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Two Calvin college professors have received awards for recently published books. Calvin professor of philosophy James K.A. Smith has been honored by Christianity Today for Desiring the Kingdom: Worship, Worldview, and Cultural Formation. Smith’s book was honored in the 2010 Book Awards theology/ethics category. Meanwhile, The Wednesday Wars, a book for young adults by English professor Gary Schmidt, will travel the world this year as part of an international library after being selected as the U.S. winner of the 2010 International Board on Books for Young People award, which honors books considered representative of the best in children’s literature from each country.

Calvin in Top 10 in Study Abroad, International Students

Calvin College is in the top 10 in the United States in two categories, according to the 2009 Open Doors report, a survey of both U.S. students who study abroad and international students who study in the U.S. The report, from the Institute of International Education, honored Calvin for offering numerous off-campus programs. The school had 606 students studying abroad in 2007-2008. Noting a record number of international students studying in the U.S., Calvin was highlighted for having 357 international students on campus during 2008-2009.

Roels Named NetVUE Coordinator

Shirley Roels, director of Calvin College’s Van Lunen Center, will coordinate a new initiative by the Council of Independent Colleges called NetVUE: the Network for Vocation in Undergraduate Education. NetVUE will encourage the theological exploration of vocation on college and university campuses across the continent. Along with regional gatherings, it will host a large national conference on the theological exploration of vocation in undergraduate education, a NetVUE website, and a mentoring and consulting service to match institutions with successful programs to institutions developing similar programs. Roels will work with an advisory panel as she provides part-time direction to NetVUE.

—Calvin College Communications

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