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Calvin-Wire: March 15, 2010

Spring break: Worship Apprentice, Service-Learning trips

Worship Apprentices leading chapelMany students are preparing for their spring break trips for and with the college.  Join us in praying for safe travels and please welcome them if you see them in your town! 

Campus ministries is joining in a college-wide initiative to share the message of faith and learning at Calvin. The Worship Apprentices will be on tour that takes a group to each coast (British Columbia/Washington, New Jersey/Washington DC area) to lead worship and teach workshops in schools and churches. Worship Apprentices will then be in Ann Arbor, Mich., to lead worship at the Campus Chapel (on the University of Michigan's campus) as part of preparation for Holy Week.  See the alumni calendar for the listing of these events taking place from March 21 through March 26.

The students that signed up to go on service-learning trips will be working on a variety of jobs around the country (in Illinois, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Texas and West Virginia) as part of a long tradition of service-learning trips sponsored by the Service-Learning Center.

Three music ensembles will be on tour.  The Wind Ensemble will be touring Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin from March 20-28, 2010. Capella will be touring Florida, Georgia and Indiana from March 20-28, 2010. And the Women's Chorale will be in Troy, Michigan on April 24 and 25, 2010.

Many sports teams will be traveling south to train and compete during break.  The women's track and field team and the men's track and field team will be going to Gulf Shores, Alabama, but also competing in Tennessee. The softball team will be in Tucson, Arizona, and the baseball team will be in Vero Beach, Florida. The men's tennis team and women's tennis team will be in Orlando, Florida, and men's golf is going to Hilton Head, South Carolina. The schedules of each sport are found on the respective team pages (as linked above).  However, bookmark the sports site which is always the best source of information about all these teams and the latest news from competition.


Cool resources with links, videos and tweets!

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Did you read this on Calvin College's Facebook page recently? "Two Calvin roommates take over Van Noord Arena and the Hoogenboom Center for some trick shots. The results are pretty amazing."

Also, a Calvin computer science and music major has developed a Web site that gives people a new way to find old hymns.

And Calvin junior Alex Cortez recently was chosen as one of ten winners of a national video contest for aspiring doctors. His path in pursuing a medical career led him through many disciplines and around the world. Here's his story---in a video!

Here are some other cool resources for Calvin College: 

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

Alumni are encouraged to "ReCommend" Calvin; Spark storiescampus image

Alumni who want to ReCommend Calvin College to a high school student can go to and fill out a brief form that summarizes the conversation with that student. Those who do so will get a coffee card that gives the alum a free latte the next time they are on campus. They also will be registered for a drawing for Calvin books, tickets and clothing.

The Spring 2010 issue of the Spark magazine for alumni and friends of the college is now available online and includes a story about the ReCommend campaign.  Also from that issue, you will read about Tony Namkung '67 and can follow links to more information, including his January Series lecture, "The Theology behind Smart Diplomacy with North Korea."  There's also a new installment of Anonymous Bosch, written by Prof. James Vanden Bosch, the 2010 recipient of the Presidential Award for Exemplary Teaching.

Be sure to see the variety of other Calvin publications available online that provide information about campus events, student projects, faculty research and alumni outcomes.


Exciting indoor track and field championship resultscampus image

The Calvin women’s track and field team placed 11th at the NCAA III Indoor Track and Field Championships with 18 points. The Knights accomplished the 11th place berth behind two individuals as junior Rachel Boerner captured the national title in the 400 meters with a time of 55.95 while junior Sarah Reasoner was second in the shot put with a throw of 46-4. Senior Jed Christiansen also competed in the men’s 5,000 meters, placing 10th with a time.

The Calvin men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams will send a combined total of nine individuals to the NCAA III Swimming and Diving Championships March 17-20 in Minnesota. The Calvin Sports Information office caught up with head coach Dan Gelderloos to preview Calvin’s chances at the national meet in the following audio interview.


Calvin named to service honor rollcampus image

Calvin College has been named to the 2009 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, the highest federal recognition a college or university can receive for its commitment to volunteering, service-learning and civic engagement. Honorees are chosen based on the scope and innovation of service projects, the percentage of student participation in service activities, incentives for service and the extent to which the school offers academic service-learning courses. Calvin students logged more than 40,000 service-learning hours this past school year, an increase of nearly 14 percent from the year prior.  See where students are heading for spring break this year as part of Service-Learning Center-sponsored trips.

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about student, faculty, staff and general campus happenings on the News & Stories site which is updated often. 

Also, information about all alumni events taking place around the country are available on the alumni events calendar.  Soon, River City Improv will be in California and Elmer Yazzie will be speaking in Arizona.


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