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Calvin-Wire: June 1, 2010

Commencement 2010

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The Calvin community celebrated Commencement 2010 events with over 900 new graduates and their families on Saturday, May 22.  Events included the 50th reunion of the Class of 1960 and presentation of this year's Distinguished Alumni Award to Edward T. Begay '60, and Anna Belle Engbers '58, Jacqueline Greenman '58 and Marjorie Van Kooten '58.  You can watch a video of Dr. Mouw's address to the graduates on the Commencement site.  Also, see photographs from the weekend on the photo gallery pages

Before they left, several seniors reflected on their time at Calvin and passed along advice to new students. Hear what they had to say in a four-minute video online now.

Congratulations to all the graduates and a sincere thank you to all families and friends that joined us for Commencement 2010!

Exciting results from the spring sports season

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Calvin junior Rachel Boerner became the first athlete in MIAA track and field history to capture two individual national titles on the same day, winning the 400 meter dash and the 400 meter hurdles Saturday afternoon at the NCAA III Outdoor Track and Field Championships.  Read all the headlines from the national championships.

Junior Matt DeVlieger has received one of the highest honors from the Intercollegiate Tennis Association. DeVlieger has been named the 2010 recipient of the ITA Division III Arthur Ashe Jr. Award for Leadership and Sportsmanship.

The National College Athletic Association has announced Calvin College junior Melissa Oosterhouse is the recipient of the Elite 88 for Division III women’s tennis. Oosterhouse is the first individual to receive the award and the second MIAA athlete to be so honored.

Greg Snapper of Madison, Wisconsin, is this year’s Beré Memorial Award winner. Emily Ottenhoff of Palos Heights, Illinois, is this year’s recipient of the Tiemersma Award.

Summer Slam basketball camp and tournament

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The Calvin Summer Slam is a high school basketball tournament in the sparkling new Van Noord Arena in the Spoelhof Fieldhouse Complex on campus.  The women's tournament features twelve teams from Michigan, Illinois and Iowa and will be held from June 10 (first game at 6 p.m.) to June 12 (championship game is at 12 noon).  The men's tournament consists of 16 teams from the same states plus Massachusetts and will be held from July 1 (first game at 7 p.m.) to July 3 (championship game is at 2:45 p.m.).

For more information on the teams and the schedule, see the Summer Slam site.

Alumni news and events

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Are you keeping up with alumni news and events?  In addition to checking the alumni website, be sure to also see the Calvin Alumni Association Facebook page which recently included a link about the death of Harry Faber at 97 years old.  Mr. Faber, was Calvin's first security officer, coming to the college in 1967 after a career in the Grand Rapids Police Department.  He then was the college's first full-time conference coordinator as Calvin began to use the campus for summer conferences, until his retirement in 1981.  He was the person who developed Calvin's first parking and driving regulations, initiated a campus safety and security program, hiring the first student campus safety employees, and worked with the deans to promote campus safety among students.

Some events coming up: the Heritage Class will be celebrating their reunion on June 11, 2010;  the 41st annual Alumni Golf Tournament is September 11, 2010.

Do you know about Calvin Alumni Travel? The Calvin Alumni Association is creating a new travel program for Calvin alumni and friends. Each trip will be uniquely planned by a member of Calvin’s faculty/staff or trusted alumna/alumnus and will be an experience woven with education and faith.   There are several trips planned, such as "Paul’s Missionary Journeys in Turkey and the Seven Churches of Revelation," March 31 - April 12, 2011; “River Cruise through France,” May 15 - 22, 2011; “China: Past and Present,” Fall 2011.  Read more about these trips online and contact the alumni office at 616-526-6142 or e-mail if you are interested.

REC + WARC = WCRC? Volunteers needed!

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A new chapter of ecumenical history will be written should the World Alliance of Reformed Churches and the Reformed Ecumenical Council---representing 80 million Christians in 108 counties---unite into one ecclesiastical body during an upcoming event at Calvin College. If adopted, the two reformed ecumenical groups (REC and WARC) will merge into the World Communion of Reformed Churches (WCRC), making it the largest association of Reformed churches in the world.  The union represents 227 churches from Presbyterian, Congregational, Reformed, Waldensian and United congregations — and includes an alphabet soup of nations from Algeria to Zimbabwe. The constitution convention, also called the Uniting General Council, runs from June 18-28, and will be attended by more  than 1,000 people. Richard van Houten, the REC’s General Secretary, said it is likely the merger will see the light of day.  
And YOU can be a part of this event in a variety of ways. By volunteering, observing, showing hospitality and/or praying, you will be advancing the causes of, and promoting the Kingdom of Jesus Christ, unity in the church, Reformed mission, Calvin College and Western Michigan---all at once! Volunteers are needed to host sessions, drive golf carts, usher at large events, and help with a number of other tasks.  Go to to sign up. 
You are welcome to observe sessions in the Van Noord arena, or attend worship services, especially the opening worship on June 20 at 4 p.m.  Dozens of area churches have canceled evening services, and hundreds of church members are hosting delegates and coming with them to the afternoon worship service.  Many will see  the Spoelhof Fieldhouse Complex for the first time.  Although there are a good number of  volunteer ushers already signed up, having more people in the crowd who are familiar with Calvin and the Fieldhouse Complex will help a lot.  If you have questions about how to get involved, you may also e-mail or call (616)526-6175.

News & Stories

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Here are some of the top headlines from Calvin as we enjoy summer on campus:

The Calvin Energy Recovery Fund finances the community's bright ideas for saving money.

Thirteen Calvin students from many majors are heading to Hong Kong, Indonesia and Malaysia to do service-learning.

Calvin senior Ashley Luse traveled to Uganda to create a market for amaranth—and to make some new friends.

Read all the headlines on News & Stories.


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