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Calvin-Wire: July 15, 2010

Calvin mourns Professor Jim Penning

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Political scientist James Penning, who died Tuesday, July 13, taught for 30-plus years at Calvin. His colleagues mourn a warm, funny man

Among other books he authored, which are mentioned in the news release, you can read more about "Divided By A Common Heritage: The CRC and the RCA at the Beginning of the New Millennium," which was authored by Calvin College political scientists Corwin Smidt and Jim Penning, and Hope College sociologists Donald Luidens and Roger Nemeth.  There was a story in the 2007 spring Spark magazine about this book, too. 

Professor Penning was associated with the Paul B. Henry Institute for the Study of Christianity and Politics created in 1997 to integrate Christian faith and politics.  Read more about results from a religious voter survey that was presented at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. by the Henry Institute on June 9, 2008.

Summer interns here and there

campus imageSenior Paul Campbell and Tyler Smies '10 are interning with The Other Way ministries, overseeing a youth program which provides lawn service to the Westown neighborhood in Grand Rapids.

Junior Ryan Van Baren is spending his summer working at the world's biggest options exchange in Chicago.

Junior Abby Koning, a student working through the McGregor program, is hearing the real stories of race in Grand Rapids.

News in brief

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Read about these recent news briefs on the News & Stories site:

  • Calvin alums Hannah Bormann '09 and Robert Zandstra '08 have been selected as Lilly Graduate Fellows for 2010-2013, an honor bestowed upon just 16 people each year. 
  • The Calvin College Alumni Choir finished third in the community chorus division of the American Prize in Choral Performance competition—a non-profit national competition that recognizes the best choral ensembles in the U.S. (The choir is hosting a choral retreat for all singers on campus during Homecoming this fall.)
  • Luke Leisman, a physics and English double major, presented his research on galaxy clusters at the Great Lakes Cosmology Workshop in Chicago this summer.
  • Calvin is again named as a top place to work in academia (The Scientist press release).

Prince Conference Center

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Tucked away in a peaceful, serene setting, just a bridge walk east from the main Calvin campus, is the Prince Center.  You'll find the atmosphere casual and relaxing with many windows to take in the view, two cozy fireplaces, a patio overlooking the nature preserve and a baby grand piano—all designed to make your visit a pleasant and enjoyable one.

Whether you're visiting family in the area or a student on campus, or looking for a retreat location, you'll always feel right at home at the Prince. Visit their new website for pictures and more information about amenities, rates and discounts.

Faculty profiles

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She designed Calvin's Human Performance Lab, she eats meals with her students, and she has fond memories of an oak tree named Clive.  Read more about Professor Julie Walton.

She hated biology until a medical tech class changed her mind. Now she teaches biology. And she loves proteoglycans.   Read more about Professor Arlene Hoogewerf.

He helped to create OHM, Dahl and Microwulf, Calvin's first generation of supercomputers, and he helps children create imaginary worlds through "Alice." Read more about Professor Joel Adams.

Alumni and friends...

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Here are two upcoming events for alumni, friends and families: 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 which is also for alumni, friends and families?  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

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