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Calvin Wire - March 15, 2006 -- Volume 6, No. 6

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:

Basketball, ice-hockey seasons wrap up

Calvin KnightsThe men's basketball season concluded on March 4 with a loss to rival Hope College 70-67 in the second round of the NCAA III Tournament. The Knights finish the year with an outstanding record of 23-7 that includes an MIAA regular season championship! The women's basketball team concluded its season on March 3, falling to Carroll College 64-57 in the first round of the NCAA III Tournament. The Knights finish the season with an outstanding record of 23-5. (Hope's men's team lost this past weekend in the next tournament round, while Hope women will continue on in the NCAA Tournament Semi-Finals this coming weekend). The Calvin men's hockey team saw its bid for a second national title in the last three years come up just short as the Knights were upset by Northwood 4-3 in the semifinals of the ACHA Division III Tournament Friday night. But Calvin came back to defeat Penn State-Berks in the bronze medal game on Saturday to take third in the nation. Congratulations to Mike Petrusma and his team on an outstanding 25-5-1 season!

Women's swimming and diving team finish 6th in the nation

Becky WeimaA clean sweep by Becky Weima and another sterling diving effort by Erica Deur lifted the Calvin women's swimming and diving team to its best-ever national finish on March 11 at the NCAA III Swimming and Diving Championships on the campus of the University of Minnesota. Weima (featured in the current issue of Sports Illustrated in its Faces in the Crowd section) captured her third individual national title in as many nights on Saturday, winning the 100 freestyle with a time of 51.03. The swim came on the heels of national championship performances in the 50 freestyle on March 9 and in the 200 freestyle on March 10.

Calvin grads fare well on CPA exam

Calvin studentsCalvin accounting graduates have again fared well on the national exam required to become a certified public accountant (CPA). Calvin's participants in the 2004 CPA exam finished among the top ten colleges and universities nationally compared to all other undergraduates taking the test. On the 2004 exam, Calvin had 80% of its CPA candidates pass at least one part of the test and 55% of its graduates pass at least two parts. In both these categories Calvin was first nationally. Read more in the press release posted on the Media Relations Web site.

Spring break trips and tours planned: March 17-26

The CapellaCalvin's spring break begins this weekend on Friday, March 17. The Capella, Calvin's concert choir, 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 Around Town: Milwaukee Art Museum - Saturday, March 18

Milwaukee Art MuseumThe Southeast Wisconsin Alumni Chapter is pleased to host a "Calvin Around Town" event on Saturday, March 18 at the impressively remodeled Milwaukee Art Museum. Bring your family, friends, church members and neighbors along for an unforgettable experience. The event will feature a presentation by Calvin professor of art Henry Luttikhuizen, a reception and welcome from President Gaylen Byker, and a concert of beautiful music from the Capella, Calvin's concert choir, directed by Dr. Joel Navarro. Please join us for a most special day at the Milwaukee Art Museum for our Wisconsin version of "Calvin Around Town." Online registration is available through Friday, March 17 on the Calvin Alumni Association Web site.

"Dream Team Tour" hits the road

Tasha Paul, associate director of admissionsAn innovative tour from Calvin's Office of Pre-College Programs is helping high school students fulfill their college dreams. The 2006 Calvin Dream Team Tour is visiting churches in Grand Rapids and Muskegon, Michigan, to teach students, along with their parents, everything they need to know to prepare for and attend college. After an opening session and continental breakfast, students and parents pick two from the six workshops offered on various aspects of college preparation: standardized tests, the college application process, financial aid information, finding the right school, college visits and preparation needed in high school. "Our hope is to provide families with the tools that they need to make college happen for their kids," says Calvin's associate director of admissions Tasha Paul. Read more in the press release posted on the Media Relations Web site.

David Long, Middle East expert, to speak at Calvin on March 27

Middle east photoDr. David Long, a renowned expert on the Middle East, will speak on "Democracy in the Middle East: Pipedream or Reality" at 3:30 pm on Monday, March 27 in the Alumni Association Board Room (located in the upper level of the Commons Annex). Dr. Long served in the U.S. Foreign Service for almost three decades, from 1962 to 1993, with assignments in the Sudan, Morocco, Saudi Arabia and Jordan, and has extensive experience in Middle East affairs and counter-terrorism. He is the author of several books, including The Anatomy of Terrorism and The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and has lectured extensively in the United States and abroad on topics relating to Islam, the Middle East and terrorism. This event is sponsored by the President's Office and the History and Political Science departments.

Refer a prospective student to Calvin

Calvin studentsCalvin is continually striving to identify and engage prospective students with whom Calvin would be a good match. Alumni are in a particularly good position to recommend Calvin to a prospective student. Please consider high school students you know, especially current juniors and sophomores, and share that contact information with us by visiting the student referral page.

5K Spring Classic Walk, Run and Fun Run: April 29

5K Spring ClassicCalvin alumni, families and friends are invited to participate in the annual 5K Spring Classic on Saturday, April 29. There is a 5K Walk & Run scheduled to begin at 9:00 am. A Fun Run for kids ages 12 and under is scheduled for 9:45 am, immediately following the Walk & Run. All kids 12 & under that register for the Fun Run will receive a race t-shirt, race number and runner packet. All ages are welcome to participate, so bring your mom, dad, grandma and grandpa! And, when your fun run is over, there will be prizes and cash give-a-ways in the gym for all registered race participants. For more information visit the 5K Spring Classic Web site.

Workshops in Communication: July 2006

Workshops in CommunicationThe Department of Communications Arts & Sciences is pleased to present an array of workshops scheduled for this coming summer in July. Come and join a creative community where gratitude is the highest motivation, integrity is essential, and excellence is prized.

•  The Preacher's Oasis: July 10-14
•  Starting Here, Starting Now: How to Launch & Maintain a Successful Church Theatre Group: July 12-14
•  Googling Youth in Troubled Times: A Conference for Those Working with Youth Amid the Culture Wars: July 13-15
•  Thinking about and Teaching Communication Theory: A Workshop for Christian Faculty and Graduate Students: July 13-15
•  Beyond Bathrobes: Christian Drama and Storytelling: July 15
More details about these summer workshops, including registration information, are available on the Workshops in Communication Web site.

Calvin Distinctive #5: Remarkable Investment

Campus sceneCalvin's life-changing education provides lifelong dividends. A Calvin education yields a return on investment that far outweighs tuition, as noted by independent endorsements and as demonstrated by the lives of alumni. Calvin is committed to making this academically excellent Christian higher education affordable to all qualified students. Calvin students receive over $50 million in aid from all sources: federal, state and college funds. Over 90 percent of the student body benefits from some form of financial aid.


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.