Timmermans first shared the personal story of his family’s recent adoption of two brothers from Ethiopia. During their trip last week to bring home Getenet and Fekadu, the president and his wife, Dr. Barbara Timmermans, professor of nursing, witnessed the parenting habits displayed by the other couples attempting to bond with their newly adopted children.
Speaking of one couple in particular, Timmermans said, “All of a sudden, they needed to step out of their repetitive, automatic habits of working as a parenting team, and decide how to change their habits of parenting to successfully parent this new child.”
Timmermans then challenged students. “What old habits should you put aside? What new strategies should you try-out and, when effective, become new habits for you?”He later ended his address with this: “Use these college years to dig deeply into this community of Christian scholarship, engaging in behaviors that will soon become habits that flow out of your love for Christ and his kingdom.”
Read the Convocation address in its entirety.
As part of the ceremony, the Founders’ Scholars from each class offered prayers and served as marshals for the faculty processional and recessional. Students included:
Seniors Bethany Verhage of Moses Lake, Washington, and J.R. Wydra of Tinley Park, Illinois
Juniors Jenny Hill of Guston, Kentucky, and Christine Carter of Wheaton, Illinois
Sophomores Kaitlyn Fondrk of Belvidere, Illinois, and Brian Hofman of Waupun, Wisconsin
Freshmen Jacob Maatman of Lynwood, Illinois, and Aletta Huisman of Hudsonville, Michigan