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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 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
Calvin University turns two
On July 10, 2019, Calvin changed its name from "college" to "university." Two years later, it's well on its way to Vision 2030.
July 10, 2021 | Matt Kucinski
Fiske Guide shortlists Calvin University for affordability and engineering
In its 38th edition, The Fiske Guide to Colleges applauds Calvin University for its affordability and the strength of its engineering program.
July 06, 2021 | Matt Kucinski
Calvin LifeWork program gives grads an advantage
While Calvin University graduates get jobs and into grad school, the Calvin LifeWork program is evidence of the university's commitment to prepare students holistically for both their career and all of life.
June 24, 2021 | Matt Kucinski
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
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
Calvin University celebrates historic Commencement doubleheader
Saturday, May 22, 2021 marks the 100th baccaulareate commencement for Calvin, its first as a university, and the first awarding of bachelor's degrees to inmates in the state of Michigan.
May 20, 2021 | Matt Kucinski
Calvin University grad among 12 Hertz Fellows nationwide
Nathanael Kazmierczak, a 2020 Calvin University graduate, is one of the 12 recipients of the prestigious Hertz Fellowship.
May 18, 2021 | Matt Kucinski
Calvin teaches students how to hack technology
Students in Calvin University's information security course are training in the U.S. Cyber Range, a virtual computer security lab built specifically for practicing hacking and counter-hacking techniques in a controlled environment.
April 30, 2021 | Matt Kucinski
Calvin University selects Noah Toly as provost
Noah Toly will begin his tenure as provost of Calvin University on July 1, 2021. Toly currently serves as executive director of the Center for Urban Engagement and chair of urban studies at Wheaton College.
April 19, 2021 | Matt Kucinski
Research experience guides students to Goldwater Scholarships
Two Calvin University students were recently named Goldwater Scholars, widely considered the most prestigious award for undergraduate students in the sciences. They credit their research at Calvin for opening many doors.
April 16, 2021 | Matt Kucinski
Calvin selects dean for School of Business
Jim Ludema returns to his alma mater, Calvin University, as an experienced educator, researcher, and administrator. He also comes with an extensive network in the business world and consulting experience for Fortune 500 Companies.
April 15, 2021 | Matt Kucinski
Calvin remembers Wally Bratt
Wally Bratt was a master teacher of German and receiving Calvin's top teaching award served as proof. But it is the investment he made in people that is counted as his greatest legacy. Just ask his former students and colleagues.
April 09, 2021 | Matt Kucinski
Set free inside prison walls
Narcissism and anger led Shawn England down a destructive path that led to life in prison. Now, 30 years later, after a Saul-to-Paul-like conversion, he's helping create a flourishing community where he is planted.
April 02, 2021 | Matt Kucinski
Calvin remembers Darlene Meyering
Darlene Meyering served at Calvin for more than 30 years. Her colleagues say that her love for God led to an overflowing joy that touched everything she did and everyone she met.
March 28, 2021 | Matt Kucinski
Calvin University receives A- rating from S&P
An independent assessment of Calvin University's financial position has yielded an A- rating. In March 2021, S&P Global Ratings defined Calvin's outlook as stable.
March 25, 2021 | Matt Kucinski
Expanding roles to support students
Calvin University faculty and staff have stepped up over the past year during the pandemic in an effort to support their community. The result? A waiting list of volunteers.
March 24, 2021 | Matt Kucinski
Calvin remembers John Bielema
John Bielema served as a regional gift officer at Calvin for 17 years. He's remembered by his former colleagues as someone who loved the mission of Calvin and was driven to raise as much money as he could to support that mission.
March 16, 2021 | Matt Kucinski
Student research leads to Toyota patent
Calvin University students and professors worked together over the past several years on a project for Toyota. Their research discoveries have now yielded a patent.
March 08, 2021 | Matt Kucinski
Breaking ground, sharing vision for School of Business
On Tuesday, March 2, administrators, faculty, staff, alumni, donors, and city commissioners, joined together to celebrate the groundbreaking of the Calvin University School of Business building.
March 05, 2021 | Matt Kucinski
Take me out to Commencement
On May 22, 2021, Calvin University will host a Commencement double-header at the LMCU Ballpark, the home stadium for the Detroit Tigers High-A affiliate West Michigan Whitecaps.
February 25, 2021 | Matt Kucinski
College Access Programs remove barriers, build bridges
In 2021, Calvin University is introducing two new summer programs in an effort to foster access, interest, and readiness for postsecondary education.
February 25, 2021 | Matt Kucinski
Nursing majors gain meaningful experience during pandemic
In 2020-2021, Calvin University nursing majors are being presented with new opportunities to gain the necessary skills required of a nursing professional, while also meeting the real needs on and off-campus during this pandemic.
February 24, 2021 | Matt Kucinski
A Common and Rare Purpose
Calvin University recently partnered with Spectrum Health and MSU College of Human Medicine to create the Rare Disease Network. Calvin senior Elle Hazlett was instrumental in launching this community of rare disease researchers, doctors, patients and their families.
February 20, 2021 | Matt Kucinski
A Community Steps Up to Swipe Out Hunger
When the pandemic hit, there was an increase in food insecurity on college and university campuses across the U.S. At Calvin, members of the community stepped up and started a food pantry and a swipe out hunger initiative.
February 20, 2021 | Matt Kucinski
Breaking ground on new School of Business
On Tuesday, March 2, Calvin University will hold a groundbreaking ceremony for its new School of Business building. The new 15,000-square foot building is expected to be ready for fall 2022 classes.
February 17, 2021 | Matt Kucinski
Creatively building community
Residence life staff have put together about a dozen days of activities that support the learning outcomes of residence life in helping to build community, while respecting Calvin University's current health and safety protocols.
February 15, 2021 | Matt Kucinski
Calvin University students return for spring semester
On Tuesday, February 2, Calvin University began its spring semester of in-person learning. And, like fall 2020, the university's return-to-learning testing program proved to be a crucial step in identifying positive cases early and mitigating community spread.
February 02, 2021 | Matt Kucinski
Named Scholarships help shift college decision
With more than 1,000 named scholarships available, a 30-minute investment in an application is likely to yield a scholarship that fills the gap for a student wanting to attend Calvin University.
January 27, 2021 | Matt Kucinski
Calvin University launches master's program in media and strategic communication
Calvin's new master of arts degree in media and strategic communication is a one-year program designed to blend theory, practice, and ethics.
January 25, 2021 | Matt Kucinski
When A Community Shapes You
When Michael went to jail in 1992 for second-degree murder, he felt his humanity had ended. Nearly three decades later, he testifies to how his Calvin community helped him see himself no longer as an agent of destruction, but rather as an agent of renewal.
January 22, 2021 | Matt Kucinski
Calvin University approved as COVID-19 vaccination site
The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services Division of Immunization approved Calvin University Health Services as a COVID-19 vaccination site. Calvin is the first university campus clinic in west Michigan to receive this designation.
January 15, 2021 | Matt Kucinski
Calvin remembers Don and Shirley Lautenbach
Don and Shirley Lautenbach's life inspired a love for learning and their gift of hospitality ensured that everyone felt welcome to be part of the journey. This legacy lives on at Calvin and through their 5 children, 13 grandchildren, and 20 great grandchildren.
January 13, 2021 | Matt Kucinski
Calvin University announces Fall 2020 Dean's List
Calvin University has released its fall 2020 Deans' List.
January 11, 2021 | Matt Kucinski
No borders at Calvin University
Calvin University created an online cohort so that international students who could not make it to campus this fall would have an option to begin their time at Calvin. This fall, 65 students completed their first semester online, and all 65 intend to continue online or in-person this spring.
December 23, 2020 | Matt Kucinski
Placing Poetry on Creation's Canvas
For a graphic design class project, Gabrielle Eisma, a junior at Calvin University, took 16 poems written by local artists and curated an unconventional and quite hidden gallery space.
December 18, 2020 | Matt Kucinski
Building a bridge for Spanish immersion students
Calvin University is helping high school students who are fluent in Spanish build on their Spanish immersion experience and deepen their understanding of the language. Better yet, students are able to earn a minor in Spanish and a semester's worth of college credit before they graduate high school.
December 14, 2020 | Matt Kucinski