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DIEKEMA PRESENTS COLLEGE PLANS AT OPEN FORUM

Students crowded into Trinity's Fireside Chapel Wednesday evening, April 9, to hear Interim President Tony Diekema's remarks about plans for the next academic year, especially regarding new housing options. The annual forum offers discussion with Trinity's administrators as a preview to the College's direction and objectives for the 2003-04 academic year.

Most of the discussion in the Fireside Chapel centered on the pending purchase of apartment buildings, to be called "The Village," in neighboring Worth, Illinois, just north of Palos Heights. As the College looks ahead to opening a residence hall in 2004, it continues to address the present need for additional housing.

"The Worth apartments will be a bridge to get us to Alumni Hall," Diekema said. "We have had good negotiations with the owners, and we hope to have a completed transaction by the end of April. Then we can start preparing for students to move into them by August."

Provost Liz Rudenga gave more details about the master plan for the College, mentioning preliminary ideas for the theater arts complex, an addition to the gymnasium, and a student center. She was optimistic that Trinity will be in good shape for the coming decade.

"This plan should guide development and expansion for the next 10 years, but nothing is finalized," Rudenga said. "It's flexible enough to give us a lot of possibilities, so if needs arise, we can modify our plan without too much difficulty."

Diekema, nearing the end of his term in office, also touched on the selection of Dr. Steve Timmermans as the next president. He called Timmermans' appointment "one of the highlights of this year."

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