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Calvin-Wire: February 1, 2011

Professor Schmidt's "The Wednesday Wars" on stage

The Wednesday Wars on stage
It's 1968, and Holling Hoodhood feels like the world is against him. His seventh grade teacher hates him, his classmates are mean, and his family is always fighting. To make things worse, while the rest of his class goes to catechism or Hebrew school on Wednesday afternoons, Holling is left to clean erasers. When his teacher decides to use that time to read Shakespeare, he knows he is doomed to misery. But this young man is surprised when Shakespeare relates to his own life and he soon learns to stand up for himself against once impossible odds.

Kirsten Kelly ’95 felt an immediate connection to The Wednesday Wars the first time she read it. Now Kelly, and the interim class she taught, has put The Wednesday Wars onstage. This book, a young adult novel by English professor Gary Schmidt, was named a 2008 John Newbery Honor Book, the second book by Schmidt that has received such an honor. He also received the award in 2005 for his novel Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy.

uKnight Week

Cold Knight Club

uKnight Week is upon us, and we hope you celebrate with us on campus or wherever you are.  Some of what is going on for Calvin's winter spirit week:

Alumni Glenn Bulthuis '77 will bring his band, The Tonedeafs, to Calvin on Friday and Saturday evenings, February 11 and 12.  They will perform at the college's downtown historic site, Ladies Literary Club. Get your tickets now. The music of James Taylor is the theme this year, but be prepared for Calvin hits such as "Calvin Girl" and "Cruisin' Down the Beltline."  Follow Glenn on Facebook or read more about him here.

At the Ambassadors Lunch on Saturday, February 12, German professor emerita Dr. Barbara Carvill will receive the Faith & Learning Award, presented for excellence in teaching, spiritual impact, concern for students and lasting influence. Mr. Ken '79 and Mrs. Paula Tuinstra '80 Wigboldy will receive the Outstanding Service Award, recognizing those individuals and organizations who have given outstanding service to Calvin.

Also featured during uKnight Week 2011: Cold Knight Club's Sem Pond Jump, AirBand, Wear Calvin Day, 100 Days (Class of 2011 celebration), basketball games, karaoke...find out more! Read on for another event happening during uKnight Week.

Mustard Seed documentary

A Shared Space with Brian Fuller

Emmy award-winning filmmaker and communication arts and sciences professor Brian Fuller will be offering an exclusive screening of a documentary he worked on with his students. On Friday, February 11, 2011, “A Shared Space: Learning from the Mustard Seed School,” will be screened at 8 and 9 p.m. in the Covenant Fine Arts Center Recital Hall.  Both screenings include a discussion with Prof. Fuller following. The half-hour documentary, a project funded by the Kuyers Institute for Christian Teaching and Learning, shows urban Christian education that runs counter to existing stereotypes. Tickets are still available.

The Mustard Seed School, in Hoboken, New Jersey, is headed by 1989 Calvin graduate Christine Metzger, offers a curriculum anchored in the arts, and draws students from a range of socioeconomic and ethnic backgrounds.

Read an interview with Brian Fuller about "A Shared Space: Learning from the Mustard See School" or an essay he wrote about hospitality as part of learning and teaching.

A January Series thank you

The January Series 2011 has come to a successful close. We estimate that nearly 17,000 people enjoyed the timely, thought-provoking and insightful presentations on campus during the fifteen days of interim. An additional 15,000 watched at 30 remote sites across the country and overseas. Many, many others listened online or on demand.

Presenters met with classes, appeared on Inner Compass, granted interviews to faculty, students and the media, and shared time with both the Heritage alumni chapter and CALL. As in the past, many of the presenters complimented us on the high caliber of students and professors they met.

Ten recordings (DVD, CD) can be purchased from the Campus Store; many are also archived on the January Series site. Vimeos will be available soon.

Thank you for support of the January Series!

Faith and International Development Conference

faith conf

Turning love into action: Sowing seeds and reaping justice - February 3-5, 2011

Every February, the Faith and International Development Conference is held on campus with a goal of creating a space for sharing ideas and exploring passions among students and professionals from a wide range of backgrounds.

Entering its sixth year, the conference’s participation has grown to over 500 students, faculty leaders and organization representatives. Together they struggle to connect their minds, hearts and hands in an international context under the Lordship of Jesus Christ. The conference strives to balance prayerful discernment of students’ callings, relationship building among students and professionals, and practical learning about international development. Find out more.

Odds and ends

Calvin's Home Page

Spend a few minutes checking out Calvin's new home page that features fresh content and photos. And don't forget about these online options:

Want to keep an eye on the snowfall on campus? Watch the WebCams.

Join us for worship wherever you are:
Watch live: Chapel - daily at 10 a.m.; LOFT - Sundays at 8 p.m.
Watch on demand: Chapel and LOFT archives - anytime.
Listen on demand:
LOFT podcasts are now available on iTunes!

Find out more or register for the Gift of Life Organ and Tissue Donor Registry, and vote for Calvin when you sign up. You don't need to be a student, alumni or Michigan resident. Just give the gift of life.

Award-winning choreographer Garth Fagan Dance is coming for one performance only at the Covenant Fine Arts Center on Saturday, February 19, 2011, during the Artist Series. Enjoy a romantic getaway and overnight stay package deal at the hotel on campus, the Prince Center. See the Prince Special Offers for more information about this thoughtful and artful gift.

Contact the Prince Conference Center (616-526-7200, 866-526-7200) for reservations and other lodging or event options (weddings, conferences, meetings).

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