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Calvin Wire - February 1, 2008 -- Volume 8, No. 3

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:


Interim 2008 Galore

Potato chips, fingerprints, pubs, genocide, clubs, banned books, paper pulp, curvaceous museums, Spirit-invoking guitar chords, Romanian snowmen, bunnies...oh my! Experience a little bit of Interim at Calvin. And what about sea lions, alligators, elephants, iguanas, monkeys and sunburns? See what sights students on off campus trips were capturing with their digital cameras at the Interim 2008 photo gallery. Potato chips, fingerprints, pubs, genocide, clubs, banned books, paper pulp, curvaceous museums, Spirit-invoking guitar chords, Romanian snowmen, bunnies...oh my! Experience a little bit of Interim at Calvin. And what about sea lions, alligators, elephants, iguanas, monkeys and sunburns? See what sights students on off campus trips were capturing with their digital cameras at the Interim 2008 photo gallery.



"Armor" Day: Friday, February 8


Wherever you are, we invite you to "wear something Calvin." If you have pictures and/or stories to share send them to the Calvin Alumni Office (alumni@calvin.edu) for possible publication. Homecoming 2008 is all set for next week and weekend. Alumni and friends are invited to show and share your Calvin spirit during Homecoming on Friday, February 8. Wherever you are, we invite you to "wear something Calvin." If you have pictures and/or stories to share send them to the Calvin Alumni Office (alumni@calvin.edu) for possible publication. Highlights of Homecoming 2008 include a Gospel Choir reunion and concert, as well as a Project Neighborhood Reunion (celebrating 10 years!). Other Homecoming highlights include:
•  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 and access the ticket order form.


Featured Web Site: CCEL

The CCEL (Christian Classics Ethereal Library), reaching several million users each year, is a digital library of hundreds of classic Christian books. CCEL seeks to build up the global church by making classic Christian literature widely available and promoting its use for edification and study by interested Christians, seekers and scholars.The CCEL (Christian Classics Ethereal Library), reaching several million users each year, is a digital library of hundreds of classic Christian books. CCEL seeks to build up the global church by making classic Christian literature widely available and promoting its use for edification and study by interested Christians, seekers and scholars. The CCEL accomplishes this by selecting, collecting, distributing, and promoting valuable literature through the World Wide Web and other media. Additional information on the CCEL Web site includes:
•  tools to browse by titles, author, subject, etc.
•  Bible browsers and study materials
•  recommended readings
•  common questions and answers
•  daily meditations


Calvin Institute of Christian Worship Receives $7 Million Grant

Institute director John D. Witvliet said that Calvin's Worship Institute was first funded by Lilly Endowment Inc., an Indianapolis-based private philanthropic foundation, in 1998 and has received significant funding from Lilly Endowment ever since. The Calvin Institute of Christian Worship is set to embark on its second decade of programming with new opportunities to shape national and international conversations about Christian worship practices. And it will use a new $7 million grant from the Lilly Endowment to do so. Institute director John D. Witvliet said that Calvin's Worship Institute was first funded by Lilly Endowment Inc., an Indianapolis-based private philanthropic foundation, in 1998 and has received significant funding from Lilly Endowment ever since. "We are deeply grateful for this generous support," said Calvin College President Gaylen Byker. "It enables us to live out Calvin’s commitment to contribute to vital Christian practices in a variety of settings across North America and beyond." This most recent grant, which takes effect this month, will enable the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship to build on what it has learned as it looks at the future of Christian worship. Read more.


Calvin-Hope Rivalry draws crowds from across the continent

Thousands of Calvin and Hope fans watched the game from over 60 satellite sites across the U.S. and Canada. You can view photo galleries from these events on the Rivalry Web site. It seems like every time this storied rivalry takes place between Calvin and Hope, the game comes down to the last seconds. No exception last weekend as Hope squeaked out a victory at the Calvin Fieldhouse when last second efforts by the Knights fell short. The 79-76 win by the Flying Dutchmen broke the all-time series tie as Hope now leads Calvin 84-83. With the loss, Calvin now finds itself two games behind MIAA leading Hope tied for second place. Thousands of Calvin and Hope fans watched the game from over 60 satellite sites across the U.S. and Canada. You can view photo galleries from these events on the Rivalry Web site.


Calvin participates in Focus the Nation

Calvin is one of over 1,450 universities and colleges participating in an exciting national initiative called Focus the Nation. Its purpose is to provide a day of focused discussion on global climate change and solutions for the future. A series of events were planned for this past week culminating yesterday, Thursday, January 31 with a teach-in, a discussion with elected leaders, and a celebratory concert. The main goal of this initiative is "to move America beyond fatalism to a determination to face up to this civilizational challenge, the challenge of our generation." Calvin is one of over 1,450 universities and colleges participating in an exciting national initiative called Focus the Nation. Its purpose is to provide a day of focused discussion on global climate change and solutions for the future. A series of events were planned for this past week culminating yesterday, Thursday, January 31 with a teach-in, a discussion with elected leaders, and a celebratory concert. The main goal of this initiative is "to move America beyond fatalism to a determination to face up to this civilizational challenge, the challenge of our generation." Read more.

 


Please nominate a high school student for Entrada 2008

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. 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.


Siblings Weekend & Rangeela: February 15-16

Younger brothers and sisters will join older college-age siblings for a weekend of special campus events and activities on February 15-16, as the Calvin community prepares for Siblings Weekend 2008. Younger brothers and sisters will join older college-age siblings for a weekend of special campus events and activities on February 15-16, as the Calvin community prepares for Siblings Weekend 2008. Highlights include movie night, swimming, karaoke, ice-skating, a tie-dye and face painting party, bowling, and up to six meals in the dining hall. Also featured this weekend is Rangeela, Calvin's annual international student variety show. Calvin has the 6th largest international student population of any liberal arts college in the USA -- as well as all of West Michigan. Rangeela, Hindi for "colorful," is a pageant of costume, music, rhythm and drama and is that community's gift to both Calvin and the community beyond the college. For additional information visit the Siblings Weekend or Rangeela Web sites.
•  Siblings Weekend
•  Rangeela


Calvin Distinctive #2: Purposeful Renewal


From Streetfest during first-year orientation, through graduation and beyond, Calvin encourages, nurtures and honors a life of service. Over 1,000 students participate in community-based service-learning as part of their course work each year and another 1,000 participate in community service organized by a variety of Student Life Division programs. A Calvin education calls and equips students to be agents of renewal in God's world. In the words of the Calvin Mission Statement: "We pursue intellectual efforts to explore our world's beauty, speak to its pain, uncover our own faithlessness, and proclaim the healing that God offers in Jesus Christ. We strive to embrace the best insights of Christian life and reflection; engage issues in the intellectual and public spheres; and enrich faith by the heritage of the past and the discoveries of today." From Streetfest during first-year orientation, through graduation and beyond, Calvin encourages, nurtures and honors a life of service. Over 1,000 students participate in community-based service-learning as part of their course work each year and another 1,000 participate in community service organized by a variety of Student Life Division programs. 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.