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Calvin Wire - January 15, 2009 - vol. 9, no. 2

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

The classic Calvin/Hope men's basketball rivalry will resume this 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.  If there's not a site near you there are many ways that you will be able to watch or listen to the game online.

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.

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The Van Noord Arena doors are open

The Spoelhof Fieldhouse Complex was designed to honor the whole person.  It was also hoped that the facilities would be a place that values the whole person; helps people celebrate life; promotes health and healing; allows people to connect through work, play, rest and worship; provides a space for movement and dance, leisure and rest; is a center for research and learning; and creates a hub where people could value and interact with their environment and the world around them.  The Van Noord Arena and Fitness Center is just one component of the five-part Spoelhof Fieldhouse Complex, and the opening of its doors last week was met with great anticipation and community excitement.  You can read about the evening in the local press story with pictures from that night and watch videos from the women's and men's first games---both victories---in the arena.  The official dedication of the facilities is still over a month away and you are invited to join us for this huge milestone in Calvin athletics.

Did you know that there are several WebCams that feature the action inside and out of the Spoelhof Fieldhouse Complex?  See images from the climbing wall, the Van Noord Arena, the Huizenga Tennis and Track Center, as well as other campus views which include the Commons Lawn and the wind turbine.

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Interim 2009

Interim 2009 is shaping up to be an exciting month for Calvin students as they break from the rigors of the regular semester and study topics like "Spies, Lies and National Security" and "Christianity and the Scottish Enlightenment," or as they learn ice skating or sailing (in Florida).  There are many blogs from the various interim classes here and abroad, and more stories from Interim 2009 on the News & Stories page.

You can also read about how Calvin ranks first in the country in its category for students studying abroad, which includes the many students who travel in January.  Visit the off-campus programs Web site to see the variety of locations where students study during Interim and the regular semester.

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The January Series 2009

From Connecticut to California, the January Series is now available at remote Web cast sites every day of this award winning lecture/cultural arts series. For over twenty years, the January Series provides a diversity of presenters, and topics change as the world of ideas change. Presentations take place every weekday on our campus from 12:30 -1:30 p.m. through January 27 and can also be heard 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. 

A story about John Witte, Jr's lecture, "Separation of Church and State - Calvin Style: A 500th Anniversary Celebration," is now featured on the News & Stories page.
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HPERDS and English department sites featured

With the new athletic facilities getting a lot of attention, the Web site for the department of health, physical education, recreation, dance and sport deserves a fresh look.  HPERDS, as the department is more commonly called, has a new Web site that features program information, faculty profiles, facility hours and summer camp schedules. 

While perusing Calvin's site, visit the English department for book recommendations, stories about professors and awards recently handed out to faculty members.  There is also a link to the upcoming Youth Writing Festival that will take place this spring.

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Campus events to consider if you are in town...

If you find yourself on campus soon---maybe to visit your son or daughter or attend an event at the new athletic facilities---consider coming to see the "The Father and His Two Sons: The Art of Forgiveness,” the exhibit about the Prodigal Son in the Center Art Gallery which runs through February 7.  This showcase features several pieces that were recently donated to the college by Larry and Mary Gerbens.  The Blind Boys of Alabama also are performing on campus again this January 20th and tickets are still available at the Box Office or online.


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.