ALUMNUS COMES HOME
much has changed at Trinity since Dr. Derk Bergsma '77 graduated that he
had to step back and admire the campus he used to call home.
is a dramatic improvement in the aesthetics," he marveled. "The campus
is quite beautiful to behold."
returned to the College as the guest of honor for the Alumnus of the Year
reception September 26. Now vice president of expression genomics at GlaxoSmithKline
Pharmaceuticals in Pennsylvania, he studies genetic behavior to help find
cures for terminal diseases that kill millions of people worldwide.
close friend, and Trinity biology professor Dr. Bob Boomsma '77 set up
a morning lecture for Bergsma to discuss his work with science faculty
and students. He described the impact that genomics, which is the study
of the composition and function of genes, is having in scientific research.
is good for science because it expands the field; we can learn what is
known and discover what is unknown," Bergsma said. "The pharmaceuticals
industry has really embraced genomics, and it is creating a greater need
for traditional scientists, like biologist and chemists. This is an exciting
time for Christians who are contemplating a career in medical research."
the evening reception, which was held in the Fireside Chapel, Dennis Harms
'89, director of alumni and donor relations, presented Bergsma a rocking
chair on behalf of the College. It was a culmination of a memorable visit
in which he observed great growth and recognized a familiar foundation.
saw the substantial change the campus has undergone over the years," Bergsma
said. "I also noticed something more important that has not changed nor
should change. That is Trinity's focus on the Lordship of our Savior, Jesus
Christ, and secondly, the maintenance of an environment of Christian community."
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