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Calvin-Wire: May 15, 2011

Senior Design Night, honors thesis

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There are 14 senior design teams this year, each one a different configuration of civil and environmental, electrical and computer, chemical, and mechanical concentrators. Through the year-long course, Senior Design Project, each team takes on a year-long project that serves as a capstone to their Calvin engineering experience.

Senior Matthew Koh’s novel Fallen begins in a world where paradise has already been lost. The main action of the story takes place during Jesus’ temptation. As an honors thesis project for his English major, Koh’s novel was an ambitious challenge.

Professor of the Year

PottsStudents voted nursing professor Renae Boss Potts the 2011 Professor of the Year, an honor bestowed by the outgoing Calvin senior class. Many of those students were on hand when she received the award.

The honoree laughed and announced: “I have 60 hugs to give!” and she went through the crowd of students, thanking each of them in turn.

Read more and watch
the announcement video.

Athletic recognition


This year’s recipient of the Kay Tiemersma Athletic Award is Melissa Oosterhouse and the Beré Memorial Award winner is Scott Hooker. These awards are the highest honors for men’s and women’s athletics. Read more.

Women's basketball coach John Ross was named Women's Coach of the Year for Michigan.

"Our life is in God's hands. He takes care of us. (Last year) was a very miraculous event, and it shows that God is with us at all times." That's Harold Schnyders, a 1960 Calvin alum, in an interview with the Grand Rapids Press about his role as the official starter for the 21st annual Calvin College 5K Spring Classic. Last year Schnyders suffered a heart attack during this same race. He is grateful for the quick response by fellow runners and emergency personnel.

More student activities, events


The Visual Arts Guild recently hosted their annual party, the Spring Arts Festival, on the last day of classes.  The event was complete with music, art and food for the whole campus.

Watch media production students singing and dancing in a promo for this year's Media Showcase.

Honors Convocation was April 20, 2011. See photos or watch the archived video.  The 2011 Commencement ceremony will take place on May 21, 2011. Members of the 50-year class may still register for their reunion which takes place during Commencement weekend, but hurry!

Leadership summit

Global Leadership Summit

Willow Creek Association's "Global Leadership Summit" is August 11-12, 2011, and Calvin alumni and friends are eligible for a discount. Space is limited so register today for the conference; it will out sell out by June! 

Go here for more information, or contact the Calvin alumni office (, 616-526-6142).

A few events...

If you are reading this in time, the Calvin Community Symphony will hold their final concert of the season today, May 15, in Grand Rapids.

Don't forget to sign up for your reunion if you are a member of the Heritage class. Your event will take place on the campus during the beautiful summer months.

And the 42nd Annual Golf Tournament is scheduled for September 10, 2011.

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