Class Notes • Nineties

From discarded commercial signage, Cheryl Wassenaar ’93 constructs paintings that explore the function of language when it’s freed from its usual rules. Cheryl’s work has been exhibited nationally in over 30 group and seven solos shows, featured on three book covers, and selected for the quarterly Midwest 2002: New American Painters. She is currently an assistant professor in the school of art at Washington University in St. Louis, Mo.

One of the perks of working as a legislative assistant for Congressman Vern Ehlers is that Rachel Post ’98 now and then gets to attend White House events. She’s recently been to a BBQ on the White House lawn with President Bush.

Ten out of the 11 Bolt-Heyns-Timmer R.A. staff of 1997-98 made it to a reunion last spring at Grace Youth Camp. They are Laura Vanden Hoek Vander Kodde ’98, Naji Umran Sem’03, Michelle Gunderson ’99, Amy Slings Dyksterhouse and Matt Dyksterhouse ’99 with daughter Kalie, Joel and Shontel Laning Vander Lugt ’99, Tim and Heidi deJonge ’99, Ben Vander Kodde ’99, Anne Zaki ’99 with son Jonathan, Shauna Armstrong with son Eli, Lauren Hunsberger Eisnor ’99, Molly Pierce ’99, Dan Eisnor ’99, and Josh Armstrong, assistant dean of residence life, with son Aidan.

A new non-profit organization called ArtWorks, which provides training to young people while they create art projects with local artists, has been launched in Grand Rapids, Mich., by Cindy Koning ’90. Husband Bryan Dykema ’88 is an architect practicing residential design at Sears Architects. They are the parents of two children.

Having completed his Ph.D., Nick Lantinga ’90 now serves as the executive secretary of the International Association for the Promotion of Christian Higher Education. The organization aims to bring together Christian scholars from around the world into a community of trust by sponsoring conferences, publishing newsletters and proceedings, and promoting cross-cultural research and teaching opportunities.

Back in Grand Rapids, Mich., after a four-year graduate school sojourn in Minnesota, Matt Roberts ’98 is a professor of political science at Calvin while he finishes his doctoral dissertation. Kristen Benson Roberts ’98 is spending her time running an online business and reintegrating herself into the Grand Rapids theater community.

From North Vancouver, B.C., Kara Boelema ’94 writes that she is “relishing life on the West Coast,” free ride mountain biking, snowboarding, beach bumming, consuming red wines and teaching youth part-time at the Vancouver Waldorf School.

After completing a surgical intensive care fellowship at Spectrum Hospitals in Grand Rapids, Mich., Marc Hoeksema ’90 has opened a private practice in general surgery one mile from Calvin. He specializes in critical care, endoscopy, laparoscopy and wound care.

Amy Rensenbrink Banks ’91 was appointed principal of Community Christian School in Pease, Minn. She has been a teacher there since 1994.

After defending his doctoral dissertation in ecology at Colorado State University, Jon Bossenbroek ’96 and his wife, Tina Ploegstra Bossenbroek ’97, moved to South Bend, Ind., where Jon is a post-doctoral research associate in the department of biological sciences at Notre Dame.

Krista Hoekstra ’99 has joined the trial practice group at the law firm of Varnum, Riddering, Schmidt and Howlett in Grand Rapids, Mich. Krista received her law degree from the University of Virginia School of Law.

Paul Kellstedt ’90 and Deb DeHoog Kellstedt ’91 have moved from Providence R.I., to College Station, Texas, where Paul accepted a position as an assistant professor of political science at Texas A & M University. Last August, Paul’s book, The Mass Media and the Dynamics of American Racial Attitudes, was published by Cambridge University Press. Deb currently stays at home with their two young daughters.

Sara Fletcher Patterson ’93 works as a pediatrician at Goodlettsville Pediatrics in Nashville, Tenn.

Timothy Van Lant ’99 MDiv’03 was ordained in September and is serving at the Cedar Christian Reformed Church in Cedar, Iowa. Tim would appreciate mail from classmates at Box 36, Cedar, IA 52543.

Kevin Treur ’94 received his master’s degree in physical education from Emporia State University and teaches in Daytona Beach, Fla.

Wolverine World Wide, Inc., in Grand Rapids, Mich., a leading marketer of branded footwear that includes the Wolverine and Hush Puppy labels, has appointed James Zwiers ’90 as its new general counsel and assistant secretary. He previously served the company as associate general counsel and assistant secretary.

The Michigan High School Athletic Association (MHSAA) has chosen Mark Uyl ’96 for one of two new assistant director positions. Mark has been athletic director in the Middleville, Mich., school district and is a longtime Division I baseball official. In his new capacity, Mark will administer three post-season state tournaments and oversee the MHSAA’s 12,000 registered officials. A baseball player while at Calvin, Mark has been a registered official in three sports since 1992 and worked the MHSAA baseball finals the year he graduated.