The 2004-2005 Year in Review

July 2004

  • Nearly 60 students complete Entrada, a month-long program that offers ethnic minority high school students a "gateway" to the future: the opportunity to experience college learning and living while earning college credit.

  • Calvin hosts 24 junior high school girls from across West Michigan for an eight-day computer science camp on creating virtual worlds. Nationwide, only about 15 percent of college computer science majors are women.

August 2004

  • Calvin College moves up one spot in its category of Best Midwest Comprehensive Colleges in the annual U.S. News & World Report rankings; Calvin is the second-best comprehensive college in the Midwest, according to the annual U.S. News guide.

  • A group of chemists from Calvin College, Hope College, Kalamazoo College and the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire — in partnership with faculty at Purdue University — obtains a $222,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to buy a high-end tunable laser system for use in chemical research.

September 2004

  • Calvin dedicates its newest building: the Vincent and Helen Bunker Interpretive Center, a gateway to the college's Ecosystem Preserve.

  • The Kuyers Institute for Christian Teaching and Learning is formally launched as David Smith, the institute's first director, speaks on "What Is Excellent Teaching? The Question of Faith and Pedagogy."

  • Calvin announces an enrollment of 4,186 students, a decline of 146 from the previous year. The bulk of that drop-off is in the first-year class, which numbers 902 students after numbering 1,042 last year.

October 2004

  • Calvin's new African and African Diaspora Studies minor and the World Affairs Council of Western Michigan announce a joint lecture series that will introduce the African studies program at Calvin to the community at large, while educating people about an often-misunderstood continent.

  • A new online database makes service-learning opportunities even more accessible to the Calvin College students who participate in them. The database, funded by a Venture Grant from Michigan Campus Compact, lists 200 to 300 organizations at which Calvin students already serve and learn.

November 2004

  • The Calvin and Hope College hockey teams face off at Van Andel Arena before a crowd of over 3,000 people, with the Knights scoring the winning goal with under a minute left to play.

  • An impressive catch of Peter Fish at Calvin College nets $6,300 for two organizations dedicated to ending world hunger.

December 2004

  • KnightCite, a new release from the Teaching and Learning Digital Studio at Calvin College, solves a big problem for a lot of students. Based on input from the user, it generates bibliographic information for research papers.

  • William Spoelhof, president emeritus of Calvin College, turns 95, and the college holds a campus-wide celebration of Spoelhof's life and legacy — a legacy that includes the current Calvin campus.

January 2005

  • Calvin hosts and participates in a variety of events to mark the celebration of the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Activities include the annual MLK Young Leaders Weekend, featuring workshops, seminars, movies, worship and more for local high school students with leadership potential.

  • Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy, by Calvin College professor of English Gary Schmidt, is named one of the top books of 2004 by the American Library Association. The book is named both a 2005 John Newbery Honor Book and a 2005 Michael L. Printz Honor Book.

February 2005

  • A National Institutes of Health grant of almost $190,000 to Calvin College professor Kumar Sinniah will assist scientific research efforts on a global level and boost the career aspirations of budding student scientists at the college.

  • Calvin College professor of science education and physics Jim Jadrich is named the 2005 winner of the Presidential Award for Exemplary Teaching, the college's top teaching honor.

  • Rangeela — Calvin's annual international student variety show — celebrates its 10th year of existence. The 2005 show is called "Passion for Culture" and features a pageant of costume, music, rhythm and drama.

March 2005

  • Calvin professor Shirley Roels and her student research assistant, Kari Slotsema, complete a study centered on a nationwide shortage of clergy, in both Protestant and Catholic circles.

  • Calvin hosts an honored guest for a press conference and sneak preview of the Petra: Lost City of Stone exhibition — Karim Kawar, ambassador of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan to the United States of America and the Republic of Mexico. His presence at the Petra press conference comes just five days before the official opening of Petra, a major traveling museum exhibition that is at Calvin from April 4 to August 15, 2005.

April 2005

  • Calvin announces the appointment of Dirk Pruis, the 2001 winner of Calvin College's Outstanding Service Award and 1982 gradute of Calvin, as the college's new vice president of advancement.

  • The Paul Henry Institute for the Study of Christianity and Politics at Calvin receives a $100,000 grant from the Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation to study the role of religion in shaping civic responsibility in American life.

  • Farmers in Kenya will benefit from a new, hand-crankable mill designed by a team of senior engineering students at Calvin College. Team "Sow What?" spent the entire school year researching, planning, designing and building a small mill that farmers in Kenya and other countries can use to increase their productivity in harvesting amaranth.

May 2005

  • The 85th annual conferring of degrees at Calvin College, with President George W. Bush as the Commencement speaker, serves to bid farewell to the class of 2005, sending the 900 or so graduates into the world to live out the fruits of their Calvin education.

  • The Calvin Institute of Christian Worship awards almost $700,000 to 54 churches and organizations across North America, using the support of its Lilly Endowment grant to give grants to congregations and other Christian organizations for projects to enrich and transform worship.

  • For the 14th time in 29 years a team from Calvin — John Engbers, Kyle Glashower and Matt Voorman — wins the annual Lower Michigan Mathematics Competition.

June 2005

  • The Vincent and Helen Bunker Interpretive Center is honored with two prestigious environmental awards — a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Gold rating from the U.S. Green Building Council and a Blueprint Award from the Grand Valley Metropolitan Council for its environmentally friendly features.

  • Fifteen Calvin students, each paired with a professor, begin work on a graduate-level research project as part of the McGregor Summer Research Fellowships program.

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