Welcome to Trinity’s 2014-2015 Academic Year!August 27, 2014
With great pleasure, I am happy to extend a warm Trinity, “Welcome!” to more than 600 new students, faculty and staff joining the Trinity community for the Fall 2014 semester, and a hearty, “Welcome back!” to all returning students, faculty and staff. 2014-2015 promises to be an amazing year for Trinity — already we can see tangible signs of change and growth, and so much more is on the agenda for our campus community.
We have many new faculty and staff joining our community, and new responsibilities for continuing faculty and staff, so in this message I summarize these changes, and please join me in welcoming and congratulating our colleagues:
- Interim Provost Dr. Carlota Ocampo
Dr. Ginger Broaddus, who had been Trinity’s Provost (chief academic officer) for the last five years, moved to Denver with her family in late July. We all miss Dr. Broaddus and wish her well out there in the Rocky Mountains! We are fortunate that our very talented colleague Dr. Carlota Ocampo, Associate Provost and Associate Professor of Psychology, agreed to step in as the Interim Provost for the fall semester. Dr. Ocampo is also co-chairing our Middle States Self-Study so she is very busy, and yet always ready to speak with students and provide helpful insights for colleagues. Please join me in thanking Dr. Ocampo for taking on this important additional role!
- Dr. Pamela Barnett, new Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences
We are so fortunate to have a remarkable new leader for the College of Arts and Sciences this fall. Dr. Pamela Barnett joins Trinity as the new CAS Dean from her work at Temple University where she was Associate Vice Provost and Director of the Teaching and Learning Center since 2007. She has also served on the graduate faculty for Psychological, Organizational and Leadership Studies in Education at Temple. Prior to her work at Temple, Dr. Barnett was the Associate Director of the McGraw Center for Teaching and Learning at Princeton, as well as a lecturer in English which is her primary academic field. Before heading to Princeton, she was a tenured associate professor of English and African American Studies at the University of South Carolina, and she also had teaching experience at American University and Emory University where she earned her Ph.D. in English. Perhaps equally important for Trinity’s CAS dean, Dr. Barnett is a cum laude graduate of one of the nation’s most distinguished women’s colleges, Barnard College in New York. Please join me in welcoming Dean Barnett to Trinity!
- WELCOME to New Faculty and New Administrative Appointments! In the College of Arts and Sciences:
- Dr. Rewa Burnham is now Assistant Professor of English! A 2005 magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Trinity in English and Public Affairs, Dr. Burnham joined Trinity’s teaching staff as an instructor in writing and critical reading two years ago. She earned her doctorate at the University of Maryland this past spring. Dr. Burnham was an amazing student leader and student government president during her student days here, and I am thrilled that she accepted Trinity’s offer to return to alma mater on the tenure-track faculty. Welcome, Dr. Burnham!
- Dr. Noel Voltz has joined Trinity’s History faculty from Ohio State University where she has earned her baccalaureate, masters and doctorate in African American History. As an instructor at Ohio State she taught a robust range of courses in American History and African American History. Welcome, Dr. Voltz!
- Ms. Dowan McNair-Lee, yet another outstanding Trinity alumna, joins the CAS team as a reading specialist this fall. Ms. McNair-Lee earned her master’s degree at Trinity in 2007, and just last year she received the very prestigious Rubenstein Award for her work at the Stuart-Hobson Museum Middle School Campus. Welcome back to Trinity!
In the School of Nursing and Health Professions:
- Dr. Denise Pope is Trinity’s new Chief Nursing Officer. Dr. Pope takes over the leadership of Trinity’s Nursing Program with strong prior experience with the University of Phoenix, Coppin State University and the D.C. Department of Health. She earned her BSN at Hampton, MSN at Catholic University, and Ph.D. in Nursing Administration and Health Policy at George Mason University. Welcome!
- Dr. Kristen Maisano joined Trinity earlier in the summer as the new Director of the Occupational Therapy Program. Dr. Maisano comes to Trinity with experience as an Occupational Therapist with the Department of Defense and INNOVA Alexandria Hospital. She earned her B.S. and M.S. at College Misericordia, and O.T.D. at Boston University. Welcome!
- Ms. Jennifer Dahlman, Assistant Professor of Nursing, has taken on the additional title of Assistant Dean for Nursing with responsibility for the Conway Scholars Program.
- Ms. Danielle Artis, Assistant Professor of Nursing, has taken the title of Assistant Dean for Nursing with responsibility for the NCLEX preparation program.
- Ms. Jane Brophy who has been an adjunct faculty member joins the full-time faculty in Nursing.
In the School of Business and Graduate Studies:
- Dr. Peggy Lewis — another amazing Trinity alumna, Class of ’77 — who has been here at Trinity as Program Director for Communication and Media Studies in the School of Professional Studies now becomes Associate Dean of the School of Business and Graduate Studies.
- Ms. Jeannette Frett joined Trinity last spring as Dean of the School of Business and Graduate Studies, a new unit that grew out of the School of Professional Studies. With strong experience at Howard University and Georgetown School of Business, Dean Frett will lead the effort to develop and expand our graduate programs.
In the School of Professional Studies:
- Ms. Beverly Lucas, who has been a writing instructor with the School of Professional Studies, is now director of Trinity’s program at THEARC, succeeding Ms. Candice Washington who departed over the summer. We are grateful to Ms. Washington for her years of service in building our program at THEARC and grateful to Ms. Lucas for taking on the leadership challenge.
In the School of Education:
- Dr. Bweikia Steen, Assistant Professor of Education, has taken on the role of Coordinator of Early Childhood Education.
- Dr. Luane Oprea joins the Counseling Faculty as Assistant Professor of Counseling.
In the Provost’s Office:
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- Ms. Sarah Wilson, who has been the Director of Academic Administration, becomes Assistant Provost.
Voices of Trinity: Charlene Valdez ’17 at the National Institutes of HealthAugust 19, 2014
In July, I published a blog about the remarkable trip of Junior Airen Washington to Israel. Her story generated a great deal of interest among other students eager to share their summer experiences as well — and what an ambitious, talented and interesting set of stories these are! In this blog I feature the report of Sophomore Charlene Valdez who spent the summer on a research program at the National Institutes of Health. For all the new first year students out there, listen up! THIS CAN BE YOU NEXT SUMMER! Charlene became a candidate for this program as a result of her fine work in freshman year with Dr. Moss.
Here’s Charlene’s report in her own words:
“Over the past few months, between June and mid-July, I was attending the Advanced Research Technology Corps program at the National Institute of Health, in partnership with Georgetown University. The program was brought to my attention by my amazing Biology 111 professor Dr. Patrice Moss, who throughout the entire time I’ve worked with her at the Ladies FIRST Math and Science Club has demonstrated her faith in me as a science student. As a rising sophomore at Trinity, the prospect of attending such a prestigious program made be a bit nervous at first. I had declared my major to be Biology during the spring semester, right before the start of the program. Needless to say, I was not ready for what was coming up next.
“The internship started off with a 1-week course schedule where students from UDC, Georgetown and Trinity, had come together to learn about Pluripotent Stem cells and how to differentiate them. We learned about Immunohistochemistry, Flow Cytometry, Protienomics, Cell Culturing, and many other amazing techniques that we could use for future internships or our own laboratory research. Following the 1-week long program, we were also given the opportunity to do a six-week internship following a poster session at the end of the program.
“After the lab and lecture courses were over, it was time to enter my practice internship. Lucky for me, I got a chance to work at the Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center with Dr. Jan K. Blancato as my P.I. Once at Georgetown, Dr. Blancato tasked my colleagues and I to work on Inflammatory Breast Cancer as a part of my official research project. The objective of my project was to find amplifications of a mutated gene called ALK1 in these IBC tissues using a technique called Fluorescence in situ Hybridization. This technique is often used when localizing specific genes of interest on intact chromosomes.
“My favorite part was the knowledge and insight I gained through this experience. I had always been unsure if Biology was the true path I wanted to take for the rest of my life, but I came to realization that I love it. I have a strong passion for doing work that can make a difference in humanity. My P.I. and my colleagues were a tremendous help when it came to explaining the science and techniques behind the work I was doing. They all taught me to be meticulous yet curious, and to accept any possible outcomes in my research results.
“I am currently in the process of completing the poster for my presentation at Georgetown and I will do my utmost best to make Trinity, my Mother, professors, and peers, proud of my work.”
(Charlene Valdez, ’17, Biology major, Undergraduate Research Scientist)
Charlene, we are so tremendously proud of you! Thank you for sharing your story!
PS: It wasn’t all serious science, check out the great friends Charlene made during her summer internship!
I will blog about another student in a few days. If you’ve already sent me your story and photos, rest assured it’s coming to this website! If you have a story of your summer work that you’d like to share in this space, send it to me via email at firstname.lastname@example.org Photos are always good to include with the story.
Future blogs: I will also be calling for your thoughts on the many issues involving Ferguson, Missouri, the shooting of Michael Brown and the police actions afterward, the issues of racism and race relations today, press freedoms and so much more coming out of that story. I will use that topic as the focus of this year’s Constitution Day observance in September. As I’ve done in the past, I will invite your comments and brief essays on the topics, so please start thinking about how you’d like to participate.
I wrote a blog about Ferguson on the Huffington Post this week, please see Ferguson’s Lessons for the Fall Semester
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Welcome and Welcome Back to Trinity!August 17, 2014
A new academic year begins! Welcome to all new students and all who are returning for the 2014-2015 academic year! Special welcome to the Green Class of 2018! An exciting year awaits and we are eager to get going!
This week on this blog and elsewhere on the website we’ll be reporting on our new students, orientation events, and plans for the new academic year. I’ll also be adding some of the “what I did this summer” reports from students, so if you have something interesting to share with the campus community, please send me a few paragraphs and photos if you have them.
Please note that all orientation schedules are on the website. The orientation for new first year students in the College of Arts and Sciences starts on Monday, August 18 — see the full schedule.
Myesha went so far in showing her solidarity with the new Green Class that she sported green hair! I can’t top that, but I am especially pleased to welcome the Green Class since that was my own class color just a few years (ahem!) ago.
And check out Dean Meechie’s new title…
Stay tuned to this blog for more updates…
See my blog on the Huffington Post “Ferguson’s Lessons for the Fall Semester”
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War Comes Home: Major General Harold J. Greene, Trinity SonAugust 12, 2014
For too many Americans, the War in Afghanistan often is just an abstraction, something we don’t think about too much, a conflict far away and much too long — the longest war in American history — a random headline that we ignore on the way to clicking on links about overpaid quarterbacks and vacuous celebrities.
For the extended Trinity family last week, the War in Afghanistan took a terrible, tragic turn, claiming the life of a Trinity son, Major General Harold J. Greene. On Tuesday, August 5, Major Greene was killed during an “insider attack” on a group of allied officers inspecting troops and training results at an Afghan military academy. He is the highest ranking officer killed in the Afghan-Iraq conflicts. He was in Afghanistan as deputy commanding general of the Combined Security Transition Command — a key figure in trying to pave the way for the end of the U.S. presence in that nation and full empowerment of the Afghan military. He gave his life as part of the endless quest to bring peace and some measure of security to that troubled region.
The late Eva Shediak Greene, Class of 1950, was General Greene’s mother. A History major from Fall River, Massachusetts, she was active in many campus organizations including the International Relations Club. Her Trinilogue entry indicates that she loved World Literature and even spoke Arabic. Upon graduation she earned master’s degrees at Boston College and SUNY Albany, and embarked on a career as a teacher, textbook editor and school librarian. She married Harold Greene, moved to the Schenectady area, and raised three sons, of whom General Greene was the oldest.
I called Mr. Greene, himself an Army veteran, to extend Trinity’s deep condolences, and he seemed glad to know that the Trinity family is with him and his children and grandchildren at this difficult time for the Greene family. The Albany Times Union has a particularly nice story with an interview of Mr. Greene about his son.
Trinity’s flag will fly at half staff on Thursday, the day that General Greene will be laid to rest in Arlington National Cemetary. We send our deepest sympathies to his father and family, and remember his mother Eva and the son whose heroism in serving his nation surely made her so proud. We send our thanks and admiration to the Greene family for their patriotism and heroism in fostering the commitment across generations to serve our country in the military.
Let us also pause in this moment to remember the thousands of military personnel who have died or suffered terrible wounds in these wars, and the countless other people also killed and wounded by war. Let us renew our prayers for peace.
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Congrats, Mighty Macs!August 10, 2014
Reaching out across the world of historic Catholic women’s colleges today to congratulate Immaculata University and their famous women’s basketball team on the induction of the “Mighty Macs” into the National Basketball Hall of Fame! That’s right, a women’s basketball team from the 1970′s that won three successive championships while playing in jumpers and practicing in hopelessly inadequate gyms is now enshrined alongside the likes of Wilt Chamberlain, Larry Bird and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar! At the enshrinement ceremony on Saturday night, IU women’s basketball heroes Cathy Rush and Teresa Shank Grentz and their teammates from the championship seasons 1974-1974 stood on stage along with NBA stars like Alonzo Mourning and former University of Maryland Coach Gary Williams. What a great tribute to women’s sports and Immaculata! Watch Theresa Grentz’s acceptance speech…she really tells it like it was!!
I know a little bit about how amazing it was for Immaculata to win those championships in those days before Title IX mandated equality of opportunity for women in sports and education. I learned to play basketball in the church basement that was used in the film Mighty Macs (a terrific movie in the “Hoosiers” genre) that tells the story of Immaculata’s championship team. Typical of so many places where girls learned to play ball, the dank basement of St. Colman’s Church in Ardmore, PA was very small, had a low ceiling and bad lighting. When I arrived at Trinity in the Fall of 1970, our “gym” here was no better — the room underneath Notre Dame Chapel had an even lower ceiling and a concrete floor. But those of us who loved the sport learned to jump and run at least well enough to play against the area universities whose women’s teams did not have much better conditions prior to 1972 when Title IX became the law. Trinity’s team won a few games, but we watched from afar with awe and pride as Immaculata blew the lid off the world of women’s basketball. They were simply amazing!
Interestingly enough, Immaculata’s championship team reached its zenith in the early years of Title IX when the women’s teams at Immaculata’s bigger rival coed schools, notably West Chester, were able to get into the big gyms to practice and had more of everything. Like most of the Catholic women’s colleges back then, Trinity included, Immaculata’s basketball team did not have a lot of “stuff” — but they had heart! They overcame doubt, a lack of funds and considerable competition to win three championships and reach the finals for many years.
Title IX had great impact on the opportunities and conditions for women throughout education, and particularly in women’s collegiate sports. Trinity’s own great sports center, the Trinity Center for Women and Girls in Sports, is part of the legacy of Title IX since we realized that being a women’s college did not mean that we should keep playing under the chapel. We must be competitive in sports as much as in academics. Yet, sometimes, when I see the long lists of rules for NCAA competition and even longer lists of expenditures that every school must make as part of the group, I find myself thinking about “the old days” when some great women athletes just played ball and even won despite the odds. We should never lose the real spirit of the game — the heart, the courage, the teamwork, the true sense of purpose that a great competition should foster in student athletes.
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