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Calvin-Parents E-Newsletter: April 5, 2011

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Students, news and stories

Four Calvin ROTC members won the The German Armed Forces Badge for Military Proficiency at a recent competition. 

Along with 500 servicemen and women from the Army ROTC 7th Brigade, Calvin’s cadets faced a series of challenges designed to test both the athletic and mental dimensions of their training. The prize? The German Armed Forces Badge for Military Proficiency, one of the rare medals awarded by a foreign organization that is worn on U.S. Army uniforms.  Read more.

Also, read the stories and watch the videos from the annual News & Stories April Fool's issue.

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Student Treats - still time to order!

Here are some options for Student Treats that you can still send to your student this spring.  (Please note the slight change in delivery information for the Hugs from Home and Pizza treats.)
  • 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 date 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; you choose the delivery date on or before 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; you choose the delivery date on or before May 9, 2011. 
Find out more about Student Treats or order treats online now!
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Help us 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.
Festival of Faith & Music


Festival of Faith and Music (FFM) 2011 is designed to forward a comprehensive interrogation of the ways grace, love, compassion, and the Christian faith are expressed in the world of popular music. FFM is April 7-9, 2011.

Events for the festival include three nights of live performances by some of the leading artists in folk, rock, roots, and independent music, workshops led by musicians, critics, scholars, producers, and keynote speakers.  Find out more.

ASummer Academy

The Summer Academy

The Summer Academy is a college immersion experience from June 20-July 15, 2011, for U.S. and international high school students.  At the Summer Academy, you'll get introduced to college life: making friends; living in a residence hall and eating in campus dining halls; playing basketball, frisbee golf and soccer; enjoying service learning activities in the community and worship at local churches.  Students can explore his or her individual gifts and readiness for college, all while earning college credit!

Students that are interested must apply by April 15, 2011.  Questions?  Contact pre-college programs at 616-526-6749 or,

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A note about advising

The next Academic Advising is 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.

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Races on campus this spring

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, 2011.  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!


A few reminders...

Please ask your student if he or she has submitted their current health insurance information to health services.  Thank you! (Questions?  Contact us at 616-526-6187, fax: 616-526-6548,

Parents of grads, be sure to order tickets for the Breakfast for Parents of Graduates, May 21, 2011, at 9 a.m.  You can order online or call the box office at 616-526-6282 for tickets. See the full schedule of Commencement Weekend here.

Reserve a 2010-2011 PRISM yearbook for your cash-strapped student for only $15. Shipping is free! Reserved orders will be shipped in late November 2011.
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Honors Convocation -  April 20, 2011

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.

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Check the Parent Calendar for important dates

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