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Calvin-Parents E-Newsletter: April 16, 2013

If you haven't yet, be sure to read President Le Roy's newsletter, "This Square Inch." Here's a compelling excerpt from the April issue:

"As the (Women's) chorale was rehearsing and preparing this song over the past several months, they could never have known the large and small ways that God would use their music for good, but this performance clearly changed the plight of many starving North Koreans." Read more »

Sports, news, events

  • Both men's and women's track and field teams claimed first place at the MIAA Jamboree; men's golf took first place at an MIAA tournament; and women's lacrosse picked up their first conference victory this weekend. Read all sports headlines.
  • Thanks to two $200,000 grants, Calvin faculty are working with teachers from area schools to improve their teaching of writing and math.
  • A few students were featured on a recent news broadcast for their spring break service: "Calvin College Students Pay It Forward."
  • Also, a new faculty member's documentary about the station wagon is up for an Emmy.
  • Calvin Theatre Company students will be performing "Grains of Hope: Refugee Experiences in West Michigan," now through May 9. Find out where and when!

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. Purchase tickets online now!

Treats available anytime

Does your student need a little love from home? Consider sending them something from the Student Treat program, such as the Study Break, Pizza, Hugs From Home, or Birthday Treat. There's also a Spring Exam Treat that will include a large Calvin laundry bag 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!

Honors Convocations

Honors Convocation will be held on Wednesday, April 17, at 7:30 p.m. in the CFAC auditorium. Ryan Martinie, graduating with honors in biochemistry and biology, will be this year's student speaker, and biology professor Amy Wilstermann will be this year's faculty speaker.

The entire Calvin community is invited to join proud families and friends in celebrating the achievements of students who have excelled academically. Seniors who will be graduating with honors will receive medallions, and all students on the 2012 spring and fall deans' lists will be honored. Following the ceremony, honored students may be personally congratulated at a reception in the Commons dining hall.

Alumni and friends...

In addition to major campus events coming up, there are events for alumni, friends and families all over the country (see calendars at bottom) to which you are always invited!

Iif you haven't signed up to run, walk or volunteer for the Calvin 5k Spring Classic presented by Aspen Investment Management Inc. on April 27, there's still time. Join us!

The Alumni Choir will be performing two concerts this spring that you won't want to miss if you live in, or are visiting, the west Michigan area: April 20: "A Year in Song"; and  May 10 & 11: Beethoven's Missa Solemnis with the Grand Rapids Symphony and Chorus.

C Club Awards Knight

In Calvin athletics, what was the best play of the year? Who were the male and female newcomers of the year? What was the most exceptional performance in an individual event? Come to the arena on May 8 to find out.

On Wednesday, May 8, at 7 p.m. in the Van Noord Arena, the Calvin C Club welcomes student-athletes, coaches and fans of the Knights to an evening of celebrating Calvin athletics. There will be desserts and refreshments, trophy displays, a "Year in Review" video and the presentation of 13 awards, culminating in the Tiemersma and Beré Awards for female and male athlete of the year.

Registration for current Calvin student-athletes is available through their coaches, and registration for all others is available online now! Cost is just $10 for guests (reduced to $5 for current students and C Club members). Business attire is desired.

Don't miss this historic first-ever night of Calvin athletic awards—RSVP by May 1! If you have event-related questions, please e-mail or call (616) 526-6507.


Graduation is a major accomplishment for your student, but it’s also a major life change. The career development office is here to help with the transition! Career counselors are available to guide your son or daughter through the job search process, assist with resumes and cover letters, refine interview skills, and more. Students can call 616-526-6485, e-mail, or stop by the career development office to set up an appointment. Find out more on Facebook!

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

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. Here is the link if you would like to purchase a nursing pin for your son, daughter or grandchild. See you in May!

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