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Calvin-Parents E-Newsletter: March 13, 2012

The women’s basketball season ended in an overtime defeat in a national quarterfinal game on Saturday. See all the women's basketball headlines.

Also over the weekend, Aaron Meckes and Nick Kramer became All-Americans by placing eighth in their respective events at the NCAA III Indoor Track & Field Championships.

Sports teams will be traveling for spring break. Baseball and softball will be in Tucson, Arizona; tennis will be in Orlando, Florida; and track and field will be stopping for a meet in Tennessee on the way to their training in Gulf Shores, Alabama. Find out exact schedules here. If you are able, cheer on the Knights in your town!

Spring break!

This spring break, Calvin students are serving and learning everywhere from Kermit, Virginia West to Biloxi, Mississippi.

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).

Spring Classic, events

There are several alumni and friends (and that includes parents/families) events coming up, including 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). And be sure to click around Spark magazine to read more about alumni and friends of Calvin.

Speaking of the Calvin 5k Spring Classic, there's something for everyone that day. Along with the 5k run/walk, there's the D&W School Challenge, Karen Muyskens Family Fun Run and the Striders Corporate Challenge. Find out how you might like to get involved!


During Lent, the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship offers a wide range of resources (devotions and meditations for the season) in preparation for Easter. All year the institute has resources to guide thoughtful worship. Also read Coop's Column: "The Radiant Preciousness of Jesus Series: Ears to Hear, Hearts to Obey."


Calvin earned “Full Partner” status from Partners from a Racism-Free Community.

Senior Emma DeVries taught the country's top geographers how to use global information systems software. Fellow senior Fitah Rasendrahasina will sing as Rodolpho in La Boheme.

A $200,000 grant from the National Science Foundation will allow faculty to build more research into the biology classroom. Also, history professor Frans van Liere will study where Einstein studied thanks to a prestigious fellowship. Fellow history professor Young Kim has won a Fulbright to study a fourth-century bishop.

Travel opportunities

The Calvin Alumni Association's travel program is open to Calvin alumni and friends. See the complete list on the Alumni Travel site. Please note that there are informational sessions coming up for the following trips: "National Parks: American Southwest" (September 6–17, 2012), and "Pilgrimage to Israel: In the Light of Jesus" (March 11–22, 2013). Also, "A Journey to South Africa" (November 2–17, 2012), has an early-booking deadline coming up. Travel with us!


The Festival of Faith and Writing (April 19-21, 2012) has welcomed hundreds of speakers and thousands of attendees to campus since the biennial event began in 1990. Among the speakers featured at Festival 2012 are Marilynne Robinson, Shane Claiborne, Jonathan Safran Foer, Li-Young Lee, Gary Schmidt, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, and Craig Thompson. A manuscript submission program enables aspiring writers to upload one manuscript to a secure site that can be accessed by editors attending the Festival.


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


Calvin extends its commitment to faith and learning during the summer months by offering a variety of camps for children ages four–18. Visit the camps site to explore dozens of options for your camper. Other summer opportunities include the Entrada Scholars Program, an academic achievement program for 11th and 12th grade North American minority students; and Summer Academy, an academic immersion program for U.S. and international 10th–12th graders.

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.
Apr. 1: Miscellaneous charges payment due (1st of each month)
Apr. 6: Good Friday; no classes
Apr. 18:
Honors Convocation
Apr. 20: Tuition, room and board payment due
Apr. 24: Registration for fall 2012 semester begins
Apr. 24 & 25: Academic Advising; no classes
Save the date for the 28th Annual Senior Design Banquet and Projects Night on 
May 5 (more details coming soon).

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