Four Soft Skills for Navigating the Transition to College
Kyle Heys, director of Calvin's Center for Student Success shares four “soft skills” that will help ease someone’s transition into college life and and that are useful for future transitions in life.
February 01, 2023 | Kyle Heys
An Agent of Renewal for Human Trafficking Survivors
Nate Knapper, a 2008 alumnus of Calvin University, started The Joseph Project to address the “justice gap” for survivors of human trafficking– the space that exists between their legal needs and getting those legal needs met.
January 27, 2023 | Matt Kucinski
Strengthening your mental health as a student
Dr. Irene Kraegel, director of the Center for Counseling and Wellness at Calvin University shares five key strategies to help students manage their stress as they navigate high school, college, and beyond.
January 25, 2023 | Irene Kraegel , Matt Kucinski
5 Reasons to be Excited About Calvin University Football
When Trent Figg was introduced as the inaugural Calvin University Head Football Coach he talked about how he will build the program and what people can expect on the field.
January 20, 2023 | Matt Kucinski
Calvin University student awarded prestigious Hatfield Prize
Calvin senior Emily Steen is one of three students in the country to be awarded The Hatfield Prize by the Center for Public Justice.
January 19, 2023 | Matt Kucinski
Calvin University holds presidential inauguration behind bars
On Friday, January 13, 2023, Calvin University held a presidential inauguration behind bars. The event is believed to be the first of its kind to be held in an active prison.
January 18, 2023 | Matt Kucinski
Calvin University announces first head football coach
Trent Figg is the first head coach in Calvin University football history. Figg comes to Calvin from the University of Oregon, where he served as the football program's senior offensive analyst.
January 06, 2023 | Jeff Febus
Calvin in 2022: A Year in Review
From a presidential transition to the first-ever graduation ceremony behind bars to adding new sports, spaces, and academic programming, there was no shortage of exciting happenings at Calvin in 2022.
December 31, 2022 | Matt Kucinski
Building robots and community
Two students started Combat Robotics at Calvin University, allowing both novices and experts in the robotics field to build robots, test their creations in battle, and experience a fun, supportive community.
December 16, 2022 | Matt Kucinski
School of Health creates blueprint for student and client success
The Calvin University School of Health brings many health-related disciplines together in structure, the blueprints pull those together in close physical proximity.
December 15, 2022 | Matt Kucinski
Putting your name on a personalized scholarship
On December 1, 2022, more than $5 million in additional aid opens up for incoming and returning students in the form of Named Scholarships. This is on top of the robust financial aid packages that Calvin already offers.
December 01, 2022 | Matt Kucinski
NY Times best-selling author of "The Mediterranean Dish" returns to alma mater
On December 1, Calvin alumna Suzy Karadsheh, a 2022 New York Times best-selling author of "The Mediterranean Dish," will be cooking, speaking, and signing copies of her book at Calvin University.
November 30, 2022 | Matt Kucinski
A broken door leads to a new identity
Curtis Frye earned his bachelor's degree behind bars through the Calvin Prison Initiative. But it literally took a broken door decades earlier to set him on a path that led to his degree and more importantly a new identity.
November 23, 2022 | Matt Kucinski
Betsy DeVos returns to alma mater for conversation on state of education
On Thursday, November 18, Calvin alumna and former U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos returned to her alma mater for a moderated discussion with the university’s dean of education Brian Bolt.
November 21, 2022 | Matt Kucinski
Professor and student team up to help local fire department
Professor John Sparks and senior exercise science major Daniel Wunder designed and led workshops this summer to help fire fighters in Grand Rapids prevent some of the most common injuries that keep them off the job.
November 18, 2022 | Matt Kucinski
Calvin remembers Bruce Dice
Bruce Dice aimed to inspire a love and wonder for God's creation. The significant collection of minerals he donated to Calvin back in 2010 in establishing the Bruce Dice Mineralogical Museum and an annual student scholarship are continuing to build that legacy at Calvin.
November 17, 2022 | Matt Kucinski
Calvin University Honors Student Veterans
This year, 18 students at Calvin are currently serving or have served in the U.S. military. Today, we highlight four of our student veterans, asking them why they chose to enlist in the military, enroll at Calvin, and what they hope to do in the future.
November 11, 2022 | Matt Kucinski
Celebrating First-Generation Students at Calvin University
On National First-Generation Celebration Day, we caught up with a few students who are the first in their families to pursue an education. We asked them why they chose Calvin and about their experience here so far.
November 08, 2022 | Matt Kucinski
World-renowned artist Makoto Fujimura awarded Kuyper Prize
Makoto Fujimura is the recipient of the 2023 Kuyper Prize, awarded by Calvin University and Calvin Theological Seminary. Fujimura is the first visual artist to receive the prize, which has been awarded annually since 1998.
November 08, 2022 | Matt Kucinski
Calvin University President Wiebe Boer delivers Inaugural Address
On Wednesday, October 26, 2022, more than 2,000 people gathered in Van Noord Arena for the inauguration of Calvin’s 12th president Dr. Wiebe Boer. He delivered an inaugural address titled: "The Greatest Generation is Now."
October 27, 2022 | Matt Kucinski
12 Favorite Student Traditions at Calvin University
President Wiebe Boer is the 12th president of Calvin University. So, during the month of October, each week leading up to Inauguration we are sharing a “Top 12” list. This week, Student Body President Nain Miranda asked his peers to provide a list of their favorite student traditions.
October 25, 2022 | Matt Kucinski
Pop-up market celebrates diversity of local business owners
On Tuesday, October 25, 2022, Calvin University invites the local community to campus for a pop-up market supporting local women-and BIPOC-owned-businesses.
October 25, 2022 | Matt Kucinski
Engineer's watershed moment having ripple effects
When Julie Wildschut '00 was a middle school student she had her watershed moment. Now three decades later, that moment is having a ripple effect on students, communities, and a watershed.
October 21, 2022 | Matt Kucinski
12 Study Spaces Students Love at Calvin University
President Wiebe Boer is the 12th president of Calvin University. So, during the month of October, each week leading up to Inauguration we are sharing a “Top 12” list. This week, Student Body president Nain Miranda asked his peers to provide their list of the study spaces they love most on campus.
October 18, 2022 | Matt Kucinski
Calvin University launches Leadership Development Program for Underrepresented Faculty and Staff
On Monday, October 24, Calvin University will launch a new professional development program specifically designed for underrepresented members of Calvin's staff and faculty.
October 17, 2022 | Matt Kucinski
12 Athletics Moments to Remember at Calvin University
In honor of President Wiebe Boer's inauguration as the university's 12th president later this month, sports information director Jeff Febus curated a list of 12 of the most memorable moments in Calvin athletics history.
October 10, 2022 | Jeff Febus , Matt Kucinski
Calvin University to inaugurate Wiebe Boer as 12th president
The formal inauguration ceremony for Dr. Wiebe K. Boer will take place at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, October 26, 2022, in Calvin’s Van Noord Arena.
October 05, 2022 | Matt Kucinski
12 Discoveries President Boer Made in First 100 Days
Upon arriving at Calvin University in late June 2022, President Boer has been learning about the campus and the community. Here are 12 discoveries he's made as he's become reacquainted with his alma mater.
October 03, 2022 | Matt Kucinski
Unparalleled preparation leads to booming speech pathology program at Calvin University
In a speech pathology graduate student’s first year they earn more than 100 clinical hours right on campus. This has put the program in high demand for both students and employers. And it's a reason the program is expanding.
September 29, 2022 | Matt Kucinski
I'll take World-Renowned Speakers for 15 days
Calvin University's 2023 January Series features a NASA scientist, New York Times best-selling authors, a former speechwriter for three U.S. presidents, and the holder of the longest winning streak on Jeopardy!
September 28, 2022 | Matt Kucinski
Discovering identity through community
Tim Baker is serving a life sentence for decisions he made to try and fit in. Now 20-plus years later through the Calvin Prison Initiative program, he's found the freedom to be himself and is accepted for who he is.
September 11, 2022 | Matt Kucinski
Calvin Prison Initiative seen as national model for prison education
In late August, leaders of the U.S. Department of Education visited the Calvin Prison Initiative. Four hours later, they left inspired not just by stories of transformation, but by the strategic, thoughtful collaboration that is making CPI a national model to follow for prison education.
September 01, 2022 | Matt Kucinski
Calvin remembers Clayton Meyer
Clayton (Clayt) Meyer, 75, died on August 6, 2022. For three decades, he was working literally underground and behind the scenes to make Calvin University a place where students thrive.
August 31, 2022 | Matt Kucinski
U.S. Department of Education leaders to visit Calvin Prison Initiative program
On August 30, James Kvaal, Under Secretary of the U.S. Department of Education, is coming to west Michigan to see how Second Chance Pell grants have impacted the Calvin Prison Initiative program. This is Kvaal's first prison first as Under Secretary.
August 26, 2022 | Matt Kucinski
Calvin remembers Jim Bosscher
Jim Bosscher's faith manifested itself in his actions. While he was a leader in the establishment of Camp Tall Turf, Safe Haven Ministries, the Christian Engineering Society, curbside recycling, and a four-year engineering program at Calvin University, it was how he led his students that has left quite an imprint.
August 11, 2022 | Matt Kucinski
Dr. Wiebe Boer began his tenure as president of Calvin University in summer 2022. But, is he the 11th or 12th president of the university? Will Katerberg, the curator of Heritage Hall, offers historical insight in helping us answer this question. And he offers two more options to consider.
August 10, 2022 | Will Katerberg
Research team's $1 million grant explores how movies shape morals
Carl Plantinga, professor of film and media at Calvin University, is co-leading a grant project through the Templeton Religion Trust's "Art Seeking Understanding" Initiative that aims to discover how one's moral understanding can be shaped during and in discussions after a movie.
August 08, 2022 | Matt Kucinski
Calvin University diversity trailblazer wins prestigious award
On Friday, August 5, 2022, Rev. Dr. Michelle Loyd-Paige received the Dante Venegas Award, a prestigious honor given out by the Office of Race Relations recognizing distinguished leadership in diversity and racial justice in the Christian Reformed Church.
August 06, 2022 | Matt Kucinski
New business program provides supply of in-demand graduates
This fall, Calvin University is launching the Operations and Supply Chain Management program. The program was built after talking with multiple business leaders from various industries about what skills are needed today and what will set graduates up for future success 5-10 years down the road.
August 03, 2022 | Matt Kucinski
Pine Rest and Calvin University partner to address nursing shortage
Calvin University and Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) regarding the Calvin-Pine Rest BSN Partnership.
July 27, 2022 | Matt Kucinski
Calvin University Builds Momentum
Since Calvin changed its last name from "college" to "university" in 2019, the institution has established two new schools, added six graduate programs, set fundraising records, and become the first university in MIchigan to award bachelor's degrees behind bars.
July 22, 2022 | Matt Kucinski
Meet a Knight: Kevin Broene
Kevin Broene, a 2004 graduate who studied education and business, gives an update on his work as an athletic director and how he's striving to teach young people grit and endurance.
July 19, 2022 | Shelly DeJong
Accelerating Calvin University's Energy Transition
Calvin University is making history in Michigan by becoming the first university in the state to pursue Solar-as-a-Service as an approach to accelerating the energy transition.
July 08, 2022 | Matt Kucinski
Wiebe Boer begins presidency at Calvin University
President Wiebe, who holds triple citizenship from Canada, the United States, and the Netherlands, concluded his first week of festivities as Calvin's president by celebrating Canada Day with dozens of students, faculty, and staff.
July 01, 2022 | Matt Kucinski
John Ross Named Professor of the Year
Kinesiology professor John Ross is the 2022 recipient of the Professor of the Year Award. The honor is bestowed on one professor each year following a vote of graduating seniors.
June 27, 2022 | Matt Kucinski
Calvin selects dean for School of Health
Adejoke Bolanle Ayoola is Calvin University's inaugural dean for its School of Health. Ayoola is globally recognized as an experienced practitioner, educator, researcher, and administrator.
June 24, 2022 | Amanda Greenhoe
Major Watershed Restoration Grant Awarded to Plaster Creek Stewards
Calvin University's Plaster Creek Stewards has been awarded a major two-year grant from the State of Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy. The grant has a total value of over $1 million.
June 21, 2022 | Matt Kucinski
Meet a Knight: Nana Owusu-Achau
Nana Owusu-Achau, a 2012 graduate with majors in computer science information systems and business with a minor in engineering, gives an update on what he has been up to since graduation and how he is striving to be an agent of renewal.
June 08, 2022 | Shelly DeJong
Calvin Remembers James Martrice Brown
A week after receiving his bachelor's degree inside Handlon Correctional Facility, James Martrice Brown suffered a stroke and died three days later. He's remembered by his classmates and professors as someone who was always looking out for others.
June 03, 2022 | Matt Kucinski
From Calvin University to Med School
Every year, Calvin seniors receive acceptance letters to their desired medical schools. Hear from six Class of 2022 grads about what inspires them to pursue their concentrations.
June 02, 2022 | Kayliani Powlison
Calvin philosophy alumna earns two prestigious fellowships
Emmalon Davis, a 2010 graduate of Calvin University, is the only philosophy professor nationwide to be selected for a fellowship from the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS).
May 27, 2022 | Matt Kucinski
Meet a Knight: Andrew Huston
Andrew Huston, a 2020 graduate with a bachelor of science in engineering and a concentration in mechanical engineering, gives an update on his work as a systems engineer on NASA’s HALO program and how he's striving to be a steward of Creation.
May 24, 2022 | Shelly DeJong
Computer Science Professor to Advise U.S. Department of State
For 30-plus years, Joel Adams has been equipping and advising his students at Calvin University to be agents of renewal in their fields. Now, the professor of computer science is being asked to advise the U.S. Secretary of State.
May 20, 2022 | Matt Kucinski
History professor receives Presidential Award for Exemplary Teaching
Professor Kate van Liere is the 2022 winner of the Presidential Award for Exemplary Teaching, the highest teaching honor bestowed by Calvin University.
May 19, 2022 | Phil de Haan
STEM student receives Beckman scholarship
Fenton Lawler ‘22 talks about his research experiences and future aspirations after accepting the honorable Beckman scholarship. Calvin University is among a select group of institutions nationwide who has a Beckman Scholars Program.
May 18, 2022 | Kayliani Powlison
Fulbright Recognizes Two Calvin Students with Highly Competitive Awards
Two graduating seniors, Michelle Merritt and Sarah Gibes, have received highly competitive Fulbright awards.
May 13, 2022 | Shelly DeJong
A Calvin Student, His Community, and the Boston Marathon
Calvin student, Jesse McCurdy, ran the Boston Marathon on April 18th.
May 12, 2022 | Shelly DeJong
Walking into a new identity
On Monday, May 9, 2022, Calvin University awarded degrees to 76 inmates in a grand celebration in Ionia, Michigan. It marked the first time in the state of Michigan that bachelor's degrees were awarded behind bars.
May 10, 2022 | Matt Kucinski
State leaders honor Calvin University president with special tribute
Michael Le Roy, president of Calvin University, was presented with a special tribute from state leaders honoring his steadfast commitment to the Calvin University community and all of private higher education.
May 05, 2022 | Matt Kucinski
Calvin University holds graduation ceremony behind bars
On Monday, May 9, 2022, 45 inmates will receive a bachelor's degree from Calvin University as part of a formal Commencement ceremony held inside Handlon Correctional Facility. This marks a first for the state of Michigan.
May 04, 2022 | Matt Kucinski
Senior geology major named Goldwater Scholar
Calvin University student Jillian Herlinger talks about her experiences at Calvin and how the Goldwater Scholarship will impact her future career goals in the field of geology.
April 27, 2022 | Kayliani Powlison
An unimaginable adoption story born out of tragedy
Valmarcus Jones and Jerline Riley grew up in the same neighborhood. Their worlds collided in 1994 with tragic consequences. The way they have reunited is an unimaginable and beautiful story of redemption.
April 21, 2022 | Matt Kucinski
Calvin English professor publishes “Refugia Faith” to spread awareness about the climate crisis
Debra Rienstra, professor of English at Calvin, recently published an interdisciplinary work to bring awareness to the climate crisis and show how Christians can act as stewards of the Earth.
March 31, 2022 | Kayliani Powlison
Calvin University appoints Dr. Wiebe Boer as next president
The Calvin University Board of Trustees has accepted the presidential search committee’s unanimous recommendation and appointed Dr. Wiebe Boer as the institution’s 12th president.
March 28, 2022 | Matt Kucinski
How a spring break trip altered a Calvin sophomore’s perspective on justice
Sophomore Gisel Espinoza's service-learning trip to Louisiana over spring break equipped her with skills to “act justly” as an agent of renewal.
March 24, 2022 | Kayliani Powlison
Meet a Knight: Skyler Rich
Skyler Rich, the founder and co-owner of For Everyone Collective, gives an update on his business, how he's staying engaged and grounded in his work, and some advice to incoming students.
March 18, 2022 | Shelly DeJong
A crash course on propaganda
Calvin University professor Kathi Groenendyk offers a crash course on propaganda in an effort to provide perspective on what we are seeing play out in Russia and Ukraine.
March 15, 2022 | Matt Kucinski
Dance Marathon calls on students to dance for local children’s hospitals
Hear more from current student leaders about what impassions them to fundraise for the Helen DeVos Children's Hospital.
March 10, 2022 | Kayliani Powlison
Recent Calvin Grad Publishes Article in Economics Journal
Matthew Bone says his experience at Calvin was full of opportunities. One of then, a research project that led to his co-authorship of a paper with his professor that is published in a leading economics journal.
February 09, 2022 | Kayliani Powlison
Center for Social Research evolving for a flourishing future
Calvin's Center for Social Research is becoming its own legal entity independent of Calvin University, positioning it to serve a broader range of clients and grow in new ways.
February 08, 2022 | Matt Kucinski
Calvin remembers Gordon DeBlaey
The Calvin community reflects on the career, life, and legacy of longtime sociology professor Gordon DeBlaey.
January 21, 2022 | Lynn Rosendale
From Persecution to Advocacy: Student Author Shares Her Inspiring Story
On January 11, 2022, senior Freshta Tori Jan's book, Courage: My Story of Persecution, will be published. In it, Tori Jan shares her journey fleeing the Taliban in Afghanistan, relentlessly pursuing education against all odds, and learning the power of her own voice.
January 11, 2022 | Shelly DeJong
Calvin remembers Nick Moll
Nick Moll, a junior at Calvin University, died on December 30, 2021. The Calvin community says his infectious positivity and excitement paired with his deep love for people made him a joy to be around.
January 06, 2022 | Matt Kucinski
2021 at Calvin: A year in review
As 2021 draws to a close, News and Stories looks back and highlights ten ways in which Calvin has experienced momentum over the past year.
December 31, 2021 | Matt Kucinski
A presidential search led by prayer
The presidential search committee is providing a weekly Biblical text, prayerful response, musical reflection, and a blessing, as a tangible way to help lead the community through discerning God’s leading.
December 23, 2021 | Matt Kucinski
My first semester at Calvin University
Calvin freshmen share their trials and successes after their first semester as college students.
December 21, 2021 | Kayliani Powlison
Calvin remembers Cornelius Hegewald
Longtime Calvin German professor emeritus Cornelius Hegewald is remembered for his love of culture and love of people.
December 17, 2021 | Lynn Rosendale
11 Calvin University Podcasts Worth a Listen
A list of podcasts from Calvin University's staff and faculty.
December 17, 2021 | Shelly DeJong
Calvin professor helping to shape the future of education
Clarence Joldersma, director of the master of education program at Calvin University, contributed to a once-in-a-generation UNESCO report called the Futures of Education.
December 16, 2021 | Matt Kucinski
Students engage in research about the natural world
Students team up with faculty to explore the stars, fluorescence, and sand dunes.
December 10, 2021 | Lauren Vanden Bosch
Calvin's cohort programs help students find community
Navigating through college is challenging. Joining a cohort group not only builds community from day one, but it also makes the college experience more enriching and enjoyable.
December 09, 2021 | Kayliani Powlison
Calvin remembers Doug Nagel
Doug Nagel supported his alma mater cheerfully and generously for nearly half a century. His life helped make a Calvin education accessible to more people and to spread God's Word around the world.
December 08, 2021 | Matt Kucinski
Rachael Denhollander to receive 2021 Kuyper Prize
Rachael Denhollander, recognized as a leading voice on the topic of sexual abuse, is the recipient of the 2021 Kuyper Prize. The prize is awarded by Calvin University and Calvin Theological Seminary.
December 07, 2021 | Matt Kucinski
Students engage in public health research
Recent student and faculty research projects have tackled subjects surrounding rare diseases, clean water, and more.
December 06, 2021 | Lauren Vanden Bosch
Calvin Start-Ups helps student entrepreneurs' ideas come to life
Calvin Start-Ups, a student organization at Calvin, is working together to bring College Cupcakes from an idea to reality.
December 03, 2021 | Shelly DeJong
Calvin remembers Charlotte Otten
English professor emerita Charlotte Otten retired from Calvin in 1991, but for the past three decades she continued to encourage her colleagues in their teaching and scholarship.
December 02, 2021 | Matt Kucinski
Calvin remembers Steve Schuitema
While Steve Schuitema's roles changed a few times during his Calvin tenure, his work ethic, attention to detail, and kindheartedness remained steadfast.
November 29, 2021 | Matt Kucinski
When the numbers begin to fade
Since 2002, the Jubilee Fellows Program has helped Calvin University students discern a call to pastoral ministry. Now, that program extends to students at Handlon Correctional Facility.
November 24, 2021 | Matt Kucinski
Calvin diversity leader scripts playbook for Christian organizations
Michelle Loyd-Paige, Calvin University's executive associate to the president for diversity and inclusion, recently co-authored a book that provides recommendations and guidance for Christian organizations related to diversity and inclusion.
November 05, 2021 | Matt Kucinski
Calvin professor wins Lilly Fellows Program's Book Award
Calvin University professor in both language and education, David Smith, wins the Lilly Fellows Program's Book Award.
November 03, 2021 | Kayliani Powlison
Calvin University launches search for next president
On October 15, 2021, the presidential search committee officially launched an international search for Calvin University's 11th president.
October 15, 2021 | Matt Kucinski
Calvin University provost's book wins Aldersgate Prize
Calvin University provost Noah Toly's book, The Gardeners' Dirty Hands: Environmental Politics and Christian Ethics, was awarded the Aldersgate Prize by the John Wesley Honors College at Indiana Wesleyan University.
September 22, 2021 | Matt Kucinski
Calvin alum goes to great lengths to support cause
Calvin University alum Marian Cardwell attempted a record-breaking feat in the open water for a cause near and dear to her heart.
August 06, 2021 | Matt Kucinski
One Wrong Turn Led to a Lilly Fellowship
After feeling lost at a big university, Alex Raycroft transferred to Calvin and found the community she was looking for. One wrong turn off the Beltline changed the course of her life.
June 16, 2021 | Shelly DeJong
President Michael Le Roy announces his final season at Calvin
President Michael Le Roy announces that the 2021-2022 academic will be his 10th and final season serving at Calvin University. Le Roy cites he and Andrea feeling a pull to the Northwest to be closer to their family.
June 10, 2021 | Matt Kucinski
Calvin partnerships pave paths to med school
This fall, Jacob Charron is headed to Michigan State’s College of Human Medicine; Sam Goorman to Wayne State University; and Vanessa Elliott to the University of Michigan. All three are medical school-bound thanks to partnerships through Calvin University.
June 03, 2021 | Matt Kucinski
John Wertz awarded Professor of the Year
The professor of the year recognition is awarded annually by a vote of Calvin’s senior class. Biology professor, John Wertz, is the 2021 recipient.
June 02, 2021 | Shelly DeJong
Fulbright Recognizes Three Calvin Students in Record-Breaking Year
The Fulbright U.S. Student Program had a record high number of applicants this year. Three graduating Calvin seniors stood out among the 11,700+ applicants.
May 27, 2021 | Shelly DeJong
Innovating, Serving, and Equipping Students for Success
Professor of Chemistry Kumar Sinniah is the 2021 recipient of the Presidential Award for Exemplary Teaching, the highest teaching honor at Calvin University.
May 24, 2021 | Amanda Greenhoe
Calvin Prison Initiative grads reflect on education behind bars
Eleven graduates from the Class of 2020 and 2021 share about their experience in the Calvin Prison Initiative program, and how they plan to use their Calvin education to help communities flourish behind bars.
May 21, 2021 | Matt Kucinski