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Calvin Wire - August 1, 2007 -- Volume 7, No. 15

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:

First-year students and parents attend PASSPORT summer orientation programs

During July over 721 first-year students and 857 parents and siblings participated in the first three of four PASSPORT sessions.During July over 721 first-year students and 857 parents and siblings participated in the first three of four PASSPORT sessions. PASSPORT is an intensive, two-day orientation program that occurs four different times during the summer. During PASSPORT both students and parents participate in various workshops introducing them to the Calvin community and helping them to prepare for a successful transition in the fall. The remaining dates for PASSPORT are August 27-28. QUEST, the final leg of the orientation program, takes place August 29 through September 3, with classes starting on the 4th. Read more.


Students learn about leadership at Snow Mountain Ranch

The Leadership Challenge Institute (LCI) provides an intensive experiential learning work-study/action-reflection leadership training experience for about 30 Calvin students, as well as several from other area colleges, who are summer employees of Snow Mountain Ranch/YMCA of the Rockies located in Winter Park, Colorado. The Leadership Challenge Institute (LCI) provides an intensive experiential learning work-study/action-reflection leadership training experience for about 30 Calvin students, as well as several from other area colleges, who are summer employees of Snow Mountain Ranch/YMCA of the Rockies located in Winter Park, Colorado. The Leadership Challenge Institute exists to promote Christian Discipleship and to develop leadership skills in its participants. Over the course of ten weeks, LCI participants attend weekly seminars by Calvin faculty on leadership and relational/interpersonal topics, as well as participating in small groups and participatory learning. Snow Mountain Ranch is located on the Continental Divide at 9,000 feet. The 5,000 acre YMCA of the Rockies is the largest YMCA in the World serving over 2,300 guests each day. Read more.


New WebCam monitors construction progress

A new WebCam has been added to the college Web site to monitor the construction progress on the new Spoelhof Fieldhouse Complex. This WebCam is mounted on the west end of Rooks Hall and overlooks the progress on the new VanNoord Arena. A new photo is taken and posted every 60 seconds. A new WebCam has been added to the college Web site to monitor the construction progress on the new Spoelhof Fieldhouse Complex. This WebCam is mounted on the west end of Rooks Hall and overlooks the progress on the new VanNoord Arena. A new photo is taken and posted every 60 seconds. Check it out!



Calvin launches new "let's explore" site for prospective students


Calvin has launched a new web site for prospective students and their parents. The site includes student profiles (including cool videos), quick facts about the college, at-a-glance features, and more. If you know a prospective student who should be considering Calvin invite them to check it out! Calvin has launched a new web site for prospective students and their parents. The site includes student profiles (including cool videos), quick facts about the college, at-a-glance features, and more. If you know a prospective student who should be considering Calvin invite them to check it out! http://www.calvin.edu/prospective/


Check out this time-lapse video of BUV assembly

Check out this cool time-lapse video of the final assembly of a basic utility vehicle built by four senior mechanical engineering students at Calvin College.Check out this cool time-lapse video of the final assembly of a basic utility vehicle built by four senior mechanical engineering students at Calvin College. Read more about this student project on this media release that was posted this past May.





Calvin-Hope basketball rivalry profiled by ESPN

The men's Calvin vs Hope basketball series, which is in its eighth decade of play, now spans 84 years and 166 games and sees the series tied 83-83. This classic Calvin-Hope basketball rivalry is profiled on the ESPN Web site. The men's Calvin vs Hope basketball series, which is in its eighth decade of play, now spans 84 years and 166 games and sees the series tied 83-83. This classic Calvin-Hope basketball rivalry is profiled on the ESPN Web site. Read more.




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.


Fall Reunions Planned for '02, '97, '92, '87 and '82

The Classes of 2002, 1997, 1992, and 1987 will celebrate their Calvin experience with a cluster reunion at Calvin on Friday and Saturday, September 28 and 29. We invite these class members to join us for this special occasion to gather on Calvin's campus and to fellowship, reminisce and renew ties. The Classes of 2002, 1997, 1992, and 1987 will celebrate their Calvin experience with a cluster reunion at Calvin on Friday and Saturday, September 28 and 29. We invite these class members to join us for this special occasion to gather on Calvin's campus and to fellowship, reminisce and renew ties. The class of 1982 will be celebrating its 25th reunion on Friday and Saturday, October 19 and 20, during the college's annual Family Weekend celebration. To register (and also to see who else is coming!) visit the Alumni Web site or contact Cindy Wolffis, reunion coordinator, at 616-526-6142 or reunions@calvin.edu.


Calvin Distinctive #2: Purposeful Renewal

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 alumni, in whatever profession they feel called to pursue, use their Calvin education to work toward world renewal. Their legacy of integrating faith and learning reflects the college's aim to educate for shalom. For more information visit the 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.