Hopefully you’re aware that 2019 marks Trinity University’s 150th anniversary. From our humble beginning in 1869, we’ve grown from a small campus in Tehuacana, Texas, to an internationally-recognized institution in an amazing, culturally diverse major city. As the co-chairs, or cheerleaders-in-chief, we are excited to share with you some of what’s planned for calendar year 2019 and to highlight how YOUR student organization, academic unit or campus department can be part of the event.
- Calendar Year
First, let’s be sure you know the that the celebration starts Jan. 1 and ends in December — it’s a calendar year celebration, not an academic year.
In 2019, we are asking our community to shape this anniversary year by joining in and commemorating the year, elevating annual events to have special 150th “flair” or elements and creating new events or creations for this special milestone year in Trinity’s history.
We have had two 150th Planning Workshops and are holding the final one on Sept. 18 at 4 p.m. in the Tehuacana Room. Come learn how to get involved and about planning and promotional support the 150th Committee, Student Program Board, Student Government Association, Strategic Communications and Marketing and others have stepped up to provide. You can also learn about how to access the $250 seed grants we are providing for for events/creations and the proposal form. We will distribute these until we run out! It’s important to note that we have a deadline for a print calendar of Sept. 28. While there will be electronic calendars and lots of other media and PR for events, now’s the time to get your event scheduled for inclusion in that calendar which will be included with the IMPACT magazine.
We are enthusiastic about the responses from so many in our community thus far, including contributions such as a Choral Reunion, an exhibit and art walks from Art and Art History, a special Trinity Night Out with TUPD, an Anniversary Garden from students in Environmental Studies, a new Trinity Black Alumni Reunion — and that’s just a very small sample.
- Kick-Off Event
Soon you’ll be hearing more about the Kick-Off event on Feb. 1, 2019 — we can only provide a teaser here — but we want to give a HUGE shout out to the amazing committee co-chaired by Esther Kim and Scott Brown that has been working all summer to plan an afternoon of service followed by a big campus celebration!
As Trinity alumni and faculty, we are especially proud to help the Trinity community find ways to Commemorate, Elevate, or Create events for the 150th anniversary. We are eager to engage students, staff, faculty, alumni, families, San Antonians and also friends and collaborators far and wide. As Trinitonians, 2019 is going to be an amazing time for us to look back and to think about what the next 150 years might look like and your involvement is key. Let us use our Wonder Twin powers to get your planning started and help you think about how to be a part of this anniversary! Please reach out to us or anyone on the 150th Committee.
That’s it for now — we will provide an update later in the fall and are saving more to reveal as we get closer to January.