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SELECTED ALUM'S of the CLASSICS DEPARTMENT
(in alpha order) a-c | d-f | g-j | k-m | n-r | s-u | v-z

  • Katie Arbogast (LT, CLST, 05) – Kent State MAT, teaching Latin in Salisbury NC
  • Josh Bernstein (GK & REL, 03) - library science degree from Wayne State
  • John Berthelette (GK, 84) - Wycliffe Bible translator in Benin
  • Mike Boerkoel (REL major, GK minor, 08) - Calvin Seminary
  • Erik Bolt (honors CLST, Phil, 10) – PhD program in Mediterranean Studies at Penn State
  • Rachel Borycz (LT, honors ENGL, 06) – Wycliffe Bible Translators
  • Braden Britton (SPAN major, GK minor, 08) - Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, IL
  • Calvin Brondyk (ENGL, GK min, 09) – working for church in Charlottesville, VA
  • Katrina Budde  (CLST, 01) - Latin & English teacher in St. Louis Park, MN
  • Nard Choi (LT minor, 11) - Cambridge Children's Lit Graduate Program
  • Dan Chester (honors in CLLA & REL, 97) -MDiv, Oral Roberts U, pastor in Flint, MI

  • Mike De Jonge  (honors in GK & PHIL, 2000) - PhD in Religious Studies (Emory), prof. at U. South Florida
  • Jonathan DeRuiter (GK, 10) – Calvin Seminary
  • Laurel DeVries (honors in CLLA, 11) – intern at Bolchazy-Carducci Publishing in Chicago & teaching some Latin
  • Katie Donnelly (CLST, GK min, 09) –Americorps in Baltimore, MD
  • Austin Dosh (CLST & BIOL, 01) - U. Michigan med school
  • Ben Dyke (LT, MATH, 05) – teaching Latin at Covenant Academy, Matthews, NC
  • Natalie Dykstra (CLST, 88) - PhD in American Studies (Kansas), Hope College English prof.
  • Nathan Edwards (GK, CPSC, 06) – Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, IL
  • Aaron Eising (GK, honors in REL,11) – Redeemer Seminary, Dallas
  • Joshua Engelsma (CLST, HIST minor, 10) – Protestant Reformed Seminary
  • John Eye (CLST, 90)-LT teacher at Academy in Brunswick, GA
  • Jonathan Fennell (CLLA, 98) - taught Latin at North Park Classical Acad GR, law degree U Notre Dame
  • Jonathan Fischer (PSYC major, GK & ENGL minors, 08) – Calvin Seminary
  • Katie Floyd (honors in GK & REL, 02) - library science degree, Clarion U (PA)

  • Sam Glass (CLST & CHEM, 98) - PhD in Chemistry, U. Wisconsin, working for USDA Forestry Div
  • Qumisha Goss (CLST, HIST, 10) - studying Business French in Paris 
  • Hannah Griffioen (LT & GK, 11) – MAT program in Latin at the University of Massachusetts
  • Austin Hakes (CLST, PHIL, HIST honors, 08) – military service in Iraq, UM law school   
  • Quinn Harr (honors CLLA, PHIL, 09) –PhD program in philosophy & linguistics at the University of Maryland
  • Mark Harvey (LT & HIST, 93): Wayne MA, archival studies; archivist for state of MI
  • Amelia Hicks (CLLA, PHIL, 06) – Notre Dame philosophy PhD program
  • Daryl Holmlund (GK, 06) – Denver Theological Seminary MA in NT Studies, teaching in CO
  • Dan Holstege (CLST, 06) – Protestant Reformed Seminary
  • Jason Holstege (LT & HIST, 99) - secondary school teacher, GR
  • Mary Hulst (CLST, 91) - Communications PhD U. Illinois, Calvin College chaplain
  • Jeremy Jerschina (GK and IDS, 2011) - director of New City Kids After-school Center in Jersey City
  • Chang Wook Jung (CLLA, 95) - PhD, Free U. Amsterdam; professor & dean at Chongshin U (Seoul)
  • Blake Jurgens (GK, PHIL, 10) - seminary
  • Eun Chong Kim (CLST, GK, PHIL, 09) – Korean army service, then grad school
  • Gary Knoppers (CLLA, 79) - chair, Classics & Ancient Med. Studies at Penn St.  
  • Hwa Jin Kim (GK, REL & SPAN, 2011) - in Korean military, then will go to seminary.
  • Gary Knoppers (CLLA, 79) - professor of Old Testament , Classics & Ancient Med. Studies at Penn State University.
  • Jeremy Konyndyk (honors in CLST & HIST & FREN, 99) - International Aid director in Kosovo, MA in Foreign Service, Georgetown U; NGO director in Guinea; now working for Mercy Corps in DC.
  • Michael Kornelis (CLST, GK, 10) – Calvin Seminary
  • Mike Krogh (LT, 06) – teaching Latin at Academy of Sacred Heart, Bloomfield Hills MI.
  • Lucas Lambers (honors in GK, PHIL, 11) - planning to apply to law school.
  • Meghan Lane (CLST, HIST & GEOL, 2000) - MA in Intercultural Studies at Wheaton, taught English in China, now International Student advisor at U. Houston
  • Matt Lind (CLLA, 2000) - teaching Latin at a Christian school in Charlottesville VA
  • Nathan Madeiros-Ward (CLST & PSYC, 07) – grad school in neuropsychology
  • John Medendorp (GK, honors REL, 10) – Calvin Seminary
  • Stephen Mellis (honors LT, GK, CLST, 08) – Fordham U. Classics MA, now working in New York.
  • Kathleen Merz (honors ENGL, LT, 09) – editor for Eerdmans Publ.
  • Jonathan Meyer (honors CLST & REL, 04) – MTS, Yale Div School, in MA in Latin at University of Kentucky.
  • Zach Meyer (HIST honors, GK & LT minors, 07) – Northwestern Law degree
  • Anthony Minnema (LT, REL, 05) – Trinity Seminary, PhD program in medieval studies at U. Tennessee
  • Nick Monsma (honors CLLA, 06) – Calvin Seminary
  • Caitlin Morris (CLLA, 10) – substitute teaching, considering program in education
  • Elizabeth Muller (CLLA, 2000) - on leave from U. Cal Berkeley PhD program; raising two children in Long Beach CA & studying Italian
  • Philip Munoa (GK, 87) - Religion prof at Hope College

  • Ryan Noppen (LT, honors in HIST, 01) - Purdue U. history MA, works for Calvin’s Meeter Center.
  • Erin Osman (LT, 95) - Latin teacher, Holland HS.
  • Christie Pavey (honors GK & LT, 09) –in MA Latin program at University of Kentucky.
  • Kory Plockmeyer (honors LT, GK, CLST, 07) - U. FL Classics MA, now at Calvin Sem.
  • Will Refvem (CLLA, 11) - in computer science program at North Carolina State U.
  • Regan Reitsma (CLLA, 95) - philosophy prof at Kings College in Wilkes Barre PA.
  • Jonathan Rockey (CLLA, 79) - teaching HS Latin in Philadelphia
  • Jeff Rop (honors LT, HIST, 05) – Penn State U., Mediterranean Studies PhD program
  • Brian Rozema (LT Ed, MATH, 06) – teaching Latin at Holland Chr.
  • Tom Schneider (LATN, ENGL honors, 08) - U. Cal-Riverside medieval studies PhD program
  • Karie Schulenburg (CLST, 11) - working for Zondervan Publishing.
  • Stephen Schultz (CLST, HIST, 10) – MA program, Andrews U.
  • Sarah Scott (CLST & CHEM, 97) - MA in Chemistry (U VA), Wayne Med. School, OB/GYN doctor
  • Michelle Boertje Scripps (LT, Sec. Ed, 03): serving CRC church with husband in Alaska
    cf. the Stob-Boertje Scholarship: http://www.calvin.edu/academic/clas/scholarships/scholarships.html
  • Rob Sizemore (CLST, 85):  CRC pastor, Sheboygan WI 
  • Jason Smith (CLST & ENGL, min GK, 09) – teaching in K-12 academy, Murfreesboro, TN
  • Li Tying Soh (GK, 03): teaching Greek in Malaysia
  • Kevin Spoelma (GK, 04) – GR book business
  • Andrew Spriensma (CLST, 04) – MAR Sem, military chaplain in Iraq, now at Fort Jackson 
  • Sarah Steen (GK, REL, 06) – MTh from Calvin Seminary, PhD program in OT Notre Dame
  • Kurt Steiner (CLST, 06) – Latin teacher at University Prep HS, GR
  • Joe Stubenrauch (honors CLLA, 01) - PhD. at Indiana U. (British history)
  • Patricia Sully (GK & REL, 04) - Peace Corps, Botswana
  • Bobbi Sue Sutherland (honors LT, HIST & ENGL, 03): PhD (Yale medieval St.), Dordt history prof.
  • Katherine Swart (LT & ENGL, Sec Ed. , 02) - info tech MA from UM, working in Ann Arbor for library database software company
  • Hannah Meilaender Timmermans (honors CLST & ENGL, 2000) - editor, Eerdmans Publ.
  • Richard Tupper (CLLA, 80) - Chicago labor lawyer
  • Ray Van Dam (CLLA, 70) - U. Michigan professor of ancient history
  • Matt Vanden Bosch (CLST, 88) - UM Law School, GR lawyer
  • John Vander Spoel (CLLA, 79) - Classics prof., U. Calgary
  • CarlaJoy Van Dyke (honors CLLA, 04) –teaching Latin at GR Christian high school & in speech pathology program at Western Michigan U.
  • Christina Van Dyke (PHIL & CLST, 94) - Cornell PhD, philosophy prof at Calvin College
  • Melissa Van Wyk (CLST, LT honors, JPN minor, 08) – JET program 09-10, MAT in JPN at UM     
  • Jeremy Vecchi (honors GK, 04) – Syracuse U PhD program in Religion
  • Jeff Veenstra (LT & HIST, 95) - Penn St. MA, Asst Headmaster, Mesa Preparatory Academy, Mesa, AZ
  • David Westfall (honors in GK, CLST, 2011) - Gordon Conwell Seminary.
  • Charles Wiese (GK, 04) –Protestant Reformed Seminary
  • Benjamin Wright (CLLA, 07) - Medieval Studies MA program at Western Michigan University
  • Andrew Chase Ziolek (CLLA, 04) – nursing degree at North Park U.
  • Megan Halteman Zwart (GK & ENGL, honors in PHIL, 2000) - PhD, Notre Dame (ancient philosophy)

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STEPHEN MELLIS

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DR. MARY HULST