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Calvin-Wire: February 15, 2013

Calvin professors are highly respected in global academic circles. Hundreds of patents carry their names and they've written textbooks that are widely-used. They use their expertise and Christian faith to guide classroom discussions. Computer science department chair Joel Adams is one of six professors in the world to be recognized as a 2012 Distinguished Educator by the Association for Computing Machinery.

During the three weeks of January interim, faculty and students travel down some exotic academic pathways on campus, across the nation and around the world. Here are blogs and video from a few of Calvin's off-campus interims.

February on campus

Rangeela, February 22 & 23, is the annual showcase organized by Calvin's international students celebrating various cultures through song, dance and skits. For tickets: Calvin Box Office (616-526-6282,

Siblings Weekend, February 22—24, is a weekend of fun for siblings, cousins, young friends, and other school-aged guests who come to visit a Calvin student! All meals are included in the registration, and a variety of events and opportunities are available. Register now!

In addition to Board of Trustees and Alumni Association Board meetings, the Parent Council meets later this month.

And the Calvin community is invited to four February events planned in celebration of Black History Month.

Alumni and friends

All alumni and friends are invited to events held around the country that are planned by regional alumni networks. To see all the events currently scheduled, check the alumni association page. Did you know the alumni association...

The association also supports groups like the Calvin Alumni Choir and the Calvin Community Symphony. Read on...


The Calvin Community Symphony (formerly Calvin Alumni Orchestra) was founded by former members of Calvin's student ensembles and is currently made up of a variety of musicians from the area who share a love of performing classical orchestral literature. They have a free concert scheduled for March 3 featuring works of John Rutter, R. Vaughan Williams and Gordon Jacob. Find out more about their concert and new conductor, John Varineau, who is also the new conductor of the Calvin Orchestra. He is a longtime conductor of the Grand Rapids Symphony and Grand Rapids Youth Symphony.

January Series archives

The 2013 January Series is now part of the series archives. Many of the presentations from this year—and other years, are available online. Start by going to the January Series page, browse for the speaker you'd like to hear, and click on the link. Many topics have been covered over the years! One of this year's speakers was Chap Clark, Fuller Theological Seminary, who spoke about faith formation in our children. The audio and video archive is found here for his presentation, "Sticky Faith."  Another one to try: Eric Metaxas who spoke about: "Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy."

Winter sports

Did you know that Calvin’s first-ever varsity lacrosse match took place recently? Also, in addition to basketball, and swimming and diving, Calvin has indoor track and field in the winter and recently hosted an invitational on campus in the Huizenga Tennis and Track Center. Read all sports news as we head into season-ending matchups.

Chick-fil-A Leadercast

Chick-fil-A Leadercast returns to Calvin on May 10, 2013: "Simply Lead: Strengthen your leadership by simplifying your life." Mark your calendar for an energizing and educational one-day leadership event featuring world-renowned speakers including Condoleezza Rice, Mike Krzyzewski, Jack Welch, and Sanya Richards-Ross, addressing issues that most affect leaders today.

Conference fees of $95 include lunch, refreshments and conference materials. Group rates and discounts for non-profits are available. Take advantage of the early bird special and register by April 1 to receive $5 off per ticket. For more information, contact Lori Feenstra (616-526-8425). This event is sponsored by the Calvin Center for Innovation in Business. Read on for more opportunities.

Young women in business

The Calvin Center for Innovation in Business is offering a unique learning experience for exceptional young women who are interested in networking, entrepreneurship and personal growth. The Calvin Young Women's Business Institute, which will take place July 17-19, 2013, is a selective, resume-building program open to young women who are entering their junior or senior year of high school. The institute is free to those who attend. Students need only to cover their personal expenses, including the cost of transportation to and from Calvin. Applications are due by Friday, May 31. Read more about women in business!


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