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Calvin-Parents E-Newsletter: June 5, 2012

We want to welcome new parents to the Calvin-Parents e-newsletter! Calvin-Parents keeps parents and families informed of news, events and helpful information from campus. It will be published less frequently over the summer, with weekly issues resuming late August. If you have questions or concerns during the summer, contact parent relations (616-526-6142; We're here all summer long. Stay tuned for Calvin-Parents to sport a brand-new look soon! If your student has graduated and/or you no longer wish to receive Calvin-Parents, or if you wish to change or add e-mail addresses (to include grandparents, guardians, etc.), we will be happy to help you. Contact us at or manage preferences here.

Additional parent resources are found on the parent website; those pages are continually updated, and the parents online calendar is currently being updated. If you have suggestions or can't find something, contact us.

End of 2011-2012 school year news

Another academic year has concluded. Relive all of the 2012 Commencement week activities in a two-minute video. See photos, too. You may also watch a powerful and emotional speech given by the student's choice for Professor of the Year, Scott Stehouwer, on Saturday, May 19, 2012, given to hundreds of graduates right before Commencement.

The highest award for men's and women's athletics, the Bere' Memorial Award and the Kay Tiemersma Athletic Award, has been awarded to Nick Kramer (Dyer, Ind.) and Rebecca Kamp (Palos Heights, Ill.), respectively. Nick recently captured the national title in 3,000-meter Steeplechase.

Students, faculty in the news

Emily Pope is the third student awarded a Fulbright this year, a record for Calvin. A graduating senior who studied philosophy, environmental studies and international development, Pope will live in Turkey,  teaching English while learning Turkish.

Okay for Now, a novel by English professor Gary Schmidt has won a Children's Choice Book Award.

A new interdisciplinary major equips students for careers and graduate study in public health.

Professor Carl Plantinga explores films such as True Grit from a philosophical perspective.

Three members of the Calvin men’s and women’s cross country and track and field teams have received Division III Capital One Academic All-District honors: senior Dan Kerr and junior Greg Whittle and sophomore Nicole Michmerhuizen.

Farewell to the Bykers

Also concluding with this school year is Gaylen and Susan Byker's 17 years of service to Calvin. The Bykers were recently named the 2012 winners of the Spoelhof Lifetime Achievement Award. A video of "The Byker Farewell: God's Grace and Gratitude" evening is now available online. Faculty, staff and students also met over lunch to honor his retirement.

On the Bykers' last day on campus, Monday, June 25, all are invited to a farewell reception at 10 a.m. on the Commons Lawn. Contact with questions.


PASSPORT is a day and a half summer program designed for new students and adult family members to learn about Calvin through activities and creative workshops that highlight the range of opportunities at Calvin.

PASSPORT I - July 2 (8:00am -11:00pm), July 3 (9:00am - 4:30pm)
PASSPORT II - July 19 (8:00am -11:00pm), July 20 (9:00am - 4:30pm)
PASSPORT III - July 30 (8:00am -11:00pm), July 31 (9:00am - 4:30pm)
PASSPORT IV - August 27 (8:00am-11:00pm) - August 29 (9:00am-12:00pm)

Contact the orientation staff with questions.

Women's Chorale in S. Africa

From their blog: "The Calvin College Women's Chorale is off to South Africa for several weeks on a trip sure to include many new adventures and experiences. We have created this blog to share these experiences with friends, family, and anyone else who stumbles upon it. We are so excited to see what God has in store for us in South Africa, and cannot wait to share our experiences with you!"

Calvin Annual Fund

The Calvin Annual Fund exists to bridge a gap—the gap between students’ financial capabilities and the value of a Calvin education. In short, the Calvin Annual Fund exists to support every student every day. Need a reason to participate? We'll give you 4,000. That's how many Calvin students benefit when you support the Calvin Annual Fund. It's not about giving your share. It's about sharing your gifts.

"Like" the Calvin Annual Fund on Facebook to see photos from campus events, interesting links and profiles of alumni serving around the corner and across the globe.

Alumni and friends

The latest Spark magazine, for alumni and friends of Calvin, is hitting mailboxes now, and is also available with exclusive online content.

Cincinnati area alumni and friends (which always includes Calvin students and families), gather at the Great American Ball Park on June 8 for a Reds vs. Tigers game. It's Fireworks Night, too!

The travel program is open to Calvin alumni and any friends who wish to join the group. Each trip is an experience woven with education and faith. Find out more about upcoming trips.

Join us on campus during summer to celebrate the Heritage Reunion for the class of 1961 and all classes prior.

You can already sign up for the 43rd Annual Golf Tournament which will be held on September 8.

Mark your calendar for family activities and
reunions during Homecoming & Family Weekend, October 19 & 20, 2012.