June 2007 Volume 16, Issue 1


Message Board


[Moderator's Notes: Email addresses are generally included in the postings to help alumni and friends contact each other. However, email addresses are posted by permission only.]

2000 - present

Lindsay G. Calvert, Class of 2006

For the past year I have been working in Houston, TX as a Program Coordinator for the Gilman International Scholarship Program with the Institute of International Education.  I am looking for a roommate, since my current roommate is leaving for grad school at UT Austin.  If you know someone in the Houston area, who would possibly like to live in a great apartment with me in the Greenway Plaza area, please have them contact me by email. 
Kiran Muthappa, Class of 2005

Rabi is getting married, and I am getting ready to have a blast in Orlando!
Sally Jackson, Class of 2005

Can someone get in touch with me regarding Chicago are alumni? I am looking to move jobs and would love to utilize some Tiger connections. Thanks in advance,
Brent Morgan, Class of 2002

I got married on February 14, 2007 to Piper Fisher from Andrews, Texas. We decided to elope and went to Las Vegas and got married at the Little Church of the West.  We both reside in Midland. I still practice law there. She practices law in Andrews (about 40 miles away).
Maddy York-Stephens, Class of 2002

Shortly after moving back to San Antonio after a five year stint in Los Angeles, I got a call from an old client of mine. Needless to say - I've got a new job! I'm now a media relations manager with Red Bull North America and handle all external communications for their Flight programs including the Red Bull Air Race (www.redbullairrace.com). Having a great time working with such a great brand!
Rory Werner, Class of 2002

Just wanted to tell you that I'm getting married!  Jeremy Siefer ('02) and I met during our senior year in Dr. Waldron's Business Policy class!  And this July 14th, we'll be getting married in his hometown of Okoboji, IA.  Check out our website for more info:  http://wedding.jeremysiefer.com .  We'll stay in SA after the big day!
Sara Hatton, Class of 2002

I just graduated from Texas State University in San Marcos, TX with my Master of Science in Physical Therapy on May 11th. I will be working at Children's Therapeutics of Austin, working with children displaying musculoskeletal issues, sensory integration disorders, as well as autism spectrum disorders.
Ryan Peterson, Class of 2001

I am thrilled to announce that Elizabeth Yin and I were engaged on March 28th in Sydney, Australia.  We are currently planning a wedding for August 2008.  We have just moved to Austin, where I'll be starting a doctoral program in economics at UT in the fall.
Amy (Valentine) Grondin, Class of 2000

My husband, Matt, and I are thrilled to announce the birth of our second daughter, Piper Addison, born April 2, 2007. I am a stay-at-home mom to Piper and her big sister Emily(age 2).
Jennifer (Karr) Sheehan, Class of 2000

I just started a new position as Curator of the Rare Book and Texana Collections at the University of North Texas in Denton.  I'm loving my new job, and I'd love to hear from Trinity people!
Susan (Jewett) Simmons, Class of Class of 2000

After being a full-time student and full-time employee for the last 2 years, I now have my MBA. In May, I graduated from Vanderbilt University’s Owen Graduate School of Management’s Executive MBA Program. I still work at Bank of America’s corporate office in Charlotte, North Carolina and my husband is still running his own company.



1990 - 1999

Susan Hord Herman, Class of 1999

I now live in Memphis, TN with my husband Ivan and 20-month-old daughter Camilla Jane (I find myself using her "double name" more than just for scolding, now that we're back in the South). We came here from Washington, DC so Ivan could become associate pastor at a Presbyterian church here in East Memphis. I am now working part time at home (aka having my cake and eating it too), currently contracting with my former DC employer, the American Psychological Association. Would love to hear from TU folks!
Jennifer Marrow Kohler, Class of 1998

Adam Kohler and I were married in April of this year here in Houston.  We were very blessed to have many of my Trinity friends here for the wedding--several of whom travelled from great distances!  Adam and I live in Houston where he is a product engineer with Texas Instruments and I continue to teach middle school math in Spring Branch ISD.
Ryan McKeel, Class of 1998

On May 12th I won an Emmy award for news writing.  I am the Senior Writer/Field Producer at CBS 5 in San Francisco.  On June 3rd, I begin the AIDS/Lifecycle.  It's a 7-day, 545 mile bike ride from San Francisco to Los Angeles.  The Ride raises millions of dollars to help in the fight against HIV/AIDS.
Brian Gibson, Class of 1997

Kristie ('98) and I are very proud to announce the birth of our daughter, Grace Elise.  Grace was born on May 1, 2007, just one day before her Mom's!  She weighed in at 6 lbs, 15 ozs.  Mom and baby are doing very well.

Mike Alexander, Class of 1995

Mike ('95), Meg ('94) and Finnegan (2028, we're hoping) are returning to Austin in June.  Mike has a new job as a Senior Product Manager with a software consulting firm and will be starting his PhD work in Information Science at UT this Fall.  Meg and Finn will continue their mischief and mayhem while Meg crafts her plans for if, when, and how to return to working outside the home.  We look forward to hearing from and reconnecting with friends in Austin!
Pamela (Clark) Hicks, Class of 1995

My husband Ryan (University of Oklahoma, 1994) and I are happy to announce the birth of our second child, John Cordell Hicks, on April 17, 2007.  Our daughter, Ava Elizabeth, is 3 years old and is adjusting well to her role as a big sister.  We are still happily living in Houston.  I am a partner at the law firm of Beirne, Maynard & Parsons, LLP where I specialize in civil trial work. 
Paul Whitney, Class of 1995

Karen Whitney (Class of 95) and I are happy to announce that we are adopting a boy.  After waiting 9 months, we are finally travelling to Guatemala to bring our son, Ethan Abraham Whitney, home.  He is a wonderful 6 1/2 month old bundle of joy.  We have been fortunate to have made several trips down over the last few months to see him but finally we will get to bring him home for good. 
Jen Mead Shields, Class of 1993

The Army keeps us moving...

As of late December 2006, we are residents of El Paso, Texas.  My husband, Major Chris Shields ('93) is stationed at Ft. Bliss with the Future Combat Systems testing brigade.  I am still with Deloitte...after 5+ years with Deloitte Consulting LLP, I've now moved to a role within Deloitte's R&D organization which allows me to work from home in El Paso and requires much less travel than my previous client service role.  We have two kids -- Leo (just turned 3) and Lorenzo (born in Sept 06, just before we left our last duty station in Kansas).  This is Leo's 5th house in less than three years...we're hoping to stay put in El Paso for a few years.

We've gotten to see quite a few of our Trinity friends in the past year at weddings.  Ted Gorab married the beautiful Dr. Allison Solomon in Colorado Springs last August, and Keith Wang is marrying our new favourite Canadian, Katherine Sayn-Wittgenstein in Ottawa in June.
Lisa Benjamin Goodgame, Class of 1993

Still enjoying Austin as much as ever.  My husband and I recently visited Angie Bryan (class of '91) in Lyon as she wrapped up her last month serving as U.S. Consul General there. Other recent travels have taken us to Israel and Kauai.  Next year Japan is possibly on the agenda.

For those who are comic and manga fans, my husband recently published his first manga with Tokyopop--it's called Pantheon High, with art by Steven and Megumi Cummings.  You can find it in major book retailers in the manga section, as well as online, and of course at any self-respecting comic book store!
Molly McGill Fries, Class of 1991

My husband Rob and I welcomed our first child, son Michael O'Gara Fries, on April 6, 2007. He weighed a whopping 10 pounds 1 ounce and is keeping us busy!
Scott Kauffman, Class of 1990

With the help of a partner, I have just completed writing a continuing professional education course for CPAs called "Property and Business Income Insurance for Controllers, Accountants, and Financial Managers".  Check out our website at www.sbcpe.com and if you need CPE hours, please consider this 8 hour self-study course.



1980 - 1989

Jesse Carrillo, Class of 1988

I was recently promoted to Chief Technology Officer at Hines (www.hines.com), a privately owned global real estate company headquartered in Houston, TX. I have been with Hines for 12 years and previously held the title of Director of Application Development.
Kenneth Hamilton, Class of 1988

I am happy to announce my marriage to Robin Coulson on April 21, 2007 in Fort Worth, TX.  We are living in living in Fort Worth, TX. 
Brett McHargue, Class of 1986

I am recently engaged to Liam Myron, here in jolly, olde England.  To celebrate he surprised me with a trip to NYC to see the new production of "Company".  Liam and I met while singing in the London Gay Men's Chorus.

Any old friends out there, please look us up if you are ever in London!
Colin Campbell, Class of  1984

Colin worked as a digital compositor on Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest, which won an Oscar for its visual effects work.  Colin recently completed compositing shots for the third film in the series, Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End, and Transformers.  Colin works at Industrial Light & Magic, a division of Lucasfilm.

Robert A. Snell, Class of 1984

Robert Snell and his wife Barbara are pleased to announce the birth of their son Dillon Christopher Middleton Snell, born this April in NYC.  Dillon is their first child.  In late summer, Barbara and Dillon will relocate to Tokyo, Japan where Robert has run the Markets and Banking business for Citigroup since January 2005.
Margaret Sartor, Class of 1981

My memoir -- Miss American Pie: A Diary of Love, Secret, and Growing Up in the 1970s -- made the New York Times bestseller list, the Washington Post Best Memoirs of 2006, and the Chicago Tribune's Best Books of the Year, among other surprises. It will be out in paperback in June 2007, and I'll be on booktour in Texas (Dallas June on 4, Houston on June 5, Austin on November 3-4. All the info about bookstores and more than you would ever want to know is at margaretsartor.com -- Best to everyone!

1970 - 1979

Serge Derbez, Class of 1976

Every year I make plans to attend the homecoming events, which I have only done once and then see the pictures trying to match the faces with those that I remember from those years, even a lot of the names I cannot match. I wish there would be a list with names, pictures of those years and the present ones. Trinity made a difference in my life and I would like to get in contact with those of which I only have their faces and great memories in my mind. Too many friends and just a couple that I have kept in touch with
Toni (Pardinek) Watson, Class of 1975

Joe & I rent boats on Lake Lewisville in the DFW area. Come by for motorized or nonmotorized watercraft & we'll give Trinity grads. 10% off! Check out www.hiddencovepark.com


1960 - 1969

Susan Masinter Riley, Class of 1969

Still trying out new things! Throughout May and June I am appearing in the comedy 'Lying in State' at the Church Bistro and Theatre in the King William district of San Antonio. This activity complements my photography work and piano teaching.  I still hear Andy Mihalso in my head each time I encourage students to bring passion to their playing. One of my fine Trinity memories is of waiting for a practice room in the old Ruth Taylor building, hearing the soft music emanate from each room, all jumbled into one great symphony. Such an impressionable time in one's life. So glad I experienced it at Trinity.
Bette Forester, Class of 1965

I've been in Toronto since 1978 and I just finished a downsizing, empty-nest move. Peter and his family are living in Barbados and Kate continues her doctoral studies in Math in NYC. I'd like to share one of my on-going connections with other alumni: each month on the first working day I post a calendar to my website along with a few notes. Go here www.beedance.ca  and click on the <calendar> link. In the meantime, if you shop for food in Wal-Mart, I probably did the technical art for the package!


1950 - 1959

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1940 - 1949

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before 1939

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Bulletin Board

A Big Thank You to Trinity Alumni!
Thank you to all alumni who gave to the 2006-2007 Trinity Annual Fund!   Your generosity is essential in helping Trinity:

  • Provide scholarships and financial aid to worthy students
  • Strengthen its innovative curriculum by taking advantage of new opportunities for cross-disciplinary teaching and learning
  • Attract talented faculty who care about students and who are among the nation’s leading scholars in their disciplines
  • Improve the living and learning environment by investing in new technology initiatives, modernizing our residence halls, and improving our recreation and athletic facilities
  • Recruit the most academically gifted and diverse students
  • Maintain the beautiful campus

You can get a head start on your gift for fiscal year 2007-2008 by giving now.   A quick and easy way to make your annual gift is through Trinity’s secure website at www.trinity.edu under “Supporting Trinity”.

Trinity Athletic Director Bob King has announced the fifth Trinity University Athletic Hall of Fame induction ceremony will take place Saturday, Oct. 20 during the school’s Alumni Weekend.

The ceremony will be held at halftime of the Trinity Tigers’ football game with the University of the South-Sewanee (Tenn.), which begins at 1:30 p.m. An open reception will be held in the lobby of the William H. Bell Athletic Center following the game.

King, the chair of the Hall of Fame selection committee and University President John R. Brazil will introduce the honorees.

The Hall of Fame Class of 2007 inductees are: Joe Jimenez, men’s golf, ’52; Gene Norris, head football coach and administrator (1974-2001 – member of the Athletics staff beginning in 1961); Pat Cluney, baseball, ’70; Tom Hanzel (deceased), trap and skeet coach (1970 to 1985); Earl Costley, football, ’74; Greg Lens, football, ’78 (member of team from 1966-1969); and Amy Waddell Stewart, volleyball, ’94.

A special plaque of each 2007 honoree will be mounted on the Athletic Hall of Fame wall in the Bell Center, along with the other classes. Recent photos, along with photos of the honorees during their collegiate competition days, are included on the plaques, as well as athletic accomplishments.

Nominations were received from throughout the nation. Criteria for induction included a graduation date of five years or more from the current academic year and the recipient must have received a degree from Trinity, or coached a Tiger team. Service to Trinity was also included in the selection requirements. A selection committee chose the finalists.

Adagio Galleries cordially invites you to attend a Multi-Artist Show featuring the works of Nivia Gonzalez, (Trinity graduate of the Class of ’68), Robert Parkison, Alison Rieder, Robert Rivera, and Liz Wolf.  The show opened on May 26.  The Adagio Galleries is located at 193 South Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs, California, 92262.  You may contact Nivia Gonzalez to discuss her works at (512) 674-0314 (512) 796-2803



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