Here is a tip of the hat to honorary Student Affairs staff member Penelope Harley, who is also the wife of President Dennis Ahlburg. Ms. Harley has opened up the President's home -- or "castle" as she calls it -- to many groups for a multitude of events in her first six months at Trinity. She, Dennis, and their son, Benjamin have been very intentional about literally and symbolically creating community for the campus at 150 Oakmont.
Recently, she and the President hosted two groups from Fiscal Affairs to recognize their good work and to introduce new VP Mark Detterick. It was really more like a party than a reception. It is pretty amazing how one English woman can transform a backyard fiesta. In a scene reminiscent of the Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs party scene, Penelope took turns dancing with different members of both staffs while a Physical Plant-led Zydeco band rocked the house. She is shown, above, with Physical Plant Director John Greene. We are lucky to have her here, and luckier yet that Mr. Greene rarely dances in public.
At the same event, new University Police Chief, Paul Chapa, presented Rev. Stephen Nickle with a Police Chaplain's badge - number 100 - for his support of the chief and the department. This was really kind of touching and a nice honor for the good Reverend. We are lucky to have these gentlemen here too.