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Calvin Wire - August 15, 2007 -- Volume 7, No. 16

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:

Calvin fares well in Michigan rankings on teacher certification exam

A ranking of the performance of the state's colleges and universities in preparing future teachers contains good and bad news for Calvin College. The good news is Calvin ranked first in the state -- tied with the University of Michigan -- on the Michigan Test for Teacher Certification (MTTC) scores. Calvin scored a perfect 30 of 30 points on the MTTC and its 98 percent pass rate on the test was matched only by UM. A ranking of the performance of the state's colleges and universities in preparing future teachers contains good and bad news for Calvin College. The good news is Calvin ranked first in the state -- tied with the University of Michigan -- on the Michigan Test for Teacher Certification (MTTC) scores. Calvin scored a perfect 30 of 30 points on the MTTC and its 98 percent pass rate on the test was matched only by UM. The MTTC Web site notes that the test is designed to identify those candidates who have the level of knowledge required to perform satisfactorily as entry-level teachers in their fields of specialization. Sue Hasseler is associate dean for teacher education at Calvin and she says being best in the state on the MTTC is gratifying. But, she acknowledges, that Calvin has work to do in at least one area in the state's recent evaluation. Calvin scored no points, out of a possible five, in the diversity category. "We've known that's an issue for us," she says, "and we are not content with where we are in that area. In fact we have a plan in the education department for addressing that shortfall and we are committed to working at it and doing better." Calvin had four percent ethnic minorities among its teacher candidates for 2005-2006. At five percent Calvin would have scored three points in that category. Read more.


RA (Resident Assistant) training begins this week


Resident Assistants (RAs) returned to campus on this past Monday (August 13) to begin two weeks of training, in anticipation of working and living with 2,300 resident students during the upcoming school year. Please pray for Calvin RAs and RDs (Resident Directors) as they strive to welcome new students, assist in their transition to college life, and become wise Christian friends to their residents. Resident Assistants (RAs) returned to campus on this past Monday (August 13) to begin two weeks of training, in anticipation of working and living with 2,300 resident students during the upcoming school year. Please pray for Calvin RAs and RDs (Resident Directors) as they strive to welcome new students, assist in their transition to college life, and become wise Christian friends to their residents. RAs are carefully-selected returning students who live on each residence hall floor or KE apartment building, helping to develop and ensure a sense of Christian community among the residents. RAs begin their training with a four-day wilderness experience called "Passages," after which they return to campus for classroom and hands-on instruction on such topics as listening skills, being a spiritual leader, confrontation, resources available at Calvin, etc. For additional information or to see if you know any of this year's residence hall staff check out this resource on the Residence Life Web site.


Fall Convocation: Starting the Journey - Tuesday, September 4

The Calvin community celebrates the gathering of students, faculty and staff each September with a service of dedication and worship. Dr. Laura Smit, Dean of the Chapel, will deliver an address titled "Taught By the Spirit." Alumni, parents and friends are invited to join with the Calvin community for the Opening Convocation on Tuesday, September 4 at 9:50 am in the Calvin Fieldhouse. The Calvin community celebrates the gathering of students, faculty and staff each September with a service of dedication and worship. Dr. Laura Smit, Dean of the Chapel, will deliver an address titled "Taught By the Spirit." Alumni, parents and friends are invited to join with the Calvin community for the Opening Convocation on Tuesday, September 4 at 9:50 am in the Calvin Fieldhouse.



Calvin unveils new middle/high school math curriculum

A new math curriculum project at Calvin College is complete and ready to be used by middle school and high school teachers across the country and beyond. The project comes from the Kuyers Institute for Christian Teaching and Learning at Calvin. A new math curriculum project at Calvin College is complete and ready to be used by middle school and high school teachers across the country and beyond. The project comes from the Kuyers Institute for Christian Teaching and Learning at Calvin. It was begun in 2004 and written and tested by a team of math professors and teachers, including James Bradley and Gary Talsma from Calvin College, David Klanderman from Trinity Christian College and local high school teachers Andrew Busch (Fremont High School) and Eve Ricketts (Grand Rapids Christian High School). David Smith, director of the Kuyers Institute, says the new materials bring a fresh approach to mathematics. "The teaching units," he says, "are designed to be both interesting and applicable to the challenges of the world we live in. Rooted in a Christian approach, they use mathematics to think about and better understand God, his creation, and our place and calling in the world." Read more.


Calvin athletes participate in MIAA Leadership Conference

Student-athletes from the member colleges of the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) participated in the conference's first-ever Student Athletic Advisory Committee (SAAC) retreat the weekend of August 4-5 at Mackinac Island. SAAC representatives from Calvin included (from L-R): Laura Tucker, Molly Krikke, Todd LaForest and Lindsey Peuler.Student-athletes from the member colleges of the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) participated in the conference's first-ever Student Athletic Advisory Committee (SAAC) retreat the weekend of August 4-5 at Mackinac Island. SAAC representatives from Calvin included (from L-R): Laura Tucker, Molly Krikke, Todd LaForest and Lindsey Peuler. The retreat was organized as part of a league-effort to enhance student-athlete leadership and heighten institutional commitment to student-led initiatives on the various MIAA campuses. The Student Athletic Advisory Committee is part of the MIAA's governance system. The retreat was supported by the National College Athletic Association (NCAA). The group of 40 students and advisors heard from league officials on topics such as the history of the nation's oldest collegiate conference and the philosophy of Division III athletics. They were also brought up-to-date on issues facing NCAA Division III. Each school's representatives shared how they have sought to involve their campus communities through activities, service projects and educational initiatives such as sportsmanship, substance abuse and gambling. They also shared their plans for the upcoming school year. Read more.


Professor, students research parakeets

A Calvin College biologist has teamed with a local veterinarian to figure out what kinds of good bacteria are normally found in a parakeet. Bob Leunk, a Calvin professor of biology and his two student researchers, Ben Koestler and Holly Van Wyk, have partnered on the parakeet research project with Dr. Richard Bennett, a vet in private practice who also treats exotic animals at the John Ball Park Zoo. A Calvin College biologist has teamed with a local veterinarian to figure out what kinds of good bacteria are normally found in a parakeet. Bob Leunk, a Calvin professor of biology and his two student researchers, Ben Koestler and Holly Van Wyk, have partnered on the parakeet research project with Dr. Richard Bennett, a vet in private practice who also treats exotic animals at the John Ball Park Zoo. Leunk says it's important to establish what constitutes good or normal bacteria for a parakeet-or any species for a couple of reasons. "We all have normal flora, and that’s healthy," he says. "When a veterinarian like Dr. Bennett wants to examine an unhealthy animal, they'd do a smear for bacteria. But if you don't know what's normally supposed to be there, how do you know what's causing an infection?" 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.


Calvin Around Town: Holland Hospital - September 12

The Calvin Alumni Association Lakeshore Chapter will host its next edition of Calvin Around Town at the recently expanded facilities of Holland Hospital in Holland, Michigan (602 Michigan Avenue, Holland, MI). You are cordially invited to attend. The Calvin Alumni Association Lakeshore Chapter will host its next edition of Calvin Around Town at the recently expanded facilities of Holland Hospital in Holland, Michigan (602 Michigan Avenue, Holland, MI). You are cordially invited to attend. The event will take place on Wednesday, September 12 from 6:00-9:00 pm. The fee is $10 per person. For additional information call 616-526-6142 or visit the Calvin Around Town 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 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.