Center for Social Research

Gwen Einfeld’s team wins Calvin bizPlan 2007

Congratulations to Gwen Einfeld, CSR’s omni-competent senior Research Coordinator. Gwen’s team won the first annual bizPlan entrepreneurship competition at Calvin in late November. An engineering major, Gwen helped Team Volturna propose a design for an electronic device that would receive wireless multimedia from computers and display it on a television.

Gwen is an outstanding veteran member of CSR’s student team. She became our “Research Coordinator” in 2006 and has continued to shine as an internal technical expert. At present, she is doing database design and team training for data cleaning for the Kent County Congregations Study (KCCS). Way to go, Gwen!

Posted by Neil Carlson on Wednesday, December 05, 2007 at 10:41 AM
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New Home for the CSR

The Center for Social Research will soon be relocating to 2041 Raybrook, south of Burton Street and Calvin Seminary. The new facility will be more suited to the needs of staff members, excepting the short commute across Burton. The new office space is currently being remodeled according to CSR specifications. After construction is finished, new additions to the CSR will include an assistant’s desk, a conference room, a storage room, a kitchenette, a bathroom, separate offices for research associates and research assistants, and several interior and exterior windows. A floor plan is available!

Click “READ MORE” to see pictures of the new location under construction


Posted by Kirsten Anderson on Tuesday, November 27, 2007 at 03:51 PM
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CRC 150th Anniversary Survey

The CSR is well into administering a completely online Christian Reformed Church 150th Anniversary Survey. More than 1400 responses have already been received! 

The CSR would like to thank all who have participated as well as the survey coordinators who have been invaluable in recruiting participants.

Please follow this link to fill out the survey if you are part of a CRC congregation and would like to participate.

CRC 150th Anniversary Survey


Posted by Kirsten Anderson on Wednesday, November 21, 2007 at 06:10 PM
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CSR report to CRC on the Sustaining Pastoral Excellence program

On November 15, CSR presented its 2007 survey report to the board of the Sustaining Pastoral Excellence project in the Christian Reformed Church. The report is posted here.

Posted by Neil Carlson on Thursday, November 15, 2007 at 10:55 AM
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Calvin team maps health care for low-income patients

In summer 2007, Dr. Fred De Jong and social work student Lauren Vander Plas (at left) completed a significant report for the Grand Rapids Healthy Communities Access Program (GRHCAP), a federal grant awarded to Cherry Street Health Services as the head of a regional consortium of health care organizations.

The report’s maps illustrate the depth and breadth of low-income coverage provided by Grand Rapids’ growing clinic network. For example, the green areas in the map detail below show that the low-income patient population living in central Grand Rapids is a substantial proportion of the estimated low-income population in those same areas.

Posted by Neil Carlson on Tuesday, October 02, 2007 at 09:29 AM
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