Current Issue: May 15, 2009 -- Vol. 9, No. 10
Korean language courses offered
Calvin students will have a new option this fall when it comes to language courses: Korean. The new offering is part of the increasingly popular Asian studies program at Calvin, which now boasts over 50 majors and many other students who participate in its courses and off-campus programs. Be sure to check out the video and audio files featured with this story on the News & Stories page.
Four Fulbrights at Calvin
Four members of the Calvin community—three faculty members, Janel Curry, David Hoekema and Jim Bratt, and his son Eric Bratt (pictured at left), a graduating senior, have earned prestigious Fulbright awards, funded by the U.S. Department of State, for 2009-2010. The Fulbright Scholars Program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and annually sends some 800 U.S. faculty and professionals abroad each year. Grantees lecture and conduct research in a wide variety of academic and professional fields.
Senior engineering design projects
The activities for the 25th annual engineering banquet began in the Vermeer Engineering Projects Center and Prince Engineering Design Center on May 9. There, families were able to view the displays and prototypes---which included a robot, a plane and even a chariot---developed by the student design teams. Presentations of all the senior engineering design projects were given following the dinner banquet. Be sure to read more about these projects, including the picture-taking, remote-controlled airplane that was featured in the local newspaper.
The FAC takes a final bow
The music department hosted a final concert in Calvin's Fine Arts Center Saturday before the building is closed for extensive renovations. Following that concert on May 9, the familiar starry ceiling, made up of many hundreds of incandescent bulbs, will go dark. The next time that it is illuminated over a concert audience, the starry ceiling will be composed of many hundreds of fiber optic lights. In between the two events there will be a lot of construction until the FAC reopens in fall of 2010 as the Covenant Fine Arts Center.
Commencement 2009 in new arena
For the first time since 2006, Calvin's Commencement ceremony, slated for Saturday, May 23, will take place on campus in a brand-new location. Commencement 2009 will be held in the new Van Noord Arena – an air-conditioned venue that seats approximately 4,500 people. For the past two years, during the construction of the new Spoelhof Fieldhouse Complex, Calvin Commencement ceremonies have been held in Van Andel Arena in downtown Grand Rapids and prior to that, in the old Calvin Fieldhouse and Fine Arts Center. About 930 graduates are expected to participate in the 2009 ceremony.
Senior Julie Bratt will spend next Saturday hopping, stepping and jumping down a triple jump runway at the NCAA III Track and Field Nationals instead of walking down the aisle to receive her degree in elementary education. Junior Ben Sietsema has been named MIAA Co-Pitcher of the Week and senior Nate Pocock has been named MIAA Player of the Week.
There is also a news brief archive and many fascinating faculty and staff profiles found on News & Stories.