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Lisa Winkle

Lisa Winkle was the 2007 recipient of the Jostens Trophy for excelling in athletics, academics and community service.

Athletics: Leading by Example

Leadership is not a quality that senior Lisa Winkle recognized in herself before coming to Calvin. “I was always a quieter person, and I didn’t see how my personality could be a leader on a team or anywhere,” she said.

BasketballYet this soft-spoken, 6-foot student athlete managed to lead her basketball and track teams to record performances while establishing a few records of her own.

The Calvin career leader in both points and rebounds, Winkle was named an All-American as well as the 2007 recipient of the prestigious Jostens Trophy, awarded to the Division III basketball player who exemplifies excellence in athletics, academics and community service. She was a seven-time All-American in track and was co-recipient of the Kay Tiemersma Award, Calvin’s highest honor for female student athletes.

Winkle credits Calvin’s Gainey Leadership Retreat with helping her realize her potential. The retreat is designed to train and equip highly capable leaders with the necessary skills to make a huge impact at Calvin.

“It really changed my thoughts on what a leader is supposed to be. What I learned is that you have to be a servant leader. It changed my focus on how to be a better teacher, too,” said Winkle, who is employed by a local Christian high school this fall.

Despite all of the accolades and programs’ successes, Winkle feels her career will have meaning if “I’ve had an impact on the younger players,” she said. “Hopefully, I have been able to show them something about being a Christian leader and a Christian athlete.”

Broadcast Journalism: Getting the Story

Allyson Logan with local News 8 tv anchor

Allyson Logan interned at a local television station to gain experience in the world of broadcast jounalism. That opportunity combined with a variety of others—captain of the tennis team, member of the student athletic advisory committee, mentor for first-year students—helped shape her Calvin education.

Allyson Logan got her big break in journalism as a reporter for the news station in her Fort Wayne, Ind., high school. “We did a 22-minute broadcast about the doings of the school. It was quite an undertaking for a school of 700 students,” she reminisced.

Television cameraLogan enrolled at Calvin in 2003 after touring the state-of-the-art facilities at the new DeVos Communications Center. She was eager to be one of the early users of all that technology.

Four years later, Logan took her broadcasting skills to yet another studio through an internship at WOOD-TV in downtown Grand Rapids.

It was another great opportunity, Logan said. “I went out with reporters.

I bugged them about what their résumé tapes looked like. I learned how each reporter has a different style for putting a story together.”

Though the facilities attracted Logan to Calvin, it was the richness of life in the college community that earned her deepest gratitude. During her four years she played on and captained the tennis team, served on the student athletic advisory committee and attended the Gainey Leadership Retreat. “People like Allyson do not come along very often,” summed up Jerry Bergsma, women’s tennis coach.

Logan believes that Calvin gave her the spiritual vision that puts all of the activity in focus. “If you spread out your arms and move your left arm 10 degrees, that’s your span of life on this earth, and the rest is eternity,” she said. “So why would you not spend every day of that trying to serve the Lord? If you spend that reporting in Baghdad or if you spend that reporting in Pella, Iowa, what does it matter? I just want to wake up every day and make a conscious decision to say, ‘Take me Lord; I’m yours.’”

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