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Calvin-Parents E-Newsletter: April 24, 2012

Awards have come in recently for a Goldwater Scholar, a National Science Foundation Fellow and now a Fulbright. Senior Lauren Manck will research seagrasses in Spain via a Fulbright Scholarship.

Read more about how the Calvin Theatre Company has adapted a play from Walter Wangerin's award-winning novel, The Book of the Dun Cow.

Calvin senior Jonathan Borak and junior Josiah Gamroth came in third at the Regional Business Plan Competition last Tuesday.

Read all the News & Stories; sights and sounds from campus are always available online: WebCams, pictures, Vimeo, YouTube. The Honors Convocation (from Thursday, April 18) is now available online to watch. We apologize that the feed was not live for this event.


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!

Commencement breakfast

Chemistry professor Larry Louters, recipient of this year's Presidential Award for Exemplary Teaching, and his wife Mary Jo will be our speakers for the Breakfast for Parents of Graduates on Commencement Weekend, Saturday, May 19, at 9 a.m. The Louters have three children, all recent Calvin grads: Lauren '00, Jeremy ‘03 and Julienne ’10. 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 tickets online now.

Commencement flowers

Celebrate your graduate with a bouquet from Crescent Floral and the Calvin campus store. You can pre-order or pick up three different arrangements: a spring bouquet ($25), one dozen roses ($35) or a half-dozen roses ($25). Tax is already included on all prices. Bouquets can be ordered online in advance via Crescent Floral and can be picked up at the flower station near the main (south) entrance to the Van Noord Arena on Commencement Saturday from 12:30 to 4:30.

See this site for more about ordering flowers for your graduate.

Moving/checking out

As the school year draws to a close, read important moving out information, including dates, times, procedures and more.

Here is the letter for checking out of dorms (.pdf) that will be sent to students this week. It includes information about Clean and Pack day, transitional housing and a master checklist.


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.


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!

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).

Check the Parent Calendar for important dates

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

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.
May 17: Nursing Pinning Ceremony. Go here [] to purchase a nursing pin for your son, daughter or grandchild.

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