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Trinity Staff Honor President Ahlburg with Community Outreach

In honor of the inauguration of Trinity President Dennis A. Ahlburg, Trinity staff organized a campus-wide drive to benefit a local elementary school and San Antonio area charities and launched a new faculty staff community service organization.

By Sharon Jones Schweitzer '75

Education student Nicole Heroux with Delia Rios and Alexa Johnston
at the Brewer Elementary school supply drive table.
President Ahlburg (far right) shares a moment with Marcelino Robles, Joe Hatch, and Juan Pablo Gonzalez at the Staff Breakfast.
Deborra Cardenas and Meghan Oswald, Assistant Vice President of Government and External Relations from Haven for Hope display coats collected to benefit clients of Haven for Hope.
November 2010 — During the week of the official installation of Dennis A. Ahlburg as Trinity’s 18th president, collection bins for donations of non-perishable food, new or gently worn winter coats, and school supplies dotted the Trinity University campus. Trinity staff organizing a breakfast as part of inauguration events had been inspired by the new president’s immediate outreach into the San Antonio community, and were determined to honor his inauguration “with more than breakfast muffins and coffee.”

Organizers selected the San Antonio Food Bank, Haven for Hope, Brewer Elementary, and the United Way of San Antonio and Bexar County as beneficiaries of the drive. Nearly 350 pounds of food items were collected for the Food Bank and more than 80 coats were collected for the homeless clients of Haven for Hope. Brewer Elementary, a Trinity education department partner school serving students who live primarily in section 8 housing in the inner city, received 119 pounds of school supplies including notebooks, paper, folders, pens, and pencils.

On the morning of the breakfast, Trinity staff also observed a long-standing University tradition of pledging to the United Way campaign. Information tables complete with collection bins and representatives of the agencies, offered staff an opportunity to learn how their contributions would help our community.

President Ahlburg praised staffers for their outreach and told the gathering of his quest to enhance Trinity University’s leadership role in San Antonio.

The collection drive also offered the perfect opportunity to announce the start of a new Trinity staff and faculty community service organization: “Trinity in Action.”  Tom Payton, associate director of the Trinity University Press, said the group, which has already attracted 55 faculty and staff, will engage in monthly volunteer activities for local non-profit organizations that strive to make San Antonio a better place.

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