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Calvin-Wire: April 15, 2013

Since 2008, 14 Calvin students have been named Goldwater Scholars. During that six-year stretch, no other liberal arts college in the United States has had more than 11. For 2013, Calvin finds itself on a short list of colleges and universities that have three recognized scholars (plus a fourth receiving honorable mention status!), which includes the likes of Harvard, John Hopkins University and University of Michigan, to name a few.

Chemistry professor Carolyn Anderson, who serves as the college’s liaison with the Goldwater Foundation, was recently awarded a three-year $230, 000 research grant from The National Science Foundation. And thanks to two $200,000 grants, Calvin faculty are working with teachers from area schools to improve their teaching of writing and math.

Also, a new faculty member's documentary about the station wagon is up for an Emmy.

Student Service

A northwest emergency food center, Supper House, is just one place Calvin nurses are learning about healthcare. For years, Calvin student nurses have done practicum work in area neighborhoods.

Recently Calvin was named to the 2013 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, the highest federal recognition a college or university can receive for its commitment to volunteering, service-learning and civic engagement. This is Calvin’s second time being so honored. A few students were featured on a recent news broadcast: "Calvin College Students Pay It Forward."

Running for a reason!

Sign up now to run, walk or volunteer for the 23rd annual Calvin 5k Spring Classic presented by Aspen Investment Management Inc. on Saturday, April 27, 2013—a fun community event for all ages. Proceeds directly benefit student scholarships and help put the Calvin experience within reach for remarkable students.

C Club Awards Knight

In Calvin athletics, what was the best play of the year? Who were the male and female newcomers of the year? What was the most exceptional performance in an individual event? Come to the arena on May 8 to find out.

On Wednesday, May 8, at 7 p.m. in the Van Noord Arena, the Calvin C Club welcomes student-athletes, coaches and fans of the Knights to an evening of celebrating Calvin athletics. There will be desserts and refreshments, trophy displays, a "Year in Review" video and the presentation of 13 awards, culminating in the Tiemersma and Beré Awards for female and male athlete of the year.

Registration for current Calvin student-athletes is available through their coaches, and registration for all others is available online now! Cost is just $10 for guests (reduced to $5 for current students and C Club members). Business attire is desired.

Don't miss this historic first-ever night of Calvin athletic awards—RSVP by May 1! If you have event-related questions, please e-mail alumnievents@calvin.edu or call (616) 526-6507.

Read "This Square Inch" yet?

Here's a compelling excerpt from President Le Roy's most recent newsletter, "This Square Inch":

"As the chorale was rehearsing and preparing this song over the past several months, they could never have known the large and small ways that God would use their music for good, but this performance clearly changed the plight of many starving North Koreans." Read more »

More choral excellence

The Alumni Choir will be performing two concerts this spring that you won't want to miss if you live in, or are visiting, the west Michigan area.

  • Saturday, April 20: "A Year in Song"
  • Friday & Saturday, May 10 & 11: Beethoven's Missa Solemnis with the Grand Rapids Symphony and Chorus

CTC: Grains of Hope

Professor Stephanie L. Sandberg's ethnography, "Grains of Hope: Refugee Experiences in West Michigan," explores the various refugee communities of Grand Rapids through their own stories. Calvin Theatre Company students will be performing her play on campus as well as in multiple off-campus locations, now through May 9. Find out where and when!

Chick-fil-A Leadercast

Chick-fil-A Leadercast returns to Calvin on May 10, 2013, 8 a.m.–4:30 p.m. 

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 Condeleezza Rice, Mike Krzyzewski, Jack Welch, and Sanya Richards-Ross, addressing issues that most affect leaders today. For more information, contact Lori Feenstra (616-526-8425). This event is sponsored by the Calvin Center for Innovation in Business.



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