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September, 2009 Newsletter

Alumni News & Updates

September 2009


Greetings Alumni,

I trust that each of you has had a great summer and is ready for an exciting fall, filled with TWU events and activities!

There are so many upcoming events, that I would like to highlight some of them here, and you can read about them in more detail below.

ReUnite Luncheons start up once again in September with a great lineup of guest speakers.

On September 20, the President's Office will be hosting the Calvin B. Hanson Chapel Land Dedication Service. All alumni are invited to attend the service in which Dr. Calvin B. Hanson himself will be preaching. More details on the Alumni website.

Be sure to check out the details of the next Alumni Lifelong Learning Cruise to the Caribbean! We will be honoured to have TWU President, Dr. Jonathan Raymond and special guest speaker, Dr. Paul Chamberlain.

As we move into the busy season at TWU, please take the time to pray for the incoming students, TWU staff and faculty, as well as the leadership team, headed up by our President.

May the Lord continue to richly bless Trinity Western University!



Dave Swan ('95)
Director of Alumni
Trinity Western University

Alumni News

Looking for work during the Olympics?

TWU alumna, Crystal Herrmann, is currently the Recruitment Coordinator for Contemporary Security Canada, and they have many positions available. See details at .

TWU News


Each spring, Associate Professor of Philosophy, Robert Doede , PhD, puts social media addiction to the test. For a 5% bonus credit his Philosophy 210 students are challenged to abstain from all social and traditional media throughout the three month semester and journal about their experiences. Only the strong succeed, giving up things like Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, videogames, television and movies. Doede says that out of a typical class of 35 only about 12 seek the challenge, and by the end of the semester only four to six are still "media abstinent." Read more...


Trinity Western University is extremely pleased to announce that it has received over 2.6 million in infrastructure support from the federal government through the Knowledge Infrastructure Program or KIP. In a news release distributed from the Office of the Prime Minister, KIP is injecting $2-billion in economic stimulus measures that will support infrastructure enhancement at post-secondary institutions across Canada. Trinity Western University has received support for three major projects. Read more...


Trinity Western University's Laurentian Leadership Centre (LLC) received $25,000 on August 10th from Parks Canada to continue the maintenance of the cultural landmark - The John R. Booth Residence. Since 2001, the LLC has been operating out of the historic mansion, which was designed in 1909 by Architect John W. H. Watts. This year marks the 100th anniversary of this spectacular Queen Anne Revival house, built for Booth, Ottawa’s wealthiest lumber baron. Read more...

Spotlight on Alumni


Lindsay Benstead - 1999

Lindsay Benstead is a postdoctoral fellow and lecturer in the Department of Near Eastern studies at Princeton University where she teaches Government and Politics of North Africa. In the fall she will return to the West Coast to take up a position as an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Portland State University. She is working on a book on political clientelism and in North African parliaments, based on field research conducted in Morocco and Algeria in 2006 and 2007.


Adrian Reimer - 2009

Adrian Reimer spent his final semester in Cairo, Egypt with the CCCU Middle East Studies Program. This program, which included time in Egypt, Turkey, Syria, Jordan, and Israel, strongly impacted him as he continues to consider his career choices. One of the highlights of the semester was climbing Mt. Sinai for the sunrise, then visiting the town of Dahab and snorkeling in the coral reefs of the famous Blue Hole with his Egyptian friends. He is continuing to travel in North America, including time in Ottawa, Washington DC, Chicago, Newfoundland, and the West Coast this past summer.


Bethany Iblings - 2007

Bethany is currently teaching English with Amideast in Cairo, Egypt. While in Cairo, she is working on improving her Arabic and volunteering with a Non-Government Organization (NGO) that works with refugees. Check out Bethany's travel blog that highlights her teaching experience and pictures:


Miriam Booy - 2006

Miriam graduated with an Honors degree in International Studies. After graduating from TWU, Miriam spent two years working for a Non-Government Organization (NGO) in the Nuba Mountains of Sudan, doing program support work. She is now in her final year of an MSc degree at the University of Guelph studying International Rural Planning and Development. Miriam recently completed time in Banda Aceh, Indonesia interning for GTZ and conducting her Masters degree research in post-conflict reconstruction.

If you are a TWU alumnus and wish to update our community about your recent endeavours, please contact the Alumni department by phone at (604) 513-2049 or 1-800-463-5419, or by email at .

All submissions sent to the Alumni Relations department at Trinity Western University, including but not limited to information updates and photos, will become the sole property of Trinity Western University and may be used by Trinity Western University in whatever manner it sees fit.

Upcoming Events

September 16 - Information Evening for Alumni Habitat for Humanity Project

To connect inquiring alumni, provide answers and more detailed information.
Time: 7:00 pm
Held At: Alumni Hall, TWU Campus
Refreshments & Coffee Please RSVP to by September 14, 2009

September 16 - ReUnite Alumni Luncheon - Vancouver

Join us and connect with fellow alumni in your community.
Guest Speaker: Ruth Anaya ,  Assistant Professor of Cross-Cultural and Leadership Communication

Topic: A peculiar partnership for international development: Mzee and Owen
Cost: Complimentary - donations accepted for Alumni Scholarships
Time: 12:00 pm
Held At: Capones Restaurant, Yaletown
Please RSVP to by September 9, 2009

September 20 - The Calvin B. Hanson Chapel Land Dedication Service

A time to honour Dr. Calvin B. Hanson at the site of the new Calvin B. Hanson Chapel
Time: 3:30 pm
Held At: TWU Campus
Reception to follow in Alumni Hall
Please RSVP to by September 20, 2009

September 23 - ReUnite Alumni Luncheon - Lower Mainland

Create networks, renew relationships and be inspired by a guest speaker.
Guest Speaker:Claudia Launhardt, Anthropology Professor

Topic: TWU and the Downtown Eastside - promoting cross cultural research outside the class room
Cost: Complimentary - donations accepted for Alumni Scholarship
Time: 11:30 am
Held At: Alumni Hall, Reimer Student Centre, TWU Campus
Lunch Description: Soup, Salad & Sandwiches
Please RSVP to by September 16, 2009

May 16 - 23, 2010 - TWU's Lifelong Learning Cruise

A cruise with purpose and meaning; a time where relaxation with friends and family is complimented with featured inspirational and informative speakers.

Guest Speaker:Paul Chamberlain , Director of the Institute for Christian Apologetics

Topic: The fear of faith: does religion breed violence, and don't all religions lead to God anyway?
Location: Western Caribbean
Cost: from $698 USD per person
Please email or call Dave Swan, Alumni Director 1.800.463.5419, ext. 3325
To Learn More .

Please RSVP for events, email

Benefit Highlight

Social Media!

Facebook:"TWU Alumni" group has over 1600 alumni. Use this to connect socially with former classmates and professors.

LinkedIn: We have officially launched our new LinkedIn group, "Trinity Western University Students & Alumni" . We already have over 100 members. We encourage students and alumni to use this group as a professional network tool. Posting a job is easy! Get connected and join the TWU Students & Alumni group today.

Survey Question

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