Author: Dominic Walsh

Sammye Johnson returns after two years of retirement

In May 2016, Trinity said goodbye to Sammye Johnson, distinguished professor emerita of communication, as she retired after 35 years at the university. But a few lucky students will have the chance to take Johnson’s Arts Criticism course as one last section will be offered. Johnson began a celebrated career as a journalist and editor after receiving her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Northwestern University. After graduation, she stayed in Chicago and worked for the Chicago Tribune as a feature writer and eventually as the editor of its Sunday magazine, Trib Magazine. Upon joining the communication department at Trinity...

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Trinity visits Rice University for GCURS presentation

Last Saturday, several Trinity students presented their research at the Gulf Coast Undergraduate Research Symposium (GCURS), which is an annual research conference at Rice University with 10 sections ranging from bioengineering to physics and astronomy. Presentations were featured from students representing institutions across the globe as well as keynote addresses from prominent researchers. Dany Munoz-Pinto, assistant professor of engineering science, attended the conference to support one of his student researchers. Munoz- Pinto feels that conferences like GCURS help students break out of the ‘Trinity bubble.’ “At a certain point, you believe the only things happening are happening at your school, and it’s important to recognize that there is a world outside. These types of events are good opportunities for students to see what is happening in other institutions, and also to share the quality of the research that we are doing at Trinity,” Munoz-Pinto said. Hailey Taylor, a junior chemistry major, was impressed by research presented by students from other institutions. “I really enjoyed the conference because I was able to hear about all of the cool research projects students were working on at different universities,” Taylor said. In addition to interacting with fellow undergraduates from around the world, the day included multiple opportunities for connections with graduate students and faculty from Rice University. “The moderators, who were Rice chemistry faculty, asked good questions and had even offered suggestions...

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MOVE, PRIDE and Chiara Pride

The ‘Trinity Bubble’ refers to the isolation and lack of local involvement seen in some Trinity students. Sophomore Chiara Pride has broken through the bubble and hopes to help others join her. In addition to being involved in a number of campus organizations, Pride is the activism chair of PRIDE at Trinity and is a member of Trinity Diversity Connection (TDC) and the Trinity Progressives. Pride is an executive fellow with MOVE (mobilize, organize, vote, empower)  San Antonio, a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that empowers young people to participate in politics. As a fellow with MOVE, Pride focuses on issue...

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McNair Program allows students to thrive in and out of the classroom

Over the weekend of Sept. 23, a group of McNair Scholars from Trinity University attended the 24th annual McNair Research Conference at University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC). Over the weekend, they also visited Johns Hopkins University, and some of the group visited New York University (NYU). The McNair Scholars Program is a national, federally funded program that assists underprivileged, first-generation college students in preparing to apply and attend graduate school. Throughout the year, McNair Scholars participate in summer research, graduate school visits and research conferences across the United States. Janett Muñoz, biochemistry and molecular biology double major and...

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