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Calvin-Parents E-Newsletter: January 25, 2011

Hope/Calvin The Rivalry

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---alumni, families, friends---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.

Rivalry Fun Fact: The January 29, 1997 game at Van Andel Arena in downtown Grand Rapids, a 70-56 Hope triumph, established an NCAA Division III single game attendance record with a capacity crowd of 11,442.


January Series, Interim ends

The January Series and Interim term concludes today. 

You can continue to listen to (most of) the lectures online on demand; the audio file can be downloaded from the speaker's page on the January Series site a day or two after the lecture.  There's still a chance to listen live online today to the last speaker in the series, Jean Twenge, on "The Narcissism Epidemic: Living in the Age of Entitlement," from 12:30-1:30 p.m.  For all the information about speakers for January Series of the future, be sure to follow JS on Facebook!

Click on the News & Stories page to read stories about various Interim classes and what they've studied and have learned.  What is a lifehack, anyway?

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Current students have been informed of the opportunity to apply for named and departmental scholarships for 2011-2012. These "named" scholarships are established by donors for students who meet specific eligibility criteria, often based on factors such as academic major, intended career goal, GPA, minority status, etc.

Students can access an online search tool to assist with this process.  The application form for many of these scholarships are all available online.  The application is due March 1, 2011.  All current students who will be attending Calvin next year are encouraged to apply! Students can access and complete the application on KnightVision: KnightVision> My Resources> Student Scholarships and Financial Aid>Upperclass Named Scholarship Application.

A number of other scholarships are awarded to students in particular academic departments. Applications for these scholarships are available from, and must be submitted to, the academic department for which the scholarship is designated. The application for most of these scholarships needs to be completed and submitted by March 1, 2011.  Contact the scholarships & financial aid office with questions.

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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!

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.

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uKnight Week

Celebrate uKnight Week 2011, Calvin’s winter “spirit week,” which features the annual Cold Knight Club: Sem Pond Jump, a Glenn Bulthuis concert, "The Wednesday Wars," Wear Calvin Day (February 11), 100 Days (Class of 2011 party), Ambassadors Lunch honoring Barbara Carvill and Ken and Paula Wigboldy, AirBand, basketball games, karaoke...

Find out more about uKnight Week!


Faith resources, Silent Retreat

Watch live: Chapel - daily at 10 a.m.; LOFT - Sundays at 8 p.m.
Watch on demand: Chapel and LOFT archives - anytime.
Listen on demand: LOFT podcasts are now available on iTunes!
With these Faith resources available, won't you join the Calvin community as we worship together?  Daily Chapel resumes on Monday, January 31.

No phones, no laptops, no talking.  The winter Silent Retreat is February 19-20, 2011.  Find out more.

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.

Gift of Life

Gift of Life Campus Challenge

Gift of Life, an organ and tissue donation program, is sponsoring a Campus Challenge.  The donation "game" isn't over, but Hope is way ahead in the standings.

Find out more or register for the Gift of Life Organ and Tissue Donor Registry, and vote for Calvin College when you sign up to receive a sticker for your driver's license.  Give the gift of life.

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

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