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Calvin-Wire: November 15, 2011

Fall, winter sports action

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There was a lot of Calvin action taking place around the Midwest this weekend.  Here are the top headlines so you can catch up:

As always, stay caught up on all the sports headlines and link to online stats and live coverage from many competitions. Also, a News & Stories feature this week is about the All-American Wall, the wall in the Van Noord Arena with images of Calvin's All-American athletes from every era.

Christmas at the Campus Store

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Come to Christmas at the Campus Store on Saturday, December 3, 2011, from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., This annual sale, organized by the Grand Rapids Network of the Calvin Alumni Association, helps fund scholarships for local Calvin-bound high school seniors who demonstrate outstanding Christian character and service. Since 1991, this group has funded nearly $300,000 from local alumni to over 165 students.

Sale highlights include complimentary gift bagging; 15% off all books (except textbooks), Christmas ornaments, sweatshirts, scarves and winter hats; giveaways; festive refreshments; and book signings with Gary Schmidt (10 a.m. - noon) and Kevin Vande Streek (1-2 p.m.).

English professors Schmidt, Klatt making headlines

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Gary Schmidt wasn’t home on October 12 when the National Book Association called. He had to call them back. His latest young adult novel, Okay for Now, could win top honors from them.

In a 20-year career of writing for young adults, Schmidt has received numerous honors, including two John Newberry Honor Awards. Schmidt will attend the National Book Awards ceremony tomorrow in New York.

English professor Lew Klatt is also in the news. Klatt’s poem “Andrew Wyeth, Painter, Dies at 91” was chosen by Motionpoems, an initiative that turns contemporary poems into short films for big-screen and online distribution. Lew Klatt was the winner of the 2010 Iowa Poetry Prize.

The latest news

Beat Hope Go Give

The event is Elevator Pitch. The concept is to present a business idea in the amount of time it would take to ride an elevator. The winner takes home a check for $1,000.  Read more about the contest and the winners.

The fall installment of Critters and Company brings children and their caregivers outside to foster a lifestyle of connection with the natural world.

Students taking the new "Business as Mission" will spend two weeks working in businesses in Hyderabad, India. And they'll see the Taj Mahal.

Calvin fans can now defeat Hope fans by giving more, thanks to a new challenge from the Calvin Annual Fund. Read about the Beat Hope Challenge.

January Series 2012

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Coming this January for the 25th year, Calvin presents January Series 2012—the award-winning, free liberal arts education delivered in 15 weekday, lunchtime lectures.

Thousands will gather on the Calvin campus to hear pioneers in their fields speak on topics ranging from the sociological effects of technology, the future of Christianity, the power of social justice movements, the Arab spring and the question of democracy in the Middle East, the state of public education in America  and much more. Thousands more will join the conversation by watching a live feed at 34 remote webcast sites across the continent or by listening online.

For details on the series, including presenter bios, remote site locations, online listening instructions, archived presentations and more, see January Series 2012. Also keep track of what the presenters are up to on the January Series Facebook page.

Recommend Calvin, online programs

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Encourage a prospective student to consider Calvin and be entered to win great prizes! 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.


Did you know that Calvin is now offering a convenient way for highly-motivated high school students to earn college credit now. Through Calvin Online, students can take courses taught by skilled Christian professors who integrate faith with subjects like history, astronomy, Latin and computer science. Take advantage of this opportunity to be challenged by a Calvin education from your home or school computer. Find out more about Calvin College Online.

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