The Importance of OPUS
The Importance of OPUS
At Trinity, OPUS is one of the biggest events of the year. It’s where everyone at the College spends an entire day together celebrating Christian scholarship and seeing all the work and achievements of students in different departments and concentrations. From the arts to the sciences to music to nursing, students showcase their best work during OPUS. It kicks off with a parade, includes snacks, and gives everyone an afternoon off from classes—so you can go to any session that interests you!
Trinity Trolls have been taking part in OPUS for decades. And while OPUS has evolved over the years, it remains true to its origins and allows everyone to see more and think bigger than any single major or minor. It breaks down academic and disciplinary boundaries. The whole campus comes together to celebrate everyone’s accomplishments. It also allows current and future students to explore disciplines and interests they might not have considered before.
What is OPUS?
Hear from some of our students to learn what is OPUS.
History of OPUS
OPUS, Past, Present and Future
OPUS, Trinity’s celebration of Christian scholarship, is a long-standing and rich tradition at the College. Despite the passing years, OPUS has remained true to its origins. “The very first year that this academic celebration launched was seen as an experiment, and the community was delighted to see that the experiment was proven successful,” said Dr. Sharron Robbert, Ph.D., professor of mathematics.
The origins of OPUS stretch back more than 30 years:
1983—Professor of Art and Design John Bakker renames the annual student art competition “OPUS.” “Even though the term ‘OPUS’ is typically associated with music I liked the fact that it is Latin for ‘work’,” Bakker recalled. “So the annual art show became OPUS.”
Early 1990s—The Student Association requests that other arts be included in the annual OPUS event, and the request is granted.
1998—Bakker and Professor of English Michael Vander Weele ’73, Ph.D., lay the groundwork for including writing in OPUS.
2001—With the support of then-Dean of Academic Services Dr. Burt Rozema and the Professional Services Committee, OPUS expands to become a campus-wide academic festival.
“Moving forward, our vision is to build OPUS into a celebration that not limited to the on-campus Trinity community,” said Robbert. “We love to extend this opportunity to off-campus members, including prospective students and alumni. We hope this enriching celebration will only continue to grow and be enjoyed by many for years to come.”