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Calvin-Wire: June 1, 2012

Commencement, awards

Another academic year has concluded. Relive all of the 2012 Commencement week activities in a two-minute video. See photos, too. You may also watch a powerful and emotional speech given by the student's choice for Professor of the Year, Scott Stehouwer, on Saturday, May 19, 2012, given to hundreds of 2012 graduates right before Commencement.

The highest award for men's and women's athletics, the Bere' Memorial Award and the Kay Tiemersma Athletic Award, has been awarded to Nick Kramer (Dyer, Ind.) and Rebecca Kamp (Palos Heights, Ill.), respectively. Nick recently captured the national title in 3,000-meter Steeplechase.

Student, faculty news

Emily Pope is the third student awarded a Fulbright this year, a record for Calvin. A graduating senior who studied philosophy, environmental studies and international development, Pope will live in Turkey,  teaching English while learning Turkish.

Okay for Now, a novel by English professor Gary Schmidt has won a Children's Choice Book Award.

A new interdisciplinary major equips students for careers and graduate study in public health.

Professor Carl Plantinga explores films such as True Grit from a philosophical perspective.

Byker farewell

Also concluding with this school year is Gaylen and Susan Byker's 17 years of service to Calvin. During his tenure, the college has re-envisioned its core curriculum, augmented its academic programs, expanded its campus across the East Beltline, renovated old facilities and constructed new ones, hosted a major art exhibition, welcomed the President of the United States as Commencement speaker, conducted a capital campaign, established six endowed chairs and eight centers and institutes, and greatly enhanced its global presence.

On the Bykers' last day on campus, Monday, June 25, all are invited to a farewell reception at 10 a.m. on the Commons Lawn. Contact with questions.

A video of "The Byker Farewell: God's Grace and Gratitude" evening is now available online. Faculty, staff and students also met over lunch to honor his retirement.

Alumni and friends

Join us on campus during summer to celebrate the Heritage Reunion for the class of 1961 and all classes prior.  

The travel program is open to Calvin alumni and any friends who wish to join the group. Each trip is an experience woven with education and faith. Find out more about upcoming trips.

Cincinnati area alumni and friends, gather at the Great American Ball Park on June 8 for a Reds vs. Tigers game. It's Fireworks Night, too!

You can already sign up for the 43rd Annual Golf Tournament which will be held on September 8.

Mark your calendar for reunions and family activities for
Homecoming & Family Weekend, October 19 & 20.

And don't forget about the Alumni Association
free mobile app. Scan the code now!

Summer at Calvin

There is still time to sign up for summer camps at Calvin! Is your child interested in music, sports, academics or nature? Register now!


The Calvin Academy for Lifelong Learning (CALL) is a Learning in Retirement Institute for retired and semi-retired persons (minimum age of 50) who live within commuting distance of Calvin. Each semester the CALL board plans courses for men and women who wish to learn from each other and from experts about subjects of intellectual and practical interests. The academy also sponsors the CALL Summer Program which is open to non-members and are often free of charge.

Find out more about CALL.


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