The Calvin Parent Council had its second meeting of the year on Friday, February 26, and discussed a variety of matters with college faculty and staff. Highlights included conversations about what academic freedom means for professors at Calvin; the college's progress toward sustainability goals; and how Calvin communicates with current parents about the Calvin Annual Fund.
Campus ministries is joining in a college-wide initiative to share the message of “faith and learning at Calvin” to two coasts of the USA, and to the Canadian province of British Columbia. Chaplain Mary Hulst, admissions counselor George Davis, and Worship Apprentices Drew Elliot, Mike Lee, Nicole Lenko, and Eric Van Giessen will fly to the Pacific Northwest on March 19 for a week of speaking and leading worship in area churches and schools. Other Worship Apprentices will be at the U of M Chapel on March 26 and all are invited to join in their worship in preparation for Holy Week.
Here are just a few resources available on Calvin's Web site that help "shape minds for intentional participation in the renewal of all things."
Calvin will be sending three individuals to the NCAA III Indoor Track and Field Championships this Friday and Saturday at DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana. Representing the Calvin men’s team will be senior Jed Christiansen. Representing the Calvin women’s team will be juniors Rachel Boerner and Sarah Reasoner.
The Calvin women’s swimming and diving team will be sending eight individuals to the upcoming NCAA III Championships March 17-20 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Representing the Calvin women’s swimming and diving team will be seniors Emily Roberts, Maggie Vail, Joy Leach, Casey Herman, juniors Monica Bressler and Caitlin Alexander, and freshman Kristen Kinzer and Elizabeth Counsell. The Calvin men’s team will send freshman Mark Rushlow.
The most recent issue of the Spark magazine for alumni and friends of the college is available now. In it, you'll read more about the Interim class that went to Cambodia, medical resources and Christian compassion, and an alumnus with diplomatic ties to North Korea. There's also a new installment of Anonymous Bosch, written by Prof. James Vanden Bosch, the 2010 recipient of the Presidential Award for Exemplary Teaching.
Our senior year is well under way, and as many of you may have heard, we are keeping very busy! While we still have much work ahead of us, it is exciting to think that, come May 20, we will be celebrating all of our efforts and our journey toward receiving a Bachelors of Science in Nursing (BSN) at the Pinning Ceremony. The Pinning Ceremony is a longstanding tradition in which all of the graduating nursing students, along with their family and friends, join together to celebrate their success in nursing school. 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.
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 http://www.calvin.edu/admin/health 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 those families sending payments to Calvin via wire transfer please take note that Calvin is now banking with Chase Manhattan. Calvin will continue to keep its account open with Huntington through the spring semester but by next fall all payments should be directed to Calvin's account at Chase Manhattan. To get the current information for wiring payments to Calvin please contact the financial aid office at firstname.lastname@example.org or 616-526-6127.
The Summer Academy is a real life "Calvin try-on" for ninth through 12th graders looking for an early or pre-college experience that will test and improve their academic readiness for post-high school studies. Real college credit, real campus life---all in Calvin's distinctively Christian learning and living environment. See all the pre-college programs that are offered, such as ACE International, Entrada Scholars Program, and Pathways to Possibilities to name a few.
Bookmark the Parent Calendar page to keep track of important dates throughout the year, including: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