Trinity International University’s Leslie Frazier Field has been recognized by the Sports Turf Management Association (STMA) as the Collegiate Football Field of the Year.
The STMA presents the award annually to the most excellent playing fields across the nation. Besides recognizing football fields like Leslie Frazier Field, the organization also recognizes soccer fields and baseball and softball diamonds at collegiate, professional, and recreational levels.
According to a press release from the STMA, nominees for the award are reviewed by a panel of 16 judges and scored on several criteria, including playability, appearance of surfaces, utilization of innovative solutions, effective use of budget and implementation of a comprehensive agronomic program. Winners for all areas were announced on November 21.
Grounds Supervisor Andy Yeaman is honored to have the hard work of his crew be recognized by the leading authority on sports field management.
“We in the grounds department and facility services are very proud of this prestigious award,” Yeaman said. “To be recognized nationally for our diligence and hard work is hugely rewarding.”
In winning this award, TIU finds itself among the ranks of some of the nation’s biggest universities and most well-known football fields, including two-time winners Northwestern University and Iowa State University, as well as Michigan Stage University, the University of Oregon, and Texas A&M University.
The Field of the Year Award will officially be presented at the 25th STMA Conference & Exhibition in San Antonio, Texas, in January. Leslie Frazier Field will also be featured in a 2014 issue of Sports Turf Magazine.
Trinity International University welcomed poet Dave Harrity on Tuesday, Nov. 19 and Wednesday, Nov. 20 for “Making Manifest Live,” a series of lectures and workshops that discussed the role of creativity as a spiritual discipline.
The series was named after Harrity’s most recent book, Making Manifest: On Faith, Creativity, and the Kingdom at Hand. The book is a 28-day devotional that uses writing exercises to focus on and promote the intersection of creativity, community, and the church.
While at Trinity, Harrity led two writing workshops. In the first workshop, participants—which included both students and staff—read and discussed a series of poems hand-picked by Harrity, who then led a writing exercise similar to those featured in Making Manifest. Between the two sessions, participants were given a second exercise to complete for the second workshop, where they discussed their creative processes and asked Harrity for advice on how to revise their own pieces.
Harrity also held two open lectures during his visit. The first lecture discussed how the church can re-imagine their efforts in making peace with their neighbors and communities through the use of creativity. The second lecture examined how poetry has been used to prophetically promote peacemaking. The lectures wrapped up with a discussion on how students and staff can make an effort to utilize peacemaking strategies on Trinity’s campus and in the Deerfield community.
In addition to the recent publication of Making Manifest, Harrity has several accomplishments in the creative community. A professor at Campbellsville University in Kentucky, Harrity is also the founder of Antler, an organization that helps Christian communities use creativity as a discipline for spiritual formation. He has published one book of poetry, Morning and What Has Come Since, and has a second due out in 2014. His poetry has been published in several literary magazines and journals, including Relief: A Christian Literary Expression, which is run by TIU Associate Professor of English Dr. Brad Fruhauff.
Several local and global fair trade vendors will be visiting Trinity International University on December 5 as a part of TIU’s first ever Fair Trade Gift Market.
Open to the public, the Fair Trade Gift Market is an opportunity for TIU to partner with fair trade organizations—many of which are from the Chicagoland area—and help showcase and sell their products. Among the more than 15 vendors appearing at the market, World Vision, Ten Thousand Villages, and Global Handmade Hope will all be present.
The market also provides local consumers an opportunity to finish their holiday shopping while supporting organizations who pursue a fair global economy through their business. With a wide variety of available products including jewelry, clothing, coffee and decor, the Fair Trade Gift Market offers something for everyone on your holiday shopping list.
In addition to shopping at the market, attendees can visit workshops that discuss fair trade and its impact on the local and global economy.
Director of College Activities Heather Cordero is organizing the event along with Trinity’s Community Partnerships Cabinet. She hopes that the event increases awareness of the impact of conscious consumerism both in the community and on Trinity’s campus.
The Fair Trade Gift Market coincides with Trinity’s annual Santa Lucia Festival, which celebrates the school’s historical roots by participating in and promoting Christian service, both locally and internationally. Though the Fair Trade Gift Market is a new addition to the festivities, it falls within a long-standing tradition of providing Trinity students and staff with opportunities to serve in the community during the holiday season.
The Fair Trade Gift Market will be held in the Waybright Student Center on Thursday, December 5, from 1:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Additional information can be found at tiu.edu/fairtrade. Any additional questions can be directed to Heather Cordero via email or by calling (847) 317-7071.
After careful consideration, Trinity International University (TIU) selected senior Rebekah Held as the 2013 recipient of the Lincoln Academy Student Laureate Award for her academic excellence and personal integrity.
The Lincoln Laureate Award is given out annually to a senior student at each four-year university in Illinois. Faculty and staff nominate a handful of seniors based on their academic and extracurricular merits. The nominated students then submit a letter to an academic counsel explaining why they believed they deserved the award.
This award was not unfamiliar to the Held family. In 2008 Held’s older brother Joshua Held was the Trinity recipient of the Lincoln Laureate. Five years later, she is proud to mimic her brother’s accomplishment.
When Held was initially nominated she was hesitant in applying. However, after considering the hard work she has put into her academics over the past four years as a Biblical Studies major, she decided to apply.
In addition to her academic qualifications, Held’s involvement in on- and off-campus ministry contributed to her achieving the award. She has been an active member of the Women’s Ministry Counsel since her sophomore year at Trinity, helping to plan and coordinate events to reach out to women across campus. Additionally, she has served at her local church as a Sunday school teacher in years past.
Statewide guidelines for receiving the award include maintaining a specific grade point average, demonstrating good character, and showing involvement and leadership in co-curricular activities. Held’s demonstration of each of these throughout her time at Trinity were integral in her selection as student laureate.
Held was officially recognized at an award’s ceremony in Springfield, Illinois, with the state’s other Lincoln Laureates. At this ceremony, each recipient was honored for their accomplishments and given a grant and a Lincoln Laureate medal to wear at graduation. Also at the ceremony were Professor of Christian Ministries Dr. Greg Carlson and his wife, who came to support Held and to represent TIU.
Going through this experience has left Held feeling humbled and honored for having been chosen from among the many talented, hard-working students at Trinity.
“I have always worked hard in school and at showing good character,” she said. “I feel so blessed and honored to be recognized for these things.”
Held plans to finish out the remainder of her senior year with the same sense of hard work and determination that has carried her through her past years of school. After graduation, she plans on entering the ministry field. Although she is unclear what that may look like right now, she is confident in God’s guidance for her next steps.
Dr. Dana Harris joined Trinity’s International Missions Fellowship (IMF) to share her experiences from a recent trip to Turkey, Rwanda, Kenya, and South Africa.
IMF—formerly known as “Bag Lunch and Missions”—is an on-campus group that hosts speakers who discuss missions-related topics with Trinity students and staff over lunch. They invited Dr. Harris—associate professor of New Testament at TEDS—to speak to the group upon her recent return from Africa.
Dr. Harris primarily shared stories and photos from her time in Turkey and Rwanda during the hour-long meeting, though she briefly mentioned her time in Kenya and South Africa as well.
Following a three-day stay in Istanbul where she taught at a Congolese ministry, Dr. Harris traveled to Rwanda. During her six-day stay in the small African nation, she was able to study theological reconciliation within the context of the 1994 genocide, which saw anywhere from 500,000–1,000,000 Tutsis die at the hands of the Hutus in a matter of weeks. Rather than teaching or working on projects, Dr. Harris said that she took the opportunity to simply listen to the testimonies of both the Tutsi survivors and the Hutu perpetrators.
“[Reconciliation] is at the absolute heart of the gospel,” Dr. Harris said. “If God’s work is to reconcile with us through Christ, then our work is to reconcile with one another through the gospel.”
Dr. Harris stayed in a Rwandan reconciliation village during her visit. In these reconciliation villages, Hutus who participated in the genocide are welcomed by a community of Tutsi victims to build a home for a family that was affected by the genocide. After the completion of the home, the community is able to accept the former perpetrator into their village, where he can build a home for himself and live among those he had once wronged, completing a compelling picture of reconciliation.
Dr. Harris also visited a church building that had been converted into a genocide memorial. According to Dr. Harris, the Hutus would lure Tutsis into churches under the guise of safety only to slaughter them. In this particular church, over 10,000 Tutsis were killed in a matter of days. In the wake of the genocide, survivors converted the church into a memorial complex that houses monuments and gardens commemorating the atrocities that took place there.
While Dr. Harris has no plans to return in the immediate future, she hopes that one day she can bring Trinity students back to Rwanda so that they might have a similar experience.
“I would almost call it an ‘un-missions trip,’” Dr. Harris said. “It would be different in that we wouldn’t be doing any work while we were there, but we would simply listen and hear the stories of reconciliation taking place there.”
TIU junior Daniel Durband raced in the NCCAA Cross Country Championships in Cedarville, Ohio, on Novemeber 16, becoming the first TIU cross country runner to advance to the postseason in the program’s young history. While there, he posted his fastest time of the season.
Origianlly from Barrington, IL, Durband has been running competitively since seventh grade and was a part of the Barrington High School cross country team. He came to Trinity in 2011 to pursue a business degree with emphases in management and organizational leadership. He also joined the cross country team that year and has been an integral part of the team’s leadership ever since.
Durband expected to have a good time at the NCCAA race, noting that he enjoyed the “experience of competing on a challenging course against other competitive runners.”
“Daniel came back from a mid-season injury, and really finished on a high note,” commented Trinity International head coach David Tingley. “His performance [at the NCCAA National Championships] really makes it a good day for TIU Cross Country.”
For its championship meet, the NCCAA invites elite teams and individual runners from Christian universities across the country to compete for a spot in the NAIA Championships. While the cross country team was unable to qualify for the race, Durband easily qualified as an individual. To qualify, a runner must complete one eight kilometer (5 mile) race in under 29:21 during the season. Durband was able to hit this mark in almost every race this season.
The TIU cross country program was inaugurated in 2010. While it is not easy for a young program to see notable success this early in its existence, Durband’s NCCAA qualification is not only an important personal benchmark, but a crucial achievement for the program as well.
“It proves that we have quality runners that can run for our team,” Durband said of his postseason qualification. “Hopefully it will get our name out there and show that we are a quality program.”
Executive Director of TIU’s Center for Bioethics & Human Dignity Paige Cunningham will be speaking at Olivet Nazarene University on November 21.
Cunningham’s presentation, entitled “Outsourcing Our Bodies: Dignity, Desire, and Human Flourishing,” will focus on displacing the current discussion of the value of the human body as a resource or a machine, instead offering an alternative vision of human dignity and flourishing that can help maintain a proper theological view of human worth.
Cunningham is a graduate of Trinity Graduate School, receiving her MA in Bioethics in 2004. In addition to being the executive director of The Center for Bioethics & Human Dignity, Cunningham is an adjunct professor of law at Trinity Law School and Trinity Graduate School. She also lectures regularly and has been published several times in the areas of bioethics, law and public policy. She has a regular commentary on Moody Radio called “Everyday Bioethics.” Some of her previous publications include Why the Church Needs Bioethics: A Guide to Wise Engagement with Life’s Challenges and The Reproduction Revolution: A Christian Appraisal of Sexuality, Reproductive Technologies, and the Family.
For more information on this free event, visit Olivet’s event page.