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The Dedication of Trinity Central

newsroomadminAugust 15, 2014

L–R: Amanda Higginbotham, Bekah Thomas, Rich Grimm, Mike Picha, George Mencer, and Sarah Beyer hold and cut the ribbon for the Trinity Central dedication.

“Do not despise these small beginnings, for the LORD rejoices to see the work begin . . .,” spoke the prophet Zechariah about the seemingly insignificant first steps of laying the foundation of God’s temple. In like manner, President Dockery enjoined Trinity staff who had gathered together for the dedication of Trinity Central on Tuesday morning to pause and thank God for its launch.

He then went on to thank the staff in particular who have worked toward the opening of this office—Rich Grimm and Mike Picha, Dave Skinner, Rachael Russiaky, Julie Wong, Lee Ho, the IT department, the admissions team for their flexibility in moving space, and the Trinity Central staff (George Mencer, Sarah Beyer, Bekah Thomas, and Amanda Higginbotham).

“Trinity Central marks a partial fulfillment of the student-services focus we’ve wanted to pay even greater attention to, along with enrollment and retention,” Dockery said.

President Dockery then called upon Co-Provost Jeanette Hsieh to offer a prayer of dedication, the framework of which was provided by this year’s theme verse:

Unless the LORD builds a house, the work of the builders is wasted. Unless the LORD protects a city, guarding it with sentries will do no good. (Ps 127:1)

Before prayer, Hsieh called all the staff present to come forward and gather around the Trinity Central staff to lift them up in prayer to God for his sustaining providence in the days ahead.


Trinity Central will be the one-stop/first-stop service center designed to serve the Deerfield campus community. It is located in Petersen (in the space formerly occupied by Graduate Admissions), and will be open extended hours to serve the community: Monday through Thursday from 7:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m., Friday from 7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., as well as Saturday hours (TBA).

Trinity Central’s initial menu of services includes the following:

Assistance with basic University questions

  • helping with answers to how-to questions
  • providing directions and answers on location and where-to questions
  • providing information on timing of campus events and the university calendar

Registration Assistance

  • adding/dropping courses
  • coordinating withdrawal process
  • changing catalog
  • printing  degree audits and helping with answers to degree audit questions
  • acquiring unofficial transcripts
  • changing advisors

Student Financial Services Assistance

  • cashing a check (up to $50)
  • making a payment on a student account
  • printing out course and fee statements
  • accessing and understanding financial aid
  • dropping off financial aid forms (church match grant, verification, rebates, or loan paperwork)
  • adding meal points (cash only)
  • facilitating adjustments to meal plans (first 2 weeks of semester)

General Services

  • providing support and guidance to students in matters related to continued enrollment
  • dropping off any university documents/forms
  • providing quarters for laundry (2 roll weekly limit)
  • processing change of address forms

Stop by and visit Trinity Central in Petersen, or feel free to call or email us at 847.317.4200 or [email protected]

Your Trinity Central staff looks forward to serving you!

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Office of Communication

Trinity International University
2065 Half Day Road
Deerfield, IL 60015

(847) 945-8800

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