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Saturday, October 18 - Bike and Brew

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Tuesday, September 9, 2014
Nationals baseball game

A group of young alumni are hanging out at Fairgrounds (1299 Half Street, SE) across the street from Nationals Stadium before the game---meet at the north entrance around 5:30 p.m. Recent grads, we want to see you there!

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Recent Events

Calvin Alumni and Friends Social Hour
April 30, 2014 ~ 6:30 p.m.

Senate Square Towers - Rooftop
201 I Street, NE; map

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SCHOLARSHIP CHALLENGE: We want to continue sending excellent DC/MD/VA students to Calvin. Recently, an alum challenged us to raise $2,500 for our scholarship fund and will match it, so we NEED you! If you give $25, it becomes $50! Won't you consider making a gift—in any amount—today? You may donate online now »

February 27, 2014 ~ 6:30 p.m.
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At The Hamilton

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Calvin students are in D.C. right now on a semester program?

Every year, alumni in our area chip in to help fund a scholarship for a D.C.-area student considering Calvin? Please consider making a donation today to help lower tuition costs for a student next year! Thank you.

October 5 & 6, 2013
President Le Roy to speak and answer YOUR questions

Calvin’s 10th president, Dr. Michael Le Roy, will be in your area Saturday–Sunday, October 5–6, 2013. This will be a great opportunity to get to know the new president, hear about his vision for Calvin College and participate in a conversation with him. Join us at one of the following events (RSVP for all to

Saturday, October 5 – Breakfast with the president in D.C.

Hosted by Calvin alumna Sharon Thompson '86 at The Hamilton (600 14th Street, NW) at 8:30 a.m., we'll be in the Atrium area. Come to meet and hear from the president and stay to purchase breakfast and continue the conversation and share your perspectives. Questions: e-mail Sharon at

Saturday, October 5 – Young alumni gathering in D.C.

Young alums, gather with us for dessert reception at the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities Student Commons (329 Eighth Street NE) at 7 p.m.  Dr. Le Roy will provide a college update and there will be a generous Q-and-A time. Questions: e-mail Sarah Berg '06 at

Sunday, October 6 – Lunch in Silver Spring, Md.

Dr. Le Roy and family will be worshipping at Silver Spring Christian Reformed Church (1501 Arcola Ave.) at 11 a.m. After the service, at 1 p.m., we've scheduled lunch, followed by a time for President Le Roy to give a college update and engage in dialogue with guests. Questions: e-mail Doug Bratt at

Sunday, October 6 – Coffee and conversation in Clifton, Va.

You are invited to the home of Calvin alumni Marv '60 and Bonnie '62 Kosters (13120 Cedar Ridge Dr.) at 6:30 p.m. to meet President Le Roy, hear about the college and ask questions. Questions: e-mail the alumni office at

*All the events are free and open to alumni and friends of Calvin! Check the DC Area Alumni Network for maps and links for each event. Again, please RSVP to so we can make correct hospitality arrangements.

"Images of the Prodigal Son" | September 13, 2013

"Images of the Prodigal Son," part of Calvin’s permanent art collection, is traveling to First Congregational United Church of Christ, 945 G Street NW [map*], and you are invited to the grand opening!

Dr. Larry Gerbens and his wife, Mary, started the art collection in the mid- 1990s. Inspired by the prodigal son parable, they continued to collect numerous original art works and writings on that theme. Their collection now has a permanent home on Calvin’s campus and is a living testament of the “art of forgiveness.” Dr. Gerbens, from Calvin’s advancement division, will talk about their extensive art collection which focuses on the prodigal son, and will be available for conversation after his talk.

Socializing Night | July 24, 2013

Join us at The Big Board on H Street!

»Toast to Calvin!

Make a $5 gift and you'll support 4,000 students---all for the cost of a Big Board pink grapefruit margarita. So, go ahead, raise your glass to the next generation and give your five today.

Jazz in the Garden | July 19, 2013

Join us for Jazz in the Garden.

Networking Night | February 27, 2013

It's February and it's cold—no better excuse needed to get together for a warm cup of coffee or a drink after work. Join other alumni, friends and Washington D.C. Semester Program students for a time to network and connect. We'll be at Paolo's Ristorante (1303 Wisconsin Ave. NW, Washington D.C.; map) on Wednesday, February 27, at 6:30 p.m. Come and go as you please; everyone covers his/her own bill.

February 20, 2013

Stephen Monsma '58, research fellow at Calvin's Paul Henry Institute, will be in D.C. on Wednesday, February 20, sitting on a panel with other leading Christian college professors to discuss "Evangelical approaches to domestic policy questions." Sponsored by the American Enterprise Institute and Hope College, the panel is part of a full day of programming that highlights recent findings about how values inform evangelical participation in policy debates. Find more information here.

February 16, 2013

Dr. Randal Jelks, a former Calvin history professor who now teaches at The University of Kansas, will give a presentation at the Busboys and Poets store at 14th and V in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday, November 27, 2012, at 8 p.m. His talk will be on his new book Benjamin Elijah Mays, Schoolmaster of the Movement: A Biography--a work that chronicles the life of the man Martin Luther King Jr. called his "spiritual and intellectual father." You can get more information on the talk here.

Dr. Jelks has been named the 2013 Faith and Learning Award recipient and will be honored on Calvin's campus at the annual Ambassadors Luncheon on Saturday, February 16, 2013.

April 11, 2012 | Networking event

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August 11, 2011 | Art Gallery Opening and Talk

Art professor Jennifer Steensma Hoag met us at the Corcoran Gallery of Art for the opening of Transient in Gallery 31. (Gallery 31 is the Corcoran’s exhibition space for the Corcoran College of Art + Design.) Professor Hoag has a video art piece, featuring her daughter, in the exhibit. She talked about that piece and about video as an art form.


In this photo (left to right): Sarah Berg '06, Rob Rooy '70 (Distinguished Alumni), Professor Jennifer Steensma Hoag '86, Pam Johnson '07.

According to Sarah Berg '06, "It was lovely to meet Prof. Steensma Hoag and see her work. What a great way to see the fruits of Calvin's talent and expertise on display! She should be very proud. The reception was very busy...we had a nice time with alumni. Afterward we went to Old Ebbit Grill for some crab cakes!"