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Calvin-Wire: November 15, 2009 -- Vol. 9, No. 22

Weekend sports action for all teamscampus image

It's a busy time of year for the athletic teams.  Over the weekend, the women's and men's soccer teams and the women's volleyball team competed in first-round NCAA post-season tournaments.  The cross country teams were competing in NCAA regionals.  The updated results and photo galleries can be found linked from the Sports site.  At any time, you can sign up to receive the Daily Sports Update or subscribe to the RSS feed for the Calvin Knights

Watch a video of the Calvin men's soccer team score a thrilling 1-0 win over Hope College. The win earned them a slot in the NCAA post-season tournament.

Tugging on Ben Franklin's vestcampus image

Professor of English Dan Hettinga spent the past summer in Philadelphia researching several mid-18th-century Pennsylvania residents for a possible historical novel. Ben Franklin and his less-prominent  son William quickly became central to his study. His work was supported by a grant from the Calvin Alumni Association.

The Calvin Alumni Association funds other important efforts on campus and in the community.  The association offers scholarships to recent alumni to attend the Festival of Faith & Writing, the biennial gathering of readers and writers hosted by Calvin. Registration is now open for Festival 2010; click here to subscribe to the e-mail newsletter, Festival News. For more information about the authors scheduled to participate in Festival 2010, please visit our speakers page.

M22: Paintings Along the Waycampus image

There is a new exhibit at the Center Art Gallery that finds the extraordinary in the ordinary.  Art professor  Frank Speyers' sabbatical exhibition, M22: Paintings Along the Way, opens Friday, November 20, and runs through December 19, 2009. Please join us on November 20 for an opening night reception with refreshments and live music from 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. and an artist talk in the gallery at 7:45 p.m.

Templeton Foundation grant funds China studiescampus image

The John Templeton Foundation is expanding Calvin's educational horizons in China—and "China-fying" Calvin's philosophy department with a three-year, $3.4 million grant to the Nagel Institute. The Nagel Institute for the Study of World Christianity was founded in 2006 as a service of Calvin to those who study the rise of Christianity in the global south and east, and to others who are eager to see Christian thought and cultural engagement flourish in those regions.

Chaplain installationcampus image

The fourth chaplain of Calvin College, Dr. Mary Hulst, will be installed on November 18, 2009, at 4:00 p.m. in the chapel. The community is invited to share in this time of thanksgiving and dedication.  A reception with refreshments will be held  in the chapel undercroft immediately following.

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."

Judy Collins & Friends benefit concertcampus image

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.


What's the big idea? A new contest sponsored by Calvin's Enterprise Center aims to turn on the lightbulbs over students' heads.  This, and many fascinating faculty and staff profiles, are all found on News & Stories.


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