Serving the community where we live and the changing world around us are essential strands in the DNA of Trinity University's unique history. Since the University's first days in San Antonio, Trinity has fostered a tradition of being a strong partner with its host city. This partnership not only projects Trinity into the life of the city, it nurtures community engagement and provides our students with valuable opportunities to expand their learning. Let me share with you a few examples.
The Cameron Lecture on Politics and Public Affairs – With the generous support of donors, Trinity University has the tradition of opening our campus to the San Antonio community as we listen and learn from prominent thinkers, creators, politicians, and intellectuals. Each series brings a different part of the world to San Antonio, and this week we welcome to campus Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, as the speaker in the 2016 Cameron Lecture on Politics and Public Affairs. The Cameron Lecture is free and open to the public and I invite you to join us at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, March 23, in Laurie Auditorium for his presentation. The lecture will also be broadcast live on the Tiger Network at live.trinity.edu.
Public School Partnership – Trinity University and the San Antonio Independent School District have announced plans to establish a new Pre-K-12 academy for students who seek a greater academic challenge. The academy will also serve as a new professional development school and learning laboratory for Trinity's aspiring teachers and principals through the University's nationally recognized Master of Arts in Teaching and Master of Education in School Leadership programs. We are excited about the opportunity to add a dynamic, new professional development school for training the next generation of teachers and principals. The University enhances learning and teaching for students across the city of San Antonio and we are grateful for the generous support of City Education Partners (CEP) for this new initiative, which includes scholarships for eligible MAT and School Leadership candidates.
Neighborhood Revitalization – Urban studies director Christine Drennon teaches a class this semester that has 12 students who analyze the impact of a $27 million federal grant invested in an East Side San Antonio neighborhood. These urban studies students will measure how this grant improves the daily lives of neighborhood residents in terms of educational, economic, residential, community development, and safety outcomes. Their findings will be reported to the San Antonio Housing Authority and will inform the agency's strategic planning activity.
The Trinity Market – Trinity University is launching an educational farmers market to showcase fresh, locally sourced products and healthy lifestyles. Beginning Saturday, March 26, farmers, ranchers, and healthy-lifestyle entrepreneurs from the surrounding area will gather on the Trinity campus to create an opportunity for the University and San Antonio communities to discover more about healthy living. Blending food, wellness, and education, the Trinity Market is committed to student involvement. From marketing, management, and entrepreneurship, to the promotion of sustainability, the market serves as a learning and teaching tool for our undergraduates. I hope to see you at the Trinity Market, which will run every Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Lot F between Coates Library and Hildebrand Avenue.
When I am out in the community, I emphasize the many ways that Trinity faculty, staff, and students have engaged with the life of San Antonio. Our core purpose at Trinity is to help our students discover, grow, and become their best selves. In the process, I believe they positively contribute to the community in which they learn and work.