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Calvin-Wire:  September 1, 2009 -- Vol. 9, No. 17

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Calvin Alumni Association happenings

With the school year starting, the Calvin Alumni Association is welcoming you to Calvin via their Web site.  Watch our inaugural video update, which features our newest team member Emily Dock, as well as news on Homecoming 2009 this fall, Convocation 2009 (complete with promotional video) and more.

There are always many photos of Calvin alumni and friends at reunions, chapter events, Homecoming, or just socializing around town.   The association also highlights stories of what alumni are doing.  You can share something unique or inspiring about an alumnus or alumna that you know!
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Welcome to Calvin

If you come to campus, you may notice new banners that currently are being affixed to various outdoor light poles. These will replace the campaign banners which for the past couple of years sounded the themes of the recently concluded $155 million capital campaign.

There are two new banners designs to replace the old. One is a fairly simple, yet elegant, banner that includes the Calvin nameplate and the heart-in-hand seal. The other is a "welcome" banner which includes the word welcome translated into a variety of different languages which represent countries from which Calvin students hail (some 50 countries are represented in the student body most years) and countries to which Calvin students travel as part of interims and semester-long off campus programs (numerous such countries in most years).

The new banner can be seen here (at right) and also on Calvin's Facebook page and the Calvin Alumni Association's Facebook page.

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Calvin String Summit

The annual Calvin String Summit celebrates the "stars of strings." Currently in its second year, the summit is a place where string instrument “stars” can get together for a week, play advanced music, work with top-level musicians and recognize the success of alumni players from local youth and high school orchestras.

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Honduras semester moved to Mexico

Calvin's off-campus semester program in Honduras is moving to Mexico this fall due to the political unrest in the Honduran capital, Tegucigalpa.

Studying in one of Calvin's 11 off-campus semester programs will, as one student put it, "crack your eyes and heart wide open." Whether it happens at a banana plantation in Honduras, in the classroom in New Mexico or in castle ruins towering over the city of Denia in Spain, the off-campus experience is life-changing.

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Why was a member of Wheaton College's art department holed up in Calvin's Center Art Gallery this summer? It has to do with "charis," or grace. Charis, an international traveling art exhibit, which runs from Sept. 4 through October 10 at the center Art Gallery, features the work of seven Asian and seven American artists, among them Calvin art professor JoAnn Van Reewuyk and film professor Daniel Garcia. 

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Golf outing

Alumni and friends---male and female---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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Check out a wealth of great stories on the News & Stories site, including information about Calvin being considered a "Top Up-and-Coming School" by U.S. News & World Report.   Also, Calvin is lauded for its "sweet" off-campus programs and attention given to students by faculty members in this year's The Best 371 Colleges. Calvin was also named one of the best and most interesting colleges by the Fiske Guide in 2009.


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