History Prof In The News

509th In Rockford Memorial Day Parade

Dr. Steve Fratt, chair of the History department at Trinity, was featured on WIFR TV this week as he marched in the Rockford Memorial Day parade with the 509th Parachute Infantry Battalion Historical Reenactment Group.

The group “strives to accurately present the history and culture of the World War II era airborne soldiers of the 509th Parachute Infantry Battalion, through educational programs, living history events, and public ceremonies.”

Dr. Fratt is an expert in military history and tactics. He conducts wargames on campus throughout the year and actively participate in battle reenactments across the country.

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Going to be in the Honors Program?

If you’re considering being in the Honors Program at Trinity this fall, here are some things you need to know:

  1. If you are eligible for the honors program, you will be invited to the honors retreat, which is Friday August 20th – noon on Saturday, August 21st. Invitations are going out starting the first week in June and continuing throughout the summer. By committing to attend the retreat, you are also committing to participate in the honors program.
  2. When you register for classes, make sure to sign up for an honors course. Those will be clearly denoted with an “H” after the course number. For example, Honors Critical Thinking and Writing is “EGN 111H.” Registration opens online the week of June 15th.

$19,083.67 Raised to Build Wells in Uganda

Trinity students raised $19,083.67 to build wells in Uganda.

On Friday, April 30, SGA President Jesse Flanagan and University President Dr. Craig Williford presented Hands of Hope a check for $19,083.67 from the Trinity student body to build wells with clean drinking water for Ugandan school children. The fundraiser was organized and conducted by undergrad students from TIU.

About Trinity’s Ugandan Well Initiative

from Trinity Magazine, Spring 2010 issue
During the fall semester, Trinity students took part in a number of events over three weeks to raise money for clean water in Uganda. TIU’s Uganda Well Initiative was an effort by a number of students to raise the $12,000 needed to dig a well in Ruhaama, a village in southwest Uganda, which can provide water for up to 10,000 people. In this rural area, many children spend substantial portions of their day transporting water from rivers miles away; this well, to be built at a school, will also open up education opportunities for these children.

The kickoff event on September 22 pitted students against Dr. Williford in a battle of the Water Wits; they answered questions about clean water to avoid being hit with water balloons. Subsequent events included: miniature golf throughout Rolfing Memorial Library with holes designed by students; a community barbeque fundraiser; lemonade stands at home football games; a game of “bigger and better” that ended with the sale of whatever teams brought back; and a FAT worship and prayer night dedicated to the cause.

The students raised $18,000 in three weeks; since they were already halfway toward funding another well, they continued to raise money through April, and raise a total of $19,083.67 to date. The initiative was a part of Schools for Schools: Uganda, a division of Hands of Hope in Barrington, Illinois.