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Calvin Wire • February 1, 2006Volume 6, No. 3

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:

Spring semester begins this week with Regathering

Regathering 2005The spring semester kicked off on Monday, January 30 with classes beginning at 8:00 am. Calvin's spring convocation, Regathering, takes place in the Fieldhouse today, February 1 from 9:50-10:50 am. All are invited to this event, during which the Calvin community will launch the second semester and welcome back students and faculty who have traveled abroad during fall semester and Interim. Read more about Regathering 2006 on the Faith Web site.

January Series 2006: Missed it? Listen to archived presentations on the Web

The January SeriesSome have called Calvin's January Series "the best college lecture series in America." Although the 2006 season is over, you can still listen to most of this year's presentations (as well as prior years) from the January Series Web site!

Dr. Laura Smit, dean of the chapel, writes on unrequited love

Loves Me, Loves Me NotUnrequited love is a universal theme says Calvin professor and dean of the chapel Laura Smit. It's part of everyday life - depicted in movies and described in books. Everyone, it seems, has experienced it at some point in their lives. So why then, asks Smit, do so few actually talk about it, especially in the church? Smit explores that question and others in her new book: Loves Me, Loves Me Not: The Ethics of Unrequited Love. "Almost everybody can tell both sides, of being both the rejected and the rejecter," she says. "The challenge for the students was how to handle both sides in a thoughtful, Christian way." After several years of interviewing students and Calvin alumni, Smit wrote her recently published book. Read more in the release posted on the Media Relations Web site.

Homecoming 2006: "Wear Calvin Day" on Friday, February 17

Wear Calvin on February 17!Homecoming 2006 is fast approaching! Alumni and friends are invited to show and share your Calvin spirit during Homecoming on Friday, February 17, by "wearing something Calvin." If you have pictures and/or stories to share send them to the Calvin Alumni Office ( for possible publication. In addition to the February meeting of the Calvin Board of Trustees, weekend highlights will include the annual Airband contest, exciting Calvin basketball, Knight School (sessions with Calvin profs), a folk concert of Calvin alumni and a comedy show, the Calvin Ambassadors Dinner and more! Be sure to order your Homecoming 2006 tickets online today.

African American History Celebration: February 6-10

Fan for Yemoja (Afro-Cuban)The Calvin African and African Diaspora Studies minor presents "Five Days in the Black World: A Celebration of African American History Month" from February 6-10. This series of events will feature special chapel services, 15-minute history lessons, dances, readings, songs and quizzes at the Cave, lectures on Africa and its Diasporas, films "Rosewood" and "In My Country," student reading events in partnership with Ottawa Montessori, Alexander, Buchanan, and Potter's House Schools, and an evening at the Grand Rapids Public Museum to view the exhibition, "Treasures of Ancient Egypt: The Quest for Immortality." For additional information and to view the complete schedule of events read the release on the Media Relations Web site.

Inner Compass: episodes of Calvin's TV show now available on Web site

Inner CompassInner Compass is a Calvin-produced television show that explores how people make decisions regarding ethical, religious, and social justice issues. Inner Compass airs in western Michigan on PBS station WGVU-TV on Sunday afternoons at 2:30 pm: Grand Rapids (channel 35/cable channel 6) and Kalamazoo (channel 52). Current season (2005-2006) episodes are available on the Inner Compass Web site the Monday after each broadcast; podcasts (iTunes) are also available. For more information visit the Inner Compass Web site.

Calvin to host a national conference on Faith and International Development

Faith & International Development ConferenceFrom February 9-11, 2006, Calvin will host a major conference on faith and international development. The conference is designed to draw undergraduate students from all over the nation to explore issues surrounding international development. "This is an excellent venue for students to get to know some of the professionals active in international development, network with other students who have similar interests, and deepen their own faith and activism on behalf of the poor," says Christian Reformed World Relief Committee executive director Andrew Ryskamp. The conference is being sponsored by grants from World Vision, International Aid, the Christian Reformed World Relief Committee (CRWRC) and Calvin's Lilly Vocation Project. For additional information read the media release on the Calvin News Web site.

Hiring Calvin grads, interns

Employers-Calvin Career Development OfficeIf you are involved in hiring new employees within your business or organization, please consider partnering with Calvin's Career Development Office to post your job openings and to recruit Calvin graduates and alumni. Additionally, if your organization provides internships, or would like to begin providing internship opportunities, we would love to hear from you! Call 616-526-6485 or e-mail at for more information.

Calvin Distinctive #2: Purposeful Renewal

Barnabas TeamA Calvin education calls and equips students to be agents of renewal in God's world. Calvin's challenge to students, faculty, staff and alumni is clear: "Whatever you do, use your knowledge, your gifts and your profession to make all things new." Nineteen students now form the Barnabas Team, a group that fosters spiritual community in Calvin's residence halls and Knollcrest East apartments. Barnabas Team members act as servant leaders of fellow students, gather students together for activities that promote Christian community, and help students discover ways to minister to one another within that community.


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.