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Calvin-Wire: September 1, 2010

Calvin alumni news and happenings

campus walkersA lot is going on the Calvin College Alumni Association Facebook page.  Did you see the story about Lucas Van Engen '01 who spent the summer traveling across the country...on a lawnmower?  And recently, many southern California alumni and friends gathered at Huntington Beach to hangout and cookout.

Future alumni are also making news.  Students were working on summer internships all over, up and down the landscape.  In 2009-2010, 749 Calvin students interned at 521 different sites

Here are other cool resources for Calvin you might want to bookmark:

Vimeo - Calvin | Alumni
Twitter - Calvin | Alumni | Calvin News | Knights
Facebook - Calvin | Alumni | Admissions
LinkedIn - Calvin | Alumni

Faith online

Philippians Bible Study

This fall the Calvin community--students, faculty and staff--will be studying Philippians together.  Study groups will gather for 10 weeks, using study guides provided by the campus ministries office and books by N.T Wright and the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship. The Sunday evening LOFT services will also dig into these themes.The campus ministries, or Faith, website has full details.

Dale Cooper is chaplain emeritus and adjunct faculty in the department of congregational and ministry studies at Calvin.  He has recently begun publishing a column for the Calvin Institute of Christian WorshipCoop’s Column: reflections on the Christian walk,  a weekly article that explores numerous facets of corporate Christian worship. He hopes his column will both teach and encourage readers, while promoting dialogue. Read the first three articles he's published so far.

The Faith website is also a good resource for reading about what we believe at Calvin College and why we believe it, along with a Q&A about a few matters of faith and life.

Homecoming and Family Weekend 2010

Homecoming and Family Weekend, Oct 22 & 23, 2010
Calvin College's Homecoming is now in the fall -- combined with Family Weekend -- on October 22 & 23, 2010, and all are invited.  The Calvin Music Festival in the new Covenant Fine Arts Center, a lecture by National Forest System deputy chief Joel Holtrop, a River City Improv show, the 40th anniversary of "The Bananer," a choral retreat led by the Calvin Alumni Choir (read more below), and more events are scheduled while the campus shows the beautiful colors of fall.  Find out more online or call 616-526-6142 for details.
Please take note of this special event for Homecoming weekend, A Choral Retreat for All Who Enjoy Singing. Join the Calvin Alumni Choir on Saturday, October 23, to learn creative ways to improve your musical skills in community with others. Learn new songs in the setting of a large choir under the direction of internationally respected conductor and clinician, Dr. Pearl Shangkuan. This musical retreat ends with a brief worship service. The incredible price of $10 includes the music scores, refreshments and the opportunity to sing with a nationally recognized choir and conductor.  Register now!

And in the meanwhile, golfers, please also plan to join us for the 41st annual Alumni Golf Tournament on September 11, 2010!

Sports preview

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Did you know that both of Calvin's cross country and soccer teams, plus the volleyball team, were in the NCAA post-season tournament last year?  As the teams prepare for action, bookmark the sports page where all the fall sports previews can be found, and also to keep up on the latest news, scores and stats throughout the year.  You can also sign up for the daily sports report e-mail or an RSS feed of the action.

Other sports news:

Alumni travels

Beijing Bird's Nest

Have you heard about Calvin Alumni Travel for alumni and friends of Calvin?  Trips planned include:

Read more about these trips online and contact the alumni office at 616-526-6142 or e-mail

Upcoming events, speakers

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Did you know that the lineup for the January Series speakers is almost complete?  One of the speakers for January 2011, Temple Grandin, was featured at the Emmys this past weekend.

The Student Activities Office tries to accomplish two goals in all of its programs: it seeks to help students engage with popular culture and to discern the positive and negative messages contained within. It also strives to provide a season of concerts, films, lectures and other programs that allow Calvin students to interact with the best and the brightest artists of a wide array of genres.  See their site for an event listing.

The music department also hosts many events all year long.  Bookmark their event page to keep track of who's performing when and where.

Want to keep track of on-campus programs and events open to the public?  The Calvin-Connection is an e-mail newsletter sent regularly to friends and neighbors of Calvin College.  If you would like to receive this e-mail, please visit the community relations site. Your e-mail address will be kept private and never be sold.

And the Covenant Fine Arts Center will be ready to host events again soon.  See the progress being made!


Did you know there are many faculty and staff profiles available on News & Stories.


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