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Calvin-Wire: September 15, 2012

A new school year has begun; a lot has happened since students returned to campus, such as StreetFest 2012. Read senior Kimberly Casto's reflections about working at Alternative Pathways, an adult foster care home.

Fall sports have begun. All headlines are found on the Sports pages or you may subscribe to the Calvin-Sports update to get them. Did you hear that recent Calvin (volleyball) graduate and student-athlete standout Rebecca Kamp has been named one of 30 women to be considered for the NCAA’s Woman of the Year Award? See the story about two teams strengthening their bodies and their bond through geocaching.

Get to know him...

President Le Roy and Andrea Le Roy as We-Haul helpers

Get to know Dr. Michael K. Le Roy a bit more before his inauguration (updated website!) as Calvin's 10th president. He and his wife, Andrea, were part of the We-Haul crew: "My cart I offer to you, promptly and sincerely." See We-Haul photos and the local news video : "New Calvin College president helps students move in."

The president has been busy participating in many other events, too. Be sure to "Like" him on the President Michael Le Roy Facebook fan page for more information. Read on for his (first-ever) Convocation address link.

This Square Inch, a newsletter from Dr. Le Roy, is available online. If you'd like to be subscribed to this newsletter, go to this subscription page. Why that name? “There is not a square inch of creation in the whole domain of our human existence over which Christ, who is sovereign over all, does not cry: ‘Mine!’” --Abraham Kuyper

Homecoming & Family Weekend


Mark your calendar for Homecoming and Family Weekend, October 19 & 20, 2012. There will be many activities, including class reunions, the inauguration, sporting events, lectures, tours, etc. See the full schedule and register now (click on the button at right)!

And be sure to include these events for Saturday morning (Oct. 20):

  • "The 2012 Election: States, Issues, Last Minute Surprises" with Doug Koopman, political science professor
  • "The January Series 2013: A Preview" with Kristi Potter, January Series director

Developing Christian Perspectives

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"Is civil discourse possible in today's politics?" See the alumni association site to find resources about civil political discourse, the subject of the most recent reading group co-funded by the association and the Calvin Center for Christian Scholarship. The group will be hosting a panel discussion on October 4, 2012, in the Commons Lecture Hall. These resource pages include videos about the group and video reflections about what gives them hope for the future of civil political discourse.

Online resources

Truth & Grace convocation address

Dr. Le Roy spoke about "Truth & Grace" for Convocation 2012 which you can now watch online here.

That archived event was recorded on Calvin's new video streaming service which will also include chapel services, athletic events, CALL classes, and more throughout the year. The new service supports iPhones, iPads, Android devices, Macs, PCs, etc. You can "follow" Calvin to be notified when live events begin. Check it out:

Campus Bible study

Sermon on the Mount: Campus Bible Study

The campus is again involved in a "group" Bible study, this fall on the Sermon on the Mount. Read the news story about this campus-wide study.

Also available on the Faith & Worship pages is the Praying with Calvin list that is periodically updated to help inform your prayers for the students, staff, faculty and administration of Calvin.

News & Stories

string summit

Chimes, Calvin's student newspaper, is updating content three times a week online.

Every year, Calvin hosts six days of rigorous instruction and performance for string performers of all ages.

A new resource from the Kuyers Institute puts the giving in math, the community in history and the wonder in flowers.

More News & Stories

Joke Ayoola

Calvin philosophy professor Lee Hardy hopes that his research on urban cycling in Copenhagen and Amsterdam leads to practical solutions in Grand Rapids. 

Nursing professor Joke Ayoola will work in three Calvin partner neighborhoods, increasing women's knowledge and self-efficacy about reproductive health.

Calvin's swim coach Dan Gelderloos realized a longtime dream this summer by completing an Ironman-length Triathlon.

Alumni and friends action

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Alumni networks will be participating in StreetFest International 2012 during the month of September, continuing the Calvin tradition of "serving to learn and learning to serve."

Calvin alumni, students faculty and staff are participating in ArtPrize 2012 that takes place in Grand Rapids, Mich., from September 19-October 7, 2012. More information about the International alumni ArtPrize event is found there, too.
See the complete list of alumni events and reunions coming up.

Spark online


Spark, the magazine for alumni and friends of Calvin, has recently hit mailboxes. Going along with every printed issue is the online version that contains links and web-exclusive content about the stories you've read. This issue contains many interesting alumni profiles: young missionaries, a long-time negotiator, a long-distance swimmer, a brand and city marketer, and many more. There are video links and additional information found all throughout the issue. Read Spark online now!

Who's your ONE?

ReCommend ONE

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. Think about who your "one" could be and how you might connect with them this year to personally encourage them to consider Calvin. (There's a free t-shirt in it for you!)

Your first step?  Pick your "one" today!

Please also note the travel schedules of the admissions counselors as they cover North America--and the world!


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