When beautiful words blossom into beautiful landscapes
When faculty and staff at Calvin University realized they lived, worked, and worshipped in one of the most contaminated watersheds in the state, they started working to restore it. Now 12 years in, the momentum is shifting.
October 09, 2020 | Matt Kucinski
The January Series moves into living rooms in 2021
Conversations about the future of the Supreme Court, climate change, global trade, civil discourse, racial tensions, and economic uncertainty, will all happen at Calvin University’s 2021January Series. And access to the award-winning lecture series will be easier than ever.
October 07, 2020 | Matt Kucinski
Cultivating mental wellness during a pandemic
Irene Kraegel, director of the Center for Counseling and Wellness at Calvin University, digs into the pandemic's impact on our mental health and shares best practices that can help us navigate this season.
September 25, 2020 | Matt Kucinski
Calvin University moves up in U.S. News categories
In U.S. News & World Report's 2021 Best Colleges Guidebook, Calvin gained some ground in some U.S. News categories and maintained the school's overall ranking of #3 in the Midwest Regional Universities category.
September 14, 2020 | Matt Kucinski
Study shows your media habits are linked to your voter participation
Professor Jesse Holcomb and two recent Calvin University alums published a report that explores non-voters' news diets and the role that the media plays in their decision of whether or not to cast a ballot.
September 09, 2020 | Matt Kucinski
How Calvin University made a safe return to campus for fall 2020
On Tuesday, September 1, Calvin University classes were back in session, and in-person for the first time since mid-March. The return was months in the making.
September 02, 2020 | Matt Kucinski
Princeton Review ranks Calvin in Top 20 for both Health and Counseling Services
The Princeton Review ranks Calvin University as one of the nation's best institutions for undergraduates to earn their college degree, and as a top 20 school nationwide for both its health and counseling services.
August 18, 2020 | Matt Kucinski
Creating a dune on Calvin's campus
Realizing bringing her class regularly to the lakeshore to do research would be riskier this year, Calvin professor Deanna van Dijk decided to bring the research site to the students. 450 cubic yards of sand is coming to campus.
July 30, 2020 | Matt Kucinski
Calvin receives $11 million gift for faculty development
Calvin University is receiving an $11 million gift that will deepen the institution's commitment to teach from a Reformed Christian perspective and expand its ability to shape Reformed Christian thought leadership around the world.
June 29, 2020 | Matt Kucinski
Richard Mouw comes home to Calvin
After 35 years at Fuller Theological Seminary, Richard Mouw, a widely-respected theologian and philosopher, is returning to Calvin University where his career in academia began. He's joining the Henry Institute as a senior research fellow.
June 04, 2020 | Matt Kucinski
Calvin alum responds to the pandemic with innovative diagnostics
What 2011 grad Cheri Ackerman is doing in the lab as a postdoctoral fellow at the Broad Institute of MIT & Harvard is about as relevant as it gets in the current environment.
May 18, 2020 | Matt Kucinski
Calvin University receives $22.25 million gift to launch School of Business
Less than a year after changing its name, Calvin University is adding its first school: the Calvin University School of Business. University leaders hope the new school is the first of many.
May 14, 2020 | Matt Kucinski
Calvin University takes major step toward opening in fall 2020
Calvin University is partnering with Helix Diagnostics in its plans for a safe return to campus operations in fall 2020. Through the arrangement, Calvin will be able to ensure that all faculty, staff, and students will be tested and screened for COVID-19 upon arriving on campus.
May 13, 2020 | Matt Kucinski
Discovering a path forward in a COVID-shaped world
Fifteen faculty experts from Calvin University and Calvin Theological Seminary will lead 23 courses this summer that help participants discover what it means to be a Christian witness in a world shaped by COVID-19.
May 06, 2020 | Matt Kucinski
Engineering majors pivot final project to respond to pandemic
A team of five engineering majors are using their time and skills to help a local company print PPE.
May 04, 2020 | Matt Kucinski
Discovering beauty at the intersection of disciplines
Beginning in January 2021, Calvin senior Jason Entingh will be heading to Eastern Europe for six months as an English Teaching Assistant through the Fulbright U.S. Student Program. His journey started with a love of language.
April 29, 2020 | Matt Kucinski
A pile of clothes serves a deeper purpose
Calvin student Freshta Tori Jan created an online store that makes masks and distributes them to the homeless. And it all started when a pile of old clothes crossed into the path of a compelling mission.
April 16, 2020 | Matt Kucinski
Covering the Calvin community
The Calvin community was issued a challenge: create 500 cloth face coverings to ensure that every student still living on campus and every essential staff member regularly coming to campus had access to at least one. Four days later, the community was covered!
April 14, 2020 | Matt Kucinski
Providing a refuge for first responders
In late March, Spectrum Health Hospital and the Grand Rapids Police Department (GRPD) called for backup. Calvin University responded with 46 free rooms at Prince Conference Center for their employees to use free of charge.
April 14, 2020 | Matt Kucinski
Nursing professor heads to hot spot of COVID-19 pandemic
On March 30, Dr. Katherine Kunnen, an assistant professor of nursing at Calvin University, headed to New York City, to help respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. We caught up with her via a video Q&A on Wednesday, April 8, 2020, during her lunch break.
April 09, 2020 | Matt Kucinski
Guiding churches through COVID-19
The COVID-19 pandemic has caused major disruption in churches around the world. Fortunately, the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship has been helping churches navigate the seasons of the church for years, and is stepping up to guide churches through this novel season.
April 08, 2020 | Matt Kucinski
When research on the water turns to gold
Laura Dykstra started research at Calvin University right away. Now, three years in, her research has been published, her passion for research deepened, and she recently earned what's widely considered as the top undergraduate research award in her field.
April 06, 2020 | Matt Kucinski
Turning over the keys
For the past five years, Calvin faculty and staff have been building a bachelor's degree program inside prison walls. What the COVID-19 pandemic has revealed, is they've actually been building leaders.
April 01, 2020 | Matt Kucinski
When meetings become risky business
A data expert at Calvin University's Center for Social Research has created a COVID-19 visual meeting risk calculator that projects how risky one’s social behavior can be based on the estimated infection rate of the region one lives and works in.
March 23, 2020 | Matt Kucinski
Calvin remembers Bob DeKraker
Bob DeKraker, 65, died of cancer on Wednesday, February 19. His colleagues remember the many ways he worked behind the scenes to cheerfully support faculty and students during his 31-year career at Calvin.
February 21, 2020 | Matt Kucinski
Calvin remembers June Hamersma
When people think about January at Calvin, they often think about June. June Hamersma, 90, the founder of Calvin University’s award-winning January Series, died on Sunday, February 16, 2020.
February 20, 2020 | Matt Kucinski
David Brooks to receive Kuyper Prize at Kuyper Centennial Congress
David Brooks, a longtime New York Times op-ed columnist who writes about politics, culture, and the social sciences, is the recipient of the 2020 Abraham Kuyper Prize for Excellence in Reformed Theology and Public Life.
February 18, 2020 | Matt Kucinski
Calvin receives national recognition for community engagement
Calvin University is one of 359 campuses across the country to receive the Carnegie Foundation's Classification for Community Engagement in 2020.
February 11, 2020 | Matt Kucinski
Calvin creates associate provost position
In January, Kevin den Dulk became Calvin's first associate provost, a position that focuses on extending Calvin's mission to reach new populations.
February 11, 2020 | Matt Kucinski
Calvin remembers Olivia Haverkamp
Olivia Haverkamp died on Sunday, January 26, following a three-year battle with a rare childhood cancer. Her disease didn't define her, rather it was her trust in the Lord and her love for others that are remembered by the Calvin community.
January 30, 2020 | Matt Kucinski
Calvin remembers Andrew Prezioso
Andrew Prezioso is remembered for his beautiful singing voice and contagious laugh. While his voice stood out in a crowd, he elevated and valued everyone else's.
January 22, 2020 | Matt Kucinski
Calvin remembers Ruth Rus
Ruth Rus taught piano at Calvin for three decades. Her colleagues say she cared deeply for her students and colleagues, and she was a gifted musician who loved and understood every note she played.
January 15, 2020 | Matt Kucinski
Calvin names new vice president for finance
Calvin University president Michael Le Roy has appointed Jim English as the institution’s next vice president for finance.
January 14, 2020 | Matt Kucinski
Saving the Michigan Tuition Grant
In October 2019, a line-item veto by Governor Gretchen Whitmer included cutting the $2,400 per year Michigan Tuition Grant (MTG). The response of the Calvin community? Take action.
December 20, 2019 | Matt Kucinski
Calvin remembers Al Bratt
For nearly four decades, Al Bratt helped students at Calvin fall in love with the natural world. Bratt, 86, died on December 11, 2019.
December 20, 2019 | Matt Kucinski
Engaging popular culture, drawing near to God
While Christians and the church sometimes shy away from engaging with popular culture, leaders in Calvin University's student activities office stress their approach to engaging popular culture is deeply rooted in drawing students toward, rather than away from God.
December 13, 2019 | Matt Kucinski
Four teams pursuing national championships
The Calvin University women’s volleyball, men’s soccer, and men’s and women’s cross country teams continue their pursuit of Calvin’s 12th national title.
November 21, 2019 | Matt Kucinski
Collecting acorns, preserving roots
On Friday, July 19, the oldest known tree on Calvin's 400-acre campus came crashing down. But a simple act taken more than a decade prior helped preserve the tree's legacy.
November 20, 2019 | Matt Kucinski
NCAA Tournament runs start on campus
The Calvin University men's soccer, women's volleyball, and men's and women's cross country teams all begin their postseason action in their own backyard.
November 14, 2019 | Matt Kucinski
A familiar game, a new outcome
Students in the Calvin Prison Initiative program spent a collective 775 hours over 15 months handcrafting a chess set for Calvin University.
October 15, 2019 | Matt Kucinski
It's "Tebow Time" in Grand Rapids
On Thursday, October 24, 2019, Tim Tebow, a professional athlete, ESPN analyst, and author will be speaking at Calvin University.
October 03, 2019 | Matt Kucinski
Calvin University announces 2020 January Series lineup
The 2020 edition of the January Series features New York Times best-selling authors, Billboard-topping musicians, and a 41-year veteran of the White House press corps.
September 19, 2019 | Matt Kucinski
Calvin University ranks high in leading guidebooks
U.S. News & World Report is the latest ranking guide to give Calvin University high marks in 2019.
September 09, 2019 | Matt Kucinski
Calvin remembers Max Renauldo
Max Renauldo is remembered for his devotion to God, his family and friends, and his country.
August 27, 2019 | Matt Kucinski
Peet's Coffee opens first shop in Michigan
In August 2019, Peet's Coffee opens its first shop in Michigan at Calvin University.
July 23, 2019 | Matt Kucinski
Calvin University coming July 10
On July 10, 2019, Calvin College officially becomes Calvin University. The Calvin community will commemorate the significant milestone with a series of events, including a panel discussion, dedication service, and celebration cookout.
July 01, 2019 | Matt Kucinski
From Praying to Publishing: Student Authors Three Books
Jackie Amissah-Nunoo, a public health major at Calvin, discovered her lifelong calling in recent years: serving Christ through writing. Her pursuit of that passion has provided her with quite the platform.
June 26, 2019 | Matt Kucinski
Tim Tebow coming to Grand Rapids
Tim Tebow, a professional athlete, ESPN analyst, and author, will be a featured speaker at the Second Global Congress on Sport and Christianity in October 2019.
June 12, 2019 | Matt Kucinski
Calvin graduates the Class of 2019
On Saturday, May 18, 2019, nearly 900 students will participate in Calvin College's 99th Commencement ceremony.
May 17, 2019 | Matt Kucinski
Calvin recognized as Tree Campus USA
For the seventh straight year, Calvin earns Tree Campus USA recognition from the Arbor Day Foundation for its commitment to effective urban forest management.
April 22, 2019 | Matt Kucinski
Calvin names new vice president for enrollment strategy
Calvin College president Michael Le Roy has appointed Lauren Jensen as the institution’s next vice president for enrollment strategy.
February 28, 2019 | Matt Kucinski
Calvin student opens classic Christian work to Turkey
Debora Haede, a student at Calvin College, is doing something that's never been done before: translating Dietrich Bonhoeffer's classic works into Turkish.
February 27, 2019 | Matt Kucinski
Calvin announces Fall 2018 Dean's List
Nearly 42 percent of the Calvin College student body achieved Dean’s List status during the fall 2018 semester.
February 22, 2019 | Matt Kucinski
John M. Perkins awarded 2019 Kuyper Prize
Dr. John M. Perkins, one of the leading evangelical voices to come out of the Civil Rights Movement, is the recipient of the 2019 Abraham Kuyper Prize for Excellence in Reformed Theology and Public Life.
February 04, 2019 | Matt Kucinski
Calvin campus closed through Thursday, January 31
The Calvin College campus will remain closed through Thursday, January 31, 2019, due to the continued winter storm and dangerously cold temperatures.
January 30, 2019 | Matt Kucinski
Calvin campus closing early Tuesday, closed Wednesday
The Calvin College campus will close at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, January 29, and remain closed on Wednesday, January 30, 2019, due to inclement weather.
January 29, 2019 | Matt Kucinski
Calvin College weather safety notification
This is a reminder that Calvin College does not ask its students, faculty, or staff to assume undue risk as they travel to class or work.
January 29, 2019 | Matt Kucinski
Calvin campus closed on Monday due to inclement weather
The Calvin College campus is closed on Monday, January 28, 2019.
January 28, 2019 | Matt Kucinski
Calvin University coming in July 2019
Calvin College will become Calvin University on July 10, 2019. The change is part of Vision 2030—a vision which upholds Calvin’s historic Christian mission and builds on its current distinctive strengths.
November 29, 2018 | Matt Kucinski
Leading Climate Action with The Gospel
Kyle Meyaard-Schaap is the national organizer and spokesperson for the Young Evangelicals for Climate Action, an organization that includes more than 10,000 young people.
November 20, 2018 | Matt Kucinski
Calvin receives $1 million NSF grant to increase student retention in STEM
Calvin College faculty are working on finding solutions that will give every student an equal opportunity at success in STEM fields.
November 08, 2018 | Matt Kucinski
Calvin teams compete on campus in NCAA tournament
Four of Calvin's fall varsity teams have qualified for NCAA postseason action, two of those teams begin their quest for a title on Calvin's campus.
November 07, 2018 | Matt Kucinski
Calvin remembers John Beebe
John Beebe is remembered for his passion for plants and people. Beebe served on the biology faculty of Calvin College for 37 years.
October 29, 2018 | Matt Kucinski
Expert considers Hurricane Florence's impact on infrastructure
With Hurricane Florence fast approaching, professor of engineering Fred Haan lends his wind engineering expertise to predict the effect the storm may have on infrastructure in its path.
September 13, 2018 | Matt Kucinski
Calvin announces 2019 January Series lineup
From Wednesday, Jan. 3 through Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2019, Calvin College welcomes to campus a wide range of experts leading some of the nation and world’s most pivotal and timely conversations.
September 12, 2018 | Matt Kucinski
Masters of Education program takes step toward Hong Kong
Leaders from Calvin College and Lumina College signed an agreement signaling an important step forward in Lumina College offering Calvin’s Masters of Education program in Hong Kong. The program is pending approval from the Higher Learning Commission in the United States and the Education Bureau in Hong Kong.
September 11, 2018 | Matt Kucinski
U.S. News & World Report ranks Calvin #1 in the Midwest
For the third consecutive year, U.S. News & World Report ranks Calvin College #1 overall among Midwest regional colleges.
September 10, 2018 | Matt Kucinski
Team of researchers challenge bold astronomical prediction
A paper published in the Astrophysical Journal Letters reevaluates Calvin astronomy professor Larry Molnar's prediction that a binary star in the constellation Cygnus is a strong candidate to merge and explode in the near future.
September 07, 2018 | Matt Kucinski
Calvin honors the legacy of Rich DeVos
Calvin College alumnus Rich DeVos lived out his commitment to Christ by contributing to the flourishing of his neighbors in West Michigan, including his alma mater, Calvin College.
September 06, 2018 | Matt Kucinski
New program equips students for leadership in the church
The Calvin Institute of Christian Worship (CICW) announces the establishment of the Ministry Leadership Cohort—a two-year program available to incoming Calvin College students.
September 05, 2018 | Matt Kucinski
Calvin College among Princeton Review's Best 384 Colleges
The Princeton Review features Calvin in its annual college guide. Calvin students touted the institution's lab and recreation facilities, internship possibilities, and the vibrant city of Grand Rapids.
August 07, 2018 | Matt Kucinski
Strengthening worship through scholarship
The Calvin Institute of Christian Worship launches the Teacher-Scholar program, a second stream of grants in its successful Vital Worship Grants Program.
August 07, 2018 | Matt Kucinski
Calvin Observatory magnifies Mars
On Friday, July 27, the general public has the opportunity to see Mars under high magnification using the Calvin College Observatory. Professor Jason Smolinski describes what viewers can expect to see.
July 26, 2018 | Matt Kucinski
Calvin launches Kuyper Institute for Global Faculty Development
Named in honor of 19th-century Dutch theologian Abraham Kuyper, the institute will enable Christian leaders and faculty to deepen their understanding of the Reformed tradition broadly, and Kuyperian thinking particularly.
July 19, 2018 | Matt Kucinski
Creating community for refugees
Ahee Kim and Kate McLain, 2018 Calvin grads, are interning in the German Freiwilliges Soziales Jahr for 2018-2019 supporting recent refugees to Berlin.
July 12, 2018 | Matt Kucinski
Fiske Guide highlights Calvin business and engineering programs
The Fiske Guide to Colleges touts Calvin College as one the country’s best and most interesting colleges in its 2019 guidebook, and highlights its business and engineering programs as particularly strong.
July 11, 2018 | Matt Kucinski
Calvin College hosts CRC and RCA synods
On Thursday, June 7, 2018, delegates to the Christian Reformed Church's synod and to the Reformed Church in America’s general synod kicked off their annual business meetings together on Calvin’s campus.
June 07, 2018 | Matt Kucinski
Radical hope at Handlon
The inaugural class of Calvin College students at Handlon Correctional Facility now have associate's degrees. And with it, hope.
May 23, 2018 | Matt Kucinski
Calvin making history at Handlon
On Monday, May 21, 15 inmates from Richard A. Handlon Correctional Facility in Ionia, Michigan will receive associate’s degrees from Calvin College.
May 21, 2018 | Matt Kucinski
Calvin College graduates the Class of 2018
On Saturday, May 19, 2018, nearly 900 students will participate in Calvin College’s 98th Commencement ceremony, held at 2 p.m. in the Van Noord arena.
May 18, 2018 | Matt Kucinski
Eric Washington awarded Professor of the Year
Professor of history Eric Washington is Calvin College's 2018 Professor of the Year, an award given annually by the senior class.
May 14, 2018 | Matt Kucinski
Animating words, shaping students
On Friday, May 4, 2018, English professor Lew Klatt received Calvin College's highest faculty honor, the Presidential Award for Exemplary Teaching.
May 07, 2018 | Matt Kucinski
Calvin engineers take second place at Disaster Shelter Design Competition
A team of Calvin College students placed second at the 7th Annual Disaster Shelter Design Competition, sponsored by Samaritan’s Purse International.
May 03, 2018 | Matt Kucinski
Daniel Bourdanné awarded 2018 Kuyper Prize
The general secretary of the International Fellowship of Evangelical Students will receive the Abraham Kuyper Prize for Excellence in Reformed Theology and Public Life at the Kuyper Conference hosted by Calvin College and Calvin Theological Seminary.
April 27, 2018 | Matt Kucinski
The Michigan Truth Tour stops at Calvin College
On Tuesday, April 17, Calvin College hosts a guided town hall meeting as part of The Michigan Truth Tour.
April 10, 2018 | Matt Kucinski
Calvin remembers Gordon Van Harn
Gordon Van Harn served his alma mater faithfully for nearly 40 years. He's remembered as someone who was committed to the integration of faith and learning and to the development of his colleagues and students.
April 05, 2018 | Matt Kucinski
Festival of Faith & Writing creates new conversations
Calvin College's 2018 Festival lineup includes a Peabody Award-winning producer, Pulitzer prize-winning poet, and a New York Times best-selling young adult writer, to name just a few.
March 15, 2018 | Matt Kucinski
Calvin remembers Steve Van Der Weele
The Calvin community remembers Steve Van Der Weele for his ability to bring literature to life and as someone who was passionately dedicated to Christian scholarship.
February 22, 2018 | Matt Kucinski
Calvin classroom pilots cutting-edge Google technology
In collaboration with Google, the Michigan Colleges Alliance is piloting the Google Course Share Collaboration, a new approach that aims to expand course options at smaller private colleges.
February 08, 2018 | Matt Kucinski
Calvin College announces Fall 2017 Dean's List
Forty-two percent of Calvin College students earned a spot on the Dean's List in fall 2017.
January 30, 2018 | Matt Kucinski
An elevator pitch moves Calvin College Rehabilitation Services up a level
Jill Bates went to Blythefield Country Club with the intention of networking. She left with the commitment of 162 women to write $100 checks to Calvin College Rehabilitation Services.
December 21, 2017 | Matt Kucinski
Supporting the next wave of intellectual discovery at Calvin College
2017 Templeton Prize winner Alvin Plantinga is using nearly half of his winnings to support faculty research, student scholarship at his alma mater.
December 13, 2017 | Matt Kucinski
Calvin College advances its commitment to environmental sustainability
On Thursday, December 7, 2017 at 4 p.m., Calvin College President Michael Le Roy signed Second Nature’s Presidents’ Climate Commitment.
December 06, 2017 | Matt Kucinski
English prof written into Star Wars world
Calvin College English professor and accomplished author Gary Schmidt has written himself into the Star Wars world.
November 29, 2017 | Matt Kucinski
Calvin remembers John VandenBerg
John VandenBerg served at Calvin College for 35 years as an economics professor, dean of faculty and vice president of academic affairs.
November 28, 2017 | Matt Kucinski
Four Calvin teams continue title pursuit
Calvin College's women's volleyball, men's soccer and men's and women's cross country teams continue their pursuit of NCAA titles this weekend.
November 14, 2017 | Matt Kucinski
Four Calvin teams are NCAA Bound
Calvin College's women's volleyball, men's soccer and men’s and women’s cross country teams are hitting the road for the NCAAs from Nov. 9-11, 2017.
November 08, 2017 | Matt Kucinski
Calvin honors the legacy of Helen DeVos
Calvin College alumna Helen DeVos had a love for students and her multiple decades of support opened up opportunities for students to flourish on campus and abroad.
October 21, 2017 | Matt Kucinski
Alvin Plantinga receives Templeton Prize at Field Museum
On Sunday, September 24, Alvin Plantinga ’54, the 2017 Templeton Prize laureate was formally honored at a celebration held at the Field Museum in Chicago.
September 28, 2017 | Matt Kucinski
Maroon, gold and green
In 2017, Calvin College received national recognition for its sustainability efforts from the Arbor Day Foundation, Princeton Review, Sierra Club and STARS.
September 22, 2017 | Matt Kucinski