to know Spain on a deeper level, these trips mix the outdoors with a lot of cultural and historical elements,” Dack says. “Our customers receive highly personalized attention that brings them into close contact with Spain’s people and the land itself.” Dack first discovered Spain through Josefina, whom he met while teaching English in Japan. The pair, now divorced, moved to Josefina’s native Spain in 1997, creating Iberian Adventures in the winsome mountain village of Arenas de San Pedro. As the business grew, Dack also worked as a translator, a profession that allowed him to explore the local Sierra de Gredos Mountains and bolster his hiking and climbing abilities. He also continued to practice aikido, a defensive, nonviolent form of martial arts that he learned in Japan. A self-described “outdoor and adventure lover,” Dack still gets a thrill planning new or custom trips. He takes great pride in knowing that every trail, every restaurant, every hostel, and every church that customers visit has already been screened and approved by him or someone on the staff. Dack’s favorite trip to lead is hiking into the national parks along the Pyrenees; a close second is the Camino Primitivo de Santiago. Unlike the more popular Camino Frances, the Primitivo route is less traveled, is the oldest route, and wanders through what Dack describes as “outstandingly beautiful terrain.” Iberian Adventures was one of the first tourism businesses to aid pilgrims as they made their journey along the Way of St. James. The motto for Iberian Adventures states, “Spain is our home and the outdoors is our passion.” It is a maxim Dack says evolved naturally and sums up how he feels about his adopted country. A British
citizen, Dack has been an expat his entire life. He was born in Venezuela and moved to Singapore, the United Kingdom, and the Philippines before settling in Houston for high school. A desire to attend a small, liberal arts college led him to Trinity where he majored in business administration. In addition to playing intramural sports and enjoying a hodgepodge Frisbee golf course through campus, Dack was a founding member of social fraternity Omega Phi. Dack also made frequent use of Texas’ natural beauty, camping at Pedernales Falls, Enchanted Rock, and Big Bend National Park. “At Trinity, I had the opportunity to interact with a wide range of people and backgrounds,” Dack says. “Nowadays, the business I am in requires me to be quite social and to interact with a client base that comes from all around the world.” Whether they journey from Japan, the U.S., or Australia, Dack hopes to provide his customers with a sense of the Spain he experiences on a daily basis. He has found, even after two decades in Spain, that doing business can be somewhat difficult in a country that works to live and not vice versa. Yet, despite having to navigate around constantly changing business hours, Dack says he appreciates the Spanish priority on family and the sense of community, even in a city of 53,000 like Huesca. By hand-selecting restaurants and hotels, as well as guides, Dack offers customers an authentic slice of Spanish life. It is fitting, then, that more than 60 percent of Dack’s tours are requested custom trips, a testament to the attention to detail put into each itinerary. As Iberian Adventures approaches 20 years, Dack cannot imagine living anywhere but Spain. For someone who has lived all over the globe, this outdoor enthusiast says he has likely made his last move, a decision that brings him peace. “Spain is my home now,” Dack says. “Sometimes you get tired of being a foreigner, but that is my lot in life.”
Kathleen Keene Jones ’99 Pursuing Peace by Carlos Anchondo ’14
Perched on the shores of the Persian Gulf between Qatar and Oman
is the United Arab Emirates, or UAE, a country forged from seven sheikdoms. Formed in 1971, the country is relatively new, yet it commands a vast amount of mineral and oil wealth. With this growing prosperity, the UAE has emerged as a leader in foreign aid, having spent more per capita than any other country in recent years. At the heart of these spending decisions is Kathleen Keene Jones, senior adviser to the UAE ministry of foreign affairs. As a senior adviser, Jones lives in Dubai and leads the team drafting the UAE’s first foreign aid policy. Jones ensures that the UAE is strategic in how resources are allocated to less fortunate countries, humanitarian efforts, multilateral organizations, and nongovernmental organizations. “Foreign aid is partially about being benevolent, but also about aligning aid with foreign affairs and what is best for regional security,” Jones says. “The security of this region impacts the world, so the purpose of the policy must align with the UAE’s strengths.” A large component of Jones’ job is capacity development, where she works to empower Emiratis to obtain the skills necessary to achieve future development objectives. Since 2010, she has lived and worked throughout the Middle East, moving from Afghanistan to
“Our job was to manage the initial stages of crises,” Jones says. “Whether it was a natural disaster or a sudden outbreak of conflict, the bottom line is to save as many lives as possible and to mobilize the resources on the ground to make that a reality.” Jones’ ability to delegate effectively and to keep calm under pressure earned her the recognition of superiors, and she was appointed to a U.N. political mission in Afghanistan. What was supposed to be a three-month stint became a two-year assignment where Jones developed and implemented an early warning system to mitigate political and security risks. As an information analyst, she gained the perspectives of various actors on the ground and was the officer in charge of the analysis unit. For Jones, the most gratifying moments happened when measures, based on advice from her team’s briefing, stopped an incident from happening. Back in Dubai, Jones says the lessons she learned on the ground in Afghanistan, and later South Sudan, have allowed her to see war-torn countries as more than grisly news reports, but as diverse nations with complex and captivating peoples. Jones believes it is her ability to see a long-term, big-picture perspective that enables her to excel. A communication and English double major, Jones says Trinity not only taught her valuable critical-thinking and writing skills, but
“Foreign aid is partially about being benevolent, but also about aligning aid with foreign affairs and what is best for regional security.” South Sudan to the UAE. Before joining the UAE government Jones enjoyed 10 years with the United Nations (U.N.), a career she says is instrumental to her current occupation. Working at the U.N. had long been a dream for Jones, who was deeply troubled by the thirst for war in the years following the 9/11 attacks. She longed to play a role in global processes and to use diplomacy to prevent engagement in unnecessary wars. Jones joined the U.N. in the Office for the Coordinator for Humanitarian Affairs, where she participated in humanitarian responses for various crises, including the Pakistan earthquake in 2005 and the Lebanon War in 2006. Leaving OCHA, Jones transitioned to the Department of Peacekeeping Operations, where she worked in the Peacekeeping Situation Center in New York City. Jones and her colleagues monitored crises from around the world, from earthquakes to assassination attempts and everything in between.
also trained her to listen effectively, a skill she says has served her well many times over. Whether in cabinet meetings with high-ranking Emiratis, conducting reconciliation with insurgents, or in the Situation Center in New York, Jones underscores the importance of “keeping an open mind and being an active listener.” In addition to being a manager, Jones considers herself a mentor to many of the junior members of her team. Far from her native San Antonio, Jones is motivated by her fascination with other cultures and the commonalities that link seemingly disparate peoples. Recently, Jones was chatting with an Emirati coworker about their childhoods because Jones had just given birth to a daughter. The two women, although raised in completely different cultures, laughed as they realized just how many similarities their childhoods shared. These are the bonds that keep Jones steadfast in her hope for a peaceful, nonviolent future.
Puru Shah ’12 Engineering Hope by Carlos Anchondo ’14 In the early morning hours of April 25, 2015, Puru Shah’s phone would
not stop buzzing. With every notification, it pulsated with an angry and unrelenting urgency. Fumbling through the dark, Shah reached over to his bedside table, grasped his phone, and scrolled through the messages. His annoyance rapidly turned to disbelief and a tight pit formed deep in his stomach. Sitting on the edge of his bed in Austin, Shah learned of the effects from the 7.8 magnitude earthquake that had struck his native Nepal. “My jaw dropped,” Shah says. “I was shocked. I had a trip planned to go camping that day, but I immediately canceled the trip. For days, I could not think of anything else.”
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“When I saw the images of suffering in Nepal, I felt a renewed responsibility to give back, and I became more aware of my identity.” Struggling to make sense of the tragedy, Shah channeled his angst into action. He co-founded One Stop Portal, a centralized online space where users could locate information, analyses, and updates about the Nepal earthquake. In the immediate aftermath of the quake, Shah and his team used the website to organize relief and rescue to affected peoples. With a minimal online Nepalese government media presence, One Stop Portal became a reliable source for news. To combat the information vacuum within Nepal, Shah and other Nepalese volunteers from the U.S., Germany, and Nepal built a searchable database of available food, water, medical aid, and volunteers. As Shah and One Stop Portal scoured through social media and situation reports, he came to see the earthquake as a wake-up call about the condition of life in Nepal. “At the time of the earthquake, I had become really assimilated into U.S. culture and felt at home here,” Shah says. “I had started working toward the American dream, but when I saw the images of suffering in Nepal, I felt a renewed responsibility to give back, and I became more aware of my identity.” In addition to One Stop Portal, Shah also founded Madhesi Youth, an organization that strives to produce data-driven, fact-based information about Madhesis, or the people of the southern plains of Nepal. Originally from Janakpur, Shah himself is a Madhesi. He created Madhesi Youth as a digital platform for young Nepalese to express themselves, particularly the marginalized Madhesis and women. Shah researches the causes behind Nepal’s undeveloped infrastructure and has built a network of other young writers who blog about social injustice, gender issues, violence, protest, and more. In January 2016, he launched Stories of Madhes, a “Humans of New York” style blog about the true characters that comprise his native region. Somehow, Shah does all of this in his spare time. He works full time as an engineer-in-training at CTA Architects Engineers, an integrated firm of engineers, architects, landscape architects, and interior designers. Shah primarily works on designs for Google, Whole Foods, and Apple. “At CTA, we have a very innovative approach to design, and the company is entrepreneurial in nature,” Shah says. “We seek clients who share our vision, and we focus deeply on the client experience.”
Shah helps to design lighting, power distribution, HVAC and refrigeration power, and other systems for retail and commercial buildings. He is studying to take his professional engineering exam this October, a test that all engineers-in-training must pass to become fully licensed. With a B.S. in engineering science and a B.A. in international studies, Shah loves seeing the construction of a building after months or even years of planning. As projects progress and eventually come to completion, Shah performs site visits and ensures everything has been built to CTA’s electrical design specifications. As he prepares to take his licensing exam, Shah thanks professors Diana Glawe, Mahbub Uddin, E. Cabral Balreira, and C. Mackenzie Brown for their support through his time at Trinity and after graduation. Shah says he chose Trinity partly for the reputation of its engineering program, and also for the ability to study a wide variety of subjects. In 2015, he began a master’s program in computer science at the Georgia Institute of Technology. An avid hiker and sustainability advocate, Shah was excited when CTA sent him to the South by Southwest Eco Conference this past March. He was at a film screening about a nongovernmental organization in Haiti when he serendipitously sat next to a professor from Texas A&M, who told him about a grant for students interested in showcasing stories from conflict-affected regions. Shah immediately thought of the plight of Nepalese labor migrants leaving the country for work in the Middle East. He applied, and, to his surprise, was selected as a Student Media Grant recipient. Shah will spend this December and part of January 2017 interviewing and photographing labor migrants and their families about the deplorable economic conditions in Nepal and their new lives in the Middle East. All of this may seem like an insurmountable amount of work, yet Shah takes on each endeavor with pride and a great sense of duty. He remembers receiving the news of the earthquake and hopes to one day return to Nepal to enact change. Yet, as he continues to make a life for himself in Austin, he recognizes that while progress can be slow, progress is progress, and so he takes it one day and one company at a time.
On a dark and cloudy night, Leon
Lt. Col. Richard W. Hahn was Trinity’s delegate at the presidential inauguration of Thomas J. Minar at Franklin College in Franklin, Ind.
(Skeeter) Stath, with degree in I am honored to represent our 29,000 alumni
worldwide as your Trinity University Alumni Association President. I graduated in 1988 with a double major in business administration and sociology. I live in Houston and have served as a National Alumni Board Member for almost 10 years. I am so grateful for my ever-growing network of Trinity connections. This spring was full of great Trinity experiences. During President Anderson’s inauguration, I spoke on behalf of alumni. Anderson completed his Listening Tour, visiting the remaining Chapters, meeting with alumni, and listening to your stories. On Leap Day, we kicked off a new alumni benefit, “Tiger Enrichment: Lifelong Learning,” a series of webinars offered for alumni on a variety of topics. Our inaugural webinar featured President Anderson speaking about the state of the University. In April, political science professor David Crockett spoke on the upcoming U.S. presidential election. In June, Barbie O’Connor spoke on “7 Things You Need to Know to Manage Your Finances and Pay Off Student Loan Debt.” You can locate upcoming Tiger Enrichment webinars and enroll at alumni.trinity. edu/events. Hope to see you online soon! If you cannot make it, you can locate our previous webinars on Trinity’s YouTube channel at gotu.us/youtube. I want to thank everyone who participated in the recent Trinity alumni survey. Your input is very valuable to the University, to President Anderson, and to me. We are in the process of fully understanding the results of the survey and will be communicating various actions that will come from your feedback. If you have any questions, comments or suggestions, please reach out to me at email@example.com.
Leslie Hollingsworth ’88 Trinity University Alumni Association President
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hand, rushed off and joined the circus. To learn about the grisly outcome, read his book, She Flies Through the Air, an ode to Mary, his love and his wife.
1965 Linda F. Stripling was inducted
into the Bullard Independent School District (BISD) Wall of Honor for the class of 2016. She has been teaching at BISD for 19 years.
Phoebe McAfee showcased tapestry and woven works at the Guardino Gallery in Portland, Ore.
Lawrence R. Nutt and his wife,
Katherine Frankie Nutt, visited
the memorial to Sir John Franklin’s Northwest Passage Expedition, on Beechey Island, Arctic Archipelago, 74 degrees North. Franklin’s expedition experienced the winter there in 1845-1846; the team never found the Northwest passage and all perished. Lawrence and Katherine are pictured during their “Northwest Passage: Greenland to the Bering Sea” cruise aboard the Le Boreal.
1963 Randy Ruppart recently joined the board of the Sierra Madre Playhouse, (SMP) in Sierra Madre, Calif. SMP is a community theater dedicated to presenting the American experience with historical context plays and music from emerging artists, as well as fostering arts and culture in local schools.
Lillian Winkler attended medical school at the National University of México (UNAM) and specialized in Pediatrics and Pediatric Cardiology. She has worked at the Instituto del Seguro Social and as an assistant professor of pediatrics at UNAM. She still has a small private practice and actively participates in medical conferences. Winkler’s daughter Elizabeth graduated from Trinity in 2007.
1967 William (Bill) Lowerre joined his wife of 46 years, Karla Brand Lowerre ’69, in retirement after 45 years of practicing law. He looks forward to reuniting with friends and cherishing his time in this new stage of life.
1970 Leslie Jo Gatti was installed
as Wyoming State President of the General Federation of Women’s Clubs (GFWC). She will become a member of the board for GFWC International at their convention in Baltimore in summer 2016.
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1971 Diane Henderson retired after teaching for 28 years, with the last 17 spent at the Trinity School in Midland, Texas. She relocated to Lubbock to be close to her daughter, son-in-law, and granddaughters. Kay Peck was named executive officer of the future HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Modesto in Modesto, Calif. Previously she performed a variety of managerial roles at Kindred Healthcare in San Antonio. Peck will now manage the daily operations and patient quality and care in Modesto. Susan M. Wendler published Is it Treason? Or Not? after hearing the word treason used liberally and inaccurately on too many occasions. In this book, she explores the definition of treason from a constitutional standpoint and the definition from the Supreme Court. She aims to help citizens understand the concept for more informed perspectives and opinions.
1972 Dick Stockton hosted the Boots on the Court program with the Trinity men’s tennis team at Randolph Air Force Base in October 2015. Belle Wheelan was a speaker at
the Kennesaw State University 2016 commencement ceremony. She is currently the president of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, and she is the first African-American and female in this role.
Dale Strassheim is now retired
from The Baby Fold, a nonprofit organization, and he continues to be a mentor with the Multicultural Leadership Program (MCLP) in McLean County, Ill.
Joel Allison will resign as CEO of Baylor Scott & White Health in 2017 and become senior adviser to the chair of the board regarding advocacy, philanthropy, and medical education opportunities inside Baylor.
Naomi Shihab Nye was featured
Sen. John Cornyn accepted the
2016 “Texan of the Year” award from the 50th Texas Legislative Conference. The Texas Legislative Conference is a nonpartisan organization of Texas business and political leaders who gather annually to discuss public policy issues.
Kenneth Reilly, Miami partner
of Shook, Hardy & Bacon, was named one of the 2016 Client Service All-Stars by BTI Consulting Group. He was recognized for his work in commercial litigation. Dr. John W. Speckmiear was
presented with the Gold-Headed Cane Award in April. This award is presented to outstanding physicians nominated by their peers in the McLennan County Medical Society of Waco, Texas.
Col. Jeanette Sterner was appointed as a member of the Sabine River Authority in order to help in its mission of conserving, storing, controlling, and preserving the waters of the Sabine River and its tributaries. Sterner was honorably discharged from the U.S. Army and Texas National Guard after 30 years of service.
at the 11th annual Scissortail Creative Writing Festival at East Central University in Ada, Okla. She is the author of several books of poems, as well as poetry and fiction for children. She received the Jane Addams Children’s Book Award in 1998 for her book, Habibi, as well as the Gardner Poetry Award. She has been a Lannan Fellow, a Guggenheim Fellow, and a Witter Bynner Fellow. She was also elected a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets in 2009.
Dr. Doug Schultz is now serving as chief medical officer of the Shannon Clinic in San Angelo, Texas.
1976 Rev. Lori Pistor represented
Trinity University at the inauguration of Brian C. Ralph, the 11th president of William Peace University, in April.
Charles Quereau retired from
American Airlines in September 2015. He plans to relocate from Dripping Springs, Texas, to somewhere closer to his brothers in Austin and cousins in San Antonio.
Larry Safir was selected to sit
on the Texas Statewide Health Coordinating Council. He is the only member from the Rio Grande Valley.
Rhonda Glynn Smith currently
works at the Texas Children’s Hospital. She has a daughter who graduated from Tufts University in May and a son who graduated from the University of Houston in December 2015.
IN MEMORIAM Lillia Bessonette
Benjamin White ’51
Richard Delamain ’68
Evamay Watts ’79
Jan. 3, 2016
Nov. 4, 2015
March 21, 2016
March 26, 2016
April 8, 2016
Lawrence Cook ’71
Peter Kleck ’81
Mary Lane Darden ’47
Nov. 1, 2015
Aug. 13, 2015
April 27, 2016
April 22, 2016
Brown ’59 James Transue ’71
Paul Morgan ’81
Nov. 27, 2016
Nov. 11, 2015
Joseph Champion ’38
Ruth Spears ’60
Jan. 18, 2013
Dec. 9, 2015
Feb. 15, 2016
Jan. 3, 2016
George Brown ’82
Oct. 26, 2015
Oct. 24, 2015 Myrtle Greebon
Sept. 23, 2014
April 15, 2016
Don Newbury ’55
Charles Allen ’61
March 17, 2016
Oct. 27, 2015
Oct. 8, 2015
Jan. 26, 2015 Sara Wells
Nov. 20, 2015
Nov. 11, 2015
Nov. 29, 2015
Lewis Bartlett ’64
April 8, 2016
March 15, 2016
Nov. 23, 2015
Bobby Roth ’56
Oct. 27, 2015
March 5, 2016
Fleming ’49 Carlton Power ’42
March 10, 2016
Dec. 19, 2012 Frances Porter Charles Burklin ’43
Oct. 20, 2015
Nov. 27, 2015
Walter Thoms ’50
Feb. 8, 2016
Dec. 5, 2015 Clifton Schrader ’51 Martha Jayne Little
Sara Anderson ’84 Thomas Oct. 20, 2015
Jan. 12, 2016 Marian Page Swellander ’85
Stewart Davis ’75 Donna Hufham
Nov. 23, 2015 April 9, 2016
March 23, 2016
Nov. 20, 2015
March 8, 2016
John Wilbanks ’41
Helen Culp Schutts ’83 Stephen Cordes ’75
Paul Markham ’39
March 7, 2016
Jan. 31, 2016
April 7, 2016 Jay Velgos ’88 Billy Jarratt ’76
March 12, 2016
Nov. 23, 2015 Doris Gimmeson
Ron McCulloch ’76
Nov. 14, 2015
April 2, 2016
Jan. 13, 2016
Feb. 14, 2016
Fred Tuton ’57
William Bogart ’67
March 23, 2016
April 6, 2016
Jan. 9, 2016
Feb. 24, 2016
Sandra Drayton ’95
Nov. 19, 2015
March 20, 2016
Jan. 18, 2016
Dec. 18, 2015
Donna Lee Tudyk
Nov. 28, 2015
Thomas Terrey ’67
Edward Garrison ’95
Feb. 7, 2016
Sept. 7, 2015
Nov. 23, 2015
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Lucas Snipes retired in June
Robert Bowling is currently
2015 after 40 years as a health care executive.
1979 Retired Army Maj. Gen. Kevin J. Bergner was appointed CEO
of Goodwill San Antonio after working as USAA’s chief administrative officer and president of their property and casualty insurance business. Juan Cantu has been a work-
ing actor for 30 years and has worked in television in the critically acclaimed series “The Bridge” on the FX network. One of his latest roles is in the “Telenovela” series, starring Eva Longoria, on NBC. Glen D. Greeney was named ex-
ecutive vice president, director of retail banking for Southside Bank in Tyler, Texas. Glen began his career at Southside in 1979. Barry MacNaughton, a part-
ner at Ervin Cohen & Jessup construction and environmental law practices, was appointed managing partner. In this role, he will continue to practice law, emphasizing matters related to real estate, construction, manufacturing, distribution, and technology.
Joe Zimmerman was named
chief financial officer of NexRev LLC.
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serving as the assistant regional chief administrative law judge for the Region 7 Office of Disability Adjudication Review for the Social Security Administration. Region 7 consists of Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Kentucky, and West Virginia.
William M. Gracey was named
Susan Biggs moved with her
to the Quorum Health Corporation Board of Directors. Quorum Health Corporation is a spinoff company of Community Health Systems, Inc.
Ylise Janssen graduated from the University of Texas School of Law and was named general counsel for the Austin Independent School District (AISD) in December 2015. She has been with AISD for 15 years. Eddy Mindlin released a new
book, Smart Selling Strategies, on Amazon and at Barnes & Noble and has published a new site for his sales coaching and consulting services at eddymindlin.com.
Elizabeth Walker showcased her marbled art series titled, “Just Beneath the Surface: Exploring The Marbled Pattern in Paint” in Portland, Ore. Joan Wittler launched her middle school reader book, No Such Thing as Free Goldfish, as part of the Grace Erickson series. In this installment, Grace Erickson and her family are grappling with new pets.
1983 John Haupert was appointed to the Georgia Board of Public Health by Gov. Nathan Deal. Haupert is president and CEO of Grady Health System in Atlanta. Patricia V. Jones, an elementary
husband and two daughters from the Chicago area to southern Maine to enjoy life in “vacationland.” They currently live in a 200-year-old farmhouse 3 miles from the beach, and they are experiencing Maine’s second motto, “the way life should be.”
1982 Steve Balsley is celebrating 12
years as head of the International Atomic Energy Agency laboratory for safeguards in Vienna.
Larry Graham was elected
Louisiana Hospital Association (LHA) Board of Trustees Chair for 2015-16.
Bruce Lawrence was elected as
one of the seven new members of the American Hospital Association (AHA) Board of Trustees. He is the president and CEO of INTEGRIS.
Scott W. Tinker was named a
member of the technical advisory committee for a seismic advisory panel, which will test the connection between oil and gas behavior, and seismic activity in the Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) area. This panel was appointed by Gov. Abbott after the Texas legislature passed House Bill 2 to fund a study of the causes of earthquake activity in the DFW area.
school counselor in Kyle, Texas, was recognized as an American Graduate Champion by KLRU. She was nominated by her members in her community.
Kristina Rios de Lumbreras re-
turned to San Antonio to teach Spanish after living in Houston for eight years. She is currently teaching high school Spanish at North East ISD, and she loves working with her students. Her husband Jesús works for San Antonio ISD, and they both love being in education, helping kids, and sharing their vacation time.
Dr. Justin J. Trevino was
appointed assistant medical director at the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services.
Kreg Yingst is part of Revealed: A Storybook Bible for Grownups, in which each spread in the book is a different account from the Bible. In this book are more than 130 images by a wide range of artists, living and dead, including Hans Burgkmair, Albrecht Dürer, Jean Duvet, Eric Gill, Franz Marc, Rembrandt, Harmenszoon van Rijn, and Henri Van Straten.
CLASS NOTES 1987
Diane Ashour began teach-
Jay Cappis and his wife cele-
ing seventh and ninth grade English at the Highlands School in Irving, Texas, in fall 2015. She considers the Highlands School a different but pleasant change of pace after 19 years of homeschooling. Students involved in Trinity University’s Chapter of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) visited Houston and held an alumnistudent dinner. The students greatly appreciated having the opportunity to meet with professional engineers.
Ulf Kirchdorfer published a
1984 Louise K. Allen was a speaker at Planview’s Chief Innovation Officer Summit in London, where she shared her expertise on how today’s organizations can leverage resources and skills to achieve their goals. Pichet Durongkaveroj was
a keynote speaker at the Asia Business Conference at Harvard University. He has served as Thailand’s Minister of Science and Technology since 2014.
Elizabeth Gill was appointed dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Canisius College in Buffalo, N.Y. She previously held the title of director of the Honors Program and director of the Women’s Leadership Network at Randolph-Macon College in Ashland, Va. Johnny F. Hipp received the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) Senior-Level Healthcare Executive Regent’s Award at the Texas Hospital Association Annual Conference & Expo. This award recognizes ACHE’s members who have made significant contributions to the advancement of health care management success and the achievement of ACHE’s goals.
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book, Swede Among The Rednecks, in December 2015.
Rev. Stewart Smith became the
General Presbyter of Arkansas Presbytery in Little Rock, Ark.
1985 Renato Baciarelli is senior vice
president of operations and system services of PeaceHealth in Vancouver, Wa.
John Heer was honored with the 2016 Harry S. Hertz Leadership Award at the 28th Annual Quest for Excellence Conference. He was also a keynote speaker at the conference.
1986 Robin Cason completed her 13th half marathon in Las Vegas on Nov. 15, 2015, with two more half marathons on her calendar in coming months. Jon M. Foster, president of the HCA American Group in Nashville, Tenn., is the recipient of the 2015 Earl M. Collier Award for Distinguished Health Care Administration, the Texas Hospital Association’s highest honor.
Letitia Gomez was published in Queer Brown Voices, a personal narrative of Latina/o LGBT Activism. She has helped plan the first Latina lesbian retreat and participated in organizing the Gay and Lesbian Tejano Network. Among other major activist roles, she has served as president of ENLACE, a support organization for lesbian and gay Latina/os in the D.C. metro area. She is also one of the co-founding chairs of LLEGO, the first national Latina/o LGBT organization. Amy Hillman is dean of the W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University, where she makes a big college campus feel small by creating personal relationships with the students. She is the university’s first female dean. William Veal was granted full
professorship at the College of Charleston.
brated the verbal commitment of their eldest son to play soccer at Southern Methodist University as part of the incoming 2018 class. Leslie Hollingsworth has been appointed as senior project manager for government relations, a newly created position at The Friedkin Group. Her 25 years in positions at Gulf States Toyota and GS Marketing serve as the foundation in her new role managing the diverse projects of the government relations department. Joanna Miller moved to
México City to teach at the Colegio Americano one year after graduating; she has lived a rich expatriate life since then. After three years in México, she went on to teach in Turkey, Peru, and most recently, Spain. She completed her master’s in education through the College of New Jersey’s study abroad program in Mallorca, Spain. She has been a constant student of culture, language, and geography. Being an American overseas for nearly 22 years has diversified her friendships, influenced her world view, and enriched her teaching. She believes everyone should live abroad at least once to complete their education.
Alejandra Salazar Albornoz is
currently the department head for Language Arts and Humanities at The American School Foundation in México City. She is a passionate teacher and lifelong learner.
Paula Turner Turicchi was named chair of the Women’s Health Advisory Committee, a group required by Senate Bill 200 during Texas’ 84th Legislative Session.
Dorothy Alaniz Benavidez was
Michael Ashton published his
CLASS NOTES SUBMISSIONS promoted to executive vice president of CRAssociates, Inc. based in Newington, Va.
Mike McBride II was elected
vice president of the International Masters of Gaming Law in Lima, Peru, in January. Previously, he was the attorney general for the Seminole Nation of Oklahoma and shareholder of Crowe & Dunlevy in Oklahoma, where he was chairman of the Indian Law & Gaming Practice Group.
second book, What’s Wrong with Money: The Biggest Bubble of All, available on Amazon and at the Trinity University bookstore. In the book, he offers his perspective on inflation and investment strategies both for individuals and institutions.
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Marcy Doderer, president and
CEO of Arkansas Children’s Hospital, gave a lecture on “The Business of Healthcare: What Makes It Special” at the College of Business at the University of California, Davis, as a part of the Davis Family Lecture Series.
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Jamie Brickhouse was the 2016 “Literary Death Match” winner at the San Antonio Book Festival hosted by the San Antonio Public Library. Heather Brunner, CEO of WP Engine, encourages mentorship and sharing helpful tips with tech entrepreneurs. She aims to build passion, diversity, and innovation in the Austin-based company. Carleton K. Thompson III was appointed chief financial officer at Symplr. Before this position, Carleton held several senior executive positions at Cardtronics, and he also served as chief financial officer at Sternhill Partners, a Houston-based capital venture firm.
Jay C. Hartzell, a Trammell
Oscar Martinez was named
Crow Regents professor, has been named Dean of the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas at Austin (UT). After arriving at UT in 2001 as an assistant professor of finance, he became executive director of the McCombs Real Estate Finance and Investment Center in 2007 and the Allied Bancshares Centennial Fellow in Finance in 2008. He was in the Department of Finance from 2011-2014, and he created the one-year Master of Science in Finance degree.
Brett Lensing has been named a
new member of the all-volunteer board of the National Alliance on Mental Illness in Boise, Idaho. He is currently a mental health counselor.
chief financial officer of Huttig Building Products in March.
Ken Oranefo Okolo was appointed the new CEO of the Gov. Juan F. Luis Hospital & Medical Center in the Virgin Islands. Douglas D. Smith accepted a role at Wells Fargo as senior vice president in Credit Risk Management. He and his wife will celebrate their 15th anniversary later this year with their three children in Darien, Conn. Steve Walko was elected Republican town committee chair in Greenwich, Conn. He will hold three state House seats and a state Senate seat.
Peter Mulkey, CEO of Clinch
Valley Health, received the American College of Healthcare Executives Senior-Level Healthcare Executive Regent’s award.
Raymond Robertson was named
the Helen and Roy Ryu Professor of Economics and Government at the Bush School at Texas A&M University.
CLASS NOTES 1993
Kathy Pickett received her
Doug Ashby retired from his position as an Army medical service corps officer and as a health system specialist. He now serves as a part-time consultant and exam developer for Trinity’s Department of Health Care Administration emergency management courses. William Stuart Bell was hired as managing director of business development at Teakwood Capital, a Dallas-based private equity firm. Mark Gandy moved back to Texas and joined Strike, LLC as their CFO. Strike is a national provider of pipeline and oilfield construction services throughout North America. Adam Schaub was promoted to
chief compliance officer of 1st Global Capital Corp. in Dallas.
Anne R. Brown was appointed director of the VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System. In this role she will oversee delivery of health care to more than 90,000 veterans and an operating budget of $916 million.
doctor of ministry degree in December 2015 from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. She is the director of women’s ministry at Good Hope Missionary Baptist Church in Gordonville, Fla., and is married to Pastor Lanelle Pickett.
Brian Farmer has been named
Cristina Flores Schnoke is
an entrepreneur-in-residence at Frazier Healthcare Partners. He is one of three entrepreneurs who make up a group called Hawkeye Therapeutics, a search company focused on in-licensing and developing high quality assets for pharmaceutical companies.
Jeni Ganz married the love of
her life, Michael Alvard, when they eloped to Hawaii in January. They are both faculty at Texas A&M University.
teaching as a medical business management teacher at Northside Health Careers High School in San Antonio.
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1995 David L. Guevara was selected to be an Indiana “Super Lawyer - Rising Stars 2016” at the Taft law firm in Indianapolis. No more than 2.5 percent of the lawyers in the state are named to the Rising Star list. Guevara currently practices as a partner in Taft’s environmental practice group, and he is chair of the firm’s Brownfield & Site Development practice area. Brett McHargue began working with the Royal Academy of Arts in July 2015. He maintains its existing public site, and he is currently building integrations for internal systems with his team members. He married his partner of 12 years, Liam, through a civil partnership ceremony with friends and family in London.
Kyle Kirkpatrick is senior manager of healthcare strategy & operations with Deloitte Consulting LLP in Dallas.
BIRTHS Cecilia Fay to
Adelyn Reese to
Eli Wood to Alyson
Matthew Schatz ’97
Rose-Wood ’03 and
and Patricia Arguel-
Womble ’02 and
lo Schatz ’03
Jan. 7, 2016
Dec. 27, 2015
Feb. 3, 2016
Violet Anne to Sarah
Register Smith ’00
to Jeremy Boyce ’03
Leona Grace to Erin
Emil Joseph Eyhorn
and Brian Smith ’99
to Logan Ramirez
and Emily Boyce
Phillips Hejde ’04
to Matt Badders ’06
Jan. 11, 2016
’01 and Hallie Ramirez
Feb. 23, 2016
and Daniel Hejde
and Laura Badders
Nov. 11, 2015
March 19, 2015
Feb. 28, 2016 Quinton Alexander
Alba Marta to Alicia
to Andrea Schoen-
Leo to Dimitri Brown
Gottfried Pascua ’03
Edith Kathryn to Kate
Cruz Joseph to
Claire May to Leigh
eberger ’01 and Tim
’02 and Jennifer
and Dario Pascua
Rawley Warters ’04
Byford Wallace ’06
June 24, 2015
and Sam Warters ’03
Dean ’05 and Eric
and Stuart Wallace
Sept. 12, 2015
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May 21, 2015
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1996 Keith Barber was promoted to CEO after being the CFO of Houston Methodist Willowbrook Hospital. Annaliese K. Franz spoke along-
side colleague Bob Poppenga in an Explorit Science Lecture Series in Davis, Calif. The lecture, “Blue-Green Algae: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly,” covered a toxic algal bloom off California’s Pacific coast and how it affects ocean life.
Matthew E. Troup was named
the new president and CEO of the Conway Regional Health System. He took his first dive into the field of health care when he got his health care administration degree and worked at Texas Health Presbyterian Dallas.
Josh A. Waggener was elected to faculty member status at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary.
1997 Juan Luis Enriquez has conducted research in musical composition based on the multidisciplinary relationship between music, mathematics, astronomy and archaeology, or science and art connected. His discoveries can be viewed on his blog at jlpertheory.com. Beth Horine traveled across Eu-
rope with her children, visiting old friends and making new ones in the process.
Irfan Hydari felt that there was a lack of training about nutrition in his medical career, so he joined HealthStart Foundation (HSF), whose mission is to empower kids to create a healthier future for their local communities through active health education. HSF focuses on 3- to 6-year-old children, and engages them with science using a “whole child” approach, where the children and their environment are evaluated and improved upon. Xavier Villarreal was appointed
chief operating officer at North Hill Hospital. He has 18 years of health care leadership experience from when he was vice president at CHRISTUS Health and chief operating officer of CHRISTUS Spohn Shoreline and Memorial Hospitals in Corpus Christi, Texas.
George C. Thomas was appoint-
1998 Mefi Pishori Alapat, who is originally from Tanzania, has been involved in making safari visitors’ dreams come true for the past 15 years. She operates a boutique, Luxury Safari Company, in Houston, where each safari to Tanzania is customized to a client’s interest, needs, and budget. On top of personally handpicking the safari features such as lodging and food, she makes sure the safari is involved in at least two of the “three Cs”: conservation, community, and carbon offsetting. Matt Chance was promoted to
senior vice president of operations at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children in Dallas.
Kellie Deegear was named the
principal of Intermediate School No. 3 of College Station ISD. The school is scheduled to open in August 2017, and Deegear will continue as principal of Cypress Grove until that date.
Matthew “Mat” B. Grunert was
elected a partner at Andrews Kurth LLP.
ed by the Austin City Council to be an associate judge with the City of Austin Municipal Court, Travis County, Texas.
1999 Brad Parscale was recognized as the 2015 San Antonian of the Year by WOAI radio. He was recognized as part of the growing tech presence in San Antonio with his digital agencies Tech Bloc and Giles-Parscale and as a public face of city’s tech evolution in 2015. Steven Burghart was named president of Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital. He previously served as the CEO of Holtz Children’s Hospital and the Women’s Hospital at the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Medical Center in Miami. Ulrico Charles Izaguirre was named senior vice president of public affairs at the Lincoln Strategy Group. He will be responsible for corporate and public affairs, business client management, client lobbying, and business development.
Liz Kirk has co-authored the
book, Margin + Mission: A Prescription for Curing Healthcare’s Cost Crisis, to help the healthcare industry tackle waste and inefficiency.
Simon Mayer was named one
of the Super Lawyers and Texas Monthly’s 2016 list of Texas Rising Stars. He has been recognized on the Rising Stars List every year since 2012.
Kevin Ormand was promoted to
principal for The Chartis Group. He is based in Austin, Texas.
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Bridgette Bogle premiered
Patricia Keel was named chief financial officer at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
Michael R. Bobo and his husband were named the 51st Cornyation’s Court Kings Anchovy. Fiesta Cornyation is a nonprofit that has donated over $2 million to a variety of charities and causes, such as people in San Antonio living with HIV/AIDS and the Robert Rehm Scholarship for students majoring in theater arts.
Matthew D. Cavenaugh was
vibrant abstract paintings at the Rosewood Gallery exhibit in Kettering, Ohio. Her body of work consisted of reconfiguring older works by recycling some personal belongings. She currently teaches painting and drawing at Sinclair Community College.
Jessica Dupuy published her
first solo cookbook, United Tastes of Texas: Authentic Recipes from All Corners of the Lone Star State, about the complex and varied cuisine of the southern state. The cookbook is full of recipes that explore Texas’ rich cultural history.
Ashley O’Hara recently moved back to Dayton, Ohio, with her family. This is their third time stationed at Wright Patterson Air Force Base. She and her husband are excited to be back in the area with their three children, Maverick, Scarlett, and Paxton. She stays active as a contributing member to the Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT) spouse board, and she volunteers at her children’s elementary school between trips to visit family back in Louisville, Ky.
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William Meek’s bar, Rogers Park Social, was featured as one of Chicago’s 21 best bars on a list by Bevvy.co. Kelly Jackson Smith has been
awarded membership into the The National Trial Lawyers: Top 40 under 40. This honor is granted to attorneys under the age of 40 who focus their practices on criminal defense and litigation. The National Trial Lawyers possess knowledge, skills, experience, and success in their practice areas.
Byron French and Sarah Bradbury ’07 are part owners of the
group that started Lockdown, an “escape room” in Austin. An escape room is an interactive entertainment experience in which teams of people have an hour to solve a series of riddles and puzzles to escape the room.
Joseph Haenchen started his
culinary career in 2002 and has recently accepted a new position as sous chef at Landry’s Restaurant Group in Galveston, Texas. Christina Soontornvat
will debut her first children’s novel, The Changelings, this September. Patricia Womble relocated to the
Houston area in August 2015 and welcomed her second daughter, Adelyn Reese, on Feb. 3.
named partner at Jackson Walker LLP in Houston, and he was chosen as one of the 2016 “Thomson Reuters Texas Super Lawyers-Rising Stars.”
Sally Hurt-Deitch is market chief operating officer of The Hospitals of Providence in El Paso, Texas, where she oversees the network and activities of three hospitals as well as the construction of a fourth. She is also a board member of the National Forum of Latino Healthcare Executives and the Texas Hospital Association. She is also a member of the American Hospital Association Regulation Policy Board. Jesse Lotay was named partner at Jackson Walker LLP in San Antonio. Marina Suarez, assistant profes-
sor of geology at The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA), received an NSF Career Development award, a top-tier grant to support her research in climate change in Earth’s distant past. With her research, she hopes to inform climate policy.
Jerheme Urban, head football
coach at Trinity, presented the Golden Football to Victoria West High School in Victoria, Texas, which commemorated the 50th anniversary of the Super Bowl.
2004 Jennifer Haley-Brown, her
husband Dimitri Brown ’02, and their daughter, Zoe, welcomed a new addition to the family, son Leo, on May 21, 2015. Brown is an emergency veterinarian and Haley-Brown completed her J.D. in May. Marisa Jackson is now a realtor
for the Phyllis Browning Company after a wonderful career as a school psychologist.
Jessica O’Neal is the new chief
operating officer of West Florida Healthcare where she oversees the functions of several hospital service lines. She serves as a key member of the hospital’s leadership team by helping provide direction for patient satisfaction and quality.
Jeff Patterson, graduate of the Masters in Health Care Administration program, was named CEO of Nacogdoches Medical Center in Nacogdoches, Texas. Casey Robertson was promoted to CEO of Longview Regional Medical Center in July 2015 after serving as the CEO of Woodland Heights Medical Center in Lufkin, Texas. Jayme Rutledge got married in April and started a small but growing handmade decor business with her husband. Her products range from tables and cutting boards to photo frames and original photography. You can find her shop at BandBDecor.com. Buzz White ’04, ’06 founded
BlueHub Health in 2014 as a mission-driven company to serve patients by giving them the power to collect and share their medical records with their
providers. BlueHub Health has been acquired by Afoundria, and White has joined the Afoundria team as chief consumer and chief product officer.
MARRIAGES Melissa Anglada Dean ’05 and Eric Joseph Dean
June 23, 2012
Kevin Bogle is working as a landscape architect for New York City’s Department of Parks and ran a 5k in June.
Jon Duckert was appointed CEO at Baylor Medical Center at Uptown in Dallas.
Dunlap ’12 and Nolan Dunlap Feb. 5, 2016
’15 and Rachel McCullough ’15 Nov. 28, 2015
Robyn Hodgkins spoke at
the Emerging Conservation Professionals Network (ECPN) at their webinar, “Pathways into Conservation Science.” She is currently the Charles E. Culpeper Fellow in the Scientific Research Department at the National Gallery of Art (NGA) in Washington, D.C.
Brett Lovgren’s family settled in
a city south of Genoa, Italy. His wife works for NATO, and he has taken a position as technical director at the local international school.
Miranda McGee starred in the
play My Left Teeth. Additionally, she was chosen as a Cincy Fringe Selection juror to assist in choosing the Primary Lineup for the 2016 Cincinnati Fringe Festival Lineup.
Alumni Weekend is Oct. 7-9 Make plans to return to Trinity University to spend a weekend with your classmates and friends. Highlights include: class reunions, departmental reunions, an allalumni party at Bombay Bicycle Club, the alumni artisan sale, alumni author and book signing, and a keynote by English professor Coleen Grissom.
Register online today at gotu.us/alumniweekend
CLASS NOTES Samantha Page Smith began her
2006 Beatrice Adams is running her
business, My Konavore, which provides personalized, balanced raw meals and holistic natural supplements for pets that are delivered directly to customers. All food is sourced from local farmers and ranchers in South Texas who practice pasture-based, sustainable farming/ranching, and the food is always antibiotic- and hormone-free. It is true farm-to-bowl feeding for pets.
Linda Chen was promoted
to chief financial officer at Coordinated Health CH in Allentown, Pa., the region’s leading acute-care and specialty surgical hospital network. Nava Kavelin works as the prin-
cipal researcher and writer for the Baha’i International Community (BIC) United Nation’s Office in New York. The BIC represents the worldwide, 7-million-member Baha’i community. In her role, Kavelin researches a variety of portfolios related to international discourse, with a main focus on gender equality, human rights, and freedom of religion. She participates in regular commissions at the United Nations, including the annual Commission on the Status of Women.
W. Tramaine Rausaw recently
relocated to Arizona for a new position as the assistant dean of student life at Central Arizona College in Coolidge, Ariz.
Simran J. Singh, assistant pro-
fessor of religion at Trinity, was a keynote speaker at the Baccalaureate service for Dartmouth’s Thayer School of Engineering and Tuck School of Business investiture ceremonies.
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career as a spiritual and community animator for the English Montreal School Board in 2015.
Kyle Swift was promoted to CEO of Woodland Heights Medical Center in Lufkin, Texas.
Chris Newport is the executive
Samuel Bourgeois has been working on his doctorate in English linguistics at the University of Neuchâtel in Switzerland. Along with working on his project at the university, he also teaches first-year workshops and takes part in university events throughout the academic year. He resides in the neighboring German-speaking region with his wife.
vice president, chief of staff for the Houston Super Bowl Host Committee. Previously, he served as chief of staff for the mayor of Houston.
Leigh Wallace is the finance director for the City of Georgetown, Texas. She and her husband, Stuart James Wallace ’06, welcomed their first child, Claire May Wallace, on Nov. 25, 2015. They look forward to showing her off at the 10-year class reunion this fall.
Analicia Sotelo had her poem “Death Wish” published in The New Yorker.
Liz Eder Northern qualified to
Michael Hunter was appointed to the Corpus Christi City Council.
Miquela Smith is now the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service family and consumer sciences agent for Lipscomb County.
Ashlee Lally worked in England
Daniel DeLacy completed his
Masters in Global Economy and Strategy, international trade and economic development concentration at the Graduate School of International Studies at Yonsei University in Seoul, South Korea.
Aaron Littlejohn graduated magna cum laude from Capital University Law School in May 2015. He was admitted to practice at the Ohio Bar in October 2015 and is now the owner of his own law firm specializing in business and criminal law in Columbus, Ohio. Jillian Springer ’07, ’09 transitioned to regional director of hospice operations at Valley Area for Sutter Care at Home in Oakland, Calif. Warren Yehl ’07, ’09 became
chief operating officer at MountainView Regional Medical Center in Las Cruces, N.M., in September 2015.
run in the U.S. Olympic Trials marathons in Los Angeles.
Taylor Steele practiced law in Houston for three years, and in July 2015 he accepted a position as a commercial litigation attorney in Santa Monica, Calif.
and Scotland as a social worker for one year after graduation. She attended the University of Glasgow for an education degree, and she is now teaching elementary school in Scotland. She was recently promoted to an Attainment Teacher, where she uses her social work background to help children in the most deprived areas of Scotland to attain higher grades and greater health and wellbeing in primary school.
Kristin O’Grady completed her Ph.D. in biomedical engineering at Vanderbilt University, where she started her new position as a postdoctoral research fellow at the university’s Institute of Imaging Science in November 2015.
Laura Barron has been working at the Penn Institute for Urban Research (IUR), part of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia for two years. She will be transitioning from program coordinator to research manager and attending the UN-Habitat Conference in Quito, Ecuador, in October 2016 to represent Penn IUR. She is one year away from graduating with a dual master’s degree in environmental studies and public health from the University of Pennsylvania. She also has been awarded a scholarship to attend a workshop at Columbia University’s Epidemiology and Population Health Summer Institute where she will assess the role of geospatial analysis and neighborhoods in epidemiology.
Mayra Adriazola is currently pursuing her MHA from Tulane University and will be doing her administrative residency in New Orleans East Hospital.
Quentin Funk successfully
three recipients of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) grant in support of her work at the Winterthur/University of Delaware Program in Art Conservation.
defended his dissertation in mathematics at Rice University.
Krystal Kohler joined The Prin-
cipal Financial Group at the Lake Elmo office of the Minnesota Business Center. She serves as the financial representative and Princor Registered Representative.
2012 Emily Ergas spent the past two
years living abroad and teaching English in Santiago, Chile, and Madrid, Spain. She now works in public relations in Austin.
Lachlan Fogarty moved to Hong
Kong from Sydney last year to pursue a new career. He has had the privilege of traveling to 14 different countries within the last year and has been able to fill his entire passport. He would love to connect with alumni in Asia.
Courtney Bosquez held fellow-
ships with AMC Networks in New York and Hill + Knowlton Strategies in Austin after graduating. March 2016 marked her two-year anniversary working as a communications specialist at Texas A&M University’s Mays Business School. She also was asked to serve on the Cinemark Chairman’s Advisory Board in June 2016.
Kauveh Khozein Carrera is
currently working for Scott Free Productions in Los Angeles.
Madeline Corona is one of
Colin Fitzgerald started working
at Dropbox in November 2015.
Daniel Greenfield and his best
friend Stephen Michael Smith developed an app called nOCD to help those who suffer from Obsessive Compulsive Disorder cope with their symptoms. The app launched in February 2016.
Alessandra Madrid accepted a position as an AdReady account manager at CPXinteractive in New Orleans. Katy Silva opened an art gallery called Flax Studio to showcase the works of emerging artists and designers. The inaugural exhibit featured porcelain and press printed products by
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2015 Reid H. Bacon signed with the Dallas Roughnecks, a professional frisbee team. For now he plays part time, but he hopes to become a full-time member.
Sarah Sauer ’13, owner of Guten
Co., which is based in Fredericksburg, Texas.
Clare Watkins works for the Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center, providing justice and restoring hope for abused children in the Dallas County.
2014 Bradley Drenon currently works as the business development manager for an IT solutions provider at Exebridge Solutions. Rodrigo Gallegos Anda helps make entrepreneurs’ dreams come true with his position as a commercial coordinator at a startup accelerator. Mark Greene completed the
26.2-mile course in the San Antonio Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon in under 2 hours and 30 minutes and won first place.
Matt Cardone and Victor
Araujo ’16 were signed by the
San Antonio Football Club. Cardone was signed as their first goalkeeper.
Stephen Culberson competed
at the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team Trials in the 50-meter freestyle.
Hillary Dohoney’s art was
featured at Cinnabar, a gallery in San Antonio, during the exhibition called Disappearance. Primarily created with oil paint, porcelain, and screen-printing, her work focused on capturing human bias in everyday thinking.
Brittany R. Haby was chosen
for the Denise DeBartolo York Fellowship program for the National Football League. The program is a one-year fellowship designed to grant a place at the intersection of business and football. Previous interns have typically performed in marketing, and Haby is the first intern to complete her fellowship in the analytics department.
Adhwaith Mani joined the U.S.
Your Trinity Alumni Chapters There’s a chapter near you! If you would like to be involved in chapter activities or to serve on the Board, contact these respective chapter presidents or check out chapter pages at new.trinity.edu/alumni/chapters.
National Capital Area
Scott Webster ’85
Tyler Wilson ’07
Alison Whitten ’13
Roger Barajas ’98
Avantika Krishna ’15
Tara Zoellner ’01
Duane Weaver ’79
Erin Crosby-Perry ’06
firstname.lastname@example.org New England (includes New
Hampshire, Vermont, Maine,
Rob Sender ’09
Massachusetts, Rhode Island,
Steve Blankenship ’95
Aisha Sultan ’96
Laura Smeaton ’92
email@example.com *Central Florida Austin
Matt Giles ’07
Carolyn Roark ’95
Andrew Coulton ’05
Helen Harris ‘92
Lindsay Hess ’11
The Bay Area
Brittney Elko ’08
*Tulsa Oklahoma City
Jaclyn Metcalf ’08
Kathryn Kirt ’93
Greater Los Angeles
Alexa Harrison Maloney ’12
Karen Fisher ’10
Tennessee New York
Allison Wright ’01
Jason Maloney ’11 Portland
Leslie Wilkins ’06
Karyn Hall ’11
John Grace ’85
David O’Gara ’83
firstname.lastname@example.org *Rio Grande Valley
Josh Yost ’96
email@example.com *Kansas City
Bill Keith ’08
Tim Gibbons ’85
Charles Joseph ’84
Trey Evans ’06
* denotes a network city
Contact Selim Sharif at 210-999-8491 or firstname.lastname@example.org for chapters and network cities located west of Texas, as well as alumni chapters in Houston, Austin, and West Texas. Selim also networks with alumni in Australia, Asia, and South America. Contact Christine Martinez at 210-999-8405 or email@example.com for chapters and network cities located east of Texas, as well as alumni chapters in San Antonio, Dallas, and Fort Worth. Christine also networks with alumni in Africa, Europe, Canada, and Mexico. 70
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CHAPTER ACTIVITIES right The Dallas Chapter celebrated their artistic abilities together at Pinot’s Palette. below The New England Chapter enjoyed tubing on a sunny, snowy day on the slopes.
Albuquerque Chapter alumni and students attended the annual Making Connections event at the home of Scott Webster ’85 on Jan. 7. Alumni and parents attended an admissions reception and dinner on Jan. 9 in Albuquerque supporting Trinity’s recruitment efforts. The Chapter held a lunch reception on April 15 at Limoni Grill introducing Trinity President Danny Anderson to alumni and parents.
Current students and alumni from the Atlanta Chapter discussed career paths and practical tips during the annual Making Connections held on Jan. 5 at The Museum of Design. On Feb. 27, alumni from Atlanta participated in “Trinity Cares” by planting new trees in their neighborhood. Athletes, coaches, parents, and alumni attended the Trinity tennis match at Emory and then had dinner at the home of Joe Feeney ’89 on March 27. On April 19, Atlanta Chapter members gathered together for a night of golf, laughter, and conversation at Top Golf.
ARIZONA Arizona Chapter alumni gathered on Dec. 12 at the home of Rico ’99 and Jessica Izaguirre to celebrate the season and collect toys to donate to Phoenix Children’s Hospital. Trinity alumni and students discussed career paths and goals during the annual Making Connections event on Jan. 7 in Phoenix. Alumni in the area participated in the annual “Trinity Cares” service project at the St. Mary’s Food Bank on Feb. 6. The Chapter held a reception on April 14 at the University Club of Phoenix introducing President Anderson to alumni and parents.
AUSTIN The Chapter held its annual Making Connections networking event on Jan. 9 at Fibercove, a coworking, meeting, and event space owned by JP ’95 and Felicity Maxwell. Alumni in the Chapter gathered at Amy’s Ice Creams on Feb. 27 for their “Trinity Cares” project to gather books for Bookspring, an Austin-area nonprofit that builds home libraries for children of low-income families and encourages families to read togeth-
er. Alumni and their children donated over 100 new and gently used books to kids in need. The SXSW happy hour on March 12 drew a huge crowd at Casa San Antonio, where Trinity University partnered with Choose SA, an official sponsor for SXSW.
BAY AREA The Chapter alumni gathered on Dec. 2 at the Press Club in San Francisco for an alumni Holiday Happy Hour. The Chapter’s annual Making Connections event brought alumni together on Jan. 7 at A.G. Ferrari in San Francisco for networking and discussing career paths. The Chapter held a reception on April 12 at the University Club of San Francisco introducing President Anderson to alumni and parents.
CHICAGO The Chicago Chapter’s annual Making Connections event, held on Jan. 9 at the home of Scott ’70 and Laurie Themm Walker ’71, provided Trinity alumni with an opportunity to interact with one another, explore career opportunities in various fields of interest, and share the common bond that they have through Trinity.
On March 16, the Chapter held a reception at the University Club introducing President Anderson to alumni and parents.
COLORADO On Nov. 12, the Colorado Chapter held its annual brewery event at the Call to Arms Brewery, showcasing one of the many new craft breweries in the Denver area. Guests enjoyed tacos from a local food truck, beverages, and an exciting behind-the-scenes view of the brewery’s operations. Alumni and guests took the Holiday Light Tour at the Denver Zoo on Dec. 20. The Colorado Chapter held its Making Connections event the snowy evening of Jan. 7 at the home of Mr. and Mrs. John Trigg, parents of Bob Trigg ’86. On Jan. 24, Denver-area alumni and parents attended an admissions dinner supporting Trinity’s recruitment efforts. The Chapter hosted a faculty lecture event in a revitalized hub of transportation, Denver’s Union Station, where urban studies professor Christine Drennon led a discussion on the expansion of urban life and its relation to transportation. Lacy Bell, a project manager and
senior planner from Denver’s Regional Transportation District (RTD) Planning Department, discussed Denver’s expansion and growth of its light rail system and related transportation solutions. Alumni from five different decades enjoyed mingling and lively conversation. The Chapter held a reception on March 17 at the Denver Country Club introducing President Anderson to alumni and parents.
DALLAS On Dec. 10, Dallas Chapter alumni met at The Rustic to celebrate the holidays, reconnect, and enjoy Texas Country music by Aaron Einhouse ’05. The Chapter’s annual Making Connections event was held on Jan. 8 at the Home of Marshall ’88 and Blainey Hess, bringing students and alumni together for networking opportunities. On Feb. 11, a group of alumni found their inner Picasso as they sipped strawberry champagne punch and painted the Dallas Skyline at Pinot’s Palette. Alum-
ni and their guests gathered in Uptown Dallas on April 1 for a ride throughout Uptown and Downtown Dallas aboard the McKinney Avenue Trolley. On April 13, alumni cheered on the Dallas Mavericks but the San Antonio Spurs brought home the win.
FORT WORTH The Fort Worth Chapter held its annual Making Connections networking event on Jan. 7 at the Colonial Country Club, courtesy of Michael Johnston ’77. On March 23, alumni sampled Chimera’s home-brewed beers and handmade pizzas before letting their creative juices flow while making glass art. On April 30, alumni had a fantastic time at the Fort Worth Opera for the performance of The Barber of Seville.
GREATER LOS ANGELES Greater Los Angeles Chapter alumni met on Dec. 5 for a holiday party at the home of Brett ’04 and Zach ’99 Ewing in Santa
President Danny Anderson waved from the Trinity Float in the Texas Cavalier’s River Parade to cheering San Antonio Chapter alumni.
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Monica. Alumni gathered on Jan. 9 for Making Connections at the home of Beth Burnam and Monte Tomerlin ’75 in Topanga. On Jan. 25, alumni attended a seminar on startups conducted by Jenna Fagnan ’95, president of Tequila Avión. The Chapter held a reception on April 13 at the California Club introducing President Anderson to alumni and parents.
HOUSTON The Houston Chapter gathered on Nov. 11 at Camerata for a wine tasting. With expert pairings by advanced sommelier and Camerata owner Dave Keck, the perfect food, wine, and assembled company made for a wonderful evening. Houston alumni got into the holiday spirit with zoo lights at the Houston Zoo on Dec. 5. Making Connections in Houston on Jan. 6 brought together 129 alumni and 29 students to network. Mr. and Mrs. Harry Mach, parents of Trustee Steven Mach ’92, generously supported this event by serving as hosts at the River Oaks Country Club. Houston-area alumni invited prospective students to serve with them at the third annual “Trinity Cares” event at the Houston Food Bank, the largest food bank in the country. Alumni and high school students put together bags for the food bank’s Backpack Buddy program, providing more than 15,000 meals to children and their families who might not have food over the weekend. Alumni and parents enjoyed a magical evening on April 2 listening to the Trinity University choral ensembles, under the direction of choral director Gary Seighman, along with University organist David Heller, as they performed
a highly varied program of choral and organ works. More than 50 alumni gathered at the second annual Trinity Alumni Networking Lunch at the Petroleum Club on April 7. Economics professor Richard Butler interviewed the 2015-16 Outstanding Young Alumnus, Chris Newport ’08, about his role as the chief of staff for the former Houston Mayor Annise Parker and his current role as executive vice president for the 2017 Houston Super Bowl Host Committee. On April 29, Trinity alumni and family members watched the 29th annual Houston Art Car Parade and enjoyed mingling under the “Trinity tent.” Trinity had a great presence at the Art Car Parade this year—and they’ll have a spot waiting next year! On April 30, alumni enjoyed singing along to Disney’s Beauty and the Beast at the Hobby Center for the Performing Arts.
NATIONAL CAPITAL AREA National Capital Area Chapter alumni celebrated with Shiner Cheer at their annual holiday party on Dec. 6. The Chapter held its annual Making Connections networking event on Jan. 7 at Mission Dupont. Trinity alumni in Washington, D.C., enjoyed margaritas at Tortilla Coast on Feb. 17 to share memories and ideas for future chapter events. National Capital Area alumni participated in “Trinity Cares” by packing and delivering groceries to clients for Food for All DC. On March 2, alumni gathered at Hill Country BBQ to celebrate Texas Independence Day and President Danny Anderson’s inauguration. More than 60 alumni gathered at Busboys and Poets for an evening
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of thoughtful discussion with David Lesch, Ewing Halsell Distinguished Professor of History and Professor of Middle East History, on the topic of “Bashar al-Assad and the Disintegration of Syria.” Trinity alumni in the National Capital Area kicked off Fiesta with cascarones mailed from San Antonio.
NEW ENGLAND On Nov. 12, six alumni who graduated from Trinity within the past decade met up at a local bar in downtown Boston for a happy hour. Kelley McGill ’14 and Amanda Eng ’14 reconnected after not having seen each other since graduation. Leah Dickerson ’07 and Katie Wohler ’08 met for the first time that evening, discovering they both had the same adviser (business administration professor Charlene Davis), graduated from the marketing program at Trinity within a year of each other, and had gone to the same gym in Boston for more than a year! Young alumni in the Boston area reminisced about Trinity and Texas over margaritas and Tex-Mex food at the Lone Star Taco Bar on Dec. 10. The New England Chapter gathered at the home of Kylie Feazel Ibarreta ’01 for a night of board games, wine, and laughter. The New England Chapter gathered at Nashoba Valley Snow Tubing Park for a day of winter fun on Feb. 28. The Chapter held its annual Making Connections event on March 19 at the home of Laura Smeaton ’92 where attendees enjoyed tacos shipped in from San Antonio’s Taco Taco.
NEW YORK On Jan. 20, New York alumni enjoyed an evening of fun, food, and margaritas at the Tequila Avión Embassy hosted by Jenna Fagnan ’95, president of Avión Spirits. The New York Chapter participated in “Trinity Cares” on March 5 by sorting donated clothing and serving lunch to the homeless and hungry at the Bowery Mission. Alumni participated in an evening of thoughtful discussion with David Lesch, Ewing Halsell Distinguished Professor of History and Professor of Middle East History, on the topic of “Bashar al-Assad and the Disintegration of Syria.” Alumni in Brooklyn have enjoyed three gatherings in recent months. The Brooklyn group is growing and would love to have you join them.
Alumni in Charlottesville, Va., reminisced about Trinity, San Antonio, and tacos at Brazos Tacos.
alumni enjoyed a
The Oklahoma City Chapter hosted its first Making Connections on Jan. 7 at the home of Ron and Suzan Graber, parents of Oklahoma City Chapter board member Emily Bowlby ’05. The Graber’s home on Lake Aluma was a great setting for networking with alumni from Classes 1974 to 2010, where attendees helped one student from the health care administration program meet alumni to assist in an internship and future employment. The Oklahoma City Alumni Chapter volunteered at the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma for their annual “Trinity Cares” event on Jan. 30. The group of 18, which spanned alumni across five decades along with their families, packaged 133 cases of frozen carrots for the day. On March 1, the Chapter held a reception at the Oklaho-
gathering at the Rusty Bucket. Bob Crosby ’62, Duane Weaver ’79, Dushyant Pattni ’12, Michele Pake Bailey ’86, and Martha McKnight Jaqucki ’84 posed for an “O-HI-O” picture in front of a picture of Ohio Stadium.
above Trinity alumni and students gathered at Main Event in the Rio Grande Valley to meet one another and reminisce about their time at Trinity over food and bowling. Dan Hightower ’61 and Doss Kornegay ’68 knew each other from the community, but had no idea that they each went to Trinity and even were on campus at the same time for one year. below Alumni in Cleveland enjoyed chatting about how Trinity was a major force in creating great careers and about the many opportunities that came from the experience on campus.
All over the U.S., Tiger alumni gathered for â€œTrinity Caresâ€? service projects, volunteering their time to help those in need. from top, clockwise The Atlanta Chapter planted trees in neighborhoods. The New York Chapter joined forces at a clothing shelter to help the homeless during the winter. The Tennessee Chapter donated blood to the Red Cross. The St. Louis Chapter packaged meals at the Food Bank. The Oklahoma City Chapter provided assistance at the Food Bank. Current and future students joined the alumni in the Houston Chapter at the Foodbank. The National Capital Area Chapter packed and delivered groceries for Food for All DC. The Portland Chapter bagged fruits and vegetables for the Food Bank.
ma City Golf and Country Club introducing President Anderson to alumni and parents.
PORTLAND Portland alumni enjoyed watching the Portland Trailblazers take on the Dallas Mavericks on Dec. 1. The Chapter participated in “Trinity Cares” on Jan. 30, where alumni worked with other volunteers at the Oregon Food Bank to pack 29,969 pounds of potatoes over two and a half hours, culminating in 24,974 meals. Portland-area alumni gathered at Buster’s BBQ to celebrate Texas Independence Day on March 2. They enjoyed catching up about Trinity while drinking Shiner and eating ribs. The Chapter held a lunch reception on April 12 at the University Club of Portland introducing President Anderson to alumni and parents.
SAN ANTONIO The Chapter held its annual Making Connections event on Nov. 12 in the foyer of Trinity’s Center for the Sciences and Innovation (CSI) with featured speaker Peter French ’98, a social entrepreneur. The event included a separate time for alumni-to-alumni networking and student-to-alumni networking. Alumni attended the annual theater reception held for the opening night of Threepenny Opera, directed by Kyle Gillette ’01. On Nov. 14, alumni and their families gathered at the football stadium to create bird crafts with Mitchell Lake Audubon Center before viewing a spectacular and educational bird-of-prey presentation by Last Chance Forever. Alumni were delighted by owls, falcons,
and even a bald eagle—some even had their picture taken with our national bird. Alumni took a tour of the Ranger Creek Brewstillery on Nov. 19 for an immersive experience that included a guided tour, a souvenir pint glass, and three full-pour samples of Ranger Creek’s products. Setting the tone for the holiday season, the San Antonio Chapter’s annual holiday party filled the Great Hall with a happy, wonderful group of alumni on Dec. 4 as a prelude to the Trinity Christmas Concert in Laurie Auditorium. Alumni participants and enthusiasts attended the Dean’s Half-Marathon Challenge Dinner on Dec. 5 on campus hosted by Dean of Students David Tuttle. On Jan. 9, Trinity alumni gathered for a tour of the University’s Special Collections and Archives rooms. Alumni viewed books from as far back as the 1300s and some interesting historical material from Trinity as far back as its founding in 1869. This included a collection of pictures of various Trinity football teams, a Trinity Monopoly board, and a small, functioning cannon. They also took a behind-thescenes tour of the back storage room, providing a wonderful education on Trinity’s archives and discovering the diversity of the collections. On Jan. 27, the Chapter took advantage of a pre-show reception to connect with old classmates and make new friends before enjoying the Tony-award-winning musical Kinky Boots at the Majestic Theatre. The Food for Thought 2016 Lecture Series was launched on Feb. 3 at the Barn Door Restaurant. The series included three lectures the first Wednesday
in February, March, and April. On Feb. 25, the Chapter held its Spring Fling Happy Hour at Hofbrau at the Quarry. Alumni who attended Trinity’s master’s programs gathered on March 10 for a reception at the Petroleum Club of San Antonio. On April 2, Charles Parish ’60, who has more than 50 years of professional photography experience, shared an intimate time with alumni interested in growing their photography knowledge. The same day, Chapter alumni and guests were treated to a fascinating and educational tour of the San Antonio Missions, recently designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site by the United Nations. On April 9, the Chapter hosted a tailgate before watching Tiger baseball beat rival Texas Lutheran University, 12-4. On April 18, alumni and guests filled Trinity’s designated section on the Riverwalk to celebrate the Texas Cavalier’s River Parade and enjoy food from K*Hill BBQ.
SEATTLE Alumni in the Seattle area attended an admissions spring reception on March 12 at the home of current parents Jules and Roger Runacres to support Trinity’s recruitment efforts. The Chapter held a reception on April 11 at the Rainier Club in downtown Seattle introducing President Anderson to alumni and parents.
ST. LOUIS Alumni and students in the St. Louis area were invited to attend the annual Making Connections event on Jan. 3, discovering opportunities to network with other alumni with careers in fields including law, finance, medical technology, and education. On Feb. 20, St. Louis-area alumni participated in “Trinity Cares” by packaging 17,633 meals at the Foodbank. On March 29, the Chapter held a reception at the home of Michael ’65 and Noemi Neidorff introducing President Anderson to alumni and parents.
SAN DIEGO To celebrate Texas Independence Day on March 2, San Diego Chapter alumni attended a no-host happy hour, organized by local alumni associations of Texas universities in the area, at Green Flash Brewing. On April 14, the Chapter held a lunch reception at the University Club of San Diego introducing President Anderson to alumni and parents. On May 5, the Chapter held its second event in the Tiger Tonic series at Mike Hess Brewing Company North Park. Alumna Mackenzie Bergstrom ’03 gave a presentation on how the San Diego Zoo is building capacity for the next generation of conservationists.
TENNESSEE As part of the nationwide “Trinity Cares” service project, alumni in the Nashville area donated blood at the Red Cross and then had brunch at The Row on Feb. 27. On April 16, Trinity alumni kicked off Fiesta with cascarones mailed from San Antonio while enjoying tortillas and queso at the San Antonio Taco Co. in Nashville.
Alumni have “Attitude” about their Alma Mater Tigers share opinions of Trinity through national survey by Sharon Jones Schweitzer '75
There are 29,000 Trinity alumni out in the world, and no matter the
defining decade of their Trinity experience, they love their alma mater and consider attending the University one of the best decisions of their lives. That’s according to a national survey of alumni perceptions, attitudes, experiences, and opinions conducted last fall. Trinity’s Office of Alumni Relations participated in the Alumni Attitude Study , a national, multi-college research study in fall 2015, to develop a deeper understanding of what alumni value and to learn how the University might better engage them. “The survey results provide us with valuable feedback we can use to enhance current programs, services, and communication with a goal of engaging even more alumni with the University,” said Mary Kay Cooper, senior director of Alumni Relations. The survey was launched as President Danny Anderson began his first year in office and the start of his 22 chapter-city alumni “listening tour.” Trinity delivered 18,449 surveys and received 1,086 responses for an overall response rate of 5.8 percent. The sampling and demographic range of Trinity’s respondents is representative of the University’s alumni base.
“I am proud to be a graduate. When I was a student, because of Dr. (James) Laurie’s leadership, we students said someday our degree will be even more valuable. It has come true!” -1960s graduate
Key findings include:
rate their decision to attend Trinity as a good to great decision
say they promote Trinity “regularly” or “all the time”
highly regard their overall current opinion of Trinity as good to excellent
describe their experience as a student as good to excellent
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Alumni believe strongly the education they received at Trinity prepared them most for “further graduate education” and “commitment to continuous education” or lifelong learning. The survey revealed Trinity alumni are fiercely loyal to the University, but also have expectations that the value or equity of their degrees is improving over time.
“Please support Greek Life. It is important to a large segment of your alumni." -2000s graduate
Other suggestions include:
Expanding Trinity's national profile. Alumni want to know that the value of their degree is greater to them today than the day they graduated and they want to understand what the University is doing to increase that value. Creating a more robust Trinity alumni network. Increasing alumni and alumni association involvement in improving the student experience and career mentoring. Providing stronger career networking for career transitions even years after graduation. In response to these suggestions, Trinity is already developing initiatives that will address what the University heard, including an expansion of the Tiger Enrichment Webinar Series, development of regional conferences to connect alumni, and re-establishment of a class agent system. Plans are also being developed for an alumni leadership academy to prepare alumni for leadership roles that allow them to serve Trinity and become effective ambassadors. The alumni attitude survey consisted of quantitative and qualitative responses gathering comments on such questions as “Name one person who had a special impact on your experience as a student,” or “What is the most meaningful thing Trinity University could do for you over the next 5 to 10 years?” The results of the Alumni Attitude Survey along with feedback from President Anderson’s listening tour will help Trinity build on its lifelong connections with alumni.
“I very much appreciate Dr. Anderson’s outreach and sincerely hope that he is able to make some positive changes in alumni relationships that enable more of the Trinity alumni community to be active and supportive both with time and money.” -2010s graduate
Tiger alumni answered: "What is the most meaningful thing Trinity can do for you in the next 5-10 years?" 1960s and previous "Instill in the students there today the importance of giving back to the University upon graduation." 1970s "Ensure that Trinity’s visibility in the national higher education landscape continues to rise." 1980s
"Continue to offer lifelong learning opportunities" and "Connect alumni in remote or rural areas with other alumni who live nearby."
"Celebrate and recognize alumni. Involve alumni meaningfully in the life and fabric of the University."
2000s "Continue to provide an outlet for continued support and networking through its Alumni Association and the programs provided to different chapters." 2010s “Engage students as future alumni before they graduate by having alumni form part of class projects and mentor students."
ALUMNI NEWS Lalani
Trinity welcomes four alumni leaders to its Board of Trustees by Sharon Jones Schweitzer ’75
Alumni Association Honors Outstanding Seniors Two Tigers recognized for volunteer service to school, community by Isaiah Mora ’18 The Trinity University Alumni Association recognizedtwo members of the class of 2016, Sabina Lalani and Sarah Yaccino, for their outstanding service to the University and to San Antonio. The students received certificates and $250 at the Honor Awards Convocation in April. To receive the awards, exemplary seniors with service over an extended period of time were nominated by students, faculty, and staff. A panel of Trinity alumni interviewed finalists and selected the winners. Lalani, a neuroscience major with a pre-med track from Sugar Land, Texas, was a hospital volunteer at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio where she worked with nurses in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), and the Newborn Nursery with infants. She also served as a program head for the Trinity University Volunteer Action Community (TUVAC) and the Stand Against AIDS program. In doing so she organized volunteer visits to the San Antonio AIDS Foundation as well as raised awareness about HIV and AIDS on the University campus. Lalani also served on the Trinity University Student Government Association planning events for students to promote diversity including Diwali and Mabuhay. She also spearheaded the spirit committee to improve student participation on campus. Yaccino, from Helotes, Texas, worked as a teacher’s aide and student teacher in the Dual Language Summer School Enrichment program at Jim G. Martin Elementary in San Antonio, in the summer of 2014. She also attended two alternative spring break trips to Dominica, serving as a student leader in the spring of 2016. Yaccino, a member of HOPE Hall (Homeless Outreach Pursuing Education) and of the University’s Residential life office was a peer facilitator for the program Reflections in 2013. On campus she was also a part of the Trinity Chamber Choir, Trinity Swing Bums, and the Mu Phi Epsilon music service fraternity. Majoring in Spanish and human communication, Yaccino plans to return to Ecuador where she studied abroad in the spring of 2015, to teach English with a grant from the Fulbright U.S. Student Program.
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Four Trinity University alumnihave been named to serve on the University’s Board of Trustees. Clifford Buchholz ’65 and Jessica Whitacre Thorne ’91 have been elected as Trustees to the Board. The Rev. Dr. James (Jim) Freeman ’83 and Leslie Hollingsworth ’88 have been named Synod and alumni advisers, respectively. Cliff Buchholz ’65 of Fort Collins, Colo., owns and operates Miramont Lifestyle Fitness, comprised of five health and wellness facilities serving Northern Colorado. He is also senior adviser and a member of the Board of Directors of St. Renatus LLC, a dental pharmaceutical company. An All-American tennis player at Trinity, he played at Wimbledon twice and in the U.S. Open. Buchholz received a bachelor’s in sociology from Trinity in 1965 and a law degree from Washington University, St. Louis in 1970. He was inducted into Trinity’s Athletics Hall of Fame in 2005. Jessica Whitacre Thorne ’91 of Dallas is an attorney and partner with Estes Okon Thorne & Carr PLLC. She has a diverse trial practice that focuses on family law and business litigation, and is active in the Dallas civic community. A member of the Sigma Theta Tau sorority and a former member of Trinity’s National Alumni Board, she currently serves on Trinity’s Greek Alumni Advisory Council. Thorne received a bachelor’s in economics and speech from Trinity in 1991 and a law degree from Texas Tech University School of Law in 1995. The Rev. James (Jim) Freeman ’83 will serve as a representative of the Presbyterian Church (USA) Synod of the Sun. He is pastor of the Broadmoor Presbyterian Church in Shreveport, La. Freeman graduated from Trinity in 1983 with a bachelor of arts in communication and political science. He received a master’s in divinity from Union Theological Seminary in Richmond, Va. in 1990 and a doctorate of ministry from Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, Ga. He supports those in need through Solar Under the Sun and FaithWorks. Leslie Hollingsworth ’88, president of Trinity’s Alumni Association and chair of the National Alumni Board, will serve on the Board as an alumni adviser. A resident of Houston, she is director of digital operations and consulting for Friedkin Automotive Group. Hollingsworth graduated from Trinity in 1988 with a bachelor’s in business administration and sociology and an MBA from Texas Christian University’s Neeley School. While at Trinity, she was a member of the Zeta Chi sorority and TUVAC.
DÉJÀ VIEW Doug purchased this sporran, a traditional part of male Scottish Highland dress, during a visit to Scotland in 1988.
Trinity’s First President Anderson From Farm Laborer to University President by R. Douglas Brackenridge
Only three Trinity presidents have been Texans, and two of
them are named Anderson. Trinity’s 19th president, incumbent Danny J. Anderson, needs no introduction. Few people, however, know much about Trinity’s President Jesse Anderson, 1901. 6th president, Jesse Anderson. Photo courtesy of Trinity University Archives. As president-elect in 1901, Anderson did something none of his predecessors had even considered doing. In preparation for the presidency, he spent the summer abroad in Europe, visiting universities and libraries, studying philosophy, and looking for new ideas in pedagogy and curriculum. His youngest son, Jesse Newton Anderson, emulating his father, later studied in England, France, and Germany and became a tenured professor in the department of history at UCLA. In addition to study abroad, Anderson’s presidency is associated with several other notable firsts. He was the first Texan and first Trinity graduate to serve as president, as well as the first president to hold the Ph.D. degree. He was a member of the first group of Trinity faculty to do graduate study at the University of Chicago. Before the term “distance learning” entered our vocabulary, Anderson advocated doing graduate study by correspondence with supervising faculty followed by a formal examination on campus. Despite his short presidential tenure (1901-02), Anderson made significant contributions to the university during his 17-year association with Trinity as a student, minister, scholar, professor, administrator, and Trustee. A popular teacher, progressive educator, and committed Christian, Anderson embodied the foundational values of academic excellence and personal attention to students that remain hallmarks of Trinity today. Anderson was born in Nacogdoches, Texas, in 1864. His parents were farmers during harsh economic condi-
tions in post-Civil War Texas. Like his siblings, Anderson spent his early and teenage years as a farm laborer. As a result, he had limited opportunities for a formal education. A Trinity colleague described him as “a young man who had triumphed over hardships, and with little help from others, secured for himself a thorough education.” Anderson entered Trinity in 1885 and graduated in 1889 with an A.B. degree. An outstanding student, he was highly regarded for his intellectual acumen and exemplary work ethic. While an undergraduate, he was ordained as a Cumberland Presbyterian minister and later studied for a year in theological seminary. In the vanguard of young scholars recruited to be future leaders of the University, Anderson began his professional career in 1890 as principal of Trinity’s pre-college Preparatory Department and shortly thereafter served as professor of Latin and Greek. He enhanced his academic credentials by earning an A.M. degree from Trinity and a Ph.D. from Cumberland University in Lebanon, Tenn. His most broadening graduate study, however, occurred in 1895-96 at the University of Chicago under the innovative leadership of William Rainey Harper. The University’s talented faculty and progressive pedagogy generated an intellectual ferment on the Chicago campus that made a lasting impression on Anderson. He returned to Trinity filled with new ideas regarding teaching methods, curricular reform, and ways to reshape and revitalize student campus life. Anderson’s scholarly maturity and leadership abilities led to increased campus responsibilities including university librarian and membership on the board of trustees. Trustees appointed Anderson as the University treasurer, and he played a leading role in shaping decisions regarding academic and fiscal issues. In terms of academic priorities, however, Anderson focused on the welfare of students in the classroom and the wider social context in which their education took place. Instead of
rote memorization, Anderson emphasized questioning, critical thinking, and self-expression. He and faculty chair L.A. Johnson prevailed on Trinity Trustees to give students more freedom in social relationships on campus and in the local community and to permit a wider range of campus activities, including previously banned intramural and intercollegiate sports. In an era when the gulf between professors and students was often wide and deep, Anderson enjoyed an exceptional rapport with students. Trinitonian editors frequently expressed appreciation for Anderson’s teaching expertise and communication skills. They felt free to incorporate his name into humor columns such as this one:
Dr. Anderson: What is an anecdote? Mr. Joiner: A short tale. Dr. Anderson: Will you go to the board and write a sentence containing the word? Mr. Joiner (reading aloud): A rabbit is an animal with four feet and an anecdote. Anderson’s presidency began and ended amidst an institutional crisis not of his own making. During the last decade of the 19th century, many Trinity supporters questioned the wisdom of remaining in the isolated village of Tehuacana. If Trinity was to grow and flourish, they argued, it must relocate in an urban center with access to modern transportation, social and cultural amenities, and financial resources. Opponents of relocation, local residents, Trinity Trustees and faculty, including Anderson, contended abandoning Tehuacana was unethical and would result in disaffected alumni and loss of longtime financial support. Moreover, with a newly completed main building and a cohort of young, well-trained, and energetic faculty, they believed Trinity could prosper in its present location.
Texan students, who intern in the University Archives, stand with photographs of Trinity’s Texan presidents. Left to right: Ariel Wilks holds a photograph of Samuel L. Hornbeak, Trinity’s 9th president (1907-21); 19th President Danny J. Anderson (2015-); Catherine Clark holds a photograph of Jesse Anderson, Trinity’s 6th president (1901-02).
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When Trinity Trustees announced the appointment of Anderson as president at commencement exercises in June 1901, he received sustained applause. Students, ignoring the decorum associated with commencement, erupted with cheers and a spirited rendition of the college yell. The Trinitonian enthusiastically endorsed Anderson. “No better selection could have been made. Dr. Anderson is a man of wide experience, deep scholarship, noble manhood and Christian character. With such a president, Trinity must necessarily remain in the front ranks of the educational institutions of the state.” By the time Anderson assumed the presidency, however, the Synod of Texas had appointed a committee to recommend a new site for the University. Nevertheless, opponents of relocation continued to marshal support for Tehuacana and retained hope that loyalty would prevail over pragmatism. On Sept. 12, 1901, after prolonged debate, the Synod of Texas voted to accept an offer by the citizens of Waxahachie to relocate in their city, a thriving urban center. A month later, Anderson resigned as president to take effect after the June commencement in 1902. In good conscience, he did not think it fitting to continue as president after personally opposing relocation. In spite of misgivings about relocation, Anderson promised that Trinity faculty would exhibit the same loyalty to Trinity in Waxahachie as they had shown in Tehuacana. “They will work with all [their] might,” he said, “for the abundant success of Trinity University in the midst of those big-hearted and liberal people at Waxahachie.” Anderson’s final action as president was to confer the last degrees to be awarded on the Tehuacana campus. According to the Trinitonian, “Few dry eyes were seen in the house, for it was fully realized by all, that good-bye was being said for the last time in old Trinity at Tehuacana, and the strong ties that had been formed in the past thirty years were now to be broken forever.” After leaving Trinity, Anderson returned to the University of Chicago for additional graduate studies. In the summer of 1904, he accepted an offer to become superintendent of city schools in Hubbard, Texas. After moving to Hubbard, he began construction on a new home for his family. While assisting with the work, Anderson fell off a scaffold and suffered a fractured leg along with other injuries. A few months later, he contracted typhoid fever and died on October 12, 1905, leaving behind his wife, Lucinda Newton Anderson, and several young children. With his demise, a promising career came prematurely to an end. If Jesse Anderson could see the contemporary Trinity campus, he likely would be overawed at its magnificent facilities and large and talented student body and faculty. But one thing is certain: He would not be surprised. In 1900, he wrote: “As to the possibilities of Trinity University, no one can tell how great her future may be.”
Trinity Tigers are world travelers, and Trinity magazine wants to see your photos! Use #TrinityTravels to share your photos on social media or submit them to the magazine. (Photo submission guidelines are on page 63.) Want a copy of your own cut-out LeeRoy? Download and print at gotu.us/CutOutLeeRoy
Photos submitted by Carlos Anchondo ’14, in Hollywood and Palos Verdes, Calif.; Julia Chavez ’13, Liz Hoang ’13, and Rachael Miller ’13 in Denver; Alexandra Gereda-Gordon ’19, Sarah Hantak ’19, and Collin McKinney ’16 on a spring break trip to Tokyo, Japan; Cesar Giralt ’09 in Havana, Cuba; geosciences professor Dan Lehrmann conducting summer field work with undergraduates in China; Christina Miranda ’08 in Destin, Fla.; computer science professor Paul Myers, political science professor Katsuo Nishikawa, and students on a faculty-led study abroad trip to Japan; Tyler Patterson ’15 in Vík, Iceland; Lauren Pettinati ’19 while hiking the Trails at Desert Mountain in Arizona; and Leigh ’05 and Judd ’03 Sheppard on a family trip to Mākaha Beach, Hawaii.
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Parting Shot In this 1987 Mirage yearbook photo, Amy Smith ’88 and Kris Bliss ’87 enjoyed visiting the Eiffel Tower in Paris during their semester abroad. During the 1986-87 school year, a record 100 Trinity stuents studied abroad, further expanding the international experiences ingrained in Trinity’s culture. Share your fond memories from your travels abroad with Trinity magazine! See page 63 for submission guidelines.