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 Collegesoccer360.com. 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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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
Here are several alumni and friends events coming up. Parents and family members are invited--encouraged---to join us!
- Men's Basketball in Pacific NW: December 29 & 30, 2011
- January Series 2012: January 4-24
- Detroit Institute of Arts/Rembrandt exhibit: January 14, 2012
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.