DIEKEMA PRESENTS COLLEGE
PLANS AT OPEN FORUM
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."