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Trinity students showcased their talents and gifts for two evenings of fellowship and praise to the delight of more than 1,500 family, friends, and supporters of the College during The Gathering. The annual fall event features a wide variety of choral and instrumental performances by student groups. 

Each night, guests filled the Mitchell Memorial Gymnasium where they were served a dinner of beef tenderloin, red roasted potatoes, and green beans by members of the College's athletics teams. After a pumpkin mousse cheesecake dessert, some visitors walked while others rode trolleys to the Ozinga Chapel for the student performances.

The music and singing created a lively atmosphere with a series of crescendos and climaxes. From the wind ensemble's opening rendition of Barber of Seville through the gospel medley sang by a barbershop-style quartet adorned in red striped sport coats to the final hymn of praise, the audiences enjoyed a celebration of God's goodness and love.

Sophomore Krista Karalevicz (St. Anne, Illinois) and senior Nick Koster (Lansing, Illinois) served as the student hosts for both programs, which were also highlighted by testimonies from Trinity students. Seniors Kelly Johnson of Brookfield, Illinois, and Danjuma Bulus, a native of Nigeria, and freshman Hannah Ellis of Wausau, Wisconsin, shared their stories of God's providence in bringing them to Trinity and the impact that College has had on their lives. 

Alumni relations director Dennis Harms introduced a nostalgic slide show of Trinity's past that displayed how much the College has grown since its beginnings 44 years ago. He then announced that the Board approved plans for Alumni Hall, an on-campus residence hall scheduled to be completed in August 2004.

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