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Calvin-Wire: May 15, 2010

Prof. Tigchelaar, Professor of the Year


First the students walked out. Then the donuts showed up. That's how biology professor Pete Tigchelaar learned he was the students' choice for Professor of the Year.  You can see a video of this whole event and read a bit more about the award and past recipients

Prof. Tigchelaar has a way of inspiring students to follow God's direction for their lives.  "Go where you believe God is calling you to go, and you will have a rich life,” said Tigchelaar, in an interview about a class on Clinical Neuroanatomy. For students heading into bright—and very busy—futures, this advice helps to bring things into perspective.

Sports: tennis team in first NCAA tournament

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Calvin's women's tennis team is competing in its first NCAA III Tournament and, on Thursday of this past week, picked up a 5-0 first round NCAA III Tournament victory over Baldwin-Wallace College.  At the time of this writing, the Knights were headed into the second round of the tournament on Friday.  Find out how they did and read all sports headlines and updates here.

Two members of the MIAA Champion Calvin women’s track and field team have received MIAA MVP honors. For the second consecutive year, Calvin junior Sarah Reasoner has been named the MIAA’s Most Valuable Field Event Performer. Calvin junior Rachel Boerner has been named the MIAA’s Most Valuable Runner. Reasoner is receiving MIAA Most Valuable Field Event Performer honors for the second straight year. Boerner and Reasoner were also part of 11 athletes from the Calvin women’s team to receive All-MIAA honors.  In a special News & Stories feature, you can read more about how Rachel Boerner is breaking away from her competitors.

Campus happenings

student shanty imageProfessor Larry Louters engages students in several chemical experiments and explains the science behind the demonstrations at a level that upper elementary students understand.  Find out more and watch a video.

Read more about how senior engineering students prepared for their Senior Projects Night.

After 10 years as director of the Broene Counseling Center, Randy Wolthuis is leaving Calvin to re-enter private practice as a specialist in marital issues.

World Communion of Reformed Churches at Calvin College

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One thousand people from 100 countries will gather on the campus of Calvin College from June 18-28  to launch the World Communion of Reformed Churches (WCRC) at a Uniting General Council.  The WCRC is a new international organization of churches representing 80 million Reformed Christians who have been members of the World Alliance of Reformed Churches (WARC) and/or the Reformed Ecumenical Council (REC).  The Christian Reformed Church is a member of both the WARC and the REC.

As part of this historic gathering, the pre-council seminar "Reformed Mission in an Age of World Christianity" will strengthen the intersection between Reformed Christian faith expressions and global movements for world Christianity. There are currently people from over 40 countries registered for this seminar which will take place from June 15 to June 17.

Several events, including a worship celebration on Sunday, June 20 at 4 p.m. in the Van Noord Arena (of the Spoelhof Fieldhouse Complex) are open to the public.  In addition there are opportunities to volunteer, host or sponsor a delegate.  Learn more at

Photos and features

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Have you seen photos from Sharpie Day or any from the Campus Life or Roving WebCam photo galleries 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?

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


...about student Ashley Luse who traveled to Uganda to study how Amaranth is used there---on News & Stories.

FacklerJoin the Colorado Chapter of the Calvin Alumni Association on May 15 for "A Case Study in Democracy," a talk by Dr. Mark Fackler, Calvin professor of communication ethics and African studies.  We’ll also have fun with a “Calvin Jeopardy” game, and director of alumni, parent and community relations Mike Van Denend will bring us the latest Calvin news. 

Join the Rocky Mountain Calvin College alumni & friends Facebook page to stay connected!


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