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Calvin-Wire: November 1, 2009 -- Vol. 9, No. 21

Autumn on campus

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Many alumni, family and friends have visited the campus this fall.  Whether you attended Homecoming, Family Weekend or one of many athletic or cultural events, Calvin was the place to be and see this fall!

You can always view live WebCam coverage of five locations around campus, including the commons lawn, the climbing wall, the tennis and track center, and the Fine Arts Center facing east or west.  It's also a great way to check out the fall colors or weather on campus.

Chaplain installation

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The fourth chaplain of Calvin College, Dr. Mary Hulst, will be installed on November 18, 2009, at 4:00 p.m. in the chapel. This rescheduled date will allow Dr. Mary Hulst to attend her own installation since she was ill when the first ceremony was to take place in October during Family Weekend, October 23 & 24.

Dr. Hulst spent eight years serving as senior pastor for a local congregation, taught in communication arts and sciences at Calvin and also taught preaching at Calvin Theological Seminary where she still maintains a teaching position.  The service will focus on Isaiah 42:1-9 and the message, delivered by Scott Hoezee, director of the Center for Excellence in Preaching at Calvin Theological Seminary, will be "I, Yahweh."

Festival of Faith & Writing 2010

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The Festival of Faith and Writing is a biennial gathering of readers and writers hosted by Calvin College. At the Festival, our goal is to provide a vibrant community where people come together to discuss, celebrate, and explore the ways in which faith is represented in literature and how it plays out in our world today.

We are busy making plans for the next Festival (April 15-17, 2010) and are looking forward to welcoming friends both old and new to Calvin for this gathering. Registration is now open. [Please note that there are scholarships offered by the Calvin Alumni Associaton for recent alumni.] If you want to receive regular updates about the plans for Festival 2010, please subscribe to our e-mail newsletter, Festival News. For more information about the authors scheduled to participate in Festival 2010, please visit our speakers page

Judy Collins benefit concert on December 10

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Mark your calendars for a special concert given by Judy Collins on December 10, 2009, in the Chapel.  This benefit concert for musician and songwriter Ralston Bowles will feature special guests Kenny White, Ralston Bowles and Amy Speace.  TIckets are on sale now.

Ralston Bowles is well-known in the West Michigan area.  A musician and songwriter who often is called the godfather of West Michigan's acoustic music scene, Ralston has been making music since he was a child growing up in Gary, Ind. "The stories are out there," he says. "It's about finding the stories and telling them. That's what Woody Guthrie did. That's what Bob Dylan does." After years of promoting and encouraging other local musicians, he finds himself on the receiving end of a groundswell of support. Since he began treatment for colon cancer last month, several fundraisers have been organized to raise money to help him pay the bills.  Read more from the profile on Ralston Bowles that recently ran in the local newspaper.

Volleyball excitement, history

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Rebounding from a disappointing loss to Hope on Wednesday -- see a video from that record-setting game -- the women's volleyball team's strong defense and powerful attack pushed the Knights past Olivet in the 2009 Midwest Challenge.  Calvin swept Olivet in three sets, winning 25-14, 25-12, 25-14.

Calvin (22-6 overall, 13-2 MIAA) dominated the Comets at the net, putting up a 12-4 advantage in the block column as well as 42-18 number in kills.  Sophomore Rebecca Kamp credited 14 of Calvin’s kills to her own name, doing so with a remarkably efficient .500 kill percentage.

In 1986, the Knights under the direction of head coach Karla Wolters put together a season like no other team in Calvin or MIAA history before, ripping off a 38-2 campaign that did not end until a heartbreaking five-game loss to the University of California at San Diego in the National Finals. Members of the 1986 National runner-up Calvin volleyball team reunited recently and head coach Karla Wolters was given honorary Calvin Knight status [.pdf] .

Every Student Challengecampus image

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.


Calvin has received $3.4 million for "Values and Virtues in Contemporary China," and celebrated Reformation Day in many special ways.  Read more, along with many faculty and staff profiles, on News & Stories.



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