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Calvin-Parents E-Newsletter: November 16, 2010

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Thanksgiving on campus

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, for the first time, the Commons Dining Hall will be open on Thanksgiving Day for students who have responded to an e-mail invitation to eat on campus that day.

In the meanwhile, Thanksgiving will be celebrated in the dining halls this Thursday at Commons and Knollcrest.  Special menus will include many of the traditional offerings.  For more information, visit the dining services website. You can also follow Calvin's dining services on Facebook.  If you have questions, contact director of dining services Rick Balfour (616-526-6386).

Calvin College will have a special Thanksgiving video message for the community posted online in time for Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 25. For now, you can read Thanksgiving reflections and staff recipes.

Please note that there will not be a Calvin-Parents issue sent next week, Tuesday, November 24. We wish you a blessed Thanksgiving.

"Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name. For the Lord is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations." - Psalm 100:4-5

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Cheer on the Knights in Missouri, Wisconsin and Iowa!

On Saturday, the women's volleyball team captured its first regional title since 1992 after defeating top-seeded Heidelberg on Friday night.  With the win, Calvin (29-4) advances to the Elite Eight of the NCAA DIII Women's Volleyball Championship which will take place at Washington University in St. Louis, starting on Friday, Nov. 19.  Read all the updated details here.

The men’s soccer team won a penalty kick shootout in the second round of the NCAA III Tournament last weekend and play again at the University of Wisconsin-Osk Kosh, starting on Friday, Nov. 19.  Read all the updated details here. The 2010 season came to a close for the Calvin women’s soccer team as it dropped a heart-breaking 1-0 loss to third-ranked Otterbein College on Friday.

The women's and men's cross country teams won Great Lakes Regional Titles and are now headed to the NCAA III Championships in Waverly, Iowa, starting on Saturday, Nov. 20. Read all the updated details here.

With all this activity, the Calvin fall sports teams have established a new school record.

Over the weekend, the swimming and diving team split a meet with Hope, which included freshman Andrew Kraft (Fort Wayne, IN) highlighting the day by winning the one-meter diving competition with a NCAA III qualifying and school record score of 311.10, breaking the previous Calvin record of 305.20.

And the women's and men's basketball teams are starting their seasons.  Read more about sophomore forward Carissa Verkaik and her focus on faith and her hopes to return to the NCAA Tournament.

Keep track of the latest information on all the competition and tournament details on the sports pages.

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Prayers for Brenna

One year ago, Brenna Hannan, who was a freshman on 3rd Bennink at the time, collapsed from a brain aneurysm and remains comatose here in Grand Rapids. Please join us in supporting her and her family through our prayers.
Where: field next to DeVos Communications building
When: tonight (Tuesday, November 16, 2010) at 11:00 p.m.
Why: to pray for Brenna's continued healing and comfort for her family
Who: anyone wishing to show support
A large group of us will be meeting in the Boer-Bennink lobby at 10:48PM to walk over together. Otherwise, just arrive on your own. If you cannot attend for any reason, please lift up a prayer for Brenna and her family as they struggle through this hard time. For more information about Brenna and this event, see the Facebook Prayer Service event and/or the Facebook Prayer Event. Also, consider writing her family a note or visit them on Care Pages. Thank you for your support.

--- Melanie Janssens

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Calvin-Parents for grandparents, families

We hear of many grandparents who support their grandchildren's college experience -- by prayer, encouragement, care packages and tuition support. This Calvin-Parents e-newsletter is open to grandparents and other friends and family members. If you know someone that would like to receive Calvin-Parents, please e-mail their full name(s) and e-mail address(es) to and we'll subscribe them.  Thank you for reading Calvin-Parents!

Please note: there will not be a Calvin-Parents issue sent next week, Tuesday, November 24. We wish you a blessed Thanksgiving. 

"Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name. For the Lord is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations." - Psalm 100:4-5

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Top Calvin headlines

  • Students help bring English professor Gary Schmidt's Newbery Honor Award-winning book to the stage
  • Two Calvin departments are teaming up to launch a new giving circle for lovers of art with Calvin Art Partners
  • Calvin mourns Johan Westra, the college's first full-time political science professor. 
  • Ten students representing four academic majors pitched their bright ideas in Calvin's first-annual Elevator Pitch Competition
  • Calvin professor of philosophy and Worship Institute research fellow James K.A. Smith has written a "less grumpy," more "winsome" portrait of Calvinism.

Read more on News & Stories.

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Named Scholarship Dinner...ReCommend Calvin

Nearly 1,300 people---scholarship recipients and their donors---attended the Named Scholarship Dinner on November 9.  Named scholarships are created for a variety of reasons and honor a variety of things, and help students who want to, but might not otherwise be able to, attend Calvin. These scholarships often come with a personal touch, a little added affirmation. That’s why the dinner is so special. Read more about the dinner and some of the students that spoke.

If you want to make sure someone you know gets to know about Calvin, please ReCommend Calvin to them today. Consider talking to high school students, parents, guidance counselors, pastors—even students already admitted to Calvin. Tell your Calvin story, let us know who you're talking to, and we'll follow up with them. You can even win free textbooks for your or any current student if you submit this form by December 10.

Find out more on the ReCommend page.

Calvin Energy Recovery Fund


Calvin College recently launched an exciting new initiative to fund energy-conserving projects on campus. The Calvin Energy Recovery Fund (CERF) finances projects on campus to reduce Calvin's energy consumption. The monetary savings generated by these projects will be routed back to the energy recovery fund--thereby growing the fund to support future projects. CERF will significantly lessen Calvin's environmental impact, save the college money, and allow students to benefit from hands-on learning. You can make a gift to the energy recovery fund, or propose a project, at:

Read more about the fund
and make a contribution to support this innovative fund today!

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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. 19: Tuition, room and board payment due
Nov. 20: River City Improv in Washington DC
Nov. 24: Thanksgiving (U.S.) break begins 5:00 p.m.
Nov. 29: Classes resume 8 a.m.
[Students that apply before December 1 (January 1 for Canadians), the application fee will be waived.  Find out more.]
Dec. 4: Christmas at the Campus Store
Dec. 10: Classes end 10 p.m.
Dec. 11:
Reading Recess
Dec. 13: Exams begin 9 a.m.
Dec. 17:
Exams end & Christmas break begins 10 p.m.