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Ilse Weidenaar Eerdmans '42 has moved into the Brown Home in Grand Rapids where she does a lot of reading, walking, designing of cards and is meeting a lot of new people.


Phil Ryskamp '53 is semi-retired and lives in Lake County, Mich., on Big Star Lake with his wife Jacqueline. He has operated his own business, PJR, Inc., since 1976 and he continues to manage his various business interests. He is a past Lake County commissioner and now serves as a Lake County road commissioner. He was recently appointed to the Commissioners' Board of the County Road Association of Michigan. He is also chairman of the Lake County Democratic Commission.
Gerard Van Groningen '51 BD'54 recently and had published From Creation to Consummation, a study of the Biblical themes of covenant and kingdom. Gerard is professor emeritus of Old Testament at Covenant Theological Seminary in St. Louis, Mo. His book is available from The Dordt College Press.


Trudy Kievit Faber '60, professor of music and chair of the department at Wittenberg University, has received the Alumni Association Award for Distinguished Teaching. Trudy is also a performer who presents concerts on both organ and harpsichord throughout the United States and Europe.
Orin Gelderloos '61 has received the Detroit Audubon Society's Conservationist of the Year Award for playing a leading role in watershed education, both locally and internationally, especially for teaching teachers about the Rogue River ecosystem. He is professor of biology and environmental studies at the University of Michigan-Dearborn., where he is also director of the campus natural areas. He has conducted numerous programs to help teachers incorporate environmental issues into the curriculum.


Robert Hough '70 was recently appointed dean of adult and continuing education at Geneva College in Beaver Falls, Pa. Robert came to Geneva ten years ago to develop their adult degree completion program after having served as executive director of the Young Calvinist Federation.
Nancy Dammen Jones '73 was awarded a Golden Apple award from the South Central Education Association in Michigan. The award is presented annually to parents, groups, organizations or teachers who have given extraordinary service to children and their education. Nancy received the award for her volunteerism as a parent including her work in set construction and decoration for high school drama productions and her work on various art projects for the Hastings (Mich.) School District.
Sharon Brinks '76, of Brinks and Associates, Attorneys at Law, has been invited to speak at the Midwest Audiology Conference in Livonia, Mich. She will speak on the Rights and Responsibilities of Professionals under the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Jack Van Marion '78 MDiv '81 graduated with distinction from Northern Baptist Theological Seminary in Lombard, Ill., where he received his doctorate of Ministry in Worship. His thesis was entitled "The Significance of Baptism as Taught Specifically in the Providence Christian Reformed Church and Generally in the Christian Reformed Church in North America." Having served in Christian Reformed churches in North Blendon, Mich., and Des Moines, Iowa, Jack and Rosanne Bierma Van Marion '81 are now serving the Providence Christian Reformed Church in Beamsville, Ont.


James Postema '82 has been named associate academic dean for faculty development and resources at Concordia College in Moorhead, Minn. It is a full-time position, so he is temporarily giving up his duties teaching in the English department. He will oversee Concordia's programs to help faculty do research, develop their teaching skills, secure grants to support research and study and learn how best to implement technology. His wife, Beth Kaashoek Postema '87 has been named acting director of the Fargo (N.D.) Public Library. She will manage the library's activities until a new director is appointed in the fall.
Ardythe Vos Iwema '85 is the host of Words for Women, a 15 minute broadcast devotional which airs on HCJB and is broadcast to the South Pacific, Europe and North America via short wave at 94.75. The show is broadcast on Tuesday mornings and on various evenings.
Rob Langejans '89 recently took a position with Nancy Skinner & Associates, Inc., in Grand Rapids, as a communications consultant. Rob is responsible for expanding relationships with clients through consulting services and coaches. Formerly, he was an admissions counselor for Davenport College.
Steve Ruiter '86 and Leslie Vander Griend Ruiter '85 have moved from Atlanta, Ga., to Seattle, Wash., with their four-year-old son, Joshua. Steve is a consulting actuary with William M. Mercer and Leslie is the head of the intellectual property group at the law firm of Stokes Lawrence P.S., both in downtown Seattle.
Sherry Ames Lantinga '89 has received her Ph.D. in social psychology from the University of Illinois in Chicago. She is currently a Dordt College professor. Her doctoral dissertation, titled "Stigmas and Ideology: When Do They Matter?" focused on people's willingness to help and harm others who have social stigmas, such as obesity, in situations where the "correct" response is not indicated by ideology.
Barbara Van Harn Adams '86 recently earned a Ph.D. in ecological modeling from Duke University.
Scott Smits '86 was recently promoted to the position of manager for Crowe Chizek and Company, LLP. Scott works in the firm's loan consulting service.
Joel Zuidema '85 MDiv'92 and his wife, Michele, have moved to DeMotte, Ind., where Joel is serving a small, community-oriented Christian Reformed Church in Roselawn.


Matt Boelkins ex'91 recently defended his dissertation on the Spectral Radius of a Positive Operator, and received his Ph.D. in mathematics from Syracuse University. He has accepted a position as an assistant professor in the department of mathematics and statistics at Grand Valley State University in Allendale, Mich. Matt and his wife, Ruth Faber Boelkins ex'92 have two sons, Adam, 3, and Ethan, two months.
Bob Steen '93 received his Ph.D. in space physics and astronomy from Rice University and Sharri Bockheim Steen '93 received her Ph.D. in molecular biology from Baylor College of Medicine. They are currently living in New Jersey, where Bob is a management consultant at Princeton Consultants, Inc., and Sharri is doing post-doctoral research at Princeton University.
Michelle Zoet Norquist '91 received her master's degree in library and information science from Wayne State University. She is employed at Reformed Bible College in Grand Rapids and has been promoted to associate director of library services.
Mike Euwema '90 recently received orders to the helicopter squadron of the U.S. Navy to serve as squadron flight surgeon. He will be in Japan for another two years with plans to eventually complete training in emergency medicine.
Shelly Sikkema Ydenberg '93 completed her master's degree in occupational therapy, graduating with honors from Western Michigan University. She is working in acute care neurology at Foothills Hospital in Calgary, Alberta. Marc Ydenberg '93 is in his final year of medical school at the University of Calgary.
Michelle Vugetveen Faber '92 have been awarded the Master's Scholarship in Cancer Nursing by the American Cancer Society. Michelle, a nurse practitioner student in the Duke University School of Nursing Oncology/HIV Master of Science in Nursing program, is currently employed as an adult oncology nurse clinician in the Duke Medical Center Oncology Outpatient Treatment Facility.
Amber Veverka '90 has moved to Charlotte, N.C., where she is a business reporter for the Charlotte Observer, reporting mostly on banking. "As I settle in to a new life in the South, I welcome visits from Calvin acquaintances who may be in the area. Bring snow," she writes.
Lonna Meyer VanAst '92 graduated from the University of Detroit Mercy in the physician assistance program. She has spent her last year doing rotations at different hospitals and clinics in the Detroit area. She even spent one month in India on a rotation.
Steve '92 and Mary Van Dyke Kloosterman '92 have moved to Edwards, Colo., just a few miles west of Vail and Beaver Creek.
Tanya Vreeke '93 received a doctor of osteopathic medicine from the University of Osteopathic Medicine and Health Services in Des Moines, Iowa. She is currently in residency at North Iowa Mercy Health Network in Mason City, Iowa.
Betty Kass Elsenheimer '93 was recently named a Michigan Certified Nurseryman by the Michigan Nursery and Landscape Association. She is currently working at Zelenka Nursery, Inc. in Grand Haven, Mich.
Tanya Hart '93, an Eastern Michigan University masters graduate in secondary education, received the Graduate Deans' Award for Research Excellence for her thesis, "Revelation for the Blind-William Hill Murray: Inventor of the First Braille System for Chinese and Founder of the First Blind School in China." Her work also won first place for the Midwestern Association of Graduate Schools Distinguished Master's Thesis Disciplinary Award in Social Sciences. The thesis focuses on the life and work of Tanya's great-great grandfather, Reverend William Hill Murray. He lived in China for 40 years as a missionary and developed a Braille system in order to teach the blind to read the Word of God. In 1997, Tanya and her family visited the Blind School in Beijing, founded by Murray, and presented a copy of her thesis to the principal.
Cheryl Essenburg '95 earned her master's degree in geology from Ohio State University. Since 1997, she has been a Peace Corps volunteer in Zambia. She is a fish culture extension agent, teaching farmers in the village better techniques for raising fish. "The highlights of my job so far are waking up one night to the sound of elephants eating by neighbor's banana trees, being able to worship in a Zambian church, and falling asleep at night to the sounds of children singing," she writes. "My biggest challenges have been biking over 100 kilometers every week, beings close to poverty and death and learning to speak a Bantu language."
Ben '98 and Janice Veltkamp DeRidder '98 live in Lafayette, Ind., where Ben is pursuing his master's degree in biology and Janice teaches first grade at Lafayette Christian.

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