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Calvin-Parents E-Newsletter: September 27, 2011

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What's news

ArtPrize, a "radically open competition", is the big news in town this week (and will be until it concludes on October 9). Nine women artists contributed to indefinite boundaries, the ArtPrize exhibition dealing with place, environment and material at Calvin's (106) Gallery.
Many students, faculty, staff and alumni have also entered their artwork into ArtPrize.

Did you know that at 305 in number, Norway Spruce is the most common tree on campus? Calvin biology and geographic information systems classes have inventoried every tree at Calvin and made an online map.

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Family Weekend 2011

Here are some highlights for Homecoming & Family Weekend 2011, October 21 & 22, 2011. Register now»

Open classes
Friday, all day
Plan to sit in on or visit some classes during the day. Open classes are available all throughout Friday; the exact open class list is pending. Those will be in an upcoming edition of Calvin-Parents and linked online on the Homecoming & Family Weekend schedule. 

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. 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.

Open Forum Discussion - Football at Calvin?
Saturday, 1:30 p.m.
Hoogenboom Health and Recreation Center 280
All are invited to chat with us. Brian Bolt, chair of the kinesiology department and chair of the Football Feasibility Task Force, will join us.

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Parent blog for Psalms

As the Calvin community has begun its study of Psalms, we encourage you to read, pray and sing along with us. See the Faith site for all links to worship and study guides.

Parents can also be part of their own "study group" by reading and commenting on a blog for parents. Each week there is a new post and we invite you to give feedback. Parents from all over the country (and world) have been checking in (there's a map linked to the blog). Check it all out here

Robert Keeley teaches education at Calvin. He and his wife, Laura, write books, curriculum, and plays. In this article from the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship they talk about making lament psalms accessible to children.

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Ask us, stay informed

Can't find what you need? Not sure which department to ask? Confused by the Calvin lingo? Ask us! You can contact us on that page, where there's a list of frequently asked questions, or you can also always e-mail (616-526-6142).

Want to keep up-to-date on all sports headlines? Calvin-Sports is sent soon after Calvin varsity sporting events and includes all kinds of information and statistics from the world of Calvin sports. And on the Sports page you can listen or watch online, see live stats, video profiles and photo galleries, read the daily sports update, or subscribe to the RSS feed.

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Student Treats

Parents may send their student some "love" by having the parent relations team deliver a treat to them during the school year. There are birthday, exam, holiday and special event treats to send for on- or off-campus students. The full list of treats is available on the Student Treats page and you can order online now!

The next treat deadline is for the gourmet apple treat. These gourmet apples are tart, juicy apples hand-dipped in layers of finest chocolate and creamy caramel. They weight 1.5-2 pounds!  There are three flavor choices: supreme, butter brickle and no nuts!

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Spark, news

The latest issue of Spark, the magazine for alumni and friends of Calvin, is online. You can read about summer research, an article about the feasibility of football at Calvin, alumni profiles and more. Read more»

U.S. News & World Report, the Princeton Review, Forbes and the Fiske Guide to Colleges again rank Calvin College among the best colleges and universities in the nation. Read more»

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Fridays at Calvin...

Please encourage high school students to visit Calvin! Fridays at Calvin, our premiere visit program, gets high marks from hundreds of prospective students and parents each year. Calvin also offers Department Visit Days, International Student Visit Day, bus trips and more. During their visit, students meet Calvin students and faculty, sit in on classes, dig deeper into their major and participate in campus activities. For more visit options and to register, check out
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Worship, pray

Join us for worship for daily Chapel services. The live feed is available 10 a.m., Monday through Friday. At 8 p.m. on Sunday evenings the live feed is available for LOFT (Living Our Faith Together) services.

Our worship in chapel will parallel the Psalms study and our worship at LOFT will look at the life of David, the author of many psalms. Here is our Chapel Pattern for the semester:

Mondays: GROW together, listening and responding to the Word of God.
Tuesdays: PRAY in a variety of ways, bringing our community and world before the face of God.
Wednesdays: TESTIFY as individuals, groups, and departments to God’s work among us.
Thursdays: BREATHE and rest in God’s grace through meditative acts of worship.
Fridays: SING to the glory of God, proclaiming Christ’s Lordship over our campus and world.

And all throughout the year you are encouraged to pray with Calvin.

Online resources

Did you know podcasts are available from Inner Compass and the Worship Institute, and broadcasts of daily chapel and Sunday evening LOFT services are archived on Vimeo so you can watch on demand whenever you want! There are many online resources from the Worship Institute, including ideas for worship planning, worship and more. Keep track of them on Facebook!

Event, dates

Here are several alumni and friends events coming up. Parents and family members are invited--encouraged---to join us!

Also, check the Parent Calendar page to keep track of important academic/financial dates throughout the year. 

October 1 - Miscellaneous charges payment due (1st of each month)
October 20 - Tuition, room and board payment due

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