By Davis King, Class of 2018 –
Written on 9/1/17 in anticipation of the beginning of the football season.

Tomorrow will be another “last first” for the fellow football seniors and I. The football team will be taking on the Redlands Bulldogs here in California, and it will be my “last first” football game as a Trinity Tiger. Recently, there have a lot of these “last firsts” in terms of my football career at Trinity, starting back in the spring when it was my final semester of participating in spring workouts and spring practice. Then it was my "last first" day of training camp on August 10th, where each player gets to be a “full-time athlete” for nearly two weeks prior to the fall semester starting each year. During these two weeks, our team eats all three meals together, practices together, lifts together, and pretty much share the exact same schedule for all hours of the day.

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Davis gets ready to pass the football during a 2016 season game. Photograph by Joshua Moczygemba.
In just 10 short weeks this season will come to a close. My four seasons as a Trinity University Football player will be completed, and I will join the many men who came before me and add the word “former” to my title. These “last firsts” will continue to occur all throughout my senior year, and up to graduation on May 12th, 2018, or 253 days from now (but who’s counting?). With each day flying by, I just want to make sure to take it all in, enjoy every minute I have together with my teammates and coaches, and appreciate all that Trinity has provided our team during my time as a Tiger.

As I enter into my fourth season, it is also the fourth season for our head coach, Jerheme Urban. Coach Urban has continued to impress me, year after year, in how he transforms our unique and diverse team of individuals into a collective group and close-knit family. A few examples include: “Real Life Thursday’s” in the spring, when Trinity football alumni come and speak to our team about a variety of topics, “Fool’s in the Pool” twice a year, where our team does a pool workout filled with competition and a belly flop contest, or even just having our team learn the Trinity University Fight Song and perform it each night during camp.

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Davis moves down the field with the ball in a 2016 season game.
This upcoming football season is a little different than the past three. Now part of a new conference, the SAA (Southern Athletic Association), we will be flying five times. In order to be ready for these new opponents, we have been fortunate to get to workout in the brand new Stumberg Sports Performance Center, a state of the art athletic facility that was just completed this summer in the William H. Bell Athletic Center. Our team also gained the edition of a new coach, Michael Clark, who joins the staff with years of experience at both the collegiate and professional level. In addition, football and other sports have also gained access to brand new locker rooms. The above mentioned changes, as well as the continued renovations to the William H. Bell Athletic Center, will continue to attract top students and athletes for years to come.

I cannot thank Dr. AndersonBob King, the many faculty and staff, and the alumni for all of the tremendous support we receive. Our team is very fortunate to have all that we do: travel opportunities, meals, two helmets, warm-ups, and more. I am so excited for the season ahead and how the program will continue to grow under Coach Urban’s direction.

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Come out and support the Trinity Tigers in the 2017 season!
Come out and support the Tigers at one of our games this season! For the class of 2018, our “last first” home game will be Saturday, September 24th, as we take on Chapman at 1:00 pm.

About Davis

Davis King is senior from Columbia, South Carolina majoring in Business Administration with a concentration in Finance, and minoring in both Economics and Sport Management. He is the Co-Chair for the Student Ambassadors, Co-President of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, University Tour Guide, Trinity Distinguished Representative, and works in the Equipment Room. He participated in Trinity’s Shanghai Summer Program in the summer of 2016, and will be participating in the Sport in London Program this upcoming winter break. The past summer Davis interned at Andeavor (formerly Tesoro Corporation) in San Antonio. He has accepted a position with Andeavor and will begin following his graduation in May 2018.

San Antonio high school students spend summer on campus taking courses, gaining real-world working experience

by Cheyenne “Cici” Garcia

Thirteen interns from San Antonio’s Upward Bound program have spent six weeks this summer on the Trinity University campus, taking courses and working in selected offices or departments. The result for these high school students has been an inside look at college life and insight into the working world.

The interns arrived on the Trinity campus with fresh perspectives and a “ready to work” mindset, and they said they will leave with newly gained abilities.

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Upward Bound students at Trinity University

Allison Payne, an intern at the KRTU 91.7 FM radio station, says, “I’ve learned so much here that I can apply to real world situations or that I can use elsewhere, such as building up my organization skills, computer skills, and networking. Being here also helps me become more diverse among my music taste.”

Ricardo Peña and Waverly Reyes, who interned in the engineering science department, agreed, “The beneficial part of this internship is that it’s challenging, it prepares us for tough challenges in other situations, and it’s definitely a learning experience.”

The interns share a motivation to get work done. For example, Raveé Mata, in the Office of Experiential Learning, and KRTU’s Payne feel that Trinity gives a “home-like feeling.” Payne says being at Trinity really gives her “a sense of belonging.”

Mata mentions that since many interns are seniors, “It makes sense that we’ve grown a certain type of love for the campus. Some of us have been here since the beginning, and some like myself, have recently joined.” It is definitely easy to understand this perspective from high school students who have gotten a feel for an actual college campus. Most of the interns agreed that the summer at Trinity and the experiences on campus will never be forgotten.

To qualify for the Upward Bound program at Trinity University, interns had to apply for specific jobs in designated areas. This year’s interns at Trinity campus and their department are:

- Ana Nunez, Information Technology Services

- Allison Payne and Ivonne Martinez, KRTU 91.7 FM radio station

- Karen Padilla and Arin Douglas, University Presbyterian Children’s Center

- Samuel De Los Santos, Department of Physics and Astronomy

- Lizeth Salazar, Student Involvement

- Raveé Mata, Office of Experiential Learning

- Waverly Reyes and Ricardo Peña, Department of Engineering Science

- Diana Long, Study Abroad

- Samantha Martinez, Office of Career Services

- Cheyenne “Cici” Garcia, Office of University Marketing and Communications

Additionally, other Upward Bound interns worked off Trinity campus, including Rosario Moreno and Laura Filerio, who were at the Law Office of Diane Martinez; and Alexis Mata, who was at a dental office.

Text provided by Cheyenne “Cici” Garcia of San Antonio, a senior at McCollum high school and student to the Upward Bound program at Trinity University. She was a summer intern in the Office of University Marketing and Communications. She observes, “As interns, we received an inside look in some of the offices of the University, going places we’ve never ventured before, and in return, gaining a variety of skills that can be applied elsewhere. Trinity has given us something to remember as interns, and as students we will keep learning and working not only for its benefit but for ours.”

By Grace Cline –

A little less than a year ago, I started my first year of college at Trinity University. Prior to starting college, many people gave me advice about what to expect and while most of the advice was good, I still don’t think I was fully prepared for what my first year would bring.

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Grace Cline proudly stands next to the Trinity University sign on upper campus.
One of the biggest things I struggled with this year was finding my place. During my first semester, I had trouble finding friends and discovering clubs and people to hang out with. I feel like this aspect of college life isn’t talked about enough to future students. All people ever said to me about college was that it would be the best time of my life. And yes, it has been an amazing time but that comes when you find where you belong, and that is often very hard to do at first.

The first week that I arrived at Trinity was New Student Orientation week. This means that I arrived on campus and moved all of my stuff into my dorm, met my suite mates and roommate, and then spent a week doing a variety of icebreakers to get to know the people around me. I’m normally not one for icebreakers but I really enjoyed NSO because everyone was on the looking to make new friends. It wasn’t like most group activities where everyone has an established cohort of friends already.

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Grace poses with her decorations in her first-year dorm room.
During the first week of freshman year, nobody really had a friend group and everybody seemed like fair game to strike up a friendship with. That being said, after my first week of college, I was convinced that I had set up my friend group already with these 4 or 5 girls that I met during NSO. For the first few weeks or so, we’d all sit together at meals and text each other but that group of friends lasted less than a month. Don’t get me wrong, they were all very nice people, and we still are friendly but we were all still trying to find our “people” and we banded together at first. By the end of the first month that first group of friends had grown apart and it seemed like everyone around me had at least one person whom they could trust and hang out with while I still felt like all I had were acquaintances.

This doesn’t mean my first semester was bad. It was incredibly good; it was mostly good, in fact. In my first semester, I rediscovered my passion for choir, performed in a talent show solo, joined several clubs, met new people, and fell absolutely in love with my classes along with a slew of other experiences. My first year of college had its highs and lows – the rest of my college career will probably be like this as well. There was a time last semester when I was so overwhelmed by my 17 hours of classes and midterms that I rode home on a bus in tears and was absolutely convinced that college wasn’t for me.

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Grace performs in the Talent Show.
But through all of these things, I have come to know and accept myself better. All of those really stressful moments from college this year passed and overall I had the most amazing first year of college ever.

My advice to any incoming freshman is this: fitting in can be hard at first, it’s like that at any new place and it can be difficult when you add in the added effects of homesickness and newfound independence. The best way to combat the feelings of loneliness during your first few months at college is to join clubs and find people that make you feel special, you may grow apart from these first friends but you will find those that last as well.

You can read more from Grace in her personal blog Coming Out of The Exodus.

About Grace

Grace Cline is a rising sophomore originally from San Antonio majoring in Psychology and Religion. She is co-president of the Jewish Student Association, a member of PRIDE, and a team member on the newly formed Trinity Rock Climbing Team. Grace is an intern for Hillel San Antonio and works as a Trinity tour guide. In her free time, Grace enjoys rock climbing, running, playing guitar, and writing for her personal blog.
By Inka Sklodowska Boehm –

The college search process can be a nerve-wracking one but it’s important to remember that there are people here to help guide you along the way, both literally and figuratively. Tour guides are an excellent source of information, which can quell the fears you might have during your hunt for the perfect school. We also happen to be incredibly funny and really, really ridiculously good looking.

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Zoolander references aside, here are 8 questions to ask your Tour Guide to get the most out of your campus visit.

1. What opportunities are there for students in *insert your field of interest here*?
The campus tour is all about figuring out how you would thrive at Trinity. Therefore, ask all the questions you want about research, internship, class, and club opportunities relating to what you are most interested in. There’s no reason to be shy about what you’re passionate about from computer science to cheese rolling. Even if your tour guide isn’t involved in neuroscience or the acapella group, chances are she will know people who are and will be able to tell you relevant anecdotal information.

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2. What’s your favorite memory or tradition on campus?
Anyone can look online and find the statistical information given on our tours. What makes a campus visit unique is the ability to hear individual perspectives on the real student experience. The more stories you hear, the better picture you get. Plus, you get to feed our egos by letting us talk about ourselves.

3. What were your favorite and least favorite classes?
I was just recently asked this question on one of my tours and it surprised me that no one had asked this before. We are current students so we can offer plenty of advice, from how to deal with academic stress to what professors are the crème de la crème.

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4. What are the relationships with professors like?
Related to the previous question, if you’re going to invest time and money into a university, you should know how the professors and students interact. At Trinity, we pride ourselves on how involved our faculty is, so you can be sure any response to this question will have at least one anecdote about our fantastic faculty and staff.

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5. How involved are students off-campus?
Having access to a city as big as San Antonio is a great perk of attending Trinity. The city has a lot to offer and while there’s plenty to do on campus, it’s important to know if and how students engage with their community outside of the university. If you’re worried about getting trapped in the campus bubble, ask this question.

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6. Where would you recommend going in San Antonio?
You now have an insider guide on where to go and what to do after your tour. Asking where we like to eat off campus gives you some excellent culinary options that are often inexpensive as well. If you’re pressed for time and can’t explore for yourself, this question can introduce you to the endless possibilities our captivating city has to offer.

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7. What is the most underrated aspect of Trinity?
Like I said before, asking questions on individual perspectives helps paint a picture of real life at the university. You may learn something about the campus or university as a whole that most visitors might never have the opportunity to learn.

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8. Why did you choose Trinity? 
The final recommended question, of course, allows you to get yet another insight into the type of university you’ve just walked around and hopefully better understand what you’re looking for in your future college home and what’s important to you. Finding the school that’s right for you is a daunting task, and your tour guide only wants to help. We’ve all been in your shoes before and each have anecdotes and advice we are more than happy to share with you. The main reason we chose to become tour guides is to share our love of our school with you in the hopes that you’ll see it how we do.

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Despite my apparent flaw of quoting Zoolander all the time, I’ve found a second home at Trinity, and I hope you will, as well.

About Inka

Inka Sklodowska Boehm is a rising senior from St. Louis, Missouri majoring in Political Science. She is a member of Alpha Phi Omega, Trinity University Players, Trinity Distinguished Representatives and works as a tour guide and an orientation team leader. This past semester she studied abroad in Strasbourg, France, where she studied French and interned at the Council of Europe. In her free time she enjoys kayaking, reading true crime novels, and finding her next slice of pizza. 
By Hunter Sosby –

When I heard that Ron Nirenberg was running for mayor, I was beyond excited. I was already familiar with Ron – last summer I had the opportunity to work as an intern for the Esperanza Peace and Justice Center looking at San Antonio city policy, and I got to see his love of the city firsthand while he was a councilman. I loved his vision for the city and soon found out he was a Trinity graduate. It felt great to see him dedicating himself to our city. That dedication grew in early December when Nirenberg announced that he was running for mayor of San Antonio.

Trinity juniors Danielle Trevino and Hunter Sosby show their support for then mayoral candidate Ron Nirenberg during the June runoff election.

Lots of students – including myself – followed his campaign and looked forward to being able to see a Trinity graduate at the head of our city. At Trinity’s mayoral debate in March, there was a great energy and huge show of support from our community. That excitement remained in June, when on June 10, after a fierce runoff election, Ron was elected mayor of San Antonio.

The crowd at the Arneson River Theatre for the inauguration of Mayor Ron Nirenberg and the city council.
I was lucky to have the opportunity to attend the inauguration of Mayor Nirenberg and the newly elected City Council members. When my friend Danielle, a fellow Trinity student and a San Antonio native, and I arrived at the event we immediately ran into two more friends of ours from Trinity. Once the four of us sat down, braving the heat and sun in the back row of the outdoor Arneson River Theatre, some Trinity staff members that we knew ran into us and joined our party. Our Trinity corner was ready to cheer on our new mayor!

Left: Ron Nirenberg giving his first speech as Mayor of San Antonio. Right: Mayor Nirenberg with Trinity students Andy Acevedo '18 and Madeline Kennedy '19 at San Antonio Pride, curtesy of Trinity University Instagram.

Throughout the evening Ron received multiple standing ovations and some especially loud cheers from his Trinity family. It was incredible to see the support he garnered from all across the city and how many people were so clearly inspired by the message he sent. His speech followed a round of hard-to-beat impassioned and exciting speeches from the new council members, and what I saw that evening was a leader who cares deeply about the future of his city and everyone in it. I’m so proud to know that Trinity shares in Mayor Nirenberg’s vision for a city that welcomes and works for all, and I’m looking forward to what the next two years have in store for this #CityOnTheRise.

About Hunter

Hunter Sosby is a rising junior from Wimberley, Texas majoring in Political Science and Communication with a minor in Spanish. He is a member of the Symphonic Wind Ensemble, Alpha Phi Omega, PRIDE, Trinity Distinguished Representatives, and works as a Tour Guide. This summer, he is researching free speech and civil liberties in San Antonio. In his free time he loves to travel and hike, is always down to see a good musical, and enjoys exploring San Antonio.