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Calvin-Wire: February 15, 2014

The 31-member Calvin College Board of Trustees approved a strategic plan for Calvin at meetings held January 23–24. The plan will use the next five years to prepare the college for years to come and will meet the college’s objective of having all long-term debt funded by operating revenue by 2017.

Calvin President Michael Le Roy spoke about, "The Sustainability of Higher Education and the Future of Calvin College." You are now able to watch (or listen) to that presentation here. According to Dr. Le Roy, “I’m convinced that with the kinds of minds and capable people we have at Calvin that, together, we will discover some powerful ways forward.”

Alumni and friends

The Calvin Alumni Association is governed by a board of 24 alumni from all over the world. The members meet on campus three times a year (and currently in their February meetings) to represent alumni to college offices and develop services for alumni and friends. The Alumni Association's strategic plan for 2012-2017 continues to shape the way we reach out to Calvin alumni around the world (see the growing list of alumni networks).

Events for alumni, friends and families are planned all year long. See the complete list of all events around the country for alumni, friends and families on the Calvin Alumni Association page.

We hope to see alumni and friends from Indiana and Ohio/Tennessee/Kentucky/Missouri come out to support the Gospel Choir (March 6–9) and Wind Ensemble (March 22–28) as they tour those areas, respectively.

Sem Pond Jump, Airband

Students will celebrate uKnight Week, Calvin’s winter “spirit week,” February 8–15. The festivities include all things Calvin—including two of the longest-standing traditions at Calvin: The Sem Pond Jump and Airband! Complete details on K4L (Knights for Life student alumni association). Keep an eye out for photos online: and

And, the Calvin College's Facebook: 2014 Interim Photo Contest is complete.

Symphony celebration

The Calvin Community Symphony (formerly Calvin Alumni Orchestra) was founded in 1984 by former members of Calvin's student ensembles and is currently made up of a variety of Calvin alumni and musicians from the area who share a love of performing classical orchestral literature.

They will be performing a free concert, celebrating the symphony’s 20th anniversary, on Sunday, March 3, at 3 p.m., in Calvin’s Covenant Fine Arts Center, with a reception immediately following. This lively concert will include works by Rossini, Faure, Bizet and Respighi, and will conclude with Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue with Rich Ridenour on the piano. The Symphony is conducted by John Varineau, who is also the conductor of the Calvin Orchestra, Grand Rapids Symphony and Grand Rapids Youth Symphony.

What's the buzz?

Do you love Buzzfeed? We’ve taken on the Buzzfeed style to share 12 signs you might be a Calvin alum. Check them out »

Recommend ONE, Give FIVE

We ask all alumni to do these two things: Recommend One and Give Five

We're talking about encouraging a high school junior or senior who would benefit from Calvin's "heart and mind" education (the “One”) and making a small gift to Calvin to work toward 100% alumni participation, boosting Calvin's standings for select grants and college rankings (the “Five”).

Learn more about why these two things are so important »

In the news

Check out these recent stories:


"The Rivalry" game—Calvin vs. Hope men's basketball—may be over, but the story continues. Watch this new documentary that explains a little bit more about the rivalry that ESPN has called the fourth-greatest college basketball rivalry in the country.

The volleyball team recently celebrated their national championship, raising their banner and receiving their trophy.

Black History Month

In honor of Black History Month, the office of multicultural student development is honored to present lunches, lectures and various presentations with students, faculty, alumni and other special guests on campus all month long. See the full list of events.

One of the businesses that will be supported during the month is the alumni-owned Malamiah Juice Bar that was featured in the most recent Spark magazine for alumni and friends. The governor just paid them a visit, too!

FFW 2014

There is one month left to register for the Festival of Faith and Writing, April 10-12, 2014! Online registration is $200 until the March 14 deadline. The Festival is a biennial celebration of religious writing, bringing together readers, writers and academics for conversation. Speakers include Anne Lamott, James McBride, Miroslav Volf, Pam Munoz Ryan, Gene Luen Yang, Rachel Held Evans, Richard Foster, G. Willow Wilson, Bret Lott and many more.

Public tickets are also on sale now for the Festival’s evening keynote talks: James McBride on Thursday, April 10, and Anne Lamott on Friday, April 11. (A Festival registration includes these keynote talks!)

Scholarships are still available for recent alumni and current Calvin students; group discounts are available for six or more (deadline: March 3). Questions?

Leadercast 2014

Beyond You: Be a Leader Worth Following will be at Calvin on May 9, 2014. Leadership calls us to be more. It beckons us to look longer, wider, and larger—beyond ourselves. Mark your calendar for an energizing and educational one-day leadership event featuring world-renowned speakers including Andy Stanley, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, and Malcolm Gladwell addressing issues that most affect leaders today.

Conference fees of $95 include lunch, refreshments and conference materials. Group rates and discounts for non-profits are available. Take advantage of the early bird special and register by April 1 to receive $5 off per ticket. Get more information online or contact Lori Feenstra (616-526-8425). This event is sponsored by the Calvin Center for Innovation in Business.


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