Dr. Washington Talks TIU Football Beginnings on WGN

Having spent his first nine years as a coach here at Trinity, Leslie Frazier–the new head coach for the Minnesota Vikings–has had a profound impact on the school. A successful football program and a field named after him are just two examples. He did more than coach players. Frazier formed students who were good athletes, who grew into a deeper love for God, and who studied hard. Frazier’s impact on campus and in the lives of his players is evidence of the tremendous ability he possesses. But when he arrived on campus as a 27-year-old, without any experience or even a football team, his leadership was yet to be seen.

Dr. William Washington

In this radio interview, Dr. William Washington, Trinity’s Senior Vice President for Student Affairs, talks about developing a football program with Leslie Frazier and the tremendous ability he showed in his first ever coaching job.

Courtesy of 720 WGN, Jan. 21, 2011
Dr. Washington Interviewed on WGN (Duration: 2:04)

Coach Raven Returns to Pastoral Ministry

After four seasons at Trinity International University, Trojan Head Baseball Coach Tom Raven has announced his resignation.  Raven is returning to pastoral ministry, having accepted a call to serve as the senior pastor of Wendover Hills Wesleyan Church in Greensboro, North Carolina.

Raven led the Trojans to a 66-73 record during his time as head coach, including a strong 30-23 season in 2010. Before coming to Trinity, Raven held several coaching positions and pastoral roles, where he served congregations in Arizona and Kentucky.

Raven coached some of Trinity’s most successful baseball players during his tenure, placing six players on all-conference teams and 18 on all-academic teams. In addition, Kevin Tenney was named NAIA National Player of the Week in April 2010 and Peter Miller became first Trojan player drafted into the major leagues when he went to the Detroit Tigers in the 2010 draft.

“I appreciate the four years that Coach Tom Raven has directed towards our baseball program,” says Dr. William Washington, Trinity’s athletic director and senior vice president for Student Affairs. “Under his effective leadership he created a renewed sense of competition, academic preparation, but most importantly a spiritual maturity that has been infectious with his players. Coach Raven approached the baseball program as a ministry as well as a sport, in so doing, he used it to successfully transform lives for Christ. He will be missed, and we wish him our very best in his future endeavors.”

Coach Raven and his family will be moving to North Carolina in January 2011.

TIU’s 1st Coach Leslie Frazier Now Head of Minn. Vikings

Leslie Frazier, the founding football coach for Trinity International University, was just named interim head coach of the Minnesota Vikings after the team ditched coach Brad Childress midway through the season. Frazier was the team’s defensive coordinator.

Frazier’s first season for Trinity was in 1989. TIU’s athletic reporters write:

Frazier led the Trojans to two conference championships during his tenure at TIU. He was also named the NAIA District 20 Independent Coach of the Year in 1990 and the Mid-States Football Association Western Division Coach of the Year in 1994.

Frazier went on to coach at the University of Illinois and has held various coaching roles in the NFL with the Eagles, Bengals, and the Indianapolis Colts during their Super Bowl Championship year. Frazier has been with the Vikings organization since 2007 as the Assistant Head Coach/Defensive Coordinator.

Earlier this month, Frazier talked to the Chicago Tribune about his prospects as a head coach and the launch of his coaching career at Trinity.

An opportunity opened up for Frazier under the most unlikely circumstances. A fluke knee injury returning a punt after a handoff in Super Bowl XX ended his playing career prematurely and he became the first coach at what is now Trinity International University in Deerfield. He spent nine seasons there before becoming Ron Turner’s defensive backs coach at Illinois.

“I remember the president of Trinity, Ken Meyer, wrote me a letter when I was in (Bears) training camp – and I don’t know if he had premonition or what because I was still trying to decide if I was going to play football again,” Frazier recalled. “It took me about four months before I actually went over and talked to him about the position.

“(Meyer) kept pursuing me and telling me I was great fit to start their program. I said to myself, at 27 years old, that the opportunity to be a head coach at a predominately white school in an environment that I felt comfortable in, I thought it was a very unique situation. Taking that job, boy, it was the best thing I ever did.”

High School Students Double Up on Credits

It’s a great way to save money on college, get a head start in class, and make productive use of those four years in high school: Take college classes for credit instead of high school ones. More Illinois students than ever are jumping at the chance to double up on coursework. Students with dual credit classes haven’t replaced those with Advanced Placement, but they have found another way to get a leg up on their college career.

The Chicago Tribune reports on how Illinois high schools are partnering with local colleges and universities to provide college-level classroom experience before getting a high school diploma.  The reporter stepped into a classroom here at Trinity while looking at how the college and a local high school have worked together.

Stevenson High School in Lincolnshire added a college-level philosophy course last year. Students could earn dual credit through Trinity College in Deerfield, paying a third of the cost that a student at the college would pay.

This fall, 77 students enrolled, up from 53 a year ago.

The class meets a goal set by the Stevenson school board to increase the number of students who have at least one college experience before graduation.

While Trinity officials said they want to prepare more teens for higher education, they also see a practical advantage in the school’s campaign for the brightest applicants.

“If we make a good connection with the students, then it’s possible those students would come to Trinity,” said Joyce Shelton, associate academic dean at the college.

On a recent afternoon, students debated where the physical world ends and the metaphysical world begins as they studied Plato’s divided line.

Seniors Zach Blumenfeld and Allison Perlin sat in the front row, fielding questions from teacher Clayton Duba, who challenged students in the Socratic tradition about the essence of a desk chair and magic of a unicorn.

Between them, Blumenfeld and Perlin will graduate with 21 AP classes plus the college-level philosophy class. Both said they jumped at the chance to take philosophy, seeing it as preparation for a political science major in college.

“This is what I’d like college to be like,” Blumenfeld said.

Living Harmonious Lives of Worship

Trinity students are active in the communities around campus, and one of the most fascinating opportunities for service has been in the under-resourced community of North Chicago. A group of students, calling themselves Faith Alive, has decided to relocated to the neighborhood to bring their skills and compassion for a long-term commitment to the area. About 15 percent of the people in North Chicago live below the poverty line, and 18 percent of children do. The challenges there are real.

But there are also spiritual challenges that face people engaging in this type of Christian service. The pride of making a difference, the drive to accomplish tasks without taking Sabbath rest, or elevating practice too highly over belief—these are all spiritual obstacles that face Christians called to practice their faith by serving the marginalized.

Earlier this week, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School Professor of Pastoral Theology Steven Roy spoke with the undergraduate students from Faith Alive and others from around campus who are interested in working for social justice while they study at Trinity.

The Christian life is about worship, Roy said. “It is one of the highest priorities of the Christian life.” We are created and redeemed to worship God, who is worthy of our ultimate honor and service. As Romans 12:1 says, “Offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God—this is your spiritual act of worship.”

This act of worship plays out in the life of the Christian life in a broad and narrow sense, Roy said. The narrow form of worship is the explicitly God-centered activities—corporate worship with the body of Christ, prayer, or Scripture reading. The broad sense is the worship we do in the rest of our lives, through obedient service as students, employees, sons and daughters.

“God wants harmony in relations between the narrow worship and the broad worship,” Roy said. The Old Testament prophets regularly called the people of God away from two main sins: idolatry (narrow worship) and social injustice (broad worship). It is hypocritical for the people of God to worship rightly in the narrow sense without true worship in the broad sense. In this case, the forms of worship don’t match the heart. As Jesus said, “These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me.”

“If worship in the broad sense is not in line with God,” Roy said, “he takes no pleasure in worship in the narrow sense.” Paul said the same to the Corinthians when he admonished them for allowing some to go hungry while others get drunk at the Lord’s Supper.

On the other hand, however, our narrow worship must also match our broad worship. We commit idolatry, Roy said, “when we are so committed to justice that we worship it more than the God of justice.” Instead, our pursuit of justice should be motivated by our passion for God. “We shouldn’t seek to pursue justice as if it depends on us,” Roy said. “Justice is God’s business.”

We must worship God in both narrow and broad senses, working for justice and praising the author of it.

Dr. Robert Herron Installed as TC, TGS Dean

Dr. Robert Herron

Trinity International University installed Dr. Robert Herron as dean yesterday. Herron has been around the world in the service of God through Christian Higher education and scholarly research. And he’s been instrumental in the growth of two Christians colleges. Now, Herron will be putting those skills to work as he develops programs and expands the reach of Trinity International University.

Herron arrived on campus earlier this summer. He celebrated his installation yesterday with his family, the campus community, and a bowl of his native Louisianan jambalaya.

Dr. Herron’s official title is senior vice president for academic affairs and dean of Trinity College and Trinity Graduate School. He comes to Trinity with a passion for and more than 30 years experience in Christian higher education. Most recently, he was provost of Waynesburg University in Pennsylvania. He also served as vice president for academic affairs at Southeastern University in

University President Dr. Craig Williford welcoming Dr. Robert Herron.

Florida, where he chaired the committee that oversaw the transition from college to university status, and presided over the expansion of the academic sector as it grew from 990 students to over 3,000 students in just 8 years. The campus is excited to see Dr. Herron put his skills to work here at Trinity.

Dr. Herron has earned an M.A. in Humanities from Western Kentucky University, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Religious Studies from Rice University. He was a research fellow at the Institute for the Study of Christian Origins at the University of Tübingen in Germany. His main area of scholarly research is the Gospel of Mark, and he has studied with Markan scholars William Lane, Werner

Dr. Joyce Shelton prays for Dr. Robert Herron.

Kelber, and Martin Hengel, and Swiss theologian Hans Küng. Herron is also a graduate of the Management Development Program at Harvard University.

After studying in Germany, Dr. Herron returned to his alma mater, Lee University in Tennessee. There, he rose from the rank of assistant professor to associate academic dean and eventually vice president and executive assistant to the president. During that period, the university grew from 1,200 students to over 4,000 students.

Dr. Herron has studied, taught, and led student and faculty programs on five continents. His passion for and experience with study abroad led to a two-term appointment on the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities’ Student Academic Programs Commission.

Dr. Herron is a native of Louisiana and an ordained minister. His wife of 32 years, Diane, is a National Board Certified science teacher and environmental specialist. Their son, Robert W. Herron, III, is married and works as an attorney in Virginia Beach, Virginia, and their daughter, Tifanny Danielle Herron, directs an early youth intervention program in Florida.

New Student Orientation 2010

New Student Orientation started on Saturday. Incoming students filed through Melton Hall in the Waybright Center. We’ve got coverage from across campus happening on Twitter, Facebook and Trinity Blogs.

Video Contest for New Students [Updated]

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Trinity College has launched a video contest for incoming freshman students. You’re in. You’re excited. Tell us about it!

In a few months you’ll be walking across the Trinity campus, headed to your first classes. You’ll be setting up your dorm room and making new friends. Through classes, worship in chapel, and amazing events across campus, God will be shaping your mind and inspiring you to dream big. Are you excited?

Make a movie, win a prize.

We want to know what excites you most about starting college at Trinity. So get out your camera (or your parents’ camera) and show us in 3 minutes or less what you are excited most about. The best video wins a $250 Visa gift card to spend on books, dorm room supplies, candy, cheeseburgers… anything you want.

Here are the details:

  • Videos need to be 3 minutes or less
  • Submit your movie to the TIU Facebook page!
  • Only new students entering Fall of 2010 are eligible
  • Post your movie by July 15, 2010 August 1, 2010
  • TIU Admissions will select the best video based on creativity and originality
  • Winner gets a $250 Visa Gift Card

If you have any questions about the competition, contact the Admissions Office, [email protected]