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News & Events: 2011-2012

Bringing Meaning to Your Work

On Wednesday, November 14, more than 200 businessmen and women from across West Michigan gathered at Calvin College to celebrate and honor outstanding businesses and individuals within the community that have partnered with Calvin’s business program to actively engage students through internships, project-based learning initiatives (Calvin Action Projects), and more.

Four awards were presented at the luncheon event:

Calvin Outstanding Partner Award –

Max Van Wyk, owner, Van Wyk Risk and Financial Management
Dr. Gaylen Byker, president emeritus, Calvin College
Robert Medema, professor of business, Calvin College

Calvin Outstanding Corporate Partner Award –

Steelcase, Inc.   

“Each of these businesses and individuals have been faithful Calvin partners over the past several years,” shared Bob Eames, director of the Calvin Center for Innovation in Business. “They have gone above and beyond to provide meaningful internship experiences to our students. They have engaged our students in project-based learning initiatives, acted as mentors, and provided valuable input and experience to help grow and refine our program.”

Bonnie Wurzbacher, former senior VP at the Coca-Cola Company, also spoke at the event, following the awards presentation. Her speech, titled “Bringing Meaning to Your Work,” highlighted the importance of developing a worldview that includes work and encourages individuals to pursue careers in ways that integrate and honor faith. Wurzbacher noted that job and wealth creation are two God-honoring vocations that can be used to positively transform our communities.

To hear Ms. Wurzbacher’s full speech, click here.