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Calvin-Wire: September 15, 2013

President Le Roy is currently leading the college in the formation of a new strategic plan after last year's intense study and work among the faculty, staff and students. Read more about this from Spark and find out where he'll be this fall.

Also, read on for more about President Le Roy, who is pictured at right on Chaos Day. Remember Chaos Day? More on that below, too!


There are events being planned for alumni and friends of all ages and in all areas of the country. Find more information on the Calvin Alumni Association pages; new events are added often!

  • September 18: President Le Roy and Tigers
  • September 18–October 6: ArtPrize in Grand Rapids featuring many alumni artists
  • September 18–22: Chaplain Cooper in NY/NJ
  • September 19: Music Faculty Showcase for Heritage Class
  • September 24: President Le Roy in Holland
  • September 28: " Girl with the Pearl..."art event in Atlanta
  • September 28: River City Improv in SE Michigan
  • October 4: President Le Roy in D.C.
  • October 5: StreetFest in SE Michigan
  • October 18 & 19: Nursing Reunion
  • October 18–20: Homecoming & Family Weekend - Register now »
  • October 29: Calvin in Chicago Career Fair
  • November 15 & 16: GEO Reunion

Student news and stories

Last weekend, Rooks-Van Dellen took the Chaos Day title by two points! Schultze-Eldersveld, unable to defend their Chaos Day title, won the Cup of Perspective. See "Chaos Day 2013: Full Results" in Chimes, the official student newspaper of Calvin. Read and follow Chimes anytime!

Check the most recent stories on the News & Stories page, including the complete We Are Calvin series—stories of student summer internships like the one Grace Liao did in Taipei; and a variety of Faculty Profiles, like one featuring Marilyn and Jason Stansbury.

Study Exodus

The Exodus Campus Bible Study began last week. It's not too late to join in! Throughout the year, go to: to see L.O.F.T. worship and daily chapel service archives. There will be many Exodus-themed messages this year.

Spark, nursing

The current issue of Spark, the quarterly magazine for alumni and friends, is online now. Click around for extra content, including more poetry from "Being Brave, Being Faithful."

Also, with the Nursing Reunion coming up, you might be interested to read about "A San Quentin Success Story" which features a nursing alumni advocating for prison health care facilities, and an alumni profile about "Giving moms-to-be Information that empowers."


This summer, Calvin mourned the loss of music professor Bert Polman and English professor Bill Vande Kopple.This school year, the college remembers them.

The English department held a memorial service for Prof. Vande Kopple last week. Watch the archive of that service now, or click on the picture (at right). More from the English department below.

The music department will host a "Celebration Concert for Prof. Bert Polman" on April 5, 2014. More information about that is in the 2013-2014 concert brochure found on the music page. The Calvin Institute of Christian Worship has created a collection of some of Bert Polman's litanies and prayers, hymns and psalm versifications: "God, We Sing Your Glorious Praises: Hymns and Prayers for Devotional Use."

More Le Roy

Be sure to "Like" the President Michael Le Roy Facebook fan page to see what he's up to throughout the school year, or follow him on Twitter @MKLeRoy.

See his most recent newsletter, This Square Inch, about plugging into the rhythms of a new year.


Thinking about traveling with Alumni Travel? Many trips have been planned for 2014: Cuba, New England, Northern Europe, Pacific Northwest and Hungary.

Please join us for a travel expo on Thursday, September 26, 2013, from 6–7 p.m. in the Covenant Fine Arts Center Lobby, immediately preceding the Calvin Academy of Lifelong Learning Passport to Adventure travelogue.

English dept.

Check out a new blog from the English department by and for Calvin alumni: the postcalvin. With 28 regular contributing writers (plus guests) all under age 30, this blog provides a venue for our best student writers to continue writing "post diploma" and for all alumni to stay engaged in the world of thoughtful ideas. For daily updates, follow the blog through the free Calvin alumni phone app.

Festival of Faith & Writing is April 10–12, 2014, with Anne Lamott, Rachel Held Evans Miroslav Volf, Richard Foster and, of course, many more. Follow FIFW on Facebook and on Twitter @FFWgr for the latest news.

Just one...

What could happen if we each concentrated on just one high school senior and made that prospective student our own “come-to-Calvin” focus for the next nine months?

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. (There's a free t-shirt in it for you!)

Your first step?  Pick your "one" today!


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