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Calvin-Wire: December 15, 2012

The season of Advent, a season of waiting, is designed to cultivate our awareness of God’s actions—past, present, and future. (From The Worship Sourcebook.) Find Advent resources on the Advent and Christmas Resource Guide from the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship. Also, this year's Messiah broadcast schedule is available, for radio stations and streaming sites, around the country.

We wish you a blessed holiday season that makes you fully aware of God's presence in your life.

January Series

The January Series is a nationally-acclaimed lecture series that takes place every year on Calvin's campus during the fifteen days of Calvin's interim term. This year's speakers promise to entertain and educate, as has been typical for 25 years the series has run. The series, which begins January 3, also hosts many remote webcast locations. Find out if there is one near you or listen online when available.


Senior Lizzie Kamp has been named Capital One Academic All-American of the Year; watch the video interview for more about her experience as a student athlete. Also, Calvin earns the top spot in Division III Learfield Director's Cup standings for athletics.

Each year, "service" auctions are held in the residence halls to support local non-profit organizations.

Through a partnership with a local online news source, student writers for Chimes gain more experience and a broader platform for their writing.


Professor of anthropology Mwenda Ntarangwi was honored with the Distinguished Leadership and Scholarship Award from the Association for Africanist Anthropology.
Mathematics professor Earl Fife uses digital tools to bust criminals for the Kent County Sheriff's Department.

Philosophy professor emeritus Alvin Plantinga was named a 2012 winner of a prize that honors the systematic study of philosophy. Read more about the legendary philosopher in the Spark article, "A Serious Love."


The quarterly magazine of Calvin's Alumni Association, Spark, is online now. Check out additional links for Dr. Le Roy's inauguration and inaugural week activities. There is supplemental content for all the stories you read in the magazine. For instance, you can listen to the sounds of a wolf pack howl similar to one that Rick Stronks '84 participates in as the chief naturalist at Algonquin Provincial Park. Know other notable alum? Submit a class note to us!

Please note: Prof. Romanowski will be talking about and signing his new book, "Reforming Hollywood," which is reviewed in this issue, at Schuler Books (Grand Rapids, Mich.) on January 10, 2013.

C Club

C Club, the Calvin alumni network for varsity letter winners, seeks to recognize former Calvin athletes, strengthen the Calvin athletic community, and support all current Calvin athletics. Are you interested? The next informational meeting is December 18, 9:30 a.m. Find out more or register now.

Sport travels

Be sure to cheer on the Knights as they travel! Add these dates to your calendar:

Women's basketball will be playing in a tournament at Colorado College on Dec. 28 and 29.

Men's basketball will be playing in a tournament in Elmhurst (Ill.) on Dec. 28 and 29. A pre-game event at 6:30 is open to all alumni and friends!

The swimming and diving team will be training in Florida Dec. 17–22 and swimming in the Coral Springs Classic while there. They will also be competing at the University of Chicago on Jan. 11 and 12; and at Notre Dame on Jan. 18.

Calvin men and women will also be competing in an indoor track and field meet at Olivet Nazarene (Ill.) Jan. 25 and 26.

Go give!

A student’s passion is priceless. This Christmas, give the gifts of teaching, housing and financial aid to a Calvin student. Visit to make your year-end gift today!

Calvin goes green!

Calvin’s Energy Recovery Fund (CERF) was recently awarded a $15,000 grant from the Verizon Foundation! The grant will support future energy-saving projects on campus. Potential projects include occupancy sensors in all campus bathrooms, lower-flow shower heads in the residence halls and more efficient lighting in the tennis and track center. All CERF projects include student input and hands-on learning. Submit your idea for the next CERF project!


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