Ushers needed for TEDS Commencement

We are seeking 6-8 people to serve as ushers at the TEDS Commencement on May 17. Your commitment would consist of attending a training session on Friday morning, May 16 at 10:15 AM, and arriving for Saturday’s Commencement Ceremony no later than 1:30 PM Saturday’s commitment of time would be approximately three hours. Please consider honoring your fellow students in this way. A small gift will be given for your participation.

Contact Judy Tetour in the Dean’s Office at extension 8086 or via email:

Concert Choir and Orchestra Present Schubert’s Mass in G

The Trinity Concert Choir and Orchestra, directed by Dr. Paul Satre, will present Franz Schubert’s beautiful “Mass in G” on Sunday, May 4 at 3 PM in the ATO Chapel. The concert will also feature choral pieces from the choir’s recent Spring tour.

Tickets are $8 General Admission, $5 Students/Seniors, and FREE for TIU Faculty, Staff and Students.

String Quartet to play at TEDS Community Lunch

A student-led string quartet will be playing at the TEDS community lunch on Tuesday, April 29th at noon in Hinkson Hall. Join us for a free (and relaxing!) lunch as we wrap up the semester. Don’t forget about our BBQ competition on May 8th–Magary VS. Washington!

Dr. Younger to Speak at U of Chicago

On May 4, Dr. Lawson Younger, professor of Old Testament, Semitic languages, and ancient Near Eastern history, will join several scholars for a free symposium about how ancient Near Eastern cultures honored the dead at 1:00 pm at the Oriental Institute Museum of the University of Chicago.

The half-day symposium, dealing with ancient practices in the care and commemoration of the dead, is being held in conjunction with a special exhibit at the museum, “In Remembrance of Me: Feasting with the Dead in the Ancient Middle East.” As all cultures across time have tried to honor and commemorate their dead, this exhibit shows how the living cared for the dead and how the ancients conceptualized the idea of the human soul in ancient Mesopotamia, Egypt, and the Levant.

Dr. Younger will speak on “The Katumuwa Stele Inscription,” found on a memorial monument recently discovered in Zincirli, Turkey. The monument, dating to about 735 BC, is carved with an image of a man named Katumuwa seated before a table heaped with offerings. The lengthy inscription in Aramaic, a language widely used in the Middle East at that time, reveals new information about the practice of enacting annual sacrifices for the soul of the deceased.

Other experts in Near Eastern religion at the symposium include: Virginia Herrmann (Dartmouth College), David Schloen (University of Chicago), Theodore Lewis (The Johns Hopkins University), Karel van der Toorn (University of Amsterdam), and Theo van den Hout (University of Chicago). They will come together to describe the significance of the Katumuwa Stele and to place its mortuary beliefs and practices into the broader context of the contemporary biblical world and neighboring cultures.

The event is free, but registration is required. A reception will follow. For more information, visit the Oriental Institute website at

Kathy Richards at TSW: “Voices” against Sex Trafficking

SW will continue the discussion of “Voices” with recent M.Div. graduate, Kathy Richards. Kathy is involved with the She is Safe (SIS) organization ( as a leader of the SIS Chicago advocacy group, and will share about the organization and how you can be involved.

From the SIS website: “She Is Safe works to prevent, rescue and restore women and girls from abuse and exploitation in high risk places around the world, equipping them to build a life of freedom, faith and a strong future.”

Come and hear Kathy’s personal story of how she discovered her God-given voice and how God is using her voice to address the horrors of sex trafficking.

Wednesday, April 30th, 11:00-12:15
Lee Fireside Room – 2nd Floor of Lee Building
Light refreshments will be served


Originally written by Cassidy Ryan

TIU seniors Jono Mullins, Dustin Alewine, Dan Johnson and Tom Kenney are setting out this summer to bike from Deerfield, Ill., to Orange County, Calif., with a mission to help raise awareness for girls trapped in human trafficking.

The idea of biking from Illinois to California originated from Alewine, who got the idea from his father, who made a similar trip after graduating college. Originally, only Alewine and Mullins were going to make the cross-country trip, but the group soon expanded to include Johnson and Kenney while adopting the moniker Bike4Solution.

What began as a memorable senior trip turned into a lot more when Johnson had the idea to partner up with Bright Hope International, the anti-human trafficking organization that the football team partnered with during their last season. Bright Hope aggread to help organize and fund the trip if the group would raise awareness for sex trafficking along the way. Bike4Solution’s goal is to raise $50,000 for Bright Hope.

“We wanted to make the bike trip bigger than us,” Johnson said. “The football team partnered with Bright Hope in the fall and we liked the organization, so we presented the idea to them.”

According to Bright Hope’s website, more than $32 billion is annually generated by the human trafficking industry. Additionally, 2.8 million people are trapped in slavery in India, and 80 percent of those people are women and children. Once a girl is sold into the trade by her parents, she will likely stay there because she has no education or money.

Bright Hope’s Anti-Human Trafficking initiative focuses on equipping local partner-churches in India with the tools needed to eradicate sex trafficking in their villages. Bright Hope seeks to train the churches to identify victims, facilitate rescues, and provide physical and spiritual restoration. In addition, they also provide the rescued women with an education and job training to aid in a promising future.

None of the Bike4Solution team members have long-distance biking history, but, according to the guys, that just adds to the excitetment and challenge of the trip. To prepare for the two-month, 2,200-mile trip, the team has been training on stationary bikes, averaging around 15 miles per day with one 50-mile ride ber week.

The trek to California will begin on June 12. The team aims to reach Colorado Springs, Col. in two weeks, where Kenney will be the best man in his brother’s wedding.

“After Colorado, we really don’t have any solid timeline. We’re just going to pace ourselves and enjoy the ride,” Alewine said.

Those interested in learning more about the project can visit Bike4Solution’s Facebook page. Donations can be made at

April Athletics Roundup

TIU’s baseball and softball teams crossed the halfway mark of their respective seasons. See the links below to see how the teams fared these past two weeks.

Also, check out the updated TIU Athletics website, complete with larger photos and a more modern design. Expect more updates to come!