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Calvin-Wire: April 15, 2014

Top student news: Abigail Leistra is Calvin's 15th Goldwater Scholar since 2008—a number unmatched by any other liberal arts college over that span of time. The award is considered by most to be the highest national award given to undergraduates in science, mathematics and engineering.

Calvin is one of just 12 institutions nationwide to receive a 2014 Beckman Scholars Program award for colleges who are committed to quality undergraduate research.

Senior Dan Van Noord has developed sophisticated astronomy software after discovering a subdwarf B binary star last year.

Calvin doesn't only prepare students academically. Through the John M. Perkins Leadership Fellows Program, students who went to Jackson, Miss., during spring break focused on servant leadership and community development---learning from John Perkins, himself.


By now you have probably noticed Calvin's new website—a redesign of top-level pages. Find out more, or get help find anything at all, by going to the Redesign 2014 and FAQ pages. There's a Feedback option at the bottom of all new pages if you want to use that at any time. Alumni pages are now found under "Me" on the upper-left corner of the new homepage; those will be new-and-improved, soon! Stay tuned.


We hope to see you at an event soon! All are invited to alumni and friends events around the country all year long.

Now's the time to sign up for the Calvin 5k Spring Classic---to run, walk or volunteer---on April 26. Read more about Laurel Youngquist, a student running to combat human trafficking, or Pierre Camy, handcyclist, participating in our first-ever handcycle division.

Join a social hour in D.C. on April 30, Alumni Choir concerts on May 9 & 10, and baseball events around the country this summer, too!

If you want to hear more from the president, Dr. Le Roy will be part of a panel discussion on campus on April 24 to talk about today's diverse religious landscape.


Did you also notice the Calvin Knights are enjoying a new home(page)?

All-American senior Nicole Michmerhuizen has received a NCAA Postgraduate scholarship, adding another prestigious honor to her long list of accomplishments as a student-athlete. Catch up on all sports headlines.

Awards Knight

The Calvin C Club welcomes student-athletes, coaches and fans of the Knights to celebration of Calvin athletics on Thursday, May 15, at 7 p.m. There will be desserts and refreshments, trophy displays, a "Year in Review" video and the presentation of 13 student awards, culminating in the Tiemersma and Beré Awards for female and male athlete of the year. And, this year, C Club will be giving the inaugural Knight of Distinction Award to an alumni athlete. Don't miss this!

Registration for current Calvin student-athletes is available through their coaches, and registration for all others is available online now! Cost is just $10 ($5 for current students and C Club members; FREE for ages 17 & under). Find out more »

Prof podcast

History professor, former referee and athlete, Bruce Berglund interviews scholars and writers for his podcast, "New Books in Sports." In three years of doing the podcast, he has recorded conversations with historians, economists, political scientists, sociologists, philosophers and even a physicist who does research on sports.

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. Get more information online or contact Lori Feenstra (616-526-8425). This event is sponsored by the Calvin Center for Innovation in Business.


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.

Choral excellence

The Alumni Choir will be performing two concerts this spring that you won't want to miss if you live in, or are visiting, mid-Michigan or the West Michigan area on Friday and Saturday, May 9 & 10. Find out more about their spring concert, Time Stands Still.

Easter blessings

Since the good news of Easter can hardly be contained in a single day’s celebration, Easter is the first of fifty days of Eastertide, the “Great Fifty Days” that lead to Pentecost. This season is designed for extended celebration, for exploring the ramifications of Easter for the redemption of all creation, and for joyful Christian living. Read more from the Calvin Institute for Christian Worship.

There are no classes on Good Friday (April 18) or Easter Monday (April 21). Campus is closed on Good Friday but will be open on Easter Monday. We wish you a blessed Easter!


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