Skip to Navigation | Skip to Content

Calvin-Parents E-Newsletter: February 1, 2011

The Wednesday Wars on stageProf. Schmidt's "The Wednesday Wars" on stage

It's 1968, and Holling Hoodhood feels like the world is against him. His seventh grade teacher hates him, his classmates are mean, and his family is always fighting. To make things worse, while the rest of his class goes to catechism or Hebrew school on Wednesday afternoons, Holling is left to clean erasers. When his teacher decides to use that time to read Shakespeare, he knows he is doomed to misery. But this young man is surprised when Shakespeare relates to his own life and he soon learns to stand up for himself against once impossible odds.

Kirsten Kelly ’95 felt an immediate connection to The Wednesday Wars the first time she read it. Now Kelly, and the interim class she taught, has put The Wednesday Wars onstage. This book, a young adult novel by English professor Gary Schmidt, was named a 2008 John Newbery Honor Book, the second book by Schmidt that has received such an honor.  He also received the award in 2005 for his novel Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy.
uKnight Week

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" on stage, 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 and join us on campus or wherever you are!

Faith and Int'l Development Conference

Faith and International Development Conference

Faith and International Development Conference
Turning love into action: Sewing seeds and reaping justice
February 3-5, 2011

Every February, the Faith and International Development Conference is held on campus with a goal of creating a space for sharing ideas and exploring passions among students and professionals from a wide range of backgrounds.

Entering its sixth year, the conference’s participation has grown to over 500 students, faculty leaders and organization representatives. Together they struggle to connect their minds, hearts and hands in an international context under the Lordship of Jesus Christ. The conference strives to balance prayerful discernment of students’ callings, relationship building among students and professionals, and practical learning about international development.

Valentine Treat

Treat deadline next week!

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: Michigan Organ and Tissue    Donation Program

Gift of Life Campus Challenge

Gift of Life, an organ and tissue donation program, is sponsoring a Campus Challenge.  Sign up on the Donor Registry and "vote" for your favorite school today! The donation "game" isn't over, but Calvin is near the bottom 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.


Named and departmental scholarships

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.

Prince Center...Calvin's hotel

Musical Staycation and Romantic Getaway for Two
Award-winning choreographer Garth Fagan Dance is coming for one performance only at the Covenant Fine Arts Center on Saturday, February 19, 2011, during the Artist Series. Enjoy a romantic getaway and overnight stay at the hotel on campus, the Prince Center. The special package price of $185 per couple ($220 value) includes two tickets to the performance (which is a short, covered-walk away), hors d'oeuvre reception before the show, overnight stay after the performance, and a hot breakfast with late room checkout available the next day.

Just in time for Valentine's Day, this Prince Special Offer makes a thoughtful and artful gift.

Contact the Prince Conference Center (616-526-7200, 866-526-7200) for reservations and other lodging or event options (weddings, conferences, meetings).
chapel students

Chapel live, online or on demand

Jesus says in John 6:51, “I am the living bread.” Join with Chaplain Hulst as she kicks off a series studying the “I Am” statements of Jesus for Tuesday Chapels. The February schedule for Chapel & LOFT services is now available online.

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? 
Careers on Facebook

Career notes

Are you the parent of a senior student?  Are you concerned about your son or daughter obtaining an entry-level position in the midst of today’s competitive job market?  Encourage your student to visit the career development office.  Career counselors are available to assist students in developing a job search plan, creating a resume, and practicing interviewing skills.  Students can call (616) 526-6485 or stop by the career development office (372 Hekman Library) to set up an appointment. 

More resources are also available on our site:, or find us on Facebook.

Calvin College Nursing pin

Nursing pin

Dear Parents and Grandparents of Nursing Students,

Our senior year is well under way, and, as many of you may have heard, we are keeping busy!  While we still have much work ahead of us, it is exciting to think that, come May 19, we will be celebrating at the Pinning Ceremony. This ceremony is a long-standing tradition in which graduating nursing students, along with family and friends, celebrate their success in nursing school, and celebrate our efforts toward receiving a Bachelors of Science in Nursing (BSN). Each student is proudly “pinned” with Calvin’s own nursing pin as a signature of completing a baccalaureate degree in nursing, and being eligible to take the state RN licensure examination.  

Perhaps you would like to consider purchasing a nursing pin for your son, daughter or grandchild.  Information about cost and ordering can be found at  (Use Security ID: 36095; Password: Nurse) The pin is delivered to the nursing department in May and your nurse will receive the pin at the Pinning Ceremony.  It is a special gift and keepsake for them since many nurses continue to wear this pin throughout their career.  Receiving a nursing pin is not required, yet it is a special and proud moment for the nursing student at the Pinning Ceremony.  Although your presence and support is the most important, please consider sharing in this special day with the gift of a Calvin nursing pin. 

We are looking forward to seeing you and celebrating with you in May!

Sincerely, the Nursing Pinning Committee, Nursing Class of 2011

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:

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 3-5: Faith and International Development Conference
February 4-12: uKnight Week
February 5:First Saturdays at the Ecosystem Preserve
February 25-27: Silbings Weekend
March 1:
Registration for Summer 2011 begins.

News & Stories from campus

Check out a wealth of great stories on the News & Stories site, including...

Naked Trees and Winter Twigs
Families and students learn how trees survive the winter at the Bunker Interpretive Center.