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Calvin-Wire - November 1, 2008 - Vol. 8. No. 18

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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The Grand Rapids Chapter of the Calvin Alumni Association is pleased to present "Around Town" events, providing Calvin alumni and friends with an inside look at famous city settings.  The next installment features an evening at the newly renovated Burton Elementary-Middle School on Tuesday, November 18, 2008.  This 188,000 sq. ft. facility—which blends the architectural style of the original 1926 structure with contemporary, hi-tech classrooms, clinics and other features—has been re-envisioned to meet the needs of the surrounding community, which includes housing medical and dental clinics, counseling offices, a media center and an up-to-date gymnasium and cafeteria. Calvin alumni and their friends will have full access to the facility on this evening and will hear from special speakers while enjoying an hors d'oeuvre reception.

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Chimes receives several awards

Chimes, the student-run newspaper on campus, has received several awards from the Michigan Press Association, receiving recognition for reporting, writing, design, photography and general excellence.  The highest honor Chimes received from the MPA was first-place standing for their special “Green Issue” published on April 25, 2008, an issue that the entire staff worked on together.

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Cross country standout Jed Christiansen

Read cross country senior standout Jed Christiansen's blog detailing the challenges and blessings of being a NCAA Division III student-athlete.  There is also a video of Jed that you can watch on the newly redesigned sports information site.  Jed started the 2008 season as a three-time NCAA III Cross Country All-American. He will be bidding to join a group of four-time NCAA III All-Americans that currently includes just 13 individuals. The Division III Great Lakes Regional Male Runner of the Year, Jed also had a stellar outdoor track and field campaign, capturing an MIAA title in the 5,000 meters and then landing an All-America berth with a fifth place in the 10,000 meters at the 2008 NCAA III Outdoor Track and Field Championships.

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Prayer log for the Calvin community

"Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus." - Philippians 4:6-7.

Keep up to date on prayer requests, items for thanksgiving, and answered prayers in the prayer log on the Faith website, which is maintained by the Office of Christian Formation.  There you may share your prayer requests with others in the Calvin community, too.  Read more about the ministry of the office of christian formation, its staff and their part in Calvin's vision to "become agents of renewal in the academy, church and society... by offering our hearts and lives to do God's work in God's world."

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John Hamersma tries something new

Long-time college organist John Hamersma has found something to do in his free time since retiring in 2004 from the music department: make more organ music. In fact he's been playing so much that he's decided to release his first-ever album, "Color and Contrast."  Dr. Hamersma was the organist at the 2006 funeral of former president Gerald R. Ford.

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Fridays at Calvin and admission ambassadors

Fridays at Calvin, next scheduled for October 31, is the premier visit program for prospective students.  "Fridays" is a great way to experience life at Calvin with students, in classes and over meals in the dining hall.  There are other visit programs if Fridays aren't convenient.  To see a sample schedule or to find out when a Calvin guidance counselor will be in your area---or to contact the one assigned to yours--- visit Fridays at Calvin.  There is a Students of Color Visit Grant for those who qualify.

If you've already spent time on campus and would love to share the information with others, please also consider being an admissions ambassador by referring prospective students, attending college fairs or leading a group visit to campus.  Your positive experiences with the Calvin College community are valuable stories to share with high school students and their families as they make a decision about higher education.  

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A group of students recently got a cooking lesson from a local chef, and faculty and staff continue to ride their bikes to campus.  All these stories and other briefs are found on News & Stories.

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.