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A Worthy Investment


often seek to understand issues by ordering them into stages or steps. For instance, the parents of a soon-to-be college student reading this issue of TRINITY magazine may be weighing the costs of a Christian private college education in light of the eventual return on such an investment. One of the first steps in this thought process may relate to the earning abilities a college education will afford their son or daughter. I’ve seen one report after another that indicates the relationship of salary to educational level. Another step of consideration may lead to projecting how a private Christian college education will allow potential students to give back in terms of leadership in the community, in the church, or in some other way.

Trinity Christian College Board of Trustees 2012 James M. Achterhof Bonnie Beezhold ’77 Larry W. Bolt ’63 Barbara Brouwer ’67 Keith E. Bruxvoort David J. Buter Beth M. Decker ’67 Dianne De Groot Larry De Vries Jeff Eenigenburg ’87 Charles A. Geenen Lynn Hollender ’72 Arthur E. Jongsma, Jr. ’63 Terry Katsma Bruce E. Leep Peter Madany ’82 Jayme Morren ’94 Frederick V. “Fritz” Olthof, Jr. Luis A. Oviedo ’95 Martin Ozinga III Henry Perez Rosetta Polk-Pugh ’04 Rev. Christopher Salley Mike Schoneveld Rev. Lambert J. Sikkema John G. Stob, Jr. ’80 Grace Tazelaar Virginia (Ginny) Vander Hart Dan W. Van Prooyen ’71 Rick Van Til, Sr. Calvin Walstra ’62

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Still another step may include relating a college education to a sense of calling. Certainly, faithfulness to the call God places on each young person relates to the investment we’re called to make for our children. Like me, I suspect you find it difficult to place a specific value on a college education, yet believe it to be an investment that has significant economic, societal, and spiritual worth. So, I invite you to step away from trying to fit it all on an accounting ledger, and instead, spend some time reviewing the stories of Trinity graduates that you’ll find in this magazine. And then, with me, recall the words of Jeremiah 29:11, “’For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.’ ” In Him,

Steven R. Timmermans, Ph.D. President, Trinity Christian College

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Kimberly Fabian Executive Director of Marketing and Communications

Peter Clevering ’01 Associate Director of Marketing

Amanda Cleary Assistant Director of Public Relations and Communications Amy Strong ’86 Sports Information Director

Peter Clevering ’01 Sam Mahtani ’10 Marketing and Media Associate

Eric VandenBerg ’09

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news Students Start the New Academic Year Move-in Day Trinity’s move-in crew welcomed incoming resident students during the College’s official Move-in Day for freshmen on Friday, August 24. Faith and Family Event with Chicago Fire Soccer Trinity students, alumni, faculty, and friends of the College gathered together for tailgating, a Christian concert, and a Chicago Fire soccer game at the Faith & Family Event on September 15. FYF A service project at the Children’s Hunger Fund was part of First Year Forum (FYF), a week-long course designed to introduce freshmen to current students, faculty, and the mission of the College. The program also included group discussions, a trip to Chicago, and opportunities for worship and other activities. Jazz Night Trinity students and community members donned their best black and white attire at this year’s Black and White Dress-up Night of Jazz. The event brought together the sounds of the Josh Moshier Group and Trinity’s Jazz Band, led by Dr. Kenneth Austin, professor of music.


very Monday in October, the College hosts WorldView, an annual community and college series for film, word, and music. This year’s series included several excellent speakers and powerful music. On October 1, Trinity welcomed Dr. Robert Genetski, as he presented “How Economic Freedom Impacts Prosperity & Poverty.” Genetski is a top speaker in economics and finance and author of Classical Economic Principles & the Wealth of Nations. On October 8, one of the finest brass ensembles in the Chicago area performed at Trinity. Tower Brass of Chicago performed with John W. W. Sherer, director of music and organist at Fourth Presbyterian Church.



The following week, the audience heard from a foremost authority on the black experience. Dr. Margaret Washington presented “Sojourner Truth: AfricanDutch Mystic and American Ambiance.” Washington is a professor at Cornell University and author of Sojourner Truth’s America. Dr. Richard Lapchick shared his experiences as director of the Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport on October 22. Lapchick presented “The Power of Sports to Heal.” Rev. Brenda Girton-Mitchell was booked to finish the series on October 29 with her address “The Power of Partnerships.” Mitchell is the director of the Center for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships at the U.S. Department of Education. This event was cancelled due to travel complications resulting from Hurricane Sandy.

(l-r) Dr. Robert Genetski, Tower Brass, Dr. Margaret Washington, Dr. Richard Lapchick, Rev. Brenda Girton-Mitchell

For a wrap up of the 2012 series and photo galleries, visit – About Us – Worldview.

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tudents at Trinity elected new leaders for the Student Association Executive Committee and class representatives for the 2012-13 school year. The representatives work with Trinity’s administration to bring about constructive change and address issues on campus. President Kathryn Woodside ’15 of Kearney, Nebraska, plans to increase communication between the student body and the committee. “Through our collaborative effort, students can be more aware and involved in issues that pertain to them,” said Woodside.

Executive Committee (l-r) Ellie Sheetz ’14, Kathryn Woodside ’15, Megan Kuiper ’14, Nate Tameling ’14

Committee Chairs

Executive Committee

President Kathryn Woodside ’15, Kearney, NE Vice President Megan Kuiper ’14, McBain, MI Treasurer Nate Tameling ’14, Burr Ridge, IL

Academic Initiative Matthew Wydra ’15, Tinley Park, IL Adviser, Dr. Aron Reppmann ’92

Allelu Brittany Miedema ’15, Zeeland, MI Adviser, Peter Clevering ’01

Multicultural Samuel Lankah ’13, Warrenville, IL Adviser, Dr. Robert Rice

Social Justice Holli Moote ’13, Portage, MI Adviser, Cini BretzlaffHolstein

Student Programming Board President Lindsay Slager ’13, Oak Forest, IL Adviser,Troy Schemper

Webmaster/PR Manager Kaleb Dean ’15, Caldwell, IL

Service Eric Robbert ’13, LaGrange, IL Adviser, Anna Rosas ’06

Secretary Ellie Sheetz ’14, Harvard, IL

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news Pre-Engineering Program Offered for Fall 2013


he College will begin offering its new pre-engineering program in the Fall 2013 semester.

The program provides a Christian liberal arts foundation and the necessary engineering prerequisites during the first two years. Students can then transfer to another college to complete a degree in aerospace, chemical, civil, energy, environmental, materials science, or mechanical engineering. Trinity has transfer guides for the mechanical and civil engineering programs. Trinity will work with students who wish to transfer to a different institution to ensure that the necessary prerequisites are completed prior to transfer.

For more information, contact Dr. Thomas R. Roose, associate professor of Physics and Science Education, at or 708.293.4611.



tatistics from the Illinois Board of Examiners speak to the excellent education that Trinity students receive in the accounting program.

Of Illinois colleges and universities with 25 or more CPA exam sections taken, Trinity has the highest 2011 average score (All Parts) of all the schools, an impressive 78.08. The group of Illinois schools with 25 or more exam sections taken include Northern Illinois University, Northwestern University, Saint Xavier University, University of Chicago, and University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Dr. Lynn Spellman White, Professor of Accounting

Trinity Ranked as Top Tier College by

U.S. News & World Report ranked Trinity Christian College 21st among Midwest colleges in “America’s Best Colleges” for 2013. A total of 370 colleges are ranked in the entire Regional category.



Trinity’s 2011 passing rate for All Parts was also excellent at 60 percent. Of Illinois colleges and universities with 25 or more exam sections taken, Trinity’s All Parts passing rate was the second highest in the state. The 2011 passing rate for All Parts from all Illinois schools with exam takers was 47.88 percent.

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. “This fall, as we welcomed students to campus, qualities that can’t necessarily be ‘ranked’ but are an integral part of our standing were evident,” said Provost Liz Rudenga, Ph.D., “as professors warmly greeted students; upper-class students

helped new students move into the residence halls; students, mentors, and professors engaged in conversation during First Year Forum; athletes eagerly began practices and games; and students were excited to be in labs and classrooms.” Trinity also ranked 11th in Campus Ethnic Diversity among Midwest colleges. This ranking speaks to the College’s continued commitment to develop a multi-racial, multi-national, and multi-denominational student body.

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Troll Tracking @ Trinity Whether it’s from a side-line seat at a soccer game or the front of the room as he speaks at chapel, President Steve Timmermans, Ph.D., shares his fun and thoughtful views about the Trinity experience in a new blog for students, parents, alumni, and friends of the College. Visit

DEAN’s List–SPRING 2012

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.

Asma Abdelqader, Katie Alberda, Amy Alheim, Anita Anderson, Jon Anderson, Megan Anderson, Jacob Andringa, Kathryn Andringa, Stephanie Azzaline, Joey Bahena, Clayton Bailye, Kristin Balkema, Taylor Bandstra, Paola Barajas, Matthew Barre, Laura Batchelder, Johnathan Baty, Brian Beenes, Corinne Beezhold, Rebecca Berghold, Jennifer Binkowski, Robert Birkett, Nicole Blamey, Sasha Blasen, Koyah Bleah, Susan Blocker, Andrew Blok, Kristen Blok, James Blom, Joseph Blom, Earl Bloom, Joel Boender, Taylor Boice, Theresa BooneToolan, Adam Borozan, Anna Bos, Autumn Boss, Jenna Brandsen, Susan Bratincevic, Elizabeth Brice, Jennifer Brink, Emily Bruinius, Tyler Brunschon, Heather Bult, Lauren Bultema, Alicia Bultsma, Matthew Buren, Bianca Burlacu, Lauren Burns, Dana Bush, Kinsey Bykerk, Lori Byma, Allison Cable, Delia Cabrales, Rebecca Calhoun, Bridget Carey, Amanda Carr, Aimee Casemier, Kristin Cavins, Gina Ciametti, Benjamin Ciraulo, Kaitlyn Claerbaut, Brian Clark, Jessica Colvin, Paige Convis, Caleb Copeland, Mark Davis, Kaleb Dean, Andrew DeBoer, Rachel DeBoer, Stephanie DeBoer, Kaela DeBruin, Rebecca DeHaan, Joanna DeJong, Joshua DeJong, Tyler DeKoekkoek, Anneke Delport, Jennifer DeRuiter, Danielle DeVries, Alyssa DeYoung, Benjamin DeYoung, Jessica DeYoung, Jonathan DeYoung, Lynne DeYoung, Kristin DiLeonarde, Kimberly Doeseckle, Alexa Dokter, Brandon Doorn, Megan Doorn, Allison Doyle, Kiera Dunaway, Jeremy Dykstra, Evette Dziedzina, Teresa Ebbers, Jonathan Engbers, Dominique Evans, Amanda Evers, Patrick Evoy, Ruth Eygenraam, Kristen Faber, Kaitlin Feddema, Rebecca Felten, Yasmin Fernandez, Elizabeth Fiala, Lauren Fisher, Annalise Flier, Zachary Flipse, Kaitlyn Fondrk, Amanda Furtek, Rebecca Garcia, Stefanie Geer, Anna Gesch, Karl Gesch, Shanda Gilligan, Molly Gobeli, Rebecca Gold, Hannah Gonzales, Rebekah Gonzales, Sara Gottardo, Rachel Grobarcik, Johnathan Groenenboom, Brian Haak, Maria Hagen, Kevin Hahn, Mindy Hamilton, Aaron Hamstra, P. Caleb Hamstra, Vivienne Handumon, Brigitte Haney, Kirsten Harms, Leah Harris, Amanda Henderson, Nathan Hendrikse, Heather Hernandez, Kristina Herr, Abby Heynen, Jennifer Hill, Nathan Hill, David Hoekman, Brian Hofman, Sonia Hollister, Elizabeth Holman, Stephanie Holmes, Brittany Homan, Daniel Hood, Jamie Hop, Jill Hop, Bethany Hoving, Katie Huffman, Aletta Huisman, Derek Huizenga, Megan Huizenga, Michael Hume, Kristin Ipema, Megan Ipema, Michael Ippel, Elizabeth Iwema, Jacquelyn Iwema, Julie Iwema, Jessica Jacobi, Christina Jankovic, Brittany Jansma, Giedre Jarmontaviciute, Esmeralda Jasso, Courtney Jeltema, Kristi Jendrzejak, Amy Johnstone, Craig Kallemeyn, Allison Karlock, Courtney Kats, Janelle Katsma, Rachel Ketchum, Melissa Kiel, Ryan Kiesel, Lydia Kijowski, Jamie King, Jenna Klich, Caroline Klingbeil, Richard Klootwyk, Joshua Knol, Katrina Koltz, Megan Kooima, Jonathan Koonce, Kristine Koopmans, Ashley Krygsheld, Erin Krygsheld, Jordan Kuiper, Megan Kuiper, Michael Kunnen, Bryan Kunz, Maureen Lambert, Kelsey Lamer, Alberto LaRosa, Courtney Larson, Michael Lautermilch, Landon Lawrence, Melanie Lawrence, Carly Lerner, Sara Leth, Nikole Linares, John Lindemulder, Sara Losacco, Calob Lostutter, Matthew Lovelace, David Lucas, Emily Lucas, Lissette Lucero, Kelly Ludwig, Dominique Lujano, Jacob Maatman, Derek Maciaga, Kaitlyn Manning, Molly Marcus, Katie Matthuis, Kelsey Mattson, Matilda McGuire, Mary Margaret McNicholas, Shannon McNichols, Elizabeth Meena, Ryan Melson, Scott Meves, Justin Meyer, Matthew Meyer, Meghan Meyer, Lauryn Meyers, Ashley Miedema, Brittany Miedema, Katherine Milton, Yangfan Mo, Mohamed Mohamed, Karlie Monsma, Caitlyn Moore, Holli Moote, Kelsey Moshier, Monica Mott, Andrew Mulder, Matthew Mulder, James Muriithi, Claire Murphy, Heather Murray, Cassandra Nelson, Brianna Niemoth, Vanessa Noonan, William Obrien, Shane Olson, Keli Ooms, Katie Otte, Janna Ottenhoff, Alice OvandoLopez, Kristin Paarlberg, Jamie Parise, Benjamin Pausma, Matthew Pausma, Joshua Pegman, Victoria Penley, Jennifer Penrod, Adam Perez, Anna Phillips, Janelle Piers, Byron Plate, Erika Poortinga, Stefanie Prince, Frances Quesada, Courtney Randle, Kristin Rapacki, Anna Rapinchuk, Rebecca Reed, Megan Regalado, Jenna Reidenga, Andrew Reidsma, Matthew Reilly, Shelby Reinsch, Megan Rensink, Molly Ricker, Hannah Riegler, Jacquelyn Risher, Ashley Roberts, Sarah Rodgers, Melisa Rodriguez, Brenda Romo, Samantha Rowe, Courtney Rozeveld, Hannah Ruckman, Courtney Samudio, Hannah Schaap, Trevor Schaap, Amanda Scheidt, Raymond Scherrer, Rebecca Schichtel, Kayla Schoneveld, Chelsea Schuen, David Schurman, Chaz Schutt, Hannah Schwab, Dillon Scott, Diane Serbentas, Chelsea Shankland, Ellen Sheetz, Lindsay Slager, Alyssa Slinkman, Gina Smith, Hannah Snow, Kwangsik Sohn, Ann Solomon, Justina South, Hannah Sprague, Katherine Stachula, Baillie Stahl, Jeanette Stallings, Anthony Stasi, Lauren Stegehuis, Christopher Steinke, Victoria Stoklosa, Allison Stoub, Nicole Stuczynski, Holly Stuursma, Adam Suwyn, Kaitlyn Tatem, Michael Taylor, Shaun TenHaken, Daniel Thayer, Jenna Thomforde, Jacob Tiemersma, Richard Tilquist, Jessica Timmermans, Daniel Townsend, Alicia Tracy, Lisa Trepton, Jordan Triezenberg, Leigh Twaragowski, Derek VanAlthuis, Abigail VanBeek, Hannah VanBeek, Kaitlyn VanDellen, Jacob VanDenBerg, Kelly VandenBerg, Amber VanderLey, Jennifer VanderVeen, Abigail VanderWoude, Rebecca Vanderzee, Karley Vandyke, Kelsey VanDyken, Kyle VanEerden, Jana VanLaar, Jesse VanMaanen, Rebecca Vannette, Andrew VanSoelen, Kimberly VanSpronsen, Seth VantHoff, Donna Veitkus, Samantha Venhuizen, Zachary VerHaar, Alaina Vermeer, Hannah VerMeer, Scott Vermeer, Alex VerStraate, Marshall VerVelde, Rosa Villanueva, Jill Visker, Daeleen Visser, Alyssa Voogt, Logan Vos, Allison Voss, Allyson Vree, Mark Waller, Alexis Warden, Austin Warner, Hannah Wasco, Anna Wessley, Chad Westenbroek, Jeremy Wetter, Ashley Wheeler, Kimberly Wicks, Allison Wier, Ashley Wierema, Candace Wieringa, Brooke Wigboldy, Kaylee Wilson, Julie Wiltjer, Matthew Wiltjer, Kenith Wojnarowski, Micaela Wood, Kathryn Woodside, Jaclyn Workman, Matthew Wydra, Lori Yarmoska, Kimberly Zaagman, Gina Zandstra, Haley Zandstra, Michelle Zandstra, Paige Zylstra

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SUCCESS College graduates carry the benefits of their higher education with them their entire lives. There are lots of statistics that assure college graduates of the value of their education, e.g., better career preparation, more job opportunities, and higher earnings. Then there are all those things that are not so easy to measure, like intellectual growth, spiritual formation, and mentorship relationships with professors who later become fellow colleagues in the discipline. This issue of TRINITY magazine introduces recent graduates from a variety of majors and vocations who share the ways their Trinity education has changed their lives, not just for four years, but in the “real world.�



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“Being involved in various activities... helped me grow intellectually, occupationally, and spiritually.”

Eric VandenBerg ’09, CPA Tax Associate, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP Trinity Business major; Accounting, Finance, Mathematics minor

At PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP in Chicago, Eric VandenBerg performs various tax compliance, research, and planning projects for financial services clients. Great opportunities: “Being involved in various activities, from class work to varsity men’s soccer, Student Association to Outcry helped me grow intellectually, occupationally, and spiritually. I became solidified as the person I am in Jesus Christ and gained a better understanding of how I am to use the gifts he has blessed me with to advance his kingdom work.” Learn from experience: “I had an internship the second semester of my senior year at Wolf & Company LLP in Oak Brook as a staff auditor. This was my first experience in a corporate work environment, so I learned a lot about the culture of a CPA firm

and everything that makes a firm like that run smoothly.” Professors as mentors: “The best mentor relationship I had at Trinity was with English Professor Bruce Leep. In addition to his love for literature, Professor Leep is very knowledgeable and experienced in the banking industry. One of my favorite things about Professor Leep is that his great teaching is not confined to the classroom. He continues to take every opportunity he can to answer questions I have about anything and is always eager to help me grow in every aspect of my life. I look forward to maintaining this relationship as I continue to gain experience in the business world.”

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Kimberly Wittmayer ’05 Advance Practice Nurse, Pediatric Pain Service at Advocate Hope Children’s Hospital Trinity Nursing major

As an Advance Practice Nurse at Hope Children’s Hospital in Oak Lawn Illinois, Kimberly Wittmayer is consulted to see children who present with both acute and chronic pain conditions while admitted to the hospital. She takes a history, performs a physical exam, and formulates a pain management plan based on each child’s needs. She works collaboratively with the physicians and nursing and ancillary staff to provide positive patient outcomes. She is a resource for patients, families, and nursing staff, and also works with the hospital at a systems level. Wittmayer earned her M.S. in nursing at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Trinity experience: “Trinity gave me a very strong foundation for my nursing career. Learning to care for my patients from the perspective of a Christian world view has made me a more caring and compassionate nurse. I was a member of the Nursing Student Organization from 2003-2005 and served as president from 2004-2005. I gained real world nursing experience during my clinical rotations and capstone rotation.” From professor to professional mentor: “My calling has always been to work with children. Dr. Laurel Quinn, professor of nursing, encouraged me to pursue a role in pediatrics, since that was the population I felt called to serve. I was blessed that she herself was called to take care of children and was able to mentor me about pursuing this path. Since graduation, I have stayed in contact with her and am grateful for the guidance and kind words she is still able to provide.”



“Trinity gave me a very strong foundation for my nursing career.”

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Sarah Seegert ’08

Shaun TenHaken ’12

Middle School Teacher, Elim Christian School, Palos Heights, Illinois Trinity double major in Elementary and Special Education

Packaging Operator, Sigma-Aldrich, Sheboygan Falls, Wisconsin Trinity Chemistry major, Biology minor

Sarah Seegert works with students in a special education classroom. Her students have various types of disabilities, including autism, cerebral palsy, emotional disorders, and cognitive delay.

One of Shaun TenHaken’s responsibilities at Sigma-Aldrich is to perform quality assurance tests. Those may involve determining the amount of water in the chemical that is being packaged or determining the purity of the chemical by how it absorbs light at different wavelengths. His father Bruce ’86, a fellow chemistry alumnus, manages environmental cleanup projects but focuses on asbestos consulting for Cardinal Environmental, Inc.

Value of college: “Trinity helped prepare me in all ways for my future, from giving me the skills and knowledge that I needed to do my job, to deepening my faith and preparing me for independent adult life. The people I met and the relationships I formed were amazing and still impact my life today. I was given opportunities and experiences that I never would have had otherwise.” Partnering with profs to learn: “What still helps me in my teaching today are the relationships I formed with many Trinity professors. I worked with both Dr. Patti Powell, professor of special education, with Young Authors in Jamaica, and Dr. Joy Meyer, associate professor of education, through the VanderVelde Junior Scholar program. These women showed me how research can greatly impact an educational setting and situation. They provided examples of balancing projects and family and life, while giving God all the glory.” Field experience: “I had teacher aid hours starting in my sophomore year. Before I graduated, I was in a variety of classroom types, in a variety of communities, and all the experiences helped prepare me to become a teacher. I was especially grateful that I was able to student teach at Elim, an organization I had wanted to work for since 7th grade. That helped prepare me for my current job.”

From classroom lab to career lab: “During labs at Trinity, I received hands-on experience working with many types of instruments, and as a lab assistant, I learned how to safely handle different chemicals. My Trinity lab experience helped me to effectively transition my chemistry education into a real-world application at my job.” Internship supports classroom learning: “I worked at Cardinal Environmental, Inc. where I assisted in mold inspections by collecting air samples for spore count analysis, the analysis of waste water for cyanide and TKN, and the collection and testing of water for E. coli. I worked with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources to create a model that would predict the level of E. coli in the water at the Sheboygan beaches.” The intersection of science and faith: “The biggest impact that Trinity had on me was spiritually. I discovered how to connect my Christian faith with my chemistry education. In the science seminar class, I discussed faith-related scientific issues with the professors and fellow science students. This helped to strengthen my faith and allowed me to view scientific issues from a Christian perspective.”

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Marisa Albarran ’09

Alex Walsh ’10

International Baccalaureate Spanish teacher Bouchet International Academy in Chicago Trinity K-12 Spanish Education major, ESL endorsement

Doctoral student and graduate teaching assistant, West Virginia University Trinity double major in Political Science and Communication Arts

Marisa Albarran teaches grades 5 through 8 at this inner city public school, formerly known as Bryn Mawr. She said the knowledge she attained from Trinity professors prepared her for the classroom and the exposure to various education theorists prepared her for the multiple types of learners she teaches. She earned a master of school leadership with a Type 75 endorsement from Concordia University.

Alex Walsh earned his master’s degree from DePaul University in 2012 and is pursuing a Ph.D. in interpersonal and instructional communication at West Virginia University. As a doctoral student at a “research one” level institution, he is expected to complete his studies, teach undergraduate level classes, and research communication in both romantic relationships and instructional settings.

Becoming Wonder Woman: “My college experience has helped mold me into the intellectual role model I want to become. I was the first in my family to graduate from college and didn’t have many role models. During my junior year, I found great inspiration in Dr. Trina Vallone ’99, associate professor of education and coordinator of the ESL program. In class, I observed how caring and compassionate she is and how eloquently she spoke. My senior year, Dr. Rhoda Mattson, associate professor of education, solidified for me the woman I hoped to one day become. I knew that upon graduating Trinity, I would not stop there. I have earned my first master’s, but I yearn for the day I receive my doctorate and join the ranks of these wonder women who have served as my greatest role models.” The next step: “Graduate school was a stressful and time consuming experience but nothing that Trinity had not prepared me for. I had to balance a full-time teaching position, a part-time job, and graduate school as well as commitments to family, friends, and church. If I had not had the challenging student-teaching experience at Trinity, I would have thought I could not handle such a work load. But if I could handle student-teaching under the mentorship of Professor Mattson, I knew I could handle anything. I am currently working on a second master’s degree in elementary education.”



Learning beyond the books: “At Trinity, I got to know my professors, see their personal passions in the academic world, and apply my own interests in their classes. I learned to think critically about what I was studying, to explore different perspectives, and to create my own opinions. Trinity professors showed me how to be passionate about my studies while maintaining my faith. Dr. Craig Mattson, professor of communication arts, challenged the students in their academic work and found ways to tie the academic theories back to the Christian faith. Professors also tackled tough issues head on. Today as an instructor, I don’t shy away from the tough questions either; I charge at them with an open mind.” Collaborative research: “During my senior year, Assistant Professor of Political Science John Sianghio, and I conducted a critical analysis on how digital technology creates and reinforces political identities. I was treated not as a student, but as a fellow researcher. I brought John ideas, he critiqued them, I critiqued his responses, and we would refine our goals for the study. We would wrestle over ideas that neither of us knew the answer to. This mentor/mentee process is exactly what occurs at the graduate level.” Plans for the future: “I hope to become a professor. My research in instructional communication observes what factors encourage or discourage student interactions with their professors and their academic work. As a Christian, I think it is important that we know how to engage the students in their academic work, but challenge them in their faith.”

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“My Chicago Semester internship became my current job.”

Joni Weidenaar ’11 Visiting Research Data Analyst/Medical Case Manager, Center on Mental Health Services Research and Policy, University of Illinois at Chicago Trinity Psychology major, Theology minor

Joni Weidenaar is part of a collaborative team conducting research on severe mental illness and diabetes. She works alongside nurse practitioners in two clinics providing appropriate diabetes, nutrition, and exercise education; setting self-management goals; and conducting motivational interviews. She also helps coordinate specialized medical care and community support. Weidenaar tracks the participants’ medical outcomes and wellness progress and reports to the research team.

Trinity’s preparation for life: “College prepared me personally by teaching me humility. We do research in psychology to have a positive effect on the populations we study, but I am studying a population to which I do not belong. How can I educate who I do not understand? First, I must listen and admit what I cannot change. Second, I pursue what I can change. Humility has a positive effect on my job performance.” Integrating faith in the classroom: “Almost all my interactions outside of class with professors had a mentoring quality. They fielded my difficult questions and helped me make sense of my illogical mumblings. These discussions helped clarify my academic understanding and most importantly started to build the integration of faith and work.”

Trinity’s preparation for the career: “Statistics. Statistics. Statistics class. The federal government and other research entities fund the studies I am helping conduct and the results inform the government how to fund mental health policy. Further preparation came from the Chicago Semester where my internship became my current job.”

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Christian Lopez ’09

Kelsey Nelson ’11

Doctoral student and graduate assistant, University of Southern Mississippi Trinity Music major, Church Music minor

Children’s Director, Grace Chicago Church Trinity Theology major, Church and Ministry Leadership minor

Christian Lopez has continued his study of music since graduation from Trinity and his days of performing for the College’s Wind Ensemble and Jazz Band. Today he assists his advisor Dr. John Wooton with the percussion studio, teaching percussion lessons, playing for various ensembles, and working with concert logistics. In 2011, he earned his master’s degree at the University of Redlands in California. Academics and faith: “Trinity taught me a lot about the importance of diligence in one’s workplace and helped me to grow intellectually as I had to pursue multiple paths of knowledge at once and succeed at all of them. Spiritually, my theology classes elicited several questions in my mind about God that I had not contemplated before college and which helped me to understand my Creator better.” Prepared to reach goals: “After Trinity, I earned a master’s degree in music performance and am enrolled in my second year of doctoral work. My preparation to accomplish my goals has involved a lot of hard work in educational institutions such as the National Conservatory of Music in my country of Ecuador, Trinity Christian College, and the University of Redlands. I would love to find a place in a major symphony orchestra and teach college.” More than music mentors: “Dr. Mark Peters, professor of music at Trinity, set a very good example for excellence in my life — professional excellence, Christian excellence, academic excellence, ethical excellence, and more. He also became a friend to me to the point that he and his wife were able to stay in my house in Ecuador one summer and meet my family. Dr. Kenneth Austin, another professor of music, was one of the most supportive professors I have ever had with his always-cheering words.”



In her role at Grace, Kelsey Nelson organizes curriculum and adapts it to the church’s needs for preschool and primaryaged classes. She plans lessons, games, crafts, and activities for the children to do each week. She also organizes and recruits volunteers to serve in the Sunday school rooms. Providing the tools: “My college years helped me grow and mature as a person and gave me useful tools for the professional and adult world. Intellectually, college provided me with an understanding of theology and the Bible, but also encouraged my desire to read God’s Word and to practice being an active member of a church community. Socially, Trinity pushed me outside of my realm of comfort, which has better equipped me to more gracefully interact with people from different walks.” Interim experience that will last a lifetime: “I participated in the Tabitha House Interim as a sophomore. We served alongside men and women recovering from addictions. Trinity students stayed in a house with the women who were in the program, had devotions with them, and ate with them. Those women took us under their wings for those two weeks to teach us incredible lessons about what it means to fully trust in God’s promises and his provision for each and every day.” The value of mentors: “I cannot begin to describe how valuable and important it was for a professor to want the Gospel to not only impact my academic life but for the Gospel to change my life. Professors prayed for me and valued me not only as a student but also as a Christ follower. As I entered the professional world, I had a strong model of what it looks like to love others well, and I continue to be challenged by the examples put forth by Trinity professors.”

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“The liberal arts approach was possibly the most beneficial aspect of my Trinity education.”

Caleb Mulder ’11 Project Coordinator, Sundog Studios Trinity Art Studio major, Art History and Business minor

As the project coordinator for Hy-Vee, Sundog Studios’ largest client, Caleb Mulder’s responsibilities include meeting with the corporate client at the Des Moines headquarters, as well as gathering and distributing information between the client and the internal staff at all stages of advertising production. The benefit of liberal arts: “The liberal arts approach was possibly the most beneficial aspect of my Trinity education. Regardless of what major students wish to pursue, each day demands a variety of skills to be a successful employee in the workplace. Whether using my design knowledge, providing critically thought-through solutions, or clearly communicating with my co-workers, each of these skills was developed through the variety of classes I was required to take at Trinity.”

Preparation for career and calling: “Looking back to my four years at Trinity, I have no doubt that my education prepared me for my current career. At Trinity, I found my calling to work in the design field after 1½ years of being an ‘undeclared’ major. Trinity revealed my interests, stretched my intellect, strengthened my faith, and prepared me for the professional work environment.” Internship at World Vision: “This was the first door that opened to a corporate setting, and it provided an opportunity to design within a Christian non-profit. That in itself was such a unique setting to work in, and I greatly benefitted from working alongside the corporate development marketing team. Not only did I have the chance to work for something I personally believed in, but I now see how that opportunity pushed me out of my comfort zone and prepared me for my current job.”

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Joanna (Dykstra) Meyer ’11 Director of Communications, Multiplication Network Ministries, Sauk Village, Illinois Trinity Business Communications major, Communication Arts minor

Vinnie Adams ’10

Joanna Meyer began her job soon after graduation. At Multiplication Network Ministries, which equips local leaders in more than 29 countries to plant more churches and develop stronger churches, Meyer oversees the ministry website and social media and prepares various print pieces that communicate the ministry’s work to donors. In her first year with the organization, she has traveled to five countries to conduct interviews and take photographs for testimonies of lives changed. She is married to fellow Trinity alum Greg Meyer ’11.

Vinnie Adams, who led Trinity’s student worship team Outcry, today leads worship through music during weekend services at Faith Church and spearheads and leads a ministry for individuals with special needs. The Special Needs Ministry is something new for the church, and the vision for the ministry is to engage, disciple, and love individuals with special needs and their families in order to serve God’s kingdom together.

Overseas internship leads to career: “My journalism internship was based at the Nehemiah Center in Managua, Nicaragua, through Trinity’s semester abroad program. It was clear that God had this planned all along, because somehow it fit my schedule and plans to graduate in May 2011. God opened a door, and I knew better than to close it. The knowledge and experience I gained was incredible. The main thing I gained was confidence; the internship helped me to see that I could produce a quality product and service. The skills that I learned I will use for the rest of my life. I believe I wouldn’t have been offered my position without the experience of this internship on my résumé.” Life-changing residence life: “Being at Trinity impacted me greatly in all areas of my life. I served for two years as Resident Assistant and for one year as a First Year Forum mentor. ResLife was a 24-hour a day job. I spent hours praying for each of my girls, talking with them through difficult situations, studying the Bible with them, and offering my room as an oasis; that community is what I miss most about Trinity. I learned valuable lessons in how to reach people where they are and how to have excellent communication and conflict resolution skills.”



Director of Special Needs Ministry & Campus Worship Leader Faith Church in Dyer, Indiana Trinity Special Education major, Elementary Education minor

Christ-centered approach to best practices: “One of the things I love most about Trinity’s education program is the amount of hands-on hours you are required to spend in the field. In my classes at Trinity, the lessons, discussions, and stories were all extremely helpful and root-building, but those things don’t have much value unless they translate to the real thing–being around kids. The opportunity to tie classroom theory and real world experience together was huge.” Education that equips: “My special education studies and student teaching experiences (especially during the Semester in Nicaragua) certainly had an impact on my perception of disabilities and the realities that are present when you are trying to serve children who learn and function in different and unique ways. There is no way I could have taught at Elim Christian School for two years without the knowledge and experience I gained at Trinity, and I know that I would not be nearly as equipped to lead in this new ministry at Faith without that experience either.” From mentor to colleague: “It’s incredible to see how the Lord has used Dr. Pete Post ’74, assistant professor of special education, over the last six years of my life to not only pick the right classes and make sure I was keeping my grades up, but to help me grow in my professionalism, integrity, faith, and experience as a special educator. He was influential in my desire to teach at Elim and collaborated with me in my classroom on various Trinity projects.”

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Drew Van’t Land ’10

Sara Connolly ’11

Graduate student in Philosophy, Institute for Christian Studies in Toronto Trinity double major Philosophy and Political Science, History minor

Assistant Marketing Manager, Bulls/Sox Academy Trinity Exercise Science major, Psychology and Science minor

Drew Van’t Land is studying social and political philosophy with a focus on the intersection of ancient/classical rhetoric with postmodern political theology. He plans to pursue a Ph.D. and teach college. He is involved in the development of the Saxifrage School, a soon-to-be-launched Pittsburgh-based college combining the liberal arts with trades, such as construction and organic agriculture. Getting ready for the grad track: “Trinity’s philosophy department prepared me well by offering intimate mentoring, a broad range of classes, and a pair of in-depth senior seminars. Not only did my professors write recommendations for me when I applied to graduate school, but they helpfully suggested schools that would be a fit.” Jam-packed, hands-on learning: “While at Trinity, I studied for a semester abroad at Oxford University. It was a delightful period, jam-packed with learning British history and culture firsthand, being tutored in philosophy, soaking up the majestic Bodleian library, and meeting fellow students and travelers under the guidance of lovely staff.” Life-changing relationships: “By far the most significant elements of my time at Trinity were bound up in close relationships with Drs. Aron Reppmann ’92 and Stephen Lake, professors of philosophy. I benefitted greatly not only from their lectures, extracurricular availability, and career guidance, but also from their spiritual examples, intellectual vigor, and deep care in shaping me into a more charitable and thoughtful young man. Most important, Trinity was the nexus where my life intersected with that of my wifeto-be, Julianne (Woodroof) ’10. We’re profoundly grateful for the spirit of loving community at Trinity which helped ignite and sustain our commitment to one another.”

Owned and operated by the Chicago Bulls and White Sox, the Bulls/Sox Academy is a state-of-the-art training facility. It attracts young athletes who desire advanced professional instruction. Connolly performs all the digital marketing duties. They include online advertising, website/social media updates and e-blasts. She also writes and distributes press releases to drive media coverage, and attends community outreach events to create brand awareness throughout the Chicagoland area. Another fun part of the job: “I manage ‘The Vault’ sales staff. The Vault is a high-tech, state-of-the art ‘exergaming’ facility, where children are required to exercise to make video games function. Kids have so much fun, they don’t even realize they are working out.” Prepared to serve youth: “My Trinity education grounded me intellectually and spiritually. It was very instrumental in preparing me to serve young athletes in an atmosphere that I love. I feel blessed to be able to apply the knowledge I gained in my major, while following Christ’s calling to assist others. I also credit my years at Trinity and Shari Jurgens ’92, assistant professor of physical education, with teaching me the art of multi-tasking.” Internship to career: “I was offered internships at three different companies, but I knew right away my first choice was the academy. Since the job market leaves a lot to be desired, I knew having a competitive edge was critical to my success after college, so I took my internship very seriously and considered it a great opportunity. I worked hard at building a reputation that would help me advance within the company. It’s important to realize that success does not stop once you get the job. It is a continuous journey. We should always strive for excellence, regardless of which career we choose.”

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“Understanding that I could serve God in any vocation was transformational.” Billy Evans ’05 Culture of Calm Coordinator/College Counselor, Walter H. Dyett High School, Chicago Trinity Business Communication major, Theology minor

Billy Evans has spent the past several years working in Chicago Public Schools and recently accepted a position in which his main goal is to help develop and carry out strategies that bring peace and unity to a school located in an area of the city with a high rate



of crime, gang activity, and poverty. His work is part of the school’s initiative to implement restorative practices that reduce the need for punitive discipline and encourage instruction and correction. A life-changing exchange: “A lot of professors had an impact on me, especially Drs. Mary Webster Moore, Nelvia Brady, and Annalee Ward. But I remember one conversation at Trinity that changed my entire life. I was on campus and ran into a professor who asked me about my major. I was a business major at the time. The professor said, ‘Oh, you’re going to serve God in business.’ Understanding that I could serve God in any vocation was transformational.” Preparation to answer the call: “I was an admissions counselor at Trinity for two years. That background, in addition to my education, prepared me for my next position as a college counselor at Chicago Academy. In my current role, I engage on a deeper level of counseling with the students and work to get them on a path to college or a career. I accepted this position because I definitely felt like I could help bring about change and be a voice of reason and understanding in a chaotic place. I can’t openly share my faith, but the students know I’m a Christian. When I see a change in a student, I think, ‘This is why God called me, to shine the light of Jesus.’ ”

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Amanda (Vink) Renaud ’05

Brandon Huisenga ’10

Public Art Coordinator, Arts & Venues Denver’s Public Art Program Trinity Art Studio major, Communication Arts and Art History minor

Senior Testing Analyst, Applied Systems, Inc., University Park, Illinois Trinity double major in Computer Science and Mathematics

Denver’s Public Art Program sets aside one percent of construction funds on any projects over $1 million. Once the money is allocated, Amanda Renaud said she “springs into action” to help ensure the successful completion of an original piece of artwork for the City and County of Denver, artwork valued between $10,000 and $1.5 million.

Brandon Huisenga ensures the quality of the software as a whole as a senior testing analyst at Applied Systems. He tests userreported bugs and the fixes provided by developers, as well as any new features that will be included in the next release. He is working toward Associate in General Insurance (AINS) designation.

Trinity’s “Art Barn” days: “Not only did my Trinity experience teach me to be adaptable, but also to speak a tender language that requires me to articulate the ‘good, the bad, and the ugly.’ Each Public Art project is entirely unique with a different realm of challenges and a different author attempting to execute a unique idea for a city-wide audience. One of the hardest tasks I have in my job is notifying an artist that he or she was not selected for the project; however, utilizing the learned balance of pros and cons from Trinity studio critiques makes this task a more graceful one.” The art world: “I attended the New York Interim in January 2004 with John Bakker, professor of art. We hurried from museum to gallery to artist studio in the freezing cold until our feet were throbbing, but it was an entirely necessary experience. Not only did we get to see the physical size of the N.Y. art world, we also had a chance to make our own memories with a particular work of art, a particular gallery or museum that would otherwise have just been a memory from our textbooks.” Professional experience on and off campus: “Through my student worker position in the art department, I gained the know-how and confidence necessary to pursue additional art-related positions, including my internship with the City of Chicago’s Public Art Program. The work was an extraordinary opportunity for me to absorb my supervisors’ environments. Students should develop a good relationship with their internship supervisor. I still speak regularly with those I worked with at Chicago’s Public Art Program, especially now that we work in the same field.”

Education to workplace: “My degree in computer science has been very helpful in my career. Even though I am not actively writing code in my everyday work, all of my programming courses help me to understand how the code works and how it affects the rest of the software, which makes me a better tester.” Internship with Argonne National Laboratory: “A professor connected me with Argonne, which gave me a flexible schedule and allowed me to work full time in the summer and part time during the school year for two years. I worked as a Java developer, but I also gained valuable experience in the software life cycle and software documentation, which carried over to my current career. Also being able to put this experience on my resumé was extremely important as I looked for a job.” Collaborating with profs: “[Trinity’s size] allowed me to work closely with all of my professors in the computer science and mathematics departments. Not only were they always available to help us with our studies, but they also took a personal interest in each of their students. I am thankful that God’s plan for my life included my time at Trinity.”

Pictured: Amanda Renaud in front of “Light Chamber” by Dennis Oppenheim. Photo courtesy of the artist’s estate and the City and County of Denver

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At h l e t i c s Progress Continues on Athletics Facilities Trinity continues to experience progress with the athletics facilities development. Phase II of the TARC is underway and additional outdoor fields are being constructed. 1. Construction started with cordoning off the Mitchell Memorial Gymnasium to allow for its continued use during demolition and construction. Lockers were removed and existing interior walls and stairways were removed and replaced with new construction. New plumbing, electrical, heating, ventilation, and cooling infrastructure were added.



2. Exterior excavation has been completed, a main electric underground cable repositioned, and footings and basement walls poured. The new exterior walls, which are largely masonry and glass, will complete the winterization of the building by mid-November. By the end of January with indoor work taking place, the Mitchell gymnasium will be shut down for work in that area of the building. The entire project is targeted for completion by May of 2013. 3. Throughout the summer and fall, progress was also made at the Rt. 83 complex. The soccer field has been equipped with an electrical power source and new scoreboard. Two grass soccer practice fields were seeded.



4. On the west side of the soccer fields, the playing surface for two softball diamonds was prepared and concrete slabs were poured for the completion of dugouts and bleachers. Trinity’s softball team hopes to use the field for their spring season. Additional work at the complex this fall included grading and seeding the baseball field for the 2014 spring season.

Chapple Sets Goals for Women’s Basketball Program


eggie Chapple, the newest member of the athletics department coaching staff, is settling in and preparing for the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead. After being named the head coach of the women’s basketball program this summer, Chapple started setting goals. “I believe we can develop a winning tradition at Trinity and that the College has all of the tools necessary to build a program that competes at the highest level,” said Chapple. “I know that Trinity has been successful in the past, and I feel there is an opportunity to get back to a competitive program.”

in Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, and produced three winning seasons with a 56-39 overall record. He led Valley Forge to two NCCAA Division II national tournaments and developed a winning mindset for the program in his three years as its head coach. Chapple has a grasp of the challenges ahead. “I believe that challenges bring opportunity,” he said. “I don’t back down from adversity, but look to use it to grow and develop. The team will take steps to handle the challenges as we focus this year on being committed to making daily improvement. With that goal we will build for the future.” Chapple was working with the women’s basketball team through September and October in conditioning and practices. The Trolls opened their season on October 31 and began their 22-game conference schedule on November 7. The women’s and men’s schedules are posted at

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Allison Doyle Competes with Chicago Red Stars


he conclusion of the 2011-12 soccer season did not end the competitive playing career of former Trinity standout Allison Doyle ’12. She took her skills to the next level as a member of the Chicago Red Stars of the Women’s Professional Soccer League (WPSL)-Elite. “Allison was a great competitor for us and was highly successful at our level,” said Trinity head women’s soccer coach Josh Lenarz ’98. “It is an impressive accomplishment for her to compete with the Red Stars and play with high caliber talent and national team players.” At the open try-outs in April, Doyle was one of five athletes selected. As a Red Star, she trained with the team and competed in the 2012 season that ran from May-July and ended with a silver medal in the WPSL-Elite finals. Doyle was also part of the U.S. National Cup competition in which the Red Stars claimed the Amateur Cup Championship in a game played at Toyota Park in Bridgeview, Illinois. “Playing at that level and in that environment was a learning experience, and I am glad I did it,” said Doyle. “I got to play with some very talented players, learn from them, and see how I compared to top soccer athletes. It also affirmed my appreciation for my soccer experience at Trinity and the caring coaching staff and team dynamics that I loved there.” The Chicago Red Stars were a founding member of the Women’s Professional Soccer (WPS) in 2008. In 2011, under new ownership, they joined the WPSL, where they advanced to the championship match. With continued restructuring in 2012, the Red Stars became members of the WPSL-Elite, an 8-team league comprised of former WPS and top collegiate players.

Trinity Involved in NCCAA Pro-Am


s part of its membership, Trinity has a common goal with the National Christian College Athletic Association — a commitment to athletics and championships as well as to ministry and outreach. Through the years, Trinity has also developed a connection to the NCCAA Pro-Am Golf Classic. The 2012 Pro-Am, held at Hammock Beach Resort in Palm Coast, Florida, in March, was a special event for the NCCAA and for Trinity. It was a celebration of the 25th anniversary of the event that has now raised over $1 million for general operating costs and for ministry opportunities for the NCCAA. Trinity’s golf team took part in the event as volunteers on the course, with the auction, and in community outreach clinics. Trinity also had two foursomes representing the College in the Pro-Am rounds. The group of Scott Pothoven ’97, Dan Mannes ’92, Rick Klaasen ’92, and Jay DeBoer won the two-day college scholarship round, earning the $3,000 John and Jody Wheeler Ministry Scholarship. The scholarship, designated for a studentathlete in a missions or ministry-related major, was presented to Trinity and awarded to Hannah Schwab ’14 of Pella, Iowa, who is a double major in theology and church and ministry leadership.

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PEOPLE Anniversaries Trinity recognizes the faithfulness of faculty and staff who celebrated anniversaries of service to the College this year. (l to r)

Michael DeVries ’74, Professor of Psychology, 35 years Louis Sytsma ’65, Professor of Chemistry, 35 years John Bakker, Professor of Art and Design, 30 years Burt Rozema, Director of Off-Campus Programs, 30 years George Pierson, Associate Professor of Philosophy, 25 years Helen VanWyck, Professor of Music, 25 years Clinton Stockwell, Executive Director of Chicago Semester, 20 years Nancy Triezenberg-Fox, Social Work Coordinator for Chicago Semester, 20 years Pete Hamstra, Dean of Admissions, 15 years Joy Meyer ’78, Assistant Professor of Education, 15 years Rick Van Dyken, Executive Associate to the President for Development, 15 years Mary Webster Moore, Associate Professor of Mathematics Education, 15 years Frank Attivissimo, Maintenance, 10 years Kevin Jacobs ’02, Computer Services, 10 years Mark Jones, Professor of English, 10 years Carole Kolconay, Student Teaching Placement Coordinator for Chicago Semester, 10 years Jeremy Klyn ’02, Director of Admissions, 10 years Rose Malinowski, Professor of Social Work, 10 years Craig Mattson, Professor of Communication Arts, 10 years James Nelson, Campus Safety Officer, 10 years Trina Vallone ’99, Associate Professor of Education, 10 years Douglas Van Wyngarden ’03, Computer Services, 10 years

Appointments Jean Carey, A/V Administrative Aide Reginald Chapple, Jr., Assistant Professor of Physical Education, Women’s Head Basketball Coach David Clarkson, Coordinator of Fitness and Intramurals; Assistant Men’s Basketball Coach Jessica B. Clevering, Assistant Professor of Psychology James Deany, Custodian Kathy DeVries, Supervisor of Interns Allison Doyle ’12, Admissions Counselor Rick Hamilton, Assistant Professor of Business Kyle Harkema, Assistant Professor of Business Christine F. Henle, Instructor-Practitioner in Mathematics



Moyra Jones, Clinical Practice Coordinator Donna Kamp, Registrar Office Assistant Bethany Keeley-Jonker, Assistant Professor of Communication Arts Brittany Lee ’10, Assistant Soccer Coach Lauren Outcault, Residence Director Jared Sanders, Residence Director Joshua Sinnema ’12, Admissions Counselor Mark Smilde ’10, Custodian Emily Thomassen ’10, Instructor of Theology Ryan Thompson, Assistant Professor of Art and Design Kristen Voss, ESL Instructor/Office Assistant Kara E. Wolff, Assistant Professor of Psychology

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student serves in homeland of liberia


orn in Liberia, Sam Lankah ’13 of Warrenville, Illinois, was a baby when his family fled the country in 1990 to escape the grip of one of Africa’s bloodiest civil wars, a war that would last until 2003, displace millions, and take the lives of more than 200,000 Liberians. “I have been an immigrant for more years than I spent in my homeland,” said Lankah, who moved to the States with his mother, five brothers, and a sister in 2001, finally reuniting with his father who had arrived several years earlier. As he acclimated to life in America, Lankah said he always felt the need to return to Liberia someday — to connect, to help. So during high school, he began to collect schools supplies, visiting churches to share the need of children in Liberia. At Trinity, the ministry he said God laid on his heart never waned. This past spring, after 16 years, Lankah returned to Monrovia where he visited six orphanages, three schools, and one two-year college, speaking to classes and handing out school supplies. “I wanted to do something small,” he said. That “small” effort provided notebooks, pencils, erasers, and even Troll stickers, to more than 300 students and teachers. “I hoped that the school supply ministry would encourage the children to keep up with their studies.The civil wars devastated families, and like my experience, set the students back in their education.” Lankah said, “I am inspired by the Trinity community and what it does in terms of service.”



ach year,Trinity employees receive a time allowance to carry out God’s call to serve others. Faculty and staff often take this time to serve locally and overseas.

In June, Ryan Heath, assistant controller, travelled to Nicaragua to serve with New Hope Children’s Foundation, which provides physical necessities and the love of Christ to orphaned and abused children. While there, Heath spent time with the children, helped with accounting, and translated for the head of construction at the building site of New Hope’s children’s home. It was also the first time that Heath’s son, Melios, 17, returned to Nicaragua after being adopted from New Hope by Heath and his wife Joslynn in 2010 with his two brothers, Rosendo, 15, and Beto, 12. “It was awesome to see Melios step up and help these families, communicating with them in their native language and comforting them during the process of seeking help from the home,” said Heath. Father and son also visited and brought gifts to Melios’s grandparents, who had not seen him since 2005. Heath said tears poured down the face of Melios’s grandmother at the sight of her grandson.

Witnessing God work through his son’s experience added to Ryan’s own experience. “I learned that we are called to have a broader world view than just our neighborhood or family or town, and that a global perspective can inform my personal walk with the Lord.” FALL 2012

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PAPERS & PRESENTATIONS 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. Joyce Azzaline, associate professor of nursing, published “Creative Strategies for a Stand-Alone Gerontology Course for the Nursing Curriculum.” Nursing Education Perspectives, 33 (3), 199-200. Dr. Robert Boomsma ’77, professor of biology, published “Mesenchymal Stem Cells Secrete Multiple Cytokines that Promote Angiogenesis and Have Contrasting Effects on Chemotaxis and Apoptosis.” PLoS One 7: e35685. 2012. Dr. Brad Breems, professor of sociology, presented “How Africa Fares in the Globalization Project: A Saga Continues and Transforms.” Conference of Association of Christians Teaching Sociology, Covenant College, Lookout Mountain, Georgia. June 2012. Ellen Browning, associate professor of art and design, exhibited “Alphabet Series.” Hamilton Print Exhibition, Gallery 3, Manitowac, Wisconsin. AugustSeptember 2012. Tina Decker ’06, assistant professor of nursing, with Joyce Azzaline, Maureen Sweeney, and Lorinda Lindemulder with input from Laurel Quinn and Liz Chang, presented “Student Evaluations of Learning Outcomes in the Simulation Setting.” Nurse Educator Conference, Minneapolis, Minnesota. August 10-11, 2012. Rebecca Harkema ’05, assistant professor of special education, published “Preparation and Support for New Teachers.” The Associated Colleges of Illinois: Success in High-Need Schools Journal, 9(1). Dr. Craig Mattson, professor of communication arts, with Rhoda Mattson (and other educators) team-taught a faculty workshop in Les



Cayes, Haiti, for Haitian day-school educators interested in faith/learning integration. July 30-August 1, 2012. Dr. Mary Webster Moore, associate professor of mathematics education, with L. Williams and C. Charles, presented “Combining Bloom’s Revised Taxonomy and Multiple Intelligences Theory to Maximize Student Learning.” GEC teacher training full day workshop. Vision School, Tawau, Sabah, Malaysia. July 2012. Dr. Mark Peters, professor of music, published “J. S. Bach’s Meine Seel’ erhebt den Herren (BWV 10) as Chorale Cantata and Magnificat Paraphrase,” Bach: Journal of the Riemenschneider Bach Institute, 43, 29-64. Dr. Patti Powell, professor of education, presented “Jammin’ in Jamaica; Charting a Heroes Journey in Special Education.” Division of International Special Education and Services of the Council for Exceptional Children. Sligo, Italy. July 2012. Dr. John Sebestyen, associate professor of communication arts, with J. Schmitt, C. Ameling, and C. Williams, presented “Engaging the ‘Classics’: Educating Students and Audiences through Performance of Classic Plays.” Association for Theatre in Higher Education, Performance as/is Civic Engagement Conference, Washington, D.C. August 2012. Dr. Erick Sierra, assistant professor of English, presented “Killing to Live: Violence and Belief in Don DeLillo’s White Noise.” Western Regional Meeting of the Conference on Christianity and Literature, Seattle Pacific University, Seattle, Washington. May 2012.

Dr. Rick Snoeyink, professor of education, presented “Digital Stories for Future Teachers: Showing My Kids How to Do It” and “Creating an Avatar with Voki and Audacity.” International Society for Technology in Education Conference, San Diego, California. June 2012. Dr. Yudha Thianto, professor of theology, published “The Formula of Baptism and the Equality of the Godhead: Joseph Bingham (1668-1723) and the Trinitarian Controversy in Late-Stuart England” in Dennis Jowers and H. Wayne House, eds., The New Evangelical Subordinationism? Perspectives on the Equality of God the Father and God the Son (Eugene, OR: Pickwick Publications, August 2012), 182-212. Don Woo, assistant professor of education, with K. Longman, H. Chang, M. Livingston, D. Haugen, L. Acosta, M. Loyd-Paige, and A. Dyben, presented “Mentoring of Leaders of Color in Higher Education: Methodological Insights from Collaborative Autoethnography.” Eighth International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. May 2012. Dr. Sue Zientara, associate professor of education, presented “The Who’s, What’s, Where’s, and How’s of Academic Advising: Understanding Your Student Populations.” National Conference on Student Recruitment, Marketing, and Retention. July 2012.

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ADULT S T UDIES Adult Studies Education Grads

Making a Difference

Over the years, the adult studies department has graduated nearly 1,300 students in over 125 cohorts. Adult studies graduates have gone on to be school administrators, classroom teachers, and business leaders. Some graduates of the education program recently shared updates:

Tim Chandler ’12 Major:Teaching Certification (K-12 PE) Title: Athletic director School: St. Laurence High School, Burbank, IL With past experience as an athletic director and coach,Tim Chandler is a perfect fit for the position he started in July. Chandler credits Bob Wennberg, assistant professor of education, with a big part of his success. Wennberg’s past experience as both a teacher and principal helped guide Chandler and students at the Addison campus and equip them for success. Chandler’s ultimate goal is to be a school administrator, and he plans to earn his type 75 certificate in a few years. Meridith Rietman ’12 Major:Teaching Certification Title: Business technology teacher School: Peotone High School, Peotone, IL When Meridith Rietman finished her student teaching placement at Peotone High School, she was disappointed she wouldn’t be able to see her colleagues anymore. Her cooperating teacher, fellow Trinity graduate Lori Terry ’06, had a one-person department, so Rietman did not expect to return. However, when Terry accepted an offer at Reed Custer High School, the position at Peotone opened. Asked what advice she would give graduates, Rietman said, “Even if you don’t think there is any chance there’ll be a job opening where you’re doing your student teaching, get to know the principal and ask him/her to observe and give you feedback. You never know what’s going to happen in the future.” Kathy Yanke ’10 Major: Elementary Education Title: 4th grade teacher School: Longwood Charter School, Chicago, IL

Lindsey Goldschmidt ’11 Major:Teaching Certification and ESL/BL Endorsement Title: ELL teacher School: South Middle School, Arlington Heights, IL Administrators at South Middle School could not find the right fit for their English Language Learner teacher. It was then that Lindsey Goldschmidt applied, interviewed, and was offered the position. She cites the emphasis of being caring in the classroom — which she learned at Trinity — with making the difference. “That idea makes me a better teacher and, I think, helped me get the position. Students need someone they feel comfortable approaching with any issue.” She also said that Dr. Trina Vallone ’99 was one of the wonderful guides who prepared her to communicate with parents, assess students’ abilities, and learn to differentiate. “I feel very prepared, and I’m happy and blessed in this position.” Jenifer Fazy ’10 Major: Elementary Education Title: Computer teacher School:Wentworth Jr. High, Calumet City, IL After graduating, Jenifer Fazy earned her master’s in educational technology from DeVry University. She applied for many jobs and received two teaching offers on the same day. In her position at Wentworth, she has not inherited any curriculum from the former teacher, so she has academic freedom to design her course in order to help students achieve national standards. She said that what set her apart from other candidates was her preparation for the interview. She researched the school and the most current state teaching standards. With this preparation, her enthusiasm and motivation were allowed to shine through in her interviews. Now in the classroom, she credits her education at Trinity with equipping her to relate with students.

Speaking of her new teaching position, Kathy Yanke said, “This is where God put me.” Her interviewer commented that he was impressed both by Trinity’s program and how well-qualified Yanke was. Longwood Charter School was doing a complete overhaul of the charter, which consists of four schools. Yanke was one of 2,500 applicants for all of the open positions and among the 1,000 teachers who were hired. FALL 2012 12_226_Fall_Mag_V6.indd 23



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ttendees of this year’s Jubilation! fundraiser celebrated “Trinity’s urban embrace,” the theme of the event. Keynote speaker Tom Dart, Cook County Sheriff, explained the work he does in that role, sharing his struggle to find better ways to address the problems faced by inmates and others. He commended Trinity for its partnership with organizations that provide hope and resources to those in need in the Chicagoland area. Four other presenters explained Trinity’s connections with urban organizations. Tabitha Matthews, Trinity’s director of Pre-College Programs, spoke about the College’s partnership with Circle Urban Ministries; Dr. Mary Lynn Colosimo, professor of psychology, shared ways in which Trinity has partnered with Restoration Ministries; James Blom ’14 of Pella, Iowa, told attendees about the tutoring he and other students provide at By the Hand Club for Kids; and Pastor Joseph Huizenga ’01 described the ways in which Roseland Christian Ministries has long benefitted from Trinity’s partnership. The evening opened with a silent auction, and guests bid on donated goods ranging from sports memorabilia to vacation packages. Classic Chicago treats added flavor to the evening. Green River soda, Lou Malnati’s pizza, Garrett’s popcorn, and Tootsie Rolls were given to guests who also enjoyed a dinner prepared by Creative Dining Services and music by Trinity’s Gospel Choir.



Cook County Sheriff, Tom Dart

President Steven Timmermans, Ph.D., introduced the recipients of the Community Service Award and Global Service Award. Bud and the late Donna Ipema received the Community Service Award for their commitment to developing and serving communities. During the couple’s long association with the College, Bud founded and led numerous community organizations, while Donna reached out through her work of training nurses at various institutions, culminating as director of Trinity’s nursing department. The Global Service Award was presented to Peter ’82 and Yvette ’85 Madany. The Madanys have lived on both coasts of the United States as well as in China. Peter has served through his work in computer science research and design, while Yvette has led tours of her native Shanghai and written a tour guide, the proceeds of that work providing financial support to migrant school children in Shanghai. At the close of the evening, Travis Bandstra ’06, director of alumni relations, invited attendees to support the students and the College through a gift to the Trinity Fund. Everyone then joined in singing the Doxology to end a truly jubilant event.

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from “pioneer students” to friends of trinity benefiting from the tutelage of such professors as Dr. Cal Seerveld, Dr. Bob VanderVennen, and Dr. Gerda Bos. “The professors really created a love of learning in the students,” said George. After finishing her studies at Trinity, Mary taught at the DeMotte Christian School and Southwest Chicago Christian Schools while working toward her teaching degree during the summers. George completed his degree in business at Hope College and worked at his father’s automobile agency. After George’s tour of duty in Vietnam, the Van Dahms started a family.


Over the years, George and Mary continued their involvement with the College. George served as president of the alumni board, Mary as president of the Women’s Guild, and both served on Trinity’s Board of Trustees. This coming May, George and his classmates will celebrate the 50th anniversary of their Trinity experience.

Because of their parents’ involvement in Trinity’s inception, the two had the College in mind as they finished high school. The Van Dahms began dating soon after Mary started at Trinity. “Our romance blossomed sitting across the table at our tiny library, now the Student Development office,” said Mary.

The Van Dahms encourage other alumni to remain involved with Trinity. “It changes so much. If you’re an alum but you don’t go back, you don’t have a true view of what Trinity is now,” said Mary. “Trinity holds a special place in the heart of an alum—and that’s great. But in order for that to continue and bless other people, you have to stay connected.”

or George ’63 and Mary ’64 (Kortenhoeven) Van Dahm, Trinity is a family affair. “Our parents had the vision and helped get it started. We were pioneer students. Two of our children went to Trinity, and we’re already working on our grandkids,” said Mary.

The couple attended Trinity during the early days of basement classrooms and lunch on the porch of the Administration Building,

Phase Two of TARC Progressing


onstruction on Phase Two of the Trinity Athletics and Recreation Complex began over the summer with the installation of a firewall isolating the Mitchell Memorial Gymnasium from the rest of the construction, allowing for the gym’s continued use until late January. After significant demolition both outside and inside, major construction began. By early September, the locker rooms had new plumbing installed and construction of several new walls was complete. Crews had framed the classroom area and storage room, installed HVAC ductwork, and made significant headway on a new stairway to the lower level of the entry. On the exterior, excavation has been completed, and the highvoltage cable providing power to both the physical plant and the Art and Communication Center was carefully moved. In addition, workers poured the footings and the basement walls and cut doorways to provide access to the lower level of the fitness area. Work will soon begin on an exterior wall, made primarily of masonry and glass, which will incorporate a subtle, signature arc on the west face of the building. Final completion for this rapidly-progressing project is scheduled for May 2013.

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Gifts April 1, 2012 to September 27, 2012

Dale Friesema Phyllis Friesema

Memorial Gifts

Susan Fulkerson Debra Larkin

Ann Boerema Jackie Archer James & Heidi Boerema Henny Bos Ken & Margie Boss Roger & Joyce De Groot Fran Duffy Ralph & Ann Evenhouse Hoefferle-Butler Engineering, Inc. Kent & Brenda Hook Ray & Betty Kerkstra Herman & Jean Kok Donald & Janet Kosmal Aleta McCann William & Jean Strong Pat Tellano James & Janice Vander Velde Richard & Marilyn Wiltjer Margie Zak Paul & Nancy Zylstra Ann Boonstra A. Glenn & Lorraine Lemmenes Donald Dahl Rose Cap David Dombrowski James Dwyer Ron & Sue Kurek Carmella McDonnell Edward & Jeannette Meyer Martin Moran Rogers & Ethelyn Peterson Barry & Helen Roberts Mark Sheraden Square Post No. 232, Inc. American Legion Steven & Loretto Swan Phil & Doris Tortorici John & Carol Vallone Al Friesema Phyllis Friesema

John Hoekstra, Sr. Fred & Barbara Hoekstra Donna Ipema Patricia Ashley Howard & Norma Berlin Brian & Laura Blank William & Florence Bolt Kimberly Bosscher Lee & Pamela Brandsma Karen Brown Peter & Mary Bruinsma Catherine Carpenter Jim & Marge Chesney Christian Reformed World Missions Kristen Coe Harlyn & Melinda De Boer Harold & Frances De Vries Jayson & Melissa De Vries Rhonda Dehn Ginny Deitchler Tony & Jeane Diekema Brenda Doherty Paul & Carmen Eldersveld Julia Faust Ruth Fiedler Richard & Patricia Flickema Daniel & Kathleen Foley Susan Foran Jerry & LeAnn Frisby Steven Gardner Carol Gifford Good City NFP Mark & Michelle Gregory Terry Hager Bill & Lynne Higgins Case & Pat Hoogendoorn Melvin & Sylvia Hugen Janice Huizenga Marty & Linda Huizenga Paul Huizenga William Ipema

Tom & Laura Jager Alice Jandrisits Chris & Nancy Jenkins John and Phyllis Groot Foundation Patricia Johnson Sharon Johnston Cynthia Kamp Phyllis Kersten Joseph & Luann Kok Merle & Cheryl Kok Samuel & Carol Kok Cynthia Kuipers Mary Lambke Theodore & Renna Lemberis Lori Lenard Wilbur & Sharon Lettinga Jane McGill Testoni Ramona Medema Grace Miceli Nielsen-Massey Vanillas, Inc. Lois Padovani Russ & Sherry Palsrok David & Mary Plantenga Sheila Pont Deborah Postlewait Marvin & Lois Roelofs Jack & Liz Rudenga Cynthia Sander Savoy - Seth & Ivy Bender Paul & Nell Schneider James & Jolie Schwartz Vincent & Deborah Sergi Maggie Skiver Terry Spees Liz Stanton Gary Strange June Tameling Gertrude Tazelaar Grace Tazelaar Steven & Barbara Timmermans Shirley Triezenberg Dick & Connie Turner Jim & Joyce Van Der Molen Elaine Van Kley Barry VanDenBerg Corneilus & Dawn Vander Galien Ellen Vander Galien Richard & Anna Mae Vander Velde Richard & Lorilee Vander Velde

Randall & Debbie VanderVelde Henry Vellinga Marlene Vellinga David & Tisa Vorce Timothy & Marie Vossekuil Michael & Pamela Walcott Joan Ward Kenton & Virginia Weesies Tage & Kelly Welindt Jill Wells Stephen & Jessica Wells West Suburban PADS Wilks Communications Ron & Dawn Wilks Seth & Lisa Wilks Zach & Jacky Wilks Jim & Lynn Winikates Geraldine Woldman Eric Yee John & Janice Zeilstra Henrietta Kingma Fred & Barbara Hoekstra Tom Krygsheld Theodore & Florence Bandstra Grace Ozinga Ineke Van Namen

Honor Gifts 50th anniversary of John & Karen Krygsheld Henry Boer Marian Botma Clarence & Judith Brouwers Arnold & Bette De Jong Donald & Carol Haan Anna Mae Krygsheld Trenice & Ted Postema Richard & Frieda Smits Gerald & Ann Tiemens Donald & Kay Woo

John & Paulette Camphouse Mr. & Mrs. Coners Bob & Jean Curran Sammy D’Amico Bill & Deb Davids John & Patricia Dinella John & Laurie Evans Michael & Cynthia Hagstrom David & Karen Heide Terry Horvath Marjorie Hultquist Peter & Judy Kamp Margie Kapelinski Dean & Ruth Koldenhoven Elinor Lalick Jerome & Susan Lawler Thomas & Suzanne Laydon Paul & Eileen Lunter Rosemary Mc Gee Donald Meyer Joan Meyers Robert & Alice Rose James & Janet Spencer Geraldine Terpstra Phil & Doris Tortorici Rebecca Reed Ed & Karen Weber 60th Anniversary of Robert & Theresa Wiltjer Bob & Betty Jean Aardema Les & Marianne Kotman A. Glenn & Lorraine Lemmenes Henry & Maureen Loerop

WILLS & ESTATES Estate of Ruth E. Canaan Estate of John & Agnes DeGroot Estate of Bernard & Henrietta Drenth Estate of Benjamin H. Van Andel Estate of William Van Der Laan

80th birthdays of Ed & Jeannette Meyer William & Lorraine Arenberg Donald & Beverly Boeringa

Alumni Referral: Encourage a Prospective Student 1. Retrieve the code at 2. Contact the student and provide the alumni code 3. Tell them to enter the code when they apply online or on paper 4. Remind them to enter your first and last name as the referring alumnus(a) There is no limit to how many students can apply with this code.


lumni, do you know a prospective student? Invite him/her to apply to Trinity with a special alumni application code, and Trinity will waive the: $20 application fee for traditional students $25 application fee for adult studies $50 application fee for graduate students.



“As alumni, we have an opportunity to be ambassadors for Trinity and share our love for it and our experiences as former students,” said Brad Laninga ’89. “Pictures can be taken, brochures produced, and mailers sent out, but alumni stories of their experiences at Trinity are priceless and the referral program encourages me to get out and share my Trinity story.”

Last year, 17 of the prospective students referred enrolled at Trinity for the fall semester. “It means so much to a student when an alumnus reaches out with this offer,” said Pete Hamstra, dean of admissions. “It is also neat for students to learn more about the career choices and callings of alumni and see that the investment they are about to make is well worth it.” For more information, visit or contact Travis Bandstra ’06, director of alumni relations, at 708.239.4854 or

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ew events helped make this year’s Homecoming an even greater event and offered more opportunities for more than 300 alumni to reconnect. Some of those included the Troll Color Rush (formerly Troll Trot), where runners were doused with colored powder at different stations along the course; a sciences alumni breakfast; a choir alumni reunion and concert; and a men’s volleyball alumni game.

The Alumni of the Year Award recipients were recognized at a midday luncheon. Receiving awards were Alumna of the Year Louella DeVries ’93, president and licensed clinical professional counselor at Olive Branch Counseling Associates; and Honorary Alumni Keith and Bev Bruxvoort, friends of the College; Tim Timmons, director of the physical plant; and Dr. Mark Ward, former associate provost at Trinity and vice president for academic affairs at the University of Dubuque.

Other activities for alumni and families included a fun fair, a picnic, a Trinity improv show, and many sporting events. The women’s and men’s alumni soccer games and the baseball alumni game matched past and present Trolls players. In addition to the alumni games, the athletics department was busy with varsity competitions and a rummage sale. “We are always excited to see so many alumni back on campus and to have the chance to connect and see where life has taken them since Trinity,” said Travis Bandstra ’06, director of alumni relations.

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(l-r) Shawn DeVries, Kyle Geenen, Chad Meeuwse, Deb Van Prooyen, Shannon Schans, Kathy Gesch, Barb Horn, Leanne Schatz, Ken Litscher, Brad Laninga, Yvette Madany, Jason Bruxvoort, Liz Brice, Joyce Schulting, Mike Macco

alumnI association 2012-13 board of directors Liz Brice ’12 Chicago, IL

Shawn DeVries ’07 Pella, IA

Kathy Gesch ’79 Cedar Grove, WI

Brad Laninga ’89 Holland, MI

Yvette Madany ’85 Hopkinton, MA

Leanne Schatz ’06 Phoenix, AZ

Jason Bruxvoort ’99 Orland Park, IL (Secretary)

Kyle Geenen ’10 Grand Rapids, MI

Barb Horn ’81 Normal, IL

Ken Litscher ’02 Jackson, TN

Chad Meeuwse ’02 Modesto, CA

Joyce Schulting ’74 Richmond, TX (President)

Mike Macco ’04 De Pere, WI

Shannon Schans ’00 Maplewood, MN (Vice President)

Deb Van Prooyen ’74 Lombard, IL

C LASS NOT ES Trinity Christian College Alumni Class notes Policy The Alumni Class Notes of Trinity Christian College are published as a way for the Trinity alumni community to share in each other’s lives. They are not intended to reflect the views of the College or to support a particular point of view. Trinity Christian College reserves the right to edit or to not publish submissions for space, tone, and content that does not reflect Trinity’s mission. As alumni, we are still a part of and responsible to this community and mission. Class Notes and photos can be submitted online at or mailed to Trinity (attn: alumni office) or e-mailed to



Candy Caviglia ’69 I would have been in the first graduating class if I had continued my education. My biggest regret was that I didn’t. I attended 1967-1969 and consider my two years at Trinity the best years of my life. I made lifelong friends, got a great education, and was able to see the Midwest and eastern seaboard states thanks to my loving parents. I was involved in extracurricular activities such as the school newspaper and teaching reading in the inner city at the Robert Taylor homes. I was there teaching the night Martin Luther King, Jr. was shot and killed, and with the help of two rival gangs, we were able to leave the turmoil that ensued unscathed. The school newspaper was able to use a local newspaper’s facilities at midnight only. We learned typesetting and how to lay out newsprint in a way to entice our fellow students to read it. Thank you Trinity Christian College for memories that have lasted a lifetime.

Gayle (Venema) Grin ’71 A back story, some awards and a grandson: As managing editor of design and graphics at The National Post in Toronto, Gayle is the design leader in the newsroom. The National Post is a national paper in Canada. This year for the third time since its launch in 1998, it was named Best Designed Newspaper in the World by the Society for News Design, an international organization. In October 2011, Gayle received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Society for News Design in recognition of her creative work and leadership within the Canadian media industry as well as her “enthusiastic, smart, and tireless work on behalf of SND,” according to the award citation. Gayle also became



a grandmother on March 26 to Graydon James Grin. Gayle and her former partner, Jack Grin, have two sons, Cedric, 30, and Liam, 22. Esther (Baarda) Kampstra ’74 Esther Kampstra retired from full-time teaching in June 2012.

Pete Post ’74 I successfully defended my doctoral dissertation at Argosy University in Schaumburg, Illinois. Seeing some of my former Trinity students attend the defense made my defense especially sweet.

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Remembering Peter Naigow ’68 November marks first anniversary of alumnus’s death In 1966, former Trinity professor Robert VanderVennen accompanied Bassam Madany, the Back to God Hour’s Arabic language broadcaster, to a conference in Liberia hosted by the Christian radio broadcast station ELWA (Eternal Love Winning Africa). There they were introduced to a young Liberian radio broadcaster named Peter Naigow ’68, who wished to study in America. VanderVennen helped to arrange it, and Naigow arrived at Trinity two weeks before the school year started. Naigow got along well with his fellow students and professors. In between his studies, he worked part time at the College and at other jobs off campus. After two years, Naigow completed his bachelor’s degree at UIC and eventually earned his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin. He married and later returned to Liberia with his wife Diane and two young daughters. Over the years, Naigow held various cabinet posts including minister of information and minister of tourism and culture. He remained in government through a couple of coups and served as interim vice president between governments. He was known as a person of integrity and an advocate of education. He died in Guinea in November of 2011 of apparent heart failure. Naigow’s oldest daughter, Feme, of Grand Rapids, Michigan, attended the funeral in the Liberian capitol rotunda in Monrovia. She recalled that many people offered stories of how Naigow had helped them personally or had helped to broker peace between factions. Feme said that her father’s experience at Trinity was a turning point in his life, a time when he experienced love and respect as he never had before.

Joy (Biegel) Meyer ’78 I am thankful to God for helping me to successfully defend my doctoral dissertation on August 21, 2012. I am a faculty member in the education department and am celebrating 15 years at Trinity.

1980s Janet (Oosterhouse) Weeda ’86 Janet has a new job as assistant professor of nursing at Hope College in Holland, Michigan focusing on women’s health nursing. Mac Wiener ’87 Oldest child, Timothy, off to college this fall to Trinity! I work/minister at Timothy Christian School in Elmhurst, Illinois, teach Bible to 7th, 8th, 10th & 11th graders, chapel coordinator for middle school and high school. Twitter: @ mactrees40 Martin ex ’89 and Lisa ’91 (Nakhla) Dorn Lisa is grateful for her education at Trinity, as she majored in business administration with a concentration in human resources. The skills she learned helped her begin a new home-based business, Music Matters. Lisa currently teaches piano to 14 students, ages ranging from 5 to 65 years old. The flexibility of her schedule, along with the enjoyment she receives from teaching, is a great addition to her busy life of being wife and mom to three children, ranging from 7 to 15.You can reach her at

Dr. Erik Hoekstra ’89 President, Dordt College In April, Trinity Christian College alumnus Dr. Erik Hoekstra ’89 was named the fourth president of Dordt College in Sioux Center, Iowa. Hoekstra earned a bachelor’s degree in history and philosophy from Trinity, a master’s degree in international management from The Rotterdam School of Management of Erasmus University in the Netherlands, and a Ph.D. in organizational learning and human resource development from Iowa State University. His wife Dr. Barbara (Bootsma) Hoekstra is also a 1989 graduate of Trinity. “The years spent at Trinity helping know and love Christ from a Reformed world view are invaluable as I take up this new role.”

1990s Jennifer (Graeser) Dornbush ’93 My new book, Forensic Speak: How to Write Realistic Crime Dramas, will be released February 2013 by publisher Michael Wiese Productions. Visit my website or order on Amazon. Website: Facebook: Forensic Speak Andrea (Lenting) Wigger ’95 Rockford and Andrea welcomed Calvin to their family in April. Vonda Wielsma ’96 In July, I moved to Madison, Wisconsin, and am now working at the UW Hospital as a radiology nurse clinician. Mackenzi Huyser ’97 Tatum Belle Huyser Pridgeon was born to Mackenzi Huyser and Mark Pridgeon on November 12, 2011.

Bonnie (Tuinstra) Taylor ’98 Bonnie Tuinstra married Mike Taylor on August 24, 2012, in Maui, Hawaii. They happily live in Everett, Washington. Anne Olsen Wagner ’99 Since leaving Trinity, I went on to earn a master’s degree in nursing at UIUC, started working as a nurse practitioner in internal medicine in Winona, Minnesota, got married to a wonderful guy named Mark, had a daughter named Analise Grace on August 7, 2009, and am now expecting our second child sometime next spring. It has been a whirlwind time, as I have also gone on two major medical mission trips, one to Mongolia, the other to the Philippines, and so fulfilled part of my dream of becoming a nurse practitioner. God has blessed me tremendously, and I look forward to the next chapter in my life.

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C LASS NOT ES 2000s Stephanie (Zylstra) Dykema ’01 We welcomed a new son Zachary Paul on March 29, 2012. He joins big brother Will, 22 months. Tamara Jacob ’01 In January, I began a new journey when a sibling group of five foster children came to my home. Raising five kids (ages 2 weeks, 12 months, 3 1/2, 11, 12 when they arrived) has been an adventure. It is hard work, but I love these gifts that God has given me for this time. We live in a community of foster homes called SOS Children’s Village in Lockport, Illinois. Please pray for healing, patience, and love to abound in our family. Peter Ploegman ’01 I have just accepted a position as library and learning resources specialist at National-Louis University. My lovely wife Emily and I currently reside in Chicago with our wonderful four yearold son Timothy. Robin (Fuller) Dennis ’02 I married Devin Dennis on August 4, 2012, at Red Rocks Amphitheater in Morrison, Colorado. I got to marry my best friend! Amy (Oldengarm) Kargol ’02 My husband Jon and I were blessed with the birth of our daughter on June 11, 2012. We named her Evelyn Holland Kargol, and she is doing great! Her big brother Jake is already very protective of her. We are so blessed as I continue to be a stay-at-home mom. Matt ’03 and Amanda ’07 (Crislip) Aggen Matt and Amanda are excited to announce that they are the new parents of Caleb Timothy Aggen, born on August 20, 2012. This is their first child. Chris ’03 and Tina ’06 (Visser) Decker On June 7, 2011, we were blessed with the birth of our second son Van Christopher Decker. This summer Chris completed his master’s in education from Governors State University. Ken ’03 and Brenda ’03 (De Young) Dryfhout Ken and Brenda welcomed Sydney Kate on January 9, 2012. She is lovingly adored by her big sister Reese.



Valerie (Wories) Stam’03 Jonathan Lee Stam was born on November 25, 2011. He has been a wonderful addition to our family. We enjoy watching him grow and learn new things. We praise God for this added blessing and pray for wisdom and strength to bring him up in the Word. “Lo, children are an heritage of the Lord: and the fruit of the womb is his reward.” Psalm 127:3 Bart ’03 and Laura ’03 (Post) Visser Bart and Laura along with big sister Tara rejoice in the birth of a healthy baby girl on July 25, 2012. Faith Maria Visser was 8 lbs., 5 oz., and 21 inches. Dan ’03 and Nancy ’03 (Lewis) Wieringa Charles Lewis Wieringa was born April 9, 2012, to Dan and Nancy Wieringa. He was also welcomed home by big sister Cameron, 2. Catherine (Zylman) Clontz ’04 I graduated with an M.Ed. in reading education from the University of Virginia in 2008. I also obtained my M.A.T. in elementary education from the University of the Cumberlands in 2012. Reid and I have been blessed with two children. Lauren turned five and Anderson turned three this past May. Sara (Groen) Oosterhouse ’04 Our impatient firstborn, Isaiah Michael, arrived on December 19, 2011, eight weeks early. He was born weighing just over three pounds and is now a healthy 10-pound baby! We thank God for this blessing that he has given us! Jason ’04 and Melissa (Agazzi) ’04 Van Hofwegen We praise God for the blessing of 10 years of wedded bliss this year! Jason continues to be a managing partner in the family business, Dutchview Dairy, and Melissa has just accepted a new position teaching 6th grade language arts in Tolleson, Arizona. Our two oldest children attend Phoenix Christian School where Jason serves on the governing board. We can be reached at Andrea (Dommisse) Brunner ’05 Andrea graduated from UW-Milwaukee with her master’s degree in library and information

science in May 2011. She is working part time as a youth services specialist at the Monroe Public Library and part time as a young adult librarian at the New Glarus Public Library. She and her husband Paul live in Monroe, Wisconsin. Chuck ’05 and Michelle ’05 (DeJong) Commeret We recently moved to Zeeland, Michigan, where Chuck is teaching 4th grade at Zeeland Christian School. Also, on August 9, 2012, we were blessed with the birth of our second daughter, Brielle Ruth. Big sister, Zoe, loves her new sister, too. God is good! Brian ’05 and Lindy ’07 (VanderLaan) DeBoer We’re excited to announce the birth of Rowen J. DeBoer on April 28, 2012. We (including big sister Mia) are just loving him! What a blessing. 1






l-r: Hollaar, Oosterhouse, Lower, Smit, Ahlenius, Barclay Bonnie (Kingma) Hollaar ’05 My husband Derek and I welcomed our first child, Teegan Grace, into our family on April 7, 2012. 1 Jeremy ’05 and Rachel ’05 (Ooms) Oosterhouse We were blessed with a beautiful daughter Leah Abigail on October 4, 2011. 2 Sandra Hoekstra-Lower ’06 God has blessed Sandra and husband Jeremy with the birth of their firstborn son Luke David Lower on August 28, 2012. 3

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Ben Zumdahl ’07 Jessi and I are enjoying life with our firstborn son William Benjamin who was born in February 2012.

Gil ’06 and Kara ’06 (Bosi) Smit We are celebrating the birth of our first baby girl! Kaylie Brielle Smit was born August 24, 2012. Kara also obtained her master’s degree in education at Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) in Chicago this past year. 4 Amy (Dirkse) Ahlenius ’07 Tim and I were blessed June 21, 2012, with a healthy baby boy, Samuel David Ahlenius. Praise God for his blessings! 5 Amanda (Wierema) Barclay ’07 Ben and I are filled with joy and excitement to announce the birth of our son Jonathan Lawrence Barclay. He was named in honor of Mandy’s grandpa John and dad Lawrence. He was born at LaGrange Hospital on Monday, May 14, 2012, at 1:52pm. He weighed 10 lbs., 8oz. and was 22 inches long. 6 Liz (Groen) Brand ’07 I married David Brand on April 27, 2012. Devon Brinks ’07 Devon and Lisa welcomed Kaylin Ray to the family on May 18, 2012. Life has been busier with her addition. Devon is finishing up his graduate courses at Indiana University Northwest to become a school administrator. It has been neat seeing God’s plan being laid out before us. God is good! Jordan Huenink ’07 In March, I accepted a position downtown as webcasting engineer at INXPO, a company that provides both national and global clients with business-to-business webinars and online conferencing. Jason and Kate ’07 (Carpenter) van den Brink With joy, Jason and I announce the birth of our second daughter, Abigail Claire. She was born on June 14, 2012, weighing in at 8 lbs., 9 oz. and 21 inches. Elizabeth is enjoying her new role as big sister. We are very blessed! Nathan ’07 and Allyson ’07 (Lenting) Vis In December 2011, Nathan accepted a new position at the law firm of Blachly, Tabor, Bozik & Hartman, located in Valparaiso, Indiana. In March 2012, we moved to Cedar Lake, Indiana and on June 23, we joyfully welcomed Sophie Grace into our family. We are thankful to God for his rich blessings to us in this past year!

Jacob ’08 and Jodi ’06 (Burgard) DeMaster Jacob and Jodi welcomed Kieran Rye on August 23, 2011. Paul Jansma ’08 On May 24, 2012, I graduated from Midwestern University Chicago College of Pharmacy in Downers Grove, Illinois, with a Doctor of Pharmacy degree. I am currently studying for my licensing exam boards and am looking for employment as a pharmacist in an acute care setting. Maria Lagunas ’08 I married my high school sweetheart on June 16, 2012, and moved into our first home in Midlothian, Illinois. I also expanded my business, Gardenia Flowers, Gifts & More into Gardenia Events Décor and Floral Design, now focusing primarily on event décor, rentals, and flowers. Stacey (Navis) Lavelle ’08 In December 2011, I graduated from Concordia University (Chicago) with a master’s in reading education. I was previously working as a special education teacher in Hazel Crest School District 152.5, but with the new degree accepted a new position at the North Palos School District 117 as a reading specialist. I was married to Daniel Lavelle on June 16, 2012. Rick Piwowarski ’08 I was married on December 4, 2010, to Dr. Ashley Kuhl. I finished my master’s degree in administration and supervision in May 2012 and was promoted to coordinator of professional growth and development at Marist High School. To God be the glory! Matt ’08 and Kimberly ’08 (Monsma) Schoeck We welcomed our son, Jackson Matthew, on August 8, 2012.

Kirstie Sherman ’08 In April, I started a new job as an event planner at Feed My Starving Children in Aurora, Illinois. I have been so blessed in this new position and organization. I am constantly amazed to see how the Lord works through this food to not only feed kids who are suffering from malnutrition all over the world but also to spread his word to those who receive our food. I’m so excited to be able to be a part of this mission and truly enjoy what I do day to day as well! If you are local alumni, I’d love to see you come volunteer! Brian Conroy ’09 I have been employed as a history instructor at North Central College in Naperville, Illinois.

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Joannah Lodico ’09 I graduated from the University of Michigan – Flint Horace H. Rackham School of Graduate Studies with my Master of Arts in Art Administration in the spring of 2012.

Stacey Wagner ’09 Stacey and Michael Poel were united in marriage on October 5, 2012. Michael is a graduate of TriUnity Christian School and has owned his own landscaping/lawn maintenance company for the past seven years. Stacey has her dream job working as a labor and delivery RN at St. Mary’s Hospital in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The happy couple has just purchased their first home in Hudsonville and are excited to begin a life together. God is so good. Sandy Aggen ’10 I am looking forward to completing my master’s in communication and leadership this semester through Gonzaga University (Spokane, Washington). I was able to ‘walk’ in their commencement in May, which was a wonderful experience. Now I’m just looking forward to completing my thesis and having that lovely degree to proudly display in my office! Debbie Keller ’10 I was in the Adult Studies program, Cohort #48. I worked my first year teaching 4th grade last year. Thank God, I was rehired for 4th grade again this year at Momence School District. I am very excited to begin the year and watch my students grow and learn. Jordan Scholten ’10 Jordan Scholten married Heather Hernandez on Trinity’s campus on June 9, 2012.They are living in Worth, Illinois.

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C LASS NOT ES David Tilley ’10 I launched a new business where I create digital face illustrations for personal branding. Kristen (Tamminga) Van Oostenbrugge ’10 I am a 2011 Bachelor of Arts graduate with a concentration in graphic design and photography. My hometown is Hudsonville, Michigan. It has been over one year since I graduated from Trinity, and God could not have blessed me more. On March 17, 2012, I was married to my best friend, Andrew Van Oostenbrugge. Andrew and I went to grade school together in Hudsonville. After graduating from Trinity, I was able to get a part time job with the West Michigan Whitecaps (minor league to the Detroit Tigers baseball team) as a photographer. I was led to Gemini Corporations in Grand Rapids, Michigan. On April 10, 2012, I was hired as a fill in for a woman going on maternity leave. Gemini enjoyed my company

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and believed I was a great fit, so on August 1, 2012, Gemini hired me onto their team as a full-time graphic designer. I am happily married to an outstanding Christian man, living in Michigan, working for a highly respected publication corporation, and living God’s plan, all while paying off student loans. I would like to thank my art professors, Professor Ellen Browning and Professor John Bakker, for guiding me and encouraging me along the way through four years of difficult education within the arts. I would also like to thank all those who put donations toward the building and maintaining of the “art barn”. All the new equipment, such as the Mac computers, printers and projectors have influenced my abilities and knowledge within graphic design. Have a wonderful year, Trinity, for God has amazing plans in store for you. Dan Visser ’10 I got married June 2, 2012 in Grand Haven, Michigan, to Megan Smith. Christy (Boersma) Wolff ’10 Christy married Silas Wolff on June 29, 2012. They were married in Grand Rapids, Michigan at Calvin Theological Seminary. “And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.” Col. 3:17 Kendra (DeBoer) Wright ’10 I was married to Mark Wright (from Wheaton, Illinois) on July 14, 2012. Mark is finishing his degree in photojournalism at Columbia College in Chicago. We live in a northwest neighborhood of Chicago, and I have started a new job at Cornerstone Academy, a small, private, Christian high school that serves students who have not been successful in other high school settings. I’ll be assisting with administrative and development tasks and working with families of students. Julianne Cipriani ’11 Julianne is a new 7th grade language arts teacher at Oak Lawn-Hometown Middle School. She is completing special ed certification at Trinity. Lindsey Goldschmidt ’11 Recently, I accepted a position at South Middle School in Arlington Heights District 25 teaching the ELL student population. I am also getting married October 27! Lots of happiness here.

Peter ’11 and Valerie ’11 (Leffring) Jongert On March 21, 2012, we welcomed our first child Liam Peter into our family. We are so blessed! Denise Marin ’11 I am currently teaching in a Chicago charter school. I teach 7th and 8th grade science and social studies. This is my first year teaching, and I am very excited. I also will have completed my ESL endorsement from Trinity. Tatyana Parker ’11 I graduated with my master’s of social work in May 2012 and shortly after began my career as a case manager in foster care services for Children’s Home and Aid. I have been here for three months now and I am very happy to be employed and helping others for a living! Ryker ’11 and Rachel ’11 (VandeKamp) VanDrunen Ryker VanDrunen married Rachel VandeKamp. Jacob Gerringer ’12 I have obtained a new job at Oak Lawn Toyota in their Internet department as an Internet consultant. Joshua ’12 and Samantha ’10 (Stavola) Guth Samantha and Joshua got married on August 4, 2012.

Kristen (Faber) Rottmann ’12 Two weeks after graduation I got married on May 27. I also had two sisters get married after me, so I gained two brothers-in-law in one summer. I was recently hired in the Kankakee Area Special Education Co-op as a paraprofessional while I finish obtaining my elementary and special education teaching certificates. Amy Schlueter ’12 I’m so blessed and pleased to announce that I was offered a teaching job at Humphrey Middle School in Bolingbrook, Illinois. I am providing additional instruction to students in 6-8th grade in language arts and math who are performing poorly on ISATs. I’m so grateful for the excellent education and Christ-centered guidance I received at Trinity!

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Fall 2012 Trinity alumni magazine featuring successful young alumni

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Fall 2012 Trinity alumni magazine featuring successful young alumni