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College Holds First Daniel Diephouse Graduate Student Conference

Trinity recently held the first Daniel Diephouse Graduate Student Conference, honoring Dr. Diephouse’s 36 years of outstanding service as a professor of English.

The three-day conference gave current Trinity students the chance to ask questions of alumni in graduate school and provided a time for discussion about the transition from the student world to the working world. Graduate students Allison Backous ’07, Michael Mols ’04, and Janna Tigchelaar ’99 read portions of their grad school papers.

Assistant Professor of Education Bill Boerman-Cornell also shared some of his current research with students. 

“We shared stories, we shared memories,” said Diephouse. “We enlarged our friendship, our knowledge, and our participation in the world around us and in the kingdom.”

During Saturday’s closing breakfast, Trinity students gained a better understanding about applying to graduate schools from the insights of the alumni. 

English major Emily Botkin ’09 of Columbus, Ohio, said, “The alumni gave a realistic view of the life of a graduate student as well as helpful hints on how to be successful.”

English department chair Michael Vander Weele ’73 said, “My hope is that the conference not only honors Dr. Diephouse but also encourages our alumni pursuing graduate studies and expands our current students’ sense of the world of literary studies beyond Trinity.”

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