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Past Events

MBA@Calvin and K4L partner on a networking night for local alumni and Calvin seniors

Tuesday, May 7, 2013 - 6 p.m.

Calvin's (106) Gallery
106 S Division Ave. in Grand Rapids

Dozens of Calvin graduating seniors have been invited to this special event to become acquainted with local Calvin alumni and to be introduced to "the Calvin network." The seniors are nominated for leadership and achievement during their student days and we expect them to be young alums who will make a mark for Calvin and the Kingdom.

Leann ArkemaMBA@Calvin Breakfast & Networking Event
Tues., January 22, 2013
7:30-9 a.m.
Prince Conference Center

Emotional Health and the Gift of Laughter

Leann D. Arkema '85
President/CEO of Gilda's Club Grand Rapids and Gilda's LaughFest

Leann Arkema will share insights into her 14 years of work in the leading-edge field of emotional healthcare.

About Gilda's Club
Opened to the community in 2001, Gilda's Club supports children and adults and their families and friends that are on a cancer or grief journey. Gilda's Club Grand Rapids is currently the largest and busiest affiliate in a network of 52 affiliates across North America and reaches 10,000 people annually from 33 counties in Michigan.

About LaughFest
In 2011, with the investments of many partners and collaborators in West Michigan, Gilda's Club launched Gilda's LaughFest, celebrating laughter for the health of it. The Festival, now in its third year, draws over 55,000 people from 25 States and Canada to our region in March and has a $2,000,000 impact on business and the West Michigan economy. The message behind the Festival—valuing laughter as an important part of good emotional health—has caught on locally, regionally and is reaching a national audience as well.

Join us for an informative look behind the scenes at the nation's only festival of laughter and, importantly, how Gilda's Club Grand Rapids is helping to transform the landscape of healthcare in our community.

Interesting in sponsoring this event? Contact for details.

Mary Tuuk

MBA@Calvin Breakfast & Networking
Tuesday, September 11, 2012 | Mary Tuuk
Reflections on Returning to Grand Rapids

Mary Tuuk '86, president, Fifth Third - West Michigan, is back in Grand Rapids after spending 2003-2011 as a senior risk management professional at Fifth Third's Cincinnati headquarters. We'll hear about her professional journey as a Christian in banking and her observations about the financial climate of West Michigan as she gets started on her work here. What has changed in West Michigan in the last decade? What didn't? What's in store for us financially in the months ahead?

Tuesday, February 14, 2012
Breakfast and Networking Event
Speaker: Jim Zwiers '90, Senior Vice President and President–Outdoor Group, Wolverine Worldwide on "A Broader Definition of Innovation"

October 22, 2011
Business and Economics Alumni Reunion
Lunch and panel discussion with Niala Boodhoo '96, WBEZ business reporter, moderator; Jeremy Louters '03, Plante Moran; Ken Van Der Wende '77, BISSELL International; and Kirstin Wells '86, Federal Reserve on "Retooling the Rust Belt"

October 20, 2011
Business Careers Networking Reception hosted by the career development office

Tuesday, September 20, 2011
Breakfast & Networking Event
Panel Discussion: Rick DeVos '04 (Founder, ArtPrize), Mike Morin (Mentor Director, Momentum), and Kelly LeCoy '11 (5x5 Night Winner) on "Imagination and Innovation"

Wednesday, March 9, 2011
Breakfast and Networking Event
Speaker: David Hooker, President and CEO, Frederik Meijer Gardens on "An Unlikely Career Path: From Government to Business to the Arts"

Wednesday, January 26, 2011
Breakfast and Networking Event
Speaker: Congressman Vern Ehlers on " Business and Government Working Positively Together"

Wednesday, October 6, 2010
Business Careers Networking Reception
Speaker: Niala Boodhoo '96, Business journalist for Chicago Public Radio and the Changing Gears: Remaking the Manufacturing Belt project

Tuesday, November 16, 2010
Breakfast, Networking and Awards Event
Speaker: Mark Lemoine '93, System Director–Government Affairs, Spectrum Health, on "Health Care—Locally and Nationally—and Why it Matters"

Tuesday, April 20, 2010
Business Careers Networking Reception
Speed networking, hors d'oeuvres, open networking, and a "Surviving and Thriving in West Michigan" talk by Glenn Triezenberg, Calvin Director of Career Development

Wednesday, January 20, 2010
Breakfast and Networking Event
Speaker: Birgit Klohs, President, The Right Place, Inc. on "West Michigan Economic Overview"

Tuesday, September 29, 2009
MBA@Calvin joins Calvin Around Town at ArtPrize
Ladies Literary Club, (106) South Division and Monroe Community Church

Thursday, May 7, 2009
Networking at McFadden's in downtown Grand Rapids
Guest: Mayor George Heartwell

Tuesday, January 20, 2009
Breakfast and Networking Event
Speaker: Ken Van Der Wende '77, President and CEO, CMU Research Corp., on "My Story: Entrepreneurship, Leadership, and Mentoring"

Monday, November 17, 2008
Business Careers Dinner
Speaker: Phil Gardner (Director, Collegiate Employment Research Institute at MSU, and author and presenter, "Recruiting Trends" report) on trends in employment and recruiting

Monday, September 22, 2008
Breakfast & Networking Event
Featured speaker: John Spoelhof on persevering during tough economic times

Thursday, May 8, 2008
Breakfast & Networking Event
Featured speaker: Bing Goei, Eastern Floral, on "Diversity: God's Gift for a New Economy"

Tuesday, January 15, 2008
Breakfast & Networking Event
Featured speaker: Fred P. Keller, Cascade Engineering, on "Sustainability, Economic Development and Faith: They Do Relate"

Monday, October 29, 2007
Business Careers Dinner

Wednesday, May 23, 2007, 5:30 p.m.
MBA@Calvin Social Event
Dr. Grins at The B.O.B. (3rd floor)

Friday, January 19, 2007
Breakfast & Networking Event
Featured speaker: Calvin president Gaylen Byker on "Entrepreneur with a Passport"

Tuesday, September 19, 2006
Breakfast & Networking Event
Featured speakers: Jonathan Bradford '71 of ICCF (Inner City Christian Federation) & Sam Cummings '90 of Second Story Properties presenting "Building a Better Grand Rapids"

Wednesday, June 28, 2006
MBA@Calvin Social Event
Dr. Grins at The B.O.B. (3rd floor)

Wednesday, March 8, 2006
Business Careers Dinner
Speaker: Sid Jansma, Wolverine Oil & Gas

Friday, January 20, 2006
Breakfast & Networking Event
Speaker: Mary Vermeer Andringa, President and CEO, Vermeer Manufacturing Company on
How Faith Works in the Vermeer Family Business
(42minutes, Requires RealPlayer )

Tuesday, September 27, 2005
Breakfast & Networking Event
Speaker: Paul Gordon, Chairman, Gordon Food Service