Morse Fellows

Morse College is a vibrant community. We would love to count you among us. The Fellows meet a few times per semester at the Head of College’s house, to interact with friends from all parts of the University and from the broader community. Many play the role of Advisor for a student or two. We extend invitations to student functions such as performances and college-wide social events, welcome participation at intramural sports, provide dining privileges in the college at lunch or dinner, all so you can meet with students, faculty and friends. Please join us - we welcome you!

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Veronica Maria Tomasic

Ph.D., J.D.

Biography

Veronica Tomasic received her Ph.D. in American Studies from Yale in 2001. She graduated from Quinnipiac School of Law that same year. As a graduate student at Yale, she TA’d in the English, African American Studies, Film Studies, and (what was then known as) Women’s Studies departments. She also taught English 115A. Professor Tomasic was a Marcia Brady Tucker Fellow at the Yale Art Gallery. Her doctoral dissertation was titled, “Representations of the Inner Life in an Age of Transition: The Work of Edward Hopper, Richard Wright, Jacob Lawrence, James Agee, Walker Evans, and select Hollywood Filmmakers.”

After graduating from law school, she worked as a law clerk for New Haven Superior Court judges. She now practices community law, representing children, the elderly, and mentally ill clients through local probate courts.

Since graduate school she has continued her scholarly work, writing on end-of-life issues in the law and as they are represented in literature, painting and film.

Interests:

Prof. Tomasic is married to Morse associate fellow, composer Ingram Marshall. They have a son, Clem, who is a general surgery resident in California. She loves gardens, parks, and public spaces. She speaks Italian.

She also focuses on Bioethics, in particular end-of-life issues, painting and literature, balancing work and motherhood,law school experience, working as an attorney, and can be helpful to any applying to law school and medical school.

Offers assistance in:

Advising and mentoring for upperclassmen, Career advising, Serving as a reader for students preparing CVs and job or fellowship applications

Bill Tower

Corporate CEO & Director

Biography

Bill Tower is a business leader and consultant in consumer goods.

Interests:

Mr. Tower is also a volunteer consultant for new businesses/start ups.

Offers assistance in:

Advising and mentoring for upperclassmen, Career advising
Business advice

Donn Trenner

Musical Director, Conductor, and Arranger

Biography

Donn Trenner is an Emmy Nominated musical director, conductor, arranger that came up in the ranks of early bebop pianists playing with the likes of Charlie Parker, Stan Getz, Oscar Pettiford, Charles Mingus, and Ben Webster, appearing on over 100 jazz albums from 1950 onward. During the Big Band era he played with Ted Fio Rito, Buddy Morrow, Charlie Barnett and Tommy Dorsey. While with the Les Brown Orchestra, he worked with Bob Hope for seven years as his personal accompanist and occasional music director, participating in six of the Bob Hope International Christmas tours.

As an accompanist, he has worked with such artists as Lena Horne, Anita O’Day, Vicki Carr, Dick Haymes, Jose Feliciano, Jack Jones, Frances Faye, Nelson Riddle, Paul Broadnax, Rita Moreno, Nancy Wilson, Ann-Margret, and Shirley MacLaine.

A much sought after musical director, Donn Trenner appeared nightly on the famed “Steve Allen Show,” leading the Donn Trenner Orchestra.  He was also Ann-Margret’s musical director for 18 years. He worked extensively touring with Shirley MacLaine which led to an Emmy Award nomination for music direction, arranging and conducting the television special, “Gypsy In My soul,” and in 1977, a three-hour television special from the Kennedy Center on the eve of Jimmy Carter’s Inauguration. As musical director for Nancy Wilson he conducted many International orchestras and performed in television specials for Swedish Broadcasting, German broadcasting and the BBC, and in 1978, again at the Kennedy Center, he was the musical director for the “Happy Birthday Bob” show honoring Hope’s 75th birthday.

In 1996, he moved back to the East Coast where he now makes his home in Guilford, Connecticut. Weekly you can hear him leading The Hartford Jazz Orchestra, a role he took on in 2000 upon the death of acclaimed arranger and bandleader Chic Cicchetti.

 

Angus Trumble

Director of the National Portrait Gallery of Australia in Canberra

Biography

Angus Trumble was born and educated in Melbourne, Australia. From 1987 to 1991 he was aide-de-camp to the Governor of the state of Victoria. He was a 1994-95 Fulbright Scholar at New York University’s Institute of Fine Arts. From 1996 to 2001 he was curator of European art at the Art Gallery of South Australia in Adelaide. From 2003 to 2014 he was senior curator of paintings and sculpture at the Yale Center for British Art. He was lately appointed first director of the National Portrait Gallery of Australia, a newly constituted cultural institution in the “parliamentary triangle” of Canberra, the federal capital of Australia.

Interests:

Mr. Trumble is interested in history of art, history of the nineteenth-century British empire. history of Australasia, colonial literature, art, music, cinema and the fine art of perfume.

Offers assistance in:

Career advising

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