SEERVELD, JONGSMA AMONG
HOMECOMING 2005 HIGHLIGHTS
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
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."
here to read Dr. Jongsma's acceptance speech
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."
here to view the Homecoming 2005 photo gallery.