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Curtis, Neville C.

  • Person
  • 1892-1969

Neville Curtis was born in Manchester, England, and came to Canada in 1911. He took over operation of his father's feedstore in Cloverdale, B.C., in 1924 and sold it in 1933. He continued to manage that store and later the local Shop Easy until 1956. He began work as a freelance reporter in 1944 for the Vancouver Sun and White Rock Sun and wrote a column for the Surrey Leader. He worked for the Langley Advance as a reporter, photographer and advertising salesman. Curtis was active in a variety of community organizations. Source: http://www.memorybc.ca/neville-c-curtis-fonds;rad

Department of Music

  • Corporate body
  • 1962-

On April 6, 2010, the School of the Arts, Media and Culture (SAMC) was launched in Freedom Hall, in the Robert N. Thompson Building.
Prior to that, the Department of Music at Trinity Western University belonged to the Faculty of Professional Studies and Performing Arts.
Prof. Linda Schwartz, Dean (ca. 2002 - 2006)
David Squires, Interim Dean (2006 - 2007)
David Squires, Dean (2007 - )

Purpose
The mission of the Faculty of Professional Studies
and Performing Arts is to produce competent and
compassionate servant leaders with thoroughly
Christian minds who will “act justly, love mercy,
and walk humbly with their God.” While graduates
from this Faculty are expected to enter many kinds
of professions and assume various positions of
leadership within society, they are also expected to
cherish the abilities which make humans unique in
God’s creation such as the capacities for speech and
written communication, artistic creativity and
performance, and the transmission of culture from
generation to generation.

Department of Music
Dr. Jon Thompson, Coordinator (Chair since ca. 2000)
The Department of Music offers a major in Music, leading to a B.A. degree, as well as a concentration and minor. Major in Music, B.A. Degree.

In addition to taking a required core of theory, history, and applied music courses, students must select one of three options:

  1. General Music prepares students for advanced
    professional training or a variety of musical
    careers such as media work, library work, and
    journalism.
  2. Music Education, especially when taken in
    conjunction with Education at Trinity Western
    University, helps to prepare students for careers
    in private or public school teaching.
  3. Performance prepares students for careers in
    the performing arts and/or private music
    instruction. This option is normally available
    to students whose primary instrument is piano
    or voice, who demonstrate exceptional
    potential as performers during the first two
    years, and who are recommended to the
    Department coordinator by their instructor to
    pursue this option.
    Source: http://www.twu.ca/academics/calendar/2006-2007.aspx

Music Faculty at Trinity
According to the 1963 Pillar yearbook, the college choir and men's quartet were led by Benno and Marjorie Friesen. The Friesens served in a similar capacity in 1963/1964. The following year Donald Jenkins joined the faculty, taking primary responsibility for the school's choir and various ensembles. In 1969, Marge Friesen returned as an Instructor in Music, joining Don Jenkins, Assistant Professor of Music. Robert Snyder was added to the Music department in 1970, also as an Assistant Professor. In 1972, Mrs. Friesen's job title was changed to Lecturer in Music. It appears that while Jenkins continued to direct the school choir until ca. 1973, Snyder provided oversight for various instrumental groups, including a brass band.

In 1973 David Rushton came to Trinity, and assumed responsibility for the school choir. The 1975 yearbook lists only Rushton and Snyder as comprising the Music department. In 1976, the practice of hiring voice and instrumental instructors to teach private lessons began, with Gloria Doubleday and Frank Lacey joining the department. In 1979 Jenkins returned to Trinity, possibly to provide private music instruction to students. He left again in 1980 or 1981. Robert Snyder appears to have retired after 1980.
In 1980 Phil Jenion joined the department on a part-time basis, providing oversight to vocal ensembles. (Later he became head of Extension Ministries, reporting to Student Life.)
From 1980 to 1981, Kerry Grant served as department Chair; he left the school after serving one year.

David Squires and Wes Janzen joined Rushton in 1981 or 1982, with Squires overseeing the band program and Janzen the choral program.
In 1983 the first B.A. degress in music were granted to Trinity students.
Rushton served as department Chair for fourteen years, stepping down from that position ca. 2000.
In 1989 Jon Thompson, Trinity alumnus, joined the department as part-time Instructor in Music. He has served as department Chair since ca. 2000.
Source: University calendars, yearbooks, and interview with David Rushton (July 28, 2006)

Allan Thorpe was listed in the online faculty directory, in 2012, as Associate Professor of Music; Acting Director of Instrumental Activities; Coordinator of Private Music Lessons)

On December 5, 2013, it was announced that after 33 years, "Dr. Wes Janzen, Director of Choral Activities, has announced that he will be leaving TWU at the end of this academic year. Wes and his wife Kim are following God’s calling to full time service with Music Mission Kiev: Wes as President of Music Mission Kiev and Principal Conductor of the Kyiv Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, and Kim as Associate Director of Outreach Ministries."

Department of Theatre

  • Corporate body

The Department of Theatre at Trinity Western University belong to the Faculty of Professional Studies and Performing Arts
Prof. Linda Schwartz, Dean (ca. 2002 - 2006)
David Squires, Interim Dean (2006 - 2007)
David Squires, Dean (2007 - )

Purpose
The mission of the Faculty of Professional Studies
and Performing Arts is to produce competent and
compassionate servant leaders with thoroughly
Christian minds who will “act justly, love mercy,
and walk humbly with their God.” While graduates
from this Faculty are expected to enter many kinds
of professions and assume various positions of
leadership within society, they are also expected to
cherish the abilities which make humans unique in
God’s creation such as the capacities for speech and
written communication, artistic creativity and
performance, and the transmission of culture from
generation to generation.

Department of Theatre
(Nancy) Claire Goodfellow, Chair 1981-1985
Tim Heins, Chair 1986-1991
Lloyd Arnett, Chair 1991 - 2005
Angela Konrad, Chair 2006 -
The Department of Theatre offers a major in Theatre (since 1987), leading to a B.A. degree, as well as a concentration and a minor. The Department of Theatre exists to develop students’ God-given talents in the theatre arts. A major, concentration, and minor prepare students for careers in the professional theatre and media, for graduate school, for public school education, and for drama ministry within the church. Students perform in main-stage productions, touring ensembles, student-directed plays, and the student comedy-improv company, “11:07.” Theatre students attend performances at some 20 venues a year in the Greater Vancouver area. In addition, students may take advantage of regular guest-artist workshops in skill areas such as stage make-up and auditioning techniques. Fourth year students are encouraged to do professional internships at sites that include four Christian professional theatre companies within driving distance of the University and to participate in such professional organizations as CITA (Christians in Theatre Arts).
Source: http://www.twu.ca/academics/calendar/2006-2007.aspx


Chronology and Faculty

While the school has had a long history of informal plays and skits, Trinity Junior College's first official theatrical production, "The Romantics," premiered on March 4, 1967, to a full house. (1967 Pillar yearbook, p. 13) This endeavour was directed by students.
In 1968 the Drama Club, under the auspices of the Cultural Committee, produced "The Return of Chandra" during the second annual Homecoming celebration. The Drama Club presented two plays in 1969: "There Was a Little Girl," and "The Marriage Proposal," by Chekov.
In 1974 a production of Charlie Brown was presented. Peggy Sparr is listed as Lecturer in Dramatic Arts.
Gerald Baron served as Instructor in Drama and Communications from 1976 to 1978. In his first year, he directed "American Dream" and "Deus Ex Machinist." In 1977 the students performed a play written by Baron, titled "The Song of David."
From 1979 to 1981 Kevin Fatkin served as Drama instructor, joined by June Whitaker for one year, in 1980. It appears there was a revival of Charlie Brown performed that year.
In 1981 Claire Goodfellow took over as Assistant Professor of Art and Drama, also serving as Chair of the Fine Arts Division. In 1983 she directed her own play, "Papa John's Musical Garden." During this time, she founded a small touring troupe named Spectra, which performed in local churches and schools as well as on campus. Spectra performed the recitative for St Matthew's Passion, performed by the TWC Choir ca. 1984. Goodfellow left in 1985 to pursue a graduate degree.
Ruth Lamb arrived in 1985-86 to teach some classes in the department.
Tim Heins served as Drama professor from ca. 1986 to 1991, with Ron Reed joining as a sessional instructor during this time.
In 1987 a major in Drama was first offered at Trinity Western.
Heins was succeeded in 1991 by Lloyd Arnett, who served as departmental Chair from 1991 to 2006. In 1993, Angela Konrad joined the department, initially on a part-time basis. Professor Stancil Campbell arrived ca. 1994.
Claire Goodfellow returned in 1997, to teach Art History and Fine Arts and to be appointed Coordinator of Fine Arts (ca 2002/2003). She also served as costume designer for the department for several years. She resigned from her position ca. 2009.
Aaron Caleb joined the department ca. 2006.


Over the years, there has been some overlap between the Theatre (Drama) Department and Extension Ministries.

Theatre at TWU also runs a late-night, bi-weekly comedy improv show called 11:07, alternate Friday nights at 11:07. Tickets are $2 and available at the door.
Source: http://www.twu.ca/sites/theatre/about.html (accessed February 6, 2007)
According to drama professor, Dr. Lloyd Arnett, ‘11:07’ came into being in 1988 under the guidance of his predecessor, Professor Tim Heins (ca. 1986 to ca. 1991). The history of the designated time/name ‘11:07’ remains a mystery.
Source: 2003 Mars Hill

In 2002, Drama Department faculty moved from offices in Strombeck to Lower SNC, in the Robert N. Thompson building.

In October, 2006, it was announced that the Board of Governors "agreed with the proposed change in name of the Drama Department, corresponding degree, and courses to reflect the more professional designation of 'Theatre.'"
Source: President's Report to the Campus, October 23, 2006

On April 6, 2010, the School of the Arts, Media and Culture (SAMC) was launched in Freedom Hall, in the Robert N. Thompson Building. Angela Konrad, Assistant Dean, welcomed those gathered, and Dean David Squires spoke on his vision for the School. http://twu.ca/academics/samc/gallery/samc-launch-2010.html accessed May 27, 2011
The School's first two professional programs - a Bachelor of Arts in Corporate Communications and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Acting - were announced in June and offered in September. http://twu.ca/about/news/general/2010/professional-programs-in-acting-and-corporate-comm.html accessed May 27, 2011

Development

  • Corporate body
  • 1962 -

"As the fund-raising arm of the University, our mandate is find resources to fund the University's current commitments, as well as new opportunities."
Other functions and programs include the following:
Parents Relations - support for parents, prayer groups
Touch of Home - care packages for your student
Event Planning - President's receptions
Corporate Relations
Planned Giving
(Source: TWU website, September 2004)

According to archival records, in 1977 the Public Affairs department was responsible for the following:
Church Relations
Stewardship
Development
Alumni
Publications
Public Relations

DEPARTMENT HEADS
From 1962 to 1969, Perry G. Havens is listed in TJC calendars as Vice President in Business Administration, which included Development. (From 1969 to 1976 he served as Public Relations Officer.) In 1968, Stanley T. Nelson was appointed Director of Development. He left in 1973 to serve as founding pastor for the Fort Langley Evangelical Free Church. Lanson Ross is listed as Director of Development until 1974. From 1975 to 1976 Robert N. Thompson is listed as Vice President of Institutional Development; he is also sometimes listed as the head of Public Affairs, and as Special Assistant to the President for Government Relations and Corporate Affairs.
During this time, from 1974 to 1975, Chet Larson provided leadership for the Church Relations department; in September of 1974 Dwight Johnson was appointed Director of Church Relations. He continued to serve in this capacity in 2005.

In 1976 there was a Board decision to engage a full-time Director of Development and to establish a full-scale development plan, including Charter amendments, operational giving, capital projects, student recruitment, and effective internal economies. A job description dated September 1976 for the Director of Development lists as the primary purposes of the position the following:

  1. Build image of TWC specifically related to business and corporations, individuals and churches
  2. Acquire funds for the College including gifts of property or cash, trusts (revocable and non-revocable), annuities and loans (personal and otherwise)
  3. Provide will and estate planning service to individuals, particularly members of Evangelical Free Church and other interested churches
  4. Promote interest of young people in attending TWC

In 1977 Barrie Palfreyman was appointed Director of Public Affairs, in which capacity he served until ca. 1979. Following his retirement from pastoral work, Stanley Nelson returned to Trinity, ca. 1978, to work on a volunteer basis with Dwight Johnson to focus on "regular monthly gift income projects" and church relations.
According to a telephone conversation with Stan Fryer during the summer of 2004, he served at Trinity from 1975 to 1985, first as Business Manager to 1977, then in Development from 1978 to 1985. School calendar listings identify him as Associate Director of Public Affairs from 1978 to 1985. Don Balzer served as Director of Church Relations from 1980 to 1982, when he moved to Admissions.
From 1981 to 1983 Wayne Cameron is listed as Director of Development.
In 1982 Owen Peverall is referred to as Director of the Estate Planning and Loans Division; in 1989 he holds the title Planned Giving Representative.
From 1984 to 1986 Ed Sailer is listed as Director of Development. Guy Saffold served as Director of Public Affairs at this time.
From 1987 to 1990 Steve Larsen served as Development Representative. Peter Horne is referred to as the "new Vice President of University Advancement and Administration" in September of 1987.
Jim Cunningham is listed as Director of Development and Public Relations from 1988 to 1990.
From 1989 to 1990 Ron Kuehl served as Associate Vice President for Development; he left Trinity for one year, and returned to serve from 1991 to 1996 as Vice President for Development. (Source: email message from R.K., September 2004; he later moved to Enrolment Management.) Guy Saffold is listed as Vice President for University Advancement from 1988 to 1996. In 1996 Ron Kuehl was appointed Vice President for Advancement, and had Development, Admissions, and Communications reporting to him.
In 1994, Dwight Johnson served as Acting Director of Development for one year. From 1995 to 2000, he served as Director of Advancement for ACTS, reporting to Dr. Snider. (Dwight retired from TWU in December 2011, after 37 years of service.)
From 1996 to 1998 Gerry Ebbers served as Director for Development, reporting to R. Kuehl.
From 1998 to 2001 Doris Olafsen served as Executive Director of Development and Vice President for Development. In 2002 she was appointed Vice President for Advancement. She resigned from that position in March, 2005
In 2000, Paul Weme became Director for Development Canada, Ron Hendricks Director for Development USA, and Darrell Peregrym Executive Director for Advancement (2000 to August 2004).
Paul Weme resigned in December of 2004, to return in the fall of 2005. He later became Vice President, Advancement.
Source: school calendars, archival records, email messages, and an interview with Dwight Johnson

In 2006 Ron Kuehl was appointed Senior Vice President for External Relations (formerly University Advancement)

On the 22nd of August, 2008, the President announced that with the resignation of Ron Kuehl, David Coons, formerly Executive Director of Development, would be serving as Vice President for Development, "giving leadership to Development, Alumni and Church Relations."
Andry Tjahyana was serving as Executive Director of Develpment, as of October, 2008.

As of April 2012, the "Giving" website listed Paul Weme as Vice President for Development, James Zelinski as Executive Director for Development, Ron Hendricks as Director of US Foundation & Director of Gift Planning, Inga Warnock as Executive Director of Planned Giving, and David Coons as Vice President for Resource Advancement http://www.twu.ca/giving/contact-us.html

In 2016 the Development Team listing included Patricia Cuff, Executive Director, Development.

Division Chairmen and Department Heads Committee

  • Corporate body

The Division Chairmen and Department Heads Committee acted as the long-range academic planning committee, involving establishment of priorities for curriculum development and programs, including research on the feasibility of expanding to a four-year college. In addition, the committee established measures to encourage continuous assessment and improvement of teaching, reviewed graduation requirements, determined the allocation of budgetary resources and maintained control on expenditures for each division and department, assisted in the development of the course time-table and examination schedules, and acted as an advisory body to the Academic Dean.

Downey, Deane

  • Person

Dr. Downey joined the faculty at what was then Trinity Western College in 1973 as Professor of English. As of 2004, he had also held the following positions at TWU:
Acting Dean of Faculty (1975-1977)
Acting Academic Dean (1976-1977
Faculty Association Chair (1980)
Assistant Academic Dean (1983-1988)
Associate Academic Dean (1988-1998)
Dean of Academic Administration (1998-2004)

Degrees:BA (McGill); MA (University of Toronto); PhD (University of Alberta)

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