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Calvin-Wire: May 1, 2011


Sharpie Day photo

Calvin senior Ethan Van Andel, a math and computer science major, was a top scorer in a prestigious international math competition.

Calvin seniors Alicia Sheppard and Alyson De Walle are studying in Perugia, Italy thanks to an award from Grand Rapids Sister Cities International.

Junior Theo Voss reports on what he learned at this year's etiquette dinner.

See photos from Sharpie Day, a drawing competition at the Campus Store with 1st-, 2nd-, and 3rd-place winners in five categories.



Paul Petersen, a 2001 Calvin College graduate, had the finest marathon performance of his running career Monday morning at the Boston Marathon. Petersen took 17th at the 2011 Boston Marathon with a career-best time of 2:17.35. Not only was Petersen the 17th individual finisher at the Boston Marathon, but he was also the third American finisher.

Members of Calvin’s cross country and track and field teams rely heavily on team spirit and encouragement in spite of being sports made up of many individual events.

The latest edition of Calvin Sports Report Live (on Vimeo) features a recap of the 2010-11 Calvin men’s basketball season. In the episode, host Luke Berlin interviews head coach Kevin Vande Streek and looks back on the recently completed year.



The Worship Institute annually awards grants to support worship renewal via grassroots, long-term learning in congregations. More than $400,000 will be given out this year to support a variety of worship renewal projects in 37 churches and organizations across North America. See the complete list of the most recent recipients and visit the Worship Institute on their Worship Renewal Facebook page.

A $189,000 grant from the Templeton foundation is funding an ambitious project on religious tolerance. Philosophy professor Kelly Clark has faced serious challenges while editing a book of essays he's compiling for the project.


native plants

On Saturday, May 7, the Bunker Interpretive Center in the Ecosystem Preserve will host the sixth-annual Native Plant Sale from 10 a.m.–12 p.m. All of the plant sale proceeds go to the Wetlands and Woodlands Summer Camps, which provide hands on experiences that connect children to the beauty of creation.

Recently, Calvin professor of biology Dave Warners, who organizes the sale, talked about the benefits of growing native plants.

What else is going on there?


The list of speakers is set for Willow Creek Association's "Global Leadership Summit" on August 11-12, 2011 and being a Calvin College alum has big benefits.  Calvin is partnering with the association to help you experience this transforming line-up of leadership LIVE from Willow Creek Community Church in South Barrington, Illinois.
As a Calvin alum you'll get:
    •    A dramatically discounted conference rate of $179* per person
    •    An opportunity to hear from and network with Christian leaders from around the world
    •    An invitation to attend a special off-site networking/social with Calvin alumni
Space is limited so register NOW for the August 11-12 conference at Type in promotional code CALVIN to receive the special discount. The conference will out sell out by June!  
For more information now, please contact the Calvin alumni office (, 616-526-6142).

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