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Calvin Wire - July 16, 2007 -- Volume 7, No. 14

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:

Michelle Loyd-Paige appointed as Dean of Multicultural Affairs

Dr. Michelle Loyd-Paige has been appointed as Calvin's new Dean of Multicultural Affairs. Dr. Loyd-Paige, a faculty member in Calvin's Sociology Department for approximately 20 years, served as the Interim Dean for Multicultural Affairs during the previous academic year. Dr. Michelle Loyd-Paige has been appointed as Calvin's new Dean of Multicultural Affairs. Dr. Loyd-Paige, a faculty member in Calvin's Sociology Department for approximately 20 years, served as the Interim Dean for Multicultural Affairs during the previous academic year. Her new post, into which she officially stepped on July 1, is something, she says, she never envisioned for herself. "I did believe in this position," she says. "I knew how important it was. But I didn't see myself doing it. I've seen a lot of progress at Calvin when it comes to issues of race and diversity," she says. "From my time here as a student (in the late 1970s) to now there have been a lot of positive changes. I really do believe that this campus is committed to bringing about a more multicultural vision. I also know how difficult it has been to achieve it. And, we're not done. We'll never be done. So I see my job as an important part of what we need to do to keep moving forward." Read more.


Camps Aim to Address Computer Science Shortages

Both camps are intended to show students at a young age that computer science can be fun. And both are intended to address what Calvin professor Joel Adams says is an alarming shortage of computer scientists in the U.S. A pair of camps at Calvin College are addressing a nationwide shortage of computer scientists, especially among women. The Imaginary Worlds Camps at Calvin split the genders up. The boys camp, aimed at students in grades six to nine, took place earlier this month from July 5-6 and July 9-13. The girls camp, also aimed at students in grades six to nine, takes place this week (July 16-19) and again from July 23-26. Both camps are intended to show students at a young age that computer science can be fun. And both are intended to address what Calvin professor Joel Adams says is an alarming shortage of computer scientists in the U.S. "There are more jobs now in computer science," says Adams, "than during the dot com boom of 1999. But there are 50% fewer students in the field, nationwide." Read more.


Physical Plant department is busy with summer improvement projects

In addition to the routine work on maintaining facilities and grounds, summer time provides an opportunity for the craftsmen and artisans of Calvin's Physical Plant department to complete a number of improvement projects while most students are away from campus. Among those summer projects are:
•  Spoelhof Fieldhouse Complex Construction - Phase One scheduled to be completed in the fall of 2008; entire project by the end of 2009.
•  Chapel Plaza Renovation
•  Kappa Building Renovation
•  Beets-Veenstra Renovation
•  Science Power Plant Addition
You can monitor progress on these projects by visiting the Physical Plant Web site.


Calvin ties fly off Campus Store racks due to Harry Potter craze

Type "maroon and gold tie" into a search engine such as Google or Yahoo and the first website URL that is displayed goes to the Calvin College Campus Store where one of the items for sale, and pictured, is a maroon and gold, diagonally striped tie. Why is this significant? Because, lately, Harry Potter fans have been typing that phrase into search engines and finding Calvin's site, joyfully finding Calvin's site says clothing buyer Brenda Hoeksema. "Maroon and gold are the colors that Harry Potter wears in the movies," says Hoeksema. "And Harry Potter fans want the tie he wears. When they find that we have pretty much the exact tie you see in the movie they get really excited." Read more.


Entrada celebrates 20th birthday

The Calvin community gathered together on the Commons lawn on Wednesday, July 11 to celebrate a notable occasion: the 20th birthday of the Entrada Scholars Program. Entrada, a month-long summer college experience for college juniors and seniors of color from all around and outside the United States, attracted a record number of enrollees this year. The Calvin community gathered together on the Commons lawn on Wednesday, July 11 to celebrate a notable occasion: the 20th birthday of the Entrada Scholars Program. Entrada, a month-long summer college experience for college juniors and seniors of color from all around and outside the United States, attracted a record number of enrollees this year. "We have a lot to celebrate," said Rhae-Ann Booker, Calvin director of Pre-College Programs, under whose auspices Entrada operates. Calvin faculty and staff gathered to enjoy cake and punch and to hear from past and present Entrada directors and from an alumnus of the program. Also on hand to celebrate the occasion were 18 senior administrators from 13 colleges and universities around the nation who are spending the week studying the Entrada model through the Lilly Network Exchange Program. "I've heard about Entrada for a long time," said Rodney Sisco, a Lilly delegate from Wheaton College. "This is about seeing how it works and implementing something similar at Wheaton." Read more.


TRIAGE Summer Institute Wraps

From July 9 through 13, a large cohort of middle school students kept busy in the fields, ponds and laboratories at Calvin College as they finished up the second of two TRIAGE summer research institutes. TRIAGE (which stands for Team Researchers in a GLOBE-al Environment) is a year-round science research program funded through a $720,000 grant from the National Science Foundation's "Academy for Young Scientists" program.From July 9 through 13, a large cohort of middle school students kept busy in the fields, ponds and laboratories at Calvin College as they finished up the second of two TRIAGE summer research institutes. TRIAGE (which stands for Team Researchers in a GLOBE-al Environment) is a year-round science research program funded through a $720,000 grant from the National Science Foundation's "Academy for Young Scientists" program. TRIAGE brings 110 middle school students to Calvin—from Grand Rapids Public Schools, Grand Rapids Christian Schools, the Diocese of Grand Rapids Catholic Schools, Forest Hills Public Schools and Wyoming Public Schools—to hone their research skills and learn about environmental sustainability. "The whole goal behind the Academy for Young Scientists is to increase the number of students going into science, technology, engineering and math," said Calvin education professor and TRIAGE coordinator Rachel Sytsma Reed. "Research shows that student lose interest in science back in middle school. By middle school, science is less and less hands-on and kids don’t see the connection to real life. If we want to increase the number of people going into science research, we need to engage them young enough to be prepared for high school and college level science." Read more.


Do you need to find a speaker for a church or civic event?

Please be advised that a helpful community resource profiles Calvin speakers and presenters who are experts on a wide variety of topics. If you identify a resource person for your event please contact that Calvin staff member directly; phone numbers and email addresses are listed in the guide. Many readers of Calvin-Wire are in positions of church, school, and community leadership and are responsible for various aspects of program planning. Please be advised that a helpful community resource profiles Calvin speakers and presenters who are experts on a wide variety of topics. If you identify a resource person for your event please contact that Calvin staff member directly; phone numbers and email addresses are listed in the guide. Please note that the inviting organization is responsible to make arrangements regarding scheduling, travel costs, honorarium, etc. with the Calvin resource person being invited. This resource (PDF format, 5.1 MB) is available online.


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

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. 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.


Calvin Distinctive #3: Spirited Community

At Calvin there is an emphasis on applying discernment to learning. Across the curriculum, students and faculty analyze all aspects of culture and respond to God's call to make all things new. This begins with Calvin's first-year student program, which includes a series of classes called Prelude and an Interim class called Developing a Christian Mind. These courses provide new students with a framework for building a worldview — a framework of faith that supports their entire Calvin education. 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. At Calvin there is an emphasis on applying discernment to learning. Across the curriculum, students and faculty analyze all aspects of culture and respond to God's call to make all things new. This begins with Calvin's first-year student program, which includes a series of classes called Prelude and an Interim class called Developing a Christian Mind. These courses provide new students with a framework for building a worldview — a framework of faith that supports their entire Calvin education. 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.