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Calvin Wire - November 1, 2006 -- Volume 6, No. 21

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:


Cross Country teams capture MIAA titles

In the men's race, Calvin senior Tim Finnegan took first place, finishing a half-step ahead of sophomore Jed Christiansen who was second with both runners clocking in with times of 25:01. The nationally-ranked Calvin men's and women's cross country teams captured MIAA titles on Saturday with the top-ranked men posting a team score of 17 points while the sixth-ranked women recorded a perfect score of 15 points. In the men's race, Calvin senior Tim Finnegan took first place, finishing a half-step ahead of sophomore Jed Christiansen who was second with both runners clocking in with times of 25:01. Finnegan was then named the MIAA’s Most Valuable Runner for the second straight year. The MIAA title is Calvin'sIn the women’s race, Calvin took the top five spots including eight of the top nine in rolling to an impressive victory. The MIAA title is Calvin's second consecutive including its 18th in the last 19 years. 20th consecutive crown which ranks as the second longest active championship streak in MIAA athletics history. Calvin has now won 33 MIAA men's cross country titles to lead all MIAA schools.  In the women’s race, Calvin took the top five spots including eight of the top nine in rolling to an impressive victory. The MIAA title is Calvin's second consecutive including its 18th in the last 19 years. With 18 MIAA titles to its credit, Calvin has won more women's cross country titles than any other league school. The perfect score by Calvin on Saturday was just the second perfect score in MIAA Women's Cross Country Championships history. Calvin also posted a perfect score in 1994. Read more


Calvin receives historic property in downtown Grand Rapids

The Ladies Literary Club voted October 25 to give its historic property at 61 Sheldon Boulevard to Calvin and that property will join the college’s new 106 South Division art gallery and studio space among downtown Calvin holdings. Calvin College is adding another piece to its presence in downtown Grand Rapids. The Ladies Literary Club voted October 25 to give its historic property at 61 Sheldon Boulevard to Calvin and that property will join the college’s new 106 South Division art gallery and studio space among downtown Calvin holdings. Interestingly, Calvin was founded in 1876 on Spring Street, a location just blocks from the LLC building and the art gallery. The college plans to invest approximately $1 million in improvements into 61 Sheldon and maintain it as a resource for the West Michigan community. Among the significant improvements Calvin must make to the building are better handicap accessibility and enhancement of the lighting and sound systems. It also will improve the heating and air handling system. To make this work possible, Calvin is seeking the support of individuals and foundations that are committed to and invested in downtown renewal. Commitments already have been received from the Frey, Meijer, Steelcase and Sebastian foundations.  Read more


NSF grant will groom young scientists

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded Calvin College a new grant that will position some 100 area middle school students to be part of a unique initiative to improve science education and to strengthen students’ real-world science experiences. Rachel Sytsma Reed, an assistant professor in education at Calvin, is the program coordinator. The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded Calvin College a new grant that will position some 100 area middle school students to be part of a unique initiative to improve science education and to strengthen students’ real-world science experiences.  Rachel Sytsma Reed, an assistant professor in education at Calvin, is the program coordinator. With the funds Calvin plans to create Team Researchers in a GLOBE-al Environment (TRIAGE), a program that will help middle school students develop authentic scientific research skills and thinking as part of a comprehensive focus on environmental sustainability. Calvin will work with local public and parochial schools as well as a quintet of area business partners. Calvin will receive $721,754 from NSF for TRIAGE, which is slated to begin January 1, 2007. The college is one of seven prestigious institutions across the country to receive the funds as part of the NSF Academy for Young Scientists program (other institutions include the University of California at Berkeley, the University of Pennsylvania, Temple University and the University of Chicago).  Read more


Ted Dirkse, former professor of chemistry, passes away

Professor Dirkse taught analytical and physical chemistry, as well as general and nursing chemistry, at Calvin from 1947 to 1980. During his time at Calvin he brought the physical and analytical chemistry programs to a level that allowed the department to be certified by the American Chemical Society. Professor emeritus Thedford “Ted” Dirkse passed away on Monday, October 23 at the age of 91. Professor Dirkse taught analytical and physical chemistry, as well as general and nursing chemistry, at Calvin from 1947 to 1980. During his time at Calvin he brought the physical and analytical chemistry programs to a level that allowed the department to be certified by the American Chemical Society.  Dirke’s main research interest was battery chemistry, involving silver-zinc battery systems that were used by NASA on their missions for many years. During Apollo 13, all battery systems went dead except the silver-zinc batteries. Ted was one of many scientists around the world who was contacted to determine the best way to conserve power to bring the astronauts home. Read more


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Dutch journalist Geert Mak to speak at Calvin

Geert Mak will speak in the Calvin Chapel on the topic “Dutch Disease or European Dilemma: Have Dutch Tolerance and Multiculturalism Failed?” Calvin will host an outspoken Dutch journalist and author on Saturday, November 4 at 7:30 pm in a talk that is free and open to all. Geert Mak will speak in the Calvin Chapel on the topic “Dutch Disease or European Dilemma: Have Dutch Tolerance and Multiculturalism Failed?”  His visit is being hosted nationally by the Netherlands American Foundation and locally by the Meijer Chair in Dutch Language and Culture at Calvin College. Henk Aay, the first holder of that Meijer Chair, says Mak will address some important issues related to multiculturalism, tolerance and national identity.  “Mak,” he says, “is an influential writer in the rather polarized debate in his country around such issues as multiculturalism, immigration and Islam. The growing tensions between the Middle East and the West are also surfacing in the Netherlands, sometimes in tragic fashion.”  Read more.


Calvin/Hope sign new deal with GVSU to broadcast The Game

The live telecasts of the Calvin/Hope men's basketball games on public broadcasting station WGVU in Grand Rapids will continue through the 2008-09 season, officials of the station and colleges have announced. The live telecasts of the Calvin/Hope men's basketball games on public broadcasting station WGVU in Grand Rapids will continue through the 2008-09 season, officials of the station and colleges have announced.  The popular NCAA Division III rivalry has been televised by WGVU since the 1997-98 season and the 2006-2007 broadcasts will mark 10 years of Calvin/Hope basketball on WGVU television. This new three-year pact is the fourth extension of the agreement. “We are very proud to be able to continue to bring the biggest rivalry in Division III basketball to the fans of West Michigan,” says Michael Walenta, general manager of WGVU. Calvin and Hope officials also expressed their pleasure with the partnership between the station and colleges, noting that WGVU’s commitment to a quality telecast has been noticed by many viewers.  Read more


Hiring Calvin grads, interns

If you are involved in hiring new employees within your business or organization, please consider partnering with Calvin's Career Development Office to post your job openings and to recruit Calvin graduates and alumni.If you are involved in hiring new employees within your business or organization, please consider partnering with Calvin's Career Development Office to post your job openings and to recruit Calvin graduates and alumni. Additionally, if your organization provides internships, or would like to begin providing internship opportunities, we would love to hear from you! Call 616-526-6485 or e-mail at career@calvin.edu for more information.


Architect and urban planner Jan Gehl to speak at Calvin

Jan Gehl is the principal of Gehl Architects, a Danish firm specializing in urban planning. His November 9 talk will be at Calvin College at 7:30 pm in the Chapel and will be on “Between Buildings: The Human Dimension in Urban Planning and Design.” A coalition of West Michigan organizations will bring one of the world’s foremost urban planners to Calvin College for a public talk on November 9.  Jan Gehl is the principal of Gehl Architects, a Danish firm specializing in urban planning. His November 9 talk will be at Calvin College at 7:30 pm in the Chapel and will be on Between Buildings: The Human Dimension in Urban Planning and Design. Gehl is best-known for his book Life Between Buildings, a study of social interaction in public space that has become a classic in its field. In addition his book Public Spaces, Public Life describes how Copenhagen has been transformed from a car-dominated city to a pedestrian-oriented city over the last 40 years.   Read more


Calvin Tuition Gift Certificates: buy tuition units for tomorrow at today’s rate

The price for tuition certificates at the 2006-2007 tuition rate is available through January 31, 2007. Calvin’s tuition gift certificate program allows anyone (parents, grandparents, students) to purchase Calvin tuition certificates at current tuition rates. These certificates may be used to cover tuition payments at a future date when the cost of tuition will be higher. The price for tuition certificates at the 2006-2007 tuition rate is available through January 31, 2007. To purchase tuition certificates as a gift, or to simply pre-pay Calvin tuition for next year at the current rate, contact the Financial Services Office at 616-526-6127 or finserv@calvin.edu. For additional information visit the Tuition Gift Certificate Web site.


 


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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.