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THE GATHERING DRAWS FRIENDS, FAMILY TO CAMPUS
 
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The musical talents of Trinity's choral and instrumental groups took center stage for two nights at The Gathering October 3 and 4. More than 1000 guests attended the annual event for a unique experience of fellowship, fine dining, praise, and celebration.

Each night, parents and friends of the College filled the Mitchell Memorial Gymnasium where they feasted on a dinner of beef tenderloin, twice baked potato, and baby carrots served by members of the College's athletics teams. On the eve of his inauguration, President Steven Timmermans greeted the audience and opened the dinner with prayer.  Following the dessert of flourless chocolate torte, visitors walked or rode the "Trinity Trolleys" to the Ozinga Chapel for the student performances.

In their official duties as students hosts for the programs, junior Jocelyn Black '05 (Chicago, Illinois) and sophomore Drew Thorwall '06 (Crystal Lake, Illinois) - both of whom are communication arts majors - moderated the evening's performances. The choral and instrumental ensembles treated the audiences to classical and contemporary offerings, including selections by the campus choir, honors ensemble, jazz band, The Gathering ensemble, and the wind ensemble. The finale featured the concert choir and audience, accompanied by the organ and wind ensemble, singing the hymn "Rejoice, the Lord is King."

A special video presentation, narrated by communication arts professors Dr. Annalee Ward on Friday night and Dr. Sharon Barnes on Saturday night, introduced the concept of the proposed theater and arts building. 

The Trinity community demonstrated its commitment to the College through gifts and pledges to the Trinity Fund of $72,000, which help provide enhanced learning opportunities and facilities improvements throughout campus without raising tuition costs. 

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