News Release

Family 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.

Alumni 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 these honorees." 

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