TRINITY/CALVIN GAME TESTS
LOYALTIES FOR WEST MICHIGAN ALUMNI
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
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
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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