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Calvin-Wire: October 15, 2012

It's a big week on campus! It's Inauguration Week and Homecoming and Family Weekend. We hope to welcome you (back) to campus. Here are a few highlights:

  • Reunions for the Classes of 1967, 1972, 1987 and 2002*
  • River City Improv*
  • Calvin Music Festival*
  • Inauguration of Dr. Michael K. Le Roy
  • Sports: MIAA swim relays, men’s soccer vs. Hope, women's soccer vs. St. Mary's, alumni lacrosse, hockey
  • Family activities at the Bunker Interpretive Center
  • "The January Series 2013: A Preview"
  • "The 2012 Election: States, Issues, Last Minute Surprises"
  • Climbing wall and fitness center access for alumni**
  • Center Art Gallery, Rare Book Room, campus store and observatory open hours
  • LOFT worship service

See the weekend schedule and register/order tickets here: And if you can’t make it to campus, the inauguration and LOFT service will be broadcast online:

*Tickets/registration required
**Reservations recommended/passes needed

Calvin in 24 on 10.12.12

Did you see the Calvin in 24 Facebook page from Friday, October 12, 2012, as the day unfolded online, through photographs, from Calvin students, faculty and staff. See what was shared this year for Calvin in 24.

Choral excellence

The Calvin College Alumni Choir, whose 49 members are all Calvin alumni, has been established to organize, promote, and sponsor a choir of the highest musical caliber. Past conductors of this choir include Anton Armstrong and Charles K. Smith. The choir's current conductor, Pearl Shangkuan, is well-known as a conductor and clinician all across the U.S. and Asia.

The choir kicks off their 36th year with the "Celebrate Life" concert. They also lead worship services throughout the year. Find out more about them and where/when they'll be singing this year.

Stories, news

Computer science professors Victor Norman and Joel Adams spend their free time teaching computer programming to middle and high school students, thanks to a grant from the John and Judy Family Spoelhof Institute for Christian Leadership in Business.

Gluing together model airplanes as a child, engineering graduate Ben Beezhold '12 had no idea that his future held working on one of the world's truly “model” airplanes, Boeing's award-winning 787 Dreamliner.

Ben Kreisman is Calvin's new audiologist.  He will serve the community through a new audiology lab, but his path to Calvin is not the typical one.

Art professor Jo-Ann VanReeuwyk has been recognized as the 2013 Michigan Art Education Association Higher Ed Teacher of the Year.

Chicago Job Fair

On Wednesday, October 24, 2012, Calvin is sponsoring the inaugural Chicago Job Fair for students and young alumni. There they will network with each other and discuss employment and internship opportunities. Those interested have until October 17 to register online ($25) but be sure to read more about where we'll be and what we'll be doing.

The Calvin Network of Chicago will be hosting a pizza dinner for students (80+ are already signed up!) and local alumni on Wednesday, October 24, from 5:30-6:30 p.m. at the University Club. The dinner is just $5 (and is included in the $25 registration for those attending the mid-day portion of the event).

Stay connected...

...with Calvin via the Social Directory (for what's happening right now). Also:

Sports report

Follow the Knights from your inbox with the daily Calvin Sports Report (CSR), an e-mail bulletin for game summaries and statistics, top performances, honors and honorees, rankings and previews. Your e-mail address will be kept private for CSR use, only. Find out more and subscribe or manage your subscription here.

You might also "Like" the Calvin Game Day Facebook page. The Game Day Staff is working to promote student attendance at all Calvin sporting events. And it's working!

Worship resources

Among several new resources added to the Worship Institute website recently is a Sermon on the Mount resource guide, particularly of interest to those doing the current all-campus Bible study. We also have added a resource guide for Thanksgiving worship for those of you involved in worship planning at church.

We hope these resources might be of some benefit to you and also perhaps to those you know.
-from the Worship Institute (Twitter | Facebook)


"Is civil discourse possible in today's politics?" See the site about civil political discourse (what?!) to find resources and video reflections from alumni and faculty "experts" that relate to the upcoming elections, what gives them hope, etc.

Who's your one?

What could happen if we each concentrated on just one high school senior and made that prospective student our own “come-to-Calvin” focus for the next nine months?

Every Calvin alumna, alumnus, parent, faculty and staff member and current student knows a high school senior who would benefit from Calvin’s “heart and mind” education. So, think about who your "one" could be and how you might connect with them this year to personally encourage them to consider Calvin. (There's a free t-shirt in it for you!)

Your first step? Pick your "one" today!

And did you know...?

This year's incoming class has the strongest academic credentials of any class in the college’s recent history. This year’s class has an average GPA of 3.67, ACT and SAT scores of 26.6 and 1204 respectively, and features 23 National Merit Scholars. Including these 23 incoming students, there are now 73 National Merit Scholars in the student body.



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