The 8T1 Strachan Hall Fund

April 2013

Re: Donations Past and Present

Dear Class of 8T1:

For our 30th reunion in May 2011, our class gave a generous donation of over $11,000 to the College. We are very happy to report that our dollars were well spent through the Provost’s Excellence Fund!

The Fund has provided support to students for 12 projects so far:

  • Psychology research – Harvard
  • CCR2P Conference
  • World Debating Championships
  • Health Studies Exchange (Can Roots)
  • Women in Politics research – Boston)
  • Poetry publication
  • CIDA research –South Africa
  • UN Internship – Cologne
  • TRN 304Y ICM – Amsterdam
  • Edmonton Conference
  • G8 Research Group – Chicago
  • Students for International Development – Peru

Contributions ranged from $250 to $3800. More details are available, but here is a bit of a flavour, with a few excerpts from the reports:

“In February 2012, Professor Theresa Miedema (9T6) accompanied six students enrolled in Trinity College’s Ethics, Society and Law to the Netherlands to participate in an Internationalized Course Module (ICM). …The ICM centred on two key themes: how Amsterdam is responding to increased ethnic diversity and international institutional responses to atrocity. The group visited the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, where they were able to attend a hearing, and the International Court in the Hague.  They met with a range of people on their trip, including: the Deputy Prosecutor for the ICTY…a city official…Dutch students…and Famile Arslan, the first lawyer in the Netherlands to wear the hijab…both the academic dimension and the social aspect of the ICM were a great success.”

“The Provost’s Excellence Fund helped to cover some of the expenses for two students to travel to Manila, Philippines to participate in the World University Debating Championships.  Without this funding they would not have been able to take part in this prestigious event.”

“I used the funds to help pay for my travel to South Africa... [T]he funds essentially allowed me to work on a clinical trial which tested whether or not an antiviral pill that you took every day could prevent HIV infection. It allowed me to get on the ground research experience in a developing country as an undergrad. The ADAPT study is a phase II clinical trial…As the data manager for a trial site in Khayelitsha, a slum outside of Cape Town, I coordinated a range of data clerks, nurses and physicians to ensure that the data leaving our site was of high quality…the results of the trial may be used to expand Truvada’s FDA approval…”

But that was then and this is now.  Normally we wouldn’t discuss donations until the next reunion, but the College has launched a new campaign to refurbish Strachan Hall and the College kitchens. The students have put in an incredible $300,000 of their own money towards the project. We would like to suggest that the class pull together to purchase an 8T1 table in Strachan Hall, i.e. a table that will have a Class of 8T1 plaque affixed to both sides, and a dining room chair with a plaque to be dedicated to a person of importance to our class. We ask you to both donate and to offer suggestions as to whose name should be on the chair plaque.

The cost of the table is $5000 and a chair is $1000. This is no doubt far less than the damage our class inflicted on these same tables and chairs (and glasses, plates, cutlery etc) as a result of numerous poorings-out and several Episkopon dinners. We have already gathered $3700 toward this goal.  If you would like to contribute to a permanent place for 8T1 at the heart of Trinity, (where we can always go to rest our weary soles), please click here to give online or here to print a donations form and mail it in.

We encourage you to consider a donation of $250, $500 or $750, but any and all contributions are very welcome. The College will, of course, issue a tax receipt.

Both the online and print donations forms have a spot for you to make suggestions for the dedication of a chair, (or maybe two??) in honour of others.

Please respond before we get lost in the rest of your email and to dos. We need your reply within 10 days, ie April 29.

It’s nice to be able to give back to a place we all know and love.

Please let us know if you have any questions.  We hope you will give generously and look forward to seeing your suggestions for people we can honour – will it be a provost, a dean, a prof or some yet unremarked but remarkable person?? We will let you know the results.

Looking forward to hearing from you and, of course, seeing you at our next reunion, our 35th!, to take place in May 2016.  Please plan to be there, knowing your place is reserved.

Warm regards,

Helen (Protopapas) Robson Chris Matthews        

8T1 Class Reps


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See below for more information on the Strachan Hall Project ...


Trinity College has embarked on the restoration of the historic Strachan Hall and a renovation of the kitchen and servery. At a cost of nearly $4 million, this is the largest capital project in the college’s history since the opening of the magnificent John W. Graham Library.

The Strachan Hall kitchen and its equipment have not been upgraded in well over three decades, but have now been transformed through a complete renovation with the much needed addition of state-of-the-art food preparation equipment. 

The Strachan Hall dining room has had a full restoration, returning the hall to its original splendor. The restoration included cleaning the trussed roof, restoring the chandeliers, and cleaning the 17th-century Flemish tapestry. The room has not been altered and every measure has been taken to preserve the historic features, art, and architecture of the dining hall.

This project has preserved the traditions and the fond memories that are shared by all of our alumni while dramatically improving the quality of the student experience at Trinity College. 

You will receive a tax receipt for the full amount of your gift.