On Friday, Sept. 23, at 1:30 p.m. Trinity will commemorate the grand opening of Dicke Hall with a dedication and self-guided tours.

The festivities will include:

  A dedication and ribbon cutting

  Debut of an occasion poem and lecture

  Music by the Trinity choir and orchestra

  Self guided tours and presentations

Dicke Hall finished exterior at sunset

Program Schedule

Subject to change. Check back regularly for updates.

1:30 p.m.
Dedication and Ribbon Cutting

Location: Dicke Hall

Headshot of Melody Meyer 2021

Greetings and Introductions
Melody Meyer '79
Trinity University Board Chair

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Rev. Alexander Serna-Wallender '08, '09
University Chaplain


Kimberlyn Montford

Alma Mater
Kimberlyn Montford, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Music


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Formal Remarks
Vanessa Beasley, Ph.D.

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Formal Remarks
Tim O'Sullivan Ph.D.
Professor, Classical Studies

Jenny Browne

An Occasional Poem
Jenny Browne, M.F.A.
Associate Professor, English

Faculty Headshot: Brian Bondari

Musical Tribute, O Lux Beata Trinita
Brian Bondari, D.M.A.
Associate Professor, Music

a panoramic view of the Trinity Symphony Orchestra in the Ruth Taylor Recital Hall

Musical Tribute
Trinity University Orchestra and Choir
Music Composer, Brian Bondari, D.M.A.
Orchestra Conductor, Joseph Kneer, D.M.A.
Choir Director, Gary Seighman, D.M.A

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Introduction of Janet St. Clair Dicke '68 and explanation of painting
Vanessa Beasley, Ph.D.

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Janet St. Clair Dicke '68

Official Ribbon Cutting

Constituents to Cut Ribbon

  • Mayor, Ron Nirenberg ’99
  • Trinity University President, Vanessa B. Beasley
  • Trinity University Trustee Emeritus, Jim Dicke ’68
  • Trinity University Trustee, Janet St. Clair Dicke ’68
  • Trinity University Provost, Megan Mustain
  • Trinity University Board Chair, Melody Meyer ’79
  • Trinity University Student Government Association President, Danny Nguyen ’24
Michael Bacon
Event Concludes, Explain Tours, and Presentations

Mike Bacon '89
Vice President, Alumni Relations and Development


Self Guided Tours and Presentations

All events begin at 2:00 pm.
Guests have the opportunity to attend presentations until 3:00 p.m. Presentations sessions last approximately 15 minutes, with 10 minutes for the presenter and 5 minutes for Q&A.

Self Guided Tours

Dicke Hall extends Trinity's tradition of building into the 21st century by incorporating the latest green solutions, sustainability practices, and construction methods. 

  • Cross-laminated mass timber structure
  • Native plants and drought-tolerant landscaping
  • State-of-the-art classrooms 

Explore the building and all of its beauty and forward-looking commitment to liberal arts education and environmental stewardship. 

Designing and Constructing Dicke Hall

Ryan Jones, Partner, Lake|Flato Architects
Lamonte Nelms,  Project Manager, Turner Construction

Room: Dicke Hall, 204

This presentation will describe key highlights of Dicke Hall's design and construction, including the building’s use of mass timber. The building's mass timber structure pays homage to the campus’s mid-century modern design heritage while expressing the university’s forward-looking commitment to innovation in experiential education and environmental stewardship.

Metatheatre and Legacy

Kyle Gillette, Ph.D, Professor, Human Communication and Theatre

Room: Dicke Hall, 104

Theatre's legacies include sexist and racist stereotypes, nationalist narratives, commodified bodies and the objectification of "others" in Western ethnography. Yet, certain bold meatheatrical gestures, from plays by Luigi Pirandello and Suzan-Lori Parks to performance art by Guillermo Gómez-Peña, invert that conventional gaze, questioning how perceiving in public creates communities. This presentation explores modern metatheatre that intervenes in the conventions by which cultures regard and objectify one another. What does the legacy of metatheatre suggest about the legacy of theatre and theatricalityand the theatrical nature of legacy itself?

College Policy Debate

William Jensen, Ph.D, Associate Professor, Human Communication and Theatre

Room: Dicke Hall 308

Intercollegiate policy debate has a rich history in the United States. Beginning in 1897 with triangular leagues, Trinity University began participating in 1912. The National Debate Tournament dates to 1946, and Trinity has participated in the tournament at various times over the past 75 years. This presentation will discuss the history of intercollegiate debate, the process of selecting a topic, and the contemporary approaches to research, rhetoric, and reasoning that debate requires.

The Portrayal of Motherhood in Ovid's Metamorphoses

Savannah Wahlgren '23, Classical Studies

Room: Dicke Hall 206

Ovid’s Metamorphoses is an epic poem from the early Roman empire and is comprised of important legends from Greek and Roman mythology, all connected by the theme of physical and metaphorical transformation. This presentation will examine the portrayal of mothers within the poem, specifically how the poet expresses the importance of motherhood to a woman’s identity within society and how it is reflective of the changing politics of early imperial Rome.

Latinx, Feminist, and Queer Film: A Book Presentation

Dania Abreu-Torres, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Modern Literatures and Languages
Rosana Blanco-Cano, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Modern Literatures and Languages
Rita Urquijo-Ruiz, Ph.D., Professor, Modern Literatures and Languages

Room: Dicke Hall, 306

Dania Abreu-Torres, Rosana Blanco-Cano, and Rita Urquijo-Ruiz will detail the work of their forthcoming book, which resulted from a Mellon grant.Their book will include the work of three Latina undergraduate students who are now Trinity alumni.

Performing Peruvian Identities Through Theater: An Exercise From the Adaptation of Cuatrotablas Play Oye.

C. Martin Velez Salas, Ph.D. and Students

Room: Dicke Hall, 306

An exercise from the adaptation of Cuatrotablas play Oye. Dr.C. Martin Velez Salas and nine students from his course on Peruvian Theater will conduct an exercise based on the play entitled "Oye/Listen" from the Peruvian group Cuatrotablas.

Propaganda, Lineage, and the Divine: An Exploration of the Meaning of Two Vases from Ancient Monte Albán, Oaxaca, Mexico

Sofía Muñoz '23, Anthropology Major

Room: Dicke Hall 108

This paper examines two ancient Mixtec vases located at the San Antonio Museum of Art, exploring their likely uses and explaining the potential meaning of the glyphs carved into them.

Bigger than Budweiser: Adolphus Busch's Investments in the Lone Star State.

Todd Barnett, Ph.D.Visiting Assistant Professor, History
Gabriel Odom '22, History major

Room: Dicke Hall 304

Our traveling poster exhibit uses the complexities of St. Louis brewer Adolphus Busch’s business operations in Texas as a lens to examine the Texan social, political, and economic landscape in the Gilded Age and Progressive Era of the late 1800s and early 1900s.


Plan Your Visit

Address: One Trinity Place, San Antonio, TX 78212


Unable to attend? Join us virtually as we celebrate the grand opening of Dicke Hall.

Dedication and Ribbon Cutting
A recording of the dedication and ribbon cutting will be available on following the event.

Social Media Takeover
Tune in to Trinity University's Facebook and Instagram Stories on Friday, September 23, for a tour of Dicke Hall and to learn more about the the building's key features.



Thanks and Gratitude