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Homecoming 2005 had a distinct 1960s feel when Trinity alumni and their families came to campus February 4 and 5. Former philosophy professor Dr. Calvin Seerveld and Dr. Art Jongsma '63 were two of the featured guests during the weekend's activities.

Seerveld, who taught at the College for its first 13 years and is one of the most beloved professors among students from that era, led Friday's chapel. He was one of four people who received Honorary Alumni awards at the Presidential Alumni Dinner, along with former president's secretary Lois Boonstra and Trinity friends George and June Schaaf.

"I'm very thankful to have been a part of the foundation of this College," Seerveld said, reflecting back on Trinity's growth since its start in 1959. "When I taught here, we stressed to the importance of being faithful because we lived in a different culture back then. It was exciting to see how young people integrated their faith with their academics. I'm glad to see that some of what we told our students carries on through other voices."

Click here to read Dr. Jongsma's acceptance speech

Jongsma, a psychologist who helped design a database for substance abuse treatments, accepted his award as the College's 2005 Alumnus of the Year. He also presented Seerveld with a collection of letters that he and other students exchanged with their former professor and mentor.

The office of alumni relations paid tribute to the classes of 1965, '75, '85, and '95 with a reunion lunch in the Fireside Chapel. The Melikin Puppets entertained nearly 200 people during two shows. John Pausma '88, Tim Buikema ex'87, Wally Ottenhof, Jr. '01, and Matt Huisman '93 won the advanced division of Saturday morning's 3-on-3 basketball tournament; Jonathan '96 and Josh Lenarz '98, Tom De Jong '96, and Aaron Lunt '00 were champions of the recreational division.

The College's women's and men's teams prevailed in three-point victories during the afternoon before alumni gathered at Mama Vesuvio's for pizza. Many of them were among the sold-out crowd who enjoyed Chris Rice in concert at the Ozinga Chapel.

"As an alum celebrating Homecoming, I believe that the dinner on Friday night was the highlight of the weekend," said Kelly Triezenberg '02, assistant director of alumni relations. "The emotions of the evening and spending time with all of these people who have contributed so much to promoting Trinity and strengthening its mission made this a memorable occasion. It makes me proud to be a Trinity alumna."

Click here to view the Homecoming 2005 photo gallery.

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