Trinity College Modified Class Schedule for Convocation, Sept. 3

The traditional undergraduate classes of Trinity College will follow a modified schedule on Wednesday, September 3, due to University Convocation. Classes between 9 a.m. and 3:15 p.m. will each be shortened by 5 minutes. Students and faculty should carefully note the modified schedule, below. Schedules will also be posted throughout buildings where college classes meet.

8:00 – 8:50 (and 7:35 – 8:50) classes are unchanged.
9:00 – 9:50 classes will meet 9:00 – 9:45.
10:00 – 10:50 classes will meet 9:55 – 10:40.
11:00 Convocation
12:15 – 1:05 classes will meet 12:40 – 1:25.
1:15 – 2:05 classes will meet 1:35 – 2:20.
2:15 – 3:05 classes will meet 2:30 – 3:15.

Classes, labs and music groups that meet in the late afternoon or evening will follow their regular schedule.

The Convocation service is anticipated to be longer than a standard chapel. This schedule change spreads the impact over all classes equally. In order to start Convocation promptly at 11:00, classes will be dismissed at 10:40 to give students and faculty time to make their way to the chapel and be in place for the service.

Note that this schedule change is for the traditional undergraduate program of Trinity College in Deerfield only. TEDS, TGS, and REACH classes will follow their normal schedules.

Rare Opportunity — NEW Fall TEDS Course

ES 8000 Theological Education in Asia – Two days only Sept 12-13 – available for 1 or 2 hours masters or doctoral credit. The seminar will explore the contours of theological education in Asia with dialogue informed by preparatory reading, and rare opportunity to hear from visiting scholars.

Guests in person and via Skype include: Dr Junias Venugopal, Provost at Moody Bible Institute and former Dean of Asian Graduate School of Theology; Dr Lester Ruiz, Director with the Association of Theological Schools, member of the Foundation for Theological Education in Southeast Asia, former faculty member at International Christian University Tokyo, Japan; Dr Bong Rin Ro, active scholar and theological ed leader, former executive secretary of the Asian Theological Association and International Director of the World Evangelical Alliance, founding dean of Torch Trinity, Korea; Dr Joseph Shao, current ATA General Secretary, and Dr David Pao, TEDS faculty and adjunct at Evangel Seminary and CGST Hong Kong.

Facilitated by Dr. Jim Moore. Substantial preparatory reading required prior to the course meeting. See the online syllabus for details.

Deerfield Students: Attend Monday Classes on Wednesday, Aug. 27

On the first day of classes for the traditional semester on the Deerfield campus, students should follow their Monday class schedule. With several Monday holidays, this one-day schedule adjustment each semester equalizes the number of class sessions among the Monday, Wednesday and Friday classes.

This change is for the Deerfield campus only, and does not apply to REACH classes.

Fall 2014 Mosaic Gathering Kick Off!

On Wednesday, August 27, from 11:00 AM – 12:20 PM in Melton Hall, the Mosaic Gathering will kickoff with a free lunch featuring Trinity President Dr. David Dockery and North Chicago Mayor Leon Rockingham, along with area pastors, leaders, Trinity faculty, staff, and students.

Entrusted with the gospel, Trinity Mosaic Ministries aims to advance the ministry of reconciliation and renewal by…

  1. equipping students;
  2. developing and distributing resources;
  3. and creating new collaborations and networks.

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

Testing Center Hours for Fall 2014

The USSC Testing Center will begin regular hours for the Fall 2014 semester on Wednesday, August 27.

Fall 2014 Hours:
Monday 12:30PM – 4:30PM
Tuesday Noon – 8:00PM
Wednesday 8:00AM – Noon
Thursday 8:00AM – 12:30PM
Friday 8:00AM – Noon

No appointment is necessary for students taking exams during the regular hours. Each student is encouraged to contact his/her professor to confirm quizzes or exams will be available in the Testing Center.

Questions may be directed to

The Dedication of Trinity Central

L–R: Amanda Higginbotham, Bekah Thomas, Rich Grimm, Mike Picha, George Mencer, and Sarah Beyer hold and cut the ribbon for the Trinity Central dedication.

“Do not despise these small beginnings, for the LORD rejoices to see the work begin . . .,” spoke the prophet Zechariah about the seemingly insignificant first steps of laying the foundation of God’s temple. In like manner, President Dockery enjoined Trinity staff who had gathered together for the dedication of Trinity Central on Tuesday morning to pause and thank God for its launch.

He then went on to thank the staff in particular who have worked toward the opening of this office—Rich Grimm and Mike Picha, Dave Skinner, Rachael Russiaky, Julie Wong, Lee Ho, the IT department, the admissions team for their flexibility in moving space, and the Trinity Central staff (George Mencer, Sarah Beyer, Bekah Thomas, and Amanda Higginbotham).

Folks gather around the Trinity Central staff for the dedication prayer.

“Trinity Central marks a partial fulfillment of the student-services focus we’ve wanted to pay even greater attention to, along with enrollment and retention,” Dockery said.

President Dockery then called upon Co-Provost Jeanette Hsieh to offer a prayer of dedication, the framework of which was provided by this year’s theme verse:

Unless the LORD builds a house, the work of the builders is wasted. Unless the LORD protects a city, guarding it with sentries will do no good. (Ps 127:1)

Before prayer, Hsieh called all the staff present to come forward and gather around the Trinity Central staff to lift them up in prayer to God for his sustaining providence in the days ahead.


Trinity Central will be the one-stop/first-stop service center designed to serve the Deerfield campus community. It is located in Petersen (in the space formerly occupied by Graduate Admissions), and will be open extended hours to serve the community: Monday through Thursday from 7:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m., Friday from 7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., as well as Saturday hours (TBA).

Trinity Central’s initial menu of services includes the following:

Assistance with basic University questions

  • helping with answers to how-to questions
  • providing directions and answers on location and where-to questions
  • providing information on timing of campus events and the university calendar

Registration Assistance

  • adding/dropping courses
  • coordinating withdrawal process
  • changing catalog
  • printing  degree audits and helping with answers to degree audit questions
  • acquiring unofficial transcripts
  • changing advisors

Student Financial Services Assistance

  • cashing a check (up to $50)
  • making a payment on a student account
  • printing out course and fee statements
  • accessing and understanding financial aid
  • dropping off financial aid forms (church match grant, verification, rebates, or loan paperwork)
  • adding meal points (cash only)
  • facilitating adjustments to meal plans (first 2 weeks of semester)

General Services

  • providing support and guidance to students in matters related to continued enrollment
  • dropping off any university documents/forms
  • providing quarters for laundry (2 roll weekly limit)
  • processing change of address forms

Stop by and visit Trinity Central in Petersen, or feel free to call or email us at 847.317.4200 or

Your Trinity Central staff looks forward to serving you!