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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.
Check out the following events at Trinity during this season of Advent!
Santa Lucia Festival: In honor of the Christian martyr Saint Lucy (or Santa Lucia), whose veneration has deep connections to the Trinity’s Scandinavian roots, Trinity students are encouraged to practice Christian service during this annual Advent celebration. Events surrounding this year’s Santa Lucia celebration include the annual dorm decorating contest, the Fair Trade Gift Market on Dec. 5, and the Christmas Service Project sponsored by Community Partnerships Cabinet on Dec. 7. Santa Lucia concludes with the annual Santa Lucia Formal Dance on Dec. 13, where this year’s Miss Santa Lucia — a freshman girl who best exemplifies the characteristics of Christian service and leadership — will be crowned. Any questions regarding service opportunities can be directed to TIU College Union.
TIU Christmas Concert: Saturday, Dec. 7 at 3:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Join Trinity’s music ensembles for the annual Christmas Concert “Come and Behold Him! A Festival of Lessons and Carols.” Come celebrate the Christmas season with performances from the Concert Choir, the Symphonic Band, and the Handbell Choir. This concert is open to the public. General admission is $12 ($10 for students/seniors, $8 for all TIU students, staff, faculty, and families). For more information or questions regarding group or family discounts, call (847) 317-8021.
Best Christmas Story Ever: Dec. 13 at 11:00 a.m. As per tradition, the semester’s final chapel service will give four students an opportunity to share their most cherished Christmas memories, with one to be crowned the “Best Christmas Story Ever.” Finish off the semester with laughs, tears, and everything in between at this special chapel service!
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.
Reviewed by Josh Stoiber, Digest staff writer
This past weekend, TIU’s music department performed The Pirates of Penzance, or, The Slave of Duty, one of Gilbert and Sullivan’s most popular comic-operas, as the University’s annual musical.
The story opens with young Frederic (played by Jacob O’Marrah) graduating from his apprenticeship among a group of unsuccessful pirates. Upon leaving his indentures, Fredric comes across a group of young women (something that had never happened to him in all of his 21 years of life), and met Mabel Stanley (Kyrri Schober). The two quickly fall in love, a love that is immediately put into jeopardy by the fact that Mabel’s father (Kyle Berry) is a Major General of the Royal Marines. Torn between his love for Mabel and the loyalty he feels to his duty as a pirate, Fredric tries in vain to establish a balance between the two.
From the first note of the overture, it was clear that Pirates would become one of the school’s finest productions, with the show’s orchestral ensemble, conducted by the show’s musical director, Josh Tyra, deftly executing the opera’s complex (and nearly continuous) score.
The set, too, complemented the show well. Designed by Ruth Voetmann, the minimalistic rocks and arches set the scene without getting in the way of the energetic choreography, and the use of a scrim, complete with projected clouds, added nice production value to the show without being over-the-top or garish.
Above all else, the cast proved to be the production’s greatest show, particularly from O’Marrah and Schober. As Mabel, Pirates‘s most musically challenging role, Schober took on the cadenzas with seeming ease. As Frederic, O’Marrah struck a positive balance between acting out the script’s ridiculous plot, as well as being a relatable and comparatively level-headed character. O’Marrah’s voice also did not get in the way of his fine performance as Fredric.
In the end, The Pirates of Penzance was a triumph for the school’s music and drama departments, as the cast pulled through for one of the best performances in recent memory.
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.
The second installment of The TEDS Lectures, which features Dr. D.A. Carson on the letter to the Hebrews in four lectures, is now available in its entirety.
Dr. Carson, who is Research Professor of New Testament at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and who is also widely known as the founder & president of The Gospel Coalition, gave these lectures in spring 2013 as part of his Acts, Pauline, & General Epistles canon course.
Dr. Carson’s lectures cover a wide variety of topics in the epistle to the Hebrews, including introductory matters such as authorship and date of writing, as well as more advanced topics in Christology, perseverance, and the New Testament use of the Old Testament. Hebrews’ High Priestly Christology is one of its unique contributions to New Testament theology, and its famous “warning passages” and mapping of Yom Kippur imagery onto Jesus’ death and resurrection have prompted much writing over the course of church history. Dr. Carson has co-authored (with G.K. Beale) a commentary on the New Testament use of the Old Testament, and Hebrews presents a number of interpretive challenges in this area. Dr. Carson emphasizes, however, that most central to this letter is the superiority and centrality of Jesus Christ.
The lectures are free to watch, and transcripts of all four lectures are also available. It is hoped that these lectures–as well as others currently available–can provide additional Christ-centered and biblically responsible resources to the global community of faith.
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