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Calvin-Parents E-Newsletter: May 12, 2009

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More information from Calvin health services

Calvin College has not been visited by any cases of H1N1 (swine flu) and the health services staff is informed and vigilant regarding this virus.  This message from Calvin health services:

Recently the CDC issued new guidelines and no longer recommends that colleges cancel classes, close campuses, or cancel large gatherings related to possible or confirmed H1N1 cases.  Visit the CDC site for more complete information.

As a Sentinel Reporting Site, Calvin Health services continues to monitor and report suspected cases of influenza-like illnesses (ILI) seen at the health center.  We have seen only 4 cases of ILI since April 27.  We will continue to monitor this and consult with local health officials should our situation change.  We have communicated with students through student-news and on our Web pages.   See the health services Web site for more information.

Nancy VerMerris MSN, WHNP-C
Director, Calvin College Health Services
3200 Knight Way SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49546
Tel: (616) 526-6678  
Fax:  (616) 526-6548

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As the academic year ends, the campus community is reflecting on the year past and prayerfully considering the future.  Today's chapel was led by a student worship team and Provost Claudia Beversluis with songs of praise to the Lord who has prospered our work, including prayers for God's blessings for faculty and staff who are retiring or leaving Calvin for other places.  

Tomorrow, the final chapel of the year, we will sing of our longing to follow the One who is the Lord of our lives.  A student worship team will lead singing and Dean Bob Crow will offer prayers for God's blessings on those students who are graduating or leaving Calvin.

We warmly invite all to join us in worship in person or online live each day from 10:00-10:20 a.m.

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Senior Engineering Design Projects

The 25th annual engineering banquet was held Saturday, May 9. The evening's activities began in the Vermeer Engineering Projects Center and Prince Engineering Design Center. There, families were able to view the displays and prototypes developed by the design teams and dinner followed in the Commons Dining Hall. Following the dinner, presentations of all the Senior Engineering Design Projects were given in the Science Building, North Hall, and the Commons Lecture Hall.  Be sure to read more about these projects, including the picture-taking, remote-controlled airplane, that was featured in the local newspaper.

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Breakfast for parents of graduates May 23

Parents of graduates please note: The deadline for ordering breakfast tickets has been extended to this Friday, May 15.  Don't miss out on your chance to celebrate with 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. (Note: During this event the graduates will be participating in the annual Senior Breakfast held in the Commons Dining Hall.)

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Speaking of Commencement...

Parents of graduates should be sure to check the Commencement site to keep track of the schedule for the weekend, how to order photos and gifts and more.  There's also a link to an article about the Commencement speaker Professor Kenneth Bratt.

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Calvin's summer learning opportunities for all ages

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 and Academic Camps of Excellence (A.C.E.).  A.C.E. camps offer opportunities to work on sophisticated equipment and learn from brilliant teachers in the areas of computing (using "Scratch" software), chemistry, physics, science, luminescence, math and literature/writing.  Other youth programs including the popular S.T.E.P. (Striving Toward Educational Possibilities) program. Visit Summer Programs for program and registration information for all of these offerings.

There are summer learning opportunities for older learners, too.  The Calvin Academy for Lifelong Learning (CALL) offers June programs to any interested persons, not just CALL members. Find out more on their Web site.

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Sports highlights

These are the top highlights from the world of Calvin sports this week:  Calvin Lands Players on All-MIAA Baseball Teams; Sietsema/Pocock Receive Player of the Week Honors From MIAA; Calvin Finishes Second in Commissioner's Cup Race.  Read more about these stories on the sports information site.


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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:

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:
  • May 13: Classes end at 10:00 p.m.
  • May 14: Reading Recess (no classes)
  • 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:
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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