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Calvin Wire - April 15, 2006 -- Volume 6, No. 8

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 Around Town: Detroit's Ford Field - Saturday, May 6

Calvin Around Town: Detroit's Ford FieldCalvin may not have a football team, but it does have a corner on the most recent NFL Football Capital of the World for its next edition of Calvin Around Town: Ford Field in Detroit, site of the 2006 Super Bowl! Hosted by the Southeast Michigan Chapter of the Alumni Association on Saturday, May 6, Calvin Around Town at Ford Field will include exclusive tours of the enormous facility, photo opportunities with Lions great and NFL Hall of Famer Lem Barney, a reception (with food and beverages) in the Hall of Legends room with a view of the playing field and a musical presentation by the Calvin Gospel Choir. The cost is only $15 per person; the registration deadline is May 4. All Calvin families, alumni and friends are welcome! You can access the convenient online registration form on the Calvin Web site or simply call 616-526-6142.

Biology Professor edits book with Earth Day theme

Professor David KoetjeJust in time for Earth Day 2006 - slated to be observed April 22 - comes a new book which hopes to help people of faith be good stewards of God's earth. Living the Good Life on God's Good Earth is edited by Calvin biology professor David Koetje and takes a close look at such everyday issues as housing, food, clothing, energy consumption and recreation. Koetje, who heads up the biotechnology major at Calvin, notes that seemingly simple choices, such as when to buy a new shirt, have an environmental impact. He says: "If people are serious about caring for the earth, they need to make good choices in their daily lives." Koetje notes too that care for the environment is becoming an increasingly significant issue for North American evangelicals. Read more.

Calvin junior creates program to help prepare for the ACT

Nathan TonlaarA Calvin College junior biology student has created a new tutoring program that helps local high school students prepare for the ACT test. Nathan Tonlaar, a native of Tamale, Ghana, launched a program in February which pairs Calvin students from such departments as English, biology, chemistry, physics and math with juniors and seniors at Ottawa Hills High School in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The student pairs met twice a week to prepare for the ACT test, which the high school students took on April 8. Read more.

Student Senate election turns out record number of voters

Student Senate debate, April 2006This year the Calvin Student Senate broke new ground and set higher standards for its presidential elections, including the first-ever debate between two teams running for office. When the results were in a record 1,883 Calvin students had come to the polls to vote. Current Student Senate vice-president Paul Davis, secretary Paula Simoni and senator Michael Rodriguez were elected as president, vice-president and secretary, respectively. New senators elected were Ben Bylsma, Kristen Coleman, Greg Collins, Austin Graff, Ben Houseward, Sean McGriff, Adeleye M Opejin, and Kara Shin. Read more.

Artist Series concerts: April 26 and April 29

The Artist SeriesThe Calvin Artist Series is pleased to present two excellent performances this April:
•  Natasha Paremski, 2006 Gilmore Young Keyboard Artist winner in recital - Wednesday, April 26 at 7:30 pm (Calvin Fine Arts Center Auditorium)
•  Rosinni's Petite Messe Solennelle, with chorus, two pianos and a harmonium - Saturday, April 29 at 8:00 pm (Calvin Fine Arts Center Auditorium)
Tickets for these events are available from the Calvin Box Office at 616-526-6282.

Fashion show to benefit Sudanese orphans

Cheryl BrownModels will take to the runway to benefit Sudanese orphans in the 2006 Love First: Struttin' to Heal the World fashion show. The show begins at 8:00 on May 6 in the Lab Theatre at Calvin. All ticket proceeds and donations collected that evening will benefit the Sudanese Christian School for Orphans. "The whole night is a family night," says junior Cheryl Brown, who with sophomore Jocelyn Jones is coordinating this second-annual event. "It's not just a party for college students. You can bring your kids. You can relax, and it's just a fun time." Read more.

Engineering prof writes book about flood protection in the Netherlands

Designed for Dry Feet: Flood Protection and Land Reclamation in the NetherlandsA new book from a Calvin College professor of engineering was planned long before Hurricane Katrina. But its author admits the topic became a lot more timely after the destruction last year in New Orleans. Robert Hoeksema's book is titled Designed for Dry Feet: Flood Protection and Land Reclamation in the Netherlands. He notes that few countries exist in which human activities have exerted a greater influence in shaping the landscape than the Netherlands. "The purpose of this book," he says, "is simply to tell a story: how this small country in Western Europe used and developed technologies over many centuries to create and maintain usable dry land in a very inhospitable environment." Read more.

Conference: A Christian Vision of Nursing - April 26

Calvin College NursingAn upcoming conference at Calvin College hopes to change the way the health care profession thinks about the intersections of faith and nursing. Transforming Care: A Christian Vision of Nursing Practice is being presented by the Calvin department of nursing on Wednesday, April 26 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm in the Prince Conference Center at Calvin. The cost is $100 and includes a copy of a new book from Calvin and Eerdmans called Transforming Care: A Christian Vision of Nursing Practice. The book was written by eight current and former Calvin professors, including professor of nursing Mary Molewyk Doornbos. Read more.

Festival of Faith & Writing: tickets for individual keynote lectures

Salman Rushdie, FFW KeynoterAlthough registration for the Festival of Faith & Writing (April 20-22) has ended, tickets for the following individual keynote lectures are now on sale at the Calvin College Box Office.
•  Alice McDermott: Thursday evening, April 20, 7:30 pm
•  Salman Rushdie: Friday evening, April 21, 7:30 pm
•  Marilynne Robinson: Saturday morning, April 22, 10:00 am
•  Walter Wangerin, Jr: Saturday evening, April 22, 7:30 pm
Call the Calvin Box Office at 616-526-6282 or order online at this commerce-secure Web site. If you have already registered for Festival 2006 please note that these keynote lectures are included in your registration. All four keynote lectures will be held in the Calvin Fieldhouse.

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.

Calvin Distinctive # 2: Purposeful Renewal

Service learningA 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." Calvin students are more involved in academically based service- learning than students at private colleges nationwide. A recent survey of graduating seniors showed that 79 percent at Calvin had taken one or more courses that incorporated community service and service-learning, compared with 51 percent of those at all private, four-year colleges surveyed. In addition, Calvin students were more satisfied with the opportunities for community service provided by the college than students at all private, four-year colleges surveyed (82 percent vs. 72 percent).

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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.