Current Issue: May 1, 2009 -- Vol. 9, No. 9
On Thursday, April 23, a local entrepreneur announced the founding of ArtPrize, an artistic competition that will bring artists from all over the world to Grand Rapids. The contest, funded by the Dick & Betsy DeVos Family Foundation, invites both emerging and established artists to create original works in spaces donated by Grand Rapids businesses and other organizations. The top prize in the competition is $250,000, and the winners of ArtPrize will be selected by the public via internet voting. Calvin College is supplying space for one artist to create her or his masterpiece in the college's (106) Gallery, located in downtown Grand Rapids. Recently, Calvin director of exhibitions Joel Zwart shared his thoughts about Artprize and (106).
Minds in the Making
The new Minds in the Making site, an e-collection of articles and multimedia by Calvin authors, is now continually updated. Bookmark the page or follow our RSS or Twitter feeds for regular postings of materials by Calvin writers. Current highlights include Nicholas Wolterstorff's address on the 40th anniversary of the Institute of Christian Studies (from Perspectives) and an excerpt of Will Katerberg's fascinating new book, "Future West: Utopia and Apocalypse in Frontier Science Fiction" (a Minds exclusive).
5k Run/Walk results and photos
The 19th annual Spring Classic 5k Run/Walk and The Karen Muyskens Family Fun Run was held on campus this past weekend with over 1,100 runners and walkers joining in the fun. Results and a photo gallery of the run/walk and fun run activities are available.
News & Stories resources
There are many resources available on the News & Stories site. Go behind the scenes of Calvin's production of The Syringa Tree, the spring production from the Calvin Theatre Company. See how a play comes together from the costume shop to center stage. Also, there's a video of senior Jennifer Jones who brought home first prize for her performance in this year's Opera Grand Rapids Collegiate Vocal Competition.
National Genomics Research Initiative
Calvin has been selected by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) to be one of 24 schools nationwide to participate in a new science education initiative. In this program, 20-24 first year Calvin students will make real scientific discoveries by doing research on bacterial viruses, called phage, during a two-semester introductory biology sequence led by biology professors Randall DeJong and John Wertz. Students will learn techniques from across biology, including microbiology, molecular biology, genomics, ecology, and bioinformatics. There was also a recent article about "Phages in Time" in Spark, the magazine for alumni and friends of Calvin College.
Alumni in the news
Ryan Bierma '03 is a key volcanologist with the Alaska Volcano Observatory watching Mount ReDoubt, which erupted on March 23. Follow a link to a photo of him on the volcano, four days prior to the eruption, here. If you have other information of alumni in the news, contact the alumni office.