April 7, 2009
FROM THE DIRECTOR:
"Two other men, both criminals, were also led out with him to be
executed. When they came to the place called the Skull, there they
crucified him, along with the criminals; one on his right, the other on his
left. Jesus said, "Father, forgive them, for they do not know what
they are doing." And they divided up his clothes by casting lots.The
people stood watching, and the rulers even sneered at him. They said,
"He saved others; let him save himself if he is the Christ of God, the
Chosen One."The soldiers also came up and mocked him. They offered him
wine vinegar and said, "If you are the king of the Jews, save
As I look forward to
Easter Sunday, this passage from Luke describing the crucifixion makes me
pause. I am struck by the sheer humility that Christ demonstrates as he is
berated and mocked by those around him, while knowing full well that he has
the power to to shut them up in a heartbeat. Even more so, I am struck by
his sense of purpose. He has spent his life in communion with God, and now
understands his purpose. In spite of all the doubts and temptations, he
holds fast to his mission knowing that his Father has a plan for his life.
Some days I long for that same determination and certainty of purpose, and
then I think, maybe its there if I would just listen. Blessings to you and
your family as you celebrate Holy Week.
Travis Bandstra '06
Director of Alumni Relations
STUDENTS ENJOY SPEED-NETWORKING EVENT
This past Thursday,
April 2, more than fifty Trinity alumni, friends, and students attended the
first speed-networking event here on campus. For more information, complete
with photo-gallery, visit our website.
NIMMER NAMED DISTINGUISHED FELLOW
Kathy Nimmer '91, author, teacher, and motivational speaker, continues to
make a difference by inspiring and educating the public about the
disability community. Nimmer has been named one of nine Distinguished
Fellows for 2009 by the Lilly Endowment. For the complete story, visit our website.
WITH THE BULLS - THIS SATURDAY APRIL 11TH
For those local alumni and friends who took advantage of the half-price
Bulls tickets offer, you are welcome to join us for pizza before the game.
The alumni office has a spot reserved at Salerno's, one mile from the
stadium, at 1201 West Grand Avenue in Chicago. Join us at 5:30 for all you
can eat pizza and soda for $5/person. If you plan to attend, please RSVP to
firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday, April
10th. For more information on Salerno's, visit their website. Parking is available behind the restaurant.
SPRINGTIME = ROAD
TRIP FOR THE ALUMNI OFFICE
The alumni office is embarking on a road trip across the country to say
hello to our alums far and near. The team will be hitting the road in late
May and will be hosting events around the country in order to capture
stories from our alumni on video. Stay tuned for more details. We may be
stopping near you!
CONSTRUCTED ON CAMPUS FOR LENT
In heeding the Lord's call to prayer and to encourage special focus during
this season of Lent, the chaplain's office has constructed a prayer tent in
the east entrance of the Ozinga Chapel. For the complete story, visit our website.
DETAILS ON JUBILEE!
Make plans now to come to Trinity this fall for the weekend of October 2 to
celebrate the 50th anniversary of the college. The three-day event includes
a variety of exciting activities, beginning on Friday with a formal
celebration downtown at Chicago's Navy Pier Grand Ballroom, continuing with
festivities on campus all day Saturday, and concluding with a
community-wide worship service on Sunday afternoon. For more information,
including a schedule of events, visit the Jubilee! website.
GO FISH PERFORMS AT
Last Saturday, March 28, the Ozinga Chapel was the venue for another
concert for the Christian community. Releasing 13 albums since 1996, the Go
Fish has experienced thriving popularity among children and families. For
the complete story, visit our website.
SUMMER CAMP SCHEDULE
For information on the summer camps scheduled at Trinity, visit our website.
LEADING AN INTERIM CLASS?
Over the years, many students have benefited from interim courses led by
Trinity alumni. In January of 2009, Marlene Boonstra, Giesela Grumbach,
Travis Thrasher, and Melissa (Rovig) Vanden Bout all offered interim
courses. If you are interested in leading an interim course in 2010 (this
does require availability during the day), contact Mark Ward, Associate
Provost, at email@example.com.
ARE YOU A
Studies department offers an accelerated English as a Second
Language/Bilingual (ESL/BL) program. Certified teachers can achieve their
ESL/BL endorsement or approval in one year. Classes begin this September.
For more information, call the Adult Studies department at 708.239.4768 or
visit our website.
DAY - APRIL 15
Grandparents of current students will have the opportunity to visit campus
and take part in some special events on Thursday April 15. For registration
information, visit our website
OPPORTUNITY AT THE SPRING PLAY - APRIL 17
Join us for a delicious Texas-themed dinner, followed by a thoughtful
production of Horton Foote's play The Habitation of Dragons, sponsored
by Trinity's Department of Communication Arts. Dinner begins at 6pm, with
punch at 5:30. Tickets are $35 for meal, drink, and dessert. ($
32 for senior citizens). Come experience the power of one of Foote's little
known but moving works, preceded by a delightful dinner. Tickets can be
purchased by calling the college switchboard at (708) 597-3000.
HABITATION OF DRAGONS
Trinity's theatre group will perform a thoughtful production of Horton
Foote's play The
Habitation of Dragons on April 17, 18, 24 and 25, in the Marg
Kallemeyn Theatre in the Art and Communication Center. Regular ticket
prices are $10 for general admission; $7 for students and senior citizens.
For more information, visit our website.
GOSPEL FEST & GOSPEL
CHOIR CONCERT - APRIL 18
The 11th annual Gospel Fest will take place on Saturday, April 18 at 6:30
p.m. in the Ozinga Chapel Auditorium at Trinity Christian College, Palos
Heights, Illinois. The event will feature gospel groups from local schools
and the community in conjunction with Trinity's Gospel Choir concert.
Admission to the event is free. For more information, call Trinity
Christian College at 708.597.3000.
WHITE HOUSE DIRECTOR
OF FAITH-BASED PARTNERSHIPS AT TRINITY
Please join Trinity Christian College, Palos Heights, Illinois, as it
welcomes Joshua DuBois, director of the White House Office of Faith-Based
and Neighborhood Partnerships, on Wednesday, April 22, for an address at
1:30 p.m. in the Ozinga Chapel. The address is free and open to the public.
The event is sponsored by the Church Connection Initiative at Trinity and
the Metro Chicago Ministry Leadership Forum. For more information, visit
To view all campus events, visit the Online Calendar
Capping his stellar basketball career, Kurt Gruppen has received high
post-season honors. The National Christian College Athletic Association
named Gruppen the Pete Maravich Award recipient for men's basketball.
Missouri. For more information, visit our website.
BASKETBALL FALLS SHORT IN NAIA TOURNAMENT
Taking on No. 6 Indiana Wesleyan University (28-6), the men's basketball
team came up just short of an upset victory in the first round of the 18th
Annual NAIA National Tournament held at the College of the Ozarks in Point
Lookout, Missouri, on March 11. For the complete story, visit our website.
RECEIVES RED CROSS AWARD
Trinity basketball player Michael Thompson '10 of Macomb, Illinois, is one
of 13 student-athletes from across the country who have been selected to
represent the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletic (NAIA) in a
partnership with the American Red Cross. For the complete story, visit our website.
To keep up on all Troll
sports, visit the athletics website
For information on job opportunities at Trinity Christian College, visit
our website .