This weekend, Trinity Western University graduands Alison Fraser and Craig Ketchum were awarded the 2008-2009 Trinity Western University Citizenship Awards. The awards recognize "outstanding contributions to the campus in terms of testimony and overall impact to the spirit and well being of the university." Each year, members of the graduating class nominate individuals who they believe are worthy of recognition. Faculty, staff, third, and fourth-year students then vote to determine the final recipients of the award, one male and one female graduating student.
Fraser, who graduates with an honors degree in International Studies, has served as a Community Facilitator Assistant, Student Orientation Staff member and staff writer with Mars' Hill. In her third year, Fraser worked on TWUSA as the Executive Vice-President of Student Relations, and in her fourth year, she was an intern with Enrolment Management and a Teaching Assistant for the History, International Studies and Political Studies Department. Fraser has also served youth and families in East Vancouver, working as a summer intern, worship leader and youth leader with Youth Extreme. She spent one summer serving in a Kakuma Refugee Camp in northern Kenya and another with communities in northern Mexico.
"I have loved my time at Trinity. This is a place of incredible people. To be nominated and win this award from the people around me who I admire and look up to is just amazing. I am overwhelmed with this encouragement and with this award," says Fraser.
Fraser plans to move to New York City to earn her Master's degree and work with Teach for America as an elementary school teacher in the inner city. Following this, she hopes to obtain a law degree that will concentrate on international human rights.
Ketchum, who came to TWU from Nairobi, graduates with a degree in Elementary Education. He was involved in many initiatives around campus, including the International Social Justice Club, the Foreign Affairs Society, Mars' Hill, and TWUSA. Ketchum also attended the Laurentian Leadership Centre where he worked for Elizabeth May, current leader of the Green Party of Canada.
Ketchum says, "I am thrilled to have been part of this wonderful community. There are a lot of people who deserve this award."
After graduation, Ketchum plans to teach middle and high school in the Langley District and eventually return to Africa where he "absent-mindedly left his heart."
Trinity Western University, in Langley, B.C., is an independent Christian liberal arts and sciences university enrolling approximately 4000 students. TWU offers 41undergraduate majors, ranging from biotechnology, education, nursing, theatre and music, to psychology, communications and biblical studies. TWU's 17 graduate degree programs include counseling psychology, business, theology, linguistics, and leadership, and interdisciplinary degrees in English, philosophy and history. TWU holds Canada Research Chairs in Dead Sea Scroll Studies, Developmental Genetics and Disease, and Interpretation, Religion & Culture.
Last Updated: 2009-05-04