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Calvin-Wire: October 1, 2009 -- Vol. 9, No. 19

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Homecoming next week

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 campus is at its colorful best.  We've moved most class reunions to this weekend and added a ton of other fun fall events that are already happening on campus: the Cardboard Canoe Contest, Faculty Fumblers vs. Chimes, athletic events, lectures, movies, etc.  We've also added alumni athletic events, concerts (Glenn Bulthuis, Waterdeep), kids and family activities, a choral retreat with the Alumni Choir, trolley rides, a block party and more. 

To see the schedule, go here for the list of the athletic, music and social events going on for Homecoming weekend. Come home this fall to Calvin for a weekend full of activities, reunions and fellowship. 

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ArtPrize taking over Grand Rapids

From September 23 through October 10, Grand Rapids will serve as an art gallery to the world because of ArtPrize.  This radically open art competition, with over 1,200 artists involved, was created by Rick DeVos '04 and his staff.  Today, October 1, the list of artists will be chopped from 1,262 to 10. Each person in the top 10 will win at least $7,000. The grand prize is $250,000. Go to the ArtPrize site to find out more.

See photos from the Calvin Around Town event held in conjuction with ArtPrize this past Tuesday and check out what other exhibitions are being hosted by Calvin art galleries right now.

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Internship set sail this summer

Accounting major Megan Odegaard ditched her cubicle and set sail aboard an Alaskan fishing ship for her summer internship.  Since there weren't any technological distractions, she said there was“...a lot of getting to know everybody.”  She confessed to playing pranks with the other crew members and to sneaking a little exercise when she could on the helicopter pad on board. 

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Every Student Challenge

Between now and June 30, 2010, multiply your gift to Calvin through the Every Student Challenge. In this challenge, every gift—big or small—counts.  Together, our gifts throughout this fiscal year can secure an additional $100,000 challenge grant.

What's the catch?  The college must receive one new or upgraded gift to the annual fund for each Calvin student enrolled during the 2009-10 school year. So whether you give $10 or $10,000, your gift to Calvin will help us meet our challenge goal—and provide a more affordable education for all Calvin students.

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Buildings, construction, parking and more...

Find out what students think about the dust and reduced parking around the Fine Arts Center auditorium which is under construction this year.

And the Calvin community gathered last week to celebrate the opening of the Hoogenboom Health and Recreation Center.

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Stay current with all stories from campus, including all News Briefs and the photo spotlight, and read many fascinating faculty and staff profiles, including the most recent on professor of math Michael Bolt, a Rubik's Cube expert -- on News & Stories


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