2012

January

2010-2011 Pillar Yearbook

On January 11, TWU's yearbook, Pillar, placed third and fourth in two design categories in the College Media Advisers (CMA) Best of Collegiate Design 19 for the 2011 yearbook [pictured right].
Pillar received the third place award for the Athletics spread in the Yearbook Division Page category and fourth in Organizations Spread for the pages representing TWUSA.
Congratulations to editor in chief Dylan DeJong and his team. Dylan is also editor for Pillar 2012, which will celebrate 50 years of TWU and of the Pillar publication.

On January 19, the official 50th anniversary kick–off Chapel at 11 a.m. and a free Concert at 7:30 p.m. featuring The Left and TWU's own Paper House took place.

February

On Thursday, February 9, as part of the Vancouver Area Science & Religion Forum, TWU hosted world–renowned scholar David Livingstone, Professor of Geography and Intellectual History, Queen’s University Belfast, for two lectures.

On February 17, the 2012 edition of the Hootenanny was renamed “Hoodenanny,” and dedicated to the hero of English folklore, Robin Hood. The Enarson Gym was temporarily transformed into Sherwood Forest for the event.

March

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On March 4, the Men’s Volleyball team won the CIS Nationals [pictured left].  The victory gives the Spartans back–to–back titles and had them finish their record breaking season with 34 wins against two losses, the Canada West league title and conference title.

From March 13–31, Fiddler on the Roof, a co–production by the Music and Theatre Departments rang in the University’s 50th year with a cast of twenty–two performers, accompanied by SAMC’s popular Klezmer Ensemble.

TWU was granted $1.1 million in combined grants including $465,000 in federal funding from Western Economic Diversification Canada, $398,251 from the Canada Foundation for Innovation, and additional in–kind contributions from Bruker Corporation and Thermo Fisher. Mark Warawa, Member of Parliament for Langley, made the announcement in late March, on behalf of the Honourable Lynne Yelich, Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification Canada.  Trinity planned to purchase two new powerful spectrometers and a Fourier Transform InfraRed (an instrument for chemical research) with the funds.

April

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TWU News Archive

On April 11, Mars’ Hill entered the online competition of Associated Collegiate Press Pacemaker awards and was declared a finalist.

On April 28, graduating students and their families celebrated a special 50th anniversary year graduation featuring guest speaker Stockwell Day [pictured right] and a performance by Stephanie Chung.

May

On May 1, TWU unveiled a university transition program for international students. “This fall, Trinity Western University will launch a program designed to walk international students through their first year of university studies. Under the University Transition First Year program, courses are paired with ‘Integration and Engagement’ courses.”

On May 3, in honour of Trinity Western University’s 50th Anniversary, long–time partner Sodexo donated $100,000 to support student services and University events.

On May 14, Trinity Western University was selected to be profiled on Google Street View — Gallery of Colleges and Universities. “The Google Street View trike will ride on to campus on May 14, 2012. A team of two operators will spend about four hours touring campus walkways and collecting data on mutually agreed upon locations and views of the campus.”

June

On June 1, University administrators expressed disappointment in Metro Vancouver’s attempt to quash the Township of Langley’s zoning decision regarding the University’s lands.
The creation of a University District had been planned and in development for a decade and had already been approved by the Province; the idea of a University District had been in Langley’s Regional Development Plan since the late 1980s.

July

TWU alumnus Justin Baerg was recognized for his part in linking TWU with Canadian Blood Service’s “Partners in Life” blood donation and awareness program.  “Thanks to its success, TWU’s program has been used by CBS as a template when starting blood donation programs at other schools.”

On July 5, water on campus was shut down for several hours in the early morning to facilitate repairs to a broken water main in the Neufeld Science Centre, which had caused considerable water damage to the new Nursing faculty offices, as well as other areas in the building.

The University’s Enrolment Department launched a new custom, online student aid calculator to help aspiring students learn their financial aid eligibility and cost before applying. TWU was one of the first Canadian universities to offer a comprehensive aid calculator tool.

Summer

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TWU News Archive

In cooperation with the TWU Aboriginal Partnership Council, Patti Victor [pictured right] — a pastor and TWU Masters in Leadership student — was offered the position of Siya:m (a Sto:lo word describing a leader recognized for wisdom, integrity, and knowledge).  Victor’s responsibilities as Siya:m included providing both spiritual and personal mentoring to students of aboriginal descent, while also acting as a liaison between TWU and local aboriginal communities.

September

As part of the 50th Anniversary Celebrations, the Chemistry Department celebrated the Opening of the Jack Van Dyke Research Laboratory on Friday, September 14 from 3:15–3:45 p.m. in Block Hall.

On September 14-16, the 50th Anniversary Weekend was held.
“The 50th Anniversary Weekend was a grand event and, by all accounts, a smashing success! TWU faculty and staff had opportunities to meet alumni and enjoy time on campus with their family members. There was a wide variety of activities to choose from, including a Praise Chapel, TWU Archival Installation, Spartans games, a pancake breakfast, a Trinity version of TED Talks, tours, a scavenger hunt highlighting places on campus of historic significance, engaging entertainment, and the crowning event, ‘An Evening to Celebrate.’” Scott Campbell served as Chair of the Planning Committee.

October

It was announced that Barbara Astle (Nursing) would serve as the inaugural director of the TWU Centre for Equity and Global Engagement (CEGE), assisted by co-directors Sonya Grypma (Nursing), Robynne Healey (History), and Sheryl Reimer-Kirkham (Nursing).
Richard Sawatzky (Nursing) was named the inaugural director of the TWU Institute for Chronic Conditions and Aging (ICCA).

November

Dr. Peter Chung, his wife, Dr. Stephanie Chung, and the Eminata Group established two scholarships at Trinity Western University in memory of the Chungs’ son Joseph. A $100,000 donation was presented to the University to be used to recognize and award undergraduate and graduate education students who are passionate about pursuing a minor in Special Education.

For the second time in two years the Trinity Western University women’s soccer team won the Canada West Championship.

On November 12, TWU Spartan women's soccer captured the
2012 CIS National Championship Title. This is the 4th CIS Championship for Spartan Women’s Soccer (the other three were in 2004, 2008 & 2009). Head Coach Graham Roxburgh makes CIS history as the only coach to win four CIS titles in women’s soccer.

December

TWU submitted a proposal for a new School of Law to be located at the Langley campus of the University.