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Calvin Wire - April 1, 2008 -- Volume 8, No. 7

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:

April is Dutch Heritage month at Calvin

In this spirit and as an initiative of the Meijer Chair in Dutch Language and Culture and Calvin's Dutch program, the month of April is Dutch Heritage Month at Calvin College. Events commemorating Dutch Heritage month will include special chapels, films, lectures and Koninginnedag (The Queen's Birthday), celebrated on April 30. Calvin College, with historical roots in a Dutch immigrant community that settled in the Midwest in the 1800s, has grown to become one of the largest and well-known Christian colleges in the world. Today, though many Calvin students still trace their roots to the Netherlands and Dutch culture and heritage, its members represent a myriad of nations and cultures. Each of those cultures are embraced and celebrated as part of Calvin's goal to become a community that focuses on racial justice, reconciliation, and cross-cultural engagement. In this spirit and as an initiative of the Meijer Chair in Dutch Language and Culture and Calvin's Dutch program, the month of April is Dutch Heritage Month at Calvin College. Events commemorating Dutch Heritage month will include special chapels, films, lectures and Koninginnedag (The Queen's Birthday), celebrated on April 30.


Featured Web Site: Sports Information

Calvin's Sports Information Web siteCalvin's Sports Information Web site, maintained by sports information director Jeff Febus, provides helpful links for Calvin sports fans including:
•  game schedules
•  team rosters
•  daily sports updates
•  sports photo galleries
•  featured articles and profiles
•  and more!
Sports fans can easily sign up to receive the Calvin Sports Report (CSR), a listserv newsletter which provides timely updates on Calvin athletic contests!


Death of Calvin student Kimberly Holst

Sadly, we mourn the death of Kimberly A. Holst, who ended her battle with cancer on Tuesday morning, March 18. Kim, a sophomore from Jenison, Michigan, had a recurrence with Hodgkin's Lymphoma which caused her to have to withdraw from classes last month due to this illness and a desire to bravely fight this disease. Sadly, we mourn the death of Kimberly A. Holst, who ended her battle with cancer on Tuesday morning, March 18. Kim, a sophomore from Jenison, Michigan, had a recurrence with Hodgkin's Lymphoma which caused her to have to withdraw from classes last month due to this illness and a desire to bravely fight this disease. "She was always smiling," said June DeBoer, who works in academic services at Calvin. "Kim was brave, courageous, a fighter. She was always upbeat and never willing to give up. And through everything she went through she stayed connected with a wonderful group of friends." Kim is survived by her parents, James and Diane Holst, and a sister and brother, Christine and Nicholas. Expressions of Christian sympathy may be shared with the family at 8538 Rivercrest Drive, Jenison, MI, 49428. Please continue to remember Kim's family and friends, as we grieve her death, celebrate her life and take sure comfort in the hope of the resurrection. Read more.


Keith Edwards kicks off Sexual Assault Awareness Month

Dr. Keith Edwards, nationally recognized speaker and consultant, will speak on Monday, April 7 at 7:45 pm in the Calvin Chapel. Dr. Edwards has spent the past six years presenting nationally on engaging college men in sexual assault prevention at more than 35 colleges and universities. This nationally recognized presentation, She Fears You, identifies for men what they have to gain from ending campus rape--that they are no longer perceived as potential rapists but as individuals capable of entering caring and emotion-based relationships. Dr. Keith Edwards, nationally recognized speaker and consultant, will speak on Monday, April 7 at 7:45 pm in the Calvin Chapel. Dr. Edwards has spent the past six years presenting nationally on engaging college men in sexual assault prevention at more than 35 colleges and universities. This event is part of Calvin's Sexuality Series and kicks off a month of events related to Sexual Assault Awareness Month at Calvin. Read more.


Calvin hosts Stations of the Cross during Holy Week

During Holy Week Calvin hosted Stations of the Cross, a liturgical depiction of the journey Jesus took to his crucifixion, carrying the instrument of his own death. The event, hosted March 17–20 in the main sanctuary of the Calvin chapel, was sponsored by the college's Office of Christian Formation. During Holy Week Calvin hosted Stations of the Cross, a liturgical depiction of the journey Jesus took to his crucifixion, carrying the instrument of his own death. The event, hosted March 17–20 in the main sanctuary of the Calvin chapel, was sponsored by the college's Office of Christian Formation. "The purpose of Stations of the Cross is to enhance our understanding of Christ's suffering through artistic expression, to help us to become more intentionally reflective, and to help prepare participants for the drama and celebration of Christ’s resurrection," said Calvin interim chaplain Andy De Jong. The Calvin Stations of the Cross, like the traditional Catholic practice that inspired it, uses the events of Jesus' final hours as stopping places on a journey of prayer and spiritual reflection. Calvin pilgrims—students, faculty and staff—were encouraged to travel through the stations, pausing at each to both reflect and interact. The Calvin version featured eight stations: The Garden; Jesus on Trial; Peter’s Denial; Jesus Flogged; Jesus Carries Cross; Jesus Crucified; Jesus Dies; Jesus in the Tomb and Reflection Space. There are 14 stations in a traditional Catholic Stations of the Cross. Read more.


Well-known sociologist Sudhir Venkatesh to speak at Calvin

Calvin College will be bringing a well-known sociologist to Grand Rapids in mid-April for its annual Bouma Lecture. Dr. Sudhir Venkatesh, Professor of Sociology at Columbia University, will speak on April 10 at 3:30 pm in the Meeter Center Lecture Hall on "Law and Order in the Urban Ghetto."Calvin College will be bringing a well-known sociologist to Grand Rapids in mid-April for its annual Bouma Lecture. Dr. Sudhir Venkatesh, Professor of Sociology at Columbia University, will speak on April 10 at 3:30 pm in the Meeter Center Lecture Hall on "Law and Order in the Urban Ghetto." Venkatesh, who appeared earlier this month on TV on The Colbert Report, is author of three books on urban life: American Project, Off the Books and Gang Leader for a Day. His research also was also featured in a chapter of Freakonomics. Calvin sociology professor Mark Mulder says Venkatesh is a good fit for the annual Bouma Lecture, named for Donald Bouma who taught at Calvin from 1946 to 1960 and did groundbreaking work in civil rights and community organization. "Dr. Bouma was always very passionate about issues of social justice," said Mulder, "as is our current department. Venkatesh conducts exhaustive ethnographic research that offers compelling insights on urban poverty in the U.S. Most significantly, his findings interrogate numerous assumptions and misconceptions about poverty. There are complex social organizations, networks and processes that exist in what Venkatesh calls the urban ghetto." Read more.


Students selected as Jubilee Fellows prepare for summer ministry

Twelve juniors and seniors are preparing for summer internships designed to help them discern their call to ministry as part of Calvin’s Jubilee Fellows program. Andy Allen, Jessica Roodvoets, Ross Acheson, Jessica Driesenga, Ashley Wybenga, Andrew Morton, Michael Holwerda, Betsy Vandenberg, Matt Burns, Michael Bailey, Bennett Samuel and Anna Hillaker were selected to participate in the program after each expressed interest in church-related work. Twelve juniors and seniors are preparing for summer internships designed to help them discern their call to ministry as part of Calvin’s Jubilee Fellows program. Andy Allen, Jessica Roodvoets, Ross Acheson, Jessica Driesenga, Ashley Wybenga, Andrew Morton, Michael Holwerda, Betsy Vandenberg, Matt Burns, Michael Bailey, Bennett Samuel and Anna Hillaker were selected to participate in the program after each expressed interest in church-related work. The Jubilee Fellows now find themselves in the first phase of the five-component program, attending a weekly seminar class to discuss issues related to ministry. After the spring semester class, the students will be sent out to internship sites across North America where they will gain experience in everything from sermon preparation to pastoral visitation and community outreach. Read more.


Calvin Profs Author China Survival Guide

Two Calvin College professors of Asian languages have written an unconventional travel guide to China. Larry Herzberg, who teaches both Chinese and Japanese at Calvin, and his wife Qin, who teaches Chinese, have authored China Survival Guide (Stone Bridge Press, $9.95) a pocket-sized book that contains no directions to the Great Wall, but plenty of advice about toilet paper (Take your own) and black taxicabs (Never take them). Two Calvin College professors of Asian languages have written an unconventional travel guide to China. Larry Herzberg, who teaches both Chinese and Japanese at Calvin, and his wife Qin, who teaches Chinese, have authored China Survival Guide (Stone Bridge Press, $9.95) a pocket-sized book that contains no directions to the Great Wall, but plenty of advice about toilet paper (Take your own) and black taxicabs (Never take them). "It occurred to us that there are plenty of guidebooks out there that tell you where to stay and what to eat," said Larry Herzberg, "but none that tell you about the nitty gritty problems that you encounter in China as a traveler every day--how to handle toilets in a culture quite different from our own, how to haggle over prices when you make a purchase, how to obtain clean drinking water and how to cross the street without getting killed." Read more.


Mayor Koldenhoven inspires courage as Paul B. Henry Lecturer

Dean Koldenhoven, former mayor of Palos Heights, IL, gave the 12th annual Paul B. Henry Lecture at Calvin College yesterday, March 31. Koldenhoven, a 2002 recipient of the John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award, spoke to an audience in the Prince Conference Center on "Religious Tolerance, Love your Neighbor." Dean Koldenhoven, former mayor of Palos Heights, IL, gave the 12th annual Paul B. Henry Lecture at Calvin College yesterday, March 31. Koldenhoven, a 2002 recipient of the John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award, spoke to an audience in the Prince Conference Center on "Religious Tolerance, Love your Neighbor." Koldenhoven made the news in May 2000, three years into his term, when plans to open a mosque in his Chicago suburb upset many residents and exploded into controversy. Mayor Koldenhoven supported the sale of a vacant Christian church to the Al Salam Mosque Foundation, knowing it would be a test of his leadership. When an antagonistic city council failed to deter the sale, the council offered the Foundation a $200,000 buy-out to abandon its plans. To the ire of his colleagues and constituents, Koldenhoven vetoed the payoff, calling it an embarrassment and an insult to the Muslim community. The mayor's opposition drew national attention, resulting in a fierce public backlash against the middle-class community. 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. In past years several out-of-state families participated and made a fun family weekend of this annual event! 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.


Calvin Alumni Choir in Chicagoland: April 26 & 27

The Calvin Alumni Choir, under the direction of Pearl Shangkuan, will provide two fine concerts for alumni, family and friends in the greater Chicago area:

Calvin Alumni Choir• "You Shall Have a Song, " the music of Stephen Paulus - Saturday, April 26 at 8 pm at Bethel Christian Reformed Church, 3500 Glenwood-Lansing Rd., Lansing, Illinois. Free admission; an offering will be taken for the Chicagoland/NW Indiana Chapter Scholarship Fund. Reception following.

•  "Go Where I Send Thee," the music of Paul Caldwell and Sean Ivory '92 - Sunday, April 27 at 5 pm at First United Methodist Church, 516 Church St., Evanston, Illinois. Tickets for the Sunday concert are $18. Call the Youth Choral Theater of Chicago at 847-535-9873.
For more information, visit the Alumni Choir Web site or call 1-877-526-2276.


Spring Reunions: 1978, 1973, 1968 and 1963 - May 2 & 3

The Classes of 1978, 1973, 1968 and 1963 are invited to a cluster reunion at Calvin next month on Friday, May 2 and Saturday, May 3. We invite you to join us for this special occasion to gather on Calvin's campus and to fellowship, reminisce and renew ties. It's not too late to register! The Classes of 1978, 1973, 1968 and 1963 are invited to a cluster reunion at Calvin next month on Friday, May 2 and Saturday, May 3. We invite you to join us for this special occasion to gather on Calvin's campus and to fellowship, reminisce and renew ties. These two days are packed with special events including an Alumni Choir concert, a "Then and Now" luncheon, Glenn Bulthuis and the Tonedeafs, a Reunion Celebration Dinner, and much more! To register (and also to see who else is coming!) visit the Alumni Web site or contact us at 616-526-6142 or reunions@calvin.edu.


Calvin Distinctive #3: Spirited Community

Calvin cultivates an intentional community of scholars in several ways: Class sizes are small; faculty serve as academic advisors; students take common core courses and communicate through KnightVision, our online community. Calvin's thoughtful Christian community strengthens heart, soul, mind and body. Calvin students, faculty and staff value the task of serving God together through intellectual exploration, spirited interaction, worship and work. Calvin cultivates an intentional community of scholars in several ways: Class sizes are small; faculty serve as academic advisors; students take common core courses and communicate through KnightVision, our online 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.