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Calvin Wire - January 2, 2007 -- Volume 7, No. 1

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:
Calvin’s January Interim term begins tomorrow

The objective of the Interim is to provide students an opportunity to study topics which would ordinarily not be offered during a regular semester. We at Calvin wish you and your family a most blessed new year!  Calvin’s January Interim term begins tomorrow at 8:00 am.  The objective of the Interim is to provide students an opportunity to study topics which would ordinarily not be offered during a regular semester. The list of Interim courses (almost 200 of them!) represents an interesting collection of topics and reflects the wealth of knowledge within the Calvin faculty. Here are a few examples:
•  Global Ecosustainability
•  Knowing Yourself
•  Anti-Semitism and the Holocaust
•  The Invisible Workforce
•  Chaplin and Hitchcock
•  Knitting: Creativity, Community and Social Support
•  Village Religion in China

This month, a record-breaking number of 551 Calvin students are participating in 32 Interim courses taught at off-campus locations. Many of these Interim course locations are outside of the U.S., including Venice, Ecuador, London, Germany, Kenya, Greece, South Africa, the Netherlands, Cambodia, Mexico, Australia, Jamaica, Panama, Tanzania, Guatemala, Switzerland, and Belize. Please pray for the safety of Calvin students traveling back to campus today and to many locations around the world. This month, a record-breaking number of 551 Calvin students are participating in 32 Interim courses taught at off-campus locations. Many of these Interim course locations are outside of the U.S., including Venice, Ecuador, London, Germany, Kenya, Greece, South Africa, the Netherlands, Cambodia, Mexico, Australia, Jamaica, Panama, Tanzania, Guatemala, Switzerland, and Belize. As always, alumni and friends are invited and encouraged to pray for the needs of the Calvin community by visiting the online prayer log on the Faith Web site.


January Series 2007 begins tomorrow at 12:30 pm
(EST)

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. The award-winning January Series begins tomorrow at 12:30 pm (EST) featuring author and speaker Lauren Winner. All lectures are held in the Fine Arts Center Auditorium and are free and open to the public. 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


The January Series: Participate from around the globe! 

Alumni, parents and friends from all around the world who are not able to attend the January Series in person are invited to participate in the 2007 January Series in one of several ways:
•  Listen live over the Web site at www.calvin.edu/january at 12:30 pm (EST). Please note that some of the January Series speakers/ensembles do not allow Calvin College to broadcast or archive their presentations.
•  Listen, at a time of your choosing, to January Series lectures digitally archived on the Web site, also found at www.calvin.edu/january
•  This month Calvin College, in cooperation with the sponsoring sites, is piloting two remote January Series locations; one in Holland, MI at Ridge Point Church and one in Whitinsville, MA at Fairlawn Christian Reformed Church. At each of these sites guests will assemble at 12:30 pm (EST) on selected dates in January to watch and listen to the featured (or a selected) January Series presentation. These events are free and open to the public.


Calvin dorms raise funds for local organizations

“That’s impressive money, and it teaches students about stewardship of their own money and about organizations that are doing really important things,” says dean of residence life John Witte about the auctions, which have been a Calvin tradition for over 15 years. Throughout November, residents of the seven Calvin College residence halls took time out from papers and exams to raise $23,000 for their community partners in the annual (and always wacky) residence hall auctions. “That’s impressive money, and it teaches students about stewardship of their own money and about organizations that are doing really important things,” says dean of residence life John Witte about the auctions, which have been a Calvin tradition for over 15 years.  Each dorm has a specific partnership, and the yearly auction allows Calvin students to give substantial monetary gifts to these community organizations where they serve every week during the academic year.  Read more.


Hand sanitizing units installed to combat flu virus


As part of an effort to lessen the impact of the cold and flu season, hand sanitizing units were installed across the campus during Christmas break. As part of an effort to lessen the impact of the cold and flu season, hand sanitizing units were installed across the campus during Christmas break. The units are touch-free and dispense a foam-based, alcohol hand sanitizer from Purell. Pat Buist, Calvin’s environmental health & safety officer, comments: "These units are placed in areas where people handle objects that are touched by many other people, such as computer components, telephones and exercise equipment, but where washing with soap and water is not convenient. They are also being placed near food lines to encourage people to clean their hands before eating." Although the 100 units will provide a very visible reminder about the importance of clean hands in preventing the spread of germs, Buist says the effort is just one prong in a multi-pronged approach that has education at its center. "These units," says Buist, "are being installed in conjunction with education about how flu and colds are spread. Our goal is to cut down the spread of flu this season. Anything we can do now, before a pandemic influenza emerges, will help prepare our campus community to limit the spread of an even more virulent flu virus later."  To learn more about Calvin’s plan to reduce the communities’ exposure to flu and other diseases visit this resource on the Calvin Web site.  


Professor Joy Bonnema to visit central California communities, January 7-14

Calvin professor Joy Bonnema will visit several communities in central California from January 7-14, 2007, to connect with churches, schools, alumni and friends, and future Calvin students and families. Calvin professor Joy Bonnema will visit several communities in central California from January 7-14, 2007, to connect with churches, schools, alumni and friends, and future Calvin students and families.  Dr. Bonnema, a biology professor who has taught cell biology and genetics, immunology, human sexuality, and biology as a springboard for worship, has also served as a mentor for the Barnabas Team. The itinerary for Dr. Bonnema’s January trip can be viewed on the Alumni Web site


The Rivalry - Saturday, January 13. Join the fun at one of 60+ 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 60 “Rivalry” sites across the U.S. and Canada to participate in this Calvin-Hope tradition via live satellite broadcast. 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! And be sure to check out the brand new Rivalry Web site which allows visitors to customize colors and themes depending on viewing preferences.

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.


Prof. Garth Pauley’s new book examines famous civil rights speech

Garth Pauley, a Calvin communication professor, has a new book coming out this month on the history of voting rights in the U.S., the civil rights demonstrations in Selma, Alabama, and the efforts of President Lyndon B. Johnson to create a more just society. Garth Pauley, a Calvin communication professor, has a new book coming out this month on the history of voting rights in the U.S., the civil rights demonstrations in Selma, Alabama, and the efforts of President Lyndon B. Johnson to create a more just society.  Texas A&M University Press will publish "LBJ's American Promise" sometime in January 2007, but Pauley received his first copies of the book this week. The book focuses on Johnson's famous "We Shall Overcome" speech of March 15, 1965, in which he urged passage of legislation that ultimately became the Voting Rights Act of 1965. The book is grounded in primary research conducted at the Lyndon B. Johnson Presidential Library and interviews with members of Johnson's staff.  Read more


Please nominate a high school student for Entrada 2007

The Entrada Scholars Program offers ethnic minority high school students a "gateway" to the future: the opportunity to experience college learning and living while earning college credit!The Entrada Scholars Program offers ethnic minority high school students a "gateway" to the future: the opportunity to experience college learning and living while earning college credit! Entrada scholars participate in regular summer-term classes with current Calvin students and spend 4 weeks (June 17 - July 13, 2007) experiencing college life firsthand. Calvin alumni, parents and friends are invited and encouraged to nominate high school juniors and seniors within your sphere of influence (family, church, school, neighborhood, etc.) who might benefit from such an opportunity. The deadline for nominating an Entrada scholar is February 16. For more information about Entrada, and to access the nomination form visit the Entrada Web site.


English professor David Urban contributes to award-winning book

David Urban, a professor of English, contributed a chapter to "Milton's Legacy," a book that recently won the Irene Samuel award for the most distinguished multiauthor collection of essays in 2005. A Calvin College professor is part of a book on John Milton that has been honored by the Milton Society of America (which has been around almost 60 years and includes almost 600 members).  David Urban, a professor of English, contributed a chapter to "Milton's Legacy," a book that recently won the Irene Samuel award for the most distinguished multiauthor collection of essays in 2005. The award was presented by the Milton Society of America at the annual dinner held December 28 at the Modern Language Association meeting in Philadelphia. Urban contributed an essay titled "'Out of His Treasurie Things New and Old': Milton's Parabolic Householder in The Doctrine and Discipline of Divorce and De Doctrina Christiana."  Read more


Homecoming 2007: Alumni Association & Chimes each celebrate 100 years

Highlights of Homecoming 2007 include the annual Airband contest, exciting Calvin basketball, a Chimes newspaper staff reunion, concerts, plays, luncheons and dinners including the annual Calvin Ambassadors Dinner and Black Knights Formal! Homecoming 2007 is fast approaching! Events are planned to celebrate 100 years of Chimes, Calvin’s student newspaper, with a Chimes alumni reunion, while the Calvin Alumni Association marks their centennial with a gala dinner on Saturday evening. Other Homecoming highlights include the annual Airband contest, exciting Calvin basketball, concerts, plays, luncheons, and dinners. Be sure to order your Homecoming 2007 tickets online today.


Parish Nursing course to be offered again this winter

The 2007 course at Calvin will be January 26-27, February 16-17 and March 16-17 with classes from 4 pm to 9:30 pm on Fridays and 9 am to 6 pm on Saturdays. Calvin will offer another preparation course for parish nurses next January, February and March. Parish nursing is a 2,000-year-old tradition, partnering caregivers and churches in a relationship that seeks to heal body, mind and spirit. Its earliest roots are with the monks and nuns who provided care for the sick and caring for the children, the widowed and the poor during the early days of Christianity. Although parish nursing waned for a time, as modern medicine took over caring for the sick, the tide has turned. Parish nursing is mounting a comeback. And the Calvin College department of nursing is lending a hand. Almost 100 registered nurses have completed the 36-hour parish nurse basic preparation course at Calvin College since the program began in fall 2003. These nurses join more than 10,000 other parish/faith community nurses in the US, Canada, Australia and several other countries. The 2007 course at Calvin will be January 26-27, February 16-17 and March 16-17 with classes from 4 pm to 9:30 pm on Fridays and 9 am to 6 pm on Saturdays. Read more.


Steve Van Der Weele selected to receive Faith & Learning Award

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. 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.


Calvin Distinctive #2: Purposeful Renewal

Twenty students now form the Barnabas Team, a group that fosters spiritual community in Calvin's residence halls and Knollcrest East apartments. Barnabas Team members act as servant leaders of fellow students, gather students together for activities that promote Christian community, and help students discover ways to minister to one another within that community.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." Twenty students now form the Barnabas Team, a group that fosters spiritual community in Calvin's residence halls and Knollcrest East apartments. Barnabas Team members act as servant leaders of fellow students, gather students together for activities that promote Christian community, and help students discover ways to minister to one another within that 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.