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Calvin-Wire: October 15, 2013

Calvin’s incoming class of 1,107 students is up 2.5 percent over last year and is its largest since 2007, marking the third consecutive year of growth for the college. Read the list of all countries represented, and other interesting facts and percentages about the current student body at Calvin.

See the gratitude inspired by #ThankYouDay by visiting the thank you board in the Spoelhof Fieldhouse if you are on campus (such as for Family on). See it anytime via social media at! Also, view the new Calvin photo gallery that features the work of student campus photographers capturing life at Calvin.

Homecoming & Family Weekend

Homecoming & Family Weekend 2013 is just a few days away—October 18 & 19!  We hope to welcome you (back) to campus. Here are a few highlights:

  • Reunions for the Classes of 1968, 1973, 1988, 2003*
  • President’s  Town Hall meeting with Dr. Michael Le Roy
  • River City Improv*
  • Calvin Music Festival*
  • Sports: men’s/women’s soccer, hockey and men’s lacrosse—C Club, the Calvin alumni network for varsity letter winners, will welcome you at the soccer games with a hospitality tent
  • Family activities at the Bunker Interpretive Center
  • A chance to use the pool, climbing wall and fitness center in the Spoelhof Fieldhouse Complex

There’s much more too!  See the weekend schedule to register/order tickets. 

*Tickets/registration required

Sports, wellness

Even if you don't have a son/daughter on a Calvin team, you may want to follow the Knights and receive the daily Calvin Sports Report (CSR), an e-mail bulletin for game summaries and statistics, top performances, honors and honorees, rankings and previews. Your e-mail address will be kept private for CSR use, only! Find out more and subscribe or manage your subscription here.

The sports information pages contain the latest sports news, plus any link for online viewing/listening to athletic contests throughout the year. You might also "Like" the Calvin Game Day Facebook page. The Game Day Staff is working to promote student attendance at all Calvin sporting events.

Calvin is one of only two colleges to make the list of Michigan's Best and Brightest in Wellness list due, in part, to state-of-the-art athletic facilities on campus.

Symphonic excellence

The Calvin Community Symphony, formerly the Calvin Alumni Orchestra, was founded by former student musicians in 1994. The group serves the community by sharing performances of classical orchestral literature as the the orchestra is made up of a variety of musicians that share a love of performing, and have an abiding respect for Calvin's educational mission and performing arts tradition.

Their next concert is Saturday, November 16, 2013, at 3 p.m. in the Covenant Fine Arts Center. They will be performing three works by Tchaikovsky. Find out more about the concert and the symphony.

Choral excellence

The Calvin College Alumni Choir, whose 46 members are all Calvin alumni, has been established to organize, promote, and sponsor a choir of the highest musical caliber. Past conductors of this choir include Anton Armstrong and Charles K. Smith. The choir's current conductor, Pearl Shangkuan, is well-known as a conductor and clinician all across the U.S. and Asia.

Their next concert is Sunday, November 10, 2013, at 3 p.m. in the Covenant Fine Arts Center. This concert, which kicks off their 37th year, will be: "Serenity," the music of Ola Gjeilo with guests Calvin Women's Chorale and Ola Gjeilo, composer/pianist. They also lead worship services throughout the year. Find out more about the choir and where/when they will be singing this year.

Did you know?

The Calvin Annual Fund helps to bridge the gap between the cost of a Calvin education and the tuition our students pay. When every alum and friend of Calvin gives just a little, together you are offering a lot to Calvin students--from financial aid to student life to high quality teaching. Plus, all of the support raised for the annual fund is spent within the fiscal year it is given--so current students will benefit from the gift you give today! Make your fall gift now at:

Town hall meetings

We mentioned President Le Roy's (first) Family Weekend Town Hall meeting on Saturday, October 19, at 10:30 a.m. Please also see this page for another special President Le Roy event coming up!

Who's your "one"?

ReCommend: We all know 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. Or click on the map to find the admissions counselor for your area!

Remember the dorms?

There are some interesting facts available about all the residence halls online. If you lived on campus, you might remember what they are, or would be interested to find out how they've changed. As for apartments on campus, there are many new traditions that are a part of life over at KE.

Read more about Living Legacies walls—dorm displays with names of donors to the Calvin Annual Fund, and how you can let us know where you lived.

Jubilee Fellows

Do you know about the Jubilee Fellows program which is designed to encourage students to explore vocational ministry in a church setting? Students can be interested in teaching, preaching, worship, children, youth, etc. Or they can be sensing a call to ministry, but are unsure of what that might look like for them. Read more about Jubilee in this story about Jubilee's summer internships: "Checking in on Jubilee."


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