By Katie Middleton –

This past summer Kassie Kelly ‘18 worked in the Office of State Representative Diego Bernal as a legislative intern here in her hometown of San Antonio. While she had a few usual office tasks that interns are familiar with she really enjoyed working with constituent services with her goal being to “maintain consistent and helpful relations with the community,” a community in which Trinity, belonging to district 123, is a part of. Many of these duties involved relationships with the community of Representative Bernal’s district here in San Antonio such as attending and presenting information at neighborhood association meetings and senior center meetings, to “be a kind of link between these meetings and the Rep and being there for the constituents if they had any questions,” as well as answering phone calls and helping constituents who came into the office.

Kassie Kelly, Diego Bernal, ALE, Internship
Kelly updates Representative Bernal on her constituent services experiences.
The first few weeks of her internship fell just after the end of session in May and due to the timing she was tasked with manning the district office. Kelly believes that this time forced her to come to an understanding of the office quickly and gave her the opportunity to work on her own problem solving skills thinking fast on her feet. This experience allowed her to learn the ropes of the office and reinforced Kelly’s ability to be resourceful and problem solve. One of her favorite aspects of the internship was being able to help solve the problems that constituents came to her with, giving her some of her most rewarding memories of her internship, “Finally finding that good fit for [the constituent] and knowing that their issue was resolved and that I was a small part in making that happen was very rewarding.”

A music and political science double major with a minor in Arts, Letters and Enterprise, Kelly found her internship through ALE and took the opportunity to see what being an elected official is really like. The internship also helped to open her eyes to an option she had not previously considered: social work. Through her work in community relations she was able to speak with many different people with various backgrounds and learn their stories. Even the staff of the office is varied in background and in how they came to work for Representative Bernal. “Everyone has had really interesting experiences; some of which I’m interested in pursuing like social work … I was able to learn from other people and was able to understand myself and my goals better as a result,” she said of her time in the office.

Kassie Kelly, ALE, Internship, Diego Bernal
Kelly and the other office intern go over their day's tasks.
Kelly is continuing to explore her interest in politics while she studies abroad in London this semester, taking three political science courses regarding the use of media in the realm of U.K. politics, health as a human right, and the Brexit vote and its repercussions. Excited to experience another country’s political system and get a sense of their perspective first hand, Kelly’s courses abroad have already reinforced the importance of the skills she learned this summer in her internship, saying, “my Brexit class culminates in mock negotiations, where we will become the U.K. and E.U. politicians negotiating the terms of Britain’s exit … my communication skills garnered from my internship will come in handy as I essentially become a diplomat for the class. I get to try my hand at being a politician and speak on concrete policy that's actually being discussed”

Diego Bernal Office, Kassie Kelly Internship, ALE
The office entrance in the unsuspecting shopping center across from North Star Mall.
Still working out where her career after Trinity will take her, Kelly says that her internship with the Office of State Representative Diego Bernal helped her to “get an idea of what being an elected official entails and determining if I could see myself going into that realm of politics,” but even now, “It’s still too early to tell.” Although not totally sold on a career as a politician herself, she had this to say of her time working for Representative Bernal and in the office:

“Knowing that there are still good people out there in politics representing the city of San Antonio is inspiring and gives me hope that maybe one day I could do the same thing. I am very proud to have worked for Representative Bernal.”
By Katie Middleton –

This past summer the Roman World Lab, a pioneering joint operation between Trinity’s Classical Studies and Religion departments led by professors Tim O’Sullivan and Ruben Dupertuis, made its debut with a summer research project focused on Second Century Transformations. Funded by the Mellon Initiative, students Curtis Whitacre ‘18, Caroline Kerley ‘18, and Andrew Tao ‘20 made up the summer student research team. The eventual goal of the lab is to create an open access website full of student contributions and this summer the students worked on individual projects to create content for the website. Once built, this website will provide undergraduate students and other interested readers with accessible resources at various levels to aid in understanding the Roman world through a plethora of research and scholarship materials gathered and created by undergraduate students.

Roman World Lab, Mellon, Summer Research 2017
Summer Roman World Lab meets to discuss sources.
Left to right: Andrew Tao '20, Ruben Dupertuis, Caroline Kerley '18, Tim O'Sullivan, Curtis Whitacre '18.
This summer in Trinity’s first ever humanities lab, the students for the most part created their own schedules around weekly team meetings with professors, meeting one-on-one with the professors or other students when they had questions or needed to bounce around ideas. The idea of being responsible for their own schedule and maintaining the discipline to hold themselves accountable to their research schedule was an important skill that the students were able to hone this summer that will be helpful in further research as well as outside of academia. Along with working on discipline there were other new facts of life to accustom themselves when spending so much time in research; “You have to accept the fact that there’s always more,” Whitacre said of the way one source tended to lead to at least a few more to add to his reading list.

Whitacre researched the scholarship on the Gospel of Peter, specifically researching precedents for the walking and talking cross, and Kerley worked on comparing the Gospel of Peter and the canonical gospels, exploring ways in which scholars’ understanding of the relationship between these texts has shifted in recent years. “People are starting to see it as less of a fantastical story … so we're doing work to help push for a more contextual understanding of this important text,” said Whitacre on their interest in the Gospel of Peter.

Roman World Lab, Mellon, Summer Research 2017
Whitacre shares an interesting illustration with the others.
Sophomore researcher Tao instead spent his summer in close reading of the second century text by Apuleius, The Golden Ass, working to create an intermediate level commentary to the Latin to be used as a student resource in its translation. In comparison to the other two projects, Tao had this to say of his work this summer, “It’s not so much reading as it is looking at the Latin and thinking about it and making judgement calls about what to include and what’s important for an intermediate level Latin student.” All three students created a final presentation on their individual projects for the Summer Research Symposium; Kerley and Tao chose to make posters to participate in the poster session and Whitacre wrote and presented a paper.

Roman World Lab, Mellon, Summer Research 2017
Tao goes over a few lines of the The Golden Ass with Whitacre and Dr. O'Sullivan.
The Roman World Lab continues this year during the semesters and is offered as a one-credit upper division course and will hopefully soon become a staple in Trinity course offerings. Tao, a Classical Languages major and Linguistics minor, is continuing his work on the Latin commentary this fall semester in the lab and along with four new students is starting on new projects and on the website as well. This summer’s work was the first step in realizing a long time desire of the two professors and involving students in the research process and creation of these materials has always been intrinsic in the plan. As Kerley explained, “We as students are uniquely qualified to make this information relevant and accessible to other students,” and the project has been designed with the intention of creating resources expressly accessible to students and any other interested persons.

Roman World Lab, Mellon, Summer Research 2017
The lab members discuss ideas and expectations for the next week of research.
Though Kerley and Whitacre were not able to continue with the lab this semester due to scheduling conflicts it is clear that this summer Mellon research experience was invaluable to all the students involved, giving them research experience at an undergraduate level that will influence their careers and choices after Trinity and for the rest of their time as an undergraduate although that time is admittedly short for the two seniors. “This is where I want to be in the future and to be able to have this experience is amazing,” said Whitacre explaining how his summer research experience worked to confirm his desire to pursue a graduate degree in classical studies after receiving his bachelor’s degree in classical languages from Trinity in May of 2018, “I like what I’m seeing so I know I’m on the right path.” As for Kerley, this research experience has built self discipline that she will need when she will pursue a Master of Arts in Teaching degree from Trinity after she graduates this spring with a degree in Ancient Mediterranean Studies.

Students who are interested in applying to participate in the Roman World Lab should contact one of the two faculty heading the group: Ruben Dupertuis or Tim O'Sullivan.

Check out Curtis Whitacre’s post for the Trinity Perspective Blog from this summer for more information about his summer research experience in the Roman World Lab: Second Century Transformations.
By Katie Middleton –

When it comes to searching for internships there are many ways to find them. At Trinity we are lucky to have the Center for Experiential Learning and Career Success where the staff is happy to help students find interesting and beneficial internships and other experiential learning opportunities. There is also good old Google where if you’re savvy enough, you may just find your own dream internship like Althea Hesson ‘18 did this past summer.

Now a senior communication major with minors in economics and new media, last spring Hesson faced the pressure all upperclassmen feel to go out and get some ‘real world’ experience. She decided to give a Google search a try and, as a music lover and interested in digital media, thought to see what Austin City Limits had to offer in terms of internships. Lo and behold, a quick Google search and a few page clicks later, she found a summer internship application to work as an ACL summer intern.

Althea Hesson, ACL, summer internship
Hesson by the Austin City Limits stage before a taping. Photo courtesy of Hesson.
Hesson applied and a few months later was living in Austin for the summer - she had gotten the internship! Once on the job, she split her time between working in the office working with the ACL social media accounts and working with producers on the show. While the social media work such as content creation and scheduling posts was what she had originally thought she would be doing most of the time, the real thrill for Hesson ended up coming from working at tapings and then even training to be a production assistant.

As her interest in production began to realize itself, Hesson was able to shadow producers and work the ACL TV tapings in addition to her office duties. With these variable daily tasks, she was able to be involved in a little bit of everything at ACL. “I’d never know when I’d get to the office what I’d be doing on a taping day,” she said of her work days. Though long taping days, usually around 15 hours long, were tough but “extremely fun,” and made worth it by the kind of ‘work family’ environment of the ACL staff. In fact, she enjoyed these taping days so much she worked three tapings in the three days leading up to the start of classes this semester.

Althea Hesson, summer internship, ACL
Hesson poses for photobooth photos with other ACL interns at a taping. Image courtesy of Hesson.
Coming back to school Hesson is rethinking her career path after her experiences at ACL. Her time at ACL exposed her first hand to the experience of being part of production and while she originally wanted to be more behind the screen online, she now faces some tough decisions, saying, “I might never have thought of working in the music industry, or of being a production assistant, if it hadn’t been for this internship.”
By Katie Middleton –

After conducting research in philosophy in the summer of 2016, Daniel Conrad decided to pursue an internship off campus for his next summer experiential learning opportunity. In the spring semester of his junior year he was looking for internships that would explore his other passions aside from philosophy and he found the Trinity Arts, Letters & Enterprise summer internship program. Through this program he landed an internship at the Rivard Report, a relatively new and recently turned nonprofit online news source for San Antonio started in 2012, where he did not get as far from philosophy as you might think.

Daniel Conrad, Mason Stark, Rivard Report, Summer Internship, ALE
Conrad shows his supervisor and Trinity alum Mason Stark a sticker design he created.
Here Conrad acted as the Business & Development Intern where he worked to help maintain membership with outreach emails and letters to members as well as create his own content in graphic design for social media advertising to help promote events and boost posts. In his work with the nonprofit’s social media he helped to create a Rivard Report Membership group on Facebook to help facilitate interaction with members and find out what matters to them in their city. “It helps bring people in and feel connected to the Rivard Report and also helps us have a pulse on what people care about,” he said of the new group page. Along with his daily creative tasks, Conrad also had to learn industry grade programs to help understand the needs of the rapidly growing news organization.

Daniel Conrad, Rivard Report, Summer Internship, ALE
Group photo of the Rivard Report Staff from this summer with Daniel in the mid-left. Spot a few more Trinity grads! Source: Josh Huskin for the Rivard Report.
As a previous staff member and now editor-in-chief of the Trinitonian, the student-edited campus newspaper, Conrad was no stranger to the editorial in and outs of the smaller scale newspaper at the beginning of the summer but it was a new experience to work in a digital news source serving an entire city; “It was great to see not only the editorial work being done here but also the advertising and business development side.” Conrad plans to use these experiences at the Rivard Report in his time as editor of the Trinitonian and help his staff with new tasks by having familiarized himself with industry tools and by using marketing to “find what people care about,” and “tap into what people value,” in their reporting.

A philosophy major, Conrad see his time at the Rivard Report as reinforcement for his belief that philosophy and journalism are connected as they are both “all about asking the right questions.” This year as he works on his senior philosophy honors thesis, his experiences at the Trinitonian and the Rivard Report weigh in on his tough choice between pursuing a graduate degree in philosophy or going into journalism. As he works out his options he has this advice for students looking for experiential learning opportunities: “Be open minded about how [your] class learning can be applied elsewhere,” and, “[it’s] always better to have over prepared with potential opportunities to further yourself as well as your learning and your career… [it’s] better to have to say no to opportunities than to have no opportunities.”

Daniel Conrad, Rivard Report, ALE, Summer Internship, biking
Conrad discusses how the bike friendly office encouraged him to commute downtown by bike for his internship and explore downtown San Antonio in a new way.
In addition to enjoying his time at the Rivard Report and the bike ride commute, it is clear to see that Conrad gained some valuable experience at his internship at the Rivard Report, saying this of his time there: “It’s a very good environment for facing challenges.”
By Katie Middleton –

From Albuquerque, New Mexico, Nina Nevill came to Trinity University knowing that she wanted to conduct undergraduate research. In fact, the opportunities Trinity presents for individual, one-on-one undergraduate research was one of the main reasons Nevill chose Trinity. Having declared a history major as well as two minors her sophomore year, Nevill also took her history capstone class - something that history majors usually take in their junior or senior year as it is a tough, semester long individual research project resulting in a thirty-five page research paper. This summer Nevill got her chance to join her capstone professor Carey Latimore in summer research funded through the Mellon Initiative.

Nina Nevill, Summer Research, History, Carey Latimore, Library, books, 2019
Nevill picks out research materials from the stacks in Coates Library.
In her research this summer Nevill worked with Professor Latimore in his research for a book about the greater Civil Rights era in San Antonio with a goal to “record the stories of a diverse group of people [and] to achieve a comprehensive understanding of what the Civil Rights era was like in this city for the African American community.” In addition to collecting government documents and newspaper articles from the era, Nevill and Professor Latimore conducted just over a dozen interviews with people that were living in San Antonio in the civil rights era to record these stories. One of the most challenging parts of this research this summer, according to Nevill, was compiling a diverse list of persons to interview, “to gain a comprehensive understanding of the time period, without neglecting any angle or side of the story that might exist,” as well as the challenges that come along with the advanced age of their interview subjects.

In tandem with the challenges that organizing these interviews present, some of Nevill’s favorite memories of the summer come from her interactions with the same subjects such as an interview with a ninety-five year-old WWII Veteran with “an incredibly sharp memory” who shared his experience overseas with her and Professor Latimore during the interview. Recalling this interview and others, “I feel privileged and honored to be able to record his story, knowing that future researchers will be able to use it to contribute to their projects the same way that these interviews are contributing to ours,” she said. Along with the long term goal of Professor Latimore’s book, a majority of the interviews conducted will be publically released for use in future research.

Nina Nevill, Research, History, 2019
Nevill works her way through materials on San Antonio history.
With two more years left in her undergraduate career, Nevill will be continuing her research with Professor Latimore this fall semester and next spring as an independent study. Together with her history major, she is also working toward a minors in both political science and African American studies and was pleased to find herself involved in research that fit so well with her declared academic interests and is hoping to gain “a greater understanding of some of the first hand experiences and struggles [that I study] in my African American studies classes that I wouldn’t get from textbooks.”

“There’s something special about working one-on-one with a professor; how they structure their work, how they efficiently get through the material, the types of questions they ask,” she said of her time with Professor Latimore. This fall semester Nevill is working on a project that looks at how African Americans talk about race which she will be presenting at a conference. With a long term goal of a career in academia, or perhaps in the FBI, this research with Professor Latimore has been, and will continue to be, a great source of motivation for Nevill to pursue a graduate degree in history after she earns her bachelor’s. “Working towards a book is like running a marathon whereas regular in-class research projects are like sprinting,” says Nevill of her research experiences so far; Best of luck to Nina on what I would then call the ‘triathlon to the PhD'.
By Katie Middleton –

When Deliasofia Zacarias '18 came to Trinity University she knew that she wanted to pursue art but was torn because she also felt pressure to pursue a degree that was more traditional and safe. She found a compromise sophomore year by choosing to double major; she kept her passion for creating with a Studio Art major and satisfied her need for applied skills with a Business Administration major. This summer Delia was able to follow both of her interests into an internship at Blue Star Contemporary through the Arts, Letters and Enterprise program.

Located on the San Antonio River Walk in the Blue Star Complex, Blue Star Contemporary (BSC) is a non-profit art gallery “that aims to inspire the creative genius in us all by nurturing artists through innovative contemporary art.” They display the work of local, national, and international artists, as well as select four Bexar County artists to participate in the Blue Star Contemporary Berlin Residency. Working as the PR and Communications intern at the gallery has given Zacarias a great look into the day to day administrative tasks and the relationship between galleries and artists. Starting in late May a few weeks out from a new exhibit opening, she jumped head first into her internship at the gallery and prepared graphic design work for promotional materials all the while working to learn the language between visitors, press, and board members.

Deliasofia Zacarias, Blue Star Contemporary, Art, Internship, ALE
Zacarias at work in the Blue Star Contemporary office.
Along with the promotional materials, Zacarias worked to create the rack cards for each exhibition in the gallery and write ups of the artists' works on the BSC website. Through these tasks she has enjoyed challenging herself to look beyond first glance and really study the piece, "to try to explain and describe the artwork in a way that gives it justice." While her internship at BSC helped to challenge her to become more articulate about contemporary art, her time there also allowed her to think about her own artwork; "I'll incorporate what I learned [from the artists at BSC] into how I go about exploring my own artistic process," she said.

Zacarias is thankful for this summer of first hand experience in the local art industry and the administration of galleries as well as the diligence and organization it takes to run a small non-profit. This summer she learned more about both the administrative aspects of art and the business side of being an artist as her internship provided many opportunities to interact with the artists on a deeper level than attending a large lecture and build relationships and networking opportunities.

Deliasofia Zacarias, Blue Star Contemporary, Internship, ALE, Art
Zacarias at the entrance of the gallery space.
With these experiences under her belt, Zacarias now has a better idea of how she's going to take on the art industry after graduation describing her plans as "hopeful but realistic." She plans on continuing work in a gallery or in a museum while pursuing a master's degree and then "come back knocking on doors as an artist," after working to establish herself in the administrative side of the industry. A hardworking and committed student, it is clear that Zacarias is on her way to a bright future in the art industry and she encourages others who may be interested in pursuing an artistic passion to keep at it; "If you want to be an artist there are multiple ways to get there."