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Nathan Tonlaar '07 and Nate Stehouwer '07
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Nathan Tonlaar and Nate Stehouwer came to Calvin in the fall of 2003 from different areas of the globe, but they had a couple of things in common. Both were interested in the sciences, particularly medicine, and both were the beneficiaries of Calvin’s generous scholarships and financial aid program. By the time they graduated, in the spring of 2007, the two had a few more things in common.

Tonlaar spent a significant amount of time at Calvin doing research, often working side by side with a man he considers a father figure, professor of biology David DeHeer. He was discovering, Tonlaar said, how medicine is practiced behind the scenes. One day, he hopes to work in cancer research.

Stehouwer’s work at Calvin gave him a deep appreciation for both the sciences and for philosophy, as well as a keener understanding of how the two disciplines converge. He hopes to someday work in public health, not only helping patients in poor and diseased areas, but also changing the systems that lead to those problems.

Helping students open their eyes to the wide possibilities of God’s world has always been a hallmark of a Calvin education. Making those possibilities financially feasible for all Calvin students is a significant part of the Campaign for Calvin College.

Nathan Tonlaar '07
Tamale, Ghana
Medical student at University of Chicago
Pritzker School of Medicine

Nate Stehouwer '07
State College, Pa.
Medical student
Case Western Reserve University