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Pre-Apply for 2016! Chicago Semester Launches New Summer Program
After working with organizational consulting students through a class project, Chicago Semester Executive Director Mackenzi Huyser ’98 and her staff have launched a pilot summer program.
Professor “Takes On” a World of “Unnecessary” Quotation Marks
Part of faculty scholarship involves sharing knowledge off campus, as professors write for various publications, present at conferences, and guest lecture.
Athletes Recognized at Athletics Awards Night
On May 6, Trinity student-athletes, coaches, and support personnel gathered for the 2015 Athletics Awards Night.
Video: President-elect Kurt D. Dykstra Introduced
Trinity Christian College is pleased to announce the appointment of Kurt D. Dykstra, J.D. to the position of president, effective July 1, 2015.
Business Professors and Students Recognized by Future Founders CEO
More than 40 students, faculty, and staff attended the 1st Annual Entrepreneurship at Trinity Dinner on May 7 to celebrate the strides business students have made over the semester in discovering their inner entrepreneur and the ways in which they can serve the greater Trinity community.
Trinity Named One of the “Healthiest Companies in America”
Trinity has been named as one of the “Healthiest Companies in America” for 2014 by Interactive Health, a leading provider of health management solutions. The College was one of only three colleges named.
Showing Love to Our Palos Heights Community: Photogallery
Every year students show some love to the community that surrounds the College during the annual Love Palos event.
2014-2015 Catherine Yonker Award Recipients Announced
On April 21, at the opening ceremony of OPUS, Trinity’s Ethnic Diversity Committee presented the 2014-2015 Catherine Yonker Awards to the Dean of Students Mark Hanna, social work major Noel Huddleston ’17 of Homewood, Illinois, and history education major Christian Perry ’16 of Palos Heights.
Student Teacher Receives Rising Star Award
Jessica Bordenaro ’15 of Lockport, Illinois, was recently selected from School District 146 for the South Suburban Reading Council Patricia Burnette Rising Star Award.
Student Engages Wide Audience at Prayer Summit
Ben Hoekstra ’17 of Andover, Minnesota, recently spoke alongside Chaplain Bill VanGroningen, Ph.D., at the Christian Reformed Church’s recent Prayer Summit conference at All Nations Christian Reformed Church in Lake View Terrace, California, from April 13-15.
Celebration of Asia Offers Diverse Cuisine and Tradition: Photogallery
The annual Celebration of Asia honored and showcased Asian culture with traditional cuisine and cultural performances on May 4. China, Burma, Korea and other countries were represented in the array of authentic dishes, including sushi, mochi, and kimichi.
Hundreds of Young Authors Share Their Stories at Annual Festival: Photogallery
On April 27 and 28, Trinity welcomed 247 students from 12 different elementary and middle schools to campus in celebration of the annual Young Authors’ Festival.
English Festival Welcomes Fulbright Scholar: Photogallery
Guest speakers, film, and interactive theater were all highlights of the English department’s biennial English Festival on April 30 and May 1.
Student Scholars Recognized for Collaborative Research: Photogallery
Trinity’s Honors Society Committee recently hosted the 5th annual Trinity Scholars’ Dinner, celebrating the work of both Vander Velde Scholars and senior students in the Honors Program.
Biology Major Leads Junior Trolls Science Fair
Biology major Jessica Jacobi ’15 of San Marcos, California, recently hosted the Junior Trolls Science Fair as part of the honors work for her major project.
Campus Community Welcomes President-elect Kurt Dykstra - Photogallery
Today, the Trinity community had the opportunity to meet the President-elect of the College, Kurt D. Dykstra, J.D.
Service as a Spiritual Discipline
Chaplain Bill VanGroningen’s Spiritual Formation class travelled to Breakthrough Ministries this month to help prepare and serve a meal for guests.
Freshmen Experience Theatre in the City: Photogallery
Dr. Mike VanderWeele, professor of English, recently accompanied students from his Introduction to Literature course to the Goodman Theatre’s “College Night” production of “Two Trains Running.” The event included a reception with pizza beforehand and an interview with one of the actors.
Senior English Major Brings Book of Job to the Stage
Ethan Holmes ’15 of Blue Island, Illinois, had been considering adapting the Book of Job for the stage when Dr. Craig Mattson, professor of communication arts, contacted the senior English major requesting that he direct a play for the Spring 2015 semester.
OPUS Event Highlights Exceptional Student Scholarship - Photogallery
For more than a decade, Trinity has celebrated student scholarship with OPUS, an annual festival in which students present their best work from the past academic year. All students are encouraged to submit research papers, presentations, writing, art, and musical performances.
Bioinformatics and Environmental Science Majors Added for Fall 2015
As of Fall 2015, Trinity will offer two new majors: Bioinformatics and Environmental Science. Trinity is the second college in Illinois and the only college in the Reformed Christian tradition in the country to offer a Bachelor of Science degree in bioinformatics.
Students Invited to Network with Top Chicago Entrepreneur
Four Trinity students were recently invited to attend the Future Founders Building Your Legacy event featuring Pete Kadens, president and chief sales officer of SoCore Energy and one of Chicago’s top entrepreneurs.
Business Students Pitch Ideas in Mock “Shark Tank” Event
Business students in the course Business Plan Development had the opportunity to propose ideas to a panel of successful business men and women on March 30.
Marty Ozinga III Speaks to Prospective Students
Marty Ozinga III, chairman of Ozinga Bros., Inc. and chair of Trinity’s Board of Trustees spoke to a gathering of prospective students and their parents on Tuesday, April 14.
Students Take a Break to Serve
Over spring break, a group of 32 Trinity students travelled to Coalmont, Tennessee to serve with Mountain T.O.P. (Tennessee Outreach Program), an organization dedicated to helping families in need.
Adjunct Instructor Named Blue Island Man of the Year for 2015
Adjunct instructor Justin Antos was named Blue Island Man of the Year for 2015 by the Blue Island Area Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
In Memory of Dr. George Vander Velde ’63
The College mourns the passing of Dr. George Vander Velde ’63, former vice president for campus development, on April 1, 2015. He was 71.
Education Class Learns through Service and Games
Each semester, Don Woo, dean for ethnic diversity and multicultural programs, accompanies his Introduction to Education students on service learning trips to Circle Urban Ministries in the Austin neighborhood of Chicago.
Diversity Scholar Recipients Announced - Photogallery
As an integral part of its commitment to diversity, Trinity recently awarded a total of $84,400 in scholarships to 18 2015-16 Diversity Scholar recipients.
Craig Mattson Brings his ARCU Lecture Home
Dr. Craig Mattson, professor of communication arts, brought his lecture “The Rhetoric of TOMS” home to Trinity as a part of his Association of Reformed Colleges and University (ARCU) lecture tour.
Softball Team Serves in Florida - Photogallery
When Trinity's softball team took their annual spring break trip to Florida to kick off their season, they did not take a vacation, instead they served.
Learning from the Experts: CEO Shares Insights
The business department welcomed Lee Brandsma, CEO of Groot Industries, Inc., to campus on March 4. Brandsma shared honest and valuable advice on career preparation, faith at work, and networking.
Networking with Chicago’s Entrepreneurs
On March 3, students attended a special event hosted by the Future Founders Foundation and Startup Institute in Chicago.
2015 Founders’ Scholars Announced
Trinity Christian College is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2015 Founders’ Scholarship. Congratulations to Mallory Boyce of Alto, Michigan, and Emma Darcy of Morton, Illinois.
Trinity Alumnus Discusses New Book
Trinity alumnus Andy Arnold ’00 visited campus to talk about his recently-published novel, “Scandal 52,” on February 25. The story follows Peter, a child with Asperger’s Syndrome, who overhears a conversation that makes him a valuable witness to a crime and puts him in danger.
Business Students Gain Career Insight from Alumni
Alumni Jeff Miltzow ’07 and Ryan Wories ’09 shared their career journeys with students on February 16, as part of a business department presentation on the topic of vocation.
Lifelong Activist and Educator Delivers Black History Month Lecture
Beginning with his earliest memory of racism, Dr. Paul Bushnell, Emeritus Professor of History at Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington, Illinois, shared his personal stories of activism as he delivered his Black History Month guest lecture on February 16.
New Videos! Students Share the Experience
Trinity Christian College is excited to announce the next wave of student videos concentrating on academic experience within their related fields.
New Partnership between Trinity and Lewis University Benefits Graduates
Trinity Christian College and Lewis University have signed an agreement that provides a new opportunity for Trinity graduates looking to pursue an advanced degree.
Reflections on 2014
Seven months have passed since I accepted the role as interim president of Trinity Christian College in June 2014, and it is a joy to pass along highlights from the past year with all of its blessings and its challenges.
Traveling to Seville: Photogallery
Several students, accompanied by Dr. Michael Vander Weele, professor of English, traveled to Spain during the winter break. Below are the reflections from their travels.
Using Technology to Teach Students with Special Needs
More than 80 people gathered in the DeVos Center on January 31 to learn about the use of technology in special education classrooms.
A Time of Service during Winter Interim
When choosing how to spend their winter breaks, some students decided to serve. While some traveled overseas, others served closer to home.
Faculty Share Results of Summer Research: Photogallery
Faculty members at Trinity excel in their disciplines because they remain constant students of those disciplines. Sabbaticals, collaborative projects with students, and summer research are a few of the ways professors engage in scholarship that deepens their knowledge and enhances their teaching.
Program Provides Alternate Pathway for Education Majors
The Elementary Education Studies major provides a valuable alternative to the Elementary Education major for those seeking a career in education but not necessarily as a licensed teacher.
Nimmer ’91 Named 2015 National Teacher of the Year Finalist
Kathy Nimmer ’91, Indiana’s 2015 Teacher of the Year, has been named as one of four finalists for the 2015 National Teacher of the Year Award.
Future Founders Students Selected for Fellowship
Trinity freshmen Ryan Hesslau of Mokena, Illinois, and Tom Iwema of Oak Lawn, Illinois, have been selected to participate in the Future Founders Fellowship as part of Trinity’s new Founding Partner status with Future Founders Foundation (FFF).
Trinity Athletics to Add Two Varsity Programs
The Trinity Athletics Department is pleased to announce that it will add women’s golf and men’s volleyball as intercollegiate varsity sports for the 2015-16 school year.
Location Changes on Campus to Better Serve Visitors
In an effort to better accommodate campus visitors, two departments that specifically serve prospective, as well as current, students will be changing locations as of the Spring 2015 semester.
Reflections on a Semester in Spain
Rachel Slager ’16 of Westchester, Illinois, always knew that she wanted to study abroad. By her junior year, things fell into place and Slager made a decision that affected her entire college career. She left for Seville, Spain for the fall semester.
New Chicago Web Page Highlights Trinity Distinctive
A major benefit of a Trinity education for students is the College’s proximity to Chicago. While Trinity is located in the quiet suburbs of Palos Heights, Illinois, students are only 30 minutes away from a truly global city with endless avenues for experiencing art, culture, music, and dining, in addition to research, internship, and job opportunities.
Worship Scholars Program Enhances Campus Worship
The Worship Scholars Program started several years ago to demonstrate Trinity’s commitment to worship on campus. Today, the program does much more than that.
Trinity Named to President’s Honor Roll for Community Service
Trinity Christian College has been named once again to the President’s Honor Roll for General Community Service. The President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll recognizes colleges and universities that practice exemplary community service and help to teach that education and service go hand in hand.
Women's Volleyball - NCCAA National Champions!!
The volleyball team claimed the title of champions at the NCCAA National Championship in Kissimmee, Florida. The Trolls, who were the No. 1 seed in the tournament, defeated No. 3 Colorado Christian University (Lakewood, Colorado) in four sets (23-25, 25-18, 25-17, 25-15) in the championship match to earn their first place finish. It is the volleyball program’s first national championship title.
Business Students Present to Consulting “Clients”: Photogallery
Each year, student teams in the Organizational Consulting course put their classroom learning into practice as they consult with various business and nonprofit “clients.” As the capstone course for business majors, the course offers students experiential learning through interacting with real business issues and businesses.
Bad Luck, Hot Rocks: Professor’s Book Published and Reviewed by LATimes
The College is pleased to announce the publication of the new book Bad Luck, Hot Rocks by Ryan Thompson, assistant professor of art and design, and the wonderful review of the book in the Los Angeles Times.
Cross-Disciplinary Collaboration Provides Professional Consulting Experience
This semester, Dr. Mike Vander Weele ’73, professor of English, approached colleague Dr. Rick Hamilton, professor of business, with an idea that would encourage cross-disciplinary collaboration and allow students to put their classroom experience into practice in a professional setting.
Entrepreneurial Students Semifinalists at U.Pitch Competition
As part of Trinity’s new Founding Partner status with Future Founders Foundation (FFF), Trinity freshmen Ryan Hesslau of Mokena, Illinois, and Tom Iwema of Oak Lawn, Illinois, were invited to participate in the first annual U.Pitch competition on November 24.
Nursing Celebrates Phenomenal NCLEX-RN Pass Rate!
Congratulations to Trinity’s Nursing Department!
The NCLEX-RN pass rate for Trinity’s nursing graduates is 95 percent, significantly higher than the national year to date total average of 82.86 percent.*
Chicago and Beyond: TRINITY Magazine Online
The fall edition of TRINITY magazine will be in mailboxes soon, but you can read the wonderful stories about Trinity alumni and students in Chicago and beyond—online now.
Fulbright African Research Scholar Enlightens Students: Photogallery
Students in literature, as well as sociology, enjoyed a special lecture and discussion with Dr. Okaka Opio Dokotum, Fulbright African Research Scholar, on November 25.
Diversity Lecture Series Delves into Perception and Reality
The Trinity community, always encouraging open discussions about diversity, invited three speakers to explore the topics of perception, reality, and reconciliation during the fall semester’s Diversity Lecture Series.
Trinity Arts Experience Inspires High School Visitors
High school juniors and seniors had the opportunity to experience Trinity through the lens of the arts on November 13 and 14. The Trinity Arts Experience has become an annual event during which high school students who plan to study art, theater, or music can learn more about their specific areas of interest.
A TBN Luncheon with Kraft Foods: Photogallery
The audience in the Grand Lobby erupted in laughter as speaker Gil De Las Alas, vice president of human resources at Kraft Foods, confirmed that everything that happens on the TV series “The Office” happens in the real-life business workplace.
Students Get a Taste of Asia
On November 18, the Asian American Alliance (AAA) and Tibstra Hall Council hosted Taste of Asia, an annual shared meal featuring foods from Korea, Indonesia, Burma, India, China, and Japan.
The Writers’ Guild-Fostering a Writing Community
Dr. Karen Dieleman, chair of the English department, explained that the idea for a Writers’ Guild was sparked two summers ago when the English and Communication Arts departments met to discuss introducing an interdisciplinary minor.
English Students Attend Chicago Humanities Festival: Photogallery
The annual Chicago Humanities Festival gave hundreds of people, including Trinity English students, the opportunity to participate in and learn about the humanities, from October 25 to November 9.
Professor’s Band Opens for Tyler Hilton
Darren Zancan, assistant professor of communication arts, recently experienced an opportunity he’s always dreamed of. He and his band, the Darren Zancan Band, performed as an opening act for actor/musician Tyler Hilton on October 29 in Joliet, Illinois.
Trinity’s 29th Lincoln Laureate Recipient Announced: David (Woody) Lucas ’15
David “Woody” Lucas ’15 of Hobart, Indiana, has been named Trinity’s 29th Lincoln Laureate by the Lincoln Academy of Illinois. He was honored at the annual Student Laureate Convocation in Springfield, Illinois, on November 1.
Trollstock 2014, Annual Student Talent Show: Photogallery
Hundreds of Trinity students filled the Ozinga Chapel for one of the College’s favorite events, the annual fall talent show, Trollstock, on November 1.
Creatively Engaging in Education
Trinity calls its students to be active and intentional in regard to community, both in and out of the classroom, a mission that one class felt called to answer creatively.
Graphic Design Trip to the Chicago Cultural Center
Ellen Browning, associate professor of art and design, recently accompanied students to the Chicago Cultural Center to view CHCO DSGN, an exhibit featuring the work of elite graphic designers.
Commitment to Caring Ceremony Sends Out Nursing Students
Nursing alumni, faculty, and students gathered on October 13 for the annual Commitment to Caring Ceremony to recognize and pray for junior nursing students beginning their clinical rotations in area hospitals.
Cross-Cultural Education for Education Students
Students in the course “Cross Cultural/Multicultural Issues in Education” recently enjoyed some outside-the-classroom learning at museums in two of Chicago’s culturally-diverse neighborhoods.
Freshmen Lecture Welcomes David Feiner of Chicago’s APTP
As an impressive crowd of students filled the Grand Lobby on October 20, guest lecturer David Feiner, producing artistic director of the Albany Park Theater Project (APTP) in Chicago, moved throughout the room talking with members of Trinity’s community.
PR Class Visits Green Target in Chicago
At Trinity, learning extends beyond the textbook and classroom into networking with industry professionals in Chicago.
2015 Indiana Teacher of the Year-- Alumna Kathy Nimmer ’91
Kathy Nimmer ’91 has been named Indiana’s 2015 Teacher of the Year.
We did it! 550 Challenge Results are in…
Thank you to all who participated in "The 550 Challenge" in honor of Trinity Christian College's 55th Anniversary. Together we raised ...
Gaining Cross-cultural Teaching Experience in Indonesia
In June, education major Melissa Stalman ’15 of Janesville, Wisconsin, found herself teaching in Indonesia on a one-month trip sponsored by Sekolah Pelita Harapan (SPH), international Christian school system.
Fair Welcomes Community Partners, Highlights Service Opportunities
Trinity hosted the Community Partnerships’ Service Fair on October 1 to connect students with opportunities to serve in the city and Chicagoland area.
Trinity Named as a Military Friendly School for 2015
Trinity Christian College has been named to the 2015 Military Friendly® Schools list by Victory Media, the premier media entity for military personnel transitioning into civilian life.
Harvard Workshop Offers Learning Opportunity for Trinity Student
English major Ethan Holmes ’15 of Blue Island, Illinois, represented Trinity at the second annual Ephebe’s Journey workshop at Harvard University’s Center for Hellenic Studies in Washington, D.C. in August.
Celebrating Enrollment Milestones for 2014-15
This fall, Trinity had good enrollment news to celebrate as it began the new academic year. Trinity’s fall enrollment increased to 1,406 students compared with last year’s enrollment total of 1,380. The College’s retention experience was also excellent.
Professor of English Enjoys Publishing Success
One of the professor’s recent poems was inspired by a panel discussion at the annual Anime Central convention. Another poem was sparked by a day in the park with his young daughters. In another, he melds his interest in jazz and haiku.
Trinity Partners with Future Founders in New Program for College Entrepreneurs
Building on its historical founding by young entrepreneurs in 1959 and burgeoning engagement with local businesses to enhance its vibrant curriculum, Trinity Christian College has become a Founding Partner in a new program developed by the Future Founders Foundation (FFF) that supports college-age entrepreneurs.
Trinity Ranked as Top Tier College by U.S.News & World Report
Trinity Christian College has been ranked 28th among Regional Colleges—Midwest by U.S.News & World Report in “Best Colleges” for 2015. A total of 364 colleges are ranked in the entire Regional category.
Honors Course Visit to Holocaust Museum Extends Learning
Trinity Christian College’s Honors Program extends learning beyond the classroom. The Honors Seminar course “Representing the Tragic: Considering History, Aesthetics, and Resistance in Holocaust Drama,” taught by Dr. John Sebestyen, associate professor of communication arts, is an example of that.
The Involvement Fair Highlights Active Student Life
The Involvement Fair once again kicked off this year’s calendar of student life events. To help acclimate and engage freshmen in college life, numerous clubs set up tables outside on August 29 to highlight all that life at Trinity can offer.
Professor Hones Craft of Directing at Juilliard School in NYC
Dr. John Sebestyen, associate professor of communication arts, was one of 25 educators selected as a directing fellow in the Directing Workshop for Theater Educators at The Juilliard School in New York City this summer.
Do a Heart-Check, First Chapel Message of the Year: Photogallery
Today was the first day of a “heart check.” Students, faculty, and staff contemplated the words of Interim President Liz Rudenga as she delivered the first chapel message of the academic year and her first message in her new role.
Fry’s Almost Pioneers Receives First Place for Non-Fiction
Dr. John Fry, professor of history, has received the First Place Award for Non-Fiction about Wyoming history published during 2013 from the Wyoming State Historical Society.
A Perfect Fit, Convocation Encourages New Students: Photogallery
Convocation is a special time of fellowship and worship as the campus community gathers to celebrate the beginning of the academic year. On Wednesday, August 27, Interim President Liz Rudenga, Ph.D. welcomed students and faculty back to campus.
TAC Golf Classic Raises $40K for Scholarships: Photogallery
The 28th annual Trinity Athletics Club Golf Classic was a success as 120 golfers enjoyed fellowship and friendly competition on a beautiful late summer day at Calumet Country Club in Homewood, Illinois. The event raised over $40,000 in scholarships for Trinity student-athletes.
Trinity Freshmen Move It, Move It! Photogallery
Freshmen were welcomed to campus today by Trinity’s official Move-in Crew. Crew members, wearing t-shirts that announced their availability to help students “move-it”, wheeled shopping carts from family vans to residence halls.
Community Offers Warm Welcome - and Discounts! - for Trinity Students
For the second year, the City of Palos Heights and community business people are holding a welcome event for Trinity students returning to campus.
Trinity’s Interim President & Cabinet Accept Ice Bucket Challenge
This week, the President’s Cabinet at Trinity Christian College accepted the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. The nationwide challenge involves making a small donation to the ALS Association, the national non-profit organization committed to fighting Lou Gehrig’s Disease, and pouring a bucket of ice water over your head or donating $100.
Chicago Project: Students Serve Hundreds throughout the City
Over 100 students and leaders gathered on Trinity’s campus as a part of Youth Unlimited’s Chicago Project, from July 28 to August 1. Youth Unlimited is a non-denominational, non-profit ministry organization that assists the Church and its many local congregations with their ministry.
Vision Trip Gives Korean Students Insight into Trinity Culture
Throughout the year, Trinity welcomes students from nearby and around the country for campus visits.
Biology Professor Looks at New Research from a Christian Perspective
“New revelations from the rapidly expanding field of epigenetics show that lifestyle decisions made by individuals could have biological consequences for future generations,” wrote Dr. Clay Carlson, assistant professor of biology, in a recent article for Perspectives on Science & Christian Faith.
What’s the Enduring Value of a Christian College Education?
Statistics show that the average earnings of a bachelor’s degree-holder remain nearly twice as much as those of a worker with only a high school diploma; some studies estimate that earnings of a college graduate will be $1 million more over a lifetime. While those are impressive figures, families also should consider the more enduring value of the college experience.
Chicago Students Immersed in Pre-College Experiences
Each summer, Trinity gives students from Chicago area high schools two illuminating opportunities to engage in a college experience. College Quest and the Associated Colleges of Illinois (ACI) Summer Academy help prepare students for the next step after high school graduation.
Internship Leads to Continuing Job Opportunities
“The beauty of immersing yourself in an internship is that it not only makes your classes easier, but your classes make your internship easier,” said Stephanie Reichert ’14 of Sioux City, Iowa, an accounting and music major who has been interning for the second summer in the accounting department at Arthur J. Gallagher & Co., Itasca, Illinois.
A Behind the Scenes Education at Chicago Semester
The spotlight is not meant for everyone. But for Brooke Wigboldy ’14, the spotlight inspires growth and learning. Wigboldy, who majored in communication arts with theater and communication studies concentrations, spent the spring semester learning about the spotlight and what goes on behind the scenes during Trinity’s Chicago Semester.
Great Summer Reads for High School and College Students
With several weeks of summer left, there is still time to get in some great reads.
Trinity students and their professors have recommended a variety of inspiring fiction and non-fiction.
Experiences in England--My Semester Abroad at Oxford: Photogallery
Growing up, it was always my dream to travel to England and see the sights. A dream that seemed even more unlikely was to study at a university in England. However, Trinity allowed me to achieve both of these dreams, and so much more than I could have imagined.
Trinity Grateful for 33 Years of Service
Thomson began her service at Trinity in January 1981, after responding to an ad in her church bulletin. She started out part-time in accounts payable, and after 1 ½ years, moved up to the position of full-time business office manager, a role in which she has served faithfully for more than 30 years.
Professor Retires from Teaching but Not from Practicing
After 35 years of faithful service to the College, Dr. Dick Cole, professor of psychology, retired in May and was honored with emeritus status at the spring Commencement ceremony. Cole joined Trinity’s faculty in 1979.
A Trinity Opus: Two Decades of Teaching, Performing and Directing
The tulips were blooming on Trinity’s campus, but there was a snowstorm back home in Manitoba where Dr. Ken Austin, professor of music emeritus, was considering a teaching position at Trinity in 1991.
In Memory of Former President Rev. Dr. Gerard Van Groningen
Trinity Christian College celebrates the life of Rev. Dr. Gerard Van Groningen as it also mourns the passing of its friend and former president. The College extends its sympathies to his family and to his son, Dr. Willis Van Groningen, Trinity’s chaplain and dean of spiritual formation. Van Groningen was 93.
Pilot Initiative in Education Department Showing Promise
Last year, Trinity’s education department piloted an initiative to establish student teachers in year-long clinical placements. Student teachers are generally placed in two semester-long experiences during their senior year—novice teaching in the fall and student teaching in the spring--but the longer placement comes with its advantages.
Alumna’s Organization Continues to Meet Needs in Peru
Imagine heading to the local library, one shared by approximately 180,000 people, and finding only a closet-sized section of books. A couple of years ago, this used to be the situation in Huaycan, Peru. But thanks to Trinity alumna Lara DeVries’ dedication to education, this is no longer the case.
Catherine Yonker Award Recipients Announced
Trinity recently announced the 2014 Catherine Yonker Memorial Award recipients, Rochelle Burks ’14, Marisa Lopez ’16 and staff member Tippi Price.
Professor of the Year in the Business of Preparing Students
Professor of Business Lynn White, Ph.D., was honored recently with Trinity’s Professor of the Year Award. White joins previous recipients Dr. Robert Rice and Dr. Brad Breems.
President Timmermans Bids Final Farewell to Trinity
Congratulations to former Trinity Christian College president, Dr. Steve Timmermans, who was officially appointed as executive director of the Christian Reformed Church, according to an announcement posted on the crna.org website on June 16.
Vander Velde Junior Scholars Named
Collaborative research with professors benefits students by deepening their understanding of their area of study. Trinity’s Maurice Vander Velde Junior Scholarship supports outstanding junior or senior students in the pursuit of collaborative research in their chosen disciplines.
SALT Class Welcomes Candidates and Former Secret Service: Photogallery
One of the most popular SALT classes is Tom Panush’s “Behind the Headlines,” which regularly welcomes interesting guests and invites spirited discussion.
See the New Issue of TRINITY Magazine! Mind, Body, and Spirit
The spring edition of TRINITY magazine features stories about alumni, students, and professors that illustrate how a Trinity education leads to the formation of “the whole person as thinking, feeling, and believing creature.”
5 Things Senior Kaitlin Would Tell Freshman Kaitlin
Recent Trinity graduate Kaitlin Feddema writes a letter to her freshman self as encouragement to next year’s freshmen at Trinity.
“Noises Off” A Door-Slamming Success
May 3 marked the closing night of Trinity’s spring production, “Noises Off,” a comedic farce written by Michael Frayn. The hard work of student actors and the natural energy of the show kept audience members laughing.
A Conversation with Jack Van Namen
Closing out the business department’s Conversations on Leadership series, Jack Van Namen ’68 was interviewed by Associate Professor of Business Rick Hamilton.
Taking the Classroom to Chicago—Learning in the City
Education, English, design, and psychology students—among others—spent time in the Chicagoland area this spring, learning outside of the classroom. Trinity’s proximity to Chicago provides many avenues for students to witness what they learn in class being applied in professional settings.
National Tournament Bound
The baseball and softball teams have both qualified for their NCCAA National Championships and will be competing for a national title on May 14-17.
Trinity Loves Palos: Photogallery
What a beautiful Saturday to work!
That’s how more than 100 students, professors, and staff spent their May 4, volunteering on campus and in the community during the College’s 12th annual “Love Palos” event.
Professor Publishes an Ecclesiastical Autobiography
Dr. Yudha Thianto, professor of theology, delivered an emotional “thank you” to colleagues at the recent celebration of the publication of his new book, The Way to Heaven: Catechisms and Sermons in the Establishment of the Dutch Reformed Church in the East Indies.
Science Fair Breaks Norms, Furthers Knowledge
Never judge a student by her major.
Illustrating this point is biology major Aletta Huisman ’14 of Hudsonville, Michigan, whose middle school science fair was a slight break in tradition from Trinity’s required Honors Work in the Major.
A Celebration of Scholarship – Opus 2014: Photogallery
Trinity has long taken pride in its annual celebration of scholarship – OPUS, an opportunity to acknowledge students’ work over the past year. All students are encouraged to present research papers, presentations, writing, art, and musical performances.
Fresh Produce: The Fruits of the Student Garden Project: Photogallery
Initiated by a group of students in 2013, the student garden located to the south of the Bootsma Bookstore Café will be undergoing some expansion work. More raised beds are being built in addition to the original two, and a pond structure will provide the beds with water.
Young Authors Festival: Photogallery
Twelve Christian schools, 223 students, 33 adult volunteers, and 36 Trinity students combined to make this year’s Young Authors Festival a great success.
Chicago Is Classroom for Social Work Students
Chicago Semester takes students from Trinity’s main campus classrooms and residence halls in Palos Heights and immerses them in life and learning in one of the country’s most thriving cities.
Panel of Alumni Teachers Help Future Educators
Special education students heard from recent grads in the field at the recent Teacher Alumni Panel hosted by Trinity’s Student Council for Exceptional Children (SCEC).
Faith in Frustration: A Story of Dependence
For Leah Branderhorst ’11, following God’s call was more than a simple test of patience. The Trinity alumna spent the majority of her teaching career overcoming obstacles, moving from city to city, and praying for God’s will to be made clear.
Rock Climbing Trolls: Photogallery
With the addition of a new bouldering wall in the DeVos Athletics and Recreation Center, students have begun to explore their personal rock climbing skills. The student-initiated club Rock Climbing Trolls, created this past February, provides an outlet for students to do just that.
Freshman Writing Competition Winner Announced
Freshmen English students had a chance to submit their writing for a $100 prize in the English 103 Writing Competition held in April. The competition was open to all forms, from research papers to persuasive speeches and nonfiction creative pieces. They were reviewed by professors, edited by the student writers, and submitted to an outside judge, Bethany Eizenga ’11, for evaluation.
Student Scholars Recognized for Collaborative Research
Trinity’s Honors Society Committee hosted the 4th annual Trinity Scholars’ Dinner, celebrating the work of both Vander Velde Scholars and senior students in the Honors Program. The keynote address, “From Rhône to Rhine: Research, Liberal Arts, and Paidea,” was presented by alumnus Ben Austin ’04, Ph.D. candidate.
Do What You Love – Conversations on Leadership
Trinity’s business department continued its “Conversations on Leadership” series with an interview with John Venhuizen ’92, CEO of ACE Hardware. The Trinity graduate shared his secrets of post-graduation success in the workplace, and what it means to be a leader who motivates and inspires others.
Dr. Elizabeth Rudenga Appointed Interim President
Trinity’s Board of Trustees is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Liz Rudenga to the role of interim president, effective June 1, 2014. An interim provost will be named soon.
Christian Bands Unite to Lead Meaningful Worship Experience: Photogallery
Two iconic bands, Audio Adrenaline and Kutless, came together for a concert at Trinity on April 12. The performance was one of the bands’ many stops on their Change a Life Tour through 33 different cities across the United States.
From Bach to U2, a Study of Music
For a professor who specializes in 18th century music, a lecture featuring the Irish rock band U2 might seem a little unusual. Yet for Professor of Music Mark Peters, Ph.D., the lecture was simply a way to expand his understanding of music and scholarship.
Honoring What You Come From—Conversations on Leadership: Photogallery
Business students heard a refreshingly honest and insightful viewpoint during the Conversations on Leadership session with Karen Bushy, former village president of Oak Brook, Illinois, and current CEO of Memories & Beyond, the largest scrapbook store in Chicagoland.
Answer the Question “What Is Christian Philosophy?” Photogallery
In March, Trinity hosted the “What Is Christian Philosophy?” 2014 conference. The Society of Christian Philosophers and the Society for Continental Philosophy and Theology joined the College’s philosophy department for a weekend of fellowship and scholarship centered on Christian philosophy.
Professor Named Chair of ISTA Membership Committee
Dr. Thomas R. Roose, associate professor of physics and science education, was recently named chair of the membership committee for the Illinois Science Teachers Association (ISTA). Selected for his extensive science education experience, Roose will direct a team through promotion and collaboration projects for the ISTA.
Accepting the Call to Lead--Conversations on Leadership: Photogallery
“All of us have potential. It’s not about being a good female leader or a good male leader, but just being a good leader,” said Dr. Laura Zumdahl ’02, CEO at New Moms, during a March 3 interview for the business department’s Conversations on Leadership.
Students Making Lasting Friendships on Service Trip: Photogallery
Rather than spending their spring break sunning on the beach or vacationing at home, 28 students and other members of the Trinity community spent a week on the Spring Break service trip, working on homes and caring for the people of Frakes, Kentucky.
Staff Give of Their Time to Serve Others: Photogallery
Recently, three staff members took the opportunity to serve on various mission trips in the United States and overseas.
Seeing the Big Picture in the Big Apple—Art and Design Interim
One of the stellar aspects of Trinity’s art and design program is the access students have to the Chicago art scene. But professors opened another door to the world of art and design for their students during the winter interim.
Black History Celebration – Preserving a Culture
More than 100 students and faculty attended the 2nd Annual Black History Celebration on February 28 for a night of food, fellowship, entertainment, and education. The event is hosted by Trinity’s Organization of African American Unity (OAAU).
Gospel Fest Shares the “Good News”: Photogallery
Gospel Fest, hosted by Trinity’s Gospel Ensemble, welcomed over 250 guests, leading the College and local communities in praise and worship through Gospel-inspired music and dance.
Faith, Scholarship, and Music Blend at Local Conference
The Society of Christian Scholarship in Music (SCSM) convened at Trinity Christian College on February 20-21 for its annual meeting.
Students Place in Computer Programming Competition
On February 22, Trinity sent two teams of tech savvy students to the 27th Annual Computer Programming Competition sponsored by the Associated Colleges of the Chicago Area (ACCA).
Meet the 2014 Founders' Scholars
Trinity Christian College is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2014 Founders’ Scholarship.
Congratulations to Morgan De Ruiter of Pella, Iowa, and Katie Oomkes of Grand Rapids, Michigan!
President's Blog: Anticipating Summer Changes
Like many, I’m looking ahead to the summer with a variety of emotions. Our soon-to-be graduates are finishing the work required for the semester while eagerly anticipating Commencement. They also anxiously await news about jobs or graduate school placement.
A Call to Excellence for English Majors: Photogallery
English major Anna DeBoer ’16 recently attended the annual English Department Graduate Student Conference held in honor of Professor Emeritus Dr. Daniel Diephouse. She shares her experience of the event in the story.
Students Launch New Prayer Ministry
After a two-year incubation period, student leaders have officially established a new prayer ministry at Trinity. The ministry seeks to nurture spiritual relationships by allowing students to congregate in prayer before Outcry, the student-led worship held every Thursday night.
Trinity Launches Accelerated Bachelor’s in Psychology Program – Info Session
Building on the success of its strong traditional undergraduate and graduate studies psychology programs, Trinity is launching a psychology degree-completion program through the Adult Studies department.
Interim Offers New Trip to Holy Land: Photogallery
“The Bible in Its World”, a new overseas trip to the Holy Land, took 19 students to Israel where they explored ancient sites and hiked over Israel’s rugged terrain. Led by Instructor of Theology Emily Thomassen ’09, the course focused on biblical geography and a deeper understanding of Jesus as the fulfillment of the Old Testament.
Celebrating Martin Luther King Jr. Day: Photogallery
The campus community commemorated the 85th birthday of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at the annual gathering on January 20.
Expanding Worldview through Interim: Photogalleries
The two-week Interim program Trinity offers each year between semesters has proven to be a successful extension of the learning environment. Locally and abroad, students choose from more than 25 options of special interest classes, trips, and service opportunities.
Music Alumna Serves in New Leadership Role
The day before Lori (Smits) Evenhouse ’05 graduated with her music degree from Trinity, she signed a contract to teach at Parker Junior High School in Flossmoor, Illinois.
New Webpage Features Alumni Success Stories
One way for current and prospective students to get a glimpse into the future is through the stories of Trinity graduates.
Integrating Art: Students Collaborate in Curriculum Creation
Many opportunities exist for Trinity students to gain hands on experience through internships. In addition, professors plan projects that offer students ways to collaborate with companies and organizations, enhancing classroom learning and providing a service to the partnering organizations.
5 Ways for High School Seniors to Make the Most of Winter Break
Hanging out with friends, earning extra money during seasonal jobs, and sleeping in may be on the list for most high school seniors during winter break.
Computer Science Students Get Creative: Photogallery
Computer science students in the Visual Programming course spent several weeks working in teams to create original projects that made use of the Microsoft Xbox 360 Kinect camera, which tracks the user’s body movements.
Trinity Graduates First Master’s Degree Students - Photogallery
On December 14, Trinity Christian College graduated the first class of master’s degree students. A number of the students are alumni of Trinity’s undergraduate and Adult Studies programs and were pleased to have the opportunity to continue their education here.
A Christmas Message from the President
At this time of year we pause to celebrate the gift of God’s Son—a gift so radical and amazing that shepherds trembled and Herod was seized with fear. Yet, it is because of Christ’s coming that we can experience true peace and know deep and abiding joy.
Business Students Gain Professional Experience with Clients: Photogallery
Each year, business students at Trinity put their classroom learning into practice. Teams from the organizational consulting classes work with various business and nonprofit “clients” to develop operational improvement plans, strategic plans, capital and fund raising plans, and marketing plans; create social network pages; and assist with fundraising campaigns
Award-winning Alumnus Returns to Teach at Trinity
Philosophy and political science graduate Andrew Van’t Land ’10 enjoyed several professional achievements this fall in the form of winning a writing award and accepting a position at Trinity. As an adjunct professor, Van’t Land teaches both philosophy and political science courses.
Trinity Ranks Well in Areas of Collaborative Learning, Internships
Colleges pay close attention to the results of various national surveys that assess and rank institutions of higher education.
Taste of Asia: Photogallery
The smell of homemade Asian cuisine filled Tibstra Hall on Wednesday, November 20, at the Taste of Asia event hosted by the Asian American Alliance (AAA) and Hall Council. AAA relied on students from international backgrounds to help bring authentic dishes to the multicultural celebration.
Demographic Trends in Higher Education, Diversity Lecture
Trinity’s Diversity Lecture Series is one of the ways the College helps to develop cultural awareness and understanding within this Christian community.
Education – Keeping Ahead of the Curve: Photogallery
On November 21, the Education Department hosted Keeping Ahead of the Curve in the Ozinga Chapel as part of the effort to supports students and graduates in staying updated with the many issues and reforms happening in K-12 schools.
Trolls Advance to National Championships
In an exciting five-set match, the volleyball team upset No. 17 Bellevue University (Nebraska) in the NAIA National Championship Opening Round on November 23.
Conference Brings Student Writing out of the Classroom
English major Ethan Holmes ’16 was chosen to represent Trinity at the competitive Streamlines Conference on November 9 at University of Dubuque in Dubuque, Iowa.
Art Visit Days Welcomes High School Art Students: Photogallery
On November 14-15, 25 high school art students traveled from down the street and as far as Colorado to take part in Trinity’s annual Art Visit Days.
Troll Volleyball Conference Champions: Photogallery
“I love all sixteen of my teammates like I would my own sisters.”
Kaitlin Feddema ’14 of Kalamazoo, Michigan, an outside-hitter in her fourth year on the volleyball team, regards the relationships she has built with teammates as a highlight in a very successful 2013 season.
Members of the Trinity Community Celebrate Special Anniversaries
Each fall, the College recognizes special milestone anniversaries of staff and faculty over that past year. Blessings on all of the members of the Trinity community!
Trinity Class Benefits from Close Proximity to Chicago
Having Chicago’s resources nearby helps Trinity professors incorporate experiential learning into their course work. Darren Zancan, assistant professor of communication arts, uses Trinity’s proximity to Chicago to give students in his public relations course the opportunity to connect with professionals in the area.
Internships Lead to Jobs for Trinity Grads—New Issue of TRINITY
What sets Trinity apart from other Christian liberal arts colleges? One distinctive in particular is that 100% of Trinity undergraduates participate in internships or field education.
Future Teachers Gain Valuable Experience
Trinity education majors develop their knowledge of teaching both inside and outside of the college classroom. For them, the “outside the classroom” experience often places them in an elementary or high school classroom with internship opportunities for student observation, teacher aiding, and student teaching.
Children and Trinity's Future Teachers Learn From Each Other
On a recent visit for grade school students from Steger, Illinois, the pre-K through fourth graders from Foundations for Advancement enjoyed a special tour and lunch and engaged in learning activities with Trinity students from the education program.
Sunday Snacks Provides More than Food
Every week, Trinity’s Sunday Snacks volunteers come together on Sunday afternoons to stuff their backpacks full of homemade sack lunches. They pile into 12-passenger vans and head into Chicago, seeking out the homeless.
Lincoln Laureate Recipient Announced: Megan Anderson '14
Megan Anderson ’14 of Elgin, Illinois, has been named Trinity’s 28th Lincoln Laureate by the Lincoln Academy of Illinois.
Colloquium Celebrates Interdisciplinary Research
The Fireside Room overflowed with a scholarly audience on October 31 for Trinity’s first-ever Spenser Colloquium.
Moving into the World House, Campus Diversity
In her October 28 Diversity Lecture Series address, guest speaker Dr. Rebecca Hernandez of Goshen College said that in order for colleges to truly become more diverse, they need to push beyond hospitality and the “host-guest” relationship with students and embrace a new metaphor, that of an intercultural “world house.”
WorldView Series Educates and Inspires
Another year and another successful WorldView series educates, entertains, and inspires hundreds at Trinity Christian College.
New Degree Agreement to Benefit Transfer Students
A new agreement between Trinity and Moraine Valley Community College provides a seamless path for students planning to transfer to Trinity.
Nursing Students Prepare for Clinicals
Before sending junior nursing students into their first professional clinicals, the nursing department held its annual Commitment to Caring Ceremony on October 14 in the Grand Lobby.
SALT Breakfast Club Supports Charities: Photogallery
Participants in Trinity’s Seasoned Adult Learning at Trinity (SALT) spent the morning of October 8 learning about a growing local charity.
English Students Learn from Alumni Mondays at 10
In the English department’s new “Mondays at 10” sessions, students in English 103 with Dr. Michael Vander Weele ’73, professor of English, are learning from the experiences of Trinity alumni who have brought writing from the classroom into their various careers. E
Apollo Chorus Performs in WorldView Series: Photogallery
The Apollo Chorus, the premier volunteer chorus of the Chicagoland area, performed at Trinity’s Ozinga Chapel on Monday, October 14, as part of Trinity’s 2013 WorldView Series.
Live WYLL Broadcast on Campus Features Students
As part of its fall tour, Chicago’s Christian talk radio station WYLL 1160 AM visited campus on October 10 in the Art and Communication Center. On air personality Karl Clauson interviewed students and professors during the two-hour program about their Trinity experiences and the benefits of a Trinity education.
Let Them Eat Cake!
Is someone at Trinity having a birthday? Do you want to say “I love you” or “I’m thinking of you”? Say it with cake!
Jubilation! and Dedication of the DeVos Center: Photogallery
On October 4, Trinity Christian College’s annual Jubilation! fundraiser also served as a dedication service for the newly completed and recently renamed DeVos Athletics and Recreation Center (previously the Trinity Athletics and Recreation Complex).
Homecoming Events Bring Current and Past Students Together: Photogallery
The Trinity community spent October 4-5 in celebration of Homecoming Weekend with events planned to include not only alumni but current students and the local community.
New Admissions Counselors Serve Special Demographics
This fall Trinity gains two new admissions counselors to help overseas students and students who are transferring from other in-state colleges.
A Pattern of Learning, Teaching, and Love of God and Creation
Dr. Brad Breems, professor of sociology, walks along the Trinity Trail that winds through trees and brush and along the creek. The walk is no mere respite from classes or sociological research, but something more intentional.
Tom Key Performance Packs Kallemeyn Theatre
Actor Tom Key starred in a unique one-man play, “Screwtape in Person,” in the Marg Kallemeyn Theatre on Monday, October 7, as a part of Trinity’s WorldView Series.
Chicago Fire, Faith, and Family Event: Photogallery
The Chicago Fire’s Faith and Family Night is an annual event that draws members of the Trinity community up from Palos Heights to Toyota Park, the Chicago Fire stadium.
Much to Celebrate with 2013-14 Enrollment
The first blessing was an increase in the number of incoming freshmen at 202, an eight percent increase over last year.
Black and White Dress-up Night of Jazz: Photogallery
On Friday, September 27, the Grand Lobby hummed with the sound of happy students and Trinity community members mingling over lemonade at Trinity’s annual Black and White Dress-up Night of Jazz.
Trinity Celebrates U.S. News and Other Rankings
U.S.News & World Report’s 2014 “Best Colleges” list ranked Trinity 28th among the 367 Regional Colleges—Midwest. The U.S. News list considers several criteria, including peer assessment, graduation and freshmen retention rates, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources, and alumni giving.
Professors Selected as Fulbright Specialists
Dr. Patti Powell, director of the graduate program in special education, and Dr. Mackenzi Huyser ’97, dean for faculty development and academic programs, have been accepted to the roster of Fulbright Specialists.
See All the Great Updates on Campus: Photogallery
Students came back to some changes on campus when they returned for the fall 2013 semester.
Trinity Ranked as Top Tier College by U.S.News & World Report
Trinity Christian College has been ranked 28th among Regional Colleges—Midwest by U.S.News & World Report in “Best Colleges” for 2014. A total of 367 colleges are ranked in the entire Regional category.
Trinity Named as a Military Friendly School for 2014
Trinity Christian College has been named to the 2014 Military Friendly Schools list by Victory Media, the premier media entity for military personnel transitioning into civilian life.
College Celebrates President’s 10th Anniversary: Photogallery
The College celebrated the 10th anniversary of President Steven Timmermans, Ph.D. on Saturday, September 7, with an open house.
Trinity Ranks among Top Colleges in Nation for Value and Service
Trinity is pleased to announce some recent rankings that speak to the quality and value of a Trinity education.
Getting Involved—Students Consider the Opportunities: Photogallery
Amidst volunteers giving out free popcorn, snow cones, and treats, students wandered through rows of tables covered in posters, fliers, and candy at the Involvement Fair on August 30.
College Celebrates 55th Convocation: Photogallery
Convocation is a special time of fellowship and worship as the campus community gathers to celebrate the beginning of the academic year.
TAC Raises $40K for Student-Athlete Scholarships: Photogallery
A beautiful late summer day, a manicured country club, and 108 golfers combined to make the 27th annual Trinity Athletics Club Golf Classic a success. The event raised over $40,000 in scholarships for Trinity student athletes.
Faculty Prepare for the New Semester
Preparation for the new semester begins long before the end of summer, but for faculty, an important part of that preparation is the Fall Retreat.
Welcome Back, Trinity Students! Photogallery
One of the most exciting days on campus is Move-in Day. Freshmen were welcomed to campus on August 23 by an energetic and helpful Move-in Crew, wheeling shopping carts back and forth from family vans to residence hall rooms.
Community Offers Warm Welcome-and Discounts!-for Students - Photogallery
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.
Alumnus of the Year Announced
This year’s Alumnus of the Year Award recognizes Rich Schutt ’76, CEO of Providence Life Services.
Eight Summer-End Tips for Trinity Freshmen
The summer before the first year of college is exciting…and stressful. Trinity offers these tips to help students make the most of the last weeks of summer and transition into college life.
Professor Heads Out on Leg of Sea to Sea Ride
A common sight around campus is Professor Michael Vander Weele on this bike. Next week, he heads out on a ride that will take him much further than his usual route from Trinity to home after classes.
Youth Unlimited Serves Hundreds in Chicagoland
After gathering in Trinity’s Ozinga Chapel for prayer and worship each morning, nearly 300 students, leaders, and other participants in Youth Unlimited’s Chicago Project head to various work sites around Chicagoland to volunteer.
High School Juniors Get a Taste of College Life
High school juniors experienced college firsthand this month at Trinity. Eleven students from Noble Network of Charter Schools...
Trinity Grads to Lead Their Own Classrooms This Fall
Trinity Adult Studies Education graduates are among the most qualified teachers in the field, and the College’s excellent reputation...
Trinity Alum recognized as Exemplary Teacher
Adult Studies graduate Dave Kush ’05 of Homewood-Flossmoor High School has won the award of “Star in the Classroom” from the Illinois Council for Economic Education.
Special Offer in Celebration of TAC’s 27th Year
In honor of the TAC Golf Classic’s 27th year, Trinity’s athletics department has set a goal of 27 new golfers participating. To help reach that goal, organizers are offering $50 off the individual registration fee for first-time attendees and for guests who bring a new golfer.
Classroom Project Leads to Career Calling
When Dorothy Rosier ’08 of Lemont, Illinois, was choosing her capstone project for the Adult Studies Business Program, she was going to focus on her current job in corporate marketing. But as she prayed about what to do, she felt the Lord was guiding her in a different direction.
Connecting with the University of Mkar
Trinity Christian College hosted representatives from the University of Mkar in Nigeria on Tuesday, June 25, with a goal to establish a partnership with the university as an international sister-school.
Alumni Golfers Raise Funds for Scholarships: Photogallery
More than 50 alumni and friends of the College raised $9,000 for the Alumni Excellence Scholarship at this year’s Alumni Golf Outing on June 8. The renewable scholarship provides $1,500 awards for children of alumni attending Trinity.
Lieutenant Governor Sheila Simon on Campus for ACI Summer Institute
Education reform in Illinois was the topic of Lieutenant Governor Sheila Simon’s address to more than 100 teachers, teacher educators, and soon-to-be teachers at the Associated Colleges of Illinois (ACI) Summer Institute for Educators held on campus Friday, June 21.
Earn a Master’s in Special Ed in 1½ Years – Competitive Tuition Rate
Teachers can earn a master’s degree in Special Education with LBS I licensure in 1½ years at Trinity for a competitively-priced tuition cost.
Blueprints Welcomes Students: Photogalleries
Blueprints is a great way for incoming freshmen to begin their Trinity adventure. On June 21 and 22, students attended the annual registration weekend, a time when they can also connect with future roommates, classmates, and professors and get acquainted with their new community.
Nursing Department Celebrates Accreditation and Grant
Trinity’s nursing department will be continuing to build on its exceptional program as it enters another 10-year re-accreditation period...
Korean Pastors Visit Cultivates Cross-Cultural Learning and Partnership
One of the benefits of small liberal arts colleges like Trinity is the ability to cultivate and nurture relationships with local schools and churches as well as those across the globe.
Senior Art Majors Final Exhibit Showcases Talent: Photogallery
This year’s senior art thesis show featured nine graduating seniors and was exhibited in Trinity’s Seerveld Gallery through May 18, graduation day.
Trinity Now Offering Degrees in Some Majors in Three Years
Students enrolling at Trinity (in one of nine selected majors) now have the option to complete a degree faster, saving costs associated with tuition, student loans, and living expenses.
Trinity Celebrates Commencement 2013: Photogalleries
Commencement celebrated the graduation of 189 traditional and 45 Adult Studies students on Saturday, May 18, 2013. The speaker for the traditional ceremony was Dr. Justin Cooper ’72, executive director of Christian Higher Education Canada (CHEC).
Unique Student-Teaching Experience in Kenya
Like most senior education majors, Hannah Schaap ’13 of Mahomet, Illinois, is spending her final semester student teaching. That experience has been unique.
Business Alumnus Offers Guidance to Undergrads
Trinity’s business professors see alumni as one of their best teaching resources. Last week, students in the Personal Selling Class, taught by Assistant Professor of Business Kyle Harkema, learned about life after Trinity from alumnus Jeff Weidenaar ’96.
Vander Velde Scholarship Winners 2013-14
Throughout the month of March, some of Trinity’s most academically ambitious students prepared their applications for the Maurice Vander Velde Junior Scholarship Awards. The scholarship supports outstanding junior or senior students in collaborative research with a Trinity professor in their chosen disciplines.
Trinity Loves Palos: Photogallery
Every year Trinity students and faculty take time out of their busy spring schedules to take care of Palos Heights. On Saturday, May 4, the 11th annual “Love Palos” event took place, bringing the Trinity community together for a day of volunteer work.
30-Hour Famine Raises Awareness on Campus
Trinity students recently participated in a 30-hour “famine” planned by Trinity’s Service Committee. Students fasted and let their hunger serve as a reminder to pray for those who are starving around the world.
Trinity Faculty and Staff Bike Sea to Sea
As the Trinity community looks toward summer break, students and professors make plans to make the most of it. This summer, two members of the Trinity community will participate in part of a nine-week cross-country bike ride called the Sea to Sea Bike Tour.
Trinity Festival Inspires Young Authors from Area Schools: Photogallery
How do you hold the attention of more than 218 elementary school students at the annual Young Author’s Festival?
You put artist Ben Hatke in front of them.
Vander Velde Scholarship Encourages Student-Professor Collaboration
The Maurice Vander Velde Junior Scholarship Award supports outstanding junior or senior students in collaborative research with a Trinity professor. The scholarship was established in memory of Maurice Vander Velde, one of the founders of the College.
And the Survey Says… Results Are Reason to Celebrate
The quality of a college can be measured in many ways. One of the most important—and telling—is feedback from students.
Students Showcase Work at OPUS 2013: Photogallery
On Tuesday, April 23, faculty became learners and students became teachers as the Trinity community gathered to enjoy OPUS, a campus-wide academic celebration sponsored by Trinity’s Academic Initiative.
GasBuddy Analyst on Gas Prices at TBN Event: Photos/Video
Why do gas prices fluctuate so dramatically? What factors drive gas prices?
Most important, how do consumers make informed purchasing decisions?
Special Day Welcomes Grandparents to Campus: Photogallery
It’s one of the most fun family events at Trinity.Scores of grandparents from all over the country visit campus for the annual Grandparents’ Day.
Trinity Scholars’ Dinner Celebrates Student-Faculty Research: Photogallery
Trinity’s Honors Society Committee recently hosted the 3rd annual Trinity Scholars’ Dinner, celebrating the work of both the Vander Velde Scholars and senior students in the Honors Program.
Trinity Trail Clean-up: Photogallery
The Trinity Trail is a hidden gem on campus. Winding through the wooded area along part of Navajo Creek, the trail is a favorite place for reflection, prayer, and a break from the busy-ness of college life.
Trinity Considers Global Education Partnership
Trinity’s small size and close community are considered great assets. But Trinity also strives to provide global opportunities for its students.
Student Writers Gain New POV of Literature
Gaining writing experience outside of the classroom enhances a student’s learning. The 22nd Annual Undergraduate Conference on English Language and Literature at the University of St. Francis in Joliet, Illinois, gave seven Trinity students the opportunity to share their work in a professional and scholarly setting.
Student Initiative Creates Aquaponics Ecosystem: Photogallery
Scientists have successfully imitated the ecosystem of a healthy pond in order to bring fresh produce to urban areas. And now Trinity students are building this system on campus.
Photos by Trinity Students Selected for Best College Photography
Five photos taken by students from Trinity’s art department were some of those recently selected out of 16,000 entries in the Photographer’s Forum annual college photography contest.
Spring Breakers “Raise the Roof”: Photogallery
Hurricane Irene hit the east coast in 2011. The impact from that storm remains visible today in many areas. One of those is Swan Quarter, North Carolina, where 41 Trinity students spent their spring break serving the community, tearing off roofs and installing new ones for families whose houses were damaged.
Meet the 2013 Founders Scholars
The College is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2013 Founders’ Scholarship.
Congratulations to Trevor Dalla Santa of Lynden, Washington, and Ben Hoekstra of Brookfield, Wisconsin!
Giving Educators the Edge
Students need access to networking opportunities as well as opportunities to develop as scholars.
Each year, Dr. Trina Vallone ’98, associate professor of education, offers these opportunities to pre-service teachers by inviting students in her reading course to present at the Illinois Reading Conference in Springfield, Illinois.
New Diversity Scholarship Awarded to Seven Students
This year, seven students were chosen to receive Trinity’s new Diversity Scholars Award. Formerly the Greater Chicago Christian Leadership Scholarship, the purpose of the Diversity Scholars Program is to recognize scholars from under-represented populations in and beyond the Chicago area.
Relational Justice Topic of Asian-American Alliance Event
Trinity’s Asian-American Alliance (AAA) hosts events that celebrate diversity at Trinity and raise awareness of injustice across the globe. AAA recently hosted its first event of the semester, which focused on immigration policy and the need for “relational justice.”
Trinity Recognized for Nearly 31,000 Hours of Service
Trinity Christian College has been named to the 2013 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for the 30,937 hours students have volunteered to serve others locally and globally.
Trinity Wins ACCA Computer Programming Competition
Trinity’s Computer Science department recently received recognition at the Associated Colleges of the Chicago Area (ACCA) 2013 Programming Competition. The computer programming team competed against six other Chicago area colleges on Saturday, February 23, and came away with a win.
Arts Conference Provides Advice for Students
At the 13th annual Self Employment in the Arts Conference (SEA), professionals united to give young artists advice on successfully positioning themselves in the marketplace. Two Trinity students took this chance to learn from professionals in the field.
Celebration of African American Culture: Photogallery
Trinity’s Organization of African American Unity (OAAU) welcomed students and faculty to join in the Celebration of African American Culture on Wednesday, February 27. Attendees shared a delicious meal while enjoying performances of dance, music, and poetry.
Annual Hawaiian Dance with Elim Students: Photogallery
Start with colorful Hawaiian decorations. Add a great DJ and delicious snacks. Mix in 45 high schoolers from Elim Christian School dressed in their best Hawaiian clothes. Throw in energetic Trinity Christian College special education majors…
English Festival Celebrates Learning, Reading, and Calling: Photogallery
They were in their literary glory on February 18. English students, professors, and visiting alumni enjoyed a full day of activities at Trinity’s English festival, which welcomed Dr. Deborah Bowen, professor of English at Redeemer University College, poet and alumnus John Terpstra ’74, and Professor Emerita Virginia LaGrand.
Trinity Business Network Proves Valuable Experience
The Trinity Business Network (TBN) hosts events that bring students and local businesses together, allowing students to apply the critical thinking skills they learn in the classroom to actual operational and strategic matters.
Alumni Winter Weekend: Photogallery
Alumni had a great reason to visit campus on February 16. Winter Weekend presented a variety of opportunities to have fun, learn, and reconnect for more than 120 alumni.
Students Inspired by Interim
Access to healthful and environmentally-friendly food and the global consequences of consumer actions were the main topics discussed in the recent Interim course Food Justice. Students learned about the food system and the potential for injustices caused to people, animals, and the environment.
Community Partnerships with Tabitha House
Tabitha House Ministries, a branch of Restoration Ministries in Harvey, Illinois, creates a safe environment where women can get back on a path to a healthy life, both physically and spiritually.
Celebrating the Diverse Scholarly Work of Professors
Summer is often a time when Trinity faculty pursue scholarly work. That work was celebrated at a recent reception honoring the 2012 summer research grant recipients.
2012 President’s Report and Photogallery
Last year, the College chose to go paperless with the President’s Report and received a very positive response from readers. We continue that practice and now present the 2012 President’s Report, which provides four perspectives on the previous year:
10th Annual Black History Month Lecture
Trinity recently held its 10th annual public lecture in honor of Black History Month, and welcomed Dr. Emmett Price III, professor of music at Northeastern University in Massachusetts.
Serving Others—Institutional and Personal Mission
Spain is the usual destination for Sarah Sanford, director of marketing and recruitment for Trinity’s Semester in Spain program.
2012 December Commencement—Photogallery
Trinity Christian College celebrated the graduation of traditional and Adult Studies students during the Commencement ceremony on Saturday, December 15, 2012.
Student’s Project Becomes Means for Educating Others
The service learning project combined student Vicky Ranftl’s Adult Studies education with her passion to raise awareness of pulmonary hypertension (PH), a rare disorder causing intolerable blood pressure levels in the arteries between the lungs and heart.
Women’s Soccer Team Serves in Florida: Photogallery
Members of the women’s soccer team were told they would not be sleeping in for one of the mornings during their time in Kissimmee, Florida, at the NCCAA national tournament. Instead, they would be making an impact on the lives of more than 30,000 people.
Professor Brings to Light Story of an “Almost” Pioneer
They were almost pioneers.
Now the memoir of Laura Smith, written decades ago as a record of her brief Wyoming homesteading adventure from 1913 to 1916, is being shared with others through the efforts of Dr. John Fry, professor of history.
Business Students Gain Global Perspective at Marketplace Revolution
Business. Dignity. Ending poverty. This was the focus of the Partners Worldwide Marketplace Revolution conference in November.
Business Department Receives Grant to Strengthen Vocational Formation
The business department has received a $50,000 2012 NetVUE Program Development Grant, which will be used to strengthen the focus on vocational calling and to develop a more integrated approach to the study and realization of vocational opportunities for students.
PE Students Learn Through Experience and Service: Photogallery
Students in Trinity’s physical education department recently participated in some out-of-class learning experiences during field trips to a health convention and to Restoration Ministries.
Two Trolls Teams Advance to NCCAA National Championships
It was a big sports weekend for the Trolls with both the women’s soccer team and the volleyball team claiming region championships. With their wins, the teams advance to the NCCAA National Championships in Kissimmee, Florida, November 28-December 1.
Perez Named College’s 27th Lincoln Laureate
Adam Perez ’13 of Racine, Wisconsin, has been named Trinity’s 27th Lincoln Laureate by the Lincoln Academy of Illinois. He was recently honored at the annual Student Laureate Convocation in Springfield.
New Issue of TRINITY Magazine Online: Real-world Success
The fall issue of TRINITY magazine is now online! This “Real-World Success” issue features profiles of recent alumni from a variety of majors who are enjoying careers in their areas of study, including accounting, art, biology, education, and many others.
Nursing Students Share Health Lessons with Kids in Chicago: Photogallery
Students in Trinity’s nursing program recently shared their knowledge with children in the afterschool program at By the Hand Club for Kids in Chicago.
Alumni Share Experiences at Meet the Majors Event: Photogallery
Trinity students had a chance to find out firsthand what the “real world” is like for graduates who share their area of study.
Business Students Work with SCORE Program, Local Businesses- Photogallery
As part of their experiential learning this semester, upper-level business students have been presenting to a panel composed of members of SCORE, the Trinity Business Network, and other professionals in the areas of marketing, training, consulting, higher education leadership, business ownership, and web marketing.
Women’s Soccer Team Upsets No.1 Tigers in CCAC Tournament
The women’s soccer team at Trinity is proving that regular season results do not matter when it comes to tournament time in its post-season run.
Trollstock--a Campus-wide Talent Show: Photogallery
More than 700 Trinity students, parents, and friends watched as students shared their talents on Saturday, November 3 at the annual Trollstock competition in the Ozinga Chapel. The event included traditional singing performances along with some unique acts.
Professor Shares Math Expertise in Malaysia: Photogallery
Dr. Mary Webster Moore, associate professor of mathematics education, has seen God’s provision in many ways during her overseas travels.
Theology Professors Publish Papers on Philosophers and the Godhead
The scholarly work of two professors at Trinity has recently been published. Two recent publications included essays written for different collections by theology professors Dr. Keith Starkenburg and Dr. Yudha Thianto.
Students, Faculty Celebrate Launch of Literary Arts Magazine: Photogallery
Hartrick Vander Ploeg ’15 of Frankfort, Illinois, stood in front of students and faculty of the English and art departments as he shared his recently published short fiction piece, “Permanence of the Supernova.”
Teaching the Integration of Faith to Teachers in Haiti: Photogallery
Traveling overseas is not only a learning experience for students but for faculty as well. Every year, Trinity professors study abroad during sabbaticals or serve as trainers and educators and in volunteer roles in countries all over the world.
Pre-Engineering Program Offered for Fall 2013
The College will begin offering its new pre-engineering program in the Fall 2013 semester.
Volleyball Team at Top of CCAC Conference
With a 16-match win streak earlier this season, an undefeated September, and a 21-5 overall record, the women’s volleyball team is looking forward to the rest of its season.
Homecoming 2012: Photogallery
New events helped make this year’s Homecoming an even greater event and offered more opportunities for hundreds of alumni to reconnect.
Trinity Introduces New Debate Club
Trinity students will participate in a new kind of competition soon: intercollegiate debates. The College recently formed a debate club with six students led by Diana Wolfson.
Trinity Student Exhibits at ArtPrize in Grand Rapids
With only a little time left before the acceptance deadline, Chelsea Konyndyk ’13 of Zeeland, Michigan, had still not been selected into a venue at ArtPrize, a large art competition in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Then, with only five hours left, she was in.
Prayers Said Over Nursing Students Before Next Step
Every year, Trinity’s nursing faculty and senior nursing students encircle the newest members of the College’s nursing program. They place their hands on them as they are blessed and welcomed into the next step of their education—their first professional clinical.
Partnering with Bright Promise to Expand Trinity’s Urban Embrace
Trinity enjoys partnerships with a variety of organizations in the suburbs and in Chicago. Many alumni work in local schools, non-profits, and businesses, having gained some of their first work and service experience in these places through Trinity internships or volunteer opportunities.
Trinity Provides New Options for Commuters
With nearly half of Trinity’s undergraduate students living off campus, the College found new ways to help commuting students feel welcome on campus this year.
Social Work Graduate Finds Opportunities Abroad
Jennifer Brink ’12 of Grand Rapids, Michigan knew that when she graduated she wanted to work with diverse populations. With a summer position in Hong Kong and a new year-long position in Africa, she is doing just that.
Trinity Named as a Military Friendly School for 2013
Trinity Christian College has been named by G.I. Jobs magazine as a Military Friendly School for 2013. This ranks Trinity in the top 15 percent of all colleges, universities, and trade schools that make efforts to embrace America’s military students and ensure their success on campus.
Professors Share Musical Gifts at Faculty Recital
Although many of the musical events at Trinity feature student ensembles and choirs, faculty and professors of the College’s music department had the opportunity to showcase their talents at the Music Faculty Recital on September 11 in the Van Namen Recital Hall.
Involvement Fair Showcases Opportunities
Students looking to get involved and members of different campus and community organizations recently had an opportunity to meet at the annual Student Involvement Fair.
Trinity Ranked as Top Tier College by U.S.News & World Report
Trinity Christian College has been ranked 21st among Regional Colleges—Midwest by U.S.News & World Report in “America’s Best Colleges” for 2013. A total of 370 colleges are ranked in the entire Regional category.
First Year Forum: Students Get First Taste of Trinity
Over 200 new Trinity students spent a morning working together in their matching “Troll Nation” t-shirts to wrap presents for children in need.
54th Convocation Celebrates Community: Photogallery
Convocation is “a calling together” of the entire campus community to celebrate the beginning of the academic year. On Wednesday, August 29, President Steve Timmermans, Ph.D. welcomed students and faculty back to campus, adding a special welcome to 10 new faculty members, 12 new staff members, and more than 400 new students.
2011 Grad Wins First Year Teacher of the Year Award
Tania Anzaldi ’11 teaches 4th grade at Steele Creek Elementary in Charlotte, North Carolina. Although she is just starting out, her commitment to her vocation and especially to her students was recently recognized with the First Year Teacher of the Year award presented by the school.
Students Move-in for the New Academic Year
Trinity’s move-in crew welcomed incoming resident students during the College’s official Move-in Day for freshmen on Friday, August 24.
Anime and Worldview - a Timely and Thought-provoking Course
“To watch an anime film is to travel to a foreign country—to a place where people think in unfamiliar ways about nature, history, technology, and spirituality; and where the animated film itself presupposes an audience quite different from that of the latest Disney feature.”
Two Grads Commissioned into Marine Corps
Two recent Trinity Christian College graduates were commissioned into the Marine Corps on July 17. The ceremony, attended by family and friends, was held in the Ozinga Chapel Grand Lobby.
Home and Back Again—A Student’s Journey to Liberia
He wasn’t sure exactly why, but Trinity senior Samuel Lankah ’13 knew in his heart it was time to go back home. Born in Liberia, Sam was a baby when his family fled the country in 1990 to escape the grip of one of Africa’s bloodiest civil wars, a war that would last until 2003, displace millions, and take the lives of more than 200,000 Liberians.
Noble High School Students Set Off on College Quest
Eleven students from Noble charter schools in Chicago participated in Trinity’s inaugural College Quest program July 15 through August 3. During the three-week residential learning experience, the soon-to-be high school juniors earned three college credits in political science and got a taste of life on campus.
Trinity Alumni Power Business
After missing each other by a few years as students at Trinity, Matt Steigenga ’92 and Steve Cooper ex ’86 eventually ended up being not only fellow alumni but brothers-in-law and business partners.
Adult Studies Inspires Student to Finish Educational Journey
As names were called during the 2012 May Commencement ceremony, Lorna Sobilo ’12 crossed the stage to receive her long sought after bachelor’s degree in music. A few hours later, her name was again called as she accepted a degree earned through the Adult Studies program.
Mission Trip Becomes Personal Journey
Each year, Trinity employees receive a service time allowance to carry out God’s call to serve others. Faculty and staff often take this time to serve locally and overseas.
Earn a Counseling Psychology Bachelor’s and Master’s in Five Years
Trinity Christian College is offering the opportunity to earn a bachelor’s and master’s degree in counseling psychology in only five years. The 3+2 track combines an academically intensive three years of undergraduate work with Trinity’s master’s degree program.
Chicago Fire Soccer Club Trains Young Players on Campus
Young soccer players honed their skills under the professional guidance of the Chicago Fire Soccer Club on the campus of Trinity July 8-13.
Alumna and Honorary Alumni of the Year Announced
This year’s Alumna of the Year Award recognized Louella DeVries ’93, president and Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor at Olive Branch Counseling Associates in Oak Forest, Illinois.
Blueprints for the Future: Photogalleries
Clutching pillows and approaching the Blueprints welcome table surrounded by family members, new Trinity students began their college adventure at the annual registration weekend on June 29 and 30.
Professor of the Year Honored for ‘History’ of Exceptional Teaching
The professor effortlessly navigates the sidewalks crisscrossing campus, his guide cane tapping along the paths he has walked for the past 33 years.
The Transformative Study Abroad Experience—Photogallery
Victoria Van Hofwegen ’14 of Tolleson, Arizona, said that from a young age she knew Trinity was “the place” for her. “Overall, what drew me in was the sense of community when I was on campus even though it was far away from home.”
Alumni Golf Outing Raises Over $9,000 for Scholarships—Photogallery
More than 50 alumni and friends of the College raised over $9,000 for the Alumni Excellence Scholarship at this year’s Alumni Golf Outing on June 9. The renewable scholarship provides $1,500 awards for children of alumni attending Trinity.
Teacher’s Experiment Heads to Space
In April, Sara Timmer ’86 began conducting a unique experiment. She and her students at Highland Christian School, Highland, Indiana, began germinating soybean seeds in the classroom while also preparing another “crop” to germinate way outside of the classroom…namely outer space.
Congratulations to Dean’s List Honorees
Each semester, Trinity students in the College’s traditional program who meet high academic standards are included in the Dean’s List. Students must complete the semester at full-time status to be eligible.
Professors Reach Milestones in Their Academic Careers
Trinity professors are known for their dedication to integrating a Christian world view into the curriculum and for the caring and commitment they demonstrate to students inside—and outside—the classroom.
Trinity Celebrates May Commencement 2012: Photogalleries
Commencement celebrated the graduation of 205 traditional and 77 Adult Studies students on Saturday, May 12, 2012. The speaker for the traditional ceremony was Donnita Travis, founder and executive director of By the Hand Club for Kids; and Dr. Lori Scrementi ’00, dean for Adult Studies.
Athletics Department Presents Special Awards
Three Trinity athletes were recognized at the Athletics Award Night for their achievements over the past year. The event on May 1 included reflections on the year’s sports season, a celebration of accomplishments, and the presentation of the athletics department’s special awards.
Alumni Host Fundraiser for Rusticus Family
In honor of their former classmate Andrew Rusticus ’05 and in an effort to help the family left behind after his death, more than 150 alumni, friends, and family members held a fundraiser on campus April 28. Rusticus, 29, died of an apparent heart attack on Saturday, February 25.
Young Authors Welcomes Children’s Book Illustrator: Photogallery
Michael Hays was the guest speaker for this year’s Young Authors Festival at Trinity. In addition to explaining his process for illustrating picture books, Hays treated local elementary students to a very animated reading of Abiyoyo, a storysong by folk artist Pete Seeger and Hays’ first picture book.
Students “Love Palos”: Photogallery
Bright orange t-shirts could be seen all over the Palos Heights area on Saturday, April 28. The shirts were worn by 85 Trinity students, faculty, and other members of the Palos community serving at the 10th annual Love Palos, a community service event.
Trinity Recognizes Recipients of Catherine Yonker Award for Diversity
The Ethnic Diversity Committee recently named Cynthia Coffey ’13 of Robbins, Illinois; Alejandra Romo ’15 of Chicago; and Dr. Robert Rice, professor of history, as the recipients of the Catherine Yonker Award for Diversity during the College’s Celebration of Asia in April.
2nd Annual Scholars Dinner Celebrates Student-Faculty Research
The 2nd Annual Scholars Dinner on April 20 celebrated student and faculty research among former Vander Velde Scholars, Honors students, Founders Scholars, and faculty mentors.
Professor Serves as American Editor for International Project
In 1618-19, delegates from the Netherlands and eight other countries met over a period of several months in the great Synod of Dort and produced the Canons of Dort. These statements of doctrine adopted by the synod addressed the Arminian controversy in the Dutch churches.
Trinity Recognizes Dr. Sherry Barnes
“Communication arts is a practical discipline. Our ability to communicate well is a key factor to success in any aspect of life, whether personal, professional, or social. It is a skill that everyone can learn to use proficiently.”
French Students Experience Life at Trinity
While stories of Trinity students learning and serving overseas abound, this month the campus welcomed 18 visitors from Notre Dame de la Paix, a college in Lorient, France.
Students Showcase Work at OPUS: Photogallery
A bagpiper, Sinterklaas, and the Trinity Troll paraded around campus on Tuesday, April 24, to begin OPUS, an academic celebration for all departments sponsored by Trinity’s Academic Initiative.
Celebrating the Cultures of Asia: Photogallery
Trinity students celebrated cultures from the Philippines, India, and Korea during the Celebration of Asia held on April 19. The event, sponsored by the Asian American Alliance (AAA), allows students to experience different Asian cultures through food and entertainment.
Students Compete for “Mr. Troll” Title in Spoof Pageant: Photogallery
Trinity recently held the annual “Mr. Troll,” a spoof pageant competition for male students. Participants are scored by a panel of judges in categories such as creativity, effort, originality, sportsmanship, and personality.
More Grandparents Than Ever at Annual Event: Photogallery
A record-breaking number of grandparents visited campus on Wednesday, April 18, for Grandparents’ Day. Trinity welcomed 224 grandparents to the annual event, which included a morning of music, student addresses, worship, lunch, and campus tours.
Social Work Students Spend Advocacy Day in Springfield
A group of seven social work students at Trinity recently had a chance to practice political lobbying in Springfield, Illinois, as part of Advocacy Day, sponsored by the National Association of Social Workers.
World Is Classroom for Many Students This Semester
Seven Trinity students wake up in their apartments in downtown Chicago. They will soon leave for internships in their respective disciplines where they will get hands-on experience working with Chicago companies and organizations.
New Student Association Executive Committee Elected
Elections for the 2012-2013 Student Association Executive Committee were recently held, and four new students will represent their peers next year in the executive positions. Elections for the 2012-2013 class representatives were held April 18-19.
Trinity Students Spend Spring Break Serving—Photogallery
A group of Trinity students prepared for a surprise birthday party they were holding for Annette. They felt it was the least they could do after she had invited all 12 of them over for dinner--multiple times. It was impossible to believe they had only met this woman a few days ago.
Heather Murray ’13 blogs about her Contemporary Music Center semester in Nashville
CMC sure has its share of surprises throughout the semester! With just six total staff members the number of connections each one has in this town alone truly amazes me. Each one speaks with ease about their friends, generally settling for first names.
Nursing Class of ’92 Celebrates 20th Year Reunion
This March, Trinity’s Nursing Class of 1992 gathered on campus to commemorate 20 years since graduating from the College. Nearly half of the original class of 20 attended, traveling from Illinois, Wisconsin, Indiana, and Michigan. They were joined by former nursing faculty members Lois Roelofs and Betty Klaassens.
Chicago Area Students Awarded Christian Leadership Scholarship
Two high school senior students have been awarded Trinity’s Greater Chicago Christian Leadership Scholarship: Jose Gonzalez of Chicago and Nathan Smith of Lake in the Hills.
Thousands of Volunteer Hours Earns Trinity President’s Honor Roll Recognition
With 21,436 hours of community service logged during the 2010-2011 academic year and 933 Trinity students involved in community service, the College has once again been named to the President’s Honor Roll for Community Service.
Four Brothers Attend Trinity in Same Semester
The odds that the Copeland brothers will run into each other on campus this year are good, considering the four siblings are all attending Trinity. Ben ’14, Joshua ’12, Jacob ’13, and Caleb ’14 of Arlington Heights, Illinois, are sharing the Trinity experience together.
Track & Field team train and compete over Spring Break
Members of the Trinity track and field team traveled south during spring break for competition and training. Twenty-five of the team’s members traveled to Panama City Beach, Florida, and then to Memphis, Tennessee, for a track meet at Rhodes College.
Trinity at Top for CPA Exam Results
Accounting graduates from Trinity topped the list for the highest average score on CPA exams for the second year in a row. The results for the 2011 CPA exam show that Trinity graduates scored an average of 78.08 while the state average was 71.56, according to the Illinois Board of Examiners.
U.S. Navy Band Sea Chanters Chorus Performs for Over 1,100: Photogallery
More than 1,100 packed Trinity’s Ozinga Chapel Auditorium to see the United States Navy Band Sea Chanters Chorus perform on March 12.
Student Gives More than Donations in St. Baldrick’s Cancer Fundraiser
When Amanda Carr ’12 of Terre Haute, Indiana, began her internship at the University of Illinois Medical Center she did not expect to lose all of her hair, but after a few weeks there she knew it was something she had to do.
Conference Links Students with Graphic Arts Professionals
In February, graphic design student Heather Van Sant ’14 of Sully, Iowa, accompanied by Ellen Browning, assistant professor of art and design, attended the 12th Annual Self Employment in the Arts Conference sponsored by the Coleman Foundation.
Students Support Efforts to Aid North Korean Refugees
Trinity students have a heart for service whether that service involves tutoring children at a local after-school program or traveling to Haiti to build homes for earthquake victims.
Recycling Initiatives on Campus
Members of the Trinity Campus Ecological Stewardship Advisory Group (CESAG) recently met in the Heritage Science Center to see how well students were recycling. The demonstration was an effort to improve the College’s recycling habits.
Mark Schultz Performs at Trinity: Photogallery
Mark Schultz, the Dove Award winning Christian recording artist, performed in concert at Trinity on Friday, March 2, for an audience of nearly 900, including friends of the College, neighbors, alumni, and the Trinity community of students, faculty, and staff.
Students Hear Stories of Homelessness
On Monday, February 27, students and faculty heard the real-life stories of three guest speakers who shared their experiences about being homeless. The guests were part of a speaker’s bureau from the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless, a nonprofit organization that works against homelessness in Chicago.
Lent—a time of spiritual preparation at Trinity
All 1,189 chapters of the Bible will be read out loud during the week before Easter, which is expected to take about 80 hours. It is just one of several ways that students and groups at Trinity are spiritually preparing during the time of Lent.
Trinity Now Offers Master’s Degrees
Trinity Christian College has announced the launch of its new Graduate Studies programs, scheduled to begin in fall 2012. Trinity’s Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology and Master of Arts in Special Education will be offered at the College’s main campus in Palos Heights.
Photography Students Featured in “Best College Photography 2012”
Three Trinity photography students recently had their photos published in “Best College Photography 2012,” a book distributed worldwide to college libraries and to instructors of photography, and art and design.
Andrew Elliott Rusticus - In Memory
The Trinity Christian College community is mourning the loss of alumnus Andrew Elliott Rusticus, age 29. Rusticus died of an apparent heart attack on Saturday, February 25, leaving behind his wife Michelle and his daughters, three-year-old Baylee Noel and three-month-old Libby Grace
Cross-Major Field Trip Provides Unique Learning in the City: Photogallery
Students in studio art and communication arts classes recently took advantage of the unseasonably warm weather for a field trip to Chicago to study various forms of messaging in the city.
Alumna Serving as VISTA Volunteer
When alumna Carrie Timmermans ’11 decided to take a break between graduating from Trinity and starting graduate school, she never predicted that break would bring her back to her alma mater.
Faculty Scholarship Honored in October: Photogallery
At an open house on October 5, the Faculty Development Committee recognized this year’s Summer Research Grant award recipients and the work accomplished during faculty sabbaticals.
Dr. Sinnema Presents ARIHE Lecture at Trinity
On Thursday, October 20, Dr. Donald Sinnema, professor of theology, presented his ARIHE lecture “Heaven: Is It Part of Creation?” to students and faculty at Trinity.
Nursing Students Present Health Topics at SALT
Trinity nursing students recently talked with senior citizens attending the Behind the Headlines class offered through the Seasoned Adults Learning at Trinity (SALT) program.
Adult Studies Alumna Honored for Her Teaching
Carita Hall, a teacher at High Point School in Orland Park, Illinois, was recently named 3M Star in the Classroom Award winner by Econ Illinois. Hall completed the Adult Studies English-as-a-Second Language/Bilingual (ESL/BL) program in 2009.
Annual Night of Jazz Welcomes Dee Alexander: Photogallery
Trinity students, faculty, and staff, along with local community members, were serenaded by the smooth and vibrant vocals of Chicago jazz performer Dee Alexander on September 23, at the College’s annual Black and White Dress-up Night of Jazz.
Behind the Headlines—Political Expert Speaks at SALT Class
The Seasoned Adults Learning at Trinity (SALT) welcomed guest speaker and Social Security expert Laura Feldman to the “Behind the Headlines” course offering.
Locutorium - a gathering for conversation and fellowship: Photogallery
Students, with mugs in hand, gathered in the theology department on Friday for the first “Locutorium,” hosted by theology professors Drs. Aaron Kuecker, Don Sinnema, Keith Starkenburg, and Yudha Thianto.
Trinity Ranked as Top Tier College by U.S. News & World Report
Trinity Christian College has once again been ranked among the top Regional Colleges—Midwest by U.S.News & World Report in “America’s Best Colleges” for 2012.
Student Works with Professor on Conference Planning
Student Melissa Kwafo ’12 of Naperville, Illinois, has been working alongside Dr. Rose Malinowski, professor of social work, and Nikki Bruna, social work project coordinator, on the planning committee for the To Heal the Heart conference to be held at Moody Church in Chicago, October 6-8.
Involvement Fair Presents Campus and Community Opportunities: Photogallery
Getting involved is one of the best ways for students to enhance their Trinity experience. Each year, the Involvement Fair highlights opportunities--both on and off campus-- students can participate in.
53rd Convocation Begins the Year: Photogallery
The College’s 53rd annual Convocation welcomed students and faculty back to campus on Friday, September 2. Convocation is a service of celebration and commissioning for the upcoming year.
Alumni Theater Presents Comedy “Blithe Spirit”: Photogallery
The Alumni Theater group of Trinity gave another one of its excellent summer performances as it presented the comedy “Blithe Spirit” by Noel Coward.
Faith and Family Night Is “One-of-a-Kind” Event: Photogallery
A sold out crowd of 250 Trinity students, alumni, and friends of the College had great seats for the Chicago Fire soccer game at Faith and Family Night on August 27.
Freshmen Move-in Day: Photogallery
On Friday, August 26, Trinity’s “move-in crew” welcomed incoming resident students during the College’s official Move-in Day for freshmen.
Bill Schepel Named New Interim Athletics Director
The athletics department of Trinity Christian College has announced a shift in leadership as Bill Schepel ’85 takes over as the interim athletics director for the 2011-12 school year.
TAC Golf Classic Raises $35,000 for Scholarships: Photogallery
The 2011 Trinity Athletics Club Golf Classic was blessed with great weather, warm fellowship, and generous contributions as 108 golfers convened at Calumet Country Club in Homewood, Illinois.
Chicago Provides Unique “Classroom” for Students: Photogallery
ChicagoQuest is a four-week residential experience offered every summer for academically-motivated high school seniors and for incoming Trinity freshmen.
2011 Alumnus of the Year, Honorary Alumni Named
“A deep warmth and a spontaneous smile come to me each time I think about this award,” said Dr. Michael Vander Weele ’73, professor of English at Trinity since 1986 and the 2011 Alumnus of the Year.
Conducting to Performing, Professor Answers the Call of Music
During the academic year, Dr. Helen Van Wyck serves as professor of music and director of choral activities at Trinity. But for three weeks every summer for the past 26 years, she has performed with the Oregon Bach Festival Chorus and Orchestra in Eugene, Oregon.
Brandon Nicol Named Men's Basketball Head Coach
The athletics department of Trinity Christian College announced the hiring of Brandon Nicol as the new head coach of the men’s basketball program.
Students Prepare for Virtuous Public Service at Law, Justice and Culture Institute: Photogallery
Six Trinity students were among those representing the eight schools that participated in this year’s Law, Justice and Culture Institute at Trinity Christian College.
Student and Professor Collaborate to Develop Game for Student Engagement
Student-faculty collaboration presents an excellent learning opportunity for students in any field of study.
Blueprints 2011: Photogalleries
Hundreds of new students and their family members attended Blueprints, the annual registration event, on June 24 and 25.
Congratulations to Dean’s List Honorees
Each semester Trinity students in the College’s traditional program who meet high academic standards are included in the Dean’s List. Students must complete the semester at full-time status to be eligible.
Matt Buren Named Recipient of the NAIA Emil S. Liston Award
Matt Buren ’12 of Macomb, Illinois was selected by the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) to receive its prestigious Emil S. Liston award. The award is given annually to one male and one female basketball player based on excellence in character, playing ability, and scholarship.
Alumni Golf Outing Raises Over $10,000 for Scholarships: Photogallery
More than 80 alumni and friends of the College contributed a record breaking $10,000 for the Alumni Excellence Scholarship at this year’s Alumni Golf Outing on June 18.
Recipients of Founders’ Scholarship Anticipate Life at Trinity
Michael Kunnen of Comstock Park, Michigan, and Kathryn Woodside of Kearney, Nebraska, are the recipients of the 2011 Trinity Christian College Founders’ Scholarship.
Commencement 2011: Photogalleries
Commencement welcomed families of 185 traditional and 58 Adult Studies graduates to campus on Saturday, May 14, 2011. The speaker for the traditional ceremony was Dr. Calvin Seerveld, one of the original faculty members of Trinity Christian College.
Vander Velde Scholar Celebration Honors Student-Faculty Scholarship
This spring marked the first formal celebration of Trinity’s Vander Velde Junior Scholars program.
Young Authors Festival Welcomes Gary Schmidt
Capturing kids’ imaginations outside of the pages of his Newbery Honor books, guest author Gary Schmidt told stories to a fascinated audience of first through eighth graders at Trinity’s annual Young Authors Festival.
More than 20,000 Volunteer Hours Earn President’s Honor Roll Recognition
Hundreds of Trinity students like these logged 21,504 hours of service during the 2009-10 academic year.
50th Class of 1961 Heritage Reunion: Photogallery
This year’s Commencement festivities had a unique feel as alumni from Trinity’s first graduating class returned to campus for the first-ever Heritage Class Reunion.
Professors Recognized as Emeriti Faculty
In recognition of their commitment to education and their contributions to Christian community, Dr. John Hoekstra and Dr. Randall Voorn ’71 have been granted emeriti faculty status and were honored during the Commencement ceremonies on May 14.
Success for Trinity Theatre in “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”: Photogallery
The production of William Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” proved to be a huge success for the College’s theatre program, with two performances added to accommodate ticket sales.
Psychology of Gender a “Wrestle with Identity”
As the end of the semester drew near, the students in Associate Professor Dr. Mary Lynn Colosimo’s psychology of gender class presented their final projects, some of which delved past traditional research work.
OPUS - An Intellectual Circus: Photogallery
Trinity students and faculty members celebrated the annual OPUS event in April. OPUS, sometimes described as “an intellectual circus,” is sponsored by Trinity’s Academic Initiative.
Trinity Works with After School Programs in Chicago
Trinity’s Office of Ethnic Diversity recently expanded to include a pre-college department that helps high school students from after-school programs get a glimpse of what life is like as a Trinity student.
Students Participate in Annual Love Palos Service Event
Approximately 75 students participated in community service projects as part of the College’s annual Love Palos event on April 30.
Chick-fil-A President Dan Cathy Speaks at Trinity: Photogallery
While attendees of the April 27 Trinity Business Network (TBN) event enjoyed sweet tea and lemonade compliments of international restaurant chain Chick-fil-A, and the famous Eat Mor Chikin cows made friends with the Troll, Chick-fil-A President and COO Dan Cathy prepared to present “Business Leadership Ethics” to hundreds of local business people, friends of the College, and students.
Accounting Majors Score Well on Illinois CPA Exams
In a struggling economy, soon-to-be college graduates wonder if they will find work. When they do land that job, they may then wonder if their college education has prepared them adequately for a career.
Student Government Leadership Elected for 2011-12
Four students were recently elected by their peers to represent the student body as members of the 2011-12 Student Association Executive Committee.
Physics Minor Sees Its First Graduates This May - Photogallery
This May, two students will be the first to graduate with a physics minor, a program added to Trinity’s liberal arts curricula in 2009.
Friends of the College Get an Insiders’ View: Photogallery
Members of the President’s Circle and Founders Circle recently visited campus for an Insiders’ Tour, a new opportunity to see life at Trinity from the students’ perspectives.
Grandparents’ Day 2011: Photogallery
More than 200 grandparents visited campus on April 13 for the annual Grandparents’ Day event. Families enjoyed an opening program, chapel, and lunch.
Alumnus Poetry Reading - Video
The national award-winning poet, and Trinity alumnus, John Terpstra ex ’74, was on campus April 8 to share his poetry.
Students Celebrate Asian Culture: Photogallery
Celebration of Asia on April 5 provided nearly 200 students and faculty with an evening of Asian pop music and cuisine.
Arts in Society Links Students and Academics to Chicago Art Community: Photogallery
Students and faculty recently enjoyed a presentation in the Marg Kallemeyn Theatre called “The Mural Art of Pilsen: Its historical, aesthetic, and social contexts.”
Writing Is More than Words for Trinity Alumnus
Alumnus Jeffrey Tigchelaar ’99 never planned to be a writer when he first came to Trinity. Upon graduation, he was under a different mindset.
Fourth Annual Psychology Alumni Conference
The fourth annual Psychology Alumni Conference held on April 9, featured Dr. A. Yanina Gomez ’95, presenting “Lessons Learned.”
Work of Trinity Students Selected for “Best College Photography”
Six students from Professor Ellen Browning’s photography course were selected as finalists in “The Best College Photography of 2011,” Photographer’s Forum30th Annual Photography Contest, sponsored by Nikon and Sony.
Students Serve in Mississippi during Spring Break: Photogallery
With one common goal in mind, on March 12, a group of 16 Trinity students, led by Service Committee President Eric Robbert ’13 of LaGrange, Illinois, traveled to Biloxi, Mississippi, to help repair houses damaged by Hurricane Katrina.
Chicago Area Students Awarded Christian Leadership Scholarship
Two high school students have been awarded Trinity’s Greater Chicago Christian Leadership Scholarship: Alejandra Romo of Chicago and She’KunnahGlorri Striverson of Crete.
Alumni Stay in the “Loop” - Photogallery
On March 16, Travis Bandstra ’06, director of alumni relations, hosted the 5th annual Loop Luncheon at the Weber Grill in Chicago. The annual luncheon provides a way for Trinity alumni working in Chicago to remain connected with the College and to connect professionally with fellow alumni.
First Annual Student Video Contest Winners and Videos
Nearly 100 students turned out to view the submissions for the College’s first annual Life at Trinity student video contest on March 9 in the Ozinga Chapel.
Black Studies Minor Added for Fall 2011
This fall, Trinity’s new Black Studies minor will give students the opportunity to explore the global experience of people of African descent through history, literature, music, politics, psychology, and sociology.
Trinity Concert Choir Performs with Southwest Symphony Orchestra
Earlier this month, Trinity’s Concert Choir performed for the first time with the Southwest Symphony Orchestra for an “Afternoon of Lerner & Loewe.”
Big Daddy Weave Performs at Trinity - Photogallery
The 2010 Dove Award-winning band Big Daddy Weave performed at Trinity on March 25, with Luminate and American Idol Season 6 finalist Chris Sligh helping to create an evening of Christian worship for hundreds.
Student Takes an Icy Swim for Special Olympics Wisconsin
On a chilly Saturday afternoon on February 26, Melissa Conrad ’12 of Lake Zurich, Illinois, took an icy dip into Lake Andrea near Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin, for a fundraiser benefitting the Special Olympics Wisconsin program.
Hundreds Attend Watoto Children’s Choir Performance: Photogallery
Nearly 800 people filled the Ozinga Chapel on March 1 to experience the joyful and heart-warming talent of the Watoto Children’s Choir.
Professor of Music to Receive Grant to Research Bach
Dr. Mark Peters, associate professor of music, has received a grant from the American Bach Society for travel to Germany to research the Magnificat cantatas of Johann Sebastian Bach and his contemporaries.
VanSchepen Serves in a Country of Contrasts: Photogallery
Over the past few years, Jim VanSchepen ex ’73, director of security at Trinity, and his wife Debbie have traveled to various countries on mission trips. Three of the most recent have been arranged through Partners in Christ International (PICI).
Storyteller Shares Stories of Native American Culture: Photogallery
Trinity’s annual storyteller event featured award-winning storyteller, recording artist, and author Dovie Thomason shared stories of the Native American culture on February 8 in the Marg Kallemeyn Theatre.
Student Activities Hosts Ice Skating in Chicago: Photogallery
Approximately 80 students spent a Saturday afternoon ice skating in downtown Chicago at Bicentennial Plaza on February 12.
Student Testifies to the Power of Faith after Donating Liver
God’s will and calling can be extraordinary and unpredictable. Just ask Rob Dominguez, and he can tell you why. A senior pursuing a physical education and health degree, Dominguez underwent a surgery in November 2010 to donate the right lobe of his liver.
Alumni Dinner and Hoops: Photogallery
Alumni met on campus on February 5 for the annual Dinner and Hoops event. Nine alumni teams squared off in the morning’s 3-on-3 basketball tournament, then cheered on the Trolls in an afternoon double header against Calumet College of St. Joseph.
Students Embrace Intentional Community at Koinonia Farm: Photogallery
Students who traveled to Koinonia Farm in Americus, Georgia, for Interim experienced life in an intentional Christian community.
Serving with Restoration Ministries in Harvey: Photogallery
As with many Interim courses, serving with Restoration Ministries focused on the Christian call to service.Students resided and ministered in Harvey, Illinois, at Harvey House and Tabitha House during the two-week Interim in January.
Washington, D.C. Interim Encourages and Inspires Students
Seven students, accompanied by Charles Emmerich, professor of political science, spent the last portion of the two-week Interim in Washington, D.C., attending the 2011 Christian Student Leadership Conference.
A Brief Interim, Life-long Lessons
Students traveled the globe, served others, and explored new cultures during Trinity’s Interim 2011. Trinity sets aside a two-week period in January to give students various opportunities to learn “way” outside the classroom, offering a diverse selection of courses overseas, across the U.S., and on campus.
OLS Provides Helping Hand to Students
Trinity’s Office of Learning Services (OLS) sees nearly one-fifth of the student body coming through its office on a yearly basis. With tremendous support from the administration, the OLS has grown and expanded its services under the direction of Nancy Kwasteniet.
Trek Into the Rainforest of Costa Rica: Photogallery
Students on this year’s Costa Rica Interim had the opportunity to see and study some of the greatest biodiversity in the world.
Trinity Community Remembers Martin Luther King, Jr.—Photogallery
Students, faculty, staff, and community members gathered in the Grand Lobby of the Ozinga Chapel on January 17 to celebrate the 82nd birthday of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Origami Interim Nurtures Creative Spirit--Photogallery
Origami has become an increasingly popular tool to use in primary, secondary, and college education. Paper-folding is also enjoyed as a hobby by many, including Mary Webster Moore, assistant professor of education.
Fulbright Scholar Begins Work in Jamaica
Dr. Patti Powell, professor of education, is beginning her work as a Fulbright Scholar at Sam Sharpe Teachers’ College in Montego Bay, Jamaica. From January through May 2011, Powell will assist with the development of the college’s new deaf education program.
In Memory of Giselle McComb
The Trinity Christian College community is deeply saddened by the loss of 22-year old student Giselle Charissah McComb of Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin. Giselle passed away on Tuesday, December 28, 2010, from injuries sustained in a car accident in Wadsworth, Illinois.
Trinity Remembers Founder Rev. Dr. Arthur DeKruyter
The Trinity community mourns the loss of Rev. Dr. Arthur DeKruyter, one of the founders of Trinity Christian College as well as the founding pastor and senior pastor emeritus of Christ Church of Oak Brook. Dr. DeKruyter passed away Friday, January 14, 2011.
Trinity Receives Reaccreditation from Higher Learning Commission
Trinity Christian College has been reaccredited for 10 years by the North Central Association’s Higher Learning Commission. The HLC accreditation team, composed of reviewers from various institutions of higher learning, visited the campus September 27-29 as part of the College’s periodic evaluation.
Teaching in South America—An Alumna’s Work in Bogota
“We are just two people of about nine million in this city, and we’ve been called to do a specific job working with certain students, teaching, discipling, and preparing them to do the work that they are called to do in God’s kingdom,” said Rebecca (VanderWilt) McKeever ’10.
Trinity Announces New VP for Business and Finance
Trinity has announced the appointment of alumnus James Belstra ’91 to the position of vice president for business and finance.
Watoto Children’s Choir Returns to Campus – March 1
The Watoto Children’s Choir will once again be performing at Trinity. The free concert will be held Tuesday, March 1, at 7:30 p.m. in the Ozinga Chapel.
Professor Provides Opportunity to Learn Outside of the Classroom
Adjunct Professor Tricia Paarlberg has learned from her experiences—from living in Asia for several years to traveling to India on a group Fulbright as a student at Columbia College. She knows the importance of learning through experience and gives her Trinity students the same opportunity.
Adult Studies Employee Graduates from Business Program
Sandy Aggen ’10 graduated from the Adult Studies program at Trinity, receiving her diploma during the Commencement ceremony on December 18, 2010. Aggen is also an employee of the Adult Studies department at the College but never planned to pursue her education when she first came to Trinity in August 2005.
Alumnus Serves in Mongolia with Peace Corps
Clifton Hurt ’09 followed the voice deeply rooted in his heart as he left home to help others overseas. Now a Peace Corps volunteer, Hurt is using his time to serve others in Mongolia.
2010 December Commencement: Photogallery
The December Commencement ceremony celebrated the graduation of 37 baccalaureate students and 81 Adult Studies students on Saturday,
December 18, 2010.
Christmastide 2010: Photogallery
Nearly 700 students, faculty, staff, families, and friends of the College gathered in the Ozinga Chapel Auditorium on December 4 to celebrate the true reason for Christmas during Trinity’s annual Christmastide concert.
Social Work Students Advocate in Springfield
In collaboration with the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless, Trinity social work students recently had an opportunity to learn about and practice the process of advocacy and lobbying.
Wydra Named Lincoln Laureate
Senior J.R. Wydra of Tinley Park, Illinois, has been named as a Lincoln Laureate by the Lincoln Academy of Illinois. Wydra was one of the outstanding college students from the state honored at the annual Student Laureate Convocation on November 6 in Springfield.
New English Curriculum
A proposal for curriculum changes in Trinity’s English department was recently approved and will be implemented in the fall of 2011.
English Students Enjoy Learning Out of the Classroom
Students enrolled in English department courses have many opportunities for experiential learning through off-campus activities. This month, students enjoyed trips to Chicago festivals and plays and to the Dubuque conference for language, literature, and writing.
Student Teacher Brings Ellis Island to Local High School
Lisa Rybak is a hands-on kind of teacher. Rybak, a resident of Orland Park, Illinois, and a student in the Adult Studies Education program, recently engaged Andrew High School history students in an experiential learning project she planned as part of her student teaching.
Special Education Students Host Fall Event: Photogallery
Special education students celebrated fall festivities with students from Elim’s Autism Comprehensive Education program (ACE) on November 12 in the Ozinga Chapel.
Shoes for Souls – Students Arrange Campus-wide Shoe Drive
Five students have set out on a mission to send aid to Third World countries. For the project, the students are working with the organization Soles4Souls, a charitable organization that collects shoes from individuals as well as shoe companies and retailers across the nation to be distributed to people in need in over 125 countries.
The Brass Quintet recently traveled to St. Louis, Missouri, for a weekend tour, which included the Sunday morning service at Cornerstone Presbyterian Church.
Adult Studies Education Graduate Now Principal
Evelyn Roman ’01, assistant principal at Carl Von Linné Elementary School in Chicago, was a student in the first education cohort offered in Trinity’s Adult Studies Accelerated Program.
Answering a Long-time Call to Africa--Update from an Education Grad
“I have found a mission organization to work alongside called International Teams, or ITeams. They are based in Elgin, Illinois, and over the next several months I will be participating in an extensive training process. Currently, God is leading me to East Africa, specifically Rwanda.
Business as a Mission—TBN Welcomes CEO Bill Moore - Photogallery
The Trinity Business Network welcomed Bill Moore, CEO of PacMoore Products and PacMoore Process Technologies, to campus on November 3. Moore presented “Business Can Be an Amazing Mission” to students, faculty, staff, and local business people.
Professors Answer Students “Major Questions”—Photogallery
Freshmen and students who have not yet declared a major had the opportunity to talk with professors about their academic careers during the Major Questions event on November 1.
You Are Worthy – Special Ed Students Make Their Voices Heard
Amy Johnstone ’12 of Palos Hills, Illinois, will have the opportunity to share her thoughts with thousands as a recent winner of Christian Home and School’s writing contest.
More than a Scholarship: Students Build Relationships with Donors
One of Trinity’s greatest blessings is the support of donors who make Christian higher education possible for hundreds of students each year.
“Meet the Majors” Event Benefits Current Students - Photogallery
Scores of current students hoping to gain a new perspective on their majors and career options met with 16 alumni on October 28 for the first Meet the Majors event.
Sharing Stories and Changing Lives – Students at Roseland Christian Ministries
Seniors Bethany (Kerr) Eizenga and Monica Brands are on an incredible journey as they complete their English program field education with Roseland Christian Ministries in Chicago.
Michael Card Performs “El Shaddai” at WorldView—Photogallery
Best known for his songs “El Shaddai” and “Emmanuel,” singer, songwriter, and author Michael Card performed for nearly 500 attendees at the final WorldView event of the 2010 season.
Storyteller to Share Captivating Tales of Native Americans—Feb. 8
Award-winning storyteller, recording artist, and author Dovie Thomason will captivate listeners with stories of the Native Americans on Tuesday, February 8, at 7 p.m. in the Marg Kallemeyn Theatre, Art and Communication Center.
Trollstock 2010: Photogallery
From advertising and auditions to sound checks and delivery, the Student Activities team dedicated a great deal of time and careful preparation for a successful Trollstock, the College’s annual talent competition held on October 23.
Illiana Oratorio Performs Selections from Handel’s Messiah—Dec. 11
During the Christmas season, Trinity will welcome the Illiana Oratorio Society on Saturday, December 11, at 7:30 p.m. in the Ozinga Chapel Auditorium.
National Federation of the Blind Awards Scholarship to Student
Communication arts major and aspiring radio personality Ryan Kwaak ’11 of Oak Lawn, Illinois, said he was “pleased as punch” to work as a webcast host at the recent convention for the National Federation of the Blind of Illinois (NFBI).
Students Make Their Mark for the National Day on Writing
A large poster full of Bible passages, thought-provoking quotes, and expressions of school spirit hung beside the entrance to the Jennie Huizenga Memorial Library on October 20, showcasing the creative minds and unique ideas of the Trinity community.
Concert Choir 2011 Winter Tour: Photogallery and Blog
The 2011 Concert Choir Winter Tour offered many opportunities for talented Trinity students to share their gifts and enhance worship in a variety of locations, including churches, schools, and retirement communities.
Interims - Jan. 2011 - Read the blogs from these interactive learning adventures
Each January, Trinity students engage in interactive learning outside the classroom during Interim, a two-week program that occurs during the break between semesters
Bringing the Classroom to Downtown Chicago: Photogallery
Trinity students utilized the proximity of Chicago for their course discussion as they traveled downtown for a “Talkabout Walkabout.”
Alumnus Kurt Schemper Reaches Out to Trinity and High School Students
The visit of alumnus and Emmy Award-winner Kurt Schemper ’97 during the Homecoming and Jubilation! 2010 events allowed for rich learning experiences for Trinity students and local high school students.
Culture, Experience, and Discovery – Semester in China: Photogallery
Each year Trinity students travel the globe to complete a semester of coursework overseas through one of the College’s semester abroad programs. Sam Mahtani ’10 spent his last semester in China, before returning to graduate in May.
Filmmaker and Activist Raises Awareness on Campus: Photogallery
Since 1993, hundreds of women have been violated and murdered just yards away from America’s border with Mexico. These young women, employed as factory workers in 50-cent per hour jobs for large companies, are often nameless faces to all but their loved ones and human rights organizations fighting for justice.
Pulitzer Prize-Winning Journalist Speaks at Trinity: Photogallery
Clarence Page, syndicated columnist for the Chicago Tribune and 1989 Pulitzer Prize winner, was welcomed to campus on Monday, October 11, as he spoke to nearly 200 community members, students, faculty, and staff as part of Trinity’s WorldView series.
Fans of C.S. Lewis Enjoy the One-Man Play at WorldView
Admirers of author C.S. Lewis, best known for his series The Chronicles of Narnia, filled the Marg Kallemeyn Theatre on October 4 to enjoy “C.S. Lewis On Stage,” the first event in the annual WorldView series.
College Mourns the Death of Ruth Ozinga
he sudden loss of alumna Ruth M. Ozinga (nee Gombis), wife of Martin Ozinga III, has deeply saddened the Trinity Christian College community. Ruth died on Friday, October 8, 2010, of a heart attack. She was 61 years old.
Homecoming 2010: Highlights and Photogallery
Hundreds of alumni returned to campus this past Saturday, October 2, for Trinity’s Homecoming. This is the second year now that Homecoming has been held in the fall and numerous outdoor activities were scheduled to take advantage of the milder weather.
Trinity’s President Opens Home to Orphaned Brothers from Ethiopia
Good leaders lead by example, not just in their workplaces but in their daily lives. Dr. Steve Timmermans, president of Trinity, said that as a believer who grew up with the Guilt, Grace, and Gratitude pattern of the Heidelberg Catechism, he seeks to live a life of gratitude.
Students, Alumni, Faculty, and Friends Enjoy Jubilation! — Photogalleries
Trinity welcomed back alumnus and Emmy Award-winner Kurt Schemper ’97 this past weekend as keynote speaker for Jubilation! 2010.
Trinity To Add Men’s Golf Program
Trinity Christian College Athletics Department announced that it will add men’s golf as one of its intercollegiate varsity sport programs. The golf team will open its inaugural season in 2011-2012 with a fall and spring schedule.
Trinity Alum Shares Success and Advice with Business Students: Photogallery
Trinity welcomed back alum Craig Gallman ’90 on September 24 as he met with a group of marketing/management students to share his successes and experiences working through multiple careers and how Trinity played a role in each career.
A Black and White Dress-Up Night of Jazz – Photogallery
Students, faculty and community members gathered in the Ozinga Chapel on Friday, September 24 as the smooth sounds of the Junius Paul Quintet and the Trinity Jazz Band filled the air at the fifth annual Black and White Dress-Up Night of Jazz, sponsored by the Cultural Affairs Committee and the music department.
Learning About the Injustices in North Korea—November 10
In an effort to raise awareness about the injustices in North Korea, the organization Liberty in North Korea (LiNK) will come to campus as part of its national tour. LiNK will present the film “Hiding” on Wednesday, November 10, at 6:30 p.m. in the Grand Lobby. The community is welcome to attend.
TBN Presents “Business Can Be an Amazing Mission”—Nov. 3
The Trinity Business Network welcomes Bill Moore, president and CEO of PacMoore Products and PacMoore Process Technologies, to campus on Wednesday, November 3, at 7:30 a.m. as he offers his presentation “Business Can Be an Amazing Mission” in the Grand Lobby of the Ozinga Chapel.
Record-breaking Enrollment for Trinity for 2010-11
The 2010-11 academic year at Trinity Christian College saw record-breaking numbers for the fall semester, beginning with the all-time high total of 1,491 students.
New Student Leadership Elected for 2010-11
Students elected new leaders to fill the positions of the Student Association Executive Committee and the positions for class representatives for the 2010-11 school year
Upcoming Workshop: Research on Sex Trafficking in Chicago—Oct. 13
Trinity’s social work department is hosting the workshop “Sex Trafficking of Chicago Women and Girls: What Our Communities Can Do” for students and community members on Wednesday, October 13, from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Grand Lobby of the Ozinga Chapel.
Involvement Fair Plugs Students into Campus and Community: Photogallery
Being involved is one of the best ways to enhance your Trinity experience. The annual Involvement Fair highlights opportunities--both on and off campus--that students can participate in as part of the Trinity community.
Trinity Launches the 2nd Openings – Photogallery
Students and faculty gathered in the library on Wednesday, September 15 to celebrate the launch of the second Openings, Trinity’s visual and literary arts magazine.
Trinity Ranked as a Top College by U.S.News & World Report
Trinity Christian College has been ranked No. 20 among Regional Colleges—Midwest (formerly the Baccalaureate Colleges—Midwest category) by U.S.News & World Report in “America’s Best Colleges” for 2011.
Freshmen Move-in Day: Photogallery
Shopping carts stacked high with the essentials and more wheeled back and forth between family vehicles and Trinity residence halls on Friday, August 27, the College’s official Move-in Day for freshmen.
52nd Convocation Addresses Godly Habits: Photogallery
The academic year began with the 52nd Convocation on September 3 led by President Steve Timmermans, Ph.D.
Freshmen Class Serves the Community: Photogallery
Trinity’s incoming freshmen volunteered at Children’s Hunger Fund (CHF) on Tuesday, August 31, as part of their First Year Forum day of service.
WorldView 2010 – Mondays in Oct. at 7pm
Experience the world through film, word, and music this October at Trinity. Each Monday evening at 7 p.m., the College’s WorldView series will teach, inspire, and enlighten hundreds with these events.
TAC Golf Outing Raises Thousands for Athletic Scholarships—Photogallery
One of the best weather days of the summer welcomed 112 golfers to the annual Trinity Athletics Golf Classic on Monday, August 16. The outing raised more than $36,000 for the TAC scholarship fund.
Student Brings Her Heart for Healing to Children with Cancer
Spending the last three summers volunteering at a cancer camp for children has confirmed an early calling on junior Autumn Boss’s heart to be a nurse.
Professor of Art Exhibits in Chicago
The work of Dayton Castleman, Trinity’s assistant professor of art, is on display at the DePaul University Museum of Art in a show titled “The Nomadic Studio.”
Students Receive Funding for Paid Internships
Trinity has received $17,480 from the Illinois Board of Higher Education (IBHE) in the form of a grant through the Illinois Cooperative Work Study (ICWS) program.
Key Campus Staff Educated in Emergency Response
Classes educating key staff members to the Incident Command System (ICS) were held on campus August 5. ICS is used by schools and emergency response agencies to manage and properly respond to emergency situations.
Trinity Grad Partners Love of Teaching with Dance
Matt Smigaj ’10 teaches kids to dance. They are being introduced to the art of ballroom dance.
Women’s Guild—Helping Students
To help brighten the day of students and give parents the opportunity to provide a special treat for their students no matter the distance, the Women’s Guild orders and delivers all occasion cakes and exam week care packages.
Students Serve at Chicago Alive Youth Camp
Several Trinity students and recent alumni spent part of their summer helping youth in Chicago.While at Trinity, Marisol Miron ’10 of Chicago, felt called by God to work with youth and worked closely with inner city students during her student teaching.
Groundbreaking on New Athletics & Recreation Complex: Photogallery
Special guests and officials broke ground Wednesday, June 16, on the first phase of the gymnasium expansion project at Trinity Christian College.
Alumni Golfers Raise Scholarship Funds: Photogallery
Golfers brought in thousands of dollars for the Alumni Excellence Scholarship, a renewable scholarship that provides $1,500 awards for children of alumni attending Trinity.
Blueprints 2010: Photogalleries
Nearly 400 people attended the annual registration event Blueprints on June 25 and 26. This was the largest Blueprints group in the history of the College. The sunny summer weekend was packed with activities for new students and their families.
Intrigue and Murder in Christie’s Mousetrap—Sept. 11
Everyone is a suspect. Everyone has secrets. Everyone is a little bit scared. Trinity Alumni Theatre presents Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap August 26-28 and September 11 at 7:30 p.m. in the Marg Kallemeyn Theatre in the Art and Communication Center.
CRC Synod 2010 Convenes at Trinity: Photogallery
This June, nearly 300 delegates, conferees, and guests were on campus for Synod 2010, the Christian Reformed Church in North America’s annual denominational meeting
Alumna of the Year and Others Honored
Each year, the alumni of the year award is given to a Trinity graduate who has made a significant contribution to the field of their endeavor, and has been recognized by their associates for outstanding achievements.
College Remembers Founder Martin Ozinga Jr.
The College joins the family of Martin Ozinga Jr. in mourning the loss of this astute businessman, community leader, and one of the founders of Trinity Christian College.
Adventures in Nicaragua Q & A
Study Abroad. Sounds exotic, exciting, a chance of a lifetime. And it is. But for Trinity students it is also a way to be stretched personally and spiritually and often an opportunity to serve others.
Provost Contributes to Book on Adult Learning
Provost Liz Rudenga has contributed to a new book featuring best practices in faith integration.
Trinity Signs Articulation Agreement with St. Augustine
As part of initiatives to expand educational opportunities to students in the Chicago metropolitan area, Trinity Christian College and St. Augustine College have signed an articulation agreement.
Learning Outside of the Classroom--Chicago Shedd Aquarium and the Bahamas
Trinity juniors Jon Borr of Holland, Michigan, and Sam Huenink of Oostburg, Wisconsin, took their research way outside of the classroom in the Marine and Island Ecology of the Bahamas class, taught at the Shedd Aquarium in Chicago.
Students Learn Ethical Communication by Listening
Dr. Annalee Ward’s communication ethics class had a new assignment this year. Students visited with residents of Providence Rest Home to practice ethical listening
Commencement 2010: Photogalleries
Commencement welcomed families of 177 traditional and 53 adult studies graduates to campus on Saturday, May 15, 2010.
Sister to Sister Holds Legacy Ball: Photogallery
The student organization Sister to Sister held its inaugural Legacy Ball on May 7 to honor the achievements of special women.
Drs. Mark and Annalee Ward Say Goodbye to Trinity - Photogallery
During a reception on May 13, colleagues officially wished Drs. Mark and Annalee Ward well as they embark on a new path of their professional and personal journey, which now leads them away from their long-time service at Trinity to the life God has called them to at the University of Dubuque.
Chapel “Restoration” Window Dedicated
The stained glass windows in the Ozinga Chapel remind students and visitors of the important biblical narrative that frames the lives of Christians: Creation, Fall, Redemption, and Restoration.
Best Ad Campaign Wins TRIAD Award: Photogallery
Students in Dr. Randy Voorn’s Advertising and Sales Promotion course competed for the 12th annual Trinity Advertising (TRIAD) Award on Tuesday, May 4.
Biking Does the Body Good
On May 4, senior cyclists donned helmets for the Biking Does the Body Good class taught through Trinity’s SALT program.
LovePalos, Beautifying Our Neighborhood: Photogallery
The ninth annual LovePalos event was held on Saturday, May 1. The event gives Trinity students, faculty, and staff another opportunity to serve the community, with a focus on neighborhood clean-up and beautification.
Young Authors Festival Welcomes Aaron Reynolds
Mixing his writing skills with his culinary training…and some onions and tomatoes…visiting children’s author Aaron Reynolds had kids laughing—and even cooking—at Trinity’s annual Young Authors Festival.
Autism Program Benefits from Chicago Children’s Theatre
On April 16, six members of the Chicago Children’s Theatre put on four interactive sensory activities for 60 children from Elim Christian School’s ACE (Autism Comprehensive Education) Program in the Grand Lobby.
Gospel Fest 2010: Photogallery
The voices of Trinity’s Gospel Choir flooded the Ozinga Chapel Auditorium as they opened the 11th annual Gospel Fest on April 23.
OPUS Award Winners and Photogallery
The sun shined brightly on the giant blow-up Einstein and the happy faces of Trinity students and faculty members celebrating the 11th annual OPUS on April 27. OPUS is sponsored by Trinity’s Academic Initiative.
Alumna Inducted into Local District’s Legacy Hall
Dr. Mike DeVries ’74, professor of psychology, and his wife Louella ’93, recently accepted an award for their daughter Lara DeVries ’07. Lara is living in Peru and overseeing her organization, the Light and Leadership Initiative (LLI), which she founded just one year after her graduation from Trinity. LLI is a non-profit offering education programs to women and children.
Students Share Passion for Soccer with Kids: Photogallery
As an intern with Restoration Ministries in Harvey, Illinois, Brittany Lee ’10 recently melded her passion for soccer with her experience of working with youth.
A Celebration of Asia: Photogallery
Trinity celebrated its diverse culture at the fourth annual Celebration of Asia on Tuesday, April 20. The event, hosted by the Asian American Alliance club, is designed to honor and acknowledge the different Asian cultures on campus.
Education Exchange with University in Korea
In an effort to develop academic and cultural interchange in the areas of education, research, and other activities, Trinity Christian College has begun working with Chongshin University, a Korean institution sharing a similar Reformed commitment.
Spring Play: Photogallery
Trinity students, under the direction of Dr. John Sebestyen, assistant professor of communication arts, gave the final performance of She Stoops to Conquer, a comedy by Oliver Goldsmith, on Saturday, April 24.
First Annual Courier Awards Night: Photogallery
President Steve Timmermans and the Communication Arts departments joined The Courier staff and friends for a formal night of fellowship and recognition at the first annual Courier Awards Night.
30-Hour Famine Raises Awareness on Campus: Photogallery
The annual 30-hour Famine event began on Wednesday, April 14, when Trinity students joined together to raise awareness of the problems facing developing areas in the world.
Campus Celebrates Earth Day with Tree Planting
On a tiny section of Trinity’s 60-acre campus, students, faculty, and staff gathered around a young Kentucky Coffeetree being planted in honor of Earth Day.
Trinity Partners with Local Businesses
In partnership with the city of Palos Heights and the Palos Heights Chamber of Commerce, Trinity hosted, Establishing and Enhancing the Internet Presence of Your Business: Effectively Using Websites and Social Media to Improve Your Business, on Monday, April 19.
Speed Networking Event: Photogallery
Trinity students and alumni representing a wide variety of majors gathered in the Grand Lobby on Thursday, April 8, for the second annual alumni speed networking event.
Grandparents’ Day 2010: Photogallery
A record breaking crowd of over 300, including more than 200 grandparents and 100 students, attended Grandparents Day on April 14. Families enjoyed an opening program, chapel, lunch, and tours of campus.
First Generation College Student Finishes through Adult Studies
Latasha Buchanan is looking forward to graduating on May 15. But the rest of her family may be even more excited. Buchanan is the first one in her family to earn a college degree.
Sacred Art and Hearing Voices
The third annual Psychology Alumni Conference held on Saturday, April 10, featured alumna Louella DeVries ’93, president of Olive Branch Counseling Associates in Oak Forest, Illinois, who offered her presentation “Sacred Art and Hearing Voices.”
Invitation to Gym Expansion Groundbreaking – June 16
The Trinity Christian College Board of Trustees cordially invites the community, faculty, staff, and students to the groundbreaking ceremony for the Trinity Athletics and Recreation Complex on Wednesday, June 16, at 3:30 p.m.
Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart Speaks at Trinity
“We have tried to do things a little bit differently,” Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart said, referring to his position in law enforcement.
Living Intentionally During Spring Break- Photogallery
During spring break, six students traveled to Americus, Georgia, to learn more about the Civil Rights Movement and a community that played an important role in it.
Spring Break Trip Fixes Homes and Hearts - Photogallery
The spring break service trip, which took place March 15-19 in Dungannon, Virginia, allowed Trinity students to repair homes and repair their personal lives.
Student Teaching Lands Job in Indonesia
Trinity senior Leanne Koetje of Grand Rapids, Michigan, will be moving to Indonesia after graduation to take a full-time teaching position. Koetje spent seven weeks there this spring for her student teaching.
Trinity and Kelly High School’s Innovative Shakespeare-Photogallery
Light sabers, poodle skirts, Egyptians… and Shakespeare? Trinity students in the Fine Arts in Education course are re-creating Shakespeare in new and unique ways as they team up with honors freshmen English students from Chicago’s Kelly High School.
Chicago Area Students Receive GCCL Scholarship
Three area high school students have been awarded Trinity’s Greater Chicago Christian Leadership Scholarship: Rochelle Burks of Downers Grove; Andrea Walters of Bolingbrook; and Erica-Symone Windham of Robbins.
Dr. Nelvia Brady Announces Retirement
Every time she and her sister played school as children, Nelvia was always the teacher. And there must have been some gift even her parents recognized in her because they encouraged her to one day pursue teaching as a vocation.
Professor of Education Named Fulbright Scholar
Dr. Patti Powell, professor of education, has been selected for a Fulbright award to teach at Sam Sharpe Teachers’ College in Montego Bay, Jamaica.
Student Wins Inspirational Athlete of the Year Award
Her mother never told Maribel she couldn’t. Maribel was recently named Inspirational Athlete of the Year by Comcast SportsNet Sports and the March of Dimes.
Hoops Happenin' - Photogallery
Great food, basketball and prizes, mixed with some friends and a little fun, what’s not to love?
Special Education Students Make Big Impact
“Some wonderful things have occurred,” said Pete Post ‘74, assistant professor of special education, of his Introduction to Exceptional Children course.
Trinity Students Share Faith and Culture at Faith Without Borders Conference
The annual Faith Without Borders conference once again unified Trinity believers without racial or denominational borders. Held March 6 and 7, the conference brought 75 students and faculty together for a time of worship, discussion, and various workshops.
Youth Delegate Melissa J. Voss Promotes the CRWRC on Trinity’s Campus
As a recently chosen youth board member of the Christian Reformed World Relief Committee, junior Melissa J. Voss of Orland Park, Illinois, attended the annual CRWRC conference in Grand Rapids, Michigan, on February 25-27.
Trinity Named to President’s Honor Roll for Community Service Efforts
Trinity Christian College has once again been named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, which recognizes colleges and universities nationwide that support innovative community service and service-learning programs.
Chicago Semester: One Student’s Experience
The Chicago Semester program puts students to work in a global city, as they leave campus to live, study, and intern in downtown Chicago. Residing on the Gold Coast, students are able to take advantage of the ample display of art, history, and culture the city has to offer.
ARCC Sets Stage for Chicago High School Filmmakers
An integral part of Trinity’s Chicago Semester is the experiential learning students gain through internships. Derek Harris ’10 of Mokena, Illinois, took this opportunity a step further to benefit Chicago high school students being served by Erie Neighborhood House where Harris is currently interning.
Traveling Hands Performs at Disability Awareness Event
During the 2010 Disability Awareness Week in March, Trinity welcomed the Traveling Hands Troupe, a part of the International Center on Deafness and the Arts to campus.
Student Work Chosen for “Best of College Photography 2010”
The work of five students in the beginning and intermediate photography classes has been chosen by Photographer’s Forum magazine to be published in this year’s edition of Best of College Photography 2010.
Trinity Hosts the 2nd Daniel Diephouse Graduate Conference
The 2nd biennial Daniel Diephouse Graduate Student Conference gave many Trinity students the opportunity to engage with current graduate students, as well as receive feedback on their own writings.
Student Teaching in Africa at the Wa School for the Blind
Some people just know they’ve been called. This can happen as early as childhood, and whether or not a child understands the definition of the word “calling,” she still knows the beaconing in her heart as clearly as she knows the voice of her mother
The Missing Movement - A Black History Month Lecture
The history department welcomed Dr. Tobin Miller Shearer from the University of Montana on Monday, February 15, for the annual Black History Month Lecture.
Student Artwork on Display in Psychology Department
The psychology department is once again honoring the artistic abilities of its students with a selection of artwork from student Chelsea Keane ’10 of Sykesville, Maryland.
Trinity Receives Recognition for Stewardship Initiatives
Trinity has taken several steps toward becoming an even better environmental steward while providing opportunities for student involvement and education.
Professor and Alumna Win Awards, Collaborate on Project
Dr. Mackenzi Huyser ’98, professor and chair of Trinity’s social work department, and alumna Laura Zumdahl ’02, are the recent recipients of awards relevant to their fields.
Restoration Ministries: Building Forever Relationships
Matthew 25 lists the only criterion in the final judgment as whether or not you gave yourself away to those who needed you.
Founders’ Weekend Welcomes Candidates
Thirty-two top high school students were finalists for this year’s Founders’ Scholarship.
Trinity Hosts Annual Gospel Fest: Photogallery
Trinity’s Gospel Choir, local high school choirs, and other guest singers came together to perform in the 13th annual Gospel Fest on February 11. About 450 people attended the concert in the Ozinga Chapel.
Students and Faculty Learn to Tell a Good Story
What makes a good story? According to professional storyteller Dan Keding, a good story teaches you to respond to an emotion and causes you to think.
Alumni Attend 1st Annual Dinner and Hoops Event
More than 100 alumni met on campus on January 30 for the first annual Dinner and Hoops.
Soccer Teams Minister in Costa Rica
The men’s and women’s soccer teams spent Interim 2010 on their annual mission trip in Costa Rica, working with the Christian organization Score International.
Melissa J. Voss to Represent Trinity with CRWRC
Melissa J. Voss ’11 of Orland Park, Illinois, said she was shocked when she received a call from Pete Hamstra, vice president for admissions and marketing, about an unexpected opportunity. Said Voss, “I was hoping for something new this year!”
Professor Teaches High School Students Outside Their Classrooms
When Dr. Tom Roose, associate professor of physics and science education, finishes his week in the classroom with college students, he welcomes high school freshmen to take the vacated seats on the weekend.
New Mail & Print Center Opens on Campus
The growth of Trinity’s campus in terms of buildings over the last several years has provided students, faculty, and staff with facilities such as the Bootsma Bookstore Café and the Art and Communication Center.
Campus Celebrates King’s Call for Social Renewal
“Thank you for those whose legacies give light to our journeys,” said President Steven Timmermans as he opened the annual Martin Luther King, Jr. celebration in prayer.
Opportunities Blossom for Adult Studies Grad
Maria Lagunas is not afraid of a challenge. Neither are the other Adult Studies students at Trinity. Most work full- or part-time jobs and many raise families while enrolled in the accelerated degree programs.
ACBSP Reaffirms Accreditation of Business Programs at Trinity
The Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) has recently awarded Trinity reaffirmation of accreditation of its business programs.
Trinity Alumnus Reaches Out to Haiti
A “sense of helplessness” moved Haitian native and Trinity alumnus Jean-Raymond Desruisseaux, Jr., ’07, into action after the earthquake in Haiti struck. Desruisseaux organized a fundraising event for Haiti on Thursday, January 21, at Southport Lanes in Chicago.
Professor Castleman to Exhibit in Chicago
Trinity’s Assistant Professor of Art and Design Dayton Castleman will exhibit at Jennifer Norback Fine Art, Inc. in Chicago through February 10.
Trinity Joins National Network for Vocation Education
Trinity has announced that it has joined the Network for Vocation in Undergraduate Education (NetVUE) as a Founding Member.
Students Find Leadership Opportunities at Expo: Photogallery
Trinity students had the chance to sign up for and learn about leadership opportunities on campus at the second annual Leadership Expo on Thursday, February 9. The open-house styled event featured representatives from almost every group at Trinity.
Founders’ Scholars Announced
Hannah Huisman of Hudsonville, Michigan, and Kerry Garrison of Metamora, Illinois, are the recipients of the 2012 Trinity Christian College Founders’ Scholarship.
Trinity Art Alumna Now Denver’s Public Art Coordinator
Mandy Vink-Renaud ’05 of Pella, Iowa, now spends her days waking up in the mountainous city of Denver, Colorado, where she works as the city’s Public Art Coordinator.
Storyteller Brings Stories, Songs to Trinity: Photogallery
The drums begin to beat as Mama Edie Armstrong and two drummers march into the Marg Kallemeyn Theatre. Meanwhile, Trinity students and faculty clap along as the storyteller makes her way on stage.
President's Report 2011 - Now Available Online
Through the new online report, Trinity acknowledges its donors, shares a Year-in-Review photo gallery, and provides a financial summary.
Alumni Hoops 2012: Photogallery
The annual alumni “hoops” event on January 14 was held for the first time in the Trinity Athletics and Recreation Complex’s new DeVos Gymnasium.
Trinity Goes Mobile — College Announces Mobile Site Launch
Trinity has recently launched a new mobile website that provides a succinct overview of the College and several of its key resources for individuals visiting Trinity’s website from a mobile device.
Writing Community Supports Student Work during Interim: Photogallery
During the 2012 Interim, students came with drafts of novels-in-progress, personal essays, and even cover letters, ready to participate in a student writing community led by Dr. Michael Vander Weele ’73, professor of English.
Breakthroughs and Transformation — A Convocation Message: Photogallery
Each semester begins with Convocation, a time for all on campus to stay their hearts and minds on Christ, to worship, and to pray.
College Commemorates Life and Work of Martin Luther King Jr.: Photogallery
Every year students, professors, and staff members commemorate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day with a special time of worship in the Ozinga Chapel.
Students Gain Experience in Business World: Photogallery
Year in Review: Photogallery
2011 December Commencement: Photogallery
Trinity Christian College celebrated the graduation of 99 baccalaureate students and Adult Studies students during the Commencement ceremony on Saturday, December 17, 2011.
Go Trolls! Runner-Up at NCCAA National Volleyball Championship
The Trolls were one of 10 teams from around the nation that qualified for the NCCAA National Volleyball Championship held at the Kissimmee Civic Center in Kissimmee, Florida, December 1-3.
Writing for the Professions Panel Educates Students
Students in Trinity’s English department courses filled the Marg Kallemeyn Theatre last week to hear two speakers discuss the importance of writing skills in various vocations.
Students Experience Lithuanian Comfort Food at Mabenka
In the few weeks leading up to semester finals, students often look to “comfort” food to relieve some stress. Providing a needed break for
Honors Program Is “Neighborhood” Where Students Flourish
Each week the students in Trinity’s Honors Program meet for tea, which doesn’t resemble Earl Grey and scones as much as it does double-cream, low-fat Oreos and deep—or not so deep—conversations about classes and culture and Scripture and Seinfeld.
Trinity Professors Give Back to District
For six years, Trinity students have benefited from a partnership the College has with Prairie-Hills Elementary School District 144 in Markham, Illinois.
Art Alumnus’ Work Featured in Paris Magazine
The work of Chris Scott, a 2007 graduate of Trinity’s art and design program, was recently featured in Etape, a Paris design and visual culture magazine. The magazine highlighted Scott’s design work for Chicago’s Isinglass Theater.
Remembering the Man Behind the Logo
The three-bar logo that most often precedes the name of Trinity Christian College is the creation of the Dutch artist and graphic artist Henk Krijger, who designed the emblem in 1969 while serving as artist in residence at the College.
National Conference Prepares Students for Diverse Leadership
Nikki Ferreria ’13 of Willowbrook, Illinois, and Dominique Evans ’14 of Glenwood, Illinois, traveled to Atlanta, Georgia, earlier this month to represent Trinity Christian College at the 2011 National Christian Multicultural Student Leadership Conference (NCMSLC).
Call to Health Care Leads to Chicago
In 2010, Emily (Buter) Rusticus ’10 graduated from Trinity’s nursing program and answered a call to the health care industry. She now works in the Pediatric Neuro unit at Children’s Memorial Hospital in Chicago.
Theology Department Celebrates Faculty Milestones
The theology department at Trinity celebrated the accomplishments of two faculty members at a reception on Friday, November 11.
Adult Studies Students to Present at Illinois Reading Conference
Four Adult Studies students who recently completed Trinity’s special education endorsement/certification program have been selected to present at the Illinois Reading Conference (IRC) in March 2012.
Seniors Inspired to Become Better Stewards of Their Time
It’s a challenge, not only for busy college students but for families, businesses, and anyone trying to organize their plethora of papers, possessions, and
Grant Supports Work of Education Professor and Special Education Students
Assistant Professor of Education Pete Post ’74 recently received a $250 Ray Graham Memorial Award from the Illinois Council of Exceptional Children for his proposal to create adaptive books with special education students in his Low Incidence Disabilities class.
LaRosa Named College’s 26th Lincoln Laureate
Senior Alberto LaRosa of Glendale Heights, Illinois, has been named Trinity Christian College’s 26th Lincoln Laureate by the Lincoln Academy of Illinois. He was honored at the annual Student Laureate Convocation in Springfield on November 5.
Biology Students Encourage Native Plants on Campus: Photogallery
Students from both Introduction to Biological Sciences and Ecology studied outside of their classrooms on October 28 as they worked alongside their professors in the College’s Native Plant Basin.
Students Read from Newest Edition of Openings: Photogallery
Students and faculty gathered on November 2 to celebrate the publication of the third Openings, Trinity’s visual and literary arts magazine.
Major Week Helps Freshmen “Figure Life Out”
According to a 2010 College Board report, most college students change majors at least once—and many several times—during their undergraduate education.
College Celebrates Completion of New Nursing Lab: Photogallery
During an open house on October 8, the newly constructed nursing laboratory, combined with the previous nursing department area, was officially dedicated and named the Cynthia Sander Nursing Lab.
From Trinity to Mayo Clinic, Nursing Student Feels Equipped for Life
Since the time Jennifer Vander Veen ’12, a nursing major from Alton, Iowa, was a junior in high school, she held onto the goal of attaining and completing an externship with Mayo Clinic.
Alumna Presents to Psychology Class
Alumna Louella DeVries ’93 recently visited the Psychology of Gender class to talk with students about the differences in the ways men and women deal with emotions and mental illness.
Partnering in Missions and Health Care in Ecuador: Photogallery
Nursing students traveled to Ecuador during the January Interim to provide health care to urban and jungle-based populations. Led by nursing professors Patti Bowman and Lorinda Lindemulder ’86, students experienced the health care disparity between the urban and jungle settings in addition to the disparities between persons of South America and North America.
Nursing Chair to Serve on Illinois Congress on Health Policy Committee
Dr. Laurel Quinn, chair of the nursing department, has been appointed to serve on the Illinois Congress on Health Policy Committee.
Founders' Scholars Announced
Two new students have been named recipients of the prestigious Trinity Christian College Founders’ Scholarship
Trinity Community Raises Support for Haiti
Responding quickly to the news of the devastating earthquake in Haiti in January, student, staff, and faculty leaders met with President Steve Timmermans to figure out a way to help.
Trinity Celebrates Commencement 2015: Photogallery
“Fly we must,” said keynote speaker Kathy Nimmer ’91, as she addressed 241 traditional and Adult Studies graduates at Trinity’s 2015 Commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 16.
25 Alumni from Past 25 Years - June 20 at Soldier Field
Chicago's Historic Soldier Field
Saturday, June 20, 2015, 6–10 p.m.
Register at www.trnty.edu/soldierfield
Please join us Saturday, June 20 as we celebrate our alumni at Chicago's historic Soldier Field.
We will be honoring 25 alumni who are fulfilling the mission of Trinity Christian College. Come dressed in your finest cocktail attire and enjoy a special summer night of live music, delicious Chicago-style appetizers, wine and local craft beer, while having the chance to socialize with your former classmates and friends of the College. There will not be a formal dinner and program; however, there will be short presentations and a silent auction.
In addition, you will have the opportunity to meet Trinity's President-elect Kurt D. Dykstra, J.D. and his wife Leah. Kurt, the mayor of Holland, Michigan, officially begins his role as president on July 1. This is a wonderful chance to welcome him to the community.
The event will be held in Soldier Field's United Club — Level One from 6 p.m. until 10 p.m. Tickets are on sale for $65 each. Make sure to get yours soon! All tickets must be purchased by June 8, 2015.
Find more details and purchase your tickets at www.trnty.edu/soldierfield.
Registration Open for Summer Sports Camps
Making summer plans for the kids? Registration for the 2015 annual summer sports camps is now open!
Trinity will host several sports camps for children in grades Kindergarten through 8th grade this summer.
Camps include boys’ and girls’ soccer, basketball, track and field, volleyball, girls’ softball, boys’ baseball, and boys’ individual basketball instruction.
The registration deadline for each camp is two weeks before the camp begins. Payment is due at the time of registration, and no refunds will be allowed after the registration deadline. A medical consent form must also be completed in order for the camper to participate.
SALT - Spring, 2015
SALT has no membership fee. Classes and trip dates and times do not overlap, providing the opportunity to enroll in as many as you wish. SALT is open to all enthusiasts, 45 and over, who wish to enrich their lives through learning, traveling, and developing new friendships.
Check out Ruth De Bruyn's interview on Channel 4.
All day-trips depart by Motor Coach from the east side of Ozinga Chapel.
Complimentary coffee available in the Grand Lobby 30 minutes prior to all morning trips.
AMERICAN PASSION PLAY
Saturday, March 28 Depart 9:00 a.m., return 9:00 p.m.
An Easter pilgrimage tradition that brings Christ’s life closer to you, presented by the Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts, Bloomington, IL. It’s the experience of His life using live voices, music, animals and even rain! Become witness to the greatest story ever told. The American Passion Play … where Christian history comes to life is historically and biblically accurate. One of the oldest performed Passion Plays in the United States - celebrating their 92nd Season. Lunch at the Performing Arts Center will include a generous selection of home-style favorites includes roast beef and chicken accompanied by potatoes and gravy, two vegetables, salad, rolls, dessert and a beverage. Early morning coffee and late afternoon snack provided for the ride home.
DUTCH HERITAGE LUNCHEON
Thursday. April 30 11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Location: Campus Dining Hall
Have a “Eet Smakelijk” good time! This ethnic buffet will include a wide variety of Dutch cuisines including pea soup, raisin bread and rolls, beef pot roast with gravy, real mashed potatoes with carrots, fresh green beans, sauerkraut with mashed potatoes, metwurst, sauted cinnamon apples, grilled cheese with Edam and Gouda on rye, windmill cookies, ollie bollen, stropie, jan hagel cookies, bonquet, dutch apple pie, licorice & dove chocolate. What are some of these things you ask … join us and find out!
METROPOLITAN WATER RECLAMATION
DISTRICT OF GREATER CHICAGO
Friday, May 15 8:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
MWRDGC’s main purpose is the reclamation and treatment of wastewater and flood water to protect the health and safety of the area waterways. The most notable achievements have been overseeing the Deep Tunnel Project and the reversal of the Chicago River. We will board an elevator that descends more than 300 feet to the lowest point in Cook County to hear about the background, purpose and benefits of the MWRD’s Tunnel and Reservoir Plan. Breakfast beforehand will be at Blueberry Hill in LaGrange. Breakfast will be an open menu and at your own cost. Everyone touring the plant will need to complete, sign, and return a waiver along with a copy of a photo ID to me no later than April 17. Please stop by, email, or call for a copy of the waiver.
LET’S HANG ON!
Tuesday, May 19 Depart 3:45 p.m., return 8:00 p.m.
Let’s Hang On! A tribute to Frankie Vali and the Four Seasons presented at Lincoln-Way North High School Performing Arts Center. Discover how four New Jersey boys from the wrong side of the tracks invented their own sound, wrote their own songs, and became one of the biggest pop sensations of all time. The story, the music, the sound - Let’s Hang On! gives it all in this remarkable live production. After the play we will make a stopover at Traverso’s Restaurant for coffee and a delicious dessert, choosing between their signature fluffy cheesecake, goosey cake (chocolate brownie cake), or cannoli.
RIDE THE RAILS – UNION ILLINOIS RAILWAY MUSEUM
Thursday, June 4 Depart 8:30 a.m., return 3:45 p.m.
No need to be a train buff to enjoy this railway adventure and historical trip back in time. Our docent led tour will include trains from every era – streetcars, elevated train cars, steam locomotives, and passenger trains from the mid-20th century. Enjoy the beautiful countryside view as we take a relaxing ride on one of the early electric trains. Unlimited morning coffee and a brown bag lunch included.
Wear comfortable shoes, bring a camera, and be ready to feel like a little kid again!
2015 ALASKA BY LAND AND SEA
Cost: $3,674 (Double) Registration
Set off on a voyage into America’s wilderness where we’ll discover magnificent scenery and charming towns, that are a piece of American history. Cruise along the spectacular Pacific coastline, the legendary Inside Passage, Glacier Bay National Park, College Fjord, and take a thrilling wilderness train ride to Talkeetna. We will tour Denali National Park, view Mount McKinley, the highest mountain in North America, and have time to do some hiking and sampling of the local cuisines. Keep your camera ready to capture the plentiful wildlife and spectacular scenery. Ride the Fairbank’s sternwheeler riverboat and learn about the gold rush history. This cruise on the luxurious Coral Princess will be an amazing adventure for all!
The NAZI NEXT DOOR: How America Became a Safe Haven
Author: Eric Lichtblau
Discussion Facilitator: Dr. Eric Goddard
Friday, May 22, 10:00 a.m.,
Admissions Bldg.-Fireside Room
Thousands of Nazis came to the United States after World War II and quietly settled into new lives.They had little trouble getting in. With scant scrutiny, many gained entry on their own as self-styled war “refugees,” their pasts easily disguised and their war crimes soon forgotten. But some had help and protection from the U.S. government. The CIA, the FBI, and the military all put Hitler’s minions to work as spies, intelligence assets, and leading scientists and engineers, whitewashing their histories.
For the first time, once secret government records and interviews expose the full story.
LEFT BRAIN/RIGHT BRAIN THINKING STYLES
Friday, May 1
10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Instructor: Dr. Ken Wasco
Location: Admissions Bldg. Fireside Room
Join us for this hilarious presentation by Dr. Ken Wasco, author, motivator, and recognized keynote speaker, who delivers over 250 presentations each year. Wasco will present an extremely humorous way of looking at individual patterns of activity and how predictable we really are! As an educational entertainer, Wasco weaves academic theory along with the realities of life into humorous, uplifting, and enthusiastic presentations that wake up an audience to the power of focus and personal potential. Delectable snacks and refreshments available throughout presentation.
UNDERSTANDING YOUR DREAMS AND THEIR SIGNIFICANCE
Friday, May 8
10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Facilitator: Terese Fabbri, M.A., M.S. educator, counselor and dream therapist
Location: Admissions Bldg. Fireside Room
By learning a few techniques it is possible to remember your dreams and understand the significant messages they hold. Experience dreams as a way of connecting more deeply with your inner self. Evaluate your dreams to help you build selfconfidence, reveal strengths and capabilities, add deeper meaning to life, help provide a sense of purpose, reveal hidden potential, and provide direction and guidance. Fabbri has been analyzing and teaching dream workshops since 1986. Refreshments served from 10:00-10:30 AM.
HYMNS THROUGH THE AGES: A Reminder of God’s Promises
Tuesday, April 7, 14, 21
Instructor: Cleo Lampos
Location: Ozinga Chapel Auditorium Stage
Have you ever wanted to sing on the stage at Ozinga Chapel? Do you long to hear four part harmony again as a hymn is sung? Then join us as we gather around the baby grand piano and praise God with the inspirational hymns of our childhood and the ones that brought comfort and hope to our parents and grandparents in life’s trials. Storyteller Cleo Lampos will present a review of the church’s best loved songs starting from the Middle Ages and ending with those of the Greatest Generation. Weaving the stories of the songs’ origins and the composer’s lives, she will present a context for the hymns that the audience will harmonize together with a professional piano player. Sheets of lyrics will be provided, so bring your voice and passion for an old fashioned songfest. If singing is not possible, tap your feet and nod in rhythm. After the depths of winter, isn’t it time to praise God for the hope of renewal?
Monday, April 13, 20, 27
Location: DeVos Athletic Center,
A game for seniors that is sweeping the nation! The smaller space and slower pace are perfect for seniors who want to stay active – much easier on the joints and lungs than tennis. It’s an easy sport to pick up for novices, and so versatile that kids and their grandparents can play together on the same court. This interest has grown to an estimated 150,000 players in the United States, 10,000 enthusiastic players in Orlando alone. ‘’I talked to my grandson on Skype and the first thing he said to me was, “I want to play pickleball with you again Pop … he just loves it”. Bring water, wear comfortable clothes and gym shoes, and be ready to have great fun!
ART OF REFORMATION
Monday, April 13, 20, 27
Instructor: Elizabeth Sanderson
Location: Groot Hall 050
Martin Luther’s ninety-five theses gave voice to a dissatisfaction many Christians felt regarding the corruptive practices and theological difficulties within the Catholic Church of the Renaissance. Art would play a major role in conveying the ideological strife that typified these times. Join us in examining how this split manifested into very distinct tracts for artists making work within Protestant and Catholic territories. We will explore the work of artists from the High Renaissance, Mannerism, and Baroque.
MULTI-GENERATIONAL COMMUNICATION SKILLS: Closing The Generational Divide Through More Effective Communication
Tuesday, April 14, 21, 28
Instructor: Rick Riddering
Location: Classroom 205
Some experts say that the biggest key to successful relationships is communication. Each of us wants strong relationships with our friends and family. We want to remain relevant in their lives and with our relationships. But how, in today’s age of communication, can we ultimately be great communicators with folks or loved ones from different generations than us? In this course you’ll learn the basic principles of effective communication as well as the preferences each generation has for effectively receiving and understanding messages you send.
DISCOVER THE LEADER WITHIN
Tuesday, April 14, 21, 28
Instructor: Dr. Rick Hamilton
Location: Classroom 205
Over the past several years, the Trinity Business Department has made significant efforts to help students and faculty better understand their vocational calling and where they can best serve and prosper. Building on the materials currently taught within the Leadership course, Rick will present:
Week 1: What is a Christian view on leadership and its responsibilities?
Week 2: What role does business play in God’s order?
Week 3: How can an individual better understand and develop their leadership potential?
Wednesday, April 15, 22, 29
Instructor: Dr. William Boerman-Cornell
Location: DeVos Athletic Center 138
Explore the amazing world of children’s literature. We’ll remember old favorites and explore new children’s literature that you might be unfamiliar with. The class will look at picture books, middle grade books, and adolescent and young adult novels and talk about what makes a good children’s book and a bad one. Laughter, fascination, and the chance to discover some truly enchanting books guaranteed.
INTRODUCTION TO APPLE IPHONE & IPAD
Wednesday, April 15, 22, 29
Instructor: William De Ruiter
Location: DeVos Athletic Center 138
Technology is becoming increasingly prevalent in our everyday lives, and smartphones and tablets are leading the way. This introductory course will offer participants hands-on experience and provide a demonstration and instruction on how to use your device to connect to your email and wireless networks, take photos and videos, and use the App Store. This class is designed for those who already own an Apple device. Please bring your device(s) to class.
BEHIND THE HEADLINES
Wednesday, April 15-May 20
Facilitator: Tom Panush
Location: Heritage Science Center 014
Fee: $70 (6 wks)
Tom’s classroom is always full to capacity and buzzing with high-spirited discussion! He keeps his audience entertained with his wit and energy while discussing news stories, both large and small. This class will cover all news fit to print, read, or discuss – local, national, and international. You are invited to join the lively intellectual debate or sit back and enjoy the good-humored exchange. As a retired public servant, Tom has an insider’s view that is sure to broaden your horizons- -and your smile! Special guest speakers scheduled. Due to exams,class will be held in the Grand Lobby on May 13.
CHURCH AND STATE – What should the relationship be?
Thursday, April 16, 23, 30
Instructor: Roger Wiers
Location: Classroom 212
Christians and critics hotly debate how the Bible influenced the U.S. Constitution. Secularists argue that contrary to popular opinion, the Founding Fathers were “deists” at best and never intended any religious influence in matters of government. This class will examine the on-going debate and discuss such recent cases as Hobby Lobby, the Mormon Church, prayer in the public schools, and how the Court has impacted the role of faith in our daily lives.
DIVERSITY IN AMERICA
Thursday, April 16, 23, 30
Instructor: Samantha Schultz, J.D.
Location: Classroom 215
This class will look at race issues in America throughout the years beginning with the early 1900s post-Civil-War taking us through modern day. Discussion of relevant court cases, national decisions and controversies will be tackled in this discussion-based class.
THE GANGS OF CHICAGO
Thursday, April 16, 23, 30
Instructor: Ed Bara
Location: Classroom 215
“Long before the Dean O’Bannons, the Hymie Weiss’ and the Al Capones, the city of Chicago was inhabited by the likes of numerous ethnic youth gangs. Chicago’s growth attracted immigrants, itinerants and criminal elements which led to the creation of neighborhood gangs. These gangs grew out of the need to maintain and protect the neighborhood. We will discuss how Chicago gained its reputation of violence and crime deriving from these young street “toughs”.
MAKE PAPER SING WITH PEN & INK - Calligraphy
Monday May 4, 11, 18
Instructor: Dr. Debra Majewski
Location: Jennie Huizenga Memorial
Library Board Room
Experience this enjoyable art form that will expand your mind and inspire your soul. This class is for the beginner who wishes to learn the basics in learning the art of this beautiful script. Participants will complete a project by the end of the classes. Good or even legible handwriting is not necessary. Please bring a Calligraphy marker (2.0mm black), ruler, soft pencil, and white soft eraser to class. The supplies are inexpensive and can be purchased at JoAnn, Hobby Lobby or Michaels.
Monday, May 4, 11, 18
Instructor: Brittany Thomas
Location: DeVos Athletics Center,
Zumba Fitness is easy and Fun! Latin inspired dance fitness class, interspersed with old and new music. This class is designed to accommodate individuals of all fitness levels, especially senior friends. Zumba exercise helps to improve mental condition, lowers chances for injury, and shields the body from age related diseases such as dementia, heart disease, cancer, high blood pressure, and obesity. Bring water and wear comfortable clothes and gym shoes. “I just went to Zumba for the first time and it was SO much fun! I can’t dance so I was nervous, but it was easy and I can’t wait to go back.” Debbie G
RUSSIAN HISTORY: Mystery and Reality
Tuesday, May 5, 12, 19
Instructor: Dr. Robert Rice
Location: Administration Building,
Winston Churchill once described Russia as “a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma.” We will examine the history and culture of Russia through its literature, leaders, significant events, and enduring themes that guide its development. In three sessions, we will consider czarist or imperial Russia, Lenin’s and Stalin’s revolutionary period, and the significant change under Gorbachev and the decades after the fall of the Soviet Union.
Thursday, May 7, 14, 21
Instructor: Robert I. Brown, M.A.
Location: Jennie Huizenga Memorial
Library Board Room
This is an open format seminar that invites questions about the Bible, its history, formation, application, and major themes. Participants set the agenda for session content. The facilitator knows that persons of faith still have questions and entertain doubts about the meaning of what they find in Scripture, and this is a place for those who want to think through some of the perplexities which gnaw around the edges of their faith. We aim for clarity where the dominate narrative of the world obscures the path to understanding. Discover the role of doubt in spiritual formation, and how the biblical texts also pose questions that challenge and enrich the faithful reader. In the course title, “questions” is both a verb and a noun.
AROUND THE WORLD IN THREE DAYS
Thursday, May 7, 14, 21
Instructor: Ed Bara
Location: Jennie Huizenga Memorial
Library Board Room
Our diverse world will be viewed as we travel through the tropical rain forests to the ice fields of the Arctic. Globalization has brought us together, but at the expense of cultural diversity. Globalization has become a two-way street, brining prosperity to underdeveloped areas, at the same time it is destroying the local environments. As cultural diversity is disappearing and western culture is being adopted, a number of major problems are growing-global warming, global terrorism, etc.
2014 December Commencement: Photogallery
At the annual ceremony on Saturday, December 13, 2014, the Trinity community celebrated the commencement of 84 baccalaureate, Adult Studies, and graduate students.
Christmastide 2014: Photogallery
More than 550 students, families, and friends of the Trinity community gathered at the College’s annual Christmastide concert to celebrate the season on December 6.
Jazzin’ Around the Christmas Tree: Photogallery
Each year, the Trinity community enjoys the long-held tradition of ringing in the Christmas season with music.
HOMECOMING 2014 - Photogallery
Homecoming 2014 was fantastic day! Check out the photos of some of the events.
Alumni Golf Outing Raises Scholarship Funds: Photogallery
More than 40 alumni and friends of the College raised $7,500 for the Alumni Excellence Scholarship at this summer’s Alumni Golf Outing. The renewable scholarship provides $1,500 awards for children of alumni attending Trinity.
A Year of Great Events! Mark your calendars
Make it a year filled with music, art, theater, and new perspectives…
Trinity’s cultural events line-up for 2014-15 provides enriching experiences for students, families, and community members to enjoy. Many of the events are free of charge.
Click on the Cultural Events button for a printable version of the calendar.
For more information, call the College at 708.597.3000.
Incoming Freshmen Follow Blueprints for the Future: Photogalleries
On Friday and Saturday, June 20 and 21, incoming freshmen began their Trinity adventure at Blueprints, the annual registration event. Blueprints provides a perfect opportunity for students to meet future roommates and professors, pick out that favorite study spot in the Bootsma Café, and praise God with fellow Christians.
Friday activities included a Chicago-style dinner; praise and worship; and games and movies late into the night. A highlight of the evening was a performance by Second City, Chicago’s premier comedy club and improv group.
Saturday began with the faculty-hosted breakfast, followed by one-on-one advising sessions with professors. At the Information Expo, students learned more about the variety of campus organizations, as well as local churches, banks, and businesses in the neighborhood. Students also attended sessions about the First Year Experience and Trinity’s thriving community life and enjoyed a BBQ lunch with their families.
Summer assignment: Stay connected on Facebook (/trinitychristiancollege) and Twitter (@trinitytroll).
Spring Recap--The End of the Academic Year in Photos
Many wonderful events took place at Trinity this spring with the end of the academic providing an abundance of educational and social offerings.
We offer this photogallery recap as a way to recall the many blessings the Trinity community experienced in April and May!
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.
Celebrating the Written Word: Photogallery
The publication of the sixth edition of Openings, Trinity’s visual and literary arts magazine, was celebrated at a reception on May 13.
Dr. Aron Reppman ’92, professor of philosophy, read his poem “Untitled.”
Esther Sullivan ’16 of Steger, Illinois, read her poem, “Silence”; and Hannah Dykstra ’16 of Beaver Dam, Wisconsin, explained the inspiration for her comic “Misadventures of an Absentminded Artist.”
Serving as editors for this year’s issue were Sara Henreckson ’16 of Hillpoint, Wisconsin, and Haley Zandstra ’14 of Hudsonville, Michigan. Dr. Bill Boerman-Cornell, associate professor of education, served as advisor.
In April, students marked National Poem-in-your-Pocket Day with a reading in the Fireside Room. Those participating could share their own poetry or those written by favorite poets.
Sara Henreckson ’16 of Hillpoint, Wisconsin, wrote an essay titled “The Concreteness of Inconcreteness: A Gathering for the Reading of Poetry,” about the event. In it she reflected on the emotions connected with publicly sharing poetry and the ways in which poetry is read.
“It is impossible not to contrast the ways people read poetry. It is impossible also to keep from admiring the versatility that emerges in our gathering. Some read poetry like a storm—their voices beginning small and smooth, and then rising up like massive twisters, with loud cracks, and settling, eventually, back to silence. Others read poetry more subtly, their voices in general staying on an even plane, with more of a difference in spacing and speed rather than volume. You have to be careful about the kind of poetry you read at something like this, and careful about how you read it—after all, it is a small representation of yourself.”
Learn more about the English major at Trinity Christian College.
Quarterback Kirk Cousins Discusses Faith and Football: Photogallery
A line of fans of Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins wound through the DeVos Athletics and Recreation Center on May 9, for the opportunity to have him sign copies of his new book, Game Changer: Faith, Football, & Finding Your Way.
The May 9 event welcomed students, families, and community members.
Before the book signing, Cousins shared personal stories of life, both on and off the field—stories that illustrated a dedication to his faith and to the game of football. A native of Holland, Michigan, Cousins was drafted by the Redskins in 2012 and holds many records from his career at Michigan State University.
The evening’s silent auction, benefiting Trinity student athletes through athletic scholarships, included autographed Cousins memorabilia among other items.
“I was pleased that Kirk was able to speak directly to our student athletes, our alumni, and our donor friends. I thought his words were inspiring and challenging,” said Larryl Humme, vice president for development. “There were some wonderful words of encouragement that were shared between our guest and our student athletes.”
The event was hosted by Trinity’s development office and the Trinity Athletics Club.
Trinity Athletics Awards
During the event, this year’s exceptional Trinity athletes and supporters were honored with a presentation of awards.
Female Athlete of the Year – Jessica Wiltjer ’13 of Schererville, IN
Male Athlete of the Year – Andy Reidsma ’14 of Wyoming, MI
Women’s Award --Kirsten Harms ’14 of Tinley Park, IL
Keith Albers Award – Andy Reidsma
Rich Kooy Award – President Steve Timmermans, Ph.D.
Trinity Students Celebrate Asian Culture
Students celebrated Asian culture at the annual Celebration of Asia held on May 6. The program included a dinner of authentic Asian food, followed by music and live presentations.
The Celebration of Asia, hosted by Trinity’s Asian-American Alliance, is only one of many events put on by the club to further cultural understanding and emphasize the importance of diversity on campus.
Last year the Alliance hosted a lecture about the current immigration policy, and Taste of Asia, a pot-luck style dinner featuring foods from Burma, China, Indonesia, the Philippines, and South Korea .
Trip to Bulls’ United Center Is Valuable Learning Opportunity
Business students from the Professor Kyle Harkema’s Personal Selling class got a behind-the-scenes look at the United Center on a recent field trip to Chicago. The interactive tour was hosted by Brandon Wright ’01, manager of ticket sales for the Chicago Bulls, and former Trinity communication arts and business student.
The trip included a tour through the Bulls locker room, board room, memorabilia room, and court. The class was excited to also catch a glimpse of Blackhawks Head Coach Joel Quenneville. To conclude the visit, the students interviewed Wright about his job.
“After listening to his presentation, it was clear that he was able to land this job because he was a talented individual who put forth a ton of work to get where he was,” said management major Jake Tiemersma ’14 of South Holland, Illinois. “Besides hoping to understand his story and what he did, I was obviously excited to be in the Bulls locker room and step onto the court, the typical tourist.”
Wright discussed the journey to his current position, and how Trinity helped him get there. “The courses I took at Trinity were the most beneficial for me, not only for preparing me for what I do in my role at the Bulls today, but also confirming that this was the career path I wanted to take.”
After graduating, Wright had to compete for full-time employment with 11 other graduates from large universities, including schools from the Big 10, SEC, and Big 12. “It made me proud knowing that you don’t have to graduate from the biggest school in order to work in this industry, and I know I wouldn’t be where I am today without the education and experiences I had during my time at Trinity,” he said.
Students were grateful for the experience. “Trips like these provide students with great opportunities to network with and to learn from alumni,” said management major Kristin Alons ’15 of Pungo, North Carolina. “It was easy to engage with Brandon since he once was one of us.”
“Trips like this are important to not only get a cool opportunity to visit somewhere like the United Center but also learn more about people who graduated from Trinity and were in the same major as you,” said business communications major Victoria Drenth ’15 of Palos Heights, Illinois. “It gives you more confidence finding a job after graduation.”
Harkema, assistant professor of business, recognizes the importance of seizing learning opportunities outside of the classroom.
“The business department makes it a priority to engage Chicago in as many ways possible,” he said. “This is what truly makes the business department an exciting place to learn.”
Malnati Shares Family Recipe for Success at TBN
Chicagoans love their pizza. And Lou Malnati’s Pizzeria is a Chicagoland favorite.
With the anticipated summer opening of a new carry-out location in Palos Heights, Trinity welcomed company president Marc Malnati to the April 30 Trinity Business Network event.
Local business people, Trinity faculty, and business students heard Malnati’s personal story of the early days of working with his father Lou who passed away in 1978. Over the years, Malnati has expanded the business to include 37 locations, including one established in the Lawndale neighborhood of Chicago with the help of his brother Rick and at the prompting of Lawndale pastor Rev. Wayne Gordon, who explained the need for a good place for families to gather.
That effort won Malnati the Chicagoan of the Year award in 1995, and the fruits of that business decision have been many, especially in the number of stories of lives changed through the job opportunities and relationships formed because of the restaurant’s presence.
Giving back to the community is one example of Malnati’s values, based on his Christian faith but inherent in any good business, he said. “The ROI isn’t just money but answering ‘how can we help?’”
Adding to the list of values integrity, honesty, and helping employees, Malnati’s list of successes also didn’t focus on profit. He sees success as 35 years of marriage to wife Jeannie, three children who embrace their faith, and building a team that includes people who are achieving more “than they ever thought they could.”
For the students attending the event, Malnati offered this advice: Have a strong work ethic, be a team player, and be willing to grow—something he doesn’t simply preach.
“Understand that you have a lot to learn,” he said. “If I’m not reinventing myself in my 50s, I won’t do well in my 60s. Ask for feedback. Ask to be rated on a scale of 1-10. Ask how to get to a 10.”
Grandparents’ Dinner: Photogallery
Grandparents from near and far visited their grandchildren and enjoyed an evening meal in the Dining Hall. Through this event, grandparents gained a better understanding of both the mission of Trinity and what life on campus is like for their grandchildren.
During the first part of program, grandparents heard a few words from President Steve Timmermans, Ph.D.; Larryl Humme, vice president for development; and Ken Boss, director of planned giving.
Next, Bob Wennberg, director of Adult Studies, led everyone in a hymn sing, accompanied by Dr. Barb Timmermans, professor of nursing, on the keyboard. Chaplain Bill Van Groningen ended the program in prayer.
Afterwards, grandchildren joined their grandparents for the buffet-style dinner prepared by Creative Dining.
“I really enjoyed the Grandparents’ Dinner,” said Kayla VanWyk ’16 of Pella, Iowa. “Having the meal at supper time meant I didn’t have to rush to class afterward, so I could sit and enjoy their company for even longer, which was great.”
Following dinner, students and grandparents were encouraged to participate in a number of activities. Options included attending the spring play Noises Off; enjoying 20% off at the bookstore or a free cup of coffee at the Bootsma Bookstore Café; or simply visiting a while longer in the Fireside Room.
Spring Calendar - 2014
In anticipation of Spring, we are sharing this wonderful list of upcoming events. All are welcome.
Choose from music, lectures, courses, information sessions, theater and more! For more information, check the online calendar or call 708.597.3000.
1 Gospel Fest—7 p.m., Ozinga Chapel
3 Conversations on Leadership—10 a.m., Fireside Room, Dr. Laura Zumdahl ’02,
President and CEO, New Moms
23 CCIT Event-Singing the Whole Story— 4 p.m., Ozinga Chapel
26 Adult Studies information session, new Psychology Program—6 p.m, Palos Heights*
26 Adult Studies information session, Education Program—6 p.m., Chicago*
31 Conversations on Leadership—10 a.m., Fireside Room, Karen Bushy,
CEO, Memories & Beyond
1 Brass Fest—7:30 p.m., Van Namen Recital Hall
11 Pops Concert—7:30 p.m., Ozinga Chapel
12 Change a Life Tour featuring Audio Adrenaline and Kutless—7 p.m.,
Ozinga Chapel (ticketed event)
14 Conversations on Leadership— 10 a.m., Marg Kallemeyn Theater in the Art and Communication Center., John Venhuizen,
CEO, ACE Hardware
17 Adult Studies information session—6 p.m., Palos Heights*
23 Graduate Studies information session—6 p.m., Grand Lobby, Ozinga Chapel*
25 Grandparents’ Dinner—3:30 p.m. registration, 4 p.m. program, dinner
buffet with students 4:45-6 p.m., Dining Hall
25-26 Spring Play: “Noises Off”—7:30 p.m., Marg Kallemeyn Theatre (ARCC)
26 Spring Gospel Choir Concert—7 p.m., Ozinga Chapel
1-3 Spring Play: “Noises Off”—7:30 p.m., Marg Kallemeyn Theatre (ARCC)
3 Spring Instrumental Concert—7:30 p.m., Ozinga Chapel
4 Spring Concert Choir Concert—3 p.m., Ozinga Chapel
5 Conversations on Leadership—10 a.m., CL215, Jack Van Namen,
Director of Sales, KBC Direct Floral Programs
6 Chamber Music Recital—7:30 p.m., Van Namen Recital Hall
9 Kirk Cousins presentation—DeVos Center, 6-7 p.m. silent auction/appetizers; 7 to 7:15 p.m.
Athletic Awards followed by Kirk Cousins presentation (ticketed event)
*ADULT STUDIES and GRADUATE STUDIES—For more details about Adult Studies, call 708.239.4768 or visit the Adult Studies page at adultstudies.trnty.edu. For more information about Graduate Studies, call 708.239.3900 or visit graduate.trnty.edu.
SALT for Spring—Registration is now open! Seasoned Adults Learning at Trinity offers 3-session courses, day trips, and travel. Click here to view the Spring 2014 offerings. For more information on the upcoming Niagara Falls Adventure June 24-28 or to register, visit www.trnty.edu/salt or call 708.597.3000.
Exploring Opportunities through the Student Leadership Expo: Photogallery
The 4th Annual Student Leadership Expo on Thursday, January 30, exposed Trinity students to a variety of leadership opportunities available on campus. Clubs and committees set up booths around the Grand Lobby to inform students about the many ways they could match their gifts and talents to campus leadership roles.
Troy Schemper, director of student programs, described the event as well-received. “The expo was initially started by a student who gained a position in Student Activities, but who wouldn’t have sought it out if it hadn’t come to her,” Schemper said. “She wanted to make leadership opportunities known to other students who might have been in the same position that she was.”
Walking around the ring of booths, students encountered opportunities such as The Courier – the student newspaper, the Multicultural Committee, Resident Life, and many more. Each one offered students the chance to get involved.
Andy Reidsma ’14, vice president of Student Association, said, “It’s really cool to see all the clubs come together in one place and to see the different ways people use the gifts God has given them.”
It’s really cool to see all the clubs
come together in one place and to
see the different ways people use
the gifts God has given them.
The accessibility of the event is what makes students like Reidsma so ready to attend. Events like this give all students the opportunity to practice the leadership skills they learn in the classroom.
First Chapel Looks to the Hope of Zechariah: Photogallery
Led by President Steve Timmermans, Ph.D., the first chapel of the semester provided the opportunity to come together as a community to worship and to refocus.
Looking to Scripture as students, faculty, and staff look ahead to the second half of the academic year, Timmermans offered “a picture of hope,” based on Zechariah 8:1-8. The verses paint an idyllic picture of a faithful city, “full of boys and girls playing in its streets.”
Timmermans pointed out two kinds of hopefulness in these verses: the foretelling of the coming of Christ and the second coming. But the broken world we live in is a contrast to the city described in Zechariah, said Timmermans, recounting visits to Johannesburg and the issues in America’s own cities.
As Christians wait for the second coming, Timmermans urged that the response should be to “join in the work of the kingdom by returning” and refocusing on who we are as God’s children. Second, he said Christians should “join in the work of rebuilding” by regularly participating in prayer, service, giving, and doing all of this through the power of the Holy Spirit.
First-year worship scholar Ruby Gunderson ’15 of Elk River, Minnesota, led the prayer response, and freshman Jordan Ghiglia of Wenatchee, Washington, read the scripture. The songs of worship, led by students, included “My Hope Is Built on Nothing Less,” which was fitting, as Timmermans notes in this week’s blog post.
Looking Back on a Fun Fall Semester: Photogallery
Now that finals are over and the spring semester is weeks away, we are taking a minute to look back at the fall semester and the fun that students had in between all the studying, interning, and test taking.
In addition to regularly scheduled events hosted by campus clubs and organizations, Trinity’s Student Activities plans lots of ways for students to enjoy college life.
Two big events this past fall included TrollMadness and Fall Fest.
TrollMadness, hosted by TrollNation, coaches, and student athletes, is an annual event that introduces the women’s and men’s basketball teams. This year, more than 200 students filled seats of the DeVos Gymnasium during Family Weekend for inter-squad scrimmages, a 3-point shooting contest, a dunk contest, and contests for fans. It’s a great way to get the community excited about the upcoming sports season.
2013 marked the inaugural year for Fall Fest where more than 130 students enjoyed a hay ride around campus and the community, 3-legged races, bean bag games, and s'mores and apple cider.
Other fall Student Activities-hosted outings provided students with ways to enjoy the cultural amenities of Chicago, including ice skating in the city and experiencing the lighting of Michigan Avenue.
Students who love to dance had lots of opportunities thanks to the Swing Dance Club’s weekly sessions in the Fireside Room and the history club’s Halloween celebration. Students also sampled the arts at the Social Justice Club Art Raid, improv comedy performances, the fall play and student-directed one acts, and Seerveld Gallery exhibits.
Bowling, movie nights, and concerts made for a full calendar.
Jazzin’ Up the Holiday: Photogallery
Not only do hundreds enjoy the worshipful tone of the annual Christmastide concert, but audiences also gather at the foot of the towering poinsettia tree in the Grand Lobby for a laid back evening of jazz at the Jazzin' around the Christmas Tree event.
This year, the Trinity Wind Ensemble and Jazz Combo performed a variety of Christmas classics, including “How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” “Deck the Halls,” “Sleigh Ride,” and many more. Guest musicians joined students for the concert.
“Bugler’s Dream” was performed by Dr. Ken Austin, Dr. Benjamin Austin, and Professor Ted Golden and conducted by student Alexander Salto ’15 of Summit Argo, Illinois.
The Jazz Combo is directed by Dr. Ken Austin, professor of music.
2013 December Commencement - Photogallery
At the annual ceremony on Saturday, December 14, 2013, the Trinity community celebrated the commencement of 89 students—27 traditional, 53 Adult Studies, and for the first time, nine from the graduate studies program.
Families and friends of the graduates gathered in the Ozinga Chapel Auditorium to witness the presentation of the diplomas. The invocation was delivered by Don Woo, dean for ethnic diversity and multicultural programs.
The Commencement address, “Life Is a Mystery,” was delivered by Beth Decker ’67, chair of the Trinity Board of Trustees. Decker spoke with humor and frankness about life and the future.
“You, graduates, are graduating from a Christian institution–a place where you were loved and valued and encouraged. I am sure when you made the choice to come here, you wanted that perspective on your learning. Now it is your turn to give that to the world. Sure, success is great. Of course, we want you to use this gift of an education for good in the world. But what about you personally? What do you need to live a truly joyful and honest life with integrity? You need God.”
The College also celebrated the emeritation of Dr. Brad Breems, professor of sociology and the 2013 recipient of the Professor of the Year Award. Following a sabbatical in the spring semester, Breems will retire in May.
The song of response and the song of praise were sung by Instructor of Music Nicole Saint-Victor, accompanied by Greg Saint-Victor on piano. The Commencement litany was led by Barbara Wolterink ’92, one of the graduates of the master’s degree program.
Alumni greetings were offered by Travis Bandstra ’06 director of alumni relations, and the benediction was given by Chaplain Willis Van Groningen, Ph. D.
2013 December Commencement Address, Beth Decker ’67
Thank you, Provost Rudenga.
President Timmermans, Graduates, Administration, Faculty, Parents, and Friends: I consider it a great honor to stand before you this morning. I thank you all for the opportunity to share in this moment of celebration and I extend my deep and heartfelt congratulations to all of the graduates. You are on the threshold of some wonderful times and I wish you all of God's blessings as you walk with Him into the future.
If someone had told me back in 1967 when I was a student here at Trinity Christian College that I would be standing in front of graduates in 2013 as their commencement speaker – well, I just wouldn't have believed it. But here I am. And I am both humbled and honored to be here – even though I know the impressive processional and the individual walks across the stage are much more exciting. I'll try to do my best to be short!
As I thought about this day, I thought it would be important to first learn a little about the graduating class - and I heard this very interesting story. It seems that there are two young men in the class who shall remain nameless for reasons that will be clear. They were really good friends and were taking Organic Chemistry one semester. They both did really well in this class on all the quizzes, midterms, labs, etc. and going into the final exam, they both had solid "As." These two friends were so confident going into finals week - even though the Chem final was on a Monday - that they decided to go up to Calvin College to visit with some friends the weekend before their exam. So they did this and had a great time.
However, they ended up staying longer than they had planned and they didn't make it back to Trinity until early Monday morning. Rather than taking the final then, they found Dr. Sytsma after he had given the exams and explained to him why they missed it. They told him that they went up to Grand Rapids for the weekend and had planned to come back in time to study, but they had a flat tire on the way back and didn't have a spare and couldn't get help for a long time. So they were late getting back to campus.
Dr. Sytsma thought this over and agreed that they could make up the final on the following day. The two young men were elated and relieved. So - they studied that night and went in the next day at the time that Dr. Sytsma had told them. He placed them in separate rooms, handed each of them a test booklet and told them to begin. They looked at the first problem, which was something simple about free radical formation and was worth 5 points. "Cool," they thought, "this is going to be easy." They did that problem and then turned the page. They were totally unprepared, however, for what they saw on the next page. It said . . . 95 points "Which tire?"
Well, after that story, I thought it might be best to just concentrate on what it is that I want to say to all of you.
It is said that NO ONE – I mean, absolutely NO ONE – remembers what was said at their graduation, if they can even remember who it was who spoke. So I am under no illusion about this daunting task before me. I want to say something meaningful – something - at least one thing - that you will remember long after this day is over.
So I did what all of us usually do – I went to the Internet to see if I could find some inspiration in speeches others have given at various colleges. I looked at speeches from President Obama to Oprah Winfrey - from Winston Churchill to Thomas Friedman - from President Bush to Ellen DeGeneres (who, by the way, wore a bathrobe to Tulane's graduation ceremony once because she had heard that everyone there would be wearing robes). And who could forget the poignant speech of Steve Jobs at Stanford in 2005? I think it's one of the more sobering and yet realistic speeches ever given to graduates. Let me quote just a little from it:
“No one wants to die. Even people who want to go to heaven don't want to die to get there. And yet death is the destination we all share. No one has ever escaped it. And that is as it should be because death is very likely the single best invention of life. It is life's change agent. It clears out the old to make way for the new. Right now the new is you, but someday – not too long from now – you will gradually become the old and be cleared away. Sorry to be so dramatic, but it is quite true. Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life.”
I must say, these were all great speeches. Their words were helpful, kind, advisory and thoughtful. They were meant to inspire and I'm sure they did. However, what struck me in all of the speeches that I read were the same words that came up over and over again: words like success, passion, optimism, courage, be yourself, don't let someone else define you, get to the top, etc., etc., etc. Where was ANY mention of God, of following Him, of leaning on Him in the difficult times? Where was faith, and love and supporting each other? Where was the Christian life depicted? I could not find one speech even alluding to such things. Not one.
You, graduates, are graduating from a CHRISTIAN institution – a place where you were loved and valued and encouraged. I am sure when you made the choice to come here, you wanted that perspective on your learning. Now it is your turn to give that to the world. Sure - success is great. Of course – we want you to use this gift of an education for good in the world. But what about you personally? What do you need to live a truly joyful and honest life with integrity? You need God.
I mentioned at the beginning of this talk that I am surprised to find myself here today. I wouldn't have dreamt it back when I was a student. But it's the perfect example of how little we really control our futures. As I look back on my life, I had little to do with how it turned out. Oh sure – I thought I was making the decisions, but time and time again, I can now see that things happened for a reason - and I had no idea at the time. Let me just share one story with you to show you what I mean.
My college degree was in secondary vocal music education, but after student teaching and graduation, I really didn't want to teach music. It was 1970 and teaching positions were hard to get. I had studied with some excellent students - far better in music than I was and far more interested in it as well. After much thought, a job interview, and a job offer, I just said no. It didn't feel right to take a job in something I really didn't want to do when jobs were so scarce. Or so I thought at the time. It didn't feel right, but I found it difficult to explain my decision to people because it didn't seem to make any sense to them.
Frankly, it didn't make sense to me either. However, it was in the next few years that I worked for the first time on a political campaign and learned through that experience that I had a passion for government, public service, and politics. I had never given political science or government a thought when I was a student because I had never had any experience in that area. It was only then - a few years after graduation - that God brought all kinds of people into my life who influenced me to seek out this side of myself. And so, to make a long story short, after I worked on several political campaigns, I won my own election in 1982 and for 15 years afterward, every job I took involved public service in one way or another.
Fast forward to 1991. That year I was encouraged to run for mayor of Grand Rapids, MI. The polls showed I could win, the money was there, the support was there – everything looked right for a run. But something nagged at me. Something didn't feel right. I prayed about it, I sought counsel about it, I even took a walk alone with God in the woods and asked Him to make it clear to me if this was what I should do. Well, He really didn't make it clear, no voice came to me from heaven, but in the end I simply had to say no because that was what felt "right" to me. I couldn't really explain to anyone why, but it certainly seemed to be the right decision for me. So I declined that opportunity, had to deal with people saying I was crazy, and had to endure the embarrassment of looking like I was not up to the challenge or whatever else some folks wanted to say about me.
Two years later, our Congressman at the time, Paul Henry, a friend and mentor to me for years, asked me to be his campaign manager. I had always wanted to work for him, so here was my chance. In 1992, at 50 years old, he was running for his fourth term in that seat. However, two weeks before the general election, Paul was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor. Since we believed he would pull through, we carried on with the campaign - frantically attended all of his scheduled appearances, brought in resources from Washington to help finish the campaign that Paul could no longer do, and saw the campaign through to the end. In the end, on election night, he won the seat with 68% of the vote. However, he was only able to return to Washington to be sworn in. He died that following summer.
Now what does this have to do with the earlier career decision to pass on teaching or the mayoral decision of 1991? Given the stress of what we knew about Paul and what we didn't know about his future, his family and all of his staff were under incredible pressure. Due to my long-time relationship with him, I was the only person that Paul's family trusted to handle the media, their privacy, and any public information about him. In addition, Paul's staff chose me to represent them as well - because I was his friend - because they could all trust me to not get sucked into the drama of the situation. I was in a strategic position to do all of that for him and for the people in his life, let alone the community he had so faithfully served. Had I been mayor at that time, had I been a music teacher somewhere, I would not have been able to be there at this crucial time.
This is just one example. There are so many more that I could share, but in closing, let me mention one more thing. I tend to be an obnoxious problem solver. My friends know that when they come to me with a personal issue or a difficult problem, I want to fix it. My first reaction is always to see if I can help them - see if I can solve their problem. It's only when I see the look in their eyes, reminding me that they don't want me to solve whatever it is - they just want me to listen - they just want to be heard. It's uncertain who coined this phrase, but it is one of my favorites: "Life is not a problem to be solved, but a mystery to be lived." I cannot tell you how true that is.
Live in the mystery. Be open to what you might not know. Realize that God is in there with you and it's OK.
So Graduates, as you are about to start a new chapter in your life, what I'd like you to remember today is that you were encouraged to be open to God's leading, to allow God to work through you for His good. Even when you have no idea why or where He is leading you. You may think that the degree you've earned will be your future. It may not be. That's the mystery. Of course, you should plan for your future and have a vision for where you want to go, but if something doesn't feel "right", pay attention to that. It could be the Holy Spirit nudging you to make a decision that may not make a lot of sense, but will be very clear in retrospect. True success in life starts with the relationship you already have with your Lord and Maker. Let the Holy Spirit live in you every day to guide you. For it is He that will hold you in His hand for the rest of your life. It is He who loves you.
Congratulations, Graduates. I wish you God's blessing in your futures - and a lifetime of mystery.
Christmastide Celebrates the Season: Photogallery
This year’s theme, “Jesus: The Light of the World”, was displayed through various styles of music including hymn, gospel, choir, and instrumental.
The concert featured vocal performances by students in the Concert Choir, Gospel Choir, and Honors Ensemble. Trinity’s Wind Ensemble, Brass Quintet, and the Woodwind Ensemble also took part in the celebration.
Prior to the concert, the alumni office held its first alumni reception with refreshments and music in the Van Namen Recital Hall. Several alumni joined members of the student choirs in a performance of “This Christmastide.”
Conformed or Transformed? TBN Speaker Asks: Photogallery
With more than 30 years in asset management, Robert Doll explained to Trinity students and local business people how his identity is found, not solely in his professional career, but in his relationship with Jesus Christ. Doll is chief equity strategist and senior portfolio manager at Nuveen Asset Management.
Doll was introduced by Trinity alumnus Scott Pothoven ’97, director of business as mission, PacMoore.
Live a heart-motivated life.
In his presentation “Conformed or Transformed?” at the Trinity Business Network (TBN) event on November 6, Doll explained the seven lessons he continues to learn as a professional and a Christian.
- Focus on the best, sometimes at the expense of the good.
- Live a heart-motivated life.
- Get a grasp on the brevity of life.
- It’s not about you.
- It’s not the circumstances but how we react in the circumstances.
- God seeks to satisfy the deepest desires of our heart.
- Live a life of worship. (But ask what it is you are worshipping.)
Following the main presentation, many attendees joined Doll for a smaller group discussion during which Doll focused on market analysis and answered questions of students and area business people.
“I found it incredibly interesting to hear what Mr. Doll had to say. His work experience and his faith are two things that are often not spoken of together, and to see him living out God’s call for his life was awesome. Also, Mr. Doll was just incredibly smart. He provided solid, well-reasoned feedback to any type of question.” Andy Reidsma ’14 of Wyoming, Michigan
“It was a tremendous opportunity to have someone with such Wall Street credibility speak on campus. It took me by surprise hearing the degree to which he shares his faith on a daily basis in corporate America. One thing took away from his speech was his explanation of ‘vector decisions,’ basically how a decision today may not make much difference but if you extend the lines [over a distance] there can be huge repercussions down the road.” Jonathan De Young ’14 of South Holland, Illinois
“I found it incredibly interesting to hear what Mr. Doll had to say. His work experience and his faith are two things that are often not spoken of together, and to see him living out God’s call for his life was awesome. Also, Mr. Doll was just incredibly smart. He provided solid, well-reasoned feedback to any type of question.” Andy Reidsma ’14 of Wyoming, Michigan
“It was a tremendous opportunity to have someone with such Wall Street credibility speak on campus. It took me by surprise hearing the degree to which he shares his faith on a daily basis in corporate America. One thing took away from his speech was his explanation of ‘vector decisions,’ basically how a decision today may not make much difference but if you extend the lines [over a distance] there can be huge repercussions down the road.” Jonathan De Young ’14 of South Holland, Illinois
More about Doll
Prior to joining Nuveen, Doll served as chief equity strategist at Blackrock, president and chief investment officer of Merrill Lynch Investment Managers, and chief investment officer of Oppenheimer funds, Inc. Doll appears regularly on CNBC, Bloomberg TV, and Fox Business News.
Being "Doers", First Chapel of the Year: Photogallery
Timmermans shared this story with the Trinity community at the first chapel service of the semester, emphasizing the call of Christians to not only accept the Word, but be “doers” of the Word.
In his message, based on James, Timmermans compared faith and active living out of that faith to the growth of a strawberry plant. Just as the plant remains rooted in good soil and sends out runners to take root in other soil, so Christians must remain rooted in God’s Word as they branch out to serve, to work, and to learn.
College Dedicates Rt. 83 Athletics Fields: Photogallery
The College recently held a special ceremony to officially dedicate the fields and honor those who brought them from “vision to reality,” as President Steve Timmermans, Ph.D., said in his introduction.
Honoree George Schaaf was recognized for his commitment to see the plan to fruition and for his and his late wife June’s gift to help accomplish the goal. In recognition of the Schaaf’s abundant generosity, the College has named the athletics fields the George and June Schaaf Athletics Complex.
Over the past couple of years, construction of the fields has provided for an artificial turf soccer competition field, two grass practice soccer fields, two softball diamonds with a new dugout, scoreboards, fencing, and a baseball field that has entered the final construction phase.
The sports complex is possible because of a long-term lease arrangement with the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago.
A plan modification was recently developed for the addition of a practice area for Trinity’s golf team, an idea proposed by Schaaf’s grandson Brian Deckinga ’15, a team member.
Formal “thank yous” were offered by Bill Schepel ’85, athletics director; Beth Decker ’67, Board of Trustees chair; Rick Van Dyken, executive associate to the president for development; and student-athletes from the soccer, softball, and baseball teams who presented Schaaf with a soccer ball and home plate signed by team members.
Schaaf offered his own thanks noting the efforts of President Timmermans, Ken Mels, Marv Aardema, and the many others who worked on the grounds and behind the scenes, often donating time, funds, and materials to the complex development.
After the ceremony at the turf soccer field, the crowd moved to the baseball field to witness the unveiling of an engraved granite boulder in honor of the Schaaf’s contributions.
The College anticipates another two years until final completion of the entire complex as development continues on the east end of the property.
Schaaf said that he estimates the date of completion to be “the day I’m in the stands watching one of my grandkids. That’s when I’ll know the job is done.”
College Recognizes Outstanding Academics at Honors Convocation: Photogallery
Graduates were recognized and celebrated during the annual Honors Convocation held Friday, May 17. Students were recognized in the categories of graduation honors, departmental honors, Honors Program graduates, and the Lincoln Academy of Illinois Student Laureate Award, among others.
This year’s Lincoln Laureate, Adam Perez ’13 of Racine, Wisconsin, delivered the convocation address. Perez, a music education major with minors in theology and church music, will be pursuing a Master of Arts in Religion degree in the Music and Religion program at the Yale Institute of Sacred Music.
Senior Leah Laky of Grand Marais, Minnesota, received the inaugural Zondervan Theology Award. For the award: The theology department will select an outstanding student based on his or her overall contribution to the classroom, community and the department. The student should exhibit a cheerful spirit. Preference will be given to a student who has made extra-curricular contributions outside of the theology department.
Laky served in Trinity’s Social Justice Chapter and as a resident assistant. She performed in the Wind Ensemble, the Concert Choir, and the Honors Ensemble. She called her experience in the theology and music departments “the most transformative” during her four years. “The professors and students interact at such an adult and friendly level,” she said. “The professors are true gems of Christ’s body, and I’m blessed to know them and call them my teachers.”
The Ethnic Diversity Committee recognized Samuel Lankah ’13 of Warrenville, Illinois, with the Catherine Yonker Award. During his time on campus, Lankah has served as the president of Student Association, chair of the Multicultural Committee, and resident assistant. He has also participated in varsity athletics, service trips, and other activities during his four years.
The litany, led by Academic Initiative Chairperson Matthew Wydra ’15 of Tinley Park, Illinois, was written by Andrew Blok ’13 of Lynden, Washington. The closing prayer was offered by Kathryn Woodside ’15, 2012-13 student association president.
Chicago Fire Hosts Soccer Camp for Ages 10-18: July 7-12
For the second year, the Chicago Fire Soccer Club’s National Talent Center will be hosting an intensive residential soccer camp for male and female players ages 10 through 18, July 7-12, on the campus of Trinity Christian College.
The program will include:
- Living and practicing on Trinity’s campus
- World-class instruction in all areas of the game
- Full Chicago Fire Soccer Club practice uniform and ball
- Theory workshops covering key aspects of soccer
- Guest coaches from Fire 1st Team and Academy
For more information, costs, or to register, visit http://www.chicago-fire.com/development/ntc.
See the photogallery from last year’s Chicago Fire camp at Trinity!
SAVE THE DATE!
Join students, alumni, and friends of Trinity Christian College at the Chicago Fire Faith and Family event on September 14, 2013. The Chicago Fire will compete against the New England Revolution at 7:30 p.m.
Steve Green Concert Welcomes 700 to Campus: Photogallery
Among other selections, Green sang favorites such as “Find Us Faithful” and “People Need the Lord.” He was accompanied on piano by Dick Tunney, who, along with his wife Melodie, has penned over 150 songs, many of which have been recorded by other Christian artists.
“The performance was characterized by powerful worship songs, thought-provoking and inspiring messages, and a touch of humor,” said senior Craig Kallemeyn of Crete, Illinois, who attended with his parents. “It was a concert that every age group could relate to, and I’m sure that all who attended were amazed at the talent.”
Proceeds from the concert benefit the Trinity Fund, which provides resources students need to receive a quality, Christian higher education.
“Our Trinity family thoroughly enjoyed this opportunity to be a part of Steve Green’s ministry and music,” said Larryl Humme, vice president for development. “What a great night of music. We will continue to offer these spring concerts to benefit the fund.”
Steve Green and his music
Green celebrates more than 25 years in the Christian music industry. Throughout his years of ministry, Green’s music has been honored with four Grammy nominations, 13 No. 1 songs, and seven Dove Awards, Christian music’s highest honor. With 33 recordings to his credit, including children’s projects and Spanish-language albums, Green has sold over three million albums worldwide.
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Music event- May 7
As you plan to attend some of the wonderful concerts at Trinity this spring, please note the date and time change for the Spring Choral Concert.
Also, check out the other music events planned! For more information, call Joanna Wigboldy at 708.239.4874.
DAY/TIME CHANGE: The Spring Choral Concert for Concert Choir and Honors Ensemble will be held on Saturday, May 4, at 2 p.m. in the Ozinga Chapel Auditorium. (The original day and time was Sunday, May 5, at 3 p.m.)
Other upcoming music events
Brass Fest—Tuesday, March 26, 7:30 p.m.
Pops Concert—Friday, April 12, 7:30 p.m.
Steve Green Concert—Friday, April 19, 7 p.m
Spring Instrumental Concert—Friday, May 3, 7:30 p.m.
Spring Choral Concert—Saturday, May 4, 2 p.m.—NEW DATE/TIME
Spring Gospel Choir Concert—Saturday, May 4, 7 p.m.
Chamber Music Recital—Tuesday, May 7, 7:30 p.m.
A Two-week Experience Becomes Lifelong Lesson - Interim Photogallery
Whether they remain on campus or travel overseas during Trinity’s two-week Interim, students get the chance to develop their knowledge of unique topics not typically covered in the college curriculum.
This year’s on-campus courses covered subjects such as Exploring Chicago Crime through Film, a study of the history of college pranks, and a writer’s workshop. Other classes focused on social justice issues like homelessness and the just production and distribution of healthy food. In nearby Harvey, Illinois, volunteers lived in the Tabitha House and Harvey House for two weeks while helping to minister to those living in spiritual and economic poverty.
In Costa Rica, Haiti, Cuba, and Ecuador, students discovered other cultures while lending themselves to be the hands and feet of Christ. Read blog posts from those who traveled outside of the United States.
Twelve students had the opportunity to study the culture and history of Italy. In this Interim course, led by Dr. Helen Van Wyck, professor of music, students journeyed through Venice, Florence, and Rome.
I was blessed during the trip by the people who I traveled with,
said Victoria VanHofwegen ’14.
“I was blessed during the trip by the people who I traveled with,” said Victoria VanHofwegen ’14, of Tolleson, Arizona. “Italy was a lot different than I expected, but I enjoyed the slow pace of life their culture holds. Seeing Michelangelo’s David, exploring the Coliseum in Rome, and having dinner on a Tuscany farm house were my favorite parts of the trip.”
First Chapel “Catches Up” on Community and Liberal Arts
As part of the history lesson, Dr. Steve Timmermans shared 12 snapshots of the development of liberal arts and the contributions from philosophers, theologians, researchers and others over the centuries. Timmermans framed the message, “Catching Up on Community and the Liberal Arts,” with verses from Galatians 6, explaining that the liberal arts allow people “to be best faithful to God’s call on [their] lives.”
Based on the verses, Timmermans expounded on four points from scripture that apply to the study of liberal arts:
1. Reach out, especially to the oppressed.
2. Carefully explore who you are.
3. Enter into community life with those who have trained you.
4. Be set free from stifling patterns.
Worship time was led by students; the scripture reading was given by a staff member; and the blessing was given by Chaplain Bill Van Groningen.
A Certain Kind of Fire—Trinity Celebrates Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
Dr. David Brodnax, Sr., associate professor of history, offered remarks on King’s “powerful peace” in his address “’ A Certain Kind of Fire’: Martin Luther King’s Call for Powerful Peace.”
“King and the other civil rights activists were able to create real change because they knew that nonviolence could be more powerful than violence,” said Brodnax. “He also made it clear that nonviolent resistance was not simply a passive murmur of discontent offered in the face of brute force.”
As part of the celebration, poetry readings were given by students Ranesha McGee ’15 of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and Dominique Evans ’14 of Glenwood, Illinois, and scripture readings by Tabitha Matthews, pre-college coordinator, and Jeremy Klyn ’02, director of admissions.
Dr. Dennis Connelly, associate professor of criminal justice, commented on the responsibility of Christians in responding to violence in the world, a response that would follow the words of King’s Nobel Prize acceptance speech:
I believe that one day mankind will bow before the altars of God and be crowned triumphant over war and bloodshed, and nonviolent redemptive good will proclaim the rule of the land.”
The annual celebration is sponsored by the Office of Ethnic Diversity and the Ethnic Diversity Committee.
Dr. Emmett Price to Speak during Black History Month
In celebration of Black History Month, Trinity will welcome guest speaker Dr. Emmett Price III, professor of music and African American Studies at Northeastern University in Boston, on Monday, February 4, at 3:30 p.m. in the Grand Lobby.
The title of his address will be “The Power of Black Music: From Spirituals to Hip Hop.” The event is free and open to the public.
Trinity’s history department sponsors a public lecture every year to educate students and the community about topics in the history of people of African descent or of race relations in the United States. Speakers also address how Christianity impacts the black American experience.
About the speaker
Emmett G. Price III is one of the nation's leading experts on African American Music, African American Culture, the Black Church, Black Popular Culture, Hip Hop Culture and Youth Culture. He has spent much of the past decade writing, lecturing and conducting cutting edge research on bridging the generational divide. A well regarded scholar, educator and consultant; Dr. Price has the unique ability to capture the hearts and minds of the most diverse and versatile audiences with his compassionate sense of humor, his amicable intellect and his quick wit. He is a noted print and broadcast media expert, as well as a widely sought after motivational speaker and preacher.