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Calvin-Wire: October 15, 2010

Homecoming & Family Weekend - join us!

Homecoming and Family Weekend

Calvin's Homecoming & Family Weekend is now in the fall: October 22 & 23, 2010. With many events going on all weekend, you will easily find a reason to come back to Calvin while colors change on campus. See the complete schedule of activities that links to ticketing and reservations, if required, for everything.

Be a part of your class reunion celebration if you are a member of the 10-year, 25-year, 40-year and 45-year reunion classes.  The Ecosystem Preserve will be celebrating their 25th anniversary, and did you realize it's been 40 years since The Bananer, arguably the greatest spoof issue in Calvin history? Consider attending "Peeling The Bananer: The Story Behind the Lampoon," with co-editors Steve Sieberson '70 and Luke Reinsma '70. 

There are also events happening earlier in the week (Disco Bingo during dinner, anyone?); the full schedule, which includes the Covenant Fine Arts dedication on Wednesday (see below), is found here. If you have questions, please call (616) 526-6142 or e-mail

Alumni profile: Joel Holtrop '74

Joel Holtrop

One of the special events taking place during Homecoming 2010 is a special lecture on Friday, October 22, at 8 p.m.: "Life with the National Forests: Work Worth Doing." Joel Holtrop '74, Deputy Chief for the United States Forest Service, and Jessica Holtrop '07, a former wildland fire fighter in Montana and California, will share reflections on their Forest Service experience as father and daughter, and as individuals committed to land stewardship.

Joel is a 2007 recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Award and, in his address to graduates at Commencement that year, said, "Calvin formed this bedrock foundation for my upper education that has guided me well for many years in my career."  His career now includes oversight of the 155 national forests that covers 193 million acres in 42 states and Puerto Rico.  He's become very familiar with them throughout his life, proclaiming early on that he wanted to be a National Park Service ranger.
To read more about Joel, his work and family, see this Spark article or the press release from the Forest Service upon his appointment to deputy chief.

Covenant Fine Arts Center dedication

CFAC lamps

Did you know that on October 20, 1966, the Fine Arts Center was dedicated on Calvin College's campus, which had only recently moved to the current Knollcrest location.  This premier performance venue has been undergoing extensive renovations so that Calvin may continue to serve those who love and support the arts from both the college and the greater community.  Exactly forty-four years later, with gratitude to God, we will celebrate the newly renovated and reopened Covenant Fine Arts Center (CFAC) on Wednesday, October 20, 2010. 

Please join us as we celebrate this major event, which leads up to Homecoming & Family Weekend.  Events that will be taking place in the CFAC are featured on the dedication event page and include participation by the English and art departments, both of which will enjoy space in the new facility.  Please send event-related inquiries to

Until then, you will be able to watch video tours and see live webcams from the Covenant Fine Arts Center renovation and can read more about the closing days of the former Fine Arts Center.  But we hope to see you next week!

Sports headlines

Golf team with trophy
For the second time in her collegiate career, sophomore Lizzie Kamp has been named MIAA Player of the Week in volleyball; for the first time, the men’s golf team wins the MIAA! Here are all the recent sports headlines.

Philippians progress

Philippians artwork
The campus and Calvin community is halfway through a study on the book of Philippians.  This campus-wide study currently includes over 1300 students, faculty and staff that are studying the book in small groups hither and yon.   If you want to read more about the study or keep track of the study questions being used, see the Faith website.
Here are some additional facts about the Philippians study: more than 175 groups are meeting weekly for at least one hour; groups are studying Philippians in English, Spanish, German, Korean, and Greek; groups are meeting on-campus and off-campus, including our study abroad programs in China and Honduras; Calvin chaplains are preaching through the book of Philippians at LOFT, which is viewable on the LOFT website. Here is a complete list of churches/organizations that are joining Calvin in this study.

Calvin in 24 recap

Calvin in 24 photo

Two students, at right, re-created a masterpiece on the climbing wall for one of the 3,000-plus entries in Calvin in 24, a photographic day in the life of the college, October 6, 2010. See the gallery of images from the event, and visit the multiple Picasa galleries. Many students, faculty and staff participated, and the proof is in the thousands of photographs that seemingly captured every inch of campus and the world.  You will see professors teaching, staffers staffing, students serenading, dancing, eating--plus, there are squirrels! 

Anytime you want to see photos from campus, visit the Roving WebCam (RWC) photo gallery.  This gallery includes photos from student photographers that wander about Calvin's campus capturing images of people, places and events that help "tell the story" of the everyday Calvin experience.  (Recent galleries include one that tells the story of a Calvin in 24 day, and another captures the Cardboard Canoe Contest.)  A quick link to the RWC is to click on the photo next to the daily news message on Calvin's home page and you'll arrive at the photo galleries page.  There you'll find the following photo galleries, updated often: Roving WebCam, Campus Life, Sports and Alumni.

And read more on News & Stories about:

  • A pair of Calvin students are charging $2 for a pair of shoes with proceeds to benefit a fund that helps students in financial crisis. 
  • Business communications major Sarah Orndorff learned all about "fan avidity" as a summer intern for the Cleveland Browns.
  • Thanks to a 1 million NSF grant, professors from biology, chemistry, biochemistry, physics and computer science are moving to the basement.


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