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Calvin-Parents E-Newsletter: April 10, 2012

As we dive into spring on campus (you should see the tulips!), join us for some major campus events later this month: Festival of Faith and Writing (April 19-21), and the Calvin 5k Spring Classic (April 28 - 9 a.m.). And of special interest to parents, there are these events coming up soon:

Student treats

Here are some options for Student Treats that you can still send to your student this spring.
Spring Exam Treat: Students will appreciate this new option of a maroon and gold drawstring sports pack filled with healthy snacks and sweets. Quantities are limited so place your order now! Cost is $20 (U.S.). Order deadline is May 1; delivery is May 7, 2012.

Hugs from Home: This Calvin insulated lunch bag is adorned with festive balloons. Inside your student will find a mug with multiple tea, soup, and cocoa packets and various tasty, fun and thoughtful treats. Cost is $30 (U.S.). Order deadline is May 1; last available date for delivery is May 7, 2012.

Pizza: This treat features a certificate for a large, two-topping pizza delivered from a favorite local pizzeria. Cost is $20 (U.S.). Order deadline is May 1; last available date for delivery is May 7, 2012.

Find out more about Student Treats or order treats online now!

Pinning information

Dear Parents and Grandparents of Nursing Students,
The 2012 Nursing Pinning Ceremony, May 19, is a tradition when all graduating nursing students, along with their family and friends, join together to celebrate receiving a Bachelors of Science in Nursing (BSN).  In this ceremony, each student is traditionally and proudly “pinned” with Calvin’s own nursing pin, as a special signature of completing a baccalaureate degree in nursing and being eligible to take the state RN licensure examination. 
Perhaps you would like to purchase a nursing pin for your son, daughter or grandchild. Information about cost and ordering this pin can be found at this site:  While your child would not receive the pin until the Pinning Ceremony, this could be a special gift and keepsake for them, as many nurses continue to wear this pin throughout their career.  The pin is delivered to the nursing department the week of pinning by a representative from Terryberry. Receiving a nursing pin is not required, but it's 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!
Nursing Pinning Committee, Nursing Class of 2012

Commencement breakfast

Plan on joining us (and some Calvin administrators/faculty) for the Breakfast for Parents of Graduates on Commencement Weekend, Saturday, May 19, at 9 a.m. Tickets ($15) are required and must be purchased in advance by May 11, 2012. The ticket order form was included in the Commencement letter mailed to parents in December or you can order online.

Student news

Be sure to read about students, faculty and alumni in the news. Four Calvin science students have landed prestigious research awards, four Calvin professors from four different disciplines were numbered among "The 300 Best Professors" from the Princeton Review, and Cathy Guiles, formerly on the staff of Chimes (campus newspaper), recently competed on three episodes of Jeopardy.

Advising dates

Academic Advising will be on Tuesday and Wednesday, April 24 and 25, 2012. There are no classes those days so that professors are available to meet with their advisees. Students are instructed to meet with their advisor during this time (per faculty schedule) and prepare for registration. In fact, students must meet with their assigned advisor in order to be cleared for registration.

Please do all you can to encourage your sons and daughters to take full advantage of academic advising. In addition to meeting with an advisor, academic advising days are a good time to get caught up on reading assignments, paper writing, or visit the registrar's office for questions about graduation plans. It should not be a time to leave campus for a long weekend getaway. Here is more information about academic advising services. You may also contact Dana Hebreard (

Check the Parent Calendar for important dates

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

Apr. 1: Miscellaneous charges payment due (1st of each month)
Apr. 12 & 13:
Dance Guild Spring, 8 p.m.
Apr. 18:Honors Convocation, 7:30 p.m.
Apr. 19-21: Festival of Faith and Writing
Apr. 20: Tuition, room and board payment due
Apr. 24: Registration for fall 2012 semester begins
Apr. 24 & 25: Academic Advising; no classes
April 28: Calvin 5k Spring Classic, 9 a.m.
May 5: Engineering Senior Design Projects Night, 4 p.m.

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