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Calvin-Wire - August 15, 2009 -- Vol. 9, No. 16

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Art history mystery and art happenings

Discover the long-kept secret behind a painting recently donated to Calvin's permanent art collection.

Mark your calendar for Tuesday, September 29, 2009 at 5:30 p.m. for the ArtPrize Calvin Around Town event featuring the much-discussed ArtPrize competition.  Our event will be held at the Ladies Literary Club and the 106 Gallery with alumnus and ArtPrize creator Rick De Vos '04.  You'll get the inside story on ArtPrize, get a map of locations and instructions on how to vote for your favorite ArtPrize entries!  Want to know more about ArtPrize, artists and venues? Find out now.  You can also read a story about ArtPrize, "106 Makes Room for ArtPrize."

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Faculty spotlights

Even as a 10-year-old girl, Carolyn Anderson knew what she wanted to do with her life.

As an archaeologist, Bert de Vries has been digging things up for decades. Soon, he'd like to dig up the map of Calvin's old cross country course.

As a Taiwan-born professor of the German language, Professor Pennylynn Dykstra-Pruim is used to a few double-takes. “For me, that is sort of like a little symbol of our increasingly multi-cultural world,” she said.

All archived faculty and staff profiles can be found here.

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Calling all golfers

Alumni and friends are invited to join us for the 40th Annual Calvin Alumni Golf Tournament at beautiful Pilgrim's Run Golf Club in Pierson, Michigan. Every year great golf is combined with a great purpose: raising funds for the Grand Rapids area alumni chapter scholarships. Your participation every year helps Calvin students every day.

Find out more information and register online today.

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Homecoming 2009 this fall

Come home this fall to Calvin for a weekend full of activities, reunions and fellowship.  After 57 years, Calvin College has changed its Homecoming tradition, the annual alumni celebration and reunion, from gathering in the chilly month of February to the fall when the campus is at its colorful best.  We've moved most class reunions to this weekend; the classes of '00-'09, '99, '94, '89, '79, '74, '69, '64 will have special gatherings on Saturday evening.  We've also added special interest reunions and stacked Friday and Saturday with many athletic, music and social events.

Fine Arts Center progress, videos

As the Fine Arts Center undergoes a major renovation which started in June, you can watch the progress via online photos and progress reports. But now, for the first time, you can go inside the construction fences on a tour narrated by the director of Calvin's physical plant, Phil Beezhold.

Also of interest, three Web cameras faithfully recorded a photo-per-day from the Spoelhof Fieldhouse Complex construction site over a two-year period. 1,868 photos, showing at 15 'days' per second, make-up the three time-lapse movies.

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Sports: New track and field coach, fall sports previews

Calvin College has named Bret Otte as its head men’s and women’s track and field coach.  Otte has spent the last 11 years serving as head men’s and women’s cross country coach and head men’s and women’s track and field coach at Geneva College in Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania. Otte replaces Dr. Jong-il Kim who has decided to step down as Calvin’s head men’s and women’s track and field coach to devote more time to his teaching as an associate professor in Calvin’s Health, Physical Education, Recreation Dance and Sport department and coaching of specific events as a coach with Calvin’s track and field program.

[You can listen to an interview with Coach Otte online.]

Read the fall sports previews for women's cross country, women's golf, women's soccer, women's volleyball, men's cross country, men's golf, and men's soccer online now.

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There are always many more fascinating news stories and faculty and staff profiles found on News & Stories.  You can also find out what's going on in this photo by visiting News & Stories and scrolling down to the Photo Spotlight.  And if you haven't already registered for uKnight, do so now on the Alumni Association pages.  What is uKnight?  Go there and find out!