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Welcome to the Fall 2007 Semester!


Welcome! I am pleased to greet nearly 500 new students in all three schools, and all of our returning students as we start the 2007-2008 academic year. Trinity has much to celebrate as we come together to launch the Fall 2007 semester. Our entering class in the College of Arts & Sciences is even larger than last year — the largest in nearly 35 years. These are incredibly talented young women who will carry on the traditions of Trinity in grand style. You will be able to read more about them in my welcoming remarks posted here on Trinity’s website.

We are welcoming many other new students — new undergraduates in our School of Professional Studies, and graduate students in the MBA, MSA and MA programs in SPS, and new students in the School of Education. We are welcoming new students in nursing, and new students at THE ARC in southeast Washington. We are welcoming students who have transferred into Trinity after attending other universities. Our campus community proudly welcomes all of our new students! We will have official counts and profiles of our new students after the close of the add/drop period in early September.

New Faculty and Staff

The fall semester is also a time when we welcome new full-time faculty and many new staff. . This fall, we have an exceptional group of new faculty joining our ranks, including:

In the College of Arts & Sciences:

Dr. Suzanne Lea Goodney, Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice
Ms. Vanessa Kilpatrick, Assistant Dean for Academic Advising
Ms. Angela Lanier, Reading Instructor
Dr. Deonne Minto, Visiting Professor of English
Dr. Consuelo Novarro, Assistant Professor of Languages and Cultural Studies
Dr. Diana Watts, Assistant Professor of Business
Ms. Margaret Whitty, Math Instructor

In the School of Professional Studies:

Dr. Debra Tervala, Dean of the School of Professional Studies
Dr. Marian Fortner, Assistant Professor of Business
Dr. Alison Goodrich, Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice
Dr. Kelley Wood, Assistant Professor of Business
Ms. Joyce Johnson, Academic Advisor
Ms. Rhonda Smith, Academic Advisor

In the School of Education:

Dr. Ray Adomaitis, Assistant Professor of Counseling

In the Center for Intelligence:

Dr. James Robbins, Director of the Intelligence Center for Academic Excellence

In the Writing Center:

Mr. Scott Swinney, Director of the Writing Center

Transitions in the College of Arts and Sciences

The new semester also brings a change in leadership for the College of Arts and Sciences. Our exceptional leader, Dean Anne Henderson, will be leaving Trinity for a position much closer to her home in Baltimore, at the College of Notre Dame of Maryland. I will have much more to say about Dean Henderson next week, but meanwhile, please join me in thanking her for all that she has done for Trinity and our students in her time here, and we wish her well in her new position (and look forward to seeing her when the Tigers travel to CND to meet (and beat!) them in soccer and basketball!!)

Dr. Elizabeth Child of our English Program has generously agreed to serve as Interim Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences while we search for the permanent dean. Dr. Child is a terrific intellectual leader whose devotion to Trinity students is well known. She will do a great job as we make this transition, and many thanks to all faculty and students for helping her take on this important new role.

New Dean for the School of Professional Studies

Please join me in welcoming Dr. Deborah Tervala who is our new Dean of the School of Professional Studies. Dr. Tervala joins us from the University of Maryland University College. She has her B.A. in French Literature and M.Ed. from the University of Maryland College Park, and J.D. from the University of Maryland School of Law in Baltimore. She has tremendous professional experience in law, education and higher education administration, and will be a terrific colleague for our SPS faculty and staff, and wonderful leader for our students.

New Academic Services Center

Thanks to the hard work of Librarian Kaye Gapen and her terrific team in the Library and the team in Academic Services, we have created an entirely new Academic Services Center on the first floor of the Library. This Center brings together the Writing Center, tutorial services, learning skills support, disabilities support services, academic assessment, career services, International Student services and other similar support services in a “one-stop-shopping” location for all students of Trinity — all schools, all programs. The Center will be able to provide services when the Library is open.

We have also invested in a new online tutorial service called and you will hear more about this new service as the semester gets underway.

Stay tuned… Check Trinity’s website for more news and events every day!

Welcome to all new students, faculty and staff, and Welcome Back to All!

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