Van Brummelem’s book, Walking with God in the Classroom: Christian Approaches to Teaching and Learning, was published in May 2009. Met with positive acclaim, it has since been published in other translations.
Waiting for God, as well as other works by Simone Weil, inspired Kimberly Franklin to start a blog educatingwithreverence.com, that explores what it means to be wholeheartedly directed towards God in one's educational practice. Contributors include the faculty, students and alumni of TWU’s School of Education.
Harro Van Brummelen
Van Brummelem was attracted to TWU because it was interdenominational. “That was an exciting factor,” he says. “How the community worked together from different backgrounds and how that enriched the community.”
Artwork by Harro Van Brummelem, age five.
Perhaps one of the best-known and respected faculty members at TWU, Harro Van Brummelen, Ed.D., was the main witness in the Supreme Court Case of TWU vs. the BC College of Teachers. No surprise, then, that a highlight of his academic career was when the University won. Since joining TWU in 1986, Van Brummelen has published extensively on religion and spirituality in public and private education. He served as head of TWU’s education division from 1986 to 1998, as Dean of Undergraduate Studies until 2002, and as Dean of the School of Education until 2008; he retired in 2010. His dream was to see TWU offer both elementary and secondary education programs by the time he retired. “By God’s grace, we did,” he says. “We are here to develop future leaders who are academically grounded and seeking to serve God with their whole being.”
Van Brummelen remains an active researcher. Although he was recently diagnosed with an incurable cancer, Van Brummelen says, “I feel God’s faithfulness in my life every day.”
Kimberly Franklin, Ed.D., met Van Brummelen in the summer of 1986 when she took his class at TWU. “He taught me to see the world in a completely different way,” she says of her mentor. “He showed me that God uses every part of the world to speak to us, and how important it is to have children see the world with a sense of wonder and reverence.” Van Brummelen encouraged Franklin—who was a teacher and administrator for 17 years at Pacific Academy—to pursue doctoral studies and invited her to teach at TWU in 1998. Franklin, now Dean of the School of Education, is co-writing an accord on early learning for the Association of Canadian Deans of Education. Her hope is to see the School launch an MA in Special Education and expand its offerings in International Education.
Research and Development
"Dictionary of Scientific Terms"
Jelier recently won a national award from the Canadian Society of Chemisty. Describing his research, he explains, “After long periods of working very hard you get these moments of insight. Being able to discover something new—like hiking a new mountain peak—you feel like you gain something.”
TWU plans to honour Van Dyke’s outstanding contributions to the University by naming the new chemistry lab the Dr. Jack Van Dyke Chemistry Research Laboratory.
Some of Van Dyke’s most satisfying memories are mentoring pre-med students and helping them apply for a coveted spot in medical school.
In the garden across from the Neufeld Science labs, a bench is dedicated to Van Dyke to commemorate his passion for the environmental side of science.
Jack Van Dyke, Ph.D., began his TWU career in 1976, as Associate Professor of Chemistry and head of the chemistry department. In the early 1980s, he was instrumental in moving TWU to a four-year, degree-granting institution, and—along with Frank Eshelman, Ph.D.—established the curriculum for the chemistry major. While research was his passion, Van Dyke also wanted to teach. “At TWU, I got the best of both worlds,” he says. “We always had the view that we wanted students to be involved in the research.” Van Dyke helped define the spirit of the Faculty of Natural and Applied Sciences and contributed to the launch of the nursing program. His proudest accomplishments were hiring excellent faculty, building a strong science program, and mentoring countless students. His legacy will continue through the Dr. Jack Van Dyke Chemistry Research Laboratory in the Neufeld Science Centre.
Benson Jelier (’07) studied chemistry because he wanted to be a dentist. But at the end of his freshman year he was hired as a summer research assistant. The experience changed his path. “In the lab,” he says, “you unlock the secrets of what holds matter together and learn the rules of how you can combine things.” Jelier, whose current research addresses the problem of how to separate molecules, is the first student to do his graduate studies through a very unique arrangement: he is a Simon Fraser University student completing research in TWU labs, funded by an NSERC discovery grant awarded to TWU (and SFU adjunct) professors Craig Montgomery and Chad Friesen. Once Jelier earns his Ph.D., he hopes to continue his work in industrial chemistry research and development.
Letter, passport and tape
Angela Trauter saved some cherished mementos from her journey with the TWU Spartans soccer team: an encouraging letter from Coach Graham Roxburgh, the passport she took when travelling with the team on overseas missions, and the sports tape she used during competition, emblazoned with battle phrases.
This year, Roxburgh made CIS history as the only head coach to win four CIS titles in women’s soccer. “Graham has set the standard for coaching excellence at TWU in a number of areas under our ‘Complete Champion Approach’. He has built a quality expert-based staff around him and recruited top student-athletes who fit the high performance, high-character culture he demands,” says Murray Hall, director of athletics at TWU.
On November 11, 2012, Graham Roxburgh guided the TWU Spartans women’s soccer team to their fourth CIS National Championship (’04, ’08, ’09, ’12).
“The most rewarding and fulfilling part is that I get a front row seat watching God transform the lives of these students,” says Roxburgh.
Graham Roxburgh is the prevailing force behind the extraordinary success of the Spartans women’s soccer team. Roxburgh first came to Trinity Western in 1993 as an assistant coach for the men’s soccer program. He was a recent graduate of Wheaton College and was working for Athletes in Action. In 1998, he was named head coach for the women’s team. Over the last 14 years, Roxburgh has guided the Spartans to three CIS National Championships (2004, 2008, and 2009) and four Canada West gold medals (2004, 2006, 2009, and 2011). He was the CIS Coach of the Year in 2011 and the Canada West Coach of the Year in both 2009 and 2011. While his vision has always been to develop an elite national soccer program, his desire is to shape people through sport.
Through experiences such as overseas missions trips, Roxburgh creates a culture that helps players realize there is more to life than soccer.
Angela Trauter (’06) was team captain when the Spartans won their first CIS championship. “She is one of the best people I’ve ever worked with,” says Roxburgh, who recruited Trauter and made her team captain in her first year. “I may not have been the most equipped,” says Trauter, “but my heart was to see women transformed and find freedom in their lives through Christ.” Winning CIS gold was, she says, “the best feeling in the world—and also, immediately afterwards, the most depressing—knowing that the work leading up to that point was over.” Trauter later co-coached the FISU Canada women’s soccer team with Roxburgh. Today, she works full time with Athletes in Action, mentoring women athletes on the SFU campus. She has taken teams to ten different countries to play in high-level competition and share their faith. “It’s a dream job,” she says.
Archival photos courtesy of the TWU Archives. Thank you to Harro Van Brummelen, Kimberly Franklin, Benson Jelier, Angela Trauter, and the TWU Spartans for the loan of additional items.
by Jennifer Watton
Photography by James Moes '06
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