The sun shined brightly on the giant blow-up Einstein and the happy faces of Trinity students and faculty members celebrating the 11th annual OPUS on April 27. OPUS is sponsored by Trinity’s Academic Initiative.
The celebration of student intellectual and artistic endeavor began with a parade though campus, led by the Troll, the traditional bagpiper, and special guests Abe Lincoln and Sinter Klaas. What followed was a day full of student presentations, musical performances, a gallery exhibit, a picnic, and a special Outcry worship service beneath the OPUS tent.
This was the first year that Academic Initiative Chair Christine Carter ’12 of Wheaton, Illinois, helped organize the event. “I have really fallen in love with what OPUS is—a celebration of student achievement, a massive social gathering, and fun,” she said. “To get the fullest experience possible, you have to talk with others. You have to share what you learned and learn from others. So, in ways, OPUS extends beyond a one day event. It generates great conversation on campus for days to come.”
“I think that OPUS is one of the best things we do for our students,” said Dr. Dick Cole, professor of psychology and chairperson of the OPUS committee. “I worked with a great committee this year, especially the students. They were so enthusiastic, committed, and helpful.”
Jon Vanderwoude ’10 of Palos Heights, this year’s Lincoln Laureate, pronounced the official opening of the day. Abby Christensen ’11 of Nampa, Idaho, designed the programs and t-shirts.
OPUS award winners—Click here for the complete list.
Tuition Remission Giveaways
$100—Julie Wiltjer, Nola Sawyer, Kelsey Mattson
$150—Ryan Kwaak, Brady Davidson
$250—Allison Stoub, Eric Tucker
OPUS 2010 Committee Members
Dick Cole, Chairperson
Christine Carter, Chair of Academic Initiative