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Calvin-Parents E-Newsletter: February 5, 2013

Parents, grandparents and friends of all ages, don't miss the big game this Saturday, February 9! The Rivalry, which features the men's varsity basketball game, finds Calvin and Hope fans gathering at viewing locations all over the country to enthusiastically cheer on their team. This year, Calvin and Hope are at the top of the MIAA with the Knights undefeated, and they are 19-2 overall on the season. Take the whole family; there are sites all over the country and world from which to choose!

Read on for more sports headlines.

Treat deadline THURSDAY

Send your student the Valentine Treat for just $20: a handmade gourmet Rice Krispie treat covered in caramel and chocolate (with or without nuts), a $5 gift certificate to Johnny's and fun snacks (including a few "kisses"), all delivered to your student on Thursday, February 14—Valentine's Day! But order now because the order deadline is Thursday, February 7, 2013.

Order online now. You may also call Jen at (616) 526-6142, e-mail or fax (616) 526-7069.

Please note: because these treats are handmade, no late orders will be accepted. And the Valentine Treat is included in the Year of Treats. Thank you for supporting the Student Treat program!

Students learn from the best

Calvin professors are highly respected in global academic circles. Hundreds of patents carry their names and they've written textbooks that are widely-used. They use their expertise and Christian faith to guide classroom discussions. Read more.

Computer science department chair Joel Adams is one of six professors in the world to be recognized as a 2012 Distinguished Educator by the Association for Computing Machinery.

Interim recap

During the three weeks of January interim, faculty and students travel down some exotic academic pathways on campus, across the nation and around the world. Here are blogs and video from a few of Calvin's off-campus interims.

uKnight Week

Students will be celebrating uKnight Week, Calvin’s winter “spirit week,” February 9-16, 2013. The festivities include the annual Cold Knight Club: Sem Pond Jump, campus activities, performances, Wear Calvin Day (for everyone, anywhere), Senior Salute, Ambassadors Lunch honoring Outstanding Service Award recipient Ron Baylor (from Kalamazoo, Mich.), and Faith and Learning Award recipient Dr. Randal Jelks (former Calvin history professor), AirBand, sporting events and more.

Sports news

The women's basketball team is also undefeated in the MIAA, and 18-1 overall (as of Monday, noon). Carissa Verkaik was recently named to the Capital One Academic All-District Team. And five of Calvin's winter sports teams are nationally-ranked (as of last week). Read all of these sports headlines on

Chick-fil-A Leadercast

Chick-fil-A Leadercast returns to Calvin on May 10, 2013, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. 

Simply Lead: Strengthen your leadership by simplifying your life. Mark your calendar for an energizing and educational one-day leadership event featuring world-renowned speakers including Condeleezza Rice, Mike Krzyzewski, Jack Welch, and Sanya Richards-Ross, addressing issues that most affect leaders today.

Conference fees of $95 include lunch, refreshments and conference materials. Group rates and discounts for non-profits are available. Take advantage of the early bird special and register by April 1 to receive $5 off per ticket. For more information, contact Lori Feenstra (616-526-8425). This event is sponsored by the Calvin Center for Innovation in Business.


Check out the latest newsletter from the career development office (.pdf) for information about internships, upcoming events and other career-related news.

You can also follow the career development office on Facebook for their suggestions, advice and links to job search help. At any time, you may contact the career development office by e-mailing or calling (616) 526-6485.

Alumni choir, symphony

The Calvin Alumni Choir, whose members are alumni of Calvin, has been established to organize, promote, and sponsor a choir of the highest musical caliber. Through their performances, this choir will promote an awareness of and appreciation for the Christian faith, for choral music, both sacred and secular, and for Calvin. They have upcoming concerts on February 17 (Grand Haven, Mich.) and more later this spring. See their full concert schedule.

The Calvin Community Symphony (formerly Calvin Alumni Orchestra) was founded by former members of Calvin's student ensembles and is currently made up of a variety of musicians from the area who share a love of performing classical orchestral literature. They have a free concert scheduled for March 3 featuring works of John Rutter, R. Vaughan Williams and Gordon Jacob. Find out more about their concert and new conductor, John Varineau, associate conductor of the Grand Rapids Symphony.

Commencement 2013

In early January, initial Commencement information was mailed to parents of all students who had applied for their degree and to walk in the May 2013 Commencement ceremony. This information is all available on the Commencement site, which will continue to be updated throughout the spring. Students who still need to apply for a degree must do so through their portal account.

Please note these changes:
* The Teacher Commissioning Service on May 17 will begin at 7:30 p.m.
* The international graduate dinner (for the graduates, families and friends) has been moved to May 16 (5 p.m.) in Knollcrest Dining Hall. See the full schedule here.

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