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Cavin-Wire: February 15, 2010

Presidential Award for Exemplary Teaching

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Over the weekend, the Board of Trustees named the recipient for the Presidential Award for Exemplary Teaching.  English professor James Vanden Bosch is the 2010 recipient of Calvin's highest teaching honor and joins a distinguished list of excellent teachers at Calvin College.

English professor Gary Schmidt wrote: “I think that every rational person on the globe must acknowledge this: That a teacher who can make a course in grammar one of the most sought-after courses in a department … has done something remarkable. Jim has done this.”

Professor Vanden Bosch recently completed a three-year term as chair of the English department. He regularly teaches short courses at the Russian American Christian University in Moscow, Russia, and in the summer of 2007, he taught a grammar review course to Chinese teachers of English in Lintong, China. When he is not making the world a better place for linguists and grammarians, he serves as a columnist for the Calvin College Spark, taking on the persona of "Anonymous Bosch."  This is the most recent Anonymous Bosch article on John Calvin, Abraham Lincoln and Charles Darwin.

Dr. Robert Schuller to speak

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Dr. Robert Schuller will speak at 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 11, in the Calvin Chapel, reflecting on his 50-year career in the ministry in a talk that will be free and open to all. At 7 p.m. on Friday, March 12 at Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park, Dr. Sheila Schuller Coleman (Schuller’s daughter) will lead a presentation for clergy members and their families, intended to help participants learn how to prioritize the demands on their time. That event is just $5 per person and includes dinner. Questions and RSVPs can be directed to or 866-511-5323. A variety of local organizations, including Calvin and the Leader Renewal Institute, a Holland-based non-profit that specializes in care and counsel for church leaders, are sponsoring Schuller and Schuller Coleman,  both of Crystal Cathedral Ministries in Garden Grove, Calif.

Captivating photos

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Be sure to view 76 spectacular photos from around the world, taken by Calvin students during the 2010 interim term, as well as links to interim blogs and more on the News & Stories page.  The photos were submitted for the 2010 Interim photo contest.

There is also a photo gallery from the Chemistry and Cooking interim class found here.

And, as always, there are campus images found in the Calvin photo galleries that includes Roving WebCam, Campus Life, Sports and Alumni galleries.

Cold Knight Club, uKnight activities

campus imageThe weekend was a busy time for students and alumni.  In addition to the various events for uKnight week, the replacement to winter Homecoming, the students, faculty and staff were having their own fun with the Cold Knight Club on Friday featuring first-time jumpers President Byker, the Cabinet, Chaplain Hulst and a few other familiar faces from faculty and staff as part of a fundraising effort to purchase a well for a school in UgandaSee the photo gallery and the Facebook photos page.

All those who participate in the jump for four years become a member of the Golden Towelers and can join the Golden Towlers Facebook group.  Each jumper receives a Golden Towel and has their names engraved on a towel displayed in the alumni office.  Read more history here.

The 2000 national championship Calvin men’s basketball team was honored this Saturday at halftime of the Calvin-Kalamazoo varsity men’s basketball game. Saturday’s game marked a 10-year reunion for the 2000 Knights who finished the season 30-2 overall including a 14-0 record in MIAA play.
On last Wednesday, as part of uKnight Week festivities, alumni of the Calvin women's basketball team were honored at halftime of the Calvin-Trine women’s varsity basketball game. Alumni that were honored included the 11 individuals that are currently members of the Calvin women’s basketball 1,000 point club.

Investment Feduciary Summit

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You're invited to participate in the West Michigan Corporate Retirement Plan 2010 Investment Fiduciary Summit.  This educational opportunity, featuring the U.S. Department of Labor, addresses fiduciary best practices for retirement plan sponsors, human resource directors, board trustees and investment committee members. The event will be held on Thursday, March 4, 2010, from 7:30 - 11:30 a.m. at the Prince Conference Center on the Calvin College campus. 
The event is sponsored by The Vander Weele Group of Oppenheimer and Co., Inc.; the Calvin College advancement division,  the Hylant Group; Thornburg Investment Management; and Miller Johnson Attorneys and Counselors.  Contact Calvin's development office (616-526-6090, 800-968-4363, for more information.

Spring tours, summer camps

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Three music ensembles will be on tour this spring.

Come get your CAMP ON at Calvin this summer, where the joys of learning are nurtured within a strong community of caring staff and young learners! Learn more about summer camps at Calvin by visiting and watching the video.

Web resources

campus image Did you see the Calvin Facebook page last week for an inspiring video of Calvin student Matt DeVlieger back on the tennis court after a diving accident in December?

Here are other cool resources for Calvin ...

Vimeo - Calvin | Alumni
Twitter - Calvin | Alumni | Calvin News | Knights
Facebook - Calvin | Alumni | Admissions
LinkedIn - Calvin | Alumni


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