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Calvin-Parents E-Newsletter: May 1, 2012

See photos from activities on campus, including Honors Convocation, dorm banquets, Dance Guild, Regional Biz Plan Competition, and more.

Many students ran the Calvin 5k Spring Classic on Saturday. A record-turnout made for a great event that raises money for student scholarships! See photos and results. Read more about the soon-to-be-married overall winners in the men's and women's category.

Last call for treats TODAY

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 today, 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 today,  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 today, May 1; last available date for delivery is May 7, 2012.

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

Engineering, nursing, education graduate links

Engineering Senior Design Projects Night: Saturday, May 5 -  4 p.m.

Nursing Pinning Ceremony: Thursday, May 17 - 8 p.m. Go to to purchase a nursing pin.

Teacher Commissioning Ceremony: Friday, May 18 - 7 p.m.

Go to the Commencement site for all the up-to-date information and complete weekend schedule.

Breakfast for Parents of Graduates

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.

Graduation 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.

End of year housing information

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.

Music events

Many music events are happening now until the end of school, including a Symphonic Band Concert, an Orchestra Concerto Concert, and student recitals this week. See a complete listing of music events.

Check the Parent Calendar for important dates

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

May 5: Engineering Senior Design Projects Night, 4 p.m.
May 9: Last day of spring semester; classes end 10 p.m.
May 10: Reading Recess (no classes)
May 11: Exams begin, 9 a.m.
May 16: Exams end, 10 p.m.
May 17: Residence halls close, 10 a.m.
May 17: Nursing Pinning Ceremony, 8 p.m. Go here [] to purchase a nursing pin for your son, daughter or grandchild.
May 18:
Teacher Commissioning Ceremony, 7 p.m.
May 18-19:Commencement weekend

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