Class Marshal and Alumni Sponsors Selected for the Class of 2017

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Jun. 13, 2013

Class Marshal and Alumni Sponsors Selected for the Class of 2017

Faculty and alumni provide support, unity, and mentoring for the incoming class

By Josephine Cortez Ayala '15

SAN ANTONIO - Trinity University has selected the Class Marshal and Alumni Sponsors for the class of 2017 to guide the incoming students through their college careers by sharing their professional outlook.  Steve Bachrach, the Semmes Distinguished Professor of Chemistry and assistant vice president for Academic Affairs, will serve as Class Marshal, while John Collins '79, former Marine colonel, and his wife Darcy Collins '79, a retired teacher, have been chosen as the Alumni Sponsors.

Bachrach, originally from Lincolnwood, Ill., received a bachelor's degree, graduating cum laude with distinction, from the University of Illinois-Urbana and a doctorate from the University of California-Berkeley in 1985. He held a post-doctoral fellowship at Los Alamos National Laboratory. As a premier researcher in computational organic chemistry, Bachrach has written more than 120 academic publications, including a book, Computational Organic Chemistry. At Trinity, he teaches general chemistry, organic chemistry, physical chemistry, and a first-year seminar on such topics as "water policy in the west." At the administrative level, Bachrach is responsible for special projects in the Office of Faculty and Student Affairs, serving as the University's Title IX compliance officer, chairing the Crisis Management Team, and as a member of the Enterprise Risk Management team. 

John and Darcy Collins were married in Parker Chapel two weeks after graduating in 1979. Both hold a bachelor's degree in education. He also holds a master's of strategic studies and postgraduate diplomas in defense acquisition/program management, homeland security and emergency management. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps for 28 years and was a Marine aviator qualified in multiple military aircraft. He currently is a consultant for ICF International, supporting projects in energy, emergency response planning, and defense. Darcy holds a Texas Teacher Certificate and taught preschool before the couple's two sons and daughter were born, one of whom is a 2007 Trinity graduate. She also worked and volunteered in local schools throughout travels with John while he was an active Marine.


In their role as Alumni Sponsors, the Collinses will present the image of successful Trinity graduates, offer a consistent presence for students, and serve as a resource for the San Antonio community and off-campus issues.

Current Class Marshal and alumni mentors include:

2016: Class Marshal Kimberlyn Montford, associate professor of music, and Alumni Sponsor Jim Boelens '76.

2015: Class Marshal Kyle Gillette, assistant professor of human communication and theatre, and Alumni Sponsor Jennifer Dewar '02.

2014: Class Marshal Rita Urquijo-Ruiz, associate professor of Spanish, and Alumni Sponsor Geary Reamey '70.

Josephine Cortez Ayala, a junior at Trinity University, works in the Office of University Communications and is pursuing a double major in psychology and communication.