Each Friday the College’s academic community gathers for convocation, which seeks to enhance the classroom experience through co-curricular academic programming rooted in the liberal arts. Through a variety of speakers and topics, convocation is designed to foster the development and application of a Christian worldview. To that end, its programs provide common experiences to the academic community that will at times reinforce and at times challenge perspectives expressed in the curriculum, encouraging us to listen graciously and learn deeply from those with whom we agree and disagree.
We are pleased to welcome to Convocation several imaginative, ambitious, creative, faithful people who embody the heart of the liberal arts education—one that prepares students to lead their lives with purpose. A nod to our tagline, “Lives Worth Leading,” this year’s Convocation theme, “Lives of,” underscores the vast range of qualities that mark the Christian life.
The Office of Alumni and Parent Relations will be hosting the annual Homecoming Convocation.Click to read more
Every year the Office of Alumni and Parent Relations sponsors a convocation as part of the Homecoming and Family Weekend. This year will feature a theatre department panel conversation with alumna Kristina Stevick (1998), who is our Alumni Entrepreneur of the Year awardee. The Alumni Entrepreneur of the Year is given for exemplary vision, charisma, courage, determination, resourcefulness, hard work, creativity and innovation. As president and artistic director of History Alive, Inc. at the Old Town Hall in Salem, Massachusetts, Kristina Wacome Stevick devises intriguing theatrical scenarios based on true stories from the past, including the ever popular Cry Innocent, written by her husband, associate professor of English Mark Stevick. Please join us on September 30th for convocation as we begin the Homecoming weekend of events.
Each semester academic departments meet with students to discuss advising, grad school opportunities, or simply gather to worship and pray together.Click to read more
Locations for Departmental Convocation, October 7, 2016
Convocation presentation by Dr. Ian Hutchinson - Lives of DiscoveryClick to read more
This is a Natural Sciences Division convocation and our speaker is Dr. Ian Hutchinson. Ian Hutchinson is Professor of Nuclear Science and Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He is an international expert on the physics of plasmas: the ionized fourth state of matter. He led the design, construction, and operation at MIT of a forefront plasma confinement experiment: one of the nation's three major fusion research facilities. Understanding its plasmas, which are hotter than the center of the sun, promotes mankind's effort to generate practical energy from fusion reactions, the power source of the stars. In addition to 200 journal articles and two science text books, he has also written and spoken widely on the relationship between Science and Christianity. His book "Monopolizing Knowledge" explores how the error of scientism arose, how it undermines reason as well as religion, and how it feeds today's culture wars and an excessive reliance on technology.
Convocation presentation by Dr. Gary Schmidt - Lives of CommunityClick to read more
This is an Education Division convocation and our speaker is Dr. Gary Schmidt, professor of English at Calvin College and a prolific author of children's literature and young adult fiction. He received both a Newbery Honor and a Printz Honor for Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy and a Newbery Honor for The Wednesday Wars.
Professor Schmidt received his undergraduate degree in English from Gordon College in 1979. Thereafter he attended the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, receiving an MA in English in 1981 and then a PhD in medieval literature in 1985. He joined the faculty at Calvin College in 1985 where he has since taught in the English Department, and in the MFA in Children's Writing at Hamline University. He lives in Alto, Michigan, on an 1830s farm.