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Calvin-Parents E-Newsletter: September 4, 2012

Celebrate the start of the new school year by watching Convocation today, Tuesday, September 4, at 9:50 a.m.  President Le Roy will deliver his first Convocation address as the president of Calvin. He will be speaking about "Truth & Grace." You will find the broadcast link on the Convocation page or by going here:

Moving, serving

If you weren't here for move-in day, it was a busy day on campus for many. Along with faculty and staff, President Le Roy and his wife, Andrea, were volunteering as part of the We-Haul crew: "My cart I offer to you, promptly and sincerely."  See the local news video: "New Calvin College president helps students move in."

Moving in was followed by StreetFest, a service-learning opportunity for first-year student orientation, Quest. During StreetFest, students explore the call of doing God’s work in God’s world.

Dr. Le Roy has been busy participating in many of the events going on around campus lately! Be sure to "Like" him on the President Michael Le Roy Facebook fan page to see what he's up to. He'll be inaugurated in on.

Homecoming & Family Weekend

The inauguration of Dr. Michael Le Roy will be a highlight of Homecoming & Family Weekend 2012. Along with that ceremony on Saturday, October 20, there will be many events for the Calvin community---families, alumni, friends---all week long. See you soon!

Register now!

News & Stories

A new website from the Kuyers Institute puts the giving in math, the community in history and the wonder in flowers.

Calvin philosophy professor Lee Hardy hopes that his research on urban cycling in Copenhagen and Amsterdam leads to practical solutions in Grand Rapids. 

Nursing professor Joke Ayoola will work in three Calvin partner neighborhoods, increasing women's knowledge and self-efficacy about reproductive health.

Calvin's swim coach Dan Gelderloos realized a longtime dream this summer by completing an Ironman Triathlon.

A treat or two for your student(s)

Student Treats are a fun and easy way to let your student know that you're thinking of them! This year's lineup features new and updated items to send to your son or daughter. Online ordering is ready, so order now!

If you want to order a "Year of Treats" for your student(s), the deadline to order is September 12, 2012. With this package your student will receive all five Seasonal Treats (Pizza Treat, Apple Treat, Winter Exam Treat, Valentine Treat and Spring Exam Treat) plus a Birthday Treat!

Cokes and Clubs

Your student will learn more about getting connected to their Calvin community at Cokes and Clubs on September 6, from 5-7 p.m. on the Commons Lawn. There he or she can check out the many exciting things—from ultimate Frisbee and table games to Rubgy and Chimes—Calvin students can do to occupy their time outside the classroom. 

President's newsletter

This Square Inch, a newsletter with updates from Calvin President Michael K. Le Roy, is new and available online anytime. If you'd like to be subscribed to this newsletter, which will come out 10 times per year, go to this subscription page.

“There is a not a square inch of creation in the whole domain of our human existence over which Christ, who is sovereign over all, does not cry: ‘Mine!’” --Abraham Kuyper


The Faith & Worship pages give many resources for how, at Calvin, students can love God with their heart, soul, mind and strength. Daily Chapel, LOFT services and mentoring programs are just a few options for getting involved in the faith life of campus.

Also, find out more about the Sermon on the Mount Campus Bible Study that begins September 9.

Quick links

Here are some quick links from past issues of Calvin-Parents:


Recent Calvin graduate and student-athlete standout Rebecca Kamp has been named one of 30 women to be considered for the NCAA’s Woman of the Year Award.

Be sure to check back to the Sports pages often throughout the year or subscribe to the Calvin-Sports update.


What could happen if we each concentrated on just one high school senior and made that prospective student our own “come-to-Calvin” focus for the next nine months?

Every Calvin alumna, alumnus, parent, faculty and staff member and current student knows a high school senior who would benefit from Calvin’s “heart and mind” education. So, think about who your "one" could be and how you might connect with them this year to personally encourage them to consider Calvin. (There's a free t-shirt in it for you!)

Your first step?  Pick your "one" today!