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"Savor every moment of your life. Be thankful for little things, especially sunshine and warm summer days."—Class of '52 
The 2001-2002 Year in Review
July 2001

Jacque Rhodes is named the new assistant dean for multicultural  student development.

College Kids, a new partnership between Calvin College and Sigsbee Elementary School, kicks off as a four-week summer day camp that helps Sigsbee students improve academically.

"The Templeton Guide: Colleges that Encourage Character Development" includes Calvin in profiles of 405 exemplary college programs in ten categories that inspire students to lead ethical and civic-minded lives.


Chemistry classroom during the 1920's

Chemistry classroom during the 1920's

August 2001

Insight Magazine, the weekly magazine of the Washington Times newspaper, selects Calvin as one of "30 distinguished colleges/universities which still teach the fullness of the Western academic traditions."

Calvin professor Stephanie Sandberg attends the Edinburgh Theatre Festival, the world's largest, in Scotland for the world premiere of "As It Is In Heaven," a play on which she collaborated with playwright Arlene Hutton.

Calvin professor James Bradley returns to Grand Rapids after 18 months at the State Department as a William C. Foster fellow.

StreetFest 2001, Calvin College's massive freshmen volunteer project, sees approximately 1,000 first-year Calvin students take to the streets of Grand Rapids for a variety of three-hour volunteer projects.


September 2001

Classes begin and the new core curriculum is unveiled. Four years of labor have brought significant changes to the core at Calvin.

A change in category doesn't hurt Calvin in the latest U.S. News & World Report rankings as it checks in at number four in its new category of Midwest Comprehensive Bachelor's Colleges.

Calvin students move back into the residence halls after spending a night off-campus at various locations when the campus has to be evacuated due to a threat phoned in to the college.

Calvin has a 2001-2002 enrollment of 4,267 students.


October 2001

The expansion of the Calvin campus to the east side of the East Beltline takes a visibly dramatic turn when one-quarter of an almost 400-foot-long pedestrian crossing is put in place over the southbound lanes of the Beltline.

The Calvin College Social Justice Committee teams with the Service Learning Center and the Visual Arts Guild to host an overnight homeless awareness event. Students create makeshift shanties of cardboard and other materials for an overnight shelter.

Finding hope in the midst of horror is at the heart of a new book by Calvin professor and author Gary Schmidt. Mara's Stories is a collection of 22 Jewish folktales, brought together from a variety of sources and told by a fictional narrator, Mara, who is in a concentration camp.

Calvin announces an almost $400,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to fund a partnership that includes eight local organizations.

Scholarship was a central part of the Board of Trustees' (BOT) October meeting as they concluded their two days on campus with a reception for 37 recipients of new Calvin BOT scholarships.


November 2001

Calvin announces its new "Educating for Vocation" initiative, an effort that will be funded in part by a $2 million grant from Lilly Endowment Inc. Via a program of retreats and funded research for faculty, Calvin plans to get professors and students thinking more deeply about God's calling for all of life.

Calvin learns that it has tied for first with Albion College on the Michigan Autumn Take Home (MATH) Challenge competition for 2001.

Calvin unveils its new Jazz Vespers service.


December 2001

Calvin hosts a free one-day conference on "Jews and Christians Reading the Bible." This event is the first of a series of conferences and public lectures presented by a newly formed consortium of West Michigan organizations.

The Council of Editors of Learned Journals (CELJ) names Pedagogy "best new journal for 2001." Journal founders include Jennifer Holberg, a Calvin English professor, who started the new journal as a way to help professors think more critically about what they do in the classroom.


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