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Calvin-Wire: May 15, 2012

Inspirational students, alumni

Marcia Beare has wanted to be a doctor for a long time. The first time she studied at Calvin, she followed the path society laid out for her because she lost her sight at age two. She's now back at Calvin, but this time she's pre-med.

Cheri Ackerman '11, a former Goldwater Scholar, seeks a balance as a Christian and a biochemist.

Senior Ryan DeVries will teach English in an ESL classroom in Taiwan funded by a Fulbright Scholarship. An interest in Asian culture first blossomed when he traveled to Japan with his grandfather during his sophomore year at Calvin.

Part of the homework in psychology 209 is creating the life histories of older adults. Through the assignment, students learn about older adults from something other than a textbook.

Byker farewell

The spring semester of 2012 will mark the completion of Gaylen and Susan Byker's 17 years of service to Calvin. There are many ways for the community to express our thanks. Faculty, staff and students met over lunch recently to honor the retirement of President Gaylen Byker. See photos.

"A Byker Farewell: God's Grace and Gratitude"
This public program of appreciation and thanks will be held Wednesday, May 16, at 8 p.m. in the Covenant Fine Arts Center. Some participants include Randall Bytwerk, Gary Schmidt and Richard Mouw; a special choral and instrumental work commissioned by the Alumni Association, Parable, will be performed and feature the Calvin Alumni Choir. A reception will be held immediately following.

Farewell Reception
On the Bykers' last day on campus, Monday, June 25, all are invited to a farewell reception at 10:00 a.m. on the Commons Lawn.

Contact bykerfarewell@calvin.edu with any questions.

Annual Fund...on Facebook!

We may be new to Facebook, but we're not new to the Calvin community. Don't forget to like the Calvin Annual Fund Facebook page for Etsy pages, viral videos & the best photography from Calvin alums. What creativity will you add to the annual fund's Facebook community?

"Like" us now at Facebook.com/CalvinAnnualFund.

More news and stories

Scott Stehouwer, a 34-year veteran of the psychology department, is the students' choice for Professor of the Year.

Senior engineering students showcased their final projects last week for the 28th-annual Senior Design Banquet and Projects Night, held Saturday, May 5, 2012. Read more and watch videos here.

Larry and Qin Herzberg's new book contains the proverbs of Chinese sages and everyday folk—and a few of spurious origin.

Doug Howard will be returning to Turkey this summer through a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to research and write.

Calvin Academy for Lifelong Learning

The Calvin Academy for Lifelong Learning (CALL) is a Learning in Retirement Institute for retired and semi-retired persons (minimum age of 50) who live within commuting distance of Calvin. Each semester the CALL board plans courses for men and women who wish to learn from each other and from experts about subjects of intellectual and practical interests. The academy also sponsors the CALL Summer Program which is open to non-members and are often free of charge.

Find out more about CALL.

Commencement: May 19, 2012

Commencement is this weekend. Dr. Cornelius Plantinga, Jr., is the speaker: "Whatever You Get—Get Wisdom." Watch the live broadcast beginning at 1:30 p.m. EST, May 19, 2012.

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