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Calvin-Parents E-Newsletter: April 2, 2013

As students get back from break (see the Music Department Facebook page with pictures from the Women's Chorale Tour to California), they are now looking ahead to other major events. Join us!

In the news

Did you know that Calvin's campus is home to more than 3,500 trees? Calvin recently became the third college in Michigan to earn the distinction Tree Campus USA from the Arbor Day Foundation.

The campus is also a 'StormReady' campus, according to the National Weather Service, which makes it the first location to be named such in Grand Rapids.

Calvin has also received the highest federal recognition a college or university can receive for its commitment to volunteering, service-learning and civic engagement.

Treats available anytime

Does your student need a little love from home? Consider sending them something from the Student Treat program, such as a Study Break (pictured), Pizza, Hugs From Home, or Birthday Treat. There's also a Spring Exam Treat that will include a large Calvin laundry bag (photo pending) perfect for transporting belongings home for the summer—or to actually tote laundry!

Order online anytime. You may also call Jen at (616) 526-6142, e-mail or fax (616) 526-7069. The last day for ordering anything this year is April 30, 2013. Thank you for your support of the student treat program!

Breakfast for Parents of Graduates

Plan on joining fellow Calvin parents and staff/administrators for the Breakfast for Parents of Graduates on Commencement Weekend, Saturday, May 18, at 9 a.m. Education professor Bob Keeley, who studies the spiritual development of young people, will be the featured speaker. He's also a parent of a 2013 graduate! Tickets ($15) are required and must be purchased in advance by May 10, 2013. The ticket order form was included in the Commencement letter mailed to parents in December or you can order online.

Academic advising

Academic Advising will be on Tuesday and Wednesday, April 23 and 24, 2013. There are no classes those days so that professors are available to meet with their advisees. Students are instructed to meet with their advisor during this time (per faculty schedule) and prepare for registration. In fact, students must meet with their assigned advisor in order to be cleared for registration.

Please do all you can to encourage your student to take full advantage of academic advising. If they have multiple advisors for different majors/programs, please encourage them to meet them all. In addition to meeting with an advisor, academic advising days are a good time to get caught up on reading assignments, writing papers, or visit the registrar's office for questions about graduation plans. It should not be a time to leave campus for a long weekend getaway. Here is more information about academic advising services. You may also contact Dana Hebreard (

Nursing pin

Dear Parents/Grandparents of Nursing Students,

The 2013 Nursing Pinning Ceremony, Thursday, May 16, is a tradition when all graduating nursing students, along with their family and friends, join together to celebrate receiving a Bachelors of Science in Nursing (BSN). In this ceremony, each student is traditionally and proudly “pinned” with Calvin’s own nursing pin, as a special signature of completing a baccalaureate degree in nursing and being eligible to take the state RN licensure examination.

Perhaps you would like to purchase a nursing pin for your son, daughter or grandchild? Receiving a nursing pin is not required, but it's a special and proud moment for the nursing student at the Pinning Ceremony.

Although your presence and support is most important, please consider sharing in this special day with the gift of a Calvin nursing pin. We are looking forward to celebrating with you in May!

Nursing Pinning Committee, Nursing Class of 2013


Planning to visit West Michigan this summer, or does your family live in the area? Consider youth summer camps at Calvin: academic, music, nature, sports, theatre...something for everyone!

The Summer Academy is a month-long residential college immersion program for students currently in grades 10–12 (U.S. and international). These students take a Calvin summer class for college credit while getting a preview of college life.

The Entrada Scholars Program, June 16–July 12, offers racial ethnic minority high school students a gateway to the future: the opportunity to experience college learning and living while earning college credit.

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