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The Symphonic Band, directed by Brian Reichenbach, will present their Fall concert on Friday, November 22, 2013 at 7:30 p.m. in the ATO Chapel.
The concert will feature works by Bach, Curnow, Mackey, Sousa and more.
Tickets are $8 for general admission, $5 for (non-TIU) students and seniors, and FREE for all TIU faculty, staff, students, and families.
The event will also be live-streamed at http://stream.tiu.edu.
For tickets or more information stop by the music office or call (847) 317-8021.
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.”
Dr. Colwill is one of the newer additions to the TEDS faculty. We caught up with her in her office; this interview has been edited for clarity and space.
Tell me a little bit about yourself – where were you before coming to TEDS, and what are your responsibilities here now?
Before coming here I was at Asbury Theological Seminary, in Kentucky. I was a professor in the practical theology school and taught in the department of leadership. I was also the director of institutional research and evaluation for the entire seminary, which included the online, Kentucky, and Florida campuses.
At Asbury I taught master’s courses, and here [at TEDS] I teach PhD courses in the areas of organizational development, organizational leadership, and teams. Many people in the PhD-Educational Studies come from around the world; they are often in teaching faculty roles as well as wearing one or two other hats, such as administration. So there’s a need to understand how adults learn and how to create effective and significant learning environments as well as culturally appropriate ways of learning. With their multiple hats, they need both an understanding of how how to create significant learning environments but also how to help an organization learn and develop.
Are you from Kentucky?
My mother is, but I’m originally from Colorado.
I understand that you have two PhDs – what are they in?
Education and organizational development.
The PhD EDS and the MA EM were recently redesigned. What’s the significance of this?
Yes; we’re trying to retain the historic values & ethos of the program, both honoring the past and also giving them a fresh look, incorporating new theory and practice. We’re now into the first iteration of the actual curricula. It’s been a lot of fun.
What have been some of your primary areas of research?
My areas of interest are leadership development, teams, and organizational leadership. I’ve done research in the area of the scholar-practitioner—the equivalent you might hear about is science-practitioner, or pastor-scholar. A scholar-practitioner is a person who’s up to date in the theory base but also is active in the practitioner realm. I’ve studied how people bridge those worlds. Many of the people who are attracted to an education degree, or a leadership / organizational development program, are scholar-practitioners. You have to stay current in the theory, but you aren’t a full-time scholar because you have a lot of responsibility in your organizational leadership role. So I’m interested in how to help those types of people thrive.
Another area of interest is the world of metaphor. I wrote a chapter in an organizational development consulting text on tracing the evolution of organizational theory; it looked at organizations through the lens of metaphor, from the time of the Industrial Revolution into postmodernity, using four metaphors that capture philosophically the evolution of that space. As you trace the history, you can almost lean forward and see what might be next. If you can do that ,you can build towards the competencies that might be needed for tomorrow. You look back to look forward.
The average local church pastor probably is not very well trained in the area of organizational leadership or organizations theory, but I imagine they could benefit from some of these insights. If you had to give one or two pieces of concrete advice to a local pastor, what would you give?
I think the two areas most helpful right now are, as a leader, self-awareness and building competencies in emotional & social intelligence. Emotional intelligence is how you manage your internal world and how you dial down anxiety, how you have self-control as a leader. Social intelligence is how you interact with and persuade others toward the common good: doing it in an authentic manner, not in a way to manipulate people. A second major area is systems thinking with regard to organizational change and development.
What have been some things that have very powerfully shaped your faith?
Throughout my journey as a Christian I’ve had really good mentors. Because of that, I’ve also actively sought out really good mentors. God has been very good to me to bring a lot of amazing people into my life.
Earlier I asked you about a couple key takeaways for pastors, and you mentioned emotional intelligence and the pastor’s networks. What are some books you’d recommend for pastors interested in those areas?
Regarding emotional and social intelligence, Daniel Goleman and Richard Bogatzis wrote Resident Leadership. The Leader’s Journey, by Herrington, is also very helpful. In terms of leadership and systems thinking, I really like Heifetz; he talks about the difference between adaptive challenges and technical challenges in leading organizations. If you haven’t read anything by him, he’s really helpful. In terms of actual systems theory in organizations, Peter Senge is the one who moved systems thinking into the organizational theory literature. His seminal book is called The Fifth Discipline, and that was written I think in the nineties. He’s moved on a bit, but people still find that very helpful in terms of applying a systems view to organizations. There’s so many, so it’s really hard to narrow it down!
When you’re not doing research, what else do you like to do? What do you enjoy?
When I get the chance I like being outside and playing sports. I also enjoy reading and traveling ot new places. One of the reasons I moved back to Illinois is that I have three daughters who live here; two are married, and [points to pictures on her desk] this is grandson 1 and grandson 2, and they’re ten months and three months. So pretty much any discretionary time I have I’m hanging out with my family.
Following on the heels of D.A. Carson’s four lectures on Hebrews, the next set of TEDS Lectures features Associate Professor of New Testament Dr. Dana Harris giving an introduction to Luke-Acts.
These seven videos–filmed during one three-hour lecture in spring 2013–provide a glimpse into Dr. Harris’ NT 5000 course. NT 5000 is a general introduction and overview of the whole New Testament. These videos also feature compelling one-on-one interview footage in which Dr. Harris elaborates further on several key points from her lecture as well as explains aspects of her teaching style.
These lectures provide invaluable insights into Luke-Acts as well as a compelling picture of what it’s like to be a part of the TEDS community. A new video in the series will be posted every Tuesday, so be sure to stay tuned to the TEDS Facebook and Twitter feeds to be notified of when new lectures from Dr. Harris have been made available.
Two Trinity College alumni, overlapping in their involvement with missions agency GoCorps, spoke on campus together during Global Christian Week 2013.
Arielle (BA ’13; last name omitted for security reasons) and Jenny Rasmussen (BA ’11) became friends at Trinity and are both involved with GoCorps, an agency that partners college students with international missions organizations for two-year commitments. Arielle is entering the final stages of fundraising to go to Turkey, and Jenny recently returned to the States after spending two years in Cambodia. Trinity hosted them for an evening during Global Christian Week so that they could share their stories and receive prayer as they each transition into new phases of life.
We sat down with them at a local coffee shop to talk with them about their ministries and see what advice they might have for college students wrestling with where God’s leading them. (The following has been edited for space.)
Let’s start with you, Jenny, since you’re coming back. Tell me what you’ve been doing in Cambodia.
Jenny: I worked for an organization called Daughters of Cambodia. They help women and transgender males come out of sex trade and sex trafficking.
Culturally, it’s the responsibility of the children, especially the girls, to take care of the parents. The daughters are their retirement fund and life insurance. So if Mom’s sick, Dad’s sick, and the rent’s due, the girls need to figure out how to help pay for that. I heard many girls say, “Well, my parents were sick and I needed the money, so I sold my virginity.”
Daughters of Cambodia seeks to provide a way out through fair trade employment. We provide 8-5 jobs in a production center located in the main red light district within walking distance of where most of them live.
What were your specific responsibilities?
Jenny: I worked in the social work side of things. First, we have staff care—we have about fifty staff members, and about half are local Cambodian paid staff like accountants, counselors, and so on, and then the other half are foreign volunteers like myself. I’d meet with them, pray with them, make sure they had a gift on their birthday, that sort of thing.
My second role was working with the trainee-level girls. When a girl applies, she has an interview to make sure she’s actually an ex sex worker. She starts her job and the first training is just learning how to hold down a job. That’s when they’re the most vulnerable to go back, so my job was to try and help that transition. By the end, what that looked like is I would meet with them, do some check-ins, pray with them. I found that it was a great opportunity to share the Gospel.
My third role was with a newer program called the Sons program, which helps transgender boys come out of sex work. I worked a lot with the lady boys; me and Neth, a Cambodian social worker, were a team, and he and I basically did the pastoral counseling with the boys.
How did Trinity help prepare you for the past two years of ministry in Cambodia?
Jenny: My major was Christian Ministries with an emphasis in Counseling and Social Services, and that’s literally what I was doing. I think Trinity has some incredible people. I had some incredible friends, but I feel like the professors and the staff are just an incredible team. Some names that were significant in my formation and training: Katherine Jeffrey, Graham Aitken, Jana Sundene, Dr. Carlson, Bill Moulder, Cliff Williams—I’m sure there were so many more, but they in particular were very formative for me. I think especially of Dr. Carlson and Dr. Sundene’s classes; they were really great—looking at real problems with a very practical, biblical approach.
Ok Arielle, your turn. You’re preparing to go overseas after having just graduated this spring. Talk about what you did at Trinity and what you’re getting ready to do.
Arielle: I studied music at Trinity with an emphasis in church music, but music isn’t one of those majors with a distinct career path; I knew I wanted to do something different, and Jenny’s work with GoCorps sounded really interesting. They have lots of different tracks, but none of them said anything about music. They called me back after I applied to tell me about a new placement opportunity with a creative arts team in Turkey, working primarily with Muslims, that they haven’t sent anyone to yet.
I trained in Minneapolis after I graduated, and then spent about ten weeks fundraising over the summer months after graduation. It’s really intense, meeting with people, lots of calls and telling people what you’re doing. Right now I’m at 70% support; last week it was 50%, so that’s pretty awesome. I’m hoping to leave by the end of October. So right now I’m just fundraising and I’ve also been to some training with Operation Mobilization, my sending organization. The team I’ll work with creates shows that share the Gospel or Gospel stories, something to start conversations with people to share the good news. They work in Istanbul but they schedule shows all over; they also do day-to-day evangelism.
What will some of your regular responsibilities be?
Arielle: During the winter months I have more down time, but I’ll definitely be in language school to learn Turkish. They encourage you to spend time making friends and immersing yourself in the culture as much as possible. We will also have rehearsals and practices. I play piano and sing, and I’ve done some dance and theater, but it will look different for every show.
Turkey is predominately Muslim. How restrictive does it feel on the ground for a western Christian?
Arielle: Turkey is 99.9% Muslim and there are less than 5,000 Christians. They’re trying to be more welcoming to westerners and western culture because they’re trying to get into the European Union, so it’s actually illegal to stop people from sharing their faith.
What are some things about Trinity that you feel have prepared you for an opportunity like this?
Well, I think that college just makes you a more well-rounded person. Trinity does a really good job of providing opportunities to stretch yourself and try new things. So I was involved with music, but I also did Habitat for Humanity and student government. They provide opportunities for you to get outside your cultural comfort zone and to adapt to new cultures and respect other people’s cultures. They want you to look outside what you’re used to and just be willing to branch out and try new things.
Ok, now a question for both of you. What advice would you give to somebody who’s wrestling with the question of what the Lord is calling them to do with their life?
Jenny: I think there are a lot of great opportunities you can be involved with, and it can be tempting to think that you need to find “the best one for me.” I didn’t have an experience where God wrote “Go Corps Cambodia” in the stars; there was a stirring in my heart when I heard about Go Corps, so I got more information. I remember talking to my dad, and he said, “Well, Jenny, I don’t have any initial red flags, so why don’t you just move forward and let God close doors or keep them open?”
So I would say, don’t just sit in a corner waiting for the answer to drop into your lap. I would encourage you to keep moving and be willing to think outside the cultural-normative box.
Arielle: I have some of the same thoughts. Very few people in the world have a distinct sense of direction from God; and that’s great, but most of us are just taking steps and following God’s leading [one step at a time], and I think that’s more exciting. I went to Trinity because I wanted a Christian school and wanted to go close to home; that was a simple step, but God kept opening doors.
If you’re not sure what to do next, just try things. Don’t sit around waiting for God to put the next thing into your lap—I think He wants us to be decisive and be a part of the decision-making process.
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