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Calvin Wire - May 15, 2007 -- Volume 7, No. 10

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 semester ends tomorrow, Commencement slated for Saturday

The spring semester ends tomorrow with the last exam scheduled for Wednesday evening. Please remember our students and professors in prayer as this time of the semester is very busy and stressful. Plans for Commencement 2007 are all set for this weekend. On Saturday, May 19 at 2:00 pm, nearly 900 graduates will receive diplomas at the Van Andel Arena in downtown Grand Rapids. Dr. Michelle Loyd-Paige '81, Calvin Professor of Sociology and Dean of Multicultural Affairs, is providing the Commencement address. Commencement weekend highlights include:
Plans for Commencement 2007 are all set for this weekend. On Saturday, May 19 at 2:00 pm, nearly 900 graduates will receive diplomas at the Van Andel Arena in downtown Grand Rapids. Dr. Michelle Loyd-Paige '81, Calvin Professor of Sociology and Dean of Multicultural Affairs, is providing the Commencement address. •  Dept. of Nursing Pinning Ceremony - Thursday, 8:00 pm, FAC
•  Commencement Worship Service - Friday, 5:00 pm, Chapel
•  Commencement Cookout for Graduates & Families - Friday, 5:30 pm (Faculty, graduates and family members only.)
•  Teacher Commissioning Ceremony - Friday, 7:30 pm, FAC
•  Breakfast for Parents of Graduates - Saturday, 9:00 am (Tickets required.)
•  Senior Brunch - Saturday, 9:00 am (Graduates only.)
•  Commencement Ceremony - Saturday, 2:00 pm (Van Andel Arena, 130 West Fulton, Grand Rapids, MI; tickets are required)
Weekend events also feature the 50th reunion of the Class of 1957 and the opportunity to honor distinguished Calvin alumni, William Garvelink '71 and Joel Holtrop '74. For additional information about Commencement events visit the Commencement Web site.


2007 Calvin Spring Sports Roundup

Andy DraayerThe Calvin baseball team finished fourth in the final MIAA baseball standings with a 15-13 conference record. Led by head coach Jim Timmer, Calvin placed seven players on the All-MIAA teams. Led by head coach Deb Bakker, the softball team took sixth in the final league standings with a 7-9 conference record. Freshman Leah VanEnk was named to the All-MIAA second team.while junior Ruth Diemer was named to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District second team. The women's tennis team tied for fourth in the final MIAA standings and took fourth at the MIAA Tournament. Senior Kari Lipinski and sophomore Elisabeth Geenen were both named to the All-MIAA second team. The men's tennis team set a Calvin single-season record for victories in a season, finishing 18-6 overall. Led by head coach John Ross, the Knights finished second in the final MIAA standings and took second at the MIAA Tournament. Calvin then earned its first bid to the NCAA III Tournament since 1996 and captured a first round Katie Boltwin over Ohio Northern before falling to Washington University of St. Louis in the second round. Junior Ricky Tilton and sophomore Marcus Zeilstra were both named to the All-MIAA first team while senior Rafael Siebenschein was named to the All-MIAA second team. Led by head coach Jong-il Kim, the men's and women's track and field teams captured MIAA titles with the men winning their 14th straight title while the women won their 18th straight league crown. Senior Megann VanderVliet was the MIAA's Most Outstanding Field Event Performer while junior Sarah Wittingen was the MIAA's Most Outstanding Runner. The Calvin men landed 11 individuals on the All-MIAA team while the Calvin women landed 14 individuals on the All-MIAA team.


Senior Brent VanderHart accepted into prestigious PhD program

Brent VanderHart (right) and Steve TriezenbergA Calvin senior is one of only two students to be accepted into the first PhD program offered through Van Andel Institute (VAI), the cancer research center based in Grand Rapids. Brent VanderHart, 25, a biotechnology major graduating Calvin in May, was chosen from a field of 20 applicants for the opportunity to study at the graduate school beginning in August 2007. The other student, Natalie Wolters, is a 2005 graduate of the University of Michigan. "I've always been interested in research and disease in general," says VanderHart, a Grand Rapids native and graduate of Grand Rapids Christian High School. "I'm also interested in signaling pathways." Several Van Andel Research Institute investigators, he adds, work on some form of signaling, the means by which cells communicate, in their cancer research. The goal of the new Van Andel Institute (VAI ) Graduate School is to train Ph.D. scientists as leading scholars in cell, molecular and genetic biology relevant to human diseases. Read more.


Calvin announces worship grant recipients

Calvin's John Witvliet is the CICW director and he says the scope of the proposals and the supported projects is a good reminder that much of the work of the church today takes place in ways that often are out of the spotlight.Churches and organizations across North America will benefit from the latest round of worship renewal grants from the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship. This year, the program's eighth, CICW is awarding more than $700,000 to support a variety of worship renewal projects. That money is going to almost 60 different churches and organizations who are thinking about the needs of the church and opportunities for ministry. Grant recipients for 2007 represent congregations and schools from 12 denominations in 26 states and two Canadian provinces (this year, CICW received over 140 proposals from 21 denominations and 35 states and two provinces). Calvin's John Witvliet is the CICW director and he says the scope of the proposals and the supported projects is a good reminder that much of the work of the church today takes place in ways that often are out of the spotlight. Read more.


Engineering seniors design prize-winning vehicle

A basic utility vehicle (BUV) built by a Calvin senior design team from salvaged automobile parts placed second in the 2007 BUV Design Competition sponsored by the Institute for Affordable Transportation. A basic utility vehicle (BUV) built by a Calvin senior design team from salvaged automobile parts placed second in the 2007 BUV Design Competition sponsored by the Institute for Affordable Transportation. The Calvin BUV was built by four mechanical engineering students: Steve Buys from Denver, Colorado; Rob Lindquist from Dayton, Ohio; Scott Saxsma from Highland, Indiana; and Matt Korthuis from Lynden, Washington. And in the first trip by a Calvin team to the competition, the quartet finished second overall, edged by a mere 1.1 points for first place by a team from Northern Illinois University, but ahead of third-place Purdue University (teams from John Brown, Alfred State, Missouri and Cincinnati also entered vehicles in the contest). "We were really proud of how we did, and it was a lot of fun for us all," says Korthuis of the competition, which took place this year in Indianapolis. Read more.
•  Read about another engineering project.


Political science students create a PAC

Students in a Calvin political science class turned in an ambitious piece of homework this semester: They created a political action committee (PAC). The PAC, dubbed Young Americans for Generational Equality or Y-AGE, was an assignment for Political Science 317, "Parties and Elections." Students in a Calvin political science class turned in an ambitious piece of homework this semester: They created a political action committee (PAC). The PAC, dubbed Young Americans for Generational Equality or Y-AGE, was an assignment for Political Science 317, "Parties and Elections." "Usually, the class is held in the fall of an election year, and the class is structured for some practical experience like volunteering on a campaign. You can't do that it in the spring," says Doug Koopman, the Calvin political science professor who teaches the class. The name of the PAC in part references the "Y" generation, Koopman says, whose technological savvy gives makes them valuable muscle in the political world. "One motivation for this assignment was to show my students the power they had to influence the system. What do students have that politicians don't?" he asks. "They have creativity, and they have experience with the new media. YouTube and MySpace and Facebook and all this social networking is second nature to our students." Read more.


5th graders wowed by Louters' chemistry demonstrations

For the 17th straight year Calvin College professor of chemistry Larry Louters will perform a variety of captivating chemistry demonstrations for area elementary school children. For the 17th straight year Calvin College professor of chemistry Larry Louters will perform a variety of captivating chemistry demonstrations for area elementary school children. All told some 1,500 local fifth-graders will be wowed by chemistry at Calvin on May 16, May 17 and May 18. The students represent a variety of schools - everything from Burton and Buchanan elementary schools to Sherwood Park and St. Andrews to Millbrook and Ada Christian schools to home schools. As in past years, the demos will see Louters perform an enjoyable mix of education and entertainment designed to not only teach children some of the more basic laws of chemistry, but do so in a fun way that may encourage kids to pursue the study of chemistry at the high school and college level. Louters's act is a blend of Mr. Rogers and David Copperfield as he mixes kind-hearted science instruction with explosions, flames and other visual thrills guaranteed to capture the attention of 11-year-olds! Read more.


Calvin buys rare John Calvin book

The work, written in French, presents Calvin's teaching on election, particularly the issue of universal salvation against particular election (Calvin came down on the side of particular election). Calvin College purchased the book from a retired theology professor in Indiana who called the college out of the blue one day, wondering if it might be of interest to the Meeter Center.A small book from long ago will make a big impact at Calvin College for years to come. The college's H. Henry Meeter Center for Calvin Studies recently purchased a copy of "Congrégation sur l’élection éternelle de Dieu." The book was printed in Geneva in 1562 by Vincent Bres and only five libraries in Europe are known to own it and none in the United States. It measures just three inches by 4¾ inches in size, slightly bigger than a deck of cards, but what is contained in its 118 pages will be invaluable to scholars interested in the mind of theologian John Calvin, for whom Calvin College is named. The work, written in French, presents Calvin's teaching on election, particularly the issue of universal salvation against particular election (Calvin came down on the side of particular election). Calvin College purchased the book from a retired theology professor in Indiana who called the college out of the blue one day, wondering if it might be of interest to the Meeter Center. 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.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.


Summer Conferences, Workshops & Seminars

The summer months at Calvin are busy with many activities and events, including a sizable offering of conferences, workshops and seminars. Here is a sampling of many of these upcoming summer events:
The summer months at Calvin are busy with many activities and events, including a sizable offering of conferences, workshops and seminars. •  Pollsters and Parishioners: A Workshop on Survey Research and American Religion; June 21-27. Sponsored by the Henry Institute for the Study of Christianity and Politics.
•  Teaching the Reformation in a Pluralist Age; June 25 - July 13. Sponsored by the Meeter Center for Calvin Studies; by invitation only.
•  The Preacher's Oasis: Developing Gifts, Refining Skills; July 9-13. Sponsored by Calvin Institute of Christian Worship, Calvin Workshops in Communication, and Center for Excellence in Preaching.
•  Fostering Moral and Spiritual Development in the Mathematics Classroom; July 9-13. Sponsored by the Kuyers Institute for Christian Teaching and Learning.
•  Embodying Ministry! Moving Sundays for Pastors, the Public, and Performers; July 12-14. Sponsored by Calvin Institute of Christian Worship, Calvin Workshops in Communication, and Center for Excellence in Preaching.
•  The Soul Tells a Story: Writing from Your Creative/Spiritual Heart; July 12-13 - Sponsored by Calvin Workshops in Communication; this workshop is full.
•  Understanding Evangelical Media Today: From Broadcasts to Blogs, Bible Theme Parks, and Podcasts; July 12-14 - Sponsored by Calvin Workshops in Communication.
•  Writing Your Own Spiritual Story, with Lauren Winner; July 14. Sponsored by Calvin Workshops in Communication.
•  Transforming Voices: Worship and Preaching Among Afro-Christian Women; July 23-27. Co-sponsored by Calvin Institute of Christian Worship.

Additional information about these events is found on the respective Calvin Web sites.
•  Calvin Institute of Christian Worship:
•  Calvin Workshops in Communication:
•  Henry Institute for the Study of Christianity & Politics:
•  Kuyers Institute for Christian Teaching & Learning:
•  Meeter Center for Calvin Studies:
•  Nagel Institute for the Study of World Christianity:


Calvin Distinctive #1: Profoundly Academic

Calvin consistently receives national recognition for academic excellence. Calvin's well-respected faculty, inquiring student body and innovative core curriculum come together in an environment that links intellectual freedom with a heart for service. Thanks to a visionary contribution from Milt and Carol Kuyers, Calvin now houses an institute dedicated to the study and promotion of pedagogy, learning and educational leadership from a Christian perspective. David Smith, Calvin German professor and Kuyers Institute director, administers events, projects and the publication of a range of resources (including a Web site with free downloadable texts) that seek to stimulate and sustain quality conversation about how faith, teaching and learning relate to one another. The institute's work has become a valuable resource for Christian schools worldwide. 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.