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TRINITY/CALVIN GAME TESTS LOYALTIES FOR WEST MICHIGAN ALUMNI

A Trinity alumni reception at Calvin College in December made sense for several reasons. Trinity shares a strong, longtime connection with Calvin, a number of two-year Trinity students from the 1960s finished their degrees at Calvin; and the two colleges' basketball programs were squaring off against each other.

In a hotly contested matchup witnessed by close to 3000 fans inside Calvin Fieldhouse, the Trolls nearly upset the Knights before dropping an 86-82 decision Saturday, December 6. The game was the first between the two teams since the mid-1990s and marked a homecoming to Grand Rapids, Michigan, for previous Calvin assistant and current Trinity head coach Tim Walker.

After the game, the College's alumni relations department hosted the reception in the Fieldhouse. President Steven Timmermans, sporting a Trinity T-shirt, was present to greet alumni who attended both colleges as well as four-year Trinity graduates who now live in western Michigan. In addition to the Trinity alumni who were on hand, dozens of students made the trip from Palos Heights to support the Trolls.

"It was a great atmosphere all afternoon," said Kelly Triezenberg '02, Trinity's assistant director of alumni relations. "There are so many people from both institutions who know each other, have grown up with each other, and whose families have enjoyed longstanding relationships, and that includes most of the players on the teams. It was fun to see some of those people with split loyalties take opposing sides for a couple of hours.

"It was particularly satisfying to see the number of people wearing Trinity blue. The crowd was lively the entire game, and that energy flowed through the reception as well. The turnout was very encouraging, and we look to build on it next year when Calvin's basketball team visits us."
 

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