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Trinity’s Top Stories of 2019

Friday, December 27, 2019
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Revisit the most-read stories of the University’s 150th year

by Molly Mohr Bruni

This past year has been a historic one for Trinity—the University celebrated its 150th Anniversary alongside other milestones, such as reclaiming the top spot in the West, hitting a record-breaking number of applications, and bringing back Coleen Grissom as dean of students. Revisit 10 of the most-read stories of 2019.

Grissom to Return as Dean of Students

The University announced on the first of April that beloved English professor and longtime administrator Coleen Grissom would return as dean of students. “I’m back like a plague,” Grissom said excitedly.

Trinity Receives Record-Breaking Number of Applications

In February, Trinity announced that for the fourth year in a row, a record-breaking number of students had applied for admission to Trinity for Fall 2019. Eric Maloof, vice president for Enrollment Management, estimated Trinity would receive 9,800 applications in total, dropping the admission rate to 29 percent—the lowest in University history.

Primed for Success

Husband and wife team Reagan ’08 and Sada ’06 Lewis have built a multimillion dollar book publishing company through Amazon. With product lines that include planners and gratitude journals, the duo has multiple books that have hit Amazon’s Top 100 Books lists. 

Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education Ranks Trinity Among Nation’s Best Colleges

In February, the Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education ranked Trinity as the No. 37 liberal arts institution and the No. 100 college in the nation.

Trinity Celebrates 150 Years

For 150 years, Trinity has transformed challenge into boundless opportunity. In celebration of the University’s 150th Anniversary, look back at Trinity’s three moves through three different cities and relive some of the greatest risks the institution has taken. 

Trinity Poet and English Professor Named Fulbright Scholar

English professor and past Texas poet laureate Jenny Browne will travel to Northern Ireland this January as a Fulbright recipient to write and teach at Queen’s University Belfast. She will also spend her time abroad working on her fifth poetry collection, Until the Sea Once More Closes Over Us

A Rising Star

Starjjil Renale Shelvin ’19 goes by “Star” around Trinity’s campus—a stand-out name, fitting for a stand-out person. Hit by family tragedy as a teen, the student-athlete leaned on his ambition, work ethic, and drive toward excellence to not only graduate from Trinity last May, but also walk into a job at Dell headquarters.

Fresh Off the Block

From engineering at Google to social media at Whataburger, Trinity seniors lined up jobs, internships, and post-grad opportunities in May.

My Memories of Trinity University

Margaret Abbas Dimaline ’44, a 95-year-old alumna, reflected on her time in Waxahachie, the Pearl Harbor bombing, and how mice in the dorms saved her from hazing.

Meet the Five Stumberg Finalists

Five student entrepreneur teams made it past the 2019 Stumberg Venture Competition preliminaries in March, with products ranging from motorcycle turn signal projection to a digital kids’ comic platform.

Molly Mohr Bruni is the managing editor for Trinity's Office of Strategic Communications and Marketing. She can be reached at mmohr [at] trinity.edu.