Gallery of Faculty Scholarship, held November. 8 in the Ozinga Chapel,
displayed the research, interests, and projects of more than 30 Trinity
professors. Dr. Michael Vander Weele, English professor and chair of the
professional development committee, was pleased with the response, which
was augmented by holding the event concurrently with the Faith Engaged
"The interest was great,
both from faculty and students," he said. "It gave the students a chance
to see more of what the faculty does outside the classroom, and it provides
visitors a look at some of the areas of scholarship we're involved in."
One of the primary goals
for the Gallery is to promote discussion between students and faculty about
various research and study tracks that may open doors for other educational
opportunities. It also serves as a venue for faculty to learn more about
each other's professional achievements.
Scholarship is important
at the College, and Vander Weele hopes that its emphasis will grow among
students and faculty.
Gallery is a fall complement to OPUS, which celebrates student scholarship
in the spring. We've thought about working out a joint effort, but we really
don't want to detract from the students' time. At some point, we'd like
to invite (the Palos Heights) city council and chamber of commerce. We
need to spread the word about the caliber of the faculty we have here."
Among the faculty with exhibits,
Rick Snoeyink (education) shared research about technology in education.
He studied the experiences of three veteran teachers who were introduced
to new technology-based teaching tools and methods as they adapted to using
computers and other equipment in their classrooms.
Art professor John Bakker
displayed a collage of paintings depicting black families at home and in
church. When finished, the entire collection will be put on view in the
lobby of a police station in a Chicago neighborhood.
Other faculty participants
were: Gitogo Maina and Robin Pals-Rylaarsdam (biology); Mackenzi Huyser
and Rose Malinowski (social work); Helen Van Wyck and Ken Austin (music);
Charlie Emmerich (political science); Annalee Ward, Craig Mattson, and
Sherry Barnes (communication arts); Brad Breems (sociology); Joy Meyer,
Patti Powell (education); Virginia La Grand, Dan Diephouse, Mark Jones
(English); Yudha Thianto and Don Sinnema (theology); Dick Cole (psychology);
David Klanderman (mathematics); Craig Luehr (chemistry); Mark Ward (business);
Aron Reppmann (philosophy); and Burt Rozema (Greek).
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