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Calvin-Wire: February 15, 2012

Prof. Louters: Presidential Award for Exemplary Teaching

He's a teacher, scholar, mentor and biochem pioneer who traffics in flaming soap bubbles. Find out more about Larry Louters who has been granted Calvin’s highest accolade as a faculty member: the Presidential Award for Exemplary Teaching.

He's been in the news lately for diabetes research and his Christmas chemistry camp. Read on to find out more about summer (chemistry) camps.


The Calvin community will celebrate Black History Month in February by learning about the freed slave who founded the Baptist Church in Liberia, the Tuskegee Airmen and soul food.

On February 24 and 25, Rangeela 2012, the annual showcase organized by Calvin's international students, will celebrate their cultures through song, dance, and skits. Tickets ($6) are available through the Calvin Box Office (

On campus

Starting today, four panels over four weeks will discuss the international, educational, justice and political angles of health care delivery. The series is called Health Care U.S.A: Is There a Cure? and it takes place Tuesdays, February 14, 21, 28 and March 6, at 3 p.m.

The Festival of Faith and Writing (April 19-21, 2012) registration is still only $175 if you sign up before February 15, 2012. There are scholarships available for recent alumni and students. A manuscript submission program, which begins February 15, will enable aspiring writers to upload one manuscript to a secure site that can be accessed by editors attending the Festival.

Camps, events

Calvin extends its commitment to faith and learning during the summer months by offering a variety of camps for children ages four–18. Visit to explore dozens of options for your camper.

There are several alumni and friends events coming up, including a Rangeela reception (Feb. 25), Gloryland CD Release Concert (Feb. 29), River City Improv in Pacific Northwest (Mar. 8-10), Economics Alumni Conference (Apr. 13 & 14), Calvin 5k Spring Classic (Apr. 28), 50-Year Class of 1962 Reunion (May 18 & 19).

And don't forget that tickets for the Gloryland CD release concert, featuring Glenn Bulthuis '77 and Debra Perry '91, are on sale now. Over 30 musicians and singers will fill the Covenant Fine Arts Center stage for a night of Gospel, Bluegrass, Calvin Rock and fun. Crazy, man!


Students who traveled the world and students who stayed on campus talk about the best and most surprising aspects of interim.

Read VERGE from Calvin's admissions and financial aid office to find out more about "Project Dormway," read interesting faculty profiles and student stories.
Check the Roving WebCam at any time to see what's going on with students on campus. To see videos from this past uKnight weekend's activities, (Cold Knight Club, the halftime spots for the Hope/Calvin game---Live Both and Be Both, and an amazing slam dunk from that game), go to Vimeo.


The 1991-92 national championship men's basketball team has reunited after 20 years. See the story and pictures. You can also watch the 1992 (YouTube) and 2001 (Vimeo) championship season videos.

Even though the latest Calvin/Hope rivalry game is in the books (see photos), you can still participate in the Beat Hope Challenge, a joint alumni giving initiative sponsored by Calvin and Hope, until February 29, 2012. Calvin is currently in the lead...but not by much!

From the alumni painting exhibition (open until February 18):

  • Best of Show: Stephen Clark ‘10 - Beulah Land, 2011
  • Honorable Mention: Meredith Donnelly ‘11 - this is what it feels like without you, 2011
  • People's Choice: Elaine Tolsma Harlow ‘92 - Tree of Life, 2010
  • People's Choice Runner Up: Jonathan Eiten ‘92 - Eggcrate with Cabinet Doors, 2011

You can also see the winning artwork in the next Spark magazine, which will be in your mailboxes in a few weeks, or view it on the redesigned Spark website, also available in early March.

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