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Calvin-Parents E-Newsletter: April 19, 2011

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Holy Week

This week in Chapel, the Calvin community walks together through Holy Week. Visit the Worship Institute on their Worship Renewal Facebook page, which offers articles, meditations and thoughts on Lent and Holy Week.

If you are interested in worshiping "with" us, you can always watch Chapel (daily at 10 a.m.) or LOFT (Sundays at 8 p.m.) services.  Both of these worship opportunities are also available on demand on the video archive.

If you missed the annual Tenebrae service, which was held this past Sunday evening, you can watch the video of it here.

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Dance Guild anniversary

Dance Guild stomps, leaps and pirouettes into its 4th decade. Calvin’s biggest student organization is also one of the oldest. This spring, Dance Guild turns 40.

The 40th anniversary was recognized in two sold-out shows in the newly-renovated Covenant Fine Arts Center. The theme, “Dance Guild Revolution,” alludes to the video game “Dance Dance Revolution” as well as to the evolution of Dance Guild over the last four decades. Read more.


Commencement ticket deadline

The deadline for Commencement ticket orders is this Thursday, April 21. Graduates must submit their ticket order forms to the campus events office, and they will be able to pick up their tickets from May 9-20 at the same location. Ticket requests must include any requests for accessible seating or other accommodations (e.g. sign language interpretation) for guests of the graduates.

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.

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Honors Convocation Wednesday

Honors Convocation will be held this Wednesday, April 20, 2011, at 7:30 p.m., in the Covenant Fine Arts Center Auditorium. 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.

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Career advice for your grad

Graduation is a major accomplishment for your student, but it’s also a major life change. The career development office is here to help with the transition!  Career counselors are available to guide your son or daughter through the job search process, assist with resumes and cover letters, refine interview skills, and more. 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 the career development site, or find us on Facebook.


A Student Treat THANK YOU!

Thank you for a great response to our Student Treats program!  We have received many orders in the last few weeks and we're ready to take more. Here's what you are still able to order for your student to help endure the stresses they may be feeling at the end of another semester:
  • 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!

Spring events on/around campus

Calvin Around Town on Wealthy Street - Thursday, April 28, 2011.  Register»

Calvin 5k Spring Classic and Karen Muyskens Fun Run - Saturday, April 30, 2011.

Calvin Oratorio Society's "Gloria in Excelsis Deo" - Saturday, April 30, 2011. Tickets»

Chick-fil-A Leadercast - Friday, May 6, 2011. Register»



The Calvin Alumni Travel trip, Paul's Missionary Journeys in Turkey and the Seven Churches of Revelation, has come to a successful end. See photos»

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).
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Academic 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.

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At Your Baptism

Congratulations to Worship Institute staff members Carrie Steenwyk and John Witvliet on the publication of "At Your Baptism," a new children's book on baptism. This vibrant board book includes illustrations by Linda Saport and incorporates text from the French Reformed liturgy.

This book is available now at the Campus Store (online) and would make a great baby gift or commemoration of baptism.

See other Worship Institute publications available including, "Seeking God's Face," by Philip Reinders, which provides an entire year of daily prayers and readings.

Check the Parent Calendar for important dates

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