PRESIDENT CO-CHAIRS CAMPUS COMPACT GALA
When President Steven Timmermans found out that the Bush administration had singled out Trinity Christian College with distinction for its hurricane relief efforts, he was attending the 20th anniversary celebration of the national Campus Compact in Chicago, Illinois. Campus Compact is a national coalition of more than 1,000 college and university presidents — representing some 5 million students — dedicated to promoting community service, civic engagement, and service-learning in higher education. Timmermans is a co-chair of the Illinois Campus Compact.
The event was held on October 16 and was co-chaired by President Timmermans, along with the presidents of Georgetown University and Western Illinois University.
“At Trinity, we exhibit that civic-mindedness in several ways,” said President Timmermans. “Felecia Thompson is our community partnership director. She leads a variety of community service efforts. Faculty incorporates service learning into their courses. And the College allows staff to take up to a week off each year for community service projects. Kelly Netjes ’02, director of alumni relations, spent a week with students on the Gulf Coast cleaning up after Hurricane Katrina.”
In addition to President Bush’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll Award, former first lady Rosalynn Carter appeared at the Campus Compact gala to present the Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Campus-Community Partnership Award.
“I hope that young people from all our colleges will aspire to service wherever they live,” President Timmermans said. “My wish is that their ethic of service reflects a faith in our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, who has claimed the world for Himself.”
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