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Calvin-Wire: May 1, 2010


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Cheri Ackerman, a 21-year-old junior biochemistry and Spanish major, is the latest Calvin student to earn a Goldwater Scholarship from the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program. The Holland, Mich., native is working with Calvin chemistry professor Eric Arnoys on Galectin-3,  a protein linked to various cancers and also to cellular processes both inside and outside the nucleus of the cell. She is currently studying in Spain through Calvin's semester program. (You can read a blog from that semester in Spain.) After Calvin, she's planning on graduate school in biochemistry; Ackerman wants to work on interdisciplinary teams researching infectious diseases.

Three other Calvin students landed in the Goldwater Honorable Mention category this year: Junior biology and Spanish major Jacob John Baker, sophomore chemistry major Lauren Elizabeth Manck, and senior mathematics and computer science major Ethan Van Andel.  Read more on this story.


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For the first time since 1982, the Calvin women’s tennis team has captured an MIAA championship. The Knights finish the MIAA regular season 8-0, marking just the second time in school history that the Knights swept through the league dual match schedule unbeaten. Junior Kaitlin Spoelhof joins her mom as an MIAA champ.  Spoelhof, who starts at No. 2 singles and No. 1 doubles, has had family members play tennis at Calvin dating nearly 60 years.

Junior Rachel Boerner has become Calvin's first NCAA Division III indoor track and field champion.  Read additional Calvin sports stories found around the Internet:


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Now is a good time to visit Calvin's recently redesigned Faith site to see how faith animates our scholarship, our worship, our athletics, our music and our lives at Calvin.  We invite you to join us in exploring this passion through worship, discipleship, prayer, learning, service and the mutual caring that is part of this community.  On that site you can read more about "What We Believe, or watch daily chapels or the LOFT service, both of which are streamed live.  Also, you can read current prayer requests or link to sermon archives on prayer from Chaplain Mary Hulst.
If you are interested in other sermon archives, the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship (CICW) and Calvin Theological Seminary (CTS) are partners in the Center for Excellence in Preaching (CEP). This Center provides sermons on their site that includes a wide variety of preachers, scripture passages and topics, and would be a great, free addition to your podcasts or MP3 files.  You can also access the CEP on iTunes.  The CICW is also a great site to bookmark for other worship resources such as reflections, essays, publications, audio files, and more.


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Geology, geography and environmental studies professor Henk Aay has earned a Fulbright Scholarship to study documentary films about the Netherlands in the Netherlands. A native of that country, Aay has been researching Dutch language and culture for 25 years. He has spent several sabbaticals researching at the University of Groningen and at the Free University in Amsterdam and has led 10 Calvin interim classes to the Netherlands. Aay has been the holder of the Frederik Meijer Chair in Dutch Language and Culture since its creation in 2006.

Images of the Netherlands—in paintings, photographs and films—have always had a significant impact on how Americans viewed the Dutch homeland, said Aay.  Read more.

News in brief

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Calvin history professor William Katerberg believes that extremism is a normal part of America's cultural fabric. Read the story, which includes his thoughts on the Tea Party movement.

Did you see the link above for the "semester in spain 2010" blog

Have you seen photos from Sharpie Day or any from the Roving WebCam from this year?  What about photos from the 20th annual Calvin 5k Run/Walk and Karen Muyskens Family Fun Run that was held on campus on April 24.

MIAA tribute

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As Calvin junior tennis player Matthew DeVlieger continues his physical rehabilitation in Florida from a December 2009 scuba diving accident that left him paralyzed from the chest down, his former teammates and foes are organizing a special fundraising tribute for him at this weekend's MIAA tennis championships at Kalamazoo College. Andrew DeVlieger, Matthew's twin brother and lifelong doubles partner, has joined forces with Hope College tennis coach Steve Gorno to create a T-shirt that all seven MIAA teams are wearing on Friday, April 30, the first day of the MIAA tourney. The text on the back includes the words: "It is not the color of our uniform that defines us because, in the game of life, we are all on the same team. It is only in our capacity to love, the depth of our faith, and the magnitude of our commitment to others that we find the true measure of who we are." The shirt was for sale on Thursday, April 29, at Johnny's, Calvin's on-campus coffee shop and continues to be available via Facebook. All proceeds from the shirt sales will go towards medical expenses that the DeVlieger family is incurring as Matt recovers.


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