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Calvin-Wire: April 1, 2010

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Alumni, it's your turn! You are our best ambassadors. 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!  After your conversation with that student or students, please fill out a brief form that summarizes the conversation and you will get a coffee card for a free latte the next time you are on campus.  But you need to do this by April 15, 2010, to be eligible for the free coffee and also to be registered for a drawing for Calvin books, tickets and clothing. 

Here's another idea.  Why not bring a student to a Calvin event?

Spring break recapCapella tour picture

Now that students are back from spring break, you are able to view photos and read a blog of two of the groups that traveled for Calvin last week.  Capella was in Florida, Georgia and Indiana and they posted many photos from their tripTwo groups of Worship Apprentices (WA) headed out in opposite directions.  Read the WA blog from the road, which includes many photos.

Some other exciting things happened over spring break for the Knights! 

Calvin freshman Carissa Verkaik was named the Division III Freshman of the Year and the Great Lakes Region Freshman of the Year in women's basketball, and was named to the All-America third team, all by  She joins Lisa Winkle (2006 honorable mention, 2007 third team) as the only All-Americans in Calvin women’s basketball history.

Also, freshman softball player Shelby Mast threw a no-hitter in a 7-2 Calvin victory over Otterbein during spring break in Arizona. In seven innings of work in her collegiate debut, Mast struck out nine batters and walked one.

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Calvin will offer numerous opportunities for students, faculty and staff to rest, reflect and remember during Holy Week. Daily chapel services at 10 a.m., Monday through Thursday in the College Chapel, will center on various aspects of Jesus' final days on earth, culminating with an 11 a.m. Tenebrae service on Good Friday April 2, in the Chapel. Those services are available live online each day at 10 a.m. eastern standard time. During the week there also will be four spaces across campus where people can meditate upon the themes of Holy Week. In the lobby of Hekman Library, there will be two chairs and a small table plus a booklet created by the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship to guide one through scripture, prayers and hymns. The DeVos Communications Center will include a space in its library for reflections on denying Christ, while the Discovery room in the Bunker Interpretive Center will focus on the disciples in the garden and their struggle to watch and pray with Jesus. Finally the prayer room in the Chapel will be a spot  for directed prayer and scripture on Christ's passion, including an opportunity to respond with prayer, poetry or a drawing (the room has a cross, Bibles, books of poetry and art, and songbooks as well as paper, pencils and markers). Calvin's Campus Ministries office has partnered with other offices on campus to provide many of the Holy Week opportunities.

The Unguarded Moment and the Festival of Faith & WritingFestival of    Faith & Writing Web page

From March 29 to April 24, the Center Art Gallery at Calvin College presents an exhibition by photographer Steve McCurry entitled, The Unguarded Moment. The exhibition will be held in conjunction with the Festival of Faith & Writing and features 30 images that span more than 25 years of McCurry's work from countries such as Afghanistan, Cambodia, India, Pakistan, and Tibet to name a few. A world renowned photographer, McCurry's work has touched many people, particularly through his exposure in National Geographic. In fact, the photograph "Afghan Girl near Peshawar, Pakistan" was named the most recognized photograph in the history of National Geographic.

The Festival of Faith & Writing (FFW) will take place at Calvin from April 15 to 17, 2010. Presenters will include Eugene Peterson, Mary Karr, Wally Lamb, Kate DiCamillo, Richard Rodriguez, Stephanie Kallos, Parker Palmer, Luci Shaw, and Stephen Carter, among many others. Even though conference registration is closed, many events will be open to the public. Tickets for these events may be purchased through the Calvin College Box Office.   If you want to read some of the books from presenters who will be at FFW, visit the Festival Favorites page.  There is also a Recommended Reading page with a list of recommended books from all the presenters.

News & Stories for April 1, foolin'campus image

Check out the News & Stories site on this first day of April for a variety of stories, videos and photos that might catch you by surprise.

But don't forget, you can always keep tabs on all the daily happenings on campus with just a few clicks.  Try Calvin's Facebook page and the Alumni Association's Facebook page.

Here are a few other cool resources for Calvin ...

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

Calvin 5k Spring Classic and Karen Muyskens Family Fun RunFun Run runners

Everyone can get in on the fun when the 20th annual Calvin 5k Run/Walk and the Karen Muyskens Family Fun Run hits campus on April 24, 2010.  There will be a new USAT&F-approved course with start and finish lines near the new Spoelhof Fieldhouse Complex. The Grand Rapids and Lakeshore area alumni chapters of the Calvin Alumni Association host this race. Because of our generous corporate sponsors, all entry fees go toward student scholarships!  Sign up today [online registration].

There are many other alumni events at this time of year, such as the Alumni Orchestra performing with organist Kenneth Bos '75, the Women's Chorale performing with the Hope College Women's Chorale, and a Business Careers Networking Reception.

Summer camps and graduate study options2009 grads

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.

Thinking about getting your Master's Degree in Education?  See the Summer 2010 course offerings. Current students talk about the MEd. Program in a new video on the Graduate Studies page.   There are also professional development options for various educators and administrators.


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