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Calvin-Wire: April 1, 2011

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The Festival of Faith and Music attracts leading artists to campus April 7-9, 2011, and adds a new Youth Ministry & Pop Culture Pre-conference this year. Just prior to that, on April 6, the Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour will premiere at the Covenant Fine Arts Center.

Meanwhile, ten student and faculty bands—playing everything from alternative and hip-hop to piano and folk—are collaborating in a benefit concert for an orphanage in Kenya and a medical center in Honduras.

Also take note of, "A Shower of Heavenly Bread: The King James Bible @ 400" taking place on campus this spring.  Calvin departments and institutes are celebrating the KJV's quadricentennial.
And, a record number of Calvin students went on service-learning spring break trips this year.

ReCommend Calvin again!


Friends, parents and alumni of Calvin College you are our best ambassadors. Help us recruit students to the school you love!  Talk to high school students, parents, guidance counselors, pastors—even students already admitted to Calvin. Tell your Calvin story, and let us know to whom you're talking!

Tell us about your conversations at and you’ll be entered in a drawing to win a set of FREE textbooks (up to $450) for the student of your choice.  (Winners will be announced after May 1.)  Plus, next time you’re on campus, stop by the lobby desk in the Spoelhof College Center and pick up your “Thanks a latte” card – good for a free cup of coffee while you’re on campus.

Calvin Spring Classic


Register now for the 21st Annual 5k Spring Classic and Karen Muyskens Fun Run.  The race will be held on campus on Saturday, April 30, 2011.  The Grand Rapids and Lakeshore chapters of the Calvin Alumni Association host this annual event to help fund scholarships for incoming students.  Register online (with SignMeUp) now!

If you are part of a business, check out our Corporate Challenge!

Calvin Around Town: Wealthy Street

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The Calvin Around Town event series will feature Wealthy Street and the 100th anniversary of Wealthy Theatre on April 28, 2011. Marvel at the revitalization of this brick-covered road with a storied past. Thanks to many in the community, including Calvin alumni, Wealthy Street and the Wealthy Theatre are starting a new chapter in their history!

That evening there will be a trolley service running, business discounts available, a program inside the renovated Wealthy Theatre with stories of Wealthy Street for all friends of Calvin.  Read more and register now!

Leadercast: early deadline today!

Chick    Fil A Leadercast

Mark your calendar for a one-day leadership event, Chick-fil-A Leadercast, featuring world-renowned speakers addressing leadership issues. These voices of change are coming to campus 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) which include lunch, refreshments and conference materials. Early-birds will receive $5 off per ticket by ordering and paying by April 1. Ticket deadline is Monday, April 25.  This event is sponsored by Calvin Center for Innovation in Business.

Travels with alumni (and friends); visiting campus


Calvin Alumni Travel is a new 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!

Thank you for reading Calvin-Wire. Happy April Fool's Day to you!


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