Trinity saluted several faculty
and staff members who celebrated landmarks in their years of service to
the College during chapel September 5.
Two people who have been
mainstays on campus since the early 1970s include Betty Kerkstra and Bernice
Balsan. Affectionately known as "Betty Bookstore," Kerkstra retired in
June from her post as bookstore manager. She graciously handled long lines
and last-minute book orders, and remembers the days when inventory was
tabulated with pencils and erasers instead of computer keyboards.
Over the past 30 years, hundreds
of Trinity students have seen Balsan almost everyday, either to drop off
their tuition payments or pick up their mail. She started in the College's
business office, mostly handling student accounts, before taking over as
mailroom clerk, where she has served for more than 20 years.
Other honorees included:
Tom Vloedman, vice president for business affairs and finance (20 years);
Bonnie Decker, nursing department (20 years); Dr. Brad Breems, sociology
(15 years); Dr. Randall Voorn, business (15 years); Nancy Bolhuis, admissions
department (15 years); Dr. Cynthia Sander, nursing chair (10 years); Dr.
Sharon Robbert, mathematics (10 years); and John Jeffries, music (10 years).
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