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May, 2010 Newsletter

May 2010

Welcome and congratulations to the 393 new members of the TWU Alumni family! Graduation weekend was a wonderful time for all, and now the class of 2010 has been released into the job market. We wish them all the best as they move forward and impact their culture.

This weekend also marks our fiscal year end at Trinity Western University. It has been a trying time for educational institutions worldwide, but we at TWU give thanks to God for his faithfulness throughout the last year. It is in challenging times when the Lord loves to show His strength! We are children in His family, and we know that He cares deeply for us. When we put our trust in Him, great things happen. I consider these difficult economic times a wonderful opportunity to put James 1 into practice: "Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything."

We are on a journey to becoming "mature" and "complete." Praise the Lord. We welcome you to come on this journey with us, in whatever way you choose. Regardless of how the journey goes, we know the destination, and it is good.

May God richly bless you in all that you do!

Alumni Reminder

2011 TWU Lifelong Learning Cruise
Mark your calendars for February 20-27, 2011. The next TWU Lifelong Learning Cruise will be taking off from LA on a seven-day Mexican Riviera cruise. Come enjoy the cruising lifestyle with the added value of three special speaker sessions while at sea. This year's guest: Paul Chamberlain, Ph.D., Director of the Institute for Christian Apologetics. Also, TWU President Jonathan S. Raymond, Ph.D., will be giving daily devotions.
To find out more about this cruise, please go to TWU Lifelong Learning Cruise.

Your testimony could be in a book on Spiritual Development!
Gordon Chutter, MA MAL, is the editor of a forthcoming book about how the staff and faculty at Trinity Western University contribute to the spiritual formation of students. If you feel that you are one of those students who were spiritually impacted by the staff and faculty, then please email Gordon at He is looking for 6-8 testimonies to highlight in this new book. Please have submissions in to Gordon by May 21, 2010.

Alumni Parking Pass
The TWU Alumni parking pass will now be issued through the Welcome Centre. If you would like to receive yours, please bring your Alumni card into the Welcome Centre, where you will be issued one. Please note, however, that these passes are not valid if you are still taking classes.

Staples Advantage Customer Appreciation Event
In December of 2009, Trinity Western entered into an affinity partnership with Staples Advantage. Now Staples Advantage wants to show us how much they appreciate our business with a Customer Appreciation Event to be held at TWU in the Atrium on Wednesday,
May 19 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

All alumni, family, and friends are welcome to come out and enjoy food and refreshments, plus meet the Staples Advantage vendors and see new products.

Please RSVP to:

TWU renews savings agreement with TD Insurance Meloche Monnex
Alumni, faculty and staff of Trinity Western University will continue
to have access to preferred rates on home and automobile* insurance thanks to a renewed agreement with TD Insurance Meloche Monnex. The program was initially launched in 2000 and currently over 240 members trust TD Insurance with their insurance needs.

TD Insurance makes insurance as simple as 1 – 2 – 3. They have over 60 years of experience providing fast and clear quotes, flexible coverage options and friendly expert advice.

The group program includes preferred rates on homes, condos, tenants insurance, recreational and rental properties, watercraft, travel insurance and, where available, automobiles, recreational vehicles, motorcycles, ATV's and snowmobiles.

Contact them today for a free, no obligation quote and be entered to win one of two Honda Insight Hybrids!


*Automobile insurance is not available in Manitoba, Saskatchewan and British Columbia due to provincial insurance programs.

[ spaces ] Literary Journal
The newest publication of [spaces] (volume 4) is now available in the bookstore for only $6. [spaces] is a literary journal with submissions from students, alumni, and guests. The theme of volume 4 is "the subtle significance of a moment".

Spotlight on Alumni
Matt Buys ‘08
On April 13, 2010, Matt graduated from US Air Force Officer Training School at Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama, and received his commission as a Second Lieutenant. He was honored by being recognized as the top graduate upon the completion of this intense 3 months of training. Now he has moved to Naval Air Station, Pensacola, Florida, where he is awaiting further training to earn his wings as a Combat Systems Officer (Navigator).

Carly (Tucker) Grant ‘07
Carly got married August 22, 2009 to Andrew Grant near her hometown of Markham, ON. Carly has been working part-time for an Infectious Disease Specialist, and part-time for husband's Landscape Design company. They don't have any kids yet, just two miniature poodles that she inherited through the marriage.

TWU News

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New Spartan Women's Basketball Coach
TWU Director of Athletics Murray Hall announced Thursday that Cheryl Jean-Paul will lead the Spartans women's basketball team into the future as their new head coach. "I am extremely excited and humbled to be joining the Spartan athletics coaching staff and the TWU family," says Jean-Paul. "The vision of the athletic department and the intentional approach to the complete athlete is something that I value and look forward to developing within our basketball community."

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Students team up with Food for the Hungry
This June, fourth year Trinity Western University student Daniel Fama will travel to Tanga, Tanzania, where he has visited for the past two summers as a part of TWU's Global Projects mission program. This time, however, Fama is accompanied not only by his fellow students in the program, but by a large shipment of medical supplies and equipment.

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TWU's Café Scientifique
Since January, TWU's Sheryl Reimer-Kirkham, Ph.D., Allyson Jule, Ph.D., and UBC's Professor Emerita, Joan Anderson, Ph.D. have collaborated on a series of cafés aimed at fostering meaningful conversation about access to healthcare between Aboriginal peoples and Euro-Canadians. "This is a space where people from the local communities engage in conversation with each other and with academics from local universities," says Reimer-Kirkham.
Alumni Events

To RSVP for any of these events, please email

May 14 & 15
Early '60's Women's Reunion
Some of the ladies of Trinity Junior College (TJC) are planning a reunion for alumnae of '62 - '66, taking place at TWU. If you are an alumna from that era, please join them to re-connect with your past classmates and hear from current President Jonathan Raymond, former President Cal Hanson, and former professor, Benno Friesen.

Contact for more information, or click here.

May 26
Pacific Theatre presents, "Godspell"
The Gospel According to Saint Matthew as you've never seen it before! Pacific Theatre celebrates the greatest story ever told with one of the most popular musicals ever staged. Join fellow TWU Alumni for a special screening of the play (with a cast of several TWU students and alumni). We will meet at 7 p.m. for cheesecake and mingling, then the show starts at 8 p.m. Tickets are only $11. Please email Pacific Theatre's Box Office or call 604.731.5518
Benefit Highlight

Sodexo (the food services at TWU) offers a 10% discount to TWU Alumni. If you haven't been back to campus in a while, Sodexo has been doing a fantastic job with the many options and the quality of food they prepare. Come back and grab lunch with your favorite prof!

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