News Stories

Carbajal and VanderSchaaf Awarded Founders’ Scholarships

Every year, Trinity accepts extraordinary students who are dedicated to making a difference in the world. The College welcomes two Founders’ Scholars among each freshman class, whose extraordinary spiritual, academic, and social leadership sets them apart.

Thriving as a Graduate Student at Trinity

Trinity’s graduate programs help students take the next step in their careers with rigorous coursework taught by experienced, dedicated professors. Trinity’s Christian approach to coursework helps students thrive individually and in a community.

Congratulations to the Fall 2023 Dean’s List Honorees

The Dean’s List is Trinity Christian College’s highest academic honor. Congratulations to all our traditional undergraduate students and adult programs students who met this distinction for the Fall 2023.

Trinity Christian College Featured on Viewpoint

Trinity Christian College was recently featured on Viewpoint with Dennis Quaid, which aired on PBS stations nationwide. The episode promoted awareness about how Trinity is providing pathways to debt-free education through its new, transformative economic model.

Huyser Named as Vice President for Advancement

Trinity Christian College is pleased to announce Dr. Mackenzi Huyser has agreed to serve as Vice President for Advancement. Huyser, a 1997 alum, began her career at Trinity in 2000 and has served in various academic leadership roles at the College.

Professor John Bakker Featured on NBC Nightly News

Trinity Christian College Professor John Bakker was recently featured on a national broadcast of NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt. The feature aired on January 17, 2024, and highlighted the story of the Roseland Portrait Project.

Trinity Announces Partnership with Hope Chicago

Hope Chicago, the new economic mobility program offering debt-free college and workforce opportunities to Chicago Public School graduates and their parents announced the expansion of its college and university partner network today, with the addition of six institutions, including Trinity Christian College.

Preparing the Next Generation of Educators

Trinity is preparing future educators through its outstanding education programs. Zain Fakhoury, who is pursuing a degree in elementary education, is just one of the many students on this path.

Campus Closed on Friday, January 12th Due to Inclement Weather

A winter storm warning is in effect with a forecast of heavy snow and high winds during typical commute times; all classes and activities at Trinity are cancelled for Friday, January 12.

The Trinity Christian College Magazine 2023

The annual edition of Trinity magazine is now available online. Featured in this issue: A conversation with President Aaron Kuecker, and many other stories about the excellent academic, services, and professional experiences of Trinity students, faculty, and alumni.

Christmas Greetings from Trinity Christian College

In this season, we have the opportunity to see anew the ways that the work of a Christian college is rooted in the overwhelming love of God. The birth of Jesus both motivates our work and reminds us that we do not work alone. God is with us.

Student Success in The Nursing Program

Trinity has a wealth of outstanding students across campus. Olivia Farwell, a senior who is a nursing major, is one of the many students who are excelling during their time in college.

Trinity Awarded Illinois Board of Higher Education Grant

At the beginning of November 2023, Trinity Christian College was awarded a $200,000 ESHI (End Student Housing Insecurity) grant from the Illinois Board of Higher Education.

Trinity Hosted Annual Christmastide Event

On December 2nd, the music department at Trinity Christian College welcomed the community to its annual Christmastide program in the Ozinga Chapel.

Huizenga ’24 Named Lincoln Laureate

The Lincoln Laureate Student Awards honor Illinois college seniors for their leadership and service. This year, Trinity is pleased to announce that Matthew (MJ) Huizenga ’24 has been named the College’s Lincoln Laureate. 

Review of The Crucible by Arthur Miller

Trinity’s fall play, The Crucible, occurred on November 10, 11, 17, & 18 in the Marg Kallemeyn Theatre. A full review was compiled by Julia Oostema, alumnus, 2023.

The Tradition of Trollstock Continues at Trinity

On November 4th, Trinity hosted its annual talent show, Trollstock. Students performed in front of a packed house in the Ozinga Chapel Auditorium, sharing each of their unique God-given talents.

BSN Graduates Score Perfect NCLEX Pass Rate

Trinity Christian College nursing program graduates continued their perfect first-time pass rate on the NCLEX-RN exam. This success represents the fifth time in the past six years that the College has celebrated a 100% pass rate.

Trinity Welcomes Community for Fall Fest

Each year, Trinity Christian College hosts its annual Fall Fest. Students, faculty, staff, and families come together to celebrate all of the blessings and opportunities that are present here at Trinity.

Thriving at Trinity

Trinity Christian College is like no other college in the sense of the opportunities it provides. The well-being of its students is emphasized through initiatives like Wellbeing Wednesdays and the Thrive Program.

Announcing the Confirmation of Dr. Aaron Kuecker as President of the College

Trinity Christian College announced today that the Board of Trustees has confirmed Dr. Aaron Kuecker as the College’s ninth president. Kuecker has served as interim president since April 2022.

Marks Named as Vice President of Admissions, Athletics, and Financial Aid

Trinity Christian College is pleased to announce Andrew Marks as the new Vice President of Admissions, Athletics, and Financial Aid. Marks comes to Trinity with a wealth of experience in the higher education sector.

U.S. News Names Trinity a Top 15 School

The life-changing value of a Trinity education has once again been recognized by U.S. News and World Report, which named Trinity to several of its “best” lists for 2024, including among the Top 15 Regional Colleges Midwest, #20 in Social Mobility, and a Top Value in the Midwest.

Join Us for Chapel During the Fall 2023 Semester

Join us weekly on Tuesday and Friday mornings from 10:40 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. in the Ozinga Chapel Auditorium. This semester in chapel, we will travel through the book of Genesis and learn how God cares about our stories.

Trinity Holds 65th Annual Convocation

Each year, Trinity Christian College gathers the community together for its annual convocation in the Ozinga Chapel Auditorium.

Many Hands Make Light Work

Despite the record-breaking heat in Chicagoland, faculty, staff, and student leaders gathered on Wednesday, August 23rd, to welcome the latest freshmen class for move-in day.

Great Basilicas of Italy Tour

This summer, several Trinity alumni, staff, and faculty traveled to Italy to sing in and tour the magnificent basilicas of Rome, Assisi, and the Amalfi Coast. The trip was organized through Perform International.

Professors Featured in Christian Scholar Review

A series titled Interdisciplinary Research as a Sharing of Gifts was recently highlighted in Christian Scholar’s Review.  This three-part series covered the topic of interdisciplinary work across biology, education, and nursing at Trinity Christian College.

Reflections From The Campus Ministry Team

As we reflect on a year of campus ministry, our team continues to ask questions that anticipate meaningful Christian formation: What is Jesus doing here, and, in turn, how are we staying in step with the life-giving moves of the Spirit?

Dávalos Named Yonker Award Recipient

Trinity’s Campus Diversity and Unity Committee (CDUC) is pleased to announce that this year’s recipient is Professor Laura Dávalos, Director of the Office of Learning Services.

Trinity Welcomed Class of ’27 for Blueprints Weekend

This year’s Blueprints Weekend was held on Friday, June 16, and Saturday, June 17th. This tradition at Trinity Christian College is a time for incoming freshmen and their families to gather on campus for a summer pre-orientation, with registration activities planned throughout.

Guaranteed Admission Partnership Announced

On June 7th, two college presidents officially forged a long-standing partnership on Trinity’s campus. Interim President Dr. Aaron J. Kuecker of Trinity Christian College and President Sylvia Jenkins of Moraine Valley Community College signed the Guaranteed Admission Partnership (GAP).

Trinity Is Listed Among The Best Colleges in America

Money Magazine recently listed Trinity Christian College on their Top Colleges in America 2023 list.

Trinity Named to Phi Theta Kappa’s Transfer Honor Roll

Trinity Christian College was recently named to Phi Theta Kappa’s 2023 Transfer Honor Roll, which recognizes excellence in developing and supporting dynamic and innovative pathways for community college transfer students.

Transfer Academic Excellence Scholarship Recipients Announced

Every year, Trinity accepts extraordinary students dedicated to making a difference in the world. Trinity is pleased to announce our most recent Transfer Academic Excellence Scholars, Kaitlyn Harland of Byron, Illinois, and Natalie Gomez of Frankfort, Illinois, have both been awarded full-tuition scholarships to the College.

Congratulations to the Spring 2023 Dean’s List Honorees

The Dean’s List is Trinity Christian College’s highest academic honor. Congratulations to all our traditional undergraduate students and adult programs students who met this distinction for the Spring 2023.

Warners Named Staff Member of the Year

Randall Warners ’18, Database Developer at Trinity Christian College was recently announced as Trinity’s Staff Member of the Year for 2023.

Trinity Celebrates Graduates at Commencement

Graduates were honored in a commencement ceremony while joining family, friends, professors, and staff on May 5th. This year’s event included traditional undergraduate, adult undergraduate, and graduate students from Fall 2022 and Spring 2023, all celebrating together on a beautiful spring evening in Chicagoland.

Knight Johnson Named Professor of the Year

Since 2014, Associate Professor of Sociology and Department Chair Dr. Lenore Knight Johnson has been in the classroom at Trinity Christian College, diligently working alongside colleagues to raise the next generation of leaders and world changers. 

Students and Faculty Attended NCUR 2023 in Eau Claire, WI

Twenty-three Trinity students and faculty drove five hours from campus to attend NCUR 2023, held at UW Eau Claire, Wisconsin from April 13th – 15th. The trip was led by Drs. Clay Carlson and Aron Reppmann, alongside colleagues Drs. Heng-Yu Chen and Ashley Roberts.

SERVE Team Leads the Annual Love Palos Event

The SERVE Team recently volunteered their time, participating in the Annual Love Palos on Saturday, April 15th.

Dr. Abbie Schrotenboer and Students Present at Wild Things Conference

Dr. Abbie Schrotenboer, Associate Professor of Biology and Environmental Science majors Brendan Covell ’23 and Egna Setiawan ’23 attended and presented at The Wild Things 2023 Conference, which was held at the Rosemont Convention Center on February 25th.

NSO & TANA Networking Event

On the evening of April 12th, the Nursing Student Organization (NSO) and Trinity Alumni Nursing Association (TANA) cohosted a networking event.

Women’s History Month Lecture with Dr. Jennifer Powell McNutt

On March 30, 2023, The History Department at Trinity Christian College welcomed Dr. Jennifer Powell McNutt to present the inaugural Women’s History Month Lecture entitled, “Women and the Reformation Through the Lens of the Marys.”

Campus Community Celebrates Trinity Tuesday

This year we marked the Seventh Annual Trinity Tuesday, a day of giving across the Trinity community.  Through the support of over 802 donors and gifts, more than $164,000 was raised to help support students on campus today and secure the Trinity legacy for generations to come.

Spring Tenure Lectures at Trinity

Trinity Christian College is pleased to announce the spring lecture schedule from faculty granted tenure. Tenure lectures are a celebration of the mature Christian scholarship of our faculty colleagues. 

Black History Month Lecture with Dr. Nathan Cartagena

On a beautiful spring-like day in February, Trinity Christian College hosted its annual Black History Month Lecture featuring Dr. Nathan Cartagena, Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Wheaton College.

The Impact of The Serve Team Goes Beyond Campus

The Serve Team at Trinity Christian College is a powerful group dedicated to Christ-centered service. This team organizes various service opportunities for all students, benefiting those both on and off campus.

Trinity Draws National Media Attention for New Tuition Model

Trinity’s transformational approach to providing realistic tuition pricing and paid internships has garnered the attention of multiple news and media outlets across the country, bringing the College’s plan for debt-free education to the forefront of the national student debt conversation.

Clinical Mental Health and Counseling Program Accreditation

Trinity’s Clinical Mental Health and Counseling program has received accreditation from CACREP (Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs) after a lengthy process that began in 2019.

Byrdak and Adansi-Ofori Awarded Founders’ Scholarships

Trinity is pleased to announce our most recent Founders’ Scholars for the incoming class of 2027, Nana Oye Adansi-Ofori from Joliet, Illinois, and Jessica Byrdak from Alsip, Illinois.

New Program Offers a Bright Future for Students and Community

The Community Alliance Program (CAP) is an exciting new venture launched out of the Business Department at Trinity Christian College, focused on helping to support local businesses while giving students real-world paid job experience.

Trinity Professors Named Chicago Semester Scholars

Chicago Semester, an off-campus urban experiential education program that serves college students by equipping them to pursue their vocational callings and emerge as professionals as they faithfully engage the city, has announced scholars selected for their Summer 2023 Scholar-In-Residence program.

Artist Lecture by Ryan Thompson: Crude Futures

Ryan Thompson’s exhibition, Crude Futures, which was held in the Seerveld Gallery, concluded on Thursday, February 2nd. Members of the Trinity community attended a closing lecture and reception.

Student Groups Collaborate to Serve at Feed My Starving Children

Student Activities (STAC), Serve, and Future Teacher Association partnered to take Trinity students to Feed My Starving Children.

Congratulations to the Fall 2022 Dean’s List Honorees

The Dean’s List is Trinity Christian College’s highest academic honor. Congratulations to all our traditional undergraduate students and adult programs students who met this distinction for the Fall 2022.

Resident Assistants’ Valuable Role in the Trinity Community

Resident assistants (RAs) play a valuable role in the Trinity community. As students and leaders on campus, they are invested in promoting the well-being of our students through meaningful collaborations, resources, and peer support.

A Family’s Legacy Will Impact Students for Generations

Thanks to the generosity of a multi-generational Trinity family, the efforts of Trinity’s Alumni Board, and the greater alumni community, over $200,000 was raised through a matching opportunity to support future legacy students, growing the Alumni Scholarship Fund (ASF) endowment to more than six times its current amount.

Students Visit Local Church as Part of Black History Month

A group of Trinity students had the opportunity to join Nicole St. Victor, Director of Multicultural Engagement, on Sunday, February 5th, for a church service at Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church in Chicago, IL.

A Trinity Student’s Inspiring Journey to Hope and Healing

Recent fall 2022 graduate Jenae Henao set out to have a regular college journey like any other, but what lay ahead was a far different picture than she had ever imagined.

Black History Month at Trinity Christian College

Throughout February, Trinity will celebrate Black History Month with various events for our students, faculty, staff, and the greater Trinity Community.

Mosaic: A New Initiative for Faculty and Staff at Trinity

What began as an idea between long-standing friends and colleagues has become a formational opportunity for faculty and staff at Trinity.

Trinity Theatre Students Participate in Annual KCACTF

This January, Trinity Christian College Theatre students, faculty, and staff made their way to Michigan to participate in the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival for Region 3.

Trinity Celebrates the Life and Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

On January 16, 2023, the Trinity community gathered together to celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Trinity Students Travel to the Holy Land

Thirteen students from Trinity Christian College traveled with Rev. Ben Snoek, Campus Pastor and Adjunct Professor of Theology, and Erin Pacheco, Director of Campus Worship and Visiting Assistant Professor of Theology.

Trinity Commencement 2023 Announcement

We are excited to announce that this year, we will honor the graduates of Fall 2022 and Spring 2023 at one evening ceremony held off-campus at Ozinga Field with fireworks to cap off the celebration!

Join Us for Chapel During the Spring Semester

At Trinity, we have the opportunity to come together twice a week for in-person Chapel services on Tuesday and Friday mornings at 10:40 am in the Ozinga Chapel Auditorium.

Trinity Christian College Featured on Newsy Tonight

Interim President Aaron J. Kuecker was featured on Newsy Tonight discussing the costs of college and more specifically what Trinity Christian College is doing to make costs more transparent for families.

Christmas Greetings from Trinity Christian College

May your heart rejoice in the abundant joy that Jesus brings to our world this Christmas. On behalf of everyone at Trinity Christian College, we wish you a wonderful Christmas and a blessed New Year!

Trinity Offers Art & Design Students Endless Opportunities

When you consider Trinity’s proximity to all Chicago has to offer, students and graduates alike have endless opportunities to grow in their artistic career. We have a small school’s personal attention; no art student at Trinity falls through the cracks. The faculty knows what each of our students needs to get to the next level.

Giving Tuesday Celebrated at Trinity

Giving Tuesday 2022 brought the Trinity community together with generous gifts that support our students, helping them to achieve their goals here at Trinity. 

By the Bog of Cats – An Intense Heartbreaking Story

This fall, Trinity staff, and students joined together to stage a haunting play titled By the Bogof Cats. The play followed Hester Swane, a woman who was abandoned by her mother atthe age of 7 and has remained on the Bog ever since.

The Cooper Center – Evolving with the Future

Many higher learning institutions are trying to navigate changes about how the future of work is unfolding. Trinity Christian College’s newly hired Specialist for Vocation and Student Transitions within the office of The Cooper Center for Vocation and Career Development, is excited about the opportunity to evolve continually for the better.

New Book Released by Dr. Boerman-Cornell

Dr. Bill Boerman-Cornell, Professor of Education at Trinity Christian College, has recently released a new book titled Young Adult Literature and Spirituality:  How to Unlock Deeper Understanding with Class Discussion.

Bretzlaff-Holstein Featured at Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics Summer School

Bretzlaff-Holstein was featured in a video highlighting her presentation at this year’s Summer School held at Merton College at Oxford University.  The Topic at this year’s Summer School was Animals and Public Policy.

Trinity Welcomes Parents and Alumni for Fall Fest 2022

While the fall weather in Chicagoland brought wind and rain, the spirit of fun and fellowship was alive and well on the campus of Trinity Christian College for Fall Fest, our annual Homecoming and Parents’ Weekend.

Highlights from Trinity’s Off-Campus and Study Abroad Programs

Trinity provides a wide variety of opportunities for students to study off-campus and abroad. Programs are offered in Chicago, Spain, Ecuador, China, Romania, the Netherlands, and more.

Trinity Wednesdays from the Student’s Perspective

This semester, Trinity re-imagined the traditional five-day week and shifted to a four-day class schedule. The goal was to provide students with the freedom and space to pursue their interests, catch up on homework, and take a deep breath.

President Kuecker and Trinity Colleagues to Visit Alumni and Friends in California

President Aaron Kuecker, Ph.D., and Trinity colleagues are coming to California to connect with alumni and friends of the College.

Trinity Christian College Athletics Announces Partnership with Opendorse

In August, Trinity Christian Athletics agreed to a partnership with Opendorse, the leading NIL marketplace for collegiate student-athletes, to create a platform for student-athletes to develop partnerships with brands, supporters, and local businesses.

Dean Appointments at Trinity Christian College

Trinity is also pleased to announce two new Dean appointments. Professor Dr. John Fry will be serving in a newly created position, Dean of Faculty, and professor Sundeep Vira was recently appointed as Dean of the Business Department.

Transformational Initiatives at Trinity

Trinity is thrilled to announce the launch of the Tuition Transparency and Access Initiative. This transformational approach to college tuition and financial aid is designed to clarify and simplify the complex world of college pricing while also setting a price at a point that is accessible to anyone who wishes to pursue a private, Christian, higher education experience.

U.S. News Names Trinity a Top 15 School

An education from Trinity Christian College does not just change lives—our graduates go on to change the world. And the life-changing value of a Trinity education has once again been recognized by U.S. New and World Report for 2023.

Douglas Named as Vice President of Academic Affairs

Trinity Christian College is pleased to announce Dr. Jerome Douglas as the new Vice President for Academic Affairs. Jerome has a deep understanding of the mission of Christian higher education and a commitment to the flourishing of Trinity faculty, staff, and students.

Trinity’s New Academic Calendar Celebrated With Kick-Off Event

On a picture-perfect late summer morning, on August 31st, Trinity celebrated the start of this new academic calendar with a kickoff event.

Trinity Holds 64th Annual Convocation

The 64th Annual Convocation, which took place on August 30th, was a rich time of prayer and worship in the Ozinga Chapel Auditorium with the convocation address given by the 2021-2022 Professor of the Year, Dr. Aron Reppmann.

Fulton Named as VP for Student Success

Trinity Christian College is pleased to announce Leah Fulton as the new Vice President for Student Success. Leah has been connected to the work at Trinity for the past year, serving as the coach and consultant for Trinity’s Diversity and Belonging Task Force.

Trinity Christian College Appoints Permanent Campus Pastor

Trinity Christian College is pleased to announce the appointment of the Rev. Benjamin P. Snoek as Campus Pastor. Snoek has been serving as Interim Campus Pastor since August 2021, following a nationwide search.

IPO Proudly Announces 45th Anniversary Season

Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra (IPO) is excited to announce its 45th anniversary season, once again returning to the stage of the Ozinga Chapel Auditorium.

Alumni Update: Mariah (Nelesen) Slenk ’20

Over the past two and a half years, Mariah (Nelesen) Slenk ‘20 has experienced the body of Christ surrounding her like never before. Through several difficult medical diagnoses and the Covid-19 pandemic, Slenk knew she could trust her friends, family, and the Trinity community to support her when she needed it the most.

The Trinity Christian College Campus is Ready for Move In Days

The dorms have been cleaned and prepped, the grounds have been well manicured, and the staff and faculty are ready to welcome students back! So, let us get you ready, whether your first year, your last or somewhere in between, we want you to have all the details you need to start this year strong!

Professor Sundeep Vira Featured in Morgan Stanley Annual Global Impact Funding Trust Report

Assistant Professor of Business, Sundeep Vira, was recently featured in the Morgan Stanley GIFT 2021 Impact Report, where he has served on their board since 2018. GIFT or Global Impact Funding Trust.

Keeley-Jonker Publishes Book Chapter on Theology and The Star Wars Universe

Communication Arts professor Dr. Bethany Keeley-Jonker is celebrating the July 2022 release of an edited book including a chapter she co-authored titled “And What More Shall I Say? Heroism in Hebrews 11 and Star Wars.”

Founded by Trinity Alumni – ConnectCareHero Awarded $100,000 for Google Latino Startup Fund

ConnectCareHero, a digital engagement and data platform that uses culturally relevant content to keep older adults socially connected, while improving health outcomes, was recently awarded $100,000 from Google.

Trinity Students Travel to Italy

A program designed to supply a rich introduction to three historic Italian city-states – Venice, Florence and Rome.  This is what was in store for a group of Trinity students but what they experienced went far beyond the pages of a history book or the pictures in a travel brochure.

Trinity Welcomes Class of ’26 for Blueprints Weekend

Blueprints Weekend is one of the most beloved traditions at Trinity Christian College. During this weekend, incoming freshmen and their families gather on campus for summer pre-orientation and registration and so much more

Congratulations to the Spring 2022 Dean’s List Honorees

The Dean’s List is Trinity Christian College’s highest academic honor. Congratulations to all our traditional undergraduate students and adult program students who met this distinction for the Fall 2021 semester.

Trinity Christian College Named a 2022-2023 College of Distinction

Trinity Christian College has been recognized for its honorable commitment to helping undergraduate students learn, grow, and succeed by Colleges of Distinction, a unique guide for college-bound students.

Annual Alumni Golf Outing Raises Scholarship Money

This year’s alumni golf outing was held at the beautiful Water’s Edge Golf Club, located in Worth, IL, Trinity’s home golf course. Winners of this years’ event were Steven Massey ’19, Jessica Massey ’18, Kay Massey and Eric Massey.

Laning Named Staff Member of the Year

Congratulations to Kathy Laning on her recognition of the achievements of a distinguished staff member and being selected Staff Member of the Year.

Trinity Professors Present at International Conference

Trinity Christian College professor, Dr. Karen O’Connor had the opportunity to present at the 48th Annual Convention for the Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI) which was held in Boston, MA this year.

Trinity Athletics Summer Camps

The Trinity Christian College Athletic Department is excited to bring back youth sports camps once again to its beautiful campus for the summer of 2022.

Students Elect 2022-23 Leadership Team

Trinity’s Student Government Association plays a key role in the life of the College, and SGA elections for the upcoming academic year recently took place. Congratulations to the leaders chosen for the 2022-23 year!

Trinity Bids Goodbye to the Dykstras After Seven Years of Service

The Trinity Christian College community honors President Kurt D. Dykstra, his wife Leah, and their daughters Julianna ‘20 and Emma ’24 as he departs to take a new position as president and chief executive officer of the Independent Colleges of Indiana in Indianapolis. 

Esker Performs at Lincoln Academy Convocation

For the recent 58th Convocation & Investiture, which was attended by Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker, Assistant Professor of Music Toni Esker performed several pieces, including “The Star-Spangled Banner,” the official state song, and “The Battle Hymn of the Republic.”

Reppmann Named Professor of the Year

Dr. Aron Reppmann ‘92, Professor of Philosophy and Department Chair, doesn’t require his students to use any of his titles in the classroom. But if they want to use one, his favorite is “professor.” And that makes being named Trinity’s 2022-23 Professor of the Year particularly meaningful.

Trinity Honors Graduates at Commencement

Surrounded by family, friends, professors, and staff, the newest graduates of Trinity were honored at commencement on May 7 at Ozinga Field in Crestwood, Ill. The event included traditional undergraduate, adult undergraduate, and graduate students from Fall 2021 and Spring 2022.

Windes Named Commencement Speaker, Emerita Professor

Trinity Christian College is pleased to announce that the 2022 Commencement speaker will be Professor of Business and Department Chair Deborah L. Windes, Ph.D. Windes is retiring at the end of this academic year after 12 years with the College and will be receiving emerita status at the May 7 ceremony.  

Henry Named Yonker Award Recipient

Since 1989, the Catherine Yonker Award has been given to those who make significant contributions toward Christian racial reconciliation and cross-cultural understanding at the College. Trinity’s Campus Diversity and Unity Committee (CDUC) is pleased to announce that this year’s recipient is Kendra Henry ’23.

SERVE Team Demonstrates Love for Palos

The dedicated students on Trinity’s SERVE Team, and the staff and professors who work with them, believe in making a difference. The SERVE Team recently volunteered close to home, participating in the Annual Love Palos event in our own community of Palos Heights.

Students Come Together to Save “Trollsboro” in Disaster Simulation

Recently, more than 60 Trinity undergraduate and graduate students across a range of majors, including nursing, social work, education, and psychology, participated in a disaster simulation that struck the fictional town of Trollsboro.

OPUS Returns to Campus with Celebration of Scholarship

The theme for this year’s OPUS was “Back to the 2000s.” And as the Trinity community took a blast to the past to celebrate scholarship, the April 20 event also marked a return to fully in-person activities after two years of COVID-related restrictions!

Submit Your Nomination for Staff Member of the Year

At Trinity, our staff members change lives and the world. Every year, Trinity recognizes one person as Staff Member of the Year. Which staff member has had a particular impact on you? Staff Council encourages students, alumni, staff, and faculty to submit a nomination for this year’s award.

Runway to the World—Cultural Fashion Show

Recently, the Grand Lobby hosted eight runway models, eight unique outfits, all representing various cultures from around the world in a fashion show, hosted in a collaborative effort between African Students Union (ASU), International Club, and Asian American Alliance (AAA, or Triple-A)!

Community Update from Trinity Christian College

Trinity Christian College’s Board of Trustees announced today that President Kurt D. Dykstra has accepted a position to become president and chief executive officer of the Independent Colleges of Indiana. Trinity Provost Dr. Aaron Kuecker will serve as interim president of the College, effective immediately

Trinity Names Five as Founders’ Scholars

For every incoming class, our Founders’ Scholars stand apart even amongst their exceptional peers. Normally, Trinity designates two incoming freshmen to receive the prestigious, full-tuition Founders’ Scholarships. Yet thanks to the generosity of our donor community, Trinity has been able to designate five Founders for the Class of 2026.  

Trinity Professors Named Chicago Semester Scholars

Along with many Trinity students who have taken advantage of everything Chicago Semester has to offer, several professors from the College will be participating in Chicago Semester’s Summer 2022 Scholar-In-Residence program.

Troll Nation Answers the Call for Trinity Tuesday

The Sixth Annual Trinity Tuesday officially came to a close with so much to celebrate! Through the support of a record breaking number of 804 donors and gifts, more than $242,000 has been raised ready to impact students on campus today and in the future. 

Business Department Accreditation Reaffirmed by ACBSP

As part of Trinity’s ongoing commitment to educating future business leaders who will change the world, the College pleased to announce the business department’s reaffirmation of accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs.  

Antos Named Among Yamaha’s 40 under 40 Educators

For the second year in a row, Yamaha has named 40 exceptional music educators under the age of 40 who possess action, courage, creativity, and growth. And Trinity’s own Prof. Justin Antos, Ph.D., has been named to this selective group.

Trinity Transforms Vision for Success with Four-Day Course Schedule

For more than 60 years, Trinity has changed lives. And the latest demonstration of this will start next fall, as Trinity transforms the traditional five day a week collegiate class schedule to one where students have Wednesdays free for internships, field experience, studies, and other activities.   

“Bigger Than What You See”—Launching Next Step 2022

Saturday,  February 19 was Multicultural Team’s annual Next Step event! The event’s speakers eagerly shared their knowledge and insight and spoke on the greatly diverse and unique community present not only at Trinity Christian College, but also throughout the world.

Kimble and Brodnax Present Annual Black History Month Lecture

Attendees of this year’s annual Black History Month lecture had the opportunity to experience an in-depth, wide-ranging exploration of “The Past, Present, and Future of Black History” featuring Prof. Lionel Kimble of Chicago State University, and Prof. David Brodnax, Sr., of Trinity.

98 Percent of the Class of 2021 Are Employed or in Grad School

According to data from Trinity’s Cooper Center for Vocation and Career Development, 97.7 percent of the graduates in the Class of 2021 are employed or in graduate school. That far surpasses the nationwide average of 82.4 percent. 

Klein and Contreras Advance in Kennedy Center Acting Scholarship

Trinity’s Theatre Department is delighted to congratulate Adriana Klein ’24 and Jacob Contreras ’23 on making it to the semi-finals of the Irene Ryan Acting Competition, part of the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival (KCACTF) in Region 3!

Dykhouse Advances to Finals in KCACTF Competition

We congratulate Evie Dykhouse ’22 for advancing to the final round of KCACTF’s Region 3 “Allied Design and Technology Expo” competition for her submission and presentation of Trinity’s Fall Mainstage Production of Macbeth makeup and design.

McGhee ‘24 Takes Part in Prestigious Internship Program

Recently, accounting major Jason McGhee ‘24 had the opportunity to participate in the Mary T. Washington Wiley Internship Preparation Program, designed to launch African American and other racial and ethnic minority college students into the accounting profession with access to training, resources, and mentors. 

Roseland Portrait Project Featured in Seerveld Gallery

For Professor of Art & Design John Bakker, art is a catalyst to build stronger communities. His Roseland Portrait Project, which was recently on display in the Seerveld Gallery, represents the most recent iteration of that philosophy.

Tameling Succeeds Zumdahl as Chair of Board of Trustees

Trinity Christian College has a new Chair of the Board of Trustees and he is someone with previous experience in that important role.  Starting in January, Calvin Tameling ’72 became chair of the board.  He takes over from Dr. Laura Zumdahl ‘02, Ph.D, who had served as chair for the last three years. 

Fusion 59 Consulting Team Offers Professional Expertise

For professional market research, improving brand awareness, boosting social media engagement, creating business models and other services, local companies have an option right at Trinity—Fusion 59’s Consulting Team.  

Congratulations to Fall 2021 Dean’s List Honorees

The Dean’s List is Trinity Christian College’s highest academic honor. Congratulations to all our traditional undergraduate students and adult programs students who met this distinction for the Fall 2021 semester.

Honoring the Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

At the annual celebration of King, hosted by the BSU in Ozinga Chapel Auditorium on Monday, students, professors, and staff members came together for prayer, poetry readings, excerpts from King’s speeches, gospel music, and more. This year’s theme focused on “We Stand Resilient!” 

Mozie Named VP for Student Enrollment and Retention

Trinity is pleased to announce that Jeanine Mozie, previously director of admissions at the College, has been named vice president for student enrollment and retention.

Join Us for Chapel During the Spring Semester

At Trinity, we have the opportunity to come together twice a week for in-person Chapel services on Wednesday and Friday mornings at 10:10 am in the Ozinga Chapel Auditorium. All are welcome!

Trinity’s Most Popular Stories in 2021

The Trinity community was certainly busy in 2021, and we were pleased to be able to share many of those stories with you on Trinity’s website. Among the many stories that we shared, our readers found a few to be especially interesting. Find out which stories were among our most popular!  

Historical Association Visits Oriental Institute

The Historical Association of Students was excited for its first field trip since the spring of 2020 and is looking forward to more upcoming events.

2021 Year in Review

What a year it’s been! Here in this Year in Review, we share the stories of our students, professors, alumni, staff members, and friends during these unprecedented times.

Trinity Names Reid Athletic Director

Trinity is pleased to announce that Wendy Reid has been named athletic director. Previously, Reid had been director of athletics communications at the College.

Christmas Greetings from Trinity!

On behalf of the Trinity campus community, Christmas greetings to you!  We are grateful to God for all of the ways in which your partnership and support make possible what happens every day on campus. You are a vital part of the Trinity community!

Trinity’s Nursing Program is a Leader in Illinois Nursing Education, Preparation

When Trinity’s nursing students graduate, they are prepared to be exceptional nurses, clinically and vocationally. Trinity does this by providing excellent professors, facilities, and clinical placements; through rigorous coursework; and with a supportive environment where students can realize their callings.

President Dykstra Shares Insights, Vision on National Podcast

Attending a liberal arts college changed the life of Trinity’s President Kurt D. Dykstra, who was the first in his family to attend college. And that is why he works to do the same for Trinity’s students, Dykstra shared as a part of a wide-ranging conversation on the recent podcast, “Rebuilding the American Dream.”

Community Rallies for Giving Tuesday

Every year, the world unites for a celebration of generosity on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving. And the Trinity community joyfully responded to this year’s Giving Tuesday on Nov. 30, through gifts that directly support our students to continue living out their dreams on Trinity’s campus. In 24 hours, more than 100 donors came together to raise more than $17,000!

“All Hail Macbeth!”—A Gripping Shakespearean Tragedy

Flashing lights. Eerie music. Thrilling swordplay. Moving trees. Bloody daggers. Bubbling cauldron. Chanting. Prophecy. Murder. It was magical, malevolent, and magnificent—it was “Macbeth,” Trinity’s Theatre Department’s Fall Mainstage performance.

Join Us for Christmastide – Let Heaven and Nature Sing!

Christmastide, a long-standing Trinity tradition, is quickly coming up on Dec. 4! For more than 20 years, the whole of the Music Department, including choirs and instrumental ensembles, join together to perform a grand music concert for all.

Dykhouse ’22 Named Lincoln Laureate

The Lincoln Laureate Student Awards honor Illinois college seniors for their leadership and service in bettering humanity and for their excellence in their academic and extracurricular work. And this year, Trinity is pleased to announce that Evie Dykhouse ’22 has been named the College’s Lincoln Laureate. 

One-Act Plays Return to the Stage

It had been a very long time since Trinity’s theatre department has performed live, in-person, in the Black Box of the ArCC (Arts and Communication Center), in front of an eager audience. But this year was a step back to that: the 16th Annual Student-Directed One-Acts brought life into the Black Box on October 22 and 23!

“Nailed It!”—STAC Brings Back Exciting Cake-Decorating Event

The Dining Hall was alight, active, and alive in the late hours of the night. Students clamored around tables, excitedly decorating cakes, throwing on any (or all) decorations they could find. It’s a competition where the best cake—or the worst–wins.

Campus Comes Together for Fall Fest

With the sun shining throughout a picture-perfect autumn weekend, Trinity was excited to welcome hundreds of alumni, parents, and friends to campus for Fall Fest, our annual Homecoming and Parents’ Weekend.

Bakker Featured on Cover of Chicago Bridge Magazine

Professor of Art & Design John Bakker was recently featured on the cover of “Chicago Bridge Magazine” and its podcast, where he was described as a “legend in and around the community of Roseland and the state of Illinois.” 

Enter: New Campus Pastor Ben Snoek

Rev. Ben Snoek, Trinity’s new interim campus pastor, is excited about the opportunities to serve at Trinity. “Pastor Ben,” as he is already known throughout campus, joined the College in the Fall 2021 semester, following the retirement of long-time Chaplain and Dean of Spiritual Formation Rev. Willis (Bill) VanGroningen.

Sabor Latino Leads Hispanic Heritage Month Activities

It’s Hispanic Heritage Month, and the Sabor Latino Club has come forth to celebrate this at Trinity with all its might! It was the first time in Sabor Latino’s history to celebrate Hispanic heritage as a club and with everyone on campus. 

Trinity Hosts Conference on Knowledge for the Future

Trinity is excited to host the upcoming “Conference for Knowledge for the Future: Higher Education, Change, and Christian Responsibility, sponsored by Coram Deo.  The conference, which takes place on  campus on Nov. 11-12, features renowned speakers from around the country, as well as Trinity professors.  

Coach Lenarz Earns 300th Career Victory

Trinity’s head women’s soccer coach Josh Lenarz ’98 notched his 300th win when the Trolls scored in the 10th minute of their game against Judson University on Oct. 6.  Lenarz is now one of the most winning active coaches in the NAIA. 

Get Ready for Fall Fest 2021

Mark your calendars for Friday, November 5 and Saturday, November 6 for our annual Fall Fest weekend. We are excited to welcome alumni, students, parents and the community to join us for Homecoming and Family Weekend, all rolled together into one giant event.

Alum Returns to Business Classrooms to Share Experience and Insights

During his time at Trinity double majoring in finance and marketing, Zach Fitch ’18 didn’t plan to become an influencer or work for one of the biggest TikTok marketing agencies in the world.

Readings Highlight Constitution Day 2021

On September 17, 1787, the Founding Fathers signed the most influential document in American history, the U.S. Constitution. And every year, Trinity commemorates that world-changing event by recognizing Constitution Day.

Don’t Miss Stardust Jazz Night this Friday

Join us for Stardust Jazz Night, with the Trinity Jazz Ensemble and the Trinity Jazz Collaborative! The concert will take place at 7 pm in Ozinga Chapel Auditorium on Sept. 24. The concert marks the first in a series of events planned by Trinity’s Music Department this semester.

Trolls recognized during NAIA Awards Day

The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics has announced its Daktronics Scholar-Athletes and NAIA Scholar Teams and recognized Trinity Athletics with 75 Scholar-Athlete and 15 Scholar-Teams distinctions.

U.S. News Names Trinity a Top 20 School

The life-changing value of a Trinity education has once again been recognized by U.S. News and World Report, which named Trinity to several of its “best” lists for 2022, including among the Top 20 Regional Colleges Midwest and #15 for social mobility.

U.S. News Recognizes BSN Program among Best in Country

In its inaugural rankings, U.S. News & World Report has recognized Trinity’s Nursing program as among the best in the country, standing shoulder to shoulder with some of the largest universities in the United States. 

Boerman-Cornell Appears on Comic-Con Panel

Helping teachers incorporate graphic novels into the classroom is one topic the Comic-Con Educational Series recently tackled. Trinity Professor of Education Bill Boerman-Cornell appeared as a panelist to share strategies, resources, and lessons to improve methods of teaching with this highly effective medium. 

Trinity Holds 63rd Annual Convocation

The 63rd Annual Convocation, which took place on Sept. 1, was a particularly meaningful one, as those who had been learning, teaching and working remotely during the pandemic came together once more in Ozinga Chapel Auditorium to pray, sing, and be in community.

Trinity Back Together for the First Day of Classes

The first day of fall classes is always an exciting time, with campus dorms bursting with new friends and roommates, halls buzzing with students and professors, athletics teams launching into the new season, and a community gathered together in the pursuit of knowledge.

Trinity Launches Social Work Program Designed for Adult Students

The world needs social workers, and Trinity is pleased to announce the Spring 2022 launch of a Bachelor of Social Work degree geared towards adult students and taking place entirely online.

Fusion59 Co-Directors Featured in Television Interview

Some of the deep bonds between the College and Palos Heights were highlighted during a recent interview with Trinity’s Fusion59 co-directors Haley Heeg ’20 and Sundeep Vira on Channel 4, the city’s community access channel. 

Mattson Publishes Book on Spiritual Capital

The question of what role spiritual capital plays at organizations raises a whole host of other issues, many of them complicated. It’s a topic that Professor of Communication Arts Craig Mattson, Ph.D., delves into in his most recent book, “Why Spiritual Capital Matters.” 

SALT Announces Fall 2021 Classes

SALT is back with terrific, in-person offerings for Fall 2021! SALT (Seasoned Adults Learning at Trinity) is a membership-based program for community members 55+ who are interested in ongoing education and lifelong learning.

Defense Department Honors Trinity for Support of National Guard

In recognition of the Trinity’s support of National Guard service members, the College and Director of Technology Systems Kevin Jacobs ‘02 have been recognized by the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, a program of the U.S. Department of Defense. 

Newly Improved Shack Welcomes Students Back to Campus

The Shack, located next to Trinity’s Mail & Print Center, got a fresh new look last spring, when Trinity’s Serve Team made its revitalization a priority.

IPO Announces Return to Live Performances at Ozinga Chapel

IPO makes its jubilant return to the stage of Ozinga Chapel Auditorium for the 2021-22 season with world-renowned featured soloists Rachel Barton Pine, William Wolfram, collaborations with The Joffrey Academy of Dance, Official School of The Joffrey Ballet and Anima-Glen Ellyn Children’s Chorus.

Trolls Athletics Announces Spring Honor Roll

Each semester the Department of Athletics recognizes student-athletes who excelled in their studies by achieving high marks in the classroom. Of the 215 athletes who participated in the spring 2021 semester, 102 were named to the Trinity Athletics Honor Roll

Trinity Again Honored by Colleges of Distinction

Trinity students leave the College confident in what they believe and possess the skills and experience necessary to excel in their field for good, according to Colleges of Distinction. The organization has once again recognized Trinity in several categories.

Record Breaking Year for Annual Alumni Golf Outing

It was a beautiful day for a golf outing on June 11 and a record number of participants in Trinity’s annual Alumni Golf Outing took full advantage of it, raising funds for scholarships while having a great time with new and old friends! 

Peters Talks about Listening to New Voices and More on Music Podcast

Speaking with Missy Strong, host of Music Ed Amplified, Dr. Peters talked about a range of topics, including how he strives to tell the story of all human persons, not just white European men; why he doesn’t use textbooks in his music appreciation courses; and how he wants students to think differently about music in their lives.

Class of ’25 Experiences Trinity Life with Blueprints

Blueprints Weekend is one of the most beloved traditions at Trinity. During this weekend, incoming freshmen and their families gather on campus for summer pre-orientation and registration and so much more!

Doorn Named Staff Member of the Year

Gracious. Patient. Kind. Professional. Those are just some of the words used to describe Human Resources Payroll Administrator Kris Doorn ‘89, who has been named Trinity’s 2021-22 Staff Member of the Year.  

Trolls Fastest, Highest in NCCAA Tournament

Hard work and dedication, that’s what it took for Maddy Clausen and Alyssa Busker to claim titles at the recent NCCAA National Track and Field Championships and earn their spot at the recent 41st Annual NAIA Women’s Outdoor Track and Field National Championships. 

Congratulations to Spring 2021 Dean’s List Honorees

The Dean’s List is Trinity Christian College’s highest academic honor. Congratulations to all our traditional undergraduate students and adult programs students who met this distinction for the Spring 2021 semester.

Lee Assumes Role of Vice President of Languages Association

The Christian Association of World Languages (CAWL) brings scholars together to provide a forum for promoting Christian reflection and practice in the field. And Trinity’s Prof. Yeon Lee will lay a key role in this mission as the association’s new vice president.

Brodnax Named Professor of the Year

Trinity is pleased to announce that Professor of History David Brodnax Sr., Ph.D., is Professor of the Year for 2021-22. he many nominations cited Brodnax’s excellent academic work, his education and perspective with both a law degree and a doctorate, and his tireless service to the College. Brodnax was recognized at commencement on May 8.

Recognizing Emeriti Professors Meyer and Snoeyink

Along with celebrating graduates on May 8, the College also honored the emeritations of two long-time faculty members who have retired at the end of the 2020-21 academic year: Joy Meyer ’78, Ed.D., associate professor of education, licensure officer, and dean of education; and Rick Snoeyink, Ph.D.

Trinity Welcomes Newest Members of Social Work Honor Society

Trinity’s Social Work Department welcomed the newest members of the College’s Phi Xi Chapter of Phi Alpha Honor Society. Congratulations to the social work majors who were inducted!

Trinity’s Special Education Programs Recognized as Top 10 Value

The College is particularly pleased to see the value of our undergraduate and graduate degrees in special education recognized by Grad Degree Search, including among the Top 10 in the Great Lakes Region.

Student Life Award Winners Honored

During an extraordinary year, Trinity students continued to show their commitment to leadership, the College, and to each other. Congratulations to all those who were nominated and honored!

Celebrating the Classes of 2021 and 2020 at Commencement

Commencement is always a joyful occasion. This year’s commencement represented twice the cause for celebration, as Trinity honored the graduates of both the classes of 2021 and 2020!

Trinity Alums Publish in Peer-Reviewed Journal

The research, published in the journal PLOS One, was conducted during their time at Trinity under the guidance of Prof. Clay Carlson. Their work makes a connection between a beneficial probiotic and changes in the brain.

Trinity Remembers the Life and Legacy of Martin Ozinga III

Trinity Christian College mourns the sudden and unexpected passing of Martin Ozinga III on Monday, April 26, even as it celebrates his good and faithful life. Ozinga was 71.

OPUS Tradition Continues to Celebrate Student Scholarship

It may have been snowing outside last Tuesday, but the tradition of OPUS continued, with the celebration of scholarship, music, art, and more. This year also marked the 1st Annual  GRUMPUS–an extension of OPUS that includes graduate research projects  

SGA Leadership Team For 2021-22 Elected

Trinity’s students have voted, and the results are in! Congratulations to all the incoming Student Government Association officers for the upcoming academic year.

Trinity Theatre Presents: Six Medieval Mystery Plays

The English Medieval Mystery Plays are some of the very first recorded examples of theatre after the Dark Ages. Trinity Theatre is delighted to present a performance of six of these plays this April, as we emerge from a sort of “dark ages” of our own.

Women’s Soccer, Volleyball Teams Compete in NAIA Tournaments

It’s national tournament time, Troll Nation! And Trinity has not one, but two, teams to cheer on to victory in National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) playoffs this week.

Brown and Van Dyke Awarded Founders’ Scholarships

Trinity is pleased to announce our most recent Founders’ Scholars for the incoming class of 2025, Tyren Brown of Upper Marlboro, Md., and Kara Van Dyke of Fishers, Ind.

Education Program Ranked Among Top 10 Nationwide

Trinity’s Education majors learn to cultivate relational peace, educational equity, and justice and to impact every student’s life through excellence in teaching. Those stellar qualities have earned the Education program a place in the top 10 nationwide and number one in Illinois, according to College Factual.

Nursing Students Adapt & Respond During COVID-19

As the COVID-19 pandemic upended traditional approaches to nursing education, Trinity’s Department Chair and Associate Professor of Nursing Tina Decker ‘06, DNP made it her mission to get the students the work they desired to be fully prepared for their upcoming transition into their nursing careers.

Trustees Provide Update on Select College Committee on Diversity, Unity, Conciliation, and Belonging

We write to give you two brief updates on the Select College Committee Diversity, Unity, Conciliation, and Belonging.  This is a follow-up communication from our message to you on Friday, March 12, 2021.

Get Ready for Trollstock on April 10

TrollNation’s got talent, and that will be on display again at this year’s Trollstock! Trinity’s annual talent show is ready to debut on the College YouTube channel on April 10.

Nominate Professor and Staff Member of the Year

Good works happen every day at Trinity—and one way we recognize those are through awards for Professor of the Year and Staff Member of the Year. Nominations for both awards may be submitted by students, staff, faculty, and alumni.

New Play by Alum Premieres This Week on Trin Trail

For playwright, director and Theatre Program Coordinator Emma (Darcy) Schneider ’19, unconventional times have led her to create an unconventional theatre experience.

Trinity Nursing Program Racks Up More Top Rankings

The recognitions and honors for Trinity’s top-ranked nursing program continue to accumulate! RNCareers.org is the latest organization to name Trinity as the best BSN nursing program in the state of Illinois.

Get Moving with the Healthy Troll Challenge

The Healthy Troll Challenge is back, and everyone in the Troll community can take part this year! Since this year’s event is taking place virtually through Facebook and Instagram, anyone can work out alongside Trinity Exercise Science and Physical Education K-12 majors, earn points for prizes, and get healthier.

Seerveld Gallery Reopens with Desjardin Show

Trinity’s Seerveld Gallery brings the works of internationally famous artists, as well as artists from Chicago’s thriving art scene, to campus. And the Seerveld Gallery is currently hosting an exhibit by Katherine Desjardins called “Touch.” 

Trustees Share Update on Diversity & Inclusion Work

We write today to update the broader Trinity community particularly on one vital and complex topic:  Diversity & Unity, particularly in regards to race, justice, and reconciliation. 

Thanks for Another Record-Setting Trinity Tuesday!

Troll Nation answered the call for the fifth annual Trinity Tuesday, which took place on March 9! In just 24 hours, 777 donors raised $239,683 dollars for the Trinity Fund, exceeding the initial goal of 750 donors.

Athletics Announces Change to Spectator Policy

After careful consideration, we have decided to allow minimal, select spectators in attendance at both our indoor and outdoor competitions. No one will be admitted who is not on the guest pass list, and no visiting spectators will be permitted.

Trolls Rising Together

Trinity students are curious, ambitious, and passionate about discovering the joy of their vocation. For many, that spirit of service starts right on campus, in student leadership positions. 

Kreykes Pulls in NCCAA, CCAC Postseason Honors

Senior basketball player Gabby Kreykes was named NCCAA Regional Player of the Year and also brought home the top honor when the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) announced its women’s basketball postseason awards. Senior Jasmine Elliott earned Honorable Mention All-Conference by the CCAC.

A Grand Slam for Trinity’s Classes of 2021 and 2020

Commencement is always a joyous occasion—and this year’s May 8 celebration will be a particularly meaningful one for Trinity graduates and their friends and family. We will not only be celebrating the Class of 2021 and honoring our 2020 graduates as well.

Congratulations to Fall 2020 Dean’s List Honorees

The Dean’s List is Trinity Christian College’s highest academic honor. Congratulations to all our traditional undergraduate students and adult programs students who met this distinction for the Fall 2020 semester.

In It Together as Students Return to Campus

Less than a year after COVID-19 swept across the globe, Trinity welcomed many students back to campus and the classroom for the Spring 2021 semester.

Annual Lecture Offers Insights on Black History Scholarship

The Black History Month Lecture is an annual tradition at Trinity, and on Feb. 15, the History Department hosted the lecture as a virtual roundtable discussion.

HLC Reaffirms Trinity’s Accreditation

After an exhaustive, multi-year process of preparation and evaluation, Trinity Christian College has learned that it has been reaccredited for another 10 years by the Higher Learning Commission.

Saint-Victor Co-Leads Session at Calvin Worship Symposium

Trinity’s Nicole Saint-Victor ‘12, Affiliated Faculty, Director of Gospel Choir and Director of Multicultural Engagement, co-led one of the recent sessions, which was focused on college and university students.

Fusion Friday Speaker Raymond ’05 Offers Tips on Writing a Great Resume

As part of Fusion 59’s Fusion Fridays, Rachel (Vander Pol) Raymond ’05 recently talked with Trinity students about how to get noticed by potential employers.

Trinity Honors King in Virtual Celebration

On Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Jan. 18, Trinity’s Black Student Union hosted its annual celebration of the great civil rights leader, focusing on the theme “Justice Like a River.”

SALT 2021: The Virtual Edition

The SALT Advisory Board and SALT Program Coordinator Andrea Dieleman are pleased to offer 3 virtual course options in the Spring 2021—all very relevant for today’s changing world.

Colleges of Distinction Honors Trinity in Multiple Areas

The organization has recognized Trinity’s life-changing work among Illinois and Christian colleges, as well as for several academic programs and career preparation.

Recognizing Trinity’s Fall 2020 Graduates

Trinity is pleased to recognize our Fall 2020 graduates and welcome them as alumni of the College!

Boerman-Cornell Publishes Book about Graphic Novels

Congratulations to Prof. of Education Bill Boerman-Cornell on the publication of his new book, “Using Graphic Novels in the English Language Arts Classroom. ”

Athletics Hall of Fame to Welcome New Class for 2020-21

Trinity Athletics is excited to announce that it will induct a new class to its Hall of Fame during the 2021-22 academic year.

Alumni Board Engages in Conversations on Equity and Inclusion

The Trinity community has taken several steps as part of our commitment to live up to our beliefs that all people are created equally in the image of God.

Generous Donors Exceed Giving Tuesday Goals

Thanks to the generosity of incredible people, Trinity exceeded its goals for Giving Tuesday and were blessed with 150 donors who helped us raise over $20,000 for our students this holiday season. 

Trinity Receives CCCU Grant for Work in Roseland Neighborhood

Thanks to the hard work and dedication of a group of current and emeriti professors, Trinity has received a grant from the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities (CCCU) that spans several different initiatives at the College and connects to Chicago’s Roseland neighborhood.

In It Together for the Holidays: How Your Donations Help on Giving Tuesday

The holiday season, in the midst of the COVID pandemic, has presented unique challenges for some of our students. To support our international students and student-athletes who will be staying on campus during the extended winter break, Trinity would love to find 100 donors to give $100 each this Giving Tuesday, Dec. 1. 

Trinity’s BSN Graduates Score Perfect NCLEX Pass Rate for Fifth Time in Six Years

For an unprecedented fifth time in six years, Trinity nursing graduates have achieved a perfect first-time pass rate on the NCLEX-RN exam. This success for Trinity’s top-ranked program represents the highest six-year NCLEX average of any BSN or ADN program in Illinois.

Connecting with Trinity through Virtual Events

While we were physically separated this Fall Semester, the Trinity community was able to connect through a series of virtual events, hosted by President Kurt and Leah Dykstra. Each event celebrated a unique aspect of our campus.

Holden ’17 Provides Insight on How to Score Dream Career

Rachel Holden ‘17, who is currently working for Northwestern Mutual in Recruiting and Development, recently spoke to Trinity students about career searching, training, and professional development for the third Fusion Friday of the semester.

The Longest Zoom: 24-Hour Theatre Project a Success

The 24-Hour Theatre Project has been a tradition for Trinity’s Theatre program since 2016. This year—though modified—was no exception! Recently, students, faculty, staff, alumni, and others gathered virtually to tackle five different plays in a single day’s time.

Barz ’21 Named Trinity’s Lincoln Laureate

Trinity is pleased to announce that Ross Barz ‘21 has been named Trinity’s 2020  Lincoln Laureate. Barz will be honored in a virtual ceremony by Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker.  

Trinity Ranked Among Safest College Campuses

Trinity has recently ranked as one of the safest college campuses in the nation by Niche.com, and as the safest college campus in Illinois by Stateuniversity.com.

Trinity Launches Data Analytics Program

Trinity  is pleased to announce the Fall 2021 launch of a new Data Analytics program, which will include a major as well as opportunity for micro-credentialing for students in other majors.

Fusion Friday Speaker Ciccarone Discusses Career Planning and Success

There is more to a good employee than just technical skills–other factors are important too, Anthony Ciccarone of Amplify Chicago, explained during a recent Fusion Friday event.

Trinity, Upkey Form School of Record Relationship

Trinity has developed a School of Record (SOR) partnership with Upkey, an educational organization dedicated to creating a more equitable future for students, as they enter the workforce.

Admissions Introduces TrinTalks on Tuesdays

Do you know a high school student who might be a perfect fit at Trinity? Invite them to check out our TrinTalks!  TrinTalks, which take place on Tuesdays, are virtual, webinar-style events that delve into different areas of Trinity. 

Trinity Prepares for 5th Annual 24-Hour Theatre Project

Trinity continues its tradition of hosting the annual 24-Hour Theatre Project, this year in an online format. The free event takes place this weekend, with the performances starting at 8 pm on Saturday, September 26.

Join IPO for a Virtual Opening Night Concert from Ozinga Chapel

Trinity is proud to be the home of the award-winning Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra. And as the IPO has reimagined its fall programming in order to protect the community, we are excited to see the IPO musicians back on the stage of Ozinga Chapel Auditorium, for a concert on Oct. 24

Trinity Ranked Among Top 25 of Best Colleges

Continuing a years-long tradition of excellence and recognition, Trinity Christian College has been named among the “Best Colleges” by U.S. News & World Report for 2021.

Trinity Athletics Named Champions of Character Five-Star Institution

Trolls don’t just believe in sportsmanship and integrity during athletic competitions–they live those values in every aspect of their lives. And Trinity is pleased to receive the Champions of Character Five-Star award from the NAIA.

Heeg Takes Over as Fusion 59 EIR

Since Fusion 59 opened in 2018, many people across campus and from the Chicagoland area have benefited from Trinity’s innovation and co-working space. As Haley Heeg ’20 takes over as Entrepreneur in Residence, she is looking forward to continuing and expanding on that tradition.

Congratulations to Spring 2020 Dean’s List Honorees

The Dean’s List is Trinity Christian College’s highest academic honor. Congratulations to all our traditional undergraduate students and adult programs students who met this distinction for the Spring 2020 semester.

Trinity Welcomes North American Christians in Social Work to Campus

Trinity Christian College and the North American Christians in Social Work (NACSW) are pleased to announce a new memorandum of understanding to mark the co-location of NACSW’s corporate headquarters on Trinity’s campus, effective June 1, 2020. 

Prof. Decker Interviewed about COVID Challenges Facing Nurses

Associate Professor of Nursing and Department Chair Tina Decker ’06, DNP,  recently talked with the Illinois Association of Colleges of Nursing about how the expectations and requirements of nurses have changed during the pandemic and how nurses can adapt. 

Trinity Celebrates 62nd Convocation

As part of his Convocation address, Professor of the Year Yudha Thianto talked about how our individual stories become one big family story. “Together, we will accomplish the calling that He has given us.”

34th Annual TAC Golf Classic Benefits Student-Athletes

Nothing can stop the spirit and generosity of the Trinity community! For the 34th year, participants and sponsors came together for the annual Trinity Athletics Club (TAC) Golf Classic, raising money for student-athlete scholarships.

Gouwens Receives Nurse Educator Fellowship

Congratulations to Associate Professor of Nursing Sarah Gouwens, DNP, who has been named a 2020 Illinois Nurse Educator Fellow.

Pell Named Staff Member of the Year

Trinity’s Staff Council is pleased to announce that Diana Pell, Administrative Assistant to Faculty, has been named Staff Member of the Year for 2020-21.

Updated Fall 2020 Campus Plan – Trinity: In It Together

President Dykstra today shared Trinity’s updated plans for Fall 2020, which includes moving most academic programs online.

Owens Named Head Women’s Basketball Coach

Trinity Athletics has hired Theo Owens, previously associate head coach of Robert Morris University’s women’s basketball team, as the new head women’s basketball coach.

Trinity to Postpone All Fall Athletic Competition Until Spring 2021

NAIA publicly announced a decision to postpone national championships for fall sports to spring 2021.  The CCAC has concurrently announced a unanimous decision to postpone conference competition and championships to spring. 

Mattson Discusses Spiritual Capital on Podcast Series

Today, organizational leaders everywhere have to think like social entrepreneurs, says Professor of Communication Arts Craig Mattson, Ph.D. That is a premise he is exploring in a book he is currently writing, as well as a podcast series called “Spiritual Capital” he launched earlier this year.

HR Management Curriculum Aligns with Major Association

Trinity is pleased to announce that the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) has acknowledged that Trinity’s HR Management degree now aligns with SHRM’s HR Curriculum Guidebook and Templates.

Thrive Student Mentors Get Ready to Welcome Students to Campus

To help first-year students navigate their adjustment to Trinity and provide a sense of community, Thrive Student Mentors have spent the summer preparing to provide an immediate support network for all new students when they arrive on campus next month.

Bialek Named Head Men’s & Women’s Golf Coach

Trinity Athletics has named Jeremy Bialek head men’s and women’s golf coach, Director of Athletics Mark Hanna announced. Bialek also serves an assistant men’s basketball coach and as an education data specialist at the College.

Trinity Welcomes McCarrell as Library Director

Kyle McCarrell, most recently library director at Blue Ridge Community College in Virginia, has joined the College as Director of the Jennie Huizenga Memorial Library.

Thianto Publishes Essay on Early Muslim-Calvinist Encounters in East Indies

Professor of Theology Yudha Thianto, Ph.D., recently published an essay in a new book, “Jews, Christians and Muslims in the Reformation Era.”

Reppmann Featured on Recent Podcasts

Philosophy Prof. Aron Reppmann ’92 recently discussed thinkers and works that are significant to him, as a featured guest on two podcasts: the Critical Faith podcast, produced by the Institute for Christian Studies; and the Secret History of Western Esotericism podcast. 

Trinity’s Board of Trustees Shares Statement about Racial Justice and Equity

The Board of Trustees shares this statement with the Trinity community following its special meeting so that Trinity’s principles and values are clear and unambiguous.

Eller Named Women’s Volleyball Head Coach

Trinity Athletics hired Becky Eller as the new head coach for the women’s volleyball program, Director of Athletics Mark Hanna has announced. Before coming to Trinity, Eller served as an assistant coach for the women’s volleyball team at Trinity International University.

Join Us for the Annual Alumni Golf Outing

The format may be different, but our Alumni Board is still excited to announce our annual golf outing to raise scholarships for students of alumni! Grab some friends or former roommates and have a blast on the course at a tee time that works for you.

State-of-the-Art Nursing Department Opens in the Fall

Thanks to the faithful generosity of two dedicated families, Trinity’s nursing students will have state-of-the-art facilities this fall, following extensive renovations that are currently underway.

Scholma Named Presentation Chair of Dolly Gray Award

Assistant Professor of Special Education Christine Scholma ’04 has been named presentation chair for the 2022 award, which recognizes children’s and young adult books that portray individuals with developmental disabilities.

St. Victor Named to CCCU Commission on Diversity and Inclusion

Congratulations to Nicole Saint-Victor ‘12, Trinity’s Director of Multicultural Engagement, for being named a commissioner on the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities’ Commission.

Staff and Professors Recognized for Service

As part of our annual spring tradition, faculty and staff were honored for their service, including milestone anniversaries.

Incoming Freshmen Welcomed to Blueprints 101

At Blueprints, students get to meet other students, faculty, and staff. During our sessions, incoming freshmen discover more about campus life, register for classes, and begin friendships with other new students that will last a lifetime.

Trinity Christian College Shares Statement of Solidarity and Support

Building upon the personal reflection that President Dykstra offered to the Trinity community this past weekend, Trinity Christian College shares the following statement in solidarity with and in support of the entire Trinity community. 

Athletics Department Honors Winners of Annual Awards

Troll athletes excel on and off the field, and the Athletics Department recently announced the winners of the annual awards that honor commitment, community, and caring.

Trinity, Joliet Slammers Donate Meals to Palos First Responders

More than ever during these challenging times, we are grateful to our essential workers and first responders. And Trinity was thrilled to partner with the Joliet Slammers to recently donate meals to the Palos Heights Police and Fire Departments.

Trinity is “In It” Together

For many Trinity students, the effects of COVID-19 are particularly difficult. To support our most vulnerable students, Trinity Christian College has established the “In It Together Fund.”

Leading Association Again Recognizes PERK Program

Trinity’s Physical Education, Recreation, and Kinesiology program has once again been recognized as a National Strength and Conditioning Association Education Recognition Program, the premier group in the field. 

Nursing Program Ranked Among Best in State

Trinity is pleased to announce that our Nursing Program has once again been recognized among the top Bachelor of Science in Nursing programs in Illinois by RN to BSN.

Announcing Trinity’s Plans for In-Person Instruction for the Fall

Trinity is planning and expecting to welcome, in-person, our students to campus this fall and we will do so in a way that incorporates public health measures endorsed by governmental authorities and medical experts.

Thianto Named Professor of the Year

Trinity is pleased to announce that the 2020-21 Professor of the Year is Yudha Thianto, Ph.D., Professor of Theology. As Professor of the Year, Thianto will offer the message at Trinity’s 62nd Annual Convocation this fall and will be honored on Dec. 19, when Trinity celebrates commencement for the Spring 2020 graduates.

Trinity Partners With Upkey to Provide Over $1.5 Million of Academic Credit

Everyone participating in the virtual internship program, which is open to 1,000 students, will now have the option to receive three academic credits that will help ease future tuition costs.

Schrotenboer Quoted in “Christianity Today”

Recent shelter-in-place requirements offer the opportunity to get to know our own backyards, according to Associate Professor of Biology Abbie Schrotenboer, Ph.D., in a recent interview with “Christianity Today.”

Honoring Rudenga and Van Wyck for Years of Service

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

Trinity Grads Lead Illinois in CPA Exam Pass Rates and Scores

Trinity’s accounting graduates continued the College’s tradition of excelling on the certified public accounting (CPA) exam in 2019, leading the state of Illinois with both pass rates and average scores on the most recent test.

Bretzlaff-Holstein Discusses Humane Education on Podcast

In a podcast for the Humane Education Coalition, Dr. Cini Bretzlaff-Holstein discussed the interconnectedness of social justice, human rights issues, the natural living world, and animal rights, among other topics.

Congratulations to Student Life Award Winners

Every year, the Office of Student Life recognizes the outstanding contributions of Trinity students who have made a difference in the lives of the Trinity community. Congratulations to this year’s honorees!

’20-’21 Student Government Association Leaders Elected

Congratulations to all the students who have been elected to leadership positions in the Student Government Association for the upcoming academic year.

Bosscher’s Global Virtual Class Featured on CNN Indonesia

Amidst a global pandemic, the Trinity community is still making a difference around the world! Recently Emily Bosscher, Director of First Year Experience, taught an online English class for students in Indonesia.

Sebestyen Presents at National Theatre Conference

At the 2019 Association for Theatre in Higher Education’s (ATHE) annual conference in Orlando, Dr. John Sebestyen, associate professor of communication arts and director of theatre, took part in two sessions.

Celebrating OPUS 2020

It was an OPUS like no other! While the Trinity community is learning remotely, the annual celebration of student scholarship took place online.

Join Us on April 14 for OPUS Online

At Trinity, OPUS is one of the biggest events of the year. And nothing can stop OPUS and the opportunity to celebrate student scholarship! This year, we will celebrating a digital OPUS, and everyone is invited to participate.

VanMaanen ’12 Talks about How Trinity Prepared him for Medical School, Contracting Coronavirus

For Dr. Jesse VanMaanen ’12, a surgery resident at the University of South Dakota, the coronavirus pandemic isn’t just a workplace issue—he is currently in isolation after having contracted the illness during a rotation at Chicago’s John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook County.

Mock Trial Team Finds Success in its Inaugural Season

Trinity may be new to the world of college mock trial competitions, but the team has already made an impression during its first season. Trinity students notched several wins in tournaments against larger colleges and universities with more established teams.

Nominate Professor and Staff Member of the Year

Trinity’s people are at the heart of our community. As one way to recognize the achievements of our dedicated faculty and staff, we are currently accepting nominations for the Professor of the Year Award and Staff Member of the Year Award.

Trinity Community Continues to Take the Next Step

At the fourth annual Next Step Workshop last month, the Trinity community spent the day exploring ways to break cycles and discussing race, diversity and inclusion. 

Trinity Shifts to Online Learning in Response to COVID-19

The flourishing of our campus community and its health and safety are of utmost importance to us at Trinity. With that priority in mind we believe that it is in the best interest of our community and our neighbors to suspend in-person, on-campus classes for the remainder of the Spring 2020 semester beginning on Friday, March 13.

Trinity Tuesday 2020 a Success, Thanks to You

In a mere 24 hours, 730 donors participated in #TrinityTuesday, raising a total of $147,880 to impact Trinity students, surpassing our initial goal of 660 donors. And it was all thanks to you!

Trinity Professor and Alums Exhibit at Chicago Art Gallery

The Madron Gallery in Chicago is currently hosting an exhibit featuring the work of several artists who are part of the Trinity family, including Professor of Art & Design John Bakker and alumni Pierce Cruz ’18 and Hannah Dykstra ’17.

Trinity Names Eggert and Osorio as Founders’ Recipients

Trinity Christian College is pleased to announce that it has named Madison Eggert of Mequon, Wis., and Leslie Osorio of Mundelein, Ill., recipients of the prestigious 2020 Founders’ Scholarship.

Brooks Discusses “Church Forsaken” at Calvin Symposium

Jonathan Brooks, recruiter and mentor for Trinity’s five-year B.A./M.Div. program with Northern Seminary, led a seminar at the recent Calvin Symposium on Worship. 

Kuecker Co-Edits Book on New Testament Social Commentary

The Trinity community gathered last week to celebrate Provost Aaron Kuecker, Ph.D., on the recent release of Social Identity Commentary on the New Testament. Kuecker co-edited the book with Brian Tucker and contributed two chapters. 

Honoring Professor Milestones

At Trinity, our professors are dedicated to sharing their knowledge with students and growing their own gifts and talents inside and outside the classroom. We celebrate with our faculty who have recently reached career milestones with promotions and the granting of tenure.

O’Connor Speaks About Collaboration at Illinois ABA Conference

When working with children, behavior analysts and school-based professionals need successful collaboration, Trinity’s Dr. Karen O’Connor told audience members during a presentation at the recent Illinois Association for Behavior Analysis annual conference.

Trinity Tuesday 2020: Mark Your Calendars for March 10

Trinity Tuesday takes place on March 10 this year. Find out how you can be part of this very special day. 1 Day. 1 Goal. 1 Gift.

Van Groningen Receives Dana Walling Award

Trinity’s Chaplain and Dean of Spiritual Formation Dr. Willis “Bill” Van Groningen was recently awarded the Dana Walling Award for Excellence in Campus Ministry from the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU).

Author, International Speaker and Business Consultant Vicki Fitch Touching Down at Trinity

Fusion59, Trinity Christian College’s Center for Innovation, is excited to announce they are hosting an exclusive event on March 19th with international author, speaker and business consultant Vicki Fitch.

Join the TrollNation Anniversary Tour

During the Spring 2020 semester, Trinity Christian College is celebrating 60 years of God’s faithfulness with alumni and friends around the country.

Diversity Scholar Candidates Welcomed to Campus

Trinity was excited to welcome nearly 30 high school students to campus to participate in the Diversity Scholars Leadership Program last weekend. Along with those who attended in person, 10 international students took part in interviews via Skype.

Trinity and Ballet 5:8 Present “In the Between”

In performances highlighting ballet, theater, spoken word, and music, Trinity students and faculty and Ballet 5:8 celebrated the arts last weekend.

Trinity Celebrates Black History Month

“Having a month dedicated to black history gives Trinity an opportunity to affirm our very diverse population and to celebrate with our black students who they are and who they are on this campus,” said Nicole St. Victor ’12, Director of Multicultural Engagement.

Global Business Class Designs Marketing Plan for Company

Trinity students don’t just experience the world beyond campus. Sometimes, opportunities come right to the classroom! That is the case for Dr. Mike Chitavi’s Global Business class, which spent part of the fall semester developing international business plans for Sidekik, a soccer juggling tool.

Theatre Students Compete & Learn at KCACTF 2020

Sixteen Trinity theater students, along with Dr. John Sebestyen, recently traveled to the Region 3 Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival (KCACTF) in Madison, Wis., to learn, compete, and share a scene from the College’s Spring 2019 play.

Brodnax Publishes Entry on Antwan “Big Boi” Patton

The entry on Antwan “Big Boi” Patton, the Grammy-award winning hip hop artist, songwriter, and record producer, and half of the groundbreaking duo OutKast, appears in “The African American National Biography.”

Trinity, IPEKA Sign MoU

In a ceremony that took place on Jan. 7 in Jakarta, Indonesia, Trinity and Ipeka Foundation, a system of K-12 Christian schools, formally signed the Memorandum of Understanding.