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Calvin Sports Information Director Named Recipient of 2010 Hartman Writing Award

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2010 Hartman Writing Award Winning Entry on Jon & Ben Kuiper

The Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association has announced the winner of the Hartman Writing Award.

Jeff Febus, sports information director at Calvin College, has been named the winner of the Hartman Writing Award. The award honors the memory of former Albion College Sports Information Director Robin Hartman who passed away in August of 2006. At the time of his death, Hartman was the prep sports editor for the Fort Wayne News Sentinel. Robin Hartman Memorial Tribute. The Hartman Award honors outstanding writing in a sports information capacity, either by a sports information director or assistant

This is the third year of the Hartman Writing Award. Each year, the winner has been selected by a member of the current Fort Wayne News Sentinel staff.

This is the third consecutive year that a member of the Calvin Sports Information staff has received the honor as Calvin sports information student assistants Bruce VanBaren (2008) and Chaz Amidon (2009) were the previous recipients.


Jeff Febus, who has been sports information director at Calvin College since the fall of 1994, was honored by the MIAA for his feature story on Ben and Jon Kuiper, brothers who were members of the Calvin menís golf team last fall. The story focused on the close ties between the brothers, both on and off the golf course.

For the winning story, visit: Hartman Writing Award Winning Entry

A native of Grand Rapids, Febus is a 1992 Calvin graduate who majored in telecommunications and minored in journalism. While a student, he was a sports writer for the school’s student newspaper Chimes and also served as sports director at Calvin’s student television station CVN-Channel 4. As a senior in 1992, he served as the lead play-by-play broadcaster for CVN’s telecast of the NCAA III Championship game in men’s basketball between Calvin and the University of Rochester (NY).

Febus then earned a master’s degree in journalism and mass communication from Drake University in 1994. As a Drake student, he served as a graduate assistant for the Dean of the School of Journalism and Mass Communication.

Febus returned to Calvin as the school’s sports information director in time for the 1994-95 academic year. In his 16 years as Calvin’s sports information director, he has covered seven Calvin teams that have captured national championships - four in men’s cross country, two in women’s cross country and one in men’s basketball. Febus has received awards from the College Sports Information Directors Association of America (CoSIDA) for his postseason publications celebrating Calvin’s national championships. In 2000, he received a CoSIDA writing award for his coverage of Calvin’s national championship men’s basketball team.

He has also co-produced season highlight videos of Calvin’s national championship men’s basketball teams in 1992 and 2000. In addition, he has served as a free-lance writer for the Grand Rapids Business Journal and for the Advance Newspapers.

Febus also oversees a crew of Calvin student workers that produce stories, statistics and photos as well as internet broadcast coverage of Calvin athletics. Febus also contributes to Calvin’s audio broadcast coverage and occasionally fills in as a broadcaster of Calvin basketball games for Grand Rapids radio station WFUR-FM.

Febus is married to the former Julie Post, a 1989 Calvin graduate who was the 1988 MIAA Most Valuable Player in women’s basketball. They have two sons, Jarrett and Justin.

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2 comments on "Calvin Sports Information Director Named Recipient of 2010 Hartman Writing Award"
  • This guys is amazing. Tireless efforts for the teams and promoting all that makes up a Calvin College student-athlete. AND he is able to stand up to bats armed with only a net. You da man Jeff (aka - Bruce).

    Posted by Bret on 08/13 at 11:07 AM
  • Congratulations Jeff! It was a great story and we are also glad that our son Nathan has the opportunity to work with you at Calvin.

    Posted by Penny Triezenberg on 08/04 at 11:16 AM