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150 Years of Experiential Learning

January 07, 2020

Though the term “experiential learning” wasn’t coined until the 2000s, Trinity students have been doing it for more than a century. One hundred fifty years ago, Trinity began redefining the liberal arts, giving students the opportunity for hands-on learning inside—and outside—the classroom.

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Trinity’s Top Stories of 2019

December 27, 2019

This past year has been a historic one for Trinity—the University celebrated its 150th Anniversary alongside other milestones, such as reclaiming the top spot in the West, hitting a record-breaking number of applications, and bringing back Coleen Grissom as dean of students. Revisit 10 of the...

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150 Years of Trinity Family History

November 25, 2019

When Larry Adamson ’54 compiles a list of family members who have Trinity connections, he has to go back 150 years to the University’s founding in Tehuacana in 1869. That’s when his great-grandparents, William Paxton Gillespie and his wife, Kate, served on the first faculty.

From those...

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Trinity to Hold First-Generation College Celebration

October 14, 2019

As part of Trinity’s 150th Anniversary festivities, campus will participate in the national First-Generation College Celebration. The event began in 2017 by the Council for Opportunity in Education (COE) in partnership with the Center for First-Generation Student Success, and it is celebrated...

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Party On, Tigers

October 09, 2019

Trinity’s 2019 Alumni Weekend, held in the University’s 150th year, promised to be a celebration like none other.

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Momentous Music

October 09, 2019

Before the start of the 2019 spring semester, music composition professor Brian Bondari made a mysterious disappearance.

Stepping away from his popular electronic music classes and normal faculty duties for a semester of academic leave, Bondari made a sudden re-emergence in June, holding...

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Time-Travel to the Tehuacana Trinity

September 25, 2019

Trinity throwback event! Mark your calendars for Friday, Oct. 4, and Saturday, Oct. 5, to attend the first Tehuacana Heritage Festival celebrating 150 years of Trinity University.  The festival will commemorate 150 years of higher education and showcase Trinity’s impact on the Tehuacana area....

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Trinity Admissions More Competitive Than Ever

June 28, 2019

For 150 years, Trinity University has committed to attracting and enrolling the nation’s best and brightest students. But the past five years have seen the University establish unprecedented momentum in elevating the academic profile and increasing the diversity of its incoming classes. 

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Trinity Holds Inclusive Commencement Ceremonies

May 21, 2019

Before graduating on May 18 with 450 other undergraduates, students from Trinity’s Latina/o, Black, and LGBTQ+ communities gathered in smaller ceremonies that honor their cultures and identities.

De Colores Ceremony

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¡Salud! to Support and Service

May 20, 2019

Jennifer P. Mathews, Ph.D., professor and chair of the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Trinity University, has been named the 2019 recipient of the Dr. and Mrs. Z.T. Scott Faculty Fellowship in recognition of her outstanding abilities as a teacher and mentor.

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Coleen Grissom and Margaret Atwood Discuss Life and Literature

May 10, 2019

In case you were wondering, Margaret Atwood putters around her house in fuzzy bedroom slippers.

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Trinity to Hold 2019 Spring Commencement

May 06, 2019

Trinity University will hold two commencement exercises on Saturday, May 18, conferring degrees on nearly 500 undergraduate and graduate students.

The graduate commencement ceremony will be held at 9 a.m. in Parker Chapel for 40 students receiving their master’s degrees in teaching,...

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Trinity On Tour Visits North Texas

April 23, 2019

Trinity University recently hosted Trinity on Tour for the third consecutive year, bringing together members of the Trinity community from around the country for a day of learning. With more than 80 Tigers in attendance, coming from as far as Pittsburgh, there was ample opportunity to mingle...

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Breaking from the Pack

March 22, 2019

This spring break saw 28 Trinity students travel to three different cities—El Paso, Texas; Oklahoma City, Okla.; and New Orleans, La.—as part of the University’s Tiger Breaks program, where students spend school holidays serving communities around the country.

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150 Voices Strong

February 27, 2019

More than 120 Trinity choir alumni, spanning seven decades and traveling from 22 different states, were welcomed by the University for the Alumni Choir Festival this past weekend, Feb. 22-23. Alongside 50 current choir students, the combined choir was more than 150 voices strong: a tribute to...

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Between the Pages

February 19, 2019

Trinity University Press has worked closely with the University community to create a book honoring Trinity’s 150th anniversary. Trinity University: Honoring the Past, Shaping the Future celebrates the story of Trinity’s past and its strong commitment to the future.

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Urban Legend

February 07, 2019


Greg Bolds ’78 was a promising political science major at Grambling State University in the 1970s when he heard his college professor recommend a master’s program at a small Texas school.

“I heard that Dr. Earl Lewis had started an urban studies program at Trinity...

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Trinity Kicks off Anniversary with Day of Service and Celebration

February 07, 2019

It started with a serious ask and ended with a big blast—this is the best way to describe Trinity’s 150th anniversary kick-off celebration, which took place on Friday, Feb. 1.

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Trinity Celebrates 150 Years

January 07, 2019

For 150 years, Trinity University has transformed challenge into boundless opportunity. Our resilience, commitment to enterprise, and creative vision have driven us in an unwavering pursuit of excellence. Carried by this momentum, we’ve moved three times through three Texas cities: from a lone...

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My Memories of Trinity University

January 03, 2019

At 94 years of age, I still remember the first time I heard of Trinity University. It was in the mid 1930s when I was about 10 years old. The Trinity Choir was big in those days and toured around Texas giving concerts. Our neighbor, Nell Anderson Dickson, who had attended Trinity in the late...

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Trinity University’s Accreditation Reaffirmed

December 11, 2018

The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) has reaffirmed accreditation of Trinity University for an additional 10 years, a successful outcome to the process of evaluation that began following the last reaffirmation process in 2008. The accreditation...

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Bright Futures

November 30, 2018

As the outside world grows more complex, intertwined, and diverse, so too does Trinity’s alumni base.

That was the message at Trinity’s Young and Future Alumni awards, held this Alumni Weekend in October. The ceremony honored rising alumni pioneers in geosciences, virtual reality,...

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University Elects New Board Officers and Four New Trustees

November 01, 2018

San Antonio businessman L. Herbert Stumberg Jr. ’81 has been elected chairman of Trinity University's Board of Trustees. He will serve a two-year term and succeeds Michael F. Neidorff ’65, who is chairman, president, and CEO of Centene Corporation. Current Board member and Trinity alumna Melody...

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Trinity Tops in Texas

August 03, 2018

College Consensus has named Trinity University the No. 1 university in Texas, ahead of previously top ranked Rice University, and No. 49 in the nation on the Top Consensus Ranked Colleges & Universities list. These comprehensive standings serve as a tool for prospective students to stack up...

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Trinity Campus Designated a Historic District

June 05, 2018

Trinity University is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places, becoming the only Texas campus to be designated a modernist historic district and one of just three in the country.

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From 1869 to 2019 – A Celebration in the Making

December 22, 2017

Trinity is already making plans to celebrate the University’s 150th anniversary. Originally founded in 1869 in Tehuacana, Texas, Trinity's storied journey has included three cities and three moves, yet the University has remained resilient through every challenge it has faced. A year-long...

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Trinity Receives Record-Breaking Number of Applications

February 06, 2019

For the fourth year in a row, a record-breaking number of students have applied for admission to Trinity University for Fall 2019. This figure currently sits at 9,569 applications, and Eric Maloof, vice president for Enrollment Management, estimates Trinity will receive 9,800 applications in...

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