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Calvin-Parents E-Newsletter: October 12, 2010


Invitation to come back to Calvin

Calvin's Homecoming & Family Weekend is now in the fall: October 22 & 23, 2010. With many events going on all week and 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 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! If you have questions, please call (616) 526-6142 or e-mail

Family    Banquet

Family Weekend Banquet

The Family Weekend Banquet is one of the fellowship highlights of the Homecoming & Family 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 as we are filling up quickly. Here are pictures from the banquet last year.

The full schedule for the weekend is found here so you can plan what else you'd like to do while you visit.  Consider going on a tour of campus or Grand Rapids, cheering at a sporting event, or meeting up with your student at a late night ice cream social.  There will soon be a list of classes that are open on Friday that you can visit.  Stay tuned!

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Family Weekend climbing opportunity

One of the many activities available during Homecoming & Family Weekend is open climbing on the climbing wall in the Spoelhof Fieldhouse Center. The climbing wall will be open on Saturday, October 23, from 1-5 p.m. All family members ages 12 and over are invited.  If you have some interested adventurers in your family, please e-mail and provide the name(s) and cell/contact phone number(s) of all climbers. Also, please indicate if you'd rather climb between 1 and 3 p.m., or between 3 and 5 p.m.  You may fill out the climbing waiver before you come by downloading it here (.pdf). Space is limited to 20 climbers in each session, so sign up soon!
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Many, many photos

Did you get a chance to view any of the photos from Calvin's photographic spotlight day, Calvin in 24, on and of October 6, 2010? Many students, faculty and staff participated, and the proof is in the thousands of photographs that cover every inch of campus and the world: professors teaching, staffers staffing, students serenading, dancing, eating, re-enacting great works of art--plus, there are squirrels!

Anytime you want to see photos from campus, visit the Roving WebCam (RWC) photo gallery.  This gallery 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 everyday Calvin experience.  (There is a gallery for Calvin in 24 and for the Cardboard Canoe Contest.)  A quick link to the RWC is to click on the photo next to the daily news message on Calvin's home page and you'll arrive at the photo galleries page.  There you'll find the following photo galleries, updated often: Roving WebCam, Campus Life, Sports and Alumni.

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Academic advising this fall

Calvin College reserves two days each semester for academic advising and the fall dates are October 26 and 27. This is a time when classes are not in session so that faculty can meet with their advisees. Feel free to check out this short video clip on academic advising from a student's perspective. More information about academic advising---tips, videos, and a link to their KnightVision resources---is found here.
Students are instructed to schedule an appointment with each of their faculty advisors (one or more depending on the number of majors a student is pursuing) and prepare for registration. Students must meet with their assigned advisor in order to be cleared for KnightVision registration. Please do all you can to encourage your son or daughter to take full advantage of these two days on campus. In addition to meeting with an advisor, this is a good time to get caught up on reading assignments and writing papers. It should not be a time to leave campus for a long weekend get-away.

Questions? Please feel free to contact associate director of academic advising Dana Hebreard (616-526-6040).

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Covenant Fine Arts Center

Did you know that on October 20, 1966, the Fine Arts Center was dedicated on Calvin’s Knollcrest Campus.  Exactly forty-four years later, with gratitude to God, we will celebrate the newly renovated Covenant Fine Arts Center (CFAC) on Wednesday, October 20, 2010.  Please join us as we celebrate this major event, which leads up to Homecoming & Family Weekend.  Events that will be taking place in the CFAC are featured on the dedication event page and include participation by the English and art departments, both of which will enjoy space in the new facility.  Please send event-related inquiries to

For now, you are able to watch video tours and see live webcams from the Covenant Fine Arts Center renovation.

Dwelling with Philippians

Philippians facts

The campus and Calvin community, which includes over 1300 students, faculty and staff, is halfway through Philippians study that is a campus-wide event this fall.  If you want to read more about the study or keep track of the study questions being used, see the Faith website.
Here are some additional facts about the Philippians study: more than 175 groups are meeting weekly for at least one hour; groups are studying Philippians in English, Spanish, German, Korean, and Greek; groups are meeting on-campus and off-campus, including our study abroad programs in China and Honduras; Calvin chaplains are preaching through the book of Philippians at LOFT, which is viewable on the LOFT website. Here is a complete list of churches/organizations that are joining Calvin in this study.
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News & Stories

Business communications major Sarah Orndorff learned all about "fan avidity" this summer as an intern for the Cleveland Browns.  Also, read more about:

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Travel opportunity

Have you heard about Calvin Alumni Travel for alumni and friends of Calvin?  Trips planned include:

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


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!

Calendar events and dates

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

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. 13: Calvin Community Symphony (formerly, Calvin Alumni Orchestra) concert
Nov. 19: Tuition, room and board payment due
Nov. 20: Capella 75th Anniversary Reunion on campus
Nov 24: Thanksgiving (U.S.) break begins 5:00 p.m.
Nov. 29: Classes resume 8 a.m.