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By Brian Sobotko '16

February 6, 2014

Trinity to create ‘Director of Urban Educational Initiatives’ position

Trinity College has received a two-year, $200,000 grant from the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving to create the position of Director of Urban Educational Initiatives. The grant will allow the College to strengthen partnerships with K-12 public schools in the Greater Hartford area. The new director will also develop new partnerships, invigorate educational opportunities and work to increase access to higher education for students in urban areas.

“Trinity College is a valuable community partner in the effort to make certain all of our region’s children have the opportunity to succeed,” said Linda J. Kelly, president of the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving. “The grant will help to ensure that the College can continue to deepen and broaden its partnerships in urban education, and assist local students in their efforts to be college and career ready.”

The new director will have faculty status and teach a class at Trinity. Associate Academic Dean Melanie Stein said, “Filling this new leadership position will ensure that partnerships between the College and local schools best serve the children of Hartford, as well as Trinity students and faculty. The director will ultimately optimize the College’s efforts to invigorate and strengthen education throughout our community.”

Bates student tapped for Australian Olympic ski team

Bates junior Emily Bamford has been selected to join the Australian Olympic alpine ski team. Growing up in Australia, Bamford was a nationally ranked junior skier. She competed on the Bates alpine ski team in 2012 and 2013 but took this year off to train for the Olympics.

“She made a big decision last summer, and it has worked well for everybody,” her coach Rogan Connell said, “I think it’s just awesome. Not many people get to represent their country at the Olympics.”

Connell notes that Bamford will be one of multiple olympic skiers representing Bates’s ski conference, the Eastern Intercollegiate Ski Assosciation in Sochi.

“It’s pretty cool to see,” he said. “It just proves that we compete at an extremely high level.”

Bamford will compete in the giant slalom event on Feb. 11 and the slalom event on Feb. 14.

The NESCAC will also be represented by skier Simeon Hamilton, a 2009 graduate of Middlebury; hockey player Reagan Carey, a 2001 Colby alumnus; and ski coach Forest Carey, a 2000 Middlebury graduate.

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