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Calvin Wire - January 2, 2008 -- Volume 8, No. 1

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:

Calvin's January Interim term begins this week

We at Calvin wish you and your family a most blessed new year! Calvin's January Interim term begins on Thursday, January 3. The objective of the Interim is to provide students an opportunity to study topics which would ordinarily not be offered during a regular semester. The list of Interim courses (almost 200 of them!) represents an interesting collection of topics and reflects the wealth of knowledge within the Calvin faculty. Here are a few examples:

The objective of the Interim is to provide students an opportunity to study topics which would ordinarily not be offered during a regular semester. The list of Interim courses (almost 200 of them!) represents an interesting collection of topics and reflects the wealth of knowledge within the Calvin faculty. •  Business and Engineering
•  The Globalization of Christianity
•  Finding God in the Movies
•  Knitting: History, Culture and Science
•  Volunteerism and Volunteer Management:
The Invisible Workforce
•  Jazz: A Cultural and Musical History
•  Daily Life and Culture in China


Please pray for the safety of Calvin students traveling back to campus this week and to many locations around the world. This month, hundreds of Calvin students are participating in 25 Interim courses taught at off-campus locations. Many of these Interim course locations are outside of the U.S., including China, Germany, Vietnam, Cambodia, Ethiopia, Costa Rica, the UK, Ecuador, Guatemala, Italy, Romania, Kenya, Switzerland, the Dominican Republic, and Mexico. As always, alumni and friends are invited and encouraged to pray for the needs of the Calvin community by visiting the online prayer log on the Faith Web site.


2008 January Series begins Thursday, Jan. 3 at 12:30 pm (EST)

The lineup for the 2008 January Series of Calvin College features its usual collection of top-notch experts from around the world. This year's talks include such topics as 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; tickets are not required. This week's presentations include:



Thursday, January 3
Michael Mandelbaum
Democracy's Good Name
Michael Mandelbaum
Bill McKibben


Friday, January 4
Bill McKibben
Deep Economy


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.


Featured Web site: Music

Calvin's Music Department Web siteThe Music Department Web site, one of Calvin's many academic department sites, houses a wealth of information and resources including:

•  2007-2008 Concert calendar
•  Web sites for each music ensemble (Capella, Orchestra, Women's Chorale, Band, Gospel Choir, etc.)
•  Faculty profiles
•  Student resources, scholarship information
•  Knollcrest Music Camp information




Homecoming 2008: February 8-9

Knight Shift, Homecoming 2008Homecoming 2008 is fast approaching! Events include a Gospel Choir reunion and concert, as well as a Project Neighborhood Reunion (celebrating 10 years!). Other Homecoming highlights feature:

•  Calvin basketball & ice hockey
•  Annual Airband contest
•  Alice In Wonderland, CTC's winter play
•  Alumni photography exhibition
•  Award luncheon honoring Dr. Don Wilson
•  Cold Knight Club Sem Pond Jump
•  other concerts and events.


Visit the Homecoming Web site to view the complete program and details. Online ticket sales begin today, January 2.


Calvin plans for new alumni e-Community--your input is needed!

The Calvin Alumni Association has contracted with iModules, a company that specializes in building Web portal sites for colleges and universities. Some time in 2008, the Alumni Association hopes to launch this new site, open to all Calvin alumni. This site will replace the current "'KnightVision" alumni site that is now in place. We'd like to get your input about this new Calvin alumni Web portal. The Calvin Alumni Association has contracted with iModules, a company that specializes in building Web portal sites for colleges and universities. Some time in 2008, the Alumni Association hopes to launch this new site, open to all Calvin alumni. This site will replace the current "'KnightVision" alumni site that is now in place. We'd like to get your input about this new Calvin alumni Web portal. Please complete this short survey about how you currently stay connected to Calvin and how you might use such a tool. All those who complete the survey will be directed to a Web form where they can be entered into a drawing. Five names will be drawn and those persons will receive a Calvin blanket from the Campus Store.


Please nominate a high school student for Entrada 2008

Calvin alumni, parents and friends are invited and encouraged to nominate high school juniors and seniors within your sphere of influence (family, church, school, neighborhood, etc.) who might benefit from such an opportunity. The deadline for nominating an Entrada scholar is February 15. The Entrada Scholars Program offers ethnic minority high school students a "gateway" to the future: the opportunity to experience college learning and living while earning college credit! Entrada scholars participate in regular summer-term classes with current Calvin students and spend 4 weeks (June 15 - July 11, 2008) experiencing college life firsthand. Calvin alumni, parents and friends are invited and encouraged to nominate high school juniors and seniors within your sphere of influence (family, church, school, neighborhood, etc.) who might benefit from such an opportunity. The deadline for nominating an Entrada scholar is February 15. For more information about Entrada, and to access the nomination form visit the Entrada Web site.


Calvin-Hope Rivalry: Sat., Jan. 26. Join us at one of 40+ satellite sites!

The classic Calvin-Hope men's basketball rivalry will reignite on Saturday, January 26 at 2:00 pm at the Calvin College Fieldhouse. Calvin and Hope parents, family, and alumni are invited to gather at one of more than 40 Rivalry sites across the U.S. and Canada to participate in this Calvin-Hope tradition via live satellite broadcast. The classic Calvin-Hope men's basketball rivalry will reignite on Saturday, January 26 at 2:00 pm at the Calvin College Fieldhouse. Calvin and Hope parents, family, and alumni are invited to gather at one of more than 40 Rivalry sites across the U.S. and Canada to participate in this Calvin-Hope tradition via live satellite broadcast. To locate the event closest to your area visit the Rivalry Web site. Are you unable to find a Rivalry location nearby? Call 616-526-6142 and perhaps we can recruit you (in 2009) to help make local arrangements to plan a new Rivalry event in your hometown! Check out the Calvin/Hope "Rivalry" Web site!

The Calvin-Hope rivalry has gained national attention in recent years and was recently ranked one of the country's fiercest rivalries behind Duke/North Carolina, Connecticut/Tennessee (women's) and Louisville/Kentucky. The first game between the two schools was played during the 1920-21 season. Since then, Hope and Calvin have played 165 times; Calvin has won 83 games and Hope has won 82.


Calvin 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.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.


Student organization juggles five community projects

SIFE at Calvin-like SIFE anywhere-is a student team that partners with both major corporations and local organizations on community-development projects targeting five educational goals: Market Economics, Success Skills, Entrepreneurship, Financial Literacy and Business Ethics. The Calvin chapter of Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) has launched five community projects during the fall semester. SIFE is a nonprofit organization which promotes free enterprise on college and university campuses in over 40 countries around the world. The Calvin chapter of SIFE, one of 950 in the United States, was founded three years ago. SIFE at Calvin-like SIFE anywhere-is a student team that partners with both major corporations and local organizations on community-development projects targeting five educational goals: Market Economics, Success Skills, Entrepreneurship, Financial Literacy and Business Ethics. "The SIFE teams on these campuses are free to base their project on the need that's in the community," said Calvin senior and chapter president Keziah Samuel. "Every one of our projects is needs based." A case in point is "Sense with Cents," a project which features SIFE members teaching four weeks of financial literacy classes to residents of Grand Rapids at North End Community Ministry. "Sense with Cents" was originally created and taught by last year's SIFE team in response to surveys they conducted at the ministry. "We found that a lot of the people we surveyed were in debt, and a lot of them didn’t know how to budget," Samuel said. Read more.


Inner Compass: view episodes from Calvin's Web

Inner Compass is a Calvin-produced television show that explores how people make decisions regarding ethical, religious, and social justice issues. Inner Compass typically airs in western Michigan on PBS station WGVU-TV on Sunday afternoons at 1:00 pm: Grand Rapids (channel 35/cable channel 6) and Kalamazoo (channel 52). Two full seasons of episodes are also downloadable in video or audio from the Inner Compass Web site. Each Wednesday the latest program is added (or, each Monday on iTunes, podcasts section).

The next episode of Inner Compass, "Suffering In Marriage," airs on Sunday, January 6. It has been said that we don't keep marriage vows; they keep us. David Gushee, professor of Christian Ethics at Mercer University in Atlanta and author of Getting Marriage Right: Realistic Counsel for Saving and Strengthening Relationships, tells host Shirley Hoogstra how we can strengthen this kind of commitment in a culture where expectations run high and tolerance for suffering is low.The next episode of Inner Compass, "Suffering In Marriage," airs on Sunday, January 6. It has been said that we don't keep marriage vows; they keep us. David Gushee, professor of Christian Ethics at Mercer University in Atlanta and author of Getting Marriage Right: Realistic Counsel for Saving and Strengthening Relationships, tells host Shirley Hoogstra how we can strengthen this kind of commitment in a culture where expectations run high and tolerance for suffering is low.


Calvin's Van Noord Arena begins to take shape


Calvin College's Van Noord Arena took an impressive step forward in its construction process this month when the two main girder trusses for the arena roof were erected. Calvin College's Van Noord Arena took an impressive step forward in its construction process this month when the two main girder trusses for the arena roof were erected. The trusses arrived in three separate sections; each section is 70 to 80 feet long, 13 feet high, two feet wide and weighs approximately 33 tons! The truss sections were fabricated at Steel Supply & Engineering in Grand Rapids and brought to Calvin's campus via wide-load trucks which proceeded east on 28th Street, then north on the East Beltline and finally making a special left-hand turn onto Lake Drive (they were not required to make the boulevard turn) in order to enter Calvin's campus from the north. On December 12 the north end truss sections were lifted onto temporary columns to hold them in place while the trusses were bolted together. It took three cranes for this process, cranes that joinned the two cranes already on site for the project.
Read more.

•  View arena construction from the Calvin Webcam site.


Festival of Faith & Writing - April 17-19, 2008

The Festival of Faith & Writing is a biennial gathering of readers and writers hosted by Calvin College. At the Festival, our goal is to provide a vibrant community where readers and writers come together to discuss, celebrate, and explore the ways in which faith is represented in literature and how it plays out in our world today. The Festival of Faith & Writing is a biennial gathering of readers and writers hosted by Calvin College. At the Festival, our goal is to provide a vibrant community where readers and writers come together to discuss, celebrate, and explore the ways in which faith is represented in literature and how it plays out in our world today. The upcoming Festival features Kathleen Norris, Yann Martel, Katherine Paterson, Michael Chabon, Francine Rivers, Gail Godwin, Edward P. Jones, Haven Kimmel, and Elizabeth Berg, and many more. No matter what your literary interests, the 2008 Festival has a track for you, featuring writers in every imaginable genre. If you are intrigued by how faith informs art, or if you simply need a few days to celebrate the joy of words, then you should consider attending! Online registration is now available and early registration is advised.

Each month one book is showcased, written by an author who is scheduled to participate in Festival 2008. Our goal with this new feature-which we call "Festival Favorites"-is to shine light on some good books that perhaps aren't (yet) on your bookshelves. We hope you get a chance to read a few of these "favorites" before the Festival next April! January's featured book is "The Yiddish Policeman's Union" by Michael Chabon.


Calvin Distinctive #2: Purposeful Renewal

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 on-campus institutes study specific intersections between Christian faith and culture, including worship, politics, pedagogy and business. They sponsor seminars such as the Symposium on Worship and the Arts, which annually brings 1,400 people to campus. They produce books like the compilation of former Calvin professor and U.S. Congressman Paul Henry’s writings. And - as with recent externships that placed computer science professors in for-profit businesses - they connect to the community. 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.