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Calvin-Wire: June 15, 2011

Summer researchers


Two summer research projects pair two students with two professors in the study of bacteriophages. What is a phage, anyway? 

To do their work, student researchers are making themselves at home in the science division's new 4,450 square-foot lab.

Speaking of research, biology major Tyler Bleeker was awarded a Greater Research Opportunities Fellowship by the Environmental Protection Agency.

And remember the senior engineering projects? Here's one put into good use by a local 10-year-old with spinal muscular atrophy.

Student awards

Fitah singing

Fitah Rasendrahasina received a $2500 scholarship from Opera Grand Rapids following his role as Edmundo in Giacomo Puccini’s Manon Lescaut. The annual award is the largest from the opera company and goes to an exceptional student of music. More information about Fitah and his performance are found here.

Kelly LeCoy has won another business plan competition. See the tally (thus far) and more information about "Uptown Kitchen."

Kaylee Kooiman and Ethan Van Andel won the Ron Mosier memorial award from the Michigan Section of the Mathematical Association of America. The award is given for the best student presentation at the annual meeting. 

Student travels

Panama image

A group of Calvin students spent the last week of May in Panama with the Calvin chapter of Global Business Brigades, whose mission is to educate business people in the developing world. According to one of those visiting students, Brendhain Reid, “One of the things we’re really big on is no handouts …,” Reid said. “It’s more about presenting them with the right questions so that they themselves can come up with the right answers.”

Go behind the scenes with media production professor Daniel Garcia and 11 of his students as they are on location in Pescadora, Peru. They will tell the story (including a video blog) of a young Peruvian woman, newly widowed, who—thwarting the tradition of her community—takes up fishing to support herself.

Videos you should check out!


Dr. Julie Yonker, professor of psychology and Calvin parent, recently spoke to parents on Commencement morning about passing the baton.

Dr. Gary Schmidt, professor of English and Newbery Award recipient, spoke to members of the William Spoelhof Society about "Keeping Faith: New Legacies of the English Department."

And, if you haven't checked this one out yet, Dr. Jennifer Holberg, professor of English, spoke at Commencement about "One Needful Thing."

There are many other interesting videos found on Calvin's Vimeo channel, such as "Hockey Locker Room Tour," "President Byker Retirement Announcement," "2011 Chemistry Demos," and more.


Here are a few alumni and friends events coming up:

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