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Calvin Students Receive Hartman/Renner Awards from MIAA

Monday, June 20, 2011

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The MIAA has announced the winners of two awards honoring outstanding publicity efforts by its member schools Ė the Hartman Writing Award and the Renner Associate SID Award.

Andrew Knot, a student assistant in the sports information office of Calvin College, has been named the recipient of the Hartman Award, while Nate Triezenberg, a recent Calvin graduate who also worked in the collegeís sports information office, received the Renner Award.

Andrew Knot

A native of Flossmoor, Ill. and graduate of Illiana Christian High School in Lansing, Ill., Andrew Knot recently completed his junior year at Calvin. Knot has served as a student assistant in the Calvin sports information office the past two years. As a student assistant, Knot has served as a writer and as a broadcaster. As a writer, he has filed game and feature stories. As a broadcaster, he has served as both a play-by-play announcer and color commentator for Calvin volleyball, soccer, basketball, baseball and softball games.

A Deanís List student at Calvin, Knot holds a double major in English and German and a minor in writing. Knot spent the spring semester of the 2009-10 academic year studying in Austria and while there, participated in an internship where he taught English in Vienna. He is currently serving as a writing intern with Bruce Buursma Communications/Words Well Done.

After graduating from Calvin, Knot plans to teach overseas and eventually pursue post-doctoral education.

Nate Triezenberg

A native of Highland, Ind. and graduate of Illiana Christian High School in Lansing, Ill., Nate Triezenberg was graduated from Calvin this past May with a degree in political science and international relations.

While at Calvin, Triezenberg spent three years working in the Calvin sports information office as a student assistant. Triezenberg served as a statistician for menís and womenís basketball and menís and womenís soccer. He also broadcast soccer, volleyball, basketball, baseball and softball games through Calvin’s website while also filling in occasionally as a play-by-play basketball announcer for radio station WFUR-FM (102.9) in Grand Rapids, Mich.

In addition, he contributed to Calvin’s publications and website, producing feature and game stories along with taking digital photographs. He also compiled and updated records for various sports archives and represented the Calvin sports information office frequently on road trips. He also conducted audio interviews with a variety of Calvin athletes and coaches which have been turned around into podcasts for the Calvin website.

Triezenberg spent one year as a member of the Calvin men’s basketball junior varsity team. He also served as a student administrative assistant with the Calvin men’s basketball program during the 2010-11 academic year.

He spent a portion of the 2011 spring semester on an internship with the Federal Government in Washington, D.C. He is currently seeking a position in law enforcement.

The awards honor two sports information directors who have given many years of service to the MIAA - Robin Hartman of Albion College and Tom Renner of Hope College. The Hartman Award honors outstanding writing in a sports information capacity, either by a sports information director or assistant, while the Renner Award honors outstanding efforts by student assistants in sports information offices at MIAA schools.

HARTMAN WRITING AWARD RECIPIENTS FROM CALVIN

Bruce VanBaren - 2008
Chaz Amidon - 2009
Jeff Febus, - 2010
Andrew Knot - 2011

RENNER ASSOCIATE SID AWARD RECIPIENTS FROM CALVIN

Annalise VenHuizen - 2008
Bruce VanBaren - 2009
Nate Triezenberg - 2011

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  • We’re so proud of both Andrew and Nathan. And congrats to Calvin and also to Illiana, way to go.

    Posted by Penny and Denny Triezenberg on 06/20 at 08:38 PM