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Calvin-Wire: December 1, 2011

Soccer finals, sports news

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Men's soccer is headed back to NCAA III Final Four in San Antonio on Friday, December 2. If you are in that area or have friends or family there, please encourage them to cheer on the Knights. Be sure to check the main Calvin sports page for a link to live coverage. From the team, Miles Colago was named Capital One Academic All-American, and Brad Heethuis and Nick Holtrop were honored by Collegesoccer360.com.

In other sports headlines:

And be sure to read 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 Calvin

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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 helps fund student scholarships. Sale highlights include 15% off all books (except textbooks) and selected items, complimentary gift bagging, giveaways, festive refreshments, and book signings with Gary Schmidt (10 a.m. - noon) and Kevin Vande Streek (1-2 p.m.).

Other Calvin celebrations of Christmas:
Dec. 2: Oratorio Society's Handel's Messiah with Calvin Orchestra, 8 p.m.
Dec. 3: Oratorio Society's Handel's Messiah with Calvin Orchestra, 8 p.m.
Dec. 4: Lessons & Carols with Campus Choir & Women's Chorale, 3 p.m. & 6 p.m.; LOFT worship with tree lighting, 8 p.m.
Dec. 5: Calvin & Aquinas Handbell Ensembles Christmas, 7:30 p.m.
Dec. 7: Messiah Sing-along with Calvin Orchestra, 10 a.m.; Symphonic Band Ensemble Series, 7:30 p.m.
Dec. 9: A Capella Christmas, 7:30 p.m.
Dec. 10: Sleigh Ride to Tinseltown with Wind Ensemble, 3 p.m.

Jubilee Fellows

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Fourteen Calvin juniors were selected to participate in the 2012 Jubilee Fellows Program. Read more about them.

The Jubilee Fellows Program is designed for twelve promising students who are strongly inclined toward spiritual leadership and Christian ministry, and it aims to foster the next generation of church leaders. Students sometimes have a sense that God is calling them to ministry, others may have a strong sense that God is calling them to continue their studies in seminary, or pursue church ministry. In either case, the Jubilee Fellows program seeks to help these students explore their vocational calling through interdisciplinary learning, mentoring, and ministry experience.

Read more about what a Jubilee Fellow does or watch the video about the Jubilee Fellows Program.

Study abroad

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Calvin ranks second nationally among baccalaureate institutions for the total number of students who study abroad.

And Calvin ranks fifth in the baccalaureate category for the total number of international students studying on campus.  Read more.

Update, photos

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Two years ago on November 17, Brenna Hannan, a first-year student from Ohio, collapsed from a brain aneurysm and remains in assisted care in Grand Rapids. Please continue to support Brenna and her family through prayer. Consider writing her family a note or visit them on Care Pages. Read "A mother's vigil" for more about Brenna's story.

Any time of the year you can view photos from campus activities on the Roving WebCam photo gallery site. The most recent galleries include the Dance Guild: Footloose event and Wikki Stix competition at the Campus Store.

Beat Hope

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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.

Don't forget, we'll waive the $35 application fee if a student applies before midnight on December 5.

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