Trinity’s Year Opener
Trinity CommunicationsAugust 27, 2016
Trinity International University launched the 2016-17 academic year at Convocation with the installation of a new dean for Trinity Law School and registration of new students from across the U.S. and around the world.
Fall Convocation, which took place on the first day of class Aug. 24, brought together faculty, staff, undergraduate and graduate students, and representatives from the Board of Regents. Overflow crowds participated via a video hookup in adjoining rooms, and at Trinity’s regional campuses in south Florida and Southern California.
A dozen faculty members and administrators, representing Trinity College, Trinity Graduate School, and Trinity Evangelical Divinity School provided leadership for key aspects of the program, including Professor of Biology Joyce Shelton, who was selected to carry the University Mace. Student Government leaders Jendayi Campbell and Suzanne Sang offered words of greeting, as well as words of hope for the year to come.
President David S. Dockery presented this year’s Convocation Address, “The Trinity Mission: Religious Identity, Cultural Trends, Institutional Culture, and Theological Tradition.”
Tracing the changes in religious identity in North America over the past 60 years in light of shaping cultural trends in this country and throughout the Western Hemisphere, Dockery called for the Trinity community to work together to strengthen the commitment to the institution’s mission and to enhance its institutional culture by appealing to the best of the Christian theological tradition. Dockery said that tradition should serve as a compass to guide Trinity’s work as an academic institution that seeks to connect with and serve the church.
Prior to his address, Dockery congratulated the Trinity community on a second straight year of enrollment stability, following what has been more than a decade of enrollment downturn in almost all of Trinity’s programs. He also commended the Trinity faculty, staff, and students on their ranking and recognition in the recently-released “Best Colleges” issue in the Washington Monthly. Dockery offered thanks to God for this most encouraging news, and asked for God’s help and blessings for the Trinity community in the coming academic year.
This year’s Convocation service marked the installation of Eric Halvorson as the new dean of Trinity Law School. Halvorson, who holds a J.D. from Duke University Law School, comes to this new role with vast experience and expertise from legal, business, non-profit, denominational, and academic contexts, including service as the president of the Salem Media Group.
“We are delighted that Eric Halvorson has agreed to join the Trinity family as dean of Trinity Law School,” said Dockery. “To have someone with the expertise, experience, leadership skills, and educational background to provide guidance for the law school at this time is a great blessing.”
In addition to Halvorson, three new faculty members, all of whom are Trinity alumni, were recognized: Steve Bryan (Ph.D., Cambridge), Professor of New Testament at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School; Guy Loftin (J.D., Marquette) as a new faculty member in Criminal Justice at Trinity College; and Jason Stanghelle (Trinity Ph.D. Student), who has a one-year appointment in the biblical studies area at Trinity College.