News Release

For four years, Alysson Roberto infused the Trinity community with an infectious smile, generous spirit, and unfettered neighborly respect. He also was a vocal proponent of cultural awareness and social acceptance on campus. The ethnic diversity committee took notice of his contributions and named him this year's recipient of the Catherine Yonker Memorial Award.

Roberto, a native of Sao Paulo, Brazil, accepted his award May 13 during the College's final chapel of the academic year. Dr. Brad Breems presented the award to Roberto, lauding him for the impact he has had at Trinity.

"Alysson has been a tremendous asset to our campus throughout his four years here," said Breems, sociology chairman and member of the ethnic diversity committee. "He has helped build an environment that encourages people to learn more about diverse cultures and people. He definitely is the right person to receive this award. We hope the other candidates for this award also will be honored for their good work toward Christian relations on campus."

Catherine Yonker was executive assistant to former business manager Glenn Lemmenes. Her passion for unity and diversity were evident to those around her, and the College honors her by acknowledging students who promote Christian race relations and cross-cultural understanding.

"This is a great honor for me," Roberto said. "I have seen a significant increase in the diversity among students and staff at Trinity and a lot of work from the administration to make this campus more open to a greater ethnic minority presence. I'm glad that I was able to contribute to that goal, and I hope that the students, faculty, and staff continue striving to achieve it."

Roberto, who will graduate with a degree in business, was a member of the Organization of African-American Unity, the International Missionary Association, and the ethnic diversity committee. He also was a student liaison to President Steven Timmermans regarding minority-student issues on campus.

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