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Calvin Wire - November 1, 2007 -- Volume 7, No. 21

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:
Men's Soccer Wins MIAA Season Title, Advances to NCAA III Tournament
Calvin closed out its MIAA season on October 31 with a 4-0 win over visiting Adrian College. With the win, Calvin captured its 18th overall MIAA regular season title and earned a ticket to the NCAA Division III Tournament for the 7th time in school history. With the win, Calvin improved its overall record to 13-4-2 and ends 11-1-1 in conference play. Calvin awaits NCAA Division III tournament bracket and venue selections, which will be released early next week.
Calvin closed out its MIAA season on October 31 with a 4-0 win over visiting Adrian College. With the win, Calvin captured its 18th overall MIAA regular season title and earned a ticket to the NCAA Division III Tournament for the 7th time in school history. With the win, Calvin improved its overall record to 13-4-2 and ends 11-1-1 in conference play. Calvin awaits NCAA Division III tournament bracket and venue selections, which will be released early next week. Read more.


Calvin Cross Country and Volleyball Teams Wrap Up MIAA Titles

Photo courtesy of Albion SID Bobby Lee The nationally-ranked Calvin men's and women's cross country teams captured MIAA titles with a pair of impressive performances on October 27 at the MIAA Championships hosted by Albion at the Whiffletree Golf Course. In the men's race, the top-ranked Knights rolled to a perfect score of 15 points, taking the top six spots including 10 of the top 11. With the win, Calvin captured its 21st consecutive MIAA title including its 34th overall. The streak is the second-longest active championship streak in MIAA athletics history, surpassed only by the current string of 69 consecutive MIAA titles by the Kalamazoo men's tennis program. Tri-State took runner-up honors with 57 points while Hope was third with 75 points. In the women's race, second-ranked Calvin took first place with a score of 19 points, taking seven of the top eight spots including eight of the top 10 to capture their third straight MIAA title as well as their 19th overall. The women's volleyball team went 5-0, improved to 26-4 overall and wrapped up their second straight MIAA regular season title. Read more.


Featured Web Site: Calvin Institute of Christian Worship

Calvin Web Site of the Month: Calvin Institute of Christian WorshipAre you involved in worship planning or leadership at your church? You will find that the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship Web Site is stocked with thousands of helpful resources:
•  worship planning
•  sample worship services
•  liturgical arts
•  publications
•  audio presentations
•  worship renewal grants (deadline to apply is January 10)
•  worship workshops and training events
•  the annual Symposium on Worship (January 24-26, 2008)
The online resources available will benefit congregations from a wide variety of Christian denominations. You're invited to visit the CICW Web site and begin unpacking all of the valuable resources you'll find there to assist your congregation in Christian worship! Perhaps you can share this link with your pastor or a fellow parishioner who is involved in worship planning and leadership.


Engineering Students Earn Prestigious Fellowships

Two Calvin engineering students are among 15 students around the nation to win prestigious research fellowships from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Junior Val Horstman and senior Corinne Kluge, both engineering majors with a civil and environmental concentration, each received two-year undergraduate fellowships from the EPA’s Greater Research Opportunities (GRO) program.
Val Horstman

Horstman

Corinne Kluge

Kluge

Both received the GRO fellowships to cover tuition and fees, books and expenses and a monthly stipend; the fellowships also encourage their research with Calvin engineering professor David Wunder. "A fellowship is common for graduates," said Horstman, 20, a Grand Rapids native. "It's not as common for undergraduates. This is a big blessing." Horstman, Kluge and Wunder are researching how antibiotics interact with biologically active filtration systems used for drinking water treatment in numerous regions worldwide. Read more.


Professor Timmerman Writes Book on Advent

A Calvin professor of English has authored a book of meditations for the Advent season. Light of the World: Daily Meditations for Advent (Liguori Publications) is a collection of 40 devotionals for the four weeks leading up to Christmas. "The underlying emphasis of the book is to walk with the reader through the season and try to discover more about Jesus," said author John Timmerman of the book. Each chapter of Light of the World includes a meditation, scripture and prayer. The book begins with a series of reflections on the people in Jesus’ life, including Mary, John the Baptist, Simeon and Anna, but it soon ranges far and wide in concept and back and forth between Testaments.A Calvin professor of English has authored a book of meditations for the Advent season. Light of the World: Daily Meditations for Advent (Liguori Publications) is a collection of 40 devotionals for the four weeks leading up to Christmas. "The underlying emphasis of the book is to walk with the reader through the season and try to discover more about Jesus," said author John Timmerman of the book. Each chapter of Light of the World includes a meditation, scripture and prayer. The book begins with a series of reflections on the people in Jesus’ life, including Mary, John the Baptist, Simeon and Anna, but it soon ranges far and wide in concept and back and forth between Testaments. Read more.


Dialogue Journal Produces Smaller 'Zine

For the first time in its history, Dialogue , the journal of arts and letters at Calvin, has published a ‘zine. Lest that sound like a case of redundant publication—a magazine publishing a magazine— Dialogue editor Beth Oliver supplies the definition of the ‘zine genre: "A 'zine is a small, inexpensive, generally self-published magazine," Oliver said. For the first time in its history, Dialogue , the journal of arts and letters at Calvin, has published a ‘zine. Lest that sound like a case of redundant publication—a magazine publishing a magazine— Dialogue editor Beth Oliver supplies the definition of the ‘zine genre: "A 'zine is a small, inexpensive, generally self-published magazine," Oliver said. "Usually it can be the work of one person or a small group. Artists do it to self-publicize." The new 14-page ‘zine measures a mere 4¼ by 5½ inches and contains a series of collage-like images, many of them overwritten with hand-lettered captions. One spread juxtaposes an image of fruit with a screen capture of actress Janet Leigh from the movie Psycho, screaming the words "I am not a womb!" Another page features the image of Aung San Suu Kyi ( the democratically elected leader of Burma who has been under house arrest for 12 of the last 18 years) and the words "there are many ways to talk." Yet another features a red-haired young woman with her mouth taped shut and the word "speak." Read more.


Junior Quinn Harr Works on Michigan Historical Guide

Quinn Harr, a Calvin junior and Michigan native (he hails from Pewamo, located just northwest of Lansing), was an assistant editor on the project thanks to an internship he did with the Society.A Calvin student got a first-hand look at Michigan's history this past year when he worked on the 2008 edition of the Historic Michigan Travel Guide, the first update to the guide since 1980. The guide, released in September and sold at the state's 92 Meijer stores, is published by the Historical Society of Michigan (Meijer provided $30,000 in funding for the update). Quinn Harr, a Calvin junior and Michigan native (he hails from Pewamo, located just northwest of Lansing), was an assistant editor on the project thanks to an internship he did with the Society. He said the recent experience was a good one. "The opportunity to help compile the guide was both exciting and educational," Harr said. "By working on the travel guide, I contributed to an important project and learned more about the fascinating history of our state." Read more.


Calvin Students Present at Van Andel Institute Conference

Calvin students were among the approximately 100 area college students presenting research on Saturday, October 20 at Van Andel Institute as part of the first annual West Michigan Regional Undergraduate Science Research Conference. Calvin students were among the approximately 100 area college students presenting research on Saturday, October 20 at Van Andel Institute as part of the first annual West Michigan Regional Undergraduate Science Research Conference. The conference was intended to highlight undergraduate science research in West Michigan, something in which Calvin College specializes. During the summer of 2007, for example, the science division at Calvin had some 60 students involved in a wide variety of research projects. Students studied the effects of pollutants on colonial waterbirds of the Great Lakes, worked to develop improved artificial tear solutions for dry eye syndrome and programmed a virtual fruit fly experimenter. Read more.


Molly Krikke Named Division III National Player of the Week in volleyball

Calvin College senior Molly Krikke has added another prestigious award to her decorated four-year collegiate career as the 5-11 middle-hitter has been named the American Volleyball Coaches Association/Sports Imports Division III Player of the Week. Calvin College senior Molly Krikke has added another prestigious award to her decorated four-year collegiate career as the 5-11 middle-hitter has been named the American Volleyball Coaches Association/Sports Imports Division III Player of the Week. A native of Greenwich, Ohio, Krikke averaged 5.94 kills-per-game this past week as the Knights went 5-0, improved to 26-4 overall and wrapped up their second straight MIAA regular season title. A graduate of South Central High School, Krikke hit .397 last week as Calvin defeated Saint Mary's, Kalamazoo, Hanover, Albion and Anderson. In a five-game victory over Kalamazoo Friday night, she racked up a career-high 30 kills while hitting .354. She also tallied 23 kills in wins over Saint Mary's and Hanover. Krikke was also named the MIAA's Player of the Week for her efforts while senior teammate Katie Zondervan was named the MIAA's Specialty Player of the Week. Read more.


Calvin Students Organize GuluWalk

On a warm Saturday in late October, Calvin students were among 30,000 people from 100 U.S. cities and 15 countries taking part in GuluWalk to raise awareness about the 20-year civil war in Uganda. On a warm Saturday in late October, Calvin students were among 30,000 people from 100 U.S. cities and 15 countries taking part in GuluWalk to raise awareness about the 20-year civil war in Uganda. "It's basically a ripple effect that we're trying to create," said Calvin senior Anna Lion (middle student in photo), one of the walk organizers. In Grand Rapids the GuluWalk commenced from Rosa Parks Circle and took a planned route around 4 ½ miles downtown, mimicking the nightly commute of the Acholi children of northern Uganda. Each evening during the long civil war, these children have left their villages and walked to city centers to escape being kidnaped and forced into military and sexual service by the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA). Read more.


Help Us Spread the News: Application fee waived until December 1

Help us spread the news that Calvin is waiving the application fee for prospective students who submit their application for admission by December 1, 2007 (Canadians have until Jan. 1, 2008). Perhaps you know of a relative, neighbor, or a high school senior from your church or work community that should be encouraged to consider Calvin College. Please forward the following link along with an encouraging word! Help us spread the news that Calvin is waiving the application fee for prospective students who submit their application for admission by December 1, 2007 (Canadians have until Jan. 1, 2008). Perhaps you know of a relative, neighbor, or a high school senior from your church or work community that should be encouraged to consider Calvin College. Please forward the following link along with an encouraging word! http://www.calvin.edu/apply


Calvin Tuition Certificates: buy tuition for tomorrow at today's rate

Calvin's tuition gift certificate program allows anyone (parents, grandparents, students) to purchase Calvin tuition certificates at current tuition rates. These certificates may be used to cover tuition payments at a future date when the cost of tuition will be higher. The price for tuition certificates at the 2007-2008 tuition rate is available through January 31, 2008. To purchase tuition certificates as a gift, or to simply pre-pay Calvin tuition for next year at the current rate, contact the Financial Services Office at 616-526-6127 or finserv@calvin.edu. For additional information visit the Tuition Gift Certificate Web site. Calvin's tuition gift certificate program allows anyone (parents, grandparents, students) to purchase Calvin tuition certificates at current tuition rates. These certificates may be used to cover tuition payments at a future date when the cost of tuition will be higher. The price for tuition certificates at the 2007-2008 tuition rate is available through January 31, 2008. To purchase tuition certificates as a gift, or to simply pre-pay Calvin tuition for next year at the current rate, contact the Financial Services Office at 616-526-6127 or finserv@calvin.edu. For additional information visit the Tuition Gift Certificate Web site.

 


Sophomore Danielle Sheffield Raises Almost $10K for India

Danielle Sheffield (right), a sophomore from Rochester, Michigan majoring in international development, raised $8,524 this summer to help Hope Chapel, located in Tamil Nadu, India, purchase the building in which they were meeting. A church and children's home in India was able to purchase the building in which they operate, due in large part to the extraordinary efforts of a Calvin College student. Danielle Sheffield (right), a sophomore from Rochester, Michigan majoring in international development, raised $8,524 this summer to help Hope Chapel, located in Tamil Nadu, India, purchase the building in which they were meeting. Sheffield attained her financial goal in two months. "I had a lot of doubt that this would come together," she said. "I kind of feel like God led me through this whole experience because I've grown a lot from it." Read more.


Parish/Faith Community Nursing: January-March, 2008

Calvin Parish Nurses 2004Calvin's Department of Nursing will offer the eleventh session of its parish/faith community nursing basic preparation program this winter. The college's nursing department is an educational partner with the International Parish Nurse Resource Center in St. Louis, Missouri which endorses this 36 hour program. The weekend session dates are January 25 & 26, February 22 & 23 and March 21 & 22, 2008. The Friday time frame is 4:00-9:30; the Saturday time frame is 9:00-6:00. To date, 107 registered nurses, representing 11 denominations, have completed the program at Calvin College. They join more than 10,000 registered nurses across the country in assisting faith community members to improve their health-body, mind and spirit. For more information, contact Bethany Gordon, RN, MSN, at bg22@calvin.edu. Professor Gordon has been a parish nurse and is the parish/faith community nurse educator and member of Calvin College nursing faculty. Read more.


Calvin Distinctive #3: Spirited Community

Project Neighborhood ImageCalvin'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.