THOMPSON LEADS COMMUNITY
the past seven years, Felecia Thompson applied her gifts to meet the needs
of Trinity students. Now she is meeting the needs of the entire Trinity
Thompson began the 2004-05
academic year as the College's executive associate to the president for community partnerships, a new
position that will facilitate Trinity's move toward a greater presence
in the metropolitan Chicago area.
"This is an opportunity for
me to help put us on the map as an institution that provides an exceptional
Christian liberal arts higher education," she said. "We also want to demonstrate
that we are concerned about Chicago and the surrounding region. My task
is to help our students become educated outside their normal Christian
setting by utilizing the resources that Chicago has to offer."
The former director of academic
support and services - a position she has held since 1997 - feels well-equipped
to shoulder the load of being Trinity's public liaison. As a former executive
director of a social service agency in Chicago, she knows the significance
of networking and building bridges.
"Trinity's strategic plan
shows how important partnerships are to our mission," Thompson said. "I
will need to sustain and strengthen some existing relationships while also
looking to establish new partners that have local, regional, and national
ties. Each of those responsibilities is equally important."
President Steven Timmermans
acknowledged that Trinity has a great track record of community collaboration
and believes Thompson can lead the College to accomplish greater things.
"We have needed a person
to make high-quality connections between our campus and the community,"
Timmermans said. "Felecia possesses a vibrant Christian faith, a crucial
understanding of servanthood and education, and extensive cross-cultural
skills - all of which are important for the success of this position."
Thompson concluded that one
way to forge partnerships is to bring more guests and prospective partners
"People need to see what
we look like," she said. "We have a lot to offer; we have to get the word
out and people in. Whether we host concerts, educational conferences, recreational
events, professional development workshops, or social awareness seminars,
we have to attract people in our community to Trinity with things that
will benefit them and they will enjoy without compromising our identity.
I believe we can do it."