Alex Walsh earned his master’s degree from DePaul University in 2012 and is pursuing a Ph.D. in interpersonal and instructional communication at West Virginia University. As a doctoral student at a “research one” level institution, he is expected to complete his studies, teach undergraduate level classes, and research communication in both romantic relationships and instructional settings.
Fall 2009 TRINITY Magazine
Kurt Schemper ’97
Major: Communication arts and theology
Kurt Schemper ’97, a former Trinity communication arts and theology major, received an Emmy for his work as a producer on Intervention, the A&E Television Network docuseries. The 61st Primetime Emmy Awards aired September 20.
In an interview with TRINITY magazine in April, Schemper said: “I’ve been fortunate to be involved with a project that is changing lives. Intervention has done over 117 interventions and approximately 80 percent of those people remain committed to their sobriety.”
Speaking then of his faith, Schemper recalled a quote by Frederick Buechner that a Trinity professor shared with him: “The place God calls you to is the place where your deep gladness and the world’s deep hunger meet.”
“My deep gladness is Jesus,” said Schemper. “The entertainment industry is no different than any other place with lonely people searching for gladness.”
Finding a job today has proved to be a difficult task for many college grads, but the solid preparation of a Trinity education combined with God-given gifts can open doors of opportunity. Bethany Lotterman ’09 (December) is one graduate whose education and talent led her to a job within her field of study just weeks after graduation.
“Less than .05 percent of the total resources of the Church in the west are being sent to help share the Good News,” said Genevieve Trieu ’06. “I want to give more than .05 percent. I want to give my life.” As a hometeam missionary on Gospel for Asia’s broadcasting and media relations team, Trieu helps the department meet its goal to broadcast the gospel domestically and internationally in over 100 languages to unreached people groups in the subcontinent of Asia.
For people like Chris Verstrate ’96, Chicago, a hub of international business, provides an ideal place in which to practice corporate law. “The type of business law that I am involved in as a partner with McGuireWoods, LLP, requires me to live in a major metropolitan area and business center,” said Verstrate. “After attending both Trinity and Northwestern University School of Law, it was a natural fit to find a firm to work for in Chicago.”