Alumna of the Year and Others Honored - Dr. Mary Lynn Colosimo
Wednesday, 16 June 2010
Before moving to the psychology department, Dr. Mary Lynn Colosimo, associate professor of psychology, taught courses in Trinity’s education department and was the director of the SEARCH program for “gifted” elementary school students.
Throughout her more than 20 years at the College, Colosimo has integrated her passion for serving with her teaching.
She—and her husband Ronnie—have helped to forge a deep partnership between the Harvey-based Restoration Ministries and the College that has provided years of service learning opportunities to Trinity students. Colosimo has also led an Interim experience for students at the ministry’s Harvey and Tabitha houses for men and women for the past 10 years.
Her interest in the connection between psychology and yoga and her research interests in the Harvard studies about mind-body medicine has also been integrated into her work at Trinity. She began teaching yoga to students two years ago and leads a “Yoga as Embodied Prayer” class for seniors enrolled in SALT (Seasoned Adults Learning at Trinity).
But beyond the heart for service and the dedication to sharing the benefits of yoga, Colosimo feels most called to nurture the relationships she has formed over the years with colleagues and students. Her relationships with students often extend beyond the classroom. “I’ve watched students begin and continue in their development here,” she said. “I’ve been able to build life-long relationships with many former students. These relationships have been life changing.”