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Founded in Hartford, Connecticut, in 1823, Trinity College (www.trincoll.edu) is an independent, nonsectarian liberal arts college with more than 2,200 students from 44 states and 62 countries. It is home to the eighth-oldest chapter of Phi Beta Kappa in the U... more.
Union's former dean of students, Fred Alford, is currently the dean of students at Trinity and was one of the few influential members of the Committee and the campus community to assist in implementing these changes.
Alford came to Union in 1987 as an assistant dean of students, and he was promoted to dean of students in 1993. In 2003, Alford accepted a position as the dean of students at Trinity. Alford helped in spearheading several social and residential life changes at Union, including the creation of a new alcohol policy in 2001 and a new housing system plan, known at the time as the "House System," which eventually developed into the current Minerva Program. In 2003, The Chronicle noted that Alford was proud of the plans laid out for the House System, which would permit Union to take over several Greek houses, transform them into residential theme houses, and move the Greeks to different locations on campus. According to The Chronicle, in May of 2003, then President of Union Roger Hull noted, "In Union's creation of a new social and residential life system, Fred also has been a leading force. Alford left Union in 2003 before the House System took full effect. According to the Concordiensis, nearly $20 million was poured into renovating seven houses for the eventual Minerva Program, which kicked off in the fall term of 2004. In November, Hartford's Courant described Alford's justification for Trinity's modifications to social and Greek life: "Alford said administrators were concerned last year about a spike in the number of students taken to the hospital for drinking- and drug-related problems. The Courant reports that Alford believes the new changes seek to uphold the constructive characteristics of Trinity's Greek life while quelling "behavior that is of concern. However, many Greeks on Trinity's campus are now faced with obstacles that include the loss of a national charter due to the coed mandate. Certain sororities, such as Kappa Kappa Gamma, will lose their national charters if they begin accepting men. Alford is optimistic that the reforms "will change the culture of selective organizations by making them co-ed and raising academic and civic expectations." The social policies also contain plans for a new House System at Trinity that shares many similarities with the House System that was established at Union when Alford was Dean. In January of 2003, Alford submitted an article to the Concordiensis regarding his support of the underlying plans of the House System at Union. Alford explained that Union's system "has the potential to redefine the social hierarchy to put all students on a more equal footing and to bring faculty and students a significant measure of 'collegium.'" Furthermore, Alford noted, "It would ensure that all students would have access to one of the best residential and social spaces on campus and money to support social and cultural programs. One would not need to be invited or initiated; neither would one need to participate if he or she did not want." At Trinity, first year seminars will be held in a student's respective house; similarly, many Union students take their first year preceptorial class in their respective Minerva houses. In regards to the resemblances between Trinity and Union's housing systems, Alford remarked, "Two very good colleges wanted to be better and felt that aspects of their social climate were one dimensional and not contributing what they could to the intellectual life of the campus. Alford noted that it's "hard to know exactly" the composition of students who support and reject the new reforms. "The voices of the aggrieved tend to be more shrill and supporters nod quietly from a remove," Alford said. "While I have repressed some of it, my recollection was that the same was true at Union," he added. Looking to the future and the outcome of new reforms such as the House System, Alford noted that Union is "in a better position to predict this than I am because you can see how the House System has evolved over ten years." In 1998, Union created a committee known as "U2K" comprised of students, faculty, alumni and Alford to discuss plans to reform Union's Greek life and develop a new House System.
Trinity Dean of Students Frederick Alford said the College will do everything it can to end the racism.
"We too are looking for ways that we can better educate students about these issues, but also raise their consciousness about how painful they are," Alford said.
In a message to students, Trinity Dean Frederick Alford said, "We have learned that the young man, who has no affiliation with Trinity, had left a message at his home indicating that he was distraught and signaling his plans to commit a robbery and end his life."
Trinity Dean Frederick Alford said counseling is being offered to students.
Frederick Alford, dean of students at Trinity College, said leaving messages on the phones in students' rooms in residence halls is of minimal value."You can't count on that the way you could even four years ago," Alford said, noting that almost every student now has a cellular phone.Like other schools, Trinity depends on its resident assistants to disseminate information in a pinch, while Southern Connecticut State University relies on the old-fashioned public announcement system, among other methods.Southern equips university police cars with public address systems and has hand-held bullhorns ready for emergencies."Sometimes you just need the old town crier approach," Alford said.