We celebrated the accomplishments of the Class of 2017 this weekend by welcoming them into the vibrant and connected community of Trinity alumni. These new graduates join generations of confident alumni who use their Trinity education to explore the world, test ideas, and broaden horizons. Our Commencement speakers, Ana Unruh Cohen '96 and Nico Gleza '06, '07, delivered inspiring messages to our graduates and reminded them that they will always be Tigers at Heart. Watch the full commencement videos on Tiger Network or watch the the individual speeches of Ana Unruh Cohen '96, Nico Gleza '06, '07 or Nipuni Gomes '17.
This has been a year for building momentum on several fronts and taking every advantage to tell the Trinity story loudly and proudly. For example: The Princeton Review recently named Trinity one of the top schools in the nation that "put the 'hire' in higher education." In "Colleges That Create Futures," Trinity is listed among 50 colleges that launch careers by going beyond the classroom, offering students distinctive research opportunities, internships, and hands-on learning programs that empower students to parlay their passions into successful post-college careers. This recognition attests to Trinity's pragmatic approach to the liberal arts and sciences infused by our professional degrees. This is a great combination for the 21st century.
Trinity is among the relatively few universities with a liberal arts core that offers professional and pre-professional programs. Trinity's diversity of academic programs has always been a point of distinction. The innovative combination of these programs has the potential to further set Trinity apart from all other liberal arts colleges in the nation. One successful example can be seen in the interdisciplinary minor called Arts, Letters, and Enterprise (ALE). ALE enables Trinity students to combine their interest in the humanities, the arts, or the social sciences with business applications. This growing and distinctive program serves as one model for further developing connections between professional education and the rest of the University. This student-produced video by ALE intern Hailey Wilson '19 illustrates the impact the program has on our students.
A faculty task group spent this past year taking a forward look at ways the University can further integrate the liberal arts and professional programs. Led by Tim O'Sullivan, interim associate vice president for Academic Affairs, their charge asked them to "design an approach to learning that creates a niche for our University." The faculty group identified the Pathways curriculum's interdisciplinary clusters requirement – where students explore complex subjects across multiple disciplines – as a place to build additional, unique learning approaches that inspire and empower our students to better connect with the world after college. The task group developed a set of recommendations that center on curriculum, space, personnel, policy, and communication. These recommendations are currently under review, and we look forward to discussions on whether they could become part of Trinity's evolving "academic niche" as a leader in the integration of liberal arts and professional programs.
Earlier this spring, I had the pleasure to travel to the Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education with a delegation of students and faculty from a cross-section of disciplines. The primary purpose of the trip was to re-energize the exchange partnership between Trinity and a school known as the "MIT of Mexico." Trinity has a long history with Monterrey Tec, but we plan to extend the exchange beyond business to include modern languages and literatures, political science, and other disciplines. Monterrey's problem-based approach where faculty work with students from different majors to collaborate together to solve a community problem, fits well with Trinity's pragmatic approach to the liberal arts.
The liberal arts and sciences, linked to our professional programs, are essential for the transformative Trinity experience, for the ability to thrive in the 21st century, and for the drive to experience the life well-lived. We are committed to equipping our students with problem solving, critical thinking, and leadership skills that prepare them, not just for their first job, but for their last job.
Thank you for your continued support and engagement with Trinity University. You make it possible for our students to develop the confidence and curiosity needed to be catalysts in our world.
Best regards,Danny Anderson
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