The inaugural issue of IMPACT: Scholarship, Creativity, & Community Engagement features physics professor Dennis Ugolini's work on the LIGO gravitational waves discovery, as well as stories about Trinity's partnership with San Antonio's Advanced Learning Academy and housing and urban development projects on the East Side. In addition to updates on grants and awards, IMPACT showcases a sampling research and creative work done from June 2015 - May 2016 by Tiger faculty and staff.
I, like many of my fellow Trinity graduates, consider myself a lifelong learner. A penchant for reading anything and everything was instilled in me at an early age: I was the kid who would read the cereal box from front to back at the breakfast table, or the full usage instructions on the bottle of shampoo in the shower. I am sure that at some point, my parents thought, "Come on kid, just eat the cereal and wash your hair." But I blame them for this insatiable craving to digest more and more words; legend has it, my dad would read science fiction out loud to me while I was still in my mommy's tummy.
Fast forward 30 years, and I'm still reading anything and everything. But I'm doing so quite differently.
As an English major at Trinity, I was introduced to reading in new ways. I was encouraged to not only read—to really read, interpret, and understand—what was there, but also what wasn't. My professors charged me to think about reading in the context of politics, culture, society, background, and perspective. They challenged my "creative" discoveries and supported my rampant curiosity. They made me a better reader, a better writer, a better learner. And learning in this way has changed my life.
I, like many of my fellow Trinity graduates, am not the only one who has been changed. Through the pages of this inaugural issue of IMPACT magazine, you will meet faculty and staff members from all disciplines across campus who have engaged students—and each other—in research, creativity, and community service. To many students, these dedicated Tigers aren't just teachers, they're mentors, role models, and friends. There is no doubt in my mind that they deserve all of the recognition they are given: According to U.S. News & World Report, Trinity is #1 in the West for undergraduate research and teaching; according to the Wall Street Journal, our faculty are No. 6 in the nation. In the nation!
Reader, I hope you enjoy this first issue of IMPACT: Scholarship, Creativity, & Community Engagement; while not an exhaustive list, it showcases a sampling of the works our faculty and staff do for Trinity and our community. A huge shoutout goes to the editorial board and advisory committee for making this endeavor a success! Have fun exploring what our inquisitive and innovative faculty and staff bring to Trinityís campus and beyond. They, too, are lifelong learners—and aren't we lucky that they've instilled the same in us all.
Jeanna Goodrich Balreira '08