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Calvin-Parents E-Newsletter: November 9, 2010

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Win textbooks for your student

...ReCommend Calvin!  Parents, 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. Find out more on the  page.

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 photograph at left is of Professor Greidanus talking about her recent "Fragile Ecology" installation at the (106) Gallery and Studio.

And if those students you recommend apply before December 1 (January 1 for Canadians), the application fee will be waived.  Find out more.
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Soccer, volleyball NCAA III tournament plans

Alumni, families and friends in Ohio: please cheer on the volleyball team and the women's soccer team in upcoming tournament play if you are able!  Check the sports page for all locations and information. Here are the top sports headlines with the latest information:
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Christmas gift idea for music lovers

The Calvin Alumni Choir, whose members are alumni of Calvin College, has been established to organize, promote, and sponsor a choir of the highest musical caliber. Through their performances, this choir will promote an awareness of and appreciation for the Christian faith, for choral music, both sacred and secular, and for Calvin College.

Sacred Space, their new recording, is a 15-song disc containing songs from the Calvin College Alumni Choir's live concerts performed in 2006-2010 and would make a great gift. This collection includes spirituals arranged by Moses Hogan, gentle settings of prayers from Scandinavia, the majestic "Psalm 90" by Charles Ives, and other audience favorites. See a song list from Sacred Space and purchase the compact disc ($16) now.  And, if you are interested in another cd, see all of the Alumni Choir recordings here.

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Calvin Community Symphony family concert

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

The Calvin Theatre Company (CTC) is currently performing She Stoops to Conquer, November 11-13, 2010.  Set in eighteenth century splendor, this Irish comedy shows us how there’s something about the country air that invites folly. Sweet-talking young dandy, Marlow, thinks he’s at a bed and breakfast when he’s actually unknowingly participating in an elaborate farce of mistaken identities and broken social norms. Read more and see photos from last weekend's performance.

CTC is open to all students who are interested in producing excellent theatre, not just those majoring or minoring in theatre. Once accepted into the company, a CTC member will participate in a for-credit class and receive experience in many aspects of theatre production.

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The recess for the U.S. Thanksgiving Day begins on Wednesday, November 24, and ends on Monday morning, November 29, 2010.  The residence halls will remain open during the Thanksgiving recess and meals will be served on campus (all days except Thursday) in one of the dining halls.

If you are wondering about your student coming home for the first time since moving away to college, read some holiday suggestions for parents of college students.


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Family Weekend feedback

If you didn't have a chance to submit your feedback about Family Weekend, you can still do so by clicking here to begin a short survey.  Thank you for doing this; it helps us plan for next year's activities. 

If you ever need to contact us, e-mail or call 616-526-6142.  Next year Family Weekend is scheduled for October 21-22, 2011.

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. 11-13: She Stoops to Conquer
Nov. 13: Calvin Community Symphony (formerly, Calvin Alumni Orchestra) concert; River City Improv in SE Michigan
Nov. 13: River City Improv is 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.

News & Stories from campus

Donors, students dine together Tuesday night at the Named Scholarship Dinner. Also see: