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"Savor every moment of your life. Be thankful for little things, especially sunshine and warm summer days."—Class of '52 
The 2001-2002 Year in Review
January 2002

Calvin presents "The Piano Lesson" featuring a first—the entire cast is African-American.

"Wisdom of the Ages," a display of 50 classic books, many of which are first editions dating back from 200 to 800 years, opens in Heritage Hall. The books are not just on display, but also available for use.

Calvin receives a $7 million grant from the Lilly Endowment Inc. for a project called "Vibrant Worship, Healthy Congregations: A National, Ecumenical Worship Renewal Initiative." The grant will fund an integrated set of initiatives designed to energize and deepen the practice of Christian worship.

Calvin mourns the death of Mike VanderWal, a sophomore from Newark, California. VanderWal died of heart failure while ice skating at an open-air rink in downtown Grand Rapids.

An $800,000 grant to Calvin College from the Freeman Foundation will help expand the school's rapidly growing Asian Studies efforts.

 

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First Calvin Board of Trustees

February 2002

Calvin professor Otto Selles publishes "new songs," combining his poems with relief prints by his sister, Geraldine Selles-Ysselstein.

The 31-member Calvin College Board of Trustees concludes its winter meetings. Among the highlights: interviewing and granting tenure to ten professors, all of whom have their Ph.D.s.

Computer science professor Larry Nyhof is named the 2002 winner of Calvin's Presidential Award for Exemplary Teaching, Calvin's highest faculty honor.

 

March 2002

Calvin earns a $12,500 grant for a lab in which sleep research will be one of the topics of study. The grant application was a joint effort by Paul Moes and Don Tellinghuisen of psychology and Loren Haarsma of physics.

 

April 2002

Calvin's Festival of Faith & Writing returns. The 2002 event brings some 1,700 people to campus for a weekend of conversation and education about faith, books, poetry, films, music and more.

Calvin professor Debra Rienstra's new book on becoming a mother, the aptly titled Great With Child, is released.

Calvin professor of music emeritus Harold Geerdes dies following a significant career in the local and state music scene.

For the second year in a row, two Calvin students have been awarded prestigious Goldwater Scholarships. Junior Abbie Gosselink and sophomore Brad Veldkamp are among the 309 recipients selected from a field of more than 1,000 applicants.

Calvin College and Calvin Theological Seminary team up to present "Sweeter than Honey: The Bible in Print," an exhibit of 16th-and 17th-century Bibles, psalters, songbooks and commentaries owned by the two schools.

 

May 2002

The span over the East Beltline linking the Calvin campus has an official name: "Calvin's Crossing." A short service of dedication marks the end of a construction process that took one year from start to finish.

The Board of Trustees endorses several new programs, including: an environmental geology major, a major in information systems, a new minor in biotechnology, a new 150-hour accountancy program, a medieval studies minor and two on-line graduate courses in education.

Calvin celebrates the conclusion of the 2001-2002 school year with Commencement. Some 850 graduates hear words of wisdom from professor Randall Bytwerk in a speech that he bases on a survey of 1952 Calvin graduates.

 

June 2002

A $10,000 prize for outstanding achievement in science education was awarded to Calvin as part of the second annual Heuer Awards for Outstanding Achievement in Undergraduate Science Education.

The Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) honored Calvin as a winner of a Circle of Excellence in Educational Fund Raising award.

Calvin's new Ecosystem Interpretive Center will be a $2 million facility, complete with classroom, interactive displays and more.

 

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