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Calvin-Wire: December 1, 2009 -- Vol. 9, No. 23

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Calvin student Brenna Hannan remains in critical care in a Grand Rapids hospital after suffering the bursting of an Arteriovenous Malformation (AVM) in her head early on November 17 while stargazing with her friends. She experienced pain in her neck, followed by a severe headache, and then she collapsed. Her friends responded quickly, contacting Campus Safety who began CPR and called 911. Life EMS and the Grand Rapids Fire Department were there very soon and Brenna was transported to Butterworth Hospital in downtown Grand Rapids.

Currently, the doctors remain very concerned about the extent of brain stem injury from the initial bleed, now almost two weeks ago.

To read more about Brenna's condition, to inform your prayers, and/or to find out about a fund established for the Hannans, please sign up to receive her CarePage updates. You can find it by going to, creating a user name/password, and searching for BrennaHannan (one word).

"I will lie down and sleep in peace, for you alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety." Psalm 4:8

Men's soccer NCAA Final Four game - Friday, December 4

campus imageThe Calvin men's soccer team is headed to the Final Four this weekend (December 4 & 5) for the first time in school history. The Knights (17-4-3) will face Dominican University of Illinois (19-1-3) in Friday’s second semifinal game at 8:30 p.m. (EST). Defending national champion Messiah (22-1-0) will face Williams (16-2-3) in Friday’s first semifinal at 6:00 p.m. (EST). Friday’s winners will play in the national championship final on Saturday at 6:00 p.m. (EST). All of the action will take place at Blossom Soccer Stadium.  You can watch the game via live video broadcastSee the sports Web site for complete details and a link to an interview with men's soccer coach Chris Hughes.

As the winter sports season heats up, be sure to bookmark the sports Web site for scores, profiles, photos, schedules, live audio broadcasts, and much more!

Judy Collins and Friends Benefit Concert - Thursday, December 10Judy Collins close up head shot

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 ran in the local newspaper.

Top prize in molecular science goes to senior Susanna Lynch

Susanna Lynch doing summer research

Susanna Lynch, a 21-year-old senior biochemistry major, has won the top prize in the Biophysics and Quantitative biology category of the 2009 Frank and Sara McKnight Awards in Molecular Sciences. Lynch is the first Calvin student to win a McKnight award, which recognizes undergraduate students with a commitment to scientific research and a record of academic achievement. The award came with a $2,000 cash prize.

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Did you know that "Joy to the World" is one of twenty hymns that are in the list of most-published Christmas hymns? is an online hymn and worship music database for Worship leaders, hymnologists, and amateur hymn lovers alike looking for hymns and worship music. It's a collaboration between the Christian Classics Ethereal Library and the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship. At the Hymnary you can search or browse hymns by title, tune, meter, key, scripture reference, and more. is a project of the Christian Classics Ethereal Library and the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship, both located at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, MI. Harry Plantinga and Greg Scheer laid the foundation for the Hymnary in 2007. Currently, there are two programmers, an editor, and an administrator spending time on the project in addition to Harry and Greg. An advisory committee works to set editorial policy. Finally, volunteers play a pivotal role. If you'd like to adopt a hymnal, proofread existing information, or provide feedback on user interface, we encourage you to contact us.


There is still time to get tickets for Handel's Messiah as performed by the Calvin Oratorio Society on Wednesday, December 2.  You can also read more news stories and updates on News & Stories.


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