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Calvin Wire - February 1, 2007 -- Volume 7, No. 3

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:
ReGathering: spring semester begins this week

Regathering is relatively new tradition at Calvin, an occasion for the community to launch into the spring semester and welcome back students and faculty who have traveled abroad during fall semester and Interim, while celebrating the cultures with which they have engaged and the diversity of things they have learned.The spring semester begins this week and yesterday, January 31, students and faculty assembled for ReGathering, Calvin’s spring convocation. ReGathering is relatively new tradition at Calvin, an occasion for the community to launch into the spring semester and welcome back students and faculty who have traveled abroad during fall semester and Interim, while celebrating the cultures with which they have engaged and the diversity of things they have learned. We were especially pleased to welcome guest speaker Ruth Padilla DeBorst, president of the Latin American Theological Fraternity and director of Ediciones Certeza Unida, the publishing house of the Spanish speaking movements linked to the International Fellowship of Evangelical Students.  Read more


Van Lunen Center to support Christian school administrators

The Van Lunen Center for Executive Management in Christian Schools is being established at Calvin courtesy of a $2 million gift to the college from the Richard D. Van Lunen Foundation. An innovative new center at Calvin College will bring fresh resources to beleaguered Christian school administrators. The Van Lunen Center for Executive Management in Christian Schools is being established at Calvin courtesy of a $2 million gift to the college from the Richard D. Van Lunen Foundation. The Center’s purpose will be to provide world-class executive management education for senior leaders of schools based on the historic Christian faith (of which there are some 20,000 across the continent). The center will serve faith-based schools large and small across the U.S. and Canada. And it will practice a big-tent philosophy, reaching out to schools from a wide-range of faith traditions, including Catholic, evangelical Protestant, Episcopal, independent Christian, Lutheran and Reformed Christian day schools.  Dr. Shirley Roels ’71 has just been appointed as the first Van Lunen Center director and will shift into the role after a 27-year career at Calvin that has seen her serve the college in a variety of ways, including as a professor of business management, the dean of academic administration and director of the Lilly Vocation Program.  Read more.  


Templeton awards $2 million grant for program with China

Kelly Clark, a Calvin philosophy professor who is directing this project, says its goal is “to produce a sophisticated ongoing conversation about philosophy, science and belief in China that will equip scholars, strengthen teaching at Chinese universities, and sustain and deepen this line of inquiry in China.”Western capitalism has made big inroads in China in the last two decades. But the philosophical foundations of western society have been less explored.  A new grant to Calvin College from the John Templeton Foundation hopes to change that. Calvin has received $2 million from Templeton for a project called “Science, Philosophy and Belief: A Program for Chinese Scholars.”  The effort will include a three-year partnership between Calvin and the Society of Christian Philosophers (SCP). It is being managed by the Nagel Institute for the Study of World Christianity at Calvin. Kelly Clark, a Calvin philosophy professor who is directing this project, says its goal is “to produce a sophisticated ongoing conversation about philosophy, science and belief in China that will equip scholars, strengthen teaching at Chinese universities, and sustain and deepen this line of inquiry in China.”  Read more


Community mourns the death of first-year student Melissa Decator

One of our precious students, Melissa Emily Decator, a freshman from Byron Center, Michigan, passed away on Sunday, January 21 as a result of injuries from a car accident. One of our precious students, Melissa Emily Decator, a freshman from Byron Center, Michigan, passed away on Sunday, January 21 as a result of injuries from a car accident. Melissa was a 2006 graduate of Calvin Christian High School and lived in Rooks Hall, where her friends describe her as bubbly, energetic and a faithful daughter of Jesus Christ. Melissa is the daughter of Mrs. Lori Decator who lives at 1311 Marshwood Ct. SW, Apt. 3A, Byron Center, Michigan 49315 and Michael Decator of 53 Point West Circle, Little Rock, AR 72211.  Please remember the Decator family in prayer during this time of grief, as well as her friends and classmates who mourn this tragic death. Read more.


Black History Month to be celebrated by a fusion of events

“We want people to recognize that African-American history is history,” says Jermale Eddie, program coordinator for the Multicultural Student Development office. “A lot of people think these events are for the minorities and African Americans in particular. We want to welcome the entire community.” February is Black History Month and the Calvin community will mark that with a fusion of historical, cultural, spiritual and artistic events. Some of the events will take their theme from international celebrations of 2007 as the 200th anniversary of the abolition of the transatlantic slave trade. All of February's events at Calvin are open to the general public. And that's intentional say college organizers. “We want people to recognize that African-American history is history,” says Jermale Eddie, program coordinator for the Multicultural Student Development office. “A lot of people think these events are for the minorities and African Americans in particular. We want to welcome the entire community.” Events begin on Monday, February 5 when the college hosts an African American Read-In. That day will also mark the start of a program called Five Days in the Black World.  The weeklong celebration will be hosted by the Black Knights, a student group that encourages dialogue between African-American and African students about issues surrounding the African Diaspora.  Read more


Nearby apartment complex offers a unique student housing option

Last December Calvin purchased a limited liability company (LLC) which owns a nearby 144-unit apartment complex. Glen Oaks East, located approximately one mile east of Calvin, is operated distinctly from Calvin College by a separate board of managers, all of whom are administrative representatives from the college.  In an effort to expand housing opportunities for students living off campus, Calvin College has entered into a unique business arrangement. Last December Calvin purchased a limited liability company (LLC) which owns a nearby 144-unit apartment complex. Glen Oaks East, located approximately one mile east of Calvin, is operated distinctly from Calvin College by a separate board of managers, all of whom are administrative representatives from the college.  An interesting feature of this LLC is that the board of managers is designed to include up to three student interns, providing a practical business learning experience for Calvin students.

Calvin has been considering additional avenues to expand choice and options for student housing, and this property immediately looked appealing.  The on-campus housing options are almost full, and additional new buildings on campus, though part of the long-term goals, are much more expensive to construct.  The new board of managers hopes initially to attract 30-50 Calvin students with hopes that student interest in Glen Oaks East will increase.  Campus housing policies will not apply to Calvin students living at Glen Oaks East; tenants other than Calvin students currently reside there and will continue to do so.  The board of managers is interested in working with the college to provide optional programming for Calvin students residing there, including spiritual growth opportunities, potential Service-Learning partnerships, and other Calvin-related programs. Read more.  


Rivalry photo galleries now online

Photo galleries are now online from many of the “Rivalry” games sites, where alumni from Calvin and Hope gathered as their men’s basketball teams faced off for their 163rd contest on January 13. See who showed up for this annual event, held at 60+ locations across North America!  Photo galleries are now online from many of the “Rivalry” games sites, where alumni from Calvin and Hope gathered as their men’s basketball teams faced off for their 163rd contest on January 13. 



Wear Calvin
Day: Friday, February 9

Homecoming 2007 is fast approaching! Alumni and friends are invited to show and share your Calvin spirit during Homecoming on Friday, February 9. Wherever you are, we invite you to “wear something Calvin.” Homecoming 2007 is fast approaching! Alumni and friends are invited to show and share your Calvin spirit during Homecoming on Friday, February 9. Wherever you are, we invite you to “wear something Calvin.” If you have pictures and/or stories to share send them to the Calvin Alumni Office (alumni@calvin.edu) for possible publication. Highlights of Homecoming 2007 include a celebration of 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. 


Dream Team tour helps students and families with college planning

Organizers hope the second annual visit of the Dream Team to New Hope Baptist Church (to be held from 9 am to 12:30 pm on Saturday, February 24) will be even better than last year’s successful event. The Dream Team, a project of the Calvin College Office of Pre-College Programs, educates families about preparing their high school-age children for college. Organizers hope the second annual visit of the Dream Team to New Hope Baptist Church (to be held from 9 am to 12:30 pm on Saturday, February 24) will be even better than last year’s successful event. The Dream Team, a project of the Calvin College Office of Pre-College Programs, educates families about preparing their high school-age children for college. “We assume that this information is new to our audience,” says Tasha Paul, assistant director of Pre-College Programs. “If it’s not, then we will just provide an affirmation to what they already know. But we’re going to go in with as many tools and resources as we can, hoping that this message is well-received.” Paul launched the Dream Team last year as an associate director of admissions. The event was inspired, she says, by years of screening the files of applicants who had missed one or more crucial steps of preparation to attend college. 
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Siblings Weekend & Rangeela: February 23-24

Also featured this weekend is Rangeela, Calvin’s annual international student variety show. Calvin has the 6th largest international student population of any liberal arts college in the USA -- as well as all of West Michigan. Rangeela, Hindi for “colorful,” is a pageant of costume, music, rhythm and drama and is that community's gift to both Calvin and the community beyond the college. Younger brothers and sisters will join older college-age siblings for a weekend of special campus events and activities on February 23-24, as the Calvin community prepares for Siblings Weekend 2007.  Highlights include movie night, swimming, karaoke, ice-skating, a tie-dye and face painting party, bowling, and up to six meals in the dining hall.  Also featured this weekend is Rangeela, Calvin’s annual international student variety show. Calvin has the 6th largest international student population of any liberal arts college in the USA -- as well as all of West Michigan. Rangeela, Hindi for “colorful,” is a pageant of costume, music, rhythm and drama and is that community's gift to both Calvin and the community beyond the college. Rangeela tickets sakes to the general public will begin on February 9. For additional information visit the Siblings Weekend or Rangeela Web sites.

Calvin Distinctive #1: Profoundly Academic

A recent survey found that 85 percent of Calvin faculty members have published a scholarly article during their academic careers, compared with 75 percent at peer institutions. And 76 percent of the Calvin faculty members have published one or more works in the last two years, compared with 54 percent at other four-year private colleges.Calvin consistently receives national recognition for academic excellence. Calvin's well-respected faculty, inquiring student body and innovative core curriculum come together in an environment that links intellectual freedom with a heart for service. Calvin professors are prolific: A recent survey found that 85 percent of Calvin faculty members have published a scholarly article during their academic careers, compared with 75 percent at peer institutions. And 76 percent of the Calvin faculty members have published one or more works in the last two years, compared with 54 percent at other four-year private colleges. 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.