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Calvin-Wire: March 1, 2012

Sports...women's basketball!

The Calvin women’s basketball team will host first and second round NCAA III Tournament games March 2 and 3. For the third straight year, junior Carissa Verkaik has been named the MIAA’s Most Valuable Player, a first! Read more about Carissa, women's basketball and the awards coming in.

Also, seven are named to the All-MIAA women's swimming & diving team as they clinch their eighth title in a row; four named to All-MIAA men’s swimming & diving team with Krafft named Most Valuable. And read a local news story about women's basketball offering a special tribute to young fan fighting cancer.

Men's and women's teams will be traveling for spring break. Baseball and softball will be in Tucson, Arizona; tennis will be in Orlando, Florida; and track and field will be stopping for a meet in Tennessee on the way to Alabama. Find out their exact schedules on each team's site on the sports pages.

Alumni and friends

There are several alumni and friends events coming up, including River City Improv in the Pacific Northwest (Mar. 8-10); Larry Gerbens hosting a luncheon in South Florida (Mar. 27); an Economics Alumni Conference (Apr. 13 & 14); the annual Calvin 5k Spring Classic (Apr. 28); and the 50-Year Class of 1962 Reunion (May 18 & 19).

Glenn Bulthuis '77 and Debra Perry '91 released their new CD Gloryland last night and the recording is now available for sale and preview here.

Be sure to watch your mailboxes for the latest Spark magazine for alumni and friends. Beginning with this issue, the redesigned Spark website will feature a new layout and web-exclusive content.

Spring break tours

Many student music ensembles will be on tour this spring. See the complete tour list, which includes the Orchestra to Florida during spring break (March 16-25), Women's Chorale to Indiana and Wisconsin (March 30-April 1), Gospel Choir to Chicago (April 20-22) and the Wind Ensemble to Hungary, Ukraine and Romania (May 21-June 4).

Details for service-learning trips are being finalized and many students will be part of a long tradition of work trips sponsored by the Service-Learning Center. See a complete list of the trips planned for Spring Break 2012. Last year students served in record numbers.

Travel information sessions

The Calvin Alumni Association's travel program is open to Calvin alumni and friends. Each trip is uniquely planned by a member of Calvin’s faculty, staff or alumni and will be an experience woven with education and faith. See the complete list on the Alumni Travel site. Please note that there are informational sessions coming up for the following trips:

  • "National Parks: American Southwest" (September 6–17, 2012)
  • "Pilgrimage to Israel: In the Light of Jesus" (March 11–22, 2013)

Also, "A Journey to South Africa" (November 2–17, 2012), has an early-booking deadline coming up. Complete information is found on the Alumni Travel site. Travel with us!

Campus happenings

This Friday the library will be closing early for the eighth-annual Library Disc Golf Tournament.

The Festival of Faith and Writing (April 19-21, 2012) has welcomed hundreds of speakers and thousands of attendees to campus since the biennial event began in 1990. Among the speakers featured at Festival 2012 are Marilynne Robinson, Shane Claiborne, Jonathan Safran Foer, Li-Young Lee, Gary Schmidt, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, and Craig Thompson. A manuscript submission program enables aspiring writers to upload one manuscript to a secure site that can be accessed by editors attending the Festival.

A Fellowship, a Fulbright and Faculty Lectureship

To understand the medieval Christian fascination with the Hebrew Bible, history professor Frans van Liere will study where Einstein studied thanks to a prestigious fellowship.

Fellow history professor Young Kim has won a Fulbright to study Epiphanius, a fourth-century bishop who wrote a book exposing 80 heresies of his time.

Read more about "Sixty nanometers wide, 200 million light-years long: Infecting classrooms and research labs with Bacteriophage."

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