From: Trinity Christian College Offices [bounceback1-15119802-64257795@ms1.targetx.com] on behalf of Trinity Christian College Offices [alumni@trnty.edu]
Sent: Tuesday, September 09, 2008 5:31 PM
To: tcc_alumni
Subject: Trinity Christian College Alumni Newsletter---9/9/08


September 9, 2008

A NOTE FROM THE DIRECTOR:

The ever growing Trinity campus is once again full of life as new and returning students have now had their first full week of classes! For many new students, this is a time of excitement, but also of uncertainty. If you stop and think back for a moment to your first weeks on campus, you may be able to recall some of these mixed feelings. The cool thing about God is that he often utilizes us best in our times of weakness. Just as Trinity recruits new freshmen who've never been to college rather than experienced upperclassmen who've already been through the ringer, God often calls us to his work when we feel the least prepared. It is in these times of our greatest weakness that we can not only learn, but be used by God.

After we leave college and settle into life, it's easy to fall into a comfortable cycle where we neglect to put ourselves out there in ways where we can best be used for good. Our focus often turns to building strength in our careers, our families and our finances, all the while building our own "strength" and independence from God. As the Trinity campus gears up for another year, I challenge you to live like a freshman and take a step of faith, no matter how uncertain or weak you may feel. As the passage below states, God finds us in our weakness and uses us for his purpose. This is a passage that was brought to my attention by former Trinity chaplain, Tim Hoekstra, when he was speaking on campus recently.

"Remember, dear brothers and sisters, that few of you were wise in the world's eyes or powerful or wealthy when God called you. Instead, God chose things the world considers foolish in order to shame those who think they are wise. And he chose things that are powerless to shame those who are powerful. God chose things despised by the world; things counted as nothing at all, and used them to bring to nothing what the world considers important. As a result, no one can ever boast in the presence of God."
I Corinthians 1:26-29 NLT

LAST CALL FOR CLASS NOTES FOR THE FALL MAGAZINE!!
Has something significant happened in your life? Whether it's a new career, a physical move, new family members, or anything else; don't forget to submit your class notes in time for the Fall Magazine. You can email them to alumni@trnty.edu

ALUMNI NEWS

ANNUAL ALUMNI ASSOCIATION MEETING SET FOR 9/26
The annual Trinity Alumni Association Meeting will be held at 1:30 PM on Friday September 26th in the Library Conference Room. The first official Alumni Board meeting of the year will follow. Any Trinity alumnus or alumnae is welcome to attend and voice any concern, question, or commendation, as well as vote to confirm new members of the Alumni Board. If you would like to attend in person, please notify myself, Travis Bandstra, so we can reserve a slot at the meeting. Also feel free to send in a question or concern electronically. Either way, Please email alumni@trnty.edu or call the alumni office at 708.239.4854.

NEW ALUMNI BOARD MEMBERS NOMINATED
The Alumni Office is pleased to announce the nomination of three new volunteer members to fill the vacant seats on the Alumni Board of Directors. All three will be confirmed at the September 26 Alumni Board meeting here on campus and will serve three year terms. Keep an eye on the website for more information about this year's board members.

Eric Anderson '97 from Clarendon Hills, IL
Shannon Schans '00 from the Minneapolis, MN area
Kevin Lubbers '01 from Palos Heights, IL

The Alumni Office would also like to thank three outgoing members of the Alumni Board of Directors who have completed their term of service.

AnnaMarie Stastny '02 from LaGrange, IL
John Vant Hoff '85 from South Holland, IL
Chris Verstrate '96 from Tinley Park, IL

ALUMNI EVENT ALERT: ALUMNI SPORTS WEEKEND/TROLL-GATING
Mark your calendars for Saturday, October 18th and this year's version of troll-gating. Throughout the day, alumni from various Trinity sports will be engaged with each other and current players in the alumni soccer (men's and women's) and baseball games. That evening, both soccer teams will play a doubleheader against Robert Morris and the Alumni Office will be having a FREE cookout for all alums and their families. An inflatable jump house will also be available during the day's festivities for the kids. More specific times and other details will be out soon!!

REQUEST FOR ALUMNI SUBMISSIONS TO LITERARY ARTS JOURNAL
Marissa De Haan, junior English student, is compiling a literary arts journal for Trinity and she would
like to open a portion to alumni submissions. If you have poems, short stories, opinion essays, or art (may be any medium, as long as it is a photograph of the piece), please send them via e-mail attachment to: marissa.dehaan@trnty.edu. For more information or to answer any questions, contact Marissa via email.

REQUESTING YOUR STORIES-CELEBRATE THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY
Dr. Dan Diephouse is editing a book to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Trinity's founding in 1959. He would like to include some personal stories from alumni from various years recounting memories of their time on campus. Here are some topics to prompt your memories: stories about special classes, student pranks, the Troll, interim experiences, the philosophy wars, experiences with students or with professors, concerts, lectures, fund raisers, athletic events, OPUS, Fine Arts Festivals, chapels, drama, dorm life, apartment life, overseas programs, Chicago experiences, Palos Heights experiences, Trinity building experiences, times before Trinity computers and even telephones were available to every student and every faculty member. Send your stories to Dr. Diephouse at dan.diephouse@trnty.edu.

LAST CALL FOR CLASS NOTES FOR THE FALL MAGAZINE!!
Has something significant happened in your life? Whether it's a new career, a physical move, or new family members; don't forget to submit your class notes in time for the Fall Magazine. You can email them to alumni@trnty.edu

CAMPUS NEWS

PHONATHON 2008 SET TO BEGIN
The new semester has arrived, and so has Phonathon 2008! Trinity students will soon be calling all of the College's alumni to invite you to partner with us this fall as we seek to raise $155,000 for the Trinity Fund. Your gift will provide improvements to the dorms, new technology to enhance learning, and the financial aid that helps more than 90 percent of the student body receive an excellent Christian education at Trinity. Please prayerfully consider how you might support the College this fall, and enjoy your conversation with the College's future alumni!
-Nate Laning '06, Trinity Fund Coordinator

TRINITY RANKED AS ONE OF THE MOST DIVERSE SCHOOLS IN THE MIDWEST
U.S. News & World Report ranked Trinity Christian College as one of the top baccalaureate colleges in the Midwest in the latest release of "America's Best Colleges" for 2009. Trinity also ranked 10th in the area of Racial Diversity: Baccalaureate Colleges (Midwest). For the rest of the article visit our website at: tcc.trnty.edu/new/archive/082208/

STUDENTS TAKE PART IN INVOLVEMENT FAIR 2008
On Friday, August 29, students, professors, and outside vendors kicked off the beautiful holiday weekend at the College's annual Involvement Fair. The fair showcases opportunities new and returning students can enjoy as members of the Trinity community. For the rest of the article visit our website at: tcc.trnty.edu/new/archive/090408/

TRINITY STAFF DEDICATE TIME TO SERVICE
Kara Bruxvoort and others from her Bible study group began their work in the still devastated areas of New Orleans by "prayer walking" through the Gentilly neighborhood, buckets of cleaning supplies in hand. To read the rest of the article visit our website at: tcc.trnty.edu/new/archive/090308/

50TH ANNUAL CONVOCATION CEREMONY
Students, faculty, and staff gathered for the 50th Convocation on Friday, August 29, where President Steven Timmermans, Ph.D., spoke on how "Identity Matters." Both personal identity and institutional identity are key factors in what Trinity is today. To read President Timmermans' speech visit our website: tcc.trnty.edu/new/archive/090308a/

TAC GOLF CLASSIC RAISES THOUSANDS FOR SCHOLARSHIPS
On August 18, 2008, Trinity held the Trinity Athletics Club (TAC) Golf Classic to raise funds for the TAC scholarship fund. Over 100 golfers took to the golf course at the Calumet Country Club in Homewood, Illinois. To read the rest of the article visit our website at: tcc.trnty.edu/new/archive/082808/

STUDENTS MOVE-IN FOR THE NEW ACADEMIC YEAR
Move-in Day began on Friday, August 22, as students entered the Christian community where classmates become friends, professors become mentors, and Trinity becomes a home away from home. To view pictures and the rest of the article visit our website at: tcc.trnty.edu/new/archive/082608a/

TRINITY KICKS OFF $31 MILLION CAPITAL CAMPAIGN
The time is now: Gratitude, Action, Commitment. This is the theme of the 50th anniversary capital campaign that was launched at the annual faculty/staff picnic on Thursday, August 21st.
For a link to the campaign website, visit: giving.trnty.edu/

UPCOMING EVENTS

TO VIEW ALL CAMPUS EVENTS, VISIT THE NEW ONLINE CALENDAR
tcc.trnty.edu/calendar/

SALT (SENIOR ACADEMY OF LEARNING AT TRINITY) COURSES FOR FOLKS 55 AND OLDER SET TO BEGIN
Fall course offerings will be held at Trinity Christian College, 6601 W. College Drive, Palos Heights, Illinois. The cost is $20 per three week course. For more information or to register, call Ruth DeBruyn at 708.239.4827 or e-mail ruth.debruyn@trnty.edu.

ORGAN ARTIST SERIES AT TRINITY CHRISTIAN COLLEGE
On Sunday, September 14, at 3 p.m., Trinity will host the first performance in the organ artist series. Organist Peggy Howell will be performing in the Ozinga Chapel Auditorium. Admission is free. For more information, call the music department at 708.239.4874.

WORLDVIEW SERIES 2008: MONDAYS IN OCTOBER
Trinity's annual WorldView series is a community and college series for film, word, and music. WorldView 2008 will focus on forgiveness. Events are scheduled for each Monday in October at 7 p.m. and will be held in the Ozinga Chapel. "WorldView intersects faith and society," said Beth Decker '67, director of the series. "It is an opportunity for people to hear about subjects that will make them think."
For more info and a schedule of events, visit: tcc.trnty.edu/new/archive/081908/

ALUMNI SPORTS WEEKEND/TROLL-GATING
Mark your calendars for Saturday, October 18th and this year's version of troll-gating. Throughout the day, alumni from various Trinity sports will be engaged with each other and current players in the alumni soccer (men's and women's) and baseball games. That evening, both soccer teams will play a doubleheader against Robert Morris and the Alumni Office will be having a FREE cookout for all alums and their families. An inflatable jump house will also be available during the day's festivities for the kids. More specific times and other details will be out soon!!

FAMILY WEEKEND: OCTOBER 23 - 26, 2008.
Please direct questions about Family Weekend to Celeste DeBoer, Coordinator of Student Services at 708.239.4704 or celeste.deboer@trnty.edu. For a schedule of events visit our website at tcc.trnty.edu/new/archive/071708/

CLASSICAL ORGANIST DIANE BISH IN CONCERT
Concert and recording artist, composer, conductor, and international television personality Diane Bish is one of today’s most influential classical organists. She will perform on Trinity’s 46-rank pipe organ on Thursday, October 23, 2008, at 7:30 p.m. in the Ozinga Chapel Auditorium.
For more info and a video of past performances, visit: tcc.trnty.edu/new/archive/081508/

TO VIEW ALL CAMPUS EVENTS, VISIT THE NEW ONLINE CALENDAR
tcc.trnty.edu/calendar/

SPORTS NEWS

TO KEEP UP ON ALL TROLL SPORTS AS THEY CONTINUE THEIR SEASONS, visit the athletics website at: athletics.trnty.edu/

RUNNERS FINISH IN MIDDLE OF PACK
The cross country teams raced in the Ted Hedstrand Invitational hosted North Park University (IL). Both teams finished in 4th place, the men of eight competing schools and the women of seven schools. For the remainder of the article visit our website at: athletics.trnty.edu/index.php/News/Runners-Finish-in-Middle-of-Pack.html

NO STOPPING THE TROLLS
The women's soccer team continues to take care of their opponents and post shut-out victories. The latest win was a 6-0 decision at Aquinas College (MI), a team that won their conference championship last season. Trinity (4-0) has not allowed a goal yet this season, out-scoring their opponents 30-0. For more info on the women's soccer team visit our website at: athletics.trnty.edu/index.php/News/No-Stopping-the-Trolls.html

TROLLS COME OUT EVEN IN SAINT XAVIER TOURNAMENT
Facing some of their toughest competition yet this season, the volleyball team went 2-2 in their four matches in the Saint Xavier/Illinois Crossover Tournament. The Trolls did suffer their first losses of the season, but posted a couple of good victories to give them a current 8-2 overall record. For more info, visit our website at: athletics.trnty.edu/index.php/News/Trolls-Come-Out-Even-In-Saint-Xavier-Tournament.html

TO KEEP UP ON ALL TROLL SPORTS AS THEY CONTINUE THEIR SEASONS, visit the athletics website at: athletics.trnty.edu/

JOB OPPORTUNITIES

JOB OPPORTUNITIES AT TRINITY CHRISTIAN COLLEGE
See our Web site at: tcc.trnty.edu/jobopenings

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

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