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Calvin-Parents E-Newsletter: March 29, 2011

Honors Convocation

Honors Convocation

We would like to congratulate all the students who will be graduating with honors from Calvin College this spring!  The Honors Convocation will be held on Wednesday, April 20, 2011, at 7:30 p.m., in the Covenant Fine Arts Center Auditorium.

Honors Convocation is a chance for the college community to recognize the academic success of our students. Students who made the Dean's List in either the spring or fall semester of 2010, and students who will graduate with honors in May 2011, will be invited. The Dean's List students are recognized by class. Seniors who have been on the Dean's list every semester they have been at Calvin receive a certificate, and the Honors graduates receive medallions.

Families and friends of the invited students are encouraged to attend and stay for a reception in the Commons following the Convocation. For family and friends that can't travel to campus for this ceremony, the convocation will be broadcast via the Web that evening (that link will be available closer to the date).

See the Honors Convocation page or contact Jana Stob for more information.


Breakfast for Parents of Graduates

This year's Breakfast for Parents of Graduates will be in the Prince Conference Center on Commencement morning, May 21, 2011, at 9 a.m. Join President Byker and other Calvin administrators for this special Commencement Weekend event.

Tickets ($15/person) are required and must be purchased in advance; the event is limited to 300, so order soon! The ticket order form was included in the Commencement letter that was mailed to parents in December; you may also order online or call the box office at 616-526-6282 for tickets. The deadline to order is May 13, 2011, and tickets will be mailed directly to the parents' home.

See the full schedule of Commencement Weekend here.  We look forward to seeing you in May!


ReCommend Calvin!

Parents and friends of Calvin, you are our best ambassadors. Help us recruit students to the school you love!  Talk to high school students, parents, guidance counselors, pastors—even students already admitted to Calvin. Tell your Calvin story, and let us know to whom you're talking!

Tell us about your conversations at and you’ll be entered in a drawing to win a set of FREE textbooks (up to $450) for the student of your choice.  (Winners will be announced after May 1.)  Plus, next time you’re on campus, stop by the lobby desk in the Spoelhof College Center and pick up your “Thanks a latte” card – good for a free cup of coffee while you’re on campus.

Note from advising office

Academic Advising Days at Calvin will be on Tuesday and Wednesday, April 26 and 27, 2011. There are no classes those days so that  professors are available to meet with their advisees.  Students are instructed to meet with their advisor during this time (per faculty schedule) and prepare for registration. In fact, students must meet with their assigned advisor in order to be cleared for registration. 

Please do all you can to encourage your sons and daughters to take full advantage of academic advising. In addition to meeting with an advisor, academic advising days are a good time to get caught up on reading assignments and paper writing.  It should not be a time to leave campus for a long weekend getaway.  Here's more information about academic advising services.

Because we don't photograph academic advising, enjoy the photo of Rangeela above (and more here).

students enjoying treats

Student Treats still available

Here are some options for Student Treats that you can still send to your student this spring:
  • Spring Exam Treat: Students will appreciate this reusable tote filled with healthy snacks and sweets.  Cost is $20 (U.S.). Order deadline is May 3; delivery is May 9, 2011.
  • Hugs from Home: This Calvin insulated lunch bag is adorned with festive balloons. Inside your student will find a mug with multiple tea, soup, and cocoa packets and various tasty, fun and thoughtful treats. Cost is $30 (U.S.).  Order deadline is May 3; delivery is May 9, 2011. 
  • Pizza: This treat features a certificate for a large, two-topping pizza delivered from a favorite local pizzeria.  Cost is $20 (U.S.). Order deadline is May 3; delivery is May 9, 2011.
Find out more about Student Treats or order treats online now!

Insurance information

During the month of March, each student is asked to submit information about their current health insurance coverage.  Students may submit an online waiver beginning March 1, 2011, on this page.  Paper versions of the enrollment and waiver forms are available for download here and may be submitted to health services anytime before April 15, 2011.
Please ask your student if he or she has submitted their current health insurance information to health services.  We greatly appreciate your help in this important process. For additional information about student health insurance, visit health services here anytime.
For questions or concerns, please contact Kelly Moore or Jamie Klop in health services (616-526-6187, fax: 616-526-6548) or e-mail
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Calvin 5k/Fun Run

Register now for the 21st Annual 5k Spring Classic and Karen Muyskens Fun Run.  The race will be held on campus on Saturday, April 30.  The Grand Rapids and Lakeshore chapters of the Calvin Alumni Association host this annual event to help fund scholarships for incoming students.  Register online (with SignMeUp) now!

If you are part of a business, check out our Corporate Challenge!

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Prism 2010-2011

Reserve your Prism 2010-2011 yearbook today (from the Campus Store) for only $15. Shipping is free! Reserved orders will be shipped in late November 2011.

This full-color book will be filled with photographs and articles about students' lives and experiences throughout this school year. PRISM will feature sports, student organizations, service-learning, faith, residence halls, and student life-- this is a fantastic way to get a peek into your student's life at college!  Read more about the history of the Prism.

This is a wonderful, affordable gift for your student to preserve memories of a whole year at Calvin! Please feel free to contact with any questions.

Thank you from the PRISM staff.

Chick Fil A

Leadercast opportunity

Mark your calendar for a one-day leadership event, Chick-fil-A Leadercast, featuring world-renowned speakers addressing leadership issues. These voices of change are coming to campus via live broadcast. 

This not-to-be-missed event will be in Calvin's Covenant Fine Arts Center on Friday, May 6, 2011, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. with speakers Dan Cathy (President and COO of Chick-fil-A, Inc.,), Dave Ramsey, Seth Godin, Robin Roberts, Suzy Welch and more!

See the website for fees and various package prices (for groups, non-profits) which include lunch, refreshments and conference materials. Early-birds will receive $5 off per ticket by ordering and paying by April 1. Ticket deadline is Monday, April 25.  This event is sponsored by Calvin Center for Innovation in Business.


Travels with alumni (and friends)

Calvin Alumni Travel is a new travel program from the Calvin Alumni Associationfor alumni and friends. Each trip will be uniquely planned by a member of Calvin’s faculty/staff or trusted alumna/alumnus and will be an experience woven with education and faith. You are invited!  These are trips that are still open:

  • America's National Parks: September 8-18, 2011
  • China: Past and Present - October 24-November 7, 2011
To find out more click here or contact (616-526-6142).

Perhaps you are traveling to campus for a visit.  If you are, consider the Prince Conference Center for your lodging!

Check the Parent Calendar for important dates

April 1: Miscellaneous charges payment due (1st of each month)
April 7-9: Festival of Faith and Music
April 7-9, 14-16: Calvin Theatre Company, "Hamlet"
April 20: Tuition, room & board payment due; Honors Convocation
April 22: Good Friday; no classes
April 26: Registration for Fall 2010 begins
April 26-27: Academic Advising (no classes scheduled)
April 28: Calvin Around Town event,  Wealthy Street
April 30: Calvin 5k Spring Classic & Karen Muyskens Family Fun Run
April 30: Calvin Oratorio Society, "Gloria in Excelsis Deo"
May 21: Commencement

News & Stories...

Students with mapCalvin intramural slam dunk contest
A handful of students, braving the judges and their peers, competed in the 2011 intramural slam dunk contest.

Serving in record numbers
A record number of Calvin students are going on service-learning spring break trips this year.

Concert benefits Kenya, Honduras
Ten bands and a silent auction will combine to raise money for clean water and medical supplies.

Banff Film Festival stops at Calvin
Mountain-climbers, cave explorers, white-water rafters and dancing cormorants are coming to Calvin via the Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour.