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Calvin Wire - December 1, 2007 -- Volume 7, No. 23

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:

Last week of classes: Please pray for professors and students

With many assignments and term papers coming due next week and final exams beginning on December 10, this is a stressful time for both students and professors. Your daily prayers are important, for our students, professors, and the Calvin community.With many assignments and term papers coming due next week and final exams beginning on December 10, this is a stressful time for both students and professors. Your daily prayers are important, for our students, professors, and the Calvin community. You are invited to consider the specific needs of the community by reviewing the Calvin prayer log located on the Faith Web site.


Featured Web Site: Faith

Calvin's Faith Web siteWhat do you call a Web site that encompasses everything from the chapel schedule and students' ideas about spiritual development, dialogue among faculty concerning the integration of faith and learning to programs such as "Discipling Athletes"? This is a question we spent a long time debating, but in the end, we chose the word "Faith" for one simple reason: As the broad scope of this Web site shows, faith is foundational to everything we do. And here at Calvin, we express that faith not only through leading worship or attending Bible studies or praying for the needs of our community, but also through our work in the classroom and in the library and in our offices. As such, we are people who are ever seeking to exercise and strengthen the faith God has given us, much like you would exercise a muscle in order to strengthen it. It is our hope, therefore, that the resources you find on this Web site will help fortify your trust in the author and perfecter of our faith, Jesus Christ.


Christmas at the Campus Store: Saturday, December 1

Join in the fun for this annual holiday event at the Campus Store TODAY, 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! Join in the fun for this annual holiday event at the Campus Store TODAY, 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).


Calvin Launches new Enterprise Center

The Enterprise Center at Calvin was formed this fall and already includes a part-time director, a faculty advisory board and a business advisory board. Ron Lubbers, a 1967 graduate of Calvin and an erstwhile member of the Calvin business faculty, is the center's director. He is excited about what it can bring to the Calvin campus. "President Byker noted that the Calvin community has such a wealth of talent," Lubbers said. "It seems fitting then that the college should foster the sharing of such wealth for the Lord's kingdom. We formed the Enterprise Center for that purpose." A new center at Calvin College will facilitate the commercialization of intellectual properties developed jointly by the college and partners in the business community. "It will be a doorway for the commercialization of intellectual properties," said David DeHeer, chair of the biology department and a person who helped spearhead the center's formation. The Enterprise Center at Calvin was formed this fall and already includes a part-time director, a faculty advisory board and a business advisory board. Ron Lubbers, a 1967 graduate of Calvin and an erstwhile member of the Calvin business faculty, is the center's director. He is excited about what it can bring to the Calvin campus. "President Byker noted that the Calvin community has such a wealth of talent," Lubbers said. "It seems fitting then that the college should foster the sharing of such wealth for the Lord's kingdom. We formed the Enterprise Center for that purpose." Read more.


Please consider a year end gift to the Calvin Annual Fund

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.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.

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 Alumni & 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.


Social Justice Committee sponsors fair-trade craft fair

For the third consecutive year, the Social Justice Committee at Calvin College will sponsor its holiday fair of fair-trade handicrafts (and coffee) from around the world. "Presents With Presence" will take place from 10:00 - 5:00 Tuesday through Wednesday, December 4-5 in the Hekman Library lobby. "We thought it was a great way to raise awareness about fair trade: what it is and how important it is," said SJC co-chair Amy Jonason, an organizer of the sale. "All of the vendors are great about talking about why they’re in this business and how it helps the people that they work with." The fair will feature a mélange of goods from nine vendors, all priced to benefit the original makers of the items. Read more.


Calvin Spark: Winter 2007 Issue now online

The winter 2007 issue of Spark has been printed and will be in mailboxes soon. Highlights of this issue include alumnus Doug Diekema on medical ethics, John Witvliet on the institutional church and the mission of Calvin College, and the Jubilee Fellows ministry internship program. Read these stories, alumni profiles, and more. You can also review the contents of this issue online


Students Celebrate Advent with Jazz Vespers

"It's our goal here on campus to provide that space for those who don’t feel comfortable in a typical worship setting," said Jazz Vespers chair, senior Jacqueline Klamer. The unconventional service is a good format for creating a distinctive holiday celebration, she said, "Just as we’re stepping away from the typical forms of worship, we can also take a step away from the typical celebrations of Christmas toward a more contemplative approach to the coming of Christ. We're planning a service that's approachable and reflective and creative and questioning." The creative team behind Jazz Vespers is planning a special Advent-themed edition of the popular worship service to close the fall semester. The Jazz Vespers Advent service will be held 9:00 pm on Thursday, December 6 in the Fish House. Jazz Vespers, which worships at that time in that venue every other Thursday evening throughout the year, seeks a fusion between the various forms of art and prayer. "It's our goal here on campus to provide that space for those who don’t feel comfortable in a typical worship setting," said Jazz Vespers chair, senior Jacqueline Klamer. The unconventional service is a good format for creating a distinctive holiday celebration, she said, "Just as we’re stepping away from the typical forms of worship, we can also take a step away from the typical celebrations of Christmas toward a more contemplative approach to the coming of Christ. We're planning a service that's approachable and reflective and creative and questioning." Read more.


Parking/Shuttle Service for home basketball games

For our guests who require or desire being dropped off closer to the doors of the Fieldhouse, a shuttle service is being offered for home games during this basketball season. To access this shuttle service please park on the east side of campus in the Prince Conference Center parking lot. A shuttle service to/from the Fieldhouse will be provided during the hour prior to and following each home basketball game. Because of the construction around the Calvin Fieldhouse this winter and spring, parking spaces adjacent to the Fieldhouse will be very limited. Guests who are able and willing to walk are encouraged to park in spaces on the south side of campus closer to Burton Street. For our guests who require or desire being dropped off closer to the doors of the Fieldhouse, a shuttle service is being offered for home games during this basketball season. To access this shuttle service please park on the east side of campus in the Prince Conference Center parking lot. A shuttle service to/from the Fieldhouse will be provided during the hour prior to and following each home basketball game. Of course, campus guests who are able are invited to walk to the Fieldhouse from the Prince Center lot. Thank you for your understanding and patience during the expansion of the Spoelhof Fieldhouse Complex. NOTE: guests are encouraged to park appropriately on campus and, in an attempt to be as neighborly as possible, are discouraged from parking on nearby streets adjacent to the campus (e.g., Morningside, Hampshire, etc.).


Jermale Eddie Wins Equity Award

Jermale Eddie, the program coordinator for Calvin's multicultural student development office, won the award for his work with the Tapestry Leadership Program, an effort to integrate African American, Hispanic, Asian and Native American (AHANA) students more fully into every facet of college life.A Calvin College staff member has earned the Equity in Higher Education Award from the Michigan Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (MACRAO). Jermale Eddie, the program coordinator for Calvin's multicultural student development office, won the award for his work with the Tapestry Leadership Program, an effort to integrate African American, Hispanic, Asian and Native American (AHANA) students more fully into every facet of college life. "This program is all about the students," Eddie said, "The only way to be successful at meeting the needs of the students is to ask what they need, to listen and to act." Eddie, who received the award at a November 8 luncheon at the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel during the MACRAO annual conference, came to Calvin in 2003. Since that time, he has worked on developing Tapestry, which is funded by a Michigan Select Student Support Services grant to increase the support and retention of AHANA students. Read more.


The January Series: Watch and listen from a selection of off-campus sites

The January Series is held in the Calvin College Fine Arts Center Auditorium; admission is free and tickets are not required. All presentations begin at 12:30 pm and end promptly at 1:30 pm (EST). Additionally, remote webcasts at a dozen sites around the U.S. will bring January Series' expertise to such locales as Muskegon, Ann Arbor and Chicago and as far away as Florida and California.For 15 days in January you are invited to join in the excitement of the award-winning January Series, with its world of ideas, beliefs, and theories presented by internationally-renowned presenters. Topics for the 2008 Series will include the next election for president, renewing religious language, black gospel music, the world's rain forests, theology for an age of terror, the future of the space industry, the pillow angel case and more. The January Series is held in the Calvin College Fine Arts Center Auditorium; admission is free and tickets are not required. All presentations begin at 12:30 pm and end promptly at 1:30 pm (EST). Additionally, remote webcasts at a dozen sites around the U.S. will bring January Series' expertise to such locales as Muskegon, Ann Arbor and Chicago and as far away as Florida and California. In addition to these remote sites, listeners may also join in as most of the presentations will be broadcast in real audio through the Calvin Web site. More information, including the entire 2008 January Series schedule and the complete list of remote webcast sites, is available on the January Series Web site.


Calvin Distinctive #2: Purposeful Renewal

From StreetFest during first-year orientation, through graduation and beyond, Calvin encourages, nurtures and honors a life of service. For example, 90 percent of Calvin students have engaged in at least one service-learning experience while on campus, and 55 percent of grads are working in the non-profit sector. A Calvin education calls and equips students to be agents of renewal in God's world. Calvin's challenge to students, faculty, staff and alumni is clear: "Whatever you do, use your knowledge, your gifts and your profession to make all things new." From StreetFest during first-year orientation, through graduation and beyond, Calvin encourages, nurtures and honors a life of service. For example, 90 percent of Calvin students have engaged in at least one service-learning experience while on campus, and 55 percent of grads are working in the non-profit sector. For more information visit the Calvin Distinctives Web site.

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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.