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Calvin Wire - February 15, 2006 -- Volume 6, No. 4

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:

Calvin upsets Hope, 59-58, with 1.7 seconds left to play

Caleb Veldhouse, Calvin vs. Hope, February 8, 2006The Calvin men's basketball team pulled off a major upset last Wednesday night, February 8, at the Calvin Fieldhouse, defeating rival Hope 59-58 on a three-point basket by freshman Caleb Veldhouse with 1.7 seconds left to play. The Knights now lead the all-time series with Hope 81-78. Hope, however, still holds a six-point edge in the combined point totals scored between the two teams in the 159 meetings. For more information on the game and the classic Calvin Hope rivalry visit the Sports Information Web site.

Calvin needs win vs. Albion tonight to clinch share of MIAA title - February 15

MIAAThe Calvin Knights host Albion tonight in a men's basketball contest that will see the Calvin squad looking to clinch a share of the MIAA title. With one week left in the regular season, Calvin needs a win over Albion (or against Kalamazoo at Homecoming on Saturday) to clinch a share of the final MIAA regular season crown. Calvin plays host to Albion tonight at 7:30 pm and to Kalamazoo this Saturday (Feb. 18) at 3:00 pm. An audio-only Webcast of these contests, including a live Web scoreboard, is available at game time from the Calvin Sports Web site.

Homecoming 2006: Attend "Knight School" this Saturday, February 18

Homecoming 2006Homecoming 2006 is this weekend! Remember that Friday, February 17, is "Wear Calvin Day" -- show and share your Calvin spirit by "wearing something Calvin." In addition to the February meeting of the Calvin Board of Trustees, weekend highlights include the annual Airband contest, exciting Calvin basketball, Saturday afternoon Knight School (four FREE sessions with Calvin profs), a folk concert of Calvin alumni and a comedy show, the Calvin Ambassadors Dinner and more. There's still time to order your Homecoming 2006 tickets; call the Calvin Box Office at 616-526-6282 (the Box Office will be open on Saturday).

Calvin professor William Romanowski writes op-ed piece for USA Today

USA Today imageEvangelicals can influence Hollywood, but their efforts would be more effective and better received if they focused on cultural discourse, not religious conversion, writes Calvin professor William Romanowski in an op-ed piece that appeared in USA Today on February 5, 2006. Read Romanowski's article online.

Calvin participates in national 40 days of prayer event

Burning HeartsCalvin is one of almost 30 college campuses that is participating in the Burning Heart Contract, 40 days of uninterrupted prayer being held on college campuses across the U.S. The event began January 20 at Azusa Pacific in California and will end on February 28 at the University of California at Berkeley. Calvin's 24-hour cycle of prayer began at 9:00 pm on Friday, February 10 and continued through 9:00 pm on Saturday, February 11. For more information read the media release on the Calvin News Web site.
Calvin Summer Camps 2006: registration information is online

Calvin Summer CampsCalvin provides a variety of summer youth camps and educational programs for elementary, middle and high school students. Included among these programs are: athletic camps, Knollcrest Music Camp, Chemistry Camps, Wetlands & Woodlands Camp, A.C.E. camps (Academic Camps of Excellence), and other youth programs including the popular S.T.E.P. (Striving Toward Educational Possibilities) program. Visit the Summer Programs Web site for program and registration information.

Award-winning film director Mira Nair to speak at Calvin on February 23

Mira NairAward-winning director Mira Nair will speak at Calvin on Thursday, February 23, 2006, at 7:00 pm in the Gezon Auditorium. Nair perhaps is best known for Monsoon Wedding, a 2001 film that was winner of the Golden Lion at the 2001 Venice Film Festival and nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Foreign Language Film. Salaam Bombay!, her debut film, was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film in 1988, and went on to win 27 international awards, including the Camera D'Or (for best first feature) and the Prix du Publique (for most popular entry) at the Cannes Film Festival. An author reception will follow the presentation, which is free and open to the public. Doors will open at 6:30 pm and a sign-language interpreter will be provided.

Symposium on Worship: "The Last 30 Years: What We've Learned"

Calvin Symposium on WorshipChristian worship practices have changed more, and in more different directions, in the last 30 years than in any single period, with the possible exception of the earliest days of the church. How we think about this change-- whether we see it as mostly good or mostly harmful--significantly affects the attitudes and directions of Christian ministries today. At the recent Symposium on Worship (January 26-28) participants heard very different perspectives on the last three decades of Christian worship. Written and audio reports of those important discussions are now available online.
Please nominate a high school student for Entrada 2006

Entrada Scholars 2005The Entrada Scholars Program offers ethnic minority high school students a "gateway" to the future: the opportunity to experience college learning and living while earning college credit! Entrada scholars participate in regular summer-term classes with current Calvin students and spend 4 weeks (June 18 - July 14, 2006) experiencing college life firsthand. Calvin alumni and friends are invited and encouraged to nominate high school juniors and seniors within your sphere of influence (family, church, school, neighborhood, etc.) who might benefit from such an opportunity. The deadline for nominating an Entrada scholar is February 16; that deadline is being extended for readers of Calvin-Wire until February 20. For more information about Entrada, and to access the nomination form visit the Entrada Web site.

Spring break trips and tours planned: March 17-26

Capella Although Calvin's spring break is still a month away, plans are underway for student trips and tours. Capella, one of Calvin's premiere choirs, will be on a spring tour with concerts in Chicago, IL, Milwaukee, WI, Minneapolis, MN and Prinsburg, MN. Visit the Music Department Web site for more details about Capella's spring tour itinerary. Additionally, student service-learning trips are being planned for March to Houma, LA; Jackson, MS; Chicago, IL; Rehoboth, NM;
Kansas City, MO; Port Gibson, MS;
Knoxville, TN; and Boston, MA.

Calvin Distinctive # 3: Spirited Community

Engaging God's World, by Neil Plantinga (DCM textbook)Calvin's thoughtful Christian community strengthens heart, soul, mind and body. Calvin students, faculty and staff value the task of serving God together through intellectual exploration, spirited interaction, worship and work. At Calvin there is an emphasis on applying discernment to learning. Across the curriculum, students and faculty analyze all aspects of culture and respond to God's call to make all things new. This begins with Calvin's first-year student program, which includes a series of classes called Prelude and an Interim class called Developing a Christian Mind. These courses provide new students with a framework for building a worldview - a framework of faith that supports their entire Calvin education.

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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.