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Calvin-Parents E-Newsletter: September 17, 2013

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Big weekend coming up!

Please join us on campus for Family Weekend 2013. Be sure to join President Le Roy at his first Family Weekend Town Hall meeting on Saturday, October 19, at 10:30 a.m. (See end of newsletter for many President Le Roy events coming up!) A special edition of Calvin-Parents went out last week with special event information for parents and families.

Check out the complete schedule and register now »


Maybe you've heard about ArtPrize? See the list of Calvin alumni, students, faculty and staff that are participating in ArtPrize 2013 that is taking place in town from September 19 through October 6, 2013.

Treat today

Today, pizza treats will be delivered as our first installment in the Year of Treats program. Students will receive an e-mail letting them know a gift certificate is in their residence hall mailbox. This Big Bob's certificate for a large cheese pizza (with up to two additional toppings) can be redeemed any time until January 31, 2014. Students can dine-in, order their pizza for takeout or have it delivered to their dorm for $2. Off-campus students will be notified via e-mail to pick up their certificates in the parent relations office.

Thank you for supporting the Student Treats program!

Spark, nursing

The current issue of Spark, the quarterly magazine for alumni and friends, is online now. Click around for extra content, including more poetry from "Being Brave, Being Faithful."

A few highlights: Read about "A San Quentin Success Story," which features a nursing alumni advocating for prison health care facilities, and an alumni profile about: "Giving moms-to-be Information that empowers."


This summer, Calvin mourned the loss of music professor Bert Polman and English professor Bill Vande Kopple.This school year, the college remembers them.

The English department held a memorial service for Prof. Vande Kopple last week. Watch the archive of that service. More from the English department below.

The music department will host a "Celebration Concert for Prof. Bert Polman" on April 5, 2014. More information about that is in the 2013-2014 concert brochure found on the music page which contains many concerts that may be of interest to you now!

The Calvin Institute of Christian Worship has created a collection of some of Bert Polman's litanies and prayers, hymns and psalm versifications: "God, We Sing Your Glorious Praises: Hymns and Prayers for Devotional Use."


Check out the latest newsletter from the career development office for information about internships, upcoming events, and other career-related news: You can also follow the career development office and their suggestions, advice and links to job search help on Facebook. At any time, you may contact them:; 616-526-6485.

More from English dept.

Check out a new blog from the English department by and for Calvin alumni: the postcalvin. With 28 regular contributing writers (plus guests) all under age 30, this blog provides a venue for our best student writers to continue writing "post diploma" and for all alumni to stay engaged in the world of thoughtful ideas. For daily updates, follow the blog through the free Calvin alumni phone app.

Festival of Faith & Writing is April 10–12, 2014, with Anne Lamott, Rachel Held Evans, Miroslav Volf, Richard Foster and more. Follow FIFW on Facebook and on Twitter @FFWgr for the latest news.

Dining plan

Calvin Dining Services would like to welcome you back for another great year! 

Consider signing up for the Community Dining Plan for the 2013/2014 school year. The Community Dining Plan is intended for off-campus students, residents of Knollcrest East and the Timmer Studio apartments. Check out the affordable plan rates and sign up today!

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