AD – Your area director lives in your building and oversees the community life of the residence hall. The ADs are young professionals who have recently graduated from college and have experience and education in leading and working with college students.
Adult Studies – In addition to the traditional undergraduate program at Trinity, Adult Studies is a program for degree-completion that serves about 400 adult students through once-weekly night courses in Business and Education. The Adult Studies Office is located in the garden level of Vander Velde Hall.
Alumni Hall – built within the last 10 years, Alumni houses upper-class students. A.K.A. The Hotel – for its posh living quarters, this quieter building suits the needs of upper-class students well. It is also the location of the “Alumni Classroom” – room 105 is a classroom where classes are held and a common meeting space for student organizations such as Sunday Night Worship.
Arts and Communication Center – known on campus as the ArCC, it’s the newest building on campus and home to the fine arts at Trinity. There is a great Black Box theatre, awesome gallery space and plenty of workspace for artists.
Bootsma Bookstore and Café – “the Boot” or “BBC” or “the Beebs” is the swanky location of the college’s bookstore and a café where you can purchase coffee drinks, meals and snacks. Also a great place to hang out by the fireside in the cold winter months. Student meal plans are accepted during certain hours of the day, as well as student “flex dollars.” The BBC is open to the public and a great place to take your family and friends when they are in town.
CampusFest/Trollapoloza – Each spring, Student Activities puts on CampusFest, a weekend of events that includes all kinds of goodness. One of the key events during CampusFest is Love Palos, an annual service event where students give back to the Palos community in all kinds of service projects.
Classroom Building (CL) – The Classroom Building is where many classes will be held. The bottom floor is mostly for the Nursing Department, so if you’re a nursing major, get ready to live here for the next four years. The top floor has many classrooms where various subjects are taught.
The Cooper Center – Located in the Library on the 2nd floor, the Cooper Center is fully staffed with professionals who can provide both personal counseling and career counseling free of charge to Trinity students. Personal counseling provides our students with a confidential space to explore any kinds of issue and the career counseling center offers resume advice, interview advice, and general career advising.
DeVos Athletics and Recreation Center (TARC) – The DeVos Atheltics and Recreation Center is our newly renovated athletic/recreation center. Volleyball and basketball games are held in the DeVos Gymnasium. This is also where TrollNation gathers to rally for the sporting events. Intramurals take place in the Mitchell Memorial Gymnasium as well as allowing students to use this gym whenever the fitness center is open. The Huizenga Fitness Center provides an environment where every Trinity student—from a fourth-year baseball player to a student juggling classes and a job—can train for the intercollegiate season or workout for general good health. The cardiovascular machines and weight training equipment provide a variety of options for students to pursue health and fitness. The bouldering wall creates a unique fitness experience and a flexible-use open floor space can be utilized for core activities, speed and agility training, stretching, and other alternative activities.
Dining Hall - known on campus as “The Caf.” Residential students use their meal plans to eat in the dining hall. Meals are served three times a day, offering students a wide variety of options including a deli bar, soup and salad, home-style food, vegetarian options and daily specials.
Flexdollars/TrollBucks – In addition to a traditional meal plan, which allows students to eat a certain number of meals in the dining hall or BBC per day, flexdollars may be purchased for the extras. The money is added to a student’s ID card for use in the dining facilities.
Frozen Troller – A delicious frozen drink that mashes up any type of Troller (see term below) and turns it into a yummy, refreshing treat.
FYF or FYF Mentor – FYF stands for First Year Forum (freshmen) or Framing Your Future (transfers) - these are the courses that every student takes to help with the transition to Trinity. All students are in small groups led by FYF student and faculty mentors.
The Grand Lobby – When people talk about the Grand Lobby, they are talking about the lobby of the Ozinga Chapel – a large space where meetings, social events, chapel services and lots of other great things take place.
Groot Hall (GR) – An administrative/classroom building located on the northern side of campus. Key offices located in Groot: the registrar’s office and the departments of Social Work, Business and Communication Arts and Sciences. A few classes are held in seminar-style rooms in Groot.
Heritage Science Center – The Heritage Science Center or HSC is the science building which consists of classes for biology, chemistry, physics, and technology. Other classes are also held here too. It also has a psychology lab on the bottom floor and a greenhouse on the top floor. If you’re a science major, be prepared to spend the next four years in this building. It will become your home away from your dorm room or home.
Night on the Town – Student Activities puts on several “Night on the Town” events throughout the year that bring students downtown to experience Chicago – the focus of the events varies and is developed by students for students. These are great opportunities to take in the city with friends in a way that doesn’t break your budget!
Molenhouse Student Center – affectionately known on campus as the “Mole Hole,” the Molenhouse Student Center is a great place to hang out between classes on the very comfy couches, heat up some food in the microwave, check your mail or meet up with friends. You’ll also find the Student Activities Office, the Student Association Office, The Office of Community Partnerships, The Cooper Center and the Office of Learning Services in this centralized location. It’s in the garden level on the main Administration Building.
Mr. Troll – Each spring, Tibstra Hall hosts this male beauty pageant. The finest of Trinity’s men is selected to wear the honor of Mr. Troll. It’s a hilarious and fun-filled night that you won’t want to miss.
OPUS – A unique day of student celebration of the year of scholarship and service held every year in April. Classes are cancelled for a half-day and the event is kicked-off with a big parade through campus, followed by individual presentations of student work. It has the feel of a mini-conference mixed in with the fun loving elements of Trinity – the Troll definitely makes an appearance!
The Pro Shop – the little brick building just south of the dining hall, also known as the Financial Aid offices.
RA – Your residence assistant is your upper-class student guide to all things in your living area. He or she lives on the hall you live on and is available as a resource, a source of support, a source of good advice and a community builder.
South Hall – the oldest residence hall on campus, South Hall is known for building a strong community among 100ish freshman men and women. South puts on the famed event “Southies Tavern” every St. Patrick’s Day to celebrate community in a healthy way. South Hall has stackable furniture, suite-style rooms
Student Association – The Student Association is Trinity’s version of student government. Each class has representatives and the Association has several sub-committees that enact student-initiated change and programming on campus.
Student Portal – Your online resource for everything pertaining to your Trinity student account. Students register for classes through their student portal, pay their tuition bills, and keep track of their academic progress.
Tibstra Hall – primarily sophomores, juniors, and seniors live in Tibstra (formerly known as East Hall). Tibstra houses 5 students per suite, with a full kitchen and bathroom area, except one floor that only has a kitchenette.
Troller – Trinity’s famous and delicious cookies at the BBC (which come in many different kinds: sugar, chocolate chip, double chocolate chip, oatmeal raisin, M&M, and more)
TrollMadness - Every Fall, basketball season opens up with a fantastic night of sports.
TrollNation – Every student is a member of TrollNation. The most visible place TrollNation is seen is at campus sporting events. We are all Trolls! #WeAreTrolls
TrollStock – Every fall, students with musical talent sign up for a very chill, very eclectic outdoor student concert. Of course, there are TrollStock t-shirts sold!
Trollway to Love – Each Valentine’s Day, famous Trinity couples compete in a very Trinity-style newlywed game.
Vander Velde Hall (VV) – An administrative/classroom building located on the northeast side of campus. Vander Velde is predominantly professors’ offices, the location of the Adult Studies program and a few seminar-style classrooms. Students are welcome in professors’ offices and can be found having one on one and group meetings throughout Vander Velde.
West Hall – this residence hall is occupied by mostly freshmen, with a few sophomore students here and there. The community thrives and is known for putting on “Trollway to Love” each February – an annual Trinity-esque Newlywed game that is highly entertaining. West is air conditioned and suite-style.