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Calvin-Wire: December 1, 2010

Volleyball champions, record-setting fall

Volleyball team

The volleyball team has captured their first-ever national title. They claimed the national title exactly 24 years to the day the Knights had suffered a heart-breaking defeat in the 1986 national championship.  Amber Warners was a starting setter on that team and has now led the Knights to the national title as the school’s head coach. Read all the volleyball headlines, including information about their many awards>>

Six Calvin fall sports teams earned spots in their respective NCAA III Championships competition, breaking the previous school record of five. After her team lost in the first round, women's soccer senior Elaine Schnabel was named a first team ESPN Academic All-American. The men’s soccer season came to an end in the national quarterfinals. The men’s and women’s cross country teams claimed a pair of top 10 national finishes. And the men’s golf team captured its first-ever MIAA title.

Christmas at the Campus Store, Messiah

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Join us at Christmas at the Campus Store, the annual sale organized by the Grand Rapids Chapter of the Calvin Alumni Association, on Sat., Dec. 4, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Proceeds will fund scholarships for  students who demonstrate outstanding Christian character and service. The sale features gift bagging; 15% off all books (except textbooks), Christmas ornaments, sweatshirts, scarves and winter hats; give-aways every 30 minutes; refreshments; book signings featuring James K.A. Smith ("Letters to a Young Calvinist"), Faye Knol ("Receiving David"), Carol Rottman ("All Nature Sings"), and Stan Mast ("Someday You’ll Be a Good Preacher"); and much more!

Also this weekend, a 90-year tradition continues as Handel's "Messiah" will be sung by the Calvin Oratorio Society in the Covenant Fine Arts Center on December 3 & 4, at 8 p.m.  This year's soloists are Michelle Areyzaga, soprano; Martha Hart, mezzo-soprano; Sean Panikkar, tenor; and Jason Thoms, bass. Tickets are available from the box office.  If you aren't able to attend, you can listen; check for broadcast information online.

January Series 2011

January Series: Listen, Learn, Discern 2011
The January Series 2011 will again feature excellent speakers that cover a wide variety of topics.  From the "Iron Man" of baseball to the founder of Kiva, our speakers will cover autism, gang intervention, schools for AIDS orphans, narcissism, science and faith, Christianity in China, and more. We have confirmed 31 remote webcast sites which includes one in Lithuania!  Help us spread the word to family and friends across the country and world. And be sure to follow us on Facebook.
Looking for a good book to read?  Check out what our speakers have written; the Campus Store has a great selection available.  A few "book club" favorites are:
  • "The Price of Stones: Building a School for my Village" by Twesigye Jackson Kaguri
  • "Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion" by Father Greg Boyle
  • "Daughter of the Killing Fields" by Theary Seng
  • "Thinking in Pictures" by Temple Grandin
  • "Get in the Game" by Cal Ripken, Jr.
See you in January!

Online videos, resources and stories

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There are many online resources on the Calvin College site: campus and student photos (including Dance Guild, Thanksgiving on campus, and Wikki Stix Competition galleries); wallpaper and screensavers, and WebCams.  Also, see Calvin on Vimeo.  Here are a few of the recent videos posted:

You can also read more about 2010 Horizon Award recipients Heather Van Dyke-Titus '98, Jackson Van Dyke '03 and Barry Van Dyke '05. 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.

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Calvin Annual Fund
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Read more from Calvin...

Calvin's award-winning interview show, Inner Compass, is heading into its 11th season.  Read an interview with producer Jazmyne Fuentes to find out how they choose guests, what makes a good host, and what are some memorable shows.

The Calvin baseball team is trying to keep up with the kids at Congress School, six Calvin students bested the tech schools at this year's Innovation Encounter, and Jasmine Riley has fused slam poetry and social justice for her senior honors thesis.


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