TRINITY CHRISTIAN COLLEGE MAGAZINE FALL 2013, VOLUME 57, NUMBER 1
Preparing for a “Career” in God’s Redemptive Work
reparation. In an ever-changing and information-saturated world, how should students be prepared to take up the calling God places upon them?
Trinity has long understood the value of the connection between academic preparation and experience. Completing some form of field experience, a long-time feature of our general education requirements, is described in our catalog in this way: “While remaining enrolled at Trinity, the student has an opportunity to relate academic learning to its concrete use in a professional setting. This vocationally-oriented experience enables students to deepen the knowledge, skills, and Christian perspectives acquired in their academic field of study.” Completing an internship is one way our students meet this requirement. Sometimes via our Chicago Semester program and often via other routes, students gain much from internships and other field experiences. Yet, this concept isn’t unique to higher education. Apprenticeships, qualifying for the journeyman level, and other categories of preparation are integral in other fields as well. Most important, however, is the notion of vocation and calling. Trinity alumnus and philosopher, Lee Hardy ’76, writes much about vocation, including the penning of his book, The Fabric of This World: Inquiries into Calling, Career Choice, and the Design of Human Work. He makes the point that we’re each called to a vocation in order to participate in God’s creative and redemptive work. Thus, our task at Trinity is to help students identify the ways they are called to participate in God’s work in God’s world. Sometimes that may require being an “undecided” student for a while, as different courses and volunteer experiences open up doors to new possibilities. It’s not at all unusual, too, for students to change their majors as they begin to feel God’s call in an area they previously hadn’t considered. And, as you’ll read in this issue of TRINITY magazine, internships often helps solidify the call. In Him,
Steven R. Timmermans, Ph.D. President, Trinity Christian College
New Degree Agreement to Benefit Transfer Students
career ready, life ready
the DeVos Athletics and Recreation Center
• New Program Serves Chicago Students - 4
• Career Ready, Life Ready - 8
• Athletics - 24
• Campus Updates - 6
• Dr. Brad Breems Retires - 27
• Papers & Presentations - 28
• Dean’s List - 7
• Legacy Students - 32
• Development - 29 • Class Notes - 35
• Adult Studies Business in Indiana - 23
Trinity Christian College Board of Trustees 2013 James M. Achterhof Bonnie Beezhold ’77 Paul Boice Larry W. Bolt ’63 Barbara Brouwer ’67 Keith E. Bruxvoort Robert Buikema David J. Buter Beth M. Decker ’67 Dianne De Groot Larry De Vries Jeff Eenigenburg ’87 Gary K. Foster Charles A. Geenen Lynn Hollender ’72 Terry Katsma
Peter Madany ’82 Jayme Morren ’94 Frederick V. “Fritz” Olthof Martin Ozinga III Henry Perez Rosetta Polk-Pugh ’04 Rev. Lambert J. Sikkema John G. Stob, Jr. ’80 Grace Tazelaar Felecia Thompson Steven G. Van Drunen Dan W. Van Prooyen ’71 Rick Van Til, Sr. Lynette Vos Calvin Walstra ’62
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CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Amanda Cleary Assistant Director of Public Relations and Communications Amy Strong ’86 Sports Information Director
PHOTOGRAPHY Peter Clevering ’01 Samuel Mahtani ’10 Marketing and Media Associate Cover: Brittany Homan ’14
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TOP TIER RANKING Trinity Ranked as Top Tier College by
rinity has once again been ranked as a top tier college by U.S.News & World Report in “Best Colleges” for 2014. The College ranked 28th among Regional Colleges—Midwest, a category with a total of 367 colleges. Trinity also ranked 8th in the area of Campus Ethnic Diversity: Regional Colleges—Midwest. This ranking speaks to the College’s continued commitment to develop a multi-racial, multi-national, and multi-denominational student body. The U.S. News rankings are based on several criteria, including peer assessment, graduation and freshmen retention rates, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources, and alumni giving. Trinity was also listed by Washington Monthly among hundreds of the nation’s top colleges in the 2013 Baccalaureate College Rankings. In addition, the College was named to the 2014 Military Friendly Schools list by Victory Media, the premier media entity for military personnel transitioning into civilian life.
Caption: Dr. Steven Timmermans, president of Trinity Christian College, and Dr. Sylvia M. Jenkins, president of Moraine Valley Community College, extend congratulations after signing the agreement. Joining them are (from left) David Deitemyer, dean of Academic Services, Moraine Valley; Debby Blatzer, director of Academic Advising Programs and Services, Moraine Valley; Tina Carney-Simon, transfer coordinator, Articulation, Moraine Valley; Kim Fabian, executive director of Marketing and Communications, Trinity Christian; Jaynn Tobias-Johnson, registrar, Trinity Christian; Dr. Elizabeth Rudenga, provost, Trinity Christian; Joann Wright, dean of Counseling and Advising, Moraine Valley; Dr. Pamela Haney, vice president of Academic Affairs, Moraine Valley; Dr. Margaret Lehner, vice president of Institutional Advancement, Moraine Valley; Dr. Normah Salleh-Barone, vice president of Student Development, Moraine Valley; Walter Fronczek, dean of Liberal Arts, Moraine Valley; Robert Sterkowitz, chief financial officer, Moraine Valley; and Chet Shaw, dean of Student Services, Moraine Valley
New Degree Agreement to Benefit Transfer Students
new agreement between Trinity and Moraine Valley Community College provides a seamless path for students planning to transfer to Trinity. The Trinity-Moraine Admissions Collaboration (T-MAC) Agreement, signed by Trinity’s President Steven Timmermans, Ph.D., and Moraine’s President Sylvia Jenkins, Ph.D. on October 23, offers transfer students a choice of collaborative program options in addition to other benefits, including: • academic advising prior to transfer • scholarship award of at least $4,000/year for eligible students • application for additional need-based financial assistance • waiving of the Trinity application fee Collaborative program options have also been developed under the agreement. One option allows students to earn a professional counseling degree in just five years of starting their degree at Moraine.
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Students first earn associate and bachelor’s degrees in psychology in three years, then, depending on eligibility and meeting entrance requirements, immediately enter Trinity’s master of arts in counseling psychology program. The two colleges also revised the transfer agreement that leads to a bachelor’s degree in Trinity’s Adult Studies business program. This ensures that the courses students take at both institutions are coordinated and will lead to degree completion. An additional collaborative program enables students to complete an associate degree with a psychology major at Moraine, then transfer to Trinity to complete a bachelor’s degree with a major in cognitive and speech development and a minor in speech and communication sciences. “I’m pleased to have entered into this partnership with Moraine Valley Community College, for it ensures our two institutions make it easy for students who begin their studies at Moraine to understand, each step of the way, what is needed for their ultimate transfer to Trinity,” said Timmermans.
Annual Series for Word, Film, and Music Inspires More than a Thousand
orldView at Trinity once again welcomed a variety of performers and speakers and drew hundreds of guests to campus during October.
(l-r) Tom Key, Apollo Chorus, Rev. Brenda Girton-Mitchell, Donna Freitas
Prepared to Meet the Demand for Speech-Language Pathologists
he need for speech and language services in schools, clinics, and hospital settings has created a high demand for newly-prepared speechlanguage pathologists. Trinity’s cognitive and speech development major prepares students for the many opportunities in this field. The program is unique in its flexibility, offering various options for completion, including a three-year transfer program or a four-year program at Trinity. While clinical work is saved for the fourth year, the program provides opportunities for insight into the field through service learning experiences. In addition, area practitioners visit classrooms, allowing students to gain exposure to the field of speech and communication sciences.
Actor Tom Key opened the series on October 7 with a performance of “Screwtape in Person” in the Marg Kallemeyn Theatre. The following Monday evening events included the Apollo Chorus of Chicago; Rev. Brenda Girton-Mitchell speaking on “The Power of Partnerships”; and author Donna Freitas lecturing on “Sex and the Soul: Juggling Sexuality, Spirituality, Romance and Religion on America’s College Campuses.”
“After one semester, I knew the program was going to be a good fit for me,” said student Rachel Slager ’16 of Westchester, Illinois. “I know that with the tools Trinity is giving me, both in the program and all my other classes, I will be well prepared for graduate school and my career. I couldn’t ask for a better place to learn!” “I am only a sophomore, but I feel I already have received a good amount of field experience and seen therapy in various settings,” said Krista Fopma ’16 of Sully, Iowa. “I’m so grateful that Trinity started this program as the College feels like home, and I continually feel blessed by the Christian community. It was a true God send.”
Trinity at Austin: New Program Serves Chicago Students
hile students celebrated Convocation, the first chapel of the year, on August 28, 11 students also celebrated their first day as Trinity students in the Austin neighborhood of Chicago. “Knowing that many of Trinity’s earliest supporters were from the west side of Chicago, it is gratifying to see our partnership with By The Hand return to this area of the city,” said President Steve Timmermans, Ph.D. Through a partnership with By The Hand Club for Kids, which provides faith-based, after-school programs for children in under-resourced neighborhoods, Trinity has
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(back, l-r) Antoine Brewer and Huell Collier; (front, l-r) Porscha Williams, Alexis Shannon, Roberto Griffins, Kissqwanna King and Nancy Nealious
launched a cohort style, two-year college program that enrolls students who were once served through the By The Hand program and similar programs. Enrolled on either a part-time or full-time basis, students take core courses throughout the calendar year. In addition, they are required to participate in Interim, First Year Experience (FYE), and three on-campus WorldView, sporting, and music events. After completing the Austin program, students have the option of continuing their education at Trinity’s main campus. Alexis Shannon, a Trinity student who had participated in By The Hand since fifth grade, said pursuing an education in business would help put her in a place of helping others, especially children and the homeless. “I have a lot of ideas of how to help people,” she said, and believes a
college education will give her the ability to put those ideas into practice. Student Huell Collier appreciates the convenience of the Austin campus, and Porscha Williams enjoys the opportunities to be on the Palos Heights campus. Several of the students attended chapel on campus on September 25 before heading to the library to learn research skills and more about library resources available in Chicago. The coordinator of the program, Nancy Nealious, is a doctoral student in the psychology program at Wheaton College and is a graduate of Troy University (M.S.) and Winthrop University (B.A.). In addition to overseeing the program, Nealious directs the FYE in Austin and teaches an academic wellness course.
he leaders of the Student Association Executive Committee serve as representatives between the student body and Trinity’s administration. They work to bring positive changes to campus, and address issues and concerns brought up by the student body. Student Association President Nate Tameling ’14 of Burr Ridge, Illinois, seeks to bridge the gap between the students’ needs and the administrations’ goals. “An organization like Student Association needs to routinely evaluate its role on a campus. We hope to build stronger relationships with campus departments so that we can be more involved with change processes.”
EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE President Nate Tameling ’14 Burr Ridge, IL
Treasurer Matthew Wydra ’15 Tinley Park, IL
Vice President Andrew Reidsma ’14 Grand Rapids, MI
Secretary Courtney Samudio ’15 Surprise, AZ
Executive Committee (l-r) Courtney Samudio ’15, Andrew Reidsma ’14, Nate Tameling ’14, Matthew Wydra ’15
Collaboration Benefits Students and Educators at Trinity and in Chicago
rinity and the Bright Promise Fund (BPF) have partnered to create the Center for Christian Urban Education. This effort will create teacher support networks among teachers in smaller Christian schools; aid in the sharing of resources and ideas; facilitate community among teachers; and provide professional development. The goal, said Bright Promise Fund Director Dave Larsen ’67, is “to strengthen urban Christian schools in the BPF network and enrich Trinity’s education department through deeper connections with urban schooling.” Through connections made by the center, the education department utilizes these schools as clinical placements for
Allelu Brittany Miedema ’14 Zeeland, MI
Service Kathryn Andringa ’14 Sheboygan, WI
Academic Initiative Patrick Page ’15 Palos Park, IL
Social Justice Chapter Anna Wessley ’14 Crystal Lake, IL
Multi-Cultural James Rivers ’16 Bellwood, IL
Student Programming Board Josh De Jong ’14 Plainfield, IL
pre-service teachers. Presently 12 schools are involved, primarily through the leadership and faculty. The center also serves as a school improvement network and a venue for conferences and symposia. On August 15, the first conference was hosted for urban Christian educators. “I’m very excited for the opportunity to get to know these schools, establish relationships, and to collaborate and partner with them,” said Professor Rhoda Mattson, director of Trinity’s Education Unit, “both for what we and our students have to learn about kids and education in urban Christian schools and for our coming alongside and supporting administrators and teachers in the important work of teaching in urban areas.” The center is housed in the Trinity offices at 1550 S. State Street in Chicago. Former administrator of Daystar School Harriet Potoka serves as director. Learn more at www.ccuechicago.org. FALL 2013
CAMPUS UPDATES Students discovered exciting changes on campus when they returned for the fall 2013 semester. Trinity was hard at work over the summer to make improvements to the grounds, common buildings, and residence halls in addition to finishing and equipping the gymnasium expansion and renovation.
WEST HALL Students looking for a place to relax are enjoying the new furniture and decor in the basement lounge, which was also updated with carpet, paint, and lighting.
LIBRARY Students heading into the library to study found freshly painted walls and new carpeting in the common areas of the first and second floors.
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SOUTH HALL All four lounges in the dorm were remodeled. Updates included air conditioning, lighting, carpet, paint, kitchen cabinets and sink, tile, and a new television and furniture.
A CLEAN SLATE The road from Rt. 83 has been widened and repaved, providing a welcoming entrance onto campus.
GREENER AND GREENER While development continues on the George and June Schaaf Athletics Complex (Rt. 83 fields), progress was made over the summer on the baseball, softball, and grass soccer fields.
DeVos Athletics and Recreation Center Final construction and renovation of the DeVos Athletics and Recreation Center included refinishing the Mitchell Memorial gym floor and adding new equipment; furnishing classrooms; installing flooring, exercise equipment, and a bouldering wall in the fitness center; and adding exterior landscaping.
Tibstra Hall To accommodate upper class students, all suites on the 2nd and 3rd floors have been remodeled and full-sized kitchens installed.
REFINISHED and refurbished The Mitchell Memorial Gym was painted, a batting cage installed, the floor was refinished, new basketball hoops installed, and much more.
DEAN’s List–SPRING 2013
Each semester, Trinity students in the College’s traditional program who meet high academic standards are included in the Dean’s List. Students must complete the semester at full-time status to be eligible.
Antonio Alicea, Cynthia Allmon, Kristin Alons, Anita Anderson, Colleen Anderson, Megan Anderson, Jacob Andringa, Kathryn Andringa, Samuel Andringa, Brianne Arnold, Joey Bahena, Kristin Balkema, Laura Balance, Brooke Bambrick, Matthew Barre, Laura Batchelder, Johnathan Baty, Brian Beenes, Macy Beer, Corinne Beezhold, Kerianne Blaauw, Andrew Blok, Kristen Blok, James Blom, Joseph Blom, Earl Bloom, Nicole Bober, Mindy Boeringa, Jennifer Boetsma, Taylor Boice, Theresa BooneToolan, Benjamin Borst, Anna Bos, Stephanie Bottando, Renee Bozzi, Nicole Bracken, Adrian Breems, Emily Bruinius, Tyler Brunschon, Heather Bultema, Alicia Bultsma, C. Callie Bunker, Rochelle Burks, Lori Byma, Allison Cable, MaryBeth Casarez, Nora Casasanto, Kristin Cavins, Samantha Cechowski, Gina Ciametti, Dulce Cira, Paul Cook, Caleb Copeland, Keith Coppens, Michelle Covarrubias, Raisa Daguman, Mark Davis, Andrew DeBoer, Anna DeBoer, Brendon DeBoer, Rachel DeBoer, Stephanie DeBoer, Rana Deis, Joanna DeJong, Joshua DeJong, Tyler DeKoekkoek, Meghan Desmond, Tara DeVries, Christopher DeWaard, Danielle deWerff, Alyssa DeYoung, Jonathan DeYoung, Jessica Disselkoen, AzelAnn Dizon, Robert Doherty, Alexa Dokter, Dorota Duda, Kiera Dunaway, Hannah Dykstra, Teresa Ebbers, Colin Ebels, Jonathan Engbers, Christianne Fassett, Kaitlin Feddema, Rebecca Felten, Yasmin Fernandez, Jan Ferreria, Loretta Findysz, Zachary Flipse, Rachel Flowers, Margaret Flynn, Kristen Folkertsma, Kaitlyn Fondrk, Krista Fopma, Adam Frankenfeld, Caleb Fredrickson, Amanda Furtek, Maria Michaela Garcia, Rebecca Garcia, Kerry Garrison, Evan Geels, Stefanie Geer, Katie Gesch, Shanda Gilligan, Cynthia Gliwa, Molly Gobeli, Rebecca Gold, Rebekah Gonzales, Jose Gonzalez, Rachel Goode, Rachel Grobarcik, Danielle Groen, Brian Haak, Kylee Hall, Megan HanafeeMajor, Kirsten Harms, Lindsey Hegarty, Amanda Henderson, Nathan Hendrikse, Sara Henreckson, Rene Hernandez, Joeli Heuver, Abby Heynen, Jennifer Hill, Nicole Hill, Yashika Hill, Annalee Hoekstra, Lauren Hoffman, Jonathan Holden, Elizabeth Holman, Ethan Holmes, Stephanie Holmes, Daniel Hood, Jill Hop, Clarice Hopman, Mary Houlihan, Aletta Huisman, Brett Huisman, Hannah Huisman, Chadd Huizenga, Derek Huizenga, Megan Huizenga, Alyssa Huizinga, Kristin Ipema, Megan Ipema, Michael Ippel, Elizabeth Iwema, Jacquelyn Iwema, Julie Iwema, Nicole Jager, Christina Jankovic, Sarah Jasperse, Esmeralda Jasso, Martin Johnson, Molly Johnson, Noelle Johnson, Sarah Jongetjes, Estelle Jongsma, Jordan Jurak, Allison Karlock, Janelle Katsma, Lauren Kelley, Rachel Ketchum, Melissa Kiel, Ryan Kiesel, Lydia Kijowski, JeongEun Kim, Caroline Klingbeil, Mekayla Knol, Chelsea Konyndyk, Jonathan Koonce, Kristine Koopmans, Christopher Koutavas, Neil Krooswyk, Megan Kuiper, Lauren Kuipers, Michael Kunnen, Ryan Kuyvenhoven, Kelsey Lamer, Samuel Lankah, Michael Lautermilch, Landon Lawrence, ChanNyung Lee, Kari LeGrand, Sara Lemmenes, Carly Lerner, Sara Leth, Erica Linares, Nikole Linares, Calob Lostutter, Matthew Lovelace, David Lucas, Emily Lucas, Kelly Ludwig, Jacob Maatman, Derek Maciaga, Simona Maftei, Sarah Malatt, Kaitlyn Manning, Michelle Marcheschi, Morgan Matson, Matilda McGuire, Caitlin Meiner, Ryan Melson, Scott Meves, Matthew Meyer, Meghan Meyer, Lauryn Meyers, Brittany Miedema, William Miller, Kristen Miserendino, Yangfan Mo, Caitlyn Moore, Holli Moote, Kelsey Moshier, Andrew Mulder, Matthew Mulder, Christina Mulick, Samantha Murphy, Heather Murray, Dana Nagelkirk, Nadine Nayan, Alexander Nebiolini, Cassandra Nelson, Rachel Niehof, Brianna Niemoth,Tori Niggel, Kristen Nymeyer, Ezekiel Odonkor, Garret Ohashi, Shane Olson, Keli Ooms, Jameson Otte, Janna Ottenhoff, Jori Ottenhoff, Alexandra Otto, Christina Pacholik, Patrick Page, Samantha Pardee, Eric Paschke, Benjamin Pausma, Matthew Pausma, Kevin Pedersen, Victoria Penley, Jennifer Penrod, Adam Perez, Christian Perry, Anna Phillips, Janelle Piers, Byron Plate, Yuliya Polishchuk, Erika Poortinga, Michael Potter, Kwangjin Pyeon, Ieva Radimonaite, Stasia Rafa, Elijah Ramos, Kristin Rapacki, Stephanie Reichert, Andrew Reidsma, Shelby Reinsch, Megan Rensink, Nicole Revis, Allison Rigg, Delia Rivera, Ashley Roberts, Crystal Robinson, Sarah Rodgers, Matthew Rogalski, Kelsey Roller, Alejandra Romo, Jordan Roon, Samantha Rowe, Courtney Rozeveld, Brittany Rucin, Kristen Rusthoven, Courtney Samudio, Shea Schaaf, Hannah Schaap, Matthew Schaap, Raymond Scherrer, Leighton Schnedler, Heather Scholten, Jorrie Schutt, Hannah Schwab, Graeme Scott, Sara Sharik, Ellen Sheetz, Simona Sidaugaite, Christine Slager, Lindsay Slager, Rachel Slager, Alyssa Slinkman, Courtney Smith, Hannah Snow, Ann Solomon, Justina South, Hannah Sprague, Baillie Stahl, Melissa Stalman, Anthony Stasi, Caleb Steele, Susannah Strange, Emily Stursma, Esther Sullivan, Adam Suwyn, Joni Tait, Kaitlyn Tatem, Javairia Taylor, Spencer TenHaken, Jenna Thomforde, Christopher Tidmore, Richard Tilquist, Jessica Timmermans, Evan Tinklenberg, Benjamin Tjoelker, Daniel Townsend, Alicia Tracy, Lisa Trepton, Jordan Triezenberg, Brittany Trlak, Hannah Ullrich, Derek VanAlthuis, Abigail VanBeek, Hannah VanBeek, Michaella Vance, Amber VanDam, Amber VanDam, Anneke VanDam, Kaitlyn VanDellen, Nathan Vanderleest, Megan Vandermeer, Bradley VanderVelde, Lucas Vanderwal, Mark Vanderzee, Rebecca Vanderzee, Kelsey VanDyken, Victoria VanHofwegen, Amanda VanKampen, Rebecca Vannette, Heather VanSant, Vince VanSchouwen, Kayla VanWyk, Zachary VerHaar, Rebecca Verhage, Brielle Visser, Daeleen Visser, Alyssa Voogt, Logan Vos, Allyson Vree, Andrea Walters, Alexis Warden, Hannah Wasco, Anna Wessley, Sarah West, Chad Westenbroek, Allison Wier, Shannon Wiese, Brooke Wigboldy, Caitlin Williams, Emily Wilson, Kaylee Wilson, Jessica Wiltjer, Matthew Wiltjer, Halie Wisse, Ryan Wolterink, Allison Wood, Micaela Wood, Kathryn Woodside, Jaclyn Workman, Matthew Wydra, Kimberly Zaagman, Haley Zandstra, Lee Zimmerman, Megan Zimmerman, Shannon Ziolkowski
Career Ready Life Ready With many similarities existing between Christian liberal arts colleges, each institution focuses on those aspects that are distinctive. For Trinity, experiential learning opportunities set us apart. Every undergraduate student participates in an internship or in field education as part of the graduation requirement in a chosen major. Internships take place in companies and organizations locally, in Chicago, and occasionally overseas. The proximity to Chicago and the partnerships Trinity has with nonprofits, accounting firms, and other businesses are distinctive. Students benefit from internship and field education, which: • deepen learning and understanding of a discipline • offer a means through which students put their classroom education into practice • solidify a call to a vocation • provide connections with working professionals in the field • prepare students for careers and other life opportunities
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Brittany Homan ’14 Major: Communication Arts: Media Studies Internship: Under the Radar, Back to God Ministries International (BTGMI), Palos Heights, Illinois During the summer, senior Brittany Homan interned with ReFrame Media’s Under the Radar (UTR), a syndicated radio show featuring indie music by Christian artists and played on more than 220 stations nationally. Homan’s work consisted of assistant production for UTR’s website and social media pages. She also recorded voiceovers for radio promotional spots and produced her own episode of Under the Radar that aired on September 13. After several weeks of pre-production, Homan interviewed a new band never featured on UTR, then recorded a section of the show in the BTGMI studios, co-hosting with regular host Dave Trout. Listen or download the episode. http://bit.ly/15XCUAp As part of the internship, Homan also represented UTR at Escape to the Lake, a four-day music festival convened by UTR and Lake Geneva Camps & Conferences. The event featured Christian artists and bands, celebrating music, faith, community, and creation. She also assisted with the filming of a music video for artist Nick Flora. “This internship was not what I expected but was exactly what I needed,” said Homan. “Securing the internship was a huge blessing and a clearly marked open door from the Lord.”
Stephanie Reichert ’14 Majors: Accounting/Music Internship: Arthur J. Gallagher & Co., Itasca, Illinois
Yangfan Mo ’14 Major: Accounting Internship: Arthur J. Gallagher & Co., Itasca, Illinois
tephanie Reichert served as an accounting intern with Arthur J. Gallagher’s accounting department during the summer. One of her projects involved assisting in testing a new version of software being implemented by the company to ensure accurate conversion of underlying financial data and uniform formatting of financial reports company-wide. A second project--related to recording intercompany and foreign currency transactions--allowed her to continue her internship into the fall semester in order to follow through on completion before the end of the year. Reichert said that she has benefited from the internship in many ways. In addition to complementing what she notes as excellent academics and instruction at Trinity, the internship has helped her build her résumé and references and confirmed her choice of careers. “My internship allowed me to realize that accounting is the field for me,” said Reichert. “I can now say that with confidence.”
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ike her fellow classmate Stephanie Reichert, Yangfan Mo, an international student from China, spent her summer as an accounting intern for Arthur J. Gallagher’s accounting department, updating the financial system software to a new version. Mo tested a number of corporate reports, including balance sheets and income statements for many companies owned by Gallagher. She also assisted with projects related to intercompany transactions that ensured proper results by taxing jurisdiction. “This wonderful internship definitely helped me gain hands-on learning in my field,” said Mo. “I used the knowledge I have been taught in school to combine it with a real-world working experience. It has prepared me for my future career.” Through the experience, Mo said she gained teamwork, problem solving, and time management skills. “Most important, I built good networking for my future career.”
Rosario Dominguez ’15 Major: Communication Arts/Spanish Field education: Summer Research Opportunities Program for Undergraduates (SROP), University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC)
unior Rosario Dominguez of Chicago put her double major in communication arts and Spanish into practice during research at the campus of the University of Illinois at Chicago this past summer. Dominguez applied and was accepted to the Summer Research Opportunities Program for Undergraduates (SROP). The goal of SROP is to introduce domestic underrepresented college sophomores and juniors to academic research experiences. Dominguez worked one-on-one with a faculty mentor, which gave her an opportunity to conduct research and live the graduate student experience. Dominguez, who grew up in the Ashburn community and whose parents were born in Mexico, focused her research on
transnational youth and adults, those of Mexican descent who live in the United Stated then return at some point to Mexico. Transcribing data from more than 20 interviews, she gathered information on the effects that multiple migrations have on this demographic. Along with other students in the program, Dominguez had the opportunity to present her findings at UIC and later to her fellow Trinity communication arts classmates. Dominguez said that she is considering the possibility of incorporating her research into her senior seminar project. She gained additional perspective on her research in discussions with Dr. Craig Mattson, professor of communication arts. “I didn’t realize until talking with Professor Mattson that my research was world view based,” said Dominguez, “and that I was doing something that Trinity teaches every day.”
Velvet Woods ’11 Major: Business Communication Internship: Operation Link Up, Chicago, Illinois
er internship at Operation Link Up allowed Velvet Woods ’11 to build upon and apply her education and the skills she developed as a business communication major at Trinity. The nonprofit mentoring center serves at-risk youth in the Englewood community on Chicago’s south side. Not only did the internship provide the opportunity for Woods to acquire professional skills such as time management and effective communication, it helped Woods to establish meaningful relationships within the organization and further grow her heart for service. Woods currently serves as an administrative assistant to the vice president of clinical services and evaluations at The Family Institute at Northwestern University. She is also pursuing a master’s degree in nonprofit management and administration at North Park University. “My career journey began within the Trinity learning community,” said Woods. “Thanks to the professors, administrators, staff, and my classmates, I have continued to propel.” She said she looks forward to embracing continued opportunities for growth and professional development both inside and outside of the classroom, just as she did during her time at Trinity.
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“My career journey began within the Trinity learning community”
Scott Vanderzee ’12 Major: Accounting Internship: Jackson National Asset Management, Chicago, Illinois
he primary focus of Scott Vanderzee’s internship in the financial reporting department at Jackson National Asset Management was helping his group produce the annual report for Jackson’s 100+ funds. Several of Vanderzee’s classmates interned for the company, which
offers this benefit to students through a healthy internship partnership with the College. Shortly after his internship, Vanderzee was offered a position as a corporate accountant in the corporate finance department. Each month, he helps close the books for the company and prepares financial reports. He also assists with preparing expense
information for the funds’ prospectus and the annual budget. Other tasks include managing cash accounts, processing wire transfers, and accounts payable. Preparing reports for quarterly board meetings and serving on fund launch teams are also areas of involvement. “My job has a lot of variety, which is one of the reasons I enjoy it so much,��� said Vanderzee.
Chuck Dobeck ’12 Major: Psychology/Philosophy Internship: The Bridge Teen Center, Orland Park, Illinois
n addition to being a fulfilling experience, Chuck Dobeck’s internship led directly to his employment following graduation. Dobeck completed his psychology internship at The Bridge Teen Center, a nonprofit community center designed around the interests and needs of teens in the suburbs. Dobeck put his education and gifts into practice by building influential relationships with students; helping maintain daily program operations; updating the community resource database; and assisting with planning and facilitation of psychology-related programs such as support groups. A part-time position opened just after Dobeck completed his internship. He was offered the job, which quickly grew into a full-time role as program associate and volunteer coordinator. As the coordinator, Dobeck hires, trains, leads, and evaluates center volunteers and interns. He also assists with management and development of day-to-day operations and policies. Dobeck is currently working toward a master’s degree in organizational leadership at Lewis University.
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Abby Christensen ’11 Major: Studio Art Internship: Cream Co., Chicago, Illinois
rinity’s art and design program offers students immersion in the world of art in Chicago. While a senior at Trinity, Abby Christensen experienced this as an intern with the collaborative painting group Cream Co. Christensen assisted by working through the steps leading to a new body of work. She was also trained in the traditional Cream Co. painting methods, but spent a majority of her time with Cream Co. members in exploring ways to expand the painting concepts into the three dimensional realm and in moving forward to new projects. After completing the internship during the first semester of her senior year, Christensen was hired and worked with Cream Co. throughout her second semester and for a year following graduation until a move from Chicago. She had the amazing opportunity to work on and install a large project included in Re: Chicago, the inaugural exhibit at the DePaul Art Museum in September 2011. “I see the incredible value in my experiences with Cream Co.,” said Christensen. “My internship taught me about the way I approach my own studio practice through working with others, and it challenged my aesthetic and conceptual sensibilities. “This insight into how parts of the art world function and understanding my place in it has allowed my own process to grow, has shaped how I approach collaborative work, and has prepared me for a well-rounded dialogue in the art conversation.” Currently, Christensen is employed in sales at the Boise Art Museum. In Boise, Christensen exhibited a new body of work titled “Failure” at Bricolage Art Gallery as part of a residency in the 8th Street Marketplace Artist in Residence program (AiR). She continues in her studio practice as she prepares to apply for graduate school.
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“The opportunities to teach at multiple levels before graduating from Trinity allowed me to see how different schools work, how different ages work, and how I would work in diverse environments.”
Courtney Randle ’12 Major: English Education Internship: Arbor Park Middle School, Oak Forest, Illinois and Warren High School, Gurnee, Illinois
ourtney Randle, today an 8th grade composition and literature teacher at Viking Middle School in Gurnee, Illinois, said her first field placement as a student teacher opened her eyes to the improvements she needed to make as an instructor. “It took time to get used to being in the classroom,” said Randle. “I found that in order to excel
in my field, I would have to get over my apprehensiveness.” After completing her first seven-week placement at Arbor, Randle began her high school placement at Warren where she learned varied teaching styles and alternative ways of teaching English. She said another highlight of her internship was the chance to interact with various students, faculty, and staff as well as the ability to network within a district. Randle credits that networking with leading to her current position at Viking.
“The opportunities to teach at multiple levels before graduating from Trinity allowed me to see how different schools work, how different ages work, and how I would work in diverse environments,” said Randle. “Allowing education majors to break their experiences into various residences reflects Trinity’s dedication to its motto of education and excellence.”
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“These experiences helped me find specifically what I love to teach and helped me gain experiences in the classroom...”
Ashley Wierema ’12 Major: Special Education (additional endorsement) Student teaching: Carl Sandburg High School, Orland Park, Illinois
ecause the high school administration had seen Ashley Wierema’s work as a student teacher in their classroom and watched her grow during her placement, she was given the opportunity to interview for a permanent teaching position. Her internship led directly to her employment as a special education teacher at Carl Sandburg High School. While working on her bachelor’s degree, she also received an endorsement in general science, language arts, and social science. She said that as a Trinity student, she was also given opportunities through various placement options, including high incidence special education-learning disabilities, low-incidence special educationmulti needs, behavior/emotional disorder, diverse, and public settings. She also worked locally within the special education community at Elim Christian Services, Nob Hill, Chicago Ridge, and Carl Sandburg, and with many age groups, from first grade to high school. “These experiences helped me find specifically what I love to teach and helped me gain experiences in the classroom that education majors at other universities might miss out on,” said Wierema. She credits special education professors Drs. Patti Powell and Pete Post with encouraging her in her future goals and noted the amount of knowledge and experience in the field of special education her professors brought into the classroom. “The education department did a phenomenal job of preparing me to be the teacher I am today,” said Wierema. “They gave me so many opportunities that I felt I could be successful in the many positions available in the field of special education.”
Mayor’s Office Washington D.C. SouthtownStar Social Security Administration
Jocelyn (Black) Morris ’05 Major: Business Communications Internship: Mayor’s Office of Special Events, Chicago, Illinois; and Summer Institute of Journalism, Washington, D.C.
ocelyn Morris said that the liberal arts education at Trinity provided the fertile learning environment for a student with myriad interests. And through a switch in majors, varied internship experiences, and eventual career changes, Morris said she continued to “pull” from what she learned in her Trinity courses, philosophy, psychology, and sociology core courses.
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Her internship experiences--the first at the mayor’s office as a public relations intern and the second as a stringer in Washington, D.C. for the SouthtownStar--gave Morris the “learn on the job” experience her communication arts professor stressed. Morris graduated with “a very impressive portfolio,” which included an article in the SouthtownStar about a local resident who participated in President Ronald Reagan’s funeral ceremony, an event that occurred while Morris was interning in D.C.
Soon after graduating Trinity, Morris continued her communications studies at Medill School of Journalism — Northwestern University, continuing to work in media and in government. Today Morris, whose experience ranges from public relations to policy research, manages a team of 15 staff at the Social Security Administration in Chicago, where she has been employed since 2009.
Kristin Cavins ’12 Major: Business Communications Internship: One Way Ministries, Aurora, Illinois
ristin Cavins was looking for an internship experience that would use what she had learned as a business communications major as well as her longtime call to ministry. At the suggestion of her Spanish professor, Faith Nava, Cavins applied to OneWay Ministries. During the summer internship, Cavins wrote “nation summaries,” contributing to the organization’s major goal to target prayer to more than 200 countries. Using her writing skills, Cavins communicated the need in each country to prospective supporters as well as created radio spots and text for prayers. “Before accepting the internship, I felt a calling to ministry, but also needed job experience on my résumé,” said Cavins. The internship fulfilled both these needs. It also provided Cavins with help in making her next decision. In September, she traveled to Mexico for short-term work at her uncle’s church, Cristocentro Guadalajara, where she helped develop website content, ministered to the community, and gained additional knowledge of the language and culture. “That decision was made in response to my internship experience, which inspired me to answer the call on my heart to serve,” she said.
Graduate & ADULT STUDIES Adult Studies education students find that their student teaching internships, in addition to their Trinity education, help prepare them for the career to which God has called them. This is true for graduates Crystal Miguez ’12 and Daniel Matt ’13, both of whom secured teaching positions soon after, and even before, graduation.
Crystal Miguez ’12 Major: Art Education (K-12 specialist)
espite the fact that no positions were open in the art department when Adult Studies student Crystal Miguez completed her student teaching at Tinley Park High School, she was invited to serve as a substitute teacher, then was soon hired as an art teacher for District 218, in both the Eisenhower and Richards high schools. She said she brought with her the experience she acquired as a student teacher at Tinley Park. “I am working for a different district now, however, I still carry many of the things I learned from my student teaching.” Miguez credits her cooperating teacher and her Trinity student teaching with providing her with the professional experience she needed to prepare her for having her own classroom.
Daniel Matt ’13 Major: Graduate Studies Special Education
aniel Matt of Chicago was hired as a teacher by PRIDE Alternative School in Oak Lawn, Illinois, before graduating from Trinity’s master’s degree program in special education. After spending a few years in the field with his undergraduate degree, he said he decided that the program would help advance his career. “My involvement in the special education graduate studies program directly led to my getting a job in the field within one year of starting the program, before I even graduated,” said Matt. “The courses taught me a great deal about the field and provided me with the knowledge and experiences necessary to be successful in my career.”
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Adult Studies Business Program Expands to Indiana
S Master’s in Counseling Psychology Program Continues to Grow
ince its launch a year ago, the Graduate Studies Program in Counseling Psychology has been blessed with continued growth in enrollment. The department received such a large number of applicants that the department is planning to start a third cohort in the spring of 2014. “We are grateful for the rapid expansion of the counseling psychology program and the opportunity to extend Trinity’s educational mission into the area of graduate education,” said program director Dr. Michael DeVries ’74, professor of psychology at Trinity since 1977. “We are confident our students will be ready to serve our Lord in their calling as professional counselors and to meet the urgent need in our society for mental health services.” Prospective students interested in learning more can visit graduatestudies.trnty.edu or call the Graduate Studies department at 708.239.3900.
New Role in Adult Studies Helps Connect Program with Community
he Adult Studies department welcomed new staff member John Baldauff as the off-campus marketing manager, a newlycreated position that will focus on the programs offered in the South Loop and Addison. In this role, Baldauff will further establish awareness of Trinity’s programs in Chicago and the western suburbs by connecting with counselors at city and community
colleges, local businesses, organizations, and churches. Baldauff received his bachelor of arts in political science from Geneva College and his master of arts in communication and culture from Trinity International University. Baldauff is excited to be working with the students, faculty, and staff at Trinity in this role as well as his additional role as the director of the First Year Experience. “I am excited about adult learning and look forward to creating academic and community partnerships for the off-campus Adult Studies program,” he said.
ince 1999, Trinity Christian College has been helping adult students advance their careers by finishing a bachelor’s degree in business. To extend that benefit to more students from Indiana, the department has established a site in Northwest Indiana. Beginning in January 2014, classes will be offered at Faith Church, 100 81st Avenue, Dyer, Indiana. Adults apply previous college credit and finish a B.S. in business in just two years. Courses are arranged in five- to sevenweek formats, in a pre-determined sequence, and meet just once a week– Thursdays in Dyer–from 6 to 10 p.m., for the entire program. “We’re thankful that many of our graduates have had great success in their careers,” said Rick Riddering, director of the Adult Studies Business program and a Dyer resident. “We believe that offering the program in this new location will afford even more adults the great opportunity to attain their educational goals and prepare themselves for future career aspirations.” Prospective students can visit adultstudies.trnty.edu or call the Adult Studies department at 708.239.4768 for more information.
Student-Athletes Earn Academic All-America Honors
our student-athletes have been named to the prestigious 2012-13 Capitol One Academic All-America College Division Team by the College of Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). • First Team Honors--Andy Reidsma ’14 of Wyoming, Michigan, a cross country and track runner, was a cross country NAIA national qualifier and the program’s first NAIA All-American. He qualified for the NAIA indoor and outdoor national track championships and set school records in four distance races.
Baseball Team Makes NAIA Championship Appearance
• Second Team Honors--Mark Waller ’13 of Tucson, Arizona, a men’s soccer team member, was a four-year starter and key defensive player.
• Second Team Honors--Ryan Kiesel ’13 of Streamwood, Illinois, a baseball short stop, led the team in batting average, hits, and runs and to the program’s first-ever NAIA national championship appearance.
he baseball team etched their names in the history book last season when they advanced to the 2013 NAIA National Championship for the first time in the program’s history. The Trolls were one of the 45 qualifiers who participated in the National Championship Opening Round that featured nine fiveteam tournaments played across the country.
In the opening game of a double-elimination tournament at Silver Cross Field in Joliet, Illinois, on May 9, the No. 5 seeded Trolls fell to No. 4 Mayville State University (ND). The following day they bowed out of the tournament with a loss to No. 2 Cumberland University (TN).
• Third Team Honors--Kaitlin Feddema ’14 of Kalamazoo, Michigan, outside hitter on the volleyball team, led the team in total kills and ranked second in dig average. To be eligible for CoSIDA consideration, a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.30, have reached sophomore athletic and academic status, and be nominated by his/her sports information director.
The baseball team earned the national bid as the conference tournament runner-up. Qualifying for CCAC post-season play for the first time in five seasons, the Trolls, who finished in sixth place in the conference standings, fought their way to the final game to advance to the national championships. After dropping their first game in the double-elimination tournament, the Trolls rallied through the loser’s bracket and eliminated No. 2 Olivet Nazarene, No. 3 Robert Morris, and No. 5 St. Francis before falling to No. 1 Judson in the final game. The team finished their season with a 25-24 overall record and tied the school record for most wins in a season. This was the second year as head coach for Justin Huisman.
Women’s Basketball Teams Up to Serve a Community
Coach Reggie Chapple and the women’s basketball team spent a day serving the community of Hopkins Park. The team partnered with Faith and Action, which, along with several churches, has been helping the rural community build a new public library. 24
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Coach Profile: A Passion for Soccer and for Christ
ose Dominguez ’03 lives out his passion every day. As a soccer coach and fitness center coordinator, he shares his love for soccer and for fitness, but more importantly, his love of Christ and his desire to mentor others in their relationship with the Lord. His lifelong passion for soccer and the dream of coaching led Dominguez to Trinity as a student in the fall of 1999 and has kept him in the community ever since. “When I was 17 years old and living in Mexico, I was introduced to coaching by my uncle,” Dominguez said. “I knew it was something I wanted to do and the perfect way for me to use my soccer skills and knowledge.” To pursue his dream, Dominguez moved to the United States to learn the language and to get an education. While going to school and working, he met people along the way who helped shape and influence his dream. At a college fair in California, Dominguez learned about Trinity from Josh Lenarz ’98, the women’s soccer coach who was also working for the College’s admissions department. Through the help and guidance of Lenarz, and then men’s soccer coach David Ribbens, Dominguez enrolled as a student and joined the soccer team.
“Coming to Trinity meant I was living my dream,” said Dominguez. “It became more than that as it changed my life. Under the mentorship of Coach Ribbens, I gave my life to Christ and my focus changed. I still had the desire to coach, but saw through the example of Ribbens’ leadership how I could use it to make a difference in the lives of others.” Upon graduation, Dominguez stayed connected with Trinity and became part of the soccer coaching staff in both the men’s and women’s program and also worked in the admissions department. In the fall of 2007, he was named the head coach of the men’s soccer team and has directed that program for the past six years. “As a coach I am able to share my love for soccer, but also to share my love for Christ,” said Dominguez. “Coaching gives me the opportunity to mentor my players and develop them into men of character and men of God.” With the opening of the new fitness center, Dominguez has also taken on the role of fitness center coordinator, managing the new space, its functionality, and the student workers. In assessing the uses and needs of the center, Dominguez is able to put his personal training expertise and the knowledge he gained in his master’s degree in coaching and administration to use. “The addition of the fitness center is an asset to the Trinity community as it offers a welcoming, safe place for students, faculty, and staff to work out,” said Dominguez. “The facility provides what is needed for the general student to maintain a healthy lifestyle but also gives athletes what they need to train for their specific sport.”
PEOPLE Anniversaries Trinity recognizes the faithfulness of faculty and staff who celebrated anniversaries of service to the College this year. (l to r)
Nancy L. Bolhuis, Admissions/Advancement, 25 years Dr. Brad Breems, Professor of Sociology, 25 years Dr. Sharon Robbert, Dean for Academic Planning and Effectiveness/ Professor of Mathematics, 25 years Larry Birks, Maintenance, 15 years Nancy Kwasteniet, Director of the Office of Learning Services, 15 years Joshua Lenarz, Womenâ€™s Soccer Coach,15 years Dr. Aron Reppmann, Director of New Faculty Formation/ Associate Professor of Philosophy, 15 years Dr. Lori Scrementi, Dean for Adult Studies/Director of Adult Studies Programs, 15 years John Amis, Custodian, 10 years Larry Boer, Director of Human Resources, 10 years Bob Brickman,Track and Cross Country Coach, 10 years Dr. John J. Fry, Chair/Professor of History, 10 years Mark Hanna, Dean of Students, 10 years Dr. Derrick L. Hassert, Chair/Professor of Psychology, 10 years Shari Jurgens, Chair/Professor of Physical Education and Exercise Science, 10 years Dolores Juris, Administrative Assistant to the Provost, 10 years Kathy Laning, Graduation Auditor/Office Manager, 10 years Tippi Price, Access Librarian, 10 years (not pictured) Karen Slager, Administrative Assistant for Development, 10 years Dr. Barbara Timmermans, Associate Professor of Nursing, 10 years Jim Van Schepen, Director of Security, 10 years Andrew Voss, Lab Manager, 10 years George Wachholz, Custodian, 10 years Debra Wiltjer, Bookstore Assistant, 10 years
Appointments John Baldauff, Director of First Year Experience/ Off-Campus Adult Studies Marketing Manager Emily Bosscher, Administrative Assistant â€“ Athletics Cynthia Bowen, Reference Librarian Janet Chaney, Assistant Professor of Nursing Gina Ciametti, Transfer Counselor Morgan Craven, Conference & Events Coordinator Tiffinee Garcia, Adm. Asst. Adult Studies Education Tim Germain, Database Developer Dr. Eric Goddard, Assistant Professor of History Mario Hill, Security Officer David Hoekman, Admissions Counselor 26
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Samantha Kroese, Coordinator of Student Support Services Nancy Nealious, Coordinator of Trinity By The Hand at Austin Dr. Jeffrey Nyhoff, Associate Professor of Computer Science Harriet Potoka, Director of the Center for Christian Urban Education Dan Quist, Bus Driver Dr. Benjamin Ribbens, Assistant Professor of Theology Marianne Schallmo, Assistant Professor of Nursing Charles Townsend, Bus Driver Maribeth Voss, International Admissions Counselor Megan Walker, Trinity Fund & Donor Support Services Coordinator Darren Zancan, Assistant Professor of Communication Arts
Becky Starkenburg Named VP for Student Development and Retention Becky Starkenburg, formerly the director of Trinityâ€™s First Year Experience since 2008, has been named to the position of vice president for student development and retention. In this role, Starkenburg fosters positive student development; assures that the College attempts to meet student physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual needs; maintains student discipline through the development and implementation of policies and procedures; and leads various efforts across departments and divisions in both setting and realizing goals for student retention.
Professor of the Year: Dr. Brad Breems
rofessor of Sociology Brad Breems walks along the Trinity Trail that winds through a small forested area on campus and along Navajo Creek. The walk is no mere respite from classes or sociological research, but something far more intentional. It is a time of prayer and meditation. Although the thoughts, words, and even the setting are fluid, the pattern never changes. Patterns, especially in societal structures, are an aspect of culture that Breems, who will retire at the close of the academic year, has studied for many years and in many places. Teaching at Trinity since 1988, he emphasizes a Christian perspective
on sociology and asserts that the discipline provides people with a deeper understanding of humanityâ€™s relationship with God. This year, Breems was the recipient of the Professor of the Year award. The award recognizes the achievements of a distinguished professor who has shown excellence in teaching or scholarship. The faculty development committee chooses from nominations submitted by students, faculty, and staff. In the spring semester, Breems will be on a final sabbatical and retire at the end of the 2013-14 academic year to spend more time with his wife Helen, his children, and grandchildren, and to continue his research and writing.
Starkenburg is a 17-year veteran of higher education, with a range of experience in residential life, campus activities, crisis management, first-year programs, staff training, supervision, and living-learning communities. Starkenburg is interested in creating and cultivating campus culture around learning, supporting studentsâ€™ spiritual formation, and developing communities in which students thrive. She holds a B.A. in English from Northwestern College, Iowa, and an M.A. in student affairs administration from Michigan State University. Starkenburg and her husband, Dr. Keith Starkenburg, associate professor of theology at Trinity, live in Homewood with their three children. The family belongs to Hope Christian Reformed Church, Oak Forest, Illinois.
PA P ERS & P RESEN TAT IONS 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 the variety of God-given gifts. Celebrate God’s gifts as evidenced in the scholarship of Trinity professors. Dr. Ken Austin, professor of music, performed with Moody Symphony as the principal trumpet in a worldwide broadcast of Independence Day Symphony concert with Encore Band, Mokena, Illinois.
Hand Studio. The group worked as the lead implementing partner on the Umm elJimal Project, an archeology, education, and development project in Jordan led by Bert de Vries from Calvin College.
John Bakker, professor of art and design, served as a panelist in “The Importance of Arts and Music Education in America.” The Professors, #719, WYCC Channel 20 PBS. May 5, 2013. Dr. Bill Boerman-Cornell, associate professor of education, with Klanderman, D., Maxwell, M., Robbert, S., presented, “Reading Assignments and Assessments: Are Your Students Reading Math Text Before Class, After Class, Both, or Neither?” Proceedings of the 19th Conference of the Association of Christians in the Mathematical Sciences. Association of Christians in the Mathematical Sciences, 160-167. Wheaton, Illinois. 2013. Dr. David Brodnax, professor of history, presented “Antislavery and Race Relations in the Nineteenth Century.” Teaching American History Summer Institute, Social and Political Movements from the Revolution to the Present, University of Illinois-Chicago. June 2013. Dr. Dennis Connelly, assistant professor of criminal justice, presented on a themed panel discussion: Restorative Justice YouthCentered and Monitoring Strategies, “Victims of Blindness and Fear.” Fourth National Conference on Restorative Justice, Toledo, Ohio. June 19-21, 2013. Jeff DeKock, assistant professor of communication arts, completed two grant projects in connection with the non-profit business he co-founded in 2008, Open
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Dr. Ben Ribbens, assistant professor of theology, presented “The Positive Functions of Levitical Sacrifice in Hebrews.” International Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature, St. Andrews, Scotland. July 10, 2013. Dr. Abbie Schrotenboer, assistant professor of biology, presented “Land cover change around Chicago-area prairies.” Annual Meeting of the Ecological Society of America, Minneapolis, Minnesota. August 6, 2013.
Dr. John Fry, professor of history, with Laura Gibson Smith, published Almost Pioneers: One Couple’s Homesteading Adventure in the West. Guilford, Connecticut: Globe Pequot Press, 2013. Dr. Mauricio Nava, assistant professor of Spanish, presented “Eneseñando el modo verbal subjuntivo a estudiantes de español como segnda lengua.” Avance Spanish Language Educators Conference, Mexico City. July 2013. Dr. Mark Peters, professor of music, was appointed editor of the Newsletter of the Society for Christian Scholarship in Music, beginning fall of 2013. Dr. Patti Powell, professor of education, was named to the board of the Chicago chapter of the Fulbright Association.
Dr. Yudha Thianto, professor of theology, presented “The Evolution of a Christian Text from Seventeenth-Century Malay to Modern-Day Indonesian: A Historical Linguistics Study from the Perspective of Transformational-Generative Model.” Linguistics Conference on Language Maintenance and Shift, Diponegoro State University, Semarang, Indonesia. July 2-4, 2013. Ryan Thompson, assistant professor of art and design, displayed work at CIVA Conference Juried Exhibition, Wheaton College. June 13-16. Dr. Helen Van Wyck, professor of music, performed as a member of the Oregon Bach Festival Chorus, Repertoire included: Beethoven Missa Solemnis, Bach St. John Passion and B Minor Mass (two performances, Portland and Eugene), Mendelssohn Psalm 95, Brahms Schicksalslied, and a world premiere of James MacMillan’s “Alleluia,” commissioned in honor of Helmuth Rilling’s 80th birthday. June 24-July 14, 2013. Dr. Lynn Spellman White, professor of accounting, published an online review of Invisible Users: Youth in the Internet Cafes of Urban Ghana. Practical Matters website. 2013.
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President Steve and Dr. Barbara Timmermans
Celebrating the Completion of the DeVos Athletics and Recreation Center Trinityâ€™s annual Jubilation! fundraiser on October 4 served as a dedication celebration for the newly completed and recently renamed DeVos Athletics and Recreation Center (previously the Trinity Athletics and Recreation Complex). A special chapel service during the afternoon began the celebratory day as students, faculty, staff, alumni, and Board of Trustee members worshipped in the DeVos Gymnasium. The name of the center honors the generous support provided by Richard and Helen DeVos. Through their Foundation, Richard and Helen seek to donate
based on their Christian faith and their responsibility as stewards of the financial resources God has given them. Many have given generously of their time and financial resources to take Phase 1 and 2 of the DeVos Center from vision to reality over the past three years. At the event, the College recognized Dr. George Vander Velde â€™63, now retired vice president for campus development, for his guiding involvement. Also recognized were architectural design firm A.M.D.G. and Rockford Construction, both based in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Jubilation! also serves to highlight the work of alumni and friends of the College who are making a difference in their communities. The Global Service Award was presented to President Steve and Dr. Barbara Timmermans. Peter and Heidi Huizenga were honored with the Community Service Award. During the evening, guests also enjoyed the second year of a successful silent auction.
A New Way to Fund College How can you invest today to pay for your childâ€™s college education? Trinity Tuition Gift Certificates provide a wonderful way to help a child, grandchild, or other young person pay for college in the future! How it works: Tuition Gift Certificates are purchased in increments of 1/50th of the tuition for a full academic year at Trinity. The purchase price is based on the current cost of tuition, but each certificate will always be worth 1/50th of the tuition. Later, when the student is accepted at Trinity, he or she will receive a reduction in tuition based on the number of gift certificates presented, potentially saving the student thousands of dollars.
Heritage Tour of Scotland and England Join President Steve and Dr. Barbara Timmermans on a 10-day journey through Scotland and England, April 3-12, 2014. The Heritage Tour from Edinburgh to London features stays in first-class hotels and sightseeing in cities like Stirling, York, and Oxford. Learn about the great historical and religious figures of Great Britain and experience spectacular scenery and architectural monuments.
Cost, including round-trip airfare, is $4,399. Register online at www.regonline.com/trinity or contact Larryl Humme, vice president for development, to obtain a registration form or more information: firstname.lastname@example.org or 708.239.3977.
The further in advance and the more gift certificates purchased, the greater the savings! To learn more, contact Larryl Humme, vice president for development, at email@example.com or 708.239.3977.
Be a Patron of Music at Trinity An important aspect of musical education is the opportunity for students to perform off campus at venues such as schools and churches. Trinityâ€™s music groups also play a vital role in representing the College. From providing worship service assistance to a local church to a bus tour to Arizona, these student ambassadors tell a story of their Trinity experience.
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To help provide these opportunities for students, the College is inviting alumni and friends to become members of the Patrons of Music and underwrite the cost of travel. Levels of annual support include Gold Sponsor, $500; Silver Sponsor, $250; and Bronze Sponsor, $100. For more information, contact Karen Slager in Development at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Gifts April 1, 2013 to September 27, 2013
Memorial Gifts Alice Blom Ken & Margie Boss Robert & Ellen Gritters Al Friesema Phyllis Friesema Dale Friesema Phyllis Friesema Tony Ten Kate Ken & Margie Boss Shirley Frieling Grandville Calvin Christian High School Cross Country Team Joseph & Susan Lopykinski Charles & Donna Montgomery Michael Olinger Steven & Barbara Timmermans George & Mary Van Dahm
Brad Ipema Dan Aaronson Michael & Kay Anderson Lawrence & Nancy Babine Charles & Emily Brown Jeffrey Campbell Kristen & Mark Coe John & Kelly Corley John Dalton James Dekruyter Julia Faust The Financial Services Roundtable Jim & Amy Folker Nancy Ford Carol Gifford Leonard & Cynthia Glassman Richard & Barb Grevengoed Dennis & Jeni Hoekstra Paul Huck Brian & Kara Hughes The Huizenga Foundation Chris & Nancy Jenkins John & Cynthia Kamp Samuel & Carol Kok Lori & Kenneth Lenard Hillel & Mary Jo Levin Brian Mantel David Marshall
James McAndrews Patrick McKune David Nelms Amy Parodi David & Mary Plantenga Cynthia Schwab Laurence & Margaret Skiver Guenter & Margo Stork Daniel Sullivan Steven & Barbara Timmermans Jim & Joyce Van Der Molen Elaine Van Kley Duane & Adele Vander Brug Randall & Kristy Vander Weerdt Marlene Vellinga Timothy & Marie Vossekuil Kenton & Virginia Weesies Wells Fargo Ron & Dawn Wilks Wilks Communications Katie Wisby Brian & Rowena Zavalkoff
Dennis & Brenda Harms Dennis & Jeni Hoekstra William & Janice Hoffman The Huizenga Foundation Rozalinde Leese Napleton Auto Group Georgean Summers Steven & Barbara Timmermans Louise Van Lonkhuyzen Kenneth & Cynthia Vander Wal Walt’s Food Center Rick & Cheryl Zimmerman
Jacob Van Namen Mark & Betsy Adler Ken & Margie Boss Mary Bulthuis Jean Davids Richard & Cheryl Dykstra
Susan Fulkerson Oscar & Kelley Biondolillo
John Hoekstra, Sr. Bernice Hoekstra Fred & Barbara Hoekstra Henrietta Kingma Fred & Barbara Hoekstra Bob Gritters Ken & Margie Boss
Tom Krygsheld Daniel & Beaulah Krygsheld
Honor Gifts Laurel Quinn Willard & Margaret Nelson Anita Anderson Willard & Margaret Nelson 80th birthday of George Schaaf Arthur & Lorraine Deckinga Dr. Robert Rice Andy Borozan Dennis Connelly
WILLS & ESTATES Estate of Ruth E Canaan Estate of Bernard & Henrietta Drenth Estate of Frances Eizenga Estate of Phyllis Erd Estate of Arnold Zandstra
ALUMNI (l-r) Shawn DeVries, Liz Brice, Jim Buiter, Daron Dykema, Leanne Schatz, Shannon Schans, Jason Bruxvoort, Deb Van Prooyen, Brad Laninga, Kutu Baker, Kathy Gesch, Yvette Madany, Mike Macco, Kyle Geenen
alumnI association 2013-14 board of directors Kutu (Morris) Baker ’05 of Westchester, IL
Jim Buiter ’87 of Crete, IL
Kyle Geenen ’10 of Holland, MI
Brad Laninga ’89 of Holland, MI
Liz Brice ’12 of Chicago, IL
Shawn DeVries ’07 of Pella, IA
Kathy (Van Drunen) Gesch ’79 of Cedar Grove, WI (Secretary)
Mike Macco ’04 of De Pere, WI
Jason Bruxvoort ’99 of Mokena, IL (Vice-President)
Daron Dykema ’99 of Anchorage, AK
Barb (Ribbens)Horn ’81 of Normal, IL
Yvette (Ho) Madany ’85 of Hopkinton, MA
Shannon (Whalen) Schans ’00 of Wyoming, MI (President)
Deb (Bergsma) Van Prooyen ’74 of Lombard, IL
Leanne (Bylina) Schatz ’06 of Phoenix, AZ
This fall, we celebrate that 25 freshmen, whose parent(s) also attended Trinity, have “become Trolls”! They join other 2nd and 3rd generation legacy families who together make up over 10% of the student body.
Andy Boss ’17, son of Thomas & Frances (Le Grand) Boss ’91
Ciara Dziwak ’17, daughter of Cari McGrath ’15
Deanne Vos ’17, daughter of Robert ’88 and Mary (Kamp) Vos ’92
Dora Jongsma ’17, daughter of Kenneth ’90 and Becky (Terpstra) Jongsma ’90
Erin Wessels ’17, daughter of Tim ’81 and Laura Wessels
Gabe Fennema ’17, son of Jean (Geerdes) Fennema ’85 and Jeff Fennema ’91
Hannah Limback ’17, daughter of Norm and Marie (Korringa) Limback ’81
Kaleb DeJager ’17, son of Joel ’90 and Kristi (Brouwer) DeJager ’90
Katie Vree ’17, daughter of Daniel & Barb (Wiltjer) Vree ’80
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Kelli LeGrand ’17, daughter of Jack ’88 and Sharon (Bosman) LeGrand ’88
Megan Wise ’17, daughter of Ann Wise and Dennis Wise ’85
Mike Harms ’17, son of Dennis ’89 and Brenda (Kamp) Harms ’88
Rachel Verhage ’17, daughter of Larry ’86 and Julie (Hoffman) Verhage ex’88
Ryan Brouwer ’17, son of Richard & Beth (Huttenga) Brouwer ’88
Ryan Tubbs ’17, son of Richard and Betsy (Shear) Tubbs ’85
Sarah Kooiman ’17, daughter of Tim ’90 and Lauri (Walvoord) Kooiman ’90
NOT PICTURED Austin Ebbens ’17, son of Steven ex’94 and Dianne Ebbens Austin VanderVelde ’17, son of Russell ex’89 & Lauren (Noorlag) VanderVelde ex’90 Courtney Kalous ’17, daughter of Keith ex’76 and Julie Kalous Craig VanderGalien ’17, son of James ex’89 and Elizabeth (Hofman)VanderGalien ex’89 Joshua Von Borstel ’17, son of David & Susan ex’87 (Drenth) Von Borstel Mallory Blink ’17, daughter of Doug ’83 & the late Betty (Munk) Blink ex’83 and step-daughter of Beth Wiltjer-Blink ex’87 Megan Glynn ’17, daughter of John & Jennifer ex’88 (Findlay) Glynn Nick Paarlberg ’17, son of Paul and Cindy (Boomsma) Paarlberg ’85 Tori Mantel ’17, daughter of Peter ’88 and Amy (Bierling) Mantel ’87
Alumnus of the Year Rich Schutt
Homecoming Brings Together Alumni, Students, and Community
he Trinity community spent October 4-5 in celebration of Homecoming Weekend with events planned to include not only alumni but also current students and the local community. A formal ceremony recognized this year’s Alumnus of the Year Award recipient Rich Schutt ’76, CEO of Providence Life
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Services. Also recognized were honorary alumni Dr. Derke Bergsma, former professor of theology and one of Trinity’s first faculty members; Howard and Verna DeHaan, friends of the College; and Marsha Wolterink, office manager for Trinity’s Physical Plant.
parents and their children enjoyed the adjacent Family Fun Fair.
The Troll Color Rush had its debut last year and returned this year with more than 100 participants ending the 2.8 mile run splashed with color.
“Homecoming continues to be a great annual tradition and our largest alumni on-campus event,” said Travis Bandstra ’06, director of alumni relations. “We were particularly encouraged by the large student turnout this year as we try to make it a tradition for them for years to come.”
The first-ever Troll Market welcomed alumni, students, and local vendors to showcase and sell their arts and crafts while
Throughout the day, the George and June Schaaf Athletics Complex on Rt. 83 was active with student and alumni athletics competitions.
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1960s George Cooper ’65 I retired on December 1, 2012, after 41 years of ministry. I served as a chaplain for 35 years. My wife Kathy and I reside in Hudsonville, Michigan, and winter in Palm Springs, California. We have four children and eight grandchildren.
1970s Nicholas Vogelzang ’71 My step-children Brendan Meyer and Stephanie Meyer both graduated this past year. Brendan finished at Faith Lutheran H.S. and received a full baseball scholarship to Sacramento State. Stephanie graduated from UNLV and is pursuing a career in show jumping horses in San Diego. I also co-published five papers and received a number of awards in the field of medicine this past year including: Las Vegas Life’s Top Doctors 2010-13 in Research & Oncology; Best Physicians in Southern Nevada 2013, as Chosen by their Peers; Gold Certificate of Excellence, National Cancer Institute; American College of Physicians: Nevada Chapter Laureate Award; Distinguished Physician of the Year 2013:The Nevada State Medical Association Art Niezen ’75 I retired after a 28-year career in technological education and my wife Jackie and I moved to a new community and are discovering God’s grace in new and profound ways. Our volunteer work at a local youth drop-in center lets us get a first-hand experience of the issues facing 21st Century teenagers in small town Ontario. We thank God for all his blessings as he continues to guide our lives. Robin (Mohr) Wozniak ’77 Under the direction of the Holy Spirit and since I’m no longer homeschooling, I run a tutoring program with Bible lessons in a low income housing area in Decatur, Alabama.
In three years it has grown to summer reading, year round basketball, summer camp, and a girls’ Bible study. Children hear the Good News of Jesus Christ and see it through our church body as they get further involved in church activities. What a blessing it is to serve the least of these. Michael Madany ’78 I have worked as a missionary to the Somali people since 1982. Since 2006, I have been involved in using the Internet to communicate the Gospel in the Somali language. I met my wife Oetje van der Vegte in Muqdisho, Somalia, in 1983. We were married the next year, and blessed with two daughters, Alida and Johanna. After 22 years in Somalia, Kenya, and Ethiopia, we moved to the Seattle area in 2004. In August, I published an article in St. Francis Magazine that highlights The New Life website at its seventh anniversary: http://bit.ly/1bmfIcF
1980s Steve Worsham ’82 I’m currently pastoring Bethel Bible Church in Evergreen Park, Illinois, having arrived here in 2008. I was a youth pastor for 29 years, ministering in Oak Lawn, Illinois; Minnetonka, Minnesota; and Kenosha, Wisconsin. My wife Val and I have four adult children, and one granddaughter. We’ve been honored to have a few Trinity Christian students attend Bethel over the past several years. Randy Speelman ’86 This August my wife Mary and I celebrated our 22nd wedding anniversary! I am an accountant for James Walker Manufacturing in Glenwood, Illinois, and Mary is a special education teacher at Elim Christian School in Palos Heights, Illinois. We are the proud parents of two college-age students. Our son Thomas is a junior at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and our daughter Emily will be a freshman at DePaul University in Chicago. We are members at
Bethel Christian Reformed Church in Lansing. God has truly “blessed” us. Christine (Tolsma) Cain ’88 My debut novel, Snow on the Tulips, was released by Thomas Nelson Publishers in August 2013, under my pen name Liz Tolsma. The story is set in the Netherlands in the closing months of WW II. “A stranger’s life hangs in the balance. But to save him is to risk everything.” www.liztolsma.com Rebecca (Breems) Greenfield ’89 I am truly blessed to have found my best friend and am able to spend the rest of my life with him. Scott Greenfield and I were married on August 11, 2013. God is good!
1990s Kimberly (Miller) Oosterhouse ’92 I received my MSN in 1998 from Rush University. In May, 2013, I received my Ph.D. in Nursing Science from the University of Illinois in Chicago. Now, I’m working as an associate professor at the College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn, Illinois. Tim Hendrickson ’96 In August, I received my Ph.D. in British and American Literature from Northern Illinois University. Additionally, I am developing an English course for Crossroads Bible Institute, a school out of Grand Rapids that provides correspondence education to members of the American prison population. Jon ’96 and Lisa ’99 (Rouwhorst) Vugteveen On April 17, 2013, Tanner Ryan was born. He was welcomed home by Austin (5) Taylor (4), and Cayden (2). Lisa continues to work from home while being a stay-at-home mom. Jon is currently the acting administrator at Trinity Christian School in Shorewood, Illinois.
CLASS NOTES 1 Cheryl (Triemstra) King ’97 Mike and Cheryl King welcomed their first child, Parker Noelle, on December 12, 2012. 2 Bill Partin ’97 Bill is a baseball alum, and his wife Ashley teaches at Palos South Middle School. On June 22, Bill and Ashley welcomed twin boys Carter and Colton into the world.
Jeremy ’98 and Rachel ’99 (Dykstra) Heyboer We welcomed our newest daughter, Priscilla Joy, on September 24, 2012. She is deeply loved, sometimes too much, by her sisters Esther (7) and Phoebe (4). Jeremy continues to work for the Alliance to End Homelessness for Suburban Cook County, while Rachel gets to stay home and try to keep life in order and the children happy. Tom Holste ’98 I work at Nokia in Chicago as a traffic editor, submitting information on accidents, construction, and other road hazards for the database that then gets sent out to Nokia’s GPS units in cars and on phones. I hadn’t even considered a job like this before I got it, but I’m really enjoying it! Jim ’99 and Kelli ’01 (Steenwyk) Huisenga We welcomed a daughter, Brynn Avery, on February 4, 2013. Excited big sisters Rylie (7) and Jordyn (4) love her to pieces! 3 Alex ’99 and Sara ’99 (DeRuiter) Kropiewnicki Adam Joseph was born on June 21, 2013. He was welcomed by Nathan (9), Jacob (7), and Erin (4).
2000s 4 Valerie (Terpstra) Johnson ’01 Dave and I were delighted to welcome our 2nd child, Abigail Ruby on August 7th. She was 8lbs., 6oz. and 20 1/2 inches long. Our daughter, Anna, now 2, is celebrating her title as big sister. 5 Robin (Fuller) Dennis ’02 Robin and Devin are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Wyatt Fuller Dennis, born on May 1, 2013 and welcomed home by big brother Austin. Everyone is doing great and enjoying life together! 6 Melissa (Hohm) Gregson ’02 Melissa and Tim welcomed their second child, Alexander Robert, on April 12, 2013. He weighed 8 lbs., 1 oz. and was 21 inches long. Their daughter, Mina, is enjoying her role as big sister. 7 Chris ’03 and Tina ’06 (Visser) Decker We are blessed to announce the birth of Mena Diane Decker on December 12, 2012. Big brothers Cody and Van are so excited to have a little sister. 8 Erin (Strauch) Ducat ’03 My husband, Steve Ducat, and I just welcomed our second son into this world on Friday, August 9, 2013. Emmett Christopher Ducat weighed 8 lbs., 14 oz. I continue to practice as a board-certified chiropractic sports physician with Ducat Chiropractic & Sports Medicine in Bloomingdale, Illinois. My practice was awarded first runner-up for Best Friend of Illinois Parks – Small Business by the Illinois Association of Park Districts (IAPD) for our work with the Bloomingdale Park District in September of 2012: http://ducatchiropractic.com/about-our-
practice/testimonials/ducat-chiropractic-sportsmedicine-wins-best-friend-of-illinois-parksaward/ Leah (Oosterhouse) Johnson ’04 We are happy to welcome Nora into our family. She was born on June 15, 2013, and was instantly adored by big sister Ava. Abraham J. Peterson ’04 Following seminary and a divinity degree at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, I spent 4.5 years in management at Nordstrom in five cities. I have taken a position teaching at Lutheran Theological Seminary (www.lts.edu) in Hong Kong (SAR China) to teach English for two years at Lutheran Theological Seminary with ELCA Global Services. The seminary has an international faculty and student body with degree programs in Chinese and English and extension programs throughout China, establishing it as a regional theological institution. www.abrahamjpeterson.com Cathy (Keizer) Vugteveen ’04 Received her Master of Arts in Teacher Leadership in Educational Technology on May 5, 2013, from Aurora University. She will begin her 9th year working for the Oswego Community School District 308 in the fall. Cathy, Tim, and their family live in Plainfield, Illinois. Sara Appleyard-Pekich ’05 A year ago on June 13, 2012, my husband Bill and I welcomed our son Liam into the world! We have also recently relocated from upstate New York to Pekin, Illinois. Bill is serving as a pastor at 2nd Reformed Church in Pekin, and I am serving as an associate minister at South Side Mission in Peoria, Illinois.
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9 Joel ’05 and Kristen ’05 (Roethel) Frier This past October we were excited to add Natalie Kay Frier to our family. We can’t believe she is almost one already! She joined big brother Levi who is 3. Kristen continues to work as a labor and delivery RN, and Joel continues to work as a senior credit analyst. We also recently moved to a new home. God is good!
Eric Lindemulder ’05 Eric and Sarah Lindemulder were married on June 29, 2013. Sarah is a graduate of Timothy Christian and Elmhurst College. Eric is an insurance agent and Sarah is a teacher. They now live in Crown Point, Indiana. “A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.” Ecclesiastes 4:12 10
11 Bethany (Wooldridge) Van Waardhuizen ’05 My husband, Jon Van Waardhuizen, and I welcomed our first child, a daughter, Aria Mae, to the world on January 2, 2013. 12 Brian ’06 and Mindy ’06 (Mowu) Beenes We are excited to announce the birth of our third daughter Morgan Brianne. She was born on July 8. She gets plenty of hugs and kisses from her big sisters Natalie (5) and Brooke (3).
Nichole (Oswald) Granquist ’06 On July 18, 2013, we welcomed William “Liam” David Granquist into our hearts! He was 7 lbs., 5 oz. of perfection. Liam is such a joy! 13
14 Barbie (Heerdt) Recker ’06 Barbie Heerdt married her best friend, Kurt Recker, on July 13, 2013. Barbie is in her eighth year of teaching and coaching at Central Middle School in Tinley Park, Illinois. Kurt works for the federal government at the Social Security
Administration. They currently reside in Orland Park, Illinois. 15 Matthew ’06 and Amy ’07 (Leyendekker) McCutcheon Matthew and Amy McCutcheon and big sister Kaylin were blessed with a baby girl, Brielle Joy, born on March 25, 2013.
Brenda Mendoza ’06 I have been a 2nd grade bilingual teacher for seven years and for four of those years I have also been the director of Parents Advocating for Literacy (P.A.L.) a family literacy program. In 2011, I was nominated Kane County Teacher of the Year! I am working to revolutionize parental involvement by presenting and implementing family literacy programs throughout Illinois. I have presented in various school districts throughout state. Currently, I am working on writing a book on how to implement a family literacy program and have created parental strategies and aligned them to the common core standards. 16 Jeremy ’06 and Rachel ’05 (Ooms) Oosterhouse We were blessed with a healthy baby boy, Asher James, on August 21, 2013. 17 Drew ’06 and Melissa ’06 (Wynne) Thorwall We are excited to announce the birth of our sweet boy, Simeon Immakaiah Thorwall, born on May 14, 2013. He was welcomed with love by big sibs Belle, Axel, and Obed. 18 Annette (Witte) Aguilar ’07 After five years full time with Young Life, I am transitioning into a role as a life skills teacher at the American School of Guatemala. I will continue as part-time YL staff serving teenagers in high risk communities in Guatemala City. Joel and I are enjoying life in Guatemala!
Jacinth Katta ’08 During a visit to the village church in India where her mother grew up, Jacinth Katta ’08 noticed a woman with a small child sitting separated from other church members. Katta later learned that the woman was a prostitute, but because of cultural issues, no one had reached out to offer help. Katta spent weeks in prayer and fasting for the woman. “I said, ‘God, you have to do something,’ ” Katta recalled. “God said, ‘You have to do something.’ ” So Katta approached the woman, who told Katta she had been praying for someone to rescue her. And Katta did. That began her continuing work to rescue women and families through INK Foundation, a Christian humanitarian organization founded by her father Israel and directed by Katta. “That one woman turned into 30 into 70 into 300 families that have been helped,” said Katta, looking back over the past year since INK was founded in September 2012. INK partners with local communities, organizations, businesses, and schools to offer medical care through day camps, which are used as INK’s first contact with the people it serves. INK also provides staples such as rice and milk to families in need as well as long-term help through literacy training and microfinance. Another project has been established to rescue and rehabilitate women caught in lives of modern day slavery and prostitution. Katta earned her MBA at North Park University and lives in Westchester, Illinois, although she spends part of the year working with the ministry in India. For more information, visit www.inkfoundations.org.
19 Melissa (Eriks) Brouwer ’07 On June 27, we welcomed Devyn Marie to our family. She joins big brothers Aiden, Noah, and Reese. 20
Kelly (Lyzenga) Burney ’07 David and Kelly welcomed Elaina Grace on August 13. She joins big sister Annika, who is two years old. Kelly is enjoying an extended maternity leave from teaching 5th grade while working on earning her master’s in special education through Trinity’s new program. 21 Esther Parks ’07 I am currently entering my 6th year teaching 5th grade at Salem County Christian Academy in Pennsville, New Jersey. I love what I do and am thankful for where God has brought me in the early years of my teaching career. I am grateful for the foundation built in the education department at Trinity. I have spent the last few summers and spring breaks serving the Lord by working with orphans in Jamaica and Mexico and love my ”kids” there!
Katie (Hayley) Sikkema ’07 We welcomed a new baby brother, Gracen Henry, on November 28. He is a very happy boy and his sister Anna is in love with him. We are feeling blessed by God every day. 22
Rachel Strevey ’07 I’m now an account executive at DraftFCB Marketing Agency. Ryan ’07 and Kendra ’07 (VanWyk) Zantingh Ryan and Kendra were blessed in June with a second daughter, Hazel Marie. Hazel weighed 6 lbs., 14 oz. and was 19.5 inches long. She was welcomed with love by her big sister Ava (2). In July, Kendra resigned from her role as human resources manager with Berry Plastics Corporation to stay at home with Ava and Hazel. 23
Nicole Arguelles ’08 I have been teaching ESL in Cicero Public School District 99 for three years. This year I started my 4th school year in a new building with a new grade level, 7th grade Language Arts/ESL. Alicia (Christensen) Kuiper ’08 I graduated from Olivet Nazarene University in May 2013 with a master’s degree in reading education. I am finishing up my fifth year as a special ed teacher.
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Lindsay (Anderson) Schubert ’08 Well, hey! I got married. It’s good news, ’cuz he’s a mostly crazy person (like me) who loves Jesus. Oh. And he’s hot, too. We were married on August 24 and live in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, so if you’re ever vacationing in Chicago’s backyard, let me know! I’ll make you cookies.
Melissa (Miller) Trafficanta ’08 I would like to announce the arrival of our son on June 23, 2013. My husband (Michael) and I are ecstatic! Aiden Michael was 7 lbs., 10 oz., 20 inches long; born at 5:53 pm. His big sister Hannah (4) was and is very excited! Michael and I are blessed beyond measure! We wanted to share the news with the Trinity community. Marsha Beran ’09 In May of 2013, I accepted a full-time position with the Illinois Department of Human Services. In July of 2013, I accepted a promotional position with the Illinois Department of Healthcare & Family Services. Currently, I am working closely with the directors of the Medicaid & Medicare programs handled by the State of Illinois. 25
Chad Fakkema ’09 Our new baby boy, Kasen Robert Fakkema, was born on July 18, 2013. I now have a new job as a U.S. history and technology teacher at Lynden Christian Middle School in Lynden, Washington. 26 Justin Lemmenes ’09 Since the fall of 2010, I have been working as an accountant for a not-for-profit organization in Peoria, Illinois. My employer, Peoria Production Shop, employs people with disabilities and helps them to live a self-sufficient and independent life. At PPS, we do assembly and packaging work for Caterpillar, Inc. My job is incredibly rewarding, and allows me to work with God’s blessings every day. Some of my responsibilities include payroll, accounts payable, purchasing and pricing, along with various financial analysis and auditing functions. I am proud to be a Trinity alum and am grateful for the four year experience that I had there, both as a student and student athlete (baseball).
Joannah Loadico ’09 I am now an office manager at a small arts nonprofit called Creative 360 in Midland, Michigan. Eric ’09 and Jessica ’11 (Kamp) VandenBerg Eric and Jessica were united in marriage on June 22, 2013. 27
2010s Joshua ’10 and Courtney ’09 (Adamek) Cherry I married Courtney Adamek, and we have two kids—Jude is two years old, and Silas is three months old. I am attending Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in the M.Div. program with an emphasis in worldview and apologetics. The Lord has blessed us so much through Trinity. Love you! Jessica (Wisniewski) French ’10 I was recently married in Mississippi on a beautiful July night! Kyle Geenen ’10 Kyle and Allison Geenen were blessed with the birth of their son, Graham James Geenen on June 19, 2013. 28
Kayla (Brink) Johnson ’10 Kayla married James L. Johnson IV in Holland, Michigan, on June 8. The couple recently built their new home in Lemont, Illinois. Kayla works for Applied Systems, Inc., where she travels to independent insurance agencies around the country as a product instructor and consultant. Her husband Jamie is a claims department supervisor at Progressive Insurance. 29 Tyler Kallemeyn ’10 Tiffany Schuller and I were married December 29, 2012, in Orange City, Iowa. We bought a house in Munster, Indiana. I am working at Trinity as an accountant and assistant track coach, while Tiffany works as a nurse at Community Hospital in Munster, Indiana.
Kevin McCloud ’10 I recently completed my graduate studies. I earned my master of science in communication from Northwestern University. The graduation ceremony was held at the Evanston campus on August 3, 2013. This was a fast-paced one-year program held one full day per week at the Evanston campus. In April, I received a promotion at work. I am now a private client banker for JP Morgan Securities in Janesville, Wisconsin. 30 David Tilley ’10 I’m a designer/marketer at Piazza, a tech company that develops educational software development for college courses. My team page bio: www.piazza.com/team (our dog Franklin gets to come to work with me as well and made the bio page).
Sylvia Turner ’10 I recently started a nonprofit organization entitled Purpose Your Mind, Inc. where our slogan is “See on the outside what God already sees on the inside.” This organization’s mission is to help people in impoverished areas in Chicagoland change the way they think by doing things they never thought they could do. I also started a fashion label, “Stylin’ Divine,” and recently had my second fashion show with an attendance of 100+ people! I was featured in a benefit fashion show, May 4, for the Jamaican Association of Healthcare and Professionals at the New Martinique Banquet Hall. Lori Van Beveren ’10 Lori has been working as an emergency department RN at Ingalls Memorial Hospital in Harvey, Illinois, for three years and is engaged to be married to Brian Langeland of Elmhurst College (’03) April 26, 2014. They are very happily planning the wedding with family and friends. Zach ’10 and Stephanie ’10 (TenHaken) Vis Zach got a new job at Crete-Monee Middle School teaching 7th Grade Communication Arts/Drama. Libby Dykstra ’11 Libby Dykstra and Ryan Kiesel (’13) met at Trinity Christian College in 2009 and are to be married in November 2013. Ryan played professional baseball for the Frontier Greys this past summer and is now an accounts manager for Homewood Disposal in Illinois. Libby has been working as an office manager for U-Load-It Dumpsters in Kansas City, and teaches piano lessons. They look forward to marriage and their lives together in Schererville, Indiana. Gary Flaig ’11 I recently began teaching in a full-time position at Seton Academy in South Holland, Illinois. I currently teach Social Studies and Physical Education. I am also moderating student government and yearbook publication and am looking forward to coaching either softball or baseball in the spring.
Greg ’11 and Joanna ’11 (Dykstra) Meyer Archer Cove Meyer was born on August 14, 2013. He was 9 lbs., 11 oz. and 19 inches long. We are so in love with this little guy and can’t wait to see who he becomes. Katy Rediger ’11 Since graduating in the spring of 2011, I had been working for Kensington School with toddlers. I have recently quit to pursue a new career. The biggest change in my life is that I got engaged August 8, 2013. My fiancee and I are looking to get married next August and I am so excited! Ryker ’11 and Rachel ’11 (VandeKamp) VanDrunen Ryker and Rachel welcomed a handsome baby boy, Braxton, on January 20. He was born with a cleft lip and palate and has undergone a couple of procedures and has more in his future but he’s a trooper. Other than that, he is a healthy and happy baby boy! Kaitlyn (Knudtson) Van Kuiken ’11 On October 20, 2012, I married David Van Kuiken in the beautiful state of Wisconsin. We currently live in Oak Lawn, Illinois, and we are truly blessed beyond measure. The Lord has certainly been nothing but good to us! Daniel Bracken ’12 I went from being a part time P.E. teacher and coach to full time P.E./Health teacher and coach at Burnham Elementary School in Burnham, Illinois, for grades K - 8. Anna Gesch ’12 Anna is starting her second year as a member of the Chicago Teach For America Corps. She taught second grade last year, and is teaching first grade this year in East Garfield Park on the west side of the city of Chicago at LEARN Charter School.
CLASS NOTES Remembering Brian J. Hansen ’07 Dave ’12 and Baillie ’13 (Stahl) Hoekman Baillie and I were married on July 12, 2013, in Grand Rapids, Michigan. My wife is now an RN at Northwestern Memorial Hospital working in the oncology unit. As a couple, we are actively involved at Trinity PCA, our local church. We are also happily living in the quaint neighborhood of Palos Hills. Rebekah Jongert ’12 I am engaged to be married to David Christian Webber on May 31, 2014, in Salt Lake City.
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Allison (Doyle) Lewis ’12 Nick Lewis and I were married on May 5, 2013. Nikkea Maze ’12 I am working as an RN at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in a Cardiovascular Thoracic Step-down Unit. Ken ’12 and Autumn ’12 (Boss) Mels Ken and Autumn were married on June 8, 2013. Ken is working at Integrys Energry Group as a customer service associate. Autumn is working as a nurse in labor and delivery at Advocate Christ Medical Center. They currently live in Evergreen Park, Illinois. Vanessa Noonan ’12 I’ve secured my first teaching position as a strategic literacy teacher in the English department at East High School in Rockford’s District 205.
Brian Hansen, 30, of Glendale, Arizona, and formerly of Oostburg, Wisconsin, died on September 25, 2013, following an apparent heart attack. Brian received his bachelor’s degree in elementary education and special education from Trinity and worked at Elim Christian Services before moving to Arizona and managing at Grayhawk Golf Course in Scottsdale for five years. Most recently, he was working for Emery Federal Credit Union in Scottsdale. Brian enjoyed golf and deer hunting but most of all had a heart for people. “Brian made a huge impact on everyone who knew him. His dedication and love for friends and family was undeniable. He showed us all what it meant to live a Christian life by his words and more importantly, his actions. Brian is an unforgettable part of Trinity Christian College who touched the lives and hearts of many.” – Katie Beckett (wife of Mike Beckett ’07)
Sam ’12 and Karley ’12 (VanDyke) Staal We got married in May!
Dan ’12 and Kayla ’12 (Schoneveld) Thayer Kayla and I were joined in marriage on June 28, 2013. We are currently both working at Lakeside Christian School in Clearwater, Florida. Kayla teaches 3rd grade while I teach K-12 music and drama. Andy ’12 and Karlie ’12 (Monsma) Van Solen Andy and Karlie live in Pella, Iowa, have celebrated their one year wedding anniversary, and now have new careers in their fields of study. Andy is a solutions specialist at Vermeer Corporation in the Tree Care Rental segment and is glad to be using his business degree as well as travelling and seeing the country. Karlie is now the marketing and communications coordinator at ICE Technologies, a healthcare IT organization. She is also glad to be using her business
communications and design degrees. Trinity prepared us well for our careers, and we are excited to see God’s faithfulness through our higher education, which is now helping us serve him in his world! Becca DeVries ’13 I graduated in December 2012 with a degree in exercise science and a minor in psych/ coaching. I am employed as a personal trainer, group exercise instructor, and a coach at a local Christian high school. I am so thankful for Trinity’s exercise science department and Professor Shari Jurgens.
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