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Calvin-Wire: December 15, 2011

News and stories from campus

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High school students can now round out their academic schedule with Calvin's online offerings in astronomy, computer science, history, and Latin.

Spark, the magazine for alumni and friends of Calvin, features articles about junior Fitah Rasendrahasina, a remarkable tenor from Madagascar, and more about Alvin Plantinga who has recently returned to teaching at Calvin.

Read about secondary education majors using games, music, art and other strategies to teach literacy in two local middle schools.

Calvin's computer science student organization spent a Saturday restoring computers for Christian school teachers in Managua.

For its recent concert, early music ensemble Collegium Musicum performed the work of a Renaissance great.

Also, the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship offers an Advent and Christmas resource guide.

Beat Hope Challenge and The Rivalry

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Calvin fans can now defeat Hope fans by participating in the new Beat Hope Challenge, a joint alumni giving initiative sponsored by the two schools. Read about the Beat Hope Challenge and remember to make your gift by December 31 to receive 2011 tax benefits.

The Calvin/Hope rivalry will again feature the immensely popular satellite game on February 11, 2012, which showcases the men's varsity game. For "The Game," Calvin and Hope fans gather at a designated viewing location, typically in a restaurant, and enthusiastically cheer on their team as if they were courtside. It's always a great game, so take the whole family to a site near you! If your area doesn't have a site, consider hosting. Contact us to find out more.

Thank you for your support of Calvin and the Knights!

Student travels

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The men's basketball team will be in the Pacific NW during Christmas break, December 29 & 30, 2011. Cheer them on if you will be there, too; the alumni office will be hosting receptions after their games. E-mail (616-526-6142) if you have more questions.  Thank you for supporting the Knights!

The Capella will be in Asia for interim and the tour includes performances in Hong Kong, China, Philippines and Singapore. This ensemble is the advanced mixed chorus from Calvin and its repertoire consists of outstanding motets, spirituals, folksongs, and art music. The Capella is directed by Dr. Joel Navarro. For more information regarding music tours, please contact Jason Reiffer (616-526-6432), music tours coordinator.

Alumni travel

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Calvin Alumni Travel is a new travel program from the Calvin Alumni Associationfor alumni and friends. Each trip will be uniquely planned by a member of Calvin’s faculty/staff or trusted alumna/alumnus and will be an experience woven with education and faith.

Consider the gift of travel for yourself or a loved one!  Explore Paul's Missionary Journeys in Greece, March 30-April 11, 2012, or A Journey to South Africa, November 2-17, 2012. Or save the date for a trip to Israel, March 11-22, 2013. More information is found on the alumni travel pages for all trips.

January Series about to begin

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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.

For details on the series, including presenter bios, remote webcast 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.


Online registration is open for the 2012 Worship Symposium, January 26-28, 2012. Attendees from around the globe will journey to campus for three days of reflection and renewal around issues of worship. This conference brings together a wide audience of pastors, worship leaders and planners, artists, musicians, scholars, students and other interested worshipers.

The Festival of Faith and Writing (FFW), April 19-21, 2012, is a celebration of religious writing. Online registration is open for $175 if you sign up before February 15, 2012. Consider giving a FFW registration as a gift! Contact for more information. Don't forget about scholarships (for recent alumni and students) and group discounts, too.

Here are several alumni and friends events coming up:

We wish you a blessed Advent and Christmas.  See you in 2012!


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