“Homecoming continues to be a great annual tradition and our largest alumni on-campus event,” said Travis Bandstra ’06, director of alumni relations. “We were particularly encouraged by the large student turnout this year as we try to make it a tradition for them for years to come.”
On Friday, a special chapel service began a day of dedication celebration for the completion of the DeVos Athletics and Recreation Center. In thanks for God’s faithfulness, students, faculty, staff, alumni, and Board of Trustee members worshipped in the DeVos Gymnasium. Following worship and the message “Roll Your Path unto the Lord,” delivered by Instructor of Theology Emily Thomassen ’09, attendees moved to the newly renovated Mitchell Memorial Gymnasium for the official dedication of the DeVos Center. The Trinity community formed a circle and prayed together. After chapel, members of the Alumni Board served cake to commemorate the birthday of the College. The dedication celebration continued in the evening at Jubilation! 2013, Trinity’s annual fundraising dinner.
Saturday’s wide variety of events kept alumni and students busy and entertained. The Troll Color Rush had its debut last year at Homecoming and returned this year. More than 100 participants began the 2.8 mile run in white t-shirts and ended it covered with splashes of color.
The Trinity Troll Market took place on Saturday afternoon, allowing the Trinity community to showcase the arts and crafts of students, alumni, and local vendors. Over 30 local artists, crafters, merchandisers, and service providers gathered in the DeVos Gymnasium to sell their products.
“Trinity Troll Market was a great new event this year and helped to make this one our most well-attended Homecomings ever,” said Bandstra.
Families enjoyed the Family Fun Fair adjacent to the market with an inflatable play area. The new bouldering wall in the Fitness Center also kept children entertained.
Throughout the day, the George and June Schaaf Athletics Complex on Rt. 83 was active with student and alumni athletes, as well as Trinity supporters watching the various competitions and cheering on their teams. The afternoon brought a double header against Roosevelt University. The women’s soccer team won their match with a final score of 6-1; the men’s game was postponed due to inclement weather.
Overall, the event gave everyone a wonderful opportunity to experience a blessed Trinity “homecoming.”