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Calvin Wire - July 2, 2007 -- Volume 7, No. 13

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:

Fall enrollment to exceed expectations--campus housing nears capacity

This number of incoming students is larger than the amount budgeted for 2007-2008, and the college is extremely close to the limits of our resident housing capacity. Anticipated enrollment for September looks very positive, with 1,034 first-year students and 74 transfer student sending in deposits as of June 15. This number of incoming students is larger than the amount budgeted for 2007-2008, and the college is extremely close to the limits of our resident housing capacity. While Calvin will still accept deposits from students already admitted throughout the next few weeks and months, the college is not able to promise these late-depositing students a spot in the residence halls for the fall semester. A waiting list is in place for those desiring housing and students will be accepted on a space-available basis. Staff in the Office of Admissions and Financial Aid will be corresponding personally with any prospective students who send deposits after this point to clarify their precise situation with regard to enrollment and housing for the Fall. Read more.


John Sparks named as Calvin baseball coach

Calvin College has selected John Sparks as its new baseball coach. Sparks replaces former coach Jim Timmer who recently stepped down from the position after three years to focus on his duties as Calvin's men's athletics director. A native of Coldwater, Sparks spent the past six years as head baseball coach of Tabor College - an NAIA institution located in Hillsboro, Kansas. Calvin College has selected John Sparks as its new baseball coach. Sparks replaces former coach Jim Timmer who recently stepped down from the position after three years to focus on his duties as Calvin's men's athletics director. A native of Coldwater, Sparks spent the past six years as head baseball coach of Tabor College - an NAIA institution located in Hillsboro, Kansas. At Tabor, Sparks took a team that had won just five games in the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference over the previous three years combined, and turned it into a respectable program. Read more.


Other colleges to study Calvin's Entrada program

"I think they will enjoy seeing Entrada in action and this firsthand experience will help them to understand the program and to enact it on their own campuses," says Rhae Ann Booker, Calvin director of Pre-College Programs.In mid-July, senior administrators from colleges and universities around the nation will visit Calvin College to learn about Calvin's Entrada Scholars Program, a month-long college experience for minority high school students. Eighteen administrators from 13 institutions, funded by a $25,000 Lilly Network Exchange grant, will convene at Calvin Monday, July 9 through Friday, July 13 -- just in time to help Entrada celebrate its 20th birthday. The administrators are coming to Calvin from Bethel University, Concordia University at Austin, Dordt College, Fairfield University, Geneva College, Greenville College, Northwestern College, Pepperdine University, St. Mary's College, Westmont College, Wheaton College and Wittenberg University. "I think they will enjoy seeing Entrada in action and this firsthand experience will help them to understand the program and to enact it on their own campuses," says Rhae Ann Booker, Calvin director of Pre-College Programs. This year Entrada, held from Sunday, June 17 through Friday, July 13, has drawn a record number of 76 scholars from all over the country. Spanish for "entrance" or "gateway," Entrada immerses high school junior and senior students of color in a college experience whose core is academic excellence. Read more.


Eight Calvin Teams Receive MIAA Team GPA Award

Eight Calvin College athletics teams have received the MIAA Team GPA Award. The award, presented by the Faculty Athletic Representatives of the MIAA member colleges recognizes conference athletic teams who achieved a 3.3 or better grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) for the entire 2006-07 academic year. Eight Calvin College athletics teams have received the MIAA Team GPA Award. The award, presented by the Faculty Athletic Representatives of the MIAA member colleges recognizes conference athletic teams who achieved a 3.3 or better grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) for the entire 2006-07 academic year. Calvin teams that earned the award for the 2006-07 academic year include the men's and women's cross country teams, the women’s track and field team, the men’s tennis team, the women’s basketball team, the women’s softball team, the women’s swimming and diving team and the women’s volleyball team. This year's MIAA Academic Honor Roll includes 69 students who achieved the distinction four consecutive years. Of the 69 students, 16 were from Calvin: seniors Noel Berghuis (Hudsonville, Mich./ soccer), Lauren Colyn (Battle Creek, Mich./track and field), Harrison Jorritsma (Beamsville, ON/cross country), Kristen Kalb (Stow, OH, ON/volleyball and track & field), Camille Medema (Grand Rapids, Mich./cross country), Laura Rooks (Holland, Mich./soccer), Lydia Singer (Wilmington, DE/cross country & track and field), David Sneller (Sheboygan, WI/tennis), Rafael Siebenschein (Lynden, WA/tennis), Lisa Winkle (Grand Rapids.Mich./basketball & track and field), Becky Weima (Caledonia, Mich./swimming & diving), Melissa Vanden Berg (Grand Rapids, Mich./cross country & track and field), Dan Volkema (Spring Lake, Mich./tennis), Sarah Weesies (Kalamazoo, Mich./women’s soccer) and Kelly Zwier-Janke (Kalamazoo, Mich./track & field). Read more.


Calvin to welcome 30 Korean students

From July 5 through August 6, the English Study Program, under new director Julie Veeneman, will host around 30 students from two Christian universities located in South Korea: Handong Global University in Pohang, North Gyeongsang province and Presbyterian College and Theological Seminary in Seoul. The students will spend their time at Calvin refining their language skills in spoken English. "At this point in their college careers, these students have studied English for most of their high school and elementary school careers," Veeneman says. "They need to turn what is written on a page into understanding spoken English and producing it."For the third consecutive year, Calvin College will welcome a group of Korean students eager to refine their English language skills and to experience American culture. From July 5 through August 6, the English Study Program, under new director Julie Veeneman, will host around 30 students from two Christian universities located in South Korea: Handong Global University in Pohang, North Gyeongsang province and Presbyterian College and Theological Seminary in Seoul. The students will spend their time at Calvin refining their language skills in spoken English. "At this point in their college careers, these students have studied English for most of their high school and elementary school careers," Veeneman says. "They need to turn what is written on a page into understanding spoken English and producing it." Read more.


Jorritsma named ESPN The Magazine Academic All-American

For the second straight year, Calvin College distance runner Harrison Jorritsma has been named an ESPN The Magazine Academic All-American ®. A recent graduate of Calvin, Jorritsma has been named to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-American 1st team in the men's cross country/track and field (college) division.For the second straight year, Calvin College distance runner Harrison Jorritsma has been named an ESPN The Magazine Academic All-American ®. A recent graduate of Calvin, Jorritsma has been named to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-American 1st team in the men's cross country/track and field (college) division. Jorritsma was also a 1st team selection in 2006. The college division includes schools from the NCAA II and III ranks as well as NAIA institutions. Jorritsma is from Beamsville, Ontario and is a graduate of Smithville District Christian High School. He carried a 4.0 grade point average while majoring in accounting. Read more.

Winkle, Wittingen named ESPN The Magazine Academic All-Americans

Lisa Winkle

Winkle

Sarah Wittingen

Wittingen

A pair of Calvin College track and field standouts have received ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America honors. Recent Calvin graduate Lisa Winkle (left) has been named a 1st team ESPN The Magazine Academic All-American ® in the women's cross country/track and field (college) division while junior Sarah Wittingen (right) has been named to the second team.

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. Winkle and Wittingen are both receiving ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America honors for the first time in track and field. Winkle is receiving Academic All-America honors for the third time overall as she was also a two-time Academic All-American in women's basketball. Read more.


Geometric Topology Workshop at Calvin

Geometric TopologyA workshop at Calvin College, supported by a grant from the National Science Foundation and by the Calvin College Department of Mathematics and Statistics,took on some rarefied topics. The 24th annual Workshop in Geometric Topology was held at Calvin on June 28-30 and was being organized by Calvin's Gerard Venema with the help of colleagues at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Oregon State, Colorado College and Brigham Young University. The featured speaker was Ian Agol of the University of Illinois at Chicago and the University of California at Berkeley, who gave a series of one-hour talks on the topology of 3-manifolds. Read more.


Two public lectures on Primal Religions & Christianity: July 19 & 25

Kwame Bediako

Bediako

Andrew Walls

Walls

A pair of lectures by world-renowned scholars this July at Calvin College will address what Calvin's Joel Carpenter calls a sleeper topic in the study of the history of Christianity. First Kwame Bediako of the Akrofi-Chistaller Institute for Theology, Mission and Culture in Akropong, Ghana will speak on Thursday, July 19 at 7:30 pm in the Meeter Center Lecture Hall and then on Wednesday, July 25, also at 7:30 pm in the Meeter Center Lecture Hall, Andrew Walls of the University of Edinburgh will speak.

Both talks will be on the importance of primal religions as the substructure of Christianity. Or, as Carpenter says: "Primal worldviews have been dismissed as primitive or as mere superstition in the West. Yet the primal outlook has been shown to have affinity with the biblical worldview and this is a major reason for the massive accession to Christian faith among peoples of a primal faiths." Read more.


Send your family tree to the Calvin Archives

Calvin alumni and friends are invited to send a copy of your family tree to the expanded collection. Presently over 1000 genealogies are available to researchers. Send your genealogy to: Ralph Haan, Hekman Library-Calvin Archives, 1855 Knollcrest Circle SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546, or send via e-mail attachment to Wendy Blankespoor.An emerging new section of the Calvin Archives (Heritage Hall) is the collection of genealogies and family histories which will eventually be made available online. A new list of female surnames is being made to assist finding additions to family histories. Calvin alumni and friends are invited to send a copy of your family tree to the expanded collection. Presently over 1000 genealogies are available to researchers. Send your genealogy to: Ralph Haan, Hekman Library-Calvin Archives, 1855 Knollcrest Circle SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546, or send via e-mail attachment to Wendy Blankespoor.


Minds in the Making: newest edition now online

Minds is intended as a helpful resource for the thoughtful Christian, inspiring the reader for intentional participation in the renewal of all things. We think the level of intellectual engagement and discourse demonstrated at this site illustrates the intent of a Calvin College education. The spring 2007 edition of Minds in the Making, a Calvin e-collection, is now available on the Calvin Web site. This edition includes articles and presentations on ocean fisheries, biblical storytelling, civil rights in Birmingham, wedding budgets, the G.I. Bill, and more! Minds in the Making gathers the best essays, articles and reflections of the Calvin College community - faculty, staff, students, alumni and friends. Minds is intended as a helpful resource for the thoughtful Christian, inspiring the reader for intentional participation in the renewal of all things. We think the level of intellectual engagement and discourse demonstrated at this site illustrates the intent of a Calvin College education.


Calvin Distinctive #4: Promising Futures

Two pioneering programs that enrich the educational futures of minority youth — the Entrada Scholars Program and Pathways to Possibilities — were recently awarded $450,000 in grant funds. These programs encourage the exploration of career and college opportunities for elementary, middle school and high school minority students. A Calvin education is the foundation for a successful life calling. Through the development of essential character, knowledge and skills, Calvin helps students understand God's world, discover their unique gifts and excel in vocations of meaning and purpose. Two pioneering programs that enrich the educational futures of minority youth — the Entrada Scholars Program and Pathways to Possibilities — were recently awarded $450,000 in grant funds. These programs encourage the exploration of career and college opportunities for elementary, middle school and high school minority students. 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.