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Calvin-Parents E-Newsletter: March 5, 2013

In March Madness, the men's basketball team advanced in the NCAA tournament and will play in Wisconsin on Saturday, March 9. Please cheer them on if you can! And while the women's team suffered a devastating loss, they were able to enjoy the long ride home, posting this video on their Facebook page with their rendition of Calvin's alma mater.

Senior Samantha Klaasen captured the regional one-meter diving title with a pool record score of 496.60 points to earn an automatic qualifying spot to the NCAA III Championships March 20-23 in Shenandoah, Texas. Klaasen will be eligible to compete on both the one- and three-meter boards; she finished second on the three-meter board! Congratulations!

Read a recap of all sports headlines.

This Square Inch

President Le Roy regularly shares news and stories about the college in his "This Square Inch" e-mail newsletter. In the latest issue, he invites the Calvin community to pray for off-campus program students, suggests ways to support Calvin's admissions efforts and discusses how the college is responding to financial challenges.

Along with leading a prioritization process to realign Calvin’s resources to fit its mission, President Le Roy is also leading a strategic planning process. Student Senate is launching #WeAreCalvin, inviting students to use photos to share meaningful parts of their Calvin experience. In addition, students are giving their feedback in Calvin's prioritization and strategic planning processes; Parent Council members also recently participated to share parent perspectives with college leadership.

Spring Break

Spring break begins on March 15 at 5 p.m. Classes resume on March 25 at 8 a.m. Here are some of the travels planned for students:

Treats available anytime

Does you student need a little love from home? Consider sending them one of our "anytime treats" such as a Study Break, Pizza Treat or Hugs From Home.

Order online anytime. You may also call Jen at (616) 526-6142, e-mail or fax (616) 526-7069. Thank you for your support of the student treat program!

Faith, Lent

Don't forget about links for chapel (daily at 10 a.m.) and LOFT (Sundays at 8 p.m) worship services found here. The Calvin Institute of Christian Worship offers a Lent and Easter Resource Guide.

Events around the country

All alumni and friends (and families, etc.) are invited to events held around the country that are planned by regional alumni networks. Some of the next events planned are in Chicago, San Francisco and Seattle. President Le Roy will be speaking to alumni, parents and friends at a luncheon in Chicago on March 13. That would be a great opportunity to meet and hear from him if you are in the area! To see all the events, check the alumni association page.

Career: freshman, sophomores

Are you the parent of a freshman or sophomore student who is undecided? Encourage your student to visit the career development office.  Career counselors are available to assist students discover a major that is best suited for their interests and gifts. Students can call 616-526-6485, e-mail, or stop by the career development office (372 Hekman Library) to set up an appointment. Find out more on Facebook!

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.

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