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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.
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. Despite the struggles she faced throughout her early career, Branderhorst’s story demonstrates the power of prayer and perseverance in her career.
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.
New Master’s Program--Special Education LBS II –Info Session
Trinity Christian College has announced the launch of a new Graduate Studies program, scheduled to begin in fall 2014 at the Palos Heights campus.
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).
Trinity Professor Named Social Worker of the Year
“Life is an adventure we are meant to be awake for and engaged in.” Cini Bretzlaff-Holstein, assistant professor of social work, follows her own advice. The Social Worker of the Year award for the Calumet District from the National Association of Social Workers Illinois Chapter (NASW Illinois) reflects the purposeful life she leads.
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. While most of her fellow student teachers were gaining their field experience in local schools, Schaap was teaching in Nairobi, Kenya, for the first seven weeks of the semester.
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.
Honors Program Honors Graduates at Inaugural Ceremony
The Honors Program challenges and supports academically gifted students through collaborative research with publishing scholars in the field and participation in co-curricular activities.
During the ceremony, seniors Brian Hofman of Waupun, Wisconsin; Megan Regalado of Glendora, California; Trevor Schaap of Lansing, Illinois; Kimberly Van Spronsen of Escalon, California; and Daniel Thayer of Buchanan, Michigan, were honored by fellow students and professors, who offered personal thoughts and words of congratulations and blessing.
To read some of the comments offered, visit the Honors Program blog.
“I thought the pinning ceremony was extremely thoughtful in that each senior graduating from the program was given 'tribute' by another member of the Honors Program,” said Regalado.
Said Thayer, “It meant a lot to have current students talk about the graduates and to enjoy a time that was in honor of the hard work we put in over the years.”
In my four years in the program, I have built many friendships that will last beyond college,” said Schaap.
At the closing of the ceremony, Dr. Mattson recited verses from the Book of Isaiah. “Isaiah 61 concludes with words that aptly describe Brian, Kimberly, Trevor, Megan, and Daniel.
“’They will be called oaks of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, to display his glory. They shall build up the ancient ruins, they shall raise up the former devastations; they shall repair the ruined cities, the devastations of many generations.’”
Mattson plans to hold pinning ceremony every semester prior to graduation.
“The ceremony was a wonderful conclusion to the work that I had done,” said Hofman, “and I appreciated the chance to celebrate with many of the students and professors who played significant roles in my honors experience at Trinity.”
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.
On Friday night, the volleyball team claimed the North Central Region title with a win over Bethel College. Trinity won the match in three straight sets at 25-18, 25-13, and 25-23.
Read more about the volleyball game.
The tournament schedule has been set for the 2012 NCCAA Division I Volleyball Championship held at the Kissimmee Civic Center in Kissimmee, Florida on November 29 – December 1.
On Saturday afternoon, the women’s soccer team won its region title with a 2-1 upset victory over Judson University. The Trolls took control of the game in the first half with two goals in the first 12 minutes of the game.
Read more about the soccer game.
The seeding and bracket have been set for the 2012 NCCAA Division I Women’s Soccer Championship held at Austin-Tindall Soccer Complex in Kissimmee, Florida on 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.
The Student Laureate Award recognizes excellence in curricular and extracurricular activities and honors senior students from each of Illinois’ four-year, degree granting colleges and universities.
Perez, a music education major with minors in theology and church music, has shown his commitment to the College’s community throughout his time here. He served as a Resident Assistant (RA) in Tibstra Hall and is currently an RA at Trinity’s off-campus apartments, where he has also served as a summer RA.
Along with this, Perez worked as a tutor in the College’s music department and a student mentor to first year students for two years. Perez’s years as a mentor have included some of his favorite experiences at Trinity.
“Getting to be sort of a mother goose for a few intense days and then helping guide students through their first year experience is a huge strength of the College,” Perez said. “It is so important that we have student leaders who introduce new students to the postures and peculiarities of our wonderful Troll-culture.”
Perez also participates in a large number of extra and co-curricular activities including concert choir, honors ensemble, jazz band, wind ensemble, and brass quintet. He is one of three leaders of Outcry, the student-led worship. His work as a member of the Honor’s Program has also given Perez the opportunity to grow.
Outside of Trinity, Perez has done teacher aiding in various schools as part of his music education curriculum and has led worship at several local churches.
Overall, Perez has tried to get the most out of his Trinity experience. He plans to graduate in May with 184 credits after five years at the College. Part of his work includes voluntary independent studies with Dr. Mark Peters, professor of music.
“[Peters] has encouraged me to pursue the things I am interested in educationally, even if they are not part of the core curriculum,” Perez said. “Liberal arts doesn’t necessarily mean just a broad range of subjects, but as Ginny Carpenter, vice president for student development, says, also a liberal, hefty serving of them; a full plate, if you will.”
One project Perez collaborated on with Peters, “Music, Theology, and Christian Worship: A Study of Hillsong” made him the first music education major to receive Trinity’s VanderVelde Junior Scholar Award. Perez also received the Don Sinnema Research Scholarship Award from the theology department for his project, “Time and Eternity in Brahms’s Requiem,” with Dr. Yudha Thianto, professor of theology, as his faculty mentor.
Perez plans to apply for graduate schools in liturgical studies or music. He is also considering teaching as he will soon be a certified music teacher in Illinois.
“I would more than love to spend the next few years with middle or high school music students,” Perez said. “It isn’t really a question of which I’d rather do because both sound great.”
At the convocation, Perez received a Student Laureate Medallion, accompanied by an honorarium check and certificate of achievement.
Trinity Christian College Lincoln Laureates
2012 – Adam Perez
2011 – Alberto LaRosa
2010 – Joseph R. Wydra
2009 – Jonathan VanderWoude
2008 – Caitlin Fillmore
2007 – Elizabeth VanderSpek
2006 – Allison Backous
2005 – Erin Marshalek
2004 – Rachel Van Oort
2003 – Yvana Hansen
2002 – Evan VanderZee
2001 – Nate Bosch
2000 – Laurie Johnson
1999 – Hanna Vancer Zee
1998 – Kristen Devine
1997 – Heidi Boeck
1996 – Julie Tinklenberg
1995 – Keri Dyksterhouse
1994 – Mark Mulder
1993 – Kristen Hart
1992 – Sarah Ver Velde
1991 – Aron Reppmann
1990 – Nathan Van Der Male
1989 – Drew Sweetman
1988 – Erik Hoekstra
1987 – Kimberly Dykema
1986 – Edward Wiener, Jr.
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. At the annual “Meet the Majors” event on Thursday, November 8, students spoke with alumni who earned the same degree the students are currently pursuing or are thinking of pursuing.
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. The panel is helping the students as they make hands-on decisions for various local businesses that are partnering with the class for this project.
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.
After defeating No. 4 Trinity International University in the quarterfinal round of the CCAC conference tournament, the No. 5 Trolls continued to be the spoiler as they upset No. 1 Olivet Nazarene University with a 1-0 shutout victory in the semifinal game.
The game ended a 12-game winning streak for the No. 8 nationally-ranked Tigers and was the first goal ONU has allowed since September 15. The Tigers finished the conference regular season with a perfect 11-0 record and out-scored their opponent 41-0.
In the game, the stats favored the Tigers as they had 19 shots while Trinity took just three. However, the score favored the Trolls who made one of their two first half shots count on the scoreboard. The game-changer came at 27:30 on an unassisted goal by Rachael Webb ’15 of Riverside, California.
For the rest of the game, the Trolls stayed on top and held off the Tiger’s attack. Trinity goalkeeper Becky Gold ’13 of Virginia Beach, Virginia ended the game with nine saves. It was only the second time this season that Olivet was held without a goal.
The victory moves Trinity into the championship game against No. 3 Robert Morris University on Saturday, November 10. If the Trolls win, they will advance to the NAIA National Championship tournament.
The game against Robert Morris will take place at Redmond Athletic Complex in Bensenville, Illinois at 2 p.m.
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.
Dr. Keith Starkenburg published “What the Apostles Will Let Us Get Away with Saying” in Rorty and the Religious, Christian Engagements with a Secular Philosopher. The other essays in this volume enter into meaningful conversation with this secular thinker who died in 2007.
Starkenburg’s essay focuses on Alvin Plantinga, Professor of Philosophy Emeritus at the University of Notre Dame, and his criticism of Rorty. But “Rorty has more to say than Plantinga recognized,” said Starkenburg, who outlines Plantinga’s views and what role Rorty plays in that dialogue.
Dr. Yudha Thianto, professor of theology, published “The Formula of Baptism and the Equality of the Godhead: Joseph Bingham (1668-1723) and the Trinitarian Controversy in Late-Stuart England” in The New Evangelical Subordinationism?: Perspectives on the Equality of God the Father and God the Son in August 2012.
The volume is a collection of 16 essays that speak to both sides of the discussion about equality and subordination in the Holy Trinity. The main issue highlighted in this collection of essays is whether and in what sense the Son of God might eternally submit to the Father’s will.
Thianto explores history rather than taking a position in his essay by discussing the Trinitarian theology of 18th century Anglican minister and church historian Joseph Bingham. In his study of Bingham, Thianto provides some insights that in Bingham one can find both sides of the argument over the Son’s eternal status vis-a-vis the Father.
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.” His work was one of many featured in this year’s Openings, Trinity’s visual and literary arts magazine.
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.
The program provides a Christian liberal arts foundation and the necessary engineering prerequisites during the first two years. Students can then transfer to another college to complete a degree in aerospace, chemical, civil, energy, environmental, materials science, or mechanical engineering.
Trinity has transfer guides for mechanical and civil engineering programs. Trinity will work with students who wish to transfer to a different institution to ensure that the necessary prerequisites are completed prior to transfer.
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.
The team, coached by Athletics Director Bill Schepel, is in the middle of conference play and is currently in first place with a 13-1 conference record.
The team’s most recent victory came in a game at Indiana University-South Bend, where the Trolls won in three sets.
For the match, Trinity had 31 kills. Kaitlin Feddema ’14 of Kalamazoo, Michigan, led the team with eight and Betsy Holman ’13 of Streamwood, Illinois, had seven. Feddema also added six digs for the match and Holman had four blocks. Ellie Raebel ’14 of Waterford, Wisconsin, grabbed 17 digs and Erynn Schuh ’15 of Frankfort, Illinois, had nine digs along with 25 assists.
The Trolls will play their next home game on Thursday, November 11 at 7 p.m. against Purdue University- North Central. Click here for a full schedule.
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.
Wolfson, who has taught in the communication arts department, initiated the club after gathering student feedback. Wolfson’s debate experience began in 1999 when she taught competitive debate to high school students. She especially enjoys being able to teach debate from a Christian perspective.
“My passion and my mission are to teach Christian students to think critically and communicate confidently in a manner that others will receive,” said Wolfson.
Michael Lautermilch ’15 of Lockport, Illinois, expressed interest in the club right away. As one of Wolfson’s students, he agreed to help finding other interested students.
Lautermilch said he has wanted to join debate competitions since watching his siblings compete a few years ago.
“Some of the skills they learned amazed me,” he said. “I am looking forward to being able to learn those skills and use them later in life.”
The debate club meets each week and plans to participate in one-day tournaments each month with the goal of entering the state championship at the end of the season.
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.
This year’s competition featured over 1,500 works in 162 venues across Grand Rapids from September 19 to October 4. Konyndyk’s oil painting, “Abstract Space” was originally done for her final project in her intermediate painting class at Trinity.
The art education major’s work was featured in a gallery along with 21 other artists. She enjoyed being able to talk with them as well as exhibiting her own work.
“I felt so honored, blessed, and thankful to be a part of ArtPrize,” said Konyndyk. “It was like I was on cloud nine the whole time I was there.”
Konyndyk was the second Trinity student to have work selected for the event. Brady Davidson ’11 took part in last year’s competition.
“It was worth having my art out there,” said Konyndyk. “I actually have an opportunity to sell my painting now, and even if it doesn't sell, I am still thankful for having the experience of showing so many people what I can do.”
See more of Konyndyk’s work and a description of “Abstract Space.”
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.
The Bright Promise Fund (BPF) is one of the organizations with several ties to Trinity, including alumni who work as teachers in BPF’s partner schools; alumni and a Trinity faculty member who serve on the board; and director Dr. Dave Larsen, a 1967 graduate of the College and former vice president for student development.
BPF provides financial resources for urban Christian schools and was started by Larsen when he was approached in 2009 by representatives from seven Christian schools in Chicago. Their vision involved developing a fund to parallel Chicago organizations such as the Big Shoulders Fund for urban Catholic schools and the Good News Fund for urban Lutheran schools.
“I’ve been blessed by Christian education my whole life and have seen its positive impact on our own children and grandchildren. But it has always bothered me that those in poverty-stricken communities most often found it out of their financial reach,” said Larsen. “I began to see this as a justice issue for Christians.”
BPF brings new and sustaining financial resources to the schools, which in turn provide financial assistance to families. At the same time, BPF promotes school vouchers as a vehicle for educational justice. “When parents are able to exercise their freedom to choose a school for their children, studies show that students succeed,” said Larsen. “All students should have access to good schools, and good schools make for good neighborhoods.”
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.
For the first time, commuting students stayed in the dorms overnight during First Year Forum (FYF), a five-day course designed to introduce students to Trinity. In the past, these students returned home each day after attending required FYF events but often missed out on the evening activities.
Becky Starkenberg, coordinator of First Year Experience, believes the new system helps with the transition process.
“First Year Forum is best experienced as a 24-hour, five-day retreat where students have structured and informal time to engage with one another,” said Starkenberg. “This enabled our first-time freshmen to connect and form community at a critical time in their experience. Freshmen are being mentored in small groups by faculty and student mentors, but also need to make peer connections.”
After staying on campus for the five days, two students decided to live on campus for the school year.
Commuter Meal Plan
Another new offering for commuters is the commuter meal plan. The plan provides flexibility for commuters who wish to enjoy regular meals at the cafeteria or Bootsma Bookstore Café.
“I like the meal plan because I can eat at school on a somewhat regular basis and not have to worry about buying food or cooking at home,” said Kevin Hahn ’13 of Cedar Lake, Indiana.
Forty-two students signed up for this new option for the fall semester.
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.
In November, Brink, a graduate of the College’s social work program, will be living in Liberia, Africa, for one year, where she will be working with several organizations including the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare.
Brink said her classes and experiences at Trinity pushed her to travel out of her comfort zone.
“I was reminded time and time again that God created all people, and regardless of their diverse background, he calls us to be servants in this world,” said Brink. “I have made the decision to spend the next year in Liberia because God has blessed me with so much, and I am now given an opportunity to share those blessings with others around the world.”
While serving with the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare, Brink will work with orphans. In addition, she will help with a hot meal ministry for war-affected people in the area, teach at a college, and work at a clinic and hospital.
“It is amazing and a bit scary to think of the opportunities and learning that I will do,” said Brink. “I am confident that God will provide the strength and words that I need to walk alongside people while I’m there, helping in whatever ways are possible.”
The trip will not be her first overseas. After graduating in May, Brink traveled to Hong Kong, where she worked for a few months with Play Infinity, an organization that helps children learn through its Science Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics program (STEM).
Dr. Rose Malinowski, professor of social work at Trinity, believes Brink’s Trinity field placement at Westside Christian School in Chicago in spring 2012 helped prepare her for her journey.
“Jen’s experience provided her with many opportunities to serve in a culturally rich environment with the support of helping professionals from various backgrounds,” said Malinowski.
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. An annual list is compiled through extensive research and a data-driven survey of more than 12,000 VA-approved schools nationwide.
“I am pleased we have been identified in this way,” said President Steve Timmermans, Ph.D., “for we honor those who have served our country when we make higher education accessible to them.”
Some of Trinity's benefits noted by the magazine include an advisor on staff to assist veterans with career placement, in-state tuition without residency requirements for active-duty military students, and participation in the Yellow Ribbon Program.
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.
“The recital provides a great night of music and also lets students hear their professors perform,” said Dr. Mark Peters, professor of music. “We hope it will also encourage some students to join a music ensemble or take private lessons if they’re not already.”
Peters opened the event with prayer and the concert began with an African-American spiritual, “Give Me Jesus” performed by Dr. Helen Van Wyck, professor of music. The evening took the audience through a variety of performances including a cornet duet by Peters and Dr. Ken Austin, professor of music, and a guitar solo by Jonathan Roth, the College’s new lesson instructor.
“As a music student, the recital helped me to realize and appreciate the wonderful, talented faculty that I have the pleasure of studying under,” said Leah Laky ’13 of Grand Marais, Minnesota. “What other students can say that they learn from people capable of mastering Bach, Mendelssohn, and Villa-Lobos?”
About Jonathan Roth
Jonathan Roth, a Chicagoland native, composes classical guitar music. Roth attended Pepperdine University, where he studied with Christopher Parkening for his undergraduate work.
Roth began graduate studies at the University of Southern California Thornton School Of Music where he completed degrees under the instruction of Scott Tennant.
Roth taught as an instructor of guitar at Pepperdine from 2008 until 2011, when he moved back to the Midwest and taught at Indiana University South Bend. This year, Roth agreed to take on the role as Trinity’s guitar instructor. Roth has recorded two solo albums, “Meditations” and “Nostalgia.”
Upcoming Music Events at Trinity
September 23: Southwest Symphony Orchestra, 4 p.m., Ozinga Chapel Auditorium
September 28: Black and White Dress-up Night of Jazz, 7:30 p.m., Ozinga Chapel Auditorium, free admission
October 26: Fall Instrumental Concert--Wind Ensemble, 7 p.m., Ozinga Chapel Auditorium, free admission
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.
The event featured representatives from campus organizations and local businesses. They presented the various ways student can participate in activities and services both on and off campus. Students were also able to ask questions and discover more about groups that interested them.
“Every student could find something that they enjoy, because there are so many groups out there,” said Student Association Vice President Megan Kuiper ’14 of McBain, Michigan. “The wonderful weather and picnic dinner brought not only new students, but returning ones as well.”
Acting on Aids
First Midwest Bank
Grace Community Church
Harvest Bible Chapel
Office of Service Learning
Orland Park CRC
Palos Heights CRC
Palos Heights Library
Pui Tak Center
Random Acts of Kindness
Read With Me
Social Justice Chapter
Sunday Night Worship
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.
The College stands among other institutions in the Regional Colleges category that offer a wide range of degree programs in the liberal arts and in fields such as business, education, graphic design, and nursing.
The U.S. News rankings are based on several criteria, including peer assessment, graduation and freshmen retention rates, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources, and alumni giving.
“As we welcomed students to campus a few weeks ago, qualities that can’t necessarily be ‘ranked’ but are an integral part of our standing were evident,” said Provost Liz Rudenga, Ph.D., “as professors warmly greeted students; upper-class students helped new students move into the residence halls; students, mentors, and professors engaged in conversation during First Year Forum; athletes eagerly began practices and games; and students were excited to be in labs and classrooms.”
Campus Ethnic Diversity: Regional Colleges—Midwest ranking
Trinity also ranked 11th in the area of Campus Ethnic Diversity: Regional Colleges—Midwest. This ranking speaks to the College’s continued commitment to develop a multi-racial, multi-national, and multi-denominational student body. To determine this ranking, U.S. News factors in the total proportion of minority students (leaving out international students) and the overall mix of groups.
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.
Professor’s Book Explores Religion’s Influence on Poets’ Formation
Sitting in the same church where Christina Rossetti once worshipped, Dr. Karen Dieleman, then a Ph.D. candidate, contemplated how this Victorian woman’s worship experiences may have affected her development as a poet.
Dieleman, associate professor of English at Trinity, spent a total of six years researching Rossetti, as well as poets Elizabeth Barrett Browning and Adelaide Procter. Her research of these participants in their respective Anglican, Nonconformist, and Catholic strands of Christianity culminated in the recent publication of her book Religious Imaginaries by Ohio University Press (2012).
In the book, Dieleman explores the relationships between each woman’s commitment to a particular liturgical practice and the development of poetic voice.
Dieleman’s visits to England relate directly to her current method of teaching and scholarship, namely her love of context. In addition to visiting two of the poets’ places of worship during the first three years of research, she traveled to Cambridge’s Girton College, the first college for women, to further study Procter.
The next three years of research required expanded reading and writing to fit the work into the larger field of Victorian poetry studies and within current thinking on human formation. Dieleman earned her Ph.D. from McMaster University in Ontario in 2006 and joined the Trinity faculty in 2008.
Religious Imaginaries will especially appeal to scholars and upper level college students, and for Dieleman, has been an intellectual project that has overlapped with her own Reformed tradition.
“I prayed a lot over the work,” said Dieleman. “I don’t need to make a splash in the world but have strived to be faithful and to honor these women.”
54th Convocation Celebrates Community: Photogallery
Convocation is “a calling together” of the entire campus community to celebrate the beginning of the academic year.
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.”
So states the proposal for an inaugural honors composition course titled Anime and Worldview that explores the world of Japanese animation and challenges students to engage contemporary culture as Christian thinkers.
Japanese “anime” differs from American animation in everything from characterization to landscapes. Dr. Mark Jones, professor of English, compares the experience to “walking through an art gallery.”
Jones said anime makes an ideal subject for the study of world view. While some anime films are informed by a set of religious and cultural values that are distinctly non Western, others display biblical story and Christian theology in ways that are de-familiarizing and thought provoking.
Trinity’s English department has incorporated more visual literacy into its first-year curriculum, including the work of photojournalists and graphic novels such as Maus, an illustrated narrative of Holocaust survival.
Japanese anime was recently introduced to Trinity students as part of another writing course. After viewing “My Neighbor Totoro,” a pastoral children’s fantasy, and “Grave of the Fireflies,” a film about war, students noted interesting parallels in the two films, such as relationships between parents and children and the way children find beauty in desperate circumstances.
“A single film may offer insight not only into the worldviews of others, but also into the ways in which those others think about Western, and specifically Christian, ways of seeing,” said Jones.
Jones takes the teaching of this course beyond the purely academic, having participated over the years in viewing the films with his children and attending yearly conventions with hordes of anime fans, a group he calls an “accepting” and “cross-generational” sub-culture. For the past several years, he and his neighbors have brought several children from their Blue Island community to ACen (Anime Central), a local convention. This year, interest was so high that a school board member worked with the city’s park district to provide a bus trip to bring even more children to the convention.
In the Anime and Worldview course, anime films will form the main body of “text” for study, with supplemental reading and weekly writing assignments. This course will be offered as part of the Honors Program.
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
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.
Sobilo started her education in Trinity’s music program on a part-time basis in 1983. After presenting her sophomore recital, she decided to put her education on hold to start a family. For the next two decades, Sobilo stayed home with her children, Lisa, Jonathan, and Catherine. She also worked as an administrative assistant for her husband Larry’s computer consulting business.
But in 2003, Larry was diagnosed with cancer, and Sobilo said the next five years were full of challenges for their family. Five years later, his treatments not enough to turn the tide, Larry passed away. Sobilo spent a year trying to determine her next step, and in September 2009, she returned to Trinity, enrolling in the Adult Studies Business program.
“It’s challenging to do a three-credit course in six sessions,” Sobilo said. “Our job was to learn the information and then begin to apply it rather than just to spit back facts. That was good training for the business environment. It built confidence that I could learn something quickly, understand it deeply, and apply it effectively.”
On January 20, 2011, walking across campus on the first day of the spring semester, Sobilo said she had an “ah-ha” moment. “‘Why didn’t I finish my music degree?’ I had been putting off the gen ed courses, but now I had those completed.”
With help from the registrar’s office and Dr. Mark Peters, professor of music, Sobilo was a registered student in both the Adult Studies and traditional programs within the week. “I had this in my heart for so long, and I didn’t give up even when it looked like it wasn’t going to happen,” she said.
As she finished her journey with her adult studies cohort, she resumed her journey toward a music degree. For her senior recital, Sobilo was required to sing for 45 minutes in four languages. “It was like doing the classes in adult studies—it was very fast-forward. I ended up doing 17 songs in five languages plus English,” she said.
Years prior, after she had performed her sophomore recital, she and Larry bought music in anticipation of her senior recital—a book by Chopin in Polish to honor Larry’s heritage and one by Bach. She was able to use both in her 2012 recital.
“My program was really connected with my own love of singing and my own purpose for singing and that is to glorify God,” said Sobilo.
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.
Ryan Heath, assistant controller, traveled to Nicaragua in June to serve with New Hope Children’s Foundation. New Hope provides education, food, clothing, and medical assistance, and most important, the love of Christ, to orphaned or abused children in Nicaragua. The organization works in partnership with the government agency Mi Familia to rescue many children from homelessness and abuse.
Ryan’s efforts there involved spending time with the children, helping with the organization’s accounting, and translating for the head of construction at the building site of New Hope’s children’s home in the rainforest along the Coco River, a rugged frontier between Nicaragua and Honduras.
Traveling with Ryan was his 17-year-old son Melios. This was the young man’s first trip back to Nicaragua since Ryan and his wife Joslynn adopted their son and his brothers Rosendo (15) and Beto (12) from New Hope Children’s Home in 2010. They had met the boys during their first mission trip to the home in 2008. The brothers, like most of the children at the home, are Miskito Indians, indigenous to the remote eastern forest lands of Nicaragua.
Ryan said that the children at New Hope are orphans or have been brought to the home by family members who aren’t able to care for them. Some of the children have also been rescued from abuse. Melios, who speaks the native language of the indigenous people, had the opportunity to help families in the same situation Melios’s grandparents once found themselves in when they brought their grandsons to the home in 2005.
“It was awesome to see Melios step up and help these families, communicating with them in their native language and comforting them during the process of seeking help from the home,” said Ryan.
Witnessing God work through his son’s experience added to Ryan’s own experience. “I learned that we are called to have a broader world view than just our neighborhood or family or town, and that a global perspective can inform my personal walk with the Lord.”
Ryan and his son also had the opportunity to visit Melios’s grandparents, who had not seen him since 2010, and to deliver gifts to them. Because of the remote location of the Miskito villages, Ryan had to buy air time on the radio station to advertise that Melios was in the area in hopes the message would reach his grandparents, and it did.
Ryan said it was a wonderful reunion, and although the Miskito people aren’t known for outwardly exhibiting affection or deep emotion, tears poured down the face of Melios’s grandmother at the sight of her grandson.
God also opened the door for the new director of Mi Familia—who knows Melios’s grandparents—to see first-hand the fruits of New Hope’s work after hearing Ryan and his son’s story.
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.
The “3” includes 18 credit hours per semester for six semesters at Trinity and two summer sessions at a local community college.
The “2” includes 48 credit hours completed over two years. Six credits are taken per term—Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer.
Applying what they’ve learned in the classroom, undergraduates will complete a field education requirement, and graduates will complete a practicum and internship experience.
Click here to download a 3+2 brochure with the list of required courses.
Students who enroll as freshmen psychology majors will:
- Complete the three-year bachelor’s program in psychology
- Gain guaranteed admission to the two-year master’s degree program in counseling psychology (with 3.0 GPA). There is no requirement to take the GRE.
- Experience study in the helping professions from a Christian perspective
- Enjoy a special community throughout their education with the same caring professors and fellow classmates
Dr. Michael DeVries ’74, director of the counseling psychology graduate program and professor of psychology, pursues a clinical practice at Olive Branch Counseling Associates, Inc., in Oak Forest, Illinois, an agency founded by his wife, Louella ’93.
“The 3+2 option at Trinity gives students with a clear sense of calling from God and a passion for helping others an opportunity to complete a liberal arts degree in psychology and a graduate degree in counseling psychology through an efficient and economical course of study without sacrificing educational quality or rigor,” said Dr. DeVries.
Professors in the program bring a variety of research focuses to their teaching, including integration of Christianity and psychology, counseling outcomes, yoga therapy, clinical and research ethics. Meet the faculty here.
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.
Blueprints gives students an opportunity to connect with future roommates, classmates, and professors; register for classes; and get acquainted with their new community.
Friday highlights included the president’s barbecue dinner; evening worship; gaming and sports activities; and movies late into the night. Students began Saturday at the faculty-hosted breakfast, followed by one-on-one advising sessions.
The Professor Open House provided more time for questions and answers, and the Information Expo supplied students and parents with information about campus organizations, and local churches, banks, and businesses. Students then attended sessions about the First Year Experience and life at Trinity.
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.
The outing, held for the first time at Big Run Golf Club in Lockport, Illinois, began with lunch, followed by a shotgun start. The event ended with refreshments and the presentation of the trophy, which is engraved each year with the names of the winning foursome.
This year’s winning foursome included Paul Jansma ’08, Jamie Prins ’09, Eric VandenBerg ’09, and Ryan Wories ’09.
“This is always a great event, and we were blessed with beautiful weather this year. On behalf of the alumni office, we want to thank all of those who came out for the outing,” said Alumni Director Travis Bandstra ’06. “Continuing to build an alumni legacy at Trinity is vitally important, and we are incredibly grateful to all of our sponsors who continue to support scholarships for children of alumni through this outing.”
The College is thankful for the faithful support received from the golf outing sponsors who make it possible for the funds raised by the event to go directly to the Alumni Excellence Scholarship.
Evenhouse & Co.
Kramer & Leonard
Trinity Alumni Board
All God’s Children Orphanage
Bert Kamp CPA
Ken and Margie Boss
Clarence Davids & Co.
Firebone Brand Consultancy
Interiors for Business
Mama Vesuvio East
PolyJohn Enterprises Corp.
Schepel Buick GMC Truck
Silva International, Inc.
Stepping Stone Financial, Inc.
Strack & Van Til Supermarkets
Van Bruggen Signs
Vant Hoff Financial Services Ltd.
Rick and Sue VanDyken
CESAG Goes Wild with Green Initiative—Photogallery
In October 2011, students, led by Professors Thomas Roose and Abbie Schrotenboer, collected wildflower seed to later sow in the new basin by the Trinity Athletics and Recreation Complex and at the site of the Rt. 83 athletic fields.
Schrotenboer’s students then planted the seeds, which were germinated in the Heritage Science Center’s greenhouse. This month, a group of professors and other participants, transplanted the wildflowers into the campus basins.
Prairie plants for the drier edges of the basin included wild bergamot, New England aster, and black-eyed susan. Wetland plants for the bottom of the basin where the soil stays moist included swamp milkweed, blue vervain, and swamp rose mallow, said Schrotenboer.
“As part of our stewardship of God’s creation, the basins help us deal with the impact our campus has on the environment and also provide a small space for restoration by bringing native plants and other species back in,” said Schrotenboer.
The wildflower basins were created to deal with storm water runoff, which is filtered by the plants and soil before entering the waterways or groundwater. Native plants increase the diversity of native plant species on campus, which in turn support native insects and birds. Established plants are a relatively low maintenance way of keeping the area vegetated.
Project participants included Dr. Abbie Schrotenboer, assistant professor of biology, and her husband Brad; Dr. Thomas Roose, associate professor of physics and science education; Dr. Lou Sytsma ’65, professor of chemistry; Dr. Laurel Quinn, professor of nursing; and Marci Frederick, director of library, and her husband Paul and daughter Jocelyn.
Such initiatives integrate ecological stewardship into the biology curriculum and also reflect the stewardship efforts of the Campus Ecological Stewardship Advisory Group (CESAG). CESAG’s guiding principles include environmental restoration, sustainability, and education, while their standard practices involve restoring habitats, such as native plants, and sustaining the campus forest.
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.
Timmer graduated from Trinity with a degree in biology and chemistry and returned to earn her teaching certification in 2009 through the Adult Studies Accelerated Program.
With her guidance and help from Dr. Lou Sytsma ’65, professor of chemistry at Trinity, Timmer’s students wrote a proposal for the experiment to be conducted in space on the International Space Station (ISS).
The proposed experiment, “The Effect of Microgravity on the Quality and Nutritional Value of the Seed Sprout of a Germinated 92M72 Genetically-Modified Soybean,” was selected as part of Mission 1 to the ISS, the third flight opportunity provided by America’s Student Spaceflight Experiments Program (SSEP).
Through a grant from Pioneer-Hybrid International, Timmers, the student writers of the proposal, and some of their parents traveled to Florida to watch the launch.
The soybean seeds are flying in a microgravity research mini-laboratory in low Earth orbit to see if food can be grown in other environments. When the seeds return to Earth from space, the students will come to Trinity and work with Dr. Bob Boomsma, professor of biology at Trinity, to compare the seed from space and the one germinating on earth.
“This was an exciting opportunity to work with the students on current experimentation going on in the science community,” said Timmer. She said that through the project, students celebrated the joy of learning and the excitement of this unusual scientific opportunity.
Participation in these experiments shows a broader commitment to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) education. SSEP typically gives 300 to 1,000 students across a community the ability to design and propose real experiments to fly in low Earth orbit, first aboard the final flights of the space shuttle, and then on the ISS.
The SSEP (http://ssep.ncesse.org) is undertaken by the National Center for Earth and Space Science Education (NCESSE; http://ncesse.org) in partnership with NanoRacks, LLC. This on-orbit educational research opportunity is enabled through NanoRacks, LLC, which is working in partnership with NASA under a Space Act Agreement as part of the utilization of the International Space Station as a National Laboratory.
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.
Congratulations to the spring semester’s Dean’s List honorees:
P. Caleb Hamstra
Mary Margaret McNicholas
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. Many also share their expertise in their disciplines through conference presentations and publications.
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
Illustrator 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. The keynote address “Blessed to Be a Blessing” was delivered by Dr. Nathan Bosch ’02, assistant professor of environmental science at Grace College.
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.” This is the philosophy on which Dr. Sherry Barnes, professor of communication arts, has based her teaching as a Trinity faculty member since 2001.
Memorial Bench Donated in Student’s Name
Just three days after Christmas Day 2010, the campus community was mourning the loss of student Giselle Charissah McComb ’11 of Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin, who passed away on December 28 from injuries sustained in a car accident. On April 26, students, faculty, and staff gathered outside of the library with Giselle’s parents, Michael and Janice, to once again celebrate her life and mark the dedication of a bench donated in her memory.
Giselle was a double major in psychology and criminal justice and had a passion for restorative justice. As a student, she was working with the Cook County Sheriff’s office to develop a program in which young offenders were given information about turning their lives around through education.
The Criminal Justice Club, under the advice of Dr. Dennis Connelly, assistant professor of criminal justice, collected donations from generous faculty members and fellow students and raised the funds to purchase the bench and brass plaque in honor of their beloved classmate.
President Steve Timmermans, Ph.D., welcomed friends and family, and Dr.Connelly, Giselle’s former professor, offered words of remembrance.
Reading from Psalm 15, Chaplain Bill Van Groningen said, “In this poem, David reflects on the characteristics and behaviour common to people who love the Lord. Giselle’s life bore witness to this word of God.”
The McCombs closed the dedication with a few words about their daughter and thanked the Trinity community for its support over the years.
“We are so blessed as parents to be a part of this family,” said Janice McComb. “It takes my breath away that people care so much.”
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.
The visit was arranged by Dr. Mauricio Nava Delgado, assistant professor of Spanish. He, along with Professor of English Yann Cargoet from Notre Dame, envisioned the cross-cultural learning experience based on a similar program they established at Bethel College in Minneapolis in 2004.
“The French students are very French, and the American students are very American. This cross-cultural exchange opens people’s minds,” said Cargoet. “The experience doesn’t last two weeks. It goes far beyond.”
For Cargoet, his colleague, and the 16 students from Notre Dame they accompanied, the two-week schedule was packed with activities on and off-campus. Students visited the communication arts, education psychology, and Spanish classes; local and Chicago area businesses, such as Sofitel; and popular Chicago sites including Navy Pier and Willis Tower.
Many of the Notre Dame students study business and speak some English and Spanish. Families from Calvary Church of Naperville and as well as Trinity faculty and staff hosted the students during their stay. Drs. Craig and Rhoda Mattson, professors at Trinity, included their hosted students in the Family’s Easter celebration and took them to a Sox game.
“Their desire to know life in the United States was nothing less than avid,” said Craig Mattson, professor of communication arts. “Whatever the schedule, wherever our busy lives took them, they were up for it.”
The students also had the opportunity to interact with Trinity students during classes, Outcry worship service, and a joint soccer practice with Notre Dame players and Trolls.
Nava looks at the program as a “port of entry” for various opportunities for Trinity students, including the possibility of including a brief visit to Brittany as part of the College’s existing Semester in Spain.
Students Showcase Work at OPUS: Photogallery
The event, which celebrates academic gifts in all fields of study, featured several afternoon sessions during which students showcased class projects, Interim experiences, choir performances, and more.
“For me, OPUS was amazing,” said Christina Clair ’14 of Chicago, who performed her first-prize winning poetry interpretation with a poem she wrote herself. “It was truly a blessing to share with the campus and to let them know how God changed me.”
In addition to the oral interpretation contest, awards were given for music, art, and writing submissions.
New to this year’s OPUS celebration was an ice sculptor. The sculptor spent the day carving a Trinity Troll along with an OPUS sculpture, which both served as decorations for the evening’s picnic dinner.
The event also featured a beanbag tournament, improv group, and a praise and worship time in the event tent.
“OPUS was spectacular this year,” said Joshua Knol ’14 of Crown Point, Indiana, chair of Academic Initiative. “The committee put a ton of work into pulling it all together, and it definitely showed.”
OPUS award winners—Click here for the complete list.
Tuition Remission Winners
$100 Winners—Jessica Burns ’13, Christina Clair ’14
$150 Winners—Vivienne Handumon ’12, Shannon Smith ’12
$250 Winners—Bill Kamp ’12, Kelsey Mattson ’12
$400 Winner—Amber VanderLey ’12
$500 Winner—Benjamin DeYoung ’14
OPUS 2012 Committee Members
Dr. Dick Cole, Chairperson
Dr. Clay Carlson
Dr. Mauricio Nava D.
Professor Rebecca Harkema ’05
Dr. Mackenzi Huyser ’97
Dr. Mark Jones, Chairperson
Professor Pete Post ’74
Dr. Patti Powell
Dr. Laurel Quinn
Dr. John Sebestyen
Professor Maureen Sweeney
Joshua Knol ’14, Chair of Academic Initiative
Jonathan Engbers ’14
Cassandra Martinez ’15
Keli Ooms ’13
Allison Wier ’13
Art and Design
First Place: Jessica Timmermans, "Late Afternoon"
Second Place: Amanda Evers, "Trade Your Fears"
Third Place: Yasmin Fernandez, "Set Your Eyes"
First Place: Chris Colvin, "Look Up" and "To Mankind Which Are Delivered"
Second Place: Leigh Twaragowski, "Purple", "Multiple", and "Flower"
Third Place: Heather VanSant, "Through the Looking Glass 1 & 2" and "Cityscape"
First Place: Kaleb Dean, "FYF Mentorship"
Second Place: Bridget Earnshaw and Karl Gesch, "Studio Rat"
Third Place: Hannah Snow, "Spoon Letters" and "Gourmet Dish"
First Place: Karl Gesch, "Drawing in Space: Mondrian's Pier & Mountain"
Second Place: Lauren Sandberg, "Junkyard Talisman"
Third Place: Jonathan Engbers, "Try and Open a Book (But Not Really)"
Best of Show:
Karl Gesch, "Real Animal Cookies"
First Place: Brittany Homan
Second Place: Leah Laky
Third Place: Haley Zandstra
First Place: William Gesch, Shannon Smith, Daniel Thayer
Second Place: William Gesch, Daniel Thayer
Third Place: Dwante Jones, Da’Maris King
First Place: William Gesch
Second Place: Kristen Blok
Third Place: Adam Perez
First Place: Cassandra Nelson, Patrick Page, Adam Perez, Christina Pacholik, Daniel Thayer
Second Place: Adam Perez, Alexander Salto
First Place: Adam Perez
Second Place: Matthew Mulder
Third Place: Alexander Salto
First Place (tie): Graeme Scott and Brooke Wigboldy
Third Place: Gina Ciametti
First Place: Christina Clair
Second Place: Jennifer Hill
Third Place: Dominique Evans
First Place: Daniel Thayer
Second Place: Stephanie Avila
Third Place: Da’Maris King
First Place: Christina Clair
Second Place: Gina Ciametti
Third Place: Graeme Scott
Poetry and Essay
First Place: Brian Haak, “The Water in the Piazza”
Honorable Mention: Kim Malinowski, “The Death”
First Place: Kyle VanEerden, “Bear, My Burden”
Second Place: Vanessa Noonan, “Third Chances”
Third Place: Holli Moote, “Moment”
First Place: Teryn Leaper, “Preserved and Charitable”
Second Place: Teryn Leaper, “Unrequited Mistake”
Honorable Mentions: Hannah Wasco, “If I Had to Tell You” and “Rhyming” and Jenna Rae Reidenga, “The 5-Paragraph Essay”
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 and faculty first enjoyed a shared meal including sushi, Korean bulgogi, Indian butter chicken, and Singaporean shrimp noodles.
“The Celebration of Asia was a great chance to experience different cultures,” said Brian Hofman ’13 of Waupun, Wisconsin. “I was blessed by the evening and am very glad I attended.”
After the dinner, students enjoyed entertainment through songs, readings, and a performance with bamboo instruments called angklungs led by Dr. Yudha Thianto. Christina Clair ’14 of Chicago read a poem titled “Don’t Lose Hope.”
Members of the Asian American Alliance also spoke about current issues in Asian countries and student involvement with the organization Liberty in North Korea (LiNK).
“Our goal was to raise awareness for the issues that are affecting different Asian cultures but also for the campus to come together and celebrate the diversity that God has given us,” said Nicole Ferreria ’13 of Willowbrook, Illinois, leader of the AAA.
Students Compete for “Mr. Troll” Title in Spoof Pageant: Photogallery
Participants are scored by a panel of judges in categories such as creativity, effort, originality, sportsmanship, and personality.
“We wanted the show to eliminate all the traditionally objectifying and superficial aspects of pageant shows and focus on providing a fun, family-friendly, entertaining show for Trinity students,” said Residence Director Kara VanMarion, who helped organize the event.
This year’s six contestants competed in four different areas beginning with two catwalk competitions. First, contestants displayed their formal attire, then their own unique style in lumberjack, nurse, and Batman apparel.
The contest continued with a “mystery task,” where contestants popped balloons and football hiked toilet paper rolls into a plastic bin. This was followed by the talent portion, which included an interpretive dance, guitar playing, and scarf knitting.
“The Mr. Troll pageant was such an amazing experience,” said Tyler DeKoekKoek ’14 of Martin, Michigan, who won first place and credited this to shaving his long beard between portions of the competition. “There is no doubt that if I would not have shaved my beard I would not have been the winner.”
The pageant also included spoof “commercials” by Trinity’s improv team and Tibstra Hall Council.
This year’s competitors:
Tyler DeKoekKoek ’14 of Martin, Michigan—First Place
Luke Monsma ’14 of Denver, Colorado—Second Place
Caleb Copeland ’14 of Arlington Heights, Illinois—Crowd Favorite
Mark Davis ’14 of Palos Heights, Illinois
Steven Martinez ’13 of Chicago, Illinois
Christopher Steinke ’14 of Glendale Heights, Illinois
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. The students are part of the College’s Chicago Semester program.
In Nashville, Tennessee, Heather Murray ’13 of Downers Grove, Illinois, applies her love of music to her academics while studying at the Contemporary Music Center.
Nearly 3,000 miles south, five other students are beginning their day in a very different culture in Quito, Ecuador. Here, the students are learning through internships, homestays, and courses that apply to their majors.
Meanwhile, almost halfway across the world, three students are nearly done with their day in Oxford, along with eight students studying Spanish in Seville, Spain.
All of these locations provide unique experiences for students who wish to live in a different culture and earn college credit as part of Trinity’s various study abroad programs.
One of the many opportunities in Oxford for Andrew Blok ’13 of Lynden, Washington, is visiting historic architecture, such as the local cathedrals.
“Cathedrals are one thing that America hasn’t picked up on yet,” quipped Blok in his Trinity student blog. “I don’t think it matters where you stand in terms of religious beliefs. When you enter a big, beautiful cathedral, you feel something. Awe, wonder, respect, history all at once.”
Victoria Van Hofwegen ’14 of Tolleson, Arizona, is also benefiting from new experiences while studying in Ecuador. As part of the program, she is working at a daycare facility, as well as enjoying God’s creation at a rural retreat center. “God did some serious work while creating this place. It is set on a beautiful piece of land that reminds me a lot of home,” said Van Hofwegen in her blog.
In a recent article for the student newspaper the Courier, she also wrote about her exposure to the culture. “During the past month, I have learned more about the Ecuadorian culture due to living with a family (I think that was the point of the past month, so good job study abroad, goal accomplished).”
This semester, there are a total of 24 students studying abroad. To see all of the off-campus locations available for studying abroad, visit Trinity’s academic programs page.
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. They often mention “Kelly” (Clarkson, of course) and “the Jars boys” (aka Jars of Clay). Clarkson’s back-up singers are CMC alums and the director of our program taught the guys of Jars of Clay when they attended Greenville College.
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. The group had gathered on its own for a 10-year reunion but enjoyed the chance to return to campus and to see the newly expanded Cynthia Sander Nursing Lab.
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.
Trinity has been named to the list every year since the inception of the Honor Roll, which recognizes colleges and universities nationwide that support innovative community service and service-learning programs.
As a student, Melissa Peterson ’11 volunteered at Hearts in Motion in Highland, Indiana, a medical mission that works in the community and in Central America. Peterson has worked with the organization since 2004 and volunteered almost every day from January through April last year sorting and inventorying medical supplies and sending letters in response to donations.
As a sociology major, Peterson used the experience to learn more for a future career.
“The director was nice enough to teach me a bit about running a non-profit,” said Peterson. “She is someone who I admire for not only trying to help with all that she has, but also working with a team to examine the effects of her ministry and trying to improve it.”
Volunteer hours also included time spent at afterschool programs. Students worked with children at Restoration Ministries in Harvey, Illinois, and Roseland Christian Ministries in Chicago.
Another afterschool program is offered at the local Bridge Teen Center in Orland Park, Illinois. Katie Alberda ’12 of Manhattan, Montana, volunteers there, spending time with the teens and planning programs. Alberda has also taught a furniture refurbishing class for teens.
“I get to hang out, talk and play games while serving,” said Alberda. “Can you ask for a better service opportunity?”
According to Trinity’s Office of Community Partnerships and Service Learning, the service hours were completed through service-learning classes, service spring break trips and Interim courses, service committee and other student-led projects, and the Midwest Campus Compact Citizen-Scholars (M3C) Fellowship program, in which students complete 300 hours of community service and receive an education award.
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.
The conference brings together professionals across the arts for everything from portfolio review to negotiating contracts.
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
Story written by Kelsey Barnett ‘12
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.
“Our presence in the Chicago metropolitan area, coupled with the applied nature of both of these programs, answers the growing need for graduate study from a Christian perspective in the helping professions,” said President Steven Timmermans, Ph.D.
Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology
Those seeking an advanced degree in psychology can earn their M.A. in Counseling Psychology through either a two-year or three-year program option. Courses are blended with online instruction and evening face-to-face classes. Graduates of the program will meet the educational requirements for Licensed Professional Counselors (LPCs) in the state of Illinois.
“I am grateful to our Lord Jesus Christ that Trinity is able to offer a quality graduate program in Counseling Psychology based on a Christian worldview and designed to educate and train professional counselors in the latest counseling methods and scientific research,” said Dr. Michael DeVries, director of the Counseling Psychology Graduate Studies Program.
Master of Arts in Special Education
Certified regular education teachers looking to add expertise and credentials necessary for teaching a wide range of students—from those with learning disabilities to those with severe multiple impairments—can join the M.A. in Special Education program. This program is designed for State of Illinois Learning Behavior Specialist 1 (LBS1) certification. Students earn their master’s in 1½ years by means of online and face-to-face evening classes. Other options are available for obtaining an LBS1 endorsement or certification without the master’s degree.
“We are excited that we will be offering a Christ-centered program,” said Dr. Patti Powell, director of the Special Education Graduate Studies Program. “Our proximity to Elim Christian School offers our program access to quality professionals in the field of special education as guest lecturers and the chance to interact with children with a variety of disabilities.”
For more information, visit graduatestudies.trnty.edu or call the Graduate Studies office at 708.239.3900.
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
Dr. Craig Mattson, professor of communication arts; Ellen Browning, assistant professor of art and design; and Dayton Castleman, assistant professor of art and design, accompanied students to Chicago to examine and discuss public spaces and art, along with the plethora of advertising and rhetoric found in the city.
The cross-disciplinary field trip encouraged all students to reflect on the amount of advertising produced in our culture and what such public messaging does.
“We often don’t give daily attention to the advertising that surrounds us,” said senior business communication major Karlie Monsma ’12 of Pella, Iowa. “On this field trip, my eyes were focused on every piece of text and image that surrounded us downtown, all trying to sell or persuade us in some way.”
“Our communications class works to find symbols and words that arbitrarily connect a symbol to our mind, creating a specific meaning,” added business finance major Zachary Thomas ’14 of Bradenton, Florida. “In downtown Chicago, there are millions of these symbols and words.”
For students, the field trip provided a strong connection between classes at Trinity and the Christian worldview and their application in the professional arena.
“While in Chicago, I recognized that our faith-based opinions and knowledge can allow us to apply our meta-narrative story of creation, fall, redemption, and new creation to messaging around us,” said Monsma. “We can all be redemptive in recognizing issues or problems with the messaging around us and try to redeem messages to be more pleasing to God.”
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.
Timmermans, who graduated with a theology and English double major, is a member of Volunteers in Service to America (VISTA), a branch of AmeriCorps that is devoted to fighting poverty through indirect service. AmeriCorps is a government program of the Corporation of National and Community Service that mobilizes individuals and/or groups to serve their local communities in numerous capacities.
As a VISTA member, Timmermans committed to serving full-time for one year at a nonprofit organization where her efforts would be focused on strengthening community and creating business. VISTA members help fight poverty through developing service-learning opportunities and encouraging involvement in community.
“I wanted to do something constructive during my break from school and began to search for different opportunities working or serving in the area of development,” said Timmermans. “I applied to various AmeriCorps positions, and found myself back at Trinity, working in the Office of Community Partnerships and Service Learning.”
Timmermans works as coordinator of the Students in Service program, connecting students to outreach opportunities. She also works with the office’s director Anna Rosas ’06 to encourage, plan, and incorporate service-learning opportunities into Trinity curriculum.
One particular Trinity experience, Timmermans said, prepared her for working with VISTA.
“My final semester at Trinity, I enrolled in Chicago Semester and had the opportunity to intern at the New Community Warming Center, a daytime homeless shelter,” Timmermans said. “This experience really shaped me personally and gave me the final assurance that I wanted to move toward a career resembling social work.”
The real-life experiences of Chicago Semester, combined with her Trinity education, were extremely influential in forming Timmermans’ love of community and service.
“During Chicago Semester, I put into practice all I heard and learned from my classes at Trinity about the importance of community,” Timmermans reflected. “I like to think that my theology classes laid the foundation for what I experienced when I went to Chicago Semester. I was reminded time and time again as I interned that great things can happen when a community comes together.”
Faculty Scholarship Honored in October: Photogallery
Dr. Mark Peters, professor of music, and Dr. Patti Powell, professor of education and a Fulbright Scholar, shared their experiences of their recent sabbaticals.
Several faculty members received grants in order to further develop their knowledge and expertise in their disciplines through various means of research and scholarship. Each professor briefly presented a summary of their work and experiences.
One project during the sabbatical of Dr. Mark Peters, professor of music, involved travel to Germany on a William H. Scheide Research Grant from the American Bach Society to research the Magnificat cantatas of Johann Sebastian Bach and his contemporaries. Peters focused his research on the settings of the Magnificat text in German. The final goal of this research is a monograph titled “The German Magnificat from Martin Luther to J.S. Bach.”
As a Fulbright Scholar, Dr. Patti Powell, professor of education, assisted with the development of the new deaf education program at Sam Sharpe Teachers’ College in Montego Bay, Jamaica from January through May 2011. In addition, she introduced service learning into the education department curriculum and researched how service learning enriches the experience of teacher. Powell documented her journey through her blog: http://pattipowell.wordpress.com/
Summer Research Grant projects
John Bakker, professor of art—Art as a social situation: The role of the viewer in meaning construction
Bakker produced the sixth in a series of large-scale paintings that have explored the role of the viewer in interacting and constructing the meaning of works of art.
Dr. David Brodnax, associate professor of history—Archival Research on the 60th United States Colored Infantry
Brodnax examined the pension files and widow’s pension files of the 60th United States Colored Infantry, an African American army regiment formed in Iowa during the American Civil War. This regiment plays a central role in his book manuscript, Breathing the Freedom’s Air: The African American Struggle for Equal Citizenship in Iowa, 1830-1900 which has an anticipated completion date of 2012.
Dr. Clay Carlson, assistant professor of biology—Investigation of the specificity non-specific DNA binding
Carlson, in collaboration with colleagues, is compiling data into a manuscript for publication that sheds light on the process of non-specific DNA binding.
Dr. Dick Cole ’79, professor of psychology—Case Studies for Introduction to Psychology: A Companion Workbook for Introduction to Psychology Courses
Cole is creating a workbook that will offer various case studies that correspond with chapters and topics often found in Introduction to Psychology textbooks. The workbook will give suggestions on how to use these case studies to help make the material in these chapters more relevant for students.
Dr. Karen Dieleman, assistant professor of English—Elizabeth Barrett and the Greek Christian Poets
Dieleman completed the revisions to her book manuscript that followed from the press readers’ reports earlier in the year. The manuscript (Religious Imaginaries: The Liturgical and Poetic Practices of Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Christina Rossetti and Adelaide Procter) was submitted to Ohio University Press for future publication. .
Dr. Aron Reppmann ’92, associate professor of philosophy—A translation of Johan Stellingwerff’s Geschiedenis van de Reformatorische Wijsbegeerte
In the spring 2011 semester, Reppmann used his draft translation of the book (A History of Reformational Philosophy) as one of the major texts in his course Philosophy 310: Reformational Philosophy. His summer work involved reviewing and revising the text to prepare it for submission to Paideia Press.
Dr. Don Sinnema, professor of theology—Synod of Dort Manuscripts
Sinnema’s project consisted of two closely related parts: To take leadership in organizing a decade-long project to publish a critical edition of all extant manuscripts of the Synod of Dort (1618-19) in a multi-volume series; and to continue working on an ongoing collaborative project to prepare a critical edition of the early drafts of the Canons of Dort and related documents.
Dr. Yudha Thianto, professor of theology—Educating the Young: Catechism and Reading Materials as Tools to Transplant Calvinism in the Dutch East Indies in the Early Seventeenth Century
Thianto traveled to the Netherlands to study how basic teachings of Calvinism were taught to young people in the East Indies in the early seventeenth century. He is also writing a book on the subject of the transplantation of Calvinism in the East Indies.
Dr. Michael Vander Weele ’73, professor of English—Homer, Hesiod, and Rhetorical Aesthetics in the Ancient Mediterranean World
Study of this ancient literature, an offshoot of Vander Weele’s work at the Seminar on Hesiod & the Homeric Songs co-sponsored by the Council of Independent Colleges and the Center for Hellenic Studies last year, will show a closer connection than is usually considered between ancient rhetoric and ancient poetry.
Dr. Deborah Windes, assistant professor of business—Online Education as a Disruption in Higher Education
“In the research I am doing on why online initiatives succeed or fail under different conditions, I am looking at both institutional factors that influence the success of online initiatives, as well as faculty perceptions of online education,” said Dr. Deborah L. Windes, assistant professor of business. “This is helpful as Trinity explores blended, or hybrid, courses, as well as how technology can assist faculty in the classroom.”
Students, staff, and fellow faculty members can view the library display, designed by Sarah Hoeksema ’10, library administrative assistant, which includes portraits of each professor and synopses of their art, research, and findings.
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.
Association of Reformed Institutions of Higher Education (ARIHE) lecturers like Sinnema are selected from member institutions and are established scholars whose works model the type of scholarship that is distinctive at these colleges. Other Trinity ARIHE lecturers have included Dr. Brad Breems, professor of sociology, and Dr. Michael Vander Weele ’73, professor of English.
Sinnema’s ARIHE lectures focus on two topics related to misconceptions in popular eschatology.
“Heaven: Is it Part of Creation?” challenges the popular Christian conception that heaven is an eternal spiritual or celestial realm that is outside of creation, a realm that includes God, angels, and the souls of deceased believers.
“Time and Eternity: Will Believers Enter Eternity?” challenges the popular Christian view of time and eternity that time extends from creation to the last judgment (the “end of time”) and that eternity in some way surrounds time since it was there “before” time, extends “over” time, and will continue “after” the end of time.
“In my lecture, I wanted to challenge the common notion that heaven is an eternal spiritual realm outside of creation,” said Sinnema. “There are no grammatical or other good grounds in Scripture to distinguish between the singular heaven and the plural heavens, as if only the heavens or skies were created.
“My main point was that heaven is indeed part of God’s creation and that it has a history—in the beginning it was created, it is part of the fallen creation, and in the end it will also be renewed as the new heaven envisioned by John in the book of Revelation.”
About Dr. Sinnema
Dr. Sinnema is an internationally recognized scholar on the Canons of Dort. His understanding of and support for Reformed Christian higher education permeate his scholarship.
Sinnema has served as professor of theology at Trinity since 1987. He has published many scholarly papers and a book about the founding of Trinity Christian College (1952-1960) titled If We Begin with Christ.
He earned a master’s in philosophy at the Institute for Christian Studies in Toronto, Canada.
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.
The class, taught by retired Cook County Sheriff Tom Panush, covers local, national, and international news topics.
With health care a timely topic and the flu season approaching, nursing students presented information about strokes and about conditions such as flu and shingles that more adversely affect the senior population.
Tina Decker ’06, assistant professor of nursing, introduced the student speakers and was also available to answer questions from class attendees.
Student presenters were:
Peggy Flynn ’13 of Evergreen Park, Illinois
Meghan Lyons ’12 of Oak Lawn, Illinois
Michelle Marcheschi ’13 of Alsip, Illinois
Christina Vrba ’12 of Worth, Illinois
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.
The Illinois Council on Economic Education award is given to teachers who implement economics in their classrooms.
For more than 10 years, Hall has participated in the Economic Poster Contest sponsored by Econ Illinois. “Each year at least one of my students receives regional and/or state recognition in the contest,” she said in a recent interview with TribLocal.
She will be honored at the Econ Illinois Economic Education Day on October 25,2011.
Hall also participated in the Teach Children to Save program, which educates students on the importance of saving money and introduces them to investment management through the “Stock Market Game.” Hall said, “educating students about making good economic choices is essential for becoming economically literate adults.”
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.
Named as the 2010 Chicago Jazz Entertainer of the Year, Alexander has performed on countless domestic and international stages in her years of entertainment.
Approximately 200 people attended the event, sponsored by the Cultural Affairs Committee and music department, with some assistance from Student Development. Trinity’s jazz band, under the direction of Dr. Ken Austin, professor of music, opened up for Alexander and the band.
“Since experiencing my first Black and White Jazz Night as a freshman, this event has become one that I always look forward to once the school year starts,” said computer science major Eric Swanson ’12 of DeMotte, Indiana. “Dee Alexander displayed a uniquely refreshing talent that extended to the beginnings of jazz, and hearing Trinity’s jazz band was a great way to begin the evening.”
Behind the Headlines—Political Expert Speaks at SALT Class
Class attendees were engaged as Feldman presented essential information with energy and humor. Starting with Politics 101, she explained the differences between Republicans and Democrats and moved on to two subjects of special importance to senior citizens, Social Security and Medicare.
Attendees enjoyed the presentation and participated throughout, posing questions and offering feedback.
The six-week SALT course covers local, national, and international news. Class members join in lively conversations led by instructor Tom Panush, a retired Cook County sheriff.
About Laura Feldman
Laura Feldman brings her skills as a teacher to educating senior groups and activists across the country. She is a native Washingtonian where politics is a local sport. Demystifying politics, personalizing it, and making it fun are her goals.
She has been a grassroots organizer for the National Committee to Preserve Social Security & Medicare for the past 20 years. The National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare is a non partisan advocacy organization supported by membership.
Prior to coming to the National Committee, she organized national programming for the National Science Foundation under a special education grant, which propelled her out of the classroom and into the public arena.
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.
What is a locutorium? The word locutorium was the word that medieval monasteries (and some contemporary monasteries) used for the common space where conversation was allowed to take place, especially with visitors.
Students and professors enjoyed coffee, home-baked treats, and fellowship in this informal setting that will be held each Friday at 3:30 p.m. in the Vander Velde building, second floor. The event is open to student in all majors.
“I really enjoyed the chance to interact with theology professors outside of the classroom,” said Liz Fiala ’12 of Minneapolis, Minnesota. “To be able to come together with professors in that way is a very unique experience for a college student. I also enjoyed the opportunity to come together with other students.
“These events are great for promoting community among faculty, staff, and students.”
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.
The College, with a ranking of 30, stands among other institutions in the Regional category that offer a wide range of degree programs in the liberal arts and in fields such as business and nursing. A total of 371 colleges are ranked in the Regional category.
The U.S. News rankings are based on several criteria, including peer assessment, graduation and retention rates, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources, and alumni giving.
Provost Liz Rudenga, Ph.D., on the College’s continued top-tier ranking:
“Signs of Trinity’s quality abound…a parent of a freshman stops to tell me that her daughter feels welcomed and enjoys her classes; a graduate writes to tell of his job, with a ‘thank you’ to professors who played a significant role in his Trinity experience; and as I sit in on one of the classes, I hear three students present a case study that illustrates their research and learning.”
Campus Ethnic Diversity: Regional Colleges—Midwest ranking
Trinity also ranked 13 in the area of Campus Ethnic Diversity: Regional Colleges—Midwest. This ranking speaks to the College’s continued commitment to develop a multi-racial, multi-national, and multi-denominational student body. To determine this ranking, U.S. News factors in the total proportion of minority students (leaving out international students) and the overall mix of groups.
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.
The conference, To Heal the Heart: Responding to Family Violence in a Community of Faith, will feature keynote speaker Dr. Steven Tracy, author of Mending the Soul: Understanding and Healing Abuse.
“This is a great opportunity for a Trinity student to join with other Christian professionals addressing this issue of family violence,” said Bruna. “Melissa is learning from them and sharing her unique perspective as a college student and social work professional.”
Trinity’s social work department values engaging students in opportunities to work with partners who serve the greater community, helping students gain skills and knowledge that compliment classroom teaching and help them gain confidence and expertise in social work practice.
Kwafo has been working on various collaboration projects with Set Free Ministries at Moody Church for the last two years and has worked on the planning committee over the last year. She was invited to join the planning committee based on her interest in working in the area of family violence and developing strategies to strengthen families. Trinity’s social work department has collaborated with Set Free Ministries for five years in various capacities.
At the conference, Malinowski and Becky Starkenburg, director of Trinity’s First Year Experience, will present “The Heart Hurt of Date Rape.”
Dr. Rose Malinowski
Malinowski graduated from Loyola University in Chicago with a master’s of social work and from the University of Illinois at Chicago with a doctoral degree in public health. Areas of clinical expertise include family violence, medical social work, and child welfare. Malinowski has also worked in various capacities as an administrator and educator. Currently she teaches and coordinates the field education program in Trinity’s social work department.
Starkenburg serves as the director of the First Year Experience at Trinity, where she develops programs to help new students thrive in college. She also volunteers time to coordinate “safe church” efforts at the church she attends with her husband and three young children. She received a Master of Arts in student affairs administration from Michigan State University and has mentored, educated, and served college students for over 15 years.
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.
The fair held on Friday, September 2, welcomed many campus clubs and organizations, as well as local businesses and churches, giving students an opportunity to familiarize themselves with essential services and places of worship in the Palos Heights area.
Student Association Vice President DaMaris King ’14 of Detroit, Michigan, organized the fair this year. “It was very fun getting to know all of the different leaders on campus, and in the midst of that learning, knowing that they all have a similar goal—to inform every student about their passions, but all for the glory of God,” said King.
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. The event celebrates Trinity’s mission, community, and identity.
President Steve Timmermans, Ph.D., presented the address titled “Engagement Rules,” his topic based on “beauty and brokenness,” the chapel theme for the academic year. Discussing a history of separateness from the world to which the Dutch once clung and contrasting that with theologian Abraham Kuyper’s challenge to instead engage in the world, Timmermans said, “Silence and separation just doesn’t cut it. Christians must speak-out; they must become engaged in society. For if they remain silent and separate, God’s world is abandoned to Satan’s awful ways. Brokenness wins.”
Timmermans moved from the story of the Dutch people participating in healing a world devastated by World War II to a story from his own life, illustrating why Christians need to engage. He then shared guidelines for that engagement.
The story begins with the millions of children in Africa orphaned because of AIDS and, for him and his wife Dr. Barbara Timmermans, continues with the adoption of two orphaned brothers from Ethiopia. Convocation day at Trinity marked the one-year anniversary of the day the Timmermans brought Getenet and Fekadu home to Palos Heights.
From this experience, Timmermans shared three guidelines for engagement:
- In pursuing God’s call to engage a broken world, make sure you’re listening to Christian friends, for God will speak to you through them.
- Look for signs of God’s presence—and once found, join in his work.
- Expect God’s goodness, which isn’t the same as a good time.
“Whether your past story is one of separateness or involvement, it’s time to turn your story toward engagement as you prepare for a calling,” said Timmermans, “just as the tradition that has shaped Trinity Christian College changed from seeking to be separate from the world to one of engaging the world in and through the power of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.”
Prior to the benediction by Chaplain Willis Van Groningen, Ph.D., three students offered prayers for the community:
Brian Hofman ’13 of Waupun, Wisconsin, the leader of Sunday Night Worship—prayer reflecting on the educational mission to which God has called Trinity
Lette Huisman ’14 of Hudsonville, Michigan, a resident assistant—prayer with a focus on our call to be a Christian community of learners
Brenda Romo ’12 of Chicago, a Prayer Ministry leader—offering the Lord’s Prayer in Spanish
Convocation Address: September 2, 2011
President Steven Timmermans, Ph.D.
Welcome to Convocation, 2011. And a particularly warm welcome to the class of 2015 as you begin your journey here.
My theme this morning arises from the chapel theme of this year: Beauty and Brokenness.Throughout this year, on Wednesday and Friday mornings at 10 a.m., you’ll have the opportunity to worship as the messages will take note, in a variety of ways, that beauty and brokenness are all around and in us. God’s gift and call to us in Christ both allows us and compels us to address all of it--with great hope and tension.
This morning I will share with you two stories as a way to help you begin your journey here--as you begin to write your story—in and for a world filled with beauty and brokeness. The first story relates to the tradition in which this College has been founded; the second story is more personal.
The Reformed tradition in which this College was founded is a tradition shaped by Biblical understandings as well as influenced by sociological and cultural factors. It’s a sometimes healthy but at times unhealthy pairing that happens with many traditions: Swedish Covenanters, German Lutherans, African-American Baptists, Scottish Presbyterians, and the like. You see, the Reformed tradition of which this College is a part was originally carried to America by Dutch immigrants. Check out many of our buildings: Tibstra Hall, Molenhouse Center, Huizenga Library, Ozinga Chapel, and even the new DeVos Gymnasium in the TARC…those are Dutch names. (I’m glad we still have the Mitchell gymnasium!)
Many immigrant communities in the United States, in their early histories, clung to the identity of their home country and remained separate by means of geographical clustering while centering around their faith. The Reformed Dutch in America worked at this separateness and clustering with gusto and careful engineering—sort of like they were building a series of fail-proof social (instead of earthen) dikes in the new world. If you come from one of these communities, you probably see some of this “separation” even today; you can identify it almost immediately in the overuse of the word “our,” the possessive case of the pronoun we, as in “our bakery, our school, our people.” There might even be a specific funeral home for “our people” in your community.
Let me quickly point out that Reformed Dutch Americans are not the only ones to engage in such behavior. Often times, groups draw tightly together, identifying “our neighborhood, our stores” because of the fearfulness that accompanies an immigrant. Sometimes, however, this dynamic occurs because of discrimination or persecution groups have felt in their history; think with me of African-Americans, Native Americans, and Jewish-Americans. While they may long for full integration in society, for a variety of reasons, they remain separated due to lack of access or for reasons of self-survival.
But back to Reformed Dutch Americans—a legacy of separateness due to immigrant, sociological factors. And, for a time, this separation was also rooted in Biblical understandings. They read the parts of the Bible that pulled them out of the world. The world was a bad place, so faithfulness required no movies, no card playing, and no dancing. If you couldn’t play cards, it was pretty hard to socialize with your more American neighbors, and if you didn’t see the latest Grace Kelly or John Wayne movie, it was pretty hard to chat about the latest movie with your more American fellow students. So it was easy to remain separate…and justify it on Biblical grounds.
Maybe you come from a home or community where it still feels this way. Or maybe you find this bit of history wild and crazy—and nearly impossible to fully understand since you are fully involved in contemporary life—its music, its dress, its values. Either way, or somewhere in between, stick with me, for there’s more to the story.
After the end of World War II, now two or three generations or more past immigration, the Reformed Dutch American community had some new people arrive on the scene: a new wave of Dutch immigrants who had left the Netherlands after Hitler’s troops had ravaged their country. With them, they carried some new understandings, shaped by a number of factors. I’ll mention just two. First, a handful of decades before World War II, they had a prime minister in their country who was also a theologian. Rather than leading both believers and the country into separatism, he spoke of engagement—engaging the world because the world is God’s. His name is Abraham Kuyper, and you’ll hear his name and ideas around here from time to time. Anyhow, this new wave of Dutch immigrants brought a rallying cry of “participate or engage in the world” and they based it on sound Biblical principles. I think, too, there was a second reason for their differing perspective. They had seen the bad—the very bad—the bad that meant hunger, loss of dignity, and shipment of their Jewish friends to mass extermination in the concentration camps. In the face of such terrible things, one has to be honest with oneself and one’s Biblical interpretation. Silence and separation just doesn’t cut it. Christians must speak-out; they must become engaged in society. For if they remain silent and separate, God’s world is abandoned to Satan’s awful ways. Brokenness wins.
That, in a nutshell, is some of the historical story that gives rise to Trinity—a story that includes a community initially defined by being separate, but in the decade just prior to the College’s actual founding, a community that began to understand that Christians must engage the world. And today, we offer dozens of majors and programs to help you do just that.
Now, my second story, a more personal story, I tell to help illustrate both the extent to which we need to engage the world and the guidelines needed in doing so. I hope, too, in this story, you’ll begin to understand that the title of this talk, Engagement Rules, is not a series of guidelines for buying a diamond and popping the question, but rather it is advice for stepping into the messiness of this broken world—yet a world that is God’s.
I already mentioned Hitler this morning. The destruction and brokenness caused by this one person is nearly unimaginable. But we would be sadly mistaken if we thought large scale brokenness and misery was absent from the contemporary scene. Let me bring our attention to just one corner of the world: the Horn of Africa, with the countries of Ethiopia, Somali, and Eretria. Before startling new reports arrived this summer about a new concern in the Horn of Africa, you maybe didn’t know the earlier concern: For example, that the country of Ethiopia has thousands, and some say more than a million, of children left orphaned by the AIDS epidemic. Just to wrap our heads around that, let’s say they were all going to come to Chicago because new families were waiting for them. It would take 23,000 school buses just to pick them up at O’hare’s international terminal! That’s how many kids are parentless just in one country alone! And now, due to both avoidable factors and unavoidable factors, the country of Somalia is suffering from a terrible drought. The World Food Program estimates that 10 million people already need humanitarian aid. The U.N. Children’s Fund estimates that more than two million children are malnourished and in need of lifesaving action.
We cannot hide our faces from these kinds of problems. Certainly, the reason you’re at Trinity is to prepare to become engaged in addressing the brokenness of God’s world, and, through the power of the Holy Spirit, to help bring about God’s goodness and rule. While there are many ways to do this, my wife—Nursing Professor Barb Timmermans—and I sought the pathway of adoption. And let me quickly add that while the story I’m going to tell is our story, many share in similar stories: Basketball coach Brandon Nichols and his wife adopted a child from Ethiopia a year and a half ago; Registrar Chris Huang and his wife are waiting to go to Ethiopia and adopt into their home an Ethiopian child. But back to our story.
We brought our boys—brothers Getenet and Fekadu—home a year ago TODAY. In the days and months leading up to the adoption, we asked ourselves more than once whether we were crazy. With our four biological kids being between the ages 19 and 26, we were on the verge of being empty nesters—one of two times in life that freedom awaits with joy and anticipation. (The other time, by the way, is going off to college!) But God’s call, in hindsight, was shaped by the Holy Spirit working through the influence of life-long friends and other friends we had met when Barb was in graduate school in New Mexico. Christian friends, friends who knew adoption and knew Ethiopia.
I believe we entered into adoption and have been exceedingly blessed by this adoption because of the way we heard God’s call—through the influence of these Christian friends. The first guideline—or the engagement rule—I offer to you is this: in pursuing God’s call to engage a broken world, make sure you’re listening to Christian friends, for God will speak to you through them. What kind of friends? Friends who know you, your strengths and weaknesses, friends that are in-tune with the Spirit. Where will you find these friends? Here at Trinity; they’ll be with you in your Christian journey for decades ahead. Find them, too, at church. And be a good friend too, a friend that the Holy Spirit uses. If you’re doing this, you’ll avoid the pitfalls: solo decision making, thinking you know God’s will all by yourself. That’s the pathway of self-delusion, a pathway that will pull you away from faithfulness.
A second guideline or rule for engagement is to look for signs of God’s presence—and once found, join in his work. Henry Blackaby, author of Experiencing God, says: Find out where God is at work and join Him there. While the battlefield may be littered with destruction, look for evidence of God’s grace and presence, because no matter what you’re called to do, you will need to do it as part of God’s work, not your own. We saw it initially and now even more clearly that by working with Bethany Christian Services and their Ethiopian partner orphanage, Yezelalem Minch, we were stepping into a setting that God already had in his embrace. It truly was God’s good work—his grace—that has allowed this Christian orphanage and the children it cared for to prosper. For the seven years our boys were without parents, they still had family—both in how they were housed in a small family unit by the orphanage and by the loving care they received. Moreover, they had Christian schooling by being part of the orphanage—education that was not only better than the local government school, but education where Christ was central in all of their learning and development. Yes, as you step into the brokenness of God’s world, look for signs of his presence, and jump on board. Like my previous guideline, avoid the temptation to fly solo. It’s far better to join God’s work already begun by God’s people.
A third guideline relates to expectations. Expect God’s goodness, which isn’t the same as a good time. Let me explain. Stepping into the messiness of a broken world can be difficult and discouraging. It can open doors to new problems and resurrect old problems. So don’t expect everything is going to be easy and comfortable. Instead, if you need expectations, set your eyes on God and his things. You’ll experience his presence and peace. Back to our story. Adopting a pre-teen and a teen hasn’t been without challenge. But we try not to make our expectation set focused just there (ask any parent of pre-teens and teens). Instead, it’s the little signs of God’s blessings—sometimes more at the edges than it at the center-- that fill us with joy. For example, it was a sign of God’s goodness and blessing when, a few weeks back, we traveled to New Mexico where 20 of the kids, mostly teens now, from the Yezelalem Minch orphanage all traveled with their adoptive parents for a reunion. It was important for the kids—they had a great time—but it was also so very good for us parents, as we talked together, shared stories, and supported each other. While there were just a few tears of frustration, most of the tears were tears of joy. Another example, also just a few weeks ago, when our oldest biological daughter said, somewhat out of the blue, “I know this sounds corny Dad, but with this adoption, if feels like our family is now finally complete.” That wasn’t just her testimony, but the testimony of God’s blessing.
That’s just a little bit of our story. But as this academic year begins, I’d like you to focus on your story—your story already written and yet to be written. Whether your past story is one of separateness or involvement, it’s time to turn your story toward engagement as you prepare for a calling, just as the tradition that has shaped Trinity Christian College changed from seeking to be separate from the world to one of engaging the world in and through the power of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Remember my engagement rules: listen as God speaks to you through Christian friends, look for signs of God’s presence and then jump in, and don’t expect a good time; instead, expect God’s goodness.
If you and I continue this journey in faithful ways, using these few insights and all of the other things you’ll learn at Trinity, then faithful and Godly engagement will truly rule!
 Stepick, A. (2005). God is apparently not dead: The obvious, the emergent, and the still unknown in immigration and religion. In Leonard, K., Stepick, A., Vasquez, M. & Holdaway, J (Eds.) Immigrant Faiths: Transforming religious life in America. New York: Altamira Press.
Alumni Theater Presents Comedy “Blithe Spirit”: Photogallery
Alumnus Jordan Scholten ’10 played cantankerous novelist Charles Condomine who is haunted by the ghost of his late wife Elvira (Trinity senior Julie Wiltjer ’12). As worldly (and otherworldly) personalities clash, Charles’ current wife Ruth (Kate Messier ’09) is killed in an “accident” that Elvira had planned for Charles. Together, the two “blithe spirits” haunt the hapless Charles into perpetuity.
The play was the directorial debut of Jake Szafranski ’09. As a Trinity student and alumnus, he was involved onstage and behind-the-scenes with seven mainstage shows, three student directed one-act festivals, and the last two alumni theater productions.
“I learned a lot from Dr. John Sebestyen, who also advised me along the way with this show,” he said. “It was a great experience.”
Of his cast and crew Szafranski said, “Everyone went over and above everything we asked of them and made this show spectacular. I am grateful and thankful for all of them and the fact that I can call them fellow artists and friends.”
Jake Szafranski ’09 (technical director, sound designer/operator, scenic designer, and set construction)
CHARLES CONDOMINE: Jordan Scholten ’10
RUTH CONDOMINE: Kate Messier ’09
ELVIRA CONDOMINE: Julie Wiltjer ’12, current student
MADAME ARCATI: Mary Freeman ’07
DOCTOR GEORGE BRADMAN: Tom Holste ’97
MRS. BRADMAN: Michelle VanderWoude ’09
EDITH: Erika Huizenga ’11
Gina Ciametti ’13 – hair and makeup design
Bridget Earnshaw ’12 – lighting designer, scenic designer, and set construction
Heather Hernandez ’14 – costume designer
Jenn Johnson ’07 – properties mistress
James Kauzlaric ’09 – production photography
Kate McLaurin ’08 – stage crew
Tom Mullen ’14 – stage crew
Anna Poll ’09 – hair and makeup design and crew
Dan Thayer ’12 – stage manager, set construction
Jess Timmermans ’14 – lights operator and costume crew
Rick Schuler ’08 – scenic designer and poster and program designer
Brooke Wigboldy ’14 – hair and makeup crew
Rachel Van Oort ’05 – production supervisor and house manager
Faith and Family Night Is “One-of-a-Kind” Event: Photogallery
Trinity offered a special ticket package that included a Christian concert featuring Stars Go Dim and The Least of These, a tailgate party sponsored by Chick-fil-A, and the Chicago Fire game against the Colorado Rapids.
Prior to the game, the Trinity Troll entertained friends and family members with an original dance number while the bands performed. Everyone enjoyed fellowship and a Chick-fil-A meal as they waited for the game to start. Members of the women’s soccer team staffed information tables and talked with people interested in learning more about the College.
Trinity guests sat near the goal where the Chicago Fire scored the only two goals of the game, defeating Colorado.
“It turned out to be a great night with a full Trinity crowd and was unlike any other Trinity event I’ve been to. Definitely one of a kind,” said Nate Laning ’06, development and web-based marketing manager. “It was cool to see ‘Trinity Christian College’ and the Troll’s face flashing on the electronic banners surrounding the field,” he added.
“We are so pleased to have partnered with the Chicago Fire on this event,” said Pete Hamstra, vice president for admissions and marketing. “With the success of Trinity’s soccer teams, partnering with the Chicago Fire makes sense but particularly on this event with the emphasis on faith and family.”
Freshmen Move-in Day: Photogallery
Shopping carts were stacked high with the essentials and wheeled back and forth between family vehicles and the residence halls as freshmen settled in to their new home away from home.
In the afternoon, resident students joined fellow classmates living off campus for the beginning of First Year Forum (FYF), a program in which first-year students are mentored as they learn more about living in this Christian academic community.
The College also welcomed transfer and returning students moving in on August 29. Classes begin Wednesday, August 31.
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. Schepel, who has been with the department for the past four years, fills the interim position that Josh Lenarz ’98 held last year. Lenarz, who relinquished the position, will continue to serve the department as assistant athletics director and head women’s soccer coach.
“I am very excited about the opportunity to serve as athletics director this year,” said Schepel. “Sports have always been a passion of mine and I have had the privilege of being involved with athletics my entire professional career. We have a great staff at Trinity and I look forward to working with them and providing leadership for our department.”
For the past four years at Trinity, Schepel has served as the head volleyball coach as well as assistant professor and co-chair of the physical education department. He will continue his coaching responsibilities as he takes on the duties of athletics director. Schepel enters the position with experience and education as he holds a master’s degree in sports administration, served as athletics director at Timothy Christian High School in Elmhurst, Illinois, for two years, and has experience in leading a department.
“I appreciate Bill’s enthusiasm for the position, along with his commitment that has been a part of his work at Trinity,” said Provost Liz Rudenga. “I also thank Josh Lenarz for his excellent leadership and dedication to the athletics program for the past 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. The annual event brought together friends and alumni of the College and raised more than $35,000 for the TAC scholarship fund.
After a lunch and welcome by the athletics staff, the golfers took to the course. At the conclusion of 18 holes of scramble format, the foursome of Jeff DeBoer ’01, Jeff Ozinga ’02, Matt Postema ’07, and John Sikkenga ’06 won the outing with a 13-under score of 58. The events of the day concluded with hors d’oevres and an awards ceremony.
“The golf outing was a great day, and it was wonderful to see so many familiar faces,” said Dennis Harms ’89, the TAC Golf Classic coordinator and head coach of Trinity’s new men’s golf team. “We appreciate all the sponsors and golfers and are thankful to the Trinity community for their support of the College and the athletics program.”
The College also thanks Ozinga Bros. and Providence Bank, as well as other individual and corporate sponsors, for their sponsorship of the event.
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. Students live and study in the global city of Chicago and explore the many opportunities for learning, serving, and experiencing culture.
Students earn three college credits in either Art and World Religions or American and Western Civilization. Classroom learning is reinforced through visits to area museums and galleries, such as the Illinois Holocaust Museum and the Art Institute of Chicago.
Growing spiritually happened in this community as students shared devotions, prayed, worshipped, and served together. This year’s service project at the Greater Chicago Food Depository built camaraderie among the students as they worked alongside hundreds of others to prepare registration packs for participants in the local Hunger Walk.
Vice President for Student Development Ginny Carpenter serves as the program’s director. She and her husband Jeff, program coordinator, worked with this year’s resident assistant, Jess Timmermans ’14 of Palos Heights, Illinois, to ensure an exceptional residential experience for participants.
“The key to ChicagoQuest is the broad experience students get as individuals while at the same time sharing the experience,” said Carpenter. “Students are most surprised by the relationships they form and the realization of self-sufficiency.”
Students enjoyed the autonomy of choosing how they spent their free time, whether doing homework, hopping a train to Chinatown, hanging out at the beach, or simply gathering together in their common residence to talk.
Carpenter said that even students from Chicago and the surrounding suburbs get to know the city in a way they probably haven’t experienced.
Participant and incoming Trinity freshman Luke Martin of Chicago, said, “ChicagoQuest was a lot of fun. Living and learning in the city was a great way to start my college experience.”
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. “It is humbling considering the colleagues and students I have been able to work alongside.”
Vander Weele’s connection with Trinity began when his father Ed became a professor of education and dean of students in 1968. Vander Weele enrolled as a student the next year. His sisters and brother attended Trinity as did his late wife Albertena ’74, who served as director of the College’s Cooper Career Center from 2000-2006. Their daughter, Corenna Roozeboom, graduated in 2007.
Vander Weele, who earned his Ph.D. from the University of Iowa, finds great satisfaction as a professor in watching students discover their “deep joy” as they discover their talents and paths.
Teaching is his calling, but learning nurtures it. Vander Weele said he “loves nothing more than to be a student in the summer.” Summer “vacation” normally finds the professor and perpetual student attending education summits or conducting research. On a research grant this summer, Vander Weele studied Homer, Hesiod, and Rhetorical Aesthetics in the Ancient Mediterranean World, an offshoot of his work last summer at the Seminar on Hesiod and the Homeric Songs.
“It is good to be on the other side of the classroom once in awhile,” he said.
Vander Weele was married in July to Mary McKinstry, a nurse practitioner at Edward Hines, Jr. VA Hospital.
From alumna Allison Backous ’07…
“Dr. Michael Vander Weele is truly one of the best men I have known. Having taken a class with him every semester I was at Trinity, while also serving as his teaching assistant, I came to understand that I was learning from someone whose mind and heart were not only sharp gifts for the kingdom, but true avenues of grace in my life. Dr. Vander Weele talks about Augustine and Marilynne Robinson, Dante and Simone Weil, with an ease that is both brilliant and familiar. He treats writers from across the ages like they are old friends at coffee hour, with a compassionate, endearing curiosity. His love for people, and the ways we read and talk with each other, has shaped me in indescribable ways, and I only hope that my own writing and teaching mirrors his own.”
Honorary alumni award recipients include:
Sandy Carra, former administrative assistant in Trinity’s student development office from 1996-2003, then part time in various departments until 2008. Read more…
Grace Huitsing, assistant, then associate, professor of English and education from 1968-1987. Read more…
Dean and Ruth Koldenhoven, friends of the College. Dean served as the mayor of Palos Heights from 1997-2001. Read more…
Sandy Carra, honorary alumna of the year
Sandy Carra started working for Trinity in 1996 as the administrative assistant for Ginny Carpenter, currently vice president for student development. After retiring in 2003, Carra returned part-time and substituted as an administrative assistant in various departments until 2008.
As a charter member of the College’s Staff Council, Carra served as chair, helping pass official bylaws, researching job positions and salaries of other institutions, and advocating for staff professional development.
“The experience of working at Trinity enriched my life in a spiritual sense,” said Carra. “I appreciated working with fellow Christians and people who live the Gospel, because it is so embedded in their everyday lives.”
Her contact with students through her position was what Carra most enjoyed, and she hopes to be remembered by alumni as a “listener,” someone who knew where students were from and what they hoped to achieve.
Carra has 12 grandchildren, and she and her husband John are members of Saint Elizabeth Seton in Orland Hills, Illinois.
From Ginny Carpenter, vice president for student development
“Sandy Carra became the assistant in the student development office during a time when there was much transition in the department. Besides her excellent organizational skills and attention to process, planning, and perfection, Sandy brought her deep care for others and an infectious sense of humor to an office that was seeking to be student-centered. Sandy was like a magnet—students stopped by just to say hi and in return received a hearty laugh and a heaping dose of encouragement. In looking back, I’m reminded of how instrumental Sandy was in fostering a friendly, caring community for Trinity students, staff, and faculty.”
Grace Huitsing, honorary alumna of the year
Grace Huitsing is called to teach.
She began at Illiana Christian High School soon after it opened and then taught at Grand Rapids Christian High School for 20 years. Sensing God leading her to switch to higher education, Huitsing began teaching at Trinity in 1968 as an assistant professor of English and education and retired as an associate professor in 1987.
One of her greatest joys while at Trinity was the time spent teaching and mentoring six students from Vietnam. One of those students, Hung Nguyen, a scientist at Raytheon Space and Airborne Systems, established the Violet and Hung Nguyen Mathematics Scholarship in 2008.
Of her time at Trinity, Huitsing said, “I give praise to God for the opportunity to help students on their way to serving further in the kingdom.”
After her retirement from Trinity, the consummate teacher spent the next 11 summers in China working with Chinese teachers of English through the English Language Institute/China (ELIC). Today she teaches English-as-a-Second-Language (ESL) twice each week through Wheaton CRC and World Relief.
From alumna Yvette (Ho) Madany ’85
“When I think of Professor Huitsing, I think of her big, warm smile. She was never distant, always approachable. She represented Trinity’s friendly learning atmosphere. I am thankful that she was one of my English professors; she taught me well, and I have now written a book and edit scripts in English. Professor Huitsing also stood out because of her commitment to teach English in China. As a Chinese person, I was especially appreciative of her efforts. She exemplified Christian caring.”
From former Professor of Philosophy Dr. Calvin Seerveld
“Grace Huitsing was a gem of a colleague. Her ever-welcoming smile, always pitching in quietly on the committee work behind the scenes, and her gentle teaching style were exemplary for Trinity’s commitment to higher Christian education. And her dedicated work in China was going more than the extra mile of service. Grace lived up to her name: she was a steady blessing to all of us—students, teachers, and administrators at Trinity, a deep source of encouragement through good and through hard times. I think of her as the resourceful woman of Proverbs 31:10-31.”
Dean and Ruth Koldenhoven, honorary alumni of the year
Dean and Ruth Koldenhoven’s connection to Trinity began with Ruth’s uncle Dr. George DeJong, who was one of the original board members, while Dean walked door to door in the neighborhood collecting donations to start the College. Dean recalls one neighbor who retrieved a Koops Mustard jar from her cupboard that contained $8.76 that she had saved for Trinity from her social security checks.
Since those early days, Dean, who was the mayor of Palos Heights from 1997-2001 and worked in the bricklaying industry for 42 years, has maintained close ties with Trinity. Besides gifts to the College, the Koldenhovens attend events on campus, and Dean has spoken to students in communication arts, psychology, and sociology classes.
Dean is a recipient of the John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award and received a special recognition award from the Arab American League. He will be presenting “Religious Tolerance: The Mosque Controversy” on October 31 at 7 p.m. in the Ozinga Chapel as part of Trinity’s annual WorldView series.
Ruth worked as a job coach at Elim Christian Services for 15 years and has worked at their church library and with a church program for mentally disabled students. The Koldenhovens have been members of Palos Christian Reformed Church for 39 years.
Dean appreciates Trinity’s various levels of involvement with Palos Heights. “Trinity has done a great job of witnessing to the community,” he said.
From President Steve Timmermans, Ph.D.
“Dean and Ruth have been long-time friends of the College. Ruth’s work at Elim was a natural bridge to Trinity and our special education program. Dean’s association with the College has been multifaceted. One of the best memories I have of Dean is the time he was part of a Campus Compact grant award whereby Trinity students worked in partnership with the city of Robbins, Illinois, seeking to strengthen its infrastructure. Dean’s awareness of the political structures and his passion for helping people proved to be indispensible to the project.”
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.
The Festival was founded in 1970, and the chorus and orchestra are conducted by German Bach scholar, Helmuth Rilling. For Van Wyck, performing at the Festival provides the opportunity to “wear a different hat and be a professional singer.” A change from her usual position in front of a choir or classroom, Van Wyck also becomes the student, learning from Rilling about conducting, teaching, rehearsal techniques, and music making.
At the Festival, members of the chorus present performances of major works with orchestra and soloists. They also participate in the “Discovery Series” afternoon concerts during which Rilling speaks to the audience about the music while interspersing musical examples. This summer, the chorus sang 11 different performances within an intense 16-day schedule.
“Being part of the Festival has been a treasure in my life, and it feeds my soul musically and personally,” she said. “I bring many ideas I glean from that work into my work with students and my perspective on music.”
Trinity’s music department serves a specific population of student majors and the general student population.
“We see music as a gift of God and the field of music as a calling, whether or not students pursue it as a career,” said Van Wyck. “Music is one of the most wonderful ways to honor God, worship him, and praise him. It is easy to think of that in terms of performing ensembles, but we consciously incorporate a Christian perspective into our classroom courses as well.”
Trinity’s music groups also serve the community through public performances on and off campus and concerts that enhance worship at local churches.
Van Wyck and her husband, Marv, are members of Hope Christian Reformed Church in Oak Forest, Illinois.
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. Nicol comes to Trinity from Colorado Christian University where he served as an assistant coach for the past five seasons.
“Brandon is a tremendous addition to the coaching staff at Trinity Christian College,” said athletics director Josh Lenarz. “He has a wonderful understanding of the game, a genuine desire to coach at a Christian college, and a heart to mentor young men through the avenue of basketball.”
As a part of the coaching staff at Colorado Christian, Nicol helped the Cougars to the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Tournament Final Four in three seasons and to the NCAA DII National Tournament in 2007-08. The team also advanced to the NCCAA National Tournament in the 2008-09 season. Along with assisting in game strategy, he was also involved in recruiting, budget and equipment management, scouting, academic supervising, and strength and conditioning.
As a collegiate athlete Nicol played for Iowa State University, a Big 12 powerhouse, from 1999-2002. At Iowa State he was a part of two Big 12 Championships and an Elite Eight appearance. He earned the Team Hustle Award in his freshman year, the Brian Pearson Inspiration Award in 2001-02, and scholar-athlete honors for three seasons.
Nicol played his final collegiate season (2002-03) at Dakota State University. He was a member of the Kansas City Knights (ABA) in 2004-05, and the Des Moines Heat (IBL) in 2005. He also competed in a fall and overseas tour with Athletes in Action in 2005.
“My family and I feel incredibly blessed for the opportunity to be a part of Trinity Christian College,” said Nicol. “We are ecstatic to be afforded this chance to invest in the lives of young men who will be a part of the basketball program now and in the future. We trust that this is where God wants us to be and we feel blessed by the hope and encouragement that we have received from the people and student-athletes we have met.”
Nicol is a graduate of Iowa State University with a bachelor’s degree in exercise and sports science. He earned a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction from Colorado Christian University. Nicol, along with his wife Jill and son Isaac, will make the transition to Trinity, where he will start his duties in late July.
Students Prepare for Virtuous Public Service at Law, Justice and Culture Institute: Photogallery
Sponsored by the Center for Law and Culture, the Institute prepares students for virtuous public service in law, government, and politics. The Institute awards three academic credits to students who successfully complete the requirements of the two-week session, during which students attend classes, hear guest speakers, and complete assignments and exams.
“The Institute helped to open my eyes to the desperate need for Christians to fill the void of immorality creeping into law, government, and politics,” said J.R. Wydra ’11 of Tinley Park, Illinois.
“I left with a renewed perspective on justice, and a deep passion to stand up for God’s truth in a world that works to silence it. As I head off to law school in the fall, the Institute reminded me of how important it is to be walking with the Lord when tackling the great tasks asked of us as leaders,” he said.
Led by Charlie Emmerich, professor of political science at Trinity and executive director of the Center, and along with various guest lecturers, the sessions explored the themes of law and the administration of justice among ancient Hebrews, the “higher law” foundation of the American constitutional order, as well as Nazism, the Nuremberg trials, and the resurgence of natural law.
At the conclusion of the two-week Institute, the Center hosted a 10th anniversary banquet attended by more than 100 people. Former Rep. Dan Severson (Minn.), who is running for the U.S. Senate, was the keynote speaker. Students also received certificates during the evening program, and Professor Emmerich was honored by the Center’s board, colleagues, and former students for his work over the past decade.
Trinity students included:
Clayton Bailye ’13 of Algonquin, Illinois
Eric Eugene Armand Tucker, Jr. ’11 of South Holland, Illinois
Timothy C. Turner ’12 of South Holland, Illinois
Scott R. Vermeer ’12 of Kentwood, Michigan
Joni Weidenaar ’11 of Manhattan, Montana
Joseph R. Wydra ’11 of Tinley Park, Illinois
Guest lecturers included:
Susan D. Emmerich, Ph.D.
CEO, Emmerich Environmental Consulting
L.B. Graham, M.Div.
Author, “The Binding of the Blade” fantasy series
Teacher at Westminster Christian Academy
George N. Pierson, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Philosophy, Trinity Christian College
Bruce D. Strom, J.D.
Executive Director, Administer Justice
Former Rep. Dan Severson (Minn.)
Served as the Republican Minority Whip in the MN House of Representatives from November 2008 to 2010 and is a former Navy fighter pilot.
A special thank you is extended to the following event sponsors who helped to fund Institute scholarships: the Bradshaw-Knight Foundation; the Hoghton Family Charitable Trust; Hoogendoorn & Talbot, LLP; Bruce and Mary Leep; Ozinga Bros.; Providence Bank; and, Ruff, Weidenaar & Reidy, Ltd.
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.
One of those collaborative projects recently came out of the psychology department in the form of an exploratory study using Internet game concepts to encourage class participation in an undergraduate college course.
PsychWorld, an interactive game based on the popular Facebook game Farmville, was developed by Dr. Dick Cole, professor of psychology, and psychology student Jamie Parise ’12 of Orland Park, Illinois. The game was used in one section of Cole’s Introduction to Psychology last fall, and Cole and Parise presented the project and their findings at the Midwest Psychological Association’s annual convention in May.
“Faculty-student collaborative research is one of the most rewarding experiences one can have as a teacher,” said Cole. “You get to know your students while you experience working together on interesting ideas that help contribute to the advancement of knowledge in the field of psychology.”
As with Farmville, which simulates the basic business tasks of operating a farm, PsychWorld requires students to perform certain “jobs” that encourage student engagement in the course and earn students “psychodollars.” These can then be “spent” at the virtual Intro Store for extra points toward the final grade.
The purpose of the study was to use simulation game strategies modeled in a classroom situation to explore whether simulation game strategies would encourage increased participation in reading the assignments, attending the class, and contributing to class discussions.
Although no statistically significant difference was found for attendance and class involvement, a statistically significant difference was found for reading assignments.
Students responded that the game helped them overall to be more “attentive” and “involved” in class.
Blueprints 2011: Photogalleries
Hundreds of new students and their family members attended Blueprints, the annual registration event, on June 24 and 25. The weekend was packed with activities to welcome students to the Trinity community.
The festivities began Friday evening with a barbeque supper in the Commons, hosted by President Steve Timmermans, Ph.D. Parents attended a session on academics and student life, while the students enjoyed an opportunity to meet classmates and be officially welcomed as the newest Trolls.
Everyone enjoyed an ice cream social and later gathered in the Commons Amphitheater for a time of praise and worship. Students stayed busy into the night with a variety of options, including sporting events and games.
The faculty-hosted breakfast kicked off day two, giving students and their families a chance to talk with faculty members from their areas of study. While parents attended a session on college finances, students met with faculty members for one-on-one advising and registration.
The Information Expo supplied students and parents with information about campus organizations, and local churches, banks, and businesses. Students were able to visit some model suites in West and South Halls before attending sessions about the First Year Experience and community life at Trinity.
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.
Congratulations to the Spring 2011 semester’s Dean’s List honorees:
Theresa Boone Toolan
Geline Vinne Goy
P. Caleb Hamstra
Mary Margaret McNicholas
Wai Ling Yung
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. The award is named in memory of Emil S. Liston, the first executive director of the NAIA and the founder of the National Association of Intercollegiate Basketball (NAIB).
Buren was nominated for the award, recommended by the conference, and selected by the NAIA Council of Faculty Athletics Representatives. Trinity will receive a $1,000 scholarship award from Daktronics in his name.
In his three years on the basketball team, Buren has made an impact both on and off the court. He is a team captain and two-year starter. This past season he averaged 14.7 points and 5.7 rebounds and led the team and conference in field goal percentage at .583 percent. He also surpassed the 1,000 career point milestone. Buren was named First-Team All-Conference as well as to the NCCAA North Central All-Region team. He helped the team to a conference regular season co-championship, a NCCAA region tournament title, and a NCCAA National Championship appearance. In addition he was the recipient of the Keith Albers Memorial Award, one of Trinity’s athletics department’s highest honors.
“On the court Matt is a talented player and is committed to our team’s success,” said head basketball coach Kevin Lubbers. “He is a young man of unmatched integrity and discipline and pours his heart and soul into everything that he does out of faithful response to the amazing gifts God has blessed him with.”
Buren has also been a positive influence in the classroom, on campus, and in the community. He sets the bar high and actively seeks ways to serve. He has served as a resident assistant in the dorms, been involved in numerous campus activities and community service projects, and is a spiritual leader on the basketball team. As a double major in theology and business, he delves into his academic work and has been recognized as a scholar-athlete at the conference and national level.
“Matt is a huge asset to our basketball program and our campus,” commented Larryl Humme, Vice President of Development. “He cannot separate his role on the court from his role in the classroom from his role in life. His purpose in life is to be the best student, the best athlete, the best person because he believes that is what God deserves and requires of him.”
The NAIA news release on the Emil S. Liston award can be found at http://naia.cstv.com/genrel/060211aae.html
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. The renewable scholarship provides $1,500 awards for children of alumni attending Trinity.
The outing, held for the first year at Ravisloe Country Club in Homewood, Illinois, began with lunch, followed by a shotgun start. The event ended with the presentation of the trophy, which is engraved each year with the names of the winning foursome.
This year’s winning foursome included: Matt Huizinga ’01, Chris VanderNaald ex ’05, Ryan VanderNaald, and Jeff VanderNaald.
“It was another great year at the alumni outing,” said Eric Lindemulder ’05. “The weather was excellent for an afternoon of golfing and reconnecting with college friends and faculty while helping raise money for the alumni scholarship program. The traveling trophy continues to add a nice competitive touch, and we’ll be ready to win it back again next year!”
Alumni Director Travis Bandstra ’06 said the College is thankful for the faithful support received from the golf outing sponsors who make it possible for the funds raised by the event to go directly to the Alumni Excellence Scholarship.
Alan Horticultural Enterprises
All God’s Children Orphanage
Bert Kamp, CPA
Clarence Davids & Co.
Interiors for Business
Ken and Margie Boss
Knudsen Construction, Inc.
Mama Vesuvio’s East
Olive Branch Counseling
PolyJohn Enterprises Corp.
Rick and Sue VanDyken
Schaaf Window Corp.
Schepel Buick GMC Truck
Silva International, Inc.
Stepping Stone Financial, Inc.
Strack & Van Til Supermarkets
Van Bruggen Signs
Vant Hoff Financial Services Ltd.
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.
The Founders’ Scholarship is a renewable, full-tuition award available annually to two incoming freshmen. Applicants must rank in the top five percent of their graduating class or achieve a 3.8 grade-point average; score a minimum of 30 on the ACT or 1320 on the SAT; exhibit leadership in their church, school, or community; and display evidence of personal faith in Jesus Christ.
Kunnen, who attended Calvin Christian High School in Grandville, Michigan, said that when he received the news that he had been chosen as a Founders’ recipient, he was certain that God wanted him to attend Trinity.
“I had constantly been praying, asking God to show me where he wanted me to attend college next fall, and immediately after hearing the good news, I thanked him for revealing his intent for the next big portion of my life,” he said.
Kunnen is considering a career in health and recently took part in an internship program at the Grand Rapids Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital that allows students to experience a variety of healthcare professions. He said he intends to “pray fervently and explore my interests at Trinity, knowing that God will lead me to the path he wishes me to take.”
Kunnen has been involved in a variety of activities, including his church youth group, Bible study, and Calvin Christian’s soccer team. “Soccer has always been a big part of my life,” said Kunnen, a four-year member of his high school team.
As he prepares for Trinity this fall, Kunnen is most looking forward to meeting people. “I am eager to make many new friends and branch out into areas of learning I haven’t studied yet,” said Kunnen. “Trinity provides a close-knit, welcoming community that is friendly and accepting, and I admire the College’s emphasis on Christian learning.”
Woodside, who attended Kearney High School in Kearney, Nebraska, plans to double major in special education and elementary education at Trinity.
She has been active in the Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA); the University of Nebraska at Omaha Honor Orchestra; her youth group at Kearney Evangelical Free Church; the high school yearbook; and various leadership opportunities.
Woodside said she believes that Trinity will provide a place of academic excellence but also a place for her to grow in her faith.
“At Trinity, I can be surrounded by like-minded students and staff who will challenge me to seek Christ and his will for my life and career,” said Woodside. “I don’t want to be taught how to do a job. I want to learn and explore the possible impact I can have on the world, how I can make a difference in whatever I do, and the eternal significance of my future career.”
She believes the on-campus, study abroad, and service opportunities the College offers will give her the chance to reach others for Christ.
“Above all, I want a college that will prepare me for the career to which God has called me. Trinity feeds both the mind and the soul for a complete education, and I feel called to be a part of this community of believers.”
Commencement 2011: Photogalleries
New Photogallery added May 23. Special thanks to Dan Jongetjes ’10 for sharing his photography.
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. Dr. John Hoekstra, former director of Trinity’s Adult Studies Education program, addressed the Adult Studies graduates in the afternoon ceremony.
Commencement ceremonies included granting emeriti faculty status to both Dr. John Hoekstra and Dr. Randall Voorn.
Processing this year were Trinity’s first faculty and students from the College’s first class, the Heritage Class of 1961, robed in blue regalia.
Joy Meyer ’78, assistant professor of education and parent of Greg Meyer ’11 of South Holland, Illinois, gave the invocation.
Dr. Calvin Seerveld’s address, “Graduating to ‘Glocal’ Martyrdom,” related the idea of biblically-formed followers of Christ developing “a cosmic global vision and a humbled sense of local responsibility in a united (bifocal) ‘glocal’ perspective and task.”
The Commencement litany was delivered by Student Association President Jason Giddings ’11 of Pella, Iowa.
During the presentation of diplomas, there was a time of remembrance for Giselle Charissah McComb, of Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin, who passed away on December 28, 2010. Dr. Michael DeVries, professor of psychology, spoke in her honor. : Giselle’s parents Michael and Janice McComb accepted her diploma.
The graduates were welcomed to their new alumni status by Kevin Lubbers ’01, president of the Alumni Board. The closing prayer was offered by Derek Woods, father of senior Velvet Woods of Chicago.
President Steven Timmermans, Ph.D., greeted the Commencement guests in the afternoon ceremony. Jacqueline Moses ’05, coordinator of Adult Studies Education-Chicago, gave the invocation. The Commencement litany was delivered by Jeffrey J. Heimer ’11.
In his address, Dr. John Hoekstra encouraged the Adult Studies education majors to go forth, make a difference in the lives of each and every one of their future students, and to answer the call to “Serve with Excellence.” Read Dr. Hoekstra’s address, “Called to Serve.”
The graduates were welcomed to their new alumni status by Travis Bandstra ’06, director of alumni relations. The closing prayer was offered by Chaplain Willis Van Groningen, Ph.D.
About Calvin Seerveld, Ph.D.
Dr. Calvin Seerveld was among the original faculty members at Trinity Christian College when classes met for the first time in October 1959. Seerveld taught philosophy from 1959-72; his chapel talks, given throughout the years, were collected in Take Hold of God and Pull. He was presented with an Honorary Alumni Award from Trinity in 2005 and was distinguished by having Trinity’s new art gallery bear his name (2009).
About John Hoekstra, Ed.D.
Dr. John Hoekstra has served in the field of education for 46 years, 11 at Trinity and 35 in the public schools in Blue Island, Illinois. During his tenure in Blue Island, he worked as a teacher, assistant principal, principal, and assistant superintendent. After retiring from the district, Hoekstra followed his calling in education to Trinity Christian College where he has served as the director of Adult Studies Education for over 11 years.
Called to Serve
Dr. John Hoekstra
Adult Studies Commencement, May 14, 2011
President Timmermans, Provost Rudenga, Faculty, Family, Friends and most importantly Graduates; I’m honored to have this opportunity to address you.
Graduates, this commencement ceremony officially celebrates your successful completion of the Trinity Christian College Adult Studies-Education Program. Your diligence and hard work have brought you to this point; you are teacher candidates, and soon will be certified as teachers in the State of Illinois. You have earned the right to join a profession to which there is no equal.
You have been called to serve and are now prepared to answer that call. I trust that for many years to come you will experience the deep satisfaction of knowing that you have positively impacted the lives and futures of the students entrusted to you, that you had an impact on your students’ growth as human beings and that you played a significant role in helping your students reach their potential.
Most of you started the Adult Studies-Education Program at the beginning of September 2009. All of you came to Trinity because you had a goal, a dream to become a teacher. Your reasons for selecting Trinity varied. Many of you came because you had heard positive things about the Trinity program, some of you came because Trinity promised to offer a program in a Christian environment, perhaps you came to finally realize your life-long dream of becoming a teacher, some of you indicated that you needed the accelerated program because, and I quote: “at my age I need to complete a program as quickly as possible.” However, the overriding reason you came, and you’ve expressed this in various ways, is that you want to make a difference in the lives of students.
Some of you came not particularly proud of your previous college performance; you voiced concerns about juggling the responsibilities of family and jobs and meeting all the course requirements in the Adult Studies Program. But you came to Trinity with a commitment to successfully meet all the requirements for becoming a certified teacher.
When you first saw the demanding grading scale utilized by the Trinity Education Department, you worried, because after all, your grades would need to be posted on the refrigerator along with the report cards of your children. But you’ve met the challenge, and seeing all your gold cords, you have indeed met the challenge successfully.
For about sixteen months you attended a four-hour class session almost every week. You learned how to juggle family, job and school responsibilities. Some of you rushed here right from work, hoping that the snacks brought by members of your cohort would keep you going until 10 o’clock. Maybe you had to make sure your children had dinner before you came and perhaps you had to make sure the baby sitter was in place. You learned what it means to be in an accelerated program, every five or six weeks you started a new course. You soon discovered that you had to make significant room in your already busy schedule for course assignments and textbook readings. I know that at least some of you at times had little sleep. But you persevered!
You learned about the history and the influences that have shaped American education. You became acquainted with the wonderful technology available to teachers today and you know how to integrate the technology into your teaching for the benefit of your students. You’ve learned how to plan for instruction through preparing seemingly endless lesson and unit plans. You know that without effective classroom management, optimum teaching and learning will not take place. You understand the importance of establishing positive working relationships with the parents of your students, and with other teachers and school administrators. You understand the inclusion of special needs students into regular classrooms; you are ready to do your part in RTI, the response to intervention for students, who are not progressing as necessary. You know how to make accommodations for your students, and you know how to differentiate instruction.
While you were going through the Adult Studies Program you were forced to reflect on most everything you did, and as a result, you have become reflective practitioners.
The Trinity Christian College Mission Statement in part reads:
“All programs are grounded on a core of foundational studies that address the enduring issues of human experience and teach students to explore and apply the implications of a Reformed world-and-life view to all areas of learning, living and working. Students are encouraged to evaluate their lives in relationship to God, to others, and to all creation.”
You’ve learned that it is your personal worldview that influences how you interact and approach your students. It is that worldview, which will directly influence everything you do as a teacher.
Believe that every child entrusted to you deserves your very best…even the student who brings nothing to like.
The last seventeen weeks have been demanding for you. As a student teacher you learned firsthand that excellent teaching consumes an extraordinary amount of your time, that at times every ounce of energy you could muster was consumed. But you survived; you experienced the thrill of knowing that you did indeed impact your students’ learning.
You now have a much clearer understanding of your strengths and you know the areas that may require some additional work on your part. I trust that all of you have experienced what one of you wrote a few weeks ago:
“Hey, I think I can actually do this,” and “When I left school today, I felt like a teacher.”
Reaching this milestone has to give you a true sense of accomplishment. With your hard work you have earned today’s celebration. Your family and friends are celebrating with you; perhaps they’re hoping that now you’ll have more time for them again.
But while you’re experiencing the joy of completing a demanding portion of your journey, you may also be experiencing some anxiety, some insecurity, and some ambivalence about what the future will bring.
You’re wondering about when and where you will find a teaching position. You’ve heard the news about teacher layoffs in some places, you know about the budget issues some school districts are experiencing. You know that many aspects of public education are under close scrutiny. The influence of teacher unions is certainly being challenged. Teacher pension systems will likely be changed. The disparities in education, which have been a reality for too long, are once again a focus for many, including politicians. And surely, the quality of a child’s education should not be determined by where the child was born.
Public schools in the United States will not remain the same. The reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education School Act promises to include significant changes. School funding is likely to change; parent choice and the charter school movement continue to gain momentum. Merit pay recognition for excellent teachers will likely become a reality during your teaching career. We know that the quality and expertise of the teacher influences the achievement of students to a large degree. While teacher excellence is a growing concern, the reality is that there are ineffective teachers, teachers who are actually hurting students, in too many classrooms. Teacher tenure as we know it will probably not continue to exist.
Knowing all of this, rest assured that God has a plan for you. Know that there are signs of improvement for the economy. Know that new crops of students will continue to come. Know that teachers will continue to leave the profession or retire, and know that there will always be a need for excellent teachers.
Years ago, the American Humorist, Erma Bombeck, wrote a syndicated newspaper column titled Teaching the 3 R’s – plus the rest of alphabet. Perhaps some of you remember her words from your Introduction to Education class, Irma wrote:
“Welcome to teaching, Miss Stevenson. Your mission is to teach 26 first-graders how to read. You will be reinforced by every modern bit of technology, including visuals and computers. You will have the confidence of parents, support of administration and love of the children. Oh, just one thing. You won’t forget to instill good nutrition habits, teach the gifted, the neurologically impaired, the emotionally disturbed, and develop civic responsibility, will you? And check for head lice, make sure they have a hot breakfast, collect milk money and arrange their transportation to and from school. Did I mention eye testing and shots and instruction of first aid procedures? It goes without saying you will provide sex education – in a tasteful way, of course. And you’ll have to make time to build economic awareness, assist in bladder control, stress bilingual development and eliminate sex discrimination.
Just be glad you aren’t in secondary education. They have to teach kids how to drive a car, counsel them in their career, solve alcohol and drug abuse problems and counsel them in pregnancy.
You’re fortunate. All you have is bicycle safety, building self worth and respect, and instilling a sense of patriotism. All we expect from you is to give the public what they want – a back-to-basics education. Good luck, Miss Stevenson.
Miss Stevenson? Miss Stevenson!
No one wants to teach kids how to read anymore.”
Graduates, with all you know about the difficulties teachers face, with all you know about the challenges you will need to meet head on, with knowing the tremendous effort and time it takes to do the job well, with knowing that your efforts will not always be valued and appreciated, go and answer God’s call to serve. Whether you teach in a wealthy suburban school, a high needs or inner-city school, go and love your students, and give each one of them your very best. Go and make a difference.
May your students someday refer to you as the teacher they gratefully remember for truly having impacted their lives in a positive way. Serve with the prayer from Deuteronomy 32:2:
May my teaching drop like the rain, my speech condense like the dew; like gentle rain on grass, like showers on new growth.
Go and answer your call to serve and “Serve with Excellence.”
Graduating to Glocal Martyrdom
Dr. Calvin Seerveld
Tradition Student Commencement, May 14, 2011
The wise person in the Older Testament biblical book of Ecclesiastes answers the question “Is a deathdate better than a birthday?” by saying, “Yes! Entering a home touched by grief is better than walking into a house toasting champagne, because death is the conclusion of every man and woman, and when the living (face it), they have to take it to heart” (7:2).
Is a graduation day from Trinity Christian College better than the day you entered as a freshman or fresh woman?
It depends, let’s say, on whether one faces what is happening to you today.
Georges Rouault’s bittersweet print, “Il serait si doux d’aimer” (1914-48), “It would be so sweet to love,” shows a mother tenderly gesturing with her extended arm outward to where the nestling child needs to go, to places where the protecting love of the older generation is traded in for circumstances less safe, where you cannot, it seems, be your childlike self, love and be loved, without getting trampled to competitive death.
I do not mean to do a variation on the old commencement bromide of “Okay, fellows, now you are going to go out into the real world!”
No, the real world of opportunities and failure, of disappointments and acts of kindness, have been present inside your Trinity education too. You do not escape sin and blessing in daily action by going to a Christian college. However, if you have been an actual student, instead of majoring in extra-curricular affairs, you have enjoyed the wonderful gift at Trinity of an “academic” fix on your activity.
That is, you can err in a biology lab dissection experiment without killing somebody; you can be wrong in a theology class without being declared a heretic; you can do musical, mathematical, basketball exercises before you face the test of execution; you are given time to “practice” teaching and not be fully responsible yet for the lives of young learning children. The college years are a wonderful time to make mistakes, because they can be corrected by teachers in this “academic” training setting of trust.
There is less leeway for bad consequences in botched trial-and-error raising of your children, in a failed medical diagnosis or surgical activity, or in implementing unwise commercial decisions. The protecting cover of an “academic holding position” (like a circling airplane needing to wait to land at O’Hare) goes when you graduate from Trinity. [That’s why anybody who continues on to “graduate” studies must be wary of doing so just to avoid facing direct life responsibilities of landing, because “academics” can dry up and be good for nothing in God’s world, unless they envelop their research and pick priorities with a holy spirit of Wisdom.]
So, you are graduating, prepared by Trinity’s solid educational program in the tradition of the historic Christian Reformation of Martin Luther and Jean Calvin, and you are called by God, I propose, to “glocal martyrdom.”
What does that mean?
“Glocal” is a fairly new English word which combines “global” and “local”--“glocal.” Biblically formed followers of Jesus Christ, from whatever Christian tradition, develop a cosmic global vision and a humbled sense of local responsibility in a united (bifocal) glocal perspective and task. “God did not send God’s Son into the cosmos in order to condemn the cosmos, but in order that the whole cosmos (=environment, plants, animals, society of humans) be saved by God’s Son” (John 3:17). And, said the resurrected Jesus to his prospective disciples, “You will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you all to be witnesses of me, (of my bringing in the Reign of God, both locally) in Jerusalem, all of Judea, Samaria--that is, Chicago, mid-Western USA--to the very ends of the earth--Europe, Ecuador, Asia, Australia” (cf. Acts 1:8,3).
Glocal martyrdom: we do not have to save the world. The triune God fully revealed in the historical Jew Jesus Christ with the Holy Spirit will see to that. We who are “Christians” in more than name only have to be faithful, obedient witnesses locally first of all, actually practicing, living the Lord’s merciful just Rule acoming over the earth, be bringing shalom to all creatures on earth under the sun. Μαρτυριον in Newer Testament Greek means “witness.” Martyrdom means “giving a testimony...that could cost you your livelihood, your life.”
Is that my recommendation to you who will be graduates within the hour?
Scottish poet Robbie Burns, you probably know, has that famous poem, “To a louse, on seeing one on a lady’s bonnet at church.” In the last stanza are the lines:
“O wad some Power the giftie gie us, / To see oursels as ithers see us!”
Oh, would some Power give us the gift to see ourselves as others see us!
From his pew sitting behind the lady decked out in her Sunday best, the poet noticed a dirty “ugly, creepin blasted wonner” of a louse crawling over the fancy fine clothes—
“How daur ye set your fit upon her-- / Sae fine a lady?”
But the moral the poet settles for is that if we could see ourselves with others’ eyes, it would free us from many a blunder, foolish notions, fashionable airs in dress, way of life, and “ev’n devotion!”
Do you know how others in the globalized world see us educated, graduated Americans?
In 1967, just before the so-called “Seven Day War” in which Israel swiftly demolished Egyptian military forces and took over the Sinai Peninsula, my wife and I were traveling in Egypt with a German archaeological group, speaking German, passing for Germans, since Americans were not loved during that time of Secretary of State Foster Dulles. Our Egyptian guide, at the Aswan Dam site, which the Russians were now building since America had abruptly pulled out, apparently told a group of young Egyptian men hanging around, “There are a couple of Americans here.” So they came over, faced us: “Why you no like Nasser!?” As we talked, they asked to see our American passport. I showed it to them, even let the leader hold it for a brief moment. I saw from his fixed, fascinated stare what that American passport meant to him, even though we were an enemy: Power! Prosperity! Work and Happiness! practically unimaginable for his stymied generation. And he was holding this pure gold ticket in his hand!
That American Dream of ivory palaces in the sky was brilliantly pictured by Thomas Cole’s four-part series, Voyage of Life. This is the soul of the painting Youth (1842), setting out to reach the holy grail of life, liberty, in the pursuit of happiness guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution, blessed by his guardian angel on the shore. The Idealist aspiration colours much of American cultural history, and resonates with peoples throughout the world. Jules Breton’s sentimental The Song of the Lark (1884) was the most popular painting at the Chicago Art Institute during the widespread depression of the 1930’s, probably because it gilds the barefoot working poor with a halo of sunrise light and imagined, inspirational bird song--an utterly unreal escape for the urban unemployed or those “blessed” with menial assembly line drudgery.
An underside to how others see us with an American passport is this mural painted by graduate students on the wall reserved for each graduating class at the Rands Africaans Universiteit in Johannesburg, South Africa, which I photographed in 1992, almost 20 years ago. It depicts student hijinks, but up in the far corner is a sad comment about us and the Viet Nam expedition and subsequent military interventions where the stars in “The stars and stripes forever” march slide down into crosses on graveyards and the Statue of Liberty becomes a stalking Grim Reaper. Without making a political comment about the invasion of Iraq and Superpower America’s embroilment in the killing fields of Afghanistan and Pakistan today, I am just showing you how certain others see the lice on our well-cut and Idealistic clothes.
The Trinity registrar wrote me that you twenty-year-old graduates are “ready to take on the world.” If your eyes are open glocally, you know the world at large is distraught and speckled with violent abuse. Not just God’s earthquakes and tsunamis in Japan, Chile, Haiti, Indonesia--California and British Columbia, Canada are still due--but human wars over clean drinking water and boundaries, life-and-death questions like “Can we dispense generic drugs to the poor who are sick unto death? Who has the right to pack a gun? Can anybody immigrate into `the land of the free and the home of the brave’?” What will your Trinity Christian College graduate glocal witness be in (American) society?
Trinity art professor Dayton Castleman gives a good imaginative example when he witnesses in an old God-forsaken stone penitentiary outside Philadelphia with a very thick steel pipe that threads its way up and down corridors and right through stone walls surfacing out into the prison exercise yard where it finally scales the impassible wall: once over on the other side, the blood red pipe (not a silver lining!) multiplies into a seven-fold set of organ pipes trumpeting a “Hallelujah! Freedom!” chorus.
I find this site specific art piece called “The End of the Tunnel” (2005) to be a fine corrective to the insatiable ambition integral to achieving “the (Idealistic) American Dream,” because the bright red pipe expresses a more humbled search, through obstacles, with a patient hope for finding the Way to become free...to praise, and thank God. The glocal martyrdom the LORD God calls us to, also you graduates as well as your parents and friends here present, is to give hope in service, not rise to success, to heal the world, not bomb it--sometimes I wish I were a Mennonite--to rehabilitate prisoners, not neglect them into incorrigibility, to give priority to the handicapped, not push them aside. The task Scripture clearly posits is: “bear one another’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ” (Galatians 6:2).
I do not know you students, but I know personally many of your professors in philosophy, sociology, art, theology, literature, psychology, communications, chemistry, and I know they have articulated and embodied, along with their colleagues, the Reformational heritage Trinity stands for--“capturing every notion (and practice) to make them obedient to Christ” (II Corinthians 10:4-5). That is how you students have been trained. And my final point is that that yoke is light! It fits well over your graduating shoulders, even if it makes you feel maladjusted in our Darwinian survival-of-the-fittest society. Glocal martyrdom is not a “downer”: with the worldwide vision of this being God’s world, to which Jesus Christ will return! Joyfully give away your life to enact locally the peace of the Lord.
You see, I have eaten in the Trinity cafeteria; the amazing surplus of good food there is staggering, available for the taking (once you have paid the piper). How can anyone who eats this luxuriously daily ever understand, I asked myself, what “hunger” is? I heard an earlier Trinity graduate, Elvia Rodriguez, say last month in a meeting here, that when she first came onto Trinity’s campus, it seemed like an “Enchanted forest.” Well, I hope you graduates will have the eyes to see that Chicago itself is...a burning bush where God says, “Take off your shoes and make my presence known on the streets here, and to the uttermost parts of the earth.”
When you business graduates walk past this city street, resolve again to open up thrifty commercial deals to the liberating profit of generosity for the neighbour. This mural-decorated building in the Pilsen district downtown (photographs taken by Professor John Bakker) is a hostel for the homeless--no home to go to!--for the unemployed who are hungry, destitute, who are losing their human dignity, while across the street a non-Trinity-graduated real estate developer has built a colourless, pricey condominium building looking like a formidable, unfriendly bunker.
When you education majors become teachers, or even principals, persist in giving the difficult or autistic unruly child in class, the extra mile of love, though it wear you out.
When you nursing graduates become overworked hospital caregivers or serve in an African village without adequate medical supplies, remember the sculpture by Britt Wikstrom called Caritas (2006) (which Professor Michael Vander Weele along with another Trinity graduate, Dr. Nicholas Vogelzang got commissioned by the University of Chicago hospital downtown; it stands in their cancer ward waiting area) where a younger man simply helps a more feeble older person put on his coat, for which the elderly fellow, as if he were Jesus (cf. Matthew 25:31-46), gives a look of quiet, bewondering gratitude.
Your graduation day from Trinity, I dare say, with Ecclesiastes, is better than your matriculating entrance day, because your profs, as a community, have spent endless hours protecting you by faithfully correcting reports and exams, so that you are now more readied to accept the glocal martyrdom of disciplined living and embodying the compassionate holy spirited rule of Jesus Christ which is acoming.
May you joy in this day, graduates, and go in peace.
Vander Velde Scholar Celebration Honors Student-Faculty Scholarship
This spring marked the first formal celebration of Trinity’s Vander Velde Junior Scholars program.
Students and alumni, including current and former scholars, gathered for dinner and conversation with faculty mentors and other professors last month. The event was hosted by the Honors Committee.
Also, attending the event was Dr. George Vander Velde ’63, vice president for campus development, who instituted the Maurice Vander Velde Junior Scholar Award in honor of his father.
In just over the past decade, the Vander Velde scholars program has supported some 28 projects of original scholarly research in the exact sciences and some 31 projects of original scholarly research in the humanities, social sciences, and fine arts.
Dr. Aron Reppmann ’92, professor of philosophy, delivered the keynote address, reflecting on ways in which faith is important to scholarship: receiving the faith; sustaining the faith; and testifying in faith.
After expounding on these three points, Reppmann concluded that emphasizing both overt and not so overt Christian pedigrees in visions of Christian scholarship are “crucial to the life of a Christian intellectual community, in which we stand together with one another’s work, across disciplines, across methodologies, across the years, to affirm that all of our scholarly work is called to be a testimony to our Lord, the God of heaven and earth.”
Congratulations to the 2011-12 Vander Velde Junior Scholars and their faculty mentors:
Brian Hofman ’13 of Waupun, Wisconsin, and Trevor Schaap ’13 of Lansing, Illinois, (mathematics), working with Drs. Mandi Maxwell and Sharon Robbert: “The Black Chamber”
Katrina Hopman ’12 of Orland Park, Illinois, (biology), working with Dr. Clay Carlson: “Histone Modifications in Mesenchymal Stem Cells”
Adam Perez ’12 of Racine, Wisconsin, (music), working with Dr. Mark Peters: “Music, Theology, and Christian Worship: A Study of Hillsong”
Alaina Ver Meer ’13 of Leighton, Iowa, (biology), working with Dr. Bob Boomsma: “Investigating the Effects of Environmental Conditions on MSC Differentiation”
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.
Students from several area Christian grade schools visited campus this month to celebrate their achievements and expand their passion for writing and reading.
The morning opened with a time of singing in the Ozinga Chapel. Afterward, the children, accompanied by Trinity student volunteers, were divided into groups and participated in three sessions, including small group discussions, Trinity student improv performances, and the chance to hear from the author.
“Stories are about making you and your readers ‘bigger,’” said Schmidt to a group of sixth through eighth grade aspiring authors. “Do it well.”
Schmidt has written many books for young readers, including the Newbery Honor Book The Wednesday Wars, First Boy, and The Wonders of Donal O'Donnell. His novel Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy was both a Newbery Honor Book and a Printz Honor Book. Schmidt shares his expertise and his love for writing with students at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where he is a professor of English.
The Young Authors Festival, in its 21st year, is organized by the combined efforts of education professors and other dedicated committee members.
More than 20,000 Volunteer Hours Earn President’s Honor Roll Recognition
When Eric Robbert ’13 of LaGrange, Illinois, spent his spring break helping repair a hurricane damaged home in Mississippi…
And when Victoria Penley ’13 of Bradley, Illinois, provided basic medical care to orphans in Ecuador during Interim…
And when Sharon Chun ’11 of Northbrook, Illinois, tutored children at Harvey’s Restoration Ministries, they weren’t being driven by the hope of recognition or presidential awards but by their Christian call to service.
Hundreds of Trinity students like these logged 21,504 hours of service during the 2009-10 academic year. Because of their work, and the ongoing volunteer service students commit each year to local and overseas organizations, Trinity Christian College has again been named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll (2010) by the Corporation for National and Community Service.
“The experience of volunteering at Restoration Ministries helped me to see the positive outcomes that result from consistent figures in the children’s lives,” said Chun. “The children have also taught me a lot by helping me to have more patience and love. Every time their innocence shines past their tough exterior, it reminds me of why I continue to go.”
The Honor Roll recognizes higher education institutions that reflect the values of exemplary community service and achieve meaningful outcomes in their communities. Trinity’s selection to the Honor Roll is recognition from the federal government of the College’s commitment to service and civic engagement locally and globally.
According to Trinity’s Office of Community Partnerships and Service Learning, the service hours were completed through service-learning classes, service spring break trips and Interim courses, service committee and other student-led projects, and the Midwest Campus Compact Citizen-Scholars (M3C) Fellowship program, in which students complete 300 hours of community service and receive an education award.
Students regularly volunteer at many local organizations that partner with the College, including Restoration Ministries, Roseland Christian Ministries, and Elim Christian Services.
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.
In October 1959, 37 students enrolled at Trinity; 30 attended for a year or more and became Trinity’s first alumni and the Class of 1961.
On May 14, the College was delighted to welcome 11 alumni to the reunion. Joining them and their guests were three of the founding faculty members, Drs. Derke Bergsma, Cal Seerveld, and Robert Vander Vennen.
The weekend began with a tour of campus provided by Vice President for Student Development Ginny Carpenter, followed by a dinner in the Vermeer Fireside Room, which served as the campus chapel when the Class of 1961 attended Trinity. The after-dinner program featured a campus update from President Steve Timmermans and stories of Trinity’s history by Dr. Dan Diephouse, professor of English emeritus. Alumni and professors also took time to share their memories of what campus was like 50 years ago, as well as how Trinity has impacted their lives and careers.
Marion Dykstra ’61 enjoyed the opportunity to take part in the festivities. “I came because it was a milestone for my class and the first for Trinity to host,” said Dykstra. “I love Trinity and the people I know who work there. It was a very memorable weekend and I wouldn't have wanted to miss it.”
Reunion attendees also took part in Saturday morning’s Commencement ceremony and led the procession of the Class of 2011 into the auditorium. Dr. Seerveld delivered the Commencement address.
“Just two years after celebrating Trinity’s 50th anniversary in 2009, it was an honor to host these individuals and be a part of another historic moment in Trinity’s life. We look forward to hosting the 50th class in future years as well,” said Travis Bandstra ’06, director of alumni relations.
Carl Klompien ’61 came, most of all, to see his former classmates and professors and was also struck by God’s faithfulness to both his classmates and to Trinity. “To see God's blessings on those of us who could come and to hear Professor Seerveld point us to the source of everything was an inspiration and brought back fond memories,” he said. “I was thankful I was able to come and would do it again. And thanks most to God who has so abundantly blessed Trinity through its brief 50-year history.”
View the photogallery here.
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.
Hoekstra has been awarded the rank Associate Professor of Education Emeritus, and Voorn has been awarded the rank Professor of Business Emeritus.
Dr. John Hoekstra has dedicated 11 years of his life to enhancing Christian higher education at Trinity.
He served as the College’s first director of Adult Studies Education, taking the program from its infancy and directing its expansion to three satellite campuses, including Prairie State College in Chicago Heights, College of DuPage in Addison, and Daystar School in Chicago.
Before Trinity, Hoekstra served 36 years in the public schools in Blue Island, Illinois. His teaching in Trinity’s traditional and Adult Studies programs includes assisting over 1,400 graduates from 80 cohorts through the program and on to successful careers.
Dr. Randall Voorn, a 1971 Trinity graduate, has taught at Trinity for 23 years and has used his experiences abroad to bring a global perspective to the College’s business and marketing curriculum.
He has fostered the growth of the business department’s marketing program to maturity as a fully integrated program within Trinity’s commitment to Christian liberal arts education.
Voorn has led students to professional excellence and worked diligently to contribute to the broader community through supporting and advancing his students’ careers both during and after their time of study at Trinity.
He will be teaching part-time in Trinity’s Adult Studies business program for the next year.
Success for Trinity Theatre in “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”: Photogallery
Six total performances made this classic, comedic fairytale one of Trinity theatre’s most popular productions in recent years.
“Many people think that they won’t understand Shakespeare, but Shakespeare is meant to be performed,” said David Hoekman ’12 of Grand Rapids, Michigan, who played the mischievous fairy Puck. “‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ demands a lot of energy and is a very physical play, and everyone loves physical comedy.”
Besides stellar acting from new and veteran student actors, the show’s success has also been attributed to the excellent direction of Dr. John Sebestyen, assistant professor of communication arts and director of theatre.
“Dr. Sebestyen works so hard to bring us together as a cast and highlight our specific talents,” said Alyssa Guerrin ’12 of Holland, Michigan, who played the role of Titania, Queen of the Fairies. “He picked an amazing show, and gave us the proper tools to make this show a success.”
“Dr. Sebestyen’s directing and vision of the play made it understandable and enjoyable, even to people who generally don’t like Shakespeare,” added Stephanie Avila ’12 of Chicago, Illinois, who played Hermia, one of the four lovers. “It was a great feeling to know that the community enjoyed the play so much.”
Learn more about Dr. Sebestyen.
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.
The types of projects students could choose ranged from a poetry anthology to a photographic display of gender-related topics.
Senior Bethany Verhage ’11 of Moses Lake, Washington, and sophomore Calob Lostutter ’13 of Tuscon, Arizona, both chose to exercise their writing abilities by creating an original poem and children’s book, respectively.
Verhage’s poem, titled “Your Strength Will Sustain Me,” was based on her insights from a solitude exercise, focusing on man’s identity in Christ.
Lostutter addressed a psychological quandary by writing a children’s book about a bear who wants to be a lion because of insecurity. In the book, the bear struggles with identity and knowing his role in society. To highlight the theme of forming community through our differences, Lostutter enrolled the help of his peers by asking them each to paint a page of the book.
“The issue of identity is one that presses upon every generation,” said Lostutter. “Although each page of the book has a certain quality that makes it stand out, it all comes together in the end to form one story, just as each unique person helps form one single, functioning body.”
He added, “To study psychology of gender is to wrestle with identity. This class provided an opportunity for self-reflection and a chance to consider if I am aligning my identity based on social standards or the roles set forth by God.”
OPUS - An Intellectual Circus: Photogallery
The celebration of student intellectual and artistic endeavor begins with a procession though campus, led by the Troll, the traditional bagpiper, and professors dressed as Abe Lincoln and Sinter Klaas. Following the parade is a day full of student presentations, musical performances, a gallery exhibit, a picnic, and a special Outcry worship service.
Many academic departments were represented by students from the major presenting original videos, capstone projects, and reports from Interim courses. Students enjoyed entertainment provided by Trinity music, dance, and comedy groups, including Playtimez Ova, In ConTroll, the Gospel Choir, and the Jazz Band.
J.R. Wydra ’11 of Tinley Park, Illinois, this year’s Lincoln Laureate, pronounced the official opening of the day.
OPUS award winners—Click here for the complete list.
Tuition Remission Winners
$100 Winners-- Kaylyn Bossert, Abby Christensen, Brian Clark
$150 Winners--Courtney Jeltema and William “Luke” Monsma
$250 Winners-- Lauren Mayers and Cassie Nelson
$400 Winner--Victoria Bruinsma
$500 Winner--Kylie Bond
OPUS 2010 Committee Members
Dick Cole, Chairperson
Latishia Elliott, Residence Director
Kaitlyn Fondryk, Chair of Academic Initiative
OPUS 2011 Award Winners
Best of Show
Abby Christensen - Bloated Book
1st - Emily Van Hoff - Chuckwagon
2nd - Jenae Van Engen - Dine with Sarah
3rd - Emily Van Hoff - Snowflake Pattern Book
Honorable mention: Emily Van Hoff - Bridgeport Map
Print and Photo
1st - Brady Davidson - Weird Light Stuff (3)
2nd - Emily Van Hoff - Ampersand after Ampersand
3rd - Leigh Twaragowski - Kids at Play
Honorable mention: Amanda Evers - Fall
Katie Milton - Leap
Alyssa Dichraaf - Untitled
Painting, Drawing and Mixed Media
1st - Hannah Snow - Sheltered
2nd - Bridge Earnshaw - French Press
3rd - Amanda Evers - The Happiest Place on Earth
Honorable mention: Abby Christensen - I Know You Like Maps, But Can You Read Them?
1st - Karl Gesch - Untitled
2nd - Karl Gesch - Barn To Go
3rd - Mike Evers - The Physical Impossibility of Life in the Mind of Something Dead
Honorable mention: Abby Christensen - 16 Casts of the Bottom of My Bucket
Communication Arts Winners
1st - Joshua Moore, "The Arnold Project"
2nd - Kenyatta Bivens, "Blindness"
1st - Gina Ciametti, Phantom Rep
2nd - Julie Wiltjer, A Midsummer Night's Dream
3rd - Shannon Smith, A Doll's House
1st - Markey Ambrose, Love's Handsome Warrior
2nd - Joshua Moore, Politically Correct Fairy Tales
1st - Joshua Moore, "Broke"
2nd - Markey Ambrose, "Too Many Daves"
3rd - TIE: Stephanie Avila, "Somebody Should Have Told Him" and Heather Hernandez, "The Highwayman"
1st - “Untitled” by Monica Brands
2nd - “Gino” by Erika Huizenga
3rd - “Nerve” by Teryn Leaper
Honorable Mention: “Airstream” by Erika Huizenga
“Coming from the Zoo” by Bethany Eizenga
“Anorexia” by Libby Dykstra
1st - “Between Here and the Sun” by Kailyn Baum
2nd - “Singing for My Grandfather and the Monks” by Andrew Blok
3rd - Shared by “The Role of Violence in Much Ado About Nothing” by Stephanie DeJong
“Heathcliff, Vampires, and Pop Culture” by Courtney Randle
Honorable Mention: “What Kills” by Jason Gerringer
1st - “The Damsel” by Jez Layman
1st - William Gesch
2nd - Samuel Heunink
3rd - Daniel Thayer
1st - In ConTroll - William Gesch, Dan Thayer, Samuel Huenink, and Adam Perez
2nd - William Gesch and Daniel Thayer
3rd - Samuel Huenink and William Gesch
1st - Lydia Kijowski
2nd - Zachary VerHaar
3rd - Kelly VandenBerg
1st - Flute Ensemble - Melissa Don, Christina Reardon, Victoria Penley, Joohee Kim
1st - Hyo Jin Moon
2nd - Brittany Homan
3rd - Carrie Hofland
“You Be the Judge” Winners
Title: You’ve Never Heard of the Language of the Dwarves? Probably Because It’s So Underground
Presenter: Jennie Hill and Eric Swanson
COMMUNICATION ARTS AND MUSIC
Title: Music and Theology in Christian Worship: Preliminary Considerations
Presenter: Adam Perez
POLITICAL SCIENCE AND CRIMINAL JUSTICE
Title: Operation L.I.N.K. (Liberty in North Korea): Helping to Save a Life
Presenters: Kenyatta Bivens, Kaitlyn Fondrk, Courtney Jeltema, and Ishael J. Tendero
Title: What I Learned from Worship Symposium
Presenters: Alberto La Rosa, Kelsey Nelson, and Kelly Zuiderveen
Title: Educational Reform During the Early Cold War
Presenter: Abby Suarez
Title: Peru 2011
Presenters: Elizabeth and Sarah Jongetjes
CHEMISTRY AND MATH
Title: Markov Processes and Inflation Rate Modeling
Presenter: Peter Keep
ENGLISH AND SPANISH
Title: Oh, ya, you betcha! – The dialects of Fargo
Presenter: Jennie Hill
EDUCATION AND SPEC. ED.
Title: Disney Sign Along
Presenters: Trinity’s Sign Language Club
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.
Tabitha Matthews, the College’s pre-college coordinator, works with two of Trinity’s partner organizations in Chicago: Circle Urban Ministries and By the Hand Club for Kids. Both organizations are community programs for students in grades 1-12 and include college-readiness programs.
The partnership with both the organizations gives Trinity students the opportunity for service learning, as well as encourages the program’s students to attend college, and more specifically Trinity.
On February 10-11, students from By the Hand Club for Kids experienced firsthand what it was like to be at Trinity. Ten students came to campus for a night of games, open gym, and Trinity basketball games.
The students stayed overnight in the dorms with Trinity students and attended financial aid sessions as well as other college-readiness classes taught by Chris Bohle and Caitlin Fillmore ’09, resident directors at the College. The courses focused on choosing a college and campus life.
“The students all appeared to be very engaged and had some really great questions,” said Fillmore. “I hope I challenged them to think carefully about the choices they make.”
Students Participate in Annual Love Palos Service Event
Love Palos takes place each year during the final weeks of the academic year. Students and Trinity staff dedicate one Saturday morning to service projects in the Palos Heights community and on campus. The event is sponsored by the College’s Office of Community Partnerships and Service Learning.
“The goal of Love Palos is to give students an opportunity to give back to their community through service,” said Office of Community Partnerships and Service Learning student worker Paola Dolores ’12 of Villa Park, Illinois. “Through this day of service, we hope students are led to continue volunteering and participating in other projects.
The service projects vary each year, ranging from picking up trash around neighborhoods to spreading mulch in recreation areas. This year, students were able to choose between working with the Navajo Hills Homeowners Association, picking up trash in Navajo Creek, which runs along the east-side of campus, working at the Route 83 athletics fields, or helping with projects at the Lake Katherine Nature Center and Botanic Gardens.
“The value of participating in Love Palos is that students have an appreciation for the town we share and live in,” said Dolores. “Students also receive the opportunity to demonstrate Christ-like service to our neighbors.”
“Love Palos is really fun because it allows us to do work with other people,” said English education student Andrew Blok ’13 of Lynden, Washington. “It’s a nice change for students, since so much of the work we do daily is individual.”
“My favorite part of Love Palos is the fellowship that happens while we serve,” said business major David Schurman ’12 of Demotte, Indiana. “Love Palos is a great way for us to spend time bonding and working alongside the people we already know and getting to know the people we don’t.”
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.
Chick-fil-A, an Atlanta-based, quick-service chicken restaurant chain, was founded by Cathy’s father, S. Truett Cathy, and is one of the nation’s largest family-owned businesses.
Some of the Cathy family values of faith in God and service to others took root in the days when Truett was a child and learned Bible verses from his mother, Cathy told the crowd. Those Bible verses and others have been the foundation of many business decisions, one of the primary being to “go the extra mile” for customers.
This service component started with Matthew 5:41, which speaks to the first mile involving doing what is required but the second mile going beyond what is required—to “do the unexpected,” said Cathy.
The family’s faith is inextricably woven into their lives and into their business, as evidenced in Chick-fil-A’s corporate purpose statement: “To glorify God by being a faithful steward of all that is entrusted to us. To have a positive influence on all who come in contact with Chick-fil-A.”
Joining Cathy for the event was Kevin Bulmann, owner operator of Chick-Fil-A in Orland Park, Illinois. Every visitor received a coupon for a complimentary chicken sandwich.
“This was a wonderful opportunity for Trinity Christian College and the Trinity Business Network to make some incredible connections with our local business people,” said Larryl Humme, vice president for development. “Mr. Cathy’s presentation was inspiring, relevant, challenging, and uplifting all rolled together. I can’t wait to invite him (and the cows) back to campus.”
After the presentation, Cathy answered questions submitted by members of the audience and signed copies of Eat Mor Chikin: Inspire More People, a book written by his father. He also gave this advice to soon-to-be Trinity graduates:
“Find a mentor,” said Cathy. “There is somebody already living your dream. Developing a mentoring relationship can compress the learning curve.”
Following the event, special guests enjoyed a Chick-fil-A dinner with Cathy in the Grand Lobby.
Ashley Veurink ’11 of Corsica, South Dakota, and editor in chief of Trinity’s College newspaper The Courier, attended with her business ethics class and Assistant Professor Deborah Windes.
“Mr. Cathy’s presentation was genuinely inspiring in both the business and religious aspects,” said Veurink. “The way he has woven his faith in Christ with his desires to serve and practice business is a testimony that many Trinity students – not just those studying business – can aspire to.”
The mission of the Trinity Business Network is to provide Christ-centered learning and service opportunities for Trinity alumni and friends.
A special thank you to our TBN partners:
Dreyer, Ooms & Van Drunen, Ltd.
Evenhouse & Co., P.C.
Service Sanitation, Inc.
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.
Recently, Dr. Lynn White, professor of accounting in the business department at Trinity, shared some numbers that had nothing to do with balance sheets but did testify to the strength of the accounting program and the preparation of accounting majors who go on to take their CPA exams.
Results tracked by the Illinois Board of Examiners revealed that in 2010 exam candidates from Trinity had the highest average score among candidates from schools of the same size as Trinity or larger. In 2009, Trinity candidates had the second highest average score.
“Accounting at Trinity is a difficult major, but it needs to be,” said White. “We’re doing what we’re doing to prepare our students.”
To learn more about Trinity’s accounting program, visit: http://tcc.trnty.edu/depts/business/
Learn more about Dr. Lynn White.
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.
Sam Lankah ’13 of Warrenville, Illinois, will lead the Student Association as president. Lankah, who served on the Association this past year as a class representative, is a biology major and member of the men’s soccer team. He also takes part in various clubs on campus, including Academic Initiative, Service Committee, Asian American Alliance (AAA), and Men’s Ministry.
Future vice president DaMaris King ’14 is from Detroit, Michigan, and served as a 2010-11 Association class representative. A psychology major with minors in communication arts and music, King has also been involved as a chapel music leader and member of Psychology Club.
Kaitlyn Fondrk ’13, from Belvidere, Illinois, will apply her accounting major as the Association’s 2011-12 treasurer. Fondrk has served as the chair and treasurer of Academic Initiative, and has been involved in the General Education Committee, Law and Politics Society, the OPUS Committee, and the Overarching Unity Task Force.
Dan Thayer ’12 of Holland, Michigan, a music major and communication arts-theatre minor, will serve the Executive Committee as secretary. Thayer currently serves as president of the Theatre Club, and has also been a part of South Hall Council, Social Justice Chapter, and has served as a 2010-11 Association member.
Lankah is excited about leading the student body’s government.
“I have high hopes for what my peers and I can accomplish, and I am prepared to encourage this new team to cultivate a deeper and broader imagination for what God has planned for our school,” said Lankah. “Being president of Student Association requires service, and I hope that students also find in me a friend.”
The Student Association is Trinity’s student body government. It is composed of 24 representatives, some being elected by the general student body and others chosen by Student Association members.
Each class elects four student representatives and the entire student population elects individuals to serve on the Executive Committee. These elected representatives’ main function is to act as an advocate for students, voicing their concerns and working alongside Trinity’s administration to affect constructive change on campus.
Physics Minor Sees Its First Graduates This May - Photogallery
Jonathan Borr of Holland, Michigan, a chemistry major, and Andrew Boersma of Clive, Iowa, a business major, added the physics minor to their programs of study when it was offered for the Fall 2009 semester.
“The physics minor is a great opportunity for chemistry majors,” said Borr. “Since chemistry is the study of the interactions between atoms, it’s only natural to study the way they move in physics.”
Dr. Thomas R. Roose, associate professor of physics and science education, proposed the minor with the intent to provide opportunities for students to develop reasoning and critical thinking abilities consistent with a strong liberal arts education and to further strengthen the science program.
According to Roose’s initial proposal, the courses comprised within the physics minor will stimulate increased breadth and depth in the sciences, improve analysis and reasoning abilities, connect science to life experiences and observations, and require synthesis of new insights with preconceived ideas.
“Dr. Roose is a great professor,” said Borr. “Because of the small class size, it’s easy to go over more difficult concepts with him more thoroughly.”
Borr said he especially enjoys the Optics course and the lab component of the class in which students use a laser to study how light behaves in various optical situations.
After graduation, Boersma plans to attend the University of Kansas for mechanical engineering. “Without Dr. Roose’s commitment to the program or to helping students, I would not have been able to achieve this dream. As I go on to Kansas, I will take with me the valuable knowledge and experience that Dr. Roose and the physics program have given me,” he said.
The physics minor will require the completion of five courses and a minimum of 19 credit hours.
Learn more about Professor Thomas Roose.
Friends of the College Get an Insiders’ View: Photogallery
Guests, accompanied by President Steve Timmermans and representatives from the College’s development department, enjoyed a walking tour of campus and visited various classrooms for student presentations.
Presentations by faculty and students from the nursing and science departments included demonstrations of the nursing lab simulation manikins and information about current stem cell research projects in biology.
In the Art and Communication Center, guests had the opportunity to visit the graphic design lab, see students setting up a gallery display of senior art, and watch rehearsal for the theatre program’s upcoming spring play, A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
Emily Smith ’04, campaign gifts manager, planned the Insiders’ Tour and anticipates it will be offered every year.
“The purpose of this tour was to have our students give our donors a ‘show and tell’ about what they are learning in their particular field,” said Smith. “It was such an inspiring evening, as our students shared their knowledge in a real and passionate way.”
Grandparents’ Day 2011: Photogallery
The program featured student speakers JaSheena and JaTina Cathey ’14, sisters from Richton Park, Illinois; Kevin Hahn ’13 of Cedar Lake, Indiana; and Ashley Veurink ’11 of Corsica, South Dakota. Each shared thoughts about the influence of their grandparents in their lives and about their Trinity experience.
Guests enjoyed performances from various Trinity groups, including the Concert Choir, Wind and Honors ensembles, and the men’s barbershop quartet, In ConTroll.
The Cathey twins brought some humorous sibling rivalry to the auditorium stage as they welcomed grandparents to campus. They then shared their story of having been raised by their grandparents, a life experience that factored into their decision to choose Trinity.
“The value of an education goes back to our roots, which start with our grandparents,” said JaSheena. “To graduate from college is both a privilege and an honor. But to graduate with a Trinity education is an acknowledgement in the sight of man and a ‘well done’ in the sight of God.”
Business major Kevin Hahn explained that through his courses he has learned how business is tied in with God’s plan. “Living by the biblical requirements of justice, humility, and love, Christians involved in business can have a positive impact on the world. God has uniquely equipped and placed businesspeople to use their skills and experience to be agents of transformation within their own businesses, in their communities, and around the world,” said Hahn. “If it weren’t for Trinity, I may have never learned that.”
Also speaking to the influence of her grandparents and her Trinity education, Ashley Veurink, editor in chief of The Courier said, “My grandparents have been monumental in forming my value of Christian education, and Trinity has played an instrumental role in shaping me as an individual because of my choice to come here for that value.
“But what does my experience mean to my grandparents? For them, Trinity has given me an education I couldn’t receive anywhere else and an opportunity to practice and live out my faith in a welcoming, encouraging community.”
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.
Terpstra read from The Church Not Made with Hands, many of the poems of which began at the request of the music director at St. Cuthbert’s Presbyterian Church in Hamilton, Ontario. The poems were written to help the church celebrate particular days in the church calendar. Click here to watch the full-length video.
The following day, Terpstra led a sectional at Trinity’s Arts and Worship in the New Testament Age Symposium, featuring keynote speaker John Bell of the Iona Community in Scotland.
About John Terpstra
John Terpstra has published several books of poetry, including The Church Not Made With Hands and Naked Trees. The Boys, Or, Waiting For the Electrician's Daughter honors the lives of his wife’s three brothers, each of whom lived with muscular dystrophy until their early 20s. His prose project Falling into Place is a creative investigation of the Iroquois Bar, the geological formation that supports one of Canada’s busiest transportation corridors.
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. The event also raised awareness of social justice and offered moments of reflection and prayer for Japan and the thousands of people affected by the earthquakes.
The event was sponsored by the Asian American Alliance (AAA) and the Ethnic Diversity Committee at Trinity.
Nicole Ferreria ’13, co-president of the alliance, and Edmond Mensah ’12, resident assistant, served as hosts.
Entertainment included a song by Javairia Taylor ’14 of Bolingbrook, Illinois; a dance by Erica Smith ’12 of Country Club Hills, Illinois; and an Aungklung performance by several students, directed by Dr. Yudha Thianto, professor of theology. Asian cuisine was served, including traditional Chinese and Indian dishes.
Ferreria commented on the decision for the event’s theme to focus on Joy and Justice.
“We know that there is suffering in the world, but what is our place in it? What does it take for justice to become our reality? We want people to know, that, yes, there is deep hurt going on in the world, but we need to find ourselves in the midst of all this muck and mire and not be afraid, because God is behind all things. His love covers us.”
During the event, the organization LiNK (Liberty in North Korea) was also highlighted. LiNK is a non-profit organization aiding and protecting North Korean refugees.
“The AAA is working with other Trinity organizations such as Social Justice Chapter, Law and Politics Society, Academic Initiative, and Historical Association of Students to raise enough funds to save one North Korean refugee,” said Ferreria.
Don Woo, dean for ethnic diversity and multicultural programs and assistant professor of education, offered the closing prayer.
Arts in Society Links Students and Academics to Chicago Art Community: Photogallery
The event welcomed Pilsen artist Elvia Rodriguez ’93, a community organizer and outreach worker, and Dr. Victor Sorell, Chicago State University professor and dean emeritus of arts and humanities. The guest speakers provided insight into relationships between art and community, as exemplified in Pilsen, a south side Chicago neighborhood known both for its culture and art.
Professor of Art John Bakker explained this historical context for the creation of murals such as those in Pilsen. During the Mexican war for independence, 1910-17, muralists created enormous public murals that asserted the rights of the people and became a voice for community issues. When the Mexican community immigrated north to Los Angeles and Chicago, they brought their mural tradition with them. These murals speak to the communities’ hopes and aspirations and propose solutions to problems; they give a voice to the voiceless.
“This lecture made us reconsider the way we see street art and cultures where art is defined differently,” said Courtney Randle ’12 of Zion, Illinois. “The murals in Pilsen make you contemplate what you define as vandalism.”
The event was a creation of the Arts in Society committee, a group that works to develop a relationship between Trinity students and Chicago neighborhoods. Students are able to learn from a collection of different communities and appreciate their cultures, allowing students to collaborate cultural experiences with their academics at Trinity. The art, English, and sociology departments also helped sponsor the event.
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.
“I would say that I came to Trinity in 1995 to play baseball but left as a writer,” said Tigchelaar. “My horizons were definitely broadened.”
A recent recipient of the Langston Hughes Poetry Prize and nominee for the Pushcart Prize, Tigchelaar said that Trinity played a part in changing his focus and shaping him as a writer.
“Trinity was the turning point for me,” he said. “I entered the school somewhat directionless, and then one of my English professors freshman year helped me see I was a writer.”
From there, Tigchelaar’s journey progressed as he started writing and editing for the College’s student newspaper and worked as a reporter and editor after graduation. The theme of many of the lessons Tigchelaar has learned is to accept change.
“I’ve learned that life is change,” he said. “It can be agonizing to look back at some of the writing I did in the past. Some of my old papers and editorials would make me cringe today, but the challenge is to see it all as formative and necessary steps.”
Those steps have been rewarding for Tigchelaar, who had a poem selected for Verse Daily. A few years ago, he also received a grant for some of his poetry from the Ohio Arts Council.
“[The grant] came at a point when I was unsure about the direction my writing and career seemed to be going,” he said. “I remember realizing that if there’s someone out there willing to award me for writing, then there must be something to what I’m doing.”
What keeps Tigchelaar passionate is that, to him, writing is more than putting words on a page.
“I see writing as art—as creativity, expression, freedom, and imitation of God as Creator,” he said. “Anytime we’re creative and doing it as best we can, we’re honoring God. If what I’m doing not only makes me feel joyful and alive, but does that for others, too, there’s a purpose to write.”
Tigchelaar lives with his wife Jana ’00 and their daughter Charlotte, 4, and son Sam, 2, in Lawrence, Kansas. He enjoys his days being a stay-at-home dad and writes whenever he can.
Fourth Annual Psychology Alumni Conference
The fourth annual Psychology Alumni Conference held on April 9, featured Dr. A. Yanina Gomez ’95, presenting “Lessons Learned.”
Gomez, a counseling psychologist, shared the story of her journey to Trinity and the lessons she has learned through her move from Puerto Rico, the pursuing of her various degrees, and her work as a Christian in the field of psychology.
Gomez moved from Puerto Rico with her family when her father accepted a position as coordinator of the Spanish Broadcasting Department at The Back to God Hour, now The Back to God Ministries International. As a sophomore at the University of Puerto Rico, Gomez planned to enroll in college in the States after the move but decided to first take a semester of conversational English at a community college. During that semester, she applied to Trinity’s psychology program and began here in January of 1992.
She earned her master’s in school psychology in 2000 from Governor’s State University and her Ph.D. in psychology several years later from Walden University.
In her address to students, faculty, and alumni, Gomez focused on “lessons learned,” including a commitment to accomplishing goals, the demonstration of personal integrity, the importance of face-to-face interactions and healthy relationships, and the opportunity to learn from mentors or to teach as mentors.
Gomez said in her conclusion, “I would like to challenge you to take on the role of an active social change agent. Now, it is your turn to give back to society. Take this responsibility very seriously. Make productive changes in your life so you are prepared to make a positive impact in the lives of others.
“Set goals, prioritize, be committed, show integrity, seek face-to-face networking, learn from the wisdom of others, and for the alumni, take the time to mentor someone in your field.”
The conference also welcomed psychotherapists Angela Cumbo – Cryan ’04 and Scott DuBois ’98.
“Each year the Psychology Alumni Conference offers an opportunity for students to learn about issues in the field of psychology from practicing professionals who have graduated from Trinity,” said Dr. Michael DeVries ’74, professor of psychology. “The psychology department is very proud of the work our alumni are doing, the outstanding role models they have become, and the service they provide to the community and to the furthering of Christ’s Kingdom.”
Psychology faculty members at Trinity
Michael DeVries ’74, Ph.D.
Dick Cole, Ph.D.
Mary Lynn Colosimo, Ph.D.
Derrick Hassert, Ph.D.
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.
This year’s contest had over 3,500 entries from around the world. All of these images will be published in a hardcover book, which will be distributed to college libraries, and instructors of photography, art, and design around the world.
This year’s winners:
Brady Davidson ’11 of Shawnee, Kansas
William Kamp III ’12 of Tinley Park, Illinois
Lindsay Koedyker ex ’12 of Highland, Indiana
Caleb Mulder ’11 of Wheatfield, Indiana
Kristen Tamminga ’11 of Hudsonville, Michigan
Carol Bosma (non-traditional student/audit)
This is the second year in a row that the work of Trinity photography students has been selected for publication and distribution worldwide.
View photogallery here.
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.
The students were guests of Coalville United Methodist Church and worked with the church and with Hope Agency, a housing resource center, to help provide services for local families in need. Throughout the course of the week, the group repainted a house and cleaned up a family’s yard ravaged by a tornado that had hit days prior.
The students reported having an amazing and encouraging experience on the trip.
“It’s amazing to see how the little help you give can have such a great impact on people,” said nursing student Kylie Bond ’12 of Erie, Illinois. “Besides helping out the community, my favorite part was getting to know the rest of the Trinity volunteers. We’re practically like family now.
Bond added that everyone who participated gained something from the experience. “We really came together, accomplished a lot, and learned from each other.”
Students also had an opportunity to visit New Orleans and see the St. Joseph’s Day parade in the French Quarter.
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.
Guest speaker Ryan Wynia ’04, founder of Firebone, a social media strategy firm, spoke on the subject of how to be intentional when using social media for personal use.
“This is another great way for a few of our thousands of alumni in the Chicago area to reconnect with old friends and meet new ones,” said Bandstra. “Many are surprised at how many Trinity alumni work downtown.”
A similar gathering is planned for alumni working in the southwest suburbs. This second annual luncheon is planned for noon on Wednesday, April 20, at the Limestone Grill in Palos Heights, Illinois.
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. Student filmmakers created original videos that highlighted the Trinity experience, were consistent with the mission of the College, and captured what makes Trinity special to students.
The six entries were judged by a panel of judges from the marketing, student activities, admissions, and communication arts departments on the following criteria:
- Relevance to the theme of the contest
- Clarity and entertainment value
- Overall impact
- Quality of editing
All the video entries were shown for the audience who, by applause, voted for the audience choice award.
Emcees Jeremy Klyn ’02, director of admissions, and Dilaun White ’09, admissions counselor, then announced the winners:
1ST PRIZE—$400 and Audience Choice—$50 for “The school your school could look like,” by Kailyn Baum ’12 of Hudsonville, Michigan; Stephanie DeJong ’11 of Ripon, California; Caleb Hamstra ’12 of Palos Park, Illinois; Jenna VanDyk ’12 of Tinley Park, Illinois; and Jeremy Wetter ’12 of Pella, Iowa
2ND PRIZE—$250 “Momentum for Life,” by Melissa Conrad ’14 of Hawthorn Woods, Illinois
3RD PRIZE—$150 “Diversity,” by Jon Borr ’11 of Holland, Michigan
“My friends and I had fun with the entire process, from writing the short script, to filming and editing,” said Baum. “We were fortunate to have a member of our team who was willing to do each piece. It was fun to have everyone on board and involved.”
Fellow filmmaker VanDyk said, “It was a great way to have fun and to get involved in trying to recruit new students. Everyone’s videos were fantastic, and I can’t wait to see the talent from other students in the coming years.”
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.
By adding this minor to the academic program, Trinity is helping to lead the effort toward diversity in Christian higher education and in the Chicago area. The College is one of five members of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU) and one of 18 local colleges to offer such a program.
The idea for the program came to Dr. David Brodnax, associate professor of history, while driving to campus. “Being a person of faith, I would say it was divine inspiration,” said Brodnax.
That moment of inspiration led to discussions with colleagues and a proposal for an interdisciplinary minor that combines classes from five other departments, including one new course, Jazz History.
The Black Studies program will benefit the College by increasing students’ knowledge of black culture, helping them develop their ability to view the world from multiple perspectives, and further enabling Trinity to carry out its commitment to diversity.
Over the last few years, the enrollment in courses such as African American history, African history, and black cinema has included students from various racial backgrounds and academic programs. Brodnax anticipates that the Black Studies minor will see the same level of diversity in its participants.
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.”
The Southwest Symphony Orchestra (SSO), headquartered in Oak Lawn, Illinois, is a group of approximately 60 active members and is directed by David Crane.
Illinois MAP grant filing deadline EXTENDED to Friday, March 25!
The Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC) has announced that they are now going to extend the deadline for applications for 2011-12 Monetary Award Program (MAP) grants through the end of business on Friday, March 25, 2011.
ISAC is extending the deadline of March 20, 2011 that was announced last Thursday, March 17.
If you plan to be enrolled next fall as an undergraduate student at Trinity Christian College or any college or university in the state of Illinois, you must complete your FAFSA by 5 p.m. CDT this Friday, March 25, to be considered for up to $4,718 in state aid. Please note that filing your FAFSA before the deadline does not guarantee that you will receive these funds. You are urged to not wait until the final hours before the new March 25 "end of business" deadline to file as this announcement affects a significant number of students in the state of Illinois.
I heard the deadline was March 20. What changed?
ISAC extended the deadline for filing over this past weekend. One of the contributing factors cited in the ISAC announcement was the fact that the FAFSA website was offline for maintenance several hours on Sunday, March 20.
Haven’t filed your 2010 taxes yet?
You can still complete the FAFSA and qualify for the MAP grant. Simply indicate “Will File” on your FAFSA and enter your 2009 tax information. You may update your information when your 2010 taxes are complete.
Is there a separate application for the Illinois MAP grant?
No. When you file the FAFSA, eligibility for the MAP grant will be evaluated without having to file a separate form.
Isn't the March 25 deadline still earlier than it has been in the past?
Yes. The March 25 suspension date is the earliest in MAP history. It is the result of an unprecedented number of early applicants.
Does this affect my Spring 2011 semester Illinois MAP grant?
No. If you have been awarded a MAP grant for the Spring 2011 semester, this is not in jeopardy. Trinity expects to receive payment for the Spring 2011 MAP funds from the state of Illinois in the summer of 2011.
Financial Aid Office
Trinity Christian College
6601 W. College Dr.
Palos Heights, IL 60463
www.trnty.edu | 866.874.6463
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.
“Having Big Daddy Weave, Luminate, and Chris Sligh on Trinity’s campus was such a memorable event,” said Emily Smith ’04, campaign gifts manager at Trinity. “The whole night was filled with worship, fellowship, and another story to tell of God’s working through people at Trinity.”
The concert was hosted by Trinity’s Development department with proceeds from the ticket sales benefiting the Trinity Fund. The Trinity Fund supplements funding for academic enrichment, scholarships, and facilities maintenance.
“I saw nothing but smiles on the faces of those who came to the show, as well as the band members who were able to talk about their music ministry with their fans,” said Nate Laning ’06, Trinity Fund coordinator. “I’m extremely excited to do a concert again next year to benefit the students of Trinity.”
The College wishes to thank the following event sponsors: Schepel Auto Group; Amber Mechanical Contractors, Inc.; Dutch Farms, Inc.; Oak Worth Plumbing, Providence Life Services; ProviNET Solutions; and Total Automation Concepts, Inc.
The band’s Love Come to Life Tour is presented by World Vision.
Photographs courtesy of Marketing and Communications Student Photographer Jesse VanMaanen ’12
March 20: FAFSA deadline for 2011-12 Illinois MAP Grants!
Trinity Christian College has just been informed by the Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC) that they will be suspending the 2011-12 Monetary Award Program (MAP) grants for all students whose 2011-2012 FAFSA is received after 11:59 p.m. Sunday, March 20, 2011.
If you plan to be enrolled next fall as an undergraduate student at Trinity Christian College or any college or university in the state of Illinois, you must complete your FAFSA by 11:59 p.m. this Sunday, March 20, to be considered for up to $4,718 in state aid. Please note that filing your FAFSA before the deadline does not guarantee that you will receive these funds.
You should be aware that the FAFSA website will be conducting some scheduled maintenance that may cause intermittent outages from 5 a.m. (CDT) on Saturday until 10 a.m. (CDT) Sunday. If you are not able to access the FAFSA website please keep trying. You should have full access on Sunday after 10 a.m. (CDT).
Haven’t filed your 2010 taxes yet?
You can still complete the FAFSA and qualify for the MAP grant. Simply indicate “Will File” on your FAFSA and enter your 2009 tax information. You may update your information when your 2010 taxes are complete.
Is there a separate application for the Illinois MAP grant?
No. When you file the FAFSA, eligibility for the MAP grant will be evaluated without having to file a separate form.
Why was the deadline moved up?
The March 21 suspension date, which is the earliest in MAP history, is the result of an unprecedented number of early applicants.
Does this affect my Spring 2011 semester Illinois MAP grant?
No. If you have been awarded a MAP grant for the Spring 2011 semester, this is not in jeopardy. Trinity expects to receive payment for the Spring 2011 MAP funds from the state of Illinois in the summer of 2011.
Financial Aid Office
Trinity Christian College
6601 W. College Dr.
Palos Heights, IL 60463
www.trnty.edu | 866.874.6463
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.
Special Olympics provides year-round sports training and athletic competition for children and adults with cognitive disabilities, according to the organization’s website.
Conrad and approximately 500 others made the freezing jump as participants in the “Polar Plunge,” an annual event for Special Olympics Wisconsin that happens at various locations throughout the state. She learned of the event through a friend and took the opportunity to fundraise and ‘plunge’ with 17 other college students in her group.
“Being involved with the program has really taught me to be very conscious when it comes to taking life for granted,” said Conrad. “It’s reinforced that every day and every gift I have is precious and has shown me that there are so many ways to get involved with helping others in need.”
Conrad was able to raise $95, adding to her team’s total of $1,165.
“From this experience, I’ve learned two things – one being that jumping into a freezing-cold lake in the middle of winter is in fact as crazy as it sounds,” she said. “The second lesson is this: doing that crazy thing to raise money and awareness and give those who may not otherwise have an opportunity to participate in the Special Olympics was worth every second of not being able to feel my toes.”
Hundreds Attend Watoto Children’s Choir Performance: Photogallery
The choir is made up of more than 20 Ugandan orphans who are among the 2 million children left parentless because of war and disease. The choir has traveled all over the world since its beginning in 1994 to raise awareness and funds for the Watoto organization.
The enthusiastic 90-minute performance included singing, dancing, and testimonies of the children, who shared their stories of tragedy turned to hope through Christ. The audience of students, faculty, staff, and families from surrounding communities were on their feet during one song, clapping and dancing as they worshipped along with the choir.
“It was incredible to hear their testimonies of hope and see the pure joy in their faces and in their performance,” said Becky Vanderzee ’12 of Dyer, Indiana. “It was a powerful reminder to me to find hope in my relationship with God on a daily basis.”
Christine Carter ’12 of Wheaton, Illinois, led the audience in prayer before a free-will offering was taken by the campus organization Acting on Aids. The event was hosted by Student Activities.
The children and their caregivers were welcomed into the homes of professors, staff members, community members, and other friends of the College after the concert to rest for the night. Their Midwest tour began in September and ends this month.
For more information about Watoto, visit www.watoto.com.
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.
The American Bach Society, founded in 1972, is designed to “support the study, performance, and appreciation” of Bach’s music in the United States and Canada, according to the Society’s website. Peters currently serves as the secretary-treasurer for the Society.
The William H. Scheide Research Grant is awarded once every two years to a Society member wanting to research Bach or others in his circle. Peters, and Markus Rathey, an associate professor of music history at Yale University’s School of Music, are the 2011 grant recipients.
Peters will spend three weeks in Berlin, where he plans to focus his current research on the settings of the Magnificat text in German. His submitted abstract states he will be “exploring the textual, liturgical, theological, and musical aspects of the ‘Meine Seele’ from Luther’s liturgical reforms to the cantatas of J.S. Bach and his contemporaries.”
The final goal of this research is a monograph titled “The German Magnificat from Martin Luther to J.S. Bach.”
Learn more about Dr. Peters.
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).
The VanSchepens’ trip this past January through PICI took them to the southern part of India. There they helped provide basic medical services through the local Christian churches. Having access to services through the nearby churches allows members of the community to not only receive necessities like eyewear and medication, but also introduces them to the pastors.
While Jim fitted hundreds of people for reading glasses during the week, Debbie dispensed basic cough and intestinal medications. Debbie serves as director of the Flossmoor Family Care Center at Ingalls Memorial Hospital and has a background as a pharmacy technician.
The group of volunteers served more than 700 people during five clinics held in various locations.
Jim said he is thankful for the week of service time Trinity allows employees to take each year.
PICI is an international, non-denominational Christian mission organization. VanSchepen’s former classmate Nick Beezhold ex ’74 serves as executive director at PICI. Beezhold is the husband of Board of Trustees member Bonnie Beezhold ex ’77. For more information on Partners in Christ International, visit www.partnersinchrist-intl.org.
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.
Thomason has been a featured storyteller with NASA and Indian education programs on reservations; Shakespeare’s “Globe Theatre”; NPR’s “Living on Earth” and the BBC’s “My Century”; cross-community programs in Northern Ireland; and powwows, conferences, schools, and libraries.
As Thomason spoke of the Lakota culture passed down through her ancestors, audience members felt involved in the story through her narrative techniques.
“Her detail and description of the stories allowed you to create your own images in your mind,” said Chelsea Schuen ’12 of Ada, Michigan. “My favorite part about [Ms. Thomason] was the humor and emotions she portrayed through the characters.”
Another benefit of hearing Thomason speak was the cultural feature. “I think that having a storyteller visit campus brings a new cultural aspect to Trinity,” said Melissa Conrad ’14 of Hawthorn, Illinois. “We’re so connected to Internet, movies, and cell phones that we rarely think about storytellers for entertainment anymore.”
“I think that Dovie Thomason was a good choice for sharing her story because she could share about her Native American culture,” said Brian Clark ’12 of Wyoming, Michigan. “I like hearing about other cultures, and she was a great representative for a different point of view.”
The annual storytelling event is sponsored by Trinity’s Cultural Affairs Committee.
Student Activities Hosts Ice Skating in Chicago: Photogallery
The event was sponsored by the Student Activities committee, a group on campus “that works to regularly provide students with events,” said the committee’s Chair of Marketing and Advertising Caleb Mulder ’11 of Wheatfield, Indiana.
The goal of events like the one in Chicago is to provide students with entertainment at a low cost, said Bethany Verhage ’11 of Moses Lake, Washington. Verhage serves as the student chair. For $5, students were provided with all-day CTA passes, two hours of private skating, hot chocolate, and Chicago’s famous Garrett’s popcorn.
“My favorite part of the day was watching everyone having so much fun, especially in the midst of all the slipping, sliding, and falling,” said Jenna Brandsen ’12 of Holland, Michigan.
Students often express gratitude towards the hard work of the Student Activities team in making these popular events fun and exciting. “Student Activities works with a sincere, and appreciated, dedication to creating amusing events that are really fun and affordable for students,” said Brandsen.
Student Activities is advised by Troy Schemper, coordinator of student services and residence director for the College’s Village housing.
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. The donation was for Dominguez’s cousin, Rick, a 40-year-old husband and father who was diagnosed in July 2010 with hepatic epithelioid hemangioendothelioma (EHE).
According to the U.S. National Library of Medicine and National Institutes of Health, EHE is a very rare form of cancer with an unknown origin that occurs in the liver and other organs. Dominguez said that in Rick’s case, the tumors were present on both lobes of his liver and required a transplant.
For Dominguez, making the decision to donate part of his liver in hopes of helping his cousin was one where anxiety and hesitation were absent and God’s will was present.
“God spoke in my heart, and I knew I was the one to match,” said Dominguez. “From that moment on, I had no fear about the surgery because God granted me the gift to donate. I knew in my heart that everything would turn out wonderful, and I never doubted my decision at any point.”
The procedure lasted five hours for Dominguez and 10 for his cousin and couldn’t have gone better, said Dominguez, who also noted the positive effects a medical journey like this can have on a family.
“My whole family is much stronger and closer after this experience,” he said. “A few people actually came to know God better after witnessing such a miracle.”
As for Dominguez, the journey has reinforced his belief in the power of faith. “I believe it was a big test for me. I’ve learned faith in God is one of the most powerful tools we can hold onto as Christians.”
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. In the evening, alumni guests joined students and faculty for a performance by the student improv team.
For the 3-on-3 tournament, alumni played in two divisions—advanced and recreational. Winning teams and their players included:
Advanced Division Winners
Eric Lubbers ’99
Scott Pothoven ’97
Chuck Commeret ’05
Recreational Division Winners
Matt Medema ’04
Chris Decker ’03
Luke Post ’04
Rudi Gesch ’04
John Sikkenga ’06
Trinity games against Calumet College
Students Embrace Intentional Community at Koinonia Farm: Photogallery
Eight students, accompanied by Cini Bretzlaff-Holstein, adjunct professor of social work, and Nikki Bruna, social work project coordinator, spent Janurary 7 – 14 at Koinonia Farm. Their days were filled with chapel, service work, meals, and fellowship with each other and with the residents of the farm.
Founded in 1942 by Clarence Jordan, Koinonia Farm is a community of Christians that pray, work, study, and live together. Many social justice-seeking organizations, like Habitat for Humanity and the Georgia Peace and Justice Coalition, are products of Jordan’s intentional community.
“It was inspiring to see the students embrace the idea of being intentional about community,” said Bruna. “This almost immediately fostered a sense of kindness, peace, and commitment to the entire group. This was seen in our interactions with one another, the way we treated those we encountered, and how we approached our work.”
Something students appreciated while practicing intentional community were the evening conversations that followed each day.
“I thoroughly enjoyed the discussion times we processed as a group,” said Sophia Briseno ’13 of Mason City, Illinois. “We all huddled around a small heater or brought blankets and talked about heavy concepts for several hours.”
Bruna said the intentional community and experience of Koinonia Farm is one that encourages students to take home the intentional mentality.
“This Interim allows students to experience firsthand the impact of living in an intentional community and think about what lessons they can bring back and incorporate in their own community,” said Bruna.
Bruna’s desire for post-Interim thought from participating students is evident.
“One question I kept asking and am still working through is, ‘Should you look for a community that will define you, or will you define the community you are in?’” said Briseno.
Serving with Restoration Ministries in Harvey: Photogallery
Students resided and ministered in Harvey, Illinois, at Harvey House and Tabitha House during the two-week Interim in January. Led by Dr. Mary Lynn Colosimo, associate professor of psychology, students participated in multiple programs providing life-changing opportunities to those in the community.
Restoration Ministries offers a free, residential 18-month Christian training program for men and women who have overcome addictions. Other programs include after-school tutoring for children and a prison outreach.
“The biggest impact of this Interim was seeing how much bigger God is,” said Ishael Jedidah Tendero ’13 of Evanston, Illinois. “Hearing testimonies from the Tabitha House women and Harvey House men made me realize God was very present in their lives even when they didn’t have any clue of who he was. It was truly a blessing to see how God is present in every aspect of our lives, in both the dark and light.”
Students spent much of their time working in the Restoration Ministries Thrift Store and tutoring children after school. Other service opportunities involved volunteering at the Greater Chicago Food Depository, distributing food to the homeless in Chicago through Trinity’s Sunday Snacks ministry, and sharing Scripture, music, and testimonies with youth and the elderly.
The group also attended Bible studies, church services, intercessory prayer meetings, and daily devotions at the Spirit of God Fellowship Hall in South Holland, Illinois.
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.
The Christian Student Leadership Conference, sponsored by the National Association of Evangelicals (NAE), is designed to give college students the opportunity to meet with leaders in government and learn how those leaders participate in politics while incorporating their faith, according to NAE’s website. The theme for this year’s conferences was “From Generation to Generation” and focused on issues the United States faces today and will continue to face in the future.
While in D.C. from January 17-21, the students spent most of their time attending briefings given by members of Congress, a Supreme Court justice, presidential staff members, and leaders of public policy firms. Sightseeing and a tour of the U.S. Capitol building guaranteed a packed schedule for the group.
Students made note of how hearing political officials talk about their faith in politics has changed their thinking and inspired them as they continue in their endeavors at Trinity.
“I feel like I have a changed view of politics,” said Kim VanSpronsen, ’13 of Escalon, California. “This trip has encouraged me that I am in the right area of study. I am even more willing to strive to bring Christian values to the area of political science.”
For students pursuing careers in politics or law, the trip to Washington, D.C. provided extra motivation.
“The speakers and events encouraged and inspired me to pursue a career in politics, and this Interim made me think deeply about where I would go after I graduate from Trinity,” said Kelsey Barnett ’12 of Kenosha, Wisconsin.
Students who participated in the Washington, D.C. Interim include:
Kelsey Barnett ’12 of Kenosha, Wisconsin
Dan Carter ’12 of Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin
Jeff Klein ’12 of Homer Glen, Illinois
Allie Leyva ’14 of Chino, California Nate Tameling ’14 of Burr Ridge, Illinois
Kim VanSpronsen ’13 of Escalon, California
Ken Wojnarowski ’13 of Orland Park, Illinois
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.
To read journal entries from the overseas trips and to view photos, visit: Interim Blogs
Students on this year’s Costa Rica Interim, led by Dr. Tom Roose, associate professor of physics and science education, had the opportunity to see and study some of the greatest biodiversity in the world.
“The main highlight of my trip, besides being plunged deep into the lush Costa Rican rainforest, was getting to experience the Costa Rican culture,” said Melissa Conrad ’14 of Hawthorn Woods, Illinois.
“You could tell that people had a deep appreciation for everything and a strong respect for nature, as well as each other.”
Other overseas offerings included service learning in Peru, Jamaica, and Ecuador. Closer to home, students experienced an intentional biblical community in Georgia, participated in the 2011 Christian Student Leadership Conference in Washington, D.C., and ministered at Restoration Ministries in Harvey, Illinois. A variety of other special interest courses were available on campus.
OLS Provides Helping Hand to Students
Office of Learning Services – Because Sometimes Students Need a Helping Hand
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.
“We provide academic resources which enable students to accomplish their goals,” Kwasteniet said.
All services are confidential and free to students. The OLS offers resources such as tutoring and academic coaching to the general student body. Students wondering about a potential learning issue can receive academic counseling and discuss the possibility of a diagnostic evaluation. Students with identified disabilities have the legal right to receive accommodations. The director of the OLS works closely with the student and the student’s professors to devise an individualized accommodation plan which may include things like extended time for testing and utilizing text-to-audio reading systems.
“Trinity’s small size proves beneficial as the OLS facilitates open communication between students and instructors,” Kwasteniet explained. Many of the professors “go above and beyond” in this “highly collaborative process,” she said, noting that Trinity’s faculty understands both the legal and ethical implications of supporting all of their students.
Tutoring and Academic Coaching
The OLS offers tutors, academic coaches, and help through the Writing Center. Students can request tutors for a specific subject or an academic coach to help them prioritize and organize their schedules as well as hold them accountable for their work.
“It’s also for really strong students who want to get the most out of their classes,” Kwasteniet said. The aim is to help students excel in all areas, so they reach their academic goals. She added that it’s not unusual for a student to serve as a tutor in one subject and to seek tutoring in another.
“I think it is also beneficial for the tutors,” said student tutor coordinator Jessica De Young ’13 of Waupun, Wisconsin, “because it gives them a chance to use their strengths in certain subjects to help others learn.”
A new program implemented in fall 2010 is Supplemental Instruction (SI), headed up by Lisa Kuiper, coordinator of student support services. Trained student leaders attend lectures and lead SI group study sessions each week. The leaders act as facilitators to help students process the course material and study more efficiently. SI is currently being offered for Math 151, Biology 205/206, Chemistry 101/102, and Accounting 221/222.
Students who have benefited from the help they received from taking part in the SI program say:
“SI is very helpful, and I would recommend it to anyone – it is nice to get a student perspective from the material. I think I do better in a group session, and it has improved my knowledge of the material.”
“I always came out of SI sessions with a clearer idea and understanding of the material. It was nice to have multiple SI’s a week, as well as [the SI leader] having office hours. I was able to approach my test more relaxed because I had been to SI.”
“[The SI leader] was wonderful! She offered so much help and time to us. She made me feel comfortable and adjusted to everyone’s learning levels and abilities. She definitely was a huge contributing factor to my grades.”
The OLS creates a supportive atmosphere where students can receive free and confidential help. With the number of students taking advantage of the resources steadily increasing each year, the OLS will continue to expand its services.
For a complete list and explanation of all the services provided by the Office of Learning Services, visit http://studentlife.trnty.edu/office-of-learning-services.html.
Director Nancy Kwasteniet explains the help available to students through the Office of Learning Services:
Trek Into the Rainforest of Costa Rica: Photogallery
Led by Dr. Thomas Roose, associate professor of physics and science education, the group of students explored both the rain forest of the lowlands and the cloud forest of the mountains to learn about how the ecology of these regions work and how humans interact with the rainforest.
Although Costa Rica covers only .03 percent of the earth’s surface, this tiny country holds more than 5 percent of all life forms. The Interim team of students, all from varying majors, enjoyed whitewater rafting, zip-lining through the treetops, hiking near an active volcano and in tropical forests, and encountering toucans, sloths, poison dart frogs, iguanas, and other wildlife in their habitats. The students also experienced how global climate change is adversely affecting this unique part of God’s creation.
“My Interim trip to Costa Rica was more amazing than I could have ever imagined,” said Melissa Conrad ’14 of Hawthorn Woods, Illinois.
Conrad said she is passionate about wildlife conservation and sustainability and the trip provided an opportunity for her to experience both firsthand.
“The main highlight of my trip, besides being plunged deep into the lush Costa Rican rainforest, was getting to experience the Costa Rican culture. You could tell that people had a deep appreciation for everything and a very strong respect for nature, as well as each other. Their motto is ‘pura vida’ (pure life), and indeed it is. I would absolutely love to go back.”
Interim is a two-week program in January led by faculty and staff of the College. Special courses and trips are offered on campus, in Chicago, or at destinations in the United States and abroad.
Click here to read Dr. Roose’s Costa Rica Interim blog.
Click here to learn more about Dr. Roose.
Trinity Community Remembers Martin Luther King, Jr.—Photogallery
President Steven Timmermans, Ph.D., opened the evening with an excerpt from a 1962 sermon of King’s, which was followed by a scripture reading from senior Edmond Mensah of Chicago. The celebration continued as Dr. David Brodnax, Sr., assistant professor of history, gave a presentation called “Reflections on Music and the Civil Rights Movement,” and the Trinity Gospel Choir performed a selection of songs.
The evening focused on the roles music and the Bible played in King’s life and activism.
“Music played an important role in the civil rights movement,” said Brodnax. “Although Dr. King has been gone for over 40 years, the songs of his civil rights movement live on.
“The songs of the civil rights movement inspire us to think differently,” added James Palmore, director of the Gospel Choir. “Social justice songs took on a biblical proportion.”
Senior Velvet Woods of Chicago also read from a speech King gave in 1967. Afterwards, attendees viewed a video commemorating King’s life. The video was created by Audio Visual Coordinator Dave Jousma and junior Justin James of Riverside, Illinois.
The evening concluded with closing remarks and prayer offered by Don Woo, dean for ethnic diversity and multicultural programs, who related the passage of 2 Corinthians 5:17–6:2 and the life of King to God’s call of Christians today.
“God did not call us to be comfortable,” Woo said. “He called us to make a difference.”
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.
Origami is not only a hobby for Moore, it is an instructional strategy she encourages future teachers to use in their classrooms. She also teaches origami to both education and non-education majors during Trinity’s two-week Interim in January.
The Interim class provides an opportunity for students to develop a new and exciting hobby and to gain insight into incorporating paper-folding into classes and other group activities. Students are also required to teach someone else the models that they have learned at three different points during the two week
For nursing major Caroline Klingbeil ’14 of Chesterton, Indiana, the class was her first experience with origami. Klingbeil constructed a swan with 430 strips of paper.
“I’ve never done anything like this before. It was a lot of fun, and it’s definitely something I’ll keep doing for enjoyment in the future,” she said.
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 addition, she will introduce service learning into the curriculum and research how service learning enriches the experience of teacher.
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.
She was the daughter of Michael and Janice (Newsted) McComb, of Pleasant Prairie. Giselle grew up in Kenosha, Wisconsin, attending Christian Life High School and was currently a senior at Trinity. She is survived by her parents; her two brothers, Jonathan McComb and Kendrick McComb, both of Pleasant Prairie; and her sister, Kaci McComb of Pleasant Prairie. She is further survived by one grandmother, one grandfather, and other relatives and friends.
Giselle was pursuing a double major in psychology and criminal justice at Trinity. She served as the president of the College’s Criminal Justice Club. She was currently working hand-in-hand with the Cook County Sheriff’s office to develop a program in which young offenders were given information about turning their lives around through education, with an emphasis on helping these young offenders earn a high school diploma and continue in their education at the college level. Giselle had just been accepted into graduate school to study forensic psychology.
Visitation and the funeral service were held on Sunday, January 2, 2011, at the Proko Funeral Home in Kenosha, Wisconsin. In lieu of flowers, memorials to the family would be greatly appreciated. Visit Giselle’s Online Memorial Book at www.prokofuneralhome.com.
The Trinity community will remember Giselle during chapel at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, January 26.
Please uphold the family in your prayers.
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.
DeKruyter was one of the 10 men who served on the Christian Junior College Committee formed in 1953 to study the feasibility of establishing a Christian junior college in the Chicagoland area. Those early meetings paved the way for the formation of Trinity, first as a two-year institution and eventually a four-year, baccalaureate-degree granting college.
DeKruyter served as the committee’s chairman and later as chairman of the Board of Trustees. On many occasions he addressed meetings of classes and other organizations to gain support for the college movement.
“That was our assignment,” DeKruyter reminisced during a 2009 interview for Trinity’s 50th anniversary. “I felt very responsible for getting the Chicagoland people involved in something like this.”
In 2009, DeKruyter began the 50th Jubilee anniversary celebration with a campus chapel message for students, faculty, and staff on October 2. He then offered the invocation at the Jubilee formal dinner and program at Navy Pier.
In another recent demonstration of his ongoing devotion to the College, DeKruyter donated his personal pastoral library, which will be housed in the Dutch Heritage Center of the Jennie Huizenga Memorial Library and will provide access to works of relevance for pastors as well as Trinity faculty and students.
DeKruyter is survived by his daughter Lucette and son-in-law Thomas Bamford; his grandsons Tab (Kristin) and Arthur; and his great-grandchildren Thomas and Robert. He was preceded in death by his wife Gladys.
Arrangements as published on the website of Christ Church of Oak Brook are as follows:
Visitation with the family will be held at Christ Church of Oak Brook on Tuesday, January 18, from 3 to 5 p.m. and from 7 to 9 p.m.
A private burial will be conducted on Wednesday morning, attended by family and invited guests only.
A memorial service will be held in the sanctuary on Wednesday, January 19, at 7 p.m. This service will also be broadcast live on the church’s website at www.cc-ob.tv. A reception will follow the memorial service in the fellowship hall. All are invited.
For more information, visit: http://www.cc-ob.org/dekruyter/
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.
Rebecca and her husband Ryan are currently teaching at El Camino Academy in Bogotá, Colombia, where Rebecca did her student teaching while enrolled as a Spanish education major at Trinity. She also minored in English-as-a-Second Language (ESL), and since approximately 85 percent of the students are learning English as a second—or even third or fourth—language, the experience proved to provide excellent experiential learning for the future teacher.
This initial student teaching experience also planted the seed for Rebecca to return to Bogotá with husband Ryan a month after they were married in June 2010.
“We knew we needed to go where we could serve but at the same time receive a lot of support, as this is our first year of marriage, and we are both first-year teachers,” said Rebecca. “Because I had student taught at El Camino, I knew that this would be a school where we could grow together and gain experience in a supportive Christian environment.”
Ryan teaches Bible class for grades 5-8, and he serves as the middle school chaplain. Rebecca teaches language arts and social studies for 6th grade, and she provides ESL support in the middle school.
El Camino Academy
El Camino Academy started as a school solely for missionary children, but has grown so that now mostly Colombian students attend. None of Rebecca’s students speak English as their first language.
“I’m always teaching them new vocabulary and answering questions like, ‘How do you say…?’ I’m so glad that I learned Spanish, not only because I can translate for students when necessary, but also because I know what it’s like to learn a second language, and I can identify with their struggles.”
One of the school’s main focuses is ministry. The goal is for students to take what they’ve learned at the school and use it to serve God and to serve people wherever they go.
“We’ve gone with our classes to after-school programs, orphanages, and other ministries,” said Rebecca. “It’s great to see God working through our students.”
Many opportunities at Trinity prepared Rebecca well for her work abroad.
“My experience at Trinity was very rich and full,” she said.
Rebecca spent a semester in Spain and a semester student teaching off campus. Her involvement in Trinity’s Semester in Spain program reinforced her language skills so that she arrived in Bogotá able to communicate in Spanish. In addition to the two months student teaching at El Camino, Rebecca’s second student teaching experience was in a dual-immersion 3rd grade classroom in Blue Island, Illinois, where she taught in both Spanish and English.
During her capstone project for the College’s Honors Program, Rebecca conducted a study on the experience of students with English as a second language on Trinity’s campus. She discovered how language and cultural differences affect the learning and social lives of multilingual students.
Continuing the work
“We love our friends in Bogotá, most of who are teachers at the school. We like the fresh fruits and vegetables. We like looking out our apartment windows and seeing the mountains. We like walking and taking public transportation everywhere and being amongst Bogotanos. We love our students and their families– they’ve really helped us feel at home,” said Rebecca.
The McKeevers plan to work in Bogotá for the next two years. They work as volunteers in order to subsidize the cost of education for the missionary and ministry families who attend El Camino. Although the school provides a stipend, which covers rent, the couple depends on funds from supporters in the United States.
“We have to trust God to take what he’s begun in our students and what he’s begun in us and carry it on to completion.”
For more information, visit the McKeevers’ blog at http://rrmckvr.weebly.com.
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.
Belstra, a certified public accountant with nearly 20 years of experience in the finance industry, will serve as the chief financial officer of the College. As a member of the president’s administrative council, he represents the division of the College which includes financial and business operations, human resources, and auxiliary operations.
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.
The choir is made up of 22 Ugandan orphans who are among the 2 million children who have lost parents to war and disease.
At its first appearance at Trinity in 2007, the choir attracted nearly 700 visitors to the Ozinga Chapel. Audience members enjoyed the musical and dance gifts of these children and also heard testimonies of how God had rescued them from hopelessness.
What is “Watoto”?
- In Swahili it means “children.”
- It is also an organization that has been rescuing Ugandan children orphaned by AIDS and civil war and meeting their physical, emotional, educational, and spiritual needs.
- It is an event that helps these children while simultaneously sharing God’s message of restoration and renewal with students, faculty, staff, and the community.
For more information about Watoto, visit: http://www.watoto.com/home.
Click here to see a video of the Watoto choir performing in Los Angeles with Chris Tomlin.
Click here to listen to the choir sing “Cast Your Burdens Unto Jesus”
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.
With an associate’s degree from Fox College, she had no expectation of furthering her education. Aggen was inspired and began to rethink her educational future as she observed Lori Scrementi ’00, director of the Adult Studies program, balance her career, her family, and her pursuit of her doctoral degree.
“When I saw that Lori could do it, I thought maybe I could as well,” said Aggen. “Once I mentioned it to her, she was very encouraging. I also had lots of support at home,” said Aggen. So in September 2008, Aggen entered the Adult Studies business program.
While going through the program, Aggen, who serves as the student relations coordinator in the department, was able to share her first-hand knowledge of the program with prospective students.
“I can really empathize with their obligations of family and work, because I have the same demands on my time. But when they hear that I am able to work through the program, it encourages them,” she said.
With aspirations of teaching college, Aggen took a week off when the program ended in August 2010 and then began a master’s degree program at Gonzaga University. “I feel very prepared for the program. The high expectations at Trinity in reading and writing have served me well in the next level of my education.”
Aggen walked in the graduation ceremony in December 2010 with the rest of her Adult Studies cohort. Her family and co-workers were present to help her celebrate this milestone.
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.
“One day it hit me,” he said. “I am a young Christian with time and strength to serve. Why not serve people abroad?” His objective was to be a Christian not by saying it, but by living it. Following months of prayer and conversations with friends from the Trinity community and his family, he signed up.
Hurt arrived in Mongolia in early June 2010 for training and in August was officially sworn in as a volunteer serving the next two years. He currently resides in Muren, Mongolia, where he is a primary teacher at Ereedwee, also known as Future 21 School. Because of his educational background, Hurt is able to teach in a classroom setting as well as train fellow teachers. He is one of nine foreign language teachers serving in the area and works with grades 4-11.
Hurt’s work extends far beyond his teaching as he engages with the community around him. Along with his fellow volunteers, he hosts the “English Corner” for local adults and interested students and offers private music lessons to a few of the local community members.
As Hurt reaches out to his surrounding community, he feels God’s call to Mongolia is confirmed. This incredible journey has led Hurt to a family that has been serving in Mongolia for 16 years. He has been blessed with the opportunity to offer guidance and understanding in worship leadership with two of the eldest children.
“God knows what he is doing all the time,” Hurt said.
While at Trinity, Hurt earned his bachelor’s degree in music education, K-12 choral emphasis, and was involved in numerous extracurricular activities, including the Campus Ministry Leadership Team, Outcry, Gospel Choir, Organization of African American Unity, and Brother 2 Brother.
Despite several opportunities presented to Hurt after graduation, God’s call held firm in his heart. “His plans always supersede our expectations and dreams,” said Hurt.
2010 December Commencement: Photogallery
Families and friends of the graduates gathered in the Ozinga Chapel Auditorium to witness the presentation of the diplomas by Provost Liz Rudenga and to hear the commencement address of Dr. Sharon Robbert, dean for academic planning and effectiveness and professor of mathematics.
In her address “You Must Remember This,” Robbert pointed out that although most people don’t always recall the messages delivered by commencement speakers, Trinity students would always remember their particular Trinity experience.
“Trinity Christian College is a community of Christian scholarship committed to shaping lives and transforming culture.”
Unpacking Trinity’s statement of identity and purpose, Robbert spoke about how each aspect—community, Christian scholarship, and the commitment to shape lives and transform culture—pertained to the student experience.
As she spoke about the shaping of students’ lives during their educational journey, Robbert said, “God’s hand has been actively shaping each of you through experiences at Trinity so that you might be prepared for kingdom work next week, next year, and in the next decades to come.”
The invocation was delivered by Dr. John Hoekstra, director of Adult Studies Education; the song of response and the song of prayer were sung by the Trinity Gospel Choir; and the commencement litany was led by Adult Studies graduate, Sandra Aggen, administrative assistant in the Adult Studies department.
You Must Remember This—
2010 December Commencement Address, Dr. Sharon Robbert
President Timmermans, Provost Rudenga, faculty, staff, graduates, family and friends:
It is an honor to be able to speak to you today, but an honor that I take with a grain of salt. This is because the premise of my words to you today is that no one ever remembers the content of a commencement address. I’ve personally attended at least 30 graduation ceremonies, and I have at best only vague memories of these commencement speeches. An informal poll of a few colleagues who have attended more of these ceremonies than I shows that I am not alone. At best, attendees of graduation ceremonies remember the person who spoke when something out of the ordinary happens—usually these are bad things, like when the speaker trips on the way to the podium or mispronounces the name of the president. So why is it that no one remembers what the address is about? There are several reasons that might be contributing factors, all of which make this address a particularly challenging experience for me. Here are some that might be distracting you from paying attention right now:
- You might be worried about standing, sitting, walking, wearing your mortarboard, or accepting your diploma case at the right time.
- You might be more interested in the concept of a graduation ceremony than the particulars of this one.
- You have never seen me before and don’t anticipate seeing me again, so why listen, much less remember something that is said now 10 minutes after the ceremony is complete?
- You might need a break from brain exercise because you just finished exams or grading the last set of papers from your student teaching internship.
- But maybe the problem is that you have a poor view. Did you know that the typical location for Trinity faculty members is in the front few rows of the auditorium? I usually sit pretty close to the photographer—front and center of the first row. In this location, I get a splendid view of the feet and footwear of the platform party and graduates. At last May’s ceremony, strappy sandals replaced flip-flops for graduate attire, in case you were curious.
Even though there are reasons why you might not remember, you probably have direct experience with tools to aid memory. Remembering facts and issues is particularly important during college years. You may have used a mnemonics device. To spell geography, I learned “George Eliot’s Oldest Grandfather Rode a Pig Home Yesterday” back in elementary school. Maybe you used creative visualization, where you mentally placed important facts in a location in the testing room for recall during testing. Some people rely on muscle memory for learning terminology or shooting a basketball or striking a soccer ball or playing a complicated run on the piano, but this requires long hours of practice. Other memory tricks include using color for note-taking or singing concepts as the lyrics to a familiar tune. “Is-am-are-was-were-be-been are the linking verbs.” I learned that song from my sixth grade teacher, Mrs. Fairbanks, but I’m still not certain why it was important to know which verbs were linking verbs.
The need for memory tools is not new to the 21st century—memory tools are even identified in the Old Testament! Back in the days of the infant Israelite nation, God knew that his people would have trouble with their memory in spite of the dramatic events in their history. God told his people to tie the Shema “Hear O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one” to their hands and foreheads and write this same phrase on their doorposts to help them remember.
So, if you aren’t going to remember this address, what must you remember? Not the specifics of this address and certainly not the speaker. I believe that you must remember what is important about your particular Trinity experience. Here are some things to consider, centered around Trinity’s one-line statement of identity and purpose. “Trinity Christian College is a community of Christian scholarship committed to shaping lives and transforming culture.”
First, Trinity is a community. Who made up the community for your Trinity experience? I imagine that you would include fellow students in your class or cohort, friends in major classes, teammates, roommates, professors, and academic advisors. You may even include the chaplain, RAs, RDs, and other staff members who have made a difference for you—those who serve coffee or prepare meals or clean the buildings or fix computers or take tuition payments—these people all have contributed to your Trinity experience. So this is something I would put on the list of items that you must remember. What memory tools can help you remember these people and the Trinity community as a whole? Unfortunately there is no Trinity school song to bind us together, a song like “As Time Goes By” that we can ask Sam from the film Casablanca to play for us. But Trinity does have one distinctive item that can represent our community well: our school mascot, the Troll. I’ve brought one today as a visual aid to your memory. So try to think of your particular community as a collection of Trolls—friendly blue trolls like this one.
Next, Trinity is a community of Christian scholarship. Two words here need unpacking: Christian and scholarship. At Trinity, these two words are linked together through the particular slant on higher education that is present on this campus. On this campus we are committed to infusing a Christian view into what we learn and the way in which we learn.
One familiar component of the Christian view at Trinity is the creation-fall-redemption-new creation motif. The very building in which this ceremony is occurring is designed to help remember these components. Of the four stained glass windows planned for this building, three are installed: the Creation window is in the recital hall on the north end of the building, the Redemption window is in the Grand Lobby on the south side, and the recently installed Restoration window is located above the doors on the east side of the building. The window to represent the Fall has yet to be installed. The designs of these windows provide a reminder of who is in charge and to help us identify our place and purpose in God’s creation. Did you know that this building is designed in the shape of a cross? In the physical construction of this building, the cross of our redeemer Jesus Christ links these four themes of Christian worldview. After the graduation ceremony is complete, I encourage you to take the time to look at each of these beautiful stained glass windows.
Now for the second part. In each discipline at Trinity, the subject that you have studied has intentional connection to these themes and to other themes important to a Christian worldview. For example, all persons have value because they are created in the image of God, so future teachers are taught that they have a responsibility to teach all students whether they learn concepts easily or need an IEP (an individual educational plan) to facilitate their learning. Or, if you prefer, we know that we are co-creators with Christ as we make and redeem culture, and with this comes the responsibility of the creation mandate to care for the world. So we study the impact the construction of athletic fields has on the population of snakes in the adjoining woods. We also know that God created the world with inherent order and structure, so in mathematics we study the patterns that we see in creation and marvel that following a logical structure in our models accurately predicts patterns in weather and cell development. I could add more, but you get the idea. So what if we put glasses on our Troll and make him look a bit more academic and better represent the Christian scholarship portion of Trinity’s purpose statement?
Third, Trinity is a community of Christian scholarship committed to shaping lives. Experiences at Trinity have molded you into the person God needs you to be for your vocation. What experiences do you remember having the most impact? Did you have a time where you worked on a project for a course and you were particularly proud of the results? What about experiences in a culminating internship like student teaching—was there a particular lesson that you enjoyed teaching and your students enjoyed learning? For some of you, living on your own for the first time has played a huge role in who you are today and who you will be in the future. But even if you didn’t live in campus housing, you have very likely been changed through your experiences with others—both in academic and in co-curricular settings at Trinity. Maybe that was through a course field trip to a city art exhibit or maybe it was at a project team meeting with other students at the BBC or maybe it was at a chapel service or maybe it was through a service-learning project for a course or through volunteer hours at an organization that provides services to the needy. All of these things, both the academic and co-curricular, have prepared you in ways that you might not yet even identify. As God told the Israelites in Jeremiah 29:11 while they were being punished through their captivity and exile in Babylon: “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” God’s hand has been actively shaping each of you through experiences at Trinity so that you might be prepared for kingdom work next week, next year, and in the next decades to come. Let’s give our Troll a carabiner and a tiny book so that we can remember that he has and must continue to shape his muscles—biceps and brain—for vocation work.
Finally, Trinity is a community of Christian scholarship committed to shaping lives and transforming culture. Transforming culture is a huge task, one that is not complete in four short years or 22 months of academic experiences. Have you heard the phrase “pay it forward?” The concept of “pay it forward” is parallel but opposite to that of “pay back,” as in slugging your brother when he teases you. To “pay it forward” means that once energy or good will or learning is invested in a person that this person in turn has the responsibility to pass that same thing on to other people. God blesses those he loves with the understanding that through us, all of creation will be blessed. As heirs of Abraham, we are “blessed to be a blessing” (Genesis 12:2). With the help of the Holy Spirit, Trinity has invested knowledge, love, community, and culture in you. And, by the help of the Holy Spirit, you now have the responsibility to pay this investment forward through your engagement with the world outside of Trinity. This part is what you have been preparing to do. Through your career; with your family, friends, and coworkers; and in your community you are called to redeem the world for Christ. My hope is that your experiences at Trinity have opened your eyes to the ways in which you might be an agent to transform culture—whether it is through political action or church service or developing a new business or graduate school study or creating art or teaching children—all of these things can build to the transformation of culture with and for Christ. Our poor little Troll already has too much to carry, but maybe he can stand on a Bible to help us remember that the community of Trolls needs the foundation of the Trinity—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit—to pay forward the blessings that God has given us.
So, will you remember this commencement address? Probably not. But hopefully, you will remember this little Troll and the things with him—the glasses he wears to represent Christian scholarship, the carabiner and book to represent the ways you’ve been shaped, and a Bible to represent the task God has already laid out for you in the future.
May God bless you and your loved ones as you leave Trinity and go into service in the Kingdom of God!
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.
The program provided an evening of worship with Christmas songs, Scripture readings, and performances by the Concert Choir, Honors Ensemble, Gospel Choir, Wind Ensemble, and String Ensemble.
“I believe that our message of hope as sung and played on Saturday made a difference for good in people’s lives,” said Dr. Helen Van Wyck, professor of music and director of choral activities. “For many, this wonderful and growing tradition marks the beginning of their Christmas celebrations, and I’m so glad we have built an audience that keeps coming back.”
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.
The Coalition had been working to support a bill to raise income taxes in the state of Illinois to help provide educational programs and social service providers to those in need. Social work students stepped in to help and utilize this hands-on learning experience.
After advocating throughout campus, presenting the petition, and gaining support, seniors Erin Nykamp of Holland, Michigan; Gina Smith of Tinley Park, Illinois; and Danielle Swenson of Milaca, Minnesota, arranged a trip for the social work students to lobby the bill in Springfield, Illinois.
On November 18, students traveled to Springfield where they learned the process of lobbying firsthand. Meeting with representatives, the students had the unique opportunity to promote the bill.
“This was a good learning experience for me on advocacy, because I have never had to represent a petition before, and we were required to convince people to sign in support of this bill,” Nykamp said.
While there, students sat in on an assembly meeting for the Illinois House of Representatives, giving them another chance to see and understand the process of advocacy in a government setting.
“The trip to Springfield allowed our class to better understand the state legislative process,” said Alyssa Mulder ’11 of Fox Lake, Wisconsin. “It was interesting to find out how much access we actually have to our representatives. Even though they are busy, they still take time to meet with their constituents to hear about issues that are impacting the people in their district.”
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.
Wydra, a theology and philosophy major who plans to attend law school after graduation, felt blessed to be chosen as this year’s laureate.
The Lincoln Academy’s Student Laureate Awards are presented for excellence in curricular and extracurricular activities to seniors from each of the four-year, degree granting colleges and universities in Illinois.
During his four years at Trinity, Wydra, a Founders Scholar, has served as a freshmen representative— and this year as the vice president—for Student Association; a First Year Forum mentor; and a criterion team member involved with preparation for the College’s recent Higher Learning Commission accreditation visit. He has been active in Trinprov, a student improv group, and currently works as one of the graphic designers for Trinfo, Trinity’s digital signage program. Off-campus, Wydra has served as an intern with Calvary Church’s high school youth group in Orland Park, Illinois.
Of his time at Trinity, Wydra said he has enjoyed forming relationships with his professors. “They all care so deeply about the subjects they teach, and I can never thank them enough for what they have given to me,” he said.
“I have also deeply enjoyed getting to know the other students at Trinity and am blessed to call so many of them my friends,” said Wydra. “This place is truly my home away from home, and I will miss it dearly when I head off to law school next fall.”
At the convocation, Wydra received a Student Laureate Medallion, along with an honorarium check and certificate of achievement.
The Lincoln Academy, unique among the 50 states, was established 46 years ago to honor Illinois’ most distinguished citizens with the state’s highest award, the Order of Lincoln. The 47th Annual Convocation and Investiture of Laureates of the Lincoln Academy of Illinois will take place Saturday, April 16, 2011, at the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts at the University of Illinois in Urbana.
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. The major changes will be a pedagogical shift to an apprenticeship model at the junior level and an emphasis, at the sophomore level, on writing and reading as social practices.
Currently, English students present several papers at a regional undergraduate English conference each year. The new curriculum is designed to help students become more comfortable making strong claims, supporting them, and fielding questions.
“We want our students to become more comfortable as Christians engaging in both kinds of discourse, academic and civic,” said Dr. Michael Vander Weele ’73, chair of the English department.
At the sophomore level, the changes will increase the emphasis on literature and society by engaging students in Chicago events and activities that relate to their courses.
At the junior-senior level, faculty will apprentice students in the ways of academic debate. Students will observe how their faculty mentors set up and pursue a question and then practice doing so themselves. In this tutorial setting, 4-5 students will meet with a professor and participate in the meaningful give and take of academic discourse.
Although the new curriculum will offer fewer course options, each course will be offered every year, rather than alternating years as with the current curriculum. This change will also make registration and course scheduling easier for students and will deepen faculty engagement with the course topics.
What are the main benefits to students?
- Guided practice in academic discourse
- Increased engagement in Chicago resources to help reflect on literature’s role in society
- Ease in planning a Trinity English major
- Better preparation for graduate school, careers, and civic discourse through the opportunity to practice the give and take of academic debate
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.
Chicago Humanities Festival
Students and faculty in the English department attended the Chicago Humanities Festival on Saturday, November 6, where they were given the opportunity to support, enjoy, and explore the humanities. The trip was organized by Kailyn Baum ’12 of Hudsonville, Michigan, who serves as the Intellectual Activities Coordinator for the English department.
Students saw an interview with Lady Antonia Fraser, author of acclaimed historical works and international best sellers Mary Queen of Scots and Marie Antoinette. She is a recipient of many literary awards and the widow of playwright Harold Pinter.
“We thought the event would be something a lot of students would be interested in, and it turned out to spark some interest in learning more about Harold Pinter,” said Baum.
Oak Park Performance Center
Their interest piqued by Fraser’s interview at the Humanities Festival, students attended Harold Pinter’s drama “Betrayal” at the Performance Center in Oak Park, Illinois, on Wednesday, November 10.
“It was a fabulous play, and I believe that we all had a good time at both events,” Baum said.
Pinter is a Nobel, Tony, and Olivier Award winner and an influential playwright in the English language.
Streamlines: An Undergraduate Conference Celebrating Language, Literature, and Writing
Seniors Bethany (Kerr) Eizenga of Joliet, Illinois, and Monica Brands of Palos Heights presented their papers at the regional conference Streamlines, the third annual undergraduate conference for language, literature, and writing on Saturday, November 13.
The conference was held in Dubuque, Iowa, and hosted by Clarke University, Loras College, and University of Dubuque. The conference offered an opportunity for undergraduate students at regional colleges and universities to share scholarship and creativity.
Eizenga shared her paper “Victims of Sexual Repression in Measure for Measure and The Changeling.” Brands offered “‘Rime of the Ancient Mariner’ and the Healing of the Artist.”
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.
Recently, rather than entering their normal classroom, students at the Tinley Park, Illinois, high school took part in Rybak’s Ellis Island simulation, a project Rybak knew would bring their unit on immigration to life. Students were assigned a character, based on a ship’s manifest, and were required to create their own passports.
Students took their roles seriously, some dressing for their “parts” and attempting to speak with accents as they visited the various stations where they would receive identification tags, undergo questioning, and be examined by a health inspector. Some students were “detained” and some “deported,” but others reached the land of opportunity, which in this new world was a bowl of candy.
Surprising to Rybak, the project drew the attention of local reporters who covered the simulation for The Tinley Junction and SouthtownStar.
Rybak’s fellow student teacher Elizabeth Gavin, also a student in Trinity’s Adult Studies program, played the part of an inspector along with other teachers. Gavin and Rybak, who are enrolled in different cohorts in Trinity’s program, both came from the business world. They have enjoyed sharing the common educational path they are on, and often meet to discuss everything from their lesson plans to their classroom experiences.
Rybak, who will be earning her teacher certification from Trinity in December, earned a bachelor’s degree in American Studies from DePaul University. As part of Trinity’s Adult Studies program, students learn in small groups, or cohorts. Classes meet once per week—a feature that immediately attracted Rybak to the program—and students within cohorts often form supportive friendships.
“My cohort is great, and I wish it could keep meeting even after we finish,” said Rybak. “We’re very close. For a lot of us, this is our dream for a new opportunity.”
Rybak said the program’s professors teach in a hands-on way in their classes, something Rybak appreciates. “Trinity encourages professors to move beyond the lecture and teach through experiential learning,” she said. “That is the best experience I can take away from my time at Trinity.
Teaching is a new opportunity for Rybak, whose love of learning and of history was rekindled suddenly during social studies homework sessions with her daughter Ellie, 10, who is very proud to see her mother furthering her education and inspiring young people.
“My heart is in teaching,” said Rybak. “High school is an important molding stage, and I want to guide students in developing good study habits and becoming good citizens. I want to inspire them.”
Rybak is also a photographer with an associate of applied science degree in digital photography from the Harrington College of Design in Chicago. Her photos have been published in the Chicago Sun-Times, the Chicago Tribune, and Renovation Style magazine.
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. This annual event gives Trinity special education students the opportunity to work on campus with special needs students.
ACE students, aged 11-21, were led on a scavenger hunt through the chapel building by Trinity students and ACE leaders. Following clues, participants visited seven stations and collected small prizes. The group also enjoyed fall-themed treats and a craft project.
For some Trinity students, the fall fest was their first time working directly with people with special needs. For others, like Amy Johnstone ’12 of Palos Hills, Illinois, and Carissa Trotto ’12 of Oak Lawn, Illinois, it was an opportunity to plan the event and practice their leadership skills as co-presidents of the campus’s Council for Exceptional Children.
“Amy and Carissa worked very hard on this event and really put their hearts into it,” said Dr. Patti Powell, professor of education and director of the Alexander De Jong Center for Special Education.
“It was great to be able to interact with the students and see them excited about the activities we had planned,” said Kayla Schoneveld ’12, an elementary education major from Ferndale, Washington. “I have a special education minor, and it is a good experience to work with students who need extra assistance.”
Laura Roose ’11 of Downers Grove, Illinois, worked with a student named Tyler during the craft time and scavenger hunt. “Tyler amazed me with his creative ability, and he loved all of the prizes at each station of the scavenger hunt,” she said. “At the end of the day, I felt amazing. There is something special about the students in the ACE program. You can truly tell that God is working within them.”
Shoes for Souls – Students Arrange Campus-wide Shoe Drive
Five students have set out on a mission to send aid to Third World countries.
As part of their Third-World Politics course, Kaitlyn Bruinius ’11 of Tinley Park, Illinois; Rachel VandeKamp ’11 of Sioux Fall, South Dakota; Josh Pollema ’13 of Rock Valley, Iowa; Frank Hrdy ’13 of Lafayette, Indiana; and Alex Arkema ’13 of Pella, Iowa, have arranged a campus-wide shoe drive to collect new or gently worn shoes from the Trinity community to send to those in need.
“We chose to do this project because there are a lot of people in other countries who don’t have shoes, and a lot of students at Trinity who have too many,” said VandeKamp.
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.
“I am hoping that students take this opportunity to help other people in need and offer their support through a donation of shoes or money,” said VandeKamp.
Donation boxes for the shoes have been placed throughout campus. The group will also be accepting monetary donations which will help defray shipping and program costs. Monetary donations can be placed in an envelope and delivered to the on-campus mailbox of either Rachel VandeKamp or Kaitlyn Bruinius.
The Brass Quintet recently traveled to St. Louis, Missouri, for a weekend tour, which included the Sunday morning service at Cornerstone Presbyterian Church. On Monday, the group performed at Faith Christian Community High School in Fenton and conducted a clinic for the band class at Westminster Christian High School in St. Louis.
The quintet is funded by an endowed scholarship and tours once or twice each year, occasionally making day trips to local schools and churches. In past years, the group has traveled to Wisconsin, Indiana, and Canada.
The students were accompanied by director Dr. Ken Austin, professor of music, and Rachel VanOort ’05, who serves that area of the country as an admissions counselor.
“We had a great time promoting not only brass playing and musicianship, but also Trinity Christian College,” said quintet member Carrie Hofland ’11 of Hartley, Iowa. “We had a great time getting to know each other better as well as meeting and fellowshipping with people in the St. Louis area.”
Tour arrangements were made by member Daniel Thayer ’12 of Buchanan, Michigan. “As a group we get to put together our own concert with the music of our choice and plan ‘lessons’ to teach,” said Thayer. “Our group is given time to bond and have fun as well as teach others our love for brass music.”
The other members of the Brass Quintet are Christian Busta ’13 of Palos Park, Illinois; Collette LeMahieu ’11 of Frankfort, Illinois; and Adam Perez ’12 of Racine, Wisconsin.
This was the quintet’s first tour in St. Louis, and they enjoyed a visit to the city’s famed Gateway Arch on Saturday.
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.
Roman graduated in December 2001 and began working at Stowe Elementary School (a Chicago Public School) in January 2002. After teaching sixth grade math and seventh grade science, she became the math specialist, teaching the teachers the new math curriculum.
Roman earned her master’s in educational leadership from Benedictine University and served as assistant principal at Stowe for one and a half years. She then became the assistant principal at Linné where she has served for the past four years. In January 2011, Roman will begin a new position as principal at Logandale Middle School in Chicago.
When asked why she preferred the administrative role over being in the classroom, Roman said, “As a teacher, I can change the lives of 30 students, but as an administrator, I can change the lives of 600.”
In her current position, some of Roman’s many responsibilities include: teacher and staff observations and evaluations, class scheduling, and after school program and safety and security oversight. She is also responsible for classroom teacher assignments, balancing the budget, overseeing bilingual compliance, summer school, and grades and report cards.
Roman also manages the placement of student teachers and said she would love to welcome a student teacher from Trinity. “I tell everybody I know to go to Trinity if they’re looking to become a teacher.”
Answering a Long-time Call to Africa--Update from an Education Grad
UPDATE from Maddy Manden ’10, special education/elementary education graduate:
“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. There are many opportunities to work with children and adults who have disabilities. After training, I will take a short trip to Rwanda to get a better understanding of the needs in the area. Rwanda is where my heart is leading me, and as of now, I will be moving there in the fall of 2011.”
Answering a Long-time Call to Africa
“Only God can tell you why he put Africa on my heart,” said Maddy Manden ’10, a special education/elementary education graduate who completed her student teaching in Ghana, “but since I was 11, I told everyone that I was going to help the children in Africa.”
Before even applying to Trinity, Manden, of Roselle, Illinois, talked with the head of the education department to discuss the feasibility of teaching in Africa and graduating with degrees in both special education and elementary education within four years. She was told she could.
“I knew God had opened the first door for me.”
After her freshman year, Manden began to research various mission organizations that could arrange for her to teach children with special needs in Africa for seven weeks at a school that could also house her. After much networking and prayer, Manden found the Mission Society. In her senior year, she served as an intern for the organization and fulfilled her student teaching requirement for Trinity at the Wa School for the Blind.
Manden’s desire to help others couldn’t wait until senior year, however, and she spent her Trinity years involved in Service Committee, Acting on AIDS, Campus Ministries and many other student organizations focused on service. That work helped prepare her for her final Trinity experience, but Manden knew she needed to do more to prepare herself for teaching the visually impaired.
Manden spoke with teachers at Chicago’s School for the Blind and talked with Trinity’s Dr. Bob Rice, professor of history. “Dr. Rice, who is visually impaired, gave me great ideas about how to work with students, shared what it is like to be blind, and told me what he did for fun when he was a kid.”
With the study help of her sister, Manden taught herself Braille, and she was able to buy books in Braille, as well as a soccer ball with bells in it and various tactile craft supplies, with funds raised by her home church.
“God prepared me very well,” she said. “I also prayed I wouldn’t go into this experience with expectations but with excitement, with a willing servant heart and readiness to learn and grow.”
At the school, Manden taught math to students who ranged in age from 9-20 within the same classes. Students in the more advanced classes were eager to explore the world outside of the school, so Manden arranged for field trips to a woodshop, the outdoor market, and a local radio station where the class was given 20 minutes of air time to present a program they wrote with the theme Disability is not Inability.
As she worked in Ghana and learned more about the culture, herself, and God, she felt confirmation in her calling. “After wanting to go to Africa for 10 years, I began to question myself,” said Manden. “Was it God calling me or was it just my own desire?”
That question was answered each day as Manden served her students. “I have realized that throughout my life God was preparing me to rely on him while I am in Africa,” she said. “Every day, every hour, every minute, I prayed to God for everything. Safety, health, help with knowing what to teach, what Bible story to share, that the electricity wouldn’t go out, that the well would stay filled with water, and praying that I would be a light for Jesus.”
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.
PacMoore Products is a privately held food powder packaging and processing company and is one of the nation’s leading contract manufacturers, processing and packaging more than 150 million pounds of dry food ingredients annually for companies including General Mills, Master Foods, Kraft/Nabisco, Pinnacle Foods, and National Starch.
Moore addressed several questions during the morning session, including: Is your education or job really serving God? Are you short of what God wants you to be? How does business as a mission really work?
Several Bible passages especially have come to shape Moore’s daily life and work over the years. The first, for instance, is the commandment to honor one’s father and mother. Moore said that 24 years ago he responded to his mother’s request to help with the business after his step-father died. The decision eventually led to the development of PacMoore.
“God’s word is transformational,” said Moore, “but you must read it and then respond.”
Moore believes the emerging global economy will be the next way to share God’s power, citing that 90 percent of people are brought to God outside of the church. He said his company has the potential to change the world by bringing work to people, paying them a wage, and ultimately giving them access to Christ.
During his travels overseas, Moore observed people in huts who had cell phones and Coke, but didn’t have Bibles. “We’re living in an unprecedented time, an emerging global economy where we can have an impact on transforming countries and lives,” he said. “Business is an amazing mission.”
Later in the day, Moore also spoke to the business marketing students in class, sharing his plan to work with farmers in Uganda—to use their products in his industry and to work alongside them with a Bible in his pocket. He advised students to be diligent and to be good at their craft. “Take up a dual major,” said Moore, “Your faith and business.”
“Bill Moore gave a strong call to us as business marketing students,” said senior Joanna Dykstra of Hammond, Indiana. “He challenged us to become excellent in our fields so that we can have an opportunity to deliver the message of Christ to those in poverty. He urged us to realize that excellence must start now, in our school work.”
The mission of the TBN is to provide Christ-centered business learning and service opportunities for Trinity Christian College alumni and friends.
Professors Answer Students “Major Questions”—Photogallery
Nearly 100 students met with professors and upperclassmen stationed in South and West residence halls. Every academic department, the Registrar’s office, and Off-Campus Programs were represented. Faculty members were also available to talk with students who have declared a major but who required more information about their program and academic expectations.
The event was scheduled the week before advising, giving students another opportunity to ask questions and gather information before choosing their courses for the spring semester.
“Major Questions provided me with the opportunity to see what minors are available and compatible with my social work major,” said Rochelle Burks ’14 of Downers Grove, Illinois. “For my classmates who haven’t yet declared a major, this event was another opportunity for them to ask questions about the variety of options Trinity offers.”
In the common area between the residence halls, students enjoyed refreshments and viewed the raffle prizes. To be entered in the raffle, students were required to talk with at least three professors and have them initial the form submitted into the drawing. Prizes included Trinity gear, Trinity blankets, Cooper Center mugs, and gift cards.
Major Questions was sponsored by First-Year Residence Life, the Office of the First-Year Experience, and the Cooper Career and Counseling Center.
You Are Worthy – Special Ed Students Make Their Voices Heard
Pete Post ’74, assistant professor of special education, values the ideas and opinions of his students and encourages them each week to make their voices heard. The special education course taught by Post has students actively involved in the education field as they interact with teachers, principals, and education staff members through blog posts and writing contests.
In response to the real-life situations posted by current teachers and principals, students share feedback and thoughts on how they see themselves handling similar situations, which they discuss together in class.
“I think this project makes you really think about what you’re going to write, and it’s a wonderful way to get to know people,” said Post.
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. Post asked his students to write a paragraph describing how they intend to empower and encourage their future students and submitted the entries to the publication. Johnstone’s entry was one of six chosen to be published in the magazine’s fall issue.
“It’s important for teachers to share and learn with others,” said Johnstone. “The education field grows that way.”
These opportunities give students valuable material for résumés and unique interactions with those already involved in education and special education.
Though a blog post seems simple, Post tells his students they should be involved for one reason: “You are worthy of being heard.”
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. The annual scholarship recognition dinner creates the opportunity for donors and recipients to meet one another and provides students with the chance to personally thank the donors who fund the specific scholarships those students receive.
This year’s scholarship dinner, held on Friday, October 22, welcomed 206 students, donors, parents, and staff. The event brought together donors from 42 of the 73 scholarships offered and the students they have helped. For the first time, parents of the students were also invited.
“The scholarship dinner was a great opportunity to know my donors better, and thank them for their generous contribution to my education,” said Kelsey Nelson ’11 of Boyden, Iowa, recipient of the Gerard and Harriet Van Groningen Presidential Scholarship.
The donors, who provide funding through endowments and special scholarships, also send notes of encouragement, gifts, and prayers to their student recipients throughout the year. Through the scholarship dinner, they further develop that relationship.
Following the dinner, guests heard from students Carrie Hofland ’11 of Hartley, Iowa; Marlon Rodriguez ’14 of Costa Rica; and Dr. Sharon Robbert, dean for academic planning and effectiveness, who offered testimonies about this blessing to students.
“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. The event was a collaborative effort between Jackie Medenblik ’82, director of the Cooper Career and Counseling Center, and Travis Bandstra ’06, director of the alumni office.
Alumni Nathan Vis ’07, an attorney at Rhame and Elwood in Portage, Indiana, and Jennifer Navarro ’01, a PR consultant in Chicago, opened the evening by addressing the entire group. They spoke about their Trinity experience, their education and job search following graduation, and their current careers.
Students and alumni then broke into small groups representing nine majors. Alumni who had majored in accounting, business, biology, chemistry, communication arts, psychology, sociology, nursing, and political science answered students’ questions about their Trinity education, job search, and career choices, whether directly related to their former major or enriched by it.
“College prepares, trains, and places students in positions to meet those who are actively working in the fields they are interested in,” said Vis, who this year graduated from Valparaiso University School of Law and passed the Indiana State Bar exam. “Alumni can offer not only possible job leads, but invaluable insight into job application and creative ways to enter various fields.”
Navarro, who earned an MBA from Roosevelt University in Chicago, talked with students about the different career options available to communication arts majors and specific ways to begin networking. Navarro said that the students asked questions about how to find potential employers, what to expect on the job, and how to best present their work experience and portfolios.
“I believe they found it beneficial to hear about the different career paths they might take and to learn about some of the professional resources available to them now as students,” she said. “I was encouraged and inspired by the students’ obvious drive to become impactful, compassionate communicators wherever they go.”
Medenblik said the event was born out of the annual alumni networking event when students voiced a desire to have more face-time with alumni in their respective majors. The departments plan to offer this opportunity annually to the students.
Tracy Afman ’04, Music Teacher/Volleyball Coach, Wilbur Wright Middle School
Pam Cook ’07, Clinical Psychology doctoral student, Midwestern University
Tina Decker ’06, Assistant Nursing Professor, Trinity Christian College
Dale Derks ’00, Senior Staff, CBIZ Accounting, Tax and Advisory Services
Tammy DeVries ’01, Accountant, CBIZ Accounting, Tax and Advisory Services
Mary Freeman ’07, 6th Grade Language Arts Teacher/ Drama Instructor, Kelvin Grove Middle School
Joyce Iwema ’06, Rush University Medical student
Tim Kastner ’06, Training and Organizational Development, Lutheran Child & Family Services
Amanda Keene ’09, Social Service Ministry Director, Salvation Army - Crossgenerations
Susana Medina Lopez ’09, United Power for Action and Justice
Jeff Miller ’08, IT Consultant, Sperco
Mary Post ’07, recent genetic counseling graduate student, Northwestern University
Jennifer Slagter Navarro ’01, Freelancing/PR Consulting
Rich Tameling ’09, Financial Representative, Northwest Mutual Financial Network
Nathan Vis ’07, Assistant Attorney, Rhame & Elwood Attorneys at Law
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.
Eizenga and Brands began mid-summer working with members of Roseland Christian Ministries, conducting interviews that will be compiled into a book. The students are conducting “shaped” interviews based on the methods of Studs Terkel, a Pulitzer Prize-winning author and radio broadcaster known for his interviewing abilities. Through these interviews, both the workers and clients of Roseland Christian Ministries share their hearts and lives.
“We hope that these shaped interviews will have immediate value for the Roseland Christian Ministries community, both for those interviewed and for public relations and development,” said Dr. Mike Vander Weele ’73, professor of English.
Through this project, Brands and Eizenga have immersed themselves in the Roseland culture and conducted several taped interviews, which they are now transcribing into text for the book. The final publication will tell the stories of the ministry to churches, supporters, potential supporters, and volunteers.
“These stories are amazing,” said Eizenga. “Most of these people have experienced things that many of us here at Trinity couldn’t imagine. Their stories are important and meaningful,” she said. “We’re just helping communicate them.”
To better understand the people and to help build relationships, Brands and Eizenga have become actively involved in Roseland’s Wednesday night worship services. There they experience the Roseland community and witness the praise members continue to give to God despite trying situations.
“It’s been a lot of fun going to the Wednesday night worship,” Brands said. “It’s more meaningful when you’re a part of the community.”
The project was born out of a conversation between Reverend Joe Huizenga ’01, director of development at Roseland Christian Ministries, and Dr. Vander Weele, whose advanced writing class, 10 years prior, worked on a similar project with Rest Haven, titled “Age to Youth: Rest Haven Residents Tell Their Stories to Trinity Students.” The class conducted interviews, compiled pictures, and arranged their work into a 32-page book.
“Bethany and Monica are being attentive to the voices of others, and making it possible for those voices to reach a larger audience,” Vander Weele said.
The project is expected to conclude in December with the final book including between seven and nine personal stories.
Michael Card Performs “El Shaddai” at WorldView—Photogallery
Card has recorded over 23 albums, selling more than four million, and has written over 19 #1 hits. He has also authored or co-authored over 19 books.
The long-time musician engaged with the audience not only through music but through his introductions to the evening’s song selections. He explained that he would be “playing through the Bible,” performing many newly written songs that related to various books in God’s Word.
Card was introduced by Aaron Kuecker, assistant professor of theology.
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.
Thomason has shared stories throughout North America and overseas. She has been a featured storyteller with NASA and Indian education programs on reservations; Shakespeare’s “Globe Theatre”; NPR’s “Living on Earth” and the BBC’s “My Century”; cross-community programs in Northern Ireland; and powwows, conferences, schools, and libraries.
She was first captivated by the old Indian sories told by her Kiowa Apache and Lakota relatives. Since then, she has been on a lifelong path of sharing these stories to give people a clearer understanding of the cultures of the First Nations of North America.
Thomason is the winner of various awards, including the Parents’ Choice Gold Award, Storytelling World Honors Award, and the ALA Notable Recording Award
The annual storytelling event, sponsored by Trinity’s Cultural Affairs Committee, is free and open to the public. For more information, call 708.597.3000.
For more information about Dovie Thomason, visit: www.doviethomason.com.
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.
“Trollstock showcased a lot of different talent, and I was pleasantly surprised by the selection choices and the amount of effort put into each,” said Sara Gleason ’11 of Indianapolis, Indiana.
The event featured several acts with an assortment of song, dance, and instrumental performances. Encouraged by the large turnout, the performers poured their hearts and souls into their routines and energized the audience.
“I think it was cool seeing so many freshmen involved,” said Melissa J. Voss ’11 of Orland Park, Illinois. “They brought a lot of enthusiasm.”
“Being a part of Trollstock this year gave me a different perspective on the whole event, because I saw firsthand everything that went into it,” said Christy Boersma ’11 of Grand Rapids, Michigan, who was part of a group performance of “If I Die Young,” a song by The Band Perry.
“I look forward to this event every year because it highlights talent on campus and many of my friends participate with their own acts,” said Kailyn Baum ’12 of Hudsonville, Michigan. “I think, as students, being able to support people we know personally is something that brings the student body together at an event like Trollstock.”
The dedicated staff created a successful event from start to finish. Students involved with the organization of the event include Eric Tucker ’12, Kayla Schoneveld ’12, Kathryn Andringa ’14, Bethany Verhage ’11, Caleb Mulder ’11, Daniel Thayer ’12, Katie Alberda ’12, Allison Voss ’12, Melissa J. Voss ’11, Jacquelyn Risher ’12, Hannah Gonzales ’12, and Calob Lostutter ’12.
Winners of the 2010 Trollstock:
1st Place The dance group PBS, also known as Pretty Boy Swag—comprised of freshmen on the men’s soccer team—for their hip hop routine to a compilation of urban dance songs
2nd Place Sam Huenink ’11 and Jacquelyn Iwema ’13 for their jazz/hip hop dance to Mike Posner’s “Cooler than Me.”
3rd Place Josh ’12 and Victoria ’13 Penley for their Latin routine to the Spanish version of “I Like to Move It, Move It!”
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.
The group will perform selections from the Christmas portion of Handel’s Messiah, as well as the “Hallelujah Chorus” and “Worthy is the Lamb.” Since 1946, the Society has organized groups to perform and is currently under the direction of Bill De Young.
Messiah has become a popular Christmas tradition and is the best-known work of composer George Frideric Handel.
Admission is free, and the event is open to the public. A freewill offering will be taken.
For more information, call the College at 708.597.3000.
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). But he was even more excited to be one of three recipients of the organization’s Kenneth Jernigan Scholarship. Kwaak accepted the award at the October convention in Springfield, Illinois.
The scholarship, in the amount of $1,250, was established in tribute to Dr. Kenneth Jernigan, former president of the federation, whose extraordinary leadership has improved the quality of life for blind people both here and abroad.
Kwaak was chosen based on his academic standing at Trinity and the essay he wrote about his work with the communication arts department and audio/visual department coordinator Dave Jousma to produce news podcasts for the College.
The Oak Lawn resident is originally from Columbia, Kentucky, and still has strong ties to the area. He plans to someday help program a full-service southern Gospel/local news/farm information format on a station in the area. Closer to his Trinity home, Kwaak is involved in the campus’s Academic Initiative and Men’s Ministry. He also writes and produces films for a website supported by his church New Life Assembly in Matteson, Illinois.
Listen to a two-minute sampling of Kwaak’s production and on-air work at the 2010 NFBI convention.
“I’m glad my hard work and broadcasting experience at Trinity paid off,” said Kwaak. “I thank our communication arts professors, especially Professor Mark Haller-Wade, for equipping me with the tools that have enhanced my abilities as a producer and for the wisdom the professors share in their instruction.”
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.
“Make Your Mark” was part of the National Day on Writing, an initiative started by the National Council of Teachers of English to draw attention to the remarkable variety of writing people engage in each day and to make writers aware of their individual gifts. The College’s English department invited everyone on campus to participate.
“Students were encouraged to write anything they wanted,” said Dr. Karen Dieleman, assistant professor of English. “A question, an offering, a meditation, a joke, a drawing—anything to ‘speak into the community that we are.’”
The English department was pleased to see strong participation and support for the event as groups of students gathered around the wall throughout the day to read and share their original writing.
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
Each January, Trinity students engage in interactive learning outside the classroom during Interim, a two-week program that occurs during the break between semesters. Students may choose from a wide range of special interests and subjects in the humanities, sciences, and arts that provide a more hands-on educational experience. Interims are led by faculty and staff of the College and may take place on campus, in Chicago, or other sites in the United States and abroad.
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.” Students from Dr. Craig Mattson’s Foundations of Human Communication and Communication Criticism courses and Professor Ellen Browning’s Intermediate Graphic Design class teamed up to explore the various forms of public messaging in the city.
“The point of the trip was to think about three very different kinds of rhetoric. High art, popular art, and commercial advertisement,” Mattson said.
The students made several stops including the Palos Heights Metra station, Chicago’s Union Station, and the Picasso sculpture in Daley Plaza. Professor Dayton Castleman of the art department explained the history of the artwork at each location while the students attempted to connect what they are studying in class.
“It was a good bonding experience for us as a class,” said Mike Merlino ’11 of Holland, Michigan, a student in the Communication Criticism course. “It is always nice when you have those kinds of friendships where you can be hanging out as a class, but have it feel like you are just with some friends downtown.”
Studying public art forms and advertisements, the students took pictures of the sculptures, artwork, and forms of advertising to bring back to class for discussion.
Mattson leads the field trip early in the semester to give students the opportunity to get to know one another. “They’re working together in teams throughout the day, capturing images, and taking notes, which we later discuss in class,” said Mattson. “We even have a contest for who can come up with the most perfect images of oral communication, written communication, and electronic communication.”
Sliding down the Picasso, navigating their way through Union station, and getting caught in “guerilla advertising” (being stopped by a team of movie promoters), the students experienced fun and fellowship walking through the streets of downtown Chicago.
“I really enjoyed this trip as it was nice to see these forms of communication that we had studied in class were visible in the outside world,” said Dan Thayer ’12 of Buchanan, Michigan. “This is a true perk of Trinity—we are so close to downtown that we can take field trips there.”
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.
Trinity held a media workshop for high school juniors and seniors, bringing them to campus for an overnight stay on Thursday, September 30, and Friday, October 1. The students were given the chance to create a short video and work with Assistant Professor of Communication Arts Mark Haller-Wade in Trinity’s Art and Communication Center. Haller-Wade brought numerous years of experience in the film industry with him, having written and directed nine short films, as he worked with visiting students in four separate sessions covering everything from pre-production to post-production.
Schemper led one of the sessions, talking about his career and his time at Trinity. In this workshop, students gained hands-on experience working with Haller-Wade and gained an understanding of the production industry from Schemper, who related his success back to Trinity.
Communication Arts Breakfast
Schemper spent the morning with a group of communication arts students on Friday, October 1. Over breakfast he shared his journey from Trinity to Los Angeles. Encouraging students to work hard at the small jobs, Schemper used his own personal story to show the rewards of dedication and information-seeking.
“Kurt Schemper sharing his experience and wisdom in the film industry was eye-opening,” said Joanna Dykstra ’11 of Hammond, Indiana. “I learned that starting at the bottom is sometimes the best way to make it to the top. He encouraged all of us to be actively learning and to do the very best at whatever job we are given. His passion for Christ was evident, and seeing such a successful Trinity grad was empowering.”
Communication arts students were given the opportunity to ask questions of and advice from Schemper. For students aspiring to a career in film or TV production, Schemper provided insight; but for all students, he inspired them to work hard and to treasure the skills and knowledge they are gaining at Trinity.
“Being able to talk with a graduate of Trinity who has gone through the work and effort of achieving success was highly rewarding and extremely motivating,” said Ashley Veurink ’12 of Corsica, South Dakota. “It was encouraging talking with Kurt and hearing the story of how his career was started. Now I know that I, too, can graduate from Trinity with confidence that a successful career is possible with dedication, focus, and the patience to follow God’s plan.”
Culture, Experience, and Discovery – Semester in China: Photogallery
Sam Mahtani ’10 spent his last semester in China, before returning to graduate in May and accepting a new position as the marketing and media associate in the College’s marketing and communications department.
Mahtani traveled with a group of college students to Xiamen, China, where he studied at Xiamen University and lived in the international dorms. The first six weeks of his semester were spent studying the Chinese culture, history, language, and business and economics. At the conclusion of the semester, he was placed in a three and half week internship.
“China was amazing,” Mahtani said. “I learned how business can cross cultures, and how different cultures handle business and interact with each other. I learned how business really works, from the person in charge down to the factory worker.”
Mahtani put his skills and knowledge to work at NewSound, a hearing aid company that designs, manufactures, and tests top of the line hearing aids. Working with the company’s marketing department, Mahtani proofed flyers, brochures, and marketing materials. He was also given the opportunity to create his own work in the form of a flyer for NewSound.
“I was able to learn how marketing is different between cultures and to understand the huge effect that culture has on business,” Mahtani said.
Mahtani also researched competitors’ products and technology and worked as a bridge between cultures, correcting and editing the company’s use of English on software and products.
The semester wasn’t all work and no play, though. Students were given incredible travel opportunities as they toured China, visiting everything from a small farm in the mountains to the Terra Cotta Warriors and the Great Wall of China in Beijing.
His travels and experiences throughout China also served as a great way to fuel a talent. “I have been taking photos for the past four years,” said Mahtani. “What started as taking photos for fun, turned into more of a passion for photography.”
His passion and artistic eye have not gone unnoticed. Photographs from his semester in China have been chosen to be featured in the Trinity 2011 calendar.
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.
The keynote speaker at WorldView shared the plight of these women with nearly 200 guests on October 18. Barbara Martinez Jitner, filmmaker and human rights activist, was prompted by the present-day femicide in Juarez, Mexico, to pose as a factory worker to investigate. Her experience led to the making of her critically acclaimed documentary La Frontera and the movie Bordertown, which has raised awareness of the atrocities.
According to Martinez Jitner, low-wage employment in factories or “maquilas,” established through the North America Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), has resulted in millions of poor people from the interior of Mexico moving to the border. Poverty-stricken housing builds up around the NAFTA factories. The men of these struggling families often cross over into the United States in order to make money to send home, leaving the young women even more vulnerable.
Dr. Laurel Quinn, professor of nursing, introduced Martinez Jitner and said that the benefits to nursing students attending the event are far reaching. “There are so many benefits, it is hard to list them, including being exposed to issues that are global and need to be addressed and to a role model for caring and taking a stand. Students were also stimulated to think about what they can do as a nursing professional.”
Dr. Rose Malinowski, professor of social work, was moved by the presentation. “I am impressed and encouraged by Jitner’s courage and perseverance in carrying this message out for the people who are experiencing cruel injustice because of economic greed,” said Malinowski. “For the students, personal stories often help them grasp complex issues more fully. For social workers, we are taught to work with the person in the environment and strive for justice for the people and communities we serve.”
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. The evening offered a speech from Page followed by a question and answer period, with Don Woo, assistant professor of English, serving as the event’s faculty host.
“Mr. Page received questions from the audience after his presentation with great care and respect,” said Woo. The professor, who arranged for a student to meet for a one-on-one interview with Page before the WorldView presentation added, “Mr. Page also graciously gave of his time by answering this student’s questions in detail, and she was honored to have the opportunity.”
Page’s charismatic personality shined through as he spoke on pressing issues in political history all the way to the current trend of social media. Referencing his relationship with his son and his interest in politics while discussing political history brought a personal touch to Page’s presentation. He recapped difficult times our nation endured in the past and indicated the need for seriousness in politics today.
“Page explained that our Nation has been able to survive because ‘the people’ correct the government by moving left, right, backward, or forward as needed,” said John Hoogewerf, professor of adult studies education and an avid reader of Page’s editorials. “I believe young people are our future and our hope. That is why Trinity is here.”
“It is very important for students to hear a leading political editorialist,” said Dr. Michael Vander Weele ’73, professor of English. “It is a blessing that Trinity sponsors gatherings such as WorldView to accomplish this.”
Charlie Emmerich, professor of political science, added, “Students in politics and law need to be exposed to a wide spectrum of views. Page’s talk did just that; it was interesting, witty, and enlightening. The political science department is grateful to Bruce and Mary Leep and to Trinity for sponsoring this WorldView event.”
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.
In choosing what material to use in portraying the author on stage, actor Tom Key used Lewis’s autobiography Surprised by Joy as a guideline in producing this one-man play. Key’s play included excerpts from Lewis’s Mere Christianity, The Great Divorce, short stories, and poetry.
Tom Key is the producing artistic director of Theatrical Outfit, Atlanta’s fastest growing professional theatre company. “C.S. Lewis on Stage” captures the personality and fiction of this well-loved author.
Week two of the series welcomed Clarence Page on October 11. The final two WorldView events will feature filmmaker and human rights activist Barbara Martinez Jitner on October 18 and Michael Card in concert on October 25, at 7 p.m. in the Ozinga Chapel. WorldView events are free and open to the public.
College Mourns the Death of Ruth Ozinga
The 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.
“Ruth Ozinga was a gentle giant of faith,” said Larryl Humme, vice president for development. “Filled with the Spirit and humble, she quietly walked through her life having a deep impact on everyone she met. There are touches of her beauty and grace all over this campus. The ways in which she touched the lives of so many of her fellow Trinity Christian College alumni is felt worldwide. Our prayers are with Marty and the family.”
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.
The 5K Troll Trot saw a record 95 participants enjoy the run through the neighborhood with Brian Hague of Chicago taking home the $150 first prize in the men’s category and Kindelle Krause of Lombard leading the pack for the women. Joining the throng of runners were 13 students from the Honors Program at Trinity and their advisor, Dr. Aron Reppmann ’92. The group joined the race to team build and raise awareness about this prestigious program at Trinity. Click here to download race times.
The morning also featured a reunion breakfast for education alumni and featured an alumni panel focused on the theme of Challenges, Changes, and Celebrations across the decades. Panel members included Laura Van Stedum ’81, Nadia Swearingen-Friesen ’89, Kathy Nimmer ’91, Sara Stuart ’00, Tammy Hunter ’02, and Pamela Alexander ’06.
Former nursing professor, Dr. Lois Roelofs, debuted her new book, Caring Lessons: A Nursing Professor’s Journey of Faith and Self at the Nursing Alumni Lunch. This event provided a chance for alumni of the nursing department to connect and allowed Roelofs to talk about her new memoir, all proceeds of which will be donated to Trinity to support the nursing department. More information about the book can be found at: http://loisroelofs.com/.
Homecoming guests were also able to enjoy alumni soccer and baseball matches, a comedy improv show in the Marg Kallemeyn Theatre, as well as the opportunity to connect with former faculty members at the Faculty Gallery of Scholarship. The Trinity soccer teams also provided entertainment with an afternoon sweep of rival Trinity International University.
The day came to a close with the second night of Jubilation! featuring the four Alumni Award winners, Kathy Nimmer ’91, Dr. Mary Lynn Colosimo, Ginny Carpenter, and Henry and Grace Kamp. More about these honorees can be found at http://www.trnty.edu/News/061610.html. The evening also featured alumnus and Emmy-award winning TV producer Kurt Schemper ’97 who spoke about his work on the A&E series Intervention. A recap and photogallery of Jubilation! can be found here.
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.
“While I’m certain I miss hundreds of opportunities each day to show my gratitude to others, I seek to express my gratitude both by giving words of thanks and by honoring others with meaningful tasks, important responsibilities, and true partnerships in mission.”
Those tasks, responsibilities, and partnerships are evident in the work he has been accomplishing as president of the College since 2003. Under his leadership, there has been a continued growth in traditional and adult studies enrollment, a rise in the College’s ranking in U.S. News & World Report “America’s Best Colleges,” and the building and renovation of several campus facilities.
But Timmermans said he doesn’t claim to be an expert leader or an expert on leadership. “The critical piece for me is listening to God’s direction and having the courage to take that step.” In fact, he counts his most important task as raising the children God has given to him and his wife, Dr. Barbara Timmermans, professor of nursing at Trinity.
The Timmermans have raised four children, Katie, Paul, Becca, and Jessica, who is a freshman this year at Trinity. But they have taken other young people into their home over the years: Brian, who lived with them in Grand Rapids and Louis, who came from Haiti.
Recently the Timmermans adopted orphaned brothers Fekadu, 12, and Getenet, 16, from Ethiopia. The couple knew about the children through a friend of the family who had helped start the Yezelalem Minch orphanage in Addis Ababa where the brothers lived with their older sister and a cousin. The boys will continue to be brought up in the environment of Christian faith they knew in the orphanage.
The family reports that the children are adjusting to their new home better than anyone could have imagined. Getenet is attending Chicago Christian High School in Palos Heights, and Fekadu is in fifth grade at Southwest Chicago Christian School in Oak Lawn.
When prayerfully considering the adoption, the president said that the deciding moment came when he and his wife heard a sermon about Peter “getting out of the boat.” In early August, the Timmermans, following Peter’s example to answer when called, flew to Ethiopia to meet the brothers and appear in an Ethiopian court room. President Timmermans, along with eldest daughters Katie and Becca, returned to Ethiopia later that month to complete the adoption, arriving home with the brothers September 2.
A meaningful task, important responsibility, and a true partnership in mission lived out.
The family’s gratitude to God is evident. “We know, like Peter, we need to focus not on the wind and waves,” said Timmermans, “but on the sure and steady grip Jesus has on our lives.”
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. The annual fundraiser was held on Trinity’s campus and was offered two nights, Friday, October 1, and Saturday, October 2, to accommodate as many guests as possible.
With sold-out crowds both nights, the College raised $110,000 for the Trinity Fund; in addition, the College is still receiving contributions daily.
“I was elated to see the number of alumni who came back for some or all of the weekend, especially for Kurt’s presentation,” stated Larryl Humme, vice president for development. “To me, there is nothing more fun than a room full of alumni.”
Schemper is currently a Supervising Producer on two A&E television series, Intervention and Relapse. Following graduation from the College, he served as Trinity’s director of alumni relations for two years. After that, Schemper headed west in pursuit of a career in entertainment. He started his television career at sitcom factory Carsey-Werner, both as manager of production and as a producer on pilots and the animated series Game Over. In 2004, he began freelance producing and partnered with Sodium Entertainment and later joined the Coattails Entertainment team.
“As I was thinking about what to share with you tonight, I was asked the question ‘Would you be where you are today if it was not for Trinity Christian College?’” Schemper shared with audience members. “And it took me a minute to really process and think through the other places I thought about attending and what kind of education I might have gotten there – and specifically what parts of my ‘success’ I can attribute to my time at Trinity. I came to the conclusion that without Trinity – I would be where I am today, but I doubt I would be who I am today.”
Today, Schemper lives in the neighborhood of Brentwood, Los Angeles. He is a member of Bel Air Presbyterian Church and finds his balance by volunteering with the church’s junior high group.
Along with his role as keynote speaker, Schemper was honored as this year’s recipient of the College’s Community Service Award. This award was presented to recognize the way in which Schemper’s work in television—particularly on the Emmy Award-winning show Intervention—serves to live out Trinity’s mission to shape lives and bring about restoration in society. Intervention profiles individuals whose dependence on drugs and alcohol or other compulsive behavior has brought them to a point of personal crisis; each episode concludes with a surprise intervention staged by family and friends and supervised by an intervention specialist. The show raises awareness about the alternatives and treatment options available to those who suffer from addiction and gives hope to families who have nowhere left to turn.
The following individuals were also recognized during Jubilation! 2010:
The Global Service Award – Rick and Patti Powell
Alumni of the Year Award – Kathy Nimmer ’91
Honorary Alumni Award-Faculty – Mary Lynn Colosimo
Honorary Alumni Award-Staff – Ginny Carpenter
Honorary Alumni Award-Friends – Henry and Grace Kamp
For more information about the 2010 alumni award recipients, visit
For more information about Professor Powell and her service work in Jamaica, visit
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.
The team will join the current seven schools that support golf in the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference. Along with all of Trinity’s athletics programs, it will compete as a member of the NAIA and NCCAA national organizations.
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.
Gallman gave students practical and tested ideas on how to enter the job market and develop a professional network. He offered advice for interviewing and networking, discussed the fields he went into as well as ones students were interested in, and opened up the presentation for any questions they had.
“It was nice to hear from someone who has had so many different jobs, many of which don't relate to each other, talk about how he has used the things he has learned at Trinity in those jobs,” said Joe Koltz ’11 of Oak Lawn, Illinois, a current business student. “I thought it was really cool to see how a general business degree is important in so many different career choices.”
Gallman graduated from Trinity with a degree in marketing and has enjoyed much career success. He entered the job market in sales at MicroAge Computer Store. He moved on to Dontech, which, at the time, was the largest provider of Yellow Pages information in the Midwest.
Gallman’s career continued as he joined Zimmer Dental, a leading provider of dental implants, where he is currently one of the top producers in the company.
In addition to his work at Dontech and Zimmer Dental, Gallman has started two successful businesses which he currently runs with a partner: Honey Cuts for Men, with four locations in the south suburbs, and Spin Club, a cycling studio, located in Mokena, Illinois.
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.
Dressed in their finest black and white attire, audience members welcomed musician Junius Paul, a Chicago native and electric and acoustic bassist. Paul is known internationally and well-established in many genres of music.
“It seemed to me as if the Junius Paul Quintet could have been playing at the Symphony Center, they were that good,” said Dr. Mike VanderWeele ’73, professor of English. “I also had a guest along who was very impressed with what our jazz band was able to do just 3-4 weeks into the semester.”
The strong passion for music that the group displayed was just what the audience was looking for. As the music played, students, faculty and community members alike got out of their seats to dance.
The performance began at 7 p.m. and students and community lingered long after enjoying refreshments, fellowship, and meeting with the members of the Junius Paul Quintet.
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.
“Not many people know of the injustice that goes on in North Korea, so I think it will be an eye-opening event to attend,” said Sharon Chun ’11 of Northbrook, Illinois. As a member of the College’s Asian American Alliance, Chun worked with LiNK last year to organize the event.
The Asian American Alliance, the sponsor of the event, is a sub-committee of Trinity’s Multicultural Club.
About the Film
“Hiding” is a documentary that exposes the struggle that North Korean refugees in China endure to find freedom. This film will introduce those still in hiding and will show others how they can bring these refugees to safety. This showing is part of a tour across North America in which members of LiNK visit colleges, high schools, and churches to present the film and advocate for the people of North Korea.
LiNK was formed in 2004 by individuals who had learned about North Korea and felt called to help. Educating a team of college students, they formed the organization LiNK. LiNK is a movement of activists empowered by the stories of refugees and motivated by the issue’s urgency. Focusing on awareness, advocates share these stories of hope and survival globally. Their work consists of four segments: shelters, rescuing refugees, resettlement, and awareness. Working in Southeast Asia, LiNK operates shelters that house and protect refugees rescued out of China. They also offer educational and financial assistance to resettle the refugees in America and South Korea.
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.
Admission to the event is free, but registration is requested at http://trinitybusinessnetworknov2010.eventbrite.com. For more information call 708.239.4806.
PacMoore Products is a privately held food powder packaging and processing company and is one of the nation’s leading contract manufacturers, processing and packaging more than 150 million pounds of dry food ingredients annually for companies including General Mills, Master Foods, Kraft/Nabisco, Pinnacle Foods, and National Starch.
Prior to establishing and growing PacMoore, Moore worked as a product development engineer for Proctor and Gamble and as a Teaching Leader for Bible Study Fellowship, where he began and grew a men’s class to include over 400 men.
Moore used his experiences to transform PacMoore into a company fully committed to bringing Christ to employees, customers, and vendors.
The mission of the TBN is to provide Christ-centered business learning and service opportunities for Trinity Christian College alumni and friends.
An Evening of Song at the Musical Theatre Revue-Oct. 28 & 30
Students, faculty, and friends are invited to a fun-filled evening of song at the Musical Theatre Revue, showcasing a variety of songs from American musicals over the past several decades. The Musical Theatre Revue will take place on Thursday, October 28, and Saturday, October 30, at 7:30 p.m. in the Marg Kallemeyn Theatre in the Art and Communication Center.
JUST ADDED: A third performance has been added for Saturday, October 30, at 3 p.m.
Twenty-one students will be featured in this onstage production with nearly a dozen songs, including “The Ballad of Sweeney Todd,” from Sweeney Todd by Stephen Sondheim; “I’m Gonna Wash That Man Right Outta My Hair,” from South Pacific by Rodgers and Hammerstein; “Sabbath Prayer,” from Fiddler on the Roof by Bock and Harnick; and “Wheels of a Dream,” from Ragtime by McNally, Ahrens, and Flaherty.
General admission to the event is $7 and $5 for students and senior citizens.
The Musical Theatre Revue is sponsored by the communication arts department and the music department. Music direction will be given by Michael Brown, adjunct professor of vocal music, with stage direction given by Dr. John Sebestyen, associate professor of communication arts.
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.
Adding to the record-high of 371 new students were 235 freshmen and 131 transfer students, the highest transfer enrollment in the College’s history.
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. Each class elects three student representatives whose main function is to advocate for students, voicing concerns and working alongside Trinity’s administration to bring about constructive change on campus.
Student Association President Jason Giddings ’11 of Pella, Iowa, has high hopes for what he and his peers can accomplish this year.
“As a Christian, God calls us to be more Christ-like every day, to not settle for less but to be continually striving to be a better person, a better Christian, and a better friend,” Giddings said. “This calling also manifests itself in the role of the president of Student Association.”
Giddings plans to “open doors” for Student Association, taking it in a new direction. He has made contact with student body presidents from Christian colleges across the nation in hopes to strengthen the Christian community on campus and work closely with other student bodies toward the advancement of His Kingdom.
Student Association Executive Committee
President—Jason Giddings ’11
Vice President— J.R. Wydra ’11
Treasurer— Eric Jensema ’11
Secretary—Liz Fiala ’10
Academic Initiative—Kaitlyn Fondrk ’13
Allelu - first semester—Christine Carter ’12
Allelu - second semester—Jenae Van Engen ’11
Multicultural—– Velvet Woods ’11
Service—Eric Robbert ’13
Social Justice—Andrew Blok ’13
Student Programming Board President—Bethany Verhage ’11
Web Master/PR Manager—Eric Swanson ’12
Student Association Class Representatives
Class of 2011
Class of 2012
Class of 2013
Class of 2014
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.
The workshop will feature DePaul University professor and researcher Jody Raphael and Cook County Sheriff’s Trafficking Response Team Rescue Worker and researcher Brenda Myers-Powell, who will give insight on the current issue of sex trade in Chicago and share the results of their most recent research conducted with 25 ex-pimps.
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.
The fair, held on Friday, September 3, welcomed more than 74 campus clubs and organizations, and local businesses and churches, giving students an opportunity to familiarize themselves with essential services and places of worship in the Palos Heights area.
Student Association Vice President J.R. Wydra ’11 of Tinley Park organized the fair this year, which he estimated had a record number of vendors and visitors. “The Involvement Fair is one of my favorite events,” said Wydra. “By plugging into the various clubs Trinity has to offer and into a local church, students are able to serve God and build lifelong relationships with people they might have not otherwise met.”
As they visited the many booths, students collected signatures on a special card they then submitted into a drawing for prizes. Hannah VanBeek ’13 of Pella, Iowa, won the grand prize of an iPod Touch.
Students also enjoyed dinner outside and fair fare, including popcorn, cotton candy, and snow cones.
Trinity Launches the 2nd Openings – Photogallery
Openings is designed to display the work of current students, faculty, and alumni, offering a sense of unity among the artists and writers of Trinity.
“I wanted there to be a conversation between Trinity’s past and Trinity’s future,” said Marissa (DeHaan) Carpenter ’10, who founded the idea for Openings and launched the first issue.
The event allowed students and faculty in the English and arts departments to enjoy a time of fellowship and to share in some of the readings. Editors hope to release the next Openings in April, 2011.
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.
The College’s ranking rose eight places from last year’s ranking of 28. Colleges in the Regional category offer a wide range of degree programs in the liberal arts and in professional fields such as business, nursing, and education.
The U.S.News rankings are based on several criteria, including peer assessment, student retention, faculty/student ratio, class size, graduation rate, and average alumni giving.
Trinity regularly receives comments from students and alumni that attest to the quality of the programs and the value of a Trinity liberal arts education.
“Recently a graduate visited campus to update former professors about his first job and to thank them for the rigorous feedback he received on his writing and speaking,” said Provost Liz Rudenga. “What a joy to listen to his story. The report from U.S.News confirms Trinity’s quality teaching and learning environment, one that paves the way for future graduates to return with similar stories.”
Trinity also ranked 13th in the area of Racial Diversity: Regional Colleges—Midwest. This ranking speaks to the College’s continued commitment to develop a multi-racial, multi-national, and multi-denominational student body. To determine this ranking, U.S.News factors in the total proportion of minority students (not including international students) and the overall mix of groups.
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.
Freshmen students entered the Christian community where classmates become friends, professors become mentors, and Trinity becomes a home away from home.
Move-in Day for transfer and returning students follows over the next few days. Classes begin Wednesday, September 1.
52nd Convocation Addresses Godly Habits: Photogallery
Timmermans first shared the personal story of his family’s recent adoption of two brothers from Ethiopia. During their trip last week to bring home Getenet and Fekadu, the president and his wife, Dr. Barbara Timmermans, professor of nursing, witnessed the parenting habits displayed by the other couples attempting to bond with their newly adopted children.
Speaking of one couple in particular, Timmermans said, “All of a sudden, they needed to step out of their repetitive, automatic habits of working as a parenting team, and decide how to change their habits of parenting to successfully parent this new child.”
Timmermans then challenged students. “What old habits should you put aside? What new strategies should you try-out and, when effective, become new habits for you?”He later ended his address with this: “Use these college years to dig deeply into this community of Christian scholarship, engaging in behaviors that will soon become habits that flow out of your love for Christ and his kingdom.”
Read the Convocation address in its entirety.
As part of the ceremony, the Founders’ Scholars from each class offered prayers and served as marshals for the faculty processional and recessional. Students included:
Seniors Bethany Verhage of Moses Lake, Washington, and J.R. Wydra of Tinley Park, Illinois
Juniors Jenny Hill of Guston, Kentucky, and Christine Carter of Wheaton, Illinois
Sophomores Kaitlyn Fondrk of Belvidere, Illinois, and Brian Hofman of Waupun, Wisconsin
Freshmen Jacob Maatman of Lynwood, Illinois, and Aletta Huisman of Hudsonville, Michigan
Convocation Address: September 3, 2010
Dr. Steven Timmermans
Welcome to a new year at Trinity Christian College. Just as a calendar year begins as the ball drops in New York’s Time Square and your friends and mine commit to new resolutions for a new year, we too should stop and think about our conscious commitments and efforts as we begin this new academic year—a new year for some of you which means a whole new life as a college student.
Think with me of the conscious efforts expended by many as a new year begins: I will lose 20 pounds this year. I will exercise daily before class. I will read through the entire Bible this year. I will achieve a 3.7 cumulative grade point average. The list goes on and on. But notice that in my examples, and if you reflect upon your own examples, these are very conscious efforts—efforts that you and I are fully aware of, efforts for which if we are to be successful, we must remain aware and vigilant of our own selves and our own behaviors.
Contrast that with habits—the things that we do over and over and of which we are often unaware. We just do them without thinking: Washing our hands or cracking our knuckles. Think about the order in which you get dressed each morning. Do you put on your socks before your pants or after your pants? Whether it’s socks before or after donning one’s pants, I suspect that you do it the same way every morning without thinking—in fact, I suspect you’ve not really thought about it until now. It’s a habit.
Habits, though, evolve. Often times, we begin doing something very consciously and deliberately. At some point in my past, I was very deliberate about making time for summer reading. But now it is a habit, as I sit and read in that comfortable fake leather recliner at our cottage.
This summer I had the opportunity to watch a number of people who had to face their habits: those behaviors that probably began some time ago very consciously and deliberately, then became habits for which little or no thought was needed, but then this summer needed to be brought back into their awareness so they could be deliberately changed into new behaviors.
My wife and I were staying in a guest house in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. We were there in the first step of two steps in an adoption process, but the others were there in the last step of their adoption processes. We were there to meet the two boys we are adopting, appear in an Ethiopian court, and return home without them; the others were there to pick up their new children and take them home. So they were staying in the guest house with their new children—living with them for the very first time—getting ready to return to the States in a day or two.
All four sets of parents already had children. In other words, they already had formed their habits of parenting. No matter what your age, if you think just a moment, you can probably identify some of your parents’ habits of parenting: Maybe your father is a worrier: “Call me when you get there. Are you sure you have gas in your tank?” Perhaps your mother has the habit of asking bunches of questions: “Where did you go? Who were you with? Are they a couple?” These are things that your parents do repetitively and unconsciously—it’s automatic for them.
It was clear to me that these parents, albeit parents with new additional children, had already developed their habits of parenting, often seen in differentiation of roles. Each came to Ethiopia with habits already formed: For example, she’s the nurturer; he’s the disciplinarian…or reversed: She’s the disciplinarian and he’s the nurturer.
For one younger couple, their newly adopted two year old made them stop and re-think their patterns or habits of parenting. Ephrem was a cutie. Big, beautiful eyes. High forehead. Great smile. By watching his gross and fine motor skills, they suspected he was about two years old. As the plague of AIDS has taken the lives of millions of parents, so many children have been left orphaned and homeless, a terrible situation even if they themselves have escaped from becoming HIV positive. That’s why I said “they suspected he was about two years old.” There was no birth certificate. There were no surviving parents to tell about the day he was born. There was no baby-book where that date of birth had been recorded. Instead, detective work was needed—clues in behavior have to be identified: Does he walk in a coordinated way? Is he steady? Is he running? And the clues can be confusing, for an upbringing in an orphanage often results with a mixed bag of development milestones, some attained, some not yet attained. Motor skills in tact, language delayed, toilet training not yet accomplished. Yes, it requires careful detective work.
This couple came to Ethiopia with really great parenting skills, skills that no doubt began very deliberately and had since become habits. It was clear that their habits were both to be involved parents, both ready to manage mealtime and post-mealtime clean-up (yes, if you know any two year olds, meal time can require significant clean-up), both ready to change that diaper. However, Ephrem would have none of it. It seemed as if the moment he left that orphanage, he decided he would attach, and attach he did! He grabbed on to his new mother and wouldn’t let go. If she would set him down, he would scream. If she would step out of the room, he’d scream louder. If dad would come into the room, he would scream some more. If dad would take him in his arms, he would scream loudest of all.
All of you budding psychologists—and psychology faculty—are probably already coming up with possible hypotheses for why Ephrem was acting this way. But that’s not where I want to focus. I don’t want to focus on Ephrem. I want to focus on the parents. All of a sudden, they needed to step out of their repetitive, automatic habits of working as a parenting team, and decide how to change their habits of parenting to successfully parent this new child. And they were discouraged. Mom could hardly sneak in a shower. And while Dad kept a smile on his face, clearly that rejection was taking a toll on his psyche. The rest of us inundated them with suggestions: Maybe Dad should just back off and give Ephrem time to bond first with Mom. Maybe they should sit close together so Ephrem could sit on both of their laps simultaneously. Maybe dad should take Ephrem for the day and Mom should disappear.
I don’t know how the story ended. This was just a few weeks ago, and I suspect they are still very conscious of each parenting behavior they make. Old habits have been put aside, and they are probably still trying out new strategies and patterns. Eventually—and for their sakes I pray that it would be soon—their conscious strategies they find effective will become habits, things that they do over and over without thinking—for Ephrem will do best with that kind of consistency.
You’ve not newly arrived in Ethiopia; it’s only Palos Heights. But what about you and this moment in your life? What old habits should you put aside? What new strategies should you try-out and, when effective, become new habits for you?
This morning I’d like to give you two simple suggestions as this new academic year begins, suggestions meant to encourage you to place your current habits consciously in your line of vision and make decisions about re-forming old habits and adopting new ones. One suggestion is about what not to do; the other is what to do. As you might expect, the first is short; the second is longer.
First, what not to do. Don’t race to implement your calling. Let me explain.
Many institutions—both Christian and public—emphasize calling and action.
I checked the websites of some of the high schools from which you new students have come, and I found statements oriented to action…with Christian schools obviously using the language of faith and public schools obviously using the language of a common good. Here are three…some of you will recognize one as that of your high school’s.
We graduate academically capable young people with a comprehensive Christian view of life committed to the challenge of serving God and others. [Illiana Christian]
We seek to enable all individuals to thrive in a diverse learning community, rich in opportunity for growth, and to reflect on challenging, real-life problems in a way that inspires them to prepare for the future and to contribute to our evolving world. [Alan B. Shepard]
Equipping minds and nurturing hearts to transform the world for Jesus Christ. [Holland Christian]
For all three, and so many more, the message is serve, contribute, transform. Just do it.
But wait, you’re not quite ready. Most employers want to see that bachelor’s degree, or even master’s degree. Moreover, even if God is calling you to a career of scientific research to stop the scourge of AIDS, it’s going to take some time to invest in this community of Christian scholarship, establishing a line of research that will truly lead to discovery. If God is calling you to the world of commerce, it’s time to dig deep into this learning community and faithfully learn what’s needed in the world of business before establishing your business or climbing the ladder in management. If God is calling you to perform or create acts of restoration on stage or with film, this community of learning will be filled with hours of practice, many auditions, and long nights of editing.
Our short-hand mission statement has two foci, and the order is important: Here we are called to be a community of Christian scholarship committed to shaping lives and transforming culture. Notice, the sequence: First, we are called into a community, then life shaping comes about, and finally culture transforming. You are here today and the days ahead to be members of this community of Christian scholarship so that life shaping will occur; I’ll save my remarks about culture transforming for your graduation ceremony.
We must focus on what comes before your calling to serve, contribute, and transform. Don’t race ahead to begin your calling. Instead, this is time to join in this community and consider your life, your habits. And like new parents, we’ll try to shape you, but you—like Ephrem—come with your individual backgrounds, experiences, your hurts, your highs. Yet unlike two-year-old Ephrem, you are able to see yourself, examine your habits, and consciously adopt new habits.
Note that this is not an encouragement to avoid the Cooper Center and their career counseling. Note that this is not an encouragement to tell the Registrar’s office for the next eight semesters that in that blank where you’re to fill in your major, you write undecided. Rather, this is an appeal: that you take the lead, and we assist, as your conscious efforts become life-time habits.
So, don’t race ahead. This is the time to develop habits; you’ll have a whole lifetime to implement your calling.
Now, second, a suggestion of what you ought to do.
As I just said, our role is assistance, but your role is to take the lead.
As I prepared for this talk, I relied on a book that has become a favorite, Desiring the Kingdom by Jamie Smith and a book I read this summer, After You Believe: Why Christian Character Matters. By N.T. Wright, the Bishop of Durham in the Church of England and a New Testament scholar.
In terms of my second point this morning—what it is you need to do—I’d like to offer two suggestions, taking one idea from each book, the first which explains how the College should assist you and the second which explains your responsibility.
Let me start first with how the College should assist you--in other words, defining the College’s role or responsibility. I’ll use the words of Jamie Smith: “In short, the university is not only, and maybe not even primarily, about knowledge. It is, I suggest, after our imagination, our heart, our desire. It wants to make us into certain kinds of people who desire a certain telos, who are primed to pursue a particular vision of the good life.” (p. 113)
That’s a remarkable statement. That this university or college program of yours is not only and maybe not even primarily about knowledge! What does Smith suggest is the college’s true and proper focus? People shaping or formation. Three clarifying comments about Smith’s statement.
First, I’m afraid that taking this statement of his out of context might lead you to conclude there’s a polarization: that it’s knowledge vs. formation. No. It’s both. And that’s the essence of the community of Christian scholarship that I keep referring to from our shorthand mission statement.
Second, he writes, “to make us into certain kinds of people who desire a certain telos”. Telos—a Greek term which means our end purpose. It’s like the question from the Westminster Catechism, when it says our chief end is to glorify God and to enjoy him forever. That’s what we aim for.
Third, what does he mean when he says “to pursue a particular vision of the good life?” What does he mean by the good life? Two cars, a house in the suburbs? An iPad and an iPhone? No. He means desiring the kingdom of God. Look at the stained glass windows should you leave by the east doors this morning: it is a picture of God’s kingdom in complete fulfillment. Nothing escapes God’s restoration—the grave is empty, the depths of geological strata, agricultural harvest, the cultural worlds of every tribe and tongue and language—all things and people become a procession of grateful praise and adoration as they process into the city of God. While we are living between the time of Christ’s first coming and his coming again, let that picture be what you desire: A world where there are no orphans, a world where AIDS is defeated, a world where the lion lays down with the lamb, a world where we do not resist God’s adoption of us but live in the habit of his loving embrace. You see, before you--by the power of the Holy Spirit--help to bring about this recreated and restored world, you first have to want it, you have to desire it, it has to be your end purpose.
So, as we teach in Trinity classrooms, residence halls, and service assignments, and you learn in those classrooms, laboratories, dorm basements, field experiences, and spring break trips, our goal is that you would desire, springing from your role and ours in this community of Christian scholarship, that you would desire above all things the fullness of God’s kingdom, here and yet coming. So listen to us and watch us closely, as we seek to cultivate this community of Christian scholarship, planting and nurturing the appropriate desires. May our words and our actions always be kingdom oriented: What does God require of TCC faculty and staff: To live out Micah 6:8: To love mercy, to seek justice, and to walk humbly with our God. If we are living out these habits, we will assist you toward the appropriate kind of habits that create this desire.
That’s what we the faculty and staff are supposed to do. Now, what are you supposed to do? As you participate in this community of Christian scholarship, choose to develop the needed habits as you strive more and more to desire the kingdom. Jamie Smith says it this way: “[that] a desire for and orientation to a particular vision of the good life (the kingdom) becomes operative in us (motivating actions, decisions, etc.) by becoming an integral part of the fabric of our dispositions…. Philosophers…described such dispositions as habits.” (p. 55)
Indeed, it’s about your habits. And our habits flow out of our vision for life. In other words, if you’ve accepted Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, the next step is to start doing the things that are consistent with that. The more you do them, you will form habits. In After You Believe, Wright says it this way: “Character is transformed by three things. First, you have to aim at the right goal. Second, you have to figure out the steps you need to take to get to that goal. Third, those steps have to become habitual, a matter of second nature.” (p. 29)
So what are those habits? Of course I’ll name the ones you expect me to name: to pray without ceasing, to read God’s Word faithfully, to worship with other believers, to participate in the sacraments. But if you want to develop habits that flow out of your desire for God’s kingdom, these habits cannot be contained to just personal devotions or Sunday behaviors. Seek habits that live in Christ’s light, not those hidden behaviors that occur late at night in the dark. Romans 12 tells us how to place our lives before God; allow me to read selected verses form Romans 12, using the Message:
1-2 So here's what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. Don't become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You'll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you. 9-10Love from the center of who you are; don't fake it. Run for dear life from evil; hold on for dear life to good. Be good friends who love deeply; practice playing second fiddle. 11-13Don't burn out; keep yourselves fueled and aflame. Be alert servants of the Master, cheerfully expectant. Don't quit in hard times; pray all the harder. Help needy Christians; be inventive in hospitality. 14-16Bless your enemies; no cursing under your breath. Laugh with your happy friends when they're happy; share tears when they're down. Get along with each other; don't be stuck-up. Make friends with nobodies; don't be the great somebody. 17-19Don't hit back; discover beauty in everyone. If you've got it in you, get along with everybody. Don't insist on getting even; that's not for you to do. "I'll do the judging," says God. "I'll take care of it." 20-21Our Scriptures tell us that if you see your enemy hungry, go buy that person lunch, or if he's thirsty, get him a drink. Your generosity will surprise him with goodness. Don't let evil get the best of you; get the best of evil by doing good.
I trust you’re beginning to see that if you truly desire to live for Christ, for his kingdom, the habits you need to form are as broad as life itself. My goal here this morning isn’t to prescribe specific behaviors that you must turn into habits. Rather, I hope you’ve come to understand that my goal in this address is simply that you become intentional, aware, and conscious of your need to examine your old habits and to develop new faithful and faith-filled habits. Don’t forget, there’s no need to race toward your calling. Rather, use these college years to dig deeply into this community of Christian scholarship, engaging in behaviors that will soon become habits that flow out of your love for Christ and his kingdom. It is in a community of Christian scholarship, such as what we have at Trinity, where reason and faith can prosper, not land in opposition as is often the case in the secular world—where faith is for Sunday, and reason, the life of the mind, or whatever you call it is for the other days of the week.
College learning and faithful habit forming living are not at odds. In fact, as much as I appreciate the Message’s interpretation of Romans 12, I much prefer Romans 12: 2 from a more traditional version: Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds, so that you may discern what is the will of God—what is good and acceptable and perfect. The end result has everything to do with your mind: how you think, the questions you ask, the sources you depend on. If I had a white board behind me, I’d draw a circle: At top, using the numbers of a clock to remain oriented—at 12 noon, setting your goal (or in Jamie Smith’s words, desiring a certain telos); around 4:00 or 5:00 o’clock, consciously choosing faithful behaviors; around 8:00 o’clock, conscious behaviors become Christ-like habits. Moreover, those habits then influence your goals, so maybe at top (12 noon) the words should be renewing your goals. Note, too, that this entire activity could be called mind renewal, and it all takes place—the backdrop or context for the circle—in a community of Christian scholarship. Do you want to better understand this process and the context of a community of Christian scholarship in which it takes place? Go faithfully this fall to chapel on Wednesdays and Fridays where our theme is “Fruitful Study: Deepening, Strengthening, Extending a Community of Christian Scholarship.”
Let me close with my restatement of the Message’s paraphrase of Romans 12:1: So here's what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life at Trinity—your sleeping, eating, learning, studying, and walking-around life—and drinking deeply of the riches of this community of scholarship, form kingdom-worthy habits, and place them before God as an offering.
May God bless each of us in this new year of forming habits.
 Smith, J.A. (2009). Desiring the kingdom: Worship, worldview, and cultural formation. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic.
 Wright, N.T. (2010). After you believe: Why Christian character matters. New York: Harper one.
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. More than 260 students and staff worked together at CHF’s Chicagoland warehouse wrapping 10,368 Beanie Babies donated by Ty Inc. for children in Eastern Europe.
Eric Robbert ’13 of LaGrange, Illinois, who had already served at the organization, was the coordinator of the project. Last spring, Robbert suggested the volunteer opportunity to Trinity’s FYF coordinator Becky Starkenburg and the CHF branch manager.
But Robbert was told that there wasn’t a project large enough to accommodate the group of freshmen. It was a disappointment to the sophomore who has a heart for the organization’s mission and believes its proximity to the College would allow interested students to continue volunteering.
Then the week after classes ended for the summer, Robbert received a call from CHF. He learned of the huge toy donation and the need for a large group of volunteers to wrap each stuffed animal.
“I was speechless,” said Robbert, “God provided the event and made it happen.”
FYF is part of the Office of the First Year Experience, which assists the Trinity community in shaping existing and new programs and services to serve the educational and transitional needs of new students.
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:
October 4 – Tom Key, “C.S. Lewis on Stage”
Tom Key is the producing artistic director of Theatrical Outfit, Atlanta’s fastest growing professional theatre company. “C.S. Lewis on Stage” captures the personality and fiction of the author of The Chronicles of Narnia, and The Screwtape Letters.
Location: Marg Kallemeyn Theatre (located in the Art and Communication Center)
Event Follow-up: Fans of C.S. Lewis Enjoy the One-Man Play at WorldView
October 11 – Clarence Page, “Politics 2010: Holding on to Hope in an Age of Change”
Clarence Page is a Pulitzer Prize winner, columnist, and long-time member of Chicago Tribune’s editorial board. He is a biweekly commentator on “Sunday Morning Edition” on National Public Radio and a frequent guest on national news programs, including ABC’s “Nightline” and “Good Morning America,” NBC’s “Today,” and CNN.
Location: Ozinga Chapel Grand Lobby.
Event Follow-up: Pulitzer Prize-Winning Journalist Speaks at Trinity--Photogallery
October 18 – Barbara Martinez Jitner, filmmaker and human rights activist
Barbara Martinez Jitner posed as a factory worker on the U.S./Mexico border in order to uncover a dark world of grueling poverty and sexual abuse that leads to murder. The film Bordertown, starring Jennifer Lopez, was inspired by Martinez Jitner’s critically acclaimed documentary, “La Frontera.” Martinez Jitner is one of the first Latina executive producers of a primetime network television series, the Emmy-nominated “American Family.”
Location: Ozinga Chapel Grand Lobby.
Event Follow-up: Filmmaker and Activist Raises Awareness on Campus--Photogallery
October 25 – Michael Card, singer songwriter author
Michael Card has recorded over 23 albums, has authored or co-authored over 19 books, and has written such favorites as “El Shaddai,” “Love Crucified Arose,” and “Emmanuel.” He has sold more than four million albums and has written over 19 #1 hits.
Location: Ozinga Chapel Auditorium
Event Follow-up: Michael Card Performs “El Shaddai” at WorldView—Photogallery
Admission is free, and all events are open to the public.
TAC Golf Outing Raises Thousands for Athletic Scholarships—Photogallery
Calumet Country Club in Homewood was again the host site for the outing, which brings together alumni and friends of the College to raise funds for athletic scholarships. All of the College’s coaching staff as well as 10 scholarship athletes were present to meet and thank the golfers for their support.
After the final putt, the foursome of Jeff De Boer ’01, Justin Ozinga ex ’01, Matt Postema ’07, and John Sikkenga ’06 won the outing with a 13 under score of 58.
“The golf outing was a very special and successful day,” said Josh Lenarz ’98, interim athletics director. “We greatly appreciate all who came out to golf or who sponsored the event. We are blessed by their support of Trinity and the athletics program. We are honored to partner with them as a Trinity community.”
The College also thanks Ozinga Bros. and Providence Bank for their sponsorship of the event.
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.” This exhibition is part of Studio Chicago, a yearlong collaborative project that focuses on the artist’s studio through exhibitions, talks, publications, tours, and research.
Using mainly cardboard, polystyrene foam, and wood, Castleman constructed a sculptural installation titled “Chicken.” The work depicts a Canadian goose and an F-16 Fighting Falcon jet in what the artist describes as “the moment of their first, and presumably last, kiss.”
“The idea originated after the emergency landing of U.S. Airways flight 1549 in the Hudson River in January of 2009,” said Castleman. “I allowed myself to wonder whether there was some kind of strange attraction that a jetliner might engender in a bird. Eventually the work became about this tragic romance between these two gorgeous flying things.”
Castleman earned an M.F.A. in sculpture from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and has been on faculty at Trinity since 2008. He specializes in sculpture, site-specific sculpture, and installation.
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. This program will provide internship opportunities with non-profit and corporate employers for 19 full-time Trinity students who are Illinois residents.
Employers working with Trinity in this program include Lake Katherine, Elim Christian Services, Camp Manitoqua, Homewood Disposal, and others. These internships give students the opportunity to enhance their job skills in their area of study and offset their need for additional loans.
Many of the participating employers would not otherwise have internships available if not for the ICWS funding. Employers pay a percentage of the students’ wages with Trinity covering the remaining percentage with ICWS grant money. The number of positions available varies depending on employers’ budgets and the number of students that qualify for the program.
Jon Vander Woude ’10 interned at Global Green Products as a student research assistant for two years.
“Having this opportunity has been invaluable to me,” said Vander Woude. “I gained firsthand experience working on a long-term project and learned valuable lessons about collaborating with other scientists. This experience was invaluable in helping prepare me for—and get accepted to—Northwestern University’s chemistry graduate program.”
The ICWS is a great opportunity for both students and employers to strengthen partnerships between higher education and business, industry, and government.
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.
Whether the situation involves responding to a natural disaster or preparing for a large event crowd, the unified command approach to emergency management provides for the systematic and orderly deployment of resources to an emergency and a common language and structure in which to operate.
“The ICS is integrated into Trinity’s existing emergency response plan,” said Jim Van Schepen ex ’71, director of security. “This training for administrative staff is essential for understanding the structure under which we would be working with emergency response agencies that are also trained and operate in this same response system.”
The class was presented by Ron Ellis, Dr. Sandra Ellis, and Keith Gehrand, representatives of the Illinois Emergency Management Office in conjunction with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
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.
Over the summer, Smigaj, a graduate of Trinity’s education program, led a four-week ballroom dance camp for kids in 3rd through 6th grades at Dance Images in Tinley Park, Illinois.
Nine of his 10 students were from Christa McAuliffe Elementary School where Smigaj completed his student teaching requirement while at Trinity.
During his student teaching, he taught a three-week ballroom dance unit at Christa McAuliffe. Smigaj then created an after-school ballroom dance club. His students had the opportunity at the end of the year to perform for the whole school, as well as for family and friends.
“I put on two ballroom dance assemblies, and I even got the superintendent to come,” said Smigaj. “It was a huge success.”
The response from parents and teachers was positive. Smigaj received letters commenting on how the dance class had made a difference in the lives of the students, some of whom exhibited marked improvement in their self-confidence and in their social skills.
“Dancing teaches coordination, teamwork, respect for a partner, and self-esteem,” said Smigaj.
In addition to leading summer camps for kids, Smigaj, whose career goal is to be a physical education teacher, also volunteers at basketball camps run by former NBA player Phil Henderson, who founded the All American Basketball Academy. The basketball camps serve students from the ages of 6 to 18 and emphasize character and player development.
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. There is also an option to order an exam pack for a student who might not receive one.
During the on-campus Valentine’s Day and Fall Sale, the Guild offers candy, flowers, and special treats. Profits from these orders go toward scholarships awarded to Trinity students.
“The Women’s Guild is very excited about all that is planned for the new school year,” said its new president, Kim Krygsheld, whose son Steve is a junior at Trinity. “We feel through our services of Exam Week Care Packages and Birthday Treats, we can bring a ‘taste of home’ to everyone on campus. We are also very grateful to those who generously support our Love Letter and Scrapbook events so that we can continue to raise additional scholarship money for the students.”
Be a part of the Women’s Guild
This volunteer organization is made up of women dedicated to helping raise funds for scholarships, building improvements, new equipment, and furnishings. During monthly meetings, members discuss distribution of the money raised and become informed about Trinity events.
For more information, contact Brenda Evers at 708.239.4700 or 708.239.4860.
Two days are planned each January and September for a Scrapbooking Event Fundraiser. The next event will be held Friday and Saturday, September 17 and 18, in the Ozinga Chapel Grand Lobby. The cost is $5 for Friday, from 6 to 10 p.m., and $35 for Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Registration form: http://studentlife.trnty.edu/index.php/the-womens-guild.html
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. That experience inspired her to participate in this summer’s Chicago Alive Youth Camp with fellow Trinity students.
For more than 20 years, the camp has been offering inner city kids a camp experience led by people like Miron, who share the gospel through building relationships and sharing testimonies with campers. Counselors participated in spiritual training and teamwork building workshops prior to the beginning of the camp. During the training, counselors shared their faith with each other and used the time to draw closer to God. They also raised money individually for the ministry.
Miron said, “I learned that being a Christian is about sharing God’s love with others. It is not always about preaching theology but about establishing relationships and providing others with a sense of acceptance.”
Fellow Trinity student Melisa Rodriguez ’12 of Villa Park, Illinois, served as a counselor for the younger children. “The camp is a place where kids and teenagers find hope. It is a place where they are taught that there is another way to life and that way is Jesus. It is a place where they find love and where they learn that their future is not determined by what surrounds them, but rather by what God can do with their futures if they let him.”
Groundbreaking on New Athletics & Recreation Complex: Photogallery
President Steve Timmermans, Ph.D., introduced the vision and the need for what will be the Trinity Athletics and Recreation Complex. The existing Mitchell Memorial Gymnasium was built nearly 40 years ago when enrollment numbered in the 300s. Today’s general student population of more than 1,400, and the physical education, intramural, and intercollegiate programs have grown beyond the gym’s capacity to accommodate the increase.
More than $10 million has been raised for the first phase of the Complex. Construction in this phase will include:
- a new competition gymnasium
- classroom space
- a human performance lab
- a training room
- locker rooms
- offices for the athletics department
The main entrance to this new space will be connected to the south side of the existing facility. The second phase, at a cost of $4 million, will involve remodeling of the current gym.
During the groundbreaking ceremony, student athlete Jonathan Huizinga ’11 of Elmhurst, Illinois, spoke words of appreciation for those supporting the project and for the College’s physical education department.
“Everything will change but everything will stay the same,” he said. “The hoops will still be 10 feet high and the free throw line will still be 15 feet away. It’s the people who make the program.”
Guests also had the opportunity to hear from LaToshia Burrell, Trinity’s new head women’s basketball coach. “The expansion will bring new enthusiasm, pride, ownership, and a winning attitude campus-wide,” she said. “I am excited about building the future together.”
Juniors Jennifer Kramer of Modesto, California, and Dan Thayer of Buchanan, Michigan, provided music during the ceremony.
Development staff tossed toy basketballs into the surprised crowd, and guests then gathered in the Art and Communication Center for refreshments.
For more information or to be a part of this important project, call the Development office at 708.239.4806.
Alumni Golfers Raise Scholarship Funds: Photogallery
Carriage Greens in Darien, Illinois, was the new setting for the annual Alumni Golf Outing on June 26. 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.
“The alumni outing is a great way to reconnect with college friends and faculty each year,” said golfer and alumni board member Tim Hurley ’02. “It’s also an important event to raise money for the Alumni Scholarship Fund. Golfing 18 holes is just a bonus.”
The outing began with lunch—also new this year—followed by a shotgun start at 2 p.m. The event ended with a dinner and awards presentation, including an impressive trophy that will be engraved each year with the names of the winning foursome.
Congratulations to this year’s winning foursome: Brandon Boomsma, Eric Lindemulder ’05, Derek Terpstra, and Pete Vander Wall ’01.
“We are thankful for the faithful support of our event and hole sponsors,” said Alumni Director Travis Bandstra ’06. “Because of these generous donors, the funds raised by the outing will go directly to the Alumni Excellence Scholarship.”
Corporate Event Sponsors:
Evenhouse & Co
Hoogendoorn & Talbot LLP
HoneyCuts Salon, Inc.
Mark Groen Commercial Interiors
ProviNET Solutions (2)
Individual Event Sponsors:
Trinity Alumni Board
Corporate Hole Sponsors:
Bert Kamp CPA
Clarence Davids & Co
Groen’s Fine Furniture
Hamstra Law Group
Interiors for Business
Knudsen Construction, Inc.
Mama Vesuvio’s East
Olive Branch Counseling
Silva International, Inc.
Stepping Stone Financial, Inc.
Strack & Van Til Supermarkets
Van Bruggen Signs
Vant Hoff Financial Services Ltd.
Individual Hole Sponsors:
Ken and Margie Boss
Rick and Sue VanDyken