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Calvin-Wire: November 15, 2010

Named Scholarship Dinner...and ReCommend Calvin

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Nearly 1,300 people---scholarship recipients and their donors---attended the Named Scholarship Dinner on November 9.  Named scholarships are created for a variety of reasons and honor a variety of things, and help students who want to, but might not otherwise be able to, attend Calvin. These scholarships often come with a personal touch, a little added affirmation. That’s why the dinner is so special. Read more about the dinner and some of the students that spoke.

If you want to make sure someone you know gets to know about Calvin, please ReCommend Calvin to them today. Consider talking to high school students, parents, guidance counselors, pastors—even students already admitted to Calvin. Tell your Calvin story, let us know who you're talking to, and we'll follow up with them. You can even win free textbooks for your or any current student if you submit this form by December 10.

Find out more on the ReCommend page.

Calvin Alumni Choir new CD

Sacred Space: Calvin College Alumni Choir

The Calvin Alumni Choir, whose members are alumni of Calvin, has been established to organize, promote, and sponsor a choir of the highest musical caliber. Through their performances, this choir will promote an awareness of and appreciation for the Christian faith, for choral music, both sacred and secular, and for Calvin College.

Sacred Space, their new recording, is a 15-song disc containing songs from the Calvin College Alumni Choir's live concerts performed in 2006-2010 and makes a great Christmas gift. This collection includes spirituals arranged by Moses Hogan, gentle settings of prayers from Scandinavia, the majestic "Psalm 90" by Charles Ives, and other audience favorites. See a song list from Sacred Space and purchase the compact disc ($16) now.  And, if you are interested in other music, see all of the Alumni Choir recordings here.

Alumni events

MBA@Calvin: Meeting Business Alumni

The Horizon Award is presented by MBA@Calvin to recognize outstanding young alumni business professionals who demonstrate significant contributions to their field and the impact of faith on their work.

The 2010 Horizon Award will be presented to Heather Van Dyke-Titus '98, Jackson Van Dyke '03 and Barry Van Dyke '05 at the November event. The Van Dyke siblings are owners of Bear Manor Properties who are renovating houses around the corner of Wealthy and Union Streets in Grand Rapids. Read about their work in a Rapid Growth article.

Mark your calendars for the Christmas at the Campus Store annual sale. Proceeds from each purchase fund scholarships for local Calvin-bound high school seniors who demonstrate outstanding Christian character and service. Since 1991, the chapter has funded over $280,000 from local alumni to over 160 students.

Sports, tournament updates (St. Louis area alumni, please take note)

Volleyball    celebrationOn Saturday, the women's volleyball team captured its first regional title since 1992 after defeating top-seeded Heidelberg on Friday night.  With the win, Calvin (29-4) advances to the Elite Eight of the NCAA DIII Women's Volleyball Championship which will take place at Washington University in St. Louis, on Friday, Nov. 19.

The soccer teams were also playing in tournaments over the weekend.  The men’s team won a penalty kick shootout in the second round of the NCAA III Tournament and go on to play again next weekend (details pending). The 2010 season came to a close for the Calvin women’s soccer team as it dropped a heart-breaking 1-0 loss to third-ranked Otterbein College on Friday.

The women's and men's cross country teams won Great Lakes Regional Titles over the weekend. 

The swimming and diving team split a meet with Hope, which included freshman Andrew Kraft (Fort Wayne, IN) highlighting the day by winning the one-meter diving competition with a NCAA III qualifying and school record score of 311.10, breaking the previous Calvin record of 305.20.

And the women's and men's basketball teams are starting their seasons.  Read more about sophomore forward Carissa Verkaik and her focus on faith and a return to the NCAA Tournament.

Keep track of the latest information on all the competition and tournament details on the sports pages.


Calvin Energy Recover Fund    drawing
Calvin College recently launched an exciting new initiative to fund energy-conserving projects on campus. The Calvin Energy Recovery Fund (CERF) finances projects on campus to reduce Calvin's energy consumption. The monetary savings generated by these projects will be routed back to the energy recovery fund--thereby growing the fund to support future projects. CERF will significantly lessen Calvin's environmental impact, save the college money, and allow students to benefit from hands-on learning. You can make a gift to the energy recovery fund, or propose a project, at:

Read more about the fund
and make a contribution to support this innovative fund today!

Top headlines this week...

Letters to a Young    Calvinist

Students help bring English professor Gary Schmidt's Newbery Honor Award-winning book to the stage
Two Calvin departments are teaming up to launch a new giving circle for lovers of art with Calvin Art Partners
Calvin mourns Johan Westra, the college's first full-time political science professor. 
Ten students representing four academic majors pitched their bright ideas in Calvin's first-annual Elevator Pitch Competition
Calvin professor of philosophy and Worship Institute research fellow James K.A. Smith has written a "less grumpy," more "winsome" portrait of Calvinism.

Read more on News & Stories.


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