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Calvin-Wire: June 15, 2010

A slammin' summer on campus

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The Calvin Summer Slam is a high school basketball tournament on Calvin's campus for girls and boys teams from around the country.  Hosted in the sparkling new Van Noord Arena in the Spoelhof Fieldhouse Complex, the girls' tournament recently finished on June 12.  The boys' tournament consists of 16 teams and will be held from July 1 to July 3.

What is it?  High school basketball teams from around the country are offered the chance to play and stay on Calvin’s campus for three days. “Calvin provides the facilities, food and lodging supplemented by generous donors,” said Ken Erffmeyer, Calvin’s vice president for advancement. “It creates a great opportunity to bring students together and experience a taste of Calvin.”

For more information on the teams and the schedule, see the Summer Slam site, and read a story about: "A Slammin' Start to Summer," on the News & Stories site.

Reformed Mission in an Age of World Christianity
Uniting General Conference/World Communion of Reformed Churches

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Leaders in Reformed Christianity and Reformed Christian education from all over the globe will converge on the Calvin campus from Tuesday through Thursday, June 15-17, 2010. The occasion is a conference: “Reformed Mission in an Age of World Christianity,” co-sponsored by Calvin College and the International Association for the Promotion of Christian Higher Education (IAPCHE).

This conference was designed as a warm-up for a larger event: the Uniting General Conference, a nine-day assembly being held Friday, June 18–27, 2010, also at Calvin.  The one thousand delegates who will be on Calvin’s campus for that conference will likely serve as witnesses as the World Alliance of Reformed Churches and the Reformed Ecumenical Council unite as one ecclesiastical body. The proposed union, which will be known as the World Communion of Reformed Churches (WCRC), will be the largest association of Reformed churches in the world representing 227 churches from Presbyterian, Congregational, Reformed, Waldensian and United congregations.

You are invited to the Uniting General Council worship service on June 20 at 4 p.m. in the Calvin Van Noord Arena in the Spoelhof Fieldhouse Complex.  This huge communion service will celebrate the union of many different denominations into one ecclesiastical body ---the WCRC.  Go to for more information about the schedule and purpose of the meetings and will be attended by more than 1,000 people representing 80 million Christians in 108 countries.

Alumni action here, there, and on the Web

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Are you keeping up with alumni news and events?  In addition to checking the alumni website, try the other ways to connect with Calvin's active alumni network through these four social networking platforms: Facebook, LinkedIN, Twitter, and uKnight.

Here are two upcoming events for alumni and friends: the 41st annual Alumni Golf Tournament on September 11, 2010 and Homecoming and Family Weekend, October 22 & 23, 2010.  And do you know about Calvin Alumni Travel?  Trips planned include, "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

And don't forget to click around Spark online to read more about some of the stories featured in the Summer 2010 issue, including: Professor Vanden Bosch receiving the Presidential Award for Exemplary Teaching, the Ecosystem Preserve's 25th Anniversary celebration, and alumni and friends who are helping the hurting and suffering in Haiti.  

Entrada Scholars Program, June 20-July 16

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The Entrada Scholars Program at Calvin offers ethnic minority high school students a "gateway" to the future: the opportunity to experience college learning and living while earning college credit.  Entrada Scholars get to experience the fullness of college life, including:

  • Enrolling in a 3-4 credit college course in areas such as English, history, biology or psychology
  • Using Calvin's gym for activities like rock climbing and pick-up basketball, and taking advantage of local attractions and beautiful natural resources
  • Participating in group devotions
  • Performing in Entrada Talent Night
Students who participate in the Entrada Scholars Program get a head start on their college experience, preparing them for success in their educational and vocational endeavors.  Read about some of the program alumni, such as Chandra Lochan and Yamily Vazquez, to read more about how Entrada prepared them.

Sports headlines

Ricky Stilts

Calvin College juniors Melissa Oosterhouse and Monica Bressler have been named ESPN The Magazine Academic All-Americans in the women’s college at-large division as selected by the College Sports Information Director’s Association of America.

Ricky Shilts has been named junior varsity men’s basketball coach at Calvin College. In addition to his duties as the coach of the Calvin junior varsity, Shilts will also serve a dual role as an assistant coach with the Calvin men’s varsity.

Senior Jessica Koster has been named to the ESPN the Magazine Academic All-District first team in the women’s college track and field field/cross country division while junior Rachel Boerner has been named to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District se. As a member of the first team, Koster advances to the national ballot and is now eligible for ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America consideration.

Catch up on all sports happenings over the summer on the Sports Information site.

News & Stories headlines, cool resources...

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Donors connected with the seven faces of the Every Student Challenge. Their gifts meant more financial aid for Calvin students.

The Calvin Energy Recovery Fund (CERF) finances the college's bright ideas for saving energy and money.

Business 381 students got hands-on experience with Harley vibrations and stick goods.

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


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