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Calvin-Parents E-Newsletter: April 17, 2012

This week, professor of religion Won Lee hopes to re-connect to the Korean prayer tradition as one of several Calvin delegates to the Prayer Summit at All Nations Church (through April 18), a Christian Reformed congregation in Lakeview Terrace, Calif. The event is designed to unite worshippers of all ages and from all ethnic groups as one praying and praising body.

Sights and sounds from campus are always available online: WebCams, pictures, Vimeo, YouTube.

Graduation, other parent events

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; you can order online from the site linked above. There is also information for ordering flowers for your graduate available.

Also join us for some major campus events: Festival of Faith and Writing (April 19-21) and the Calvin 5k Spring Classic (April 28, 9 a.m.). Read more about those below. And of special interest to parents: Honors Convocation (April 18, 7:30 p.m.) which will be streamed live online; and the Engineering Senior Design Projects Night (May 5, 4 p.m.).

Treats still available

Here are some options for Student Treats that you can still send to your student this spring.
Spring Exam Treat: Our spring exam treat features new packaging this spring! Students will appreciate this upgraded treat 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

Find out more information about the 2012 Nursing Pinning Ceremony on May 19, and go here [] to purchase a nursing pin for your son, daughter or grandchild. Thank you for your support of the nursing program!

Spring Classic

There's still time to register for the Calvin 5k Spring Classic on Saturday, April 28 at 9 a.m. Be a part of this delightful race and share in a great day with the Calvin community; all proceeds go to student scholarships. Post-race giveaways include cash, two iPads, a Weber stainless steel grill, Merrell shoe gift cards and more!

FFW this week!

The Festival of Faith and Writing finally begins Thursday, April 19, 2012! Tickets are still on sale for the plenary sessions: Jonathan Safran Foer (April 19, 7:30 p.m.), Marilynne Robinson (April 20, 7:30 p.m.), Shane Claiborne (April 21, 10:00 a.m.) and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (April 21, 7:30 p.m.). Tickets are $10 ($5 students) and available at the Calvin College box office. The plenary by Gary Schmidt on April 19 at noon is free!

Many other speakers and events are open to the public. See the full list of all public events here. Tickets for these events are available at the Calvin College box office.

Read a recent news story about the Festival.


Graduation is a major accomplishment for your student, but its also a major life change. The career development office is here to help with the transition! Career counselors are available to guide your son or daughter through the job search process, assist with resumes and cover letters, refine interview skills, and more. Students can call us (616-526-6485) or stop by the career development office (372 Hekman Library) to set up an appointment. More resources are also available online (click link above), or find us on Facebook.

Advising information

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 (


Nine of the 2012 January Series presentations are now available as podcasts on iTunes and as videos on the January Series site. Click on each of the speakers names to see if that particular speaker was recorded. Follow January Series on Facebook to keep track of speakers for 2013!

The Calvin Oratorio Society will present their spring concert, Haydn's The Seasons, Friday, April 27, 2012, 8 p.m. The Calvin Capella will be joining the Oratorio Chorus for this performance.  A preconcert talk with Calvin Stapert will be held in the Covenant Fine Arts Center Recital Hall at 7 p.m. Tickets available from the Calvin College box office (616-526-6282).

Read all the News & Stories from Calvin.

Check the Parent Calendar for important dates

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

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!