Building Community

by Danielle Vanaman '06

On Thursday, October 2, APU dedicated its new residence building, Trinity Hall. With 103,000 square feet, the dorm houses 350 freshmen in double occupancy rooms, spanning five floors. The building, designed with community in mind, features prayer and study rooms on every floor, a fifth-story patio area, a large laundry area, and individual lockers in community bathrooms.

The ceremony began at 2:30 p.m., with a welcome address by Steve Eubanks, director of housing services. "I am so pleased," he said, "to be a part of dedicating a building that so faithfully communicates APU’s commitment to community and learning."

The ceremony also included a speech by President Jon Wallace, DBA, who expressed his appreciation for those who helped make the construction a reality. "The reason Trinity Hall exists," he said, "is so we can grow students to become good neighbors."

Campus Pastor Chris Brown then led the group in a prayer of dedication, and took a moment to recognize those who "prayerfully encourage and support this ministry," thanking them for their investment in the lives of APU students.

The event wrapped up with a ribbon-cutting ceremony, featuring the Trinity Hall staff and members of the Piester family. Gene and Charles Piester, brothers whose generous donation helped make the construction of Trinity Hall possible, were specially honored for their contribution. Following the dedication, Trinity residents flooded the area for an afternoon of festivities, including a slip-and-slide on the lawn and an outdoor dinner.

As students continue to live and grow spiritually, academically, and socially in Trinity Hall, they do so under the blessing of these words spoken at the ceremony: "We dedicate Trinity Hall to the glory of God and to the transformation of the world for the sake of Christ through the lives of those who live in and visit this building."