Homecoming weekend began
with solemn reflection, as Rev. Doug Pruim '97, pastor of Lafayette Indiana
Christian Reformed Church, spoke about dealing with the curveballs of life
at chapel on Friday, February 3. Using Psalm 13 as a guide, Rev. Pruim
stated that "we must begin by questioning God and then search for God's
answers to life's problems."
"We search for God's answers
by trusting in God's faithfulness," Rev. Pruim said. "When we suffer, God
suffers. Jesus Christ experienced our pain; he knows what it is to pray
for something he cannot have. He prayed that he wouldn't have to die, but
it was the Father's will."
The somberness of Friday's
chapel gave way to appreciative celebration in the evening during the Presidential
Alumni Dinner. The event honored Trinity's 2006 Alumni of the Year,
Calvin '72 and Marcy Tameling ex '73, and Honorary Alumni Award recipients,
Dr. Daniel Diephouse, Lois Thomson, and Dick and Pixie Molenhouse.
The annual alumni 3-on-3
basketball tournament jumpstarted Saturday morning. Each team competed
in four games. Between competitions, players gathered to catch up on each
other's lives. The short breaks also gave them an opportunity to receive
their free alumni t-shirts from the Alumni Association.
Advanced division winners
were: Scott Plaisier '04, Kevin Koeman '02, Chuck Commeret '05, and Kyle
TenPas '98. Matt Piper '04, Luke Post '04, John Sikkenga '06, and Kevin
Tameling '04 won the recreational division.
The Alumni Association teamed
with Trinity's Blue Crew and presented students with more prizes as they
cheered for the women's and men's basketball teams. Joy Trethewey '08,
Melinda Harkema '09, Dawn Centracchio '08, Hannah Groenenboom '07, and
Brian Hansen '06 won Blue Crew sweatshirts and gift cards to local restaurants.
The greatest prize of the year had already been given to the Trinity community
in November: a national championship title. The Trinity Athletics Club
raised a banner at the women's basketball game in honor of this recognition.
"Honoring the women's soccer
team during the game was a great way to make a connection between the alumni
on our Trinity Athletics Club Board and our current student athletes,"
said Dennis Harms '89, director of alumni relations and TAC Board member.
"The women's team represented Trinity well, and we hope to recognize more
of our athletics teams as national champions."
Many alumni, community members,
and their children also enjoyed the Melikin Puppets performance, "Once
Upon America," in the afternoon. The show featured a collection of stories
about three of America's legendary folk heroes: Daniel Boone, Johnny Appleseed,
and Paul Bunyan.
The weekend's events culminated
with a pizza party at Mama Vesuvio's East. More than 120 alumni attended
the get-together and reminisced about their time as students.
"As always, I enjoyed Homecoming
weekend," said Alison Vander Laan '97. "The pizza party at Mama's is usually
the best opportunity to meet up with other Trinity alumni."
Those who stayed on campus
were treated to a performance by TrinProv, Trinity's student improvisational
group, and a concert by local band, Made Avail.
"Homecoming just keeps getting
better every year, and we see more alumni coming back to re-connect with
the College and their friends," said Kelly Netjes, assistant director of
Homecoming 2006 Photo
Honored at Presidential Dinner