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Recent Event Highlights

Trinity Students at STEM HEROES Event

SPS Students & Staff @ 50th Anniversary of the March of Washington

SPS students and staff commemorate the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King’s March of Washington.

Spring 2013 Undergraduate Student Orientation

Spring 2013 new undergraduate student venture around campus during an SPS Scavenger Hunt!

How to Protect Yourself

On April 3, 2013 the School of Professional Studies & the Department of Public Safety presented “HOW TO PROTECT YOURSELF”. Discussion topics and presenters included:

How to report violence & an overview of DPS services- Chief Adrienne Murray

How to protect yourself in DC- US Attorney Jamila Hodge

How to protect yourself in MD and VA- SPS Professor Tom Mostowy


Women’s Health Symposium: Overcoming Infertility & Breast Cancer

On Saturday, March 23, 2013 the School of Professional Studies sponsored a women’s health symposium. Panelist included below.  Clinical breast exams were also offered by the Trinity Washington University Health & Wellness Center’s Maureen Baxter, RNC.

Dealing with Infertility Panel             

Dr. Camille Hammond, Dr. Kimberly Moon, Ms. Tawnya Brown, and Dr. Joylene John – Sowah

Breast Cancer Awareness Panel

Ms. Monica Purnell, Mrs. Camila Williams, and Ms. Carol Gonzalez



ISS Sponsored Trip to the Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia

On Tuesday, October 2, 2012 the School of Professional Studies sponsored a trip to the Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia in NW Washington, DC.  The trip participants included students from the International Security Studies Program, students from the College of Arts of Sciences, faculty and university staff.


Alpha Simga Lambda Honor Society Induction Ceremony

On Monday, May 7 2012 the School of Professional Studies held a ceremony for students inducted into Alpha Sigma Lambda. 14 SPS student were honored at this event and they represent the very top 10% of our junior and seniors.

Trinity’s School of Professional Studies Alpha Sigma Lambda  Criteria: 

Alpha Sigma Lambda candidates are chosen from the very top 10% of our juniors and seniors.  The requirements are:

  • The candidate must be a matriculated student with a minimum of 24 semester hours, not including transfer credits.
  • At least 12 of the total credits should be earned in  Liberal Arts and Sciences
  • The candidate should have a minimum grade point average of 3.2.
  • Candidates are selected from the highest 10% of the class who meet the aforementioned requirements.

The Alpha Sigma Lambda National Headquarters allows individual chapters to impose higher standards for membership.  Therefore, Epsilon Beta Candidates must also meet the following criteria established by Trinity:

  • The candidate must be a junior or senior.
  • The candidate must have a minimum grade point average of 3.75

In the past few years, the grade point average of Epsilon Beta inductees falls in the range of 3.8 – 4.0, which is comparable to the Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society.

2012 Alpha Sigma Lambda Inductees

The speakers at the event were Trinity’s President, Patricia McGuire and Dr. Viriginia Broaddus, Provost.

President Patricia McGuire







Dean’s List Ceremony for Fall 2011 Recipients

On Wednesday, March 14 2012 The School of Professional Studies held its Dean’s List Ceremony for the Fall 2011 Recipients. Each semester, the Dean’s list is compiled for undergraduate students who achieve a minimun 3.5 GPA while completing a minimum of 9 credits with no withdrawals, incompletes, failing grades and being in good standing. The SPS Faculty and Staff is proud of their achievements; keep up the good work! The ceremony featured greeting and remarks by Dr. Virginia Broaddus, Provost, as well as Tresa Welch, President of the SPS Student Governance Executive Board. The guest speaker was Ms. Sharon B. Jones,financial expert and  financial educational advisor to many leading companies, national organizations & educational institutions. To read more about Ms. Jones please click here.

Dean of SPS Telaekah Brooks

Clothing Baazar at Open Arms

In the Fall of 2011 the School of Professional Studies Student Government Association (SPS SGA) began partnering with a local non for profit called Open Arms Housing (OAH).  Located just 1.5 miles from Trinity, this 501(c) (3) concept emerged as service providers, seeking resources for women with chronic mental illness and it identified a significant gap in the housing continuum. Their goal was to develop effective housing models that can be successfully replicated. As with most nonprofit organizations funding for OAH is extremely limited.  Working closely with Beverly Shelton, the residence monitor and fellow Trinity student in the nursing program, allowed the SPS SGA to match talents with their needs. Since the formulation of the partnership, the SPS SGA has organized monthly birthday celebrations, provided a motivational speaker (Barbara Mickens also a Trinity student), and just recently donated over 300 pieces of clothing and accessories in the first Trinity/OAH shopping bazaar. Each of these events has allowed Trinity students the opportunity to bond with and support the women of Open Arms, a population that often is ignored.  Future events include a Houseware Bazaar on April 29th, 2012; a Wellness Seminar, date to be determined, a Summertime BBQ and a campaign to find support to enhance literacy among the residents.  For more information about community outreach efforts, contact Kwanee Price-Butler at For more information about OAH, please visit or email Beverly Shelton at


Clothing Bazaar at Open Arms

The State of Women in International Security (WIIS)

The recent Women in International Security (WIIS) Report acknowledges “women are increasingly occupying high-ranking, visible power positions in national security and foreign policy. There have been great strides in recent decades, but much more needs to be done to support women’s leadership.”  What are the strategies that are available to expand the influence of women within U.S. Executive Branch departments and agencies that deal with international security? The report reveals that there is no shortage of women who want to pursue a career in government, “but there are gaps in leadership training and formal mentoring programs … (Progress Report 2010)” How will women in and outside of international security address these issues? What are the institutional, cultural and gender restrictions that still impact the advancement of women in international security? What will current senior executives do to increase the access to jobs for the next generation of women seeking entrance into international security?
On Saturday, January 28, 2012 the School of Professional Studies hosted The State of Women in International Security panel discussion adressing these questions. The program featured presentations by women leaders from various agencies and organizations involved in international security. The program was moderated by Marcia Thompson, attorney, trainer/facilitator and alternative dispute resolution (ADR) consultant. Our guest speakers were:  Pamela Aall, Provost of the US Institute of Peace’s Academy for International Conflict Management and Peacebuilding; Jolynn Shoemaker, Director of WIIS; Audrey Tomason, lead analyst at the National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC); and Bronwyn Haley, Supervisory Special Agent (SSA), DEA.

Supervisory Special Agent (SSA) from the DEA Bronwyn Haley speaking. Left to right: Marcia Thompson (Moderator), Pamela Aall (Provost of the US Institute of Peace’s Academy for International Conflict Management and Peacebuilding), Jolynn Shoemaker (Director of WIIS), Audrey Tomason (lead analyst at the National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC)), Dr. Morris (President of the Afghan Women’s Writing Project and a Senior Associate for Gender and Development at Creative Associates International)

 SPS Adjunct Professor Mitchell Tropin is a Published Author!

“I wanted to share my good news. I am a published author, co-authoring “Currents in Communication.” The book, which was released in September, 2011, was co-written with Dr. Russell Cook and Dr. Elliot King, communications professors at Loyola University.The book was written as an alternative to costly communications textbooks that are out-of-date after one year. Our book is designed to stay on students’ shelves years after they graduate. I am very proud of this book.Getting published and returning to Trinity has made this fall semester one of my best ever. My students are a delight to teach.&quot

Unfinished Revolutions: The Quest for Rights in a Turbulent Region

On Saturday, October 1, 2011 The School of Professional Studies hosted the first of several upcoming panel discussions about international political events. The program featured presentations by prominent panelists and was facilitated  by Dr. John Davis, Assistant Professor of International Security Studies. Our distinguished guests included: Mr. Ali Ahmed, speaker on Syria; Dr. Mohamed El-Khawas, speaker on Libya; Dr. Marie Milward, speaker on Egypt; Dr. Shadi Mokhtari, speaker on Gender Rights in the Region of Change; Dr. Syed Wasif, speaker on Yemen. Trinity’s Provost, Dr. Virginia Broaddus, conducted the opening remarks. Students from SPS, CAS and other local colleges were in attendance.

Dr. Syed Wasif, speaker on Yemen


Dr. John Davis, Assistant Professor of International Securities Studies

Mr. Ali Ahmed, speaker on Syria


The Audience at “Unfinished Revolutions” Panel Discussion

L’Oreal USA Fellowship for Women in Science Awards

On Thursday, September 15, 2011, SPS Dean Telaekah Brooks, CAS Dean Elizabeth Child, NHP Dean Mary Romanello, and selected students, attended the L’Oréal USA Fellowships For Women In Science Award held at the Russell Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill. The program featured speeches from key congressional supporters of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM). These included Senator Kay Bailey Hutchinson (R-TX), Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX) and Congressman Rush Holt (D-NJ). This national awards program was created in 2003 to support the advancement of women in science and rewards the most promising post-doctorial female scientist from across the country. The program is facilitated by the American Association for the Advancement of Sciences (AAAS).

CAS Dean Elizabeth Child and Trinity Student

Senator Kay Bailey Hutchinson (R- TX)

Trinity Students at the L’Oréal USA Fellowships For Women In Science Award

Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson (D- TX)

 SPS Student Making Headlines

Schoolof Professional Studies student Sandra Green is featured in an article in the September 2011 issue of The Beacon, a newspaper with a focus on those over 50 that is widely distributed in the greater Washingtonregion.  The article, “Going Back to School is Cool,” focuses on several students over 50 who are now in college.  Sandra Green first joined the Trinity community at THEARC, where she earned her associate’s degree. She is now on the main campus earning her bachelor’s degree, majoring in criminal justice.  You can read the full article at:

Here is an excerpt of the article that focuses on Sandra Green:

Sandra Green graduated from high school 37 years ago and hadn’t been back to school until she enrolled inTrinityWashingtonUniversityin the District two years ago as an undergraduate.

Green had spent years caring for her disabled son, but longed to further her education.

“I wanted to go so much to fulfill a dream. I watched my daughter grow up and go to college, my friends, my sisters, everybody. And I was just left home being a caregiver,” she said.

An article about Trinity’s associate degree program at THEARC (Town Hall Education Arts Recreation Campus) inSoutheast Washingtonsparked her interest. So Green found a patchwork of care for her son and signed up to take an initial placement exam.

“Mind you, I haven’t taken an exam since I stepped out of school when I was 18, and I’m 55 now. I wasn’t sure how that was going to go or if I could keep up with the other students,” she said.

Going back to the classroom was definitely challenging, but Green persevered.

“From that day I walked in there, hard as it was, I never missed a semester. I just kept going. I kept thinking about how old I was, thinking if I don’t make it now, I’ll never get it.”

Green earned her associate’s degree and is now enrolled at Trinity’s mainNortheast Washingtoncampus as a criminal justice major. She hopes to work with youth once she has graduated.

“Criminal justice is something I wanted to do since I was in high school. But I never got there,” she said. “This will give me a few years to work a little before I retire.”

One of the biggest rewards of returning to school has been her daughter’s response.

“My daughter is so proud. She said, ‘Look at my mom. She went back to school and she’s making good grades,’” Green said

Congratulations Sandra, and thanks for sharing your inspiring story!

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