Honoring Van Wyck for Years of Service

At the May 2020 commencement, Trinity announced the retirement of two beloved, long-time professors, Professor of Music Helen Van Wyck, D.M.A., and Professor of Education Liz Rudenga, Ph.D. Both professors were awarded emeriti status by Trinity’s Board of Trustees.

Dr. Helen Van Wyck

Since 1987, Van Wyck has taught Trinity students how to make a joyful noise to the Lord through music classes, Christmastide, choral concerts, Honors Choir, and in so many other ways.

She came to Trinity after teaching at the K-12 level for 10 years. “It was kind of love at first sight—I got to Trinity and thought, this is what I want to do for the rest of my life.” When Van Wyck joined Trinity, she was the only full-time music department professor and one of the few female faculty members outside of the Nursing Department. Among her many accomplishments, she helped to launch the Honors Ensemble, created Christmastide, and impacted countless lives.

She said she has been blessed as well. “One reason I’ve been so happy over the years at Trinity is the caring atmosphere, a willingness to try things, an incredible ‘We’re pulling for each other’ attitude on campus,” she said. “It comes from the top, it’s true of our faculty and staff, and it’s true of our students.”