OPUS Returns to Campus with Celebration of Scholarship

Apr 21, 2022

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

From the traditional opening parade to GRUMPUS, OPUS for graduate students, to the closing Outcry, the day included fascinating presentations, wonderful performances, the friendly competition of the presentation showdown, snacks, a dunk tank to benefit Ukraine, and so much more.

And students were excited to participate! According to Sarah Hoeksema, OPUS Co-Chair and Circulation & Access Librarian, this year’s OPUS featured more than 50 presentations, with 32 presentations participating in the competition. In 2019, the last ‘normal’ OPUS before COVID, there were 38 presentations, with 23 presentations participating in the competition. “We are thrilled with these numbers!” said Hoeksema. Since most of the students on campus had never experienced a traditional OPUS, the OPUS Committee worked with professors to encourage student participation and excitement. “These numbers are certainly a testament to our faculty and their impact on student learning,” she said.

Winners of competitions were also recognized.

Literary Arts Competition


1st place: Lauren Cox, “Unknown Answers”

2nd place: Patricia Yang, “Sleeptalking”

3rd place: Patricia Yang, “Co-Host”


1st place: Charlotte Hensel, “Sovereignty in Dimensionality”


1st place: Njoki Mukuria, “This is Nairobi”

2nd place: Sarah Koese, “The Power of a Hymn”

3rd place: Anthony Reppmann, “Monkey 31”


Music Competition


1st place:    Elyssa Peters (viola)

2nd place:    Jared Peters (piano)

3rd place:    Mateo Arredondo (flute)


1st place:   Ryan VanGlist

2nd place:   Olivia DeJong

3rd place:  Miracle Thurman


Sara Roozeboom & Jared Peters

Art & Design Competition

Graphic Design

1st place: 2021 OPUS Festival Design, Ryan Van Gilst

2nd place: Exhausted, Ryan Van Gilst


1st place: Materiality Studies, Raeann Fopma

2nd place: Glass Looking, MJ Huizenga

3rd place: California Dunes, Aubrie Vredevoogd


1st place: Cigarette Butts, Yuri Coleman

2nd place: The Grind, Izzy Neibert

3rd place: The Nose, Izzy Neibert

Drawing/Painting/Mixed Media

1st place: Hands on Behavior, Cassidy James

2nd place: Uncommon Tropes, Jonah Mudlaff

3rd place: Complementary Sketch, Shannon Simpson

Best in Show

Creative Burnout, Raeann Fopma

Climate Care Competition

Moriah Blan and Leah Lisowski:  A BRAZILlian Reasons to Care About the Climate

OPUS Presentation Showdown

1st place: Anthony Reppmann. Called by His Name: Lil Nas X and LGBTQ+ Christianity

2nd place: Arneet Garcha. A Path Towards Sustainability, Boulder Colorado

Honorable Mentions

Alexis Langellier. Poetry for Mathematics Education

Elyssa Peters, Njoki Mukuria, Kaitlynne Laverell. Deeper than the Surface

Ranita Luhur. Paradoxes of wealth and power: a philosophical proposal for healthy economies

This year’s OPUS also featured GRUMPUS, the graduate program OPUS.  “We decided to present in a poster format this year, which was very well received by attendees,” said Dr. Deb Majewski, OPUS Co-Chair and Associate Professor of Psychology and Counseling.  “They all did Trinity education and counseling programs proud!”

The Trinity Christian College community is grateful to alumni Yvette Madany (’85) and Peter Madany (’82), who generously provided financial support to underwrite expenses for OPUS 2022.

Check out some of the amazing presentations and learn more about the history of OPUS here.