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The Year in Review 2006-2007

July 2006

  • Calvin sophomore Mike Rohlfing is one of 10 winners of the first “Create a THX Trailer Contest,” sponsored by THX Ltd., the sound quality company founded by Star Wars director George Lucas. Rohlfing learned about the contest while writing a paper on Lucas for his “American Film” class.

  • A top-notch conference at Calvin examines the relationships between Christian values and science and technology. “Embedding Christian Values in Science and Technology” is held at Calvin as the 61st annual meeting of the American Scientific Affiliation.

August 2006

  • Calvin College is named the best school in the Midwest in its category of comprehensive bachelor’s degree-granting colleges, according to the annual U.S. News & World Report rankings guide.

  • The Calvin office of pre-college programs introduces a program to prepare African-American young men for college entrance. P2P Excel is funded via a two-year, $100,000 grant from the Indianapolis, Ind.-based Lumina Foundation for Education.

  • Two Calvin students make an impressive showing at the annual Pfizer Inc. poster session for summer interns. Nathan Tonlaar, a biology student from Tamaly, Ghana, and Kelly Urness, a chemistry major from Salem, Wis., are two of five winners for posters; their entries represent their work in cardiovascular research for the pharmaceutical company.

September 2006

  • StreetFest 2006 sees about a thousand Calvin first-year students on the streets of Grand Rapids, doing everything from planning a carnival to preparing materials for the Grand Rapids Children’s Museum as part of their orientation program.

  • A flotilla of cardboard canoes attempts to traverse a pond on the Calvin College campus for the annual Cardboard Canoe Contest.

  • Henk Aay, Calvin professor of geography and environmental studies, speaks on “Positioning a Heritage” for the inaugural lecture of the Frederik Meijer Endowed Chair in Dutch Language and Culture at Calvin.

October 2006

  • Claudia Beversluis is inaugurated as the seventh provost of Calvin College. Beversluis says she will focus on maintaining and strengthening Calvin’s place in the city of Grand Rapids.

  • Calvin College hosts Aspirando Alto, its second annual conference for Latino high school students and their families.

  • Ron Blankespoor, Calvin professor of chemistry, is installed as the first holder of the Roger and Connie Brummel Endowed Chair in Organic Chemistry at the college. Calvin graduates Roger and Connie Brummel fund the chair.

November 2006

  • Calvin ranks fourth in the country among baccalaureate institutions for the number of students studying abroad in the 2004–2005 school year, according to the Institute for International Education’s “Open Doors” report.

  • The Calvin Theatre Company collects five Grand Awards at the 2006 awards ceremony. At the 10th annual celebration of these awards for local theater, Calvin enters with 10 nominations, the most of any local college or university.

  • Residents of the seven Calvin College residence halls take time out from papers and exams to raise $23,000 for their community partners in the annual residence hall auctions.

December 2006

  • Calvin receives a $2 million grant from the John Templeton Foundation for a project called “Science, Philosophy and Belief: A Program for Chinese Scholars.” The effort will include a three-year partnership between Calvin and the Society of Christian Philosophers.

  • Calvin College creates a festive atmosphere for 30 international students who are unable to return home for the holidays. The internationals staying on campus for the holidays are a fraction of Calvin’s sizable international student population: 294 students representing 59 countries.

January 2007

  • The VanLunen Center for Executive Management in Christian Schools is being established at Calvin thanks to a $2 million gift to the college from the Richard D. VanLunen Foundation. The center’s purpose will be to provide world-class executive management education for heads of schools based on the historic Christian faith.

  • The new TRIAGE middle school science program at Calvin College, an effort funded by a $720,000 grant from the National Science Foundation, kicks off with an open house at the Bunker Interpretive Center.

  • The 2007 edition of the January Series marks the 20th and final series under the guidance of Director June Hamersma.

February 2007

  • Lee Hardy is named the college’s 2007 recipient of the Presidential Award for Exemplary Teaching.

  • Calvin College engineering Professor Matt Heun and six students present a seminar on wind energy to Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm. A grant from the state of Michigan allows Calvin to install a demonstration turbine on campus.

  • Calvin is one of just four colleges and universities nationwide to be honored with a 2007 Senator Paul Simon Award for Campus Internationalization. It recognizes institutions for overall excellence in internationalization efforts.

March 2007

  • Some 60 Calvin students and five mentors participate in a quintet of service-learning spring break trips—three of which involve ongoing Hurricane Katrina relief.

  • Calvin biology Professor John Ubels and Calvin physics Professor Loren Haarsma will team with a cadre of student researchers for a project that is at the leading edge of eye research. Their work is funded by a $564,527 grant from the Department of Health and Human Services through the National Eye Institute.

April 2007

  • The biggest building project in Calvin history officially begins with a celebratory groundbreaking ceremony. The Spoelhof Fieldhouse Complex will include an arena, aquatic center, indoor track and tennis center, and a significant renovation of the existing Calvin Fieldhouse.

  • Hundreds of Calvin students, faculty and staff wear maroon in a show of support for Virginia Tech University. The effort began when the Virginia Tech Alumni Association and the state’s governor asked Americans to show support for the shooting victims and their families.

May 2007

  • The 2007 Calvin Commencement is held in Van Andel Arena in downtown Grand Rapids, marking the 87th such conferring of four-year degrees in Calvin’s 131-year history.

  • Calvin College holds its 23rd annual Senior Design Open House. The yearly event, a showcase of projects tackled by teams of senior engineering students, is the capstone of the Calvin engineering program.

  • The Calvin Institute of Christian Worship awards more than $700,000 to support a variety of worship renewal projects at 60 different churches and organizations. Lilly Endowment Inc., based in Indianapolis, Ind., generously supports the Worship Renewal Grants Program.

June 2007

  • Oakdale Park Christian Reformed Church holds its annual rummage sale, with much of what is sold having been donated by Calvin College students as they moved out of the residence halls.

  • About 100 seventh- through 10th-graders from west Michigan experience college thanks to the Striving Toward Educational Possibilities (STEP) conference. STEP is a three-day potpourri of classes, workshops and fun activities focused on encouraging children who attend core city churches and schools in Grand Rapids, Muskegon, Holland and Kalamazoo to pursue post-high school education.

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