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Chelsea Rodríguez

An oral history interview of Chelsea Rodriguez conducted by Peyton Tvrdy that discusses the perspective of an English major and Education minor student on experiential learning. Topics of discussion include programs such as The Mellon Initiative for humanities research. Chelsea discusses the importance of experiential learning in teaching teamwork, social skills, handling rejection, and professionalism. As for the future of experiential learning on campus, Chelsea wants more experiential learning activities for English majors, more awareness of experiential opportunities on campus, and a focus on degree exploration.

  

Zachary Acevedo

An oral history interview of Zachary Acevedo conducted by Peyton Tvrdy and Jonathan Chapman that discusses the perspective of a Pre-Medical student on experiential learning. Topics of discussion include programs such as The Plunge, Summer Laboratory Research, Lab Assisting, and Physician Shadowing. Zach discusses the importance of experiential learning in teaching presentation skills, technical skills, and applicable knowledge. As for the future of experiential learning on campus, Zach wants more experiential learning activities for medical students.

  

 

Kristina Reinis

In this oral history interview, Kristina Reinis, a senior Art and English double major, discusses her interdisciplinary research on John Donne through the Mellon Summer Undergraduate Fellowship, her internships with Ruiz-Healy and Blue Star Contemporary, her experience being an writer and anchor for TigerTV, co-founding the Mock Trial Club, and her participation in The Mini, a student-lead art exhibition.

  

 

Brian Guerrero

In this interview, senior Engineering Science Major Brian Guerrero talks about his experiences as an undergrad at Trinity. He talks about the benefits of experiential learning and how it helped him choose a career path.

  

  

  

Adam Toler

An oral history interview of Adam Toler conducted by Peyton Tvrdy that discusses the perspective of a pre-medical track, religion major, chemistry minor student on experiential learning. Topics of discussion include programs such as The Plunge, the Mellon Initiative for humanities research, previous experience in STEM research, and shadowing doctors. Adam discusses the importance of experiential learning in teaching teamwork, professionalism, and conflict management. As for the future of experiential learning on campus, Adam desires more interaction with the local community and service based learning.

  

 

FACULTY

Danny Anderson

An oral history interview of Dr. Danny Anderson conducted by Jonathan Chapman and Peyton Tvrdy that highlights the President's perspective on experiential education. Topics include study abroad, internships, service learning, Arts Letters and Enterprises (ALE), and the advantages of the University, including its location and multiculturalism.

 

 

 

Jacob Tingle

In this oral history interview, Dr. Jacob Tingle, a Trinity alumnus and the Director of Experiential Learning at Trinity, discusses how Trinity is incorporating experiential learning into its curricula, the importance of reflection in the learning process, the value of experiential learning in career development, integrating experiential learning into his classes, and the effects of his time as a referee for Trinity's intramural program.

  

 

Diana Young

In this interview, Assistant Business Analytics and Technology Professor, Diana Young, talks about the benefits of experiential learning. She mentions how there are a spectrum of techniques that can be used to reflect this and how not all of them are perfect. She also mentions how there is a great deal of unknown when experiential learning techniques are being used, but students are expected to use the basic skills and knowledge that they possess in order to move forward. She also talks about how there is a greater emphasis on experiential learning as opposed to other schools she has taught at such as University of Incarnate Word and University of Texas at San Antonio.

 

Dennis Ahlburg

Former Trinity University president, Dr. Dennis Ahlburg, discusses the history of Experiential Learning at Trinity and his role in its implementation in the 2014 Strategic Plan. In addition to a tool used in classrooms, Ahlburg also elaborates on its value in the job market as well as in the greater San Antonio community.

 

  

 

Rita Kosnik

An oral history interview of Dr. Rita Kosnik conducted by Jonathan Chapman discussing Dr. Kosnik's incorporation of Experiential Learning techniques in the classroom. Topics include the importance of Experiential Learning in the student experience, reactions by fellow faculty members, and Experiential Learning in the job application process.

  

 

 

Don Van Eynde

This interview with former Trinity professor, Don Van Eynde, will make your day. The passion he and enthusiasm he has for experiential learning is truly inspirational. Not only does he provide valuable insight into the benefits and effectiveness of experiential learning at Trinity, but he also provides very detailed stories about his time teaching students in Alaska as well in the classroom.

 

 

Chad Spigel

An oral history interview of Dr. Chad Spigel conducted by Peyton Tvrdy that showcases the Director of the Mellon Initiative for Undergraduate Research's perspective on experiential education. Topics include experiential fieldwork, student success, benefits and perspective of faculty mentors, and the future of the Mellon program.

  

  

 

Dominic Morais

In this interview Sports Management Professor Dominic Morais discusses his take on experiential learning and the effects it has on all involved. He discusses the implementation of DISC profiles into his class lectures and how that helps students identify who are they are and how they fit in with team members. A brief description of semester projects conducted in his class are also mentioned and how they add to student success. He also discusses his time as a student at Vanderbilt University, as well as the University of Texas, and the advantage Trinity holds over schools similar to them.

  

 

Richard Butler

An oral history interview of Dr. Richard Butler conducted by Peyton Tvrdy that discusses the perspective as an Alumni Engagement Coordinator, former chair of the University Curriculum Council, former chair of the General Education, former chair of the Economics Department, former President of Trinity's Phi Beta Kappa chapter, former chair and then dean of the Business Department, among many other roles. Topics of discussion include Common Curriculum, internships, classwork, and service learning.

  

 

ALUMNI

Tahlar Rowe

In this oral history interview, alumni Tahlar Rowe discusses being an intern for the Magik Theater, being President of Trinity's Black Student Union, and learning through service as a member of HOPE Hall.  

     

   

 

Jacob Tingle

In this oral history interview, Dr. Jacob Tingle, a Trinity alumnus and the Director of Experiential Learning at Trinity, discusses how Trinity is incorporating experiential learning into its curricula, the importance of reflection in the learning process, the value of experiential learning in career development, integrating experiential learning into his classes, and the effects of his time as a referee for Trinity's intramural program.

  

 

Mary Heathcott

An oral history interview of Ms. Mary Heathcott conducted by Peyton Tvrdy that features the opinion of both an alumnus and an employer of Trinity students. Topics include Blue Star Contemporary art museum, experiential education in the workplace, work environment for interns, internships she experienced, study abroad, TUVAC, and the skills gained through experiential education.

  

 

Jerheme Urban

Jerheme Urban serves a unique role at Trinity University. Aside from being the head football coach, which also makes him an employer, he is also a Trinity University alumni. In this interview Coach Urban talks about the role experiential learning plays in his office space as well as the benefits of experiential learning at Trinity. He also talks about his time at Trinity and how that led to his current position. He also mentions how the presence of experiential learning has shaped the dynamic of the players on the team.

   

   

Brad Little

Brad Little describes teaching his peers in history classes, publishing and recording through his communication classes, going into the field in geology and oceanography classes, volunteering. He also discusses the importance of experiential learning in hiring decisions, and employee's success at Capgemini.

     

   

 

EMPLOYERS

Mike Owens

This interview with Mike Owens, VP  of Logistics Sourcing at Dell,  provides insight on how experiential learning is used in his office. He talks about recent hires at Dell who have all some experience with experiential learning. He goes on to elaborate how there's no cookie cutter approach to experiential learning and how Trinity students are proof of that.

   

   

 

Brad Little

Brad Little describes teaching his peers in history classes, publishing and recording through his communication classes, going into the field in geology and oceanography classes, volunteering. He also discusses the importance of experiential learning in hiring decisions, and employee's success at Capgemini.

     

   

   

Mary Heathcott

An oral history interview of Ms. Mary Heathcott conducted by Peyton Tvrdy that features the opinion of both an alumnus and an employer of Trinity students. Topics include Blue Star Contemporary art museum, experiential education in the workplace, work environment for interns, internships she experienced, study abroad, TUVAC, and the skills gained through experiential education.

  

 

Jerheme Urban

Jerheme Urban serves a unique role at Trinity University. Aside from being the head football coach, which also makes him an employer, he is also a Trinity University alumni. In this interview Coach Urban talks about the role experiential learning plays in his office space as well as the benefits of experiential learning at Trinity. He also talks about his time at Trinity and how that led to his current position. He also mentions how the presence of experiential learning has shaped the dynamic of the players on the team.