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Trinity Ranked Among Safest College Campuses

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

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 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.

Join Trinity for our Annual TAC Golf Classic on Aug. 17

Please join the Trinity community in supporting our student athletes at the annual TAC Golf Classic on August 17, 2020. This year, the outing is at Crystal Tree Country Club in Orland Park, IL.

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.”

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.

Class of 2020 Receives Degrees in Virtual Conferral Ceremony

Congratulations to the Class of 2020! Graduates were recognized in a virtual degree conferral ceremony today. The ceremony also recognized retiring faculty members Dr. Helen Van Wyck and Dr. Liz Rudenga, as well as Dr. Yudha Thianto, as Trinity’s Professor of the Year for 2020-21.

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.

Vanden Bout Publishes Article in “Pro Rege”

The feature article by Dr. Vanden Bout ’00, “American Prodigal: White Church, Black Church, and the Feast of Social Justice,” appears in the most recent issue of the quarterly publication.

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 Awards Founders’ Scholarships to Eggert and Osorio

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.

Double the Impact of your Charitable Donation

What does it mean that many companies are willing to match employee gifts?

Trinity Welcomes NCCAA Men’s Volleyball National Invitational

Trinity Christian College is proud to host the NCCAA Men’s Volleyball National Invitational on Jan. 24 and 25. Eight teams will compete in this tournament.

Trinity Group Tours Holy Land Over Break

During the Christmas break, a group from Trinity had the opportunity to walk in Jesus’ footsteps during a visit to the Holy Land.

Trinity Hosts Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration

“Let’s Go Higher,” was the theme of this year’s annual celebration of the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., presented by Trinity’s Black Student Union. 

Bretzlaff-Holstein Named Fellow at Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics

Prof. Cini Bretzlaff-Holstein, chair of Trinity’s Social Work department, has been named a fellow at The Ferrater Mora Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics, which is committed to putting ethical concerns for animals on the intellectual agenda.

Congratulations to Fall 2019 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 2019 semester.

Foli Presents Seerveld Gallery Show

Multidisciplinary artist Kwabena Foli will present “god gives rest, not sleep” in the Seerveld Gallery from Jan. 9-Feb. 6. Foli will give an artists lecture on Feb. 6 at 6 pm in the ArCC DeWitt Lobby, and a closing reception will follow.

TWO Hosts Scrapbooking Event Jan. 17-18

Trinity Women’s Organization looks forward to spending time with scrapbookers at its semi-annual scrapbooking event! The spring 2020 event takes place Friday, January 17 and Saturday, January 18 in the Grand Lobby of the Ozinga Chapel

Christmas Greetings from Trinity

Hail, thou ever blessed morn,
Hail redemption’s happy dawn,
Sing through all Jerusalem,
Christ is born in Bethlehem.
– Edward Caswall (1858)

Envisioning Our New Welcome Center at 6555

Take a virtual tour of Trinity’s new Welcome Center, planned for the site of the former Back to God Ministries International Building, and learn why this building will be so impactful to our campus.

Come Home for the Holidays at IPO Concert

Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra (IPO), in residence at Trinity Christian College with a Home for the Holidays concert at Ozinga Chapel on December 21, 2019, at 3 pm. IPO will also share the stage with the Elmhurst Choral Union.

Trinity Celebrates Fall 2019 Graduates

The Trinity community celebrated with the Fall 2019 graduates today, as students received master of arts, bachelor of arts, bachelor of science, and bachelor of social work degrees.

Fry, Guzmán & Lenarz to Offer Commencement Reflections

Trinity’s fall semester 2019 commencement will take place in Ozinga Chapel Auditorium at 10 am on Saturday, Dec. 14.

Fall Athletes Receive Accolades

Players from the Trinity women’s soccer and women’s volleyball team received NCCAA and CCAC honors. Three members of the women’s volleyball team also were named NAIA All-American.

Join Us for Christmastide on Dec. 7

Trinity’s Music Department invites the community to attend the 18th Annual Christmastide program on Saturday, December 7 at 4 pm in the Ozinga Chapel.

National Changes Will Impact Year-End Planned Giving

For those who are utilizing planned giving approaches, or are considering it, there have been several significant changes that will impact IRA charitable rollover giving and charitable gift annuities that will take effect by Dec. 31.

Trolls Wrap Up Fall Sports Season with NAIA Appearances

Women’s volleyball, women’s soccer, and men’s cross country concluded their seasons over the weekend with competitions in the NAIA Nationals.

Trinity’s PERK Program Testing Alum’s App

Students and professors in Trinity’s Physical Education, Recreation, and Kinesiology (PERK) Department are working with Trinity alumnus Ryan Hesslau ‘18 to be the first college to pilot an app his company recently developed, The Waves App.

Escalante Named Trinity’s 2019 Lincoln Laureate

Trinity is pleased to announce that Indira Escalante ’20 has been named Trinity’s Lincoln Laureate. Escalante was honored at the Lincoln Academy Student Laureate Convocation Ceremony on Nov. 16 in Springfield, Ill.

Women’s Soccer and Volleyball Qualify for NAIA Nationals

The Trinity women’s soccer and volleyball teams secured bids to NAIA Nationals and are competing in opening round competition this weekend. Andrew Dobrescu will also race in the NAIA National Championship Cross Country Meet on Friday. Go, Trolls!

Pres. Dykstra Talks About “The Common Good”

The value of Christian higher education, the impact of student debt, the ESPN effect—Pres. Kurt Dykstra talks about all this, and much more, on the radio show “The Common Good” on Nov. 13.

Trinity Launches Center for Teaching and the Good Life

The mission of the Center for Teaching and the Good Life is to deepen Trinity’s capacity to help all students discover and articulate the joy of their vocation in ways that include and extend beyond career and work.

Mattson Discusses Money and Meaning in SOCAP Panel

Dr. Craig Mattson, Professor of Communication Arts, recently took part in the SOCAP 2019 conference in San Francisco as part of a panel discussion on “The intersection of money and meaning.” 

Trinity Honors First Gen Students on Nov. 8

On Nov. 8, Trinity capped off a week of honoring and celebrating our first generation students with a gathering in the Bootsma Bookstore Café.

Theatre Department to Perform “Eurydice” Nov. 15, 16, 22 and 23

As its fall Mainstage production, Trinity’s  Theatre Department will perform “Eurydice,” by Sarah Ruhl, directed by Dr. John Sebestyen on Nov. 15, 16, 22, and 23.

2019 Scholarship Dinner Brings Together Donors and Recipients

Trinity recently hosted the Annual Scholarship Dinner in the Grand Lobby of Ozinga Chapel, for a joyful evening that brought together donors and students.

Fall Fest 2019 is this Weekend!

FallFest, Trinity’s annual Homecoming and Family Weekend, takes place Nov. 1 and 2! We’ve planned a smorgasbord of fantastic events to celebrate Trinity alumni, students, friends and community.

Croasmun Shares Thoughts on Lives Worth Living

Matt Croasmun of the Yale Center for Faith and Culture, and Lecturer of Divinity & Humanities at Yale University, recently visited campus where he discussed examining, defining, and achieving what constitutes as a good life.

Future Founders’ Sowa Leads Innovation Club Workshop

Fusion59 in partnership with the Innovation Club, recently held a standing-room-only networking workshop. Future Founders COO Katie Sowa offered advice to students on effective and proper networking etiquette. 

Ambassador to Niger Visits Campus

On Oct. 17, the Honorable Eric Whitaker, U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Niger, visited campus and spoke at several events with students, the community, and faculty.

BSN Graduates Score Another Perfect NCLEX Pass Rate

In 2019, Trinity nursing graduates continue their perfect first-time pass rate on the NCLEX-RN exam. This success represents the fourth time in the past five years that the College is celebrating a 100% pass rate.

Professors Present at Kuyers Institute Conference

Three of Trinity’s professors participated in the eighth biennial conference hosted by the Kuyers Institute for Christian Teaching and Learning, “Shaping Christian Learning,” earlier this month.

IPO Opens 42nd Season with an All-American Opening Night

The Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra (IPO) celebrates 42 years of bringing beautiful music to the Southland as it opens the 2019-20 season at Ozinga Chapel with Opening Night: Rhapsody in Blue on October 19.

Comm Arts Students Get Field Work Experience at 1871

Podcasts and Plato may not seem to have much in common at first. But students in Dr. Craig Mattson’s COM 111 class connected “Phaedrus” to today’s communication practices during a field work excursion to 1871.

Theatre Department Presents Eurydice Nov. 15, 16, 22 & 23

Theatre Department will perform “Eurydice,” by Sarah Ruhl, directed by Dr. John Sebestyen, as the Fall 2019 Mainstage Production. Shows will take place at the Marg Kallemeyn Theatre on Nov. 15, 16, 22, and 23 at 7:30 pm.

Trinity Celebrates 60!

What a weekend to honor Trinity’s past and look forward to the future! Six decades after the first class was held at the new College, Trolls past, present, and future gathered for fun, fellowship, and reflection.

A Great Job or Worker Is Just a Handshake Away

Trinity has recently partnered with Handshake, the college-to-career network with access to all types of jobs and internships posted by partnering employers.

Trinity’s 60th Celebration Weekend Takes Place Sept. 27-29

Trinity is turning 60, and we have a weekend full of festivities to celebrate from Sept. 27-29!

Trinity Named Champions of Character Five-Star Institution

Trinity has received the Champions of Character Five-Star Institution award, the NAIA announced Tuesday. Trinity is one of only 63 NAIA colleges nationwide to achieve the gold level.

Trinity Again Ranked a Best College by U.S. News

Trinity has been named 20th among the “Best Colleges” of Regional Colleges—Midwest by U.S. News & World Report for 2020 and among the top 25 “Best Values” among Midwest colleges.

Trinity Renames Psychology Department to Counseling and Psychology Department

To more accurately reflect today’s practices and our program offerings, Trinity has updated the department name from Psychology to Counseling and Psychology.

Trinity Greets the Year with the 61st Annual Convocation

The 2019-20 Professor of the Year Kara E. Wolff, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Counseling and Psychology, gave the Convocation address.

Trinity Magazine Spotlight: Erin Miller ’17 Brings Trinity Education to CPS

With a graduate degree from Trinity, Erin Miller ’17 is working to make a difference in the lives of students and their families in Chicago Public Schools.

Peters’ Review of Begbie Book Published in Christian Century

Once considered separate realms, there has been a reawakening of interest in a dialogue between theology and the arts, according to Professor of Music Mark Peters, Ph.D., in his recent review of Jeremy S. Begbie’s latest book.

33rd Annual TAC Golf Classic a Success

Monday was a great day for the 33rd Annual Trinity Athletics Club (TAC) Golf Classic! The event, which took place at Crystal Tree Country Club in Orland Park, Ill., raised just under $85,000 for athletic scholarships.

Trinity Magazine Spotlight: Jonathan Brooks, Returning from Exile

Jonathan Brooks didn’t expect to work at a college, become a preacher, or move back to his old neighborhood of Englewood on Chicago’s South Side. In the latest issue of Trinity Magazine, he talks about his journey that led him to where he is now.

IPO 2019-20 Season Single Tickets on Sale Now

Single season tickets for the Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra, in residence at Trinity’s Ozinga Chapel Auditorium, are now available. Highlights of the 2019-20 season include Gershwin, Mahler, Williams, Tchaikovsky, Beethoven, and more!

Trinity Master’s Graduates Excel on BACB Exam

Trinity is proud to announce that 83% of master’s degree graduates taking the Behavior Analyst Certification Board exam for the first time have passed, nearly 20% higher than the average rate among other colleges and universities.

Trinity Magazine Spotlight: Josh Lenarz, Creating Champions On and Off the Field

For Josh Lenarz ’98, Trinity’s head women’s soccer coach, soccer is the vehicle that enables him as a coach to build meaningful relationships and experiences for Trinity’s athletes, which is his real passion.

Five Trolls Receive USTFCCCA All-Academic Award Honors

Caleb DeWeerd of the men’s team received the award, while Madelyn Clausen, Megan DeWeerd, Hope Fathman and Nicole Syverson of the women’s team were honored.

Women’s Volleyball Receives AVCA Team Academic Award

The women’s volleyball team, led by Coach Bill Schepel, received the award by maintaining a 3.3 cumulative GPA. 

Join Us for the 60th Anniversary Celebration on Sept. 27

Join the Trinity family for a night of gourmet food stations; craft beer, cocktails, and wine; interactive historical displays; dancing; and connecting with Trinity friends old and new at the Diamond Anniversary Celebration at the beautiful Hilton Chicago Oak Brook Hills Resort and Conference Center.

Join Us for Trinity Night at the Thunderbolts on Aug. 14

Come out to the ballpark at beautiful Ozinga Field and join TrollNation for a great night of food, fellowship and entertainment. Go ‘Bolts! Go Trolls!

TAC Golf Classic Will Take Place Aug. 19

Come join the Trinity community in supporting our student athletes at the annual Trinity Athletics Club Golf Classic. This year, the outing moves to Crystal Tree Country Club in Orland Park, Ill., on Aug. 19.

Dieleman Joins SALT Program

Andrea Dieleman has joined Trinity as SALT (Seasoned Adults Learning at Trinity) Program Coordinator. Dieleman organizes class offerings that engage and foster relationships with SALT members, providing them with opportunities to expand their knowledge in a welcoming atmosphere.

Reppmann Serving Term as Chancellor at ICS

Aron Reppmann ’92, Professor of Philosophy and Department Chair, has been named Chancellor of the Institute for Christian Studies in Toronto, which offers graduate-level degrees in philosophy and theology. The chancellor serves as chair of the ICS Senate.

Keller Named Director of Athletics Communications

Trinity welcomes Kristen Keller as the new Director of Athletics Communications. Keller replaces Sports Information Director Amy Strong ’86, who has transitioned to Administrative Coordinator for the Athletics Department.

Boglio ’18 Serves as Trinity’s First Post-Baccalaureate Art Fellow

Boglio, who graduated with a BA in graphic design and a BFA in studio art, currently has a solo exhibition, “Wage(r)s,” at the Seerveld Gallery in Trinity’s Art & Communication Center.

Trinity Hosts 20th Annual Midwest Harp Festival

Trinity is pleased to have the 20th Annual Midwest Harp Festival on campus from July 13-20. The event will feature four free concerts that are open to the public. All are welcome to attend.

Jurgens Presents at AIESEP Conference

Assistant Professor of Physical Education Shari Jurgens, Ph.D., recently presented at the International Association for Physical Education in Higher Education annual conference.

VanderVelde Junior Scholars Awards Announced

Four Trinity students have been named recipients of the prestigious Maurice VanderVelde Junior Scholarship Awards for 2019-20. These scholarships support outstanding junior or senior students in collaborative research with a Trinity professor.

Klyn, Mozie Take New Leadership Positions

The College is excited to announce new leadership in the Office of Alumni and Family Engagement and the Office of Admissions. Jeremy Klyn has been named Trinity’s new Director of Alumni and Family Engagement. With Klyn’s transition, Jeanine Mozie has been promoted to Director of Admissions.

Trinity Named a 2019-20 College of Distinction

The College was recognized for its exemplary commitment to the four distinctions identified by the Colleges of Distinction organization: engaged students; great teaching; vibrant community; and successful outcomes.

Paluchniak Named Head Golf Coach

Allie Paluchniak ’16 has been named the new head coach of the women’s and men’s golf programs. A 2016 Trinity graduate, she most recently served as head coach for the women’s golf team for the past two years while also providing coaching support to the men’s golf team and to the women’s basketball team at Wheaton College. 

Welcome to Blueprints, Class of 2023!

Blueprints gives our students a taste of all aspects of the college experience, and they can spend time arranging class schedules, meeting with faculty advisors, and enjoying the range of planned activities.

Innovation Club Looks Back on Successful Year of Meetings and Events

Trinity’s Innovation Club wrapped up a busy year that included field trips to downtown Chicago to visit several incubators, including 1871.

Congratulations to Spring 2019 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 2019 semester.

Klyn Named Director of Alumni and Family Engagement

Jeremy Klyn ‘02 has been named Director of Alumni and Family Engagement. He has worked at the college for the past 16 years, most recently serving as Executive Director of Admissions and Financial Aid.

Fry Presents at Conference on Laura Ingalls Wilder

Professor of History John Fry recently presented at the Midwestern History Conference in Grand Rapids, Mich., as part of a panel discussion on the famous “Little House” author.

Annual Alumni Golf Outing a Success

Coyote Run Golf Course was the perfect setting for the Annual Alumni Golf Outing on June 1. The event raised $11,500 for the Alumni Excellence Scholarship Fund, which benefits the children of alumni.

Dávalos Named Staff Member of the Year

Laura Chávez-Dávalos, Director of the Office of Learning Services, has received Trinity’s inaugural Staff Member of the Year Award for 2019-20.

New Book Highlights Student Writings on Culture and Cuisine

Student reflections on food and family are now tangible in “Tasteful Diversity,” a paperback compilation of essays and recipes edited by English professor Michael Vander Weele and designed by Trinity alum Schuyler Roozeboom.

Baseball Team Ends Season with Win at NCCAA World Series

The No. 6 Trolls concluded their pool play schedule at the NCCAA Baseball World Series in Easley, S.C., with a game against No. 10 Randall University (Moore, Okla.).

DeWeerd, Clausen Named All-Americans at NAIA National Track & Field Championships

Megan DeWeerd placed 8th in the marathon and Madelyn Clausen placed 8th in the high jump to earn All-American status.

Roose and Vander Weele Receive Emeritus Status

As part of Trinity’s commencement ceremonies on May 4, Provost Aaron Kuecker Ph.D., honored the emeritations of two faculty members: Thomas R. Roose, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Physics and Science Education; and Michael Vander Weele, Ph.D., Professor of English.

Annual Luncheon Recognizes Faculty and Staff

The 2019 Faculty and Staff Luncheon continued the annual tradition of honoring those who serve the College, including for milestone anniversaries.

Trinity Students Present at NCUR in Atlanta

Eight Trinity students, along with Prof. Clay Carlson, took a road trip from Palos Heights to suburban Atlanta last month to present their research at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR).

The Trolls Are Competing in National Championships Next Week

The baseball team has earned a berth in NCCAA World Series and members of the women’s team Advance to the NAIA national track and field competition. 

Clausen Claims NCCAA High Jump Championship

Madelyn Clausen ’21, won with a jump of 5-05 at the NCCAA National Championships and was named All-American. Megan DeWeerd ’19 and Caleb DeWeerd ’21 also earned All-America honors

Trolls Baseball Advances to NCCAA World Series

With a double-header victory over Hannibal-LaGrange University of Hannibal, Mo., on May 11 in the NCCAA North Central Region Championship, Trinity advances to the NCCAA World Series on May 22-25 in Easley, South Carolina!

Trinity Business Major’s Team Wins 1871 EY Diversity Challenge

Mady Zula ’21 was surprised but excited when she and her team of seven students from Chicago-area colleges took first place in Ernst & Young Diversity Challenge at 1871.

Trinity Celebrates Generous Donations for Nursing Program Expansion

Thanks to the faithful generosity of two dedicated donor families, Trinity will be able to grow our nursing program facilities and enrollment for the future.

Ovations Ceremony & Baccalaureate Service Held During Graduation Weekend

As part of the commencement weekend celebrations, graduates and their families  took part in Ovations: A Celebration of Academic Achievement and the Baccalaureate Service on Friday, May 3.

Celebrating the Class of 2019 at Commencement

On May 4, nearly 200 members of Trinity’s class of 2019 received Master’s degrees, Bachelor’s degrees, and professional licensures in a joyful ceremony that honored graduates, family, and friends.

Honoring Athletics Night Award Winners

Trinity athletes, along with a contingent of the student body, gathered in the DeVos Athletics Center on April 25 for the annual Awards Night.

Healthy Troll Challenge Launches on Campus

Exercise Science Club, a group of exercise science majors, launched challenge with hopes to help create healthier lives for fellow classmates, faculty, and staff at Trinity.

Wolff Named Professor of the Year

Associate Professor of Psychology and Department Chair Kara E. Wolff, Ph.D., has been named Trinity’s 2019-20 Professor of the Year.

Ritsema Will Serve as Spring 2019 Commencement Speaker

Dr. Christina Ritsema, Ph.D., professor at Colorado State University, will deliver the commencement address at the College’s graduation ceremony, which will take place on Saturday, May 4 at 10 am.

Ozinga Scholarships Support Nursing Students

After Hilda Ozinga’s husband Norman passed away, she decided to create a scholarship as a lasting remembrance of him. “I’m really proud of this nursing scholarship,” she said.

Trolls Sports Camps Kick Off Another Summer Season

From beginning basketball players to high-school level softball pitchers, Trinity Summer Sports Camps have something for athletes of all types and experience levels! Camps are led by the College’s coaching staff.

Trinity Welcomes 2019 Calvin Studies Society Colloquium

With topics ranging from “Calvin and Old Testament Metaphors” to “Who were the Israelites in the Netherlandish Reformation?” as well as a banquet, organ recital, and much more, Trinity recently hosted the Calvin Studies Society Colloquium.

CSO Concertmaster Will Join IPO for All-Mozart Concert

As part of its Mozart celebration, “From Wit to Wonder,” the Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra welcomes Robert Chen, acclaimed violinist and Concertmaster of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

Walker ’05 Discusses Calling at TBN Event

Everyone has a calling from God. “You have to recognize what that calling is and how you can impact the world for Christ,” Kevin Walker ’05 told the audience at a TBN Speaker Series event on April 10.

OPUS 2019—20 Years of Celebrating Christian Scholarship

April 9 was a beautiful day for the 20th Annual OPUS celebration! The College also welcomed incoming freshmen and their parents as part of  the Third Annual Admitted Students Day.

Advocacy in Action–Social Work Students Visit Springfield

The Trinity group spent the day with more than 1,000 fellow participants from around the state in educational sessions and advocacy activities as part of the annual National Association of Social Workers-IL Chapter Advocacy Day.

Trinity Students Take Advantage of Art Therapy Event

With the end of the semester quickly approaching, Trinity’s Counseling Services recently offered an art therapy event for students, with all the materials provided. 

Walker to Speak at TBN/Fusion 59 Event

Trinity is pleased to welcome Kevin Walker ’04 to campus as part of the TBN Speaker Series.The Trinity Business Network in collaboration with Fusion 59 is presenting this free year-long speaker series focused on entrepreneurship and innovation for students, alumni and friends of the College.

Trinity Launches a Diverse Learners Master’s Program for Fall 2019

This Master of Arts degree leads to an ESL (English as a Second Language) and LBS I (Learning Behavior Specialist) grade range endorsement, which can be added to graduates’ Professional Educator’s License (PEL).

LeMahieu ’20 Presents at Student Research Conference

Sarah LeMahieu ’20 recently presented her paper titled “The Aba Women’s Riots and their Causes” at the Midwest Regional Conference on Faith and History (CFH) Student Research Conference.

Medenblik Offers Chapel Meditation on Wrestling with Fear

Rev. Julius Medenblik ’82, president of Calvin Theological Seminary, told those gathered for a recent Chapel, “No matter where you are from, we have all experienced fear at one point or another.”

Trinity Introduces 5.5 Year BA/MA in Psychology

Students who are working towards their B.A. in Art Therapy, Psychology, or Speech-Language Pathology at Trinity can now begin taking graduate-level courses in their junior or senior year.

Nominate Faculty & Staff of the Year

Calling all alumni, students, staff, faculty, and staff! Is there a Trinity professor that changed  your life? A staff member whose advice and example impacted you? Now is the time to recognize their achievements and nominate them for Faculty & Staff Member of the Year!

Trinity Theatre Presents “The Old Man and the Old Moon”

This folktale musical integrates acting, live music, shadow puppetry, and more to create an immersive and exciting theatre experience.

1871’s Ziegler Talks about Innovation and Entrepreneurship at TBN Event

Trinity was pleased to welcome Betsy Ziegler, CEO of 1871, to campus to speak at a Trinity Business Network event on March 13.

Trinity Tuesday 2019 Exceeds Goals

Trinity Tuesday 2019 was an incredible display of God’s faithfulness to Trinity Christian College, reflected in the generous gifts of more than 600 donors.

Trinity Announces SALT Spring 2019 Schedule

Trinity is pleased to announce the Spring 2019 SALT season! Trinity’s SALT (Seasoned Adults Learning at Trinity) program is a membership program for those 55 and over who are interested in ongoing education and lifelong learning u.

Ziegler to Speak at TBN Event on March 13

TBN, the Trinity Business Network, is pleased to welcome Betsy Ziegler, CEO of 1871, to campus. Ziegler will present on the intersection of Higher Ed and Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

Celebrating Dr. Gerda Bos, Trinity’s First Professor

In honor of International Women’s Day 2019, Trinity celebrates all of our female professors, including Gerda Bos, Ph.D.–the first professor to be hired by the College at its founding in 1959.

7000 Marks Opens in Seerveld Gallery

In 7000 Marks, Sara Black & Amber Ginsburg have transformed a Sudden Oak Death-infected tanoak tree into 7,000 pencils.

Trinity Professors Reach Milestones

We celebrate with the Trinity faculty who have recently reached career milestones with promotions and the granting of tenure.

Mickens Serves as Guest Artist at Gospel Fest

Trinity was pleased to welcome music director, performer, and producer Demond Mickens to campus on Feb. 22. He led and participated in several events, including the Diversity Scholars visit and Gospel Fest 2019.

Dieleman Publishes Book on Sabbath in the Dutch Reformation

Prof. Dieleman’s book, “The Battle for the Sabbath in the Dutch Reformation: Devotion or Desecration?”, focuses on the doctrinal and practical importance of Sunday observance in the early modern Reformed communities in the Low Countries of the Netherlands.

Jérémie-Brink Offers Annual Black History Month Lecture

“We can’t just receive and memorialize black history,” said Prof. Nathan Jérémie-Brink of New Brunswick Theological Seminary, said during the lecture, which is sponsored by Trinity’s History Department “It’s something we do.”

Latest Issue of CSR Highlights Work of Trinity Staff and Faculty

The latest issue features reviews by Director of First Year Experience Emily Bosscher and Professor of Education Bill Boerman-Cornell.

Trinity’s Black Student Union Sponsors Visit to St. Luke Church

The Black Student Union organized the trip to the Chicago church, where LaDarius Beal ’21 serves as associate minister.

Stefo Receives Grant for Work at Restoration Ministries

The grant will be used to pay for materials for teaching and providing health maintenance and illness preventive items at a food pantry event on March 23 hosted by Restoration Ministries.

Trinity Professors Published in the Journal of Counseling in Illinois

Congratulations to Trinity’s psychology professors Dr. Kara Wolff, Dr. Jessica Clevering, and Dr. Debra Majewski for their recent articles in Winter 2019 issue!

Trinity Students Selected for Prestigious Research Conference

At least nine Trinity students have been accepted to present their collaborative research with faculty at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR) this year.

Mathematics Prof. DeWitt Named a Project NExT Fellow

A program of the Mathematical Association of America, Project NExT is a professional development program for new or recent Ph.D.s in the mathematical sciences. that focuses on all aspects of an academic career.

CAMPUS CLOSED until Fri Feb 1. ** UPDATE**

Trinity Christian College’s campus will be closed beginning today, Tuesday 1/29/19 at 6 pm through Thursday 1/31/19 at 12:30 pm. Residence halls, the Dining Hall and Security will remain open throughout the closure. Food service will be available for residential students.

Celebrate the Arts this Weekend At Trinity

This year’s theme is “Imagine the World Otherwise.” The program features performances by the Trinity Christian College Gospel Choir, Trinity Theatre, Trinity Music Department Faculty, and excerpts from Ballet 5:8’s Four Seasons of the Soul.

Music and Nature Meet at IPO Concert on Feb. 9

The Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra presents Aurora Triptych as a part of The World Beyond: Where Music and Nature Meet program conducted by Stilian Kirov and presented with KV 265, Trinity Christian College, The Elizabeth Morse Charitable Fund, and Homewood Science Center. 

Delayed Start – Mon Jan 28, 2019

Due to the current and overnight weather conditions, Trinity will start classes at 11am today (meaning that 11am classes are the first ones to meet and that the schedule, from that point forward, will proceed as usual).

Hesslau & Iwema Serve as Entrepreneurs in Residence at Fusion 59

To help leverage and enhance the vision of Fusion 59, Ryan Hesslau ’18 and Tom Iwema ’18 are serving as Entrepreneurs in Residence (EIR).

Classes Cancelled – Jan 22, 2019

Today, Jan 22, 2019, all evening classes at Trinity Christian College are cancelled due to weather. As of now, the men’s volleyball game is still scheduled to play as planned. Please check back for updates.

KPMG Partner Ten Pas ’98 Offers Advice to Accounting Students

Kyle Ten Pas ’98, partner at KPMG, recently offered valuable advice and insights to accounting students in Assistant Professor of Accountancy Mike Chitavi’s classes during a recent videoconference.

Celebrating the Life and Dreams of Martin Luther King Jr.

To celebrate the life of Martin Luther King, Jr., the Black Student Union welcomed the Trinity community to Ozinga Chapel Auditorium for our annual ceremony commemorating the life and legacy of the great civil rights leader.

Nelesen’s Design Selected as Chicago Research Summit Logo

The new organization, of which Trinity is a founding member, has chosen a logo designed by Mariah Nelesen ’20, a graphic design and Spanish double major.

NPR Highlights Dr. Mattson’s Podcast on Social Entrepreneurship

The podcast featuring Professor of Communication Arts Craig Mattson, Ph.D., is part of “The Academic Minute” series. In it, Mattson discusses the messaging behind social entrepreneurship companies such as TOMS and Warby Parker.

Congratulations to Fall 2018 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 2018 semester.

Trinity Mourns Passing of Original Faculty Member Dr. Vander Vennen

Dr. Bob Vander Vennen, who passed away in December at the age of 90, was the second professor to join the newly established College in 1959.

Trinity Students Attend Kennedy Center Theatre Festival

Fourteen Trinity students, along with Associate Professor of Communication Arts and Director of Theatre John Sebestyen, Ph.D.,  are traveling to the Region 3 gathering of the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival this week. 

Dr. Powell Receives Emeritus Status at December Commencement

Trinity  bids farewell to Dr. Patti Powell , Professor of Special Education and Director of the LBS I Graduate Program in Special Education, who retired in December and received emeritus status at the Fall Semester Commencement.

Chicago Tribune Features Non-Profit Run by Zumdahl ’02

Every Christmas, New Moms, a family support organization run by Board of Trustees member Dr. Laura Zumdahl ’02, offers a holiday party where a professional photographer captures family portraits of mothers and their children.

Athletics Department 2018 Fall Honor Roll

For the 2018 fall semester a total of 113 student-athletes were named to that honor roll.

Mels Named 2019 Illinois Nurse Educator Fellow

Assistant Professor of Nursing Autumn Mels ‘12 has been named a 2019 Illinois Nurse Educator Fellow, a program of the Illinois Board of Higher Education and the Illinois Nursing Workforce Center Advisory Board that is designed to promote excellence in nursing education.

Dave Jousma Retires From A/V Department

Jousma, Coordinator of Audio Visual Services, is retiring after 15 years of working for the College.

Trinity Names Senti and Lang Founders’ Scholars

Evan Senti of Escondido, Calif., and Sophia Lang of Palmyra, Neb., have been named the College’s 2019 Founders’ Scholars.

Christmas Greetings from Trinity

On behalf of everyone at Trinity Christian College, we wish you a Joyous Christmas, all the Blessings of the Season, and our Very Best Wishes for a Wonderful New Year. President Kurt and Mrs. Leah Dykstra

Congratulations, December Graduates!

With pride and celebration, Trinity held its Fall Semester 2018 commencement ceremony on Dec. 15 in Ozinga Chapel Auditorium.

Celebrating the Trinity Career of Sandy Aggen ’10

Aggen is retiring from her position at Adult Programs Manager, after 13 years of faithful service to the College.

CCAC Names 40 Troll Athletes to Fall All-Academic Teams

The academic honor is awarded to athletes on the women’s and men’s cross country, women’s and men’s soccer, and women’s volleyball teams.

Diversity Scholars “ShowUp” at Chicago Semester

Recently, Trinity’s Diversity Scholar team visited the Chicago Semester campus, where Dr. Yudha Thianto, Professor of Theology, spoke.

Dieleman Receives Grant from Calvin Institute of Christian Worship

Dr. Kyle Dieleman is one of the inaugural recipients of the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship’s Teacher-Scholar Grants for 2019-2020.

Felecia Thompson to Deliver Fall Semester Commencement Address

The College is pleased to announce that Felecia Thompson will deliver the commencement address at the fall semester ceremony, which will take place on Dec. 15.

Business Students Participate in Etiquette Dinner

Business students learned about how to conduct themselves in a formal dining situation, when they were recently invited to the President’s Residence for dinner with President Kurt and Leah Dykstra.

Trolls Capture NCCAA Soccer Championship

The Trolls claimed the title of NCCAA Division I Women’s Soccer National Champions with an exciting shoot-out victory against Oklahoma Wesleyan University (Bartlesville, Oklahoma).

Volleyball Team Gets Win in Final NAIA Match

The Trolls faced No. 20 Ottawa University (Kansas) in the third game of Pool Play, and defeated the Braves in four sets at 25-20, 20-25, 25-20, and 25-23.

Peters Edits Book on J. S. Bach

In honor of his mentor, Trinity’s professor of music and department chair Mark Peters, Ph.D., has co-edited a collection of essays on J. S. Bach’s sacred vocal music, as well as contributing a chapter.

Trinity Celebrates Recent Book Publications

During a recent gathering Professor of Communication Arts Craig Mattson; B.A./M.Div. Mentor and Recruiter Jonathan Brooks; Assistant Professor of History Kyle Dieleman; and Professor of Music Mark Peters discussed their research, key insights from their books, and the process of publishing.

SPED Students Create Curriculum for Teaching Animal Safety

Students in Trinity’s SPED 420 Critical Issues in Special Education class have been working on a project to promote safety for students with disabilities this semester. 

Trinity Alum Provides Reading of Novel in Progress

The novel in progress, by David D. De Jong ex ’73, tells a fictionalized story based on the life of De Jong’s autistic son.

Delayed Start Due to Inclement Weather on Monday, Nov. 26

In light of weather conditions in the larger Chicagoland area,  classes will start at 11 am, Monday, November 26, 2018.

Volleyball and Soccer Teams Appearing in National Tournaments

The women’s volleyball team will compete in the 39th Annual NAIA National Volleyball Championship and the women’s soccer team will be making their tournament appearance at the NCCAA DI Women’s Soccer National Championship.

Dieleman Presents at Conference in Netherlands

Dr. Kyle Dieleman spoke on “Education and Sabbath observance in Dutch Reformed churches” at the conference, which explored the implications of the Synod of Dordt 400 years ago.

Black Friday Sale at the Bookstore

From Wednesday, Nov. 21 to Sunday, Nov. 25, you can take 25% off your Trinity imprinted items. 

Celebrating Trinity’s Connections to Indonesia

Over the years, Trinity has been blessed to develop strong ties to Indonesia, and in a recent forum, faculty, staff, and a student shared their experiences in the Southeast Asian nation.

IPO Welcomes Guest Soloists for Nov. 17 Performance in Ozinga Chapel

The jewel in the crown of the evening’s concert is Shostakovich’s Piano Concerto No. 1 performed by Bulgarian guest soloists Nadejda Tzanova, piano and Peter Makedonski, trumpet.

TANA Pledge Ensures BSN Students Will Continue to Be Ready to Make a Difference

The Trinity Nursing Alumni Association (TANA) Pledge is an endowment fund created by Marv Roelofs and his wife, Dr. Lois Roelofs, Professor of Nursing Emeritus. With the faithful support of the TANA Pledge, the benefits of a BSN from Trinity will spread even further.

McKnight Presents WorldView Lecture

McKnight, Julius R. Mantey Chair of New Testament at Trinity’s partner institution Northern Seminary, engaged in several events on campus on Nov. 7.

MarComm Team Presents at ACI Conference

Trinity’s Communications Manager Amy Stickel and Senior Graphic Designer Pete Vega discussed the award-winning redesign of the College’s beloved Troll mascot at the recent Associated Colleges of Illinois Fall Conference.

Mallory Boyce Named Lincoln Laureate

Boyce ’19 will be recognized by Gov. Bruce Rauner at the Lincoln Academy Student Laureate Convocation ceremony on Nov. 17 in Springfield, Ill.

Ready for Trollstock this Saturday?

From its earliest days when it was known as Woodstock, Trinity’s annual talent competition is always an unforgettable night of fun and friendly competition.

President Kurt Dykstra Reflects on the State of Our Society and on Our Call to Faithfulness

President Kurt Dykstra shared the following reflection with the Trinity campus on October 29 following the mass shooting at Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, PA. 

Volf Speaks on Vocation and Flourishing Human Life

Dr. Miroslav Volf discussed “Vocation and a flourishing human life” on campus and downtown Chicago as part of the College’s WorldView Series and Downtown Lecture Series.

Griswold Participates in CPT Conference

Trinity’s Counseling Center Director Stephanie Griswold, Psy.D., recently took part in a panel discussion on how the church in general and pastors in particular can help care for victims of trauma and abuse.

Trinity Hosts First-Ever Innovation Olympics for High School Students

Trinity welcomed nearly 100 high school students from Chicago Christian, Timothy Christian, Naperville North, and Naperville Central, who competed in five events that were centered around innovation, creativity, and teamwork.

Trinity Student, Professor Present at Conference on Faith and History

Matt Koerner ’19 and Professor of History and Department Chair John Fry, Ph.D., presented at the conference, which was held from Oct. 3-Oct. 6.

Trinity Hosts Arts Experience Visit Weekend

For high school students who love the arts, from visual arts to music to theater, Trinity is hosting a special weekend, where they can learn more about the College’s art, music, and theatre programs The Trinity Arts Experience will take place on Nov. 8-9.

NASA’s Allen Delivers Annual Freshman Lecture

Blair Allen, senior producer and co-host of the podcast NASA Edge, discussed a range of topics during his presentation.

Trinity Hosts Second Restorative Justice Conference

Trinity hosted the Restorative Justice and Practice in a Fragmented World conference on October 6, sponsored by the Criminal Justice Department and funded by the Andrew Elliott Rusticus Foundation.

Mattson Publishes Book on Social Entrepreneurship Communication

Dr. Craig Mattson, Professor of Communication Arts and Honors Program Director, published Rethinking Communication in Social Business, was published in August of this year.

ACI Features Trinity Student in Latest Newsletter

The ACI Reporter chatted with Rachel Rowlett ’20, a business finance major.

Trinity Celebrates Fusion 59 Opening

Fusion 59 is a place where the Trinity community can come together to connect, collaborate, and create–all for a better tomorrow.

TWO Offering Gourmet Taffy Apples for Order

Help raise funds for Trinity Christian College Scholarships and brighten the day of a student all at the same time.

Canadian Alumni Meet for Tab Gathering

Canadians alumni of all eras and to Americans who attended Trinity during its first two decades attended a recent gathering in Ontario.

Trinity Welcomes First Students to Five-Year BA-MDiv Program

Trinity is excited to welcome the first cohort of students, faculty, and staff for the newly launched B.A.-M.Di.v Program, in partnership with Northern Seminary and funded in part by the Kern Family Foundation.

Ballet 5:8 Opens Satellite Campus at Trinity

Ballet 5:8, a local non-profit dance education organization, has opened a satellite studio at the College that offers ballet classes on Tuesday evenings.

Bringing Success to Those with Autism

Jonathan Chase visited campus to discuss how children with autism, their parents, friends, and communities can benefit from his first-hand experiences and understanding of how autistic people can grow to maximum independence.

Join Us for Stardust Jazz Night

This year’s concert will feature the musical talents of Trinity’s Jazz Ensemble—a group of student instrumentalists—and the Kevin Brown Quartet—a professional jazz band from the Chicago area.

Cooperativity Club Sponsors Discussion on Animal Testing

The new organization launched its first event, a discussion entitled “Does Animal Testing Further the Kingdom of God?” on Sept. 12.

Trinity Observes Constitution Day 2018

Trinity commemorated Constitution Day with student readings from American founding documents and important speeches.

Behavior Intervention Specialist Cohort 4 Celebrates 100% Pass Rate

Every students in the cohort passed the exam the first time taking it, and will now have the LBS II: Behavior Intervention Specialist endorsement added to their teaching license.

TWO Hosts Scrapbooking Event this Weekend

This time of fun and creativity begins Friday evening, from 6 pm to 10 pm. It picks up again on Saturday for an all-day event from 9 am to 9 pm.

Trinity Presents Third Annual 24-Hour Theatre Project

On Sept. 21-22, Trinity’s theatre-makers will work together to create brand new plays—from writing to rehearsal to performance—in the span of 24 hours.

Trinity Partnership with MH4H and Ozinga Impacts Lives in Haiti

The Trinity Honors Research Team spent two weeks in Pignon, Haiti, last May, as part of a partnership with Many Hands for Haiti (MH4H) and Ozinga, Inc.

Trinity Again Ranked a Best College by U.S. News

Trinity was ranked 21st among Midwestern regional colleges in this year’s survey.

Dennis Harms Receives Award from Reeher

Dennis Harms ’89, Trinity’s Associate Vice President for Advancement, has received Prime Officer status from Reeher, in recognition for being a top gift officer.

Trinity Mourns the Passing of Richard DeVos

The Trinity community today mourns the passing of philanthropist and businessman Richard M. DeVos, who entered into glory on Thursday, Sept. 6, in Ada, Mich.

Members of Trinity Community Join foreverU Board

Several members of the Trinity community have been named to the board of foreverU, a youth empowerment organization founded by alumnus Ryan Hesslau ’18.

Professor, Alum Collaborate on Summer Art Class

This summer, Hannah Dykstra ’17 and Professor of Art & Design John Bakker taught a class together at Art on Sedgwick in Chicago’s Old Town neighborhood.

Trinity Nursing Grads Score Another Perfect NCLEX-RN First-Time Pass Rate

For the third time in four years, Trinity’s nursing grads are celebrating a 100% first-time pass rate on the NCLEX-RN exam.

Lowly Exhibit Opens in Seerveld Gallery

Chicago artist, musician, and teacher Tim Lowly’s work is currently being featured at the Seerveld Gallery in the Art & Communication Center through Sept. 27.

Trinity Alum, Student Launching Crypto-Based App on Campus

Alums Evan Witmer ’18 and Tony Dykstra ’18 were recently interviewed by “Blockchain News” about their new app and how the Trinity community has launched them on the path to success.

Trinity Alumni Connections Lead to Nursing Job

With the help of the Trinity Alumni Nursing Association, Rachel Kuipers ’18 landed her first job in her chosen area.

“Our Shared Calling”—Lessons from Trinity’s 60th Annual Convocation

The Trinity community gathered together for the 60th Annual Convocation as students, faculty, and staff embark on a new academic year.

Bretzlaff-Holstein Attends Oxford Program on Animal Ethics

Dr. Bretzlaff-Holstein’s scholarly interests pertain to social work education and humane education.

Palos Welcomes Trinity with Perks

There are a lot of perks to being a Trinity student—and you might not even know about some of them!

TAC Golf Classic Supports Athletics Scholarships

The 2018 Trinity Athletics Club Golf Classic raised nearly $50,000 in scholarships for Trinity student-athletes. 

Boerman-Cornell Authors Chapter on Graphic Novels

Prof. Boerman-Cornell’s chapter appears in “Pop Culture Primer,” published by “Think Christian.”

Trinity Hosting 2019 NCCAA Men’s Volleyball National Invitational

Trinity is excited to host the 2019 National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) Men’s Volleyball National Invitational from January 25-26.

Interested in Lifelong Learning? Then Check Out SALT!

If you are 55 years or older and looking for stimulating learning and discussions, come check out Trinity’s membership program SALT (Seasoned Adults Learning at Trinity)!

Alum’s Historic Home Serves as Backdrop for Teen Filmmakers

Sandra Biedron ’94 doesn’t just own an historic mansion that is lovingly cared for—the Ingersoll-Blackwelder House also recently doubled as a television set for a haunted pilot filmed by 14 teenage filmmakers.

Trinity Alums’ Designs Featured in HGTV Magazine

Coasters by Tramake, the company created by Chris Pierik ’01 and Faith Veenstra ’03, are featured in the July/August issue.

Vander Velde Scholarship Recipients Announced

The Maurice Vander Velde Junior Scholarship Award supports outstanding junior or senior students in collaborative research with a Trinity professor in their chosen disciplines.

Mayer Serving as LIBRAS Vice President

Cathy Mayer, Director of the Jennie Huizenga Memorial Library, is already working on new initiatives in her role with the consortium.

Trinity Hosts Adult Programs Enrollment Night on July 12

Interested in Trinity’s Adult Programs? You can complete the enrollment process in one evening.

Schrotenboer, Students Take Creation Work to Lake Katherine

Under the mentorship of Associate Professor of Biology Abbie Schrotenboer, Ph.D., students regularly visit Lake Katherine to conduct research and do conservation work

Van Hollands Celebrate Wedding Ceremony at Trinity

For Avery (Kats) Van Holland ’19 and Ethan Van Holland ’19, Trinity is more than the place where they will earn their college degrees—it’s also the place they were married in May.

Current Trends in Applied Behavior Analysis Conference

Students in the Trinity’s Master of Arts in Special Education: Behavior Intervention Specialist program presented to an audience of fellow students and community members during two June evening conference sessions on the Current Trends in Applied Behavior Analysis.

Bosscher Reflects on Synod Experiences

As the Christian Reformed Church gathered for its annual synod in Grand Rapids, Mich., from June 7-14, Trinity’s Director of First Year Experience Emily Bosscher was there as an elder delegate.

Trinity Creates ICA Chapter

Trinity is proud to announce its new membership as an official chapter of the Illinois Counseling Association (ICA).

Brodnax Explores Topics from 19th Century Education to 21st Century Rap

From African-American education in 1800s Iowa to the hip-hop music of Big Boi, Dr. David Brodnax, professor of history, has been exploring a range of topics in his research and teaching.

Annual Alumni Golf Outing Held June 2

The Trinity community came together on June 2 for a great day of golfing for a good cause—raising money for the Alumni Excellence Scholarship.

Student-Athletes Reach Out in Service

Trinity’s student-athletes found many ways to serve others in 2017-18, from our neighbors down the street to those in other countries.

Thompson’s Artwork Exhibited in Barcelona Show

Prof. Thompson’s work is part of “An Exhibition as a Spell,” at the Centre Civic Can Felipa.

Alum Cayari ’03 Publishes in “Music Education Research”

Dr. Christopher Cayari ’03 recently authored an article in the prestigious publication.

Congratulations to Dean’s List Honorees for Spring 2018

The dean’s list is Trinity Christian College’s highest academic honor. Congratulations to all our traditional undergraduate students who met this distinction for the Spring 2018 semester.

Thianto to Become Calvin Studies Society President

Dr. Yudha Thianto, Ph.D., professor of theology and department chair, will serve as the society’s president for a two-year term.

Keeley-Jonker, Mattson Publish in Scholarly Journals

Congratulations to our CommArts professors who recently published important essays.

Ken Boss ex ’71 Awarded Honorary Degree

Boss, Trinity’s Director of Planned Giving, received the degree during commencement on May 5.

Trolls Baseball Competes in NAIA National Tournament

Congratulations to the team, which went 1-2 in the Opening Round.

Trinity Professors Present at Illinois Association for Multicultural Counseling Conference

Dr. Shaniqua Jones and Dr. Kara Wolff presented at the annual Illinois Association for Multicultural Counseling (IAMC) Conference on May 4, 2018.

Honors Field Research Team Spending Two Weeks in Haiti

The team is currently in Pignon, Haiti, conducting community-based research in partnership with Many Hands for Haiti and Ozinga Inc.

Trinity Recognizes Faculty, Staff at Annual Lunch

This year’s honorees have a combined 320 years of service to the College.

Trinity Signs MoU with SAAT of Indonesia

“This is an important event that ties the relationship between the two international institutions,” said Dr. Yudha Thianto, Ph.D., professor of theology.

Trinity Celebrates Commencement 2018

“This graduating class represents a dream fulfilled,” Shirley Stavinga, the daughter of College Founder Dr. George DeJong, told graduates.

Carlson Publishes Banner Article on Faith and Climate Science

In his piece, Carlson describes the devastating effects of the widespread rejection of climate science.

Student Life and Athletics Award Winners Honored

On April 27, the Athletics and Student Life Departments held the annual Awards Night to celebrate the year’s accomplishments and to honor individuals with special awards.

Carlson Named Professor of the Year

Dr. Clay Carlson, Ph.D., associate professor of biology, has been named Trinity’s Professor of the Year for 2018-19.

Trinity Announces New Spanish for the Professions Major

This degree is designed as a second major for students whose first major is in a professional field that serves Spanish-speaking populations.

Dr. Thianto Gives Keynote at Wheaton Graduate Conference

The title of Thianto’s keynote address was: “Reformed Protestantism in Seventeenth Century Dutch East Indies: Cultural Encounters, Struggles, and Progress.”

Trinity Celebrates 100% edTPA Pass Rate

Congratulations to our traditional undergraduate education majors, who all passed the Teacher Performance Assessment (edTPA).

Professors, Graduate Students Collaborate on Podcast Series Through 1871

Faculty members from our Special Education and Psychology Departments, working with students from Trinity’s graduate program in counseling psychology, recently created a podcast series in 1871’s studio.

Psychology Students Present at Conferences

Several Trinity undergraduate and graduate students and faculty recently presented their research at conferences.

WorldView: Hwang Proposes “A Public Scholarship Manifesto”

In order to bridge a polarized society and church, Hwang urges public scholarship.

Trinity Students and Faculty Honored by Future Founders and 1871

Trinity was honored recently by recognition from Future Founders and 1871.

Trinity Inducts Newest Phi Alpha Chapter Members

Trinity’s Social Work Department recently welcomed the newest inductees to the College’s Phi Xi Chapter of Phi Alpha.

Dr. Bergsma, One of Trinity’s First Professors, Visits Campus

Trinity was honored to welcome Dr. Derke Bergsma, one of its first professors, back to campus last week.

Trinity Hosts Conference on End of Life Care

The conference deepened attendees’ understanding of and responsibility for end of life care and allowed for thinking against the grain of contemporary customs, when possible.

Trinity Students Present at Research Conferences

Several Trinity students are presenting rigorous research at prestigious conferences in April.

Celebrating OPUS 2018

Congratulations to all our OPUS 2018 Prize Winners!

TBN Panel Discusses Doing Well by Doing Good

Corporate social responsibility was the focus of an April 9 TBN luncheon, part of Changemaker Week at Trinity.

The Passing of Dr. George DeJong, the End of an Era

Trinity remembers the legacy of our Founder, Dr. George DeJong, who passed into eternity on Sunday, April 8 at the age of 100.

Boerman-Cornell’s Book Receives Honor

“Graphic Novels in High School and Middle School Classrooms: A Disciplinary Literacies Approach,” has received the 2018 Society of Professors of Education Outstanding Book Award Honorable Mention.

Kuecker Writes About Trinity’s Transformative Network, 1871 Partnership

Trinity’s university partnership with 1871 has helped answer two significant institutional leadership questions, as Provost Dr. Aaron Kuecker, Ph.D., described in an article in published by Leadership Education at Duke Divinity.

Dieleman to Present at Conference in Cambridge

Dr. Kyle Dieleman, Assistant Professor of History, will be presenting a paper at the upcoming Society for Reformation Studies’ 25th Annual Conference at Westminster College.

Trinity’s Special Education Program Ranked in Top 20

Trinity Christian College is proud to announce that its special education program has been recognized in the top 20 nationwide by College Factual.

Trinity Alums Featured in Art Exhibit

Recent grads Andrea Sanchez and Elizabeth Vande Griend recently showcased their artwork at the yo:u gallery in Chicago .

Trinity Athletics to Add Full-Time Athletics Director

As Troll Nation Athletics book, Trinity Christian College is seeking its first full-time Director of Athletics.

Trinity Professors Reach Milestones

Trinity celebrates with our faculty who have recently reached career milestones with promotions and the granting of tenure.

Trinity Announces 2018 Founders’ Scholarship Recipient

Trinity has named Raeann Fopma of Sully, Iowa, a recipient of the 2018 Founders’ Scholarship.

Lilly Endowment Grant Bolsters Meeting at 1871

Thanks to a Lily Endowment Grant, Trinity hosted a gathering at 1871 to think of new, innovative, and creative ideas that fulfill our mission

Trinity Tuesday Giving Exceeds Goals

Thanks to the generosity of alumni, students, parents, grandparents, friends, faculty, and staff, the College met and surpassed giving goals for the annual Trinity Tuesday event.

Women’s Basketball Players Receive Honors

Giampapa, Stokes, and Wanta are recognized post-season.

Art & Design Students Visit Chicago Museums

World-famous art, just a field trip away—Trinity Art & Design students visit downtown Chicago museums

Trinity and Northern Seminary Announce Five-Year Bachelor/MDiv Degree Program

Trinity and Northern Seminary are pleased to announce a partnership that will allow students to earn a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Biblical Studies and Master of Divinity (M.Div.) in five years.

Trollgamers Rank in Top 5 of ACCA Competition

Congratulations to Anne James and Alec Visser, the Trollgamers, for ranking among the Top 5 teams for ACCA Computer Programming Competition.

DeJong Center Hosts Annual Education Seminar

Local educators and Trinity pre-service teachers recently participated in the annual education seminar hosted by the Alexander DeJong Center for Special Education.

Emerging Scholar Awards Awarded to Trinity Undergrads

Each year, the Christian Association of World Languages invites undergraduate students from Christian institutions across the U.S. to apply for the Emerging Scholars award

Lessons and Tips from Experience

Trinity Christian College was pleased to welcome Mary Andringa, Chair of the Board at Vermeer Corporation, to campus yesterday. Interviewed by Trinity President Kurt Dykstra as part of the Trinity Business Network Luncheon, Andringa gave insight into the Vermeer Corporation and how it has grown to be a global organization and third-generation family-owned company.

Escalante ’19 Participates in Wylie Internship Prep Program

Thanks to her recent participation in the prestigious Mary T. Washington Wylie Internship Preparation Program, accounting major Indira Escalante ’19 has secured an internship at Deloitte, made valuable connections, and gained a better understanding of the accounting industry.

Dr. Carlson Reflects on his Sabbatical

Dr. Clay Carlson, Ph.D., associate professor of biology, recently returned to campus and regular teaching duties after eight months of sabbatical.

Honors Program Hosts Intercultural Consultancy Panel

Trinity Honors Program, as part of its partnership with Many Hands for Haiti and Ozinga Inc., recently hosted a panel that provided insights into ongoing research on Trinity’s campus and in Pignon, Haiti.

Congratulations to Dean’s List Students

The dean’s list is Trinity Christian College’s highest academic honor. Congratulations to all our traditional undergraduate and adult program students who met this distinction for the Fall 2017 semester.

Trinity Honors 2017 Alumni of the Year

Trinity recently recognized the 2017 Alumni of the Year: Vinnie Adams ’10, Dr. Helen Van Wyck, Mary Tambrini, and Robert Buikema.

Trinity Announces 2018 Founders’ Scholarship Recipient

Trinity has named Miranda Kortenhoeven of Denver a recipient of the 2018 Founders Scholarship.

Messmer Speaks at Final WorldView of 2017

Wayne Messmer, “the Voice of the National Anthem,” presents the final WordvView of 2017

McEntyre Presents 2017 Freshman Lecture

Marilyn McEntyre, a writer and professor of medical humanities at the University of California, Berkeley-University of California, San Francisco Joint Medical Program, presented the 2017 Freshman Lecture.

Josiah Rosario Named Lincoln Laureate

Trinity Christian College is pleased to announce that R. Josiah Rosario ’17 has been named this year’s Lincoln Laureate. Rosario will be recognized by Gov. Bruce Rauner at the Lincoln Academy Student Laureate Convocation ceremony on Nov. 11 in Springfield, Ill.

Trinity Celebrates Scholarship Recipients and Donors

Trinity recently held its annual Scholarship Dinner, which honors students who have received scholarships and those who have generously funded those scholarships.

Trinity Welcomes Author Uwem Akpan to Campus

Trinity was pleased to host author Uwem Akpan to campus recently for a reading and question-and-answer session. Akpan, a native of Nigeria, is a Jesuit priest and author of Say You’re One of Them, an award-winning collection of short stories set in war-torn Africa that

Schuler ’08 Returns to Trinity for Artist Recital Series on Nov. 6

After debuting the title roles of two operas, recently completing her Artist Diploma, and signing with a prestigious artistic management company, Jenny Schuler ’08 returns to the stage at Ozinga Chapel Auditorium on Nov. 6 as part of Trinity’s Artist Recital Series. At the free event, Schuler, who is a soprano, will perform pieces by … Continue reading “Schuler ’08 Returns to Trinity for Artist Recital Series on Nov. 6”

WorldView Speakers McDonald, Echeverria Discuss Reformation’s Impact

As part of Trinity’s WorldView series, the College was pleased to recently host two speakers who discussed the impact of the Reformation on both Reformed Protestantism and Roman Catholic viewpoints: Dr. Suzanne McDonald and Dr. Eduardo J. Echeverria ’73

The Passing of Mrs. Helen DeVos

On behalf of the Trinity Christian College community, I express condolences to Richard DeVos and the family of Helen DeVos who passed away last evening in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Trinity Hosts Inaugural Chicago Innovation Tournament

Providing business solutions to social problems—that was the goal of the first Chicago Innovation Tournament, which Trinity hosted on Oct. 7. And the goal was met and surpassed, according to Prof. John Wightkin, assistant professor of business and chair of Trinity’s business department.

Faculty News and Notes – Summer 2017


Trinity Christian College celebrates the gifts of our faculty. 

Trinity Unveils Updated Center for Curriculum and Special Education

Thanks to the generosity of visionary friends of the College and the hard work of Trinity faculty and staff, the Ed Vander Weele Curriculum Center and the Alexander De Jong Center for Special Education now share an expanded footprint on the second floor of Jennie Huizenga Memorial Library.

WorldView Speaker Josh Larsen ’96

“Movies as Prayers of Anger and Reconciliation” was the topic of the second WorldView lecture of the 2017-18 year, where Josh Larsen ’96 highlighted scenes from Spike Lee’s Oscar-nominated 1989 film “Do the Right Thing.”

Trinity Again Ranked Among Best Colleges by U.S. News


Trinity Christian College has been ranked 20th among Regional Colleges—Midwest by U.S. News & World Report in “Best Colleges” for 2018, continuing a years-long streak of recognition by the prestigious rankings organization.

WorldView Dr. John Inazu Discusses “Confident Pluralism”

Trinity was pleased to welcome Dr. John Inazu, Ph.D., to campus in honor of Constitution Day. Inazu spoke on the topic of his most recent book, “Confident Pluralism: Surviving and Thriving Through Deep Difference”. 

Master’s Program Ranked in Top 32 Applied Behavior Analyst Education Programs

Trinity is proud to announce that our Behavior Intervention Specialist Master’s program has been ranked as one of the 32 Top Masters in Education Programs with an Applied Behavior Analysis Emphasis (ABA) by! Trinity is one of only two programs selected from the state of Illinois. 

Trinity Reveals Updated Troll Mascot

The Trinity Troll, one of the most unique mascots in all of college sports, has received a new look for the first time in decades. While the Troll remains easily recognizable, the redesign reflects the College’s commitment to adapting to changing times while staying true to her roots.

Need, Purpose, and Comfort – Lessons from Trinity’s 59th Annual Convocation

The word “convocation” means “assembly” in Latin. And the Trinity community assembled again to mark the traditional start of the new academic year at the 59th Annual Opening Convocation on Aug. 23.

TAC Golf Outing Raises Nearly $50,000 for Scholarships

One hundred thirty golfers combined to make the 31st annual Trinity Athletics Club Golf Classic a success. The event, one of the largest in recent history, raised nearly $50,000 in scholarships for Trinity student-athletes.

Veterans May Be Eligible to Attend Trinity Tuition-Free

Trinity is ensuring that veterans who are eligible for the Post 9/11 GI Bill can attend the College tuition-free, while also receiving housing and book stipends from the Veteran’s Administration.

Trinity Spotlight: IT Department

Whenever computers act up, devices won’t connect, or email passwords get forgotten, Trinity’s IT Department is ready to help!  Trinity’s Information Technology Department exists to advance the mission of the college by providing superior information technology services to students, faculty, and staff.

Wightkin Named Chair of Business Department

Trinity Christian College is pleased to announce that John Wightkin, CFA, has been named chair of the Business Department. Wightkin has previously served at Trinity as a mentor and advisor, and has taught at the University of Illinois at Chicago and Franklin University.

Mayer Named to CARLI Board

Trinity’s own Cathy Mayer, Director of the Jennie Huizenga Memorial Library, has been appointed to the board of directors of CARLI, the Consortium of Academic and Research Libraries in Illinois. Mayer began her one-year term on July 1.

2017-18 Vander Velde Scholarship Winners Announced

Trinity’s size and close-knit community offer extraordinary opportunities to gain hands-on experience and develop close working relationships with fellow students and professors. The Maurice Vander Velde Junior Scholarship Award represents one of the most unique opportunities available to Trinity students.

Congratulations to Our Dean’s List Honorees for Spring 2017

The dean’s list is Trinity Christian College’s highest academic honor. Congratulations to all our traditional undergraduate and adult studies students who met this distinction for the Spring 2017 semester.

Hannah LeBeau Joins Softball Coaching Staff

Head Softball Coach Jackie Manrique welcomes Hannah LeBeau to the softball coaching staff for the 2017-18 season. LeBeau will assist Manrique and the team in all aspects of the program.

Faculty News and Notes

Just as the church is a unit made up of many parts, each with its own gifts and abilities, Trinity Christian College is a community that recognizes a variety of God-given gifts. We celebrate those gifts, as evidenced in the scholarship of our professors. Here is a look at some of the activities our professors have been involved with recently.

Trinity Announces New Majors, Minors for Fall 2017

At Trinity Christian College, it is part of our mission to strive to offer the highest quality of instruction to prepare students for excellence in further study and careers beyond the College. To further that mission, Trinity has recently announced several new majors for Fall 2017, including writing and web design; music and worship; and recreation and sport management.

#ISupportNursing Success

To support Trinity’s nursing students, and to honor National Nurses Week, the Trinity Alumni Nursing Association (TANA) challenged alumni and friends to raise $20,000. And thanks to the generosity of our donors, the goal was met and surpassed! By midnight on May 13, the “I Support Nursing” campaign garnered $23,445.

Trinity Named One of America’s Healthiest Companies

Trinity has been named one of the “Healthiest Companies in America” by Interactive Health. The College is one of 156 organizations to earn this recognition.

Commencement 2017

With gladness and rejoicing, the Trinity community celebrated the class of 2017 during commencement on May 6. The ceremony honored Trinity’s traditional, Adult Studies and graduate studies graduates.

Recognizing Our Righteous Oaks

On May 3, members of the class of 2017 who participated in the Honors Program were recognized in the annual Righteous Oaks pinning ceremony.

High School Students, Get Ready for Camp Reset

From July 17-20, Trinity Christian College will host Camp Reset, a camp run by foreverU to empower high school age students to live louder in their schools and surrounding communities.

Trinity Hosts Annual Mathematics Triathlon

Trinity hosted our annual Mathematics Triathlon on April 20—in Palos Heights, Ill. and Grand Rapids, Mich.

Jones Named Yonker Award Winner, Staff & Faculty Honored for Service

Trinity recently announced the winners of this year’s annual Catherine Yonker Award, which honors one faculty or staff member and two students for contributions toward accomplishing Christian race relations and cross-cultural understanding within our community.

Vander Weele Named Trinity Professor of the Year

Dr. Michael Vander Weele ’73, professor of English, has been named Trinity’s Professor of the Year for 2017-18.

Trinity Students Accepted to National Conference for Undergraduate

With topics spanning biology, racial attitudes, autism, ethics, and more, 12 Trinity students and alumni were selected to present their work at the prestigious National Conference for Undergraduate Research (NCUR) at the University of Memphis from April 6-8, 2017.

OPUS Celebrates Student Accomplishments

At OPUS 2017, Trinity celebrated student achievements—along with free cotton candy, a charity fundraiser featuring professors in a dunk tank, and much more! This year’s annual event took place on April 11.

WorldView Series— Rahsaan Graham

Trinity recently welcomed Rahsaan Graham, senior director, child protection and education at World Vision, to campus as the final speaker for the 2017 WorldView series.

Vogt Headlines TBN Luncheon, Speaks with Classes

On Friday, March 24, the Trinity Business Network (TBN) welcomed veteran business and tech industry leader Patrick Vogt to campus.

Trinity Welcomes WorldView Speaker Rahsaan Graham to Campus April 5

Trinity welcomes Rahsaan Graham as our WorldView guest speaker on April 5, 2017.  Rahsaan Graham is scheduled to speak at Chapel at 10am, and a public lecture at 2pm in the Fireside Room.

Admitted Student Day – RSVP Today

At Trinity, OPUS is one of the biggest events of the year. It’s where everyone at the College spends an entire day together celebrating Christian scholarship and seeing all the work and achievements of students in different departments and concentrations.

Trinity Tuesday a Success!

Trinity Tuesday set an ambitious goal—collect 300 donations in 24 hours on March 7. Thanks to the generous giving of alumni, staff, faculty, parents, students and friends, that goal was met and surpassed!

Trinity Hosts Fifth Annual Psychology Renewed Conference on April 8

Trinity Christian College is pleased to host the 5th Annual Psychology Renewed Conference on April 8 from 9 am to 12:30 pm. The theme of this year’s conference is “Ethical and Best Practices in Supervision.” It will take place in the Grand Lobby of Ozinga Chapel.

Congratulations to Trinity’s Adult Studies Dean’s List Honorees

The dean’s list is Trinity Christian College’s highest academic honor. Adult Studies students who have earned a 3.8 grade point average while taking at least six credit hours of classes for the semester merit this distinction.

Trinity Accounting Grads Continue Impressive CPA Exam Success

Trinity Christian College is pleased to announce that in 2016, graduates of our accounting program scored the highest average passing score in the state for schools with 46 or more exam sections taken on the CPA exams administered by the Illinois Board of Examiners.

#TrinityTuesday – 1 Day | 1 Goal | 1 Gift – March 7

On Tuesday, March 7, 2017, join us in supporting Trinity Christian College on #TrinityTuesday. It’s a day to show our Troll Pride as alumni, staff, faculty, students, and friends. Gear up for 24 hours of showing your love for Trinity by taking the following 3 steps, and be sure to come back to on March 7!

WorldView Series—John Cotton Richmond

As part of Trinity’s 2017 WorldView series, John Cotton Richmond visited campus on Feb. 24 to share information and insights into the scourge of human trafficking.

Black History Month Lecture Explores Women in Higher Education

Bousfield’s story, and the story of other African-American women like her, was the subject of Trinity’s recent Annual Black History Month Lecture, given by Tamara L. Hoff, Ph.D., an adjunct professor at the College. Hoff spoke on “Uncovering ‘Hidden Figures’: Black Women in Higher Education.”

Athletics Department 2016 Fall Honor Roll

Congratulations to our student-athletes! The Athletics Department Honor Roll recognizes student-athletes who excelled in the classroom for the semester.

Trinity Celebrates as Professors Reach Milestones

At Trinity Christian College, 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 of earning doctorates, receiving promotions, and being awarded tenure.

Troll Athletes Take Service Trip to Costa Rica

Over the winter break, Troll athletes didn’t just spend time with family and relax–members of the track and field and women’s volleyball teams went on a service trip to Costa Rica, where they partnered with Going the Distance Adventure Ministries in serving a local community in hurricane relief efforts and sharing the gospel.

WorldView Series—Dr. Kristen Deede Johnson

Trinity was pleased to welcome Dr. Kristen Deede Johnson, associate professor of theology and Christian formation at Western Theological Seminary, to campus on Jan. 16, as the first speaker in the 2017 WorldView series.

Dean’s List, Fall 2016

The dean’s list is Trinity Christian College’s highest academic honor. Only full-time students who have earned a 3.5 grade point average for the semester merit this distinction.

Trinity Celebrates Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

On Monday, Jan. 16, the Trinity community came together to remember Martin Luther King, Jr., and his legacy.

Message for 2017’s First Chapel Urges Action on Christ’s Last Words

His last words as our first word. That is the message that Trinity Pres. Kurt D. Dykstra, J.D., offered at the first Chapel of 2017.

Sanchez’s Work Featured in Chicago Gallery

As a studio art major, Andrea Sanchez ’17 isn’t just studying the Chicago art scene—she’s now part of it, with a solo show at Rootwork Gallery.

Brodnax Featured on “Heartland History” Podcast

Brodnax participated in the podcast while attending the Northern Great Plains History Conference in St. Cloud, Minn. He also spoke on a conference panel about the topic, “‘Because They Were the Only Negro Children’: Racial Isolation & Progress in Dallas County, Iowa, 1860-1910.”

Trinity Spotlight: Physical Plant Department

Every time you enjoy just about any tangible thing on Trinity’s campus, it’s probably thanks to the hard work of the team in the Physical Plant department. They’re the men and women in charge of maintaining the buildings, the grounds, and the fleet vehicles, as well as setting up and taking down for Trinity events on-campus.

Trinity Announces 2016 Alumni of the Year

Trinity is pleased to announce the winners of the 2016 Alumni of the Year Awards. “We honor and celebrate the contributions of six people who have made a lasting impact on the Trinity community and around the world,” said Brad Laninga ’89, director of alumni and donor relations.

Christmas Greeting 2016

 Trinity Christian College wishes all a blessed Christmas and a Happy New Year.

2016 December Commencement

On Saturday, Dec. 10, Trinity celebrated the graduation of 112 baccalaureate, Adult Studies, and graduate students. Pres. Kurt D. Dykstra greeted the graduates, family, friends, faculty, and staff who gathered in Ozinga Auditorium for the ceremony.

NCCAA National Champions

The Trolls claimed the NCCAA National Championship title with a five set win over Campbellsville University (Campbellsville, Kentucky) in the championship match at the Kissimmee Civic Center in Kissimmee, Florida.  It was a back and forth contest as Trinity won the sets one and three with scores of 25-17 and 25-17. Campbellsville answered each Trinity win with a 27-25 victory in set two and a 25-22 win in set four.  The Trolls made the last statement with a 15-13 win in the deciding set to claim the match and the championship.

Trinity Announces New Majors for Fall 2017

Trinity Christian College is excited to announce three new majors that will be available in Fall 2017: Health Communication, Art Therapy, and Human Resources Management.

Trinity Announces 2017 Founders’ Scholars

Trinity has awarded the prestigious 2017 Founders’ Scholarships to James Beyer of Pella, Iowa, and Leah Wideman of Chicago.

Thanksgiving Greetings From President Dykstra

During this week in which we celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday, I invite the entire Trinity community, whether near or far from campus, to consider the words of President Abraham Lincoln in 1863 when he established this beloved holiday

December Commencement Schedule and Graduate Information

The latest schedule of events and commencement information for December 10, 2016.

Trinity Names Van Dyken VP of Advancement

Trinity Christian College is pleased to announce that Rick VanDyken ’83 has been named Vice President of Advancement. He will serve as a member of the President’s Council and oversee the Office of Advancement.

Trinity Students Win Venture Award at U.Pitch Competition

Trinity congratulates Jordan Vande Kamp ’18 and Craig Vander Galien ’17 on winning the Venture Award at the Future Founders recent U.Pitch event. 

Trinity Oaks Society Members celebrated


Trinity Christian College gratefully acknowledged members of the Trinity Oaks Society at an appreciation dinner on Nov. 11 at the President’s House, hosted by Pres. and Mrs. Dykstra.

Trinity Nursing Students Score Second Perfect NCLEX-RN Pass Rate

Trinity’s nursing students continued their perfect pass rate on the NCLEX-RN. The College is celebrating its second year with a 100% pass rate and third straight year at least 12% above the national year-to-date average.

Courtney Kalous ’17 Named Lincoln Laureate

Trinity Christian College is pleased to announce Courtney Kalous ’17 has been named this year’s Lincoln Laureate. Kalous will be recognized at the Student Laureate Convocation ceremony on Nov. 12 in Springfield, Ill. “I was overwhelmed to learn I’d been selected,” said Kalous, who is majoring in communications.

Trinity to Host Second Annual Dodgeball Tournament

Trinity’s Student Association has joined forces again with Illiana Christian High School and Chicago Christian High School for the 2nd Annual Community Dodgeball Tournament, which begins on Nov. 4! Like last year’s event, this year’s tournament will raise money for the Empowerment Fund, which encourages community outreach and hopes to empower students in the future wherever they have a need.

Fall Fest 2016 Schedule

Homecoming and Family Weekend are one BIG weekend on Nov. 4- 5. These are THE days for families and alumni to visit campus. Plan to join us for fun, fellowship and food.

Student Association Is Ready to Serve

Trinity’s Student Association team for the 2016 – 2017 academic year is focused on taking action and encouraging positive change on campus through communication and involvement within the student body.