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Calvin-Wire: March 1, 2011

Winter sports excitement

Women's basketball team

In a thrilling game that came down to a three-point basket at the buzzer, the Calvin Knights earned the MIAA conference championship Saturday against Hope. The Knights won by a score of 67-65 on this winning shot by Jill Thomas (on Calvin College's Vimeo channel).

The Calvin women’s basketball team has now been selected to host a four-team NCAA III Tournament regional this Friday and Saturday, March 4 and 5. Calvin (24-4) will face LaRoche (23-4) College (PA) in a first round game. More details are found here.

The Calvin men’s and women’s track and field teams also captured the MIAA Indoor Invitational titles on Saturday.

The All-MIAA men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams include six members of the women’s and two members of the men’s team. Freshman diver Andy Krafft is already breaking records. Watch him dive (on Calvin College's Vimeo channel).

Distinguished Alumni Awards

Mary and Robert

At its uKnight Weekend meetings, the Calvin Alumni Association Board voted to honor two graduates with the Distinguished Alumni Award. Presented annually since 1966, the awards are given to alumni who have made significant contributions to their field of endeavor and manifest a Christian commitment, thus honoring Calvin College.

The 2011 Distinguished Alumni Awards will be presented on Commencement Weekend to Mary Vermeer Andringa '72, President and CEO of Vermeer Manufacturing Company, Pella, Iowa, and Robert Rooy '70, of Frederick, Maryland, and owner of Rooy Media LLC. Read more about them here.

To nominate an alumni for this award, read the award criteria and then fill out a nomination form. See past award recipients.

Online archives, worship resources, photos, videos

Grow in Grace

Robert Rooy '70, a 2011 Distinguished Alumnus, is also included in the small group of alumni that have spoken for the January Series. His presentation, "A Witness to Change: Profiling Microfinance and the Empowerment of Poor Families," can be found here on video or audio. You can access the January Series archives for all 2011 speakers. Go here and click on the speaker's name to watch or listen to their presentation: Temple Grandin, Twesigye Jackson Kaguri, Andy Crouch, Krista Tippett, Theary Seng, Father Greg Boyle, and many more.

Also available from Faith pages:
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!
Last spring the Worship Apprentices produced an album of worship songs regularly sung at chapel and LOFT. It is 100% student-produced and involves all Calvin student musicians plus Paul Ryan, associate chaplain for worship. These CDs are available from the Campus Store for $8 now.

Here are just a few resources available to view and share from Calvin that help "shape minds for intentional participation in the renewal of all things."

Calvin's redesigned website
Minds in the Making e-collection
Inner Compass television program
Photo galleries: students, sports, alumni

Facebook - Calvin | Alumni | Admissions
LinkedIn - Calvin | Alumni
uKnight (alumni directory)
Twitter - Calvin | Alumni | Calvin News | Knights
Vimeo - Calvin | Alumni

Alumni, professors, students in movies

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There are two alumni-connected, independent films coming to, or already in, theaters. See the Facebook event page for these movies:

"The Genesis Code" is a film about issues of faith and science and features Ernest Borgnine, Louise Fletcher and Fred Thompson. Jerry Zandstra '86, MDiv '90, ThM '93 executive-produced and also acted in the movie. Many other alumni were also involved in production and filming, from offering their car or house for filming, to filling in as movie extras. See "The Genesis Code Facebook" page for all the information, current theaters, and a link for discounted tickets.

"In My Sleep" is a Hitchcock-style thriller from writer and director Allen Wolf, with support from a Calvin alumnus.
While this film is not faith-based, Mr. Wolf's faith informs the film's theme and story. See "In My Sleep" for more information and theaters. Mr. Wolf will be on campus Friday, March 4, at 3:30 p.m., in the Bytwerk Theatre of the De Vos Communication Center to talk about his film and the challenges of creating an independent movie. He will be at several showings of the premiere on March 4 and 5, 2011, in Grand Rapids, Mich.

Calvin offers majors in
film and media studies and media production. Recently, Emmy award-winning filmmaker and professor of communication arts and sciences (CAS) Brian Fuller, along with students from those programs, released a documentary, “A Shared Space: Learning from the Mustard Seed School.” This half-hour documentary shows urban Christian education that runs counter to existing stereotypes. Fellow CAS professor Daniel Garcia released the documentary, "The Gift of All," for which he interviewed 28 Grand Rapids-area philanthropists—people who, beginning in the 1970s, have contributed not only their money, but their time, talent and vision to the revitalization of greater Grand Rapids.

Read "Tales from the Basement," a 2010 Spark article about media production major fostering moviemakers and missionaries. Contact Brian Fuller or Daniel Garcia for more information about the media production program.

Music ensemble spring tours


Two music ensembles will be touring this spring.  Please support these students as they bring Calvin's message to many with their music.

Calvin College's Wind Ensemble is the concert band of Calvin and is conducted by Dr. Tiffany Engle. The Wind Ensemble performs regularly throughout the academic year, including the immensely popular Christmas Pops Concert in December.  You can find listening samples of the ensemble herePlease support these student musicians on tour in Ann Arbor and Plymouth, Michigan, as well as performing on campus, March 11-13, 2011. See the tour website

The  mission of Calvin College's Gospel Choir, directed by Dr. Charsie Sawyer, is to proclaim the word of God in song while representing the varied worship styles in a diverse, Christian manner. The Calvin College Gospel Choir will also provide a forum in which gospel musicians are able to transcend cultural differences, uniting all believers for a common purpose. You can find listening sample of the choir here. Please support these students while on tour in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts and Ohio during Spring Break, March 20-27, 2011. See the tour website.

Gift planning for you and yours

Plan by Age: Gift Planning website

Good estate planning provides for your family or heirs, distributes your personal possessions as you have designated, and minimizes estate settlement expense and distress.  It also expresses your Christian values and convictions through special designations and it can minimize taxes. Yet 55% of Americans have no will and many have outdated estate plans.

If you’re without a will, or your current estate plan needs a check-up, Calvin’s new gift planning website has information and customized, interactive tools to help you. There you’ll find a wealth of information, including:

  • Age-appropriate information about estate planning.
  • An estate planning toolbox and glossary of terms.
  • E-brochures and current estate and gift planning news you can read instantaneously.  
  • A gift calculator to immediately determine the personal, charitable and tax benefits that various types of charitable gifts provide you.   
  • Customized, side-by-side comparison of giving options.    
Of course, Calvin’s gift planning staff, Sally Vander Ploeg or Ruth Vis, are also available to help you.  Call (616) 526-8719 or e-mail


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