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Cavin-Wire: February 1, 2010

Interim over, ReGathering to begin semester

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January is over, but you can still read the collection of coverage on Calvin's 2010 interim classes, student blogs and photos from trips, and more.  Anyone interested to hear about modal logic studies?  One account of note is On the Ground: thoughts from Cambodia, a blog from Calvin's senior writer, Myrna Anderson.  The group recently visited Choeung Ek Genocidal Center, one site of the Cambodian killing fields.

ReGathering 2010 on February 3 is our chance to meet as a community to begin the second semester. We welcome back students and faculty who have traveled and studied abroad and we ask God's blessing on the academic work of the semester ahead.  Our speaker for ReGathering is Mike Mantel, director of Living Water International, Calvin alum and Calvin parent.  Visit the ReGathering site to find out more about raising money for Living Water International.  If certain goals are met, certain faculty and staff will jump into the freezing waters of the Seminary Pond for uKnight week!

Winter sports action

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An opportunity to gain firm command of the MIAA league race slipped away from the Calvin men’s basketball team in the closing minutes on Saturday as the Knights suffered a 67-64 defeat at rival Hope. The Hope victory snapped a seven-game Calvin win streak and also handed the Knights their first league defeat. Hope (13-6 overall, 6-2 MIAA) is now just one game behind Calvin (12-7 overall, 7-1 MIAA) in the league standings.

The 10th-ranked Calvin women’s basketball team rolled to a 74-47 victory at Kalamazoo on Saturday to improve to 18-2 overall and 10-1 in MIAA play. The Knights remain a half-game behind league-leading Hope which improved to 10-0 in league play with a 77-41 victory over Olivet on Saturday. The two teams will face each other on Wednesday night at Calvin’s Van Noord Arena in 7:30 p.m. with first place in the MIAA standings on the line.

The Calvin men’s and women’s track and field teams were in action on Friday at the Grand Valley State Open and came up with a number of strong performances.

The Calvin men’s swimming and diving team improved to 3-3 in dual meet competition including 3-1 against MIAA opponents with a 151-77 victory over Alma Friday night at Calvin’s Venema Aquatic Center. On the women’s side, Calvin picked up victories over both Alma and Saint Mary’s to up its overall dual meet record to 6-2 including 5-0 against MIAA opponents.

Haiti; Faith and International Development Conference

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Economics professor Roland Hoksbergen talks about short-term aid and long-term redevelopment efforts in Haiti on the News & Stories pages from Calvin.  Professor Hoksbergen has a PhD from the University of Notre Dame in economic development and was recently featured in the Faculty Profiles section of News & Stories.

There's no doubt that Haiti will be on the agenda for the fifth annual Faith and International Development Conference (FIDC) being held on campus Feb 4-6, 2010.  This conference, which is being coordinated entirely by Calvin students, strives to balance prayerful discernment of students’ callings with practical learning about international development, all while building relationships between students and professionals.

Stories from the January Series

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Author and journalist T.R. Reid opened the January Series with a discussion about health care in the United States.

For 12 years, students from Orion Alternative High School attended a Calvin January Series talk.  Those excursions are organized by their English and language arts teacher, Calvin alumna Sheri Watts.

And Rev. Abuna Elias Chacour came from Haifa, Israel to Grand Rapids, Mich. for one reason, he told The January Series audience Wednesday, January 26: to beg. He wasn’t asking for money, however. "I ask for something much more difficult to give. I need friendship and solidarity. I need a reconsideration of convictions,” he said.

These are just a few of the stories from The January Series 2010.  You can listen to the archives from 2010 and speakers from previous years on The January Series archives page.

FAC construction

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Go inside the fences to get an update on the renovation of the Covenant Fine Arts Center. VP for Administration, Finance and Information Services Henry DeVries provides a narrated eight-minute tour of the FAC construction project.

While the Calvin Fine Arts Center is encumbered by scaffolding, and crews reconfigure its innards and construct its new wings, faculty members from the English and music departments who formerly called that building home have had to find other places on campus to land: in the Spoelhof Center; in the one-story brown brick building east of the Beltline; commonly known as the “surge building” and even in a residence hall basement. 

En plein air ("in the open air") painting

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Calvin professor of art Frank Speyers led a brand-new offering this interim: "An Introduction to Plein Air Painting." Watch a short video on this hands-on course, one of more than 150 interim offerings from Calvin in January 2010. Also read a November 2009 story about an exhibition of plein air paintings by Speyers, titled M22: Paintings Along the Way.


You can read recent News Briefs from Calvin which include information about a $200,000 NSF grant for Calvin, and Christianity Today honors for Prof. James K. A. Smith's book, Desiring the Kingdom: Worship, Worldview, and Cultural Formation.  These briefs are always found on the right side of the News & Stories main page.


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