Trinity President to take message to Latin America

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Sharon Jones Schweitzer '75
Apr. 30, 2012

Trinity President to take message to Latin America

Dennis Ahlburg to visit alumni, parents, prospective students, and college guidance counselors in an effort to strengthen the University's ties to Latin America.

SAN ANTONIO -Trinity University President Dennis A. Ahlburg will travel to Latin America in late May to broaden and deepen the University's commitment to this region. Ahlburg, along with a small delegation of faculty and administrators, will visit with alumni, parents, prospective students, and college guidance counselors in Ecuador, Colombia, and Honduras.

Trinity's enrollment of students from Latin America has grown substantially over the last 10 years, as has interest in the region by other students. Currently 70 students hail from Latin America and  30 percent of all Trinity students who study abroad do so in Latin America and Spain.

The University leverages its proximity to Latin America to provide students with unique experiential and learning opportunities and to forge relationships with scholars and institutions in Latin America. Trinity also enjoys a critical mass of faculty with expertise and research programs  in Latin America and Spain, which undergird one of the University's premier academic initiatives, Mexico, the Americas, and Spain (MAS). "These strategic advantages make Trinity the signature undergraduate venue for any student with an interest in the Spanish-speaking world," said Ahlburg.

Trinity's MAS initiative serves both the University and the larger communities of San Antonio and South Texas by enriching coursework in the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences through field trips, internships, guest lectures, special events, and a variety of other activities. The initiative integrates the classroom and student life, builds bridges between San Antonio and South Texas and across borders between Texas and Mexico, the U.S. and Latin America, and the Americas and Spain.

During the tour, Ahlburg will highlight the activities and contributions of MAS and tour several schools to meet with prospective students, their families, and college counselors. The president will also host alumni and parents of current students at receptions along each stop of the tour. Traveling with President Ahlburg are Aaron Navarro, an associate professor of history,  scholar of 20th century Mexican politics, and author of Political Intelligence and the Creation of Modern Mexico, 1938-1954; Eric Maloof, Trinity's director of International Admissions, and Juan Perez, an admissions counselor and native of Quito, Ecuador.

Dennis A. Ahlburg, Ph.D., Trinity University's 18th president, is an internationally respected economist.   Ahlburg holds a distinguished record of research and teaching and has an impressive career as a transformational academic administrator.  He is also an international authority on the impact of population growth on development and on the economics of higher education. Prior to his arrival at Trinity, Ahlburg enjoyed a 25-year career as a professor of human resources and academic administrator at the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota and most recently served as the dean of the Leeds School of Business at the University of Colorado at Boulder.

The Mexico, Americas, and Spain (MAS) program draws extensively on the rich Hispanic culture and resources of San Antonio as well as Trinity's proximity to Mexico and Latin America. MAS provides students from all majors a continuum of experiences throughout the undergraduate years that includes internships in Spain and research opportunities in a variety of Latin American countries. Supported by a critical mass of more than 30 faculty across the spectrum of disciplines who can teach in Spanish, this unique program seeks to train future leaders for involvement in the MAS world and provides students with unparalleled opportunities for engagement with the language, life, and culture of Mexico, the Americas, and Spain.

Trinity University is a nationally recognized liberal arts and sciences institution noted for its exceptional faculty and commitment to the comprehensive preparation of its talented student body. It is a learning community that has charted its course with a steadfast commitment to excellence since it was founded in 1869.