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Calvin Wire - November 15, 2007 -- Volume 7, No. 22

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:

Cross Country Teams Capture Regional Crowns

2006 NCAA III Women's Great Lakes Regional CompetitionThe nationally-ranked Calvin men's and women's cross country teams captured Great Lakes Regional titles on November 10 at Calvin's Gainey Athletic Complex. The top-ranked men took first place with 27 points, capturing the regional crown for the 11th consecutive year. The second-ranked Calvin women's team took first place with 46 points, finishing well ahead of seventh-ranked Case Western Reserve which was second with 73 points. The regional crown for the Calvin women was their first since 2002. Both Calvin teams advance to the NCAA III Championships set to be hosted this weekend by St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota. For additional information visit the Sports Information Web site.


Featured Web Site: Calvin Campus Store

This featured Web site, Calvin's ONLINE Campus Store, is open all the time, featuring commerce-secure transactions and shipping to anywhere in the world. In addition to textbooks and hundreds of books written by Calvin authors, students and guests may obtain Calvin-branded gifts, computer accessories, greeting cards, food items, and choose from a wide selection of campus-wear (shirts, sweatshirts, and other clothing items). This featured Web site, Calvin's ONLINE Campus Store, is open all the time, featuring commerce-secure transactions and shipping to anywhere in the world. In addition to textbooks and hundreds of books written by Calvin authors, students and guests may obtain Calvin-branded gifts, computer accessories, greeting cards, food items, and choose from a wide selection of campus-wear (shirts, sweatshirts, and other clothing items). These items make great holiday gifts for your Calvin student or a family member! The Campus Store is open weekdays from 8:00 to 5:00, on Tuesday and Thursday evenings until 7:00 pm, and on Saturdays from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. Mark your calendar now for Calvin's annual "Christmas at the Campus Store" sale on Saturday, December 1 from 9:00 - 3:00. Come and enjoy holiday specials, treats, and free gift-wrapping! A portion of the proceeds on December 1 will help fund scholarships.


President's Report 2007: Knowledge, Skills, Virtues

The President's Report is an annual publication that provides alumni, parents and friends with current information on the state of the college and a glimpse into the many exceptional things happening at Calvin. The online version of this publication is available on the President's Web site. Calvin parents have likely received a copy of this publication in the mail. If you wish to request an additional copy to pass along to a colleague, relative or friend, please contact the Calvin Development Office, 800-968-4363 or 616-526-6090. The President's Report is an annual publication that provides alumni, parents and friends with current information on the state of the college and a glimpse into the many exceptional things happening at Calvin. The online version of this publication is available on the President's Web site. Calvin parents have likely received a copy of this publication in the mail. If you wish to request an additional copy to pass along to a colleague, relative or friend, please contact the Calvin Development Office, 800-968-4363 or 616-526-6090.


Calvin Part of Sustainability Conference

Calvin academic dean Janel Curry will be moderating many of the morning sessionsCalvin College will participate in a first-of-its-kind in Michigan conference November 16 at the Eberhard Center on the Grand Rapids campus of Grand Valley State University. "Plugging the Leaks: Energy Conservation and Efficiency" will be a day-long event bringing together representatives from a wide variety of Michigan's public and private colleges and universities. The goal of the conference is to get the state's college and universities thinking about energy conservation. Calvin academic dean Janel Curry will be moderating many of the morning sessions, while physics professor Matt Heun and Calvin vice president Tom McWhertor will participate in panel discussions. Curry said it is important for Calvin to be part of the conference and to be involved with both the Grand Rapids Community Sustainability Partnership and the Michigan Higher Education Partnership for Sustainability (the latter group is coordinating the upcoming conference at GVSU). "To be able to borrow ideas and share best practices on both a local and a state level is critical to the success of sustainability initiatives," said Curry. "Sustainability takes collaboration." Read more.


Calvin study abroad programs rank high in national report

Calvin has both semester-long programs abroad as well as numerous three-week programs abroad during the college's January term (called Interim). At Calvin students can live and study in such countries as China, Honduras, Ghana, Hungary, Spain and Britain. Calvin will launch a program in Mexico this spring. Semester-long U.S. programs are offered in New Mexico and Washington, D.C.The Institute for International Education (IIE) has released its annual "Open Doors" report, a summary of study abroad by U.S. college and university students. Calvin has had a strong study abroad emphasis for several decades and annually is among the top schools in the country for students who study abroad. In the latest IIE report, Calvin ranked sixth in the country among baccalaureate institutions for the number of students studying abroad in the 2005-2006 school year. Calvin had 509 students studying off campus that year, trailing only Lee, Saint Olaf, the University of Richmond, Saint Benedict/Saint John's and Oberlin in its category. Calvin has both semester-long programs abroad as well as numerous three-week programs abroad during the college's January term (called Interim). At Calvin students can live and study in such countries as China, Honduras, Ghana, Hungary, Spain and Britain. Calvin will launch a program in Mexico this spring. Semester-long U.S. programs are offered in New Mexico and Washington, D.C. Read more.


Please consider a year end gift to the Calvin Annual Fund

Your gift, along with other Calvin alumni and friends, helps Calvin provide daily resources for students that help bridge the gap between tuition and the actual cost of a Calvin education. If you haven't already, we invite you to consider a year end gift to the Calvin Annual Fund. Your gift, along with other Calvin alumni and friends, helps Calvin provide daily resources for students that help bridge the gap between tuition and the actual cost of a Calvin education. The Calvin Annual Fund encourages the broader Calvin community to support the mission of the college: furthering God's work of renewal through the preparation of our students for lives of service in God's Kingdom. Every gift, whatever the size, helps every student, every day and strengthens the education Calvin is providing our students. You can make an online gift now.

Michigan Friends: Did you know that a Michigan couple, filing a joint state income tax return, can claim up to half of their gift to a Michigan college as a state income tax credit (credit not to exceed $200)? In other words, a Michigan couple who make a gift of $400 to Calvin College will receive a $200 state income tax credit, as well as receive gift benefits on their federal return should they choose to itemize gifts.Michigan Friends: Did you know that a Michigan couple, filing a joint state income tax return, can claim up to half of their gift to a Michigan college as a state income tax credit (credit not to exceed $200)? In other words, a Michigan couple who make a gift of $400 to Calvin College will receive a $200 state income tax credit, as well as receive gift benefits on their federal return should they choose to itemize gifts.


40 years as a federal depository library: November 19

On November 19, The Hekman Library will celebrate 40 years of being a federal depository library with a reception in the Meeter Center Lecture Hall from 3:00-5:00 pm. There will be displays highlighting documents in the collection and refreshments based on recipes found in government publications. In March of 1967 then-Congressman Gerald R. Ford invited the Calvin library to become a depository for federal government documents. On November 19, The Hekman Library will celebrate 40 years of being a federal depository library with a reception in the Meeter Center Lecture Hall from 3:00-5:00 pm. There will be displays highlighting documents in the collection and refreshments based on recipes found in government publications. At 3:30 Congressman Vernon J. Ehlers will speak and present the library with a plaque from the Government Printing Office. The public is invited to attend.


Cheer on Calvin's X-Country teams in Minnesota: November 17

Alumni and Parents in Minnesota: Cheer on the men's and women's cross country teams as they compete in the NCAA Division III National Championships at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota on Saturday, November 17. The women's race begins at 11:00 am and the men's race at 12:00 noon. There will also be a post-race celebration in Eagan, MN at 7:00 pm. If you're coming, please RSVP by Friday afternoon; 616-526-6142. Visit the Alumni Web site for more information. Alumni and Parents in Minnesota: Cheer on the men's and women's cross country teams as they compete in the NCAA Division III National Championships at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota on Saturday, November 17. The women's race begins at 11:00 am and the men's race at 12:00 noon. There will also be a post-race celebration in Eagan, MN at 7:00 pm. If you're coming, please RSVP by Friday afternoon; 616-526-6142. Visit the Alumni Web site for more information.


Professor Mpesha wins prestigious Kenyan literary awards

Nyambura Mpesha, a professor of Kiswahili at Calvin, has won awards in two categories of the Jomo Kenyatta Prize for Literature. The honor, awarded biennially by the Kenya Publishers Association, recognizes the best in Kenyan literature. Mpesha, a native of Kenya, won the first prize in the Kiswahili children's fiction category for Hanna na Wanyama (Hanna and the Animals) and the third prize in the English Children’s Fiction category for Far, Far Away. A Calvin faculty member has won a duo of prestigious Kenyan literature awards. Nyambura Mpesha, a professor of Kiswahili at Calvin, has won awards in two categories of the Jomo Kenyatta Prize for Literature. The honor, awarded biennially by the Kenya Publishers Association, recognizes the best in Kenyan literature. Mpesha, a native of Kenya, won the first prize in the Kiswahili children's fiction category for Hanna na Wanyama (Hanna and the Animals) and the third prize in the English Children’s Fiction category for Far, Far Away. "It is a great honor," said Mpesha, who heard about the awards from her publisher. Mpesha wrote Hanna and the Animals at the request of Phoenix Publishers, the company for whom she has authored several books. The book is intended not only to tell a story but to teach the Kiswahili language, which is taught from grade one through high school in Kenya. Read more.


Aspiring Calvin Engineer assists in fight against measles

Plastic and thin cardboard were among the few materials junior engineering major Sarah Evans had to work with at her summer 2007 internship. Yet the product she worked on has the potential to save thousands of children who might otherwise die of measles. Evans was as an intern at Aktiv Dry, a start-up pharmaceutical company working to develop an inhalable, aerosol measles vaccine. Plastic and thin cardboard were among the few materials junior engineering major Sarah Evans had to work with at her summer 2007 internship. Yet the product she worked on has the potential to save thousands of children who might otherwise die of measles. Evans was as an intern at Aktiv Dry, a start-up pharmaceutical company working to develop an inhalable, aerosol measles vaccine. The Boulder, Colorado, company is aiming for a device that will cost just 26 cents, making the vaccine affordable for high-risk populations in third-world countries. According to the World Health Organization, 2,000 people die every day from the measles, many of them children who live in areas without electricity or refrigeration to keep liquid vaccines viable (the powder-based vaccine Aktiv Dry is creating is intended to withstand extreme heat and humidity). Using a model developed by a previous Aktiv Dry intern, Evans worked to create a spacer for the inhaler that would ensure that infants receiving the vaccine would get the correct dose. She experimented with the volume, shape, geometry and materials of the existing spacer to discover what design would be the most effective—in terms of both vaccine delivery and cost. Read more.


Christmas at the Campus Store: Saturday, December 1

Join in the fun for this annual holiday event at the Campus Store on Saturday, December 1 from 9:00 am - 3:00 pm! Avoid the mall; skip the long checkout lines; stay out of traffic—come to Calvin College for Christmas at the Campus Store! There are many gift ideas for everyone on your shopping list—books, toys, Calvin apparel. Highlights include book signings, free gift bags, refreshments, and 15%-25% discounts on selected items. Join in the fun for this annual holiday event at the Campus Store on Saturday, December 1 from 9:00 am - 3:00 pm! Avoid the mall; skip the long checkout lines; stay out of traffic—come to Calvin College for Christmas at the Campus Store! There are many gift ideas for everyone on your shopping list—books, toys, Calvin apparel. Highlights include book signings, free gift bags, refreshments, and 15%-25% discounts on selected items. Every purchase made on this day helps the Grand Rapids Chapter (Calvin Alumni Association) Fund for student scholarships. Since 1991 the Chapter has funded 120 scholarships with $200,000 from local alumni. Can't make it on December 1? Remember that you can order online! (Note: all Campus Store orders above $60 received online between November 15 - December 15 will receive FREE shipping).


Register now for Symposium on Worship: January 24-26, 2008

The Calvin Institute of Christian Worship and the Center for Excellence in Preaching warmly invite you to attend the Calvin Symposium on Worship, January 24-26, 2008. Worshipers and worship leaders from around the world gather at Symposium each January for a time of fellowship, worship, and learning, seeking to deepen and integrate all aspects of worship, develop their gifts, encourage each other, and renew their commitment to the full ministry of the church. Online registration is now open. The Calvin Institute of Christian Worship and the Center for Excellence in Preaching warmly invite you to attend the Calvin Symposium on Worship, January 24-26, 2008. Worshipers and worship leaders from around the world gather at Symposium each January for a time of fellowship, worship, and learning, seeking to deepen and integrate all aspects of worship, develop their gifts, encourage each other, and renew their commitment to the full ministry of the church. Online registration is now open.

Calvin Distinctive #1: Profoundly Academic

Among the Calvin faculty 82 percent have earned a Ph.D. or the highest degree in their field; they have earned their doctorates at such institutions as Princeton, Harvard, MIT, Penn State, Yale, Purdue, Chicago, UCLA, Notre Dame, Cornell and Northwestern.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. Among the Calvin faculty 82 percent have earned a Ph.D. or the highest degree in their field; they have earned their doctorates at such institutions as Princeton, Harvard, MIT, Penn State, Yale, Purdue, Chicago, UCLA, Notre Dame, Cornell and Northwestern. 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.