Library and Campanile

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The area surrounding the Alloway Library was enhanced by the addition of a garden and a fifteen-bell campanile [pictured left], dedicated to the memory of Norma Marion Alloway.
The dedication ceremony was celebrated on March 27.
Architect: Arthur Allen

TWU’s first collegium — the West Coast Collegium — opened in September in the former cafeteria in Douglas Centre.

Administrators of Northwest Baptist Theological College (NBTC) made the decision to discontinue the school’s undergraduate programs to focus on seminary training.

Retired Geology and Zoology professor Dick Walters and retired geologist Victor Hollister donated their personal collections of rocks and minerals to TWU on October 24. These materials were placed on display in the Science Centre.

Oral arguments in the British Columbia College of Teachers’ (BCCT) appeal regarding TWU’s Education program were made before the Supreme Court of Canada on November 9.

Salt Spring Island

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TWU’s Board of Governors approved the purchase of the Northwest (NBTC) building in December.

In December an anonymous donor leased 72.6 acres on Salt Spring Island [pictured right] to TWU, with a long-term goal of gifting the land to the University.


Soccer Field

New soccer field, 2003
Photo Courtesy of University Communications, 2010

The new Spartan Field Complex, consisting of full-size soccer [pictured right] and rugby pitches, were officially opened on Friday, March 9.

Student Laura Wilson won the first Canadian Interuniversity Athletics Union (CIAU, later CIS) gold for TWU Athletics in track and field.

On April 12, TWU’s Board of Governors voted unanimously to approve acquisition of the Laurentian Club property in Ottawa; negotiations concluded on April 24.


Executive Vice President Guy Saffold with Harro Van Brummelen on the steps of the Supreme Court, ca. 2000

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Due to increasing pressures on facility size, the venue for graduation — or commencement — ceremonies was changed from Sevenoaks Alliance Church (with seating for 2000) to Abbotsford Pentecostal Assembly.  The ceremony was moved from Sunday to Saturday, and Trinity had its first “split graduation” ceremony in April.

On May 17, the Supreme Court of Canada ruled 8 to 1 in favour of TWU, ordering the British Columbia College of Teachers (BCCT) to approve the University’s Education program [see left].

Historic note: Canadian Interuniversity Athletics Union (CIAU) changed its name to Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) in June.

Construction was completed on the new Pacific Rim Collegium, located near the Vernon Strombeck Centre.

TWU offered thirty-four undergraduate majors and twelve graduate degrees to students in September.

40th Convocation held.

School of Business was launched in October. Kevin Sawatsky served as founding Dean.

Enrolment exceeded 3000


Booth House

Booth House, home of the Laurentian Leadership Centre, ca. 2001
“A permanent address in Ottawa,” Trinity Western, Summer 2001, p. 7
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The book Trinity Western University: Stories of faith and transformation was published in honour of the school’s 40th anniversary.

TWU offered seven online courses in the summer, with an enrolment of 168 students.  This program was facilitated by Trinity’s Global Learning Connections Centre (GLCC).

In August, the Northwest Building flooded, causing extensive damage.

The first group of twenty-two Trinity students took up residence at the Laurentian Leadership Centre (LLC) [pictured left] in Ottawa in September.  The LLC program offered a combination of internships and interdisciplinary academic courses.

The TWU Distinguished Scholar Lecture Series was launched on October 28, replacing the Staley Lectures. Its purpose was to encourage first- and second-year students to grasp the significance of, and become interested in, Christian worldview thinking.

Counseling Psychology program received formal notice of accreditation for a seven-year period from the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) on October 29.

On November 1 the School of Education celebrated its Grand Opening; the school would be located in the newly renovated Vernon Strombeck Centre.

The Globe — the International Student Centre — celebrated its grand opening on November 4.

Senator Gerry St. Germain presented Dr. Neil Snider with the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal on November 4, during the chapel service.
See Mars’ Hill article, November 2002

In December, after thirty-one years of service, David Twiest retired as Director of Libraries.

Photo Courtesy University Communications, 2010


Paul T. P. Wong Centre for Research in Counselling Psychology was dedicated on February 28. The Centre was located in the Northwest Building, and named in honour of Dr. Wong, director of the Graduate Counselling Program at TWU.

On March 27, the Pacific Rim Collegium [pictured left], situated near the Vernon Strombeck Centre, was dedicated.

Historic Note: Over 500 students participated in graduation ceremonies in April.

Renovations began on the interior of the Seal Kap building; asbestos was found, and the project was halted until late June.

Several large trees near the RNT building were removed preparatory to construction of an addition to that building.

Historic Note: Trinity Western University welcomed the largest cohort of students yet in the fall, and added four new undergraduate majors, bringing the total to thirty–eight.TWU students were now able to major in Modern Languages, Sport and Leisure Management, Art, and European Studies.

Official opening ceremony of the new School of Human Kinetics was held December 3. Dr. Blair Whitmarsh was appointed Director.


“Vision 2012 Wall” was unveiled on February 6 in the Reimer Student Centre.  Beside it, a scale model provided a visual representation of what the campus might look like in 2012.

In March the Spartans men’s volleyball team came home from the CIS National Championships held at Laval with a bronze medal.

On March 8 British Columbia’s Degree Quality Assessment Board approved TWU’s application to hold “exempt status” in common with the major provincial universities.

Grand opening of the newly renovated Sylvie Vandekerkhove Seal Kap Centre was celebrated on March 9. Part of the donation from the Vanderkerkhove family was designated for library collection development in the area of Religious Studies.

Harvest Centre

Photo Courtesy of University Communications, 2010

Canada Institute of Linguistics (CanIL) invited the public to the grand opening of the new Harvest Centre [pictured left] on Sunday, July 11, at 3:30 p.m.
Located on the TWU campus, the 32,000 square foot, $3.3 million facility housed the CanIL program, Wycliffe Canada offices, and classrooms for TWU.
As the world’s largest Summer Institute of Linguistics training centre, CanIL is the training arm of Wycliffe Bible Translators Canada and serves as the Linguistics Department of Trinity Western. CanIL raised the funds for this much needed new facility through the “Beyond Price” capital campaign.
Historic Note: CanIL had resided in a portable next to the Enarson Gymnasium for some time; around 1998 the Institute had relocated to the Northwest Building before moving into the new building in 2004.
Architect: Points West Architecture in Abbotsford.
Project Management: Palcor in Abbotsford.

Canadian Pentecostal Seminary joined ACTS in October.

Dr. Peter Flint

Source: Trinity Western Magazine,
Winter 2004, no. 11, p. 25
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On November 12, Prime Minister Martin announced the establishment of several new Canada Research Chairs, including the appointment of Dr. Peter Flint [pictured right] to the Canada Research Chair in Dead Sea Scrolls Studies at TWU.

Spartans Women’s Soccer team won TWU’s first CIS gold medal on November 14, after defeating McGill at the CIS National Championships.

Late in the year Faculty House and the wings of the Chapel were closed due to the discovery of moulds, and concerns over possible respiratory ailments.