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Calvin-Wire: March 15, 2014

The men’s basketball team advanced to the NCAA III Tournament Round of 16 with a dramatic post-season run that included defeating Hope (for the first time this year) for the MIAA Championship; then defeated Washington University (nationally ranked #2!) and Wittenberg in the first round to advance. Calvin faced sixth-ranked Illinois Wesleyan on the Titans' home court in Bloomington, Ill., last night, Friday, March 14. Find out who won and if they play again tonight!

More sports stories and travels below. Read on...

Spring break

Spring break begins on March 22. Here are some student travels scheduled---support them if you are able:

  • The Wind Ensemble will be on a Midwest Tour to Ohio, Tennessee, Kentucky and Missouri.
  • Several sports teams will be traveling to warmer locations to train and compete.
  • Many students will be part of a long Service-Learning Center tradition of "trips that transform." Find out where they'll be serving this year.

President news, travels

President Le Roy regularly shares news and stories about the college in his "This Square Inch" e-newsletter. Read the latest issue in which he reflects on being retrieved from the ashes.

He will be traveling to the Elmhurst (Ill.) area on Friday, April 11. Find out more; alumni, families and friends are encouraged to attend! More...

Events for all...ages

We hope to see you (all alumni and friends, of all ages) at an event soon.

Check out the Wind Ensemble in Ohio, Tennessee, Kentucky and Missouri, March 22–28. See the Cubs/Sox play a Spring Training game at the new Cubs Park in Mesa, Ariz., on Thursday, March 27. Or talk French Impressionism with Prof. Luttikhuizen at the St. Louis Art Museum on Sunday, April 6. And now's the time to sign up for the Calvin 5k Spring Classic---to run, walk, handcycle or volunteer---Saturday, April 26! See complete event list.

There are also events all year long in the Grand Rapids area for young alumni, or Knights 4 Life; next up, Founders on April 14. The Heritage Class (alumni that have graduated over 50 years ago) will host Distinguished Alumni Ilga Svechs '58 for a lecture about helping the traumatized on April 9; the Heritage Reunion is June 20.

Sports stories

Junior Spanish major Daniel Stout spent his summer in Honduras, and he's currently traveling with the men's basketball team for the NCAA tournament!

Senior Nicole Michmerhuizen has received a NCAA Postgraduate scholarship, adding another prestigious honor to her long list of accomplishments as a student-athlete.

News, updates

The Prism, Calvin's yearbook, returns after a four year absence thanks to Junior Erin Smith and sophomore Erin Barents, yearbook co-editors, who are working to recreate the missing years.

The provost search committee has recommended Cheryl Brandsen, Calvin’s dean of social sciences and contextual disciplines, as the college's next provost.

Rangeela 2014 explores cultures and people behind the performances.

Soon, English professor Lew Klatt will begin his three-year term as poet laureate for the Grand Rapids area.

Festival events open

Want to experience some of the Festival of Faith and Writing, April 10–12, 2014, but missed the registration deadline? Several Festival events—including the keynote talks by Gene Luen Yang, James McBride, Anne Lamott, and Miroslav Volf—will be open to the public. (These talks are included in a Festival registration, and registered attendees do not need to purchase tickets.) For tickets, a complete list of all events that will be open to the public or more information about the speakers, visit Festival online. Questions? ffw@calvin.edu.

Topic archives

38,000+ joined the audience for January Series 2014 either on campus or at webcast sites. Almost all of the 15 days of this year's series, that featured a wide variety of topics—from education to economics, sports to outer space—are NOW available in video and audio archives!


The Calvin Energy Recovery Fund (CERF) is a revolving fund used to improve energy efficiency and reduce carbon dioxide emissions on campus. The energy savings from CERF projects are routed back into the fund for five years after project payoff—thereby growing the fund to support future projects. Find out more about CERF.


Many activities are photographed throughout the year by student photographers; be sure to check these sites often: social.calvin.edu and gallery.calvin.edu.


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