Dear Trinity community,
My summer of "discovery" at Trinity has brought me closer to an understanding of some of the deep connections and passion our alumni have for the University. I recently spent a weekend with members of Trinity's National Alumni Board and chapter presidents who were on campus for their annual Alumni Leadership Conference. I was impressed with their commitment as ambassadors for Trinity and anticipate they will be partners in fulfilling the Trinity Tomorrow strategic plan.
Afterwards, I joined several alumni leaders at Bombay Bicycle Club for more conversation about their aspirations for Trinity and to experience first-hand the collegiate charm of this popular Trinity hang-out. Trinity is stronger because of alumni support and service and we are especially appreciative of Erin Baker's '99 leadership as president of the National Alumni Association.
Please join me in welcoming Trinity alumnus Michael Bacon '89 to Trinity University's leadership team. Earlier today I announced his appointment as Vice President for Advancement and Alumni Relations. Mike has over 25 years' experience as a senior-level development and external relations executive and he will be a key partner as I meet with alumni and supporters in San Antonio and cities across the nation.
Discovering ways I can connect with the San Antonio community has also been a priority this summer. As a new member of the United Way of San Antonio and Bexar County's Board of Trustees, I hope to learn more about the needs of our community and advocate for the many Trinity initiatives—such as those developed out of oururban studies program, Department of Education, and HOPE Hall, just to name a few—that are engaged in community improvement. It's exciting to see how so many of these Trinity initiatives intersect with recently-elected Mayor Ivy Taylor's vision for San Antonio as a "city on the rise."
On the 4th of July, Kimberly and I celebrated the holiday with neighbors at the Monte Vista Historical Association's annual parade and picnic on the grounds of the Landa Library. We had a great time at the event and enjoyed meeting new neighbors and so many Trinity friends.
This summer I'm also re-reading The Circle by Dave Eggers, this year's selection for Trinity's Reading TUgether program. This is a required assignment for incoming first-year students, and everyone in the Trinity community is encouraged to share this common reading experience. The Circle is a fascinating work of fiction about a recent college graduate's career in a technology company. It's also a morality tale that pushes readers to think about privacy in the information age. After reading the novel, chances are you will crave the intellectual exchange that characterizes the Trinity experience. I invite you to join us for a panel discussion — including two Trinity professors (Aaron Delwiche and Jennifer Henderson, pictured above) and two off-campus literary experts — on The Circle on Aug. 26 at 7 p.m. in Laurie Auditorium.
The days are flying by quickly. I thank the staff and faculty who are on campus and have made time to meet with me. The students engaged in summer research are impressive.
I look forward to seeing you in several weeks when fall semester begins and we welcome the class of 2019.
Enjoy your summer.