The Festival of Faith & Music, which will take place this year from April 2 through 4, is a biennial conference that brings together musicians, critics, journalists, musicians, artists, and listeners for three days of discussing and celebrating insightful music that explores, in some significant way, issues of faith. They seek to be conscientious listeners, agents of renewal and prophets of the Light, but this is only one aspect of their mission. There is now a News & Stories feature on faith and music, Calvin-style, which includes links to the artists and their music, as well as a link to an interview with Ken Heffner, Calvin's director of student activities.
At Calvin a new generation is being mentored to become the Christian leaders of tomorrow. Every year, the Lilly Vocation Project gives 12 students the opportunity to discern their vocation for Christian ministry and the Jubilee Fellows are selected. This year the project has named the following students as fellows: Nick Baas, Rachel Bergman, Jonathan De Ruiter, Brandon Haan, Josh Kuipers, Kate Oswald, Katie Pruss, Charlotte Sandy, Tracy Ver Merris and Philip Vestal. Read more about this year's group of Jubilee Fellows.
Calvin students are finalizing their school work as they prepare to get away and relax for a week during spring break. Some students plan a week of service for their spring break and choose from trips offered by the Service-Learning Center. The Service-Learning Center sponsors trips which sends groups around the country to serve alongside worthy non-profit organizations. The goal is that students will also learn about cultures other than their own. Calvin students and mentors will spend spring break doing everything from urban ministry to hurricane relief. See what trip opportunities are available this year.
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. On that site, you can follow their trip and see photos taken as they meet parents, alumni and friends along the way. You can also listen to a few samples of their recent recordings.
During the month of April, each student is asked to submit information about their current health insurance coverage. Students will be asked to submit this information through an online waiver system offered by UnitedHealthCare Student Resources, the company who underwrites Calvin’s Student Health Insurance Plan. This online system may be accessed beginning April 1st at www.srstudentcenter.com/calvin.
The Summer Academy at Calvin is still recruiting for the July 2009 session. See their site for information on the extended deadline and application process. Nothing prepares you for the real thing like the real thing. The Summer Academy; a real college experience for real college experience. Contact Julie Veeneman (email@example.com; 616-526-7643 or 616-617-7317), manager of The Summer Academy and Academic Content Experience (ACE) International Program.
Junior and senior students are applying to live in a new residence hall, van Reken, that creates an intentional community of learning. The residential part of college life is essential to the whole college experience. It’s also the main reason for increased demand for on-campus living opportunities (they have been filled beyond capacity) and it is what prompted the creation of van Reken hall. Completed in the fall, the new wing of Kalsbeek-Huizenga, named after the van Reken family who were primary donors to the project, reflects the heart and work of the entire van Reken family which has a legacy of involvement with mission work. Read more about van Reken hall.
Calvin's swimming and diving team will send 11 individuals to this week’s NCAA III Championships scheduled to be held at the University of Minnesota. Competing for Calvin in swimming events will be seniors Cara Van Woerkom and Julie Wolfe, juniors Maggie Vail, Emily Roberts, Laura Price and Libby Veldkamp and sophomores Kendra Kinzer and Monica Bressler. Competing for Calvin in the diving competition will be seniors Erica Deur and Jeena Velzen and junior Casey Herman.
The Calvin sports information department caught up with seniors Cara Van Woerkom and Julie Wolfe along with junior Maggie Vail on Monday before the Knights departed for Minneapolis and recorded interviews that can be heard on the sports site.
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."
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:
parent calendar to keep track of important dates throughout the year, including:
News & Stories from campus
Check out a wealth of great stories that are always available on the News & Stories site.
|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|
For 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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