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Calvin-Wire:  September 15, 2009 -- Vol. 9, No. 18

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Campus action

The school year is off to a busy start.  Last week Convocation kicked-off the 2009-2010 school year with a message by newly appointed Chaplain Mary Hulst, "Calvin's Reese's Peanut Butter Cups." Photos are available from the historic event, the first at the Van Noord Arena.

This weekend there was fun at the annual mudbowl competition while Cokes-n-Clubs showcased student organizations to help students get involved in the campus community.

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The "grace" of "Charis"

"Charis," an international traveling art exhibit, runs from September 4 through October 10 at the center Art Gallery and (106) Gallery and features the work of seven Asian and seven American artists, among them Calvin art professor JoAnn Van Reewuyk and film professor Daniel Garcia.  The (106) Gallery will also be featuring works from the ArtPrize competition that will take place later this month in and around Grand Rapids.

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Silent Retreat, October 2 & 3
Watch daily chapel online

The newly renamed campus ministries office (read on) is hosting a Silent Retreat on October 2 and 3. Students and members of the Calvin community are invited to rest, read scripture, and pray in a relaxed setting of silence and nature. Spend 20 hours of silence framed by worship. During the silence there will be no scheduled programming, however Chaplain Mary Hulst will be available to meet with any attendee.  Contact Sharon Bytwerk (616-526-8872) for more information.

To communicate more effectively with both internal and external audiences, the Christian formation office is now called campus ministries.  Campus ministries provides worship opportunities, discipleship groups, and pastoral care to students, staff and faculty.  On their Faith site, you are now able to watch the daily chapel service live online.

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A community promise

Nine students from an Iowa community are attending Calvin this year—eight more than enrolled in 2008 and nine more than enrolled in 2007. Find out why and how this community is renewing their commitment to a distinctively Christian, academically excellent education.

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Homecoming 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.

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Sports headlines

For the fourth time in his collegiate career, Calvin sweeper back Greg Snapper has been named the MIAA Defensive Player of the Week in men’s soccer.  You can read all the sports highlights on the sports pages and sign up for the daily sports report.

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Calvin's first community garden, a photo spotlight from the 9/11 remembrance on campus, and many fascinating faculty and staff profiles are all found on News & Stories right now.



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