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Calvin Wire - December 15, 2007 -- Volume 7, No. 24

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:

Wishing you and your family a most blessed Christmas!

We at Calvin College pray that you and your family will celebrate a most blessed Christmas and new year during the days and weeks ahead! Calvin's Christmas break begins today: please be in prayer for our students as many of them travel during the holiday break. We at Calvin College pray that you and your family will celebrate a most blessed Christmas and new year during the days and weeks ahead! Calvin's Christmas break begins today: please be in prayer for our students as many of them travel during the holiday break. Calvin offices remain open next week (December 17-21), but please note that the campus and offices will be closed from December 22-30. College offices will re-open again on Monday, December 31 (closed on New Year's Day) and the January Interim term begins on Thursday, January 3.


Featured Web Site: The January Series

The January Series Web siteFor over twenty years The January Series of Calvin College has been the leading lecture/cultural arts Series in the country.The foundation for excellence both in our classroom at Calvin College and in The January Series is the philosophy that an outstanding liberal arts education teaches students how to think, not what to think. We want our students to look at current ideas critically in light of history and creatively with an eye to the future. Bringing a wide variety of excellent speakers on a wide variety of topics to campus is one very valuable factor of education at Calvin.

Twelve Additional Locations: This year 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.

Archive of Past Lectures: The January Series Web site lists more than the schedule for the upcoming 2008 Series--it features a virtual treasure trove in the Series' archives, where Web visitors can access audio presentations of most of the excellent lectures since 1999.


Calvin's Messiah to Air Statewide

The Calvin Oratorio Society presented Messiah at DeVos Performance Hall in Grand Rapids on November 30 and December 1, under the baton of Calvin professor of music Joel Navarro and featuring four outstanding soloists: Sang-Yun Kwen, soprano; Gwenneth Bean, contralto; David Troiano, tenor; and Jonathan Ten Brink, bass. One of the country's longest-running performances of Handel's Messiah will be able to be seen around the country for the first time ever this month thanks to an evolving relationship between Calvin College and WGVU Television. The Calvin Oratorio Society presented Messiah at DeVos Performance Hall in Grand Rapids on November 30 and December 1, under the baton of Calvin professor of music Joel Navarro and featuring four outstanding soloists: Sang-Yun Kwen, soprano; Gwenneth Bean, contralto; David Troiano, tenor; and Jonathan Ten Brink, bass. Present to capture both performances were the cameras of WGVU, a service of Grand Valley State University. WGVU will air a condensed version of the Calvin performance on December 23 at 9:00 pm, followed by repeat airings on December 24 at 2:00 am and December 25 at 9:00 am and 9:30 pm. WGVU also will make the show available to PBS affiliates around the nation. To date, several stations have signed on, including WTVS in Detroit, WKAR in Lansing, WCMU in Mt. Pleasant and WNMU in Marquette. Read more.


Celebrating Prof. Don Wilson at Homecoming 2008

The Calvin Alumni Association will be presenting the 2008 Faith & Learning Award to Dr. Don Wilson, sociology professor emeritus, during this year's Homecoming festivities. The Faith & Learning Award is presented to a former Calvin professor to recognize excellence in teaching and spiritual impact on students. The Calvin Alumni Association will be presenting the 2008 Faith & Learning Award to Dr. Don Wilson, sociology professor emeritus, during this year's Homecoming festivities. The Faith & Learning Award is presented to a former Calvin professor to recognize excellence in teaching and spiritual impact on students. Dr. Wilson taught sociology and anthropology courses at Calvin from 1962-1996. He is also well-known for attending thousands of athletic events during his 34-year tenure and sending postcards to many students and alumni. Alumni are invited to the Saturday, February 9, Homecoming luncheon and encouraged to submit a memory about or note of congratulations to Dr. Wilson.


International students make Calvin home for the holidays

Holiday programming is a necessity for a school with a sizeable international population, says Rick Zomer, Calvin’s associate dean of residence life: "When we bring students here, especially when they come from overseas, it's not realistic to think they will be able to go home. But even though they're not going to go home for Christmas, we're trying to ensure that they'll still have an enjoyable time-even living away from their families."Calvin College is creating a festive atmosphere for its international students who can't make it home for the holidays. Anywhere from 12 to 20 students will hunker down in Calvin's Knollcrest East apartments from Saturday, December 15 until January 1, 2008, taking part in the many holiday activities planned for them by Calvin residence life staff. The students-from South Korea, Hong Kong and British Columbia-are a fragment of Calvin’s sizeable international student community, numbering 305 students from 50 countries. (In the most recent Open Doors report from the Institute for International Education, Calvin is rated sixth in the country among baccalaureate institutions for the number of international students on campus.) Holiday programming is a necessity for a school with a sizeable international population, says Rick Zomer, Calvin’s associate dean of residence life: "When we bring students here, especially when they come from overseas, it's not realistic to think they will be able to go home. But even though they're not going to go home for Christmas, we're trying to ensure that they'll still have an enjoyable time-even living away from their families." Read more.


Please consider a year end gift to the Calvin Annual Fund

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.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.


Calvin Basketball teams in Ohio & New Jersey: Dec. 28-29

The Calvin College men's basketball team will participate in the Steve Adubato One-On-One Classic at Montclair State University on Friday, December 28. Calvin's women's basketball team will participate in the Baldwin-Wallace Tournament on December 28-29 at Baldwin-Wallace U. in Berea, Ohio, 20 minutes south of Cleveland. For more information visit the Sports Information Web site.

The Calvin College men's basketball team will participate in the Steve Adubato One-On-One Classic at Montclair State University on Friday, December 28. Calvin will face Keene State College at 5:00 pm in the Panzer Gymnasium, and Montclair State University will face Salem State College at 7:00 pm. The consolation game will be played at 1:00 pm on Saturday, December 29th and the championship game will be played at 3:00 pm. The Calvin College New York / New Jersey Alumni Chapter will host a reception for the team and their fans after the game on Friday evening at the Yogi Berra Museum, located on Montclair State's campus. Be sure to stop by to greet the team and enjoy a time of fellowship and food with other alumni and friends of Calvin.


Biochemistry students win prestigious travel awards

Seniors Sarah Kamper, 21, of Grand Rapids and Laura Porter-Peden, 23, of Longmont, Colorado, will use the awards to attend the annual meeting February 2–6 in Long Beach, California to present their research on a particular enzyme and its complementary inhibitor. Two Calvin biochemistry students have received student travel awards to present their research at the Biophysical Society annual meeting. Seniors Sarah Kamper, 21, of Grand Rapids and Laura Porter-Peden, 23, of Longmont, Colorado, will use the awards to attend the annual meeting February 2–6 in Long Beach, California to present their research on a particular enzyme and its complementary inhibitor. Kamper and Porter-Peden partnered on the research with Calvin chemistry professor Kumar Sinniah and several faculty from Cambridge University. "Although the money amounts are not huge, these are fairly prestigious awards for students because they are being picked from a very large applicant pool," Sinniah said. Read more.


New journal links faith and software

"Rather than approach it from the purely academic sense, I decided to approach professional software developers who are also professed Christians and ask them if they see the link," said CS professor Patrick Bailey, the creator of Dynamic Link. The new journal contains articles exploring an entire universe of faith issues in the field of software development.A Calvin computer science professor has created a professional journal that focuses on the link between Christian faith and software development. "Dynamic Link: Christian Perspectives on Software Development," which was released by the Calvin computer science (CS) department earlier this month, is written by professional software developers who strive to glorify God through their work. "Rather than approach it from the purely academic sense, I decided to approach professional software developers who are also professed Christians and ask them if they see the link," said CS professor Patrick Bailey, the creator of Dynamic Link. The new journal contains articles exploring an entire universe of faith issues in the field of software development. Read more.


Senior Nathan Beach creates Bible Web site

A Bible research Web site created by a Calvin senior is reaching a worldwide audience. Nathan Beach, a 21-year old computer science major from Ann Arbor, Michigan, receives more than 1.3 million page views per month on his site, www.ChristNotes.org. A Bible research Web site created by a Calvin senior is reaching a worldwide audience. Nathan Beach, a 21-year old computer science major from Ann Arbor, Michigan, receives more than 1.3 million page views per month on his site, www.ChristNotes.org. A quarter of those come from people living outside the U.S. in places such as South Africa, Indonesia, Malaysia, India, and more than a hundred other countries. "I love the fact that it's a way for me to bless people all over the world-people I've never met and probably never will meet," said Beach, who began building Christ Notes when he was in the eighth grade as a way to learn about Web sites. Maintenance on ChristNotes takes up approximately 10 hours of Beach's average week. Every Monday, he posts two new Weekly Wisdoms, which are devotionals offering a Bible-based perspective on living a God-centered life. "Doing that has helped me grow a lot in the faith," he said, "because I need to do research and read Scripture in order to write the Weekly Wisdoms." Read more.


Students prepare for Faith & International Development Conference

The third annual Faith and International Development conference will be held at Calvin College on Thursday-Saturday, January 31-February 2. This year, the conference is expected to draw some 400 students from all over the United States eager to learn more about international development and to meet one another. The theme for this year's conference is "Sustainability: Fruit that Lasts," based on John 15:5: "If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me, you can do nothing." The third annual Faith and International Development conference will be held at Calvin College on Thursday-Saturday, January 31-February 2. This year, the conference is expected to draw some 400 students from all over the United States eager to learn more about international development and to meet one another. The theme for this year's conference is "Sustainability: Fruit that Lasts," based on John 15:5: "If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me, you can do nothing." Calvin junior Morgan Briggs, the public relations coordinator for the conference comments: "Doing work that lasts for generations is central to the idea of development. We have decided to apply that theme to four key development areas: community, ecology, healthcare and economics." Each of the plenary speakers for the conference will zero in on one of these development targets. "We chose speakers from different cultures and from different specialties who had also had field experience with development," Briggs said. "They will focus on how their organizations try to make their work sustainable and also how their faith and beliefs influence their development work." Read more.


Calvin Distinctive #2: Purposeful Renewal

Calvin's off-campus programs teach students that renewal is a worldwide effort. Students spend semesters in off-campus locales -- including France, Honduras, Spain and China -- where they learn more about other cultures, themselves and their purpose in God's world.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." Calvin's off-campus programs teach students that renewal is a worldwide effort. Students spend semesters in off-campus locales -- including France, Honduras, Spain and China -- where they learn more about other cultures, themselves and their purpose in God's world. 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.