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Calvin-Parents E-Newsletter: October 19, 2010

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Family Weekend...this weekend!

Family Weekend is almost here.  We---and the students---are eager to have you come to campus.  Be sure to stop by the Parent Oasis tent on the Commons Lawn or a residence hall desk to pick up your activity map (or download the .pdf now), and the schedule  (which is available online) to plan your time on campus.  Please call (616) 526-6142 or e-mail us ( if you have any questions.  Read on for suggested activities to enjoy during your visit.

campus imageSuggestions for your weekend on campus

If you are coming this weekend, here are some things you might like to consider:

  • Attend a class with your student!  See the open class list by department (.pdf) or open class list by time of day (.pdf).
  • Hear Professor Roy Anker present a special session about "When God Shows Up at the Movies" on Friday, 1:30 p.m., in the Bytwerk Theater. 
  • Watch students perform in the Student Improv group or at the Calvin Music Festival.  Order tickets for these events with the box office online or by calling (616) 526-6282.
  • Eat breakfast with the Wind Ensemble when they host a pancake breakfast in the Chapel on Saturday from 8-10 a.m.; free-will donations support the cost of music tours. 
  • Worship with us at the Family Weekend Chapel on Saturday at 11 a.m.  Worship apprentices and student worship team members will highlight scripture, song, dance, spoken word, and visual art, focusing on our walk through Philippians this semester.
  • Tour the ever-changing city of Grand Rapids by bus. Tours leave on Friday at 12, 1, 2 and 3 p.m. from the Spoelhof Fieldhouse Complex lobby where a sign-up list will be available after 9 a.m.
  • Climb! A few spots remain for Saturday climbing.  Please call (616) 526-6142 or e-mail with name, cell phone and preferred time (1-3 or 3-5 p.m.) if someone in your family would like to scale the wall!
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Armor Day 2010

Whether or not you are coming to campus for Homecoming & Family Weekend, please consider showing your school colors on Friday, October 22, for Armor Day 2010.  This is your chance to show and share your school spirit for Calvin College and the Knights by wearing anything and everything Calvin! 

If you need to stop by the Campus Store to buy something before this weekend, the store hours this week are Tuesday until 7 p.m.; Wednesday, 8 a.m. -5 p.m.; Thursday, 8 a.m. - 7 p.m.; Friday, 8 a.m. - 8 p.m.; and Saturday, 10 a.m. -5 p.m.


CFAC = Covenant Fine Arts Center

The pianos have moved in. The art has arrived. Staff members from the office of conferences and campus events are making themselves at home. Soon, folks from music will take up residence. The Covenant Fine Arts Center, under renovation since May of 2009, is set to open this week.  Read more and take a video tour of the new art gallery.

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

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Fun photos

All of the photos (except two) featured in today's Calvin-Parents come from the Calvin in 24 photo gallery.  Here is a cool slideshow sampler of Calvin in 24.

Prizes were awarded for photographic efforts made that day. Here is the list of winners:

RANDOM: Joel Betts, Rachel Tollefson, Jennifer Buck, Sam Klaasen, Olivia Crow, Valerie Greer, Megan Meulink
CATEGORIES: Fill the Frame - Theo Voss; Where We Live - Megan Rose; On the Job - Chad Engbers; Most Artistic - Bill Vriesema; Off-Campus - Magdalyn Van Huizen; Smells Like Calvin Spirit - Matt Lundberg; Classrooms and Labs - Zach Runge
SPECIAL PRIZES: Most creative - Nathan Cahill; Logistical - Kendra Kinzer; Sequential - LeighAnn Evelyn

Here is a gallery of some of those award-winning photos.  Thank you for participating and viewing Calvin in 24!


4,000 reasons to participate

When you give to the Calvin Annual Fund, you will join other alumni and friends in helping shape the lives of 4,000 students enrolled at Calvin. Together our annual fund gifts immediately and directly benefit every student.

Reason #759 is Alex, a senior from Northfield, Ohio.  He's a Spanish major, biochemistry minor, in the pre-medicine program.  "My experience in Honduras shaped my vision to be a physician, and how I want to use my Spanish-language skills to reach out to people and serve them."

Reason #2,536 is Vince.  He's a junior from Alpena, Michigan, and his major is music education.  He said, "I'm involved with my dorm leadership, specifically spiritual leadership... Our main goal is to move our roommates, our suite-mates, our floor-mates, our dorms, our campus and our world closer to God."

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Light in the Night

This year the Knollcrest East Apartments of Calvin will host the 16th annual Light in the Night event. It will be held on Oct. 30, 2010, from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Registration is located in the upper parking lot outside of Theta-Epsilon. The event is free, but we ask that each child attending donates one canned good item. The canned goods will be donated to Family Haven Ministries, a chapter of Inner City Christian Federation. Parking is located in same parking lot, outside of Theta-Epsilon, with overflow in the Devos Communication Center parking lot.  Read more about Light in the Night.

If you have questions, contact community life coordinator Andrea Timmerman, Knollcrest East Apartments (616-526-7183).
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Academic Advising

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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Calendar events and dates

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

Oct. 20 (tomorrow!): 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.

News & Stories from campus

Check out a wealth of great stories on the News & Stories site, including...

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