First Mosaic Gathering of 2014-15 Features Interview with President Dockery

Mosaic Ministries at Trinity International University

Over 150 local pastors and community leaders, students, faculty, and staff all joined together for worship and food at the first Mosaic Gathering of the 2014-2015 school year.

The Mosaic Gathering takes place each week during the semester on Wednesdays at 11am in Melton Hall. It is a formative time of networking, prayer, worship, eating together, and biblical-theological reflection on reconciliation and the Gospel. Gatherings are facilitated by Mosaic Ministries, an interconnected network of people and groups whose goal is to advance the ministry of reconciliation and renewal by equipping students, developing resources, and creating new networks.

Daniel Hartman, Mosaic Ministries Director, sees the weekly Gatherings as a unique opportunity for believers from various places to network and refresh one another. Speaking of the various divisions that separate people groups such as race, socioeconomic status, or denomination, he says Mosaic leadership “feels the increasing need to equip leaders and ministers of the Gospel to be able to cross all of these different lines with the Gospel.”

New TIU president Dr. David Dockery was interviewed by Felix Theonugraha, Vice President of Spiritual Life and University Ministries. Dr. Dockery has twice been honored by local chapters of the NAACP for his work on racial reconciliation, and he spoke about this as well as about his experiences growing up as a child in Alabama during the height of the civil rights movement. Dr. Dockery emphasized his admiration for Trinity’s commitment to reconciliation and the diversity evident across all TIU schools.

Future Mosaic Gatherings will feature various leaders from within TIU as well as local pastors and community leaders. Visit the Mosaic webpage to learn more.


Service Learning Credit with Community Partnerships Cabinet

Community Partnerships Cabinet (CPC) will be giving a discussion about Service Learning Credit and their ministries on Monday, September 8th at 7 p.m. in Melton. There will be snacks, a wealth of information about service learning, an opportunity to receive help in registering and filling out the service learning paperwork, and a time to learn more about CPC’s ministries. We hope to see you there!

CPC is a student leadership group on the Deerfield campus. There are nine different volunteer organizations associated with CPC, including Younglife, Habitat for Humanity, a nursing home, a homeless shelter outreach, and many more. In short, students are able to get Service Learning Credit through all nine ministries if you so choose.

Incarnate the Love of Christ: Refugee Ministry Opportunities

If you’re interested in mentoring, counseling and simply incarnating the love of Christ to others, then think about refugee ministry!  Hospitality is a defining feature of the Christian life, and almost nothing portrays hospitality more clearly than welcoming strangers in a strange land (Matt 25).

Pairs of students visit newly arriving refugee families from Iraq, Congo, Burma, etc. each week for an hour or so. Volunteers need a love of people, a desire to help, and a sense of humor. It is not necessary to speak a foreign language or have travel experience. Transportation is provided (the ministry is located in the Rogers Park neighborhood).

Contact Prof. Amit Bhatia (, faculty adviser for Trinity’s Refugee Ministry, for further information. There will be a four-hour training session on Saturday, September 20, from 10 a.m.–2p.m. in Rodine 128. This opportunity can also be used toward your Service Learning credit or Cross Cultural Field Ed. credit, so stay tuned for further announcements regarding dates and times.

Check out the video on walking this road together:


Trinity Community Invited to Battle of Bannockburn Festival

The Village of Bannockburn invites Trinity students, staff, and faculty to participate in the Battle of Bannockburn Festival on Sunday, September 7, from noon to 4 pm.

This year, the festival celebrates the 700th anniversary of the battle fought in Bannockburn, Scotland, in 1314. In that important battle, Robert the Bruce defeated King Edward II, taking a significant step in gaining the Scots freedom from the English crown.

The festival is held in the Village Open Space at 2245 Telegraph Road. A highlight of the afternoon’s activities will be a battle tournament with medieval re-enactors fighting in traditional armor. Trinity History Professor Steve Fratt, a member of the local SCA barony, will be one of the medieval warriors. There will also be exhibit tents with displays of life in medieval times, including cooking, livestock, storytelling, and music.

The Chicago Highlanders will perform traditional music on bagpipes and drums, and there will be a bonfire to end the afternoon.

Parking at the event is extremely limited, so Trinity will be providing free shuttle rides to and from the event between 11 am and 5 pm, running approximately every 20 minutes. (It takes about 5 minutes to get there.) You can catch the shuttle on campus at either the Trinity commuter parking lot or at the Security Gate.

Trinity College Deadlines to Add/Drop College Classes

The last day to add a fall semester class without a fee is Wednesday, September 3. This is also the last day to enroll for the fall semester. This deadline applies to the traditional undergraduate program of Trinity College on the Deerfield campus only.

The September 3 deadline applies to all class adds, including internships, guided studies, and independent studies. If you plan to complete an internship, guided study or independent study during the fall semester but have not yet finalized arrangements by submitting the appropriate paperwork, register using the temporary registration code TR 099 by September 3.

Between September 4 and September 10, there is a final grace period to add or withdraw from classes; students will be assessed a fee for add/drops in this period. After September 10, college students will not be permitted to add a semester-long or Quad A class except under extraordinary circumstances and with a dean’s approval.

September 10 is also the final day for students to withdraw from a class without record. After September 10, a student may still drop a semester class through November 7 (Quad A classes by September 19), but the class will remain in the student’s academic history (transcript), which will list a “W” (withdrawal); a W has no impact on the GPA.

Students should always consult their faculty advisor before adding or dropping a class. Dropping classes may have an impact on financial aid, athletic eligibility, and degree completion, so it is critical that students seek advice first, prior to dropping a class.

If you have questions, consult your faculty advisor or one of the Associate Deans (Drs. Wrobbel & Hedges).

On-Call Availability List Sign-Up

Are you needing to make some money while attending college or graduate school? Do you need a flexible job you can work around your classes? Did you know that Career Development publishes an “On-Call List” each semester that is purchased by local residents looking for quality people to do child-care, house-sitting, pet-sitting, yard work, catering, and/or cleaning? Fill out the On-Call Registration Form by Friday, September 12, 2014 and get your name out to a community that needs your giftedness and service. Email Career Development with any questions.

Trinity College Deadline for Internships, Guided Studies, Independent Studies

This is a reminder to all who intend to complete Internships for academic credit this fall, or who are requesting a Guided Study or Independent Study in the fall semester.

You should already have a temporary registration on your fall schedule as a placeholder (e.g., TR 099T, section 03 for a 3-credit internship); please see your advisor if you need help with this. In addition, you need to obtain the appropriate application packet (from the Career Services office for Internships, from the Academic Dean’s Office for Guided or Independent Studies), complete it, and submit it to the Academic Dean’s Office BY SEPTEMBER 10, the LAST DAY TO ADD CLASSES.

Exceptions: The Business and Christian Ministries departments have alternate systems for processing internships, IFEs, and professional experiences. Majors in those areas should follow established departmental procedures.