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Calvin-Parents E-Newsletter: September 22, 2009

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Family Weekend: October 22-24, 2009

Tickets for all Family Weekend events are now available at the Calvin box office (616-526-6282).  You may purchase tickets for events online, but if you are attending several ticketed events, the simplest ordering is done via phone.  The Improv shows and Family Weekend banquet WILL sell out, so get your tickets now---not later.  If you are not planning to attend any of the ticketed events you do not have to register ahead of time, but please check in at the Parent Oasis tent or one of the residence hall desks upon arrival to sign in and pick up a Family Weekend schedule and map.  

Please note that the Fall Music Festival begins at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday nights (not 8 p.m. as listed in the Family Weekend brochure which was mailed to all families a few days ago).  Refer to the Family Weekend site as the best and most up-to-date source for current program information.

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Health services information

Read health services advice and recommended actions related to influenza and vaccines on their Web site.

The first seasonal flu shot clinic was held last week and another will be held at the end of October.  Currently, there is still a limited supply of Flumist (nasal) available in health services.  No appointment necessary.  Please call 616-526-6187 if you have any questions. For more information, please go to

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Science Visit Days

You can now encourage a student who is interested in science to visit Calvin.  Fridays at Calvin now offers a day of events designed for students considering a major in the sciences with Science Visit Days. Students will meet Calvin students and faculty, sit in on classes in various areas of interest (there is a health and environmental track, and a computing, engineering, math and physics track) and get to know others who are also serious about a career in science.

If you know any student that might want to visit, this is the page they need to check out first!

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Chapel online
Silent Retreat

To communicate more effectively with both internal and external audiences, the Christian formation office is now called campus ministries.  Campus ministries provides worship opportunities, discipleship groups, and pastoral care to students, staff and faculty.  You are now able to watch the daily chapel service live online on their Web site.

An upcoming event offered by this office is a Silent Retreat on October 2 and 3. You are invited to rest, read scripture, and pray in a relaxed setting of silence and nature. Spend 20 hours of silence framed by worship. During the silence, there will be no scheduled programming though Chaplain Mary Hulst will be available to meet with any attendee.  Contact Sharon Bytwerk (616-526-8872) for more information.

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Jubilee Fellows

Has your student ever expressed interest in--or even curiosity about--Christian ministry as a possible vocation? If so, she or he might wish to explore Calvin's Jubilee Fellows program, which is offered to junior-level students. Students have been notified of this opportunity; applications are due on October 7. Selected students will take a spring semester course focusing on ministry and the daily life of a church and its leaders. Then, next summer they will embark on a paid internship for 10 weeks at a church in North America. Each student will experience the day-to-day life of a church and serve as an apprentice to a church leader to better discern if a career in ministry is a good fit. Students should contact Kary Bosma ( for more information.   More information about the program can be found on the Jubilee Fellows site.

--Kary Bosma, Jubilee Fellows Coordinator, 616-526-8846

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Message for new college parents

Some college students might find it difficult to expand their circle of friends and move beyond familiar "high school" patterns during the early weeks and months of college. Of course, finding one's niche takes time and happens gradually. If your student is expressing thoughts along these lines, encourage him to get involved in floor and residence hall events (there are many!) or join a student organization. Suggest to your student that he sit with someone he doesn't know at morning chapel or a meal: the odds are that many other new students also share these feelings and would gladly welcome the social initiative of another student. These steps may be initially harder for a student who is naturally shy, but they often help new college students begin the important process of acclimatizing to college and expanding their circle of friends and/or activities.

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Treats for your student

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. The next deadline coming up at the end of October is for the Popcorn Treat.  The Popcorn Treat features three bags of deluxe flavored popcorn—caramel, cheese, and butter—delivered in a reusable shopping bag. Anyone can order individual treats or "A Year of Treats" which saves time and money. Find out more on the Student Treats site.

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Events for alumni, friends and families

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.  More information is found there for each of the following events:

September 29: Calvin Around Town/MBA@Calvin ArtPrize event in Grand Rapids, Michigan
October 7 - 11: Homecoming 2009 on campus; Reunions
October 15: Calvin Along the Lakeshore: Muskegon Art Museum
October 23 & 24: Family Weekend and Reunions on campus

Check the Parent Calendar for important dates

Bookmark the Parent Calendar page to keep track of important dates throughout the year, including:
Oct. 1: Miscellaneous charges payment due (1st of each month)
Oct. 9: Last day to drop first-half semester courses; Last day to change first-semester courses from credit to audit
Oct. 9-10: Homecoming at Calvin
Oct. 20: Tuition, room and board payment due
Oct. 23: First session half-semester courses end
Oct 23-24: Family Weekend
Oct. 26: Second session half-semester courses begin
Oct. 27-28: Academic Advising for interim and spring semester (no classes 8 a.m. Tues. - 5 p.m. Wed.; Wednesday night classes do meet)
Oct. 30: Last day to add second-half semester courses

campus imageNews & Stories from campus

Check out a wealth of great stories on the News & Stories site, including videos from Mud Bowl 2009 and Calvin's involvement in ArtPrize, and a "cool" story about Megan Odegaard's summer job.

Campus Events:
Calvin Sports: This week's athletic events

Calvin KnightsFor information about athletic events visit the redesigned Sports Information Web site. Need Calvin sports results fast? Call the Calvin sports hotline at 616-526-6522 for current sports updates. You can also sign up for the Calvin Sports-Report, a free e-mail bulletin notifying Calvin sports fans of current sports news.

Other Helpful Links:
Parent & Family Resources
Parent Calendar
Worship & Discipleship
Campus News
Daily Sports Update
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