Trinity Celebrates Commencement 2014: Photogalleries
Participating in the May 17, 2014, Commencement at Trinity Christian College were 187 traditional students and 45 Adult Studies students. The keynote speaker for both the traditional and the Adult Studies ceremonies was Dr. Dave Larsen ’67, director, Bright Promise Fund for Urban Christian Education in Chicago.
In Larsen’s address, “Lifelong Holy Curiosity,” the Trinity alumnus and former dean of students, shared a conversation he had with a Trinity student years before.
The student told Larsen: “In high school we’d be sitting around the supper table and my parents would always ask me and my sister what we did that day… What I really wanted them to ask me was ‘How did you be today?’ I had so much more going on inside me that I needed to talk about.”
“There is a difference between doing and being,” Larsen said. “Trinity Christian College dedicates itself to helping students know how to be before knowing what to do. That’s a tricky formula, I know, but it means that when you know how to be you’ll have a better chance at knowing what needs to be done.
Larsen challenged graduates to consider a way of being: Be curious.
“The best education here at Trinity cultivates a holy curiosity about the things that really matter: what really matters to God, what really makes a difference in loving your neighbor,” he said.
During the ceremony, Dr. Kenneth Austin, professor of music, and Dr. Dick Cole, professor of psychology, and were both honored with emeritus status. Austin has served the College since 1991 and Cole since 1979.
This year’s Professor of the Year award was presented to Dr. Lynn White, professor of business. The award recognizes the achievements of a distinguished professor who has shown excellence in teaching or scholarship. The faculty development committee chooses from nominations submitted by students, faculty, and staff.
Commencement guests were greeted by Martin Ozinga III, chair of Trinity’s Board of Trustees. Dr. Barbara Timmermans, professor of nursing, and mother of Jessica Timmermans ’14 of Palos Heights, Illinois, gave the invocation. The Commencement litany was delivered by Student Association President Nathan Tameling ’14 of Burr Ridge, Illinois.
All the graduates were welcomed to their new alumni status by Shannon Schans ’00, alumni board president. An inspiring message and the benediction was offered by Roscoe C. Burks, father of Rochelle Burks ’14 of Downers Grove, Illinois.
Processing this year were 47 alumni from Trinity’s Class of 1964.
Members of the Trinity Honors Ensemble raised their beautiful voices in the Song of Response and the Song of Praise.
Martin Ozinga III, chair of Trinity’s Board of Trustees, greeted Commencement guests, and Dr. Lori Scrementi, dean for adult studies and graduate programs, gave the invocation. The Commencement litany was delivered by Barry Clarke ’14 of Tinley Park, Illinois.
The graduates were welcomed to their new alumni status by Jason Burxvoort ’99, alumni board vice president. The closing prayer was offered by Chaplain Willis Van Groningen, Ph.D.
The lovely and moving Song of Response was sung by Sandy Aggen ’10, student relations coordinator in Adult Studies.
About Dr. Dave Larsen ’67
Dr. Dave Larsen ’67 is deeply grateful for the blessing of Christian education in his life and the lives of his wife, children, and grandchildren. He and his wife Cathy have three grown children: Josh, a 1996 graduate of Trinity; Anne (Vander Weele); and Cate (Jamison).
Larsen began his professional life in youth ministry. He then served Trinity Christian College as vice president for student development for nearly 20 years (1976-96), having also served the college as dean of students, chaplain, and a drama instructor. He also dedicated 12 years to Timothy Christian Schools as development director.
Since 2010, Larsen has served as the director of the Bright Promise Fund for Urban Christian Education in Chicago. Bright Promise strengthens a dozen urban schools by generating new sources of revenue and through the Center for Urban Christian Education, recently established in collaboration with Trinity Christian College.
Larsen graduated from Trinity Christian College in 1967 when it was still a two-year college. He earned his B.A. in English from Calvin College; his M.A. in religious education from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School; and his Ph.D. in educational leadership and policy studies at Loyola University of Chicago.
Larsen says that in the mid-90s he discovered the meaning of life but forgot to write it down.
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