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Calvin Wire: March 15, 2009 - vol. 9, no. 6

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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College chaplain chosen

In 1996, Mary Hulst became the first woman in the United States to be ordained in the Christian Reformed church. This week, she became the first woman chaplain of Calvin College.  You can read more about her and watch a video of her preaching at a L.O.F.T. (Living Our Faith Together) service---Calvin's Sunday evening worship time.

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Festival of Faith & Music

The Festival of Faith & Music, which will take place this year from April 2 through 4, is a biennial conference that brings together musicians, critics, journalists, musicians, artists, and listeners for three days of discussing and celebrating insightful music that explores, in some significant way, issues of faith. They seek to be conscientious listeners, agents of renewal and prophets of the Light, but this in only one aspect of their mission.  There is now a News & Stories feature on faith and music, Calvin-style, which includes links to the artists, their music and their mission.
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Calvin hockey team

Calvin's hockey team has completed another successful season on the ice.  While only a club sport at Calvin, the team's passion and commitment is evident in everything they do, even serving dinner to loyal patrons at a recent fund-raiser. One of the first-year players has been around hockey his whole life, including a short stint around the actual Stanley Cup!

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Service spring break trips planned

Every year when spring break rolls around, a large number of Calvin students passes on the conventional trek to the beach for a chance to work in some less relaxing locales.  The Service-Learning Center sponsors work trips which sends groups around the country to serve alongside worthy non-profit organizations and to learn about cultures other than their own. Calvin students and mentors will spend spring break doing everything from urban ministry to hurricane relief.  See what trip opportunities are available this year.

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Women's Chorale tour of Pacific Northwest

Calvin Woman's Chorale, an honor choir founded and led by Dr. Pearl Shangkuan, will tour Oregon, Washington and British Columbia during the college's spring break, March 21-28, 2009.

The Calvin Woman's Chorale has already performed at festivals throughout Michigan and sings at the annual Fall Music Festival, the Festival of Lessons and Carols, and presents a full concert each spring. The chorale toured the East Coast in 2005 and, following that tour, the choir released its debut recording, Music Down in My Soul. In 2007, the chorale spent three weeks on an tour to South Korea, China and Southern California.
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DIsc golf...in the library?

A disc golf tournament was recently held late into the evening, featuring 36 teams of two players each, in the Hekman Library.  Once the library closed, the teams began to arrive and navigate their way through the halls and stairways of the building, taking special care to avoid the bookshelves and reach the hole in as few strokes as possible.

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Read more...

Janel Curry was recently named the Byker Chair holder, the 2009 Jubilee Fellows have been named and, as always, there are 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.