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Calvin-Wire: August 15, 2014

The dorms may not be full of students, but there is always a lot happening on campus during the summer.

Chemistry professor Doug Vander Griend has been selected as a Henry Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar. Spanish professor Ed Miller has been creating an online archive for Afro-Argentine newspapers.

Students are studying and researching over the summer. Several recently showcased their projects (pictured, with Dr. Le Roy on the left). Many students are researching off campus, too...

We Are Calvin

Lauren Merz, a kinesiology major, is a research fellow at the University of Michigan.

Linnea Venhousen is spending her summer doing mission work in Thailand to help bring women out of prostitution.

Thuy-Nhi Nguyen is studying songbirds in northern Michigan as part of her biology major.

Best, interesting

In addition to being included in the Princeton Review’s “Best 379 Colleges,” Calvin is also touted as one of the country’s best and most interesting institutions in the 2015 edition of the Fiske Guide to Colleges. Calvin made the lists for small colleges and universities strong in business and also in engineering. Calvin is the only college in Michigan on either of those lists.

And, Money magazine ranks Calvin as the top private school in Michigan on its “The Best Colleges For Your Money” list, which is compiled based on educational quality, affordability and career outcomes. Read more.

Events, service

Calvin alumni and friends gather throughout the year; join us! Next up, President Le Roy will meet with young alumni in Seattle tonight. There's a send-off for Calvin students in the Cleveland area tomorrow. Alumni and friends in Colorado are participating in Service Days there from August 21–23 and September 11–13. And be sure to sign up for the September 6 Calvin Golf Tournament---golf for a great cause!

Do you get it?

The Calvin Alumni Association sends over 46,000 Sparkmagazines worldwide to alumni and friends. Through this "voluntary subscription" request, we ask you to support our efforts to strengthen the Calvin network---and get fun stuff. Find out more.

In memoriam

This summer, Calvin said goodbye to two professors who spent much of their career at Calvin: Dale Topp, professor of music, and Charles Young, professor of art history.

Study James

"Consider it pure joy..."

Calvin invites you to join them in the study of the book of James—with no homework, no final exam. Using George M. Stulac’s commentary, the entire college community will be walking through James in 10 weeks. All of the studies will be available by September 1, 2014, at

Contact for information.

Travel with us

Don't miss out on Calvin Travel trips coming up: Sweden and Norway, June 16–26, 2015, and South Africa, September 18–30, 2015.

This travel program is open to alumni and friends!


Every Calvin alumna, alumnus, parent, faculty and staff member and current student knows 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.


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