February 5, 2013
To the Trinity Community:
This is the first ina series of updates on the many new initiatives that are taking place on campus.
The planning process for these initiatives is under way now, and we will make every effort to provide up-to-date information as the semester goes along.
Please watch your e-mail, Trinity’s Facebook and Twitter feeds, Mather screens, and other signage for future updates.
We also plan to hold open information sessions, Common Hours, and other events related to these projects and will notify you as they are scheduled.
First, I want to announce that Hal Smullen, Class of 1976, has agreed to join us during the spring semester as Special Adviser to the Implementation Committee for Building Community at Trinity. Hal will work collaboratively with both the Standards and Assessment Subcommittee headed by Professor Jane Nadel-Klein and the Compliance and Support for Social Organizations Subcommittee headed by Associate Director of Athletics Robin Sheppard. Part of Hal's responsibilities will involve working with social organizations, including our fraternities and sororities and their advisers, to implement the changes resulting from the Charter Committee mandates last fall, including the transition to co-education.
Hal is well suited to this role, having been president and treasurer of Alpha Chi Rho while at Trinity and having served in many active and key roles as a Trinity alumnus. He has served as an Alumni Trustee, president of the National Alumni Association, president and board member of the Trinity Club of Hartford, a class agent, and—together with his wife Mary—has established the Harold and Irene Smullen Scholarship, in memory of his parents, with preference given to public high school students in Connecticut. Hal was awarded the Alumni Medal of Excellence in 2006 and was elected Person of the Year in 1997 by the Trinity Club of Hartford. He is president of Smullen & Associates, LLC, and he and his wife are current Trinity parents.
Update on Key Trinity Initiatives
Crescent Street Townhouses
· Over the winter break, crews broke ground on construction of Trinity’s newest residence halls.
· Each suite will include nine single bedrooms, a fully equipped kitchen, a living room, three bathrooms, and in-suite laundry machines.
· The plan also includes a parking lot.
· The first three buildings will be ready for approximately 200 upperclass students to move in at the start of the 2013-2014 academic year.
· Two additional buildings will be available for occupancy by approximately 150 students in January 2014.
· The SGA Housing Committee is working with the Office of Residential Life on this year’s room ratings.
· The new Crescent Street Townhouses will be incorporated into this spring’s housing lottery.
· Full lottery details will be available either just before or just after Spring Break.
The House System
· The committee responsible for planning the House System will hold weekly information sessions in Mather Dining Hall on Wednesday evenings at 5:30 p.m., beginning February 6.
· Please feel free to stop in and chat with the committee. They welcome your questions and comments.
· The House System is expected to go into operation for the entering class in the fall of 2014.
· This semester, two new rules governing fraternities, sororities, and other residential groups go into effect, namely the minimum GPA requirement to join an organization and the transition from pledging to new-member orientation for organizations with an initiation process (fraternities and sororities only).
· Students must have earned a 3.0 GPA (either in the semester prior to joining a fraternity, sorority, or selective residential group, or cumulatively, which is the average over the two or more semesters a student has completed), must be a sophomore, and not be on Academic Probation.
· The fraternity and sorority rush process will continue as it has previously, while pledging as it has traditionally unfolded will no longer take place. Fraternities and sororities may want to have an orientation program and a formal initiation ceremony.
· A joint letter to organization presidents will come out shortly from Professor Jane Nadel-Klein and Associate Director of Athletics Robin Sheppard, who chair the two subcommittees involved in these areas, explaining the new orientation rules and timeline.
Vernon Social Center Renovation
· Student input on events and programming, hours of operation, and menu selection, gathered at the Vernon Social Center open house last semester, are being incorporated into the first draft of the operating plan by the Subcommittee on Social Spaces.
· Construction is expected to start in the next few weeks.
· First-year students will arrive on Thursday, August 29, and the first day of classes will be Tuesday, September 3.
· The First-Year Subcommittee is exploring new Orientation programming for the opening of the 2013-1014 academic year.
Yours very truly,
James F. Jones, Jr.
President and Trinity College
Professor in the Humanities