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Calvin-Parents E-Newsletter: April 7, 2009

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Holy Week...Take the Journey

There are worship opportunities every day of Holy Week this week, including the intensely meaningful Tenebrae service on Good Friday.  See the schedule for all the worship opportunities, including those of Holy Week, here.  Also, don't forget about the prayer log that's always available to inform your prayers for students, faculty, staff and the greater Calvin community.   And you can listen to chapel live each day from 10:00-10:20 a.m.
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ISRI scholarships

The Integrated Science Research Institute (ISRI) will award a total of $320,000 in scholarships to up to eight current and incoming students in 2009–2010 through a $581,000 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF).  Read more about the scholarships and the dedication of the institute earlier this school year.

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Commencement plans

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).  The Commencement Hotline is 800-560-6391 or 616-526-8615.  You may also email

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Annual verification of health insurance

Students now have the opportunity to enroll in or waive out of the KnightCare Student Health Insurance Plan for the 2009-2010 academic year. This is done online through a waiver system offered by UnitedHealthCare Student Resources, the company who underwrites Calvin’s Student Health Insurance Plan.  This online system may now be accessed (

If a student chooses to waive out of KnightCare, they must be prepared to answer questions about their current health insurance coverage (including policy numbers, group numbers and insurance contact information).  Occasionally, this insurance information is something that a college student will need to obtain from a parent or guardian.

For additional information about student health insurance, students and parents can visit Health Services.  For questions or concerns, please contact Kelly Moore (Immunizations and Insurance) at 616-526-6568 or

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Honors Convocation

Calvin College will hold its 55th annual Honors Convocation at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 22 in the college's Fine Arts Center. The event recognizes not only the students who will graduate with honors in one or more subjects, but the Dean's List honorees, many of whom have been on the list every year of their Calvin careers. Honors graduates will receive gold honors medallions and Dean's List honorees from all classes will receive certificates. Families are welcome; tickets not required.

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Calvin 5k Run/Walk and Karen Muyskens Family Fun Run

Calvin parents, families and friends are invited to participate in the 5k Run/Walk and Karen Muyskens Family Fun Run on Saturday, April 25. In past years several out-of-state families participated and made a fun family weekend of this annual event! There is a 5k Run/Walk scheduled to begin at 9:00 am. A Family Fun Run for kids ages 12 and under (and anyone else who wants to join in the fun) is scheduled for 10:15 am, immediately following the Run/Walk. All kids 12 & under that register for the Fun Run will receive a race t-shirt, race number and runner packet. All ages are welcome to participate, so bring your mom, dad, grandma and grandpa! And, when your fun run is over, there will be prizes and cash give-a-ways for all registered race participants. For more information visit the 5K Spring Classic Web site.

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Visiting? Stay on campus at Calvin's Prince Conference Center

Are you making plans to visit your Calvin student and looking for lodging in Grand Rapids? Did you know that there is a quality hotel right on campus?  Please consider the comfortable accommodations in any of one of 69 guest rooms at Calvin's Prince Conference Center.  All reservations include a deluxe continental breakfast.  Make your reservations today by calling toll-free at 866-526-7200 or online. Planning a wedding in Grand Rapids?  Check out our online menus and facility pricing!
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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:

Apr. 16: Heritage chapter event
Apr. 23: Prof. Doug Koopman in Iowa
Apr. 25: Calvin 5k Spring Classic and Karen Muyskens Family Fun Run
Apr. 29: Prof. Larry Herzberg in Holland, Mich.
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. 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:

paintballsNews & Stories from campus

Check out a wealth of great stories on the News & Stories site, including a new talk show on Calvin's Video Network (CVN), a story about Calvin rugby and another about the Military Appreciation Club.

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.

Other Helpful Links:
Parent & Family Resources
Parent Calendar
Worship & Discipleship
Campus News
Daily Sports Update
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