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Calvin-Wire: January 15, 2014

The January Series continues through January 28 with President Michael Le Roy speaking tomorrow; Jeremy Begbie, John M. Perkins, Bill Rasmussen, Jennifer Wiseman and many others are yet to speak. Don't miss any! For every day of the January Series you are able to either listen LIVE online or watch LIVE on campus or at remote sites around the country and world! All details available here: January Series 2014.

The Calvin/Hope Rivalry game was Saturday. Are you in any of the pictures?  Also this month, Interim 2014 continues; read the blogs and journals from Interim travels we've been following, and see pictures being posted: social.calvin.edu/CalvinInterim.

News: professors

Prof. Romanowski won Book of the Year for his most recent book, "Reforming Hollywood: How American Protestants Fought for Freedom at the Movies." Read about this book in the Spark magazine review.

Pennylyn Dykstra-Pruim recently received the prestigious Nelson Brooks Award for Excellence in the Teaching of Culture, a national award given to a teacher and author “whose work and writings changed the course of our profession.”

This semester marks the kickoff of a revamped accounting program, now with three available majors in the field. Professor Julie Voskuil talks about the new options for students and what makes accounting at Calvin unique.

News: students, grads

KJ Yoo developed an entrepreneurial spirit at Calvin. Now, the 2013 grad is taking his senior engineering design project, Übercaster, to market.

Calvin women’s soccer team has received the College Team Ethics and Sportsmanship Award from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America. Read about the post-season awards men's soccer player Travis Vegter is racking up. And catch up on all the post-season awards for the volleyball team—and coach.


There is still time to register for the Calvin Symposium on WorshipJanuary 30 through February 1, 2014, which brings together a wide audience of pastors, worship leaders and planners, artists, musicians, scholars, students and other interested worshipers every January. People come from around the world to gather for a time of fellowship, worship and learning together. Over 100 presenters and panelists will participate with 1,500 guests from 30-plus countries. Online registration will close on January 22.

Events for all

Alumni and friends gather all around the world for events throughout the year. See the complete list of all events around the country for alumni, friends and families on the Calvin Alumni Association page.

Next up, K4L young alumni events on and around campus, a concert of choral and organ music in the chapel featuring many Calvin alumni, and the River City Improv 20th Anniversary celebration. Mark your calendar for Quentin Schultze in Arizona on Feb. 20; Community Symphony concert on Mar. 9; and the 5k Spring Classic on Apr. 26.

Unique travel opportunities

Have you heard about travel options from the Calvin Alumni Association?

NOT just for alumni, Alumni Travel features unique trips planned to be an experience woven with education and faith, and led by an alum or faculty/staff member. Many exciting trips have spots still available. Please feel free to mention these trips to someone you think might be interested in going to Cuba, Northern Europe, Hungary and other exciting destinations, some in the lower 48!

FFW; the postcalvin

Make your plans now to attend the Festival of Faith and Writing, April 10–12, 2014! The Festival is a biennial celebration of religious writing, bringing together readers, writers and academics for conversation. Speakers include Anne Lamott, James McBride, Miroslav Volf, Pam Munoz Ryan, Gene Luen Yang, Rachel Held Evans, Richard Foster, G. Willow Wilson, Bret Lott, and many more. Pay just $185 now until Jan. 31, 2014; $200 thereafter. Also online, find out information about scholarships (for recent alumni) and group discounts. Questions? ffw@calvin.edu. We hope to see you in April!

Check out a new blog from the English department by and for Calvin alumni: the postcalvin. With 28 regular contributing writers (plus guests) all under age 30, this blog provides a venue for our best student writers to continue writing "post diploma" and for all alumni to stay engaged in the world of thoughtful ideas. For daily updates, follow the blog through the free Calvin alumni phone app.

Student-led conference

The ninth annual Faith and International Development Conference, "Cultivating Community: A Right to Belong," is February 6–8. The goal of this student-centered event is to create a space for sharing ideas and exploring passions among students and professionals from a wide range of backgrounds. Participation in the conference has grown to over 600 students, faculty leaders, and organization representatives. The planning and organizing of the conference is student-led, although essential support comes from other members of the Calvin community.

Waltman Lake option

Department meetings, sports camps, family reunions, dorm retreats, youth outings, weddings, wedding receptions, interim classes, leadership meetings...all of these events will happen at Calvin's Waltman Lake for 2014. Read more about Waltman Lake from Spark magazine.

Whether you are looking for a winter weekend, summer retreat or fall getaway, consider Waltman Lake. View the online availability calendar for this affordable option. Contact Matt Hoekzema (616-526-7673) for more information.


ReCommend: We all know 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.

Know one? See Admissions about visiting campus to give Calvin a test drive. Or click on the map to find the admissions counselor for your area!


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