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Calvin-Parents E-Newsletter: February 8, 2011


uKnight Week through Saturday

Celebrate uKnight Week 2011, Calvin’s winter “spirit week,” which features the annual Cold Knight Club: Sem Pond Jump, a Glenn Bulthuis concert, 100 Days (Class of 2011 party), Ambassadors Lunch honoring Barbara Carvill and Ken and Paula Wigboldy, the AirBand competition, "A Shared Space: Learning from School" documentary, basketball games, karaoke, and more. 

One other important part of uKnight Week is Wear Calvin Day on Friday, February 11, for everyone, everywhere.  Send photos to of where you wear Calvin that day!

Find out more about uKnight Week and join us on campus or wherever you are!


Valentine Treat deadline today!

Send your student this sweet treat for Valentine's Day: a hand-made gourmet pretzel, a $5 gift certificate to Johnny's and fun snacks (including a few "kisses"), delivered to your student on Valentine's Day. The Valentine Treat ($20) is included in the Year of Treats. The order deadline is today,  Tuesday, February 8, 2011, and this gift will be delivered to students on Monday, February 14.

Remember that you can surprise your student with the popular Pizza Treat ($20), which can be ordered anytime and often!  This treat features a certificate for a large, two-topping pizza delivered from a favorite local pizzeria. Celebrate a birthday, a special occasion, or remember your student "just because" it's the weekend and he or she has been working hard on his or her studies. 

And there are Birthday Treats, too.  For more information on any treat, please visit the Student Treats site.

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Black History Month

In celebration of Black History Month, Calvin’s offices of multicultural student development and multicultural affairs are co-sponsoring events with the CAS, history, music and English departments.

It’s important to study black history, according to Ebonie Atkins, assistant in the office of multicultural affairs, “to learn about culture and celebrate black American’s contributions to our society. It’s also important to reflect on the culture of others so that we … understand how the culture we were raised in shapes the people we are today.”  Read more.

Siblings Weekend

Siblings (or cousin, niece, young neighbor) Weekend

Does your son or daughter have a younger brother or sister (or cousin, nephew, etc.) that would love to visit him or her on campus? While guests are certainly welcome all year long, it is especially fun for young visitors to come during Siblings Weekend, February 25-27, 2011.

This annual event is sponsored by residence life, with help from student activities, food service, and the campus store.  A number of fun activities and events have been planned, and siblings can eat any and all meals as part of the $24 registration fee.

For information and registration, please visit the Siblings Weekend page and help us spread the word to anyone that may want to join in on the fun!

Grow    In Grace

Grow in Grace CD available

Last spring the Worship Apprentices produced an album of worship songs regularly sung at chapel and LOFT. It is 100% student-produced and involves all Calvin student musicians plus Paul Ryan, associate chaplain for worship. These CDs are available from the Campus Store for $8 now.  The February schedule for Chapel & LOFT services is available online.

Watch live: Chapel - daily at 10 a.m.; LOFT - Sundays at 8 p.m.
Watch on demand: Chapel and LOFT archives - anytime.
Listen on demand: LOFT podcasts are now available on iTunes!
With these Faith resources available, won't you join the Calvin community as we worship together?

Career advice for juniors and sophomores

Are you the parent of a junior or sophomore student?  Did you know that many employers expect students to complete at least one internship by the time they graduate? 

Internships give students the opportunity to explore a specific career field of interest and obtain experience that will enhance a resume and improve skills.  If your son or daughter is looking for an internship for the summer or next fall, encourage them to visit the career development office.  Staff members are available to assist students search for an internship, create a resume, and practice interviewing skills. 

Students can call 616-526-6485 or stop by the career development office (372 Hekman Library) to set up an appointment.  More resources are also available on the career development website, or find us on Facebook.



Commencement 2011 is Saturday, May 21, 2011, at 2 p.m. Here are a few details:

Questions? Contact the Commencement information line: (800) 560-6391 or (616) 526-8615; e-mail

And if you are a parent or grandparent of a nursing student, here's where you can get more information about purchasing Calvin’s own nursing pin for "pinning" in the Commencement ceremony.

Rangeela 2011

Leave the cold and gray to travel with Calvin's international students as they present song, dance, and skits from their cultures in Rangeela 2011.  You are guaranteed an evening of warmth, vibrant beauty and a celebration of God's kingdom!

Rangeela is Feb 25 & 26, 2011, at 8 p.m. in the Covenant Fine Arts Center.  Tickets ($6) are available through the Calvin Box Office (616-526-6282, and will sell quickly.

Gift of Life

Gift of Life donation challenge

Gift of Life, an organ and tissue donation program, is sponsoring a Campus Challenge.  Sign up on the Donor Registry and "vote" for your favorite school today! Help Calvin College climb higher in the standings!

Find out more or register for the Gift of Life Organ and Tissue Donor Registry, and vote for Calvin College when you sign up to receive a sticker for your driver's license.  Please invite your friends and family to sign up---they don't have to be Calvin students, staff or alumni to vote for Calvin. 

Thank you for sharing the Gift of Life!

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Current students have been informed of the opportunity to apply for named and departmental scholarships for 2011-2012. 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 many of these scholarships are all available online.  The application is due March 1, 2011.  All current students who will be attending Calvin next year are encouraged 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, 2011.  Contact the scholarships & financial aid office with questions.

Check the Parent Calendar for important dates

Bookmark the Parent Calendar and alumni and friends event pages to keep track of important dates throughout the year, including:

February 4-12: uKnight Week
February 5:First Saturdays at the Ecosystem Preserve
February 25-27: Silbings Weekend
March 1:
Registration for Summer 2011 begins.
March 16: Tuition, room and board payment due
March 18: Spring break begins 5 p.m.
March 19: On-campus residence halls close at 10 a.m. for spring break
March 27: Residence halls open at noon
March 28: Classes resume 8 a.m.