Alumna of the Year and Others Honored
Wednesday, 16 June 2010
Alumna of the Year
Kathy Nimmer ’91, author, teacher, and motivational speaker, has been named Alumna of the Year. An English teacher at Harrison High School in West Lafayette, Indiana, for 18 years, Nimmer, who is blind, has strived to inspire and educate the public about disabilities.
In 2009, she was named one of nine Distinguished Fellows by the Lilly Endowment. The award was accompanied by a grant to fund Nimmer’s book project, an anthology of true stories about people with disabilities and their service dogs.
After graduating from Trinity with a degree in education, Nimmer, originally of Munster, Indiana, earned a master’s degree in English from Purdue University. She writes and edits the Harrison High School newsletter and in 2007 created the Elena Awards Poetry Contest for elementary and middle school students. Nimmer won the Helen Keller International Memoir Contest in 2006 and the Butler-Cooley Excellence in Teaching Award in 2004.
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Honorary alumni awards were given to Ginny Carpenter, vice president for student development; Dr. Mary Lynn Colosimo, associate professor of psychology; and Henry and Grace Kamp, friends of the College.
Carpenter is in her 26th year at Trinity where she began her service in 1984 as a residence director. Under her leadership as vice president for student development, additions to student services have included a counseling center, health center, and academic services. She also had input in developing the three residence halls built during her tenure. Her son Aaron ’09 and her daughter Kate van den Brink ’07 are graduates of Trinity.
Dr. Mary Lynn Colosimo
On faculty since 1988, Professor Colosimo has focused on integrating service learning into her psychology courses. She is an active volunteer and serves on the board at Restoration Ministries in Harvey, Illinois, and has been leading an Interim course for Trinity students there for the past 10 years. She also teaches yoga as embodied prayer for students and seniors enrolled in the SALT program.
Henry and Grace Kamp
The Kamps are long-time friends and supporters of the College. They are members of the Trinity Oaks Society and the President’s Circle, and Henry served on the board of trustees from 1980-1986. In recognition of their involvement with the College and their community, they were presented with the 2007 Trinity Community Service Award. Five of their children and two of their grandchildren have attended Trinity with another planning to attend next year.
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