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For some it was their first time on campus, for others it was another day to enjoy the familiar atmosphere and participate in a special event. Nearly 200 grandparents of Trinity students visited the College during the 22nd annual Grandparents' Day held on Wednesday, April 18.

The morning began with refreshments and music. Guest speaker Tony TenKate, a grandfather and former Trinity faculty member, was introduced by his granddaughter Jennifer TenKate ’10 of Wyoming, Michigan.

Jennifer, a psychology major at Trinity, chose the College because of its academic excellence and athletics programs; she said she also enjoys being able to walk to her grandparents’ home in Palos Heights. Tony, who taught physics at Trinity for 20 years as a part-time professor, spoke to the many other grandparents gathered in the Ozinga Chapel about the power of Christianity through the generations.

 Some grandparents attending the event have strong ties to the College. Virginia Eizenga was a member of Trinity’s first graduating class in 1961. This was her second time attending Grandparents’ Day, and she sat between her two grandchildren, Sarah Davis ’10 of Lansing and Jason Wigboldy ’09 of Palos Heights. Eizenga’s three daughters also attended Trinity; daughter Laura is the mother of Sarah and daughter April is the mother of Jason.

Eizenga said that when she was a student, she appreciated the close-knit friendships, the beauty of the campus, and the supportive relationships between teachers and students. “I hope my grandchildren experience the close community I enjoyed during my time here.”

Many other grandparents shared their excitement about the event and the opportunity to spend special time with their grandchildren.

Former Trinity president Gerard VanGroningen (1980-84) and his wife Harriet were in attendance along with granddaughter Lisa VanGroningen ’08 of Hudsonville, Michigan, and grandson Gerard Lee VanGroningen ’04, who teaches mathematics at Trinity. Their granddaughter Megan VanGroningen ’09 of Oak Forest, Illinois, also attends Trinity.

 Henry and Grace Kamp, faithful friends of Trinity for many years, came to visit their grandson Matthew Kamp ’10 of Tinley Park. Four of the Kamps’ children graduated from Trinity, and Henry is a former member of the board of trustees.

Also attending Grandparents’ Day was a couple who will reach a remarkable milestone this year – the celebration of their 70th wedding anniversary. Cornelius and Fern Myroup are thrilled that their grandchildren Ashley ’10 and Joshua Biesboer ’07 of Broadview, Illinois, attend Trinity.

 Wayne and Barb Boss were happy to visit with their granddaughter Katie Boss ’08 of Beecher, Illinois.

“Because of busy schedules and travel, we haven’t had a chance to see Katie much in the past few months. We really enjoyed today!” said Barb. Their granddaughter Elizabeth Wessels ’09 of South Holland also attends Trinity.    

Closing out Grandparents’ Day 2007 was a beautiful luncheon, followed by tours of the campus.

Click here for the photogallery of the event.

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