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Calvin-Parents E-Newsletter: January 26, 2010

Campus imageJan. 6 - 26: The January Series - today, Archbishop Elias Chacour
Jan. 6 - Feb. 6: Center Art Gallery exhibition: "Sanctuary: Hallowed Space, Holy Place"
Jan. 28-30: Calvin Symposium on Worship
Jan. 30: The Rivalry - Calvin vs. Hope shown around the country
Feb. 6: English prof. Gary Schmidt in San Diego
Feb. 6 & 20: River City Improv
Feb. 8-13: uKnight week
Feb. 26 & 27: Alumni Choir in Cincinnati

You may want to 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.

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More stories from Interim 2010

Interim 2010 is ending soon and second semester will begin next week Monday.  Check out the collection of coverage on Calvin's 2010 interim, including interim classes, the January Series, student blogs and more.  One account of note is On the Ground: thoughts from Cambodia, a blog from Calvin's senior writer, Myrna Anderson, who is accompanying the "Transforming Cambodia" group.  They recently visited Choeung Ek Genocidal Center, one site of the Cambodian killing fields.  Read more.

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Calvin/Hope game this weekend

The Calvin/Hope rivalry is in its ninth decade of play, with Hope leading the series 88-86.   This year's date for the immensely popular satellite game---the men's game that brings fans together at satellite viewing locations around the country, will be this Saturday, January 30, 2010.  There are over 70 sites---one near you

Read more about the news and history of the rivalry.  The most recent match-up between these two teams had fans leaving Calvin’s Van Noord Arena happy after a victory over their rivals.

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What next for Haiti?

Economics professor Roland Hoksbergen talks about short-term aid and long-term redevelopment efforts in Haiti on the News & Stories pages from Calvin.  Professor Hoksbergen has a PhD from the University of Notre Dame in economic development and was recently featured in the Faculty Profiles section of News & Stories.

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Festival of Faith & Writing

The Festival of Faith & Writing (FFW) will take place at Calvin from April 15 to 17, 2010. Presenters will include Eugene Peterson, Mary Karr, Wally Lamb, Kate DiCamillo, Richard Rodriguez, Stephanie Kallos, Parker Palmer, Luci Shaw, and Stephen Carter, among many others. For a complete list of presenter and the schedule of events, visit the FFW site. The early registration rate of $165 is in effect until January 31; after that, the rate will be $180. (The student rate will remain at $80.) Online registration is available at Please feel free to contact us at if we can assist you with your registration in any way.

If you want to prepare for the FFW by reading some of the books from presenters who will be at FFW, visit the Festival Favorites page.  There is also a Recommended Reading page with a list of recommended books from all the presenters.

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Symposium this week

The Calvin Symposium on Worship will be held January 28 - 30, 2010, and is an annual worship conference on the campus of Calvin College & Calvin Theological Seminary.  At this event, worshipers and worship leaders from around the world gather for a time of fellowship, worship, and learning together. Morning and evening worship services are held in Calvin's new Van Noord Arena (*please note this correction*) and are free and open to the public (no registration needed). Those worship services will feature "The Great Stories" of the Old Testament.

Thursday morning: Genesis 4:1-16   Cain and Abel:  Dr. Neal Plantinga
Thursday evening: Genesis 22   The Testing of Abraham: Dr. Marva Dawn
Friday morning: Exodus 2:1-10   Moses Rescued from the River Nile: Rev. Laura Truax
Friday evening: I Samuel 3:1-21   The Call of Samuel: Dr. Frank Thomas
Saturday morning: 2 Sam 11 David, Bathsheba and Uriah: Dr. Mariano Avila
Saturday evening: I Kings 18:16-39  Elijah on Mount Carmel: Dr. Richard Mouw

There are also ten in-depth seminars on Thursday and over 70 workshops each day on Friday and Saturday, offered by more than 80 presenters.  You can find out more and register on the Symposium Web site.

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Student treat for February

The Valentine Treat features a BPA free 24oz stainless steel maroon water bottle, imprinted with a gold Calvin logo, and filled with treats and a $5 certificate for use at Johhny's Cafe.  The treat costs $25.  The Valentine Treat is included in the Year of Treats. The order deadline is Tuesday, February 2 and this gift will be delivered to students on Wednesday, February 10. Remember that you can surprise your student with the popular "Pizza and a Movie" treat ($25), which can be ordered anytime and often! "Pizza and a Movie" features a certificate for a large two-topping pizza (delivery), a bag of popcorn, and a Blockbuster® gift card! For more information please visit the Student Treats site.

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ReCommend winners

Congratulations to vanReken Hall and Gamma apartment---the buildings with the highest participation in the student phase of the ReCommend Calvin campaign!   To thank them for their enthusiastic support of Calvin, residents of vanReken will enjoy an additional night of Open House; residents of Gamma will each receive a coupon for a free Qdoba burrito.  
We’ve also wrapped up the parent phase of the ReCommend campaign.  Winners of the free textbooks (up to $450) are Calvin parents Anna Margaret Binder and Julie Driesenga.  Congratulations and thank you!
Please know how much we appreciate all Calvin parents who share their Calvin stories and encourage others to consider Calvin.  Don’t forget that any parent who recommended a student via can stop by the Spoelhof College Center lobby desk to pick up a card for a free coffee.  Thanks a latte!

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ReGathering 2010

ReGathering 2010 on February 3 is our chance to meet as a community to begin the second semester. We welcome back students and faculty who have traveled and studied abroad and we ask God's blessing on the academic work of the semester ahead.  Our speaker for ReGathering is Mike Mantel, director of Living Water International, Calvin alum and Calvin parent. 

Visit the ReGathering site to find out more about efforts to raise money for Living Water International.  If we reach $12,000, well...see the image at left to find out who will be jumping into the freezing waters of the Seminary Pond for uKnight week!

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Siblings Weekend, February 26-28, 2010

Mark your calendar for the Siblings Weekend on February 26-28, 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 meals in the dining halls and admission to a number of fun activities and events planned for  Siblings Weekend.  For additional information, visit the Siblings Weekend site which is the only way to register and pay.

Older siblings (grades 10-12) should note that Siblings Weekend 2010 is also a Fridays at Calvin visit weekend.

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Alumni Ceramics Competition

The Center Art Gallery at Calvin College is seeking submissions for the Alumni Ceramics Competition. Responses to this call for entries will be juried by Calvin professor of art Anna Greidanus. The accepted artwork will form an exhibition that will open during uKnight week 2010, February 8-13, 2010.

Held biennially, alumni exhibitions celebrate the work our alumni are creating and serve as a showcase for a particular medium that is taught in the art and art history department. This year the exhibition focuses on ceramics.

Check the Parent Calendar for important dates

Bookmark the Parent Calendar page to keep track of important dates throughout the year, including:

Jan. 26: Interim ends 5 p.m. (Travel Advice)
Feb. 1: Miscellaneous charges payment due (1st of each month); first day of spring semester (classes begin at 8 a.m.)
Feb. 3:
ReGathering: Opening Convocation (9:50-10:50 a.m.)
Feb. 5: Last day to add full and first-half semester courses
Feb. 26-28:
Siblings Weekend

News & Stories from campus

News & Stories from campus

Calvin professor of art Frank Speyers leads a brand-new offering this interim: "An Introduction to Plein Air Painting." Watch a short video on this hands-on course, one of more than 150 interim offerings from Calvin in January 2010.

Cover image of Desiring the KingdomFresh off an engaging talk (listen to the audio of that address) at the 2010 January Series, Calvin professor of philosophy James K.A. Smith has been honored by Christianity Today for his recent book Desiring the Kingdom: Worship, Worldview, and Cultural Formation. His work was one of 12 selected as the best of the year, books that the magazine's judges said "best shed light on the people, events, and ideas that shape evangelical life, thought, and mission." Smith's book, published by Baker Academic, was honored in the theology/ethics category. "Smith," the judges said, "makes a compelling case for considering the role of desire in our spiritual formation efforts."
Calvin Sports: This week's athletic events

Calvin KnightsFor information about athletic events visit the 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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