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A creative work—that is one definition of an “opus.” On April 24 Trinity students colorfully illustrated the meaning of this word at OPUS 2007, the College’s annual celebration of student scholarship.

Students demonstrated their talents and shared their knowledge during myriad sessions on topics ranging from Euclid to Vygotsky, Cortes to Sarbanes-Oxley, and also competed for awards in art, music, writing, and other creative and academic categories.

“OPUS provides an occasion for celebrating the academic gifts God has given students in the Trinity learning community,” said Dr. Burt Rozema, dean of academic services. Rozema has directed OPUS for the past seven years, and this year co-directed with Dr. Dick Cole, professor of psychology, who will serve as director next year.

The event was kicked off Monday night with a pre-OPUS dance beneath the tent and entertainment provided by DJ Stevie D. Members of the gospel choir joined Chris Kamstra ’08 of South Holland, Illinois, and his band The Green World in the debut of a new song Kamstra composed for the event. Andrea Goforth ’07 of Crestwood, Illinois, (who performs as Andrea Dawn) also sang several of her original compositions.

The awards ceremony included the recognition of winners and drawings for prizes, such as $250 tuition remissions, reserved seats at commencement, a reserved parking space for a week, and goodie baskets from the Women's Guild.

Best of Show was presented to Erika Gesch ’08 of Cedar Grove, Wisconsin, for her painting “Lonely Soldier.” “I was absolutely in shock,” said Gesch, “and very grateful to be recognized for something I put so much time and effort into.”

The piece was one in a series of three paintings exploring the physical, emotional and spiritual effects that war has on an individual and on the family. One of the other pieces, “Spiders,” received an Honorable Mention. Gesch commented that she was happy to see a greater number of honorable mentions awarded so even more students could be recognized.

Afternoon classes were suspended and evening classes postponed to give everyone an opportunity to celebrate each other’s gifts, enjoy a picnic and musical performances in the Commons, and honor the God of creation and creativity.

The Marketing & Communications department would like to congratulate our work study photographer Keith Kosmal ’09 of Midlothian, Illinois, for his 2nd place award for his piece titled “Inside his Presence.”

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