2016

 

Image courtesy of the President's Office and van der Zalm + associates

April

The dedication of the Hanson Garden Chapel was celebrated on Saturday, April 30, 2016, at 10 am.

In his invitation to the event, President Kuhn shared: "For many of us, the Calvin B. Hanson Chapel represented the heart of our Trinity Western experience. As a result, the history of the chapel carries with it many memories; singing and laughter, preaching and planning, and even tears. No other place on campus has stirred such passion and promise ... [the Garden Chapel] will provide an outdoor area for worship that can once again accommodate our entire TWU campus community. It will be named in honour of Calvin and Muriel Hanson. Prominently featured in the design are distinctive elements from the original chapel [designed by Will Wilding], in particular the inverted sloping roof lines and use of the previous chapel stones that were sponsored by many alumni and friends."

Following the Garden Chapel dedication, TWU celebrated its 54th annual commencement, with a graduation ceremony at 2 pm at the Abbotsford Centre.

June 29

Trinity Western University was disappointed with a ruling from the Ontario Court of Appeal. Although the court found that TWU’s freedom of religion rights were breached, it upheld the Ontario Divisional Court’s decision to allow the Law Society of Upper Canada to deny approval to graduates of TWU’s proposed School of Law.
“The Community Covenant is a core part of defining the TWU community as distinctly Christian,” said Amy Robertson, a university spokesperson. “We are not making a statement about LGBTQ people; we are making a statement about traditional Christian marriage, which is sacred to us. The same covenant calls for all members of the TWU community to respect the dignity of others regardless of their background. Loving one another without exception is one of the most important principles of the Christian faith.”
The university will take the Ontario decision to the Supreme Court of Canada.

July

Andrew Perrin, Ph.D., and Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at TWU was named the new co-director of TWU’s famed Dead Sea Scrolls Institute, taking the reins of the Institute from Martin Abegg and sharing co-helming duties with Peter Flint, Canada Research Chair in Dead Sea Scrolls Studies, who says Perrin won the role after a nationwide search. Perrin’s appointment “bodes well” for the future of the university, says Flint. “He’s a brilliant and devout young man—the worthy successor for Martin Abegg.”

July 26

TWU received the reasons for judgment from the Nova Scotia Court of Appeal. This decision affirmed the quality of TWU’s education and graduates. Just as the court below concluded, the appeal court ruled that rejecting TWU graduates on the basis of the school’s admissions policy was beyond the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society’s authority.
The appeal court found that it did not need to comment on the Charter of Rights and Freedom issues, and in the process effectively upheld Justice Jamie Campbell’s original decision, which was a clear endorsement of TWU’s position on Charter freedoms. "Allowing the NSBS’s decision to stand would have a chilling effect on the liberty of conscience and freedom of religion,” Justice Campbell wrote.

July

It was announced that five TWU star athletes would be participating in the Olympic Games in Rio, in August. This marked the first time TWU would see its grads at the Olympic games. Three of the athletes - Rudy Verhoeff, Dan Jansen Van Doorn, and Steve Marshall - would be on Team Canada’s men’s volleyball team. TWU’s Chaim Schalk would compete as part of Team Canada’s men’s beach volleyball team. And Adam Froese would be on Team Canada’s men’s field hockey roster.  Alison Jackson, a TWU alumna, qualified for Team Canada’s women’s cycling team as the non-traveling alternate.

Summer

There were several construction projects underway at the Langley campus during the summer. In McMillan Block Three, ten apartments were renovated; this included new flooring, paint, cabinets, fixtures, showers/bathrooms, appliances and electrical upgrades. Work was also done in the School of Business (Northwest Building) where the classrooms were updated with a more modern and professional look. In the Robert N. Thompson Building a classroom was converted into a computer lab for SAMC with new technology as well as new furniture, paint, and flooring. Over at Neufeld, new Nursing Labs were up and running. This project doubled the lab space available to nursing students. The Maintenance Department converted a classroom to a large Skills Lab (6 beds), and converted a small Skills Lab into a SIM lab (high fidelity SIMulation lab). The state-of-the-art SIM lab has a two-way mirror and filming equipment that allow students to learn to care for complex patient situations in a life-like setting, using a computerized, high-fidelity mannequin.

September 7

On September 7th the TWU community gathered together in the David E. Enarson gymnasium for the Convocation Chapel service commencing with a welcome by Provost Dr. Bob Wood. After a time of worship, President Bob Kuhn challenged those in attendance with his message, “Why is Life Worth Living?"

September

The Spartans home pitch was re-dedicated and named the Chase Office Field, in honour of alumni and TWU supporters Danny and JoAnna Chase.

October 1

Trinity Western University opened the new Trinity Western House in Fort Langley. TWU was granted favourable terms for the use of the building, formerly known as the Bedford House, by the Township of Langley. Oversight for space use was to be managed by TWU's External Relations office.

October 3

The School of Business announced the launch of the Centre for Global Entrepreneurship (CGE), and the appointment of Professor Andrea Soberg as its first director. The initial vision for this research Centre came in September 2015, when Soberg returned from a year’s sabbatical during which time she lived in China conducting research on indigenous Chinese businesses.
The Centre has a global perspective, but will select a different regional focus every five years. Since several of the faculty in the School of Business have research interests in China, and the School delivers an MBA program in that country, the focus for the first five years will be on that region of the world. Soberg and her faculty colleagues have invited five business leaders who either live or have connections in China to be on the Advisory Board, which had its first meeting on September 21.
Kevin Sawatsky, Dean of the School of Business says “TWU hopes to lead the way in understanding the different marketplaces of the world so that we can assist the global community in developing sustainable and ethical management and leadership principles.”

November 1

The B.C. Court of Appeal found unanimously in favour of TWU’s proposed School of Law. The Court's concluding remarks stated: "A society that does not admit of and accommodate differences cannot be a free and democratic society—one in which its citizens are free to think, to disagree, to debate and to challenge the accepted view without fear of reprisal. This case demonstrates that a well-intentioned majority acting in the name of tolerance and liberalism can, if unchecked, impose its views on the minority in a manner that is in itself intolerant and illiberal.
Even though we were successful with this appeal, we expect that this case will be further appealed to the Supreme Court of Canada sometime in late 2017 or early 2018. Source: email from President Kuhn