Thursday, June 30, 2011
By Sports Information Student Assistant Andrew Knot
His commitment to basketball didn’t allow Brent Schuster the opportunity to travel abroad during his four years at Calvin. All of that changed just weeks after graduation, when basketball gave him that exact opportunity. Along with eight of the top players in Division II and III and their coach Brett Nichols, of Oberlin College, Schuster, the Knights’ standout center, spent 10 days touring Europe and competing against club teams. The trip, put on through an organization called USA Athletes International took him through Austria, Slovenia, and Italy, and massed a total of four games, in which his team finished 3-1.
Monday, June 27, 2011
By Sports Information Student Assistant Andrew Knot
“My life at Calvin has been one of wearing many hats.” So said the late Dr. Marvin Zuidema in a 2004 interview with the Calvin Spark. An educator, administrator, and coach of multiple sports, Zuidema’s most-recognized role came at the helm of the Calvin men’s soccer program. Most often with a maroon windbreaker jacket and a pair of khaki slacks, Zuidema wore that cap for 36 years. Less than a week ago, on June 18th, Zuidema died after a year-long struggle with illness. “Coach Z” no longer wears the Calvin soccer hat he donned in his 36 years as head coach, the one he continued to wear for the next 14 years as both an administrator and a fan. The next season of Knight athletics will mark the first in almost a half-century without Marv’s warm focus on sidelines and in bleachers.
Monday, June 20, 2011
The MIAA has announced the winners of two awards honoring outstanding publicity efforts by its member schools – 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 college’s sports information office, received the Renner Award. Both individuals are graduates of Illiana Christian (IL) High School. 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.
Saturday, June 18, 2011Dr. Marv Zuidema Obituary Notice
GRAND RAPIDS - Calvin College has lost one of its legendary Knights. Dr. Marvin A. Zuidema passed away late this afternoon after a battle with illness of just over a year. He was 75. Known as “Dr. Z” to those in the Calvin community, Zuidema touched many lives at Calvin, in the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association and in collegiate athletics across the country. A native of Muskegon, Zuidema graduated from Calvin College in 1957. He continued on to earn a master’s degree at Michigan State University and in 1961, returned to Calvin as an instructor and coach in the school’s physical education department. For the next 43 years, he served the Calvin physical education department as a professor, department chair, coach and director of men’s athletics.
Visitation will take place at Zaagman Funeral Home in Grand Rapids on Tuesday, June 21, from 5-to-8 p.m. and on Wednesday, June 22, from 5-to-8 p.m. The funeral will take place on Thursday, June 23 at 3 p.m. at Shawnee Park Christian Reformed Church located directly (east) behind Grand Rapids Christian High School.
Friday, June 17, 20112010-11 Director's Cup Final Division III Standings
For the 16th consecutive year, Calvin has posted a top 25 finish in the final NCAA III Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup standings, finishing fifth in the nation in Division III in 2010-11 with a total of 762.25 points. Calvin’s point total and its (placement) finish is its highest-ever in the 16 years of the competition. Calvin is one one of only six schools in the country to finish in the top 25 every year that the competition has been held at the NCAA III level. Joining Calvin in that elite group are Williams, Mass., Amherst, Mass., Middlebury, Vt., the State University of New York at Cortland and Emory, Ga. Williams College, Mass., defended its title as the best athletics program in the nation in Division III by winning its 15th U.S. Sports Academy Directors’ Cup with 1,147 points.
Thursday, June 09, 2011Capital 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.
Tuesday, June 07, 2011MIAA 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).
Friday, June 03, 2011
Two members of the Calvin women’s track and field program have received Capital One Academic All-District honors. Junior Jordan Gabrielse has been named to the Capital One Academic All-District IV first team in the women’s college track and field field/cross country division while senior Rachel Boerner has been named to the Capital One Academic All-District second team. As a member of the first team, Gabrielse advances to the national ballot and is now eligible for Capital One Academic All-America consideration.The college division of the Capital One Academic All-America program includes NCAA II, NCAA III and NAIA schools. The Academic All-District and All-America teams are selected by the College Sports Information Director’s Association of America (CoSIDA). To be eligible for nomination, an individual must be a starter or a key reserve with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.30.
Wednesday, June 01, 20112010-11 Al Carius Program of the Year Award Standings
Calvin College has finished fifth in the Al Carius Men’s Division III Program of the Year award. In the 2010-2011 academic year, the Knights took eighth at the NCAA III Cross Country Championships and then placed 12th at the NCAA III Indoor Track and Field Championships and followed with a 14th place finish at the NCAA III Outdoor Track and Field Championships. The Al Carius Program of the Year award - sponsored by the United States Track and Field Cross Country Coaches Association - is given to an institution that had the best combined team finishes in each of the NCAA’s cross country/track & field sports in a given academic year. It marks the first time that Calvin has finished in the top five of the Al Carius Program of the Year Award standings.