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Calvin-Parents E-Newsletter: March 1, 2011


Winter sports update

In a thrilling game that came down to a three-point basket at the buzzer, the Calvin Knights earned the MIAA conference championship Saturday against Hope. The Knights won by a score of 67-65 on this winning shot by Jill Thomas (on Calvin College's Vimeo channel).

The Calvin women’s basketball team has now been selected to host a four-team NCAA III Tournament regional this Friday and Saturday, March 4 and 5. Calvin (24-4) will face LaRoche (23-4) College (PA) in a first round game. More details are found here.

The Calvin men’s and women’s track and field teams also captured the MIAA Indoor Invitational titles on Saturday.

The All-MIAA men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams include six members of the women’s and two members of the men’s team.  Freshman diver Andy Krafft is already breaking records. Watch him dive (on Calvin College's Vimeo channel).

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Important FAFSA information; Scholarship applications due today!

Parents, are you planning to apply for financial aid for your son or daughter for 2011-2012?  If so, now is the time to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)  for maximum consideration.  Even if you will not have your tax return finished it's more important to submit the FAFSA by March 1st (using estimates) than to wait until your tax return is completed.  If you have special circumstances to present to the financial aid office be sure to submit a Calvin supplemental aid form in addition to the FAFSA. 
If you have any questions about this process, or anything related to financial aid, you may contact the financial aid office at or 1-800-688-0122.

And don't forget about "named" scholarships and other similar scholarships available that students can access via the online search tool.  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 today, Tuesday, March 1, 2011Contact the scholarships & financial aid office with questions.
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Music ensemble tours

Two music ensembles will be touring this spring.  Please support these students as they bring Calvin's message to many with their music.

Calvin College's Wind Ensemble is the concert band of Calvin and is conducted by Dr. Tiffany Engle. The Wind Ensemble performs regularly throughout the academic year, including the immensely popular Christmas Pops Concert in December.  You can find listening samples of the ensemble herePlease support these student musicians on tour in Ann Arbor and Plymouth, Michigan, as well as performing on campus, March 11-13, 2011. See the tour website

The  mission of Calvin College's Gospel Choir, directed by Dr. Charsie Sawyer, is to proclaim the word of God in song while representing the varied worship styles in a diverse, Christian manner. The Calvin College Gospel Choir will also provide a forum in which gospel musicians are able to transcend cultural differences, uniting all believers for a common purpose. You can find listening sample of the choir here. Please support these students while on tour in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts and Ohio during Spring Break, March 20-27, 2011. See the tour website.


Health insurance waiver

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 beginning March 1, 2011, on this page.  Paper versions of the enrollment and waiver forms are available for download here and may be submitted to health services anytime before April 15, 2011.
Students will have the opportunity to enroll in or waive out of the KnightCare Student Health Insurance Plan for the 2011-2012 academic year.  If a student chooses to waive out of 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 15, 2011, will have the KnightCare premium posted to their miscellaneous account in June. Plan coverage begins August 15, 2011, and expires on August 15, 2012.
For additional information about student health insurance, visit health services here anytime!
For questions or concerns, please contact Kelly Moore or Jamie Klop in health services (616-526-6187, fax: 616-526-6548) or e-mail

PRISM 2010-2011

Reserve your Prism 2010-2011 yearbook today (from the Campus Store) for only $15. Shipping is free! Reserved orders will be shipped in late November 2011.

This full-color book will be filled with photographs and articles about students' lives and experiences at Calvin throughout this school year. PRISM will feature sports, student organizations, service-learning, faith, residence halls, and student life-- this is a fantastic way to get a peek into your student's life at college!  Read more about the history of the Prism from a story in the alumni magazine, Spark.

This is a wonderful, affordable gift for your student to preserve memories of a whole year at Calvin! Please feel free to contact with any questions.

Thank you!
The Prism staff

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Parents of seniors

Are you the parent of a senior student?  Are you concerned about your son or daughter obtaining an entry-level position in the midst of today’s competitive job market?  Encourage your student to visit the career development office.  Career counselors are available to assist students in developing a job search plan, creating a resume, and practicing 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 our site:, or find us on Facebook.

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Sibs, tie-dye

Thank you to all the Siblings Weekend visitors that came to campus over the weekend!  We hope that you enjoyed your visit.

In case you are wondering how to care for the tie-dye shirt you found in the laundry that came back after the weekend, these are the instructions that were sent along with the students:

Siblings Weekend Tie-Dye After Care Instructions:
1. Carry the shirt in a plastic bag back to your brother or sister's room/apartment.
2. Keep the rubber bands on your shirt until after it has dried.
3. Hang shirt to dry in the shower stall.
4. After drying, remove rubber bands.
5. The first time you wash your tie-dye shirt, use cold water and wash separately from other clothing.

If you have any further questions or feedback from Siblings Weekend, please contact the residence life office (616-526-6116,
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News and stories from campus

Professors Stan Haan and David Van Baak have been named Fellows of the American Physical Society. Van Baak is being honored for his development of lab experiments for undergraduates, which give students hands-on experience with complex physics concepts. Haan is being honored for his cutting-edge research in atomic physics. He has received a continuous string of grants from the National Science Foundation, dating back to 1987.

Artist Perry Eaton preserves and honors an ancient heritage, the Alutiiq culture. The artist grew up in the village of Kodiak on Kodiak Island in Alaska, descended from Russian, Suqpiac Alutiiq and English people who have lived there for generations.  Watch a short video of Perry as he describes the cultural significance of a mask he created.

These students enjoy listening to, and telling, stories.  But no reading is allowed.  The Storytelling Guild was created last year by students of education professor Johanna Kuyvenhoven’s interim class “Introduction to Storytelling.” The club meets once a month to share stories that can range from fantastical folklore to real-life experiences.

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Photos, videos, stories, articles, episodes

Want to see more of these fun photos of students doing their college "thing?"  See the photo galleries, on Calvin newly redesigned website, which also includes alumni event photos and sporting events.

Here are just a few resources available to view and share from Calvin that help "shape minds for intentional participation in the renewal of all things."

Facebook - Calvin | Alumni | Admissions
LinkedIn - Calvin | Alumni
uKnight (alumni directory)
Twitter - Calvin | Alumni | Calvin News | Knights
Vimeo - Calvin | Alumni

Minds in the Making, an e-collection from Calvin, contains the best articles and audio presentations from writers (faculty, staff, students, alumni, friends) in the Calvin community.

Inner Compass, a television program from Calvin which broadcasts nationally, explores how people make their decision about ethical, religious and social justice issues.

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:

March 1: Registration for Summer 2011 begins; scholarship applications due
March 11-13: Wind Ensemble concerts in southeast Michigan and on campus (see information above)
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 20-27: Gospel Choir concerts in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts and Ohio (see information above)
March 27: Residence halls open at noon
March 28: Classes resume 8 a.m.
April 30: Calvin 5k Spring Classic & Karen Muyskens Family Fun Run