TAMELINGS HONORED AT
PRESIDENTIAL ALUMNI DINNER - 02/17/06
members and friends gathered in the Ozinga Chapel Grand Lobby for an opportunity
to honor several individuals in the Trinity community at the annual Alumni
Presidential Dinner Friday, February 3. President Steven Timmermans welcomed
nearly 100 guests to the celebratory event.
Alumni of the Year, Cal '72
and Marcy ex '73 Tameling, received the traditional gift of a Trinity rocking
chair to commemorate their contributions to the life of the College during
the past 35 years. Their four sons and their wives, including Jesse '04
and Julie ex '04, and Lucas '05 and Tara '05, joined extended family members
and associates to offer congratulations to the couple.
Speaking on behalf of Jack
Van Namen '68, a fellow alumnus who shared a suite with Cal Tameling during
their Trinity days, Carolynn Van Namen reflected on the Tamelings' commitment
to a Reformed worldview that has distinguished the couple in all areas
of their lives.
and Donor Relations Director Dennis Harms '89 served as master of ceremonies
throughout the evening, with help from Kelly Netjes '02, assistant alumni
director. Harms introduced the honorary alumni of the year: friends of
the College, Dick and Pixie Molenhouse, English Professor Dan Diephouse,
and Business Office Manager Lois Thomson.
Rick Molenhouse'87 remembered
the ways his parents participated in Trinity activities, serving on the
Board of Trustees and committees. Zak Thomson'01 highlighted the impact
his mother made on his family and the Trinity community during her 25 years
on the College staff. Harms read a letter from Russ Otten'78, who gave
an account of Dr. Diephouse's classroom practices and lasting impression
on students, and also read memories submitted by Ellen Oordt Gabrielse
'73 about Dr. Diephouse. Senior Anthony Bolkema provided a current student's
perspective of Dr. Diephouse.
"This was a wonderful opportunity
to reflect on the impact these friends and alumni have made on the Trinity
community, and also to see how that impact is carried out from one generation
to the next," said President Timmermans. "We are greatly blessed by all