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Calvin-Parents E-Newsletter: June 7, 2011

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We want to welcome new Calvin parents to the Calvin-Parents newsletter! Calvin-Parents is published weekly when classes are in session, and 1 to 2 times per month during the summer. If you wish to add additional e-mail addresses (work, grandparents, etc.), change delivery to a different address, or unsubscribe, go to the Calvin-Parents website or send those instructions to Additional parent resources are available for you on the parent website.

If your student has graduated and/or you no longer wish to receive Calvin-Parents, we will be happy to unsubscribe you. You may email us at

Thank you for participating in this important communication link between the college and Calvin families. If you have any suggestions for us, please send them to or call the parent relations office at 616-526-6142. Have a blessed summer!


Parent resources, orientation

It's a busy summer on campus with many conferences going on and groups visiting.  Student orientation, PASSPORT, is also going on throughout the summer, with the next session on June 30 and July 1. If you are attending PASSPORT this summer, be sure to bookmark  the PASSPORT pages in case you have any questions. If you have general questions, contact or the parent relations office at 616-526-6142.

If you are already planning for your trip to campus this fall to bring your student, here is a list of residence hall amenities and other services available, along with a list of what to bring, what not to bring, safety information, storage options, etc. And if you are wondering about computing on campus, go to this page for more from Calvin Information Technology, found on the parent resources pages.


Students recognized

Kelly LeCoy, a 2011 Calvin grad, won the most recent 5x5, an initiative launched by ArtPrize founder Rick DeVos, which helps someone develop an idea into a commercial reality. On Tuesday, May 31, LeCoy presented her idea, "Uptown Kitchen," to a panel of judges at the Grand Rapids Art Museum. The judges praised her efforts and awarded her $5,000 to put toward the project. Since March, LeCoy has won Calvin's Biz Plan competition, the West Michigan Regional Biz Plan Competition and now the 5x5.

Kaylee Kooiman and Ethan Van Andel, both senior mathematics majors, won the Ron Mosier memorial award from the Michigan Section of the Mathematical Association of America. The award is given for the best student presentation(s) at the annual meeting of the section, which happened earlier this month.

Kooiman presented “Realizable Graphs of Equivalence Classes of Zero Divisors,” based on her research last summer at Brigham Young University. Van Andel presented “Computing the Riemann and Ahlfors Maps,” which was based upon research he’s done at Calvin for the past two years.

Both 2011 graduates, Kooiman and Van Andel will continue their mathematics education at the University of California Riverside and the University of California Berkeley, respectively.


What students have been up to...

The Brigadiers: Calvin students in Panama
A group of Calvin students spent the last week of May in Panama with the Calvin chapter of Global Business Brigades.

Blessing and surprise: music major wins scholarship
Junior Fitah Rasendrahasina received the Betty Van Andel Scholarship. The $2,500 scholarship was the largest awarded by Opera Grand Rapids this year.

Biology major awarded major EPA research fellowship
Tyler Bleeker was awarded a Greater Research Opportunities Fellowship by the Environmental Protection Agency. The total amount of the award is $48,900.

Pescadora Film Journey
Go behind the scenes with media production professor Daniel Garcia and 11 of his students as they are on location in Pescadora, Peru.

Moving into the ISRx
Student researchers are making themselves at home in the science division's new 4,450 square-foot lab.

Summer Slam

Summer Slam

The Calvin Summer Slam is a high school basketball tournament held on Calvin's campus for girls and boys teams from around the country. High school basketball teams are offered the chance to play and stay on Calvin’s campus for three days. 

For more information on the teams and the schedule, see the Summer Slam site, and read a story about: "A Slammin' Start to Summer," on the News & Stories site.
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Spark, CareerLink, other links

Spark, the magazine for alumni and friends of Calvin, connects thousands of alumni and friends worldwide. See the Summer 2011 online edition featuring students, alumni and campus stories.

Parents, check out the summer edition of CareerLink, the newsletter from Calvin's career development office, featuring some students who completed spring semester internships, as well as graduating seniors who have reported their post-graduation plans. More resources are also available on the career development site, or find them on Facebook.

Calvin's 91st Commencement was Saturday, May 21, 2011. If you want to watch the address to the graduates, "One Thing Needful," by English professor Elizabeth Holberg, view the Vimeo here. You may also watch the full graduation ceremony on Vimeo here. Photo galleries for the weekend events can be found under the Roving Web Cam and Alumni photo galleries.



The Entrada Scholars Program at Calvin, June 19-July 15, offers ethnic minority high school students a "gateway" to the future: the opportunity to experience college learning and living while earning college credit. Entrada Scholars get to experience the fullness of college life, including:

  • Enrolling in a 3-4 credit college course in areas such as English, history, biology or psychology
  • Using Calvin's gym for activities like rock climbing and pick-up basketball
  • Participating in group devotions
  • Taking beach trips to Lake Michigan
  • Performing in Entrada Talent Night
Students who participate in the Entrada Scholars Program get a head start on their college experience, preparing them for success in their educational and vocational endeavors. Three Entrada alumni are honored by Calvin College and the Entrada Scholars Program for their contributions to society.