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Fiscal Year-End Deadlines

UPDATE

Now that it’s after July 16, if you receive any invoice dated June 30 or earlier, please hand-carry to the Business Office immediately.

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In order to meet audit standards and to have timely financial reporting for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2014, the following items need to be delivered to the Business Office by Wednesday, July 16:

  1. All invoices dated June 30 or before
  2. Any invoice dated July 1 or later pertaining to goods received, or services performed, on or before June 30, 2014
  3. Expense reports pertaining to fiscal year 2013-2014
  4. Clearing of cash advances you received on or before June 30, 2014
  5. Any check(s) received that are dated June 30, 2014 or earlier
  6. Any cash received on or before June 30, 2014
  7. Any outstanding expense reports for university issued credit cards (includes the July statement that has June expenses)

Your attention to these important year-end audit issues is greatly appreciated. If you have any questions regarding the above, please contact Jerry Ruscitti at x8020 or jruscitt@tiu.edu.

Brian Roberts Hired as Head Coach for TIU Men’s Basketball

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Brian “Boomer” Roberts comes to Trinity International University following a successful stint as an assistant coach for Vanguard University (Calif.). As the Lions’ top assistant last season, Roberts helped guide Vanguard to an NAIA National Championship in Division I. He has spent the past four seasons at his alma mater, as Vanguard has posted an overall record of 72-54. During that time the team improved upon its win total each season, capping Roberts’ time with the program by claiming Golden State Athletic Conference regular season and tournament championships along with the national title.

“I am blessed by this great opportunity to lead the men’s basketball program at Trinity International. It is an exciting time at TIU with the new leadership, and my family and I are ready to jump into the great community at TIU,” said Roberts. “I look forward to the challenges that lie ahead of us as a basketball program. We will be committed to diving into the lives of our young men to help mold them into men of character, men who compete at a high level in everything they do, and men who love each other and the Lord.”

Responsible for scouting, recruiting, and player development at Vanguard, Roberts worked primarily on the offensive game plan and worked individually with the team’s guards and wing players. He also worked with the team on their conditioning, maintained the program’s academic performance, and led Bible studies with the coaches and players.

Prior to his work with the men’s basketball program at Vanguard, Roberts was an assistant coach with the Lions’ women’s program. In two seasons, the Vanguard women posted a record of 58-7, reaching the quarterfinals of the NAIA National Tournament. The program never fell lower than fifth in the NAIA Coaches’ Poll during Roberts’ two seasons with the team.

During his playing career, Roberts was a two-time NAIA Scholar-Athlete, playing all four years for Vanguard frorm 2004-08. A career 42% three-point shooter, Roberts helped guide his team to a pair of 20-win seasons and an appearance at the NAIA National Tournament.

Graduating from Vanguard in 2008, Roberts also earned his Master’s Degree in Coaching and Athletic Administration in 2013. He and his wife, Brittney, and son Griffin, are in the process of moving to the area as Roberts begins his work with the Trojans this summer.

Kim McFarlin Named New Softball Head Coach

Trinity International Athletics announced the hiring of Kim McFarlin as head coach for the Trojans softball program.

McFarlin is a 2008 graduate of Trinity International, where she was a four-year player for the Trojans from 2005-08. As a player, McFarlin (then Kim Gilanyi) helped lead the Trojans as a team captain in 2007 and 2008, and had a career batting average above .300 while playing the outfield for TIU. In her senior season, McFarlin hit .347 with a team-leading 19 RBI. She hit five home runs on the year, including one in her final collegiate at-bat.

After graduating from Trinity, McFarlin has worked at Hawthorn Elementary South in Vernon Hills, Ill., teaching physical education. For the past six seasons, she has also coached at Libertyville High School, maintaining a record over .500 every year at the JV level.

“I am extremely excited to have the opportunity to coach at my alma mater and have an impact on the softball program,” said McFarlin. “Ultimately, my goal is to bring glory to God and help others to know Him through everything I do. There is nothing better than impacting people for Christ while doing something you love. Being involved in collegiate softball is a great opportunity for that.”

McFarlin will take over recruiting and coaching responsibilities immediately, as the team prepares for the 2014-15 season.

Brian Hagedorn: Trinity College Alumnus of the Year

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Trinity College Alumnus of the Year Brian Hagedorn has clearly made the most of his young career.

Though he only graduated from Trinity fourteen years ago—earning his B.A. in Philosophy in 2000—Hagedorn has quickly climbed the ranks of the Wisconsin judiciary system and currently serves as the chief legal counsel for Wisconsin governor Scott Walker, where he works closely with the governor and other staff members to manage the state government, plan the strategic direction of the administration, and design and pass key legislative initiatives.

As someone who is eager to serve the public and deeply interested in public policy, Hagedorn finds this position to be a vocational blessing.

“Few people have an opportunity in life to work somewhere that aligns their skills with their passions,” Hagedorn said. “I never dread going to work, even when it’s difficult. I love my job, and I love contributing.”

Born and raised in Milwaukee, Hagedorn—married and a father of five—chose to attend Trinity because he wanted to attend a university where he could nourish his faith, as well as play football and baseball. Ultimately, he found that his Trinity career was characterized by significant spiritual growth.

“It was a great time spiritually,” Hagedorn said. “There were lots of long prayer walks, lots of time meditating in the chapel, and great relationships built around prayer and accountability.”

Unsurprisingly, Hagedorn devoted plenty of time to his academic pursuits, focusing primarily on the areas of philosophy, theology, and history. According to Hagedorn, these subjects taught him to think critically and engage the world around him in a meaningful way. He loved to learn and think, which he notes was one of the main takeaways: “I learned how to think well. I came to see the complexity of life and complexity of the world. I came to ask myself hard questions and ask others hard questions.”

A career in law was not initially on Hagedorn’s mind when he graduated from Trinity in 2000, but between encouragement from peers, an interest in public policy, and experience in the field thanks to an internship under Illinois Senator Peter Fitzgerald, he reconsidered the possibility.

Following graduation, Hagedorn worked for Hewitt Associates in Lincolnshire, Illinois, for three years. During this time, he began to consider the steps that would be necessary to prepare him for a lifetime of service in the legal field. He decided to pursue this passion at the Northwestern University School of Law, where, working from a Christian worldview, he found himself seeing the legal system through a lens that was different from most of his classmates.

“The big distinction was that I understood that there was truth, and I knew where it was found,” Hagedorn said. “So I learned to apply the things I had learned at Trinity and engage and challenge my classmates with truth.”

Hagedorn excelled at Northwestern. In 2004, he was awarded a Blackstone Fellowship, which allowed him to study at the Alliance Defense Fund in Phoenix, Arizona, before interning with Americans United for Life in Chicago. He also served as the president of the school’s Federalist Society chapter before graduating in 2006.

Upon graduating, he joined Milwaukee’s Foley and Lardner as a private attorney. In 2009, he became a law clerk at the Wisconsin Supreme Court for Justice Michael Gableman, and in 2010 he accepted a position as an assistant attorney general at the Wisconsin Department of Justice.

Hagedorn (left) and his family with Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker (center).

The Wisconsin gubernatorial election cycle was in full swing during Hagedorn’s first year at the Department of Justice. Upon the election of Gov. Scott Walker in January 2011, it was recommended that he try to join the administration as chief legal counsel.

“I didn’t really know Governor Walker,” Hagedorn said, “but people who knew me and thought well of me recommended me to him. I was just the right person with the right background at the right time.”
Even though this opportunity came seemingly out of nowhere, Hagedorn eagerly accepted the position of chief legal counsel in January of 2011, and has held that position since then.

One of the most notable events that has occurred during Hagedorn’s tenure in Madison is the 2011 passage of Act 10. Also known as the Wisconsin Budget Repair Bill, Act 10 made headlines nationally as a far-reaching proposal that restructured collective bargaining for public employees in Wisconsin, along with asking them to pay significantly more of their pension and healthcare costs. Hagedorn played a significant role in drafting the bill, which sought to correct a massive deficit in the state budget and reform state government. Though the state’s senior management team anticipated public disapproval, they felt that they were doing the right thing.

Upon introduction, opposition to the bill was swift and substantial as tens of thousands of protestors flocked to the Capitol in Madison to voice their dissatisfaction. In a matter of days, they had occupied the State Capitol. Meanwhile, Hagedorn found himself at the nexus of one of the most intense moments in state history.

“It was a challenging time in many ways,” Hagedorn said. “I worked long hours, it was loud for twelve hours a day, people were sleeping outside my office. It was scary at times.”

Act 10 was passed in March of 2011. Almost immediately, the Walker administration was hit with lawsuits. Furthermore, a recall effort that had been launched in response to Act 10 came to fruition in March 2012. The recall election threatened to oust the entire Walker administration, including Hagedorn.
“Leading up to the recall election, my job was at stake too,” Hagedorn said, “but I will say that God gave me and my wife an incredible trust in him during that time. We held on to Matthew 6, so we weren’t worrying about tomorrow, but instead seeking his kingdom and righteousness.”

As of today, Act 10 is still in place in Wisconsin, primarily due to a perfect record from Hagedorn and his litigation team in defending the bill in both state and federal court. In the end, Hagedorn strongly believes that despite the contention the administration faced, the passage and defense of Act 10 is one of the most significant and satisfying moments in his career.

Part of Hagedorn’s role as chief legal counsel requires him to act as the chief ethics officer for the administration—a position, he says, that puts his faith into practice on a daily basis.
“My faith impacts everything I do in the workplace,” Hagedorn said, “but in that role, one of the difficult things is that I have to say ‘no’ to people, and that’s not always easy.”

Additionally, Hagedorn uses his role in political office to show others the values of integrity, humility, and honesty in a world that tends to be self-seeking. Though Hagedorn is passionate about his position as chief legal counsel, he believes that this is only the beginning of his long career in public service.

“I feel like I’m where God wants me to be right now, but I don’t feel like this is the end of a lifetime of service to people,” he said. “I would love to run for office at some point down the line. I fully intend to continue to participate in public service, whether as judge or another higher political office.”

Through God’s faithfulness, Hagedorn has been able to serve the people of Wisconsin in a way that impacts not only public policy, but embodies the core values of Trinity International University as well: Christ-centeredness, Comprehensive Education, Community, Church Connectedness, and Cultural Engagement. It is for this reason that he was selected for the Trinity College Alumnus of the Year award.

Trinity Law School Presents Moot Court for Latino Youth

Trinity Law School, Encuentros Leadership O.C. (led by Chairman, Dr. Al Mijares Orange County Superintendent of Schools) and Word-Up Ministries/The Advocate Radio Program (founded by Janet Carter, Esq.) collaborated  in presenting in a moot court presentation entitled, “Just One Bad Decision.”

The moot court presentation took place June 26, 2014 at the Old Orange County Courthouse in Santa Ana at 9:00 AM and is part of a week-long Encuentros Leadership O.C. summer program. Fifty Hispanic male sophomores were chosen from the Anaheim and Santa Ana school districts and will participate as jurors during the moot court presentation. The students will learn about the American judicial system and more importantly, how “Just One Bad Decision” can ruin their lives.

A combination of Trinity Law Students and volunteer youth (Juan Salas, Antonio Rodriguez, Caitlin Scott, Alex Mandujano, Cinthia Torres, Sandra Rodriguez, Jamie Riggins, Melanie Ahumada, George Baseluos, Narcis Brasov, Tim Almond, and Bo Sandulescu) acted out the moot court presentation. The students were taught how to analyze the law, the facts of the case, and the evidence, and then they were asked to draw their own conclusions of guilt or innocence for each of the two co-defendants standing trial. The event wrapped up with a real life testimony from one of the volunteer youth actors, Antonio Rodriguez, who shared how he wished he had been taught this type of lesson before he got in trouble with the law as a minor.

Written by Janet Carter, Esq. (Host of The Advocate Radio Program), the moot court script is intended to present an edgy and realistic pattern where students learn about the elements of the crime of “conspiracy.” They are taught that just talking about or planning a crime and/or taking action to assist in a crime, without even committing the actual crime themselves, can get them into big trouble with the law. This experience is expected to help students acknowledge the importance of making wise decisions when confronted with emotional upset; and embolden them to pursue their dreams, including dreams of a legal education for those who find great interest in the event. The goal is to deter gang violence, affiliation, and participation in all crime-related conversations. As natural consequence, this will result in a crime-free future for the students who take the moot court lesson seriously.

The vision of Encuentros Leadership is that every Latino male in Orange County be given an opportunity to attain higher education, which would lead to positive changes in impoverished areas. Pastor Ariel Meza, Academy Director and Encuentros board member, notes the alarming conclusion that Latino males have the lowest high school graduation rates and lowest college enrollment and completion rates of any subgroup. Encuentros Leadership was organized in 2003 to address these alarming, high-school dropout rates for Latino males. Through innovative programs and community partnerships such as this moot court presentation, Encuentros Leadership is working to address the educational, social, and economic issues that impact the quality of education and opportunity for Latino boys in Southern California.

Dean Myron Steeves, of Trinity Law School, commented, “This partnership allows us to utilize Trinity Law’s mission of advancing the integration of the gospel through academic excellence, advocating for legal justice, and encouraging discipleship.”

Juan Salas, a Trinity Law student who won the 2014 National Frederick Douglass Moot Court Competition and who is participating as a defense attorney in the presentation, said, “As a Latino, I was honored when I was approached by Janet Carter to help encourage at-risk youth to think big, to dream big, to act in an affirmative fashion, and to believe that success through education is possible – this is a program that may be a positive catalyst for many future Latino leaders in Southern California.”

Founded in 1980 as the Simon Greenleaf School of Law, Trinity Law School is a distinctively Christian law school located in Santa Ana, California. It is one of four schools in the Trinity International University system, which is based in Deerfield, Illinois. Trinity Law School is accredited regionally by the North Central Association of Schools and Colleges and the California State Bar Committee of Bar Examiners.