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Calvin Wire - June 15, 2007 -- Volume 7, No. 12

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:

High school students move on campus for summer Entrada program

Entrada, Spanish for "entrance" or "gateway," immerses high school junior and senior students of color in a college experience whose core is academic excellence. Since it was founded in 1987, Entrada has proven successful in encouraging students of color to expand their academic careers beyond high school. For four weeks this summer (June 17 - July 13) 77 students from 14 states and 3 countries will move on campus to participate in the 2007 edition of the Entrada Scholars Program. Entrada, Spanish for "entrance" or "gateway," immerses high school junior and senior students of color in a college experience whose core is academic excellence. Since it was founded in 1987, Entrada has proven successful in encouraging students of color to expand their academic careers beyond high school. Ninety-six percent of Entrada scholars graduate from high school and go on to college. Entrada scholars (this year's crop hails from California, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Mexico, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, Wisconsin -- as well as Vancouver, British Columbia and Bogota, Columbia) are high-achieving students nominated for the program by their pastors, guidance counselors, teachers, community leaders or other "influencers." Read more.


Trio of Calvin athletes receive academic honors

Harrison Jorritsma

Jorritsma

Lisa Winkle

Winkle

Sarah Wittingen

Wittingen

The ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District IV teams in the men's/women's cross country/track and field divisions have been released and three Calvin athletes have been so honored.

Named to the men's team in the college division from Calvin is senior Harrison Jorritsma. Named to the women's team in the college division from Calvin are senior Lisa Winkle and junior Sarah Wittingen. All three individuals now advance to their respective national ballots and are eligible for Academic All-America ® consideration. The college division of the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America program ® includes NCAA II, NCAA III and NAIA schools. The Academic All-District and All-America teams are selected by the College Sports Information Director's Association of America (CoSIDA). To be eligible for nomination, an individual must be a starter or a key reserve with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.20.
Read more.


Lisa Winkle named by MIAA as Outstanding Senior Scholar-Athlete

Calvin senior Lisa Winkle (pictured above) has been presented the Sheila Wallace Kovalchik Scholar-Athlete Award from the MIAA (Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association). "The selection committees have chosen two exceptional scholar-athletes from an outstanding group of candidates," said Commissioner Neilson. The awards recognize senior class athletes who have excelled in academics and athletics and displayed outstanding leadership qualities. A graduate of Grand Rapids South Christian High School, Winkle was a standout two-sport athlete, basketball and in track and field. In basketball, she finished her career as Calvin's all-time leading scorer (1,722 points) and rebounder (1,034 rebounds). The only four-time first team All-MIAA selection in MIAA women's basketball history, Winkle was a two-time MIAA MVP and was named a Kodak All-American as a senior. She also led the team to a pair of MIAA titles, three trips to the NCAA III tournament and two visits to the national quarterfinals. She was twice named an ESPN The Magazine Academic All-American and as a senior was presented the prestigious Jostens Trophy, an award that honors basketball and academic excellence as well as service in the community. Read more.


Calvin's fiscal year ends June 30: please help Calvin meet its Annual Fund goal!

If you haven't already, please consider a "year end" gift to the Calvin Annual Fund. Your gift helps Calvin provide daily resources for students that help bridge the gap between tuition and the actual cost of a Calvin education. Every gift, whatever the size, helps every student, every day and strengthens the education Calvin is providing our students. Did you know that Calvin is 85% tuition-driven? That means alumni and friends of the college provide the other 15% of the cost of a Calvin education to keep tuition lower. Please consider a "year end" gift to The Calvin Annual Fund. As of today, the college is at $2.8M for the year and the 2006-07 goal (to meet budget needs) is $3.0M. Your gift helps Calvin provide daily resources for students that help bridge the gap between tuition and the actual cost of Make A Gift Nowa Calvin education. Every gift, whatever the size, helps every student, every day and strengthens the education Calvin is providing our students. The college's books close on June 30 so this is a timely opportunity to add your financial support.


Heritage Class reunion on campus today; plans underway for fall reunions

More than 300 Calvin graduates of the Class of 1956 and earlier are convening on campus today for the annual Heritage Class reunion. Highlights of the reunion schedule are posted on the Web site.

Mark your calendars now for these upcoming fall reunions:
•  Classes of 2002, 1997, 1992 and 1987: September 28 & 29
•  Class of 1982: October 19 & 20

For additional information visit the Alumni Reunion Web site.


Calvin finishes 8th in final Sports Academy Director's Cup standings

Calvin KnightsFor the 12th consecutive year, Calvin has posted a top 25 finish in the final NCAA III U.S. Sports Academy Directors' Cup standings, and now is one of only seven schools in the country to finish in the top 25 every year that the competition has been held at the NCAA III level. Joining Calvin in that elite group are Williams, Mass., Amherst, Mass., Middlebury, Vt., Wisconsin-LaCrosse, the State University of New York at Cortland and Emory, Ga. Calvin finished eighth in the nation in Division III in 2006-2007 with a school record point total of 713 points, finishing less than six points behind seventh place Wisconsin-LaCrosse. MIAA rival Hope College was 20th in this year's standings with 501 points. Read more.


Calvin hosts CCCU Communications Officers Conference

This week from June 13-15 Calvin College is hosting a national conference for communications officers at member institutions of the CCCU, the Christian Coalition of Colleges and Universities. Approximately 60 individuals from 30 member institutions are gathering to share interest and plenary sessions on such topics as writing for the web and dealing with grief on a national stage. Read more.


Alumnus John Waanders to swim around Manhattan for Calvin College

Tomorrow on Saturday, June 16, Waanders will get that view when he swims in the 25th annual Manhattan Island Marathon. The 28.5-mile course begins on the Hudson River side of Battery Park and takes swimmers counter-clockwise, so that tides mostly assist them, around the entire island to finish in the park's South Cove. John Waanders ’81 has been waiting almost 19 years to get a water-level view of New York City. In September 1988, when he and his wife, Andreae, moved to Manhattan, they took the popular Circle Line Tour to see their new hometown. "It's a spectacular geological and architectural view of the city," Waanders said. "Even then I thought it would be fascinating to see from the water." Tomorrow on Saturday, June 16, Waanders will get that view when he swims in the 25th annual Manhattan Island Marathon. The 28.5-mile course begins on the Hudson River side of Battery Park and takes swimmers counter-clockwise, so that tides mostly assist them, around the entire island to finish in the park's South Cove. Entered as a fund-raising relay, Waanders and his teammate, non-alum Lori Carena, are accepting donations for their swim. Both have designated Calvin's new athletic complex and its 50-meter pool as the recipient of money contributed in support of their swim.


Siebenschein Named ESPN The Magazine Academic All-American

Calvin College has added another name to its lengthy list of ESPN the Magazine Academic All-Americans ® as Rafael Siebenschein has been so honored in the men's at-large college division. A four year member of the Calvin men's tennis team, Siebenschein has been named to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America third team in the at-large division which includes the sports of swimming, field hockey, lacrosse, tennis, water polo and ice hockey. Calvin College has added another name to its lengthy list of ESPN the Magazine Academic All-Americans ® as Rafael Siebenschein has been so honored in the men's at-large college division. A four year member of the Calvin men's tennis team, Siebenschein has been named to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America third team in the at-large division which includes the sports of swimming, field hockey, lacrosse, tennis, water polo and ice hockey. The award is indeed significant for Siebenschein as he is one of only 45 male athletes selected as ESPN The Magazine Academic All-Americans in the college division which represents a broad spectrum of more than 750 colleges or universities at the NCAA II, III and NAIA levels. Siebenschein is also the first tennis player (male or female) in Calvin history to be named an ESPN The Magazine Academic All-American. Read more.


Becky Weima named 1st Team ESPN The Magazine Academic All-American

For the second consecutive year, Becky Weima has been named an ESPN the Magazine Academic All-American in the women's at-large college division. A four-year standout on the Calvin women's tennis team, Weima has been named to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America first team in the at-large division which includes the sports of swimming, field hockey, lacrosse, tennis, water polo and ice hockey. For the second consecutive year, Becky Weima has been named an ESPN the Magazine Academic All-American in the women's at-large college division. A four-year standout on the Calvin women's swimming & diving team, Weima has been named to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America first team in the at-large division which includes the sports of swimming, field hockey, lacrosse, tennis, water polo and ice hockey. Weima was named a second team ESPN The Magazine Academic All-American a year ago. Weima is the third individual from Calvin to receive Academic All-America accolades this year as Lisa Winkle was a first team selection in women's basketball in February and Rafael Siebenschein (men's tennis) was a third team pick. Weima hails from Caledonia and is a graduate of Grand Rapids Christian High School. A four-year member of the Calvin women's swimming and diving team, Weima was graduated from Calvin last month with a double major of Spanish and secondary education while carrying a 3.71 grade point average. Read more.


Calvin Around Town: Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum - June 26

The Calvin Alumni Association Grand Rapids Area Chapter will host its next edition of Calvin Around Town at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum. The Calvin Alumni Association Grand Rapids Area Chapter will host its next edition of Calvin Around Town at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum. You are cordially invited to attend. The event, "Welcoming a President Home," will take place on Tuesday, June 26, 2007 at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum (303 Pearl St. NW, Grand Rapids, MI) from 6:00-8:30 pm. The fee is $15 per person; registration is limited to the first 250 registrants. For additional information call 616-526-6142 or visit the Calvin Around Town Web site.


Golf Tournament for Calvin Alumni & Parents: Saturday, September 8

You are invited to the 38th annual Calvin Alumni Association Golf Tournament for parents and alumni. This event is an opportunity to combine great golf and fellowship with a great purpose: raising funds for the Grand Rapids Area Alumni Chapter Scholarship for first-year students. You are invited to the 38th annual Calvin Alumni Association Golf Tournament for parents and alumni. This event is an opportunity to combine great golf and fellowship with a great purpose: raising funds for the Grand Rapids Area Alumni Chapter Scholarship for first-year students. The Tournament will be held at Pilgrim's Run (in neighboring Pierson, Michigan)--named one of the "Top 100 Golf Courses You Can Play" by Golf magazine in 2002 and one of the "Top 10 Public Courses in Michigan" by Michigan Golf magazine in 2006. For more information and to register online visit the Alumni Association Web site.


Career Link: Summer 2007 issue now online

Career Development's summer 2007 newsletter, Career Link, is now available on the Career Development Web site (PDF, 62 MB). The professional counselors in the Office of Career Development invite students and alumni to use our services at any time--as prospective students considering attending Calvin, as freshmen trying to decide what major to select, as seniors seeking assistance with a job search, as alumni considering a career change. We recommend that students form a relationship with a career counselor as early as possible. Career counselors can help walk a student through the significant steps that are taken during college, helping the student make good choices to prepare for a career or graduate school after college. Career Development's summer 2007 newsletter, Career Link, is now available on the Career Development Web site (PDF, 62 MB).


Calvin Distinctive #1: Profoundly Academic

Calvin professors are prolific: A recent survey found that 85 percent of Calvin faculty members have published a scholarly article during their academic careers, compared with 75 percent at peer institutions. And 76 percent of the Calvin faculty members have published one or more works in the last two years, compared with 54 percent at other four-year private colleges. 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. Calvin professors are prolific: A recent survey found that 85 percent of Calvin faculty members have published a scholarly article during their academic careers, compared with 75 percent at peer institutions. And 76 percent of the Calvin faculty members have published one or more works in the last two years, compared with 54 percent at other four-year private colleges. 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.