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Calvin-Parents E-Newsletter: April 28, 2009

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May 1 and enrollment decisions

Calvin College and the admissions staff is thankful that a record number of students have applied and been admitted for the fall. These next couple of weeks are an important time for those students to make enrollment decisions. May 1 is the date by which most colleges ask new students to submit an enrollment deposit to confirm their place in the fall's class. Please be sure to encourage the new students (and parents) who you know with a call, note, or email as they face this key decision-making time. Any family needing more information - or additional time to make a decision - should contact their admissions counselor or call the admissions and financial aid office at 1-800-688-0122.  

Did you know that you can join the Calvin Admissions Counselors Facebook page?   "We're here to answer your questions about Calvin and keep you up to date on deadlines, events, and when you can meet with us on the road. We love talking to students, so write on the wall, give us a call, or email us!"

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Breakfast for parents of graduates May 23

Come and celebrate with us! Join President Byker, student-selected "2008 Professor of the Year" Dr. Todd Vanden Berg, and other Calvin administrators for this special Commencement event on Saturday, May 23 from 9:00-10:30 a.m. in the Prince Conference Center. Tickets are $15 per person and can be purchased from the Calvin Box Office online or by calling 616-526-6282. Seating is limited to the first 300 parents who place their order. The deadline for ordering has been extended to May 15, 2009. (Note: During this event the graduates will be participating in the annual Senior Breakfast held in the Commons Dining Hall.)

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Engineering Senior Design Night: May 9

The 2009 Engineering Banquet, which will be the 25th annual, will be held on Saturday, May 9, 2009. The evening's activities will begin at 4:00 p.m. in the Vermeer Engineering Projects Center and Prince Engineering Design Center. You will be able to view the displays and prototypes developed by the design teams and punch will be served. Dinner will be served in the Commons Dining Hall at 6:00 p.m. Following the dinner, presentations of all the Senior Engineering Design Projects will be given from 7:30 to 9:00 p.m. in the Science Building, North Hall, and the Commons Lecture Hall.

Tickets for the dinner ($20) can be purchased through the Calvin Box Office (616-526-6282).  Senior Design students are required to attend and will not need to purchase their own ticket.

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Festival of Faith & Music online access

Did you miss the interview between Cornel West and Lupe Fiasco?  Was there a workshop you wish you'd been able to attend?  Good news!   Audio files are now online for almost all of the workshops and keynote lectures from the Festival of Faith & Music.  Check it out! 

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Summer camp options at Calvin

Calvin provides a variety of summer youth camps and educational programs for elementary, middle and high school students. Included among these programs are: athletic, chemistry and foreign language camps, Knollcrest Music Camp, a Wetlands & Woodlands Camp, A.C.E. camps (Academic Camps of Excellence), and other youth programs including the popular S.T.E.P. (Striving Toward Educational Possibilities) program. Visit Summer Programs for program and registration information.

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Top sports headlines

School records continued to fall for the Calvin women’s track and field team on the final day of competition at the Hillsdale Gina Relays Saturday afternoon. For the third time this spring, senior Julie Bratt (Lynden, WA) reset her own school mark in the triple jump, recording an NCAA III provisional qualifying mark of 39-1 1/4, becoming the first individual in Calvin women’s track and field history to hit the 39-foot mark in the triple jump. Bratt’s jump was the third school record of the meet for the Knights as senior Lauren Bergstrom (Rochester, MN) set a school mark in the 1500 meters and junior Elizabeth Smit in the 3,000 meter steeplechase the night before.

Bratt’s jump was part of several NCAA III provisional qualifying performances for Calvin on Saturday. Read more about this story and other sports headlines, here.

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Spring exam treat: Order deadline is May 6

Help your hard-working student jump-start spring exams with confidence. The Spring Exam Treat ($18) features a reusable tote box filled with study snacks and treats (popcorn, candy, granola bars, etc.). The order deadline for this treat is Wednesday, May 6; the treat will be delivered to students on Tuesday, May 12. Remember that you can also surprise your student with the popular "Pizza and a Movie" treat, which can be ordered anytime and often! This treat features a certificate for a large two-topping pizza, a bag of popcorn, and a Blockbuster® gift card.
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Jubilee Fellows 2009

The Jubilee Fellows program is designed for students who are strongly inclined toward spiritual leadership and Christian ministry. Each fall, 12 junior-level students are selected to participate in the program. A spring seminar style course is followed by a 10-week summer internship. During the fall of their senior year, Fellows use their leadership gifts in service to the Calvin community. Meet the 2009 Fellows on the Faith Web site.

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Summer storage

Some parents have asked about Calvin's policy regarding storage of student property during the summer months. Students who will be returning to Calvin in September 2009 to live in either the residence halls or Knollcrest East apartments may store boxes and trunks in the designated trunk storage rooms. Although these rooms are locked throughout the summer, students must understand that storage is considered "at your own risk" as the college does not have insurance for students' personal property. Students can make arrangements for storage by communicating with their Resident Director.

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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. 29: Prof. Larry Herzberg in Holland, Mich.
May 7: MBA@Calvin in downtown Grand Rapids, Mich.
May 22-23: Class of 1959 50-year reunion on campus
Jun. 19: Heritage class reunion on campus

Parent Calendar

Bookmark the parent calendar to keep track of important dates throughout the year, including:
  • 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
  • May. 15: Deadline for students to verify health insurance status on Knightvision - PLEASE NOTE CORRECTION
  • May 15-20: Exams
  • May 21: Residence halls close at 10:00 am (for students with Wednesday exams or special permission only). Students, other than graduates, must move out of residence halls 24 hours after their last exam.
  • May 21-23: Commencement activities
  • May 23: Commencement ceremony, 2:00 p.m.
  • May 27: Grade reports for spring semester due to Registrar
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:

News & Stories from campus

Check out a wealth of great stories on the News & Stories site, including how Calvin will be involved in ArtPrize and behind the scenes at The Syringa Tree.

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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