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President's Office | President’s Newsletter, Summer 2006

Summer 2006 Update: Get Ready for the Fall Semester!

August 10, 2006

TO: Trinity Students
FROM: President Patricia McGuire

Welcome and Welcome Back! We are looking forward to welcoming all of our new and returning students for Trinity’s 2006-2007 academic year, and I am pleased to write you with the latest new from Trinity! Be sure to review the key dates for the opening of the fall semester, including new student orientations, payment arrangement and the start of classes. Please also visit Trinity’s website every day at to read the latest news and announcements ‘ and see what I’m blogging about today! If you send me comments and suggestions, I will use the best of your ideas in my blogs ‘ let me know what you’re thinking with an email to me at ‘ I read all of my email every day and I do respond to your questions and suggestions!

Dr. Anne Henderson Appointed Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences

Dr. Anne Henderson

Dr. Anne Henderson

I am very pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Anne Henderson as Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. She succeeds Dr. Saundra Herndon Oyewole who will return as Professor of Biology after a well-deserved sabbatical. Dr. Henderson graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University, where she studied government and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa; she earned her Ph.D. at Yale University in political science. She has taught at the College of William and Mary, and was also an elections supervisor in Bosnia and a program officer for the United States Institute of Peace. She came to Trinity in 2004 as our assistant vice president for academic affairs. Her broad intellectual strengths and expertise in international affairs are reflected in her distinguished fellowships and grants from leading institutions, including the National Endowment for the Humanities, Pew Foundation, Brookings Institute, Woodrow Wilson Center, National Council for Soviet and East European Research and the Fulbright Program. Read Dr. Henderson’s full biography.

Dr. Kathleen Burke and Dr. Cynthia Chance Lead the School of Professional Studies

Dr. Kathleen Burke

Dr. Kathleen Burke

Dr. Kathleen Burke became Trinity’s Dean of the School of Professional Studies last spring, joining Trinity’s management team from Marymount University. Additionally, Dr. Cynthia Chance, Assistant Professor of Philosophy, has become Associate Dean in the School of Professional Studies to strengthen the management of undergraduate SPS programs. Deans Burke and Chance will be focusing on strengthening services for all students enrolled in SPS while also expanding the range of SPS programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels, on Trinity’s campus, in new locations around Washington, and online. Trinity continues to expand programming at THEARC in Southeast Washington under the leadership of Ms. Candice Washington.

Dr. Sharon Mailey Inaugurates Trinity’s New Nursing Program

One of the exciting recent developments in the School of Professional Studies is the creation of a new program in Nursing under the leadership of Dr. Sharon Mailey, who joined Trinity from Shenandoah University. With long experience in nursing at a number of distinguished institutions, including service in the military where she earned the rank of brigadier general in the Air Force, Dr. Mailey will create a robust Nursing Program offering a broad range of educational opportunities for current and aspiring nurses. The program kicks-off this fall with the RN-to-BSN program. In 2007 Trinity will add a second degree nursing program for career changers who already have baccalaureate degrees, and a full baccalaureate program that will have options for enrollment in the weekday or evening/weekend formats. Trinity also plans to add the MSN in the year ahead.

Trinity’s new Nursing Program will reside in the former “Music and Arts” wing of Main Hall (entrance from Seymour Court ). Nursing will continue to share the building with Music, so we now call that wing the “Music and Nursing” wing. Studio Art will remain in its new location in Cuvilly Hall on the first floor pub area.

Dr. Suellen Meara Leads the School of Education to NCATE Accreditation

Dr. Suellen Meara

Dr. Suellen Meara

With the hard work of all of the faculty in the School of Education, Dean Suellen Meara proudly announced the school’s achievement of full NCATE accreditation last spring. Trinity sought this special accreditation for the first time last year. This is a significant achievement for Trinity. What does NCATE accreditation mean for Trinity’s graduate students in EDU? First, it assures you that you are receiving an education that adheres to the highest quality standards. NCATE accreditation also affirms that a graduate from Trinity’s School of Education has the necessary content, pedagogical and professional knowledge and skills to be an effective teacher. In addition, many states have reciprocity agreements based on graduation from NCATE-accredited schools and graduates generally find it easier to apply for licensure in other states.

Middle States Accreditation

Trinity’s overall institutional accreditation is through the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. Every ten years, Trinity completes a comprehensive Self-Study and then welcomes a team of visitors who review the documents, interview campus constituents, and prepare a report for the institution and the Commission. This year, Trinity completed the decennial Self-Study and welcomed the team of visitors in April. The team expressed admiration for Trinity’s fidelity to mission while adapting creatively to the paradigm shift in Trinity’s student body and organizational form. The team members were most impressed by the Trinity students that they met during their visit. The Middle States report was a very strong endorsement of Trinity, and everyone here ‘ faculty, staff and students ‘ should be very proud of this affirmation.

New Leadership in Athletics

Kristine Manning

Kristine Manning

I am pleased to announce the appointment of Ms. Kristine Manning as Trinity’s new Athletics Director. Ms. Manning joins a strong team of sports and athletics professionals at the Trinity Center, including Becky Vuksta, Jamie Burket and Ellen McEwen. Ms. Manning looks forward to greeting all new and returning athletes as the Trinity Tigers prepare for new seasons in all of our sports. And remember, all Trinity students have full access to the Trinity Center for Women and Girls in Sports. Stop by for a swim or a workout!

Michelle Mitchell ’06 Receives Prestigious Jack Kent Cooke Scholarship

Michelle Mitchell

Michelle Mitchell

Michelle Mitchell, who graduated summa cum laude from Trinity in May with the Class of 2006, has received the highly-selective Jack Kent Cooke Scholarship for Graduate and Professional Studies. The prestigious scholarship is one of the most generous scholarships offered in the United States, and just 75 students were selected this year. This marks the first time that a Trinity graduate has been awarded this prestigious scholarship.

Michelle will attend law school at the Georgetown University Law School this fall. At Trinity, she majored in politics and economics, was elected to Phi Beta Kappa in her junior year, and served as Student Government Association president. She was selected to be in the first cohort of Intelligence Scholars and traveled to China last summer. During her time at Trinity, she interned with House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi ’62 and this summer, she has been interning with Federal Judge Rosemary Mayers Collyer ’68.

Being selected for the scholarship is an outstanding achievement by Michelle; the Foundation clearly recognizes her exceptional academic talent and leadership skills. Michelle’s honor is also a very proud moment for Trinity ‘ the selection of a recent Trinity graduate is a testament to Trinity’s commitment to the academic success of its students, the faculty’s devotion to students and to quality teaching, and higher education’s recognition of the excellence of a Trinity education.

A Cyber Café! Technology Improvements Abound!

Cyber Café

Cyber Café

Over the summer, the Technology Team has upgraded equipment in a number of classrooms and the computer labs. Even more exciting, we have added a Cyber Café across from the computer center in the basement of Main Hall, near the Deli. The Cyber Café will be open 24/7 for student use. The computers in the Cyber Café have Internet Access, and you can use them for document creation. We have also added two public access computers on the second floor of Main near the Office of the School of Professional Studies so that SPS students can have more immediate access to terminals for advising and registration purposes.

New Grant Project Focuses on Economic Security for Low-income Women

Thanks to the inspiration of Sociology Professor Dr. Roxana Moayedi, Trinity received a $25,000 grant from the Washington Area Women’s Foundation to fund a six month initiative that will provide financial education to low income women in the District of Columbia and surrounding areas. The grant project, will also build an inventory of microenterprise-related information. The project will involve Trinity’s students and faculty and program partners. The project will support the Foundation’s “Stepping Stones” initiative, which has a mission of “making empowerment, economic security, and self-reliance a reality for low-income, women-headed families” in the D.C. area.

Patricia A. McGuire, President, Trinity, 125 Michigan Ave. NE, Washington, DC 20017
Phone: 202.884.9050   Email:



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