By Gail Heffner, Ph.D., Director of Community Engagement
Calvin College, a Christian liberal arts college ranked #1 in the Midwest*, has called Michigan home since its founding in 1876. We are rooted in this vibrant state, with branches of influence across Michigan and around the globe. Indeed, our continuing partnership with Michigan Radio—an organization that reaches communities in Michigan and beyond—is a natural fit.
Over half of the students that Calvin serves are from households in Michigan. We are proud to educate so many students and families from our great state alongside students from 47 other states, 5 Canadian provinces and 61 other countries.
Calvin is committed to investing deeply in the “mitten state,” from community nursing to business partnerships, ACT tutoring to low-income tax assistance, service-learning with nonprofits to environmental stewardship of our land and resources. Our Plaster Creek Stewards initiative is one example. Calvin College faculty, students and community partners have been working together to restore health and beauty to the Plaster Creek waterway in West Michigan.
It makes sense that Michigan Radio is the place Calvin turns to get the word out about our world-class concerts, in-depth conferences and seminars, and the January Series: an annual lecture lineup deemed “fifteen days of a free liberal arts education.” We welcome many Michigan Radio listeners to our events, listeners who join us in being inquisitive about new ideas, hungry for truth, and passionate about solutions.
Thank you, Michigan Radio and listeners statewide, for participating in our community, whether through an hour-long event, four years of study, or a lifetime of learning.