From Improv to Aerospace to Alumni

Since graduating from Trinity Western University in 1995, Dave Swan has installed modular playground systems, liaised on behalf of the world's largest aircraft manufacturer, and entertained thousands as a full-time improvisational comedian. Now Swan returns to TWU as the new Director of Alumni.

“I had a tremendous experience here,” Swan explains, “but even after graduation, TWU continued to play a huge role in my life.” Swan attributes part of his unique career path to connections maintained with other TWU graduates. His aerospace and modular playground careers developed as the fruit of friendships with fellow alumni, and his comedy troupe—The Panic Squad—formed with fellow TWU students while they were still attending the University. The group remains strong after 10 years of performances across North America, a testament to Swan's leadership.

Swan comes to TWU during a time of growth and transition, with the appointment of Dr. Jonathan S. Raymond as president, following Dr. Neil Snider's 32 year tenure. Swan intends to offer the over 16,000 alumni new opportunities to get involved: An alumni Mexican cruise with world-class current and retired TWU faculty; alumni yellow pages for business networking; and joint student-alumni dinners are just some of the ways that Swan hopes to strengthen the TWU alumni program.

“The common denominator of Trinity Western University alumni is that they love their school,” says Swan. “They care about what happens here, and I want them to have opportunities to contribute and feel comfortable and confident about the changes.”

As the new alumni director, Swan will do what he's always done best: bring people together. Members of the TWU community on both sides of graduation can expect a richer experience because of it.

Trinity Western University, located in Langley, B.C., is a not-for-profit Christian liberal arts university enrolling over 3,300 students this year. With a broad based, liberal arts and sciences curriculum, the University offers undergraduate degrees in 39 major areas of study ranging from business, education and computer science to biology and nursing, and 14 other graduate degrees including counselling psychology, theology and administrative leadership.

Last Updated: 2007-10-11
Author: Erin Mussolum