GEAR UP FOR
NEW ACADEMIC YEAR
Before the students returned
to campus, the faculty assembled to review their summer activities and
prepare for another academic year.
The professors, academic
support staff, and administrators held their orientation at the Lake Katherine
Nature Preserve August 21. They shared details about the conferences, seminars,
and activities they participated in during the summer hiatus and welcomed
new colleagues to their ranks. Dr. Steven Timmermans offered some insight
about his outlook for his first year as president.
"We have a great deal of
promise leading into this year," he said. "I want the College to capitalize
on the advancements we've made in the recent past. We have the necessary
ingredients in terms of people and resources to have an even greater impact
on our community. I'm looking forward to Trinity's raising its standards
to a higher level, and I believe we will have another tremendous year."
Some of the faculty also
recounted anecdotes and presented artifacts to Dr. Timmermans to familiarize
him more with Trinity's history. Dr. Michael DeVries, a psychology professor
and 1974 graduate, brought a yellowed copy of Percolator, the College's
student newspaper of which he was the editor. Dr. Lou Sytsma '65 used a
hockey puck to recall the days of Trinity athletics in the 1960s.
"I'm glad to have these reminders
of Trinity's past," Timmermans said. "A connection to our history is important
for our growth in the future, and it's fun to look back and appreciate
how much the College has developed over the years."
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