In May, Trinity University presented the second annual Trinity Tomorrow awards. The five faculty recipients, Glenn Kroeger, Mark Lewis, Jenny Rowe, Katie Troyer, and Rita Urquijo-Ruiz, were recognized for their outstanding contributions to the educational mission of the University.
The Trinity Tomorrow Award is named for Trinity’s 10-year strategic plan, and recipients are selected annually based on their work in either international education, experiential learning, career planning and preparation, inclusive pedagogy, the First-Year Experience (FYE) Program, recruitment of prospective students, or alumni outreach. Faculty members of all ranks and categories, including part-time and other contingent faculty, are eligible for these awards.
The Trinity Tomorrow Awards are funded by Trinity President Danny Anderson through Spring 2023. Each recipient receives a $1,000 award and a commemorative plaque.
2021 Trinity Tomorrow Awards
Glenn Kroeger, Ph.D.
Glenn Kroeger is an associate professor of geosciences and has served multiple terms as a member of the University Curriculum Council and two terms as chair. He regularly contributes to the First-Year Experience course (FYE), “What We Know That Just Ain’t So,” and he played a leading role in the design and implementation of the Pathways curriculum. He continues to represent Pathways to prospective and admitted students and their parents. In the Spring 2021 semester alone, Kroeger made 11 presentations to admitted students, offering them a compelling view of Pathways requirements and the University’s commitment to a liberal arts education
Mark Lewis ’96, Ph.D.
Mark Lewis ’96 is a professor of computer science and the recent faculty adviser for the Trinity University Alumni Association Board. Working with the Collaborative for Learning and Teaching, he recently presented a workshop on Gather, an online tool that enables instructors and students to visualize online social spaces using icons and avatars. Lewis has worked tirelessly to connect students with potential employers in partnership with the Center for Experiential Learning and Career Success
Jenny Rowe is the director of tutoring programs in the Student Success Center. Rowe regularly teaches in the Summer Bridge version of the FYE and works hard to improve FYE peer tutor preparation, particularly by incorporating training to make peer tutors more sensitive to and respectful of personal and cultural differences. She has built a tutor-training program to ensure peer tutors across campus and in many disciplines are following best practices. Rowe works closely with CELCS staff to develop a series of workshops to support students in the composition of research and internship applications. She has also worked with CELCS in redesigning the syllabus for the Professional Writing course to incorporate multiple opportunities for experiential learning and career preparation
Katie Troyer, Ph.D.
Katie Troyer is the assistant director for Collaborative for Learning and Teaching, and she provided extraordinary service throughout the spring and summer of 2020 as the University pivoted to remote instruction and then shifted to a new hybrid model of teaching. In multiple workshops, the awards committee says Troyer was helpful, humorous, knowledgeable, and reassuring as instructors redesigned their courses for the fall and spring terms. In addition to her work on online and hybrid teaching this year, Troyer found time to collaborate with multiple units and programs across campus, including the Quality Enhancement Plan, Academic Support, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute grant team, and Residential Life. She also helped promote and approve the newest FYE topic, “Monsters, Nightmares We Create.
Rita Urquijo-Ruiz, Ph.D.
Rita Urquijo-Ruiz is a professor of modern languages and literatures who has directed the Mexico, the Americas, and Spain (MAS) program and now serves as the inaugural director of the Global Latinx Studies major. Working with political science professor Juan Sepúlveda, she co-created the first Latinx Leadership Institute, and she mentored students under the Mellon Initiative, the McNair Scholars Program, and the MAS Álvarez Summer Internship program. Urquijo-Ruiz has partnered with Admissions, Alumni Relations, and CELCS to enhance University outreach to prospective, current, and former Latinx students. She consistently seeks to connect Trinity to the community and to collaborate across divisions to develop educational and supportive programming for a wide variety of constituents, including students, faculty, staff, and alumni.