Joni Weidenaar is part of a collaborative team conducting research on severe mental illness and diabetes. She works alongside nurse practitioners in two clinics providing appropriate diabetes, nutrition, and exercise education; setting self-management goals; and conducting motivational interviews. She also helps coordinate specialized medical care and community support. Weidenaar tracks the participants’ medical outcomes and wellness progress and reports to the research team.
“Statistics. Statistics. Statistics class. The federal government and other research entities fund the studies I am helping conduct and the results inform the government how to fund mental health policy. Further preparation came from the Chicago Semester where my internship became my current job.”
DeBorah Posey ’87 likes to help. In fact, her innate love of helping, listening, and fixing led her to choose nursing as, what seemed like, an obvious major. In the years since her graduation, she has witnessed how God will often use the gifts he’s given a person in many different ways.
Posey, the director of operations and scheduler for Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr., came to realize how God had not only equipped her but had also provided what she refers to as a “testing ground” at Trinity for her growth as a person.
Sarah Elizabeth Ippel ’01 takes a break from her duties as executive director of the Academy for Global Citizenship in Chicago to pour organic milk in the lunchroom and show a few of the third graders at recess that one of the roosting hens in the playground’s chicken coop is laying an egg.
This is all part of the children’s school experience, one in which a main theme—such as “where does our food come from?”—is integrated into every subject with the goal of the students learning in an “experiential and engaged” way through the implementation of the International Baccalaureate Programme. One constant theme and foundational component of the Academy’s mission is environmental sustainability.
“If you asked me back in 1971 how I ended up at Trinity, my answer would have been completely different from the answer I am able to give you today,” said Arthur Bishop ’75.
“I remember being so impressed with the state-of-the-art Mitchell Memorial gym,” said Arthur. “Back then I would have told you I ended up at Trinity because of basketball. Today I can tell you that I attended Trinity Christian College as a result of God’s divine plan.”