As part of a first-time Welcome initiative led by the City of Palos Heights and community business people, Trinity students enjoyed special greetings and offerings from local businesses when they returned to campus for the fall semester on August 23, the College’s official move-in day.
Signs with words of welcome were posted throughout Palos Heights and around campus for students and their families to see as they arrived. Students also appreciated the hospitality tent set up near the residence halls where local businesses shared complimentary treats and services.
Extending that welcome through September 30, over forty local businesses will offer special discounts to Trinity students, faculty, and staff (with Trinity ID). The city has posted a comprehensive list of these participating businesses on its website.
Move-in day greeters from the city of Palos Heights included Mayor Bob Straz, Business/Economic Advisory Committee Chairman Bob Grossart, committee member Rick Powell, and owner of the local Tastee Freez, Diane Goerg.
Some of the goals of this initiative, as outlined by the committee, include helping students feel welcomed back to the Palos Heights community, encouraging a significant number of businesses to participate in the student discount program, and continuing the efforts of Palos Heights and Trinity to strengthen the relationship between community and college.
“The warm hospitality and visible welcome Palos Heights provided our students has been superb,” said President Steve Timmermans, Ph.D. “While the Palos Heights community has always been a great partner, the welcome this year has brought that relationship to a new level.”
Read the local news article about the Welcome initiative here.