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Calvin-Parents E-Newsletter: February 17, 2009

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Join in the celebration!

This is a busy week on campus!  The new Spoelhof Fieldhouse Complex will be officially dedicated later this week as we celebrate God's goodness to Calvin College.  Homecoming week has also begun and there are activities for the students alumni, friends and the community through this weekend.  Join us for any of the events planned that celebrate athletics, theatre, art, books, volunteerism, film and the mission of Calvin!

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Support the women's basketball team!

A special "Go Calvin Women" promotion is underway for the Calvin women's basketball game against Hope on Homecoming Saturday, Feb. 21 at 2 p.m. Since this is the first Homecoming game to feature only the women's teams, we want to show our support in a big way.  Tickets are on sale for $2 each and each ticket entitles the holder to a free hot dog and soda at the Knight's Cafe in the fieldhouse lobby.  Tickets will be available at this special price at the Calvin Box Office during the week and at the Calvin men's game vs. Albion on Feb. 18.  Get your tickets, fill up the arena and cheer on the Knights on Homecoming Saturday, Feb. 21!

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Rangeela, Calvin's international student variety show, has been an annual highlight since 1996. Calvin has the 6th largest international student population of any liberal arts college in the USA, as well as all of West Michigan.  Rangeela, a pageant of costume, music, rhythm and drama, is that community's gift to Calvin.

Rangeela (Hindi for "colorful") is put together by a group of students, elected each year by their peers, and assisted by Calvin's International Student Advisor. It consistently sells out two consecutive nights making it an exciting weekend in the Fine Arts Center.  Read more about Rangeela.

Job search career resource blog

Despite the poor economy, graduating seniors are still being hired. To help prepare students for their search, or for use in your own, check out Aunt Bonnie's Career Catapult for practical advice to help with job search momentum. You are also able to explore career profiles of real people in real careers which is a great resource for students interested in learning about various career choices.

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PRISM 2008-2009

For only $10 you can purchase the 2008-2009 edition of the PRISM, Calvin's yearbook! This full-color book has over 180 pages filled with photographs and articles about students' lives and experiences at Calvin throughout this school year. PRISM will feature sports, student organizations, service-learning, faith, residence halls, and student life-- this is a fantastic way to get a peek into your student's life at college!  Read more about the history of the Prism from a recent story in the alumni magazine, Spark.

You can order the book at the campus store (online, search for "PRISM" or "yearbook").  We'll have your book available for pick-up at the Campus Store next year, or the book will be sent in the mail for off-campus students.

This is a wonderful, affordable gift for your student to preserve memories of a whole year at Calvin! Please feel free to contact with any questions.

Thank you!
The Prism staff

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Senior Salute and Commencement plans

There's more to Commencement than a cap and gown, and on Feb. 17 and 18, all seniors that plan to participate in Commencement must attend Senior Salute. Seniors will receive info on Commencement ticket orders, caps and gowns, Perkins Loan exit interviews, and other important details for an important day in their life.

Commencement 2009 will be held, for the first time ever, in the recently completed Van Noord Arena.  This ceremony will be back on Calvin's campus again after being moved off-campus to accommodate construction in 2007.  See the Commencement site for information on tickets and the full event schedule. Please note that the Teacher Commissioning Ceremony will begin at 7:30 p.m. (not at 8 p.m., as noted in the December mailing sent to parents of graduates).

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A new mascot for the Knights

Speaking of the new athletic complex and upcoming sporting events, did you know that Calvin has a new mascot?  The new Knight was was introduced in front of the 4,632 fans that sold-out the arena on February 11 when the men's basketball team hosted Hope College at the new Van Noord Arena for the first time.  The mascot was part of the excitement which included the Knights defeating Hope by one point in the final seconds of the game!  You are now able to watch a video of the mascot tryouts and read more about how this mascot was chosen.  If you are in town, be sure to get tickets to an upcoming event held in one of the new facilities and look for the new mascot to be there, too.  Any of these sporting events offer a fun, family-friendly outing for all ages that you won't want to miss!  (Also, check out the photo gallery from the mascot's first game.)

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Comenius Scholars program

The Comenius Scholars program, supported by a $250,000 grant from the McGregor Fund, is designed to place Calvin's liberal arts majors in internships with non-profit organizations. The program partners with local non-profits to provide high-quality, paid internships in their organizations. Community partners provide 25–50 percent of the student’s stipend, and the Comenius Scholars program, through the McGregor grant, provides the remaining amount. Students also receive course credit for their experiences and participate in a weekly seminar with other Comenius interns. Read more about this resume-building opportunity.

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Calvin's Parent Council

The Calvin Parent Council is a representative group of Calvin parents who meet on campus twice annually, foster constructive dialogue between the college and parents, serve as ambassadors for the college, and faithfully support Calvin's mission.  Parent Council meetings are held on campus in conjunction with two parent/family events: Family Weekend (October) and Siblings Weekend (February). Members are asked to provide their own transportation and lodging for the meetings; some meals will be provided by the college in conjunction with Parent Council sessions.  If you are interested to be a part of this group, you can contact

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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:

Feb. 12-14, 18, 19&21: "The Government Inspector"
Feb. 17-22: Spoelhof Fieldhouse Complex Dedication events and activities
Feb. 20&21: Homecoming 2009
Mar. 5: Calvin Around Town at the Frauenthal Center for the Performing Arts
Mar. 20-29: Women's Chorale Pacific Northwest tour
Apr. 25: Calvin 5k Spring Classic

Parent Calendar

Bookmark the parent calendar to keep track of important dates throughout the year, including:
  • Feb. 27&28: Siblings Weekend, Rangeela
  • Mar. 1: US Financial Aid Application due (returning students); Calvin Named Scholarship and most Department Scholarship applications due; misc. charges payment due (1st of each month)
  • Mar. 4: Last day to drop first-half semester courses and change first-half semester courses from credit to audit; Last day to request a tutor from SAS
  • Mar. 11: Last day to obtain refund for full semester course withdrawals/drops
  • Mar. 16:Tuition, room & board payment due
  • Mar. 20: Spring break begins at 5 p.m.; First half semester courses end
  • Mar. 21: Residence halls close at 10 a.m.
  • Mar. 29: Residence halls open at noon
  • Mar. 30: Spring break ends 8 a.m.; Second-half semester courses begin

News & Stories from campus

Check out a wealth of great stories on the News & Stories site, including a video about the Spoelhof Fieldhouse Complex, showing the use, vision and promise of those facilities.

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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