Gratia Trahan '05
B.A. French (studio art minor); Bay City, Mich.
Dean's List; Phi Society; Who's Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities; French Department - Fellow, Tutor; Mortar Board - Vice President; Canterbury Club - President; Omicron Delta Kappa (National Leadership Honor Society); Committee of Students - President; Alpha Chi Omega Sorority - Philanthropy Chair, Chaplain; Relay for Life - Survivorship Committee Chair; Blank Canvas Art Club - Secretary; St. Luke's Episcopal Church - Lay Eucharist Minister, Lector; Lilly Internship; Denison Language Lab - Student Tutor; Art Show - La Raison d'Etre.; Summer Scholar Award; Senior Honors Project; Athletic Center - Facilities Worker; Library Advisory Committee
Supporting comments: "Gratia has held two leadership positions with Alpha Chi Omega, providing her sisters an opportunity to be involved with community service through the New Beginnings shelter and inspiring the women in her sorority as AXO's Chaplain. Part of the reason she has been willing to assume leadership positions, to be sure, is her temperament--she's endowed with deserved self-assurance, she sees ways in which things can be moved forward and improved, she has significant experience, and she simply likes to see things get done. But another part of it, a part that doesn't leap off her CV, is Gratia's strong religious impulses. By that, I don't just mean that she's the President of the Canterbury Club, that she's the recipient of a Lilly Internship, that she's considering the ministry as a career--all that is obvious enough. What I DO mean by it is that I sense in her a drive (and I'll use her words from our conversations) 'to bring things alive for people.' I take those words to suggest her need to resist the demeaning, the deadening, and the dismissive that sap the worth of lives around her. That drive, that need, is non-denominational, to be sure, but I would argue that it's profoundly religious."