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Calvin Wire - July 3, 2006 -- Volume 6, No. 13

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:

High school students move on campus for summer Entrada program

Entrada 2005For four weeks this summer (June 18 - July 14) 50-plus students have moved on campus to participate in the 2006 edition of the Entrada Scholars Program. Entrada, Spanish for "entrance" or "gateway," immerses high school junior and senior students of color in a college experience whose core is academic excellence. Since it was founded in 1987, Entrada has proven successful in encouraging students of color to expand their academic careers beyond high school. Ninety-six percent of Entrada scholars graduate from high school and go on to college. Since 1991, 507 students have completed Entrada, and 207 of them have enrolled at Calvin. Entrada scholars (this year's crop hails from California, Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, New York, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Canada, Guam, Guatemala and South Korea) are high-achieving students nominated for the program by their pastors, guidance counselors, teachers, community leaders or other "influencers." Read more.

Calvin finishes 9th in NCAA III Directors' Cup standings

Missy SmithFor the 11th consecutive year, Calvin has posted a top 25 finish in the final NCAA III U.S. Sports Academy Directors' Cup standings, and now is one of only eight schools in the country to finish in the top 25 every year that the competition has been held at the NCAA III level. Calvin finished ninth in the nation in Division III in 2005-2006 with a total of 561.25 points. Two Calvin athletes, Missy Smith (left) and Christine Hendricks, have been named to the ESPN Magazine Academic All-American women's cross country and track and field teams in the college division. Missy Smith was also awarded a prestigious NCAA post-graduate scholarship. Smith was recently graduated from Calvin with a double major of German and Asian Studies, while carrying a minor in art history. She is planning a career in architecture and will attend the University of California-Berkley's graduate school of architecture next fall. Read more.

Minds in the Making e-collection: new edition is now online

Minds in the MakingThe new edition of Minds in the Making, an e-collection of articles and multimedia by Calvin authors, is now available online. 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. This new edition includes items on the upside of typewriters, Oscar Wilde, third-world artisan goods, the importance of Christ's Ascension, the legend of Saint James in Spain , intentional community, intellectual racism, and Derrida's worldview, among other topics. Enjoy this interdisciplinary sampler platter of intellectual goodies!

New book by Calvin professor focuses on what happens after death

Kevin CorcoranA new book from a Calvin philosophy professor looks at a central Christian concept: what happens to humans after death. Kevin Corcoran's Rethinking Human Nature: A Christian Materialist Alternative to the Soul argues that humans are constituted by their bodies without being identical to the bodies that constitute them. The idea, Corcoran says, is simple enough. "Just as statues are material things that are not identical with the pieces of copper and bronze that constitute them, so human persons are material things that are not identical with the bodies that constitute them." Corcoran says much of mainstream Christianity however believes that humans are immaterial souls. Read more.

Record number of Calvin students involved in research projects

Summer researchThis summer a record number of science student researchers are working at sites on and off campus through Calvin's annual summer undergraduate research program. All told 91 students are at work at Calvin, and all around the nation, on a wide array of projects in all fields of science. "This year about 80 percent of our graduates were involved in experimental research (during their time at Calvin)," says Calvin professor of biology David DeHeer. "Our goal is to have every one of our students involved in research because it has been proven again and again to be the premiere way to learn science." Read more.

Einstein and Pentecostalism?

James K.A. SmithWhat does speaking in tongues have to do with the theory of relativity? A new research initiative at Calvin and Regent University will address that type of question and the many others found at the intersection of science and spirituality. The two schools recently were awarded a grant of $162,078 from the John Templeton Foundation for a project called Science and the Spirit: Pentecostal Perspectives on the Science/Religion Dialogue. Heading up the effort will be Amos Yong, a theology professor at Regent's Divinity School , and James K.A. Smith, a philosophy professor at Calvin. With the funding, they have assembled a team of scholars from across the country to study the places where science and Pentecostal faith meet. Read more.

Asteroids named to honor President Spoelhof and Roger Griffioen

Spoelhof & Griffioen asteroidsAsteroids discovered by students and professors at Calvin College now bear the names of two beloved Calvin retirees: former Calvin president Dr. William Spoelhof and former Calvin dean and physics department chair Roger Griffioen. Each asteroid is approximately the size of Calvin's entire Knollcrest campus. Asteroid Spoelhof (previously known as 2004 XU3) was discovered December 3, 2004 by Calvin professor of physics and astronomy Larry Molnar. Asteroid Griffioen (previously known as 2003 RA11) was discovered on September 5, 2003 by Calvin student Andrew Vanden Heuvel. Read more.

Calvin's Physical Plant department is busy with summer improvement projects

In addition to the routine work on maintaining facilities and grounds, summer time provides an opportunity for the craftsmen and artisans of Calvin's Physical Plant department to complete a number of improvement projects while most students are away from campus. Among those summer projects are:
Schultze-Eldersveld project•  Schultze-Eldersveld face-lift: remodeling of entrance and lobby with a fireplace, remodeling of the RD apartment, repainting of all dorm rooms, new hallway carpeting and painting, improved outdoor landscaping, connection of SE basement areas
•  complete remodeling of Gamma at Knollcrest East
•  construction of a new Mail and Printing Services facility just west of the Physical Plant building
•  Sem Pond is being relined with a new concrete seawall
•  construction of new sidewalk from Burton Street to the Spoelhof Center
•  resurfacing of selected Knollcrest East parking lots
•  new observatory deck on top of the Science Building
•  12 classrooms being remodeled as "smart" classrooms

John Calvin's 497th Birthday Celebration: July 10

Professor Mark Williams as John Calvin, 2005Each July the Calvin community shares a summer coffee break to celebrate John Calvin's birthday. Join us for the 497th birthday celebration in the Commons Dining Hall on Monday, July 10 at 10:00 am. Discover who this year's two-minute birthday lecturer will be, enjoy some cake and punch, and sing "Happy Birthday" to John Calvin! This annual event is sponsored by the Calvin Alumni Relations Office and the H. Henry Meeter Center. The Meeter Center is the premiere center of scholarship on John Calvin in North America, and their Web site features a wealth of resources.

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." Twenty 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. For more information visit the Distinctives Web site.


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.