Class Notes • Seventies

When his oldest daughter, Brenda, began studying at Calvin in 1995, Bruce Cooke ’74 began competitive drag racing. Over the 2003 season at Island Dragway in Great Meadows, N.J., Bruce won the championship in the street class of about 30 drivers and represented the track in the NHRA Division 1 final competition. His winning 1971 Dodge Charger runs an elapsed time of 12.6 seconds over a quarter mile at 108 mph.

Twenty-nine years after graduation, “The Farmhouse Gang” (Jon Bron ’74, Jack Van Dyken ’74, Ron Vander Pol ’74, Kent De Hoog ’75, Keith Timmer ’75, and Tom Visker ’74) reunited on campus at the new Prince Conference Center for three days of golf, reminiscing and a Fleetwood Mac concert. The gang, who lived together in an old farmhouse during the 1973-1974 academic year, had, for the most part, not seen each other since graduation on May 25, 1974.

In November, Jeff Sage ’74 accepted the position of chief operating officer for the Tata Technologies Company of Pune, India. He will live in Pune throughout his assignment, but will travel globally to serve Tata clients.

Maaryon Schravendeel ’70 continues as director of Family Court Services, an agency that provides the Staten Island (N.Y.) Family Court with forensic evaluations. In her private practice, she provides forensic evaluations to the Staten Island Supreme Court and has become a member of Soroptimist International and the National Organization of Forensic Social Workers.

Dan DeGroot ’72 serves as head of Justice for All (JFA), a Christian social service agency headquartered in Orange City, Iowa. He also serves as liaison with the Cary, Miss., board of JFA and a Christian school board in Mendenhall, Miss.

The Arts Council of Greater Kalamazoo, Mich., presented one of three Community Medal of Arts awards in 2003 to Jane Rooks Ross ’77. Education director of the Kalamzaoo Symphony Orchestra since 1995, Jane creates programs that provide “an entryway to music” for people of all ages. She has written a book, Listener’s Guide to the Orchestra; has been a consultant with the Kansas City, Southwest Florida and National symphonies; and has served on the leadership committee of the American Symphony Orchestra League.

The Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) recognized Timothy Hoekman ’76 as its 2002 Shepherd Distinguished Composer of the Year. Tim won the award with his composition To Make a Prairie, a song cycle for voice and piano with texts by Emily Dickinson. He and his wife, soprano Carla Connors, performed the songs at the MTNA national conference in Salt Lake City in March 2003. Tim is professor of vocal coaching and accompanying at the Florida State University.

In October 2003 Allen Parks ’72 assumed the directorship of the Brown County, Wis., Human Services Department. With a budget of $90 million, the department is the county’s largest, providing child welfare and family-based social services and aid to those with mental illnesses, developmental disabilities or problems with drug and/or alcohol abuse. Allen was previously the director of the Division of Quality Improvement for the Department of Mental Health in Washington, D.C.