Right: Dignitaries cutting the ribbon to open Dicke Hall. Left dignitaries cutting the ribbon opening Beneski Parkway.
A Season of Gratitude
Reflecting on a successful semester for Trinity University

Trinity Community,

As we approach the Thanksgiving holiday, I have been reflecting on my first few months at Trinity with a sense of amazement and gratitude. So many great things have happened within our university community. I’d like to take a moment to mention just a few.

We’ve been fortunate to celebrate the results of two transformational gifts to our university this last semester.

The architecturally stunning Dicke Hall is Trinity’s new home for the humanities, representing  our commitment to a 21st century liberal arts education through innovative teaching, collaboration, and scholarship on the human condition.

Near Dicke Hall lies the new Beneski Parkway, connecting the City Vista apartments to campus. This new entry serves as a welcoming beacon for current and prospective students and their families, faculty, staff, alumni, and the broader San Antonio community. The entire Trinity community owes a deep debt of gratitude to Ted and Laurie Beneski, Jim and Janet Dicke, and the many other donors whose generosity made these changes possible.

Dr. Beasley standing with employees and students at inauguration of Alpha Alpha Alpha

On a more personal note, I am grateful for our community and its belief in intentional inclusion. As an example, I recently attended the inaugural induction of Alpha Alpha Alpha, the national honor society for first generation college students. As an inductee myself, this ceremony held special meaning to me and so many of those in attendance.

Top left: Volleyball players celebrating.  Top Right: Women soccer players celebrating. Bottom left Football player holding the ball looking at sidelines.  Bottom left: man running cross country in the lead.

We also owe thanks to our Tiger athletes, who have represented Trinity exceptionally well this fall. Our women’s volleyball team finished the season as the NCAA Division III national runner-up for the first time since 1999. Our women’s soccer team completed their season with the program’s 26th Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference championship and a NCAA Division III playoff run. Meanwhile, the undefeated Tiger football team collected its first win in the NCAA Division III tournament since 2002. And finally, Will Salony of the men's cross country team ran in last weekend's NCAA III National Championship in Michigan. Please support our Tigers as they continue to compete throughout the year in multiple sports.

Finally, I am continually grateful for the kindness, creativity, and collegiality that circulate throughout  our campus. I felt it the first time I visited Trinity, and I can feel it even more strongly now. Whether you are an alumni, student, faculty or staff member, or a friend in the community, your contributions to Trinity are greatly appreciated.

May you enjoy this season of gratitude with friends and loved ones. Have a safe and restorative holiday.

Vanessa B. Beasley
President, Trinity University

Vanessa B. Beasley, Ph.D., is Trinity University's 20th President. Beasley leads one of the nation's top liberal arts universities, guided by Trinity's student-centered mission and vision.

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