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Cavin-Wire: March 1, 2010

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"Every year one of my English professors would invite students who couldn't go home for Thanksgiving to come to his house for dinner. Sometimes I wished I didn't have anywhere to go just so I could take him up on the offer!"

"I didn't know anyone when I came to Calvin but quickly formed friendship with some girls on my floor. Eight years later they are still my closest and dearest friends."

"When I took an interim off to live and work with a missionary in Haiti, I ran into another Calvin student doing the same thing. It was astounding to be so far from campus and so close at the same time."

These are some of the stories that have been told during the ReCommend campaign.  We are now on the next phase of ReCommend, this time for alumni.  Help us recruit students to the school you love! Talk to high school students, parents, guidance counselors, pastors—even students already admitted to Calvin. Tell your Calvin story, and let us know who you're talking to by April 15 and get a chance to win gift cards to the campus store!

Another great way to recommend Calvin is to encourage students to visit. One Minnesota alumni recently took a road trip to Calvin for "Fridays."

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The Calvin men’s and women’s basketball teams were in MIAA Tournament action over the weekend. 

The Calvin women’s basketball team dropped a 68-49 decision at Hope in the MIAA Tournament Championship game Saturday. Calvin led 21-17 but Hope scored the final 15 points of the first half, en route to a 32-21 halftime lead. Calvin would never get closer than 10 points the rest of the way. Calvin was led in defeat by Carissa Verkaik with 12 points and 9 rebounds while Brook Van Eck had 10 points. Calvin will now hope for an at-large (Pool C) bid to next week’s NCAA III Tournament. Bids will be announced Monday afternoon at 12:30 p.m. (EST).

The Calvin men’s basketball team dropped a 78-74 decision to Hope in the MIAA Tournament Championship game Saturday night at Van Noord Arena. Calvin led 56-49 in the second half and 72-70 with 2:29 left to play but Hope proceeded to score six unanswered points to take control and gain the win. Senior John Mantel led Calvin (19-9) with a career-high 29 points to go with nine rebounds while Trent Salo had 14. Calvin trailed 27-13 in the first half but closed to within 41-38 at intermission. The Knights then took the lead in the second half before Hope’s late comeback run.


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Rangeela, Calvin's annual international student variety show, has been one of the highlights of the college calendar since 1996. Calvin has the 6th largest international student population of any liberal arts college in the United States, as well as all of West Michigan.  Rangeela — a pageant of costume, music, rhythm and drama — is a gift to Calvin and beyond from the international student community.

Rangeela (Hindi for "colorful") is put together by a group of students, elected each year by their peers, and assisted by one of Calvin's deans. It consistently sells out two consecutive nights each year.  Read more information about Rangeela.

The show's first organizer, Anne Zaki, reflects on how Rangeela kept her at Calvin and talks about some of the colorful components of this event.

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At Calvin, discovering asteroids has become a passion and part of the curriculum, introduced to intro science courses six years ago. Since then, Calvin students and faculty have discovered 263 asteroids in all, including 44 that could be named (to name an asteroid requires that it be tracked over a period of several years to determine its precise orbit). The latest has been named Asteroid Banneker in honor of Benjamin Banneker, a pioneering African American scientist.

Spring tours, summer camps

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.

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Be sure you keep an eye on Calvin's Facebook page and the Alumni Association's Facebook page to see the latest news and fun stories coming from campus and alumni around the world.

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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