2011

January

Photo Courtesy TWU News Archive

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Langley Advance Photographer
Matthew Claxton, 2010

On January 29, TWU education student, Tara Teng [pictured right], was crowned Miss Canada 2011 during a ceremony held in Montreal.

Spring

Robert Hiebert received a generous donation from the family of the late Professor John William Wevers, University of Toronto, for endowment of TWU’s Septuagint Institute that will be renamed in his honour, and as seed money toward the establishment of a Chair in Septuagint Studies at TWU.

February

On February 14, TWU President Raymond, Provost Jameson, and faculty members gathered with dignitaries and members of the Mennonite community to witness the historic signing [pictured above left] of an agreement between TWU and the Mennonite Faith and Learning Society (MFLS) for the establishment of an endowed professorship/chair in Anabaptist-Mennonite Theology.

Daniel Fama, global projects intern for TWU, was one of eight leaders under the age of thirty from all over B.C. who were recognized by the BC Council for International Cooperation (BCCIC) as global citizens and models of civic engagement.

March

Men's Volleyball Championship

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The Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) 2011 Men’s Volleyball Championship was hosted by TWU at the Langley Events Centre on March 4–6.  The Trinity Western Spartans completed a storybook season by sweeping past the Brandon Bobcats to win the CIS men's national volleyball championship [pictured right] in front of hometown fans, the so–called Spartan Faithful.

TWU women's Head Coach, Ryan Hofer, was named CIS Coach of the Year — the first TWU women’s volleyball coach to receive the honour.

On March 29, SAMC’s Art+Design Department celebrated the inaugural exhibition of the newly established President’s Gallery, located on the 2nd floor of the Reimer Student Center.

May

On May 6, peer–reviewed online academic journal Verge: a journal of the arts and Christian faith was launched; the journal was hosted by the School of the Arts, Media + Culture.

June

On June 6, the newly–renovated tennis courts were opened.

July

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On July 12, President Raymond welcomed the Honourable Premier of BC, Christy Clark, onto campus, along with three MLAs: the Honourable Mary Polak, local MLA and Minister of Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation; the Honourable Naomi Yamamoto, Minister of Advanced Education; and Marc Dalton, MLA Maple Ridge [pictured left]. They met to discuss the vision of the University and its role in BC as a Christian liberal arts, sciences, and professional studies institution.

August

The original Calvin Hanson Chapel was demolished.

On August 10, the Information Technology team completed the Information and Communications Technology Upgrade KIP project, which included a complete upgrade of the Storage Area Network (SAN) and wired and wireless networks, the deployment of Voiceover Internet Protocol (VoIP) phones to the entire campus, and the acquisition of BlazeCast, a campus wide Emergency Notification System.

From August 17–31, approximately twenty trees on campus were removed or balanced/cabled, based on health and safety risk mitigation recommendations of an August 8, 2011 Tree Risk Assessment Report provided to Campus Services by Dr. Julian Dunster (R.P.F., M.C.I.P., ISA Certified Arborist) of Dunster & Associates.

On August 18, Norma Marion Alloway Library staff launched SirsiDynix Symphony, a new computer–based system that managed all aspects of the library’s operations.

September

On September 26, University Communications won a CASE Circle of Excellence Bronze Award for the 2010 Undergraduate Recruitement Suite. This was the highest level of award TWU's University Communications department had received for publications.

November

Neufeld Science Center Opening

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TWU News Archive

On November 3–4, graduate students and faculty celebrated the inauguration of the Northwest Centre for Biblical and Theological Literacy.

On November 4, a ribbon–cutting [pictured right] and open house for the Neufeld Science Centre expansion was held, highlighting the new Animal Care Facility, Chemistry Research Laboratories, Biology Research Laboratory, Nursing Laboratory Expansion, and others.

On November 5, the graduation ceremony for the School of Graduate Studies was held.

Also on November 5, the 10th convocation (12th year) for students in the MA in Leadership and MA in Educational Leadership programs took place. Forty students received their degrees, for a total of over 300 graduates. Founding Director Don Page spoke at the event.

On November 12, President Raymond and TWU’s delegation to China returned, having represented the University at BC government receptions and events, connected with alumni and parents, signed agreements with the Harbin Institute of Technology and Hebei University, and extended existing agreements with the Tianjin Education Commission, and the Tianjin University of Finance and Economics.

On November 17, the TWU School of Education celebrated its 10th Anniversary, featuring speaker Dr. Nel Noddings, Lee L. Jacks Professor of Education, Emerita, at Stanford University.

December

On December 4, thanks to a donation by a sponsor, Spartan Athletics hosted a float for TWU at the Rogers Santa Claus Parade in downtown Vancouver.

On December 5, the Septuagint Institute was renamed the John William Wevers Institute for Septuagint Studies.  The inauguration of the John William Wevers Institute Septuagint Chair Campaign was held Monday, December 5, 2011 at the Northwest Auditorium.

Also on December 5, Trinity Western University received an estate endowment totaling $4 Million in part to create two endowed student scholarships and advance diabetes research.