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Calvin Wire - October 15, 2007 -- Volume 7, No. 20

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.
 
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Your Calvin-Wire e-newsletter gets a face-lift!

Beginning with today's October 15 issue, this Calvin-Wire e-newsletter has undergone a face-lift and has moved to a graphically enhanced, HTML format. What that means in "regular English" is that twice a month you can now view photos, additional hyper-links, and enhanced graphics which have been added into the actual e-mailed message you receive.Beginning with today's October 15 issue, this Calvin-Wire e-newsletter has undergone a face-lift and has moved to a graphically enhanced, HTML format. What that means in "regular English" is that twice a month you can now view photos, additional hyper-links, and enhanced graphics which have been added into the actual e-mailed message you receive. Depending on which e-mail program/client you use you may need to go into a VIEW option on your toolbar and click on HTML in order to view the graphically enhanced issue within your e-mail program. As always, you may also choose to read each issue of Calvin-Wire on the Calvin Web site by clicking the link at the top of each issue.


Family Weekend 2007: October 19 & 20

Family Weekend 2007 events feature the 62nd annual Fall Music Festival, the Family Weekend banquet, ice cream socials, class visits, Friday afternoon sectionals, trolley tours of historic Grand Rapids, a Saturday morning chapel service, Improv comedy shows, and a Calvin soccer game.The Calvin community is excited to welcome hundreds of Calvin parents and families for an enjoyable weekend of campus events. Family Weekend 2007 events feature the 62nd annual Fall Music Festival, the Family Weekend banquet, ice cream socials, class visits, Friday afternoon sectionals, trolley tours of historic Grand Rapids, a Saturday morning chapel service, Improv comedy shows, and a Calvin soccer game. Mostly though, Family Weekend provides Calvin parents with a great excuse to visit the campus and spend some time with their Calvin student! The schedule of events is posted on the Web site. The class of 1982 will celebrate its 25th reunion on Friday and Saturday, October 19 and 20, during Calvin’s Family Weekend. To register visit the Alumni Web site or contact Cindy Wolffis, reunion coordinator, at 616-526-6142.


UNLEARN Week helps community focus on anti-racism

The second week of October was UNLEARN Week, a time when the Calvin community focused on "unlearning" the many false ideas, generalizations, stereotypes and assumptions learned as a result of cultural influences within society. The goal is to give everyone an opportunity to explore the sin of learned racism and how to give Christ-like love to all people. The second week of October was UNLEARN Week, a time when the Calvin community focused on "unlearning" the many false ideas, generalizations, stereotypes and assumptions learned as a result of cultural influences within society. The goal is to give everyone an opportunity to explore the sin of learned racism and how to give Christ-like love to all people. Events and activities are designed and implemented by the Multicultural Student Advisory Board (MSAB). The schedule includes lectures, panel discussions, daily chapels, and other events which try to breakdown ignorance and misunderstanding for the purpose of fostering racial reconciliation, cultural appreciation, and an authentic Christian community."Unlearn Week is the catalyst for new students to engage in this conversation about what it means to be an anti-racist institution," said assistant dean of multicultural student development Jacqueline Rhodes, who pioneered Unlearn Week five years ago. "And to the returning community, it's a reminder of a commitment we made with the FEN document. We want to create a community where all students feel a sense of belonging." From Every Nation or FEN, Calvin's multicultural statement of mission, has as its goal an academic community "from every tribe and language and people and nation," as inspired by Revelations 5: 9–10. "It's a beautiful, well-written document that can easily sit on a shelf," said Rhodes. "FEN has to be integrated into the fabric of the campus." Read more.


Orange shirts raise awareness of AIDS orphans

That day, 250 students donned bright orange T-shirts emblazoned with the word "Orphan" to raise awareness for the worldwide AIDS pandemic. The ratio of Calvin students—1 in 20—wearing the shirts represented 1 in 20 children in sub-Saharan Africa orphaned by the AIDS epidemic. Do you see orange? People on Calvin's campus on September 28 saw a lot of it. That day, 250 students donned bright orange T-shirts emblazoned with the word "Orphan" to raise awareness for the worldwide AIDS pandemic. The ratio of Calvin students—1 in 20—wearing the shirts represented 1 in 20 children in sub-Saharan Africa orphaned by the AIDS epidemic. The event, brought to campus by the International Health and Development club, is part of a national "Do You See Orange?" campaign orchestrated by an AIDS-focused arm of World Vision. The goal of the campaign was not to raise money or host events and lectures, but to send a quick and vital message to all who saw the multitude of orange on campus. Read more.


Calvin's January Series to Hit the Road

First-year January Series director Kristi Potter is excited about beaming 15 January Series speakers to far flung locations. "We did some of this last year," she says, "but not nearly on this scale. To have 12 sites across the country receiving the broadcasts this year is really exciting. And to be able to give people in downtown Grand Rapids a convenient place to see the speakers is something we think will be a real plus."Calvin College's award-winning January Series will hit the road in January 2008. Remote webcasts at a dozen sites around the U.S. will bring January Series' expertise to such locales as Muskegon, Ann Arbor and Chicago. Also included will be a downtown Grand Rapids site: Calvin's new building at 61 Sheldon Boulevard, the former home of the Ladies Literary Club. First-year January Series director Kristi Potter is excited about beaming 15 January Series speakers to far flung locations. "We did some of this last year," she says, "but not nearly on this scale. To have 12 sites across the country receiving the broadcasts this year is really exciting. And to be able to give people in downtown Grand Rapids a convenient place to see the speakers is something we think will be a real plus." Read more.


Professor Keeley authors book on faith development

A new book from an education professor at Calvin College is aimed at helping the church nurture the spiritual development of children. "Helping Our Children Grow in Faith: How the Church Can Nurture the Spiritual Development of Kids" will be released in January 2008 by Baker Books, a Grand Rapids based publisher of books for pastors, church leaders and lay Christians. It is written by Robert J. Keeley '76, a Calvin professor whose area of expertise is the spiritual development of children.A new book from an education professor at Calvin College is aimed at helping the church nurture the spiritual development of children. "Helping Our Children grow in Faith: Nurturing the Spiritual Development of Kids" will be released in January 2008 by Baker Books, a Grand Rapids based publisher of books for pastors, church leaders and lay Christians. It is written by Robert J. Keeley '76, a Calvin professor whose area of expertise is the spiritual development of children. He also is co-director, with his wife, Laura, of children's ministries at Fourteenth Street Christian Reformed Church in Holland, Michigan. Keeley said he's long wanted to write this book. "Through my training in educational psychology and my years of working with kids in churches and schools," he said, "I became convinced that studying how kids learn and how their faith develops can have a positive impact on the way ministry is done. I thought that having a good grounding in both scripture and ed psych was a valuable thing for people working with children and I wanted to write a book to help people without that background understand it better." Read more.


$50K Grant Awarded to Inspire Entrepreneurship in Engineers

"Entrepreneurship is about more than having an idea," said engineering professor Randall Brouwer, who wrote the KEEN grant proposal. "It's about knowing how to move that idea and make it work." The KEEN grant will allow Calvin engineering faculty to build the entrepreneurial idea into the current curriculum, both through modifying existing classes and devising new ones. The Calvin College engineering department has landed a $50,000 Kern Entrepreneurship Education Initiative (KEEN) grant from the Kern Family Foundation to instill a sense of entrepreneurship in engineering students. "Entrepreneurship is about more than having an idea," said engineering professor Randall Brouwer, who wrote the KEEN grant proposal. "It's about knowing how to move that idea and make it work." The KEEN grant will allow Calvin engineering faculty to build the entrepreneurial idea into the current curriculum, both through modifying existing classes and devising new ones. Read more.


Calvin professors write on origins

A new book from a pair of Calvin professors strives to bring more light and less heat to Christian discussions about the history of the universe. "Origins: A Reformed Look at Creation, Design, and Evolution" is written by Deborah and Loren Haarsma, professors in the Physics & Astronomy department. A new book from a pair of Calvin professors strives to bring more light and less heat to Christian discussions about the history of the universe. "Origins: A Reformed Look at Creation, Design, and Evolution" is written by Deborah and Loren Haarsma, professors in the Physics & Astronomy department. The Haarsmas hope their new book will help Christians who want to better understand the often controversial issues connected with life's origins and development. "The issues around creation, design, and evolution are complex-and interesting," says Loren Haarsma. But he adds, "These words mean different things to different people, and they tend to provoke arguments." Read more.


Israeli Women's Soccer Team Visits Calvin

They speak different languages and sing different anthems, but the Calvin women's soccer team and the Israeli ASA Tel-Aviv team were still able to communicate through the universal language of soccer as the teams squared off in an exhibition match at Zuidema Field on September 27. They speak different languages and sing different anthems, but the Calvin women's soccer team and the Israeli ASA Tel-Aviv team were still able to communicate through the universal language of soccer as the teams squared off in an exhibition match at Zuidema Field on September 27. Calvin came out on top thanks to two early goals by freshman Kellie Honderd (Hudsonville/Unity Christian). Carly Prins (Hudsonville/ Unity Christian) and Elizabeth Ribbens each added a goal as well as the Knights took the "friendly" 4-1. "It was very good experience because we are competing against a different level than we are used to in Israel," Tel-Aviv coach David Bar Kalifa said. "They are faster and they are stronger and it is a good experience for us, we are learning from it." Read more.


Calvin to host literary theorist Hillis Miller

A renowned literary theorist will speak at Calvin College this week on the connections between literature and Scripture. J. Hillis Miller's talk is titled: "Literature and Scripture: An Impossible Filiation" and will be delivered on October 18 at 7:00 pm in, appropriately enough, the Calvin Chapel.A renowned literary theorist will speak at Calvin College this week on the connections between literature and Scripture. J. Hillis Miller's talk is titled: "Literature and Scripture: An Impossible Filiation" and will be delivered on October 18 at 7:00 pm in, appropriately enough, the Calvin Chapel. It is free and open to all. Miller is considered one of the most significant North American literary critics of the 20th century. A prolific theorist and critic, he earned fame in the 1980s as one of the four Yale School critics, a group Calvin English professor Jennifer Williams says was largely responsible for introducing deconstruction to American literary studies. Read more.


Kuyers Institute receives Valparaiso "Practices to Pedagogy" Grant

Calvin's Kuyers Institute For Christian Teaching and Learning has received a grant of $56,380 from the Valparaiso Project on the Education and Formation of People in Faith for a three-year project entitled "From Christian Practices to Christian Pedagogy: An Initiative for Research and Renewal."

David Smith
David Smith

James Smith
James Smith

The project, led by David I. Smith of the Kuyers Institute and James K. A. Smith of the Calvin College Philosophy department, has assembled an interdisciplinary team to consider the implications of existing work on social practices and on the role of Christian practices in faith formation for how teaching and learning are practiced in Christian college classrooms. The project will culminate in a 2009 conference and a book about Christian practices and Christian pedagogy. Read more.


Calvin Distinctive #3: Spirited Community

RangeelaCalvin'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 brings multicultural issues alive through a variety of programs such as Rangeela, the Mosaic Community, Project Neighborhood houses, Interim and semester-long off-campus programs, and the many opportunities provided by the Service-Learning Center. 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.