Calvin-Wire: December 15, 2009 -- Vol. 9, No. 24
Every Student Challenge
A new annual giving campaign challenges all—alumni, staff, faculty and friends of the college—to support Calvin students. The Every Student Challenge was designed to put a face, or, more accurately, faces, on the Calvin Annual Fund. On the online banner are seven students’ faces, and if you click on the faces, you learn about the students: One studies chemistry; one studies art. One plays rugby; one dances in Rangeela. One wants to make Christian films; one wants to train Christian leaders. And one is currently painting bicycles maroon and yellow.
Watch a short video on ways in which the Calvin Annual Fund benefits all students and please make an online gift to the Every Student Challenge today.
Advent: a waiting time
Advent is a season of expectant waiting and preparation for the celebration of Jesus' birth on Christmas day. It is also the beginning of the Western liturgical year. Coordinator of worship Cindy deJong answered questions about Advent worship at Calvin and discussed some of the Advent traditions.
Remember, you can watch a video from the daily chapel service on the Faith site.
President Spoelhof remembered
A bronze bust of Calvin emeritus president William Spoelhof now resides in the remodeled atrium of the Spoelhof Center. A ceremony took place recently, on what would have been President Spoelhof's 100th birthday, to dedicate this memorial commissioned by the Heritage Chapter of the Calvin Alumni Association. President Spoelhof, who was a a faithful member of the Calvin community for eight decades, died on Dec. 3, 2008.
The January Series 2010
For over twenty years The January Series has been the leading lecture/cultural arts series in the country. The diversity of presenters and topics has changed as the world of ideas has changed. No issue of importance to a great Christian liberal arts college founded on Reformed, biblical principles has been too controversial or too hot to handle. Why? Because at Calvin we have been taught to think with discernment and thoughtful skepticism. We know this is God's creation and each of us is created in His image so it follows we need to engage that world and learn about it.
- Presentations begin 12:30 p.m. EST daily, from January 6 through 26, 2010, in the Chapel (note change of location).
- See the list of presenters for 2010.
- The January Series hits the road with remote webcast locations in Michigan and across North America!
- Read the Grand Rapids Press article featuring the 2010 Series that came out on November 17.
- Read along with the January Series---the campus store features 20% off all featured titles.
Alumni magazine, gift items
The most recent issue of the Spark magazine for alumni and friends of the college is available online now, which includes extra links supplementing the stories and news you'll find in the magazine. In the Winter 2009 issue you'll read more about the rise in popularity of the Broene Counseling Center on campus; you'll find out what Ryan Bierma '03 is learning about the Earth's innermost layers; and you can read essays on academic freedom at Calvin written by Anthony Diekema '56, George Marsden and Nicholas Wolterstorff '56.
And don't forget, Calvin items make great Christmas gifts. The Alumni Association has recently created a Calvin Coloring Book and it is available to purchase from the campus store Web site now. Also available: John Calvin 500th Anniversary items, a sale on The January Series featured titles, and more!
News & Stories site
It took two personal invitations from the White House to get sophomore Ben Stark to head to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue for a clean-energy summit.
The new Post-Reformation Digital Library saves theologians and scholars from making long trips to libraries for hard-to-find primary sources.
15 students—12 men and 3 women—are preparing for military service while getting their degrees at Calvin.
These are just three stories from campus that are currently featured on the News & Stories site.