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Calvin-Wire: July 15, 2013

Calvin mourns the recent loss of two professors. On July 1, music professor Bert Polman died following a lengthy battle with cancer. On July 3, English professor Bill Vande Kopple died unexpectedly, following a pancreatic cancer diagnosis just a week earlier.

Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints. ~Psalm 116:15

Dr. Le Roy in Seattle, events

Alumni, families and friends in the Seattle area are invited to attend a dessert reception on Thursday, August 1, to meet and talk with Calvin's 10th president, Dr. Michael K. Le Roy. Don't miss this chance to talk with him as he returns to the Pacific Northwest after moving to campus last summer.

You are invited to join us for The Pig Adventure at Fair Oaks Farms (Ind.) on Wednesday, August 7. This farm is a brand-new addition to the familiar agri-tourism destination---have you seen the billboards on the highway?---of Mooville and Dairy Adventure!

There are also events in Lynden (Wash.) and Chicago scheduled for this summer. And there is still time to register for the Calvin Golf Tournament which funds student scholarships---early registration ends TODAY! Visit the alumni association pages for more information.

Students in the news

This summer, Calvin students are busy—from working the Google HelpDesk in Seattle to engineering a bridge in Kenya. Read all the stories in the We Are Calvin series on News & Stories. The most recent are for Mercy Anguah (an intern for the mayor of Washington, D.C.), and Jake Anderson & Daniel Joo (Yosemite National Park adventurers).

A record number of 151 scholar-athletes were named to the MIAA Academic Honor Roll which recognizes scholar-athletes who achieve a minimum 3.5 grade-point average and earned a varsity letter. Also, a record 11 teams received the MIAA Team GPA Award, and four students received the Capital One Academic All-America honors!

Calvin, faculty in the news

Calvin is again touted as one of the country’s best and most interesting colleges in the 2014 edition of the Fiske Guide to Colleges. Calvin made the lists for small colleges and universities strong in business and in engineering, putting Calvin as the only college in Michigan on either of those lists.

There are several new faculty profiles on the News & Stories page, including this one about Calvin grad and sociology professor Elisha Marr. She chose to return because of the liberal arts culture at Calvin which she grew to appreciate after teaching at a large university.

Thank you!

For the first time, the Calvin Annual Fund was supported by more than $3 million in donations for one fiscal year. And it's all thanks to friends of the college like you. Did you miss the fiscal year end deadline? Support the Calvin students preparing to come to campus this fall--with as little as $5!

Visit calvin.edu/go/five to give today!

Bible study

For this year's campus-wide Bible study, we'll be using John Goldingay's, "Exodus and Leviticus for Everyone," along with study questions provided by the campus ministries office. Students will do a 10-week study, but other participants could use these materials on a different cycle. If you are interested in leading an Exodus study group in your church or community, e-mail parents@calvin.edu with your name and info about the group; the parent relations office is offering a free copy of Goldingay's book to the first 10 group leaders seriously exploring this option. More information for individual parents who want to study with us will be available later this summer.

Reunions, travel

Save the date for the Nurses Reunion to be held on October 18 & 19, 2013—during Homecoming & Family Weekend! Our keynote speaker will be Carolyn Wilson '83, president of the University of Minnesota Medical Center, Fairview.

Also, alumni of geography, geology and environmental studies are invited to a reunion on November 15 & 16, 2013.

Thinking about traveling with us for Alumni Travel? Please note the added dates for an Israel 2014 trip. Other trips being planned for 2014: Northern European Art Tour, Exploring Hungary and Its Reformed Heritage, and New England Saints.

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