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Calvin Wire - April 1, 2007 -- Volume 7, No. 7

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:
April is Dutch Heritage month at Calvin

In this spirit and as an initiative of the newly established Meijer Chair in Dutch Language and Culture and Calvin’s Dutch program, the month of April is Dutch Heritage Month at Calvin College. Events commemorating Dutch Heritage month will include special chapels, films, lectures and seminars. For more information about related events please visit the Dutch Department Web site. Calvin College, with historical roots in a Dutch immigrant community that settled in the Midwest in the 1800s, has grown to become one of the largest and well-known Christian colleges in the world. Today, though many Calvin students still trace their roots to the Netherlands and Dutch culture and heritage, its members represent a myriad of nations and cultures. Each of those cultures are embraced and celebrated as part of Calvin’s goal to become a community that focuses on racial justice, reconciliation, and cross-cultural engagement. In this spirit and as an initiative of the newly established Meijer Chair in Dutch Language and Culture and Calvin’s Dutch program, the month of April is Dutch Heritage Month at Calvin College.  Events commemorating Dutch Heritage month will include special chapels, films, lectures and seminars.  For more information about related events please visit the Dutch Department Web site


Calvin celebrates civil rights activist Cesar Chavez

This past weekend the Calvin community celebrated the birthday of labor leader and civil rights activist Cesar Chavez with three events, courtesy of the office of multicultural student development. The events were scheduled to bracket Chavez’s actual birthday, Saturday, March 31, which is recognized as a holiday in eight states, including Michigan, and dozens of counties and cities.This past weekend the Calvin community celebrated the birthday of labor leader and civil rights activist Cesar Chavez with three events, courtesy of the office of multicultural student development. The events were scheduled to bracket Chavez’s actual birthday, Saturday, March 31, which is recognized as a holiday in eight states, including Michigan, and dozens of counties and cities.  “We hope to bring some name recognition to Cesar Chavez because I don’t think very many people have a clue who he is, let alone what he did,” says Jacque Rhodes, the assistant dean of multicultural student development at Calvin. “Let’s introduce people to who he is and his work and the importance of his work in the United States,” she says of the man who rallied migrant workers to secure workers rights and founded the United Farm Workers. “He was in the same vein as Martin Luther King, in that he believed in non violence. And he was a Catholic, and that really influenced the way he proceeded through the movement.”  Read more


Calvin awarded $500K grant for eye research

HaarsmaA National Eye Institute grant to Calvin College of more than $500,000 may someday lead to a better understanding of how the eye is protected from ultraviolet radiation, and the role of high levels of potassium in the tears. Calvin biology professor John Ubels and Calvin physics professor Loren Haarsma will team with a cadre of student researchers over the next three Ubelsyears for a research project that is at the leading edge of this sort of eye research. Their work is being supported by a $564,527 grant from the Department of Health & Human Services through the National Eye Institute, money that will support Ubels, Haarsma and several student researchers. “The research is innovative’” says Ubels. “No one in the country has really looked at this combination in the ways we plan to look at it.” Read more.


A Call For Entries: Calvin Alumni Association Centennial Artwork

The Centennial Committee of the Calvin Alumni Association has been authorized to commission an art piece to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Alumni Association. The Centennial Committee of the Calvin Alumni Association has been authorized to commission an art piece to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Alumni Association. This invitation is open to all Calvin alumni (those who have attended Calvin for at least one year or more). The Alumni Association is seeking submissions for artwork that reflect the three goals of the organization: building community among alumni, providing opportunities for service to alma mater, and inspiring alumni to answer God's call in life and vocation. Proposals that employ any medium are welcome. For additional information, e-mail alumni@calvin.edu.


Calvin to host expert on Dutch and slave trade

Calvin will host an expert on the Dutch and the African slave trade for a public lecture on Monday, April 16 at 7:30 pm. Dr. Willem Klooster, a native of the Netherlands, will speak in the Commons Lecture Hall at Calvin that evening on "Stealing Ham’s Descendants: The Dutch Trade in African Slaves, 1600-1800." Calvin will host an expert on the Dutch and the African slave trade for a public lecture on Monday, April 16 at 7:30 pm.  Dr. Willem Klooster, a native of the Netherlands, will speak in the Commons Lecture Hall at Calvin that evening on "Stealing Ham’s Descendants: The Dutch Trade in African Slaves, 1600-1800." The talk is part of "Remembering the Crossings," a year-long series of events being held in West Michigan as part of an international effort to mark the 200th anniversary in 2007 of the abolition of the trans-Atlantic slave trade. Klooster is a professor of history at Clark University in Worcester, Mass. His presentation at Calvin is being sponsored by the college's Office of Multicultural Affairs, African and African Diaspora Studies Program and Meijer Chair in Dutch Language and Culture.  Read more.


Commuter Advisory Board plans events for off campus students

“We’re just trying to think of creative ways to educate,” says dean of student development Bob Crow, of CAB, a group of commuter students who plan educational and social activities for commuter students. “We have a fantastically well-developed residence life program at Calvin, and what I want do is make sure that the 44 percent of our students who life off campus also have a great experience.” Calvin’s recently formed commuter advisory board (CAB) is planning a whirl of events for spring: A Sudoku tournament, an evening of rock climbing, an ’80s roller skating party, an evening that combines car maintenance and dinner etiquette and a final banquet.  The Sudoku tournament, which capitalizes on the current craze for the logic-based numbers puzzle, took place on Tuesday, March 27. On-campus students were also welcomed at the tournament, which was co-sponsored by the Calvin math department. The grand prize for dominating the event was an iPod Nano. “We’re just trying to think of creative ways to educate,” says dean of student development Bob Crow, of CAB, a group of commuter students who plan educational and social activities for commuter students. “We have a fantastically well-developed residence life program at Calvin, and what I want do is make sure that the 44 percent of our students who life off campus also have a great experience.”  Read more


Journalist Jeff Sharlet to speak at Calvin on April 11

A seasoned journalist who pays close attention to religion, and religion reporting, will speak at Calvin on Wednesday, April 11. Jeff Sharlet will address the topic: "Fundamentalist History, Secular Myth, and the Media’s God Problem" in a 3:30 pm address that day in the Meeter Center Lecture Hall.A seasoned journalist who pays close attention to religion, and religion reporting, will speak at Calvin on Wednesday, April 11. Jeff Sharlet will address the topic: "Fundamentalist History, Secular Myth, and the Media’s God Problem" in a 3:30 pm address that day in the Meeter Center Lecture Hall. Sharlet is a contributing editor for Harper's and Rolling Stone and an associate research scholar at New York University's Center for Religion and Media, where he teaches journalism and edits TheRevealer.org, a review of religion and the press. His talk is sponsored by the Calvin Center for Christian Scholarship, the Paul B. Henry Institute for the Study of Christianity and Politics and the Gainey Institute for Faith and Communication. Read more


Lecture on childbirth helps to mark Women’s History Month

In celebration of Women’s History Month, Calvin’s gender studies program hosted a lecture about childbirth from the point of view of the person most intimately involved in the event: the mother. Who’s Having This Baby? How Care and Control Work in Birthing Practices, was a lecture given last week on March 28, is based on a book of the same title co-written by communication arts and sciences (CAS) professor Helen Sterk with four other scholars. In celebration of Women’s History Month, Calvin’s gender studies program hosted a lecture about childbirth from the point of view of the person most intimately involved in the event: the mother. Who’s Having This Baby? How Care and Control Work in Birthing Practices, was a lecture given last week on March 28, is based on a book of the same title co-written by communication arts and sciences (CAS) professor Helen Sterk with four other scholars. Sterk shared four stories from the book, created around a collection of 130 interviews of women relating their birthing experiences. “I started gathering the interviews about the time when I had had my children,” Sterk says. “I was really wondering how a woman had a baby without dying. I thought these stories need to be told so you can know what women really go through. All these books from birthing that you can buy on Amazon are written by experts: doctors, nurses, midwives. Very, very few from the point of view of birthing women.”  Read more.


An Evening with Sietze Buning: April 13

The regular Wiersma lecture will take on a slightly different format for 2007 as several of Wiersma's former friends and colleagues present an evening of readings from his best work. Stanley Wiersma was a former Calvin English professor and prolific author who often penned autobiographical writings under the nom de plume Sietze Buning.The regular Wiersma lecture will take on a slightly different format for 2007 as several of Wiersma's former friends and colleagues present an evening of readings from his best work. Stanley Wiersma was a former Calvin English professor and prolific author who often penned autobiographical writings under the nom de plume Sietze Buning. Thus on April 13, at 7:30 pm in the Calvin Theological Seminary Chapel there will be An Evening with Sietze Buning, what is being billed as a free evening of entertainment and enlightenment. A colorful cast of dramatic readers will present the best of Buning's Purpaleanie and Style and Class. The event will be followed by a social hour with refreshments and it is sponsored by the Wiersma Literary Endowment. Read more.


Calvin Annual Fund: Matching Gifts

The Calvin Annual Fund, encourages Calvin alumni to support the mission of the college through annual giving. Every gift to the Annual Fund, whatever the size, helps every student, every day and strengthens the education Calvin is providing our studentsCalvin alumni and friends join with the college to further God's work of renewal through the preparation of our students for lives of service in God's Kingdom. We invite you to consider the needs of Calvin College as you plan your charitable giving for 2007. The Calvin Annual Fund, encourages Calvin alumni to support the mission of the college through annual giving. Every gift to the Annual Fund, whatever the size, helps every student, every day and strengthens the education Calvin is providing our students. In addition, many Calvin donors have doubled or even tripled their gift to Calvin by taking advantage of a matching gift opportunity through a program sponsored by a participating employer. For more information on the Calvin Annual Fund or matching gifts call 1-800-968-4363 or visit the Calvin's Giving site .


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 this 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 this 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.  


5K Spring Classic Run/Walk & Fun Run: April 28

Calvin alumni, families and friends are invited to participate in the 5K Spring Classic on Saturday, April 28. The Grand Rapids and Lakeshore Area Alumni Chapters host this race and, because of generous corporate sponsors, all entry fees go toward student scholarships! Calvin alumni, families and friends are invited to participate in the 5K Spring Classic on Saturday, April 28. The Grand Rapids and Lakeshore Area Alumni Chapters host this race and, because of generous corporate sponsors, all entry fees go toward student scholarships! The event features a 5K Run/Walk scheduled to begin at 9:15 am. A Family Fun Run for kids ages 12 and under (and anyone else who wants to join in the fun) is scheduled for 10:00 am, immediately following the Run/Walk. All kids 12 & under that register for the Fun Run will receive a race t-shirt, race number and runner packet. All ages are welcome to participate, so bring your mom, dad, grandma and grandpa! And, when your fun run is over, there will be prizes and cash give-a-ways in the gym for all registered race participants. For more information visit the 5K Spring Classic Web site.


Spoelhof Fieldhouse Complex: Community Celebration on May 4

With gratitude to God, Calvin College will kick off construction for the new Spoelhof Fieldhouse Complex with a community celebration at 3:00 pm on Friday, May 4.With gratitude to God, Calvin College will kick off construction for the new Spoelhof Fieldhouse Complex with a community celebration at 3:00 pm on Friday, May 4.  Additionally, Calvin College will be the host site that weekend for the MIAA track and field championships.  This will be a very special day and weekend at Calvin College.  Alumni and friends, please make plans to join us for the festivities if you are able!


Calvin Distinctive #5: Remarkable Investment

Calvin is committed to making this academically excellent Christian higher education affordable to all qualified students. Calvin students have received over $50 million in aid this year from all sources: federal, state and college funds. Over 90 percent of the student body benefits from some form of financial aid.Calvin's life-changing education provides lifelong dividends.  A Calvin education yields a return on investment that far outweighs tuition, as noted by independent endorsements and as demonstrated by the lives of alumni. Calvin is committed to making this academically excellent Christian higher education affordable to all qualified students. Calvin students have received over $50 million in aid this year from all sources: federal, state and college funds. Over 90 percent of the student body benefits from some form of financial aid.

 

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.