2017

January

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TWU celebrated the 25-year anniversary of educational cooperation with several institutions in Tianjin. Deane Downey [pictured left], a former faculty member and academic administrator, was a key figure in establishing these relationships. As of 2017, Trinity was delivering an MBA program on-site at the Tianjin University of Finance and Economics. 

On January 17 the President's Office announced that planning was underway for the construction of a multi-phase expansion of student residences. "The first phase will consist of a multi-level, 140 bed dorm building with a mix of traditional room & board style rooms for 1st and 2nd year students and apartments for upper level students. It will be located behind Fraser Hall with construction scheduled to begin in late April for occupancy by September 2017." The design team included Blair Whitmarsh, Dean, School of Human Kinetics and Athletics, Kelvin Gartly, Director of Community Life, Amy Alexander, Admissions, and two TWUSA representatives. The University partnered with ATCO on the project.

Trinity's Computing Sciences Program was re-launched, after a 10-year hiatus, thanks to the efforts of two alumni. In January it was announced that the program had 27 full-time students

Census figures provided by the Registrar's Office indicate approximately 3200 students enrolled (2300 FTE).

February

February 23 - Trinity Western University welcomes today’s announcement that the Supreme Court of Canada has granted the University leave to appeal the decision of the Ontario Court of Appeal. The Court will hear the University’s case against the Law Society of Upper Canada and the Law Society of BC’s challenge to the recent unanimous BC Court of Appeal decision in TWU’s favour. The hearing of both appeals will likely occur late this year or early in 2018.
"We are pleased that the Supreme Court of Canada will resolve this case. We believe that the Court will protect the TWU religious community, based on last year’s ruling of the British Columbia Court of Appeal and the 2001 Supreme Court of Canada decision involving Trinity Western University’s School of Education," says President Bob Kuhn.

April

On Saturday, April 29, at 2 pm the TWU community held its graduation ceremony at the Abbotsford Centre.This was the inaugural graduation featuring TWU’s newly-designed regalia.  Approximately 500 undergraduate students were eligible to graduate. This year's convocation ceremony was opened up to include the participation of School of Graduate Studies students as well. Seventeen SGS students were eligible.

May

The Laurentian Leadership Centre celebrated its 15th Anniversary on Wednesday, May 17.

July

On July 28 President Kuhn announced that the new 130 bed dormitory would be called “Skidmore Hall” in recognition of the very significant contributions (both financial and otherwise) that the Skidmore family had made to Trinity Western over many years. Brothers Tom and Allan Skidmore, and their respective families, have been longtime key supporters of Trinity Western University, and Allan served on the Board of Governors from 1994 to 2000, and 2001 to 2007.

Summer

During the summer term, renovations took place in Reimer to allow the cafeteria to transtition to an “All you Care to Eat” model for students on meal plans.  This change was intended to provide more value to students while enabling the cafeteria to handle a larger volume with improved service levels.  The cafeteria gained a new entrance and it would be necessary to show a meal card or to pay a door price in order to enter. In addition, a portion of the Campus Bookstore was converted into a mini convenience store/coffee shop.  Hot lunch, grab and go, and snacks were available from this location, along with seating to augment the seating capacity in the Sodexo lounge area.  

The President’s Gallery—a space where curated artwork by students, faculty, and guest artists had been located for five years--was repurposed for an upcoming Heritage display. Moving forward, the curated art exhibits, organized through TWU’s Art + Design Department, would be featured in dedicated space on the main level of the Norma Marion Alloway Library.

September

On Sunday, September 3, TWU launched a global online radio station called Worship Lab Radio. It could be streamed online or on mobile through the NRT Radio app. "Worship Lab Radio will allow TWU to connect with church worship teams and emerging artists to give them a voice and access to the market. This will concurrently provide opportunities to introduce TWU and the new TWU Worship program to key people all over North America and the world."

The dedication of - and ribbon-cutting ceremony for -Skidmore Hall took place on Wednesday, September 27, at 11:45 a.m.

December 1

Over the past two days the Supreme Court of Canada heard from Trinity Western University, the Law Societies of British Columbia and Ontario, and an unprecedented number of interveners, on whether TWU’s law school graduates will be accepted into the practice of law. The court’s decision is expected within the next several months.

SPOKES PEOPLE AT THE COURT IN OTTAWA FOR INTERVIEWS:

Bob Kuhn – President of Trinity Western University
Earl Phillips – Executive Director of proposed TWU School of Law
Janet Epp Buckingham – Director of TWU's Laurentian Leadership Centre in Ottawa
Brayden Volkenant – Petitioner in the case, law student and TWU alumni
Jessie Legaree – Affiant in the case, practicing lawyer and TWU alumni

December

As Canada celebrated the 150th anniversary of Confederation in 2017, TWU marked this significant occasion by establishing Heritage Hall, a permanent historical display that featured various artefacts and stories that chronicled the land and place called Trinity Western University, and its many overlapping identities and histories, including Aboriginal territory, dairy farm, and location of  Canada’s largest and fastest-growing Christian university.
This new permanent exhibit was housed in the reception area of the Reimer Student Centre, and was an initiative of the President's Office.