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The Year in Review 2007-2008

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July 2007

  • Entrada immerses high school junior and senior students of color in a college experience. The 2007 version of Entrada draws a record 76 scholars from across the country. Ninety-six percent of Entrada scholars graduate from high school and go on to college.

  • A large cohort of middle school students keeps busy in the fields, ponds and laboratories at Calvin finishing the second of two TRIAGE summer research institutes. TRIAGE (Team Researchers in a GLOBE-al Environment) is a year-round science research program funded through a $720,000 grant from the National Science Foundation’s Academy for Young Scientists program.

August 2007

  • The Princeton Review names Calvin as one of the top colleges in the country. The 2008 edition of its annual Best 366 Colleges guide includes just seven schools from the state of Michigan.

  • The Calvin education department scores a perfect 30 of 30 points on the Michigan Test for Teacher Certification (MTTC), and its education majors’ 98 percent pass rate on the test is matched only by the University of Michigan.

  • Philosophy professor Rebecca Konyndyk DeYoung turns one of her college courses into a guidebook on spiritual development for teens and young adults: The Seven Deadly Sins: A Survival Guide, published by Faith Alive Christian Resources.

September 2007

  • The biggest fund-raising project in Calvin College’s history has its public launch at DeVos Place in downtown Grand Rapids. “No Greater Task: Hearts and Minds Renewing God’s World” is a $150 million capital campaign that Calvin President Gaylen Byker says will be vital to the college’s future.

  • Calvin College hires Roy Zuidema ’79 as the college’s first director of campus wellness. Zuidema will oversee Calvin’s Healthy Habits program for faculty and staff and help administrate the new fitness centers in the college’s $49.5 million Spoelhof Fieldhouse Complex, currently under construction.

October 2007

  • Calvin formally dedicates the new Van Lunen Center for Executive Management in Christian Schools. The Van Lunen Center was established at Calvin with a $2 million gift from the Richard D. Van Lunen Foundation. The center seeks to provide world-class executive management education for senior leaders of schools based on the historic Christian faith.

  • The Calvin College engineering department lands a $50,000 Kern Entrepreneurship Education Network grant from the Kern Family Foundation to instill a sense of entrepreneurship in engineering students.

  • Two Calvin College engineering students are among 15 students nationwide to win prestigious research fellowships from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Val Horstman and Corinne Kluge each receive two-year undergraduate fellowships from the EPA’s Greater Research Opportunities program.

November 2007

  • The new Enterprise Center at Calvin College will help commercialize intellectual properties developed jointly by the college and partners in the business community. Ron Lubbers, a 1967 graduate of Calvin and former Calvin business faculty member, is the center’s director.

  • The Institute for International Education releases its annual Open Doors report, a summary of study abroad by U.S. college and university students. Calvin ranks sixth in the country among baccalaureate institutions for the number of students studying abroad.

  • Calvin celebrates its 40th anniversary as a federal depository library with a reception in the Meeter Center Lecture Hall and remarks by Congressman Vernon J. Ehlers. On display is an assortment of materials chosen from the universe of federal documents acquired by the Hekman Library over four decades.

December 2007

  • The Calvin Oratorio Society presents Handel’s Messiah under the baton of Joel Navarro. For the first time, one of the country’s longest-running performances of Messiah is also seen around the country thanks to an evolving relationship with WGVU television.

  • Van Noord Arena takes an impressive step forward when the two main girder trusses for the arena roof are erected. The trusses arrive in three separate sections; each section is 70 to 80 feet long, 13 feet high and 2 feet wide and weighs approximately 33 tons.

January 2008

  • Remote Webcasts at a dozen sites around the United States bring the 2008 January Series to such locales around Michigan as Holland, Muskegon, Ann Arbor and Kalamazoo, as well as Chicago, Ill. Also included is a downtown Grand Rapids site: Calvin’s new building at 61 Sheldon Blvd., the former home of the Ladies’ Literary Club.

  • A new book by Robert J. Keeley, a Calvin education professor, aims to aid the church nurture the spiritual development of children. Helping Our Children Grow in Faith: Nurturing the Spiritual Development of Kids is designed for children’s ministry and worship leaders, Sunday school teachers, and pastors, but also for parents.

  • The Calvin Institute of Christian Worship begins its second decade of programming with new opportunities to shape national and international conversations about Christian worship practices and a new $7 million grant from the Lilly Endowment.

February 2008

  • The third annual Faith and International Development conference draws some 400 students from all over the continent. The theme for this year’s conference is “Sustainability: Fruit that Lasts,” based on John 15:5. That theme is applied to four key development areas: community, ecology, health care and economics.

  • Calvin’s international student body presents its variety show Rangeela, which annually weaves together songs, dances and skits from the many non-American cultures represented at Calvin.

March 2008

  • Two speakers address provocative themes at Calvin College during the annual FEN Symposium on Race. The symposium is an effort of Calvin’s office of multicultural affairs and is named for From Every Nation (FEN), the college’s multicultural statement of mission. This year’s theme is multicultural citizenship.

  • Lissa Haegert, a Calvin physics major, is honored as a Goldwater scholar by the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation. The 321 Goldwater scholars are selected on the basis of academic merit from a field of 1,035 mathematics, science and engineering students.

  • The Korean Lectures, a new lecture series at Calvin, reflects the college’s growing connections to the continent of Asia and specifically to the country of Korea.

April 2008

  • Calvin launches a new science institute funded by a $1.1 million grant from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. Calvin’s Integrated Science Research Institute (ISRI) recognizes the current trend in the sciences to work across traditional disciplinary boundaries.

  • A longtime run at Calvin gets a name this year — the Karen Muyskens Family Fun Run, christened in honor of chemistry professor Karen Muyskens, who died in January 2008. The family fun run has long been a fixture at the Calvin Spring Classic, a 5-kilometer race held annually on the roadways of Calvin’s campus.

  • For the 15th time in 32 years, a team of Calvin College students — Tim Ferdinands, Ethan Van Andel and Jess Vriesema — emerges victorious at the annual Lower Michigan Mathematics Competition.

May 2008

  • Calvin professor of sociology Todd Vanden Berg is named Professor of the Year. The honor has been bestowed annually for the last 11 years by the graduating class.

  • Calvin Video Productions (CVP) is honored with two Telly Awards, which salute local, regional and cable television commercials and programs, video and film productions, and work created for the Web. CVP wins a Silver Telly Award (highest honor) for its DVD of a performance by the Calvin Orchestra and a Bronze Telly for the DVD of Healing for a Broken World.

  • Because of construction on campus, graduates have their 2008 Commencement ceremony in downtown Grand Rapids. The ceremony marks the 88th such conferring of four-year degrees in Calvin’s 132-year history. The speaker is Christian author Philip Yancey, and the Distinguished Alumni Awards are given to career missionaries David and Janice Dykgraaf and to biochemist Fritz Rottman.

June 2008

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