The Deadline for 2015 Spring Break Trips is November 1, 2014

Those interested in being part of this year’s short-term missions trips should fill out an application for the 2015 Spring Break Trip to Costa Rica, France, Jamaica, Los Angeles, Uganda or Zambia here. The deadline is Saturday, November 1st.

Trinity has organized trips that will catalyze spiritual formation and allow Students to experience Christianity in a culturally diverse setting. Through these dynamic and organic trips, students have a chance to grow, serve and learn more about the Kingdom of God in other parts of the world.

For more information contact Amanda Onapito on

Prof. Younger to Deliver Archaeology Lecture at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary

On November 6, 2014, 7:30 p.m., at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, K. Lawson Younger, professor of Old Testament, Semitic languages, and Ancient Near Eastern history at TEDS will be lecturing on “The Aramaeans: The Ubiquitous People Group of the Ancient Near East.”

The Arameans, whose origins leave us with many questions, were comprised of a number of ethnically and linguistically related groups from across northern Syria and Mesopotamia. Those Arameans centered at the city of Haran, in the area known as Paddan-Aram, played an especially significant role in Israel’s ancestral history as recorded in the Book of Genesis. Isaac’s wife, Rebecca, was the daughter of Bethuel the Aramean (Gen. 25:20). Her deceitful son, Jacob, sought safety from his brother, Esau, in this same area with their maternal uncle, Laban (Gen. 28:5; 31:20, 24). In the Exodus tradition, the Israelites who entered Canaan prepared an offering before the Lord while acknowledging their Aramean ancestry (“A wandering Aramean was my father”; Deut. 26:5).

The Arameans seem never to have achieved a unified culture or centralized political system. Instead, numerous Aramean city-states arose between the 11th and 8th centuries BCE. Urban centers such as Bit-Adini, Bit-Agusi, Aram Damascus, and Sam’al represent some of the most significant strongholds, But beyond whatever political influence these states may have garnered, the Aramaic language and script, which the Arameans developed from Phoenician, clearly represent their principal contribution to ancient Near Eastern culture. As the Assyrians conquered ever larger tracts of Aramean land during the 9th and 8th centuries BCE, they deported large numbers of Arameans eastward to the Assyrian homeland. But, ironically, by the late 8th century BCE the Assyrian Empire itself adopted the Aramaic language for its own international diplomacy and trade. And in time, the Aramaic script replaced other national scripts, including Hebrew. In fact, the book script that appears in the Tanakh today descended from Aramaic letter forms.

Professor Lawson Younger, a recognized authority on the culture and language of the Aramean peoples, will provide an overview of this group as he explains its tribal structures and the complexity of its connections with nomadism. He will outline the rise of Aramean polities in the context of various regional issues and, by looking specifically at two of the many known Aramean entities (Sam’al = modern Zincirli; Gozan = Tell Halaf), he will trace the differences and similarities within the various histories of these polities. Come hear this internationally acclaimed scholar discuss a cultural group that held such close ties to the Hebrews of the Old Testament.

This lecture continues the seminary’s series on peoples of the biblical world.

The Kelso Museum of Near Eastern Archaeology will be open from 6:30–7:15 p.m. and after the lecture. The lecture and reception to follow are free and open to the public.

The Higher Learning Commission Arrives Nov. 3–4

The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) will visit our campus for a focus visit on Monday, November 3, and Tuesday, November 4, 2014. We are asking HLC for permission to expand our distance education offerings from our current level of “courses only” to “courses and degree programs.” If the request is approved, Trinity will be able to offer fully online certificates and degrees, which will help extend our educational offerings beyond our physical campus boundaries.

The HLC team will conduct interviews in the Waybright Center all day on Monday, November 3, and on the morning of Tuesday, November 4. We want you to be aware of their presence on campus so you can be welcoming and friendly if you have contact with them.

Please join us in praying for a positive outcome to this visit.

Mosaic Gathering: Worship and Rest

This week’s Mosaic Gathering will feature Pastor Cory Ratliff and the Mosaic Worship team! The Gathering will take place November 5 from 11:00am-12:20pm in Melton Hall (Waybright Center, Deerfield campus.

As people entrusted with the Gospel, Trinity Mosaic Ministries aim to advance the ministry of reconciliation and renewal by (1) equipping students, (2) developing and distributing resources, and (3) creating new collaborations and networks.

In the Mosaic Gathering, we explore the biblical vision of reconciliation through prayer, biblical reflection, cultural and social analysis, and networking with like-minded leaders.

Academic Advising Begins November 3

Trinity College students need to meet with their faculty advisor between November 3 and 14 to discuss their proposed course plan and obtain registration clearance for the spring semester.

Students should plan a tentative spring schedule prior to their meeting with their advisor, using the spring semester class schedule which is posted on MyTIU and the dashboard. It is also important to check the Trinity College catalog, available online, to view requirements and course pre-requisites. In general, freshmen and sophomores should take 100- and 200-level classes that fulfill general education requirements, as well as a limited number of courses in their major.

During the advisement period, faculty plan additional office hours so they can meet with all of their advisees. Students should schedule time with their advisor even if they have a health, financial or other hold. That way, as soon as the student resolves the issue, the student will be cleared and ready to register.

When planning for the spring semester, students should also consider summer course options, including Trinity’s face to face May term classes (May 19 – June 5) and our online classes (Six-week terms are May 18 – June 27 and July 6 – August 15, while the twelve-week term is May 18-August 15). Summer courses are a great way to accelerate one’s program, increase elective choices, or keep on track to a four-year completion if the student has chosen to have lighter semesters during a busy time, such as “in season” for an athlete.

Students who don’t know who their faculty advisor is can check the dashboard on MyTIU. All new students have been assigned an advisor based on their expressed major interest. Some upper class students will find they have a new advisor if they were previously assigned by someone who retired or who has taken a new position.