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Calvin-Parents E-Newsletter: March, 30 2010

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Calvin offers times of resting, reflecting and remembering during Holy Week

Calvin will offer numerous opportunities for students, faculty and staff to rest, reflect and remember during Holy Week. Daily chapel services at 10 a.m., Monday through Thursday in the College Chapel, will center on various aspects of Jesus' final days on earth, culminating with an 11 a.m. Tenebrae service on Good Friday April 2, in the Chapel. Those services are available live online each day at 10 a.m. eastern standard time. During the week there also will be four spaces across campus where people can meditate upon the themes of Holy Week. In the lobby of Hekman Library, there will be two chairs and a small table plus a booklet created by the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship to guide one through scripture, prayers and hymns. The DeVos Communications Center will include a space in its library for reflections on denying Christ, while the Discovery room in the Bunker Interpretive Center will focus on the disciples in the garden and their struggle to watch and pray with Jesus. Finally the prayer room in the Chapel will be a spot  for directed prayer and scripture on Christ's passion, including an opportunity to respond with prayer, poetry or a drawing (the room has a cross, Bibles, books of poetry and art, and songbooks as well as paper, pencils and markers). Calvin's Campus Ministries office has partnered with other offices on campus to provide many of the Holy Week opportunities.

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The Unguarded Moment: Photography by Steve McCurry

From March 29 to April 24, the Center Art Gallery at Calvin College presents an exhibition by photographer Steve McCurry entitled, The Unguarded Moment. The exhibition will be held in conjunction with the Festival of Faith & Writing and features 30 images that span more than 25 years of McCurry's work from countries such as Afghanistan, Cambodia, India, Pakistan, and Tibet to name a few. A world renowned photographer, McCurry's work has touched many people, particularly through his exposure in National Geographic. In fact, the photograph "Afghan Girl near Peshawar, Pakistan" was named the most recognized photograph in the history of National Geographic.

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Festival of Faith & Writing 2010

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. Online registration is available at but registration will close on March 31. Please feel free to contact us at if we can assist you with your registration in any way. Please note that there are scholarships offered by the Calvin Alumni Associaton for recent alumni.

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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Spring break recap

To see what a couple of the groups traveling for the college experienced last week, visit the following pages:

Capella was in Florida, Georgia and Indiana and they posted many photos from their trip.

Two groups of Worship Apprentices headed out in opposite directions.  Read the WA blog from the road, which includes many photos.

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Note from the advising office

On April 28-29, Calvin schedules two days of Academic Advising Recess.  This is a time when classes are not in session so that faculty can meet with their advisees.  Students are instructed to meet with their advisor during this time (per faculty schedule) and prepare for registration.  In fact, students must meet with their assigned advisor in order to be cleared  for KnightVision registration.  Please do all you can to encourage your student to take full advantage of academic advising.  In addition to meeting with an advisor, academic advising recess is a good time to get caught up on reading assignments and writing papers.  It should not be a time to leave campus for a long weekend getaway. 

Questions?  Please feel free to contact academic advising coordinator Dana Hebreard at

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Help spread the word about Calvin!

Alumni who want to ReCommend Calvin College to a high school student can go to and fill out a brief form that summarizes the conversation with that student. Those who do so by April 15, 2010, will get a coffee card that gives the alum a free latte the next time they are on campus. They also will be registered for a drawing for Calvin books, tickets and clothing.

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Calvin Spring Classic to run again!

Everyone can get in on the fun when the 20th annual Calvin 5k Run/Walk and the Karen Muyskens Family Fun Run hits campus on April 24, 2010.  There will be a new USAT&F-approved course with start and finish lines near the new Spoelhof Fieldhouse Complex. The Grand Rapids and Lakeshore area alumni chapters of the Calvin Alumni Association host this race. Because of our generous corporate sponsors, all entry fees go toward student scholarships!  Sign up today [online registration].

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The Summer Academy

The Summer Academy is a real life "Calvin try-on" for ninth through 12th graders looking for an early or pre-college experience that will test and improve their academic readiness for post-high school studies.  Real college credit, real campus life---all in Calvin's distinctively Christian learning and living environment.  See all the pre-college programs that are offered, such as ACE International, Entrada Scholars Program, and Pathways to Possibilities to name a few. To apply, complete the application, for which there is no fee, available online and return it with the required documentation by April 30, 2010.
-Julie Veeneman, program manager

Check the Parent Calendar for important dates

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

Apr. 1: Miscellaneous charges payment due (1st of each month)
Apr. 2: Good Friday; no classes
Apr. 5: Last day to add second-half semester courses
Apr. 9: Last day to drop full semester courses; last day to change full semster courses from credit to audit
Apr. 20: Tuition, room & board payment due
Apr. 21: Honors Convocation 7:30 p.m.
Apr. 27-28: Academic Advising (no classes scheduled)
Apr. 29: Registration for Fall 2010 begins
Apr. 30: Last day to drop second-half semester courses; last day to change second-half semester courses from credit to audit

Campus Events: You Are Invited!

Mar. 29 - Apr. 24: Center Art Gallery exhibition: "The Unguarded Moment" (read more below)
Apr. 1: Noontime Series: "Behold the Lamb of God: Music and Art for Holy Week"
Apr. 10: River City Improv performing at Ladies Literary Club in Grand Rapids, Mich.
Apr. 15-17: Festival of Faith & Writing (read more below)
Apr. 24: Calvin 5k Spring Classic and Karen Muyskens Family Fun Run (read more below

News & Stories from campus

Check out a wealth of great stories on the News & Stories site:

Students in a Calvin geography class have created online national atlases for Eritrea, Thailand and Nepal with more on the way. The project benefits the Calvin students, but also has the potential to make a difference in the lives of students in those countries.

Betsy Sneller, a Calvin English honors student, is a defender of “they.”  She has staked her honors thesis on the idea that "singular they" is okay. Her professors aren't so sure.

The Hekman Library is sponsoring its first-ever edible book festival. And all of the entries will be served at the reception.
Calvin Sports: This week's athletic events

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