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Calvin Wire - August 1, 2006 -- Volume 6, No. 15

The Calvin Wire newsletter is a bulletin of the Calvin Alumni Association sent to alumni and friends of Calvin College to inform them of the latest news from campus.

In This Issue:

Calvin sophomore Mike Rohlfing wins THX film trailer contest

Mike RohlfingA Calvin student is one of 10 winners of the first-ever "Create a THX Trailer Contest," sponsored by THX, Ltd., the sound quality company founded by Star Wars director George Lucas. Mike Rohlfing, from St. Louis MO, learned about the contest while writing a paper on Lucas for his "American Film" class. Rohlfing's prize is an exclusive THX director's chair and the inclusion of his trailer on the THX Web site. Though he isn't sure if THX, Ltd. will use his idea in a future trailer, he's happy to get some name recognition. Rohfling plans a career in film production. Read more.

Former Calvin professor authors children's book about Copper Harbor MI

Cover of Charlotte Otten's new book, “Home in a Wilderness Fort: Copper Harbor, 1844"A Calvin College professor of English emeritus has written a book about one of her favorite vacation spots. Charlotte Otten has penned a variety of books during both her career as an active professor and in the years since her retirement, including everything from traditional children's books to an examination of werewolves! Her latest offering is a children's historic novel called "Home in a Wilderness Fort: Copper Harbor, 1844." Read more.

Chuck Bult, former Calvin basketball coach and AD, passes away

Chuck BultOn June 21, 2006 a key member of Calvin's history in athletics was lost when Chuck Bult passed away at the age of 87. At the beginning of his career at Calvin in 1945, Bult was a one-man Physical Education Department. Not only was he Athletics Director; he also coached the men's varsity basketball team and the women's basketball team. In addition, he taught and organized the men's physical education classes and the professional courses in the P.E. minor, and organized and administered the men's intramural sports program. "Chuck came back to Calvin at a crucial point of the school's history," said long-time Calvin coach and athletics director Dave Tuuk who delivered a eulogy at Bult's memorial service on June 26. "With World War II veterans returning from service, the student body was rapidly growing and the demands for a strong athletic and physical education program were high. Chuck traded in his military clothes for civilian clothes and made a seamless transition. In many ways, he was the man of the hour for Calvin College." A historical narrative on Chuck Bult's life as well as his impact at Calvin College is available on the Calvin Web site.

Jim & Sara Miller of Aurora OH are new co-chairs of Calvin's Parent Council

Sara and Jim Miller and FamilyJim and Sara Miller of Aurora, Ohio will serve as the new co-chairs of Calvin's Parent Council beginning in October 2006. The Millers served on the Parent Council for the past two years, since its inception in October 2004.  Jim and Sara are parents of two Calvin students: Samantha, who will be a junior at Calvin this fall, and Jessica, who will begin at Calvin this fall as a first-year student. The Millers follow John and Marilyn Wiesehan of St. Louis MO who co-chaired the Council for the past two years. The Wiesehans will continue as members of the Parent Council during the 2006-2007 academic year. Read more.

Jim Timmer Jr. to assume duties as new men's athletic director

Dr. Jim Timmer Jr.The position of director of men's athletics at Calvin College will undergo a transition as Dr. Jim Timmer Jr. will take over the post from Kevin Vande Streek who has elected to step down after completing a three-year term (the men's and women's AD positions at Calvin operate on renewable three-year terms). Timmer will be the eighth men's AD at Calvin. Read more.


Calvin junior Bethany Bertapelle spends August with farm sanctuary

Bethany BertapelleA Calvin College junior and co-chair of the college's animal advocacy organization Students for Compassionate Living (SCL) will soon depart for a summer internship at the Farm Sanctuary in Watkins Glen, New York. Bethany Bertapelle, a social work and political science major from Midland, Michigan, is spending July 31 through September 1 at the sanctuary doing basic animal care and learning about animal rights advocacy. The organization rescues farm animals and educates about unjust animal husbandry practices. Read more.

Calvin Golf Tournament for Alumni & Parents: Saturday, September 9

37th annual Calvin Alumni Association Golf Tournament for Alumni and Parents at Pilgrim's RunYou are invited to the 37th annual Calvin Alumni Association Golf Tournament for alumni and parents. This event is an opportunity to combine great golf and fellowship with a great purpose: raising funds for the Grand Rapids Area Alumni Chapter Scholarship for first-year students. The Tournament will be held at Pilgrim's Run (in neighboring Pierson, Michigan)-- named one of the "Top 100 Golf Courses You Can Play" by Golf magazine in 2002 and one of the "Top 10 Public Courses in Michigan" by Michigan Golf magazine in 2006. For more information and to register online visit the Alumni Association Web site.

Brian Diemer takes on duties as women's cross country coach

Coach Brian DiemerBrian Diemer has doubled his cross country coaching responsibilities at Calvin College. Diemer, who recently completed his 20th year as Calvin's men's cross country coach, will also take over the head coaching duties of the Calvin women's cross country team this fall. Diemer replaces Dr. Nancy Meyer as women's coach who has elected to step down from the position after 20 years. Meyer will continue to serve as women's athletics director at Calvin and will also remain with the cross country program as a part-time assistant coach, focusing on administrative duties for both the men's and women's teams. Read more.

First-year students and parents attend PASSPORT summer orientation programs

PASSPORTDuring July over 520 first-year students and 630 parents and siblings participated in the first two of four PASSPORT sessions. PASSPORT is an intensive, two-day orientation program that occurs four different times during the summer. During PASSPORT both students and parents participate in various workshops introducing them to the Calvin community and helping them to prepare for a successful transition in the fall. The remaining dates for PASSPORT are August 3-4 and August 28-29. QUEST, the final leg of the orientation program, takes place August 30 through September 4, with classes starting on the 5th. Read more.

Do you need to find a speaker for a church or civic event?

Resource Guide Many readers of Calvin-Wire are in positions of church, school, and community leadership and are responsible for various aspects of program planning. Please be advised that a helpful community resource profiles Calvin speakers and presenters who are experts on a wide variety of topics. If you identify a resource person for your event please contact that Calvin staff member directly; phone numbers and email addresses are listed in the guide. Please note that the inviting organization is responsible to make arrangements regarding scheduling, travel costs, honorarium, etc. with the Calvin resource person being invited. This resource (PDF format, 5.1 MB) is available on the Calvin Web site.

Calvin Distinctive # 4: Promising Futures

Seal of the U.S. House of RepresentativesA Calvin education is the foundation for a successful life calling. Through the development of essential character, knowledge and skills, Calvin helps students understand God's world, discover their unique gifts and excel in vocations of meaning and purpose. Calvin graduates are leaders in their fields, bringing the light of Christ into a wide range of professions. Of the 53 social service agencies in Kent County, Michigan, over half were either pioneered by or are currently headed by Calvin alumni. Seven alumni serve in the Michigan House of Representatives and Senate. One alum, Vernon Ehlers '56, is a member of the U.S. House of Representatives. Dozens of Calvin alumni preside as judges in courts across the country. For more information visit the Distinctives Web site.


The Calvin Wire newsletter is a bulletin of the Calvin Alumni Association sent to alumni and friends of Calvin College to inform them of the latest news from campus.