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Calvin-Wire: March 15, 2011

Prayers, reflections...Lent

Lenten verse

As the world watches, and responds to, the tragic events in Japan (read more, below), this new Lenten resource, "Healing," from the Worship Institute seems particularly apropos. Every month, the Praying with Calvin page is updated with ideas to inform your prayers for Calvin.  See the prayer suggestions for the month of March.

In March we also begin Lent.  The early church determined that the Lenten period of fasting and renewal should correspond to Christ’s fasting (Matthew 4:2), and by counting forty days back from Easter (excluding Sundays, which remain “feast” days), arrived at the Wednesday seven weeks before Easter. See other meditations from the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship which produces and provides a wide range of resources for anyone that worships. Follow them:  You may also watch Calvin's Ash Wednesday service with Prof. Kurt Schaefer or other Lenten worship services.

Another inspirational column to read is from former chaplain Dale Cooper, "He Ascended to Heaven," on the ascension of Christ. Writes Cooper: "Just before he departed earth and returned to heaven, Jesus spoke to his disciples. He made an astonishing claim about himself, and he gave them an all-important command." Read the full article.

Calvin travels this you?

Gospel Choir Spring Tour 2011

Former Chaplain Cooper will be traveling to the Pacific Northwest and Alberta, Canada, from March 24 through April 13, 2011. Check the church and community relations site for information.

Calvin students that signed up to go on service-learning trips will be working on a variety of jobs around the country (in Mississippi, Missouri, Alabama, North Carolina, Georgia, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Tennessee, and West Virginia) as part of a long tradition of trips sponsored by the Service-Learning Center during Spring Break, March 20-27, 2011.

Many sports teams will be traveling to train and compete during break.  The women's track and field team and the men's track and field team will be going to Gulf Shores, Alabama, competing in Tennessee on the way. The softball team and the baseball team will be in Tucson, Arizona. The men's tennis team and women's tennis team will be in Orlando, Florida, and men's golf is going to Port St. Lucie, Florida. The schedules are found on the respective team pages (as linked above).  Check the sports site for the most current news.

The Gospel Choir will also be on tour in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts and Ohio.See the tour website. You may also follow them via their Facebook page where you will find photos of their travels and updates from the trip.

Develop your leadership voice

Chick fil A Leadercast

Mark your calendar for a one-day leadership event, Chick-fil-A Leadercast, featuring world-renowned speakers addressing leadership issues that matter most. These voices of change are coming to Grand Rapids via live broadcast. 

This not-to-be-missed event will be in Calvin's Covenant Fine Arts Center on Friday, May 6, 2011, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. with speakers Dan Cathy (President and COO of Chick-fil-A, Inc.,), Dave Ramsey, Seth Godin, Robin Roberts, Suzy Welch and more!

See the website for fees and various package prices (for groups, non-profits). Early-birds will receive $5 off per ticket by ordering and paying by April 1. The ticket deadline is Monday, April 25. Contact Lori (, 616-526-8425) if you have questions.

This event is sponsored by the recently opened (for business) Calvin Center for Innovation in Business.

Japan, English, special education stories

Q&A: Japanese tsunamiLarry Herzberg
Calvin professors talk about earthquakes, tsunamis, nuclear power and the resiliency of the Japanese people.  Here's an excerpt:

How can Americans help?
Prof. Larry Herzberg: The U.S. is not only the wealthiest country by far in the world, but Americans are arguably the most charitable of any people.  After the Kobe earthquake in 1995, Americans were quick to donate large sums of money to help Japan recover.  The U.S. has around 23,000 troops stationed in bases around Japan. Our military has already been quick to send aid to the stricken areas.  Many Americans have already donated money to the Red Cross to help in the relief efforts.  And the American government, recognizing how important Japan is to us, as a trading partner and as a political ally, is also anxious to help Japan in this time of need. Beyond that, we at Calvin can give our prayerful support to the people of Japan, as we do.

English is now three majors
There are now three ways to major in English, courtesy of a major program revision.  Students can now study literature, linguistics and writing.

God's Inclusionists
Enthusiasm and vision propelled special education at Calvin into an essential department offering . This article, about the special education program at Calvin, is from the Spring 2011 Spark magazine for alumni and friends of Calvin.  That issue is found online here.

More news from campus

women on campus
Prof nominated for National Online Teacher of the Year
Part-time physics professor Andrew Vanden Heuvel '06 is one of five nominees for the National Online Teacher of the Year Award.  You might remember him as the first Calvin student to discover and name a previously undiscovered asteroid.

Savory Stories: Books in the Baking
Edible books are on the menu in April at Calvin.

Women in Calvin History
Read about Calvin's first woman coach as we continue a celebration of Women's History Month.

Traveling with/to Calvin

National parks image

Calvin Alumni Travel is a travel program from the Calvin Alumni Associationfor alumni and friends. Each trip will be uniquely planned by a member of Calvin’s faculty/staff or trusted alumna/alumnus and will be an experience woven with education and faith. You are invited!  These are trips that are still open:

  • America's National Parks: September 8-18, 2011
  • China: Past and Present - October 24-November 7, 2011
To find out more click here or contact (616-526-6142).

Perhaps you are traveling to campus for a visit.  If you are, consider the Prince Conference Center for your lodging!


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