FORMER BOARD CHAIRMAN
RECEIVES KOOY AWARD
impact of Ken (and Marcia) Mels' support of Trinity touches nearly every
facet of the College. Earlier this winter, the alumni board paid homage
to him and his wife during Homecoming by presenting to them honorary alumni
awards. On April 24, the athletics department named Ken Mels the recipient
of this year's Rich Kooy Award.
Kooy taught mathematics at
the College and was a founding member of the Trinity Athletics Committee
(TAC). The award that bears his name is given each year to a person who
has contributed to the College's athletics program financially and attends
sporting events throughout the year.
"I was delighted to hear
that I'd won the award," Ken Mels said. "I know Rich personally and the
kind of character he has, and it is wonderful for me to receive an honor
named after him."
Mels is a regular spectator
at most of the Trolls' basketball games in Mitchell Memorial Gymnasium.
He also takes in a number of soccer and baseball games. A former college
basketball player himself, he believes athletics is a vital component of
"It helps students to become
more well-rounded," said Mels, a member of TAC. "When I played in college,
I had better grades during that time than when I did not play. I was more
disciplined with my time, and I think student-athletes tend to be more
focused with the studies because of their involvement in sports."
During his 12-year term on
the board of trustees, Mels served as chairman for two years and vice chair
for four years. His two children graduated from Trinity in the 1980s, and
both of them are married to fellow alumni.
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