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Calvin-Parents E-Newsletter: March 6, 2012

March 6, 2012

The Calvin women’s basketball team will head to the University of Chicago to continue on in the NCAA tournament this weekend after an exciting win on Saturday night. If you are in the area, cheer on the Knights! Check the alumni pages for information about a reception following the game; details pending.

Two Calvin swimmers will compete in the NCAA III Swimming and Diving Championships, March 21-24, 2012 in Indianapolis. Juniors Mark Rushlow and Elizabeth Counsell will both be traveling to their home state to compete.

Read all sports headlines, and find out where men's and women's sports teams (baseball, softball, track and field and tennis) will be traveling for spring break.

Tours and travels

Details for service-learning trips are being finalized and many students will be part of a long tradition of work trips sponsored by the Service-Learning Center. See a complete list of the trips planned for Spring Break 2012.

Many student music ensembles will be on tour this spring. See the complete tour list, which includes the Orchestra to Florida during spring break (March 16-25), Women's Chorale to Indiana and Wisconsin (March 30-April 1), Gospel Choir to Chicago (April 20-22) and the Wind Ensemble to Hungary, Ukraine and Romania (May 21-June 4).

Lent resources

The Calvin Institute of Christian Worship (CICW) offers a wide range of practical resources and scholarly works for congregational leaders, pastors, teachers of worships, students, artists, and all interested in worship. The website provides free resources like articles, audio files, slide and video presentations, and links to purchase books, CDs, and hymnals. During Lent, you might find the Lent Resource Guide or the Worship Holy Week Resource Guide helpful, both found on their site.

Alumni and friends events

There are several alumni and friends (and that includes parents/families) events coming up, including River City Improv in the Pacific Northwest area (Washington, British Columbia; Mar. 8-10), a luncheon in South Florida (Mar. 27), an Economics Alumni Conference (Apr. 13 & 14), a "Calvin Around Town" event at the Heart of the City (Grand Rapids; Apr. 19), the annual Calvin 5k Spring Classic on campus (Apr. 28), and the 50-Year Class of 1962 Reunion (May 18 & 19).


Ever wonder what there is to do on and around campus in winter? See Winter at Calvin.

As the women's team heads further into the NCAA tournament, watch their season recap video.


Spark magazine should be in your mailboxes soon. Be sure to click around to see what else you can learn from reading Spark online thanks to web-exclusive content and links to more information.

The Calvin Spark, first published in the spring of 1954, is the quarterly magazine of the Calvin Alumni Association. Intended primarily for the 50,000 members of the Association, the publication also aims to build relationships with Calvin friends and reflect a Reformed Christian perspective to anyone reading the magazine.

Chick-Fil-A Leadercast 2012

Mark your calendar for a one-day leadership event featuring world-renowned speakers* addressing leadership issues that matter most. The Chick-Fil-A Leadercast is coming to Grand Rapids via live broadcast in the Covenant Fine Arts Center on Friday, May 4, 2012: 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. 

*Patrick Lencioni, Tim Tebow, Sheena Iyengar, Andy Stanley, John C. Maxwell, Soledad O'Brien, General Hugh Shelton, Angela Ahrendts, Urban Meyer, Roland Fryer


Health insurance: Students may enroll in or waive out of the KnightCare student healthcare insurance plan for the 2012-2013 academic year. Please encourage your student to submit his or her insurance waiver or enrollment form online prior to March 15th, 2012.
If you have any questions, contact health services (; 616-526-6187).

Check the Parent Calendar for important dates

Here are the next dates coming up from the Parent Calendar:

Mar. 15: Tuition, room & board payment due
Mar. 16:
Spring break begins, 5 p.m.
Mar. 17: Residence halls close for spring break, 10 a.m.
Mar. 25: Residence halls re-open, noon
Mar. 26: Classes resume, 8 a.m.

If you ever have any questions, contact (616-526-6142). Thank you for reading Calvin-Parents!