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Calvin Wire - August 15, 2006 -- Volume 6, No. 16

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:
RA training begins as campus prepares for 2300 resident students

RA Training 2005In anticipation of 2,300 resident students moving on campus in two weeks, resident assistants (RAs) returned to campus yesterday to begin two weeks of training. Please pray for Calvin RAs and RDs (Resident Directors) as they strive to welcome new students, assist in their transition to college life, and become wise Christian friends to their residents. RAs are carefully-selected returning students who live on each residence hall floor or KE apartment building, helping to develop and ensure a sense of Christian community among the residents. RAs begin their training with a four-day wilderness experience called Passages, after which they return to campus for classroom and hands-on instruction on such topics as listening skills, being a spiritual leader, confrontation, resources available at Calvin, etc.

Grant awarded to boost internship opportunities for students

Kurt SchaeferCalvin has received a four-year, $250,000 grant from the Detroit-based McGregor Fund to create a new internship program. The Comenius Scholars Program, named for a 16th century educational reformer, will provide Calvin students from a whole array of disciplines with internships in local nonprofit organizations. "The college is approached by many nonprofits wanting student interns," says Kurt Schaefer, a Calvin economics professor who will direct the new program. Glenn Triezenberg, director of Calvin's Office of Career Development, says he welcomes the addition of the McGregor funding, noting that he has seen his internship operation grow from eight student intern placements per year six years ago to over 500 students placed last year in local, regional and national internship sites. Read more.

Donald Bouma, former professor of sociology, passes away

Donald BoumaA former Calvin professor passed away on August 8 in Sun City, Arizona. Donald H. Bouma, 88, was both a graduate of the college and taught at Calvin from 1946 to 1960, during which time he was instrumental in establishing the Calvin sociology department all the while serving as the new department's chair! Today Calvin continues to honor his contributions to the college with an annual Bouma Lecture, sponsored by the sociology and social work department. That lecture honors the memory of a man who not only made a mark at Calvin during his 14-year tenure, but also made a mark in his work away from his alma mater. Bouma was extremely active in the West Michigan community prior to retiring to Arizona in 1984. Among his involvements were the Kent County Juvenile Court , Bethany Christian Services, the Grand Rapids Board of Education, the Urban League and numerous others. Calvin colleagues note that his career was marked by a commitment to contemporary social issues and human needs. Read more.

Calvin author Nathan Bierma takes new look at heaven

Bringing Heaven Down to Earth: Connecting This Life to the NextPopular pictures of heaven often invoke images such as angels, halos and harps. Such scenarios may be serene, but Calvin College author Nathan Bierma says they miss the mark. "They may be beautiful," Bierma writes, "but they are too vague and exotic to give us a meaningful idea of what eternal life will really be like." Bierma explores this idea in his new book Bringing Heaven Down to Earth: Connecting This Life to the Next (P&R Publishing). "Heaven is an odd element of the Christian faith," Bierma writes. "We profess it to be eternally important and then live as though it doesn't exist. We are runners who fear the finish line." Bierma graduated from Calvin in 2002 and is now communications coordinator for the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship. Although heaven is ultimately a mystery, he says, by recapturing some key biblical images of heaven, Christians can live with a greater sense of purpose. "The Bible says our eternal life will somehow resemble our current life more than we tend to think," Bierma writes. "It will be on earth, in human bodies, among culture, and in relationships. Our current lives, and the things that make up our current existence, are not just temporary distractions before an eternity of fluttering about on cloud." Read more.

From Every Nation: Calvin's plan for racial justice and reconciliation

"There before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and in front of the Lamb." - Revelation 7:9

From Every Nation: A Revised Comprehensive Plan for Racial Justice, Reconciliation and Cross-cultural Engagement at Calvin CollegeCalvin College embraces the biblical vision of the kingdom of God and seeks to play a prophetic role in bearing witness to that kingdom. In 2004 the faculty formally adopted From Every Nation: A Revised Comprehensive Plan for Racial Justice, Reconciliation and Cross-cultural Engagement at Calvin College . The FEN document articulates a vision as well as goals and strategies for "transforming Calvin into a college that is always vigilant in recognizing racism, always conscientious in promoting reconciliation, and always active in the work of restoring a healthy multicultural community." To request a free printed copy of FEN call the Multicultural Affairs Office at 616-526-6871 or e-mail us at FEN can also be downloaded as a digital document from the Calvin Web site.

Golf team receives high marks for academics from Golf magazine

The Calvin men's and women's golf teams have received high academic marks in a recent ranking released by Golf Digest MagazineThe Calvin men's and women's golf teams have received high academic marks in a recent ranking released by Golf Digest Magazine. The noted golf publication recently came up with a series of top 50 lists as part of its second annual College Golf Guide which is available in its upcoming September issue (available on newsstands August 8). In the top 50 list for the best men's academic schools, Calvin is ranked 16th. In the top 50 list for the best women's academic schools, Calvin is ranked 17th. Princeton holds the No. 1 spot on both the men's and women's top 50 academic lists. Calvin is one of 12 Division III schools in the top 20 of the men's list and one of eight Division III schools in the top 20 of the women's list.

Calvin's Artist Series begins 6th season

The Artist Series 2006-2007The sixth season of Calvin's Artist Series offers musical styles and talents that are certain to appeal to regular concert-goers and new audiences. This season we celebrate a new partnership with the Grand Rapids Bach Festival, and look forward to many years of collaboration with this stellar organization. For additional information about the 2006-2007 Series schedule and tickets visit the Artist Series Web site.

Calvin student Dean Exoo interns for Toledo Mud Hens

Toledo Mud HensA Calvin senior is spending the summer working as an intern for the Toledo Mud Hens, an internship he landed through the college's new sports management concentration. Dean Exoo, 21, a sports management major who hails from Whitinsville, Massachusetts, is working for the Triple-A club, the top farm team for the Detroit Tigers. "I love sports, so it's great to be able to work with a professional sports team and see what that's like," says Exoo, who works in the Mud Hens's operations department, doing general maintenance for the team facility and overseeing ticket takers and ushers. "A lot of what we do is to make the games run smoothly." Read more.

Calvin Golf Tournament for Alumni & Parents: Saturday, September 9

37th annual Calvin Alumni Association Golf Tournament for alumni and parentsYou are invited to the 37th annual Calvin Alumni Association Golf Tournament for alumni and parents. This event is an opportunity to combine great golf and fellowship with a great purpose: raising funds for the Grand Rapids Area Alumni Chapter Scholarship for first-year students. The Tournament will be held at Pilgrim's Run (in neighboring Pierson, Michigan)-- named one of the "Top 100 Golf Courses You Can Play" by Golf magazine in 2002 and one of the "Top 10 Public Courses in Michigan" by Michigan Golf magazine in 2006. For more information and to register online visit the Alumni Association Web site.

January Series director June Hamersma to be honored

June HamersmaThe Grand Rapids-based Women's Resource Center will honor June Hamersma, director of Calvin's January Series, with its "Woman of E-Quality" award at the 16th annual Women's Equality Day celebration and reception on Wednesday, August 23 at the GVSU Eberhard Center. Hamersma and DeDe Esque of the Nokomis Foundation will be the 2006 recipients of the award in recognition of "their contributions to the community and the inspiration they provide to others." Read more.

Download the new Off-Campus Programs Screen Saver

Calvin's Off-Campus Programs Screen SaverA new screen saver is available on the Johnny's Cool Resources Web site that features an interesting assortment of images from Calvin's popular Off-Campus Programs. Download our free Off-Campus Programs screen saver here. Did you know that Calvin College ranks 4th in the country in terms of percentage of students studying off-campus? Each year, hundreds of Calvin students experience new cultures and explore foreign lands. Off-campus programs are designed to provide Calvin students with coherent, comprehensive, and authentic learning experiences that have a profound and long-lasting impact on their development. 280 Calvin students participated in an off-campus semester program last year; 489 participated in an off-campus Interim program. During the upcoming fall semester Calvin students and faculty members will be involved in off-campus programs in China, Ghana, Great Britain, Honduras, Hungary and New Mexico.

Calvin Distinctive #5: Remarkable Investment

Calvin's Office of Career Development serves thousands of Calvin students and alumniCalvin'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's Career Development Office assists students in preparing for careers after graduation through workshops, job fairs, internships and on-campus interviews. The office helps seniors find jobs and works with alumni in developing meaningful, lifelong careers. 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.