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Calvin Wire - September 17, 2007 -- Volume 7, No. 18

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:

2007-2008 Enrollment News

Although detailed enrollment reports are still forthcoming, Calvin's total student enrollment for the fall semester is 4,223. This includes 1,039 first-time students and 85 new transfer students. The number of first-time students increased by 12 students (1,039 this year, 1,027 in 2006). The Office of Institutional & Enrollment Research continues to process enrollment data and will publish a number of enrollment-related reports on the Web site which will be available in early October. Although detailed enrollment reports are still forthcoming, Calvin's total student enrollment for the fall semester is 4,223. This includes 1,039 first-time students and 85 new transfer students. The number of first-time students increased by 12 students (1,039 this year, 1,027 in 2006). The Office of Institutional & Enrollment Research continues to process enrollment data and will publish a number of enrollment-related reports on the Web site which will be available in early October.


Calvin traditions mark the start of the fall 2007 semester

Chaos Day 2007The campus is humming with the sounds and sights of the new fall semester--the third week of classes begins today. Traditions marking the start of a new academic year such as Streetfest, convocation, Cokes & Clubs, and Chaos Day continue. Share in the excitement of these annual events by clicking on the Web links below:

Move-In Day, August 29
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Professor Venema named MAA Associate Secretary

Gerard Venema will begin a five-year term with the Mathematical Association of America (MAA) in January 2009 after first serving for a year as associate secretary elect. A 30-year member of the MAA, Venema says he sees these new, upcoming duties as a chance to be of service to the discipline of mathematics, and an opportunity to be involved at the national level in setting the direction of the profession and the professional organization. A Calvin professor has been elected as associate secretary of one of the nation's two major mathematics organizations. Gerard Venema will begin a five-year term with the Mathematical Association of America (MAA) in January 2009 after first serving for a year as associate secretary elect. A 30-year member of the MAA, Venema says he sees these new, upcoming duties as a chance to be of service to the discipline of mathematics, and an opportunity to be involved at the national level in setting the direction of the profession and the professional organization. His work with the MAA also will benefit Calvin he says. "It will certainly increase the visibility of Calvin at the national level and increase Calvin's influence in the academic world," he says. "And it will benefit Calvin students in that it will give them more direct access to the national mathematical community. Of course benefit is a two-way street. By allowing me to work in this capacity, Calvin is providing a benefit to the academic community. Part of the mission of the college is to serve various communities, and this is one concrete way in which Calvin can serve the academic community of which it is a part." Read more.


Default rate of student loans low at Calvin

Calvin director of admissions and financial aid Dale Kuiper says the low loan default rate for Calvin graduates is encouraging. "While the focus of a Calvin education," he says, "is to prepare students for a lifetime of experiences, not just one job, it is good to know that our graduates can and do meet their financial commitments." Graduates of West Michigan colleges and universities have some of the lowest default rates on student loans in the state and the nation according to a report from the U.S. Department of Education. U.S. Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings has announced that the 2005 national student loan cohort default rate fell to 4.6 percent from last year's rate of 5.1 percent. At Calvin College the default rate for the 2005 fiscal year was significantly less than the national average at 1.1 percent. Other local schools with numbers well below the national average include Calvin Theological Seminary (0.0%), Grace Bible (0.0%), Hope (0.3%), Aquinas (1.0%), Kuyper (1.2%), Grand Valley (1.4%) and Cornerstone (2.0%). Calvin director of admissions and financial aid Dale Kuiper says the low loan default rate for Calvin graduates is encouraging. "While the focus of a Calvin education," he says, "is to prepare students for a lifetime of experiences, not just one job, it is good to know that our graduates can and do meet their financial commitments." Read more.


Calvin receives grant for DNA sequencer

“We have a whole family of equipment that allows us to study and manipulate DNA, and this sequencer will be the star of that collection,” said Calvin biology professor David DeHeer. “The very best way to understand organisms these days is by their DNA, and we’re giving students chances to do that.”A $49,500 educational matching grant from Beckman-Coulter, Inc. will allow the biology department at Calvin College to purchase a capillary electrophoresis DNA sequencer. The state-of-the-art DNA sequencer, which replaces a 10-year old model, will give Calvin’s biology and biotechnology programs increased technological oomph for performing research. “We have a whole family of equipment that allows us to study and manipulate DNA, and this sequencer will be the star of that collection,” said Calvin biology professor David DeHeer. “The very best way to understand organisms these days is by their DNA, and we’re giving students chances to do that.” Read more.


Chapel theme for 2007-2008 - Beyond Words: Sensing God's Spirit

Alumni, parents and friends are always welcome to join us for morning worship at 10:00 am, Mondays through Fridays. If you can't join us in person you are invited to listen to the chapel service on your computer over the Internet. You can access our "Chapel on the Web" link on the Faith Web site. How do we know things? How do we know God? People first begin to know by using our senses; by tasting and touching, smelling and hearing, by seeing the wonder of God's creation around us. This is also how we come to a knowledge of God, something which really can't be reduced to abstract concepts. When human beings try to capture it, we use images: metaphors, poetry, drama, story - because we're trying to talk about something that's essentially beyond language. When we join together as a community of God's people, we start to learn things "by heart," so that our thinking is shaped by the language of the kingdom of God. Through morning chapels, LOFT, dorm worship, bible studies and reading groups students will be encouraged to understand the work of God's Spirit in scripture and in our lives, and our ability to perceive it, to know the work of the Spirit with our senses and in our hearts and minds. Alumni, parents and friends are always welcome to join us for morning worship at 10:00 am, Mondays through Fridays. If you can't join us in person you are invited to listen to the chapel service on your computer over the Internet. You can access our "Chapel on the Web" link on the Faith Web site.


Roy Zuidema named as Calvin's first director of campus wellness

Roy Zuidema, a 1979 Calvin grad with 23 years of experience in delivering health promotion programming to corporate clients, will oversee Calvin’s Healthy Habits program for faculty and staff and help administrate the new fitness centers in the college’s $49.5 million Spoelhof Fieldhouse Complex, currently under construction. Calvin College has hired an alumnus and specialist in exercise science as the college’s first-ever director of campus wellness. Roy Zuidema, a 1979 Calvin grad with 23 years of experience in delivering health promotion programming to corporate clients, will oversee Calvin’s Healthy Habits program for faculty and staff and help administrate the new fitness centers in the college’s $49.5 million Spoelhof Fieldhouse Complex, currently under construction. Zuidema wants to encourage the Calvin community to a new level of fitness. "Calvin has gotten high marks as an academic institution,” he said. “I’d like to see that we’re also known as being one of the healthiest campuses in the country." Read more.


Calvin Noontime Series begins

Calvin Noontime SeriesAlthough not as well known as the January Series, the Noontime Series, sponsored by the Calvin Academy of Lifelong Learning (CALL), also annually offers a provocative mix of speakers to the West Michigan community. And the fall 2007 series, to be held from noon to 1:00 pm on six Thursdays in September, October and November, will be no different. The series kicked off on September 6 with Kelly Clark from the Calvin Philosophy Dept. and Professor Daniel Bays from the History Department, who looked at the presence and growth of the Christian Church in China and at Calvin's growing connections to the most populous country in the world. On September 20 a talk will feature Calvin alumna Melanie Beelen, director of Baxter Community Center (Grand Rapids, MI), who will share the remarkable story of the history on which the Center's board, volunteers, and community are building, and the future they envision. That talk will be held in the Chapel Undercroft, again from 12:00 to 1:00 pm; tickets are not required.


Workshop: Calvin Alumni Choir Choral Retreat - September 29

Calvin Alumni ChoirCome for a time of musical and spiritual renewal with Dr. Pearl Shangkuan and the Calvin Alumni Choir! A sought-after clinician all across the U.S. and internationally, Dr. Shangkuan will work on vocal/choral and rehearsal techniques with the participants, with the Calvin Alumni Choir serving as the core of the choir. Participants will learn anthems that will be sung at a short midday prayer service to conclude the retreat. A music packet and refreshments are included in the registration fee. Choir directors are welcome to an hour long roundtable discussion with Dr. Shangkuan following the retreat (12 Noon - 1:00 p.m.). This event is open to all choral singers and choral directors. Cost: $7/person. This event, sponsored by the Alumni Choir and the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship, will be held on Saturday, September 29 from 9:30 am to 12:00 noon in the Calvin College Chapel.


Calvin Around Town: Grand Rapids Art Museum - October 11

The Calvin Alumni Association Grand Rapids Area Chapter will host its next edition of Calvin Around Town to celebrate the opening of the new Grand Rapids Art Museum. You are cordially invited to attend. The event will take place from 6:00-9:00 pm on Thursday evening, October 11 at the new museum, located in downtown Grand Rapids at 101 Monroe Center. The fee is $20 per person and includes an hor d'oeuvre and dessert buffet. For additional information call 616-526-6142 or visit the Calvin Around Town Web site.


Fall Reunion for 1987, 1992, 1997, or 2002

If you are a member of the class of 1987, 1992, 1997 or 2002, your reunion is just around the corner. We invite you to join us for this special occasion on Friday and Saturday, September 28 and 29, 2007, to fellowship, reminisce and renew ties with one another. To see more about the reunion, visit the Reunion Web site.


Calvin Distinctive #3: Spirited Community

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. 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. Calvin cultivates an intentional community of scholars in several ways: Class sizes are small; faculty members serve as academic advisors; students take common core courses and communicate through KnightVision, our online community. 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.