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Calvin College Athletics Program to Join Nation-wide Division III Partnership With Special Olympics

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

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NCAA Division III Special Olympics Website

By sports information student assistant Andrew Knot

As part of the Division III National Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC), Calvin athletics recently joined a Division III partnership with the United States’ Special Olympic Committee, adding a valuable opportunity to the athletic department’s already service-driven outlook. The SAAC is an NCAA organization tiered at the national, conference, and school level.  The national, and governing, branch of the organization, seeks to “to enhance the total student-athlete experience by promoting opportunity, protecting student-athlete welfare and fostering a positive student-athlete image,” according to the organization’s website. 

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Women’s Tennis Team Receives ITA All-Academic Award

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

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For the fourth consecutive year, the Calvin women’s tennis team has received the ITA All-Academic Award. All four awards have come under current head coach Jerry Bergsma. In order to receive the award, a team needed to maintain a cumulative team grade point average of 3.20 or above for the 2010-11 academic year. In addition five members of the Calvin women’s tennis team have received ITA Scholar-Athlete academic honors for maintaining a cumulative grade point average of 3.50 or above during the 2010-11 academic year. The five individuals from Calvin are seniors Michell Busscher, Melissa Ooosterhouse and Kaitlin Spoelhof, sophomore Jordan Ipema and freshman Emily Swets.

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The 2010-11 Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) Academic Honor Roll has been announ

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

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MIAA Academic Honor Roll

The 2010-11 Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) Academic Honor Roll has been announced by Commissioner David Neilson and 111 Calvin scholar-athletes have been named to the list. The honor roll recognizes scholar-athletes who achieve a minimum 3.5 grade-point average (on a 4.0 scale) for the entire 2010-11 academic year. A student needed to have won a varsity letter in a sport to be eligible. The MIAA Academic Honor Roll program was initiated in 1990 to recognize students at MIAA member colleges who excel both in athletics and in the classroom. This year’s Honor Roll includes several students who achieved the distinction four consecutive years.
Of the students, 10 are from Calvin.

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Nine Calvin Teams Receive MIAA Team GPA Award

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

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MIAA Team GPA Hono Roll

Nine Calvin College athletics teams have received the MIAA’s Team GPA Award for the recently completed 2010-11 academic year. The award, presented by the Faculty Athletic Representatives of the MIAA member colleges recognizes conference athletic teams who achieved a 3.3 or better grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) for the entire 2009-10 academic year. Seven of Calvin’s women’s teams received the MIAA Team GPA Award while the men’s cross country team and men’s golf teams also achieved the feat. Calvin teams that received the honor this year include: the women’s cross country team, women’s soccer team, men’s cross country team, women’s volleyball team, women’s track and field team, women’s tennis team, women’s swimming and diving team, men’s tennis team and women’ basketball team.

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Oosterhouse and Bressler Named Capital One Academic All-Americans

Thursday, June 09, 2011

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Capital One At-Large Academic All-America Teams

Calvin College seniors Melissa Oosterhouse and Monica Bressler have been named Capital One Academic All-Americans in the women’s college at-large division as selected by the College Sports Information Director’s Association of America (CoSIDA). Oosterhouse has been named to the first team while Bressler has been named to the third team. The Women’s At-Large program for Academic All-America includes the sports of bowling, crew, fencing, field hockey, golf, gymnastics, ice hockey, lacrosse, skiing, tennis and water polo.Combined, Calvin has now had its athletes receive CoSIDA Academic All-America accolades 89 times including 58 times in the last 14 years.

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Melissa Oosterhouse Named Recipient of MIAA’s Sheila Wallace Kovalchik Award

Tuesday, June 07, 2011

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MIAA History on Sheila Wallace Kovalchik Award

(release prepared by MIAA publicist Greg Chandler)

Awards by the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association to the outstanding senior athletes from its member schools during the 2010-11 academic year have been announced by Commissioner David Neilson. Eric Watt (football) of Trine University has received the Albert L. Deal Scholar-Athlete Award, while Melissa Oosterhouse (tennis) of Calvin College has been presented the Sheila Wallace Kovalchik Scholar-Athlete Award. The awards recognize senior class athletes who have excelled in academics and athletics, as well as displayed outstanding leadership qualities. The awards honor two former MIAA commissioners, Albert Deal (1971-91) and Sheila Wallace Kovalchik (1991-2002). Oosterhouse is the fifth individual in Calvin history to receive the Sheila Wallace Kovalchik Award. Prior recipients from Calvin include: Annie VanderLaan (2003), Christine Hendricks (2006), Lisa Winkle (2007 and Sarah Wittingen (2008).

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Oosterhouse Advances to Round of 16 at NCAA III Singles Tournament - Qualifies For ITA Honors

Friday, May 27, 2011

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NCAA III Singles Tournament Results

CLAREMONT, CA - Calvin College senior Melissa Oosterhouse closed out her collegiate tennis career in strong fashion, advancing to the Round of 16 at the NCAA III Singles Tournament before bowing to fifth-seeded Kristin Alotta of Williams College 6-2, 6-2.  Alotta was the player on the Williams College national championship squad this spring. Oosterhouse advanced to the Round of 16 with an impressive 7-5, 6-3 win over Thavindra Ekanayake of Trinity University of Texas in the first round. Oosterhouse is the first Calvin women’s tennis player to pick up a victory at the NCAA III Singles Tournament. She concludes her season with an 19-2 singles record and a career singles mark of 78-14. She is the all-time Calvin women’s tennis leader in singles victories. With her first round victory over Ekanayake, Oosterhouse qualifies for ITA Division III All-America honors. She is the first individual in Calvin women’s tennis history to do so. Oosterhouse was one of 32 individuals competing at the NCAA III Singles Tournament at Claremont-Mudd Scripps College.

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Melissa Oosterhouse to Face Thavindra Ekanayake of Trinity University in NCAA III Singles Tourney

Thursday, May 26, 2011

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NCAA III Singles Draw

Calvin College senior Melissa Oosterhouse has received her first round draw for the NCAA III Singles Tournament which gets underway Friday morning in Claremont, California. Oosterhouse will face Thavindra Ekanayake of Trinity University of Texas in a 9 a.m. (PCT) first round match. The winner of the match will advance to the Round of 16 for a 1 p.m. match against the winner of a first round matchup between Kristin Alotta of of Williams College and Kate Stanford of Sewanee The University of the South.

NCAA III Singles Draw

Live Results of NCAA III Singles Tournament

Live Video Stream of NCAA III Singles Tournament

Melissa Oosterhouse Feature Story in Grand Rapids Press

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Bressler & Oosterhouse Named to Capital One Academic All-District Teams

Thursday, May 19, 2011

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Capital One Academic All-District Teams

GRAND RAPIDS - Two Calvin student-athletes have received Capital One Academic All-District honors in the women’s at-large college division as named by the College Sports Information Director’s Association of America (CoSIDA). Seniors Melissa Oosterhouse and Monica Bressler have been named to the all-district IV first team in the college division. As members of the first team, Oosterhouse and Bressler now advance to the national ballot and are eligible for Capital One Academic All-America consideration. In the classroom, Oosterhouse is a biology major with a minor in biochemistry. She carries a 3.94 grade point average and has been a regular member of the Calvin Dean’s List and MIAA Academic Honor Roll. An accounting major, Bressler carries a 3.75 grade point average. She is also a regular member of the Calvin Dean’s List and MIAA Academic Honor Roll.

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Calvin Announces Recipients of Bere’/Tiemersma Awards

Thursday, May 12, 2011

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GRAND RAPIDS, Michigan—Calvin College has announced the 2011 recipients of its highest honors for men’s and women’s athletics:  the Beré Memorial Award and the Kay Tiemersma Athletic Award. Scott Hooker of Hudsonville, Michigan, is this year’s Beré Memorial Award winner while Melissa Oosterhouse of Grand Rapids, Michigan, is this year’s recipient of the Tiemersma Award. A graduate of Hudsonville Unity Christian High School, Scott Hooker has been a four-year member of the Calvin men’s soccer team.Oosterhouse meanwhile is a graduate of Grand Rapids Christian High School and has been a four-year member of the Calvin women’s tennis program.

Scott Hooker Audio Interview

Melissa Oosterhouse Audio Interview

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