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Calvin-Parents E-Newsletter: January 18, 2011

January Series

Have you heard much about the daily lectures for the January Series?  With speakers like Temple Grandin, Krista Tippett and Ensemble Galilei, many people are talking about this award-winning lecture series. Jessica Jackley, founder of Kiva, is this Friday!

If you can't join us in the Covenant Fine Arts Center daily at 12:30 p.m., consider a webcast location, listening live online, or listening on demand.  If we have permission to rebroadcast, the audio file can be downloaded from the speaker's page on the January Series site a day or two after the lecture.

One lecturer you won't be able to hear online or on demand is Cal Ripken, Jr., who broke Lou Gehrig's record for consecutive baseball games played in 1995, and voluntarily ended his streak at 2,632 games in 1998.  Due to high interest in this lecture, it will be relocated to the Van Noord Arena just across campus. Consider attending that lecture live or watching from a remote webcast location.  Please encourage your student to attend---it's a great opportunity, with no parking hassles.

For all the latest, be sure to follow us on Facebook!

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Calvin vs. Hope...The Rivalry

The Calvin/Hope rivalry will again feature the immensely popular satellite game on January 29, 2011, which showcases the men's varsity game.  For "The Game," Calvin and Hope fans gather at a designated viewing location, typically in a restaurant, and enthusiastically cheer on their team as if they were courtside.  It's always a great game, so take the whole family to a site near you!

You can still get tickets for the January 29 game at the Van Noord Arena if you will be in town that day.  Nothing beats a Calvin/Hope game for fun and excitement, no matter what the final score.

Siblings Weekend

Siblings Weekend this February

Does your son or daughter have a younger brother or sister (or cousin, nephew, etc.) that would love to visit him or her on campus? While guests are certainly welcome all year long, it is especially fun for young visitors to come during Siblings Weekend, February 25-27, 2011.

This annual event is sponsored by residence life, with help from student activities, food service, and the campus store.  A number of fun activities and events have been planned, and siblings can eat any and all meals as part of the $24 registration fee.

For information and registration, please visit the Siblings Weekend page and help us spread the word to anyone that may want to join in on the fun!

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Commencement 2011 is Saturday, May 21, 2011, at 2 p.m. Here are a few details:

Questions? Contact the Commencement information line: (800) 560-6391 or (616) 526-8615; e-mail
Worship Symposium

Calvin Symposium on Worship, January 27-29, 2011

“I thank my God every time I remember you.”  Philippians 1:3

The Calvin Symposium on Worship will be held January 27 - 29, 2011, and is an annual worship conference on the campus of Calvin College and Calvin Theological Seminary.  At this event, worshipers and worship leaders from around the world gather for a time of fellowship, worship, and learning together. 

Morning and evening worship services, and Vesper services, are free and open to the public (no registration needed) and most will also feature a live video stream (see website for exact times).  Those worship services follow this theme:  “Every Time I Remember You,” The Letter to the Philippians.

Registration for the rest of Symposium is still open and available online; this conference features seminars and workshops offered by nearly 100 presenters.  You can find out more on the Symposium site.

Career Linke

Career resources

Check out CareerLink Spring 2001[.pdf], the latest newsletter from the career development office, for information about internships, upcoming events and other career-related news.
You can also follow the career development office and their suggestions, advice and links to job search help on Facebook.

At any time, you may contact the career development office by e-mailing or calling (616) 526-6485.

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Christian reflections on recession

Looking for resources to start a discussion on topics of faith and finance with your family or church group?  Six alumni and six faculty worked together on a collection of 27 articles, with discussion questions, on Christian perspectives for turbulent economic times. 

Topics include financial stewardship in your 20s and 30s, informed consumers, giving: an early test, and a stock picker for Christians.

Find out more about this group, and reference the full collection of articles, here

This alumni-faculty partnership, funded by the Calvin Center for Christian Scholarship and Calvin Alumni Association, has spent the last academic year wrestling with the topic of economic recession.  This is the second in a series begun by the alumni association titled "Developing Christian Perspectives."  Work is currently going on to propose a third group on the nature of political discourse.

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Student Treat

Send your student this sweet treat for Valentine's Day: a hand-made gourmet pretzel, a $5 gift certificate to Johnny's and fun snacks (including a few "kisses"), delivered to your student on Valentine's Day. The Valentine Treat ($20) is included in the Year of Treats. The order deadline is Tuesday, February 8, 2011, and this gift will be delivered to students on Monday, February 14.

Remember that you can surprise your student with the popular Pizza Treat ($20), which can be ordered anytime and often!  This treat features a certificate for a large, two-topping pizza delivered from a favorite local pizzeria. Celebrate a birthday, a special occasion, or remember your student "just because" it's the weekend and he or she has been working hard on his or her studies. 

And there are Birthday Treats, too.  For more information on any treat, please visit the Student Treats site.

uKnight Week

Glenn Bulthuis and uKnight Week!

Glenn Bulthuis '77 will once again bring his alumni band, The Tonedeafs, to Calvin for two shows.  They will perform at the college's downtown historic site---and intimate concert venue---the Ladies Literary Club. Get your tickets now.

The music of James Taylor is the theme this year, but be prepared for Calvin hits such as "Calvin Girl" and "Cruisin' Down the Beltline."

Follow Glenn on Facebook or read more about him here.  You can also see the posters from his many concerts over the years.

This concert is part of uKnight Week 2011, which features the annual Cold Knight Club: Sem Pond JumpFind out more about UKnight Week!

Check the Parent Calendar for important dates

Bookmark the Parent Calendar and alumni and friends event pages to keep track of important dates throughout the year, including:

Through January 25:  The January Series
January 25:
Interim ends 5 p.m.
January 29: Calvin Theatre Company's production of Professor Gary Schmidt's, "The Wednesday Wars".  Also February 3-5.
January 29: Calvin/Hope Satellite Game - find a location near your town!
January 31:
First day of spring semester; classes begin 8:00 a.m.

February 1:
Miscellaneous charges payment due (1st of each month)
February 2: ReGathering: Opening Convocation 9:50-10:50 a.m.
February 3-5: Calvin Theatre Company's production of Professor Gary Schmidt's, "The Wednesday Wars"
February 4-12: uKnight Week
February 25-27: Silbings Weekend

News & Stories from campus...

Please take a few minutes this week to consider the meaning of serving a Savior who suffered.

And read more about the MLK Young Leaders Weekend.