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Subject: Trinity Christian College Alumni Newsletter - January 24, 2006

January 24, 2006

"If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him." James 1:5 NIV



Homecoming 2006 is next weekend, February 3-4, and we'd love to see you back on campus. Whether you come to honor Dr. Daniel Diephouse, long-time faculty member, and Lois Thomson, business office mainstay; take your kids to a puppet show; check out this year's basketball teams; or just stop by your old college hang-out, Mama Vesuvio's, call your friends and tell them to meet you on campus. Check out the Homecoming Web page at to see the entire schedule of activities.


We still have a few spots available at next weekend's alumni events! Don't forget to reserve your place today by contacting Kelly Netjes at 708.239.4854 or



The NCCAA honored Trinity's women's soccer coach, Josh Lenarz '98, Friday, January 20, when he was named 2005 coach of the year. Previously, Lenarz was selected as the NAIA Region VII coach of the year. To read more, visit our Web site at



The Gaspereau Press recently announced that John Terpstra '74 has been short-listed for the 2006 Charles Taylor Prize for Literary Non-Fiction for his novel, The Boys, or, Waiting for the Electrician's Daughter. Terpstra tells the story of his wife's family and the brief lives of her three brothers, who coped with muscular dystrophy until their deaths in their early twenties. The Charles Taylor Prize, now in its fifth year, is presented annually in commemoration of one of Canada's foremost essayists.




Interim 2006 began January 10 when Trinity students began two weeks of non-traditional learning with faculty and staff on campus, in Chicago, and at various places throughout the U.S. and abroad. Students have taken a variety of courses covering myriad subjects; some groups have visited Washington, D.C., Hawaii, Colorado, and Kentucky. Others traveled to countries in Europe, Africa, and Latin America for research, missions, and service opportunities. Trinity's praise team also embarked on its annual winter tour, this year making its way throughout Michigan, Canada, and the East coast of the United States. Visit Trinity's Web site for interim updates at

Senior Triple Threat Reaches 1,000-Point Milestone

Seniors Barbie Heerdt and Alissa Barr joined their teammate, Jessica Eenigenburg, and eleven former Troll athletes in the College's record books for scoring more than 1,000 career points. 

"Eenigenburg, Heerdt, and Barr are great leaders on the court and wonderful women off the court," said head coach Liz Metcalfe. "To have one player reach the 1,000-point mark is special, but to have three active players all achieve that milestone is really outstanding. I applaud their desire, talent, and accomplishment." To read more, see our Web site at



The Trinity community gathered to remember the life and legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and reaffirm the College's commitment to equality on Monday, January 16. Check out the rest of the story on our Web site at 




Join friends of Trinity Christian College on a 10-day cruise aboard the Holland America ms Amsterdam to eastern Canada and New England, September 15-27, 2006. Dr. Ken and Jan Bootsma are hosting this Witte-sponsored tour, with President Steve and Dr. Barb Timmermans joining part of the trip. The total cost of the cruise begins at $2,424 per person, including airfare from Chicago to Montreal, returning from New York. Space is limited; your $600 deposit is needed by March 1. Requests for stateroom choices are on a first-come, first-served basis. Contact Witte Travel at 800.469.4883 for an application and information, or visit Trinity's Web site at for more details and to print an application.


Trinity Christian College is seeking an experienced full-time director of communications. The director will lead the College's marketing and public relations efforts and manage a four-person team. Responsibilities include planning, directing, and coordinating all marketing activities, including print and electronic media; conferences and events; and media relations. Excellent communication skills, experience in Microsoft Office software, ability to multi-task and interact effectively with internal and external constituencies is needed; commitment to the College mission is expected. A bachelor's degree is required; master's degree is desirable. Salary will be commensurate with experience.

Trinity Christian College is seeking a full-time graphic designer to execute and manage multiple print projects, including ads, brochures, direct mail, invitations, magazines, newsletters, and programs. Must be deadline-driven and detail-oriented; able to work independently and with a team. Proficient with Mac and PC platforms; skilled in MS Office, Adobe Suite, and Quark XPress. Web experience and photography skills helpful. Commitment to the College mission is expected. A bachelor's degree is required.

Interested candidates for these positions should submit resumes to:
Human Resources Department
Trinity Christian College
6601 West College Drive
Palos Heights, Illinois 60463
Trinity welcomes a response from diverse candidates. Find more information about these job openings and others online at

Men's Basketball Falls to TIU, Then Beats Judson

The Trolls fought hard in an intense conference game against Trinity International University (IL) on January 18, but faltered down the stretch for a 77-75 defeat. After letting a sizable lead slip away in the second half, the team had the opportunity in the final seconds to push the game into overtime. On Saturday, the team rebounded from the final-seconds loss, reversing roles and taking a conference victory against Judson College (IL) with two made free throws by Nick Rykse. After trailing for the final eight minutes of the game, the team came out on top with a 72-71 victory. They are now 8-13 overall and 2-2 in the conference. 


Women's Basketball Toughs Out for a Two-Win Week   

For the first time this season, the Trolls move above the .500 mark with a conference victory on January 17 over Trinity International University, 63-55. The team built a big lead in the second half, and then held on to it down the stretch for the win. On Saturday, the Trolls made it a perfect 2-0 week with a 55-51 conference victory over Judson College (IL). It was a 40-minute battle that the team controlled in the final minute for the win. This victory gives the Trolls three wins in a row and improves their overall record to 11-9 and their conference record to 2-1. 


To read more about this year's athletics teams, visit the Trolls online at

January 26-February 23 - Gallery of selected works by artist
Brett Grill

February 3-4 - Homecoming

February 6 - Diversity Lecture Series-Rev. Esteban Lugo, 10 a.m.
February 11 - Southwest Symphony Orchestra Concert, 8 p.m.; tickets required

For more information on upcoming events, please see our Web site at: 
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