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Calvin-Parents E-Newsletter: Sept. 28, 2010

Family Weekend attendees

Family Weekend Banquet

The Family Weekend Banquet is one of the fellowship highlights of Family Weekend, which is now part of Homecoming & Family Weekend, October 22 & 23, 2010.   We're excited to have Chaplain Mary Hulst as our featured speaker this year.  This popular family gathering happens Friday evening, October 22, at 5:30 p.m. in the Prince Conference Center.  This dinner has limited seating so please reserve your spot soon.  In the meanwhile, see the schedule for all the weekend activities so you can plan what else you'd like to do while you visit. If you have questions, please call (616) 526-6142 or e-mail

Dr    Hulst for Convocation 2010

Online resources

Speaking of Chaplain Hulst, she was also the speaker for Convocation 2010 when she challenged us to say, "YES! And..."  See the complete message archived on the Convocation 2010 site.

Did you know podcasts are available from Inner Compass, the Worship Institute, and the Student Activities Office, and broadcasts of daily chapel and Sunday evening LOFT services are archived on Vimeo so you can watch on demand whenever you want!

Don't forget that January Series 2011 is just around the corner.  There are many archived lectures found online from a wide variety of speakers from over the years.

SAO website

Concert cancellation draws media attention

The cancellation of an appearance by the indie-rock band The New Pornographers has made Calvin the subject of media scrutiny from all over North America.  The Canadian band, not in any way associated with pornography, but with that very provocative name, was booked in the summer by the Student Activities Office based on that office's stated mission.  After notices about the band's appearance showed up in local papers, protests and pleas to cancel came in from Calvin alumni and friends.  The most significant and heartfelt messages were from those whose lives or family's lives had been torn apart by issues related to pornography.

Calvin decided to cancel the concert out of concern for those persons -- and the ensuing debate and discussion has continued for a couple of weeks now.  Click here for a statement on the cancellation or for an opinion piece on the cancellation.  

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ArtPrize and Calvin

Have you heard about ArtPrizeConsider visiting Grand Rapids during ArtPrize, which runs until October 10, and encourage your son or daughter to take advantage of this major cultural opportunity in their own backyard.

Calvin is part of ArtPrize again this year.

  • Senior art history major Tatjcha Huberts helped pick ArtPrize entries for the Grand Rapids Art Museum. 
  • All of Calvin's (106) Gallery and Studio will be filled with the art of ArtPrize artists, two of which are faculty members and one is an alumnus.
  • A new musical composition for brass and percussion by composer and music professor David Fuentes will explore, in sound, several themes raised by Liviu Mocan's sculpture, "Invitation/Decalogue" (pictured, left), and is called "Clouds, Radiance, Sweetness, Gold, and Fire." Two performances took place outside the Gerald Ford Presidential Museum over the weekend. Performers included the brass section of the Calvin Community Symphony (formerly the Calvin Alumni Orchestra).
  • The Calvin Alumni Association Facebook page has featured news about many alumni and friends involved.
Countless other alumni, faculty and staff are also part of, or have a connection to, ArtPrize.  Check it out!
Visit - Fridays at Calvin: A video look at your day at Calvin...

Fridays at Calvin

Please encourage students that you know that might be interested in Calvin to visit campus.  Fridays at Calvin, the premiere visit program for Calvin, offers Department Visit Days, International Student Visit Day and more.  Students will meet Calvin students and faculty, sit in on classes in various areas of interest and participate in campus activities.  There is a video online of the Fridays experience.

If you know any student that might want to visit, this is the page they need to check out first!

Calvin in 24

October 6, 2010

It's Calvin in 24, the day that turns everyone at Calvin both on and off-campus into photographers. Calvin in 24 is open to all currently enrolled Calvin students and Calvin faculty and staff and will include photos from activities and events all over campus and, possibly, the world.  Check back on October 6 to see our day!

If you want to see photos from campus now, visit the Roving WebCam site which includes photos from student photographers that wander about Calvin's campus capturing images of people, places and events that help "tell the story" of the Calvin experience.  Any time you want to see photos from Calvin, click on the photo next to the daily news message on Calvin's home page and you'll arrive at the photo galleries featured: Roving WebCam, Campus Life, Sports and Alumni.

Coop's Column: Prone to Wander

Coop's Column this week

Dale Cooper's new column for the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship leads off with marital affection, then transitions to our relationship to God, and the human inclination to be "prone-to-wander" before finishing up with an examination of modern-day idols. Writes Cooper: "No human being can optimally guard and tend her heart alone. We need one another—and we need our Lord—in order to hear well his command, 'You shall have no other gods before me'; in order to receive strength and determination to flush away our heart's fondest idols; in order to refill our hearts with fresh affection for God again, and pledge to worship and serve him alone." For more see: 

Ask    Sue

Miscellaneous: Sue, sports...

Can't find what you need? Not sure which department to ask? Confused by the Calvin lingo? Ask Sue!  You can also always e-mail or call 616-526-6142.

Want to keep up-to-date on all sports headlines?  Calvin-Sports is sent soon after Calvin varsity sporting events and includes all kinds of information and statistics from the world of Calvin sports.  And on the Sports page you can listen or watch online, see live stats, video profiles and photo galleries, read the daily sports update, or subscribe to the RSS feed.

Calvin Around Town

Events for alumni, families and friends

There are events for alumni, families and friends that happen throughout the year.  Consider joining us for the following:

Sept. 30: Calvin Around Town at the Kroc Community Center in Grand Rapids, Mich.
Oct. 3: Alumni Choir worship service in Grand Rapids, Mich.
Oct. 22 & 23: Homecoming & Family Weekend which includes 10-year, 25-year, 40-year and 45-year class reunions
Nov. 13: Calvin Community Symphony (formerly, Calvin Alumni Orchestra) concert
Nov. 20: Capella 75th Anniversary Reunion

Calendar events and dates

Bookmark the Parent Calendar page to keep track of important dates throughout the year, including:

Oct. 1: Miscellaneous charges payment due (1st of each month)
Oct. 20: Tuition, room and board payment due
Oct. 22 & 23: Homecoming & Family Weekend