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Calvin-Wire: November 1, 2010

Covenant Fine Arts Center, Homecoming recap

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The pianos have moved in. The art has arrived. The Covenant Fine Arts Center, under renovation since May of 2009, is now open. Dedication of the building happened during Homecoming & Family Weekend festivities on campus last week.

Photos from those activities are available on the Roving WebCam gallery and the Alumni photo gallery.  Some of the events featured: CFAC dedication, Family Weekend Banquet, Improv, 25-year and 45-year reunions, Pancake Breakfast, Disco Bingo, Holtrops lecture, and more.

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Liviu Mocan is an Eastern European artist who's work "Invitation/Decalogue" was featured in Grand Rapids during ArtPrize. The sculpture was installed in Geneva, Switzerland, during the 500th anniversary year of John Calvin's birth in 2009. The piece was also involved in a collaborative performance based on music written by Calvin professor of music, David Fuentes.

Liviu has graciously offered to display the sculpture on Calvin's campus until next spring, and the piece was installed recently on the lawn east of the chapel, next to Hiemenga Hall. The dedication ceremony, which was held on a beautifully bright autumn day on the lawn next to the pillars, can be viewed anytime on Calvin's Faith Vimeo channel. [On that Vimeo page, you need to scroll down to October 14 . The service begins at approximately 2:50 on the video.]  In that service, you can hear the artist talk about his inspiration to make the artwork and God's plan to bring it to Calvin.

Here is more information about the artwork.  Be sure to stop by when you are on campus next to walk among the pillars.

Recent headlines

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A Reformation scholar donated his entire research collection—more than 2,500 volumes—to the Meeter Center.

A Calvin psychology professor’s professional participation in an international study on the Dutch hunger winter—known in the Netherlands as the Hongerwinter—has a personal motivation.

Election news

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With the midterm elections fast approaching, find out what Calvin students think of negative campaigning, what factors influence their vote the most and how much research these students really do before going to the polls.

Students in political science professor Doug Koopman’s “Parties and Elections” class have created a voter’s guide for Grand Rapids residents.

Sports news


"My team was next to the tee box, and my dad was up by the green and yelled out that it was in. I threw up my hands ..."

Eric Doezema, a senior on the men's golf team, speaking with The Grand Rapids Press about his hole-in-one that helped the Calvin men's golf team claim its first MIAA championship.

Check the sports page for all the weekend headlines, including the results from the MIAA cross country championships held at Calvin on Saturday.

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