TrumBulletin for October 22, 2018

October 22, 2018

I hope all of you had a relaxing October Break with some extra time to sleep late, catch up with family if you went home or with friends if you stayed here or visited a friend’s family.  I also hope that you had both a chance to recover from mid-terms taken or to prepare for mid-terms to be taken depending upon how these things fell for you.

It was pretty quiet here but I did love having the chance to relax and to catch up with those of you who stuck around Trumbull and joined us in the house on Thursday evening for a break with food, Scrabble and other games going on in the dining room, cards being played at one end of the living room, studying going on at the other end of the living room and eating and chatting in the pantry and kitchen. We served some food, of course, but were also very pleasantly surprised to discover that Jeremy Sontchi who, along with some other Trumbullians – I know Jewel Moore and others were involved too – had been busy cooking in the student kitchen downstairs. They arrived with homemade pecan pie, Shephard’s pie, and two homemade pasta dishes.  It was all delicious and it all very quickly disappeared.  Thanks to that group!

It’s been awhile since I sent out this bulletin so I also want to go back in time and thank the entire TCC for the fabulous job they did putting together our fall TrumBall and running it.  Special thanks go to Student Activity Chair, Alexyss Lange. who led the entire group in planning this, overseeing it as it was set up and underway and then staying well past midnight with many other members of the TCC to clean up – leaving the courtyard spotless.  Thanks to them all (Seamus Houlihan, Sarah Wie, Benito Flores, Kat Berman, Jerry Zhou, Kuan Jiang and Josh Swerdlow, Krista Chen, PJ Tuckman, Gianna Baez, Daniel Sanchez, Bernice Zhao and Nashirra Best).   

[Alexyss wants everyone to note that three TCC members are from Tennessee (Alexyss, Jerry and Nashirra).  She is confident that this means that people from Tennessee are wonderful.]

This Friday our hard-working TCC will be at it again hosting Rumbull-in-Trumbull within our courtyard.  Join in and get your free Trum-Gear.  (See further details below.)

A separate thank you goes to our senior TCC members who have been hosting special events each month for our seniors.

Coming up this week:

Monday (today!) from 5-6:  Reception in the Trumbull House for all newly elected Phi Beta Kappa members in Yale College with special congratulations going to the new members from Trumbull:   Arjun Prakash, Simon Whiteman, Omar Ashraf, Kevin Bendesky, and Milo Brandt.

Congratulations to Caroline Borden too.  She was elected this year as a junior.

Tuesday (tomorrow!) at 4 p.m.:  Trumbull Tea with Trumbull Fellow Chris George at the house.  Chris is the Head of IRIS (Integrated Refugee and Immigrant Services for Connecticut).  He is an excellent and engaging speaker and he is passionate about his job.  He spoke to our fellows last year and we were so impressed we’ve asked him back.

His talk is entitled “Welcoming refugees:  An American Tradition Under Assault.”    Refreshments will be served at 4 and we’ll take them into the living room.

(Note:  In February there is a run in New Haven to support refugees.  We’ll be putting together a Trumbull Team and I’ll join in too.   I’ll be a slow runner for sure, but I’ll complete that run.  Being in the back of the pack is just as supportive as being in the front and this will let me make sure no Trumbullian is left behind.  If you are interested in helping me organize the team, just send me an email.) 

Trivia Night from 7:00 to 8:00 PM in the Buttery with graduate affiliates and refreshments!  You don’t need to sign up, just show up!  Come impress all your friends with your trivia know-how!

Thursday, Oct. 25: Fellows Meeting in Trumbull at which last year’s winners of the Class of 1955 summer fellowship will present on what they did with their awards.  The Fellows gather at 5:30 p.m. for a reception followed by a dinner with last year’s recipients at the House.  Our (now senior) fellowship winners will present beginning at about 7:00 p.m.  If you are a junior, are applying for the fellowship would like to hear about last years’ recipients’ adventures, feel free to come over at 7 p.m. to the house and listen to their talks.

Friday Oct. 26, 3-5 p.m.:  Rumbull-in-Trumbull in our Courtyard.  Come for food (popcorn, cotton candy, apple cider donuts), fun and games and a Pumpkin carving contest and free Trum-Gear.