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Calvin-Wire: August 1, 2011

Summer research

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For 20 years, biology professor Keith Grasman has studied the effects of pollution on Herring Gulls, Black-Crowned Night Herons and Caspian Terns. By testing these birds, he provides the data needed to guide cleanup efforts and inform government agencies, like the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service which sponsors his work, of the magnitude of the problem. Read the full story »

Classics professor Jeff Winkle and sophomore Alex Westenbroek are researching an ancient Greek text about Solomon and magic. The work is funded by a McGregor Summer Research Fellowship that creates one-on-one professor-student collaboration for Christian scholarship and study. Read the full story »

Fun with computers and math

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At Calvin's Imaginary Worlds computer camps, local kids are learning the basics of computer programming by making video games. Calvin pioneered the Imaginary Worlds camps in 2003 to start preparing middle and high school students for an increasingly digital landscape. Read the full story »

Calvin math professor Jan Koop is using a $200,000 Michigan Department of Education grant to help area teachers understand and teach mathematics. When Koop partners with a school, she trains all of the teachers in a given school building. It’s an approach she hopes will foster a “community of learners” at each school. Read the full story »

The new CFAC

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Have you experienced the new Covenant Fine Arts Center (CFAC) yet? It has been restored to the "superlative performance venue and acoustic marvel" it was designed to be forty-five years ago.

In this five-minute tour, you will be able to check out areas of the CFAC that aren't typically seen, including the art storage and instrument storage rooms and the music library. You will also see several more familiar spaces which are now fully complete including both lobbies, the auditorium, art gallery and recital hall.

The Center Art Gallery is now housed in the CFAC; take a video tour.

Best in the Nation

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Sports information coordinator Jeff Febus and graphic designer Steve Barkema were awarded a "Best in the Nation" citation by the College Sports Information Directors of America for the post-season volleyball booklet they produced. The booklet (.pdf) was recognized in the CoSIDA's Special Event Program category and was also awarded "Best Cover."

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Travels with Calvin


Have you heard about Calvin Alumni Travel for alumni, friends and families? Each trip is uniquely planned by a member of Calvin’s faculty or staff or by trusted alumni and will be an experience woven with education and faith.

Trips planned for 2011 that are still open for more guests include: America's National Parks (Sept. 8-18, 2011), and China: Past and Present (Oct. 24-Nov. 7, 2011). There is also a trip planned for Greece in spring 2012. But don't delay. If you are interested at all, contact the alumni office today (616-526-6142;


Here are several alumni and friends events coming up. Join us!


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