BRAZILIAN STUDENT GARNERS
CATHERINE YONKER AWARD - 5/19/05
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
"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.