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Calvin-Parents E-Newsletter: September 16, 2011

Family Weekend, October 21-23, 2011

Family Weekend, Homecoming and class reunions have been combined to provide a wonderfully full weekend of opportunities when you come to campus to visit your student(s).All details are found here: Homecoming & Family Weekend 2011.

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Here are some highlights for families:

Visit Classes
Friday, 12:30-3:30 p.m.
DeVries Hall atrium
Join your student at their Friday classes! Most classes will be open; the exact schedule will be posted in mid-October on the schedule. In addition, browse the science division poster fair from 12:30-3:30 p.m. in the DeVries Hall atrium to see the wide variety of research our students conduct.

Tours of Grand Rapids
Friday, 1, 2:15 and 3:30 p.m.
Departs from the Spoelhof Fieldhouse Complex
Travel on a bus through downtown Grand Rapids as we point out Calvin connections in the city along with historic and popular sites. Register online; free, but space is limited.

Family Weekend Tailgate
Friday, 5:30 p.m.
Huizenga Tennis and Track Center, Spoelhof Fieldhouse Complex
Replacing the more formal Family Weekend Banquet this year, this dinner provides time to visit with your student’s friends and their families over a deluxe picnic-style dinner. Our chefs will be grilling right outside, and we’ll have a running program and prize drawings throughout. You can go straight to the volleyball match and other evening activities. $10; $5 for children 12 and under; free for Calvin students with advance registration, only.

Student Improv
Friday, 7:30 and 9 p.m.; Saturday, 9 p.m.
Lab Theater, Spoelhof Center
Our student improv team will have you laughing as they use audience suggestions for skits. General admission, $5; Calvin students need a ticket, too. These shows will sell out—get your tickets soon! (Note: River City Improv, our alumni improv team, is also performing for alumni on Friday night. Please note this difference on the ticket order form.)

Calvin Music Festival
Friday and Saturday, 7:30 p.m.
Covenant Fine Arts Center Auditorium
All Calvin music ensembles perform in this marvelous collage-style concert. $15 adults; $5 students.

Family Weekend Ice Cream Socials
Friday and Saturday, 9-10:30 p.m.
Johnny’s, Commons
Wrap up your day with free ice cream sundaes (Friday) or root beer floats (Saturday). Stop by after the Calvin Music Festival or Student Improv, come before or after visiting the Calvin observatory or residence halls—whenever you come, we would like to say hello and have a snack.

Climbing Wall
Exact times TBD
Climbing times for students, parents and siblings will be available. Check the schedule for updates on climbing times or to fill out the climbing waiver.

Many families have headed home before the Sunday evening LOFT worship service—so we’ve moved LOFT to the morning for this special weekend. Worship with us at 11 a.m. on Sunday in the Covenant Fine Arts Center.

Fridays at Calvin
Have a high school student coming with you? They can register for a Fridays at Calvin visit.

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Questions? Contact | (616) 526-6142

We look forward to seeing parents, grandparents, siblings and friends on campus in October!
Your Calvin parent relations team,
Mike Van Denend, director
Susan Buist
Jen Penning