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Calvin Wire - April 3, 2006 -- Volume 6, No. 7

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:

Petra chairs to be honored by West Michigan communications organization

Petra: Lost City of StoneIt was almost a year ago that Petra: Lost City of Stone opened at Calvin for a four and a half month run in the Prince Conference Center. Now, the co-chairs of the Petra steering committee are being honored for their work in leading a team of Calvin employees who promoted Petra far and wide. Interchange, an association of West Michigan communication professionals, will honor Calvin president Gaylen Byker and January Series director June Hamersma as its Communicators of the Year at the April 2006 annual awards ceremony. Read more

Take Five: watch these 2 short video clips on the Calvin Web site

Sarah WinkleTake five minutes and watch these two short video clips on the Calvin Web site:

•  Sarah Winkle: Calvin Senior. Sarah is a senior speech pathology & communication disorders major, and was a basketball team captain in the 2005-2006 season.

•  What Makes a Great College? This 60-second clip was produced by four Calvin students as part of an assignment for a CAS class: Chris Mills, Sasha Wolff, Mieke Jones, and Ryan Terpstra.

You will need RealPlayer which you can download for free.

Fashion Advisory Board increases awareness

Fashion ShowThis past weekend the Fashion Advisory Board (FAB), a new student organization at Calvin, paired a fashion show with a sweatshop simulation to raise awareness of fashion as both an art form and a legitimate interest for Christians. "Fools and Bobbins: Spring Collection 2006" is the name the FAB gave to the show it sponsored on Saturday, April 1 at 8:00 pm in the Calvin Fine Arts Center. The event was a logical follow-up to the FAB's January 2006 show, which drew an unexpected crowd of 500 people to the Fine Arts Center. The sweatshop simulation was sponsored by Calvin's Social Justice Coalition (SJC) on Thursday, March 30. Participants signed up for shifts of one to six hours, producing canvas bags. Read more

In God's HandsGary Schmidt book honored by National Jewish Council

A book authored by Calvin English professor Gary Schmidt and Rabbi Lawrence Kushner has been chosen as a runner up for a 2005 National Jewish Book Award. "In God's Hands" is a picture book re-telling of a Jewish folk tale. It was honored in the Jewish Family Literature category of the awards, which are sponsored by the National Jewish Book Council. Read more

Two Lectures to honor Chavez on April 6

Cesar ChavezCalvin College will host two extraordinary lectures on Thursday, April 6 to honor civil rights leader Cesar Chavez . At 3:30 pm, Barbara Wells, associate professor of sociology at Maryville College, Maryville, TN will speak on "Negotiating Work and Family in California's Imperial Valley: Listening to the Voices of Mexican American Women." Then at 7:00 pm, Ronald Wells (Barbara's husband), professor of history at Calvin will speak on "Cesar Chavez's Protestant Allies: The California Migrant Ministry and the Farm Worker's Movement, 1962-1975." Both lectures, co-sponsored Mellema Program in Western American Studies and Gender Studies, will be held in the Commons Lecture Hall in the lower level of the Commons Annex. Read more

Minds in the Making: winter 2006 issue now available online

Minds in the MakingThe winter 2006 edition of Minds in the Making, a Calvin College e-collection, is now available on the Calvin Web site. Minds in the Making gathers the best essays, articles and reflections of the Calvin College community - faculty, staff, students, alumni and friends. Minds is intended as a helpful resource for the thoughtful Christian, inspiring the reader for intentional participation in the renewal of all things. We think the level of intellectual engagement and discourse demonstrated at this site illustrates the intent of a Calvin College education.

Calvin's new interactive calendar:

Calvin CalendarCalvin's calendar provides complete, accurate, and timely information about Calvin events for the campus community and the general public. Located off the main page of the Web site, the calendar has a new look and function. Linked to the campus facility reservations system, this new resource features some convenient user-options such as the choice to display all campus events or to filter by type of event such as arts, entertainment, faith and worship, lectures, and sports. The calendar is currently operational, though as campus departments and offices switch to using this new resource it will take a few weeks and months before the calendar is fully populated with upcoming events. Guidelines regarding which college events will and will not be included are posted on the Web site.

Inner Compass, Calvin's television interview program, wins Bronze Telly Award

Broze Telly AwardInner Compass has been chosen as a winner in the 27th Annual Telly Awards competition, which received over 12,000 entries from all 50 states and 5 continents. The winning entry, episode #607 Faith-Based in the White House, features host Karen Saupe interviewing John DiIulio, former director of the White House Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives. This episode and others from the current season (2005-2006) are available for viewing on the Inner Compass Web site; podcasts (iTunes) are also available. For more information, including a listing of upcoming episodes, visit the Inner Compass Web site.

Joel CarpenterNagel Institute set for May Inauguration

For Calvin provost Joel Carpenter, slated to step away from that post this summer, the next milestone in his academic career is one he never dared dream of. Carpenter is the first director of Calvin's new Nagel Institute for the Study of World Christianity. Named for Doug and Lois Nagel, friends of the college who endowed the project, the new Nagel Institute was established to engender reflection, research and communication regarding Christianity in the global south and east. Read more

The Calvin Annual Fund: Matching Gifts

Make a Gift NowCalvin alumni and friends join with the college to further God's work of renewal through the preparation of our students and alumni for lives of service in God's Kingdom. We invite you to consider the needs of Calvin College as you plan your charitable giving for 2006. The Calvin Annual Fund encourages the broader Calvin community to support the mission of the college through annual giving. Every gift, whatever the size, helps every student, every day and strengthens the education Calvin is providing our students. In addition, many have doubled or even tripled their gift to Calvin by taking advantage of a matching gift opportunity through a program sponsored by a participating employer. You can make an online gift now!

New book features the best of past Faith & Writing festivals

Shouts and WhispersCalvin's Festival of Faith and Writing, scheduled for April 20-22, is a biennial conference that brings together writers, editors, publishers, musicians, artists, and readers for three days of discussing and celebrating insightful writing that explores, in some significant way, issues of faith. A new book, Shouts and Whispers: Twenty-One Writers Speak About Their Writing and Their Faith, edited by Calvin professor Jennifer Holberg will be published just in time for next month's Festival. All royalties from the sale of the book, published by Eerdmans, will be donated to the children's literacy charity, Reading Is Fundamental. Read more

Calvin Distinctive #1: Profoundly Academic

Calvin classroomCalvin 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. Calvin professors are prolific: A recent survey found that 85 percent of Calvin faculty members have published a scholarly article during their academic careers, compared with 75 percent at peer institutions. And 76 percent of the Calvin faculty members have published one or more works in the last two years, compared with 54 percent at other four-year private colleges.


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.