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Howard Vanderwell ’59, senior pastor of Hillcrest Christian Reformed Church in Hudsonville, Mich., and Norma de Waal Matefyt ’72 have co-produced “Be Still My Soul”—music and meditations focused on suffering and based on Psalms 13 and 139. The duo was assisted by Lori Plaisier ’81, Cheryl Vanderwell ex’84, and Karel de Waal Malefyt ’02. The recording is available from Faith-Alive Resources.

J. Bernard Vander Ark '55 and Lorraine Vaalburg Vander Ark '56 and the Prime Time Band of Santa Barbara, Calif., hosted a National New Horizons Band Camp in
Cambria, Calif., in March of 2002. One hundred senior band members attended. The primary objective of the 66 New Horizons bands is to bring the joy of music-making to older adults (50 and over) who have never played a musical instrument or who have not played since school days.

Arlin Meyer ‘59 recently became professor emeritus of English at Valparaiso University in Valparaiso, Ind. Since joining the VU faculty in 1967, he has served in many positions including; chair of the Department of English, dean of Christ College (the University’s honors college), and director of the Cambridge Study Center. For the past 11 years he has been director of the Lilly Fellows Program in Humanities and the Arts.

Thomas Newhof ‘58, president of engineering firm Prein & Newhof, recently received the American Council of Engineering Companies’ (ACEC) annual Community Service Award. Recognized for his role as president and co-founder of the Global Enterprise for Water Technology, a non-profit organization that seeks to improve the culture, health and economy of the Grand Rapids community, Newhof is also a mentor to students at Calvin and has served on an advisory committee at the University of Michigan.

Sid Bouma '59 and Virginia Voskuil Bouma '62 of Visalia, Calif., have retired from the teaching profession. Sid taught in the middle school grades for 37 years and Virginia taught in the primary grades for 21 years. Now they enjoy traveling together throughout the United States. They have already been in all 50 states (and have taken a picture of every state capitol), every Canadian province, and have almost completed the routes of the Oregon and the Lewis & Clark Trails. They enjoy exploring the fascinating history and the wonderful beauty of God's creation in the United States and have started toward their goal of visiting every president's grave and all the presidential libraries.

Bruce E. Leep ’58 is the newly elected chairman of First Financial Bancorp (Nasdaq: FFBC). He has been a member of First Financial Bancorp's board since 1999. A retired banker, he still serves as chairman of the board of Sand Ridge Bank, Highland, Ind., an affiliate of First Financial Bancorp. Leep began his banking career in 1969 when he helped organize the Bank of Highland (later re-named Sand Ridge Bank). He served the bank as president for many years, was named chairman and chief executive officer in 1994, and retired from day-to-day banking in June of 2001. Since his retirement from banking, Leep has been teaching English at Trinity Christian College in Palos Heights, Ill. Early in his career, he taught English at Valparaiso University.

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