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Calvin-Parents E-Newsletter: January 6, 2009

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The January Series begins tomorrow and you can listen live

For over twenty years, The January Series has been the leading lecture/cultural arts series in the country. The diversity of presenters and topics has changed as the world of ideas has changed.  Some of this year's speakers include Richard Norton Smith, presidential historian; Christine Brennan, sports columnist; and John Witte, Jr., author and John Calvin expert.  The award- winning presentations take place every weekday on our campus from 12:30 -1:30 p.m. from January 7 through 27 and it is also available at remote Web cast sites across the country and Canada, as well as online.  Take a look at the January Series site for the complete lineup of speakers, find out where the 22 remote sites are that will be receiving the live video feed, visit the archives of past speakers and listen to the daily live audio feeds.

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The Spoelhof Fieldhouse Complex opens its doors this week!

The new Spoelhof Fieldhouse Complex was designed to take an integrated approach to health, fitness and physical education while accommodating the health, physical education, recreation, dance and sport (HPERDS) department programming. The complex will be a resource for the entire Calvin community and it only took 614 days to construct after ground was broken in 2007.  The keys to the arena were handed over to Calvin last week

Now, on January 7, 2009, the new facility is set to open to the public for an evening of basketball games against Trine University. Tickets are still available for the game and you can order them online now or stop in at the Calvin Box Office in the Fine Arts Center.

The official dedication of the complex will take place on Friday, February 20, 2009, when the community is invited to the public ceremony and reception following.  In the meanwhile, you can read the most recent news release which features new photos, watch a video taken by a local news station, and listen to interviews from media day.

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The Calvin/Hope Rivalry: Join the fun at one of 50+ gathering sites

The classic Calvin/Hope men's basketball rivalry will resume on Saturday, January 17, at 3 p.m. EST. Calvin and Hope parents, family, and alumni are invited to gather at one of more than 50 sites across North America to participate in this Calvin-Hope tradition via live broadcast. To locate the event closest to you, visit the rivalry site.  Are you unable to find a Rivalry location nearby? Call the alumni office (616-526-6142) to see about making arrangements for 2010.  It's easy and fun!

The Calvin-Hope rivalry has gained national attention in recent years and was ranked one of the country's fiercest rivalries behind Duke/North Carolina, Connecticut/Tennessee (women's) and Louisville/Kentucky. The first game between the two schools was played during the 1920-21 season. Since then, Hope and Calvin have played 169 times; Calvin has won 83 games and Hope has won 86.  Check out the Calvin/Hope site to read more about the rivalry and see photos from past gatherings around the country.

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Interim 2009

Interim 2009 will officially begin tomorrow, and while the majority of students are taking a class that keeps them on campus or in the area, many students have already left, or soon will depart, for their Interim experience off-campus. If you have a son and/or daughter studying abroad for January, you can bookmark the off-campus programs site and there read about all the off- campus offerings for this Interim term.  You can also read about how Calvin ranks first in the country in its category for students studying abroad, which includes the many students who travel in January.

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Siblings Weekend, February 27 & 28, 2009

Mark your calendar for the popular annual event, Siblings Weekend, which provides your Calvin student an opportunity to share the Calvin experience with a younger sibling, cousin, family friend, etc. The cost is $22 per guest, which includes up to six meals in the dining halls (Friday dinner through Sunday lunch), admission to all of the Siblings Weekend activities on campus (with the exception of Rangeela), and off-campus bowling. Tickets for either Rangeela performance (Friday or Saturday night) will go quickly and must be purchased separately through the Calvin Box Office at 616-526-6282; tickets will go on sale at the end of January but students can buy tickets in mid-January. For additional information, visit the Siblings Weekend site.

Older siblings (grades 10-12) should note that Siblings Weekend 2009 is also a Fridays at Calvin visit weekend.

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Faith & International Development Conference 2009

Calvin will be hosting its fourth annual student-organized Faith and International Development Conference from February 5-7, 2009.  Last year, over 500 students attended. The theme of this year's conference is "Partnership: United in Service." A focus will be on the many forms of partnerships, including the relationship between the Global North and the Global South. The goal of the conference is to encourage dialogue between students and development professionals about what promotes mutually-beneficial partnerships and to challenge one another to engage in dynamic partnerships. The key sponsors are the Christian Reformed World Relief Committee, Food for the Hungry, Partners Worldwide and World Vision US. For additional information visit the conference site.

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Please nominate a high school student for Entrada 2009

The Entrada Scholars Program offers ethnic minority high school students a "gateway" to the future: the opportunity to experience college learning and living while earning college credit. Entrada scholars participate in regular summer-term classes with current Calvin students and spend 4 weeks in the summer experiencing college life first-hand. Calvin parents are invited and encouraged to nominate high school juniors and seniors within your sphere of influence (family, church, school, neighborhood, etc.) who might benefit from such an opportunity. The deadline for nominating an Entrada scholar is February 15. For more information about Entrada, and to access the nomination form visit the Entrada site

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Events for alumni, friends and families

Bookmark the alumni events calendar to keep track of important dates throughout the year, to which you are warmly invited, as a parent, alumni and/or friend of the college.  More information is found there for each of the following events:

Jan. 16: Alumni Choir's Winter Concert in Kalamazoo
Jan. 17:
Alumni Choir's Winter Concert on campus
Jan. 17: The Rivalry - Calvin/Hope men's basketball broadcast all over the country
Jan. 20MBA@Calvin event with Ken Van Der Wende; January's topic is entrepreneurship

Check the Parent Calendar for important dates

Bookmark the parent calendar to keep track of important dates throughout the year, including:
  • Jan. 7: Interim begins, 8:00 a.m.
  • Jan. 19: Last day to drop Interim courses and change Interim courses from credit to audit
  • Jan 27: Interim ends, 5:00 p.m.

As always, check out a wealth of great stories on the News & Stories site which features student, faculty and staff stories, news briefs and photo and video links.

Campus Events: You Are Invited!
Be sure to bookmark the Parent Calendar page (which also links to other campus calendars for sporting events, music department concerts and student activities office concerts) to keep track of important dates throughout the year, including:
Calvin Sports: This week's athletic events

Calvin KnightsFor information about athletic events visit the newly redesigned Sports Information Web site. Need Calvin sports results fast? Call the Calvin sports hotline at 616-526-6522 for current sports updates. You can also sign up for the Calvin Sports-Report, a free e-mail bulletin notifying Calvin sports fans of current sports news.

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