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Calvin Wire • January 16, 2006 • Volume 6, No. 2

The Calvin Wire newsletter is a bulletin of the Calvin Alumni Association sent to alumni and friends of Calvin College to inform them of the latest news from campus.

In This Issue:

Dr. Claudia Beversluis recommended as Calvin's new provost

Dr. Claudia BeversluisDr. Claudia Beversluis '74, currently the dean for instruction at Calvin, is being recommended as Calvin's seventh provost, the first woman to serve as the college's chief academic officer. Beversluis was one of three candidates recommended by a campus-wide search committee after a nationwide search that attracted almost 60 nominees. Dr. Joel Carpenter '74 will finish his second five-year term as provost in May and will begin work as the director of Calvin's new Nagel Institute for the Study of World Christianity.

The January Series: the best college lecture series in America

The January SeriesThe 2006 January Series began on January 4 with a lineup of speakers that features the usual collection of top-notch experts from around the world. All presentations begin at 12:30 pm and end promptly at 1:30 pm; most presentations are broadcast live from the January Series Web site.

There's still time to encourage someone apply to Calvin!

Student portraitsAlthough Admissions has processed a record number of applications, there is still time to encourage qualified applicants (relatives, church family, neighbors, and friends) to apply to Calvin for fall 2006. Applicants may use the convenient, online application--the online application fee is only $35. Please forward the following URL, along with an encouraging word, to any prospective students who should be considering the benefits of a Calvin education.

Calvin and local high school students work on racial barriers in Civil Rights Tour

Civil rights archive photoA busload of almost 50 students from both Calvin and western Michigan high schools spent three days in the historical milieu of the Civil Rights movement during "Faith in Action: A National Student Conference," held January 12-15 at Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama.

Send a birthday card to Don Wilson on his 75th !

Don Wilson On January 26 beloved sociology professor-emeritus Don Wilson turns 75 years old. For decades Don has made a ministry of mailing thousands of postcards each year to students and friends. Next week we would like to shower Don with birthday cards. Please consider sending a card or greeting to: Calvin College Sociology Department, Wilson Project, 3201 Burton St. SE, Grand Rapids, MI, 49546. Thanks so much, and please keep this a secret from Don!

Calvin Symposium on Worship: January 26-28

Calvin Symposium on Worship Nearly 1500 church leaders from almost 20 countries will gather on campus for Calvin's 19th annual Symposium on Worship, scheduled for January 26-28. Please note that the registration deadline is tomorrow, Tuesday, January 17. To access the Symposium program, including a listing of full and cancelled sessions, visit the Symposium Web Site. All worship services listed are free and open to the public.

Homecoming 2006: February 17-18

Airband 2005Homecoming 2006 is fast approaching! Highlights of Homecoming 2006 include the annual Airband contest, exciting Calvin basketball, Knight School (sessions with Calvin profs), several concerts, a comedy show, the Calvin Ambassadors Dinner and more! Be sure to order your Homecoming 2006 tickets online today.

Calvin Distinctive #1: Profoundly Academic

US News America's Best Colleges 2006Calvin consistently receives national recognition for academic excellence. Calvin's well-respected faculty, inquiring student body and innovative core curriculum come together in an environment that links intellectual freedom with a heart for service. A variety of college guidebooks rate Calvin highly, including America's Best Colleges, the Fiske Guide to Colleges, Barron's Best Buys in College Education and The Best 351 Colleges, published by the Princeton Review.


The Calvin Wire newsletter is a bulletin of the Calvin Alumni Association sent to alumni and friends of Calvin College to inform them of the latest news from campus.