News Release

Catherine Yonker Award and Service Award Presented

A thankful community gathered together for Trinity’s final chapel of the 2008-2009 school year on Friday, May 8. The service began with presentations of awards to members of Trinity’s community.

Maddy Manden ’10 of Roselle, Illinois, was given the Service Award. Student Association President Jeffrey Roon ’09 of Hudsonville, Michigan, awarded Manden for her active involvement on and off campus. Manden, co-president of the Acting on Aids chapter, has worked as a Resident Assistant for Residence Life as well as committing time and energy to various community activities.

Applauding Manden’s wholehearted diligence, Roon said, “Maddy has shown us what being a servant of the Lord looks like.”

The Catherine Yonker Award for Diversity was presented by Bill Boerman-Cornell, assistant professor of education, and Dr. Nelvia Brady, professor of business and director of ethnic diversity, in recognition of cross-cultural understanding and encouragement of Christian race relations. 

The first recipient was Tornu Ngwayah ’11 of Evergreen Park, Illinois. Ngwayah has been involved in the multicultural committee, Ethos, and the psychology club. In the future, Ngwayah plans to be a Christian family therapist.

Susana Medina ’09 of Chicago, Illinois, received the second Catherine Yonker award for her work to unify Trinity’s campus through Faith without Borders, an event organized by Medina that encouraged discussion of cultural and denominational differences. The events within Faith without Borders were made possible by Medina’s fellowship through Raise Your Voice, a non-profit organization of ILCC (Illinois Campus Compact).

The third was given to a pleasantly surprised Dr. Brady for her ongoing commitment to encouraging a diverse campus.

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