From:                              Trinity Christian College Alumni Office [bounceback1-15142683-64257795@ms1.targetx.com] on behalf of Trinity Christian College Alumni Office [alumni@trnty.edu]

Sent:                               Tuesday, April 07, 2009 10:41 PM

To:                                   tcc_alumni

Subject:                          Trinity Christian College Alumni Newsletter

 

April 7, 2009

A NOTE 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 yourself."

Luke 23:32-37 (NIV)

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

ALUMNI NEWS

ALUMNI & 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.

ALUMNI KATHY 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.

TRINITY NIGHT 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 alumni@trnty.edu 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!

CAMPUS NEWS

PRAYER TENT 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! WEEKEND ANNOUNCED
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 TRINITY
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 RELEASED
For information on the summer camps scheduled at Trinity, visit our website.

INTERESTED IN 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 mark.ward@trnty.edu.

ARE YOU A CERTIFIED TEACHER?
The Adult 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.

UPCOMING EVENTS

GRANDPARENTS' 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 .

DINNER THEATRE 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. 

SPRING PLAY: 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 our website.


To view all campus events, visit the Online Calendar .

SPORTS NEWS 

GRUPPEN RECEIVES TOP HONOR 
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.

MEN'S 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.

THOMPSON 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 .

JOB OPPORTUNITIES  
 
For information on job opportunities at Trinity Christian College, visit our website .

 

Contact: Trinity Christian College Alumni, 6601 W College Dr, Palos Heights, IL 60463


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