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Calvin Wire - December 1, 2006 -- Volume 6, No. 23

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:

Christmas at the Campus Store: THIS weekend

This annual holiday event takes place at the Campus Store tomorrow, Saturday, December 2 from 9:00 am - 3:00 pm. Highlights include book signings, free gift bags, refreshments, and 15%-25% discounts on selected items. The Alumni Association teams up with the Campus Store each December inviting alumni to “shop Calvin,” with 10% of proceeds benefitting alumni chapter scholarships.  This annual holiday event takes place at the Campus Store tomorrow, Saturday, December 2 from 9:00 am - 3:00 pm. Highlights include book signings, free gift bags, refreshments, and 15%-25% discounts on selected items.

If you can’t visit the store in person on Saturday, December 2, you can still participate by shopping online! 10% of your online purchase made this weekend (from 6:00 pm, December 1 through midnight, December 3, EST) will benefit your local Calvin Alumni Chapter Scholarship Fund. If your local chapter doesn't have a scholarship, your 10% will go to the nearest chapter that does so that more Calvin students benefit from this weekend’s activity.

Your online purchase of $50 or more will also receive FREE SHIPPING! Your online purchase of $50 or more will also receive FREE SHIPPING!  Due to anticipated high volume, please allow 3-5 days for in-store processing of your order. Some products may only be available while supplies last. Visit the Campus Store Web site and enter “AlumniChristmas2006” in the coupon code section to receive free shipping and the 10% credit to your local alumni chapter’s scholarship fund. 


Calvin, Hope hockey teams square off at Van Andel Arena tonight

Calvin and Hope square off tonight, December 1 at Van Andel Arena in a special night of hockey as part of a doubleheader with the Grand Rapids Griffins. The Calvin-Hope basketball rivalry is one of the best in Division 3. But the Calvin-Hope hockey rivalry is quickly becoming its on-ice equal. And the two schools square off tonight, December 1 at Van Andel Arena in a special night of hockey as part of a doubleheader with the Grand Rapids Griffins.  In fact the Griffins have moved the start time of their game that night with the Rochester Americans to 6:30 pm to accommodate the Calvin-Hope hockey game which is set for a 9:15 pm puck drop. Tickets are available at the Calvin Box Office (closes today at 5:00 pm) and can also be purchased on site at the Van Andel Arena. Read more.  


Men’s Cross Country wins national title; women’s XC takes third

The top-ranked Calvin men’s cross country team captured its fourth national title including its third in the last four years on November 18, posting a first place team score of 37 points at the NCAA III Cross Country Championships at Cincinnati's Voice of America Park. The top-ranked Calvin men’s cross country team captured its fourth national title including its third in the last four years on November 18, posting a first place team score of 37 points at the NCAA III Cross Country Championships at Cincinnati's Voice of America Park. The score is the second-best in NCAA III Men's Cross Country Championships history. The seventh-ranked Calvin women's cross country team nearly made it a double national title as the Knights took third with 149 points, just five points behind national champion Middlebury (VT) and four points behind runner-up Amherst (MA). The third place finish is Calvin's first top-four national finish since 1999 and its eighth top-four national finish overall. In women's soccer, Calvin's storybook season came to an end as the Knights battled defending national champion Messiah to a 1-1 double-overtime tie in a national quarterfinal game in Rochester, New York but suffered a 5-3 loss in a penalty kick shootout, sending the Falcons onto the NCAA III Final Four in Orlando, Florida. Read more.


Calvin Leads Director’s Cup Race

Calvin has taken the early lead in the U.S. Sports Academy Directors' Cup standings. The Director's Cup is based on points earned by teams that compete in NCAA Championship events and is presented annually by the National Association of Collegiate Director's of Athletics (NACDA) to the best overall collegiate athletics program in the country. The NACDA Director's Cup race is held at the NCAA I, II and III levels and also for NAIA institutions.  Read more


Last week of classes: Please pray for professors and students

Your prayers are important, for our students, professors, and the Calvin community. You are invited to consider the specific needs of the community by reviewing the Calvin prayer log located on the Faith Web site. Classes for the fall semester end a week from today on Friday, December 8 and final exams end on December 15. With many assignments and term papers coming due at this time of the semester, this is a stressful time for both students and professors. Your prayers are important, for our students, professors, and the Calvin community. You are invited to consider the specific needs of the community by reviewing the Calvin prayer log located on the Faith Web site. 


Spark magazine: Winter 2006 issue now online

January’s June: after 20 years as Calvin’s January Series’ director, June Hamersma looks backward—and forwardThe Winter 2006 issue of Spark, Calvin’s quarterly magazine for alumni and friends, is being printed this week and should appear in your mailbox soon.  In the meantime, you can access this newest issue of Spark online.  Featured in this issue:

• January’s June: after 20 years as Calvin’s January Series’ director, June Hamersma looks backward—and forward
• Chiming In for 100 Years: Calvin student newspaper reports, informs, voices opinions since 1907
•  Sporting a New Look: Renovated fieldhouse to become part of new $35 million physical education and athletic complex

To access this issue visit the Spark magazine Web site


John Britton honored by international organization

John Britton, Calvin’s associate dean of student development, was named Orientation Professional of the Year by the National Orientation Director's Association at the group's annual conference in November.A key member of the Calvin student life team has been honored by an international organization as one of the best at what he does on the continent. John Britton, Calvin’s associate dean of student development, was named Orientation Professional of the Year by the National Orientation Director's Association at the group's annual conference in November. NODA is an international organization chartered in 1976 and serving orientation professionals at colleges and universities throughout the U.S. and Canada. Along with his colleagues in the student development office, “JB” is responsible for organizing the orientation programs for first year students and parents, including PASSPORT and QUEST. Previous awards winners (the honor was first given in 1993) have represented larger state universities such as Kent State, Arkansas and Michigan. In fact Britton is the first award recipient from a private college.  Read more.


Please consider a year end gift to the Calvin Annual Fund

Every gift to the Calvin Annual Fund, whatever the size, helps every student, every day and strengthens the education Calvin is providing our students. If you haven’t already, we invite you to consider a year end gift to the Calvin Annual Fund. Your gift, along with other Calvin alumni and friends, helps Calvin provide daily resources for students that help bridge the gap between tuition and the actual cost of a Calvin education. The Calvin Annual Fund encourages the broader Calvin community to support the mission of the college: furtheringMake A Gift NowGod’s work of renewal through the preparation of our students for lives of service in God’s Kingdom. Every gift, whatever the size, helps every student, every day and strengthens the education Calvin is providing our students.


Capella Releases new CD: Jubilate!

The Music Department is pleased to announce the release of “Jubilate!” a new CD recording by Capella. The Music Department is pleased to announce the release of Jubilate! a new CD recording by Capella.  The two-disc set is Capella’s first CD under its new director, Dr. Joel Navarro who took over in 2002 when Prof. Merle Mustert, its previous director, retired. The album contains selections from its 2006 spring break tour repertoire which was composed of world music, settings of poetic texts and visions, psalms, spirituals, old hymns, and new anthems. Click here for a complete listing of pieces on the CD. Jubilate! is available at the Campus Store and can also be ordered online. 


CCCS Book Honored

The book honored is “Educating for Shalom” (Eerdmans, 2004), a collection of essays written by Nicholas Wolterstorff on the purpose of Christian higher education and the nature of academic learning. The Calvin Center for Christian Scholarship is pleased to announce that one of its sponsored projects has received the 2006 Lilly Fellows Program Book Award. The book honored is Educating for Shalom (Eerdmans, 2004), a collection of essays written by Nicholas Wolterstorff on the purpose of Christian higher education and the nature of academic learning. Receiving the award for Wolterstorff on October 13th in Indianapolis was Clarence Joldersma (Education), who initiated and edited the volume as a Calvin Center project. The CCCS congratulates Clarence for this accomplishment, along with Professor of Education Emerita Gloria Goris Stronks who took the lead role in producing the companion volume, Educating for Life: Reflections on Christian Teaching and Learning (Baker Academic, 2002), a collection of Wolterstorff's essays on K-12 education.


Visiting Grand Rapids? Stay on campus at Calvin’s Prince Conference Center

Please consider the comfortable accommodations in any of one of 69 guest rooms at Calvin’s Prince Conference Center.Are you making plans to visit Grand Rapids? Did you know that there is a quality hotel right on campus? Please consider the comfortable accommodations in any of one of 69 guest rooms at Calvin’s Prince Conference Center. Be sure to identify yourself as a Calvin alumnus/alumna (or parent, if you have a student at Calvin) when registering or checking-in to receive preferred and reduced rates.  A special holiday rate of $62/night plus tax is in effect from December 10, 2006 – January 13, 2007; be sure to mention the holiday rate when making a reservation.  This rate can not be combined with other offers or discounts. Make your reservations today by calling toll-free at 866-526-7200 or online.


The January Series:  Listen to outstanding lectures on the Web – Jan. 3-23

Alumni, parents and friends who live out of town may also join in as most of the presentations will be broadcast in real audio through the Calvin Web site; if you are not able to listen live most of the lectures are archived on the Web so you can listen at your convenience.The lineup for the 2007 January Series of Calvin College features its usual collection of top-notch experts from around the world. The January Series is held in the Calvin College Fine Arts Center Auditorium; tickets are not required. All presentations begin at 12:30 pm and end promptly at 1:30 pm (EST). Alumni, parents and friends who live out of town may also join in as most of the presentations will be broadcast in real audio through the Calvin Web site; if you are not able to listen live most of the lectures are archived on the Web so you can listen at your convenience. More information, including the 2007 January Series schedule, is available at the January Series Web site.


Calvin Symposium on Worship: January 25-27, 2007

The Calvin Institute of Christian Worship and the Center for Excellence in Preaching warmly invite you to attend the Calvin Symposium on Worship, January 25-27, 2007.The Calvin Institute of Christian Worship and the Center for Excellence in Preaching warmly invite you to attend the Calvin Symposium on Worship, January 25-27, 2007. The Calvin Symposium on Worship seeks the deepening and integration of all aspects of worship. As worshipers, we concentrate on our specific interests and gifts in seminars and workshops, and experience their integration into the full mission of worship as we gather for the Symposium’s worship services. In interdisciplinary and ecumenical conversations, we ask searching questions, exchange dilemmas, encourage each other. We leave with a renewed commitment to the full ministry of the church.


Calvin Distinctive #2: Purposeful Renewal

Project Neighborhood provides students with an opportunity to experience intentional community by living in an inner-city home with a mentor and other Calvin students, both to develop spiritual and interpersonal skills and to learn about being a positive neighbor and community member. Currently, Calvin sponsors three Project Neighborhood homes. 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.”  Project Neighborhood provides students with an opportunity to experience intentional community by living in an inner-city home with a mentor and other Calvin students, both to develop spiritual and interpersonal skills and to learn about being a positive neighbor and community member. Currently, Calvin sponsors three Project Neighborhood homes.  For more information visit the Calvin 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.