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Course Summaries for CEAP Projects: 2002-2005

Chemistry 103-L-H | Prof. Doug Vander Griend | Fall 2005
This course continued research monitoring the water quality of ponds on the Calvin College campus.
Engineering 333: Thermal Systems Design | Prof. Matthew Heun | Fall 2005
This course explored the most energy efficient and cost effective methods of constructing the new Wellness Center building, which will be built within the next few years. 
Biology 112: Life Science for Elementary School Teachers | Prof. Kenneth Bergwerff | Fall 2005
Professor Bergwerff began a new program for Biology 112 by exploring the macroinvertebrates of Plaster Creek.  His class captured and identified macroinvertebrates and used them as “indicator species” for water quality. 
Biology 243: Plant Biology | Prof. David Doornbos and David Warners | Fall 2005
In a lab, this course experimented with the best way to eradicate non-native invasive buckthorn trees, which infest the ecosystem preserve on campus.  They used a similar procedure for eradication, but varied the concentration of Roundup® used.
Biology 354: Investigations in Plant Ecology | Prof. David Warners | Fall 2005
This course performed a variety of research experiments from the effects of controlled burns on prairie ecology to the hormonal effects on invasive buckthorn.
Biology 112: Life Science for Elementary School Teachers | Prof. Kenneth Bergwerff | Spring 2005
The service-learning component of this course seeks to provide both knowledge of biological systems and creative projects for the classroom for future elementary school teachers.  Student propagated different native plants during lab sessions to use in a native plant garden at  Calvin Christian Elementary School.  Once propagated, the students went to Calvin Christian Elementary and planted the garden with students from the elementary school.  Also, reinforcement of the importance of native planting was done through a series of labs involving the germination rate of the non-native invasive species Purple Loosestrife (Lythrum salicaria) as compared to native Michigan plants.
Communications Arts and Sciences 141-A: Visual Rhetoric | Prof. Kathi Groenendyk | Spring 2005
The service-learning component of this course applies principles of environmental communication and advertising.  Some students researched water management in the Plaster Creek watershed and created brochures and posters.  The brochures and posters gave background information about the Plaster Creek watershed, outlined proper yard care practices and warned about the creek’s water quality.  Other students made websites for the Student Environmental Stewardship Coalition (ESC). 
Engineering 333: Thermal Systems Design | Prof. Matthew Heun | Fall 2004
This senior course included an “energy independence thermo-economic analysis project,” in which students from the class broke up into two groups and created a plan for the most economically-viable and energy-efficient (i.e. lowest emissions) way of making Calvin College independent of conventional energy sources.  Students integrated alternative energy sources and more energy efficient sources (such as insulation) to achieve these measures. 
Geology 333: Geomorphology | Prof. Deanna van Dijk | Fall 2004
Geomorphology incorporates service-learning into their laboratory experiments.  
Biology 346: Plant Taxonomy | Prof. David Warners | Fall 2004
A floristic survey of the Plaster Creek watershed was performed by this course.  Uncommon, threatened, native and non-native were noted.  The watershed was broken up into six sections for six different groups.  Each group calculated their section’s floristic quality according to the Floristic Quality Index.  The information that they collected went towards a document that was given over to a Plaster Creek neighborhood organization.  The document suggested areas to target for conservation and contaminated areas that needed to be cleaned.    
Biology 243: Plant Biology | Prof. David Warners and Prof. David Doornbos | Fall 2004
Plant Biology classes aid in a research project begun by Dr. Warners to test whether prairie plants grow better when planted individually or as a group.  Students from the class take measurements
Biology 111: Biological Science | Prof. David Warners, Prof. Sweetman, Prof. Blankespoor | Spring 2004
Propagated plants to plant at Palmer Elementary School and in a Native American Garden at Creston Christian School.
Biology 112: Life Science for Elementary School Teachers | Prof. Kenneth Bergwerff and Prof. David Warners | Spring 2004
Planted two gardens for local elementary schools.  One garden was planted at Palmer Elementary School in Creston Neighborhood and the other was a Native American Garden at Creston Christian School.
Biology 111-A: Biological Science | Prof. Warners | Fall 2003
Propagated plants to plant near the javelin pit on the Northwest side of the Calvin track.
Biology 112: Life Sciences for Elementary School Teachers | Prof. Warners, Bergwerff, and Verduin | Fall 2003
Propagated plants to plant near the javelin pit on the Northwest side of the Calvin track.
Biology 243: Plant Biology | Prof. David Warners | Fall 2003
Collected data on the differences in growth in “prairie pots” as opposed to individually potted plants.  The pots were planted along the roadside of the ecosystem preserve to enhance its look and area biodiversity.
Biology 345: Ecosystem Management | Prof. Randy Van Dragt | Fall 2003
This course investigated the water quality of a local West Michigan lake.
Biology 346: Plant Taxonomy | Prof. David Warners | Fall 2003
Performed a species inventory on the natural areas around Reeds Lake.
Biology 103-L-H: Honors General Chemistry Lab | Prof. Kumar Sinniah | Fall 2003
Continued research on the water quality of Calvin College ponds.
Biology 201: Analytical Chemistry | Prof. Kumar Sinniah | Fall 2003
Researched the air quality of Art Department on Calvin’s campus.
Geology 311: Geomorphology | Prof. Deanna van Dijk | Fall 2003
Geomorphology incorporates service-learning into their laboratory experiments on soil quality.
Geography 351: Urban Planning | Prof. Thomas Tilma | Fall 2003
Researched various methods of sustainable travel (this can be expanded greatly, but I don’t have the necessary info.). 
Geography 310: Urban Geography | Prof. Henk Aay | Spring 2002
This course explored the pedestrian traffic patterns of the neighborhoods surrounding Garfield Park. The research was presented to the Garfield Park Neighborhood Association, as well as at the annual Community Partnership Celebration.