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Calvin-Parents E-Newsletter: July 27, 2010 - Volume 7: No. 24

Homecoming & Family Weekend, October 22 & 23, 2010

Homecoming & Family Weekend, other family events

It's never too early to start planning for Family Weekend, which is now Homecoming and Family Weekend, October 22 & 23, 2010.  Some of the activities planned include the annual Family Weekend Banquet and Fall Music Festival, but also events for the Covenant Fine Arts Center dedication, 25th anniversary of the Ecosystem Preserve, several class reunions, and much more.

And while you have your calendar out, mark down Siblings Weekend on February 25-27, 2011.  Siblings Weekend is fun for siblings, cousins, young friends, and other guests who come to visit a Calvin student! Of course you can visit anytime, but Siblings Weekend is geared for kids. All meals are included in the registration, and a variety of opportunities and events, including Rangeela, are available.

And bookmark the Parent Calendar page to keep track of important dates throughout the year

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Housing notes

First-year and transfer students who are registered to live in the residence halls will receive notification of their residence hall assignment in early August; students who applied later in the spring will be notified later in August. Students have already received roommate information and have been encouraged to contact each other before arrival so that they can begin to get acquainted, share information about what they are bringing for the room, etc. Although students will learn of their residence hall assignment in early August, they will not know their specific room assignment until they move in at the end of August. The Housing Office website is your best source for information about roommates, residence halls and arranging a dorm room (which you can do now using The Dormulator!).

Returning off-campus students will begin reporting their local addresses for the 2010-2011 school year in mid-August.  This is part of Calvin's new initiative to support the city of Grand Rapids' zoning ordinances that prevent more than four unrelated adults from living in any single-family dwelling.  A link will be sent in an email to be sent in mid-August for students to report their address. To review Calvin's off-campus housing policies, visit this site which also links to frequently asked questions, the housing codes and zoning ordinances, etc.

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KnightCare premium

Have you noticed a $999 charge on your son or daughter's miscellaneous account?  This is the premium for KnightCare, Calvin College's student health insurance plan.  Students who enrolled in KnightCare or failed to submit an insurance waiver in the spring are charged the premium during the summer, and payment is due in full by September 1st.  Information about the plan can be found here.

There is still time to waive out of KnightCare.  Students or parents can download and print a waiver form and submit it to health services.  You can find the waiver form online.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Kelly Moore in health services at 616-526-6568.  Thank you!


Online, not in line

Getting textbooks can be an overwhelming part of your student's "back to school" experience. Let us make this process easy and convenient for everyone with our online Textbook Reservation system. This is a great way for your student to get the right books for fall semester picked and packed just for them.  Students will get an email notice in early August when our system is open when they may log in to our website, access their personal book list and place a reservation. Book orders will be delivered directly to dorms before classes start, or held at the store for off-campus students.  An online textbook reservation with the Calvin Campus Store saves time and money!

In the meanwhile, parents can consult the Incoming Student Information and Gifts page to prepare for the start of school.

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Summer internships, awards

The BP oil spill added a few extra challenges to Amanda Hoffmeyer's internship with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. You can also watch a video about Amanda Hoffmeyer from this spring when she ran a race to help fellow student Steve Okeyo.

Heather Sanderson, a senior elementary education major, is an intern at Meijer Gardens this summer. One of her responsibilities involves helping to run the Kids' Tram. Ride along on one of Sanderson's recent tours.

Senior Paul Campbell and Tyler Smies '10 are interning with The Other Way ministries, overseeing a youth program which provides lawn service to the Westown neighborhood in Grand Rapids.

Junior Abby Koning, a student working through the McGregor program, is hearing the real stories of race in Grand Rapids.

The Calvin women’s volleyball team has received the Team Academic Award from the American Volleyball Coaches Association.

Professor Penning

Calvin mourns professor

Political scientist James Penning, who died Tuesday, July 13, taught for 30-plus years at Calvin. His colleagues mourn a warm, funny man

Professor Penning was associated with the Paul B. Henry Institute for the Study of Christianity and Politics created in 1997 to integrate Christian faith and politics.  Read more about results from a religious voter survey that was presented at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. by the Henry Institute on June 9, 2008.

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Prince Conference Center lodging option

Tucked away in a peaceful, serene setting, just a bridge walk east from the main Calvin campus, is the Prince Conference Center.  You'll find the atmosphere casual and relaxing with many windows to take in the view, two cozy fireplaces, a patio overlooking the nature preserve and a baby grand piano—all designed to make your visit a pleasant and enjoyable one.

Whether you're visiting family in the area or a student on campus, or looking for a retreat location, you'll always feel right at home at the Prince. Visit their new website for pictures and more information about amenities, rates and discounts.

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Alumni, family and friends events and opportunities

Here are two upcoming events for alumni, friends and families: the 41st annual Alumni Golf Tournament on September 11, 2010 and Homecoming and Family Weekend, October 22 & 23, 2010.  Please join us!

Have you heard about Calvin Alumni Travel for alumni, friends and families?  Trips planned include, "Paul’s Missionary Journeys in Turkey and the Seven Churches of Revelation," March 31 - April 12, 2011; “River Cruise through France,” May 15 - 22, 2011 (which has early-bird booking and pay-in-full incentive deadlines you can find online); “China: Past and Present,” Fall 2011.

Read more about these trips online and contact the alumni office at 616-526-6142 or e-mail


PASSPORT, back to school resources

It's a busy summer on campus with many conferences going on and groups visiting.  Student orientation, PASSPORT, is also going on throughout the summer, including one that ends today.  If you are attending PASSPORT this summer, be sure to bookmark the PASSPORT pages in case you have any questions.  If you have already attended a PASSPORT session and have general questions, contact or call Sue in the parent relations office at 616-526-6802.

If you are already planning for your trip to campus this fall to bring your student, here is a list of residence hall amenities and other services available, along with a list of what to bring, what not to bring, safety information, storage options, etc.  And if you are wondering about computing on campus, there are links to all the information from Calvin Information Technology (CIT) on the Parents and Family resource pages.

Check the Parent Calendar for important dates

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

Sept. 1: Tuition, room and board payment due; residence halls open 9 a.m.; QUEST (fall orientation for new students) begins
Sept. 7: Fall semester classes begin at 8:00 a.m.; Opening Convocation 9:50-10:50 a.m.