On Monday, Sept. 15, Robert Chapman, director of the Center for Learning and Technologyâ€”also known as CLTâ€”finished his career at Trinity.
Chapman worked at the university for six years. During his time at Trinity, he has seen many changes.
â€œTrinity has changed in multiple ways,â€ Chapman said. â€œWhen I first got here, the iPhone 2 was just coming out. Â Since then we have seen all the new smart phones and the iPad. I have seen technological changes and developments, like the introduction of the new TLearn, as well as changes in the university, like new presidents. Also, I have held different positions here.â€
Throughout his time on staff at Trinity, Chapman made many contributions to the university by bringing new technology to campus and making equipment available to students inside and outside of the classroom.
â€œAs director for CLT, I was responsible for academic technology, whether it was checking out technology like cameras, or classroom technology, cable in dorms, cable in classrooms or special projects technology,â€ Chapman said. â€œI also worked with marketing the university through multimedia.â€
Chapman also worked to maintain university technology and ensured that students had access to the best the university has to offer.
â€œWe have a lot of nice, state-of-the-art things,â€ said senior Chase Lee. â€œThe campus is maintained well and a lot of that can be attributed to him.â€
Chapman also left an impact on other university staff.
â€œHe is extremely knowledgeable about all things electronic and communication and he loves it,â€ said Stephen Nickle, university chaplain. â€œThe passion is incredible and opened new possibilities.â€
According to Chapman, Trinity has many advantages when compared to other universities.
â€œI will miss all the freedoms we have, especially compared to other schools,â€ Chapman said. â€œTrinity has such quality.â€
Chapman was offered a position located closer to his family.
â€œI am very happy at Trinity, but that was an offer I couldnâ€™t pass up,â€ Chapman said. â€œThere are quite a few things I will miss. Trinity is the best place I have worked at.â€
Trinity also bid farewell to another staff member in recent months. Amy Roberson, who formerly worked in the Special Collections and Archives department of the library, moved out of state several months ago.
Robersonâ€™s position has since been filled by Megan Toups. Special Collections and Archives is a feature of the library that provides both public and technical service to students and the community.
â€œWe serve the public by answering questions, helping students with their research, teaching classes and holding events,â€ Toups said. â€œTechnical service involves projects behind the scenes that help us serve the public more efficiently and effectively later down the road.â€
Toups says that she has learned a tremendous amount since taking this position and encourages students to take advantage of this feature in the library.
â€œYou should always feel free to come on in when we are open or make an appointment with me,â€ Toups said. â€œI can help you search for information on a topic of interest to you, and get you access to this material. Iâ€™ve seen students who were previously unsure whether they could use this space for their own enrichment. I am grateful that special collections can serve them in that capacity.â€
Both the Center for Learning and Technology and the Special Collections and Archives are located in the library and exist as resources to assist students as well as to enhance the university.