Inauguration Week has finally arrived on the Trinity campus, and I am especially excited about the focus of one of the inauguration events. On the afternoon of Thursday, Feb. 18, Trinity University will engage in the creative, collective, and inspirational learning that has long been our institutional signature. In lieu of the traditional academic symposium often associated with inaugurations, we will host The Great Trinity Experiment. At this event we will challenge ourselves and the status quo of American higher education by putting students, alumni, and staff at the front of the classroom and in charge of the afternoon's learning.
More than 20 different courses will be offered on a range of topics including "The Art of Singing," "Economics with a Soul," "How San Antonio's geology defines its water," hand drumming, anime, coding, and homelessness, just to name a few. It promises to be a fun and exciting afternoon that will allow the members of our community to learn from one another in unprecedented ways – a necessary step in our ongoing quest to develop new models of liberal arts and science education for the next generation.
As we prepare to come together and write the next chapter of the Trinity story, it is abundantly clear that we must mark this occasion by keeping teaching and learning at the center of our thinking. I think The Great Trinity Experiment will inspire learning and is a bold way to empower those who do not generally find themselves in instructional roles to be the voice of the future.
I view the inauguration of a new president as an opportunity to tell the story of a university at a specific moment in time. As I have become part of the Trinity family, I have spent part of my time learning about Trinity's past and what it took to get us here. I am awed when I think about a group of "hardy pioneers" who set out in 1869 "to locate and establish in the state of Texas, a University of the highest order." I am equally amazed when I visualize the trek in 1952 as Trinity moved to the Skyline campus; that fall semester President James Laurie called faculty and students who helped launch the new campus a "company of new pioneers." At the Investiture Ceremony on Friday, Feb. 19, we will have the honor of recognizing where Trinity has come from, celebrating the remarkable qualities that characterize its present, and embarking on the journey we can take together as pioneers in shaping Trinity's future.
I hope to see you on campus this week for some of the inauguration events. You can find the complete inauguration schedule here. If you cannot be with us in person, you can watch the investiture ceremony live on the Tiger Network, and you can show your Trinity spirit by wearing maroon on Feb. 19 for worldwide Tiger Pride Day.
Danny J. Anderson