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Calvin Wire - April 16, 2007 -- Volume 7, No. 8

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 community prepares prayerfully for Equality Ride visit

The Equality Ride visit to Calvin takes place next week on Tuesday, April 24. Please join our community in prayer as we prepare.The Equality Ride visit to Calvin takes place next week on Tuesday, April 24. Please join our community in prayer as we prepare. Pray that this occasion will help us to reaffirm our complete dependence on God, to plead for his help as we try both to extend grace and also to speak truth, and to welcome our visitors in a spirit of Christian hospitality. To help the Calvin community prepare for the visit, Chaplain Cooper has been writing a series of weekly meditations and prayers. 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 is located on the Faith Web site.

For additional information about the upcoming Equality Ride visit please refer to this helpful resource page which includes a link to a Frequently Asked Questions page about Calvin College and homosexuality.


Activities planned for Earth Week: April 16-20

"It’s a time for us to be intentional and focus on the earth and the environment and how important that is," says Calvin senior Nate Haan, a biology major and ESC co-chair of the annual celebration. Featured events include free bicycle tune-ups, installation of a new rain garden on campus, and a variety of hands-on educational opportunities. Two Calvin groups with an environmental focus, the student-led Environmental Stewardship Coalition (ESC) and the Calvin Environmental Assessment Program (CEAP), are sponsoring a series of events this week in recognition of Earth Week 2007. All the events are being held in conjunction with the Embrace Our Place Festival (see below), also held this week as a celebration of the liberal arts in community. "It’s a time for us to be intentional and focus on the earth and the environment and how important that is," says Calvin senior Nate Haan, a biology major and ESC co-chair of the annual celebration. Featured events include free bicycle tune-ups, installation of a new rain garden on campus, and a variety of hands-on educational opportunities. Read more.


Embrace Our Place Festival: April 16-23

Calvin is hosting the Embrace Our Place Festival, a week-long celebration of college-community connections which will include a variety of events both on and off-campus. Calvin is hosting the Embrace Our Place Festival, a week-long celebration of college-community connections which will include a variety of events both on and off-campus. Highlights of the week include an opening reception downtown at the Calvin Art Gallery followed by a program at the Ladies Literary Club; an Engaged Scholars Showcase highlighting faculty and student research on issues of local importance; a 10th anniversary celebration of the Calvin Environmental Assessment Program (CEAP) at the Bunker Interpretive Center, and a Community Partnerships Celebration featuring the collaborative work of four community organizations. The Embrace Our Place Festival is part of a research project funded by the Teagle Foundation to explore the relationship between liberal arts education and a sense of place. Read more.


Honors Convocation scheduled for April 18

Calvin will hold its 52nd Honors Convocation at 7:30 pm on April 18 in the Fine Arts Center. A reception in the Commons Dining Hall will follow the ceremony. Calvin will hold its 52nd Honors Convocation at 7:30 pm on April 18 in the Fine Arts Center. A reception in the Commons Dining Hall will follow the ceremony. The occasion celebrates not only the 55 students who are graduating with honors in one or more subjects, but also this year's numerous Dean’s List honorees, some 1,800 (of whom 115 have figured on the list every year of their Calvin career). It also is an important annual marker in the Calvin school year says Ken Bratt, professor of classical languages and director of the honors program. "We are blessed with an amazing number of top students," he says. "What better way to honor what these students have achieved than by celebrating with them once a year?" Read more.


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. It's not too late to register! 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.  


Youth Writing Festival returns to Calvin: April 26-28

This year's event will take place Thursday through Saturday, April 26 through 28, and will welcome 2,700 students drawn from 96 West Michigan elementary, middle and high schools, charter academies and home schools. Every two years, the Youth Writing Festivals grace the campus, welcoming hopeful scribes from all over West Michigan. Nominated by their teachers those young writers come together at Calvin to hone their writing in workshops, listen to celebrated authors and illustrators, and maybe even win an award. This year's event will take place Thursday through Saturday, April 26 through 28, and will welcome 2,700 students drawn from 96 West Michigan elementary, middle and high schools, charter academies and home schools.

In collaboration with the Festival, the Center Art Gallery is hosting the exhibition Visual Stories: The Artwork of James Ransome from Tuesday, March 26 through Saturday, April 28. Ransome, winner of the Coretta Scott King Award and the NAACP Image Award, is a much-awarded children's book illustrator who will be a guest artist at this year's festival. In collaboration with the Festival, the Center Art Gallery is hosting the exhibition Visual Stories: The Artwork of James Ransome from Tuesday, March 26 through Saturday, April 28. Ransome, winner of the Coretta Scott King Award and the NAACP Image Award, is a much-awarded children's book illustrator who will be a guest artist at this year's festival. He also will attend a special reception at the gallery from 7:00-9:00 pm on April 26, where he will meet patrons and sign copies of his books. "This is a great opportunity to collaborate with other departments and events on campus," says Calvin's director of exhibitions Joel Zwart. "Here we have a children's illustrator coming to the Youth Writing Festivals, whose work is on display in the gallery at the same time for the public and the workshop participants to see."


Two more asteroids named by Calvin

Asteroid 145475 was discovered October 12, 2005 by Calvin College professor Larry Molnar and earlier this month was officially named "Rehoboth" in honor of Rehoboth Christian School, just east of Gallup, New Mexico, where Calvin has established a remotely operated observatory on the school's campus.Two more Calvin-discovered asteroids have been given official names, including one named for a school in New Mexico where Calvin has an observatory and one named for a Calvin graduate who teaches at that school. Asteroid 145475 was discovered October 12, 2005 by Calvin College professor Larry Molnar and earlier this month was officially named "Rehoboth" in honor of Rehoboth Christian School, just east of Gallup, New Mexico, where Calvin has established a remotely operated observatory on the school's campus. Asteroid 134224 also was discovered by Molnar, on January 6, 2006, and has been named "De Young" in honor of Mike De Young '76, a teacher at Rehoboth who helped plan and construct the observatory and continues to help in its operation. "Mike has Asteroid 134224 also was discovered by Molnar, on January 6, 2006, and has been named "De Young" in honor of Mike De Young '76, a teacher at Rehoboth who helped plan and construct the observatory and continues to help in its operation.taught at Rehoboth for 30 years," says Molnar, "and was named in 1995 as one of the nation's outstanding earth science teachers. He runs the school observatory and is the local liaison for the Calvin-Rehoboth Robotic Observatory. He's been a huge help to us and is very deserving of this honor." Read more.


Calvin convenes meeting of local college safety departments

A new group plans to increase communication among area college and university campus safety and police departments. Calvin director of campus safety Bill Corner convened the gathering for the first time in mid-March and says he hopes the meeting was the start of something permanent. It makes sense, he says, for local colleges and universities to do what local police departments already are doing. A new group plans to increase communication among area college and university campus safety and police departments. Calvin director of campus safety Bill Corner convened the gathering for the first time in mid-March and says he hopes the meeting was the start of something permanent. It makes sense, he says, for local colleges and universities to do what local police departments already are doing. "There's a group of leaders from every police department in Kent County that meets once a month," he says, "and I attend most of those meetings. They're great opportunities to network, to gather information and to share information. After a while I thought 'Why aren't we doing this on a local college level?'" So on March 15 campus safety and police department personnel from eight area institutions -- Calvin, Aquinas, Grand Rapids Community, Hope and Kuyper colleges as well as Cornerstone, Davenport and Grand Valley State universities -- came together to form the Grand Rapids Area Higher Education Campus Safety Department Association. Discussion focused on a variety of issues, everything from larcenies in college fieldhouses to crime patterns on campuses to how campus safety and on-campus police departments can play an educational role in their communities. Read more.


Inner Compass: WGVU-TV to air episodes at new time slot

Viewers in western Michigan should note that beginning on April 29 WGVU-TV will air Inner Compass at 1:00 pm on Sunday afternoon. Viewers around the world can access episodes on the Inner Compass Web site a few days after each broadcast; podcasts (iTunes) are also available. For more information visit the Inner Compass Web site. Inner Compass is a award-winning Calvin-produced television show that explores how people make decisions regarding ethical, religious, and social justice issues. Inner Compass airs in western Michigan on PBS station WGVU-TV on Sunday afternoons on Grand Rapids (channel 35/cable channel 6) and Kalamazoo (channel 52). Viewers in western Michigan should note that beginning on April 29 WGVU-TV will air Inner Compass at 1:00 pm on Sunday afternoon. Viewers around the world can access episodes on the Inner Compass Web site a few days after each broadcast; podcasts (iTunes) are also available. For more information visit the Inner Compass Web site.


Calvin partners with Prison Fellowship for art contest

Calvin art professor Lisa VanArragon is working with 2006 Calvin graduate Ginger Aiken on the exhibition (Aiken now works for Prison Fellowship as their Campus Ministry Coordinator). VanArragon says she is excited about bringing the show to campus. "This art can teach us a lot about how people make meaning of their lives," she says, "and how art can communicate meaning. It's a really good opportunity for our students, but also for people beyond our campus."Calvin College is joining forces with Prison Fellowship this month for a stirring exhibition of art. "Where Love and Justice Meet" will feature some 20 pieces of art produced by men and women incarcerated at Michigan prisons. The work is on display from April 13 to April 27 on the second floor of the Fine Arts Center at Calvin. There will be a reception on Tuesday, April 24 from 7 to 9 pm which will include a short talk at 7:15 pm by special guest speaker Marci Christian, art program director at the prison in Ionia. Calvin art professor Lisa VanArragon is working with 2006 Calvin graduate Ginger Aiken on the exhibition (Aiken now works for Prison Fellowship as their Campus Ministry Coordinator). VanArragon says she is excited about bringing the show to campus. "This art can teach us a lot about how people make meaning of their lives," she says, "and how art can communicate meaning. It's a really good opportunity for our students, but also for people beyond our campus." Read more.


Van Lunen Center announces first fellows

It is a selective one-year fellowship that, says Van Lunen Center director Shirley Roels, assists heads of Christian schools in refining the executive skills necessary for school management in the current competitive climate. "Through case studies, reading, writing, interactive exercises, small group discussions, a school based project, and coaching," she says, "participants will deepen their own leadership, develop skills essential to the tasks of headship, and create deep relationships with peers and leaders."Calvin's new Van Lunen Center for Executive Management in Christian Schools has announced its first fellows for summer 2007. The Center was established at Calvin this past January courtesy of a $2 million gift to the college from the Richard D. Van Lunen Foundation. Its purpose is 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 Fellows program is a key part of that vision for Christian education. It is a selective one-year fellowship that, says Van Lunen Center director Shirley Roels, assists heads of Christian schools in refining the executive skills necessary for school management in the current competitive climate. "Through case studies, reading, writing, interactive exercises, small group discussions, a school based project, and coaching," she says, "participants will deepen their own leadership, develop skills essential to the tasks of headship, and create deep relationships with peers and leaders." For more information and a complete listing of the 2007 fellows read the media release.


Sexual Assault Awareness Month

Calvin's Anamarie Joosse, a counselor and chair of the SAPT, says the team also will have available a Pledge for Action, written by Mike Domitrz and The Date Safe Project. "It's a challenge for people to join the effort to eliminate sexual violence," she says, "by examining our words, actions, and beliefs about sexual assault and relationship violence." Calvin also will take part in a nationwide effort called The Clothesline Project, a visual display that bears witness to sexual violence against women and men.Calvin College will present a number of powerful moments the next two weeks as it pauses to mark Sexual Assault Awareness Month. The college's Sexual Assault Prevention Team (SAPT) will kick things off on April 16-17 when it gathers at Johnny's Cafe to pass out lavender ribbons for members of the Calvin community to wear in support of sexual assault survivors. Calvin's Anamarie Joosse, a counselor and chair of the SAPT, says the team also will have available a Pledge for Action, written by Mike Domitrz and The Date Safe Project. "It's a challenge for people to join the effort to eliminate sexual violence," she says, "by examining our words, actions, and beliefs about sexual assault and relationship violence." Calvin also will take part in a nationwide effort called The Clothesline Project, a visual display that bears witness to sexual violence against women and men. Read more.


Capella's weekend tour to central, southeastern Michigan: April 27-29

The Capella, Calvin's concert choir directed by Dr. Joel Navarro, will participate in several concerts and worship services at the following locations during the weekend of April 27-29:
The Capella, Calvin's concert choir directed by Dr. Joel Navarro, will participate in several concerts and worship services at the following locations during the weekend of April 27-29•  Friday, April 27: River Terrace Church - 7:30 pm concert. (1509 River Terrace Drive, E. Lansing, MI) Admission is free; an offering will be received for the scholarship fund of the Mid-Michigan Chapter of the Calvin Alumni Association.
•  Saturday, April 28: First Christian Reformed Church of Detroit - 7:30 pm concert. (1444 Maryland Ave., Grosse Pointe Park, MI) Admission is free; an offering will be received for the scholarship fund of the SE Michigan Chapter of the Calvin Alumni Association.
•  Sunday, April 29: Ann Arbor Christian Reformed Church (split choir; 8:45 am worship service. 1717 Broadway, Ann Arbor, MI)
•  Sunday, April 29: First Christian Reformed Church of Detroit (split choir; 10:00 am worship service. 1444 Maryland Ave., Grosse Pointe Park, MI)


General Consul of Japan visits Calvin

Calvin College welcomed an important Japanese visitor on April 10. The Honorable Tamotsu Shinotsuka, Consul General of Japan for Michigan and Ohio, made his first trip to west Michigan with stops at Western Michigan University and Calvin College. Calvin College welcomed an important Japanese visitor on April 10. The Honorable Tamotsu Shinotsuka, Consul General of Japan for Michigan and Ohio, made his first trip to west Michigan with stops at Western Michigan University and Calvin College. After meeting with Grand Rapids business and community leaders earlier in the day, Shinotsuka spoke to a Calvin audience on "United States-Japan Relations and East Asia." Calvin's Dan Bays directs the college's Asian Studies program and says the talk by Shinotsuka is timely. "Japan has a new prime minister," says Bays, "Shinzo Abe, who is quite different than the previous Prime Minister Koizumi. Already several issues have recently arisen with the potential to impact our relationship with Japan. To hear from the Consul General is an important opportunity for our community." Shinotsuka is based on the east side of the state in a post added to the Japanese government in the early 1990s. He has been a long-time government official and previously worked as Director of the Global Environmental Affairs Division of the Ministry, and later as Director of the Arms Control and Disarmament Division. He also has had postings in Austria, Germany and Pakistan. Read more.


Calvin Distinctive #3: Spirited Community

Calvin's thoughtful Christian community strengthens heart, soul, mind and body. Calvin students, faculty and staff value the task of serving God together through intellectual exploration, spirited interaction, worship and work. To foster each student's faith, Calvin offers numerous campus-wide opportunities for worship, including daily chapel services, the student-led LOFT (Living Our Faith Together), foreign language chapels and dorm Bible studies. Calvin's thoughtful Christian community strengthens heart, soul, mind and body. Calvin students, faculty and staff value the task of serving God together through intellectual exploration, spirited interaction, worship and work. To foster each student's faith, Calvin offers numerous campus-wide opportunities for worship, including daily chapel services, the student-led LOFT (Living Our Faith Together), foreign language chapels and dorm Bible studies. For more information visit the Calvin Distinctives Web site.


 

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.