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Realizing how busy people are these days, Alumni Board President Christopher Verstrate ’96 provided a way for alumni of Trinity to remain connected with the College.

“Rather than have people who work in Chicago come to the south suburbs to meet,” said the Chicago Loop attorney, “we decided to bring Trinity to the alumni.”

Thirteen alumni who work downtown—and one who traveled from Northwest Indiana—joined Kelly Netjes ’02, director of alumni relations, and Larryl Humme, vice president of development, for lunch on May 9 at Houlihan’s on Michigan and Wacker.

“Professionals appreciate opportunities to network,” said Netjes, “so bringing together Trinity alumni who work in Chicago is a natural connection.

“What a great way to spend a lunch hour!” said Ryan Wynia ’04, a realtor with EXIT Realty Gold Coast. “Alumni who work in the Loop have an affinity for the ambiance of the city. I enjoyed seeing familiar faces and making the acquaintance of alumni I’ve never met.”     

A wide-range of professions was represented, as were years of graduation—from 1971 up until just a few years ago.

Dan Terpstra ’04, a paralegal with Wiedner McAuliffe, Ltd., commented on the opportunity to meet with alumni from various graduation years.

“This event helps alumni connect more personally with the College, as we are able to share experiences that span the past 30 years of attending Trinity.”

Verstrate said he was thrilled at the turn out for this first Loop meeting and plans to have one or two each year.

“Meeting helps us connect professionally and keeps alumni connected with Trinity.”

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