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Calvin-Parents E-Newsletter: December 1, 2009

soccer players kicking ball in airCalvin men's soccer national finals

The Calvin men's soccer team is headed to the Final Four this weekend (December 4 & 5) for the first time in school history. The Knights (17-4-3) will face Dominican University of Illinois (19-1-3) in Friday’s second semifinal game at 8:30 p.m. (EST). Defending national champion Messiah (22-1-0) will face Williams (16-2-3) in Friday’s first semifinal at 6:00 p.m. (EST). Friday’s winners will play in the national championship final on Saturday at 6:00 p.m. (EST). All of the action will take place at Blossom Soccer Stadium.  You can watch the game via live video broadcastSee the sports Web site for complete details and a link to an interview with men's soccer coach Chris Hughes.

As the winter sports season heats up, be sure to bookmark the sports Web site for scores, profiles, photos, schedules, live audio broadcasts, and much more!

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Flu clinic information

We plan to hold a flu clinic on Thursday, December 3, from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. in the Spoelhof Fieldhouse Lobby. We hope to have both seasonal influenza vaccine and H1N1 influenza vaccine. The cost for the seasonal flu vaccine is $20. The H1N1 vaccine is free.

Seasonal flu vaccine will be given to any current Calvin College student, faculty or staff and should be given throughout the flu season, into December, January, and beyond. While flu outbreaks can happen as early as October, most of the time, influenza activity peaks in January or later. This vaccine is required for all travelers going abroad with a Calvin program.

H1N1 flu vaccine doses are being given to current Calvin College students, faculty and staff only, according to the Kent County Health Department guidelines.
You must meet one of the following criteria to receive the vaccine:
- 24 years of age and under
- Health care providers
- First responders for Campus Safety
- Pregnant women
- A chronic medical condition such as: diabetes, heart disease, asthma, kidney or liver disease, chronic blood disorders, cerebral palsy (through age 64)
- Caretakers of children under 6 months

These conditions put you at risk and you should receive the vaccine. It’s possible that there may be waves of 2009 H1N1 activity during the 2009-2010 flu season that hit communities more than once over the course of the influenza season, which typically peaks in January or February but can last as late as May.

We also encourage all students who are traveling to receive the vaccine. Many countries are screening arriving passengers for symptoms of the flu and some may require proof of influenza vaccines for entry.Travel alone does not qualify you for the H1N1 vaccine. You still must meet the above criteria.

For those who qualify, these are to be received on a first-come, first-served basis. We hope to continue to receive more vaccine in the near future. We will be giving vaccine to the rest of the Calvin community as it becomes available and as we are directed by our local Health Department.

Please see our web site for more information regarding flu information.

Calvin Health Services -
phone: 616-526-6187; fax: 616-526-6548

Student winter exam treat

Winter exam treat deadline soon!

The end of the semester is just over a month away, and the next student treat offered will help your student get through exams.  The Winter Exam Treat features a reusable storage box filled with tasty goodies and supplies. The order deadline is Wednesday, December 2; the treat will be delivered to on-campus students on Tuesday, December 8. (This treat is included in the "Year of Treats" packages.  Parents, please remember that these treats are delivered to the residence hall reception desk and not to the dorm room.  Students need to retrieve the treat card from their dorm mailbox and pick up their treat from their dorm reception desk). 

Remember, you can surprise your student with the popular Pizza and a Movie treat ($25), which can be ordered anytime and often. This treat features a certificate for a large two-topping pizza, a bag of popcorn, and a Blockbuster® gift card!  If you have any questions, you can contact Sue in parent relations ( or 616-526-6142).

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Prince Conference Center holiday special

The Prince Conference Center (PCC) at Calvin, with 69 guests rooms and suites, features deluxe hotel accommodations for Calvin parents and guests, including a free continental breakfast.  The PCC also provides facilities and service for conferences, meetings, wedding receptions, and other special events.  Calvin parents receive a special rate on guest rooms; be sure to identify yourself as a Calvin parent when making a room reservation and checking in.  Also during the holiday season the PCC is providing a special holiday rate from now until January 15, 2010.  A king suite is $80 plus tax; a double queen/single king room is $70 plus tax. Be sure to mention the holiday rate when making a reservation (866-526-7200).

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Christmas at the Campus Store

Come to Christmas at the Campus Store, the annual sale organized by the Grand Rapids Chapter of the Calvin Alumni Association. Proceeds from each purchase fund scholarships for local Calvin-bound high school seniors who demonstrate outstanding Christian character and service. Since 1991, the chapter has funded over 150 scholarships with nearly $250,000 from local alumni.  Highlights

• Complimentary gift bagging
• Festive refreshments
• 15% off all books (except textbooks)
• 15% off Christmas ornaments
• 15% off sweatshirts, scarves and winter hats
• 25% off stuffed animals
• Specials on Dutch treats from Peters Imports
Book signings: 10 a.m.–12 p.m. Gary Schmidt - Trouble and Wednesday Wars and Rebecca DeYoung - Glittering Vices
12 p.m.–2 p.m. Caryn Rivadeneira - Mama’s Got a Fake I.D. and William VandeKopple - The Release
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No greater task...

The President's Report 2009, "No Greater Task: Hearts and Minds Renewing God's World," is a summary of the past school year on campus and a report on the financial situation of the college.  This report, available online, includes a Year in Review that covers events from the discovery of a time capsule found at the site of the new Spoelhof Fieldhouse Complex in July 2008, to the speech pathology and audiology program introducing a new master’s degree, only the third in Calvin’s 133-year history, in June 2009. 

You can also find out more about the campaign for Calvin, "No Greater Task: Hearts and Minds Renewing God's World."

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Alumni Association scholarships

The Calvin Alumni Association offers eight $1200 Service Scholarships to students who have been active in volunteer work on and off campus where payment for services has been minimal or non-existent and no course credit has been earned.  Current sophomores and juniors with minimum 2.5 GPA are encouraged to apply.  Applications and references are due on Tuesday, January 12.  Complete award description and application form are available.  You may also contact the alumni office directly (

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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:

December 5: Christmas at the Campus Store
December 10: Judy Collins concert on campus

Check the Parent Calendar for important dates

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

Dec. 1: Miscellaneous charges payment due (1st of each month)
Dec. 11: Classes end 10 p.m.
Dec. 12: Reading Recess
Dec. 14: Exams begin 9 a.m.
Dec. 18: Exams end & Christmas break begins 10 p.m.
Dec. 19: On-campus housing closes at 10 a.m.
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.

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