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Calvin-Parents E-Newsletter: March 3, 2009

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Recap of Airband, Rangeela...

Relive the highlights from Airband XXV held during Homecoming weekend.  Read more about Rangeela, the international student variety show, and the story of the parent that followed her daughter's rehearsals on Skype.  There is also a photo gallery from the events of a busy weekend on campus and other activities of campus life.

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All are invited to the Calvin Around Town event featuring the Calvin Orchestra

Please join us for our next Calvin Around Town at the Frauenthal Center for Performing Arts in Downtown Muskegon on Thursday, March 5, 2009.   The evening's highlights include a hors d'oeuvre reception, tours of the historic theater, and admission to the Calvin College Orchestra’s annual Concerto Concert under the baton of conductor Robert Nordling.  You can register for the event ($10) on the Calvin Around Town secure registration site.

Calvin’s 80-piece full symphony orchestra presents two major concerts and tours annually.   Each year the Calvin College Orchestra hosts a Concerto Competition with the winners selected to perform as soloists at the Concerto Concert.  See these performers and the beautiful Frauenthal on March 5.

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Department of nursing admission decisions

Calvin students who have made application to the upper division nursing major for the fall of 2009 will receive notification of acceptance or non-acceptance this week. Those who are not admitted will be offered support and encouragement via their academic advisor, the Broene Counseling Center and Career Development.  Please feel free to contact the nursing department at 616-526-7076 with any questions you may have. 

--Mary Molewyk Doornbos, professor and chairperson, nursing department

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Women's Chorale tour of Pacific Northwest

Calvin Woman's Chorale, an honor choir founded and led by Dr. Pearl Shangkuan, will tour Oregon, Washington and British Columbia during the college's spring break, March 21-28, 2009.

The Calvin Woman's Chorale has already performed at festivals throughout Michigan and sings at the annual Fall Music Festival, the Festival of Lessons and Carols, and presents a full concert each spring. The chorale toured the East Coast in 2005 and, following that tour, the choir released its debut recording, Music Down in My Soul. In 2007, the chorale spent three weeks on an tour to South Korea, China and Southern California.
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UnBorn events

The Calvin College Republicans are proud to host a series of events featuring different speakers, focusing on domestic and international life issues, in DeVos Room 150, Tuesday through Thursday of this week.

Tuesday:  Join in a discussion with Dr. Joseph DeCook, a retired OBGYN and vice president of the American Association of Pro-life OBGYN's. He will speak about the side effects of abortions, incorporating research and studies from Europe.

Wednesday:  Bethany Christian Services will host a discussion on how to help women through unwanted pregnancies.  The discussion will also focus on the opportunities available for families such as adoption and foster care.

Thursday: TBD.

We hope that you will all join in the discussion as we work through this issue and learn how we can make a difference.  If you have any questions, please email Rachael at or Paul at  See you there!

In Him,
Paul M. Gehm, chairman
Calvin College Republicans

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Student Treats:  Popcorn

The next installment of student treats to order for your student features popcorn!  Your student can dive into a bag of popcorn to help get back into school after spring break.  They'll also need some snacks (and maybe more to share?) to help with the last push until exams.  The Popcorn Treat features three bags of deluxe, flavored popcorn—caramel, cheese, and butter—and includes a personal-sized bag of the fruity favorite "Monster Munch."

The order deadline is March 24 with delivery on March 31 (PLEASE NOTE date correction from the brochure).  And don't forget your off-campus student!  Students living off-campus will receive an e-mail notifying them they have a treat to pick up, within two business days, at the appointed location on campus.  If you have questions about the treats, contact at 616-526-6802.

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From the office of the president

I am pleased to inform the Calvin community that I have offered the position of College Chaplain to Rev. Dr. Mary Hulst and she has graciously accepted the position, pending a successful PSC (Professional Status Committee) interview.   We are grateful to God for her willingness to accept this call on her life and to continue to serve the Christian Reformed Church as the new College Chaplain.  

Dr. Hulst received her BA in Classics at Calvin College in May, 1991.  She went on to earn her M.Div. at Calvin Theological Seminary in May, 1995.  In December 2006 she earned her PhD from the University of Illinois in Communications Ethics. She has served as pastor of the Eastern Ave. CRC, and faculty member in both our CAS department and at Calvin Theological Seminary.  In all these roles, Dr. Hulst has demonstrated that she is a superb teacher, wise pastor and effective communicator, all grounded first of all in her own discipleship to Jesus Christ.

In this new role as College Chaplain, she will be a resource to students, faculty and staff.  This multi-faceted work will be carried out in partnership with several on-campus offices.  She will head the professional staff in the office of Christian formation.  Provost Beversluis looks forward to working with her on opportunities involving the faculty.  Her great skill as a teacher will continue to be tapped both in Seminary, where she will continue to teach some preaching courses as a member of the faculty, and in our newly organized Department of Congregational and Ministries Studies, where she will serve as adjunct faculty.

She will begin her work here in the early summer of 2009.  Please feel free to offer your welcome and congratulations by emailing her at  I also wish to thank the Chaplain's Search Committee for their thorough and thoughtful work.  

Gaylen Byker, president
(You may visit the Faith Web site for more information about the office of Christian formation.)

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Online resources from Calvin covering...everything!

Need a little inspiration or want to do research on a topic?  Consider checking the archives of the January Series lecture and cultural/arts series which covers topics as diverse as the world of ideas.  There are also archives for Inner Compass, Calvin's television interview show that explores how people make their decisions about a wide variety of ethical, religious, and social justice issues.  And, while you are looking, bookmark the entire collection of audio resources on Calvin's site, housed on Minds in the Making, an e-collection from Calvin.

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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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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:

Mar. 5: Calvin Around Town at the Frauenthal Center for the Performing Arts in Muskegon, Mich.
Mar. 9: Athletics luncheon featuring coaches and athletic directors in Zeeland, Mich.
Mar. 20-29: Women's Chorale Pacific Northwest tour
Mar. 20-26: Baseball team in Phoenix
Apr. 25: Calvin 5k Spring Classic

Parent Calendar

Bookmark the parent calendar to keep track of important dates throughout the year, including:
  • 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 more about the National Science Foundation awards of $500,000 in scholarship to students combining science and computation in their field of study, the death of long time employee Esther Waid, and the college's second Byker Chair, geography professor Janel Curry.

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 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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Parent & Family Resources
Parent Calendar
Worship & Discipleship
Campus News
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