Trinity Western University publishes book featuring staff, faculty and alumni in honour of its 40th anniversary

Langley, British Columbia—Julia Bryant-Taneda, a teacher at Walnut Grove Secondary School in Langley, B.C., is well-recognized by her students. And this spring, a few more may find her face familiar. Bryant-Taneda is one of more than 100 alumni, staff and faculty featured in the recently published book, “Trinity Western University: Stories of Faith and Transformation.” The book commemorates Trinity Western University’s 40th anniversary and records stories of those who helped transform Langley’s Seal Kap Dairy Farm into one of Canada’s leading Christian universities, as well as stories of alumni who are making positive contributions around the globe.

“With over 15,000 alumni around the world, it was challenging to choose who would be featured in this book,” says Shabri Roberson, primary editor and co-ordinator for the project. “We chose alumni from all different walks of life who had unique perspectives to share.”

Featured in the publication are photos by award-winning photographer Carmen Tomé, who has earned more than 30 awards, including photographer of the year both nationally and provincially, and who makes her home in Langley.

“We wanted the photos to play a large part in telling the story,” says Roberson. “Carmen’s photos went beyond our expectations, making this book a real collector’s item.”

While those featured in the book range from Langley and Boston to China and Lithuania, Roberson was encouraged to find that many returned to B.C. last summer, making it possible for Tomé to photograph them.

“A lot of the people who we couldn’t reach actually came to us,” says Roberson. “It is inspiring to see how these people are using what has been given to them to impact the world, and how, even though they come from different places and are doing different things, they all have the same ambition to make a difference.”

Included in the book are stories of some of TWU’s internationally-recognized faculty members, as well as accounts of several landmark events and miracles that have brought TWU from a small junior college with 17 students to a fully-accredited university with more than 3,000 students.

“You don’t have to read it from cover to cover to know what’s going on, but you can read one story and get the essence of Trinity Western’s story,” says Roberson.

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Trinity Western University, located in Langley, B.C., is a privately funded Christian liberal arts university enrolling over 3,000 students this year. With a broad-based, liberal arts and sciences curriculum, the University offers undergraduate degrees in 34 major areas ranging from business, education and computer science to biology and nursing, and 12 graduate degrees including counselling psychology, theology and administrative leadership.

Last Updated: 2007-09-26