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Calvin-Wire: May 15, 2014

As students prepare for Commencement on May 24, seniors are reflecting on their time at Calvin and considering their (bright) futures.

Student Senate president David Kuenzi spoke with Chimes, as did senior Nicole Wilson (pictured). Rachel Hekman will graduate with the honors medal she's wanted since high school. Joseph Matheson (Chimes, Editor in Chief), opines about his "extremely tentative plans"—a job with Teach for America, an organization that puts bright young professionals into struggling schools.

See the results of a Calvin education and read profiles of alumni doing God's work around the world.

Faithfulness, generosity

Calvin College leaders are pleased to announce they’ve raised $25 million toward reducing the college’s long-term debt in just eight months. President Le Roy said that the faithfulness and generosity of the college’s supporters have ensured that the quality of the college’s mission will be sustained for future generations of Calvin students.

From the president's This Square Inch newsletter this month:

"At the end of their double header against Albion the Knights were “almost there” until Grant stole home. As our seniors draw near to graduation they too are almost there and just beginning at the same time. I regularly pray that a Calvin education challenges and supports our students to listen for the call, look for the cross and take up the towel and basin."

Teaching excellence

Calvin's mission is supported by excellent faculty.

Sponsor a Square Inch

160 square inches and counting.

Thanks to your help, we’re raising support for Calvin students through the Sponsor A Square Inch project, $10 at a time. To choose an area of campus to sponsor, head to to explore the campus map!


Student-athletes are completing their spring season but are still making headlines. Follow the Knights on

Many will be honored at the C Club Awards Knight tonight.

Also, see the Calvin baseball team Mother's Day photo taken over the weekend. You did click on the link above (from President Le Roy's newsletter) to watch a video of the dramatic win the Knights recently celebrated? Go Knights!

Celebrate "serving to learn..."

The Service-Learning Center is celebrating its 50th anniversary and would love for you to join!

From a casual meet-and-greet to a service-learning project to a fancy dinner, we will have it all! The celebration weekend will take place June 6 & 7, 2014. For more information and registration, check out the celebration website. This weekend is for anybody and everybody; invite a friend! Questions? Contact the Service-Learning Center (, 616-526-6455).

Read more: "A Faithful Presence in the Community" from Spark.

Events for all

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

President Le Roy will be in Iowa in June and Ohio in July. And he'll be hosting a telephone town hall meeting soon. Find out more information about the president's events online. Also, registrations for the Heritage reunion, June 20, are coming in steadily. And save the date for the 45th annual Calvin Golf Tournament on September 6. Proceeds go toward scholarships for Calvin first-year students.

Here's another Calvin Alumni Association event coming up...

Award to Dungey, Hoeksema

The Calvin Alumni Association is pleased to announced that H. William "Bill" Dungey '87, and Dr. Tom Hoeksema, special education professor emeritus, have been chosen to receive the Outstanding Service Award (posthumously) and  Faith & Learning Award, respectively. Find out more.

We invite you to join us for the Awards Luncheon during Commencement Weekend on Friday, May 23, at 12 p.m. at the Prince Conference Center to honor these ambassadors. Please register online ($12) by Monday, May 19.

The art of teaching

A partnership with a local elementary school is helping education students practice, in a real classroom, what they are learning in the Calvin classroom. This is one partnership of several that has roots in a grant awarded to Calvin math professor Jan Koop.  Read more about the elementary education program at Calvin.


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