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Calvin-Parents E-Newsletter: June 19, 2012

Last week, the Christian Reformed Church of North America voted to ratify Michael K. Le Roy as the 10th president of Calvin College. He will be inaugurated on Saturday, October 20, 2012 during Homecoming and Family Weekend.

Le Roy and his wife, Andrea Nelson Le Roy, who were interviewed recently, have three children: son Dana and daughters Hannah and Astrid. His family was involved in his decision to consider a move to Calvin. He discusses the discernment process and mentions this latest "adventure" for their family in the interview he gave with Synod, the governing body of all churches in the Christian Reformed denomination.

Farewell to President Byker

As we praise God for Calvin's new president, we thank Him for Gaylen and Susan Byker's 17 years of service to Calvin, for which they were recently awarded the Spoelhof Lifetime Achievement Award. Be sure to read the online Spark story, "Generosity and Gratitude," with extra links and information about the Bykers. Watch a short video of highlights from "A Byker Farewell."

On the Bykers' last day on campus, Monday, June 25, all are invited to a farewell reception at 10 a.m. on the Commons Lawn. Contact with questions.

Newsletter welcome

We want to welcome new parents to the Calvin-Parents e-newsletter! Calvin-Parents keeps parents and families informed of news, events and helpful information from campus. It will be published less frequently over the summer, with weekly issues resuming late August. If you have questions or concerns during the summer, contact parent relations (616-526-6142; We're here all summer long. Stay tuned for Calvin-Parents to sport a brand-new look soon!

Additional parent resources are found on the parent website; those pages are continually updated, and the parents online calendar is currently being updated. If you have suggestions or can't find something, contact us.


PASSPORT is a day and a half summer program designed for new students and adult family members to learn about Calvin through activities and creative workshops that highlight the range of opportunities at Calvin.

PASSPORT I - July 2 (8:00am -11:00pm), July 3 (9:00am - 4:30pm)
PASSPORT II - July 19 (8:00am -11:00pm), July 20 (9:00am - 4:30pm)
PASSPORT III - July 30 (8:00am -11:00pm), July 31 (9:00am - 4:30pm)
PASSPORT IV - August 27 (8:00am-11:00pm) - August 29 (9:00am-12:00pm)

Contact the orientation staff with questions.


Awards continue to come in for Division III National Volleyball Player of the Year Rebecca Kamp as she was recently named the Sheila Wallace-Kovalchik Scholar Athlete.

For the 17th consecutive year, Calvin has posted a top 25 finish in the final NCAA III Learfield Sports Directors Cup standings. Calvin is one of only six schools in the country to finish in the top 25 every year that the competition has been held at the NCAA III level.

And there's
no slowing down for Calvin's Most Valuable Runner, Dan Kerr. During the cross country season, Kerr was named the MIAA’s Most Valuable Player and earned a spot on the All-MIAA team for the third straight year. Read more about how his season ended.


The Calvin Energy Recovery Fund has retrofitted North Hall with new lighting that will save the college thousands. After eight months of construction, Heritage Hall has come out of the shadows to claim space on the main floor of Hekman Library. And Calvin professors of German, French and Chinese discuss how foreign language pedagogy has changed and how to teach a language Christian-ly.

Alumni, friends and families

The travel program is open to Calvin alumni and any friends, including parents/families, who wish to join the group. Each trip is an experience woven with education and faith.

You can already sign up for the 43rd Annual Golf Tournament which will be held on September 8.

Mark your calendar for family activities and inauguration celebrations during
Homecoming & Family Weekend, October 19 & 20.

And don't forget about the Alumni Association
free mobile app. Scan the code now!

Influential teachers

Influential teachers:  We're looking for stories of Calvin alumni teachers who were influential in helping students discover or choose Calvin. Have a tip for us? E-mail to let us know about these teachers who encouraged your student to choose Calvin.