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Calvin-Parents E-Newsletter: May 7, 2013

Psychology professor Julie Yonker is the senior class' pick for Professor of the Year. Read more about why students love her!

For the first time since 2010, the Calvin men’s and women’s track and field teams both took first place on Friday, and in so doing, captured MIAA titles outright. The MIAA titles are the 11th and 12th of the 2012-13 academic year for Calvin, a new MIAA record.

Junior Nicole Michmerhuizen was recently named the Division III National Runner of the Week. She ran one of Division III’s all-time best 10,000 meter races in competition, powering to a 34:09.96 — the seventh-fastest time in division history. Read more about her historic performance.

Students recently enjoyed a sold-out Dance Guild show. Read the Chimes story and see Dance Guild 2013 pictures.


We mentioned Brenna Hannan in last week's Calvin-Parents. Read more about Brenna's story here: "A Mother's Vigil" (from Spark, the quarterly magazine for alumni and friends.) Visit Brenna's CarePage (CarePages name: BrennaHannan), and consider sending her parents a note of encouragement: Katrina and Tim Hannan, 5905 Tumbleweed Dr. SW, Grandville, MI 49418.

Calvin Annual Fund

You may have received an e-mail last week from Calvin student Grace Ruiter. Grace writes: "Hit hard by the recession, my dad had to close his business. As he struggled to find a new job, my family had to make some sacrifices financially. However, my parents still gave to Calvin. They believed Calvin’s work in God’s kingdom was worth supporting, even when the gift was not easy to make. Now that I’m a student at Calvin, my parents devote a lot of money to my education. Despite the added cost that brings, they continue to support Calvin’s mission through their charitable giving—maybe not as much as before, but as much as they can."

Will you give what you can to support Calvin students? Visit to join parents like Grace's in supporting the next generation of world-changers. Find out more online: Calvin Annual Fund.

Successful treats program!

Yesterday, over 360 Spring Exam Treats were prepared and delivered to students with personalized messages from home. Students receiving these treats will get an e-mail notifying them of a postcard in their dorm mailbox. This postcard can be redeemed with the deskie for their delicious goodies packed inside a Calvin laundry bag. Off-campus students have been be notified via e-mail of a central location on campus where they can pick up their treat. These treats are perishable; if you are able, please encourage your student(s) to pick up them up in a timely manner.

Thanks for your support of the Student Treat program!

This Square Inch

Another edition of This Square Inch, a newsletter from Calvin President Michael K. Le Roy, is available now. If you'd like to be subscribed to this newsletter, which will come out 10 times per year, go to this subscription page. Be sure to "Like" him on the President Michael Le Roy Facebook fan page to see what else he's up to or follow him on Twitter (click on the photo).

What is CALL?

Calvin Academy for Lifelong Learning (CALL) was established in 1996 as a partnership between Calvin and local seniors. Our program continues to grow, increasing from its original 230 participants to over 1,600 members today. CALL serves people who are 50 years of age and older, and offers a diverse program of classes, lectures and concerts, and day and overnight trips and activities to enrich its members on their lifelong spiritual, intellectual, cultural and social journeys.

Find out more about CALL. The academy also sponsors the CALL summer program which is open to non-members and are often free of charge.


Spring semester classes end this week Wednesday, May 8. Exams begin Friday, May 10, and continue through Wednesday, May 15.

We will have additional Commencement and Commencement weekend information in Calvin-Parents next week. If you do have questions now, you can visit the Commencement site, use the Commencement hotline numbers (800-560-6391; 616-526-8615) or e-mail

Parent Council

The Parent Council meets on campus twice annually during Family Weekend (October) and Siblings Weekend (February). This group keeps the conversation going between the college and parents, and act as admissions ambassadors. At meetings, they interact with the president/vice-presidents to discuss all manner of details—from academics to administration. Members are asked to serve for two years and provide their own transportation/lodging for meetings.

Interested? E-mail with information about you/your family and why you are interested. Or just e-mail us if you have more questions. We look forward to hearing from you!

Quick links | 616-526-6142 | Parent Council