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Calvin-Parents E-Newsletter: March 31, 2009

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Calvin receives four stars

Charity Navigator has recognized Calvin for the efficiency of its fundraising and for the ways that fundraising benefits students.
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Festival of Faith & Music

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.

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Spring break photos

Now that students are back from spring break, you are able to view photo galleries from the Women's Chorale tour to the Pacific Northwest where they interacted with alumni, friends, families and prospective students.  Also, you can read the entire "story" from the track and field team as they trained in Gulf Shores, Alabama.

Holy Week on campus

There are worship opportunities every day of Holy Week, April 6-10, including the intensely meaningful Tenebrae service on Good Friday.  See the schedule for all the worship opportunities, including those of Holy Week, here

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Ecosystem preserve activities

Did you know that the Ecosystem Preserve is located around the headwaters of a local stream, Whiskey Creek, which flows through Calvin's east campus, and is the source of water for the Seminary Pond. Its varied environment hosts about 100 bird species each year, with approximately 60 that nest within its boundaries. All ages are invited to the Ecosystem Preserve this Saturday, April 4, dressed in any favorite camouflage clothing (optional, of course) to discover how and why animals use camouflage.  Hidden animal pictures and an active hide-and-seek activity are sure to create a fun learning experience for children ages five to 12 years. Please come dressed for the weather. For more information about our free family programs and other upcoming opportunities, visit the page that links to all the events hosted by the Ecosystem Preserve.

Celebrating John Calvin's 500th birthday

"In ourselves, we are scattered; in Christ, we are gathered together." 
-John Calvin, Commentary on Isaiah 53:6

Calvin College, along with the world-wide Reformed community, is celebrating the 500th anniversary of John Calvin's birth in 2009.  Although named for a single reformer, Calvin is home to students, faculty and staff with roots in many Christian traditions.  This diversity strengthens us because we are united, not only by a common Christian faith, but by a common calling and common vision. 

Information about the celebrations, and those worldwide, are listed and linked on Calvin 500, sponsored by the H. Henry Meeter Center for Calvin Studies.  The conference, "John Calvin: Myth and Reality," April 16-18, is hosted by the Meeter Center and co-sponsored by the Calvin Center for Christian Scholarship and the Nagel Institute for the Study of World Christianity.

5kEvents 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:

Apr. 16: Heritage chapter event
Apr. 23: Prof. Doug Koopman in Iowa
Apr. 25: Calvin 5k Spring Classic and Family Fun Run
May 22-23: Class of 1959 50-year reunion
Jun. 19: Heritage class reunion

Parent Calendar

Bookmark the parent calendar to keep track of important dates throughout the year, including:
  • Apr. 1: Miscellaneous charges payment due (1st of each month)
  • Apr. 3: Last day to add second-half semester courses
  • Apr. 9: Last day to drop or change full semester courses
  • Apr. 15: Deadline for students to verify health insurance status on Knightvision
  • Apr. 20: Tuition, room & board payment due
  • Apr. 22: Honors Convocation
  • Apr. 28-29: Academic advising (no classes scheduled)
  • Apr. 28: Registration for Fall 2009 begins
  • Apr. 30: Last day to drop or change second-half semester courses from credit to audit
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:
  • Center Art Gallery exhibition: INDEX paintings by Jered Sprecher - March 20 - April 25, 2009
  • Grand Rapids Bach Festival - March 31 - April 26, 2009
    This conference is being held in partnership with Calvin College.
  • Festival of Faith and Music - April 2-4, 2009
    This biennial conference brings together musicians, critics, journalists, musicians, artists, and listeners to explore issues of faith through insightful music.
  • "Hold in Remembrance, Jesus Christ" - April 18,  2009
    The Calvin Oratorio Society will sing Bach's Cantata 67: Hold in Remembrance, Jesus Christ, Handel's Dixit Dominus, and Faure's Requiem.
  • River City Improv - April 18 and May 2, 2009
    The alumni improv troupe always provides fun, family-friendly entertainment filled with laughs!
  • Gospel Choir - April 19, 2009
    The choir, under the baton of Charsie Sawyer, will present a concert of gospel praise.
  • Artist Series: Masaaki Suzuki - April 20, 2009
    In conjunction with the aforementioned Bach Festival, harpsachordist, organist and conductor Masaaki Suzuki will present an unforgettable organ recital.

News & Stories from campus

Check out a wealth of great stories on the News & Stories site, including more about the award-winning floor of the Van Andel Arena (featured in News Briefs on the right side of the News & Stories page) and how Cesar Chavez is being remembered.

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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