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Calvin-Parents E-Newsletter: December 6, 2011

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Soccer season ends

After defeating Oneonta State of New York on Friday night, Calvin’s bid for a national championship in men’s soccer came up just short. On Saturday night, Calvin fell to Ohio Wesleyan 2-1 in the national championship final, the second such defeat in three years. From the team, Miles Colago was named Capital One Academic All-American, and Brad Heethuis and Nick Holtrop were honored by Also, Brad Wassink is the recipient of the Elite 89 award for the 2011 NCAA Division III Men’s Soccer Championship.

Also over the weekend, men's basketball coach Kevin Vande Streek recorded his 300th win. He is now 300-126 in his 16 years at that post. In swimming and diving, records fell and many NCAA III cuts were recorded in a weekend invitational. 

E-mail sent

Last Friday, the college sent a correspondence to parents about the discovery of a multi-year inappropriate relationship between a student and a professor. This communication was sent directly to parent e-mails (not via the Calvin-parents list-serve). If you are a parent of a current Calvin student and did not receive this message, please e-mail with your name and preferred e-mail address so we can update your parent record and send you a copy. Thank you for your continued prayers for all involved.
Mike Van Denend
Director of Alumni and Parent Relations
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Christmas preparations, housing dates

As parents and grandparents prepare their homes for the arrival of college students over Christmas break, this information about "The Twelve Days of Christmas for Current College Parents" might be helpful.  Here are some additional holiday suggestions for parents of college students from Calvin's Parents & Family site.

From the housing calendar for December:
Dec. 9   Classes end at 10 p.m.
Dec. 12  Exams begin at 9 a.m.
Dec. 16  Students should leave the halls the day of their last exam or the next morning. (For questions or special circumstances, students should contact their Resident Director)
Dec. 16  Exams end and Christmas vacation begins at 10 p.m.
Dec. 17  Residence Halls close at 10 a.m. for students with Friday exams or special permission only. Due to staffing and security issues, this is the LATEST that the halls will remain open. Transitional Housing for special circumstances should be arranged by contacting the student's Resident Director or the Calvin Housing Office.

Student concerts

These are the remaining Calvin celebrations of Christmas from the student music ensembles:

Dec. 7: Messiah Sing-along with Calvin Orchestra, 10 a.m.; Symphonic Band Ensemble Series, 7:30 p.m.
Dec. 9: A Capella Christmas, 7:30 p.m.
Dec. 10: Sleigh Ride to Tinseltown with Wind Ensemble, 3 p.m.
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Worship Symposium 2012

Online registration is open for the 2012 Worship Symposium, to be held January 26-28, 2012 on Calvin's campus. We expect more than 1,500 attendees from around the globe to journey to Grand Rapids for three days of reflection and renewal around issues of worship. This ecumenical conference brings together a wide audience of pastors, worship leaders and planners, artists, musicians, scholars, students and other interested worshipers.

Among the presenters for 2012 will be Thomas G. Long, a professor of preaching, an ordained minister and the author of many books, most recently, "Accompany Them with Singing: The Christian Funeral". Publisher Weekly in a starred review said that the book argues that funerals have become spiritually impoverished and need revitalization, and that "Long urges clergy and congregations to embrace funerals as opportunities to act out one more time the great and hopeful drama of how the Christian life moves from death to life and from baptism to resurrection."

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January Series 2012

Coming this January for the 25th year, Calvin presents January Series 2012—the award-winning, free liberal arts education delivered in 15 weekday, lunchtime lectures.

Thousands will gather on the Calvin campus to hear pioneers in their fields speak on topics ranging from the sociological effects of technology, the future of Christianity, the power of social justice movements, the Arab spring and the question of democracy in the Middle East, the state of public education in America  and much more. Thousands more will join the conversation by watching a live feed at 34 remote webcast sites across the continent or by listening online.

For details on the series, including presenter bios, remote site locations, online listening instructions, archived presentations and more, see January Series 2012. Also keep track of what the presenters are up to on the January Series Facebook page.

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Spark, news

The most recent issue of Spark, the magazine for alumni and friends of Calvin, is available online. You'll read more about Fitah Rasendrahasina, a student and tenor in Calvin’s music department, and the return of Alvin Plantinga to Calvin's classrooms.

High school students can round out their academic schedule with Calvin's online offerings in astronomy, computer science, history, and Latin.

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Community Dining Program

Are you looking for a Christmas gift this year for your son or daughter who lives off campus? Or, a great complement for the student treats received from you last year? Does your son or daughter have a busy class, sports and activities schedule with no time to commute home for dinner?

Calvin now has a Community Dining Program that offers 30, 60, 100, and 150 block meal plans per semester to students who live off campus, at Knollcrest East, or the Timmer studio apartments. These are affordable and flexible meal options. Check out more information about the plans.

--Shirley Hoogstra, vice president of student life

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Recommend Calvin

Encourage a prospective student to consider Calvin and be entered to win a FREE set of textbooks (up to $450) or student treats for your student! Alumni parents: Recommend and be entered to win one of three $50 campus store gift certificates. Tell high school students, other parents, guidance counselors and pastors your Calvin story, and let us know who you’re talking to. Register your conversations on this page by December 9, and you’ll be entered in the drawing. Help us recruit students to the school you love. Recommend Calvin today!
Don’t know what to talk about? Find ideas here:

Check the Parent Calendar for important 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. 

December 9: Last day of fall semester; classes end 10 p.m.
December 10: Reading Recess
December 12: Exams begin 9 a.m.
December 16: Exams end and Christmas break begins 10 p.m.
December 17: On-campus housing closes at 10 a.m.