Our goal is for all alumni to develop a powerful emotional connection to Trinity—recognizing that this valued relationship will strengthen and change over time. To achieve this, we must take proactive steps to foster mutually beneficial relationships between alumni and the University. We will regularly connect with our alumni, celebrate their accomplishments and milestones, and encourage their continued personal and professional growth after graduation. We will provide opportunities for alumni to participate in Trinity-related activities both on campus and in their own communities. By empowering our alumni to participate, lead, and take ownership of the future direction of the University, we will be assured that Trinity’s fundamental character endures. Our alumni form an influential network that is uniquely and persuasively capable of enhancing the University’s reputation in the marketplace and in the minds of prospective students.
More than 70 Trinity University alumni and friends joined together for Trinity on Tour in Washington, D.C., on Saturday, April 7, 2018. The day began with an exclusive tour of the John F. Kennedy Center of Performing Arts and a behind-the-scenes viewing of the living memorial to the late president. From there, the participants travelled to the Georgetown University Hotel and Conference Center, where President Danny J. Anderson, Ph.D., gave a state-of-the-university address that focused on how the Trinity experience prepares tomorrow’s leaders for a meaningful life of engagement with our world.
After Anderson’s remarks, Dirk Elmendorf ’97 and Pat Condon ’97, founders of the cloud-based hosting company Rackspace, shared the story of Rackspace’s origins, with Condon noting, “Trinity is woven through it completely.” He explained that because the founders were starting a business in their early 20s with no experience, “our experience was almost exclusively what we learned at Trinity.”
After Elmendorf and Condon’s talk, Tigers selected which breakout session they wanted to attend, each guided by award-winning Trinity faculty. These break out sessions included David Lesch, Ph.D., discussing the conflict in Syria, Benjamin Stevens, Ph.D., relating modern movies to classic stories, and Aaron Delwiche, Ph.D., discussing how to discern fake news from real news. Anderson led a special session on the importance of free speech and civil discourse in a liberal arts education.
After the breakout sessions, attendees enjoyed cocktails at the president’s reception, meeting Tigers from all around the country.
“For me, coming here was an opportunity to not only re-engage with Trinity, but to...re-invigorate me as part of the Trinity family,” says George Durgin ’04.
Since September 2017, the Office of Alumni Relations has produced the Learning TUgether podcast series, an extension of its lifelong learning initiatives that also include webinars and a book club. Released on the first Tuesday of every month, the podcasts feature faculty and alumni experts that explore a diverse range of topics.
The podcast series aims to foster a conversation between the hosts, the experts, and the greater Trinity community—“but it’s on your time,” notes Selim Sharif, director of alumni education and engagement. The podcasts attempt to reverse the “habit of talking at each other” that seems to have manifested recently, as noted by Kelly Grey Carlisle, Trinity English professor and co-host of the introductory episode.
Through the podcast series, listeners also get a glimpse of the courses Trinity students are currently taking. For example, the opening episode, “Climate Changed,” discussed the same issues as the First-Year Experience course of the same name. Other episodes include “Great Books of the Ancient World,” hosted by Corinne Pache, Ph.D., and Willis Salomon, Ph.D., as well as “Predicting the 2018 Academy Awards,” hosted by Patrick Keating, Ph.D. All current and episodes and previews of upcoming topics can be viewed at gotu.us/podcasts.