The Van Noord Arena was buzzing Wednesday afternoon as Calvin hosted an all-campus luncheon in honor of retiring president Gaylen Byker and his wife Susan.
All students, staff and faculty were invited to partake in the spread, which featured foods related to the various locations the Bykers have lived or worked — Lebanese lamb wraps and Texas sheet cake, for example. Off-campus students rejoiced at the free food, and dorm-dwellers were refreshed by a break from dining hall fare.
As the crowds filed in and were directed through the well-organized tables of food, videos played on the big screen. President Byker has been featured in many Airband productions throughout his 17 years here. He has played Elvis, Sonny to Shirley Hoogstra’s Cher, ZZ Top, a member of The Village People, Jack from “Titanic” and an opera singer. The diners laughed along with the crowds of Airbands past, taken aback at the sight of a usually-genteel Byker wearing only jeans and a vest.
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