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Calvin Wire - October 1, 2007 -- Volume 7, No. 19

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:

Van Lunen Center to be dedicated on October 3

Calvin College will formally dedicate its new Van Lunen Center for Executive Management in Christian Schools on Wednesday, October 3 at 8:00 pm in the Prince Conference Center. Dr. Shirley Roels, executive director of the Center, will speak. Calvin College will formally dedicate its new Van Lunen Center for Executive Management in Christian Schools on Wednesday, October 3 at 8:00 pm in the Prince Conference Center. Dr. Shirley Roels, executive director of the Center, will speak. The Van Lunen Center was established to provide world-class executive management education for senior leaders of schools based on the historic Christian faith (of which there are some 20,000 across the continent). Roels says it is essential that schools not only are "faith-full" in mission, but also that they are exceptionally well-managed organizations, that use the most effective knowledge and skills to implement their missions. Roels' talk will be followed by a dessert reception. Both the talk and the reception are free and open to all. Read more.


Gospel Choir to release new CD

The Gospel Choir is releasing Then Sings My Soul!, a CD celebrating 10 years of live performances. The collection, funded by the Calvin music department, will be available through the Calvin Campus Store. The Gospel Choir is releasing Then Sings My Soul!, a CD celebrating 10 years of live performances. The collection, funded by the Calvin music department, will be available through the Calvin Campus Store. Then Sings My Soul!, is a compilation of 23 songs from concerts the choir has performed in a decade of tours to everywhere from Oshkosh to Philadelphia and California to Ghana. "Usually a choir goes on tour and then records the tour. I didn't want to do that," said Calvin music professor Charsie Randolph Sawyer, the director of the Gospel Choir. "I wanted to make it a celebration of 10 years of various participants through the years." Read more.


Calvin junior Laurie Koning researches glacial geology

A Calvin junior was one of a team of students from several colleges who spent the summer researching the glacial geology of Minnesota and Brazil, a project funded by a National Science Foundation (NSF) grant. Calvin geology major Laurie Koning, 21, joined geologist Jim Cotter from the University of Minnesota, Morris (UMM) and students from UMM; Gustavus Adolphus College; the University of Minnesota, Duluth; St. Cloud State University; the University of Wisconsin, River Falls; and the Universidade de Sao Paulo, Brazil in a project supported through $165, 000 from the NSF Research Experiences for Undergraduates program.A Calvin junior was one of a team of students from several colleges who spent the summer researching the glacial geology of Minnesota and Brazil, a project funded by a National Science Foundation (NSF) grant. Calvin geology major Laurie Koning, 21, joined geologist Jim Cotter from the University of Minnesota, Morris (UMM) and students from UMM; Gustavus Adolphus College; the University of Minnesota, Duluth; St. Cloud State University; the University of Wisconsin, River Falls; and the Universidade de Sao Paulo, Brazil in a project supported through $165, 000 from the NSF Research Experiences for Undergraduates program. The team studied the deposits left behind by retreating glaciers in both the Midwest state and the South American country. Because the glaciers came through the United States less than 20,000 years ago and through Brazil 300 million years ago, the deposits they left behind look different, Koning said. Read more.


Calvin to host major exhibition of Dutch art

From October 5 through November 17, 2007, the Center Art Gallery at Calvin College will be hosting "Between Nature and Nationality: The Hague School in the Nineteenth Century," a major exhibition of the art of The Hague School. An opening reception and introductory lecture for the exhibition will take place from 7–9 pm on Saturday, October 6.From October 5 through November 17, 2007, the Center Art Gallery at Calvin College will be hosting "Between Nature and Nationality: The Hague School in the Nineteenth Century," a major exhibition of the art of The Hague School. An opening reception and introductory lecture for the exhibition will take place from 7–9 pm on Saturday, October 6. The exhibition of over 25 paintings, prints and drawings is a significant collaboration among several Michigan institutions. "Between Nature and Nationality" was drawn together from Calvin's permanent collection and from collections at The Detroit Institute of Art, the Grand Rapids Art Museum, The Holland Museum, the Muskegon Museum of Art, The Art Museum at Michigan State University, Hope College and two private donors. "This is a great selection of works from Michigan collections," said Calvin director of exhibitions Joel Zwart, a co-creator of the show, "and it's a great example of all of these institutions working together." Read more.


Emily Bustrum named new softball coach

Emily Bustrum has been named Calvin's head softball coach. The 26-year old Bustrum takes over the position from former head coach Deb Bakker who stepped down from the position to focus on her teaching responsibilities as a professor in Calvin's HPERDS (Health, Physical Education, Recreation, Dance and Sport) department. Emily Bustrum has been named Calvin's head softball coach. The 26-year old Bustrum takes over the position from former head coach Deb Bakker who stepped down from the position to focus on her teaching responsibilities as a professor in Calvin's HPERDS (Health, Physical Education, Recreation, Dance and Sport) department. A 2004 graduate of Cornerstone University, Bustrum has served as the head varsity softball coach at Northpointe Christian High School since 2004. She has also been a coach with the Grand Rapids Blaze summer softball program since 2002. At Cornerstone, Bustrum was a four-year member of the school's softball team and was a part of its 2004 team that reached the NAIA World Series. Prior to coming to Cornerstone, Bustrum was a four-year varsity pitcher on the Forest Hills Central girls softball team from 1996-to-2000. Read more.


The Calvin Annual Fund: Matching Gifts

Calvin alumni and friends join with the college to further God's work of renewal through the preparation of our students and alumni for lives of service in God's Kingdom. We invite you to consider the needs of Calvin College as you plan your charitable giving for 2007. The Calvin Annual Fund encourages the broader Calvin community to support the mission of the college through annual giving. Every gift,Make a Gift Nowwhatever the size, helps every student, every day and strengthens the education Calvin is providing our students. In addition, many have doubled or even tripled their gift to Calvin by taking advantage of a matching gift opportunity through a program sponsored by a participating employer.


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 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.


Inner Compass: enjoy weekly programs on Calvin Web site

Episodes are also downloadable from the Inner Compass Web site; the most recently aired program is available on the Wednesday following each broadcast. Subscribing on iTunes gives you the latest episode (in audio or video) the Monday following each broadcast.Inner Compass is a Calvin-produced television show that explores how people make decisions regarding ethical, religious, and social justice issues. Inner Compass typically airs in western Michigan on PBS station WGVU-TV on Sunday afternoons at 1:00 pm: Grand Rapids (channel 35/cable channel 6) and Kalamazoo (channel 52). Two full seasons of episodes are also downloadable in video or audio from the Inner Compass Web site. Each Wednesday the latest program is added (or, each Monday on iTunes, podcasts section). Because of PBS pledge programming there are no Inner Compass broadcasts on WGVU-TV from September 2 through October 7. Season programming for 2007-2008 (season 8) will resume on Sunday, October 14.


1982 Class Reunion scheduled for Family Weekend, October 19 & 20

The class of 1982 will celebrate its 25th reunion on Friday & Saturday, October 19 & 20, during Family Weekend. To register visit the Alumni Web site or contact Cindy Wolffis, reunion coordinator, at 616-526-6142 or reunions@calvin.edu.The class of 1982 will celebrate its 25th reunion on Friday & Saturday, October 19 & 20, during Family Weekend. To register visit the Alumni Web site or contact Cindy Wolffis, reunion coordinator, at 616-526-6142 or reunions@calvin.edu. Calvin also looks forward to welcoming hundreds of parents & family members to Family Weekend on these same dates. The Family Weekend schedule is available online.


Calvin Distinctive #1: Profoundly Academic

Teaching is a passion and priority for faculty members at Calvin. Calvin has a student/faculty ratio of 12:1 and an average class size of 22. Quality teaching and availability to students are considered top priorities by faculty members.Calvin consistently receives national recognition for academic excellence. Calvin's well-respected faculty, inquiring student body and innovative core curriculum come together in an environment that links intellectual freedom with a heart for service. Teaching is a passion and priority for faculty members at Calvin. Calvin has a student/faculty ratio of 12:1 and an average class size of 22. Quality teaching and availability to students are considered top priorities by faculty members. 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.