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Calvin Wire - December 15, 2006 -- Volume 6, No. 24

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:

Please consider a year end gift to the Calvin Annual Fund

The Calvin Annual Fund encourages the broader Calvin community to support the mission of the college: furthering God’s work of renewal through the preparation of our students for lives of service in God’s Kingdom.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: furthering God’s work of renewal Make A Gift Nowthrough 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.


Calvin and Trinity basketball today at Chicago’s United Center

The Calvin Knights and the Trinity Christian Trolls (Trinity Christian College, Palos Heights, IL) meet this afternoon for some great basketball action on the floor of Chicago’s United Center. The Calvin Knights and the Trinity Trolls (Trinity Christian College, Palos Heights, IL) meet this afternoon for some great basketball action on the floor of Chicago’s United Center.  Following the Calvin-Trinity contest, Calvin and Trinity fans holding special tickets will stay to watch the Chicago Bulls face off with the Milwaukee Bucks at 7:30 pm (sorry, special tickets are sold out). At a hospitality area between games, 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.  This game will be broadcast live from the Calvin Sports Web site at 4:00 pm, EST (3:00 pm, CST). 


Looking for a gift suggestion? Calvin Tuition Certificates!

Give the gift of a Calvin College education by purchasing Calvin Tuition Certificates for your favorite Calvin student, or as a way to encourage a young person to consider the benefits of a Calvin education in the future. Give the gift of a Calvin College education by purchasing Calvin Tuition Certificates for your favorite Calvin student, or as a way to encourage a young person to consider the benefits of a Calvin education in the future. Tuition certificates are purchased at the current tuition rate, presently $202.45 for one unit or 1/100th of a year’s tuition. Units may be redeemed at any future date to pay for the same fraction of a year’s tuition, leveraging the advantage that the units were pre-purchased at a lower tuition rate. Some students and parents use these certificates to pre-purchase tuition units for the next year at the current tuition rates. The current rate for Calvin Tuition Certificates is in effect through January 31, 2007, at which time the unit rate will increase to 1/100th of next year’s tuition. For more information visit the Calvin Tuition Certificate Web site.


Steve Van Der Weele selected to receive Faith & Learning Award

The Calvin Alumni Board has selected Steve Van Der Weele, English professor emeritus, to receive this year’s Faith & Learning Award. The Calvin Alumni Board has selected Steve Van Der Weele, English professor emeritus, to receive this year’s Faith & Learning Award. This award is presented to a former Calvin professor to recognize impact on spiritual formation, concern for students and lasting influence on Calvin alumni.  Alumni are invited and encouraged to submit memories and stories of Dr. Van Der Weele which will be shared with him at a Homecoming luncheon on February 10.  To submit a memory or story or read more visit the Homecoming Web site.


Now available: CCEL Christian Classics CD for $35


The new CCEL Classics CD features 118 books including selections of the most important spiritual writings of Christian history, commentaries, and Bible dictionaries—all for $35.00. The new CCEL Classics CD features 118 books including selections of the most important spiritual writings of Christian history, commentaries, and Bible dictionaries—all for $35.00. This CD makes a great gift and is a helpful tool for Bible study, sermon preparation, research, personal inspiration and lay readings. New software offers powerful searching and convenient Bible study capabilities. 

CCEL, Calvin’s Christian Classics Ethereal Library, is a digital library of hundreds of classic Christian books selected for edification and education. The online server reaches several million different users each year, serving students, teachers, ministers, missionaries, scholars, and lay people. Users are from all mainstream branches of Christianity, including people around the world who have limited access to such works by other means.  Read more.


The January Series 2007 draws near with a stellar line-up of talks

And to cap her career, and the 2007 Series, Hamersma herself will take the stage for a talk on January 23 titled simply: “My Story: Twenty Years of The January Series.” The 2007 edition of The January Series at Calvin College will be a little like a reunion. The series marks the 20th under the guidance of January Series director June Hamersma, who announced last spring that 2007 will mark her moving on. To celebrate her final January Series, Hamersma chose to bring back six of her all-time favorite presenters, including the Louisiana Repertory Jazz Ensemble which performed for six straight years in the middle of Hamersma’s tenure. And to cap her career, and the 2007 Series, Hamersma herself will take the stage for a talk on January 23 titled simply: “My Story: Twenty Years of The January Series.” She is as excited about the 2007 Series as she was planning her first 1988 Series 20 years ago. Read more.


Nursing student wins prestigious Gilman Scholarship

Jessica Miller, a Calvin nursing student, has won a prestigious Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship. Jessica Miller, a Calvin nursing student, has won a prestigious Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship. Miller, a 20-year-old sophomore from Colorado Springs, will use the $4,000 Gilman (one of only 400 given to almost 1,200 applicants) to participate in Calvin's development studies semester in Honduras. “I'm very honored and very excited to have received the scholarship,” says Miller, “and I’m really excited to be going to study in Honduras. I want to do missionary nursing, and I want to do third world development, so I think this is an opportunity to learn what the problems are in a third world country.”  The Gilman, awarded by the U.S Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and the Institute of International Education (IIE) is a tough scholarship to win. Yet Calvin, ranked fourth in the country among baccalaureate institutions by the IIE for the number of students studying abroad, offers a distinctive advantage for Gilman hopefuls.  Read more.


Calvin mourns the death of Bernie Ten Broek

Dr. Bernard Ten Broek, professor of biology emeritus, passed away on Saturday, December 9. Dr. Bernard Ten Broek, professor of biology emeritus, passed away on Saturday, December 9.  Ten Broek began his teaching career at Calvin in 1955, following six years as a science teacher at Western Christian High School in Hull, Iowa.  “It was a time when biology was in the midst of a huge revolution,” said Hessel (“Bud”) Bouma ‘72, Calvin biology professor and former student of Ten Broek. “The field was just beginning major breakthroughs in genetics and the increasing recognition of DNA as genetic material.” In the late 1960s Ten Broek was heavily involved in the design of the Science Building on the Knollcrest Campus.  Bridging the gap between faith and science was a focal point of Ten Broek’s 34-year career. For his dedicated work, Ten Broek, a 1949 Calvin graduate, was the 10th recipient of the Calvin Alumni Association’s Faith and Learning Award in 2001, an award is based on excellence in teaching, spiritual impact, concern for students and lasting influence. A memorial service for Dr. Ten Broek was held in Grand Rapids on December 14. 


Second Faith and International Development Conference: February 1-3

The second annual Faith and International Development Conference will be held at Calvin College Thursday through Saturday, February 1-3, 2007. The second annual Faith and International Development Conference will be held at Calvin College Thursday through Saturday, February 1-3, 2007. The goal of the conference—which aims to draw 600 students from around the U.S. and Canada (twice the number of last year's attendees)—is to take a deeper look at the issues surrounding faith and development. “I'm really excited that there's so much interest with students about these topics, but they don't always have the knowledge base to get involved,” says junior Andrew VanStee, this year's conference chair. “We're hoping to provide a place where people can move beyond saying, ‘I care about this. This is important to me,' and move into this area and do so knowledgably.” The 2007 conference—sponsored by the Christian Reformed World Relief Committee; the Mennonite Central Committee; Bread for the World; and Calvin's Lilly Vocation Project—is structured around the themes: “Do justice/ Have mercy/ Make peace/ Take care.” Each theme targets a key area of international development: peace building and reconciliation; global health; environmental care, and economic justice. Read more


Calvin students plan Interim course on Uganda

Kincso BorgyosTwo Ugandan development workers will teach at Calvin College in January in what is believed to be the college's first-ever interim class planned by students. “Hope Amidst an Unjust War” is a three-week class created by Calvin seniors Kincso Borgyos (pictured right) and Jeannine Keller (pictured below). The course will bring Michael Oruni and Harriet Acen to Calvin to share their stories of doing development work in the devastating wake of the Lord’s Resistance Army Jeannine Keller(LRA), which has waged a 20-year civil war in Uganda and become infamous for kidnapping Ugandan children and forcing them to become soldiers and sex slaves. Borgyos, who majors in religion and international development, and Keller, a civil engineering major, got the idea to bring Oruni and Acen to Grand Rapids when they met them on a previous interim in Uganda taught by economics professor George Monsma and communication arts and sciences professor Mark Fackler.  Read more



The Rivalry - Saturday, January 13. Join the fun at one of 50+ satellite sites!

The classic Calvin-Hope basketball rivalry will reignite on Saturday, January 13 at 2:00 pm (EST) at the Calvin College Fieldhouse. The classic Calvin-Hope basketball rivalry will reignite on Saturday, January 13 at 2:00 pm (EST) at the Calvin College Fieldhouse. Calvin and Hope parents, family, and alumni are invited to gather at one of more than 50 “Rivalry” sites across the U.S. and Canada to participate in this Calvin-Hope tradition via live satellite broadcast. To locate the event closest to your area visit the Rivalry Web site. Are you unable to find a “Rivalry” location nearby? Call 616-526-6803 and perhaps we can recruit you (in 2008) to help make local arrangements to plan a new “Rivalry” event in your hometown!

The Calvin-Hope rivalry has gained national attention in recent years and was recently ranked one of the country’s fiercest rivalries behind Duke/North Carolina, Connecticut/Tennessee (women’s) and Louisville/Kentucky. The first game between the two schools was played during the 1920-21 season. Since then, Hope and Calvin have played 162 times and are tied at 81-81.


Calvin Orchestra releases new DVD


The Calvin College Music Department is pleased announce the release of a new DVD recording by the Calvin Orchestra; a live recording of Brahms Symphony No. 2 in D which was recorded on November 4, 2006. The Calvin College Music Department is pleased announce the release of a new DVD recording by the Calvin Orchestra; a live recording of Brahms Symphony No. 2 in D which was recorded on November 4, 2006. This DVD recording is the second DVD produced under director, Robert Nordling. This production is available from Calvin's Campus Store.





Financial Aid Seminars: January 4-22


Calvin’s financial aid office is once again offering college financing seminars during January, held at several locations throughout Michigan, Illinois and Indiana. Calvin’s financial aid office is once again offering college financing seminars during January, held at several locations throughout Michigan, Illinois and Indiana. These free seminars provide an opportunity for parents of high school students to explore various options and programs available to help pay for a college education. The information shared is appropriate for all pre-college students, not just those considering a Calvin education. Parents and students from any high school are welcome to attend. If you know of prospective college students and/or parents who will benefit from exploring these options, please invite and encourage them to attend one of these seminars. The listing of scheduled seminars is available on Calvin's Financial Aid Web site


Calvin Distinctive #3: Spirited Community

Calvin cultivates an intentional community of scholars in several ways: Class sizes are small; faculty members serve as academic advisors; students take common core courses and communicate through KnightVision, our online community. Calvin's thoughtful Christian community strengthens heart, soul, mind and body.  Calvin students, faculty and staff value the task of serving God together through intellectual exploration, spirited interaction, worship and work. Calvin cultivates an intentional community of scholars in several ways: Class sizes are small; faculty members serve as academic advisors; students take common core courses and communicate through KnightVision, our online community.  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.