JONGSMA HEADLINES 2005
ALUMNI AWARDS RECIPIENTS
The alumni board honored
the invaluable contributions of several members of the Trinity community,
including a psychotherapist, one of Trinity's original faculty, a former
secretary to two past presidents, and two loyal friends of the College,
by naming them recipients of the 2005 alumni awards.
Dr. Arthur Jongsma, Jr. '63
was tabbed as Trinity's Alumnus of the Year while Dr. Calvin Seerveld,
who began teaching philosophy at Trinity in 1959, Lois Boonstra, and George
and June Schaaf will receive Honorary Alumni awards. The ceremony for their
recognition will take place February 4 at the Presidential Alumni Dinner
during Homecoming weekend.
"The alumni board made some
difficult decisions; we had some wonderful nominees," said Kelly Triezenberg
'02, assistant director of alumni relations. "Dr. Jongsma and Dr. Seerveld
are a great connection to the earlier days of the College. Along with Lois
Boonstra and George and June Schaaf, they have been a significant part
of so many memories at Trinity. We hope that bringing them back to campus
will be meaningful for them and for all Trinity alumni as well."
Jongsma began his career
as a psychologist in the 1970s at Pine Rest Christian Hospital in Grand
Rapids, Michigan. He teamed with a group of psychotherapists in 1979 to
launch Psychological Consultants, a private practice that works with substance
abuse programs. Jongsma developed a database called TheraScribe to help
clinicians design treatment plans for their patients and wrote the Complete
Adult Psychotherapy Treatment Planner in 1995.
Seerveld is beloved by many
Trinity alumni from the 1960s and '70s for his thought-provoking teaching
style. He challenged students in his philosophy classes to think critically
about traditional Christian views instead of accepting them without personal
reflection. Many of his students have credited him as a primary influence
in shaping their worldview as Christians. The Willowdale, Ontario, resident
remains in touch with many of the College's Canadian alumni.
Boonstra served in the president's
office as the secretary for Drs. Kenneth Bootsma and AJ Anglin, a span
of 14 years that ended in 1998. The Schaafs, owners of Schaaf Window Corp.
and former owners of Schaaf Glass, helped the College remodel its dining
hall and acquire the land along Route 83 that is being developed into athletics
fields. Although June Schaaf died last summer, she will receive the honor
posthumously. Two of the Schaafs' children are Trinity alumni.
If you would like to attend
the Presidential Alumni Dinner, please contact Kelly Triezenberg at 708.239.4854