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Calvin-Wire: April 15, 2011

Student and faculty scholars awarded

Goldwater scholars

Calvin has three Goldwater Scholars and one honorable mention: Brandon Burkhart, Lauren Manck, Nathan Romero and Ryan Martinie. The Goldwater Scholarship was established by Congress to fund students studying the traditional sciences, mathematics and engineering. Each institution may nominate four students for a Goldwater Scholarship, and Calvin is one of only two schools nationwide to receive recognition for all four in three successive years: 2009, 2010 and 2011. Read more.

Geology, geography and environmental studies professor Johnathan Bascom and political science professor Corwin Smidt have been granted Fulbright awards for the upcoming year. Professor Bascom will spend his Fulbright year in Ethiopia, and Corwin Smidt will spend his in The Netherlands. Read more.

Calvin professor of philosophy Kelly Clark recently received a Templeton grant worth nearly $200,000 to fund a project on religious liberty and tolerance. Read more.

Spring events on/around campus


Calvin Around Town on Wealthy Street - Thursday, April 28, 2011.  Register»

Calvin 5k Spring Classic and Karen Muyskens Fun Run - Saturday, April 30, 2011.

Calvin Oratorio Society's "Gloria in Excelsis Deo" - Saturday, April 30, 2011. Tickets»

Chick-fil-A Leadercast - Friday, May 6, 2011. Register»

Prayers, reflectionschapel

"Out of the depths I cry to you, O Lord. Lord, hear my voice! O let your ears be attentive to the voice of my pleading." (Psalm 130: 1&2) "Our prayers matter."

Daniel Vande Streek, 17, son of men's basketball coach Kevin Vande Streek, was seriously injured in a car crash on April 5.  Please remember this family in your prayers.

Visit Dan's CarePage (search for: danielvs) to follow his progress and inform your prayers.

And as we approach Easter, we remember the Savior to whom we pray sits at God's almighty right hand. (Read Coop's Column.)

Travels with Calvin


The Calvin Alumni Travel trip, Paul's Missionary Journeys in Turkey and the Seven Churches of Revelation, has come to a successful end. See photos»

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).

Other news


BizPlan is a entrepreneurship competition in which students put together a business plan and compete for a grand prize of $1000. The fourth-annual bizPlan was held on Tuesday, March 29, and the grand prize went to Uptown Kitchen. Read more.

Calvin Theatre Company's spring production of Hamlet will mark the first staging of this Shakespeake tragedy on campus in more than 60 years. This play, featuring murder, suicide and a famous soliloquy delivered skull-in-hand, has a reputation for darkness. Calvin theater professor and production director Stephanie Sandberg has taken the show in a different direction. Her vision: “the concept of play.” Read more.



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