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Calvin Wire - February 1, 2009 - vol. 9, no. 3

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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Spoelhof Fieldhouse Complex dedication, Homecoming events planned

The Spoelhof Fieldhouse Complex—designed to honor the whole person—is now serving athletes, students and the campus community.  The official Spoelhof Fieldhouse Complex dedication is a few weeks away and we invite you to celebrate with us.  There will be an open house, family swim time, basketball games (one with free hot dogs and drinks), a tennis match and wellness seminars. 

The dedication celebration coincides with Homecoming 2009 which will include events celebrating 75 years of Calvin's theatre group with performances of "The Government Inspector," Airband, the Sem Pond Jump and more.  It will be a busy week on campus; please join us!

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Interim 2009 and January Series 2009 stories

Interim 2009 and the January Series 2009 have recently concluded so there are many stories collected from a busy month of studies and lectures.  The News and Stories page has been following many topics like the class on neuroanatomy, being a spy today and communication during a disaster; also, information about lectures on a life in sports, the work of an AIDS researcher, more information about President Lincoln, John Calvin and more.  All these stories are linked on the News and Stories page and are interesting for all.

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Organ donors wanted!

Calvin is competing with other Michigan colleges and universities in a drive to get more people to sign on as organ donors. The annual Gift of Life Campus Challenge is a six-week contest (open to students, staff, faculty and alumni) to see which school can get the most people to sign up on the Michigan Organ Donor Registry. Now in its sixth year, the challenge already has resulted in almost 20,000 more Michigan residents signing on to be registered donors. It ends February 25, 2009.

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Venema Aquatic Center and other photos

The Calvin swimming and diving teams recently hosted their first meet at the Venema Aquatic Center to a standing room only crowd of over 500 fans.  There are always many photos to view from the Spoelhof Fieldhouse Complex activities in the sports photo gallery.  These galleries feature not only the images that our photographers have captured, but ones that parents have submitted, as well!

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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Calvin Symposium on Worship

Worshipers and worship leaders from around the world gather on campus each January for the Calvin Symposium on Worship.  They gather 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.  Many online resources are available on the Worship site for a variety of inspirational use in the church and at home.
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Prodigal Son exhibit

The Center Art Gallery is featuring the exhibit "The Father and His Two Sons: Images of the Prodigal Son from the Larry & Mary Gerbens Collection" which runs until February 7, 2009.  The entire collection of 37 pieces, which include paintings, linoleum cuts, ceramics, silk screens, ink drawings and others, is all based on the biblical theme of the Prodigal Son and was recently donated to Calvin.  Read more about this exhibit and the donors in "A Prodigal Gift of Art" story on the News & Stories pages.

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.