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Networks: Seven Service Areas: Events

To be considered "actively involved" in the programming function, a network (formerly chapter) must organize at least one activity per year, preferably one with a "Calvin focus" (i.e. Calvin prof or staff person is present).

Anything that appeals to alumni in your region or interest group is fair game—educational, social, athletic, musical or perhaps a combination of these. Some examples of alumni programs are:

· Calvin professors speaking on their area of expertise
· Calvin music group giving a concert
· Calvin athletic team game/match (with reception following)
· Viewing/study of a Calvin-related videotape or book
· Picnics/banquets/socials/potlucks
· Alumni business card swap/social
· Tour of museum (with Calvin prof or alumni expert as guide)
· Interesting local alum presenting a topic of interest
· The list can go on and on!

The Alumni Office regularly schedules professors, staff and music groups on tours (e.g. profs on January Interim tours or choirs during Spring break) and, on a rotating basis, your network region will be on the tour. This event may "count" as your chapter's programming activity; however, the network leaders don't get a choice of the time or event in this case. Planning your own event gives the network those privileges.

To schedule an event, network leaders start by simply contacting the Alumni Office at 616-526-6142 or e-mailing network@calvin.edu. If you are interested in a Calvin speaker, the Resource Guide to Speakers and Programs, available from the Alumni Office, is full of suggestions and ideas.