Fall convocation marks the start of a new academic year at Trinity

Trinity CommunicationsAugust 23, 2017

Trinity opened its 121st academic year on Aug. 23 with fall convocation and a message from President David S. Dockery that called for the campus to build and strengthen redemptive relationships.

Dockery addressed audiences at the A.T. Olson Chapel in Deerfield and at other Trinity campuses connected by video conferencing in California and Florida. His address, “This is My Story . . . Our Story,” referenced Matthew 22, commonly known as Jesus’ Great Commandment message.

“Here we are told to love God with our hearts, our minds, our souls and to love others completely,” Dockery said. “It means thinking with the very mind of Christ, not just in biblical and theological studies but in the humanities and the sciences, in education, counseling and business programs, in legal, cultural and intercultural studies, in our campus life and athletic programs, and in our churches as well.”

Acknowledging that his audience belonged to several generations and a wide variety of geographical, ethnic, and denominational backgrounds, Dockery said each of those stories is important as starting points for a shared pilgrimage of faith.

“This begins by listening to one another, sharing meals together, building redemptive relationships, worshiping together, walking with one another through both the joys and the difficulties of life,” Dockery said.

“Our story involves loving God, learning from our heritage, and loving others,” Dockery continued. “Even across our multiple campus sites, we share a doctrinal statement, a mission statement, core values and a strategic plan that inform our beliefs, our identity and our direction.”

During the service, the Dean of Trinity College and Trinity Graduate School assumed the Susan B. Stover Chair of Educational Leadership.

Dean Thomas H.L. Cornman receives this distinction following the recent retirement of Jeanette Hsieh, who served the University for nearly 20 years in roles that included executive vice president, provost, and interim president. Hsieh recently became provost emeritus.

Cornman joined Trinity in 2015 and serves as vice president for academic administration in addition to his role as dean. He brings more than 30 years of leadership in Christian higher education to his duties at Trinity.

Dockery welcomed two new college faculty members. Visiting Associate Professor of Education Jeffrey Stevenson, and Taek Hyun Kim, who will teach graphic design.

University Organist and retired Professor of Music Paul Satre joined Assistant Professor of Music Brian Reichenbach in providing music for the service. Faculty participants included Professor of Homiletics Greg R. Scharf, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School Dean Graham A. Cole, TEDS Associate Dean H. Wayne Johnson, Associate Professor of Education Karen Wrobbel, Visiting Assistant Professor of Music Charles D. King, TEDS Professor of Faith and Culture Bruce L. Fields, Professor of Music Don Hedges, and Associate Professor of Biblical Studies Sylvie Raquel.


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