Find Your Direction
Trinity to host inaugural Experiential Learning Showcase during Alumni Weekend
Friday, September 30, 2016
Student presenting their CELCS project.

The Center for Experiential Learning and Career Success (CELCS) at Trinity University will host its inaugural Experiential Learning Showcase on Oct. 9 in Room 282 of the Center for the Sciences and Innovation (CSI). The showcase will feature the projects of 14 Trinity students who have engaged in experiential learning through civic involvement, internships, undergraduate research, and study abroad opportunities.

Jacob Tingle ’95, director of experiential learning, says CELCS is excited to present the “exceptional work” that Trinity students are in doing with experiential learning. The goal is for the showcase to become a regular event during Alumni Weekend.

“As an alumnus, I continue to be blown away at the quality of our students’ work and the thoughtfulness with which they approach learning,” Tingle says. “I am particularly excited that some of the students participating in the showcase engaged in research with humanities faculty and completed internships with local nonprofits.”

Erin Hood ’03, assistant director of experiential learning, adds that an important component of the showcase is student reflection about their internships and experiences.

“Through reflection, students process what was meaningful about their experience, the skills they might have gained, or how the experience might influence their personal or professional direction,” Hood says.

From 9 to 10 a.m. a poster session will take place that is intended to serve as a “jumping off point” for dialogue. At 10 a.m. three students will give audiovisual presentations.

a bird's eye view of Trinity's experiential learning showcase

A list of student projects is included here:

  • Sasha Faust- With Our Hands: An Exploration Of History In Prussian Blue
  • Pooja Bollampolly- The Journey of Service: The Link Between Passions and Aspirations
  • Benjamin Collinger- The Intersection of International Criminal Justice, Religious Diversity, and Social Entrepreneurship
  • Inka Boehm- Exploring International Criminal Justice
  • Andrea Zavala- Brooks City Base: An introduction to a new community in San Antonio
  • Holly Gabelman- Building the Steps towards a Career in Theatre: An ALE Internship at The Playhouse
  • Katie Funderburg- Grave Witnesses: The Circulation and Manuscript Forms of Richard Rolle's Lessons of the Dead
  • Kate Walls- A Low-Cost 2-4 GHz Pulse Generator for a Portable Breast Cancer Imaging System
  • Brigitte Taylor, in collaboration with Clara Johnson- Investigating the Relationship Between Food Insecurity and Negative Psychological Outcomes
  • Kevin Owens- My Summer in China: An Internship at the Dongguan Basketball School
  • Bintee Karia- Student Experience in a Startup
  • Grace Williams- A Glimpse into Domestic Violence in San Antonio
  • Cristian Vargas- Investigating the Effectiveness of Novel Antifungal Agents Using Murine Models of Invasive Aspergillosis and Candidiasis
  • Aroosa Ajani, in collaboration with Beth Legg- Choice Neighborhood 2015 Impact Assessment

Alumni are encouraged to attend this event. Coffee and breakfast tacos will be provided. For further questions, contact Erin Hood at Follow the conversation with the hashtag #FindYourDirection.

Carlos Anchondo '14 is an oil and gas reporter for E&E News. He received his master's degree from the School of Journalism at the University of Texas at Austin.

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