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  • Trinity Western University announced today that it has named Bob Kuhn as its President and Vice Chancellor. Kuhn, who has served as the University’s Interim President since July 2013, will be Trinity Western’s fourth President since its inception in 1962.

    “After 52 years of growth and miraculous accomplishments, Trinity Western University has found its place as a leader among the ranks of Christian higher education,” Kuhn remarked. “Whether it be in groundbreaking research or by winning championships in elite collegiate sports, TWU has consistently proven that it punches above its weight in transformational university education, maintaining a global impact of significance. I couldn’t be more proud of being an alumnus, and now the president, of such an extraordinary University.”

    Kuhn’s appointment to a five-year term follows the unanimous recommendation by the Presidential Search Committee, which conducted a comprehensive search over the past eight-months for the best person to assume the position of President. The committee was made up of a broad representation of TWU constituencies.

    “In his role as Interim President, Kuhn has made significant progress in developing a vision of not just what TWU can and will become (as God provides),” said Chair, Board of Governors, Jeremy Funk, “but also how that calling can be achieved.”

    When appointed Interim President last July, Kuhn said he was committed to being an encouragement to faculty, staff and students. “My approach is relational,” said Kuhn. “To me, it’s less about the presidency and more about building relationships with the broad spectrum of constituents that form the Trinity community.”

    The time he spent gaining insight and knowledge from students, faculty, staff, parents, and alumni culminated into the development of a draft strategy framework —the New Era—that outlines the way forward for the institution. He announced the New Era vision to friends and supporters at TWU’s 2013 Christmas in the City gala.

    “As the Board of Governors, we are eager to see how [the New Era] vision for growth and sustainability can further draw the TWU community together,” said Funk. “In addition to this vision, Bob is extremely passionate about the mission and ministry of TWU, which we see as vital for effective leadership.”

    In the midst of some significant political and social challenges to TWU’s core identity as a Christian institution of higher learning, and with growing tension within Canadian society, Kuhn has proven to be a case of the right person, in the right place, at the right time. “His life experience, professional, community, and alumni contacts, and collaborative and relational leadership style are what TWU requires at this point in its institutional-life,” said Funk. As interim president, Kuhn has not only infused the TWU campus with hope and encouragement, he has also lead the legal and very public battle over the University’s proposed law school with strength, compassion, and grace.

    “We desire to see TWU remain faithful in its divine calling of developing godly Christian leaders for the various marketplaces of life,” said Funk. “We are confident that Bob Kuhn, a Trinity Western alumnus (’72) and TWU’s fourth president, will lead Canada’s premier Christian university into a new era of profound national and global impact.”

    The inauguration ceremony for TWU's fourth President will be held in September 2014 during Alumni Weekend.

    A graduate of UBC School of Law and a practicing lawyer for over 33 years, Kuhn is no stranger to leadership at Trinity Western. He served as Student Body President from 1971-72 and, in 2001, Kuhn led TWU’s legal team all the way to the Supreme Court of Canada successfully defending TWU’s Teacher Education Program vs. the BC College of Teachers. In addition to writing regularly for various award-winning publications, Kuhn has lectured throughout Canada on a broad array of legal topics for numerous groups, such as the Continuing Legal Education Society of British Columbia; the University of British Columbia; Institute of Chartered Accountants; and the Provincial Court Judges of British Columbia.

    In 2012, the TWU Board of Governors conferred on Kuhn an honorary Doctor of Laws in recognition of his service to Canada and to the University, which has spanned over three decades and contributed to the leadership of each of TWU’s three previous presidents. Born in Vernon, British Columbia, Kuhn is married to Renae, also a Trinity alumnus (‘72), and they have three adult children and one grandson.

    News release found here: http://www.twu.ca/news/2014/016-fourth-president.html?utm_source=homepage&utm_medium=banner&utm_campaign=010-fourth-president-banner

  • Invested and Inspiring: Victoria Wilkinson

    Year: 4th year, 3rd year Nursing.

    Major: Nursing

    Hometown: Langley, BC

    Victoria Wilkinson started the Pillowcase Princess Project in 2011, after realizing that her heart for missions, and helping others, could have an international impact, even from her home in Langley. Ever since the age of seven she has had a heart for Africa, in particular. Victoria distinctly remembers regularly asking her parents to let her sponsor a child, many times strategically laying out the sponsorship cards around the house. 

    Victoria has gone on missions’ trips before. She visited Mexico in her Grade 11 year to work with children, and build a house. However, her heart longed to visit Africa. Between high school and university, she tried to take a gap year to travel to the massive continent, but her plans continuously fell through.

    Her next step? Enroll at Trinity Western University until the dream to visit Africa could be realized!

    Though somewhat disappointed at first in the light of having her travel plans cancelled, Victoria realized that her time at Trinity has been exceptionally influential. Her heart and understanding of local missions was developed through involvement in TWU outreach teams.

    “I had a good friend who invited me to join Rahab ministries at TWU and that really showed me that there is so much we can be doing in our own community, even to make a difference internationally.”

     Furthermore, as a nursing student, she developed many practical skills. Both these things shaped who she was and what she had to offer. So when last summer she had the opportunity to finally travel to Africa, she took more than just herself and her passion with her. Because of her developed heart for local outreach, and community, she was led to start the Pillowcase Princess Project, which provided her the opportunity to deliver hundreds of dresses and shorts to the people she visited in Africa. The nursing skills provided her with practical skills to help in a rural clinic.

    It was her international focus that inspired the Pillowcase Princess Project. But TWU got her mind thinking how to serve locally first. To date, Victoria and many volunteers have made over 1000 dresses and roughly 800 pairs of shorts, which have been sent not only to Africa, but all over the world. Uganda, Ethiopia, South Sudan, the Philippines, Mexico, and Haiti are a few of the places that have been blessed by many volunteers.

    Victoria delivers the dresses personally, as well as, sends them off with other missionaries whom she connects with. Everyone is welcome to get involved! Here are some ways:

    • Prayer and encouragement are always appreciated.
    • Donating pillowcases and supplies (ie. thread, elastics etc.)
    • Helping to sew the dresses and shorts ( supplies can be picked up from Victoria)
    • Volunteer to bring some of the clothing on your next missions’ trip.

    Victoria admits that for a time, it was overwhelming given how big the project had become. Currently in her 3rd year of Nursing, she understands better than anyone that things can get kind of hectic with school, friends, family, and volunteer work. Though it’s hard to balance everything, Victoria’s dedicated to making time for things that she is passionate about.

    For more information about the Pillowcase Princess Project, visit their official website here: http://pillowcaseprincess.wix.com/home


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    Thank you TWU students for nominating Victoria as one of the many students on campus that are making an impact on both a local and global scale! 

    Know of another student who fits the criteria of passionately serving and positively impacting others? Email us your nomination at twu.impact@gmail.com.

  • Here is how this works: Impact receives a tip from a fellow TWU student about a peer who they’ve witnessed making a real difference in the lives of others. Impact verifies the activities of the nominee and shares the good news with you!

    So kind of like Gossip Girl, except less creepy and less gossip-y.

    We realize that before, during and after our time at Trinity Western, different passions and causes create meaning in our lives and offer us the opportunity to DO something! At Trinity, we’re afforded the time to seriously think, reflect and evaluate why those passions are important. Yes, we’ve all heard that the mission of Trinity Western University is to create godly Christian leaders for the various marketplaces of life.

    But what does that look like?

    We believe that being a godly Christian leader takes different forms in different people. But it seems as though a common thread binds every single one of those outrageous, creative, philanthropic, entrepreneurial, inventive, BRILLIANT passions:  our love for God and the pursuit of His plan for us.

    Now where on earth are we going with all this you might be asking yourself?

    Well, we realized that throughout TWU’s student body of over 4000 students, there must be some pretty amazing stories of students pursuing their passions, whatever they may be, and bettering the world because of it! But of course, our contacts only reach so far. If you know a student who is actively pursuing their passion and creating a change for the better in the local or global community we would love to hear from you! twu.impact@gmail.com

    Join us as we explore some of the mishmash of passions that permeate this campus.

  • Hello friends!

    Hope you all had a wonderful Christmas celebrating the birth of our Savior! TWU Impact staff has enjoyed a restful few weeks and now we’re ready to dive in to 2014!

    I can’t believe that it has crept up on us so fast. It seems as if just yesterday we were crafting futile resolutions to finish papers at least a week before the due date. Oh well, we tried, right? Nothing against resolutions though. I believe that resolutions can be made at any point in the year, not just the beginning. Before diving head first into a new year filled with new hope and new resolutions, giving thanks is always a good idea! So here are some of our favourite moments from the past year, moments that make us truly thankful to be a part of this awesome place we call Trinity Western University.

    Our favourite moments from 2013:

    • Completing the Douglas Courtyard in honour of Jordan Thiessen, an Environmental Studies student who graduated from TWU in 2012.
       
    • Welcoming a new President whose main focus is building trust! Go Bob Kuhn!
       
    • Re-vamping the layout of the Impact website with the help of the awesome team at Peer Giving Solutions.
       
    • Creating a promo video with a huge group of our friends in which we also sneakily displayed our love for TWU geese.
       
    • When TWU Alumni came up with this crazy, awesome idea that has been engaging alums all over the world … I Love This Place.
       
    • Attending the Social Media for Non Profits conference at SFU. #sm4np
       
    • When TWU students Alida, Bryan, Jennah, Jordan, and Carly said YES to blogging for TWU Impact and shared so many awesome stories with us. You guys rock!
       
    • Last but not least, (and yes, though this moment is still fresh, I couldn’t leave it out) TWU Law School receiving its final approval! Woooohooo! *happy dance*

    We can’t wait to see you all again in January! But for now, have a wonderful time celebrating the incoming year with the ones you love.

    Happy New Year! 

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