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Calvin-Parents E-Newsletter: April 12, 2011


Scholarship at Calvin

Calvin has three Goldwater Scholars and one honorable mention: Brandon Burkhart, Lauren Manck, Nathan Romero and Ryan Martinie. The Goldwater Scholarship was established by Congress to fund students studying the traditional sciences, mathematics and engineering. Each institution may nominate four students for a Goldwater Scholarship, and Calvin is one of only two schools nationwide to receive recognition for all four nominated students in three successive years: 2009, 2010 and 2011. Read more.

Geology, geography and environmental studies professor Johnathan Bascom and political science professor Corwin Smidt have been granted Fulbright awards for the upcoming year. Professor Bascom will spend his Fulbright year in Ethiopia, and Corwin Smidt will spend his in The Netherlands. Read more.


Prayers requested, Coop's column

"Out of the depths I cry to you, O Lord. Lord, hear my voice! O let your ears be attentive to the voice of my pleading." (Psalm 130: 1&2) "Our prayers matter."

Daniel Vande Streek, 17, son of men's basketball coach Kevin Vande Streek, was seriously injured in a car crash on April 5.  Please remember this family in your prayers.

Visit Dan's Carepage (search for: danielvs) to follow his progress and inform your prayers.

And as we approach Easter, we remember the Savior to whom we pray sits at God's almighty right hand.


Calvin 5k for runners/walkers/volunteers

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

If you aren't interested in running or walking, consider being a volunteer on Friday or Saturday, April 29 or 30, 2011 (and get a free t-shirt).
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Still time to order treats!

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!

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.
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Advising reminder

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.

honors convocation

Graduating with honors

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, live streaming will be available the night of the event.

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


Commencement reminders, notes

Please note the slight changes for the following events of Friday, May 20, 2011, during Commencement weekend.

Teacher Commissioning Ceremony
7 p.m.–8:30 p.m., Covenant Fine Arts Center
Note that this time is a half hour earlier than what was publicized in a schedule sent to parents in late March.

Bachelor of Arts Exhibition Reception
5 p.m.–9 p.m., Center Art Gallery, Covenant Fine Arts Center
The BA Exhibition is also available for viewing from May 6–21.

Bachelor of Fine Arts Exhibition Reception
5 p.m.–9 p.m., Center Art Gallery, Covenant Fine Arts Center & (106) Gallery, Downtown Grand Rapids
The BFA Exhibition is also available for viewing from May 6–21.
Both BA and BFA Exhibitions have a reception that evening.

Also, 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.


More news from campus

BizPlan is a entrepreneurship competition in which students put together a business plan and compete for a grand prize of $1000. The fourth-annual bizPlan was held on Tuesday, March 29, and the grand prize went to Uptown Kitchen. Read more.

Calvin Theatre Company's spring production of Hamlet will mark the first staging of this Shakespeake tragedy on campus in more than 60 years. This play, featuring murder, suicide and a famous soliloquy delivered skull-in-hand, has a reputation for darkness. Calvin theater professor and production director Stephanie Sandberg has taken the show in a different direction. Her vision: “the concept of play.” Read more.

Check the Parent Calendar for important dates

April 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