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Calvin-Parents E-Newsletter: November 2, 2010

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Family Weekend feedback, please

It's always a privilege to have families visiting Calvin's campus for Family Weekend.  If you were able to be part of any of the activities held that weekend, please complete a Family Weekend survey to help us plan for next year.  This will only take a few minutes.  Please click here to begin.

Thank you to all that were able to visit and support their student(s) in person!  If you need to contact us, e-mail or call 616-526-6142.  Next year Family Weekend is scheduled for October 21-22, 2011.

More photos from the weekend have been posted to the online photo galleries.

ReCommend Calvin

Win free textbooks for your student... ReCommending Calvin! Alumni and friends are the best ambassadors for Calvin so we need your help in recruiting 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 who you're talking to! We'll follow up with information to help students make an informed decision.

Submit this form by December 10 for a free Calvin coffee card and a chance to win free textbooks (up to $450) or treats for your current or any student! And don't limit your conversations about Calvin to students—you can also talk to other parents about the value of a Calvin education. The classroom photograph at left is of Prof. Pete Tigchelaar's anatomy class.

Find out more on the ReCommend page.

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Music concerts and events

Calvin music ensembles have many concerts planned this fall.  The concert calendar for all the ensembles, including tour dates around the country, is found here. (The photograph at right, courtesy of Calvin in 24, shows the Symphonic Band rehearsing last month.)

Showcasing the intimacy of chamber music in the new Covenant Fine Arts Center Recital Hall, the Chamber Music Series combines student and faculty performances with musical works from yesterday and today.  Join us for the first performance of the Chamber Music Series on November 4, at 7:30 p.m.  View the concert program here (.pdf).

The Calvin Orchestra will be on tour to Chicago's south suburbs and the northwest Indiana area on November 6 and 7, 2010.  Find out more here

The Calvin Community Symphony is introducing their new family-friendly concert series specifically designed for mom and dad, grandma and grandpa, and, most importantly, school-aged children. Concert activities include storytelling and an instrument petting zoo. Formally the Calvin Alumni Orchestra, this ensemble will present a one-hour concert, "Once upon a time...the stories that music tell," on November 13, at 10:30 a.m., in the Covenant Fine Arts Center. Please join us!

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Apple order deadline approaching

Student Treats are a fun and easy way to let your student know that you're thinking of them. Everybody loves to give and get treats! There are six seasonal treats and three special occasion or "anytime" treats available.  Encourage and surprise your student with a delicious gourmet apple, a box of goodies at exam time, or a sweet Valentines treat.

The next treat offered is a gourmet apple which is hand-dipped in layers of fine chocolate and creamy caramel. The deadline to order the apple is November 9, 2010. Treats will be delivered on November 15 to on-campus locations only, but may also be ordered for students who live off campus. Your son or daughter living off campus will receive an e-mail notification and can pick up their treat in the registrar's office.  Order your treats online today!

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Praying with Calvin

From Calvin's Faith site: "Give thanks to our Lord for all of his gracious gifts to us. His mercy and love has been poured out on us. Pray for his continued love and protection."

Some prayer concerns in the month of November are found here.
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January Series 2011

The January Series 2011 is falling into place!  From the "Iron Man" of baseball to the founder of Kiva, our speakers this year will once again cover a wide variety of topics: challenges of autism, gang intervention, schools for AIDS orphans, narcissism, science & faith, Christianity in China, John Muir, and more.  Now you can follow us on Facebook!
We have also confirmed 31 remote webcast sites which includes one in Lithuania!  Help us spread the word to family and friends across the country and world.
Looking for a good book to read?  Check out what our speakers have written.  The Campus Store has a great selection available.  A few "book club" favorites are:
  • "The Price of Stones: Building a School for my Village" by Twesigye Jackson Kaguri
  • "Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion" by Father Greg Boyle
  • "Daughter of the Killing Fields" by Theary Seng
  • "Thinking in Pictures" by Temple Grandin
  • "Get in the Game" by Cal Ripken, Jr.
See you in January in the beautifully renovated Covenant Fine Arts Center auditorium.

Climate Change lecture

Calvin is hosting the second in a two-part series on climate change: "Thinking About and Responding to Climate Change." On Thursday, November 18, Steven Bouma-Prediger, a professor and chair of the religion department at Hope College, will deliver a lecture titled: "Ethical Issues in Climate Change: A Theological Perspective."

Bouma's lecture examines the ethical implications that climate change has for Christians, specifically for those living in the developed world, with respect to what actions need to be taken to address or limit its likely impacts.

The lecture will begin at 7:30 p.m. in Calvin's Science Building (Room 110) and is sponsored by the Calvin Center for Christian Scholarship, Integrated Science Research Institute and Calvin College.

Check the Parent Calendar for important dates

Bookmark the Parent Calendar and alumni and friends event pages to keep track of important dates throughout the year, including:

Nov. 13:
Calvin Community Symphony (formerly, Calvin Alumni Orchestra) concert; River City Improv in SE Michigan
Nov. 19: Tuition, room and board payment due
Nov. 20: Capella 75th Anniversary Reunion on campus; River City Improv in Washington DC
Nov 24: Thanksgiving (U.S.) break begins 5:00 p.m.
Nov. 29: Classes resume 8 a.m.

In Other News

News & Stories from campus

Calvin students prep for the upcoming midterm elections, including creating a voter's guide. Also see: