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When Edward and Jennie Stouwie plan their social calendar, they usually reserve a date for a visit to Trinity.

Since 1986, the College has hosted Grandparents Day annually, and the Stouwies have attended nearly half of those occasions. The couple from Lansing, Illinois were among nearly 200 grandparents who came to campus for this year's event April 14. They visited their granddaughter Jennifer Derks, a junior who is their sixth grandchild to attend the College, in addition to one of their own children.

"We look forward to our invitation every year," said Jennie Stouwie, who has been married to her husband for 56 years. "It's nice that the College has a day for the grandparents, and we love coming here to see our grandchildren."

The grandparents enjoyed breakfast in the Frank and Grace Ozinga Grand Lobby and Recital Hall of the Ozinga Chapel with their grandchildren before the College's customary Wednesday morning chapel service. Senior Brent Van Til and Ken Boss, Trinity's director of planned giving, delivered brief comments about faithfulness. Both of them lauded the grandparents for their faithfulness to their families and the College, and encouraged them to continue their support.

"Our grandparents helped build this College," said Van Til, whose grandparents Case and Rosemary Van Til were in the audience. "Without their vision and continued support, Trinity would not be what it is today. It seems like every year since I was a freshman, there's been a new building (Ozinga Chapel, Heritage Science Center, and Alumni Hall). All of you play a large role in that growth."

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