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Calvin Wire - February 15, 2008 -- Volume 8, No. 4

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:

Professor Vander Woude receives award for exemplary teaching

On February 7, at a special awards dinner, one of Calvin's master teachers, Dr. Judith Vander Woude, was awarded the Presidential Award for Exemplary Teaching. A professor of speech pathology at Calvin, Dr. Vander Woude is the 16th winner of Calvin's top teaching honor. An excellent education is supported by an excellent faculty. On February 7, at a special awards dinner, one of Calvin's master teachers, Dr. Judith Vander Woude, was awarded the Presidential Award for Exemplary Teaching. A professor of speech pathology at Calvin, Dr. Vander Woude is the 16th winner of Calvin's top teaching honor. This annual award honors a faculty member for extraordinary skill and commitment; for influencing the education and careers of students in profoundly Christian ways; for service to the college, the Christian church, the profession, and the community; and most of all, for providing to Calvin students - and to all of us - a shining standard of intelligence, effectiveness, wisdom, Christian dedication, and character. Read more.


Featured Web Site: Gallery

Calvin's Gllery Web SiteCalvin's Gallery Web site, accessed by clicking on the photo image above the Calvin nameplate on the main page of Calvin's Web site, features more than 20,000 photo images that chronicle and celebrate the Calvin experience. This site houses four main photo galleries including:

•  The Roving WebCam
•  Campus Life
•  Sports
•  Alumni events


The Gallery Web site includes a helpful feature that allows guests to view the images within each photo gallery as a "slideshow" by clicking that feature on the upper right corner.


Calvin Celebrates Black History Month

February is Black History MonthCalvin College is celebrating black history month in February with a number of events. College dean for multicultural affairs Michelle Loyd-Paige says it's important to pause and mark the month for several reasons. "This college is committed to becoming a genuinely multicultural Christian academic community," she said. "To be such a community is to affirm the worth of all human beings, and to affirm the value and significance of the human cultures and communities that have developed over the centuries . And we are celebrating our history when we celebrate and recognize the contributions of Africans brought to this country as slaves and of African-Americans to this country." One of the highlights of the month for the campus, said Loyd-Paige, is a series called "Five Days in the Black World." It was held February 11-15 and featured a variety of presentations, everything from a documentary on the history of the city of Idlewild, Michigan, to a food tasting to a history of gospel music. Read more.


Professor Schmidt Receives 2nd Newbery Award Honor

Gary Schmidt's latest young adult novel, The Wednesday Wars (Clarion Books, 2007), was named a 2008 John Newbery Honor Book by the American Library Association (ALA). Schmidt also received the honor award in 2005 for his novel Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy.A Calvin College professor of English recently received one of the most prestigious national literary awards in the field of children's literature. Gary Schmidt's latest young adult novel, The Wednesday Wars (Clarion Books, 2007), was named a 2008 John Newbery Honor Book by the American Library Association (ALA). Schmidt also received the honor award in 2005 for his novel Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy. "It was a different feel," says Schmidt. "The first time around you feel, 'Wow, this is amazing,' as you’re getting a different recognition than you've ever gotten before. … It's an affirmation of the work you do. It was a quieter sweetness." Read more.


International Students Prepare Rangeela for this weekend


Calvin College’s international student body will present their annual variety show Rangeela at 7:30 pm Friday through Saturday, February 15 through 16 at the college’s Fine Arts Center. Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for students and children. Rangeela, the Hindi word for "colorful," weaves together songs, dances and skits from the many non-American cultures represented at Calvin. The theme for this year’s show is "Remix the Colors." "We took the word 'remix' from singers who do an old song with a contemporary beat," said Calvin senior and Rangeela director Yeong Lim. "Rangeela means 'colorful,' and we're remixing the color. We’re adding a lot more color. I think it's going to have a little more flavor, a little more twist."Calvin College’s international student body will present their annual variety show Rangeela at 7:30 pm Friday through Saturday, February 15 through 16 at the college’s Fine Arts Center. Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for students and children. Rangeela, the Hindi word for "colorful," weaves together songs, dances and skits from the many non-American cultures represented at Calvin. The theme for this year’s show is "Remix the Colors." "We took the word 'remix' from singers who do an old song with a contemporary beat," said Calvin senior and Rangeela director Yeong Lim. "Rangeela means 'colorful,' and we're remixing the color. We’re adding a lot more color. I think it's going to have a little more flavor, a little more twist." Read more.


Calvin Student Authors Web Safety Guide

A Calvin senior, Nate Knapper, has authored a Web safety booklet for the Michigan Family Forum (MFF). Knapper, 22, a communications and political science major from Clarkston, Michigan, spent his summer internship with MFF authoring the Family Guide to Web Safety. A Calvin senior, Nate Knapper, has authored a Web safety booklet for the Michigan Family Forum (MFF). Knapper, 22, a communications and political science major from Clarkston, Michigan, spent his summer internship with MFF authoring the Family Guide to Web Safety. "This was my assignment for the summer," Knapper said. "I got the assignment because this was Michigan Family Forum's priority at the time. Their old internet safety guide was fairly outdated, and it didn't include all of the modern Web topics like the social networking sites and blogging. It had some things about chat rooms, which hardly anyone uses anymore. It's all instant messaging and Facebook now." Knapper researched and wrote the guide and supervised its layout and design. The guide contains sections on e-mailing, chatting and instant messaging; social networking, such as Facebook-ing or blogging; online video gaming and gambling; internet file sharing; video sharing and online shopping and auctions. Each section gives definitions of various Web activities and outlines the risks to children who participate online. Read more.


Students team with Shakespeare for Kenya relief

The scenes were chosen not only because of their familiarity, but because of their contemporary relevance, said Rita Feikema, a Student Playwright Productions co-chair. "“The reason we picked these scenes is because they have something to say about issues that are important today," Feikema said. "We have scenes from Richard III and Henry V, and they're about empires and wars and whether those should have taken place or not. There are definite political and social overtones to these plays. Shakespeare wrote for the political and social climate of his time." Two student organizations at Calvin College are teaming up with The Bard to raise funds for Kenya relief. Student Playwright Productions (SPP) and the Social Justice Coalition (SJC) will present "Shakespeare for Kenya" at 8:00 p. on Friday, February 29 and Saturday, March 1 in Calvin's Lab Theatre. Tickets are free, and all donated proceeds will target relief efforts in Kenya in the wake of the ethnic and political upheaval there. The production will feature 10 of Shakespeare's most famous scenes—the witches scene from Macbeth, Hamlet's soliloquy and the balcony scene from Romeo and Juliet among them—performed by student actors. The scenes were chosen not only because of their familiarity, but because of their contemporary relevance, said Rita Feikema, a Student Playwright Productions co-chair. "“The reason we picked these scenes is because they have something to say about issues that are important today," Feikema said. "We have scenes from Richard III and Henry V, and they're about empires and wars and whether those should have taken place or not. There are definite political and social overtones to these plays. Shakespeare wrote for the political and social climate of his time." Read more.


Exploring the Faces of Educational Diversity: February 19

The Beversluis Forum at Calvin College will host a conference on "Exploring the Faces of Educational Diversity" for area teachers on February 19 at the Prince Conference Center on campus. The 1:00-5:15 pm conference will include a keynote address by Dr. Bernard Taylor, superintendent of the Grand Rapids Public Schools, who will address the challenges and opportunities associated with teaching in schools with increasingly diverse student populations. Breakout sessions will be on a variety of topics including:
•  Building Partnerships with International Schools
•  Educational Diversity in Christian Schooling
•  Successful Teaching in Diverse Schools
•  Constructing and Using an Ethnically Diverse Curriculum
Funds are available on a first-come, first-served basis to pay for a half-day substitute for any teacher who wishes to attend the conference. Contact Al Boerema at 616-526-6036 or ajb37@calvin.edu for more details on that funding.


Professor Zandee Honored with Service-Learning Award

Gail Landheer Zandee, professor of NursingGail Landheer Zandee, a professor of Nursing, has been honored with a Michigan Campus Compact (MCC) Faculty/Staff Community Service-Learning Award. The award is the highest given by MCC to college and university faculty and staff in the state of Michigan. Since 2001, Zandee has worked as a community partnership development coordinator for the nursing department at Calvin. In that work she is largely responsible for Calvin's three-neighborhood focus that sees the school's nursing students intimately involved in work in the Baxter, Burton Heights and Creston neighborhoods. The MCC award notes that throughout her career, Zandee has continually worked to integrate nursing pedagogy with community involvement. Read more.


Calvin Student Crowned Cattle Queen

A Calvin junior, Lindsay Bielema, recently attained royal status over a whole herd of subjects. Bielema, 21, a Calvin history major from Ada, Michigan studying to become a physician’s assistant, was crowned the 2008 National Polled Hereford Queen last month at the National Western Stock Show held in Denver. A Calvin junior, Lindsay Bielema, recently attained royal status over a whole herd of subjects. Bielema, 21, a Calvin history major from Ada, Michigan studying to become a physician’s assistant, was crowned the 2008 National Polled Hereford Queen last month at the National Western Stock Show held in Denver. Bielema, running as the Michigan Polled Hereford Queen, was selected from a field of 10 other state queens for this, the 34th national title. Polled Herefords are a breed of cattle without horns, descendants of the Hereford cattle originally bred in England. "Basically, what it means to be the National Polled Hereford Queen is that I am the ambassador for the Hereford breed both within the Hereford community itself and to those outside of it," said Bielema, who is the first Polled Hereford Queen from Michigan. Read more.


Calvin Distinctive #1: Profoundly Academic

Calvin's 400-acre campus boasts state-of-the-art science, communication and research facilities. We believe that God has called us to consider all things--- to explore the academic spectrum and to develop our athletic abilities. The new Spoelhof Fieldhouse Complex will include a health and recreation center, track and tennis center, aquatic center, and a 5,000 seat arena.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. Calvin's 400-acre campus boasts state-of-the-art science, communication and research facilities. We believe that God has called us to consider all things--- to explore the academic spectrum and to develop our athletic abilities. The new Spoelhof Fieldhouse Complex will include a health and recreation center, track and tennis center, aquatic center, and a 5,000 seat arena. 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.