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CASE Grant Awarded to Trinity

Students from Trinity’s Rotaract Club attended a ceremony at the Palmer House Hilton in Chicago on November 6 to accept an award for their proposed plan to continue partnering with business people in Malawi, Africa. The group also received a certificate of merit bearing the signatures of former President Jimmy Carter and Mrs. Rosalyn Carter.

The Carter Academic Service Entrepreneur (CASE) Grant will provide $1,000 for the students to implement the next project in a continuing two-year partnership with the Christian Entrepreneurs Association of Malawi (CHREAM).

Dr. Lynn White, professor of accounting, will accompany three students to Malawi to hold training sessions with individuals who will then be able to train dozens of other Malawian business men and women. The focus of the activities will be on bookkeeping (accounting) and finance.
While a small number of students actually travel to Malawi each year, the effort is supported by Rotaract, a college-university version of Rotary International.

The event was sponsored by The Illinois Campus Compact, an organization of colleges that promotes volunteerism and awards select college students for their civic involvement. Students attending the awards ceremony with President Steven Timmermans, Ph.D., included:

Kyle Geenen ’10 of Holland, Michigan
John Roberts ’10 of St. Louis, Missouri
Brenda Roethel ’09 of Oostburg, Wisconsin
Paige Swan ’10 of Thornton, Illinois
Thomas Vervelde ’09 of Cedar Grove, Wisconsin
Ryan Wories ’08 of Lansing, Illinois

“Attending this event gave me the opportunity to meet with students, faculty, and staff from other schools all across Illinois,” said Paige Swan ’10 of Thornton, Illinois. “Together, we were able to link and share ideas throughout the day on the topic of ‘service learning,’ a subject we all commonly seek to encourage on our campuses.”

View NBC5's slideshow of the event.

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