A new annual giving campaign challenges all—alumni, staff, faculty and friends of the college—to support Calvin students. The Every Student Challenge was designed to put a face, or, more accurately, faces, on the Calvin Annual Fund. On the online banner are seven students’ faces, and if you click on the faces, you learn about the students: One studies chemistry; one studies art. One plays rugby; one dances in Rangeela. One wants to make Christian films; one wants to train Christian leaders. And one is currently painting bicycles maroon and yellow.
This fall the State of Michigan adopted a budget that eliminated funding for the Michigan Promise Scholarship Program for this 2009-2010 academic year, resulting in a loss of more than $1.2 million in financial aid for Calvin students. We are deeply disappointed by the added financial strain created by our state government’s decisions, and we recognize the challenges it presents for many of our Michigan families. An email with additional details has been sent to the nearly 1,000 Michigan students who are impacted by this. The text of that communication can be found here.
Have you heard? Any Calvin parent who encourages a prospective student and/or parent of a prospective student to consider Calvin and records that conversation on the www.calvin.edu/go/recommend site will receive a Calvin coffee card, good for a free cup at either Johnny's, the Fish House, or the Spoelhof Cafe on campus.
As parents and professionals, you can be a great resource to Calvin students and alumni who are searching for jobs and internships. You can help in the following ways:1. E-mail job openings that you are aware of to firstname.lastname@example.org or call the career development office at (616) 526-6485. We will advertise these positions on CalvinLink, our online job posting system.
2. If your employer uses interns during the school year or summer, e-mail your internship openings to Laurie Lemmen at email@example.com or call (616) 526-8744.
3. Recruit at one of our job fairs. Calvin will be hosting spring semester job fairs for students studying nursing, engineering, computer science and education, in addition to a short and long term missions fair. Go to www.calvin.edu/career for details or contact Laurie Lemmen (firstname.lastname@example.org, 616-526-8744).
We look forward to working with you!
The most recent issue of the Spark magazine for alumni and friends of the college is available online now, which includes extra links supplementing the stories and news you'll find in the magazine. In the Winter 2009 issue you'll read more about the rise in popularity of the Broene Counseling Center on campus; you'll find out what Ryan Bierma '03 is learning about the Earth's innermost layers; and you can read essays on academic freedom at Calvin written by Anthony Diekema '56, George Marsden and Nicholas Wolterstorff '56.
The nationally-ranked Calvin women’s basketball team opened its MIAA campaign on a winning note, defeating Saint Mary’s 64-58 at the Van Noord Arena Friday night, December 11. Then the Knights made a big statement in early conference play with a 78-35 victory over Kalamazoo on Saturday afternoon. Calvin is now 9-1 overall and 2-0 in conference play.
For over twenty years The January Series has been the leading lecture/cultural arts series in the country. The diversity of presenters and topics has changed as the world of ideas has changed. No issue of importance to a great Christian liberal arts college founded on Reformed, biblical principles has been too controversial or too hot to handle. Why? Because at Calvin we have been taught to think with discernment and thoughtful skepticism. We know this is God's creation and each of us is created in His image so it follows we need to engage that world, learn about it, from it and in some cases confront it.
Christian Smith, a sociologist who studies emerging adults and their faith lives, states that parents are still the most important influence on a child's faith even well into the child's adulthood. But some parents aren't sure how to raise matters of faith with their children. They want to encourage, but don't want to be seen as judging or following up. They are curious, but also want their children to own the faith for themselves. Sometimes a good question can allow for good conversation. Here are a few ideas that you may want to use over Christmas break to encourage your child to talk about her or his faith.
-Chaplain Mary Hulst
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:
Parent Calendar page to keep track of important dates throughout the year, including:
Dec. 18: Exams end & Christmas break begins 10 p.m.
Dec. 19: On-campus housing closes at 10 a.m.
Jan. 1: Miscellaneous charges payment due (1st of each month)
Jan. 5: Tuition, room and board payment due; on-campus housing opens 10 a.m.
Jan. 6: Interim term begins 8 a.m.
Jan. 18: Last day to drop interim courses; last day to change interim courses from credit to audit
Jan 26: Interim ends 5 p.m. (Travel Advice)
News & Stories from campus
Check out a wealth of great stories on the News & Stories site, including sophomore Ben Stark recently visiting 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. for a clean-energy summit, the new Post-Reformation Digital Library, and thoughts about Advent from the coordinator of worship
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