This is Your Reunion
Reunion committee leaders share memories and excitement ahead of Alumni Weekend
Tuesday, July 26, 2022
TU Alumni maroon and white balloons display on a lawn on campus

Alumni Weekend 2022 is all about celebrating YOU: Your memories, your campus experiences, your post-graduate achievements, your lifelong friendships, and your reunions. Whether you’re celebrating your 5-year, 25-year, or 50-year reunion, make plans to attend your class gatherings this October 20-23. 

From the class of 1972 to 2017, meet a few of this year’s reunion committee leaders and learn what they’re looking forward to as they share their favorite Trinity memories and impactful experiences.

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Tom Masinter '72, M'76

Majors: geology and music composition; master’s in musicology Clubs/Orgs: geology lab assistant; president of the Geology Club; wrote incidental music for many drama productions; composed the music for the "People Helping People" United Way jingle; noted for throwing great parties

Second time serving on reunion committee

What Trinity program or faculty member had the most impact on your time as an undergraduate?

Although I was a geology and music major who never had a class with him, Dr. Paul Baker of the theatre department had the greatest influence on me. He was a leader and showed us the way to excellence in the art of theater by bringing all of our abilities to our work.

Why did you choose to volunteer as a reunion committee leader?

Trinity changed my life. I came from a relatively poor Louisiana family, and Trinity revealed horizons and possibilities that I did not know existed. I could not have reached the personal goals I have attained without the Trinity experience.


Laura Findley Pettit '77

Major: computer science Clubs/Orgs: intramural sports; intercollegiate volleyball

Second time serving on reunion committee

What are some of your favorite Trinity memories?

Making new friends, playing intramural sports, attending plays, and visiting Mi Tierra.

What Trinity program or faculty member had the most impact on your time as an undergraduate?

Aaron Konstam encouraged my computer science studies.


Tommy Matthews '82

Major: geology Clubs/Orgs: Trinity football team captain; Sigma Gamma Epsilon geology honor society

First time serving on reunion committee

What are you most looking forward to seeing or doing at Alumni Weekend?

Catching up with old friends and building new relationships to further support the growth of the University. 

Why did you choose to volunteer as a reunion committee leader?

My mother taught me as a child that you are either a ‘giver’ or a ‘taker.’ I was blessed to go to Trinity, and I have been blessed in my life. I want to give back, if even in this small way, to the momentum of this fine institution. 


Barbara Clements Lincoln '87

Major: economics Clubs/Orgs: played on volleyball and basketball teams

First time serving on reunion committee

What are you most looking forward to seeing or doing at Alumni Weekend?

I’m looking forward to the block party! Love the energy and opportunity to see alumni from any year.

What Trinity program or faculty member had the most impact on your time as an undergraduate?

Playing on the basketball and volleyball teams had the most impact on me. I loved competing and practicing, the road trips, and my friendships with my teammates. Today, I love to watch TU volleyball dominate—and I can proudly say, “I played for Julie Jenkins!”


Julie Gust-Lovelace '92

Major: biology Clubs/Orgs: research; Beta Beta Beta biology honor society

Second time serving on reunion committee

What are some of your favorite Trinity memories?

Research with Dr. [Melvin] Frei; milkshakes at Coates; sitting on Cardiac Hill, listening to the concerts at the Japanese Tea Gardens; living on the quad first year; late night queso at TC (Taco Cabana) and dinners at the Vietnam Restaurant; sitting in the chapel garden; The White House; hearing the bell tower and sitting by the fountain; wine tasting with Dr. [Jim] Shinkle; and the scent of blooming mountain laurels.

Why did you choose to volunteer as a reunion committee leader?

I had four memorable years at Trinity and met so many wonderful people I would like to see again. I want to be a part of bringing everyone together.


Amy Carrier '97

Majors: political science, international studies, and religion Clubs/Orgs: TUVAC; Model UN; chapel choir; women's choir

Third time serving on reunion committee

What are you most looking forward to seeing or doing at Alumni Weekend?

Seeing all the changes to campus including the fantastic new academic buildings; catching up with my classmates.

Why did you choose to volunteer as a reunion committee leader?

I love connecting our alumni with each other, especially when they haven't seen each other for years. I love the sense of community that our class still has. I also enjoy working with my classmates to find ways to give back to Trinity.


Manny Gonzalez '07

Majors: business administration (management) and Spanish Clubs/Orgs: Association of Student Representatives president; resident mentor; TUVAC; rec sports 

First time serving on reunion committee

What Trinity program or faculty member had the most impact on your time as an undergraduate and why?

MAS/Spanish program because it helped connect me with peers and faculty with whom I could identify. It also provided me with the academic foundation for my future graduate school research.

Why did you choose to volunteer as a reunion committee leader?

I owe a lot of my professional and personal success to the growth that transpired at Trinity. That growth was due mostly in part to the great friends, faculty, and staff I met along the way. I am hoping I can help create a great experience for everyone who wants to reconnect for that same reason. 


Libby Day '12

Majors: urban studies and environmental studies Clubs/Orgs: Students Organized for Sustainability; TUVAC; Urban Studs

First time serving on reunion committee

What are some of your favorite Trinity memories?

Founding the community garden and wandering campus during the beautiful spring and fall days—really took the peace and serenity for granted back then!

What Trinity program or faculty member had the most impact on your time as an undergraduate and why?

There were so many it's hard to choose just one. But I think I will say Dr. Rich Butler. He really challenged me to view environmental problems and solutions through different lenses in his environmental economics class and was overall generally supportive while providing valuable constructive criticism.


Elena Wilson '17

Majors: international studies, East Asia and international politics Clubs/Orgs: Varsity Women's Tennis; Alpha Phi Omega (APO); RUF; Murchison Research Fellow

First time serving on reunion committee

What are you most looking forward to seeing or doing at Alumni Weekend?

Catching up with everyone and learning about where all they've been and what all they've accomplished in just five years since graduation. Trinity Tigers tend to move fast and it's a really exciting energy to be a part of! Also looking forward to enjoying some quality Tex-Mex and margaritas at mainstays we frequented in college.

What Trinity program or faculty member had the most impact on your time as an undergraduate and why?

There are too many to name. Probably the EAST program (Don Clark, Stephen Field, HJ Yoo, Wu, Randall Nadeau), the abundance of study abroad opportunities, scholarships, funded research opportunities, and work placement help post-graduation; the Trinity tennis family, alumni, coaches, particularly Butch Newman, and player network. It’s a passionate group of people who love Trinity and tennis, and understand the significance of remembering Trinity's impressive tennis history and legacy.

Alyssa Tayrien '17 is the digital communications coordinator for the University's Office of Alumni Relations. She majored in communication and ancient Mediterranean studies at Trinity.

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