Class Notes • Sixties

As a college senior, Edie Tameling Rooks ’68 reluctantly tried out for Calvin’s first women’s volleyball team. By the end of that year, she and a teammate had been named to an all-tournament team, an honor that came with an invitation to try out for the U.S. Olympic team. But money was tight at home, and Edie couldn’t afford to travel to California for the tryouts. Thirty-five years later she realized her Olympic aspirations when her team, the Chicago Heat, won a silver medal at the 2003 Senior Olympics in Virginia Beach, Va. That makes her quite a role model to the girls she coaches in volleyball at Wheaton Academy (Wheaton, Ill.).

The Grand Rapids, Mich., office of the law firm Mika, Meyers, Beckett and Jones has named Claude Vander Ploeg ’66 to its management committee for 2004.

Jenison High School biology teacher Jim Cremer’s ’65 dedication to motivating and inspiring his students earned him the Jenison, Mich., Teacher of the Year Award for 2003-2004. Jim favors a hands-on approach to learning. His classroom is crowded with eight saltwater aquariums, including one 130-gallon tank, and his students routinely find themselves observing rivers, streams, lakes and fields in the area. Three years ago, one of Jim’s longtime dreams became a reality when Jenison and two other school districts, with the help of Grand Valley State University, transformed a school bus into an “Eco-Bus”, a mobile science lab with microscopes, TV monitors, work stations, a global-positioning system, incubator and other equipment.

Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) has named Jack VandeGuchte ’68, chief financial officer of Sobie Company, Inc. of Dutton, Mich., to its budget and finance committee. ABC is a national association representing more than 23,000 merit construction and construction-related firms in 80 chapters across the United States.

George Faber ’61, a former education professor at Dordt College, works regularly with Habitat for Humanity in Sioux Center, Iowa. He has also traveled to Mendenhall, Miss., to assist teachers at the Christian school there.

Willis Bultje ’69 has been appointed CEO of the new $100-million Arnett Hospital in Lafayette, Ind. Willis began working in November with Arnett’s 155 physicians to plan the hospital from the ground up for its scheduled fall 2005 opening. Before then, Willis had been the executive director of the Siouxland Surgery Center in Dakota Dunes, S.D.