Dear Members of the Trinity Community:
As we start the new academic year, I want to extend my welcome to new and returning members of the College community.
A year ago, I was installed at Matriculation Convocation and experienced my first of many beloved Trinity traditions. Since then, together, we have accomplished a lot as a community: we’ve celebrated together, engaged in thought provoking discussions, honoured the Class of 2015 for their accomplishments, welcomed back 450 alumni and friends at Spring Reunion, and paid tribute to several faculty and staff members on their retirement.
To our faculty and staff, I thank you for your commitment to the College and for your unwavering dedication to our students.
To our returning students: your energy, passion and devotion to your studies, to your peers and to the greater community are truly admirable. Your contributions to the College, the University and beyond are a tribute to the continuing vitality of our Trinity tradition of producing great leaders.
For our new students, this is the start of your life-long association with us, one that will be filled with lasting memories, honoured traditions and remarkable milestones. The transition to university can be filled with many emotions and questions. If you need any help, please don’t hesitate – ask a College staff or faculty member for advice, or connect with a peer, classmate or one of our fabulous student leaders.
I believe our responsibility to you – our students – is to enhance your post-secondary experience in every way possible. We are working hard at this in so many areas. These include developing the Margaret MacMillan Trinity One program streams, introducing our new internship programs in Immunology and in Aboriginal People and Development, and increasing the opportunities for Trinity alumni and students to connect with one another. Trinity’s Chancellor Bill Graham has also generously committed an additional $2 million to help establish a Chair in Contemporary International History to support our International Relations Program. In addition, the recent $1 million gift from Trinity alumni Charles Baillie ’62 and Marilyn Baillie ’65 will provide even more support to enable students to focus less on income-earning and more on fully engaging in everything the College has to offer.
Recently, we published the results of our Student Experience Survey, the first of its kind for the College. It yielded fascinating insights and helped us understand how we can begin to make an already excellent Trinity experience even better. We will be focusing our energies on what matters most to our students so you thrive here at Trinity and in your future endeavours. Developing and supporting the whole person is a key part of the Trinity experience and as we move forward, I look forward to working with all of you to ensure that the Trinity experience is the absolute best it can be.
And I wanted to thank the entire Trinity community for making my first year here nothing short of amazing. I hope we all have a chance to meet as the school year progresses. Until then, I wish you the very best.
Provost and Vice- Chancellor
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