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Calvin-Parents E-Newsletter: May 25, 2010

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Commencement 2010 photos, videos

The Calvin community celebrated Commencement 2010 events with over 900 new graduates and their families on Saturday, May 22.  Events included the 50th reunion of the Class of 1960 and presentation of this year's Distinguished Alumni Award to Edward T. Begay '60, and Anna Belle Engbers '58, Jacqueline Greenman '58 and Marjorie Van Kooten '58.  You can now watch a video of Dr. Mouw's address to the graduates on the Commencement site.  Also, see photographs from the weekend on the photo gallery pages

Before they left, several seniors reflected on their time at Calvin and passed along advice to new students. Hear what they had to say in a four-minute video online now.

Congratulations to all the graduates and a sincere thank you to all families and friends that joined us for Commencement 2010! 

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NCAA III Track and Field Championships

The Calvin men’s and women’s track and field teams will send a combined 16 athletes to the upcoming NCAA III Track and Field Championships including 12 from its women’s team and four from its men’s team.  Read more about the 16 individuals that will represent the Calvin track and field program at the NCAA III Track and Field Championships this Thursday, Friday and Saturday (May 27-29) at Baldwin-Wallace College in Berea, Ohio.  And if you are in the area, cheer them on!


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Breakfast for Parents of Graduates, CAS

Parents enjoyed the Breakfast for Parents of Graduates on Commencement morning with keynote speaker professor of communication arts and sciences (CAS) Judith Vander Woude, recipient of the Presidential Award for Exemplary Teacher in 2008.  The CAS department is proud of their speech pathology and audiology department, for which Prof. Vander Woude is the director.  Recently, a video featuring students that are part of Calvin's Stroke Rehabilitation Clinic was posted to Calvin's Vimeo channel

Learn more about Calvin as a place to study communication arts and sciences through the lens of Christian faith.

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Calvin-Parents summer schedule

Because student life and campus activities slow down considerably during the summer months, Calvin-Parents will be published less frequently starting in June.  Weekly issues of Calvin-Parents will resume again at the end of August. Special summer bulletins will be published as needed. If you have individual questions or concerns during the summer please do not hesitate to contact Sue Kuyvenhoven in the parent relations office at 616-526-6802, or send a message to

If your student has graduated and/or you no longer wish to receive Calvin-Parents, we will be happy to unsubscribe you.  You may email us at in order to do so.  You may also unsubscribe (or re-subscribe) at any time by following the instructions included at the bottom of this newsletter or on this Web page.

Thank you for participating in this important communication link between the college and Calvin families! Have a blessed summer!

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The World Communion of Reformed Churches

One thousand people from 100 countries will gather on the campus of Calvin College from June 18-28  to launch the World Communion of Reformed Churches (WCRC) at a Uniting General Council.  The WCRC is a new international organization of churches representing 80 million Reformed Christians who have been members of the World Alliance of Reformed Churches (WARC) and/or the Reformed Ecumenical Council (REC).  The Christian Reformed Church is a member of both the WARC and the REC.

As part of this historic gathering, the pre-council seminar "Reformed Mission in an Age of World Christianity" will strengthen the intersection between Reformed Christian faith expressions and global movements for world Christianity. There are currently people from over 40 countries registered for this seminar which will take place from June 15 to June 17.

Several events, including a worship celebration on Sunday, June 20 at 4 p.m. in the Van Noord Arena (of the Spoelhof Fieldhouse Complex) are open to the public.  In addition there are opportunities to volunteer, host or sponsor a delegate.  Learn more at

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Summer Seminars in Christian Scholarship 2010

The Seminars in Christian Scholarship host public lectures all summer.  All public lectures are to be held at 7:30 pm in the Gezon Auditorium located in the Spoelhof College Center on Calvin College's campus. Here's the schedule and more contact information:

Wednesday, June 23, 2010
Rebecca Konyndyk DeYoung, Ph.D. (Calvin College)
"The Seven Deadly Sins and Spiritual Formation"

Wednesday, June 30, 2010
Harry Stout, Ph.D. (Yale University)
"Abraham Lincoln's 2nd Inaugural Considered as America's Sermon to the World"

Wednesday, July 7, 2010
Michael Emerson, Ph.D. (Rice University)
"Cracks in the Color Wall: How Protestant Churches are Moving Toward Racial Diversity"

Wednesday, July 14, 2010
James Bratt, Ph.D. (Calvin College)
"Plymouth Rock and Sullivan's Island: America's Split Self Image"

Wednesday, July 21, 2010
Miroslav Volf, Th.D. (Yale University)
"Faith and Globalization"

Seminars@Calvin, 616.526.8558,