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Calvin-Wire: April 15, 2010

Inspiring videos, amazing students

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Much of the Calvin community knows of the scuba diving accident that junior Matt DeVlieger was in last year, one which left him paralyzed from the chest down. Read more about his progress, which includes a link to a video that shows him raising his leg!  He's pictured at right with tennis star Andy Roddick.

The speech-language pathology and audiology program at Calvin offers services through a Stroke Rehabilitation Clinic for clients with communication disorders secondary to stroke. Student clinicians provide the clinical services to clients like Rebecca Ferris. Watch this video to find out more about Rebecca's story, and see how the clinic and her student clinicians, Kim Wallinga and Katie Faasse, have helped her.

Freshman softball player Shelby Mast recently 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.  But one victory over bronchial cancer a year ago is even more important to her as she starts over, at Calvin, this year.

Festival of Faith & Writing: April 15-17, 2010

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The Festival of Faith & Writing (FFW) will take place at Calvin starting today until April 17. 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. Consider attending some of the public events featuring the speakers from the conference.  Tickets for these events may be purchased through the Calvin College Box Office.

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.

And students will have a big part in this year's Festival of Faith and Writing.  Student hosts will uphold the longstanding festival tradition of taking care of the talent. Maria Geleynse, pictured at right, a senior international development studies major, is hosting Joshilyn Jackson, author of Gods in Alabama.

5k Run/Walk and Karen Muyskens Family Fun Run; Calvin Around Town: Innovations in Business

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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 Saturday, April 24.  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 partners, all entry fees go toward student scholarships!  Sign up today [online registration].

Also, please join the Calvin community for Calvin Around Town: Innovations in Business on Tuesday, April 27, at the Goei Center near downtown Grand Rapids. The Goei Center houses the International Center for Entrepreneurial Excellence. Our speakers include Bing Goei, the current chief executive officer of Eastern Floral, as well as Michael Harris, the director of the Enterprise Center at Calvin College. This event will give you the opportunity to learn what these two new creative centers are doing for businesses in West Michigan.  RSVP for Calvin Around Town by Friday, April 16. You can do that online:

Nagel lectures and Asian Studies at Calvin

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The Nagel Institute invites all to hear two lectures by Dr. Lian Xi, "Filling in the Gaps in Modern Chinese Church History," on Monday, April 19, and "The Christian Movement in Modern China," on Tuesday, April 20.  Both lectures will be held in the Meeter Center Lecture Hall at 3:30 p.m.  Lian Xi is professor of history at Hanover College and author of, Redeemed by Fire: The Rise of Popular Christianity in Modern China.

This event is co-sponsored by the Hubers Asian Studies program at Calvin. Did you know that Calvin is the only Christian college in North American offering comprehensive programs in Chinese and Japanese languages and many courses in Asian philosophy, history, culture, religion and more. Read more about how Calvin is keeping Asia at the forefront of studies.  Several of the Asian Studies faculty are pictured at right.

Haiti, Haydn

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Calvin alumni director Mike Van Denend recently traveled to Haiti following the January earthquake. He shares his experiences and insights on this earthquake-devastated country.

The Calvin Oratorio Society and Calvin Orchestra will present Haydn's The Creation on Saturday, April 17, 2010 at Sunshine Community Church (due to the reconstruction of the Fine Arts Center on campus). General admission tickets are available now at the Calvin box office.


Calvin College is among the nation's best colleges and universities when it comes to teaching civics.  Read this and many more stories about what's going on around campus at News & Stories.


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