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Calvin-Parents E-Newsletter: October 5, 2010

Family Weekend, October 22 & 23, 2010

Homecoming and Family Weekend

Calvin's Homecoming & Family Weekend is now in the fall: October 22 & 23, 2010. With many events going on all weekend, you will easily find a reason to visit Calvin during the beautiful fall colors on campus. See the complete schedule of activities that links to ticketing, reservations and more information, and this new webpage for more information about activities that are being planned especially for you.  Many questions that parents have asked are answered on that page.  Thanks for your interest and feedback!

The Family Weekend Banquet is one of the fellowship highlights of the weekend. Chaplain Mary Hulst will be the featured speaker this year who recently gave the Convocation address, "YES! And...", which is available online.  The banquet has become a popular family gathering on Friday evening but there is limited seating; please reserve your spot soon.

Consider attending a special lecture after the banquet on Friday evening, "Life with the National Forests: Work Worth Doing." Joel Holtrop '74, Deputy Chief for the United States Forest Service, and Jessica Holtrop '07, a former wildland fire fighter in Montana and California, will share reflections on their Forest Service experience as father and daughter, and as individuals committed to land stewardship.

The 10-year, 25-year, 40-year and 45-year reunion classes will be celebrating over this weekend.  If you are in one of those classes, join us!

The full schedule for the weekend is found here so you can plan what else you'd like to do while you visit.  If you have questions, please call (616) 526-6142 or e-mail

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Prayers...October 2010

Please continue to be in prayer for Calvin College this year.  From the Praying with Calvin website, "Remember and thank God for his mercy and love to Calvin College. Pray for his continued love and protection. Some prayer concerns in the month of October..."  Read those prayer concerns here>>

This Praying with Calvin page will be updated occasionally throughout the year with general recommendations for prayers for the Calvin community.  There are also many prayer resources found on this page which may be helpful to you. Sharon Bytwerk is the coordinator for spiritual direction and prayer on campus (616-526-8872; and she and other campus ministries staff meet regularly with students about prayer and prays with and for them.

Please join us in prayer for Calvin College and the students, faculty, and staff during the 2010-2011 school year.
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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.

The next treat offered is a gourmet apple which is hand-dipped in layers of fine chocolate and creamy caramel. 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!

Career Development

Career development resources

In the midst of today’s difficult economic times, it is more important than ever that students are making good choices to prepare for a career or graduate school after college.  To encourage your son or daughter in effective career decision-making, here are some things you can recommend at each level of his or her college experience: 

  • Freshman year:  visit the Career Development office to learn about the resources provided and establish a relationship with a career counselor.     
  • Sophomore year:  conduct job shadowing experiences and/or informational interviews with professionals who are working in careers you are considering; take career tests and review the results with a career counselor if you are unsure how your strengths, abilities and interests will translate into the world of work.
  • Junior year:  develop your resume and cover letter; secure an internship or part-time job in your career field of interest using the online posting system CalvinLink (
  • Senior year:  meet with a career counselor in early fall to develop a plan for your job search or graduate school applications; refine your resume and cover letter.

Professionals in the career development office are available to assist students and alumni with every aspect of the vocational planning process.  Visit our website for additional resources and information. 

Student Health 101

Student Health 101

The October issue of Student Health 101 has lots of great information to help your student have a great month at Calvin!  Student Health 101 is the monthly online health and wellness magazine, sponsored by health services, with tips for making your money last, succeeding in your classes, and tips on healthy eating.  The most recent issue can always be found on the health services website. Plus, students can enter to win $1000 cash just for reading Student Health 101!  Read it now>>
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News and news briefs

A $1 million NSF grant furthers collaboration among the sciences. Also see:

And in News Briefs, first-year student Jennifer Lyu is a 2010 Jack Kent Cooke Scholar, an honor bestowed upon just 39 students nationwide.
Calvin Academy for Lifelong Learning

Noontime Series

The Calvin Academy for Lifelong Learning (CALL) is a partnership between the college and local seniors and serves people who are retired or semi-retired.  Offering a diverse program of classes, field trips and activities to enrich its members, CALL aids lifelong learners on their spiritual, intellectual, cultural and social journeys.

The Noontime Series, just one of many programs that CALL sponsors, takes place in the Chapel on Thursdays and is a free, one-hour lecture or programs.

October 7: "When the Earth Quakes" - Clarence Menninga 
October 21: "Of Windmills and Candlelight: Will We Run Out of Power?" - Paulo Ribeiro
November 4: "Growing up in Postwar Germany, Part II" - Barbara Carvill
November 18: “The American Thanksgiving” - Karin Maag

For more information about CALL, call 616-526-8777 or e-mail

Homecoming & Family Weekend

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:

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:

Oct. 1: Miscellaneous charges payment due (1st of each month)
Oct. 20: Tuition, room and board payment due
Oct. 22 & 23: Homecoming & Family Weekend
Oct. 26 & 27:
Academic Advising for interim and spring semester (no classes 8 a.m. Tues. - 5 p.m. Wed.; Wednesday night classes do meet 
Nov. 1: Miscellaneous charges payment due (1st of each month)
Nov. 19: Tuition, room and board payment due
Nov 24: Thanksgiving (U.S.) break begins 5:00 p.m.
Nov. 29: Classes resume 8 a.m.