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Calvin-Wire: March 15, 2012

Spring break, travels

This spring break, 13 groups of Calvin students are serving and learning everywhere from Kermit, West Virginia to Biloxi, Mississippi.

Baseball and softball will be in Arizona; tennis will be in Florida; and track and field will be stopping for a meet in Tennessee on the way to Alabama. Find out exact schedules here.

Many student music ensembles will be on tour this spring. See the 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).

In the news

Calvin earned “Full Partner” status from Partners from a Racism-Free Community.

Senior Emma DeVries taught Ethiopia's top geographers how to use global information systems software. Fellow senior Fitah Rasendrahasina will sing as Rodolpho in La Boheme. And Carissa Verkaik was named D3hoops.com Great Lakes Region Player of the Year.

A $200,000 grant from the National Science Foundation will allow faculty to build more research into the biology classroom.

Lent resources

During Lent, the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship offers a wide range of resources (devotions and meditations) in preparation for Easter. All year the institute has resources to guide thoughtful worship.

Also read Coop's Column: "The Radiant Preciousness of Jesus Series: Ears to Hear, Hearts to Obey."

Festival of Faith and Writing

As in years past, the Festival of Faith and Writing (April 19-21, 2012) will offer some hands-on writing workshops for attendees. These workshops are typically limited to fifteen individuals and do require pre-registration. Festival Circles are small groups that meet at least twice during the Festival (dinner on Thursday and lunch on Saturday) to discuss a topic of common interest. More information about workshops and the complete description list of Festival Circles (deadline to sign up is March 31) is available online.

5k, events, travel

The Calvin 5k Spring Classic (April 28, 2012) again offers a 5k run/walk, but there's the D&W School Challenge, Karen Muyskens Family Fun Run and the Striders Corporate Challenge. Find out how you might like to get involved!

There are several alumni and friends (and that includes parents/families) events coming up, including a luncheon in South Florida (Mar. 27), an Economics Alumni Conference (Apr. 13 & 14), a "Calvin Around Town" event at the Heart of the City in Grand Rapids (Apr. 19), the annual Calvin 5k Spring Classic on campus (Apr. 28), and the 50-Year Class of 1962 Reunion (May 18 & 19).

The Calvin Alumni Association's travel program is open to Calvin alumni and friends. See the complete list on the Alumni Travel site. Please note that there are informational sessions coming up for the American Southwest (September 6–17, 2012) and Israel (March 11–22, 2013) trips.

Have you checked out Spark yet?

Be sure to click around Spark magazine to read more about alumni and friends of Calvin. On the site, you can keep up with the latest alumni news, submit your own news, and go deeper into the stories with links and web-exclusive content.
 
An excerpt from an article about Alice Claerbaut '69: “I was raised in Pittsburgh in a home that was steeped in both jazz and classical music,” said Claerbaut. “Uncle Billy’s (Strayhorn) work with Duke Ellington exposed me to jazz, and my father was a jazz pianist, often serving as Uncle Billy’s rehearsal pianist during early musical projects. My mother was a lover of classical music, and I was also exposed to opera.”

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