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Calvin-Parents E-Newsletter: Tuesday, June 22, 2010

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Welcome to new Calvin parents for Calvin-Parents

We want to welcome new Calvin parents to the Calvin-Parents newsletter!  Calvin-Parents is published weekly when classes are in session, and 1 to 2 times per month during the summer.  Weekly issues of Calvin-Parents will resume again at the end of August.  If you wish to add additional e-mail addresses (work, grandparents, etc.), change delivery to a different address, or unsubscribe, follow directions posted on the Calvin-Parents Web site. If you need any assistance, contact or call Sue in the parent relations office at 616-526-6802.  And the parent website is being updated and overhauled this summer. See what you think about it so far!

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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Summer Slam!

The Calvin Summer Slam is a high school basketball tournament on Calvin's campus for girls and boys teams from around the country.  Hosted in the sparkling new Van Noord Arena in the Spoelhof Fieldhouse Complex, the girls' tournament recently finished on June 12.  The boys' tournament consists of 16 teams and will be held from July 1 to July 3.

What is it?  High school basketball teams from around the country are offered the chance to play and stay on Calvin’s campus for three days. “Calvin provides the facilities, food and lodging supplemented by generous donors,” said Ken Erffmeyer, Calvin’s vice president for advancement. “It creates a great opportunity to bring students together and experience a taste of Calvin.”

For more information on the teams and the schedule, see the Summer Slam site, and read a story about: "A Slammin' Start to Summer," on the News & Stories site.

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Campus happenings

When you come back to campus this fall, or visit for the first time, the Covenant Fine Arts Center will be completed and ready to reopen for the 2010-2011 school year.  Watch a four-minute video with highlights of some of the recent improvements.  And if you don't remember what it looked like before, you can see pictures from June 2009 before construction started, and the photos that have been posted this past year as progress was made. 

Join us as we celebrate the re-opening of the Covenant Fine Arts Center on October 20, 2010.  That week also marks Homecoming and Family Weekend on campus.
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Uniting General Conference

What's currently happening on campus?  The Uniting General Conference is meeting Friday, June 18–27, 2010. The one thousand delegates who will be on Calvin’s campus for that conference will likely serve as witnesses as the World Alliance of Reformed Churches and the Reformed Ecumenical Council unite as one ecclesiastical body. The proposed union, which will be known as the World Communion of Reformed Churches (WCRC), will be the largest association of Reformed churches in the world representing 227 churches from Presbyterian, Congregational, Reformed, Waldensian and United congregations.

Go to for more information about the schedule and purpose of the meetings and will be attended by more than 1,000 people representing 80 million Christians in 108 countries.

See pictures and videos from the event so far.

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Alumni, friends and families

Are you keeping up with alumni news and events?  In addition to checking the alumni website, try the other ways to connect with Calvin's active alumni network through these four social networking platforms: Facebook, LinkedIN, Twitter, and uKnight.

Here are two upcoming events for alumni, friends and families: the 41st annual Alumni Golf Tournament on September 11, 2010 and Homecoming and Family Weekend, October 22 & 23, 2010.  And do you know about Calvin Alumni Travel which is also for alumni, friends and families?  Trips planned include, "Paul’s Missionary Journeys in Turkey and the Seven Churches of Revelation," March 31 - April 12, 2011; “River Cruise through France,” May 15 - 22, 2011; “China: Past and Present,” Fall 2011.  Read more about these trips online and contact the alumni office at 616-526-6142 or e-mail

And don't forget to click around Spark online to read more about some of the stories featured in the Summer 2010 issue, including: Professor Vanden Bosch receiving the Presidential Award for Exemplary Teaching, the Ecosystem Preserve's 25th Anniversary celebration, and alumni and friends who are helping the hurting and suffering in Haiti.  

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Entrada Scholars Program

The Entrada Scholars Program at Calvin, June 20-July 16, offers ethnic minority high school students a "gateway" to the future: the opportunity to experience college learning and living while earning college credit.  Entrada Scholars get to experience the fullness of college life, including:

  • Enrolling in a 3-4 credit college course in areas such as English, history, biology or psychology
  • Using Calvin's gym for activities like rock climbing and pick-up basketball, and taking advantage of local attractions and beautiful natural resources
  • Participating in group devotions
  • Performing in Entrada Talent Night
Students who participate in the Entrada Scholars Program get a head start on their college experience, preparing them for success in their educational and vocational endeavors.  Read about some of the program alumni, such as Chandra Lochan and Yamily Vazquez, to read more about how Entrada prepared them.
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News in brief

Calvin College has selected Tim Ellens as the college’s new director of communications and marketing. Ellens ’82 returns to his alma mater after a 25-year career in the marketing and advertising world, most recently heading up CHANGEffect, his brand consulting and design firm in Burr Ridge, Ill. Ellens replaces outgoing director Phil de Haan who will remain at Calvin in a teaching and consulting role.

Ricky Shilts was recently named the junior varsity coach of the Calvin men’s basketball team, replacing Mark Christner.

Faculty profile: He's pioneered supercomputers and imaginary worlds. Computer science professor Joel Adams likes the speed and ease of technology.
Staff profile: Lori Keen has kept the Calvin biology lab running for 24 years. This year, she is the recipient of the William Spoelhof Lifetime Achievement Award.

And for some fun, did you watch the lipdub video shot by Calvin Video Network in the Spoelhof Fieldhouse Complex this past school year?

Check the Parent Calendar for important dates

Bookmark the Parent Calendar page to keep track of important dates throughout the year, including:

September 1: Tuition, room and board payment due; residence halls open 9 a.m., QUEST (fall orientation for new students) begins
September 7: Fall semester classes begin at 8:00 a.m.; Opening Convocation 9:50-10:50 a.m.