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Calvin-Parents E-Newsletter: September 21, 2010

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Holy Curiosity

From, "Holy Curiosity," an address to the Calvin Alumni Heritage Class, by Scott Hoezee '86, MDiv '90:

My daughter will be a freshman at Calvin this fall and when she begins her studies here, I hope she will be encouraged to continue something that I know she has had pretty much all her life. I can illustrate what that “something” is through a little story of what I observed quite a few years ago when she was still in elementary school. One afternoon as I was peering into our backyard, I noticed her standing in rapt fascination near one of our flower beds. For the longest time she stood there and stared, so finally I went to see what had so arrested her attention.  Read the full story of "Holy Curiosity."

Homecoming & Family Weekend

Family Weekend, October 22 & 23

Calvin College's Homecoming is now in the fall -- combined with Family Weekend -- on October 22 & 23, 2010.  Tickets for the Family Weekend Banquet are now available from the parent relations office by clicking on the "Register now >>" button on the schedule.  Student Improv and Calvin Music Festival tickets are on sale from the box office.

Consider attending one of the special lectures planned on Friday, October 22, at 8 p.m. in the Calvin Chapel: "Life with the National Forests:  Work Worth Doing."

Joel Holtrop '74 and Jessica Holtrop '07 will share reflections on their Forest Service experience as father and daughter, and as individuals committed to land stewardship -- one at a career's beginning and the other at a career's culmination.  They are two members of a family imbued with lessons and values learned at Calvin College to care for the earth, its people and its resources.

Joel is Deputy Chief for the United States Forest Service, responsible for oversight of the 193 million acre National Forest System of forests and grasslands located in 42 states and Puerto Rico.  Jessica has been a wildland fire fighter in Montana and California.

The full schedule for the weekend is found here.  If you have questions, please call (616) 526-6142 or e-mail Know what to do about the  flu...visit

Flu clinic

Health Services is holding a flu clinic on Thursday, September 23, from 2 p.m. - 6 p.m. in the Spoelhof Fieldhouse lobby.  The cost is $20 for the vaccination or $25 for Flumist (nasal) for ALL Calvin College students, faculty and staff.  
Influenza (the flu) is a serious contagious disease that can lead to hospitalization and even death. Flu is unpredictable, but the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) expects the 2009 H1N1 virus to spread this upcoming season along with other seasonal flu viruses. CDC recommends a yearly flu vaccine as the first and most important step in protecting against flu viruses. Please encourage your student to get vaccinated early and get a jump-start on the seasonal flu season!
Please call Calvin Health Services at (616) 526-6187 or e-mail if you have any questions.  For more information about the flu, please go to
Philippians Campus Bible Study, starting September 12, 2010

All-campus Philippians

The campus and Calvin community is in the second week of the Philippians study that many students, faculty and staff are participating in.  If you want to read more about the study or keep track of the study questions being used, see the Faith website.  There was a recent article written about All-campus Philippians and you can watch the LOFT services, which will cover the same texts to coincide with the materials being used, live or from the archive.

Gift planning website

Estate and gift planning website

Give your estate plan a check up at Calvin’s new, interactive estate and gift planning website! 
Good estate planning provides for your family or heirs, distributes your personal possessions as you have designated, and minimizes estate settlement expense and distress.  It also expresses your Christian values and convictions through special designations.  And it can minimize taxes.  Yet 55% of Americans have no will.  And many have outdated estate plans.

If you’re without a will  --  or your current estate plan needs a check-up  --  Calvin College’s new gift planning website has information and customized, interactive tools to help you.  There you’ll find a wealth of information, including:

  • Age-appropriate information about estate planning.
  • An estate planning toolbox and glossary of terms.
  • E-brochures and current estate and gift planning news you can read instantaneously.  
  • A gift calculator to immediately determine the personal, charitable and tax benefits that various types of charitable gifts provide you.   
  • Customized, side-by-side comparison of giving options.    

Of course, Calvin’s gift planning staff -- Sally Vander Ploeg or Ruth Vis  --  are also available to help you.  Call (616) 526-8719 or e-mail

Art Prize


Have you heard about ArtPrizePart arts festival, part social experiment--this international contest from September 22 through October 10, 2010, is decided solely by public vote.  ArtPrize is a radically open competition. Open to any artist in the world who can find space. Open to anybody in Grand Rapids, Michigan who wants to create a venue. Open to a vote from anyone who attends. 

Calvin is part of ArtPrize again this year. 
Senior art history major Tatjcha Huberts helped pick ArtPrize entries for the Grand Rapids Art Museum.  This year, all of Calvin's (106) Gallery and Studio will be filled with the art of ArtPrize artists, two of which are faculty members and one is an alumnus.

Tatjcha Huberts is just one of many students gaining valuable work and life experience through an internship.  Read more about Calvin students interning at locations around the globe.

Calvin in 24

Calvin in pictures

It's Calvin in 24, the day that turns everyone at Calvin both on and off-campus into photographers. Calvin in 24 is open to all currently enrolled Calvin students and Calvin faculty and staff and will include photos from activities and events all over campus and, possibly, the world.  Check back on October 6 to see our day!

If you want to see photos from campus now, visit the Roving WebCam site which includes photos from student photographers that wander about Calvin's campus capturing images of people, places and events that help "tell the story" of the Calvin experience.  Any time you want to see photos from Calvin, click on the photo next to the daily news message on Calvin's home page and you'll arrive at the photo galleries featured: Roving WebCam, Campus Life, Sports and Alumni.

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Student Treats

Student Treats are a fun and easy way to let your student know that you're thinking of them. Everybody loves to give and get treats! There are six seasonal treats and three special occasion or "anytime" treats available.  Encourage and surprise your student with a delicious gourmet apple, a box of goodies at exam time, or a sweet Valentines treat.

Treats are delivered to on-campus locations only, but may also be ordered for students who live off campus. You son or daughter living off campus will receive an e-mail notification and can pick up their treat in the registrar's office.  Order your treats online today!

How to Write Powerful College Student Resumes and Cover Letters by Schultzes

Prolific professors

Quentin Schultze, communication arts and sciences professor, and his daughter Bethany Schultze Kim '02, have co-written a book, "How to Write Powerful College Student Resumes and Cover Letters."  Read more about the book and their process of working as a team.

Calvin professor of philosphy James K.A. Smith has written two books focused on the subject of Pentecostalism: "Thinking in Tongues: Pentecostal Contributions to Christian Theology," and "Science and the Spirit: A Pentecostal Engagement with the Sciences." He recently discussed the tradition's contributions to theology and science.

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Events for alumni, families and friends

There are events for alumni, families and friends that happen throughout the year.  Consider joining us for the following:

Sept. 17: International Alumni Chapter Dinner on campus
Sept. 21: "Bringing Heaven Down To Earth" in Holland, Mich.
Sept. 25: Calvin Alumni vs. Calvin baseball game on campus
Sept. 25: Rockies/Giants game with pre-game tailgating in Denver, Colo.
Sept. 30: Calvin Around Town at the Kroc Community Center in Grand Rapids, Mich.
Oct. 22&23: Homecoming & Family Weekend which includes 10-year, 25-year, 40-year and 45-year class reunions
Nov. 13: Calvin Community Symphony (formerly, Calvin Alumni Orchestra) concert
Nov. 20: Capella 75th Anniversary Reunion

Calendar events and dates

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

Sept. 7: Fall semester classes begin at 8:00 a.m.; Opening Convocation 9:50-10:50 a.m.
Sept. 13: Last day to add fulland first-half semester courses
Oct. 1: Miscellaneous charges payment due (1st of each month)
Oct. 20: Tuition, room and board payment due
Oct. 22&23: Family Weekend