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Calvin Wire - March 15, 2007 -- Volume 7, No. 6

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:

Spring break trips and tour planned: March 16-25

As in past years, a sizeable contingent of Calvin students will forgo the traditional exodus to the beach for a chance to work in some less exotic communities. This year 60 Calvin students and five mentors will participate in a quintet of service-learning spring break trips to Boston, MA; Rehoboth, NM; Franklinton, LA; Chalmette, LA; and Houma, LA. Calvin’s spring break begins tomorrow afternoon, Friday, March 16.  Please pray with us for safety as many members of the Calvin community travel to various destinations.  As in past years, a sizeable contingent of Calvin students will forgo the traditional exodus to the beach for a chance to work in some less exotic communities. This year 60 Calvin students and five mentors will participate in a quintet of service-learning spring break trips to Boston, MA; Rehoboth, NM; Franklinton, LA; Chalmette, LA; and Houma, LA.  Read more 

Calvin’s Gospel Choir, under the direction of Dr. Charsie Sawyer, is touring southern California next week with performances in Redlands, Chino, San Marcos, Bellflower, and Lake View Terrace. Visit the Music Department Web site for more details about the Gospel Choir’s spring tour itinerary.  


Chaplain Cooper’s series of meditations and prayers

To help the Calvin community prayerfully prepare for the upcoming Equality Ride visit in April, Chaplain Cooper has assembled a weekly series of meditations and prayers entitled “Christian Life Together.” To help the Calvin community prayerfully prepare for the upcoming Equality Ride visit in April, Chaplain Cooper has assembled a weekly series of meditations and prayers entitled “Christian Life Together.”  Beyond this specific occasion, these meditations are offered to remind us of some of the deepest anchors of our life together, the pillars upon which our Reformed academic Christian community is founded. Anchors which prompt vital questions such as “Who are we? Why are we here? Where have we come from (in the past) and where must we head in the future?”  It is Chaplain Cooper’s hope, as well as Calvin College’s, that our students and other interested individuals will use these as study materials or for individual reflection.  The series can be found on the Faith Web site.

Some have inquired about the upcoming visit from Equality Ride.  The Student Life division has assembled a helpful resource page to address many common questions, including a “Frequently Asked Question” page about Calvin College and homosexuality.
•  Equality Ride visit
•  FAQ resource


Professor Don DeGraaf receives top recreation award

A Calvin College recreation professor will receive one of the highest honors in his field later this week. Dr. Don DeGraaf has been selected as the 2007 winner of the J. B. Nash Scholar Award, awarded annually by the American Association for Physical Activity and Recreation and based on professional commitment, leadership, service, research and publication. A Calvin College recreation professor will receive one of the highest honors in his field later this week. Dr. Don DeGraaf has been selected as the 2007 winner of the J. B. Nash Scholar Award, awarded annually by the American Association for Physical Activity and Recreation and based on professional commitment, leadership, service, research and publication. DeGraaf will formally be presented with the award on Friday, March 16 at the American Alliance for Health Physical Education Recreation Dance and Sport national convention which is being held March 13-17 in Baltimore, Maryland. A 1982 Calvin graduate who went on to earn his master's in therapeutic recreation from Indiana University and his Ph.D. in management of leisure service organizations at the University of Oregon, DeGraaf returned to his alma mater in 1998 to serve in the HPERDS Department (Health, Physical Education, Recreation, Dance and Sport). He believes strongly in the power of recreation in society and thinks the recreation major at Calvin serves an important purpose for the college.  Read more.


Calvin grad David Livermore speaks on short term missions

David Livermore, a 1989 Calvin College graduate who teaches at Grand Rapids Theological Seminary and directs their Global Learning Center, says such trips often present problems. “Today's typical American missionary,” he quipped, “is 15 years old and serves for two weeks. Short term missions not done well can be really dangerous.” Short-term missions trips, generally trips of 10 days to two weeks, are surging in popularity. David Livermore, a 1989 Calvin College graduate who teaches at Grand Rapids Theological Seminary and directs their Global Learning Center, says such trips often present problems.  “Today's typical American missionary,” he quipped, “is 15 years old and serves for two weeks. Short term missions not done well can be really dangerous.”  Livermore spoke at Calvin on Thursday, March 8 in a talk sponsored by Calvin’s new Nagel Institute for the Study of World Christianity.  The title of his talk was “Looking in before Reaching Out: Using Cultural Intelligence to Improve the Effectiveness of Short Term Missions and Service Learning.”  Read more


Calvin athletes Winkle & Deur, coaches Paskvan & Ross receive post-season honors

Calvin KnightsLast week Calvin senior Lisa Winkle received the highest honor in Division III basketball when she was named winner of the prestigious Jostens Trophy. This past weekend, Calvin sophomore Erica Deur was named the Division III Women’s Diver of the Year, while first-year Calvin diving coach Aaron Paskvan was named Division III Women’s Diving Coach of the Year. Calvin College women's basketball coach John Ross has been named the Division III Great Lakes Regional Coach of the Year by the Women's Basketball Coaches Association. For more information please visit the Sports Web site

The women’s swimming and diving team placed fourth at Nationals last weekend. The women’s basketball team saw its season come to an end on Saturday night as the Knights were defeated by DePauw 74-61 in a national quarterfinal game in Boston, Massachusetts. Winkle led the Knights in defeat with 24 points and 12 rebounds to collect her 48th collegiate double-double. 


Congratulations to Inner Compass

Redefining Masculinity with Joe Ehrmann, hosted by Shirley Hoogstra (#612)We congratulate the production team, hosts and guests of Inner Compass for winning two  Awards of Distinction for “exceeding industry standards in quality and excellence” from the Communicator Awards, an international video competition. Only 17% of the 1700 entries won this honor. The winning entries, which can be viewed on the Inner Compass Web site are:

•  Redefining Masculinity with Joe Ehrmann, hosted by Shirley Hoogstra (#612)
•  Eating Like a Woman with Christina Van Dyke, hosted by Karen Saupe (#622)

Specific congrats to our stellar hosts and to Steven Niedzielski, Jake Bosmeijer, Rick Mosher, Ted Koopmans, Jordan Horras, Kevin Buist, Ginger Aiken, Jazmyne Fuentes and special thanks to Aaron Winkle and Christina Van Dyke.


Calvin students host a Fashion Show Benefit

Designers and models from several area schools assembled at Calvin on Saturday, March 10 for a benefit fashion show. Proceeds from “FLIGHT: A fashion Show Benefit” were directed to Park High School in Grand Rapids, where pregnant teens can continue and complete their education. Designers and models from several area schools assembled at Calvin on Saturday, March 10 for a benefit fashion show. Proceeds from “FLIGHT: A fashion Show Benefit” were directed to Park High School in Grand Rapids, where pregnant teens can continue and complete their education.  While there was no admission fee to the show, a free will offering was taken at the door for the benefit of Park School.  The subtitle of the show alludes to the first-time collaboration between the organizers of Love First, which held its first show in 2005, and the Fashion Advisory Board (FAB) which was founded last year to promote an approach to fashion that is both creative and Christian.
•  Read more
•  Photo gallery


Nursing program promotes health and wellness in Grand Rapids’ communities

Calvin nursing seniors held a 90-minute poster session on Wednesday, March 7 in the DeVries Hall atrium on campus, a session that highlighted the nursing program’s ongoing efforts to improve healthcare access in the Baxter-Madison, Burton Heights and Creston-Belknap neighborhoods via a Spectrum Healthier Communities grant.Calvin nursing seniors held a 90-minute poster session on Wednesday, March 7 in the DeVries Hall atrium on campus, a session that highlighted the nursing program’s ongoing efforts to improve healthcare access in the Baxter-Madison, Burton Heights and Creston-Belknap neighborhoods via a Spectrum Healthier Communities grant. “The primary focus of the program is access to healthcare, access to dental care, access to medications and to other resources,” says nursing professor Dianne Slager about the community healthcare component of the nursing program. “The people in these neighborhoods often come from countries where your primary way to get care is to go to the hospital-and rack up big bills,” she said. “We encourage them to take advantage of neighborhood clinics for more consistent and less costly care and other services.” Read more


Calvin senior Ji works at U.S. Embassy in Seoul

Kwang Hoon Ji, also a longtime resident of Portugal, worked in the commercial office of the embassy where he had a wide variety of duties, including research, translation, interviewing and organizing documents. He also worked as the coordinator of the internship program. A Calvin senior spent half of December and all of the January 2007 interim term working at the U.S. Embassy in Seoul, South Korea, his country of origin.  Kwang Hoon Ji, also a longtime resident of Portugal, worked in the commercial office of the embassy where he had a wide variety of duties, including research, translation, interviewing and organizing documents. He also worked as the coordinator of the internship program. One standout assignment, he says, was his work on the Free Trade Agreement between the U.S. and Korea. “I translated Korean media news articles about the agreement into English to make a portfolio for Embassy use,” he says of that project. Read more


Knollcrest Circle donors support vital Calvin programs

Donors who provide annual gifts of $1,000 or more to the Calvin Annual Fund are recognized by the college as members of the Knollcrest Circle. Through these leadership gifts, Knollcrest Circle donors support vital programs and resources that benefit Calvin students every day including scholarships and financial aid, state-of-the-art facilities, and educational opportunitiesthat prepare our students for their own work of renewal. Calvin alumni and friends are invited to consider a gift to the Calvin Annual Fund. Your gift of any amount, along with other Calvin alumni and friends, helps Calvin provide daily resources for students that help bridge the gap between tuition and the actual cost of a Calvin education. Donors who provide annual gifts of $1,000 or more to the Calvin Annual Fund are recognized by the college as members of the Knollcrest Circle. Through these leadership gifts, Knollcrest Circle donors support vital programs and resources that benefit Calvin students every day including scholarships and financial aid, state-of-the-art facilities, and educational opportunities Make A Gift Nowthat prepare our students for their own work of renewal. With gratitude to God, the college celebrates with our members at annual Knollcrest Circle events. If you would like more information about the Knollcrest Circle please contact Nancy Westra at 616-526-8762 or njw6@calvin.edu


Spring Reunion Weekend: April 20 & 21

The Classes of 1962, 1967, 1972, and 1977 will be the first to experience a cluster reunion at Calvin next month on Friday, April 20 and Saturday, April 21. We invite you to join us for this special occasion to gather on Calvin’s campus and to fellowship, reminisce and renew ties. The Classes of 1962, 1967, 1972, and 1977 will be the first to experience a cluster reunion at Calvin next month on Friday, April 20 and Saturday, April 21. We invite you to join us for this special occasion to gather on Calvin’s campus and to fellowship, reminisce and renew ties. To register (and also to see who else is coming!) visit the Alumni Web site or contact Cindy Wolffis, reunion coordinator, at 616-526-6142 or reunions@calvin.edu.  


College Republicans and the environment

The Sisson talk is the kind of event the 250-member Calvin College Republicans are currently promoting said 2006-07 chairman Jared Rispens.Last week the Calvin College Republicans hosted a conservative advocate for an issue that is not typically associated with Republicans: environmental protection.  Robert Sisson, the mayor of Sturgis, Michigan and the membership and development director of Republicans for Environmental Protection, spoke to a small group of students about the need for a conservative approach to environmental protection.  “It’s not just a liberal, granola, Sierra Club cause,” he said. The Sisson talk is the kind of event the 250-member Calvin College Republicans are currently promoting said 2006-07 chairman Jared Rispens. “This year, CCR leadership and I decided to focus on issues that weren’t considered mainstream, conservative Republican ideas, yet were part of the foundations of conservative and Christian thought," he said. "With this in mind, we set out to raise awareness and induce conversation about conservatives, for example, in the areas of social justice and environmental conservation. We hoped to bring in students who were unsure about the reconciliation of Christian and conservative ideas and to demonstrate the importance and urgency of preserving God's creation for future generations.” Read more.


Minds in the Making: newest edition now online

he winter/spring 2007 edition of “Minds in the Making,” a Calvin e-collection, is now available on the Calvin Web site. The winter/spring 2007 edition of Minds in the Making, a Calvin e-collection, is now available on the Calvin Web site. Minds in the Making gathers the best essays, articles and reflections of the Calvin College community - faculty, staff, students, alumni and friends. Minds is intended as a helpful resource for the thoughtful Christian, inspiring the reader for intentional participation in the renewal of all things. We think the level of intellectual engagement and discourse demonstrated at this site illustrates the intent of a Calvin College education.

Calvin Distinctive #4: Promising Futures

Calvin provides an excellent foundation for students to pursue graduate studies. A study of the number of scholars earning doctoral degrees reveals that Calvin ranks first in the nation among master's degree-granting institutions for total amount of graduates receiving doctoral degrees, and 22nd when compared with over 1,000 similar private colleges.A Calvin education is the foundation for a successful life calling.  Through the development of essential character, knowledge and skills, Calvin helps students understand God's world, discover their unique gifts and excel in vocations of meaning and purpose.  Calvin provides an excellent foundation for students to pursue graduate studies. A study of the number of scholars earning doctoral degrees reveals that Calvin ranks first in the nation among master's degree-granting institutions for total amount of graduates receiving doctoral degrees, and 22nd when compared with over 1,000 similar 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.