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Calvin-Wire: September 1, 2011

Another school year begins

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As we welcome back students to campus for the fall semester, see what a summer day in West Michigan can offer. If you are on campus,  there may be some areas that look different this year. Knollcrest Dining Hall got some exciting updates over the summer; all 11 apartment buildings in Knollcrest East have undergone a transformation and look great thanks to a hard-working physical plant staff.

Recently, some students were in Colorado learning to wrangle a horse as preparation to serve as leaders for this school year. They were part of the Leadership Challenge Institute at Snow Mountain Ranch.

Golfing for a great cause

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Calvin alumni and friends are warmly welcomed and invited to play in the 42nd annual Alumni Golf Tournament at beautiful Pilgrim's Run Golf Club in Pierson, Michigan (about 40 minutes north of campus). An award winning course, great fellowship, a scrumptious meal, prizes and a discussion about the potential of football at Calvin should appeal to anyone. Perhaps of greatest appeal is that all proceeds go to student scholarships at Calvin!

The deadline for registration is THIS Friday, September 2. Register now, or contact the alumni office if you have any questions: 616-526-6142,

Research, resources

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Biology professor Anding Shen landed a $300,000 grant from the National Institutes of Health to study the role of endothelial cells in HIV infection. Shen has been researching on the HIV latent reservoir since 1999.

A $200,000 Teacher Quality Grant allows Calvin's education department to enhance the teaching of reading in local schools. This is Calvin’s fourth such grant in recent years.

Did you know that Calvin has a seismograph that's been running for years? It is continually recording and displaying long-wave and short-wave seismic signals from all over the world, including the ones from last week's quake centered in Virginia (which you can link to from their page).

Psalms, devotional books

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Students, staff, faculty, alumni and church congregations are joining together in small groups to read and study Psalms. Let's see what God will do when our campus and community gather together to study his word, pray and love each other!  Psalms: Prayers of the Heart by Eugene Peterson is available at a discounted price at the campus store and all of our study guides are available online. See the Psalms page or the News & Stories feature for more information.

Edgar Boevé ’53 has already firmly established his status in Calvin history as the founding father of the Calvin art department. He has also just completed a series of eight stories that use fabric to illustrate the healing hands of Jesus. These are combined in a short volume titled Jesus as Healer, published by the Calvin Institute for Christian Worship, and include meditations by Timothy Brown, Cornelius Plantinga, Jr., Jack Roeda and Nicholas Wolterstorff.

You might also be interested in Strong and Courageous: Joshua’s Lessons for Athletes (and the Cheering Section) by Kevin Vande Streek, men's basketball coach, with Wally Bratt. You can order a copy online today.

Coop's Column

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See a new Coop's Column this week on the Holy Spirit as revealer. Writes Dale Cooper: "Christians boldly claim that God is the font of all knowledge, the foundation of certitude about the nature of reality. God’s Holy Spirit makes (all) knowledge possible—knowledge about God, about the world God made, about humanity, and about God’s grand campaign through Jesus to rescue a world sadly distressed and broken by sin. Christians declare that without the revealing activity of the Holy Spirit, humans can know nothing. Absolutely nothing."

Events here and there for all

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

Thank you for reading, or skimming, Calvin-Wire!


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