Author: Gabby Garriga

Trinity considers TLearn alternatives

Trinity’s IT Governance Committee is considering alternatives to TLearn to improve the quality of communication between professors and students. Earlier this year, the committee sent a survey to faculty and students asking for their insights on the tools and overall quality that TLearn offers. The committee will be acting to replace or improve TLearn based on the feedback received from faculty and students. Wendy Apfel, instructional support manager for Information Technology Services, has been studying the student results of the survey sent in late October. The faculty results have not been analyzed. Apfel is examining the survey to better...

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Potential Aramark replacements revealed

The Dining Services Request for Proposal (RFP) Committee decided early this September to reconsider Trinity’s dining vendor. Committee members, including Paul Wright, chair of the committee and director of business operations, and Bruce Bravo, senior director of conferences and auxiliary services, are evaluating Trinity’s dining needs and choosing a vendor that can best serve the university. Currently, Aramark is the dining vendor for Trinity. Aramark oversees the dining in Mabee, the Commons and Skyline. Although Trinity’s contract with Aramark has no time constraint, Aramark has been Trinity’s dining vendor for almost 40 years. Charles Robles, food service director for Aramark, believes that Aramark has done more in Trinity’s community than manage the dining services on campus. “Dining on campus is not just food. We strive to enhance the student experience through theme events in Mabee Hall, multiple retail options and exclusive made-from-scratch recipes,” Robles wrote in an email interview. “In addition, Aramark partners with Trinity on sustainability efforts, campus-wide events and community outreach.” Although a change in dining vendors is not guaranteed, the RFP Committee will allow Trinity to review proposals from all the vendors who agreed to compete for a contract to be Trinity’s dining vendor. “Trinity, as part of its best practices, felt the need to reevaluate that contract, take a look at it and put it out to bid as part of that dining survey,” Bravo...

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Workshops aim for academic success

Stacy Davidson, director for academic support, is changing the way Trinity approaches academic success, one workshop at a time. Hired in 2015, Davidson has been working to develop the learning center and make its resources more accessible to students. One way Davidson is doing this is through academic success workshops. The Tiger Learning Commons has been offering academic success workshops throughout the year on a range of topics, from time management to the importance of a growth mindset. Davidson has been researching the best practices for developing learning centers and has found that successful programs provide three things: academic...

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National Chess Master comes to Trinity

One chess master. Eleven games. All at once. A circle of tables and chess boards was arranged in the Fiesta Room last Saturday for a simultaneous chess match. The Trinity Chess Club hosted Jesse Lozano, a National Chess Master and San Antonio local, who talked about he became one of the best players in the nation and spoke of the game’s importance. Lozano began with a lesson on chess strategy and tactics to help improve the skills of the participants. Once Lozano finished his lesson, the tournament began: a simultaneous chess match where one player competes against 11 chess...

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TUVAC responds to Hurricane Maria

Category four Hurricane Maria made landfall in Puerto Rico late September this year. The storm destroyed the territory, leaving more than three million U.S. citizens without electricity or running water. Since then, relief efforts have been slow going, inspiring some Trinity students to get involved. Jenna Shultz, first-year and intended biology and classical studies double major, approached David Tuttle, dean of students, concerning a fundraising campaign she felt passionate about. Both of Shultz’s parents are in Puerto Rico working with the soldiers and their families. Shultz’s mother is the commanding officer of all federal military forces in Puerto Rico...

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