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Calvin Wire - March 1, 2007 -- Volume 7, No. 5

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 Men’s & Women’s Hoops punch NCAA Tickets

The Knights captured the MIAA's automatic bid to the NCAA III Tournament with a dramatic 78-76 victory over rival Hope this past Saturday night in front of a DeVos Fieldhouse record crowd of 3,599. Junior Derek Griffin (pictured) connected on a floater from the right side of the lane with just 4.3 seconds remaining to give Calvin a 78-76 lead. For the fourth consecutive year, and for the 17th time overall, the Calvin men’s basketball team is headed to the NCAA III Tournament. Calvin will travel to the western suburbs of Chicago to take part in a four-team, Friday/Saturday regional at Aurora University. Calvin (18-9) will face host Aurora (25-2) at 8:00 pm (CST) in one Friday night game with Hope (23-4) facing the University of Chicago (20-5) at 6:00 pm (CST) in the other first round game. Friday’s winners will play in a regional final Saturday night at Aurora at 7:00 pm (CST). Meanwhile, the Calvin women’s basketball team will be making their 11th trip to the NCAA III Tournament, including their third in a row. Calvin will head to Wilmington, Ohio, where the Knights (25-2) will compete in a four-team regional hosted by Wilmington College. Calvin will face Thomas More University (22-4) in a first-round game on Friday at 5:30 pm (EST) with host Wilmington (24-4) taking on Oglethorpe (21-7) in the other Friday game at approximately 8:00 pm (EST). Friday’s winners will meet in a regional final on Saturday at Wilmington.
•  NCAA III men’s tournament bracket
•  NCAA III women’s tournament bracket


Michigan governor Jennifer Granholm visits Calvin College

Michigan governor Jennifer Granholm, who has made alternative and renewable energy a focus for her administration, sat front and center as professor Matt Heun and his students walked Granholm through recent Calvin efforts to harness the power of the wind, including a grant from the state of Michigan to install a demonstration turbine on Calvin’s campus. A Calvin College engineering professor and six students presented a seminar on wind energy to a very special guest on February 20 at the college’s Bunker Interpretive Center.  Michigan governor Jennifer Granholm, who has made alternative and renewable energy a focus for her administration, sat front and center as professor Matt Heun and his students walked Granholm through recent Calvin efforts to harness the power of the wind, including a grant from the state of Michigan to install a demonstration turbine on Calvin’s campus.  “We take our mandate to be stewards of creation very seriously,” said Heun to begin the approximately 20-minute presentation. The fulfillment of that mandate, he went on, involves working on sustainable technologies.  Indeed the roof above the governor’s head is a vivid demonstration of that commitment to sustainability with its photovoltaic system that partially powers the Bunker Interpretive Center. And the center itself (one of very few LEED gold certified buildings on a college campus) is also an example of Calvin’s recent work on sustainability. Read more, view photo galleries and review the students' presentation.

Women’s swimming & diving team sending 12 to NCAA championships

The Calvin women’s swimming and diving team will send a record number of12 athletes to the upcoming NCAA III Championships set to be held March 8-10 in Houston, Texas. The national meet will be held at the University of Houston. The Calvin women’s swimming and diving team will send a record number of12 athletes to the upcoming NCAA III Championships set to be held March 8-10 in Houston, Texas. The national meet will be held at the University of Houston. Scheduled to compete for the Calvin women will be seniors Becky Weima and Alex Wilson, juniors Kat Vinson and Stephanie Duncan, sophomores Erica Deur, Jordan Scott, Cara VanWoerkom and Julie Wolfe and freshmen Katie White, Emily Roberts, Laura Price and Casey Herman. Calvin will be sending the fifth-highest amount of athletes to the NCAA III Women’s Swimming and Diving championships, surpassed only by Middlebury (13), Denison (14), Emory (14) and Kenyon (18).


Men’s Hockey Team heads to ACHA tournament

The Calvin men’s hockey team is making its fifth consecutive trip to the ACHA (American Collegiate Hockey Association) Division III National Tournament. The Tournament is being held February 28-March 3 in Fort Wayne, Indiana.The Calvin men’s hockey team is making its fifth consecutive trip to the ACHA (American Collegiate Hockey Association) Division III National Tournament. The Tournament is being held February 28-March 3 in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Click here for the tournament web site. Calvin’s game recaps will be available at the Calvin Hockey Web site.


Chaplain Cooper Accepts New Call

We are compiling a book of memories in Coop’s honor. If you have a photo or a story about how he touched your life, please mail it to Janet Glassford, Calvin College, Office of Christian Formation, 3201 Burton St. SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546; or e-mail CoopsTribute@calvin.edu by March 30. After nearly 30 years as Calvin’s chaplain, this summer Dale Cooper will assume duties in the advancement division, becoming more available to speak to outside audiences about Calvin.  We want to thank Coop for his faithful, loving service to all of us as chaplain of Calvin College.  We are compiling a book of memories in Coop’s honor.  If you have a photo or a story about how he touched your life, please mail it to Janet Glassford, Calvin College, Office of Christian Formation, 3201 Burton St. SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546; or e-mail CoopsTribute@calvin.edu by March 30.  Unfortunately, submissions cannot be returned.  Thanks!  This will mean a lot to Coop when he is presented with the book later this spring. 


Calvin receives Simon award for campus internationalization

Calvin College is one of just four colleges and universities nationwide to be honored with a 2007 Senator Paul Simon Award for Campus Internationalization. The award honors the late Senator Paul Simon of Illinois who was a strong advocate throughout his career for international education. Calvin College is one of just four colleges and universities nationwide to be honored with a 2007 Senator Paul Simon Award for Campus Internationalization. The award honors the late Senator Paul Simon of Illinois who was a strong advocate throughout his career for international education.  It is presented annually by NAFSA: Association of International Educators and it recognizes institutions for overall excellence in internationalization efforts. NAFSA is the largest professional organization for those working in study abroad and with international students on U.S. campuses.  Read more


Merck-AAAS awards grant to fund student-faculty research partnerships

Calvin College has landed a three-year, $60,000 grant from Merck-AAAS to fund faculty-student research partnerships. This is the second time Calvin has been chosen for the grant program funded by pharmaceutical company Merck and the American Association for the Advancement of Science or AAAS (the publisher of Science magazine). Calvin College has landed a three-year, $60,000 grant from Merck-AAAS to fund faculty-student research partnerships. This is the second time Calvin has been chosen for the grant program funded by pharmaceutical company Merck and the American Association for the Advancement of Science or AAAS (the publisher of Science magazine). “This is how science is done these days, crossing the disciplines,” says chemistry professor Eric Arnoys of the collaboration. “You still have people who are experts in their areas, but they’re working together.” They’re also working with students, which is the point of the Merck-AAAS program.  “It’s good for our students,” says Arnoys of the faculty-student partnerships. “It gives them a broad exposure to research. At this point, most of them don’t know what they’ll be doing, and this gives them an opportunity to see a vast variety of things.”  Read more.


Calvin names twelve students as 2007 Jubilee Fellows

A group of 12 students has been named 2007 Jubilee Fellows at Calvin College, a program that is part of the college's Lilly Vocation Project. The program is designed for promising students who are strongly inclined toward spiritual leadership and Christian ministry. A group of 12 students has been named 2007 Jubilee Fellows at Calvin College, a program that is part of the college's Lilly Vocation Project.  The program is designed for promising students who are strongly inclined toward spiritual leadership and Christian ministry. Jubilee Fellows receive a $4,000 fellowship for their senior year of college (they commit to mentor or lead a Calvin ministry-related opportunity their senior year). They also are supported for summer ministry internship living expenses and reimbursed for travel expenses to and from their summer internship site. The 2007 Fellows are an exceptional and unique group says program coordinator Kary Bosma of Kristen Buurma, Brenda Katerberg, Jana Kelder, Jackie Klamer, Katie Klok, Peter (Alex) Kontras, Matt Landheer, Scott Page, Kyle Sandison, Laura Sizemore, David Song and Julianne Wolfe. Read more.  


New program helps students identify personal strengths

Andrea Granderson-Kitomary“Celebrating Strengths,” a new program from the office of Student Academic Services (SAS), will enable students to identify their chief character assets and to channel those strengths into their majors, careers and leadership opportunities. The program, funded by an $83,618 grant from the Select Student Support Services (4S) Program administered by the State of Michigan, is a partnership of Calvin’s SAS and Career Development offices.  “Students, first-year students especially, often don’t know what their strengths are,” says Andrea Kitomary, an SAS academic counselor and Celebrating Strengths project director. “It is our hope that by implementing the Celebrating Strengths program we will cultivate a campus climate that embraces students’ talents from the moment they come to campus and helps them to build those talents into strengths throughout their entire college experience.” The core of Celebrating Strength is the Clifton Strengths Finder, an assessment tool from the Gallup Organization that allows a person to hone in on his or her five main “themes” (or talent groups) out of 34 possible choices.  Read more


Calvin Summer Camps 2007: registration information is online

Calvin provides a variety of summer youth camps and educational programs for elementary, middle and high school students. Included among these programs are: athletic camps, Knollcrest Music Camp, Chemistry Camps, Wetlands & Woodlands Camp, A.C.E. camps (Academic Camps of Excellence), and other youth programs including the popular S.T.E.P. (Striving Toward Educational Possibilities) program. Visit the Summer Programs Web site for program and registration information. Calvin provides a variety of summer youth camps and educational programs for elementary, middle and high school students. Included among these programs are: athletic camps, Knollcrest Music Camp, Chemistry Camps, Wetlands & Woodlands Camp, A.C.E. camps (Academic Camps of Excellence), and other youth programs including the popular S.T.E.P. (Striving Toward Educational Possibilities) program. Visit the Summer Programs Web site for program and registration information.    


Mentoring program targets students in the “Sophomore Slump”

“Sophomore year is a time when for a number of reasons -- academic, social, financial, vocational or just institutional fit -- students tend to give up on college,” says Calvin's Jacque Rhodes, assistant dean of multicultural development. “It is especially difficult for AHANA students because of the pressures they face from being a minority presence in a predominately white institution.” Traditional retention efforts, she notes, tend to focus on first-year students. A distinctive new mentoring program will address the sophomore slump for a heretofore underserved student population. Calvin’s Multicultural Student Development Office has received a $10,000 grant from the DaimlerChrysler Corporation to expand its Ambassador Peer Mentoring program, an effort centered on students of African American, Hispanic, Asian and Native American (AHANA) descent. The grant comes from DaimlerChrysler’s Minority Retention Award program. The expanded mentoring effort will allow Calvin to encourage AHANA students during the sophomore year, a time that researchers have pinpointed as a pivotal point in the college career.  “Sophomore year is a time when for a number of reasons -- academic, social, financial, vocational or just institutional fit -- students tend to give up on college,” says Calvin's Jacque Rhodes, assistant dean of multicultural development. “It is especially difficult for AHANA students because of the pressures they face from being a minority presence in a predominately white institution.” Traditional retention efforts, she notes, tend to focus on first-year students.  Read more


Student Playwrights present SUSHI theatre at Calvin in March


A different kind of theatre will be on the menu next week at Calvin College when Student Playwrights presents the 2007 version of SUSHI theatre. SUSHI is not an acronym, but a name that invokes “theatre in the raw,” say the leaders of the Student Playwrights.A different kind of theatre will be on the menu next week at Calvin College when Student Playwrights presents the 2007 version of SUSHI theatre.  SUSHI is not an acronym, but a name that invokes “theatre in the raw,” say the leaders of the Student Playwrights.  Audiences will be able to find out what that means on March 9 and March 10, at 8:00 pm in the Lab Theatre at the college. Admission for both performances is free.  So what are some of the hallmarks of SUSHI Theatre at Calvin? “You don’t go over-the top with costumes or set design,” explains Tonya Ross, a senior theatre and psychology major and co-leader of Student Playwrights. “We basically concentrate on the pieces and getting them set up to run. It’s more about the show and less about the add-ons.”  Read more.


“Share this story” feature added to News Web site

You may notice that a new “Share this story” feature has been added at the bottom of the press releases found on the News and Media Relations Web site. Calvin offers links to several popular social bookmarking services. The links can help you share a story with another person or create a bookmark for future reference. The services are free, but they require a personal account (sign-in).


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.