News Release

Honorary Alumni

Dr. Gerrit Van Dyke
G. Van DykeBefore retiring in 2002, Van Dyke had spent 30 years teaching biology at Trinity, inspiring students of all majors to consider a Christian’s role in nature and the environment. He helped to develop the Lake Katherine nature preserve in Palos Heights, Illinois, and worked to promote environmental education there, often engaging his students in his projects. In 1999, Van Dyke was awarded the Studs Terkel Humanitarian Service Award for his work in the community.

A few years ago, he and his wife, Laura, initiated the Gary Van Dyke Scholarship, which is awarded to a junior or senior biology major. Sons Leon and Les are Trinity graduates. Leon ’86 (Ph.D.) is a principal scientist in research and development with Roche Laboratories. Les ’89 (M.Div.) is a pastor at Reeman CRC in Fremont, Michigan.

Pete Hamstra
P. HamstraOften known to be one of the first employees on campus in the morning and one of the last to leave at night, Hamstra has been dedicated to Trinity’s mission since starting as the Dean of Admissions in 1997, when Trinity had about 600 students enrolled. This fall, Trinity’s enrollment of 1,367 students reflects the hard work, dedication, and passion for the mission that Hamstra exhibits each day.

Hamstra, who now serves the College as the Vice President for Admissions and Marketing, was thrilled to receive the unexpected news.

“I imagined that some day after 20 years or so of serving the College that it would be nice to be named an honorary alumnus, so I am incredibly honored that it has happened now,” he said, adding with humor that all of the T-shirts he has collected over the years from the alumni office, he is now worthy to wear.

Hamstra and his wife, Linda, live in Palos Park, Illinois, with their children Caleb, Aaron, Seth, and Raquel.

Dr. Luke and Pauline Schaap
SchaapsThe Schaaps began their life together as husband and wife on October 2, 1959, the very first day of classes for Trinity. All four of their children—Paul, Ruth, Jean, and Mary—graduated from Trinity. Luke has served many terms on the Board of Trustees. He was employed as a chemist for Amoco for more than 30 years and taught as an adjunct chemistry professor at Trinity from 1964-1965. Dr. Lou Sytsma, who has served Trinity as a chemistry professor for 30 years, was his lab assistant.

Pauline has worked on the Women’s Guild and has helped serve during many Trinity dinners. The couple recently started the Luke and Pauline Schaap Science Scholarship, which is awarded every year to a junior or senior science major.



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