New McMillan Hall

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Dedication ceremonies for the new gym took place on Sunday, January 18, 1970, with Dr. Arnold T. Olson, President of the Evangelical Free Church of America, serving as guest speaker.  The gymnasium was named in honour of Reverend Enarson, the first Chairman of the school’s Board of Governors.  The Barnasium was removed during the summer of 1970.

TJC joined the Totem Athletic Conference as a founding member. 
In the 1969-70 season the Spartans competed in the Province’s first Intercollegiate Basketball Conference and carried off the championship trophy.  The final game that clinched the championship was played in the new gymnasium.

Dormitory/dining complex was extended. First phase of McMillan Hall apartments completed [pictured left] and named in honour of James McMillan, the Hudson’s Bay Company fur trader and explorer who was charged in 1827 with establishing nearby Fort Langley.

353 to 375 students enrolled


Second ‘Double Your Dollar’ campaign was undertaken to raise funds for library renovations.
When the work was completed, ca. 1971, the building was named the Vernon Strombeck Library in honour of its generous donor, who had chosen to remain anonymous at the time of its construction and original dedication.

Seal Kap House was renovated.

330 to 350 students enrolled


The Trinity Junior College Act Amendment Act changed the College’s name to Trinity Western College as of July 1.
Assets were calculated at $2.7 million, equity $1.2 million

In the school’s 10th Anniversary year the Women's Missionary Society embarked on a campaign to raise funds for library books.

335 to 344 students enrolled


Trinity Lake

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The Trinity Lake Project began in May 1973 with the clearing and excavation of the lake bed, which followed the meandering path of the Salmon River on its northwest side. Dykes were built, and landscaping followed in the spring of 1974.
The project included the installation of a new sewage system.
The Lake [pictured left] has also been called McMillan Pond, or simply The Pond.

358 students enrolled


Dr. Snider

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Photo by Del Monte Studio

In June, Dr. Ronald Neil Snider [pictured right] — Acting President of Winnipeg Bible College — was elected President of Trinity Western College by the conference of the Evangelical Free Church.
President Hanson officially resigned on August 31.

New tool shed and press building were constructed.

On October 4, Neil Snider was installed as President by Arnold T. Olson, President of the EFCA.

375 to 400 students enrolled



Instructor and student at the Langley Municipal Airport, late 1970s
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Construction of two additions to McMillan Hall was approved.

Business and Aviation programs [see left] were established.
Library held 27,000 volumes.

400 to 420 students enrolled


Multi-phased McMillan Park and Trinity Lake Project were completed.

The McMillan Park Rest Area adjacent to Glover Road was declared open on Thursday September 23 by Weir Muir, president of the Langley Chamber of Commerce. The Chamber of Commerce developed the park and rest area in conjunction with the school, and with the assistance of a Local Initiative Programme Grant.  TWC Library Director David Twiest coordinated the project.
Note: one set of enrolment figures from 1962 to 1976 is based on “Trinity Western College Expenditure Summary” Fonds 8 Box 1

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Enoch E. Mattson Centre [pictured right] was completed and named in honour of the school’s first Registrar, who also served on the School-for-Canada Committee in the 1950s.  The building initially housed Business, Admissions, Public Affairs, the President’s Office, and the Board Room. 
Architect: Ojars Kalns.

437 to 470 students enrolled


“Responsibilities of Membership” document was introduced.  It was later referred to as the “Community Standards” document, and replaced in 2009 with the “Community Covenant Agreement.”


The TRINITY WESTERN COLLEGE AMENDMENTS ACT provided for extension from a two-year to a four-year university program.

TWC joined National Christian Colleges Athletic Association (NCCAA).

In October, the first annual Harvest Fest was celebrated.

452 students enrolled


New Fraser Hall

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In March, twenty-two TWC students participated in a soccer marathon, playing for forty-eight consecutive hours and breaking the existing record as recorded in the Guinness Book of World Records by nearly five hours.

For the first time, students were admitted to junior (third) year in new four-year programs

Fraser Hall [pictured left] was completed.  This facility — primarily comprised of women’s dormitories — was named for the explorer Simon Fraser. Archival records indicate that an Open House and Dedication were planned for Sunday, November 5.

504 students enrolled


Chapel’s foyer and balcony were extended, and the wooden pews were replaced with yellow, folding, lecture-hall-type seats.

In July of 1979, on the last day of the 38-day legislative session, a bill giving Trinity Western College university status was passed. An Act to Amend the Trinity Western College Act, assented to July 31, authorized the school to grant four-year baccalaureate degrees. This legislation made Trinity Western the only private school in B.C. capable of granting degrees.

School’s phone number changed to 888-7511 on November 5.

With the Board’s approval, the first computer was purchased for TWC for $55,000.