Jan. 6 - 26: The January Series - today, Archbishop Elias Chacour
Interim 2010 is ending soon and second semester will begin next week Monday. Check out the collection of coverage on Calvin's 2010 interim, including interim classes, the January Series, student blogs and more. One account of note is On the Ground: thoughts from Cambodia, a blog from Calvin's senior writer, Myrna Anderson, who is accompanying the "Transforming Cambodia" group. They recently visited Choeung Ek Genocidal Center, one site of the Cambodian killing fields. Read more.
The Calvin/Hope rivalry is in its ninth decade of play, with Hope leading the series 88-86. This year's date for the immensely popular satellite game---the men's game that brings fans together at satellite viewing locations around the country, will be this Saturday, January 30, 2010. There are over 70 sites---one near you!
Economics professor Roland Hoksbergen talks about short-term aid and long-term redevelopment efforts in Haiti on the News & Stories pages from Calvin. Professor Hoksbergen has a PhD from the University of Notre Dame in economic development and was recently featured in the Faculty Profiles section of News & Stories.
The Festival of Faith & Writing (FFW) will take place at Calvin from April 15 to 17, 2010. Presenters will include Eugene Peterson, Mary Karr, Wally Lamb, Kate DiCamillo, Richard Rodriguez, Stephanie Kallos, Parker Palmer, Luci Shaw, and Stephen Carter, among many others. For a complete list of presenter and the schedule of events, visit the FFW site. The early registration rate of $165 is in effect until January 31; after that, the rate will be $180. (The student rate will remain at $80.) Online registration is available at http://ffwreg.calvin.edu/. Please feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if we can assist you with your registration in any way.
The Calvin Symposium on Worship will be held January 28 - 30, 2010, and is an annual worship conference on the campus of Calvin College & Calvin Theological Seminary. At this event, worshipers and worship leaders from around the world gather for a time of fellowship, worship, and learning together. Morning and evening worship services are held in Calvin's new Van Noord Arena (*please note this correction*) and are free and open to the public (no registration needed). Those worship services will feature "The Great Stories" of the Old Testament.
The Valentine Treat features a BPA free 24oz stainless steel maroon water bottle, imprinted with a gold Calvin logo, and filled with treats and a $5 certificate for use at Johhny's Cafe. The treat costs $25. The Valentine Treat is included in the Year of Treats. The order deadline is Tuesday, February 2 and this gift will be delivered to students on Wednesday, February 10. Remember that you can surprise your student with the popular "Pizza and a Movie" treat ($25), which can be ordered anytime and often! "Pizza and a Movie" features a certificate for a large two-topping pizza (delivery), a bag of popcorn, and a Blockbuster® gift card! For more information please visit the Student Treats site.
Congratulations to vanReken Hall and Gamma apartment---the buildings with the highest participation in the student phase of the ReCommend Calvin campaign! To thank them for their enthusiastic support of Calvin, residents of vanReken will enjoy an additional night of Open House; residents of Gamma will each receive a coupon for a free Qdoba burrito.
ReGathering 2010 on February 3 is our chance to meet as a community to begin the second semester. We welcome back students and faculty who have traveled and studied abroad and we ask God's blessing on the academic work of the semester ahead. Our speaker for ReGathering is Mike Mantel, director of Living Water International, Calvin alum and Calvin parent.
Mark your calendar for the Siblings Weekend on February 26-28, which provides your Calvin student an opportunity to share the Calvin experience with a younger sibling, cousin, family friend, etc. The cost is $22 per guest, which includes meals in the dining halls and admission to a number of fun activities and events planned for Siblings Weekend. For additional information, visit the Siblings Weekend site which is the only way to register and pay.
The Center Art Gallery at Calvin College is seeking submissions for the Alumni Ceramics Competition. Responses to this call for entries will be juried by Calvin professor of art Anna Greidanus. The accepted artwork will form an exhibition that will open during uKnight week 2010, February 8-13, 2010.
Held biennially, alumni exhibitions celebrate the work our alumni are creating and serve as a showcase for a particular medium that is taught in the art and art history department. This year the exhibition focuses on ceramics.
Parent Calendar page to keep track of important dates throughout the year, including:
Jan. 26: Interim ends 5 p.m. (Travel Advice)
Feb. 1: Miscellaneous charges payment due (1st of each month); first day of spring semester (classes begin at 8 a.m.)
Feb. 3: ReGathering: Opening Convocation (9:50-10:50 a.m.)
Feb. 5: Last day to add full and first-half semester courses
Feb. 26-28: Siblings Weekend
News & Stories from campus
News & Stories from campusCalvin professor of art Frank Speyers leads a brand-new offering this interim: "An Introduction to Plein Air Painting." Watch a short video on this hands-on course, one of more than 150 interim offerings from Calvin in January 2010.
Fresh off an engaging talk (listen to the audio of that address) at the 2010 January Series, Calvin professor of philosophy James K.A. Smith has been honored by Christianity Today for his recent book Desiring the Kingdom: Worship, Worldview, and Cultural Formation. His work was one of 12 selected as the best of the year, books that the magazine's judges said "best shed light on the people, events, and ideas that shape evangelical life, thought, and mission." Smith's book, published by Baker Academic, was honored in the theology/ethics category. "Smith," the judges said, "makes a compelling case for considering the role of desire in our spiritual formation efforts."
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