The First Student Recruiter Continues to Connect Communities

It was 1978 when Nels Hawkinson (’80) was called into President Neil Snider’s office. Nels was a second-year student at the time and loved playing basketball for Trinity Western. But because it was still a young college, there weren’t the same full-ride scholarships available that many other schools were offering in the United States. President Snider knew that if he wanted to keep Nels at the school, they’d have to get creative. It was at that meeting that the very first student recruiter position at Trinity Western was created. In exchange for free room and board in the following year, Nels would go across North America to promote the school, collect names, and recruit as many new students as possible.

New Chapter Launches in Edmonton

On September 6th, 2019, nearly forty TWU Alumni celebrated the launch of the Edmonton Chapter. It was an exciting night, made possible thanks to the Edmonton Chapter Champions: Jeff Miller ('16), Laurel Kirchner (Shute, '88), Nathan Foerger ('14).

Before forming this chapter, these three alumni were basically strangers. But now, through their connection to the TWU Alumni Association, they have formed a friendship and are excited to work together to host events in Edmonton.

Volleyball Alumna and New York Musician Delights in The Wonder of Witnessing

After graduating from Trinity Western, Anna Paddock (’07) gave up the chance to play professional volleyball in Germany in order to pursue her music passion. She was accepted into New York University’s Master of Music Composition and Theory graduate program and has been in NYC ever since. Now part of an indie-pop group, The Lay Awakes, with her husband Patrick Anderson, she is learning new lessons about what it means to be an eyewitness to the work of God in others.

Three Noodlebox and Meat & Bread Employees Bonded Over Discovered Alumni Connection

Stephanie Hampson (‘11), Josh Boersma (’16), and Richard Fantin (’06) all started working at Noodlebox and Meat & Bread around the same time. As these co-workers began to get to know each other better, they quickly discovered they were each graduates of Trinity Western University. Though they all attended at different times, their alumni status and their mutual love for the school became a bonding point for them.

Alumna’s Life Transformed By Living In A Cree Community

Dr. Bruce Shelvey, a professor at Trinity Western University, encouraged Jenny Shantz ('99, '16) to learn about the impacts of colonization on Indigenous people in Canada. This eventually led Shantz to leave her home and move to Driftpile Cree Nation in Alberta, where she lived and worked for two years. What she learned there completely transformed her life and became the foundation for her life's work.

LASIK Complications Led To Pastoral Care for First Nations Community

LASIK eye surgery is successful 99% of the time. Joon Cho (’14) was among the 1% who have complications.

Cho went in for the surgery during his third year at Simon Fraser University, where he was studying criminology. But because of the side-effects of the surgery, his cornea filled with haziness and everything blurred together. These symptoms got devastatingly worse every day as his vision rapidly deteriorated.

Third Generation Skidmore Continues To Give Back

Garry Skidmore ('94), President of the Skidmore Group, desires to stay connected to Trinity Western University and to give back as much as possible. One of the many ways Garry has given back is through mentorship. Just like he had older men in his life pour into him as he came into the family business, Garry believes alumni have a powerful opportunity to pour into the lives of students and help them prepare for their future through mentorship.