Edgar Boeve '53 was honored with the establishment of the "Edgar
Boeve Art Education Award." This award will be given for "advancing art
education in the school, church and society at large." This honor was
awarded to Edgar at the 20th anniversary of the Christians in the Visual
Arts conference at Concordia University in Milwaukee, Wis., in June. Edgar
was one of the founders of this international Christian art organization
now represented by members in 42 countries. He was the first president
and has served three terms in the past 20 years. The organization has
more than 6,000 members who are not only artists but historians, curators,
educators, graphic designers, architects and friends of the arts.
A group of college friends, who have met together three or four times
a year since college days, were guests at Elsa Prince's home in Wapiti,
Wyo., in May of this year. The beautiful country and surroundings only
added to the fellowship and reminiscing of those "good old college days"
at the Franklin Street campus.
Jim Bosscher '51 has been awarded the 1999 Materials Engineering
Institute Instructor of Merit Award by ASM International. ASM recognizes
the importance of its adjunct faculty as a major component in its ability
to offer quality education/training seminars and other training experiences.
Dick Buus '68, division manager of Probation Services in Tucson, Ariz.,
has been selected Manager of the Year by the Arizona State Chief Probation
Jim Hoekema '69 is manager of user interface and requirements in
the digital TV group of Philips Electronics in Briarcliff, N.Y. Jim, his
wife, Wendy, and three children live in Newburgh in the Mid Hudson Valley.
Glenn Geelhoed '64 recently ran the Grand Rapids Old Kent River
Bank Run where he met up with Calvin alum Pete Slofstra '74. (Both
were wearing Calvin singlets from the Boston Marathon.) They were photographed
by fellow runner Tom Geelhoed '79, who unknowingly was Glenn's
cousin, but the two had never previously met.
Linda Koslosky Vanderbaan ex'69 has been named creative services
director at International Aid in Spring Lake, Mich. International Aid
links people and organizations with Christian partners worldwide. Linda
will be responsible for managing the production and development of communication
and marketing materials. Formerly she was director of public relations
for Goodwill Industries of Greater Grand Rapids, Inc.
Terry Opgenorth '77 has been named divisional vice president, metabolic
disease research in the pharmaceutical products division of Abbott Laboratories
in Abbott Park, Ill.. Previously he was director, diabetes and vascular
research in the pharmaceuticals products division.
William Bloem '78, clinical psychologist, and his team of caregivers
specializing in Post Traumatic Stress Disorder treatment at Battle Creek
(Mich.) VA Hospital were awarded the first annual Margaret Epp Weber Provider
of Choice Award this year. The Veterans in Partnership, Department of
Veterans Affairs, instituted this regional award in recognition of their
"uncommon efforts resulting in significant customer service and outstanding
Glenda Wierenga Prins '71 earned her Doctor of Ministry degree
from Colgate Rochester Divinity School. The title of her dissertation
is "Grace at Work: Developing A Multiple Staff Ministry Team as an Example
of God's Creation." She is member of the United Church of Christ.
Peter Bosscher '77, a University of Wisconsin-Madison civil engineer,
is heading up a cooperative effort to set a strategic course for Wisconsin's
highways. The Wisconsin Highway Research Program has teamed engineers
with state and federal transportation officials, private industry and
consultants to research improved paving, structures and foundations. The
two overriding goals of the partnership are to reduce driver delays in
key areas around the state, and gradually develop highway products that
will last longer without additional costs.
Mary Lagerwey '75, assistant professor of nursing at Western Michigan
University, has written a book entitled, Reading Auschwitz (Alta Mira
Press). The book focuses on the stories of women survivors of Auschwitz,
whose perspective had long been overlooked, she said.
Warren DeVries '71, professor and chair of Iowa State University's
department of engineering, recently was elected to the American Society
of Mechanical Engineer's Board of Governors. The society serves the professional,
technical and educational interests of 125,000 professional and students
members around the world.
Richard VanDenBerg '73, was chosen co-Deputy of the Year by the
Kent County (Mich.) Sheriff Department for his work as a road patrol officer.
He was honored with fellow Calvin alum John Meppelink' 80 (See
A Calvin scholarship in honor of Robert Reimink '78, who died of
cancer in 1994, has been established by Bob's former employer, Prein &
Newhof. The Robert J. Reimink/Prein & Newhof Civil Engineering Scholarship
will be awarded annually to an engineering student. Contributions to the
scholarship fund can be made in care of the development office.
Nathan Beversluis ex'88 is working in Holland, Mich., as a cabinet
engineer for Thermotron. "Getting back in touch with some of my Calvin
friends would be really swell," he wrote. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org
John Nyhoff ex'82, Ray High School physics and chemistry teacher,
has been selected as the recipient of the Arizona-Nevada Academy of Science
Outstanding Teacher Award for high school teachers. Criteria for this
award included original curriculum, honors, achievements and letters of
Janette Kok '83 has transferred into the Master of Divinity program
at Regent College in Vancouver, B.C. and moved to Lynden, Wash. Previously,
she spent seven years involved in the ministry at Friendship Agape Church
in San Jose, Calif., and two years of part-time study at Fuller Theological
Susan Williams Smith '89 has completed her master's degree in social
work and has moved to Ft. Myers, Fla., following the death of her husband,
Sheldon, in April.
Steve Robbins '88 has been named director of the Woodrick Institute
of Organizational Development at Aquinas College. The institute is committed
to becoming a recognized leader on issues of organizational development
and culture, especially those issues related to diversity and inclusion.
Gert VanDerGroef Sweeney '84, a teacher at Timilty Middle School
in Boston, was recently awarded a 1999 Neighborhood Superstar Award at
Fenway Park from the Massachusetts Governor's Committee on Physical Fitness
and Sports by Boston Police Commissioner Paul Evans and Chris Slade, of
the New England Patriots. The award was given for her efforts to help
urban youth improve their lives through fitness and sport.
Patrick Jasperse '87 graduated with honors from the University
of Chicago Law School in June. He is now a law clerk for Federal Judge
Terence T. Evans of the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh
John Witte '82, director of Emory University's law and religion
program, has received a four-year $546,350 grant from the Lilly Endowment
to prepare four new books, related articles and public lectures on law,
religion and the Reformed tradition.
John Meppelink '80 was chosen co-Deputy of the Year by the Kent
County (Mich.) Sheriff Department for his work as a corrections officer.
He was honored with fellow Calvin alum Richard VanDenBerg '73 (see SEVENTIES
Charles Ash '95 has joined the Varnum, Riddering, Schmidt & Howlett
trial department in Grand Rapids. Charles, a graduate of Stanford
Law School, specializes in commercial litigation.
Amy VandenBerg Schreur '93 graduated from Grand Valley State University's
physician assistant program. Currently, she is employed by Metro Health
in Grand Rapids, specializing in internal medicine.
Steven Bosch '97 received his MBA in finance and operations from
the University of Iowa and is a consultant for Financial Advisors in Minneapolis,
Heather Gryska Straight '97 has joined Goodwill Industries of Greater
Grand Rapids as the marketing and communications specialist. Formerly,
she worked for Seyferth & Associates as an assistant account executive
in Grand Rapids.
Tara Powers '95 has joined Lambert, Edwards & Associates, Inc.,
a Michigan firm specializing in public and investor relations, as an associate.
John Stroo '93, an employee of Grand Rapids based Prein & Newhof,
recently earned his professional engineer license in Michigan. John's
experience includes both design and construction engineering for airports,
drainage, water supply, roads and site development.
Kelly D'Anna '93 graduated from Loyola University in Chicago with
a master's degree in marketing and management. She is currently working
as an account management specialist with a division of R.R. Donnelley,
called Graphics Management.
Gwen Seltzer '98 is pursuing a master's degree in speech-language
pathology at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tenn.
Alyssa Fader DeKuiper '96 worked at Camp Geneva this summer and
left for Kenya, East Africa, this fall, where she and her husband, Jeff,
will work for Africa Inland Mission.
Anna Kosciukiewicz Faber '97 is a critical care nurse at Duke University
Medical Center in Durham, N.C.
Allen Thomas Machielson '95 is the assistant director of residential
life at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Conn.
Patricia Dennison '97 graduated from Seattle Pacific University
with a master's degree in teaching English to speakers of other languages.
Karen Spoelman '95 is currently working for the Washington D.C.
based firm DeBrunner & Associates, a leading healthcare lobbying firm.
She previously worked for United States Representative Pete Hoekstra (R-Mich.).
Terry Kruisselbrink '98 and Carolyn Korstanje Kruisselbrink
'95 live in Lethbridge, Alberta. Terry is a teacher in the Christian
high school. Carolyn is working part-time in the Christian grade school
and teaches piano to students in her home.
Kimberly Aay '95 received her master's degree in health services
administration from The George Washington University in Washington D.C.
She is now a director in hospital operations at Mercy Hospital in downtown
Kevin DenDulk '92, a graduate student in political science at the
University of Wisconsin-Madison, has been awarded a Charlotte W. Newcombe
Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship. The fellowship makes possible a year
of uninterrupted research and writing. Kevin's dissertation title is "Representing
Christ in Court: Political Litigation and the Reconfiguring of American
Nicole Pignataro '97 is currently pursuing a master of art degree
in dance/movement therapy at Antioch New England Graduate School in Keene,
N.H. She was recently awarded two fellowships-the Howard M. and Sondra
A. Bender Fellowship and the Antioch New England Reader's Digest Fellowship-to
further her studies.
Kirsten Kelly '94 directed The Hairy Ape, Eugene O'Neill's 1922
radical social commentary on industrialization, in Chicago. The play,
which also featured Calvin alum Christopher DeJong '91, met with
rave reviews from the Chicago Tribune and the Chicago Sun Times.