Trinity football player studies political leanings of Taylor Swift fandom.

fanick on football field

By Chris Fanick ’19 -

Never in my life did I think that I would be writing an honors thesis that centered on Taylor Swift. I’m an athlete, a football player, and admitting that I listened to Swift never occurred as a possibility. However, when one of my thesis advisers suggested that it could be an interesting topic, I immediately knew that I needed to write it.

My honors thesis is an ongoing full-year research project that will culminate in the spring with a 50-ish page paper centered around my own original research. Originally, I planned to focus on the connections between music preferences and political affiliation, but the subject proved to be too broad for any legitimate correlative effects to be found, given my resources. During one of my early thesis meetings, we decided to focus my studies on country music, which allowed me to gather research on what was a surprisingly large segment of the population.

As a result, the topic remained too broad. Then, luckily, Swift posted her political support messages for Democratic candidates on Instagram, and it became clear that Swift should be the through line for my research. She bridges the gap between country music and pop stardom, and the phases of her career could act as a case study on how people identify with celebrities. Her fans span every demographic of society, so understanding how her fandom votes and acts politically could help identify other trends and connections between individuals, politics, and fandom.
My actual research collection will include questions about Swift fandom, political preferences, midterm voting behavior, and other factors. I also hope to potentially utilize a focus group so that I can further understand how people conceive their own fandoms and politics out of their life circumstances.

Ultimately, I believe that earlier fans of Taylor Swift, the country music fans, will affiliate more strongly with Republican ideals, while later fans, the pop fans, will affiliate with liberalism. Understanding which demographics separate these groups and why they differ may help political parties and other scholars build from my research. I hope to find some correlative effects from my research and look forward to reporting with my results in the spring!

Chris Fanick is from San Antonio, Texas. He plays tight end and short snapper for the Trinity football team and is a senior class senator for the Student Government Association. Chris is on track to graduate with a double major in political science and communication in May 2019. He plans to attend law school upon graduation, and his favorite side hobby is photography.

group of students in Costa Rica

By Jenna Shultz ’21 and Sarah Wicks ’21 -

Eleven students, four weeks, two professors, and a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. When we first arrived in Costa Rica at the San Jose airport, we had no idea how much our month of field research would impact us. The chance to be part of such an important conservation effort influenced each of us in unique ways, teaching us to think critically and work together as a team. Although everyone in the Costa Rican Ecology class came from different backgrounds, we all developed an immense passion for our work and a love for the incredible country of Costa Rica.

One of the most biodiverse countries in the world, Costa Rica straddles the Pacific Ocean and Caribbean Sea. Its unique geographic placement and seasonal weather patterns create a series of life zones differentiated by elevation. Each life zone has unique characteristics, which enable researchers to study very specific species, ecosystems, and their influences.

Maddy Walshak holds an orange-billed nightingale-thrush during a field lesson on studying and trapping native bird species.
Maddy Walshak holds an orange-billed nightingale-thrush during a field lesson on studying and trapping native bird species.
The extreme density of life zones was one of the primary reasons Dr. David Ribble, professor of biology at Trinity University, chose to focus his research in Costa Rica. Since 2016, he has concentrated his work on small mammals in and around the Monteverde region of Costa Rica. The Costa Rican Ecology class allows students to work directly with the research, collecting data on the distribution and abundance of mice and rats at eight research sites. The ultimate goal of the research is to help create baseline data to build a better understanding of small rodent populations in Costa Rica. Small mammals are crucial for seed dispersal as well as the general food cycle, and their fluctuations in population density or distribution may indicate the general health of an ecosystem. In the future, we hope that creating a database of distribution data on small mammals will help us understand the long-term impacts of climate change on the region.

Josh Kim, Sarah Wicks, and Jenna Shultz examine a Peromyscus nudipes.
Josh Kim, Sarah Wicks, and Jenna Shultz examine a Peromyscus nudipes
Becoming accustomed to the hard work, excitement, and routine of field work required a steep learning curve, but with the expert guidance of Dr. Ribble our group soon became adept at data collection and analysis. Each morning, we rose with the sun to check the live traps we had baited overnight, hoping with each stop to find a rodent waiting inside. We became a well-oiled machine over the course of the trip, learning the art of deftly handling and identifying a squirming mouse, ear tagging and analyzing the characteristics of each specimen we found. We also set camera traps at each site, capturing video of 31 different species. Some of the most exciting included ocelots, pumas, oncillas, peccaries, and various birds.

To help us understand the importance of our work, we studied Costa Rica’s period of deforestation (1950s-80s) and the extreme efforts for ecological recovery that have been made ever since. We included both primary (original) and secondary (reforested) forest areas in our data, and even had the opportunity to help with reforestation efforts by planting more than a hundred trees, and distributing hundreds more to local farmers. As part of the global awareness aspect of the course, anthropology professor Dr. Richard Reed led discussions detailing the societal changes Costa Rica has undergone. These lectures and seminars helped us better comprehend how Costa Rican culture and history has influenced the environment.

In addition to fieldwork, we had the opportunity to participate in local conservation and sustainability projects around Costa Rica. One of our favorite memories was the morning we accompanied turtle rescuers and researchers to the beach bordering the trails of our field site. Within minutes, the team spotted a newly-laid olive ridley sea turtle nest in a perilous location. Treading carefully, we surrounded the area of the nest and observed the team members as they dug a hole that would allow us to remove the unhatched turtle eggs. The process of transferring the eggs, which resembled soft golf balls, to the hatchery was meticulous. Each student carefully plucked a few delicate eggs from the nest and transferred them to a bucket. Carefully holding the bucket, we trudged through the soft, yielding sand to the nearby nursery. There, we dug a new hole the same width and depth of the original nest and placed the eggs inside. Later that morning, as we sat down to eat our traditional breakfast of gallo pinto (rice and beans), a sense of satisfaction overwhelmed us; we had just saved more than a hundred endangered baby turtles.

Andrea Nebhut relocates an olive ridley sea turtle nest on the Osa Peninsula.
Andrea Nebhut relocates an olive ridley sea turtle nest on the Osa Peninsula. 
Closer as a team and more passionate than ever about conservation and cultural sustainability, no one left the forests of Costa Rica unchanged. Several weeks of working side by side with Professors Ribble and Reed taught us that faculty can be approachable mentors in addition to being experts in their fields. As a group we bonded through day-to-day challenges, long hikes, and fun, eye-opening experiences. Although we were all from the same university, everyone had unique traits that complemented the team. Without a doubt, this valuable experience will impact our future lives and career paths.

Sarah Wicks ’21 is a biology major planning to attend veterinary school after graduation. She is passionate about environmental and cultural sustainability, and plans to leverage her talents for species conservation. Outside of class, Sarah enjoys singing with the Voix d’Espirit ensemble, hiking, and traveling. 

Jenna Shultz is a sophomore from Wimberley, Texas, majoring in biology and minoring in ancient Mediterranean studies. She is a member of the equestrian team and Swing Bums. When not studying, Jenna enjoys riding horses, reading, and swimming. After graduation, she plans to pursue medical school with a focus in pediatrics. Conducting field research in Costa Rica taught her the value of teamwork and expanded her interest in species conservation. 

Football player uncovers racial stereotyping in NFL scouting reports.

gavin huse in football uniform

By Gavin Huse '19 -

My research journey actually began the spring semester of 2017, the second half of my sophomore year, in Dr. Denny’s Intro to Sociology course. As part of this course, Dr. Denny asked that we perform a content analysis of a medium of our choice that intersected with a certain aspect of society. I, along with two other students, decided to focus on racial stereotypes and how they manifested in sports, particularly in professional American football scouting reports. Little did I know, this project would end up being the pilot study that would set the precedent for the next two semesters and this past summer.

After taking more than one hundred college prospect scouting reports from the NFL’s official website and applying racial codes to them, the results were explicit: racial stereotypes observed within society are discernible within the microcosm of sports and American football. Having previously covered this concept of societal values and traits being reflected in sports in Dr. Morais’ Sports in Society class the previous semester, I shared the findings with him.

At this point, the concept of research became a real possibility in my mind. What began as a small class project suddenly became my topic of focus for another entire semester, the fall of 2017, as I was able to use the pilot study to compile an entire literature review and research proposal in Dr. Morais’ Contemporary American Sport seminar. The following term, this proposal came to fruition in the form of an independent study and acceptance into the Mellon Initiative summer research program, with Dr. Morais actually acting as my faculty mentor!

Because of time constraints and the dynamic nature of the research process, this summer did not actually look like exactly as I intended. Where the pilot study utilized only about one hundred prospects, my summer research proposal indicated that I would perform a content analysis of more than 1500 prospects, from three different years. The proposal also included my intentions of applying linear regression to the data produced by the codes as well, in an attempt to find underlying correlations between variables like race and position that might further legitimize the permeance of societal racial stereotypes in professional American football.

I quickly realized that only one full year of college prospects would actually be coded for, with only very basic averages calculated from the data, not any type of regression models. After realizing that my initial aspirations weren't going to be fulfilled, there was definitely a hint of discouragement in my attitude towards the project; however, much more opportunity was provided.

Coincidentally, around this time, Dr. Morais and I were actually informed that the abstract for the project had been accepted to the North American Society for the Sociology of Sport conference, held in Vancouver at the end of October. Of course, this was an amazing opportunity to share this research and its significant and relevant findings. But on an even more practical level, it was a much-needed provision of time to dive into the other one thousand reports that had not been coded this summer.

As we now stand at the threshold of the beginning of the fall semester, I would like to credit Dr. Morais for his dedication and investment for more than two years in my academic career and in this project. Without his encouragement, I would have never tapped into even a sliver of the potential that rested in those initial findings. His intentionality was ever present this summer as well, as he provided vital guidance and knowledge about the research process at every step along the journey. Where I underestimated workloads and time commitments and ran into unforeseen obstacles, Dr. Morais was always there to provide assurance and help me adapt. He truly exemplified the purposeful relationship building that comes with attending a university built on small classes and freedom in academic endeavors.

gavin playing football

On another note, as for the past few weeks, it seems almost impossible to outrun the ubiquity of football. And I’m sure this is true for not just me, but for most of the nation, as training camps come to a close, seasons begin, and games are blasted onto TV screens almost every day of the week. Personally, you can find football in my life in the form of morning film sessions, practices, and lifting sessions from about two weeks ago until at least the second week of November. While the load is most definitely taxing, the enjoyment I find in being able to play this game and the relationships built with my teammates make every second worth it. Perhaps, it’s this same love that made me choose to make a simple content analysis also revolve around football.

But, as fall camp concludes and my senior season begins, I find solace in the fact that I know there are career opportunities that may keep me connected to football in the future, a game I have dedicated a decade of my life to. In fact, we might be living in a time where American football might not actually need increased participation on the field to keep growing, but more investment in academic research on topics like that of race and how it affects sport.

Regardless, being able to walk on the football field as a player is temporary, and my last moment being able to do so is coming very soon. On one hand, I cherish the opportunity to contribute something off the gridiron to the game as I walk away from it in a couple of months. However, I also know that there must be something to fall back on when such a huge season of my life comes to an end.

This is where my faith is crucial, and has been crucial during this entire research process. As much as I love football, my faith is even more precious. It is not only there whenever football lets me down, but it will be there when the game, and this project, is over as well. Even more applicable to the research process and athletic performance, it dictates that I do everything wholeheartedly and with a standard excellence. In fact, I believe that this university and its football team embody just that.

Gavin Huse is from El Paso, Texas. He plays defensive back for the Trinity football team and is part of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes on campus. Gavin is tentatively on track to graduate with a finance degree and sport management minor in December 2019. He enjoys reading classic literature and watching 1980's sci-fi cinema.

students with their mentor
Nhi and Michael with their mentor, Tahir Naqvi

By Nhi Nguyen ’19 and Michael Paniagua Jr. -

Our summer research studied electronic waste (e-waste), commonly referring to all discarded electronic devices. Approximately 20 to 50 million tons of e-waste is generated worldwide annually. Most of it is exported to cities in East Asia and the Global South where value—in the form of reusable components, materials, and labor—is extracted in under-regulated and highly unsafe conditions. Our project explored the various practices, ethics, and narratives used by certified e-waste recyclers relating to this unique form of waste, and how the distinctive quality of e-waste disrupts these rational attempts.

As anthropology students, taking up a non-human subject stretches our imagination of what is possible with the discipline. For anthropological research, it is typical to enter the field without a clear narrative or a rigid framework. Arguments and concepts emerge as we collect ethnographic data from our informants and the field. Our project was made more difficult by the fact that we were not privileging our informants’ interpretations of e-waste over e-waste itself. We tried to develop a language that attends to the dynamic quality of e-waste, as well as all of the human activities tied to it: How do we account for the many processes performed on e-waste, in which each stage produces their own waste? How can we include the human aspect of e-waste? How can we challenge the conventional way of seeing materials as passive, and instead frame e-waste as an active subject that disrupts human rationality and normative capitalist models?

Our mentor, Dr. Tahir Naqvi, guided us through these questions as they appeared over the summer. He always valued opportunities to hone our own anthropological skills using the project. For example, in the beginning of our research, we collaborated with each other to review relevant literature for our project. During this stage we also searched for potential informants to interview early in the summer. This task was challenging because out of approximately 35 recyclers sites we contacted, only five replied and agreed to be interviewed. Dr. Naqvi joined us for the first few interviews, and we were able to learn interviewing skills firsthand. Since we spent the first half of the research interviewing with him, we felt confident in doing interviews by ourselves for the remainder of the project.

In the end, we were able to produce a project that was academically challenging to us and with practical implications for the university. Coincidentally, our project’s timing aligned with Trinity’s desire to restructure how it handled its own e-waste. While we were interviewing recyclers, we regularly shared our information with university staff. Fortunately, Trinity’s staff has been interested in our project and has considered our inputs in their future plans. We are grateful for the funds given to us this summer from the Mellon Initiative and the Murchison Fellowship. These funds provided us both opportunities to give back to the university and to reaffirm our shared desire to pursue careers in anthropology.

Nhi Nguyen is a senior sociology major. She is an international student from Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. This fall she will be studying abroad in Jaipur, India, where she will work on her senior thesis. 

Michael Paniagua Jr. is a senior anthropology major and a San Antonio native. He will be expanding this summer’s research for his own senior thesis.

Trinitonian journalist shines with internship at TU Press.

By Chloe Craig -

georgie riggs presenting

This past summer, Georgie Riggs ’19 was an Arts, Letters, and Enterprise (ALE) intern—and one of seven total Trinity interns—at TU Press, where she utilized her journalism skills from working at the Trinitonian to help the community of San Antonio. Initially drawn to the ALE program because of its involvement in both nonprofits and the arts, Georgie expanded her impact in greater ways than she thought possible. Spending her time in the marketing department, she was tasked with creating press releases for books, planning events, and sending pitches to media outlets. These pitches are incredibly important, as they “encapsulate why media outlets should cover the book and help learn what’s interesting about the book,” she says, allowing authors and the Press to gain exposure.

One of her favorite assignments was helping release the Humans of San Antonio photography book. Georgie played an integral role in planning this event and felt that it was rewarding to “see how excited the community was to come out and support the book. It showed that all the hard work paid off, sending out emails and getting people excited about the event.” Working with such a small organization allowed her daily tasks to expand greatly, and while initially starting as a marketing intern, her role in event planning and social media growth helped her develop skills in other departments. Communication with supervisors gave Georgie opportunities to manage social media, where she keeps up with mentions of either a book they released or the Press as a whole, and then archived them or shared it to followers.

Over the course of her internship, Georgie saw the level of her responsibilities grow over time. She gained valuable experience in understanding what successful story pitches look like, and how she should write them to entice different outlets. Understanding how coverage differs between media publications, she says she “learned how to summarize really well, and how to make it applicable to different media outlets” so it is relevant for an individual production to feel compelled to cover a book. If a pitch needed to be specific for a podcast at NPR, she would make connections between a subject that the host was interested in, and a subject that the book focused on as well. These subtle links of interests highlighted the reasons someone would be interested in covering a book, forcing her to research these hidden connections and highlight them in pitches.

tu press interns with the mayor
TU Press interns with San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg '99
Gaining major skills in being adaptable, Georgie also learned to always make productive use of any downtime. Instead of always asking her supervisor for tasks, she recognized what needed to be done so she could complete it herself. Some advice she has to future interns regards communication, where she recommends to not “be afraid to talk to them, and don’t be afraid to bring up what you want out of the experience. The internship should be for both you, and they want to help you as much as you want to help them.”

Still considering all her options of a future career as a communication major, Georgie feels she has learned a lot about what kind of a job she values. Of her time spent at the Press, she comments that she is now “more capable of saying how I want to work, and am able to know what I can give to a company too,” allowing her to recognize a better a sense of what industry she pursues after graduation.

Chloe Craig is a senior at Health Careers High School in San Antonio, Texas. While interning at Trinity’s Center for Experiential Learning and Career Success, she is enjoying spending time on the beautiful Trinity campus and learning about all the opportunities offered to Trinity students through internships and undergraduate research. She hopes to pursue a career in the medical field and is looking forward to her final year of high school, and later college!

This summer, more than 60 students are involved in Students + Startups, an annual program organized by Trinity’s entrepreneurship program and funded by the 80/20 Foundation. The program puts Tigers in the middle of San Antonio’s exploding tech and startup scene. Next summer, the program will expand numerically and geographically, doubling its size by placing 120 students in positions nationwide, not just locally. Check out some of the internships our students have been part of!

Keeping it RealCo
RealCo is making a real difference, and Kara Killinger ‘20 is helping them this summer as part of Trinity’s Students + Startups program. RealCo provides resources such as investors, mentors, and funding for small business startups. In addition to running their social media account and writing blog posts about portfolio founders, Kara has started a community newsletter and helped plan and execute RealCo(n), an event organized to help local founders, investors, and mentors connect and share startup ideas. 

Angel Investors
“Almost like Shark Tank, but much less scary and interrogative” is how Rebecca Derby ’18 describes Alamo Angels, the company she is working at as part of the Students + Startups program. Formed by local business professionals and community leaders who wanted to make a lasting impact in the startup community, the company determines a startup’s investment potential before they present to investors. As their marketing & external communications intern, Rebecca works on their social media and branding, sends out newsletters to members, and assists in event planning.

Sunny-Side Economics
As a summer intern in the Students + Startups program, Isaac Bartolemi ’20 is working with the sales team at Go Smart Solar to design a tool which will help assess the value of potential solar installations. The company’s goal is to educate customers about government incentives and affordable solar power options as well as manage the installation and certification processes, and Isaac's work will help their potential clients better understand how solar power can increase their bottom line.

Caroline Haggard and Hayley Hultman working together at Jungle Disk
Paola Cobos at Geekdom's Jungle Disk

On Cloud Nine
Nine Trinity students—dubbed “Trinterns”—worked at cloud-based data security firm Jungle Disk this summer, housed in San Antonio’s downtown hub for tech startups, Geekdom. The “Triniteam” built a customer service chatbot using Google’s DialogFlow, developed a social media presence for the company, got intensive programming experience and even took time to mentor local high school students. Because programming is a constantly evolving field, “There’s always new things to learn,” Haggard says, “but that also means there’s no limit to the things you can do.”

This summer, nearly 140 Trinity students collaborated with faculty members to conduct undergraduate research and 110 students interned for organizations around the country. Read more about our Tigers and their experiences as they interned, researched, and studied abroad this summer.
And we can’t forget about our entrepreneurship students! More than 60 students interned with startup companies in San Antonio as part of Students + Startups—see more about their experiences!

Look through a new lens
Trinity is all about collaboration and gaining knowledge in areas you don’t necessarily get to study in your field. Students in the classical studies and astronomy departments got to experience this type of interdisciplinary collaboration when they took a trip to the McDonald Observatory. Students from the classical studies department got to take an inside look into the stars that their myths and legends are based upon, and astronomy students got to not only learn more about their subject, but also about the historical side of their subjects of research.

Standing strong
A group of summer undergraduate researchers are working with sociology professor Amy Stone to study strength and resilience in South Texas's LGBTQ+ community. Dr. Stone and two other local professionals were selected to conduct research on this topic last fall, and their team is now conducting interviews to better understand the underlying factors that contribute to health and social issues impacting San Antonio's LGBTQ+ community and the city's current capacity to address them.

Dressing to impress
Eighty percent of type 2 diabetes patients with foot ulcers require amputation. That’s why Adil Ahmed ‘19 and Abbie Jones ‘20 are working with engineering professor Dany Munoz-Pinto to design hydrogel wound dressings that will enhance skin cell reproduction to help heal these lesions quicker, lessening the need for more invasive procedures.

Media masters
Claire Nakayama ‘20, and Malcolm Fox '20 are working as marketing and business development interns for @RivardReport, a local nonprofit digital news organization. The two are targeting potential donors, and they hope to increase membership as well as audience engagement on social media platforms using data analytics software. Their work will help this news site continue to provide a holistic, civically engaged view of San Antonio.

Brock solid
trinityu#Repost @deltasigtrinity Congratulations to our brother Brock Duckers '21 for earning an internship at Ronald B. Weiss CPA! This summer Brock has been working hard to prepare business cycle projections and computing the taxes for individuals, partnerships, and corporations. After this internship he will be much closer to being ready to work in the business world.

Research by the river
Trinity University and United International College (UIC) students recently conducted wetlands research on the Pearl River estuary near Zhuhai, China as part of the "Ecology and Bio-conservation of China" summer study abroad course led by Trinity biology professor Jonathan King and UIC professor S.T. Tsim. After their research in China, both both the Trinity and UIC students came to Trinity. The Trinity students are working on individual projects with the director of East Asia Studies, Stephen Field, while the UIC students working on undergraduate research with Trinity biologists.

Verbal essences
Priscilla Tovar-Perez ‘19 is spending her summer working with psychology professor Jane Childers to better understand how children learn to speak. She studies videos of children and parents speaking to each other in monolingual Spanish and English-speaking families, focusing on verb use. She then codes the interactions to see if there is a relationship between the frequency of verb use and demonstrating the verb in real-life.

Front lines of finance
Walker Lands '19, an accounting and finance major from Denver, is spending his summer working on campus as an endowment analyst intern, helping the University's endowment team ensure funds are well utilized. Guided by Trinity's director of investments, Walker is researching investment opportunities and helping allocate funds through financial analytics, data projection, and economic research. Trinity’s endowment provides financial aid to more than 90% of its students and is nationally recognized as a top quartile institution for endowment dollars per enrolled student.

Facing the music
As a summer intern in Trinity’s Arts, Letters, and Enterprise program, Ethan Jones ‘21 is working with the San Antonio Symphony's development department to help generate funds for musicians’ salaries and work space. He is also helping the organization provide opportunities for students at Title 1 schools to see performances.

Firm footing
@deltasigtrinity Congratulations to our brother Genaro on his internship at Morgan Stanley! We are so proud to have him in our DSP family

Genaro Salinas has been interning at Morgan Stanley, an investment bank, over the summer to ready him to enter into the business world. Through learning the ins and outs of one of the nation’s largest investment banks, Genaro, has gained invaluable experience working in a major firm.

Nature gets digital
Declan Kiely, ‘20, an ALE summer intern, is working with Maeve Davidson '19 and The Nature Conservancy to consolidate data regarding conservation efforts onto a company-wide digital library. This data includes measurements of the plants and animals in various sites around Texas as monitoring the growth of these populations is important for contributing towards efforts to aid in their survival. As Declan says about nature, “You can’t just let it be.”

Picking up the Artpace
Megan Allen, ‘19, is a Development Intern at Artpace, a non-profit contemporary art gallery and artist residency organization located in downtown San Antonio. Keeping the gallery running through her involvement with membership renewal and fundraising efforts, Megan hopes to increase donations and continue to expand the membership program to help facilitate Artist residency and exhibition programs for the community.

Spanish lit meets the Big Apple
This summer, Jennifer Ochoa ‘20 is working with modern languages and literature professor Debra Ochoa to draft a chapter for a book entitled "TransAtlantic Perspectives: Spanish Cultural Production in New York." Looking at various narrative texts from contemporary Spanish authors who set their work in Manhattan and Brooklyn, they hope to contribute to the fields of Spanish Cultural Studies and Urban Studies, reflecting transnational trends in contemporary Spanish narratives.

On the rocks
Katherine Jones ‘20, is working with professor of geosciences Daniel Lehrmann as well as researchers from Stanford University, University of Ferrara (Italy), and King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals (Saudi Arabia) to study the Jurassic and Cretaceous carbonates of the Gargano Promontory.  Her project specifically focuses on whether a drowning event that stopped carbonate production during the Early Cretaceous was caused by sea level rise, ocean anoxia, or other factors. In order to understand how the depositional environment changed over time, the group is taking detailed stratigraphic sections and sampling the rocks for geochemical and petrographic analyses back at Trinity.

In the books
Seven Trinity students working in the TU Press office this summer are learning more about the field of publishing. Specifically, Georgie Riggs and Reagan Herzog are learning important skills such as how to market book releases, send out pitches to companies, and how to effectively use social media to improve their brand. This summer, they have been working on a lot of things that are focused on San Antonio, such as pieces on the Tricentennial, and Trinity’s very own 150th anniversary. They’ve even attempted to get the mayor to eat tacos with the TU Press Staff!

Cultural cadet
As a cadet with the St. Mary’s Army ROTC program, Hannah Wright ‘20 was given the opportunity to participate in a Cultural Understanding and Leadership Proficiency program during the month of July. In an effort to expand her world view, she was sent to Bra┼čov, Romania to work with and learn from the Air Force Academy students. 

Invisible cities
Have you ever really seen San Antonio?  You might after Holly Gabelman ‘19 and Nico Champion ‘19 finish their summer research with associate professor of human communication & theatre Kyle Gillette on the theater phenomenon “Invisible Cities,” a series of works performed by the group Teatro Potlach. These pieces reflect the cities they are performed in. To learn about the techniques utilized to capture a city as art, and its travelers as spectators as well as performers, the two students recently journeyed to Fara in Sabina, Italy, to attend the F.L.I.P.T. festival, a workshop intensive with a performance of this work.