2014

January

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On January 15, Dr. Harro Van Brummelen [pictured left], TWU’s first School of Education Dean and Professor Emeritus, passed away after a courageous battle with cancer.

TWU received approval for its latest graduate degree program, the Master of Arts in Educational Studies (Special Education), bringing the total to 17. This program would allow B.Ed. students with teaching experience (particularly those who take a minor in Special Education) to proceed into graduate studies in this special field of service.

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Beautification work began on campus as a result of a donor-directed gift specifically allocated by members of the Pasiuk family (Peterbilt Pacific Inc.), in honor of their mother. This work would include the Library Community Commons Restoration (upgrading the pathways and gardens near the Bell Tower [pictured right]), the Douglas Community Courtyard, and the Douglas Student Lobby Restoration.

March

On March 11 the Board of Governors announced the appointment of the University's fourth president: "The Board of Governors of Trinity Western University is very excited to announce that Bob Kuhn, a Trinity alumnus (‘72), and recent Interim President at TWU has accepted the appointment as President and Vice Chancellor, effective immediately. Bob’s appointment to this five-year term follows the unanimous recommendation by the Presidential Search Committee."

The Township of Langley won a court fight with the Metro Vancouver regional authority over who has final say over development planning. In a written decision issued on Wednesday, B.C. Supreme Court Justice Neena Sharma dismissed a Metro application to have the court overturn a Township decision approving a "University District" on 376 acres at 7645 and 7679 Glover Rd., and 22423 Labonte Cres. Langley Times, March 13

On Saturday March 29 Canada Institute of Linguistics (CanIL) celebrated Mike Walrod's 27 years of service and commissioned Danny Foster as the new incoming President.

May

On May 1 the appointment of Joel Tranquilla, DMA, as Director of Choral Activities for the School of the Arts, Media + Culture (SAMC) was announced. He succeeded Wes Janzen, who retired this spring after 33 years at the helm of the University’s excellent choral program. An award-winning conductor and music educator from the University of Windsor, Tranquilla was noted for his versatile musicianship and creative programming. Beginning in September 2014, Tranquilla conducted TWU’s student choral ensembles as well as the 60-voice Masterworks choir, consisting of TWU alumni and other community musicians.

Freedom of religion and conscience are important and protected Canadian values. In order to respond to threats against these freedoms, Trinity Western University announced May 6 that it would go to court in British Columbia, Ontario, and Nova Scotia.
The Federation of Law Societies of Canada and the BC Ministry of Advanced Education have approved TWU’s School of Law. The Law Societies of British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan and other provinces have decided to accept TWU’s graduates. Despite these approvals, on April 24 the Law Society of Upper Canada (LSUC) voted 28 to 21 to ban TWU School of Law graduates from articling or practicing in the province of Ontario. Although it has been universally recognized that TWU designed an excellent law school program, the LSUC voted to ban graduates primarily because of the TWU community’s religious views on marriage.
On April 25, the Nova Scotia Barristers Society (NSBS) also voted 10 to 9 not to approve the TWU School of Law unless TWU altered its religious beliefs and practices.
“We feel the provincial law societies in Ontario and Nova Scotia have made decisions that are legally incorrect and, unfortunately, TWU is now being forced to re-litigate an issue that was decided in its favour by an 8 to 1 decision of the Supreme Court of Canada in 2001,” said TWU President Bob Kuhn. “The Supreme Court of Canada is the highest court in the country, comprised of the best legal minds, and their decisions should be respected. In law, their decisions must be respected.”
Trinity Western would much prefer to focus resources on its top-ranked professional programs, education, and research. However, TWU is of the view that the decisions of the LSUC and NSBS set a dangerous precedent in Canada and must be challenged in the courts. “The decisions in Ontario and Nova Scotia impact all people of faith across Canada. Their conclusions must be challenged,” said Kuhn.
In addition to the challenges in Ontario and Nova Scotia, on April 14 a Petitioner represented by Toronto lawyer Clayton Ruby commenced a lawsuit against the BC Minister of Advanced Education to challenge the Province’s December 2013 approval. TWU will apply to be added as a Respondent to this litigation so that it has opportunity to present arguments to the BC court.
Notwithstanding the lawsuits in BC, Ontario, and Nova Scotia, Trinity Western has all the necessary approvals and will continue with its plans to launch Canada’s first law school at a faith-based university in September 2016.

On May 8 it was announced that long-time Langley residents, the Blaauw family, had donated a further $1 million gift to Trinity Western University for the purchase of two additional parcels of land in the Glen Valley forest area. The gift enlarged the Thomas Blaauw Memorial Forest, which was established in 2013 with the family’s initial gift.
That initial donation and resulting land deal was the culmination of the work of several groups, including the family, TWU, the Township of Langley, and environmental advocates Watchers of Langley Forests, working together to preserve Langley’s forested area for future generations. The deal ensured the forest remains available for environmental research, education, and recreational purposes.
The land was managed by TWU’s Environmental Studies department. By the time of the May announcement over 200 species of mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, and plants had been discovered on the property, including two at-risk species: the Red-Legged frog, and the Pacific Side Band snail.

Summer

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Summer construction projects included: Phase 2 of seismic and other upgrades to the Robert N Thompson Building and Stanley Nelson Centre, slated to be completed by late November, as well as a new 8000 square-foot, two-storey addition to the Enarson Gym and Fitness Centre [pictured left], slated to be completed in December.

Negotiations and planning for a satellite campus at the Carol Lee Centre in Richmond continued, with plans to open in March, 2015.

July

TWU's newest master's program - a Master of Arts in Educational Studies - Special Education (MAES-SPED) - was launched.

October

The Mennonite Faith and Learning Society invited members of the TWU community to celebrate the launch of the Anabaptist-Mennonite Centre for Faith and Learning on Friday, October 24, at 7 pm in the Reimer Student Centre. President Bob Kuhn, Dr John Redekop, and Dr Myron Penner spoke.

November

The Installation of Robert G. Kuhn, J.D. as the fourth President of Trinity Western University took place on Thursday, November 6, 2014 at 10:30 am in the David E. Enarson Gymnasium.

On November 13 TWU received the generous gift of a Medieval Torah Scroll, approximately 140 feet in length, from Kenneth and Barbara Larson.