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Calvin Wire: September 2, 2008 - Vol. 8, No. 15

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:
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Take a tour of the new facilities on campus

Wondering about the progress for the Spoelhof Fieldhouse Complex?  You can now view a two-minute Vimeo video tour of the progress, see photos and read all kinds of facts and figures about this massive structure being added to campus.  Meanwhile, the Huizenga Tennis and Track Center is nearing completion and is already being used for volleyball practice.
 

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2008-2009 school year about to begin

The school year is about to begin and parents are dropping their students off on campus this week!  If you'd like to watch the happenings on campus, check out the campus webcams.  There are always photo galleries to view, too.  These include photos of campus events, students, sports and alumni events around the country.  Don't forget to download Calvin screen savers or wallpaper to show your support for Calvin on your computer at home or work.
 
 

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Sea to Sea tour rolls into—and out of—town

When the Sea to Sea bicycle tour rolled into Grand Rapids on August 16, it was just the beginning of a busy weekend for the almost 200 cyclists crossing the nation to put an end to poverty.  You can read blogs from the Calvin cyclists, see photos and watch a video of the experience.

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Living and learning in new van Reken Hall

Calvin's newest dormitory addition, van Reken Hall, was designed to be a learning-living environment and will be dedicated in October.  The new wing will be part of Kalsbeek-Huizenga and each floor will have a theme for learning and discussion. Take a tour, see floor plans and read more about what will be going on there starting this fall!

 

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Convocation 2008: Starting the Journey

This year's Convocation, slated for Monday, September 8 at 9:50 a.m., will include an historic touch. A mobile carillon will be stationed near the Fine Arts Center and the Hekman Library, and will call the campus to Convocation. This will hearken back to Calvin's Franklin Street campus days when a carillon in the chapel tower regularly sounded for community events. The carillon will be played by a local organist as students, faculty and staff are walking to Convocation, again as they are leaving and also during the all-campus picnic, which will be held on the Commons Green from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Because of construction at the old fieldhouse, the 2008 Convocation ceremony will be held at three sites (the Fine Arts Center, the Chapel and Gezon Auditorium), so the Convocation committee arranged for the carillon as a special touch this year.

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Profiles of students, faculty and staff

Have you seen all the interesting profiles of students, faculty and staff that have been featured all summer?  Tom Hoeksema, professor of education and founder of Calvin's special education program, is the faculty member featured this week, but biology student Rachel Hesselink spent the summer looking at the invasive species, autumn olive.

 


 

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News in brief... including obituary information for Prof. James DeBorst

Today, on the main News & Stories page, you can view the News in Briefs column (right-hand side of page) that includes information about the passing of professor emeritus James DeBorst.  He taught in the political science department at Calvin for 27 years. 

If you want to quickly catch up on a summer's worth of activity at Calvin via the new News & Stories briefs, you will find more information about professors, students, grants, construction, a strings summit, U.S. News & World Report rankings and recently-named asteroids, among other things.

 

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.