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J. Robert Halma '57 recently retired from Cedar Crest College (Allentown, Pa.), where he served for 37 years as professor of biology and curator of the W.F. Curtis Arboretum. Bob has co-authored two natural history books; an award-winning one on The Poconos, and another on the Lehigh Valley of eastern Pennsylvania.
Casey Wondergem '51 has been appointed vice president of communications and development of the Van Andel Institute in Grand Rapids, an independent research organization dedicated to preserving, enhancing and expanding the frontiers of medical science. Prior to this appointment, Casey served 21 years at Amway Corporation in various areas of communications and public relations.
Rich Schaap '58 retired after teaching third, fourth and fifth grade at Roseland Christian School in Chicago, Ill., for 40 years. He now works two days a week fixing leaky faucets, painting and varnishing. Marcia Hertel Schaap '60 was the director of special services at Roseland Christian for nine years and now is in private practice tutoring ADD students, dyslexics, slow learners and students with learning disabilities. "I have the privilege of teaching kids to read by using a Bible story book as the text," she wrote. Marcia also teaches piano and group keyboard. They have five grandchildren. "God is using us in lots of ways and we are grateful," she said.
Stephen Monsma '58 has been named to the Blanche E. Seaver Chair in Social Science at Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif. He has been teaching political science there since 1987, serving as the chair of the social science division for the past four years. He also has authored several books and articles on church-state relations. Prior to teaching at Pepperdine, he taught political science at Calvin from 1967-74, served for eight years as a member of the Michigan State Legislature and was head of the Office of Quality Review in the Michigan Department of Social Services in Lansing, Mich.
Dick Katte '58 has been awarded The Dave Sanders Award by the Denver Post. He is the first winner of the award which recognizes a high school coach for commitment and courage. The award is named after the teacher and coach who was killed in the Columbine High School tragedy in 1999. Dick, a 40-year coach, teacher and administrator at Denver Christian High School, is Colorado's winningest high school coach in any sport in history. As the boys' basketball coach he is 646-157 with five state championships to his credit.
Winnifred Wilms VanderBorgh '62 is completing her master's in bilingual education at Governors State University at University Park, Ill. She is bilingual education director at the Momence Public Schools in Momence, Ill. Her husband, John VanderBorgh '65, pastors the Christian Reformed Church at Momence, and is completing his D. Min. at Western Theological Seminary in Holland, Mich. In addition to their studies and their ministry, they have been busy placing International Exchange Students into Christian homes.
Anita Ensing Beem '69 began serving a year's term as the first woman president of the Christian Reformed Church's Classis Lake Erie. She is also a member of the Southeastern Michigan Calvin Alumni Chapter Board and continues to teach English at Southfield Christian School.
Ted Mejan '65 works as a cost/price analyst, Procurement for the International Space Station, for the Boeing Company in Huntington Beach, Calif. His wife, Tena Hettinga Mejan '63, is a teacher at Ontario Christian Middle School in Ontario, Calif. Their daughter, Monique, is planning to return to college this fall; son Maurice is a junior in engineering design at Baylor University in Waco, Texas; and Philip is a junior at Ontario Christian High School. The family vacationed in Europe this summer, where Ted and Tena lived in their earlier years.
David Van Someren '69 recently received his Ph.D. from Clark University in Worcester, Mass. His dissertation was entitled, "The Relationship between Religiousness and Moral Development: A Critique and Refinement of the Sociomoral Reflection Measure-Short Form." He is currently an assistant professor at Curry College in Milton, Mass. His wife, Lisa Kolk Van Someren '69, is assistant controller at Woodmeister Corporation in Worcester, Mass.
Edward Langerak '66 was appointed to a three-year term as Boldt Distinguished Teaching Chair in the Humanities at St. Olaf College, where he has taught in the philosophy department since 1972. The appointment provides released time to lead faculty seminars, design new courses and sponsor activities that promote the humanities. During his term, Edward will emphasize teaching ethics across the disciplines and the role of the humanities in international studies. Alumni will ideas about these topics are invited to send them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bruce De Haan '76 has been named research forester for the research and technology department of Gulf States Paper Corporation's Natural Resources Division in Tuscaloosa, Ala. Bruce joined Gulf States in 1986 as a forest technician and has also worked as area forester for the Tuscaloosa district and as management forester.
Glenda Prins '71 was recently installed as the ninth senior minister of the Salem United Church of Christ. She is the first woman senior pastor in the congregation's 127-year history.
Theodore Vogel '74 has been named vice president and tax counsel for Detroit Edison (DTE) Energy in Detroit, Mich. In this position he will direct the tax aspects of DTE Energy's businesses and will be responsible for developing tax strategies that support DTE Energy's growth plans in the changing energy business. Prior to joining DTE Energy, Ted worked at CMS Energy Corp. and Consumers Energy for 21 years.
Carol Kok Roeda '70 and Nancy DeYoung '75 are the co-founders Art Folk, a one-of-a-kind retail gallery for folk art, pottery and handcrafted home and garden accessories in Grand Rapids. Today there are more than 200 artists and companies represented in their one location. Recently, Jacqueline Van Haveren Apel '88 joined the staff at Art Folk as marketing and promotions manager. Other Calvin alums on the Art Folk staff include Janet Ellens Van Veen '72, who is co-owner and business manager; Ellen Reyneveld Vander Mey '72, co-floor manager; and Sara DeBoer '90, co-floor manager.
John Miersma '79 recently accepted a new position as vice-president of finance for Bridgeport Machines, Inc., a manufacturer of machine tools headquartered in Connecticut with manufacturing and distribution worldwide. His wife, Kirstie Bishop Miersma '80 is an at-home mom to daughters Erika, Greta and son Hans, who all attend Whitinsville Christian School. Their daughter, Anneke, has completed her first year at Calvin.
Steve Vogel '79, Information Systems Group Leader for Nalco, an international chemical company, was granted the 1999 Chairman Achievement Award. This annual award was given for his successful coordination of the hundreds of software, hardware and equipment updates leading to a smooth Y2K transition of all Nalco systems worldwide.
Kenneth Kingma '77 has joined the law firm of Warner Norcross and Judd LLP as a partner in the firm's Metro Detroit office. His practice concentrates in the areas of estate and business planning, estate and trust administration, domestic and international taxation and mergers and acquisitions.
Dave Ribbens '79, athletic director and men's soccer coach at Trinity Christian College in Palos Heights, Ill., was inducted into the National Christian College Athletic Association Hall of Fame in Greenville, Ill., this spring. Dave has been a chairman and officer for numerous committees of the NCCAA while representing Trinity for the past 19 years.
Bob Pauw '74 has received the Jack Wasserman Memorial Award for excellence in litigation in the field of immigration law. Bob was the editor-in-chief of the Harvard International Law Journal when he was a student in law school. He has been involved in immigration law and international law since he left law school. He currently practices in Seattle, Wash.
John Vander Hoek '74 has been involved in the development of a new foundation, Christian Schools Development Foundation. The intent of the foundation is to assist in the development of Christian schools where there are none and in strengthening schools in communities in which schools are experiencing troubles. Currently, the bulk of the grants are distributed in Canada for workshops, staff and leadership development opportunities and playground and technology development. "The foundation provides supporters of Christian schools everywhere with an opportunity to be involved in the development of quality Christian schools outside of their own community," he wrote.
Roy Drukker '81 has been promoted to senior vice president in the finance department at Peoples Heritage Financial Group in Portland, Maine. In his role as corporate tax director, he will continue to, among other duties, identify federal and state tax-planning opportunities, implement tax saving strategies and administer tax policies and procedures.
Gregory Dyk '89 has retired and now lives in Dillon, Mont.
Gloria Van Til Lubben '84 has become co-owner of SecurAlarm Systems, Inc., in Grand Rapids, Mich. She along with co-owners Mike VanLaan and Patrick VanHaren started the company in 1993. SecurAlarm specializes in access control, security, video surveillance and fire alarm systems. Gloria serves as the company's vice president of sales and marketing.
James Hekman ex'88 graduated from the University of Chicago Medical School earlier this year.
Kenneth Boersma '80 has been named president for student services at Dordt College.
Douglas Heetderks '80, a science teacher at Susitna Elementary School in Anchorage, Alaska, has been selected for the 1999 Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching, the nation's highest honor for math and science teachers. Each year a national panel of distinguished scientists, mathematicians and educators recommends teachers to receive a Presidential Award-one elementary and one secondary math and one elementary and one secondary science teacher from each state.
Neal Folgers '87 recently began working with ORTEMS, a detailed shop floor scheduling package that allows manufacturing shops to schedule their plant down to the machine level. Neal and his wife, Elizabeth, have moved to Rock Fall, Ill., where they purchased Elizabeth's family home. They have two girls, Morgan, 3, and Ashtyn, 1.
Ray Vander Zaag '82 and Jayne Nason Vander Zaag '82 live in Winnipeg, Ont. Ray completed his Ph.D. in geography in 1999, after completing a year of field research in rural Haiti in 1997. He worked for 10 months as a project officer at the Canadian International Development Agency and has now been named an assistant professor of international development studies at Menno Simons College in Winnipeg. Menno Simons is part of the newly formed Canadian Mennonite University and is also affiliated with the University of Winnipeg. Jayne has been a supply teacher at a Catholic high school for the past two years. They have three children and are expecting their fourth in December.
Dean Agee '86, a partner of SilverLake Resources, traveled to Washington D.C. this summer to help craft a federal legislative agenda at the 2000 Congressional Small-Business Summit. Dean was appointed to the Summit by Congressman Vernon Ehlers '55 to represent the interests of West Michigan's small and independently owned businesses. Their top priorities included repeal of the federal death tax and making health care more affordable.
Jim Poel '85 and his wife, Christine, are on the faculty of the U.S. Air Force School of Aerospace Medicine, where Chris teaches Communicable Disease/Epidemiology and Jim teaches Occupational Health. In October, they are moving to Germany where both will be assigned to the Air Force's 86th Contingency Response Group, Environmental Health Flight. This unit is designed to deploy rapidly and quickly assess environmental and disease risks in the world's trouble spots.
Dorothy Hoogland Verkerk '83 recently received tenure at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Her book on early medieval book illumination will be published by Cambridge University Press. She also received an award from EDUCAUSE and the College Art Association for her work in using technology in the classroom. To see more on this go to www.unc.edu/courses/art111/celtic/index.html
Steve Marsman '86 recently received a dual master's in public administration and managerial economics from Oklahoma University. An aviator in the USAF, Steve and his family have been stationed in Japan since 1986, but he is currently assigned to HQ USAF Europe at Ramstein Air Base, Germany. Steve is a candidate for Service School and hopes to go to the 25-month long German Armed Forces Federal Staff College in Hamburg next year. His wife, Faith, continues her studies towards an advanced degree in nursing. Their daughter, Jennifer, 17, and son, Kyle, 12, both attend the DoD school system.
Peter Vande Brake '88 finished his Ph.D. in systematic theology at Calvin Theological Seminary this spring.
Kelly Haskins Stonerock '89 gave birth to her third son, Tyler Lee Peter Stonerock, on January 24, 1999. He was diagnosed with a rare syndrome known as Trisomy 13. She and her husband, Jeff, and their two sons, Devon, 6, and Justin, 4, enjoyed his presence here on earth for 22 hours before he was taken to heaven. "We hosted a memorial service in our church for other local families that have experienced the loss of a loved one. The service resulted in salvation of souls and healing of hearts-a true testimony of God's strength despite the circumstances Christians may face," she wrote.
Christine Metzger '89 recently completed her service at Denver Christian Schools as principal of the elementary campus in Highlands Ranch. She has accepted the position of Head of School at Mustard Seed School, an inner-city Christian school in Hoboken, N.J. The school has an intentional ministry to the urban poor and services a very ethnically and socio-economic diverse population.
Rebecca DeVries VandenAkker '88 has left Whitinsville (Mass.) Chistian after 12 years of teaching first grade. She now is at home with her daughter, Mikaela, and helps out her husband, Greg VandenAkker '86, with their new ice cream business, West End Creamery. "If in the area, stop in for a cone," she wrote.
Kari Nye Nolan '88 is a full-time nursing student at Broward Community College in Coconut Creek, Fla. She hopes to graduate next April.
Jeff Veenhuis '89 has been promoted to director of sales at Medtronic Neurologic Technologies, the world's leading medical technology company.
Beth Zwart VanOosten '88 is currently a stay-at-home mom with her three children. She homeschools Madison, 8, and Parker, 5. "It's challenging and rewarding at the same time," she wrote.
Susan Vander Wall Haveman ex'89 spends most of her time raising her three children. She also does some freelance design work through Herman Miller, particularly through their website. She is also involved in various committees at Centre Pointe Christian Reformed Church.
Denise Klein Kloosterman '88 runs a daycare in her home so that she can be at home with her three children. She previously worked with handicapped children for the public school system in California. Her husband, Dan Kloosterman '88, has been teaching fourth grade at Ontario Christian for 11 years and works construction in the summer. He enjoys playing sports and going to the beach. "We would love to hear from my Calvin friends at any time," they wrote.
David Ondersma '88 has transferred from Select Bank to Macatawa Bank in Hudsonville, Mich., as a retail loan officer.
James Klingenberg '88 worked for Hope Network in Grand Rapids for nine years. Last year he accepted a position with the Michigan Department of Community Health at the Caro Center in Caro, Mich. Here Jim is a rights advisor which involves protecting patient rights for 200 patients at a state psychiatric hospital.
Ron Kok '89 recently accepted a call to be a missionary in Ottawa, Ont. He began working in church development there in August. His wife, Monique Groot Kok '89 is at home with their children, where she homeschools their oldest child, Zoe, 5.
James Kennedy MAC'88 published a book entitled, Nieuw Babylon in aanbouw. Nederland in de jaren zestig, in 1995, which is now in it's third printing. The book is about The Netherlands in the 1960s. James, a professor at Hope College, is currently researching another book on the history of euthanasia in The Netherlands.
Bonnie Jones Hull '88 moved to Washington state after finishing her master's degree in higher education administration. She and her husband, John, are enjoying their new role as parents of twins, she wrote. She also works part-time as a vocational rehabilitation counselor and teaches Sunday School.
Andy Metzger ' 88 resides in Poughkeepsie, N.Y, and enjoys the ministry opportunities that present themselves by serving hundreds of commuters food in the daily grind, he wrote. He is the owner of Metzger's Fine Foods in Poughkeepsie.
Dawn De Jong Brouwers '89 has been named vice president of the board of Heartside Ferguson Community Resource Center in Grand Rapids.
Ann Schotanus Brown '89 was recently reclassified as a director of the Suzuki String program in Jasper, Ind., with the addition of two new teachers, one of whom is a former student. The program has grown from 17 to 65 students under her direction. She spent the past summer as a head cook at a back country chalet in Glacier National Park.
Andy Bass '89 and Catherine Ristola Bass '89 live in Holland, Mich., where Andy is part of an Internet start-up and serving on MACNET while Catherine is "challenged daily in household management," she wrote. They recently "have taken on the joys and travails of an older, needier home in Holland."
Renee DeVries-Paterson '84 is a plant pathologist with the USDA in Beltsville, Md. She works with the Plant Protection and Quarantine group. Among Renee's current projects is the national survey for Plum Pox virus in stone fruit.
Jon Nykamp '85 and Kristi Hamilton Nykamp '85 have joined SIM, an international mission organization headquartered in Charlotte, N.C. While in training, they met fellow alums Steve Lockwood '92 and Michelle DeChellis Lockwood '92. The Lockwoods and their children, Clayton, 2, and Grace, 7 months, are using their engineering experience to design and build the Theological College of Zimbabwe. The Nykamps and their children, Stephanie, 8, Timmy, 6, and Matthew, 2, will be living in Ethiopia for a year. Jon and Kristi will work in administrative positions before returning to SIMUSA headquarters.
Jennifer Siebers Van Regenmorter '90 recently became a partner in the law firm of Siebers Mohney, PLC, which maintains offices in Grand Rapids and Holland. Jennifer practices business law, health law, real estate and estate planning.
Mark Jansen '90, a state representative in Michigan's House, was honored recently by the Association of Independent College and Universities of Michigan with the group's Distinguished Service Award.
Troy Tompkins '94 is a second year family practice resident at Sutter Merced Medical Center in California. He volunteered at a Kosovar refugee camp last summer in Albania.
Jon Rienstra-Kiracofe '96 graduated from the University of Georgia with his Ph.D. in chemistry. He began teaching at Emory University in August. His wife, Christine, is working on her Ph.D. in art history and teaches part time at Gainesville College.
Heidi Brands Flamming '94 graduated in 1999 from Grand Valley State University with a master's degree in nursing. She has received certification as a family nurse practitioner from the American Nurses Credentialing Center. She is currently providing primary care to patients across the lifespan at the Community Health Center in Holland, Mich. The health center is a non-profit organization which provides health care services to the uninsured/underinsured populations of the area. Heidi and her husband, Jim, are expecting their first child.
Kristin Monsma Flanagan '92 is employed by the National Park Service and has been stationed at Grand Canyon National Park as a U.S. Park ranger since 1993. She has received additional training as a park medic and also has been involved in search and rescue activities. Kris and her husband, Patrick, who is also a park ranger, have recently been transferred to Grand Teton National Park where they will be stationed at Colter Bay.
Mike Bouman '98 and Rachel Raap Bouman '98 spent the summer of 1999 in Europe, where Rachel was privileged to study under Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy. The couple resides in the Sacramento area where Mike is working for Magic Ads, a classified advertisement paper. Rachel attends McGeorge School of Law where she has published a legal paper entitled, "China's attempt to Promote Domestic Adoptions: How Does China's One-Child Policy Affect Recent Revisions in China's Adoption Law and Measure up to the Hague Convention?" in The Transitional Lawyer. She was recently elected editor-in-chief of the publication, the first female to hold the position. She spent the summer of 2000 clerking for Judge Leonard Edwards.
Nicholas Danner '95 recently received his master's in business administration from Western Michigan University. He graduated cum laude in April. Nick currently lives in Grand Rapids with his wife, Emily Montani Danner '96, and their son, Jackson.
Traci Hyndman '98 is in her second year as the TMI teacher at Gwinn High School, her former high school. She recently started her master's degree at Northern Michigan University to become a reading specialist.
Amy Kuipers '96 just finished her master's degree in nursing from the University of Illinois at Chicago-family nurse practitioner program. She is currently working in the ER at a Chicago suburb hospital.
Naomi Nobel Chesebro '90 wrote: "God has richly blessed me with a godly husband, three precious children, Mercy, 4; Judith Ruth, 2; and Peter, 6 months, and a good church. I'm having fun homeschooling Mercy and leading all three of my lambs to Jesus."
Tom Buursma '97 and Kristin Terborg Buursma '97 have moved to Holland, Mich., and have chosen a mission organization through which they plan to become overseas missionaries. They have joined World Team and have begun raising support to do church planting in the Philippines. There they will learn the language, attend seminary and work in teams to plan churches among unreached people groups.
Todd Vermeer '93 graduated from the University of Chicago in June with a combined MD/MBA and is now a first year emergency medicine resident at Emory University.
John Corey '94 has been elected partner of the Financial Relations Board/BSMG Worldwide in Chicago, Ill., the nation's largest investor and business-to-business public relations firm. He is the youngest executive in FRB/BSMG history to make partner. Since joining FRB, John has counseled dozens of professional service and business-to-business related firms on public relations and marketing strategy.
Darlene Serrano MAEM'97 was recently promoted to director of world literature ministries, the foreign language publishing arm of CRC Publications. She was previously the marketing manager for world literature ministries.
Barbara Manwell '92 just completed her master's degree in secondary education at Nova Southeastern University. Currently, she is working as a producer for a retail television network for RMS Networks, Inc., in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. She also volunteers for the Broward County Branch of Habitat for Humanity.
David Harkema '96 recently graduated from Boston University's Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine with a doctor of dental medicine degree.
Lori Goossen '94 is living in Alliston, Ont., where she is director of The Door Youth Centre. She also recently accepted a position as a supervisor with Covenant House in Toronto.
Karna Van Kooten Walter '93 obtained her Ph.D. in higher education this spring from the University of Arizona. Her dissertation was entitled, "Staying or Leaving: A Multilevel Approach to Explaining Variation in Persistence among Christian College Undergraduates. "She is now the assistant director of international studies and scholarships in the honors college at the University of Arizona. Chris Walter '94 will enter his sixth year of teaching and coaching at Desert Christian High School this fall. The highlight of the 1999-2000 boys' basketball season was a trip to the 2A state championship game.
Jason Rop '98 has been accepted in the University of Notre Dame Law School this fall. Shannon Hytinen Rop '95 will continue staying at home to raise Maiah, 2, and Anya, 15 months.
Scott Post '95, an employee of Grand Rapids based Prein&Newhof, recently earned his professional engineer license in Michigan. He has been working as an inspector and an assistant project engineer on water distribution and wastewater collection systems, site development and storm drainage projects.
Jonathan Anderson '99 began working as a laboratory and soils technician in Prein&Newhof Environmental and Soils Laboratory early this year.
Jacob MacKenzie '91 is working in northwest Georgia as an emergency medicine physician assistant. Laura Van Zomeren MacKenzie '92 is taking a break from her child therapist work to stay with daughter Lake, 1.
Dan DeKam '91 and Arlene Borgdorff DeKam '91 have moved from Minnesota to Muskegon, Mich., where Dan is an administrator at Muskegon Christian School.
Brian Kuipers '91 is director of training at KMA Interactive in Dallas, Texas. He, his wife, Renee, and two daughters, Ashley, 4, and Mikayla, 2, live in Rowlett, Texas.
Mark Lenters '90 and Deb Lenters VanderSteen '90 live in Holland, Mich., where Mark joined OBGYN Associates of Holland. Deb is at home with Tori, 3, and Thomas, 1, and volunteers and attends Bible Study. Deb still runs competitively and Marks plays tennis when he can. They also enjoy biking and kayaking.
Mike Groothuis '90 and Robin Ver Heul Groothuis '91 moved to Traverse City, Mich., where Mike is launching a satellite distribution center for Ferris Coffee and Nut, Co. Robin is pursuing a freelance writing career and stays home with Helen, 5, and Greta, 2.
Rachel Berens Boers '90 has recently left her ten-year career as an editor at Zondervan Publishing House in Grand Rapids to be a full-time mom to Noah, 5, Lily, 3, and Ben, 1. She also plans to to do some freelance editing from her home in Allendale, Mich.
Tim Roberts '91 has been awarded a graduate assistantship at Indiana University School of Music where he will be pursuing a master's degree in music technology.
Julie Hensley Switzer '91 is pursuing a master's degree in social work at Western Michigan University.
Gerard Hammink '91 is an associate producer in the news department at KSTP-TV, an ABC affiliate in Minneapolis/St. Paul. He recently won a trip for two to London at the Hollywood 2000 benefit for the Minnesota AIDS project.
Darla Plowman Mc Carthy '91 received her Ph.D. in biochemistry from the University of Colorado-Boulder, in . Since then she has been doing research at the University of California-Berkley. This fall she joined the faculty at Calvin as an assistant professor in the department of chemistry and biochemistry.