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Calvin-Wire: November 1, 2011

Students in the news

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Nana Owusu-Achau is mid-way through a historic first semester as student body president, having first heard about Calvin while working as a college counselor at the American Embassy in his hometown of Accra, Ghana.

Students are helping with homework and hanging out with kids at Cook Library Center.

This summer nearly 90 science students researched everything from the human eye to herring gulls. And a senior accounting major held a summer internship at a company that aims to put private citizens in space.

Other headlines

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History professor Daniel Bays has written the first comprehensive history of Christianity in China since the most authoritative book on the subject was authored in 1929. Christianity made it to China a lot earlier than people once believed, said Bays.

Classics professor Umit Singh Dhuga adapted the classic Greek play Antigone and Michael Page, theater professor, is directing it.

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Worship institute

Are you familiar with the Calvin Institute for Christian Worship (CICW)?  Here is a trio of new resources from the CICW that might be of interest.

Using the Psalms in Worship -- "The Psalms are a font of inspiration, encouragement and instruction in the life of both public and private prayer. From Basil to Bonhoeffer to Bono, the enthusiasm that emanates from wise Christian writers of every historical period points to the Psalms as one of the richest sources of wisdom for the practice of worship."
 
Advent Resource Guide -- "The season of Advent, a season of waiting, is designed to cultivate our awareness of God’s actions, past, present and future. In Advent we hear the prophecies of the Messiah's coming as addressed to us: people who wait for the second coming."
 
New Coop's Column -- "Faith and doubt are not so much fixed, static nouns as constantly active verbs. The one swells as the other shrivels; the one becomes weaker as the other grows stronger ... Faith needs cultivating in order for assurance to grow and doubt to decline."
 
Also, online registration now is open for the 2012 Worship Symposium.

FFW 2011

The Festival of Faith and Writing (FFW), April 19-21, 2012, is a celebration of religious writing and Calvin brings together the different constituencies of this writing—authors, publishers, readers, and academics—for conversation. Past presenters at FFW have included John Updike, Katherine Paterson, Elie Wiesel, Maya Angelou, Frederick Buechner, Joyce Carol Oates, Philip Yancey, Salman Rushdie, Annie Dillard, and many others. Online registration is now open for $175 if you sign up before February 15, 2012.

Click for more information about scholarships (for recent alumni and students) and group discounts. Tell your friends and see you in April!

ReCommend Calvin

Encourage a prospective student to consider Calvin and be entered to win a FREE set of textbooks (up to $450) or student treats for your student! Alumni parents: Recommend and be entered to win one of three $50 campus store gift certificates. Tell high school students, other parents, guidance counselors and pastors your Calvin story, and let us know who you’re talking to. Register your conversations on this page by Dec. 9, and you’ll be entered in the drawing. Help us recruit students to the school you love. Recommend Calvin today!
 
Don’t know what to talk about? Find ideas here: www.calvin.edu/go/recommend

Alumni and friends notes

The Center Art Gallery is hosting a juried painting exhibition for alumni artists. Submissions are due December 1.

Have you heard about the Beat Hope Challenge yet?

Photos from Homecoming/Family Weekend are available in the Roving WebCam gallery (from student photographers) and the Alumni gallery (with class reunion photos). 

Here are several alumni and friends events coming up. All are invited--encouraged---to join us!

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