News Release

Fall Homecoming 2009

As part of the 50th anniversary Jubilee! Weekend, Trinity held its annual Homecoming event on Saturday, October 3—its inaugural move to the fall—with more than 300 alumni joining current and former faculty and staff members on campus.

Alumni soccer games kicked off the morning, giving alumni from both the men’s and women’s soccer programs a chance to reunite and match up against each other and some of the current team members.

The 5K Troll Trot race featured a record 73 entrants, a few of whom appeared to be tuning up for the upcoming Chicago Marathon. Recent grad, Andy Jellema ’09 and current student Amy Van Hal ’11 of Pella, Iowa, each took home the $200 first prize in the men’s and women’s categories. Download the Troll Trot times.

“We moved the race to coincide with homecoming this year, and I think we may have begun a new tradition!” said Alumni Director Travis Bandstra ’06.

Homecoming guests attended the afternoon picnic; the alumni art exhibit and improv performance; the last lecture series featuring Dr. Michael Vander Weele ’73, professor of English, and Dr. Cal Seerveld, former professor of philosophy; and many kid-friendly activities for families.

The Art & Communication Center was also a hub of activity as the work of 21 Trinity alumni artists and graphic designers was on display in the Seerveld Gallery, along with a display of memorabilia and photos offering a nostalgic glimpse into Trinity’s past.

A few members of The Lumberjacks, the original improv comedy team on campus from the late ’90s, offered a reunion performance to close out the day’s festivities. A packed house of over 160 guests laughed the evening away as Doug Pruim ’97, Curtis Draper ’98, and Chris Van Noord ’99 updated their old skits with fresh material on Trinity campus life.

“It is our goal to continue to build off of Trinity’s homecoming tradition and to continue diversifying the day’s activities to take advantage of our new facilities and the warmer fall weather,” said Bandstra.

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