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Calvin-Parents E-Newsletter: December 7, 2010

Christmas tree

Christmas on campus

During the first snow of the year, members of Calvin's Student Senate spent their afternoon stringing lights on Calvin’s very own Christmas tree. Passersby stopped to rest their gaze upon the 18-foot white spruce transplanted to the northwest corner of the Commons Lawn, the most visible point on campus.  Read more in the Chimes article about this event and see photos taken by student photographer Caroline Higgins.  The article also tells more about the unique ornaments and what they contain.

As parents and grandparents prepare their homes for the arrival of college students over Christmas break, this information about "The Twelve Days of Christmas for Current College Parents" might be helpful.  Here are some additional holiday suggestions for parents of college students from Calvin's Parents & Family site.

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ReCommend Calvin and win textbooks!

Parents, alumni and friends are the best ambassadors for Calvin so we need your help in recruiting students to the school you love.  PleaseReCommend Calvin by submitting 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!

Talk to high school students, parents, guidance counselors, pastors—even students already admitted to Calvin. And don't limit your conversations about Calvin to students—you can also talk to other parents about the value of a Calvin education.

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.   Thank you for ReCommending Calvin!

Calvin College Nursing pin

Nursing pins

Dear Parents and Grandparents of Nursing Students,

Our senior year is well under way, and, as many of you may have heard, we are keeping busy!  While we still have much work ahead of us, it is exciting to think that, come May 19, we will be celebrating at the Pinning Ceremony. This ceremony is a long-standing tradition in which graduating nursing students, along with family and friends, celebrate their success in nursing school, and celebrate our efforts toward receiving a Bachelors of Science in Nursing (BSN). Each student is proudly “pinned” with Calvin’s own nursing pin as a signature of completing a baccalaureate degree in nursing, and being eligible to take the state RN licensure examination.  

Perhaps you would like to consider purchasing a nursing pin for your son, daughter or grandchild.  Information about cost and ordering can be found at  (Use Security ID: 36095; Password: Nurse) The pin is delivered to the nursing department in May and your nurse will receive the pin at the Pinning Ceremony.  It is a special gift and keepsake for them since many nurses continue to wear this pin throughout their career.  Receiving a nursing pin is not required, yet it is a special and proud moment for the nursing student at the Pinning Ceremony.  Although your presence and support is the most important, please consider sharing in this special day with the gift of a Calvin nursing pin. 

We are looking forward to seeing you and celebrating with you in May!

Sincerely, the Nursing Pinning Committee, Nursing Class of 2011


January Series...for students, too!

From the "Iron Man" of baseball to the founder of Kiva, The January Series speakers this year will cover a wide variety of topics: challenges of autism, gang intervention, schools for AIDS orphans, narcissism, science and faith, Christianity in China, and more. The Ensemble Galilei is pictured at left. 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; follow us on Facebook

Students that are on campus during Interim, when the January Series is held, will be told about a special "passport" incentive program.  They will be eligible to win signed books and Bonus Bucks if they attend at least 7 lectures.  Would you also encourage them to attend? It's a unique opportunity that comes to them and will enhance their college experience!
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.
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Praying with Calvin

From Calvin's Faith site: "Give joyful praise to our Lord for the gift of hope and life, the gift of Jesus Christ whose birth we celebrate this month. His mercy and love has certainly been poured out on us. Pray each of us may remember and understand the significance of the Christmas season. Give thanks for the traveling mercies given to the Calvin community over the Thanksgiving break."

Prayer concerns in the month of December are found here.

Coop's Column

Dale Cooper is chaplain emeritus and adjunct faculty in the department of congregational and ministry studies at Calvin.  He has recently begun publishing a column for the Calvin Institute of Christian WorshipCoop’s Column: reflections on the Christian walk,  a weekly article that explores numerous facets of corporate Christian worship. He hopes his column will both teach and encourage readers, while promoting dialogue.

"I want these weekly articles to teach. Worshiping God worthily demands careful thinking about what we’re doing, and why. I also hope that they encourage. Accordingly, as I write each one, I shall offer a prayer that what I write and you read equips us to live more faithfully and as God intends."  Read the articles he's published so far, including the most recent one: "Father-Like He Tends and Spares Us."

The Wednesday Wars by Gary D. Schmidt

CTC: Shakespeare and Holling Hoodhood

A Calvin theater class is staging Shakespeare all over campus: in a classroom, in a tunnel, on the climbing wall. Shakespeare on Location is a  progressive theatrical experience that stages scenes from The Bard in multiple campus locations. Read the full story. 

Speaking of Shakespeare, the main character in Calvin professor Gary Schmidt’s Newbery Honor Award-winning book, The Wednesday Wars, develops a fondness for Shakespeare.  Young Holling Hoodhood is forced to read Shakespeare every Wednesday afternoon while the rest of his classmates attend Jewish Hebrew school or Catholic Cathechism class; Holling is a Presbyterian.  Calvin students are involved in every aspect of bringing the Wednesday Wars to the stage.

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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:

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.
Jan. 1:
Miscellaneous charges payment due (1st of each month)
Jan. 4: On-campus housing opens 10 a.m.
Jan. 5: Tuition, room & board payment due; Interim term begins 8 a.m.
Jan. 5-25: The January Series 2011
Jan. 14 & 15: Alumni Choir concerts
Jan. 25: Interim ends 5 p.m.
Jan. 29: Calvin/Hope Satellite Game (all around the country)
Jan. 31: First day of spring semester; classes begin 8:00 a.m.