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Calvin Wire - March 17, 2008 -- Volume 8, No. 6

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:

Spring break ends; classes resume today

We are thankful for God's protection and grace over spring break travel these past nine days and pray that God will continue to bless our students, faculty and community as the work of the spring semester resumes today. We are thankful for God's protection and grace over spring break travel these past nine days and pray that God will continue to bless our students, faculty and community as the work of the spring semester resumes today. The Calvin Orchestra, directed by Robert Nordling, returned safely from a spring tour to the northeastern U.S. Photos from the Orchestra's tour are posted on the Music Department Web site. Over one hundred Calvin students participated in service-learning trips in Boston, MA; Rehoboth, NM; Pittsburgh, PA; Knoxville, TN; Kansas City, MO; Dulac, LA; Boothville, LA; and Houma, LA. And spring sports teams took advantage of southern climes for a week of competition and camaraderie with baseball and softball teams in Arizona, tennis teams in Florida and the track and field teams in Alabama.


About Calvin Web siteFeatured Web Site: About Calvin

The About Calvin Web site, located off the main Calvin Web site, highlights important information about Calvin College including:
Facts and college profile
•  Calvin's mission and promise
•  What makes Calvin unique?
•  Location and community
•  Majors and programs
•  Calvin's history and church connections
•  Featured student profile


Professor Hoeksema Receives ASCE Award

A Calvin College professor of engineering has been honored by the American Society of Civil Engineers as the 2008 recipient of the ASCE Civil Engineering History and Heritage Award. Robert Hoeksema was selected for the award for his book Designed for Dry Feet: Flood Protection and Land Reclamation in the Netherlands which the ASCE said "enriched the heritage of engineers everywhere by linking one of the world's great civil engineering achievements to the history of The Netherlands." A Calvin College professor of engineering has been honored by the American Society of Civil Engineers as the 2008 recipient of the ASCE Civil Engineering History and Heritage Award. Robert Hoeksema was selected for the award for his book Designed for Dry Feet: Flood Protection and Land Reclamation in the Netherlands which the ASCE said "enriched the heritage of engineers everywhere by linking one of the world's great civil engineering achievements to the history of The Netherlands." The award began in 1966 as a way to "recognize those persons who through writing, research, or other efforts have made outstanding contributions to a better knowledge of, or appreciation for, the history and heritage of civil engineering." Hoeksema follows a long line of prominent civil engineers who have received this award since 1966, including Ulysses S. Grant, III, a civil engineer who was the grandson of the U.S. President. Read more.


Minds in the Making: Winter 2008 issue now online

The Winter 2008 edition of "Minds in the Making," a Calvin e-collection, is now available on the Calvin Web site. The Winter 2008 edition of "Minds in the Making," a Calvin e-collection, is now available on the Calvin Web site. "Minds in the Making" gathers the best essays, articles and reflections of the Calvin College community - faculty, staff, students, alumni and friends. "Minds" is intended as a helpful resource for the thoughtful Christian, inspiring the reader for intentional participation in the renewal of all things. This edition includes articles and presentations on alternative worship in England, animal welfare, modern military mercenaries, medieval Islamic visual culture, Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, teaching the millennial generation, and more. We believe the level of intellectual engagement and discourse demonstrated at this site illustrates the intent of a Calvin College education.


Center Art Gallery Hosts Kadir Nelson Exhibition

The Center Art Gallery at Calvin is hosting "Beauty of the Spirit," an exhibition of the work of renowned African-American artist and illustrator Kadir Nelson. The exhibition, held March 17 through April 19, 2008, will coincide with Calvin’s 2008 Festival of Faith and Writing where Nelson will be a featured speaker.The Center Art Gallery at Calvin is hosting "Beauty of the Spirit," an exhibition of the work of renowned African-American artist and illustrator Kadir Nelson. The exhibition, held March 17 through April 19, 2008, will coincide with Calvin’s 2008 Festival of Faith and Writing where Nelson will be a featured speaker. The gallery will also host a book signing by Nelson at the exhibition reception Friday, April 18. Nelson is the illustrator of children's books such as the Caldecott Honor Award-winning Moses: When Harriet Tubman Led Her People to Freedom and Henry's Freedom Box. His most recent book We Are the Ship: The Story of Negro League Baseball is a thoroughgoing history of that league, celebrating the athletic achievements of the players, the distinctiveness of their game and the racism that dogged them at every turn. Images from the book were featured in the March 10, 2008 issue of Sports Illustrated. Read more.


Women's Swimming & Diving Place 8th At NCAAs

Fueled by a pair of All-America performances and two honorable mention All-America efforts, the Calvin women's swimming and diving team finished in eighth place at the NCAA III Women's Swimming And Diving championships which concluded Saturday night on the campus of the University of Miami of Ohio. Calvin concluded the three-day tournament with 140 points, recording its fourth consecutive top 10 national finish. Kenyon College repeated as national champions with 566.5 points, outdistancing runner-up Amherst by more than 200 points. Calvin finished eight points ahead of ninth place DePauw and 28 points behind seventh place Middlebury College. Read more.


Knollcrest Circle donors support vital Calvin programs

Donors who provide annual gifts of $1,000 or more to the Calvin Annual Fund are recognized by the college as members of the Knollcrest Circle. Through these leadership gifts, Knollcrest Circle donors support vital programs and resources that benefit Calvin students every day including scholarships and financial aid, state-of-the-art facilities, and educational opportunities that prepare our students for their own work of renewal. Calvin alumni, parents, and friends are invited to consider a gift to the Calvin Annual Fund. Your gift of any amount helps Calvin provide daily resources for students that help bridge the gap between tuition and the actual cost of a Calvin education. Donors who provide annual gifts of $1,000 or more to the Calvin Annual Fund are recognized by the college as members of the Knollcrest Circle. Through these leadership gifts, Knollcrest Circle donors support vital programs and resources that benefit Calvin students every day including scholarships and financial aid, state-of-the-art facilities, and educational opportunities that prepare our students for their own work of renewal. With gratitude to God, the college celebrates with our members at annual Knollcrest Circle events. If you would like more information about the Knollcrest Circle please contact Nancy Westra at 616-526-8762 or njw6@calvin.edu. Read more.


Professor Wunder Studies Water Quality

Professor David WunderNews last week from an Associated Press investigation that pharmaceuticals can be found in the drinking water of 41 million Americans came as no surprise to Calvin College professor David Wunder. The AP study showed that antibiotics, anti-convulsants and more are found in drinking water. The concentrations are tiny and utilities insist their water is safe. But Wunder wonders. An assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering, Wunder is currently collaborating with Calvin students, the University of Minnesota and five water utilities (including Grand Haven) in a project largely funded by the American Waterworks Association Research Foundation on the fate and impact of pharmaceutical antibiotics in biofiltration processes used for drinking water treatment. Read more.


Calvin Around Town: Inner City Christian Federation - March 27

The Calvin Alumni Association Grand Rapids Area Chapter will host its next edition of Calvin Around Town at the newly restored headquarters of ICCF, the Inner City Christian Federation, located at 920 Cherry Street in Grand Rapids. The Calvin Alumni Association Grand Rapids Area Chapter will host its next edition of Calvin Around Town at the newly restored headquarters of ICCF, the Inner City Christian Federation, located at 920 Cherry Street in Grand Rapids. You are cordially invited to attend. The event will take place from 6:30-9:00 pm on Thursday evening, March 27. The fee is $10 per person and includes an hor d'oeuvre and dessert buffet. For additional information call 616-526-6142 or visit the Calvin Around Town Web site.


Calvin to Host Symposium on Religion and Human Rights

John Witte Jr.Calvin College will host two acclaimed scholars on March 31 for a symposium on human rights. The event is sponsored by the Calvin Center for Christian Scholarship (CCCS), the college's Service-Learning Center, and the sociology and social work department. "The Religious Heritage of Rights Talk" will be held in the Commons Lecture Hall at 7:00 pm and feature John Witte, Jr. (left), the Robitscher Professor of Law and Director of the Center for the Study of Law and Religion at Emory University, and Nicholas Wolterstorff (right), the Noah Porter Professor of Philosophical Theology Emeritus at Yale. Together the two will discuss such provocative topics as whether religion is opposed to rights and if justice requires curbing religious influence. Says Nick WolterstorffCalvin philosophy professor James Smith, who participated in a CCCS reading group on the topics: "Both popular and academic discussions of human rights tend to see religion as a threat. Thus 'enlightened' secularists are still given to alarmist accounts of how religious traditions squelch civil rights, or how confessional communities trample over human rights claims. On this account, only 'secular' democracy can secure justice, often precisely against the claims of religion." Read more.


5K Spring Classic Run/Walk & Fun Run: April 26

Calvin alumni, parents, families and friends are invited to participate in the 5K Spring Classic on Saturday, April 26. Calvin alumni, parents, families and friends are invited to participate in the 5K Spring Classic on Saturday, April 26. In past years several out-of-state families participated and made a fun family weekend of this annual event! There is a 5K Run/Walk scheduled to begin at 8:30 am. A Family Fun Run for kids ages 12 and under (and anyone else who wants to join in the fun) is scheduled for 9:15 am, immediately following the Run/Walk. All kids 12 & under that register for the Fun Run will receive a race t-shirt, race number and runner packet. All ages are welcome to participate, so bring your mom, dad, grandma and grandpa! And, when your fun run is over, there will be prizes and cash give-a-ways in the gym for all registered race participants. Please note that this year the post-event ceremonies and awarding of prizes will take place at the Prince Conference Center. For more information visit the 5K Spring Classic Web site.


Glenn Bulthuis & the Tonedeafs: May 2-3

Glenn Bulthuis, a 1977 Calvin grad and "Calvin Rock-n-Roll Icon" for the past thirty years, will perform with his band, the Tonedeafs, at the historic Ladies Literary Club (61 Sheldon SE) in downtown Grand Rapids on May 2 and 3. Show times are at 8:00 pm on both nights. Glenn Bulthuis, a 1977 Calvin grad and "Calvin Rock-n-Roll Icon" for the past thirty years, will perform with his band, the Tonedeafs, at the historic Ladies Literary Club (61 Sheldon SE) in downtown Grand Rapids on May 2 and 3. Show times are at 8:00 pm on both nights. These shows are billed as "CD Release Parties" for the upcoming "Greatest Hits" CD that will be coming out this spring. Tickets go on sale beginning today, March 17, through the Calvin Box Office, 616-526-6282. To learn more about this event and Glenn and his band, visit the Glenn Bulthuis Home Page.


Calvin Distinctive #5: Remarkable Investment

Calvin's life-changing education provides lifelong dividends. A Calvin education yields a return on investment that far outweighs tuition, as noted by independent endorsements and as demonstrated by the lives of alumni. Calvin receives numerous grants awarded by foundations, corporations and government agencies. These gifts provide invaluable support for excellence in education, enabling Calvin to offer exceptional resources that do not require tuition dollars. A recent grant for $205,000 from the National Science Foundation (NSF) will allow a computer science professor to rebuild a supercomputer that was built by professors and students six years ago with money from the same source. 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.