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Calvin Wire - January 15, 2007 -- Volume 7, No. 2

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:
January Series: The Best College Lecture Series in America

The 2007 January Series marks June Hamersma's 20th and final year as the award-winning Series' director.  The Series will conclude on January 23 with June's address, "My Story: 20 Years of the January Series."The award-winning January Series continues this week, featuring the 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. This week’s presentations include:
•  Monday, January 15: Brenda Salter McNeil, The Heart of Racial Justice
•  Tuesday, January 16: Joe Meacham, American Gospel: God, the Founding Fathers, and the Making of a Nation
•  Wednesday, January 17: Jeff Shaara, The Rising Tide: A Storyteller’s View of the Second World War
•  Thursday, January 18: Miroslav Volf, Free of Charge: Giving and Forgiving in a Culture Stripped of Grace
•  Friday, January 19: Louisiana Reperatory Jazz Ensemble (this event is not available for broadcast or digital archiving on the Web).

The January SeriesAlumni and friends who are not able to attend are invited to listen live over the Web site at 12:30 pm (EST) or listen later, at a time of your choosing, to a digitally archived version of a lecture. Please note that some of the January Series speakers or ensembles do not allow Calvin College to broadcast or archive their presentations. More information, including the entire 2007 January Series schedule, is available at the January Series Web site.


Calvin plans events to honor Dr. Martin Luther King

The Calvin community is planning several events highlighting the important topic of racial reconciliation, commemorating the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King. The Calvin community is planning several events highlighting the important topic of racial reconciliation, commemorating the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King. Yesterday young people from a variety of area churches -- nominated through the Pathways to Possibilities program – joined Calvin students for a series of civil rights-focused workshops; younger students spent the night of Sunday, January 14 in the Calvin residence halls.  The entire Calvin community is invited to participate in a commemorative march this morning at 9:45 am at the Calvin Fieldhouse. Marchers will wend their way through campus to the chapel, where Earl James of City Vision, Inc., a consulting firm for churches and other nonprofit organizations, will speak on Martin Luther King as a hero.  This afternoon from 12:30 to 1:30 pm in the Calvin Fine Arts Center, Dr. Brenda Salter McNeil will speak on The Heart of Racial Justice as this year's January Series MLK Day speaker. Immediately following that address at 1:30 pm, there will be a January Series Talk-back near the fireplace in the Hekman Library lobby.  The entire community is welcome. And this afternoon at 3:00 pm, in the same location, there will be a slide show titled Remembering the Movement: Celebrating the life and legacy of Dr. King. Cake and punch will be served to honor what would have been King’s 78th birthday. Read more.


The January Interim: A change of pace for students

Although the January Interim is a brief and somewhat intensive academic term, most students find that the opportunity to focus for three weeks on just one course provides a welcome change of pace from the rigors of a regular semester. The residence halls and Knollcrest East communities take opportunity to program many special events during the Interim. Here is a sampling of a few of those events:
•  Midnight Broomball
•  January Jamboree
•  Dorm Praise Break at 10 pm
•  Interim Intramurals (indoor soccer, dodge ball)
•  Gym Night
•  CAB movie nights (followed by facilitated discussion)
•  Flamingo Football
Square Dance
Dorm Game Night
•  Dorm tournaments: board games, ping pong
•  Karaoke night
•  Saturday Ski Trip
•  January Series discussions
•  Outdoor ice-skating (weather permitting!)
•  extended open house hours

In addition, students have opportunity to attend athletic events, lectures, several on-campus film festivals, a 24 hour fashion show, and “Rink and Roll,” an all-campus ice-skating event at Rosa Parks Circle in downtown Grand Rapids.  Read more


Weblogs for off-campus January Interim programs

This month a record-breaking number of 551 Calvin students are participating in 32 Interim courses taught at off-campus locations. (Photo taken from South Africa Interim, 2007 weblog).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. A few of these programs are maintaining a blog (weblog) highlighting events and featuring photos of the group’s activities. 
•  Business and Engineering Interim in Europe
•  Dutch Landscapes Interim
•  South Africa Interim
These blogs can also be accessed from the Calvin Weblog site.


Author visits Calvin prior to CTC’s production of Dead Man Walking

Sister Helen PrejeanIn the memoir of her spiritual journey with a death row inmate,  Sister Helen Prejean raised the issue of capital punishment in the U.S. to a new level of national consciousness. When Dead Man Walking was turned into a movie, written and directed by Tim Robbins, and starring Susan Sarandon and Sean Penn, the story of Matthew Poncelet touched millions, and the debate intensified. The Calvin Theatre Company will present Dead Man Walking, Robbins’ adaptation of Prejean’s book for the stage, on February 1-3 and February 8-10.  The director, cast and Calvin community had a rare opportunity on January 11 to meet with Sister Helen when she visited Calvin College to lecture about her story and her continuing journey to fight the death penalty.  Read more about Prejean’s visit on the Media Relations Web site.  Tickets for the CTC production of Dead Man Walking can be ordered from the Calvin Box Office at 616-526-6282.


There’s still time to encourage someone apply to Calvin

Although Calvin Admissions has received a record number of applications, there is still time to encourage qualified applicants (relatives, church family, neighbors, and friends) to apply to Calvin for fall 2007. Although Calvin Admissions has received a record number of applications, there is still time to encourage qualified applicants (relatives, church family, neighbors, and friends) to apply to Calvin for fall 2007. Applicants may use the convenient, online application--the online application fee is only $35. Please forward the following URL, along with an encouraging word, to any prospective students who should be considering the benefits of a Calvin education. http://www.calvin.edu/apply


Calvin Intervarsity Chapter to host missions fair in February

In February, the Calvin chapter of Intervarsity Mission Fellowship will host an array of missions organizations at the annual Missions Fair. In February, the Calvin chapter of Intervarsity Mission Fellowship will host an array of missions organizations at the annual Missions Fair. The idea behind the fair, which will be held from 9 am to 4 pm on February 6-7, is to showcase the many forms mission work takes today, and the many opportunities these missions present for students. “It’s easy to think of missionaries as full-time,” says senior Melody Joachim, co-leader of the Intervarsity leadership team at Calvin, “but there are so many opportunities for people our age to go even for a summer or a couple of years. This fair is a good way for them to learn about it and a good way to know about which organization might fit them. It’s also an opportunity to see how God’s working in the world and see many people who are committed to serving the Lord and serving others.”  Read more


Calvin Symposium on Worship: January 25-27

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. Online registrations will be accepted through January 19; after that date participants must register in person at the Symposium.


Homecoming 2007: Center Stage features alumni musicians

Homecoming 2007 is fast approaching! Events are planned for February 9-10 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.Homecoming 2007, set for February 9-10, features a variety of activities as alumni and friends are welcomed back to campus.  The latest addition to the line-up is “Homecoming Center Stage” featuring alumni in The David Molinari Band and The New Midwest, along with student group Ben and Bruno.  In addition, Chimes alumni gather to celebrate 100 years of Calvin’s student newspaper, and 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.
Calvin Distinctive #3: Spirited 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’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. At Calvin there is an emphasis on applying discernment to learning. Across the curriculum, students and faculty analyze all aspects of culture and respond to God's call to make all things new. This begins with Calvin's first-year student program, which includes a series of classes called Prelude and an Interim class called Developing a Christian Mind.  These courses provide new students with a framework for building a worldview - a framework of faith that supports their entire Calvin education. Read more.

 

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.