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Calvin Wire - February 15, 2007 -- Volume 7, No. 4

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:

Professor Lee Hardy receives award for exemplary teaching

On February 8, at a special awards dinner, one of Calvin's master teachers, Dr. Lee Hardy, was awarded the Presidential Award for Exemplary Teaching. An excellent education is supported by an excellent faculty. On February 8, at a special awards dinner, one of Calvin's master teachers, Dr. Lee Hardy, was awarded the Presidential Award for Exemplary Teaching. A professor of philosophy at Calvin since 1981, Dr. Hardy is the 15th winner of Calvin’s top teaching honor. This annual award honors a faculty member for extraordinary skill and commitment; for influencing the education and careers of students in profoundly Christian ways; for service to the college, the Christian church, the profession, and the community; and most of all, for providing to Calvin students – and to all of us – a shining standard of intelligence, effectiveness, wisdom, Christian dedication, and character. Read more.


Calvin prayerfully prepares for Equality Ride visit in April

Calvin College is one of more than 30 colleges and universities to be visited this spring by Equality Ride, a group of college-aged people on a nation-wide bus tour who have invited themselves to college campuses to have dialogue on the topic of homosexuality.Calvin College is one of more than 30 colleges and universities to be visited this spring by Equality Ride, a group of college-aged people on a nation-wide bus tour who have invited themselves to college campuses to have dialogue on the topic of homosexuality. We are in communication with the ER organizers about their visit to Calvin and are in the early stages of preparing for their visit. Some colleges targeted for visits last year banned Equality Ride from campus; some will likely do so again this year. Calvin will not choose to do that, for several reasons.

First, our community has been engaged in conversations about human sexuality, and the impending Equality Ride contributes to that series of discussions. Second, a hallmark of a Calvin education is that we are willing to listen to other points of view, even those with which we are in disagreement, and we also appreciate opportunities to share our points of view. Third, many of the Riders have felt estranged from their Christian roots and/or have misperceptions about Christians who hold a viewpoint that opposes their own. Our prayer is that their visit to Calvin may help them in this area.

We ask alumni and friends to pray with us as our community prepares for this visit in April. Our prayer is that this set of circumstances would not cause division or misunderstanding among us on campus or with our constituencies, but instead be used by God for his purposes.  For additional information abpout the Equality Ride please visit the Student Life Web site


MIAA Titles Times Two

Last week Calvin wrapped up two MIAA winter sports championships as the women's basketball team clinched a league crown with a thrilling 63-58 overtime victory over rival Hope while the women’s swimming and diving team captured its third straight league title with a dominating performance at the MIAA Championships.Last week Calvin wrapped up two MIAA winter sports championships as the women's basketball team clinched a league crown with a thrilling 63-58 overtime victory over rival Hope while the women’s swimming and diving team captured its third straight league title with a dominating performance at the MIAA Championships.

Last week Calvin wrapped up two MIAA winter sports championships as the women's basketball team clinched a league crown with a thrilling 63-58 overtime victory over rival Hope while the women’s swimming and diving team captured its third straight league title with a dominating performance at the MIAA Championships.

•  More on women's basketball championship

•  More on the swimming and diving title




Calvin upsets Hope, 77-71 / Classic Rivalry tied at 82 games each


On Wednesday, February 7, in their 164th meeting, Calvin upset 6th-ranked Hope 77-71. It was Hope's first-ever men's basketball loss at Hope’s new DeVos Fieldhouse ending a string of 28 consecutive home floor victories. Add another chapter to the classic Calvin/Hope men's basketball rivalry. On Wednesday, February 7, in their 164th meeting, Calvin upset 6th-ranked Hope 77-71. It was Hope's first-ever men's basketball loss at Hope’s new DeVos Fieldhouse ending a string of 28 consecutive home floor victories. The 84 year series is now tied all-time 82-82. Calvin also remains in a tie for second-place in the MIAA standings with Tri-State.


Homecoming 2007: Memories on the Web

Cold Knight Club 2007Here are a few web resources that provide a brief glimpse into some of the student activities surrounding Homecoming 2007:

•  Cold Knight Club photo gallery
•  Roving WebCam (2/12) gallery
•  Roving WebCam (2/14) gallery
•  Airband 2007 photo gallery
•  Airband 2007 (People’s Choice Award)



Gift of Life 2007: Join Calvin’s team and save a life

Calvin College is participating in the 4th annual Gift of Life University Challenge. Calvin is “competing” against other Michigan colleges to see which school can sign up the most donor registrants from now until February 26th. Calvin alumni and friends are invited to participate as part of the Calvin community! Did you know that although 90% of Americans support organ and tissue donation, most do not know how to sign up as organ donors in their state?  Calvin College is participating in the 4th annual Gift of Life University Challenge. Calvin is “competing” against other Michigan colleges to see which school can sign up the most donor registrants from now until February 26th. Calvin alumni and friends are invited to participate as part of the Calvin community! Even if you've signed up in the past, you can renew your registration in order to obtain a red heart sticker for your driver's license or state ID card.  Michigan residents can help save lives by signing up on the Michigan Organ Donor Registry Web site. Non Michigan (U.S.) residents can call Sally Vander Ploeg, Calvin’s Gift of Life Coordinator, at 616-526-7112 or by e-mail svploeg@calvin.edu to request a brochure.


Hekman Library to hold third annual Frisbee Golf tournament

Glenn Remelts, director of the library, admits the event is an unusual one. "To the best of my knowledge," he says, "we're the only library that has an indoor Frisbee golf tournament." Calvin’s Hekman Library, the second-biggest private college library in Michigan, will hold its third annual Frisbee Golf Tournament tomorrow evening (February 16) from 8:30 to 10:30 pm. Glenn Remelts, director of the library, admits the event is an unusual one.  "To the best of my knowledge," he says, "we're the only library that has an indoor Frisbee golf tournament." The event, which features as a first-place prize a gift certificate to Schuler Books and Music, will be held throughout four of the library's five floors.  Read more



Calvin formally receives historic Ladies Literary Club building

Calvin College formally received a historic property at 61 Sheldon Boulevard in Grand Rapids at a special ceremony yesterday, February 14. The Ladies' Literary Club of Grand Rapids voted on last October to give its property to Calvin (the college plans to invest approximately $1 million in improvements into 61 Sheldon and maintain it as a resource for the West Michigan community). Calvin College formally received a historic property at 61 Sheldon Boulevard in Grand Rapids at a special ceremony yesterday, February 14. The Ladies' Literary Club of Grand Rapids voted on last October to give its property to Calvin (the college plans to invest approximately $1 million in improvements into 61 Sheldon and maintain it as a resource for the West Michigan community). The ceremony featured comments from Grand Rapids Mayor George Heartwell, Calvin president Gaylen Byker and representatives from the Ladies Literary Club, including the ceremonial “handing over” of a large wooden key from the Club to Calvin, a symbol of the trust and the gift the LLC has made to Calvin.  Calvin president Gaylen Byker reiterated Calvin’s intention to carry on the LLC tradition of lectures, music and theater and, at the same time, to preserve the classic building which was the Club's home for over a century.  Read more.


Siblings Weekend & Rangeela: February 23-24

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. 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. Tickets are $5 each with a Calvin ID ($8 to the general public) and are available from the Calvin Box Office; 616-526-6282. For additional information visit the Siblings Weekend or Rangeela Web sites.
•  Siblings Weekend
•  Rangeela


First Symposium on Race scheduled for March 14-15

The inaugural speaker will be Dr. Allan Johnson, distinguished author, teacher, and public speaker who deals with issues of privilege, oppression, and social inequality. Some of his books include: “The Forest and the Trees: Sociology as Life,” “The Gender Knot” and “Privilege, Power, and Difference.” The first From Every Nation Symposium on Race will be held at Calvin College on Wednesday and Thursday, March 14-15, 2007.  The inaugural speaker will be Dr. Allan Johnson, distinguished author, teacher, and public speaker who deals with issues of privilege, oppression, and social inequality. Some of his books include: “The Forest and the Trees: Sociology as Life,” “The Gender Knot” and “Privilege, Power, Also speaking at the Symposiumwill be Dr. Eduardo Bonilla-Silva, professor of sociology at Duke University, an acclaimed educator, speaker, sociologist, and author. and Difference.”  Also speaking at the Symposiumwill be Dr. Eduardo Bonilla-Silva, professor of sociology at Duke University, an acclaimed educator, speaker, sociologist, and author. We anticipate this two-day symposium to be challenging, eye-opening, and mind-changing. This event is sponsored by the Office for Multicultural Affairs with support from the presidents’ implementation team of the West Michigan College & University Presidents' Compact.


Festival of Faith and Music: March 30-31

The Festival of Faith & Music at Calvin College, scheduled for March 30-31, is a biennial conference that brings together musicians, critics, journalists, musicians, artists, and listeners for three days of discussing and celebrating insightful music that explores, in some significant way, issues of faith.The Festival of Faith & Music at Calvin College, scheduled for March 30-31, is a biennial conference that brings together musicians, critics, journalists, musicians, artists, and listeners for three days of discussing and celebrating insightful music that explores, in some significant way, issues of faith. “ffm 2007” is designed to forward a comprehensive interrogation of the ways grace, love, compassion, and the Christian faith are expressed in the world of popular music.  Events include two nights of LIVE performances by some of the leading artists in folk, rock, roots, and independent music, including Emmylou Harris, Neko Case and Sufjan Stevens, as well as workshops led by musicians, critics, scholars, producers, and keynote speakers.  For more information and to access the online registration form, visit the “ffm 2007” Web site


Calvin Distinctive #1: Profoundly Academic

Each semester, over 40 Calvin classes integrate Academically Based Service-Learning into the coursework, underscoring the benefits that community service brings to the classroom. Service-learning courses also demonstrate Calvin's commitment to providing a well-rounded education that addresses the whole student. 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. Each semester, over 40 Calvin classes integrate Academically Based Service-Learning into the coursework, underscoring the benefits that community service brings to the classroom. Service-learning courses also demonstrate Calvin's commitment to providing a well-rounded education that addresses the whole student. 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.