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Calvin-Parents E-Newsletter: February 23, 2010

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Student health insurance

During the month of March, each student is asked to submit information about their current health insurance coverage.  Students will be asked to submit this information through an online waiver system available through their KnightVision account beginning March 1st.  Paper versions of the enrollment and waiver forms are available for download at and may be submitted to health services anytime before April 15th.
Students will have the opportunity to enroll in or waive the KnightCare Student Health Insurance Plan for the 2010-2011 academic year.  If a student chooses to waive KnightCare, they must be prepared to answer questions about their current health insurance coverage.  Occasionally this insurance information is something that a college student will need to obtain from a parent or guardian.
Students who enroll in the plan and students who do not fill out a waiver form by April 15th will have the KnightCare premium posted to their miscellaneous account in June. Plan coverage begins August 15, 2010 and expires on August 15, 2011.
For additional information about student health insurance, students and parents can visit the health services site. For questions or concerns, please contact Kelly Moore or Jamie Klop (616-526-6187,
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Nursing admission decisions

Calvin students who have made application to the upper division nursing major for the fall of 2010 will receive notification of acceptance or non-acceptance this week. Those who are not admitted will be offered support and encouragement via their academic advisor, the Broene Counseling Center and the career development office.  Please feel free to contact the nursing department at 616-526-7076 with any questions you may have.

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Siblings Weekend

Movies, concerts, open gym, swimming, foosball, ping pong, tie-dye, face-painting, karaoke, snacks...and more!  Mark your calendar for the Siblings Weekend on February 26-28, which provides your Calvin student an opportunity to share the Calvin experience, along with the activities listed above, with a younger sibling, cousin, family friend, etc. The cost is $22 per guest, which includes meals in the dining halls and admission to fun activities and events planned for  Siblings Weekend.  For additional information, visit the Siblings Weekend site which is the only way to register and pay. 

Older siblings (grades 10-12) should note that Siblings Weekend 2010 is also a Fridays at Calvin visit weekend.

Rangeela is a tradition for Siblings Weekend. Tickets are on sale now!

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Recommend Calvin, Fridays at Calvin

Alumni, help us recruit students to the school you love! Talk to high school students, parents, guidance counselors, pastors—even students already admitted to Calvin. Tell your Calvin story, and let us know who you're talking to by April 15 and you have a chance to win gift cards to the campus store.

The best way for a student to learn about Calvin is to visit.  There are many options for visiting, but Fridays at Calvin is the premiere visit program.  The admissions office has a video about a typical Fridays at Calvin experience on their page, and more information about other options like Science Visit Days, Summer Visits, and Group Visits.  Also, find out more about the Students of Color Visit Grant.

As always, you can contact the admissions office for more information (, 800-688-0122, 616-526-6106).

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Scholarship information

Current students have been informed of the opportunity to apply for named and departmental scholarships for 2010-2011. These "named" scholarships are established by donors for students who meet specific eligibility criteria, often based on factors such as academic major, intended career goal, GPA, minority status, etc. Students can access an online search tool to assist with this process. The application form for upperclass named scholarships, and for nursing, education, engineering, chemistry, biology, geology, science division, math, computer science and business scholarships are all available on-line. All current students who will be attending Calvin next year are encourage to apply! Students can access and complete the application on KnightVision: KnightVision> My Resources> Student Scholarships and Financial Aid>Upperclass Named Scholarship Application.

A number of other scholarships are awarded to students in particular academic departments. Applications for these scholarships are available from, and must be submitted to, the academic department for which the scholarship is designated. The application for most of these scholarships needs to be completed and submitted by March 1.  Contact the scholarships & financial aid office with questions.

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News and Stories

Since 1990, there has been a fund at Calvin, the Community Care Fund, to help students through hard times. Now that fund has gained some college partners in the development office and student senate.

At Calvin, discovering asteroids has become a passion and part of the curriculum, introduced to intro science courses six years ago. Since then, Calvin students and faculty have discovered 263 asteroids in all, including 44 that could be named (to name an asteroid requires that it be tracked over a period of several years to determine its precise orbit). The latest has been named Asteroid Banneker in honor of Benjamin Banneker, a pioneering African American scientist.

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FFW 2010

The Festival of Faith & Writing (FFW) will take place at Calvin from April 15 to 17, 2010. Presenters will include Eugene Peterson, Mary Karr, Wally Lamb, Kate DiCamillo, Richard Rodriguez, Stephanie Kallos, Parker Palmer, Luci Shaw, and Stephen Carter, among many others. For a complete list of presenter and the schedule of events, visit the FFW site. Online registration is available at Please feel free to contact us at if we can assist you with your registration in any way. Please note that there are scholarships offered by the Calvin Alumni Associaton for recent alumni.

If you want to prepare for the FFW by reading some of the books from presenters who will be at FFW, visit the Festival Favorites page.  There is also a Recommended Reading page with a list of recommended books from all the presenters.

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Student treats for...anytime

The Student Treats program sends treats and goodies to students for a birthday, special event or as an "anytime" surprise to remind your student of your love and support.  Here are the fun options you have anytime of the school year:
  • Birthday Treat: Cake or brownie, paper products, birthday card.
  • Hugs from Home: Insulated lunch bag, balloons, thoughtful treats.
  • Pizza and a Movie: Large pizza, movie gift card, popcorn. 
Find out more on the Student Treats site.

Check the Parent Calendar for important dates

Bookmark the Parent Calendar page to keep track of important dates throughout the year, including:

Feb. 26-28: Siblings Weekend
Mar. 1:  U.S. Financial Aid application due (returning students); Calvin named scholarship applications due, most department scholarships are also due;  miscellaneous charges payment due (1st of each month)
Mar. 3:  Last day to drop first-half semester courses; Last day to change first-half semester courses from credit to audit; Last day to request a tutor from SAS
Mar. 10:  Last day to obtain refund for full semester course withdrawls/drops
Mar. 16:  Tuition, room & board payment due
Mar. 19:  Spring break begins 5 p.m.; residence halls close at 10 a.m. on March 20; First half semester courses end
Mar. 29:  Spring break ends 8 a.m.; residence halls open at 12 noon on March 28; Second-half semester courses begin

Campus/Alumni Events Happenings

Feb. 12 - Mar. 20: Center Art Gallery exhibition: "Alumni Ceramics Competition"
Feb. 26: Rangeela 2010 - tickets on sale now!
Feb. 26 & 27: Alumni Choir in Cincinnati
Mar. 4: Noontime Series: "The State of Grand Rapids: Its Challenges and Its Future" - Mayor George Heartwell
Mar. 6 and Mar. 20: River City Improv
Mar. 11: Dr. Robert Schuller to speak
Mar. 13: The Artist Series - James Buswell Trio

You may want to bookmark the alumni events calendar to keep track of important dates throughout the year, to which you are warmly invited, as a parent, alumni and/or friend of the college.

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