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Calvin Wire - May 1, 2007 -- Volume 7, No. 9

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 mourns Virginia Tech tragedy

Calvin College demonstrated its solidarity with the Virginia Tech community through many prayers and by wearing maroon and orange on Friday, April 20.Calvin College demonstrated its solidarity with the Virginia Tech community through many prayers and by wearing maroon and orange on Friday, April 20. The tragic events of Monday, April 16 reminded the world just how fragile and precious life is. Those events also served as a sober reminder that college campuses, high schools and elementary schools are not immune to violent acts. As Christians we take comfort in God's sovereignty and promises, knowing that He upholds us at all times, especially at times when we feel vulnerable and helpless.

Understandably so, stakeholders have asked about campus safety at Calvin and the college's plans for emergency response. This plan is posted on the Calvin Web site. Portions of that plan are available only in KnightVision, the password protected e-community that is accessible only by students, faculty and staff. The college feels it prudent that some responses (i.e., a hostage situation) not be accessible to the general public.

The safety and health of our students and the entire campus community are of utmost importance at Calvin College. We are thankful for a well-qualified and experienced campus safety department. We ask for your continuing prayers for the Virginia Tech community and for the safety of all here at Calvin.


Becky Weima named Michigan Female College Athlete of the Year

For the second consecutive year, a Calvin student-athlete has been named the Michigan Female College Athlete of the Year by the Detroit Athletic Club. Calvin senior Becky Weima is this year's recipient. For the second consecutive year, a Calvin student-athlete has been named the Michigan Female College Athlete of the Year by the Detroit Athletic Club. Calvin senior Becky Weima is this year's recipient. A year ago, Calvin's Lisa Winkle was the inaugural recipient of the Michigan Female College Athlete of the Year by the DAC. Weima will be honored by the Detroit Athletic Club on May 14 in downtown Detroit. She will be joined by Michigan State's Drew Stanton who has been named the Michigan Male College Athlete of the Year by the Detroit Athletic Club. Read more.



Soulforce visits Calvin College

We are thankful for Calvin alumni, parents and friends who have been praying with us in anticipation of the Equality Ride visit to Calvin last week on April 24.We are thankful for Calvin alumni, parents and friends who have been praying with us in anticipation of the Equality Ride visit to Calvin last week on April 24. The planning team that worked to prepare for the Equality Ride visit had four clear goals for the day. Those goals were:

•  That Philippians 1:27 would be true of the visit: "Whatever happens, conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ."
•  That the day would be without incident and an opportunity for learning for all involved.
•  That the Equality Riders would leave Calvin saying of the campus: "They love God above all and their neighbor as themselves."
•  That the visit would be marked by Christian characteristics: civility, conviction, and sensitivity.

So, were the goals met? Shirley Hoogstra, Calvin's Vice President for Student Life, believes they were. "The Calvin community conducted itself in a manner worthy of the gospel," Hoogstra said. "I do think the riders went away knowing we loved God and showed love to them and to our students and I do think our event was marked by civility and sensitivity. There were so many good things that came out of this visit," she adds. said. "We emphasized over and over that our identity is in Jesus Christ, a very counter cultural message. We asked people to pray for us and they did. We provided meditations, time for prayer, worship and time for learning prior to the visit." Read more.


Calvin to celebrate new Spoelhof Fieldhouse Complex: May 4

With gratitude to God, Calvin will kick off construction for the new Spoelhof Fieldhouse Complex with a community celebration this week Friday, May 4 at 3:00 pm. With gratitude to God, Calvin will kick off construction for the new Spoelhof Fieldhouse Complex with a community celebration this week Friday, May 4 at 3:00 pm. Additionally, Calvin College will be the host site this 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!


Nate Knapper, junior from Clarkston MI, wins trio of awards

Nate Knapper, a 21-year-old junior who hails from Clarkston, Michigan, was honored with the Congressman Paul Henry Integrity Award, the Daniel Rosenthal Legislative Intern Award and the Frank M. Fitzgerald Public Service Award for helping to create "Curriculum Beyond The Classroom," an innovative program for fellow interns. A Calvin political science and communications major recently won a trio of awards for his work as an intern in the Michigan Legislature. Nate Knapper, a 21-year-old junior who hails from Clarkston, Michigan, was honored with the Congressman Paul Henry Integrity Award, the Daniel Rosenthal Legislative Intern Award and the Frank M. Fitzgerald Public Service Award for helping to create "Curriculum Beyond The Classroom," an innovative program for fellow interns. "I've been in the legislature for more than 20 years, and Nate is one of the finest individuals to ever intern here," says Kendall Wingrove, the Media Services Manager for the Michigan Senate Majority Communications Office and the man who helped Knapper launch the program. "In both the Michigan Senate and House, his quiet but effective leadership style changed lives for the better." Read more.


Men's Tennis headed to NCAA III tournament

For the first time since 1996, the Calvin men's tennis team is headed to the NCAA III Tournament. The Knights received an independent bid to the NCAA III Tournament which opens play this weekend. Calvin (17-5) will compete in a five-team regional at Kalamazoo College and will face Ohio Northern University (14-7) in a first round match on Friday at a time yet to be determined. For the first time since 1996, the Calvin men's tennis team is headed to the NCAA III Tournament. The Knights received an independent bid to the NCAA III Tournament which opens play this weekend. Calvin (17-5) will compete in a five-team regional at Kalamazoo College and will face Ohio Northern University (14-7) in a first round match on Friday at a time yet to be determined. The Calvin/Ohio Northern winner will face top-seeded Washington University of Missouri (18-4) in a second round match on Saturday. Kalamazoo (16-10) and Kenyon (19-5 ) will play in Saturday's other second round match. Read more.


Embrace Our Place Festival wraps up with community partnership celebration

Calvin hosted its sixth annual Community Partnership Celebration on Monday afternoon, April 23 at the Ladies Literary Club, an historic downtown property recently donated to the college. The celebration, sponsored by the office of Community Relations, highlights the many area agencies, non-profits and individuals who partner with Calvin faculty, staff and students in research, scholarship and service. Calvin hosted its sixth annual Community Partnership Celebration on Monday afternoon, April 23 at the Ladies Literary Club, an historic downtown property recently donated to the college. The celebration, sponsored by the office of Community Relations, highlights the many area agencies, non-profits and individuals who partner with Calvin faculty, staff and students in research, scholarship and service. This year, the celebration was also the closing event of the college's first Embrace Our Place Festival, a week long series of events sponsored by the office of Community Engagement that recognize the importance of "place" or a specific community to the study of the liberal arts. The Ladies Literary club is a choice site for the celebration this year, says Calvin director of community relations Carol Rienstra, because it represents the college's expanded presence downtown. "For the past several years," she says, "we have hosted a spring gathering in a site in the community that represents a connection to the college -- Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts, Home Repair Services, and last year, at the RAPID central station. The Ladies Literary Club, because it is an extension of the Calvin campus, connects us even more strongly to the community." Read more.


Students celebrate Shakespeare's birthday with Sonnet Walk

Debra RienstraTwo classes from two different departments pooled their talents to host the first-ever "Sonnet Walk" at Calvin College on Monday, April 23, Shakespeare's birthday. The walk celebrated the birthday as it toured nine sites on Calvin's campus where student actors were stationed to perform sonnets. "I hope people will enjoy it and see that the sonnets can still be lively, humming, poetic performances," says English professor Debra Rienstra, whose Shakespeare class is joining forces with communication arts and sciences (CAS) professor Todd Farley's "Performance Studies" class to host the walk. Rienstra's class was responsible for researching the literary background of each sonnet and helping Farley's student actors decide how to perform them. Read more.


Calvin compilation CD to feature student musicians

An upcoming concert at Calvin College will feature musicians who are on the spring 2007 compilation CD from Dialogue, the college's student-run literary and art magazine. The concert will be held on campus on Wednesday, May 2 at 7 pm in the Fish House, the Calvin coffee shop, and is presented by Dialogue and Cave Cafe. The compilation CD then will be distributed on Wednesday, May 9 on campus and that day Dialogue also will make available for download music from past year's compilations on the Dialogue website (note: website will be live on May 9). The staff of Dialogue hosted auditions for the CD earlier this year and then narrowed the field to those artists whose songs ended up on the album. Read more.


Wind turbine to generate energy and teaching opportunities

A wind turbine, funded in part by a state of Michigan grant, was erected on campus on Saturday, April 21, just west of East Paris, near the Gainey Athletic Fields that Calvin and the Grand Rapids Christian schools share. A wind turbine, funded in part by a state of Michigan grant, was erected on campus on Saturday, April 21, just west of East Paris, near the Gainey Athletic Fields that Calvin and the Grand Rapids Christian schools share. The demonstration turbine could generate up to two kilowatts of power, an amount Calvin engineering professor Matt Heun says could run lights and computers in Calvin's Bunker Interpretive Center, while also having a big impact in terms of educational value. Heun's Engineering 333 class, called "Thermal Fluid Systems Design," inherited part of the wind energy mantle in the fall of 2006 when the engineering department landed a $6,000 grant from the Energy Office of the State of Michigan. The class divided into five teams to tackle the project of bringing wind energy to Calvin. "This project is definitely a learning experience," says Heun, "one that involved over 50 people on campus, either directly or indirectly." Read more.


Kristin Kingma named Calvin Student Employee of the Year

Calvin College faculty, staff and students gathered on April 12 in the Chapel Undercroft to learn the identity of this year's Student Employee of the Year. The honoree, senior Kristin Kingma, who until recently was a lead manager for Creative Dining Services, did not learn that she had won until she arrived at the ceremony a half-hour later, due to a scheduling conflict with her student teaching assignment. Calvin College faculty, staff and students gathered on April 12 in the Chapel Undercroft to learn the identity of this year's Student Employee of the Year. The honoree, senior Kristin Kingma, who until recently was a lead manager for Creative Dining Services, did not learn that she had won until she arrived at the ceremony a half-hour later, due to a scheduling conflict with her student teaching assignment. "I was floored," says the 22-year-old elementary education major who hails from Sarnia, Ontario. "I did not suspect it." Kingma (front row, third from left) won a $300 gift certificate to the Campus Store. Kingma was chosen from a pool of 18 student employees from the entire array of Calvin academic and administrative offices and departments, separated into divisional categories. Each division furnished a runner-up into the pool from which the winner was chosen. For more information and to view a full list of nominees visit the press release on the Media Relations Web site.


Native plant sale at Calvin: May 5

The second annual Calvin College native plant sale will be held from 10:00-12:00 noon on Saturday, May 5 at the Vincent and Helen Bunker Interpretive Center on Calvin's campus. All profits from the sale will benefit Calvin's Wetland and Woodland Camps, summer classes through which area children explore the college's 90-acre Ecosystem Preserve. The second annual Calvin College native plant sale will be held from 10:00-12:00 noon on Saturday, May 5 at the Vincent and Helen Bunker Interpretive Center on Calvin's campus. All profits from the sale will benefit Calvin's Wetland and Woodland Camps, summer classes through which area children explore the college's 90-acre Ecosystem Preserve. Calvin biology professor Dave Warners, the sale coordinator, says the annual event is good for local plant lovers and good for West Michigan. Almost all of the plants at the sale are native genotypes -- collected locally --which are grown in greenhouses at Calvin. Native genotypes are promoted by native plant gardeners for a number of reasons Warners says. Read more.


Calvin engineers hold senior design open house: May 5

Calvin College will hold its 23rd annual Senior Design Open House from 4:30 - 6:00 pm on Saturday, May 5 at the Calvin Engineering Building. The yearly event, a showcase of projects tackled by teams of senior engineering students, is the capstone of the Calvin engineering program. Calvin College will hold its 23rd annual Senior Design Open House from 4:30 - 6:00 pm on Saturday, May 5 at the Calvin Engineering Building. The yearly event, a showcase of projects tackled by teams of senior engineering students, is the capstone of the Calvin engineering program. The teams, various combinations of senior-level mechanical, electrical, civil and chemical engineering students, work for two semesters to tackle a real-life design quandary from a whole array of engineering fields. The projects will be on display in both the Prince Engineering Design Center and the Vermeer Engineering Projects Center, and the teams will be on hand to explain the finer points of their designs to family, friends and other visitors. The student engineers will get another chance to present their work later from 7:30 through 9 p.m. in the Science Building and the Chapel Undercroft, following a special 6 p.m. ticketed dinner in their honor. This event also provides an excellent opportunity for pre-college students to learn more about the field of engineering. Read more.


Calvin Distinctive #2: Purposeful Renewal

Calvin's campus-wide community partnerships serve a variety of people in Grand Rapids, including neighbors living in the Grand Rapids neighborhoods of Burton Heights and Creston, children at public elementary schools, senior citizens and others.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." Calvin's campus-wide community partnerships serve a variety of people in Grand Rapids, including neighbors living in the Grand Rapids neighborhoods of Burton Heights and Creston, children at public elementary schools, senior citizens and others. 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.