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
Calvin University Hosts Weekend Full of Fun
Calvin University is welcoming alumni, family, and friends to campus for Homecoming & Family Weekend. The weekend features a world-famous comedian, nationally ranked athletic teams, and a race around Calvin’s beautiful campus.
September 27, 2022 | Matt Kucinski
Calvin University Athletics in a League of Their Own
This fall, if you are looking for the Calvin Knights, look no further than the national polls. Five of Calvin’s eight fall varsity teams are inside the Top 25 in the country.
September 23, 2022 | Matt Kucinski
World-renowned toxicologist and immunologist to speak at Calvin University
In late September, the Calvin University School of Health is hosting two alums who are successful doctors working on the leading edge of their fields and on high profile national and international cases.
September 21, 2022 | Matt Kucinski
Calvin University to celebrate Grand Opening of School of Business
On Wednesday, September 14, West Michigan business leaders, the Calvin community, students, and the general public is invited to celebrate the grand opening of the Calvin University School of Business building.
September 13, 2022 | Matt Kucinski
U.S. News & World Report gives Calvin University high marks in 2023 Guidebook
U.S. News & World Report ranks Calvin University fourth overall among Midwest Regional Universities in its 2023 guidebook. Calvin also appears in the top 10 for best undergraduate teaching and ranks second for most international students.
September 12, 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 University launches initiative to help students start businesses
Calvin alums are investing $500K to help launch Calvin Startup Garage, an incubator that will provide student entrepreneurs with the skills, funding, mentorship, and a community to help them start businesses.
September 08, 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 welcomes more than 1,000 incoming students and most diverse class in university history
This fall, more than 1,000 incoming students begin their pursuit of an undergraduate or graduate degree at Calvin University. The entering class shows academic strength and is record-setting in terms of ethnic and geographic diversity.
August 23, 2022 | Matt Kucinski
Princeton Review shortlists Calvin for supporting student wellbeing
The Princeton Review ranks Calvin University as one of the nation's best institutions for undergraduates to earn their college degree. Calvin is also the only school in Michigan to be on the top 25 list for both student support and counseling services AND health services.
August 17, 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
Creating a Roadmap Toward a Vibrant Campus Living Space
The Residential Master Planning process has created a plan to expand and invigorate living spaces around the Calvin University campus.
July 29, 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
Money Magazine includes Calvin University among its 2022 Best Colleges
Quality, affordability, and outcomes are the factors that have Calvin University on Money's 2022 "Best Colleges in America" list.
May 19, 2022 | Matt Kucinski
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
Ruth Padilla DeBorst to receive 2022 Kuyper Prize
On Wednesday, April 6, during the Kuyper Conference, Ruth Padilla DeBorst will accept the 2022 Abraham Kuyper Prize for Excellence in Reformed Theology and Public Life.
February 28, 2022 | Matt Kucinski
Award-winning author and Calvin prof launches interfaith writing workshop
English professors from Calvin University, Aquinas College, and Cornerstone University created a rigorous week-long writing workshop for adults to experience this June.
February 23, 2022 | Kayliani Powlison
Calvin research team launches study about parents and education news
A journalism and communication professor at Calvin University releases a major study on parents, schools, and the news media.
February 16, 2022 | Matt Kucinski
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 Students Discover and Name New Glowing Chemical Compound “Knightletin”
Chemistry students spontaneously discover a new chemical compound that when shown under black light, glows a brilliant blue.
February 03, 2022 | Kayliani Powlison
Worship Symposium Connects Globally and Across Campus
The 35th annual Symposium on Worship will welcome guests from around the world to join online and in person from January 31 to February 4, 2022.
January 26, 2022 | Shelly DeJong
Calvin remembers Lena Meijer
Philanthropists Fred and Lena Meijer were deeply devoted to the west Michigan community, supporting a variety of endeavors. Calvin is especially grateful for their assistance in the establishment of the Frederik Meijer Chair in Dutch Language and Culture and the Gateway Initiative, designed to offer access to higher education for first-generation students.
January 22, 2022 | Lynn Rosendale
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
Engineering students provide key insights for Habitat for Humanity
Habitat for Humanity wondered how to reduce carbon emissions even further in a house they are building. For the answer, they turned to an engineering class at Calvin University.
January 14, 2022 | Matt Kucinski
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
Students engage in sustainability research
Summer research projects at Calvin University are uncovering insights about energy, rain gardens, and native trees.
January 07, 2022 | Lauren Vanden Bosch
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
I'll be home for Christmas
For the first time in 36 years, Ron Hammond, a student in the Calvin Prison Initiative program, will spend Christmas outside prison walls.
December 24, 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 University, Safe Haven, GRPD, and YWCA team up to keep students safe
A $300,000 grant from the Department of Justice Office on Violence against Women (OVW) is allowing Calvin University to expand its efforts toward keeping its campus community safe.
November 30, 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
New Summer Program Helps High School Students Explore Possible Careers
In summer 2022, Calvin University is launching a program to help high school students better understand their interests and explore various career possibilities before heading off to college.
November 19, 2021 | Kayliani Powlison
Calvin University receives $500K grant to strengthen the humanities
The National Endowment for the Humanities has awarded Calvin $500K in relief funding as part of the American Rescue Plan that was passed by Congress earlier this year.
November 18, 2021 | Matt Kucinski
Dance Guild's 50-year story
Dance Guild, one of the largest on-campus student organizations, celebrates its anniversary with shows on November 19 and 20.
November 12, 2021 | Kayliani Powlison
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
Nature is medicine: Calvin works to connect community with nature
Calvin University has joined the Campus Nature Rx Network, a group of 24 U.S. and Canadian Institutions that work together to help college students with their mental health through equitable engagement with nature.
November 04, 2021 | Shelly DeJong
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 announces $15 million gift to establish School of Health
An anonymous alumni donor provided a $15 million lead gift to establish the School of Health. It marks the second-largest single donation in the institution’s history.
October 18, 2021 | Matt Kucinski
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
First-year undergraduate and graduate enrollment rising at Calvin University
Calvin University's first-year undergraduate enrollment is up 15% year-on-year and the institution's graduate enrollment shows a 50% uptick during that time.
September 17, 2021 | Matt Kucinski
Calvin University announces 2022 January Series lineup
New York Times best-selling authors, a renowned theologian, a retired 4-star admiral, and a popular public television host, are among an eclectic lineup of speakers who will use the power of story to humanize some of today’s most important and timely issues.
September 16, 2021 | Matt Kucinski
Calvin engineering program climbing U.S. News rankings
U.S. News & World Report ranks Calvin University fourth overall among Midwest regional universities. It also highlights Calvin as an innovative school, one of the best for undergraduate teaching, and continues to move its engineering program up the list.
September 13, 2021 | Matt Kucinski
Princeton Review highlights Calvin University’s Health Services
Calvin University is one of just 19 institutions nationwide to appear on The Princeton Review's "Great Health Services" list.
September 01, 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
The ripple effects of education
For Rene Rodriguez, an education on the streets proved extremely costly. Almost three decades later, an education inside prison walls was transformational.
July 31, 2021 | Matt Kucinski
A minivan opens door to community
Professor Fred Haan uses stories to build relationships with his engineering students. When his beloved minivan—the star of many of those stories—broke down, his students stepped up.
July 29, 2021 | Matt Kucinski
Graduates take Project Neighborhood lessons and traditions into their post-college lives
After getting to know each other during Project Neighborhood (PN), Emma Tongue, Bethany Williams, and Katie Haan '21 decided to live together in Grand Rapids and continue PN traditions after graduation.
July 23, 2021 | Lauren Vanden Bosch
Rare Falcons Showcase Wilderness Research Opportunities on Urban Campus
A pair of rare merlin falcons and their three now fledged babies have taken residence on Calvin’s campus, and they are captivating both community birders and researchers alike.
July 21, 2021 | Shelly DeJong
How an interest in maps and a drone hobby led one engineer to geographic information science
Adam Tjoelker '22 found a way to combine his many interests and skillsets (such as maps, drones, traveling, engineering, and science) to thrive in a new pursuit—geographic information science.
July 19, 2021 | Lauren Vanden Bosch