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Calvin Wire - January 2, 2009 - vol. 9, no. 1

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:

January Interim term begins next week

We at Calvin wish you and your family a most blessed new year!  Calvin's January Interim term begins on Wednesday, January 7. The objective of the Interim is to provide students an opportunity to study topics which would ordinarily not be offered during a regular semester. The list of Interim courses represents an interesting collection of topics and reflects the wealth of knowledge within the Calvin faculty. Here are a few examples: 

  • Mixed-Media Artist Bookmaking
  • Film Noir and American Culture
  • Christianity and the Scottish Enlightenment
  • Harnessing the Wind: Learn to Sail
  • Theory and Practice of Quilting
  • Chinese Medicine and Chinese Culture
  • Gender and Performance in Muslim Societies
Please pray for the safety of Calvin students traveling back to campus this week and to many locations around the world. This month, hundreds of Calvin students are participating in many Interim courses taught at off-campus locations. Many of these Interim course locations are outside of the U.S., including China, Australia, Germany, Jamaica, Kenya, Scotland, Greece, and Mexico. As always, alumni and friends are invited and encouraged to pray for the needs of the Calvin community by visiting the online prayer log on the Faith Web site.
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The January Series 2009

For over twenty years, The January Series has been the leading lecture/cultural arts series in the country. The diversity of presenters and topics has changed as the world of ideas has changed.  Some of this year's speakers include Richard Norton Smith, presidential historian; Christine Brennan, sports columnist; and John Witte, Jr., author and John Calvin expert.  The award- winning presentations take place every weekday on our campus from 12:30 -1:30 p.m. from January 7 through 27 and it is also available at remote Web cast sites across the country and Canada, as well as online.  Take a look at the January Series site for the complete lineup of speakers, find out where the 22 remote sites are that will be receiving the live video feed, visit the archives of past speakers and listen to the daily live audio feeds.campus image

The Calvin/Hope Rivalry: Join the fun at one of 50+ gathering sites

The classic Calvin/Hope men's basketball rivalry will resume on Saturday, January 17, at 3 p.m. EST. Calvin and Hope parents, family, and alumni are invited to gather at one of more than 50 sites across North America to participate in this Calvin-Hope tradition via live broadcast. To locate the event closest to you, visit the rivalry site.  Are you unable to find a Rivalry location nearby? Call the alumni office (616-526-6142 ) to see about making arrangements for 2010.  It's easy and fun!

The Calvin-Hope rivalry has gained national attention in recent years and was ranked one of the country's fiercest rivalries behind Duke/North Carolina, Connecticut/Tennessee (women's) and Louisville/Kentucky. The first game between the two schools was played during the 1920-21 season. Since then, Hope and Calvin have played 169 times; Calvin has won 83 games and Hope has won 86.  Check out the Calvin/Hope site to read more about the rivalry and see photos from past gatherings around the country.

Make plans now for Homecoming 2009

Homecoming 2009 is fast approaching! Events include the celebration of the Spoelhof Fieldhouse Complex dedication and a Thespians/CTC reunion lunch in celebration of 75 years. Other Homecoming highlights include:

  • Calvin basketball and ice hockey
  • Annual Airband contest
  • The Government Inspector, CTC's winter play
  • Art faculty exhibition
  • Ambassador Dinner honoring Dr. Edward Ericson and Bob and Marjorie Boot
  • Cold Knight Club Sem Pond Jump
  • many other concerts and events all week long
Visit the Homecoming site to view the complete program and details.
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Calvin Symposium on Worship: January 29-31, 2009

The Calvin Institute of Christian Worship for the study and renewal of worship warmly invites you to attend the Calvin Symposium on Worship, January 29-31, 2009. Worshipers and worship leaders from around the world gather at Symposium each January for a time of fellowship, worship, and learning, seeking to deepen and integrate all aspects of worship, develop their gifts, encourage each other, and renew their commitment to the full ministry of the church. Online registration is now open.


...there is still time to view Christmas and New Year greetings from campus and read many fascinating faculty and staff profiles -- all 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.