Starting in September, the University will live-stream a range of events to promote Tiger Pride
by Susie P. Gonzalez
At Trinity University, nothing says “Tiger Pride” like being able to be on campus even when you can’t physically be on campus – a result that can be achieved through live-streaming events ranging from athletic competitions to lectures.
Starting Friday, Sept. 4, Trinity will launch the Tiger Network to provide Internet access to sporting events and academic or guest lectures for alumni, parents, friends of the University and others unable to be present.
The Network will meet an objective of the University’s strategic plan, Trinity Tomorrow, to raise the profile and visibility of the campus by increasing alumni engagement and reaching a broader external community.
“This is another opportunity to provide a valuable service and to promote the reputation of Trinity University as the place to Discover-Grow-Become and enjoy the process,” said Chuck White, vice president for Information Resources, Communications, and Marketing.
The Network will begin by streaming sporting events; the first events will be the all home soccer matches as well as tennis and others to be announced. Access to the Network will be through live.trinity.edu and will feature multiple camera angles and an announcer. The high-definition system will allow not only commentary but also replays and conversations in real time.
“The creation and distribution of video content has changed dramatically since YouTube and the many highly specialized channels that have characterized cable television,” White added. “Combine those changes with the ways in which video content is distributed online, and you have a low threshold for entry to create new video networks. Out of this new world we are creating the Trinity Network.”
Plans call for the Network to evolve by streaming educational content such as lectures. Each streamed activity may feature University branded “commercials” and messages and an archive of previous events, said Michelle Bartonico, director of University Communications and Marketing. “We hope that the high quality of the Network will lend itself to both increased pride from our alumni base and elevated prestige as Trinity continues to provide resources to the Trinity and larger community that reflect a high caliber.”
Joshua Moczygemba, sports marketing coordinator at Trinity, has been functioning as the executive producer of the Network by assembling a team of camera technicians, announcers, and computer operators. He said he continues to accept applications from students who want to participate.
“I would like this to be a valuable, engaging broadcast experience for students,” Moczygemba said. “In time, this could be a viable student-run initiative with input from staff and faculty. We have the technology to make this happen.”
In recent years, Trinity’s Department of Athletics used a single computer laptop and one camera to broadcast select events. Expanding to a pool of trained, paid students and volunteers would enable Trinity to turn the Network into “a top notch programming opportunity,” Moczygemba said. “It would exemplify our core message that Trinity is a small school with big school resources.”
For Athletics, the Network will showcase student athletes and coaches in a personal way. As programming evolves, educational events will give an insider’s look of the campus to prospective students and their families and to friends and relatives of student athletes and performers. It also will help alumni feel they are connected to their alma mater, Moczygemba said.
Tune in to live.trinity.edu at 6 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 4, for the premier Tiger Network broadcast of Trinity Men’s and Women’s Soccer.
Susie P. Gonzalez, director of public and media relations, can be reached at susie.gonzalez [at] trinity.edu or @susiegonz.