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Calvin Wire - September 15, 2006 -- Volume 6, No. 18

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:

2006-2007 Enrollment news

Calvin's total student enrollment for the fall semester is 4,199. Although detailed enrollment reports are still forthcoming, Calvin's total student enrollment for the fall semester is 4,199. This includes 1,027 first-time students and 92 new transfer students. The number of first-time students increased by 20 students (1,027 in 2006; 1,007 in 2005). The Office of Institutional & Enrollment Research continues to process enrollment data and will publish a number of enrollment-related reports on the Web site which will be available in early October.


Calvin traditions mark the start of the fall 2006 semester

Chaos Day 2006
The campus is humming with the sounds and sights of the new fall semester--the second week of classes concludes today. Traditions marking the start of a new academic year such as Streetfest, convocation, Cokes & Clubs, and Chaos Day continue. Share in the excitement of these annual events by clicking on the Web links below:
•  Move-In Day, August 30
•  Additional Move-In Day Photos
•  Streetfest 2006
•  Streetfest Photos
•  Convocation 2006
•  Convocation Photos
•  Cokes & Clubs
•  Time-Lapse Movie
•  Chaos Day 2006
•  Chaos Day Photos


Professor Randal Jelks Honored by Historical Society

Randal Jelks, associate professor of historyA book on the history of African Americans in Grand Rapids has been honored by the Historical Society of Michigan. Randal Jelks, associate professor of history, wrote "African Americans in the Furniture City: The Struggle for Civil Rights in Grand Rapids " to tell the story of one Midwest community and what it went through from the mid 1800s to the mid 1900s. But, he says, the book also tells a larger story. "I was interested as well in the question of what the history of African Americans in Grand Rapids says about Michigan and the conditions of struggling people worldwide," he says. "The past shapes our present." Jelks, who also is director of Calvin's new minor in African and African Diaspora Studies, earned the Rockefeller Foundation Fellowship and will work on an intellectual biography of Benjamin Elijah Mays, a man Jelks calls "a religious rebel in the Jim Crow south." Read more.


Calvin Noontime Series begins


Noontime SeriesAlthough not as well known as the January Series, the Noontime Series, sponsored by the Calvin Academy of Lifelong Learning (CALL), also annually offers a provocative mix of speakers to the West Michigan community. And the fall 2006 series, to be held from noon to 1:00 pm on six Thursdays in September, October and November, will be no different. The series kicked off on September 7 with the Rev. David G. May, founding director of the GRACE Racial Justice Institute who spoke on "Moving Toward a Racism-Free Community" and who shared progress of the Summit on Racism over the past seven years. On September 21 a talk titled "Serving Life Sentences" will feature Rich and Carol Rienstra, parents of a Christian inmate, who will tell their story of restoration and healing from the impact of crime and punishment, and of Kingdom service with prisoners and ex-offenders. That talk will be held in the Chapel Undercroft, again from 12:00 to 1:00 pm; tickets are not required. Read more.


Music professor Bert Polman wins song-writing contest

Bert PolmanA Calvin music professor has won a song-writing contest sponsored by the Christian Reformed Church as part of the denomination's 150th anniversary plans. Bert Polman wrote "God, We Sing Your Glorious Praises" and set it to the tune of "Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing," intending the four-verse hymn to fit both traditional and contemporary styles of worship. The CRC sesquicentennial planning committee hopes to hear the hymn sung at churches across the continent in 2007, and beyond. "There's something wonderful about a song that's sung across the denomination to help us celebrate this special event," says Joyce Borger, a member of the 150th anniversary sub-committee who led a three-judge panel through a selection process that included 50 entries. Read more.


Artist Series 2006-2007 season tickets available

The sixth season of Calvin's Artist Series offers musical styles and talents that we are certain will appeal to regular concert-goers and new audiences. The sixth season of Calvin's Artist Series offers musical styles and talents that we are certain will appeal to regular concert-goers and new audiences. The 2006-2007 season features internationally-recognized string and wind ensembles, family-friendly dance, solo piano, and choral artists. Season tickets (admission to all five concerts) are on sale now, ranging in price from $80-$120; Calvin students, $50. For more information visit the Artist Series Web site.


Sophomore Alison Thompson Wins Microsoft Award

Allison ThompsonA Calvin sophomore, majoring in computer science and art, has won a Microsoft Scholarship from the Society of Women Engineers. "It specifically goes to women interested in computer science," says Allison Thompson, one of two winners out of 700 applicants for the $2,500 prize. "When I heard, I was in shock for most of the day because I thought I would never win." Thompson, who hails from La Canada, California, won the scholarship via an essay that explained how she got interested in computer science, an essay that traced her evolution into the "ultimate geek chick," an avid computer gamer and programmer. Read more.



Unique Calendar Celebrating Women at Calvin to debut September 21

This photo display has been turned into a limited-edition, 16-month calendar, available for just $10, with all proceeds from the sale going to benefit the Degage Ministries Open Door Drop-in Center for women. This past May a unique photo display appeared overnight at Calvin College. The display features 17 Calvin women faculty and staff from across the disciplines. "So Far From Cheesecake: The History of Women at Calvin College," is a semi-serious exhibition of those 17 photos. This photo display has been turned into a limited-edition, 16-month calendar, available for just $10, with all proceeds from the sale going to benefit the Degage Ministries Open Door Drop-in Center for women. There will be a special calendar signing on Thursday, September 21 from 3:30 - 5:00 p.m. in the library lobby, including a special presentation at 4:00 pm. by Marge Palmerlee from Degage Ministries, and one of the women from the center. The calendar also will be available at the Calvin Campus Store or online. Read more.


1976 and 1981 Class Reunions: October 20 & 21


The classes of 1976 and 1981 will celebrate their 30th and 25th reunions, respectively, during Calvin's Family Weekend in October:

The classes of 1976 and 1981 will celebrate their 30th and 25th reunions, respectively, during Calvin's Family Weekend in October:

 



 Class of 1976: Friday, October 20

• Class of 1981: Saturday, October 21

To register visit the Alumni Web site or contact Cindy Wolffis, reunion coordinator, at 616-526-6142 or reunions@calvin.edu. Calvin College also looks forward to welcoming hundreds of parents and family members to Family Weekend on these same dates. The Family Weekend schedule is available online.


Calvin Interns Fare Well at Pfizer

Two Calvin students recently made an impressive showing at the annual Pfizer, Inc. poster session for summer interns. Senior Nathan Tonlaar, a biology student from Tamale, Ghana, and Kelly Urness, a newly graduated chemistry major from Salem, Wis., were two of the five winners for best poster presentation in the competition, which featured the work of all 34 Pfizer summer interns who worked in the pharmaceutical company's St. Louis headquarters this summer. Both Tonlaar and Urness (now a graduate student at North Carolina State University in organic chemistry) won for posters representing their work in cardiovascular research. Read more.


Spanish department alumni: Huellas 2006 newsletter now online

Alumni and friends can access this online resource on the Spanish department Web site. Once a year, during the summer, the Spanish department publishes a newsletter, Huellas, featuring information for alumni about fellow alumni and the happenings in Calvin's Spanish department. Alumni and friends can access this online resource on the Spanish department Web site.


Librarian Barbara Sluiter Completes 55 Years at Calvin

Barbara Sluiter, 76, has worked as a cataloging librarian in the Hekman Library for 55 years, during which time she has changed not only campuses and classification systems, but also made the switch from cards typed by hand to computers.At the end of August, a host of librarians, faculty and staff gathered on the third floor of the Hekman Library for a reception in honor of a legendary colleague. Barbara Sluiter, 76, has worked as a cataloging librarian in the Hekman Library for 55 years, during which time she has changed not only campuses and classification systems, but also made the switch from cards typed by hand to computers. During her tenure at Calvin, the library collection swelled from 50,000 to nearly 1 million items. One bio of Sluiter claims, "She has probably touched every book that the library owns at least one or more times." Read more.



Film directed by Calvin grad to be featured at local festival: September 16


“Asparagus! Stalking the American Way of Life,” a 90-minute film followed by a discussion with the director, Kirsten Kelly '95, will wrap up the Saturday, September 16 food-tasting and screening of films about food and farming presented by Farms Without Harm and GGRFSC at the Wealthy Theater, 1130 Wealthy St. SE, Grand Rapids. "Asparagus! Stalking the American Way of Life," a 90-minute film followed by a discussion with the director, Kirsten Kelly '95, will wrap up the Saturday, September 16 food-tasting and screening of films about food and farming presented by Farms Without Harm and GGRFSC at the Wealthy Theater, 1130 Wealthy St. SE, Grand Rapids. Starting at 1:00 pm and ending at 10:00, the day includes appearances by local filmmakers and chefs, panel discussions, and farmers selling their products in the lobby. Admission is $10; $7 after 5:00 pm. For details, call 616-558-6490. To read more about the documentary film visit the Spark Web site.


Join the Calvin Knights and the Chicago Bulls in Chicago: December 15

The Chicago Bulls have offered Calvin and Trinity Christian College (Palos Heights, IL) a doubleheader of great basketball action on the floor of the United Center on Friday, December 15, 2006. The Chicago Bulls have offered Calvin and Trinity Christian College (Palos Heights, IL) a doubleheader of great basketball action on the floor of the United Center on Friday, December 15, 2006. At 3 pm (CST) the Calvin Knights will play the Trolls from Trinity Christian, followed by the Chicago Bulls against the Milwaukee Bucks at 7:30 pm - for a special price of either $30 or $45 a ticket ($15 less than the usual ticket price for the same seats). For the Calvin-Trinity game, fans can sit in the 110-113 section of the United Center, near the floor. Your ticket will have a different seat number on it for the Bulls-Bucks game, depending on what section you've selected (they will be in the 300 level). In-between games, Calvin fans may watch the Bulls warm-up period from 5-6 pm. The Alumni Association is securing a Hospitality Room the United Center for meeting friends and light refreshments from 5-7 (dinner is on your own). At 6 pm, Calvin men's basketball coach Kevin Vande Streek will share some thoughts on the young season and Bulls great Bob Love will stop by to meet and greet basketball fans. Tickets for this one-of-a-kind basketball double-header are only available at the Calvin College Box Office, via phone (616-526-6282), e-mail (tickets@calvin.edu) or online. Tickets must be ordered by Friday, October 6 to ensure this discounted price!



Calvin Distinctive # 2: Purposeful Renewal

Calvin alumni, in whatever profession they feel called to pursue, use their Calvin education to work toward world renewal. Their legacy of integrating faith and learning reflects the college's aim to educate for shalom. A 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 alumni, in whatever profession they feel called to pursue, use their Calvin education to work toward world renewal. Their legacy of integrating faith and learning reflects the college's aim to educate for shalom. 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.