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Alumni and friends of the College attended a preview of the College's new residence building at an open house Friday, July 9, held in conjunction with Blueprints for new students and their parents. 

A brief program outside the main entrance featured President Steve Timmermans and alumni board president-elect Doug Pruim '97, who participated in the ribbon-cutting ceremony. Pruim spoke about the significance of Alumni Hall for the Trinity community.

"This building stands as a monument and testimony to the great cloud of Trolls who have graced the College," he said. "It will remind students who will call it home that life is a journey and they, too, will graduate and serve as Christ's ambassadors to this world."

Many of the 360 guests toured the three-story building where 200 students will live during the upcoming academic year. Some areas were off-limits, but visitors were able to get a close look at the model suites, complete with granite counters and maple cabinets in the dressing areas, and the balconies intended as casual gathering spots for students.

Later, a group of alumni led a lively praise and worship celebration in the Ozinga Chapel auditorium: Curt DeGraff, '02, Heather (Weidenaar) Follett '99, Ed Goodfellow '01, Jeff Otto '97, Keith Schemper '02, Steve Tuten '04, and Jenny Williamson '05. The musicians praised God with contemporary songs of adoration and thanksgiving.

"This evening was not only a time of fellowship and viewing the new residence hall," said Kelly Triezenberg, assistant director of alumni relations, "but also the perfect opportunity to praise God for His faithfulness to the College and to Trinity alumni."

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