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Calvin-Parents E-Newsletter: January 10, 2012

January 10, 2012

On Saturday, January 7, Calvin's Board of Trustees voted to accept the recommendation of the presidential search committee and appoint Dr. Michael Le Roy to the position of President of Calvin College. Le Roy will need ratification of the Board’s decision at the Christian Reformed Church’s SYNOD meeting in June 2012 in order to become Calvin’s next president.

"The Board of Trustees is both blessed and honored to appoint Dr. Michael Le Roy to the position of President at Calvin," said Scott Spoelhof, Board of Trustees chair. "He is a collaborative, visionary leader with proven academic, administrative, and scholarship skills who is committed to furthering the mission of Calvin. His commitment to reformed theology will serve our institution well as we not only interact with our existing constituencies, but also seek to engage the broader evangelical community."

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Interim, January Series

Here are the links for Interim blogs we've been collecting. If parents know of additional ones, send them to (616-526-6142) and we'll post them in Calvin-Parents. Thank you!

Also happening over Interim is Calvin's award-winning lecture series, The January Series, that's celebrating 25 years. Join us at one of the remote locations or listen online. And follow us on Facebook.

Financial aid information

Parents, are you planning to apply for financial aid for your son or daughter for 2012-2013? If so, now is the time to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for maximum consideration. Even if you will not have your tax return finished it's more important to submit the FAFSA by March 1st (using estimates) than to wait until your tax return is completed. If you have special circumstances to present to the financial aid office be sure to submit a Calvin supplemental aid form in addition to the FAFSA.

And don't forget about "named" scholarships and other similar scholarships available that students can access via the online search tool. A number of other scholarships are awarded to students in particular academic departments. Applications for these scholarships are available from, and must be submitted to, the academic department for which the scholarship is designated. The application for most of these scholarships needs to be completed and submitted by March 1, 2012.

If you have any questions, contact the financial aid office at (800-688-0122).


Check out the latest newsletter from the career development office for information about internships, upcoming events and other career-related news. Follow their suggestions, advice and links to job search help on their Facebook page. At any time, you may contact us by e-mailing or calling (616) 526-6485.

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Siblings Weekend

Does your son or daughter have a younger brother or sister (or cousin, nephew, etc.) that would love to visit him or her on campus? While guests are certainly welcome all year long, it is especially fun for young visitors to come during Siblings Weekend, February 24-26, 2012.

This annual event is sponsored by residence life, with help from student activities, food service, and the Campus Store. A number of fun activities and events have been planned, and siblings can eat any and all meals as part of the $24 registration fee.

For information and on-line registration (the only way to register and pay), please visit Siblings Weekend and/or forward this information to the appropriate parents of your "siblings."

Thank you!
Residence Life

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Student Treats

Send your student this sweet treat for Valentine's Day: a hand-made gourmet pretzel, a $5 gift certificate to Johnny's and fun snacks (including a few "kisses"), delivered to your student on Valentine's Day. The Valentine Treat ($20) is included in the Year of Treats. The order deadline is Tuesday, February 8, 2011, and this gift will be delivered to students on Tuesday , February 14.

Remember that you can always surprise your student with the popular Pizza Treat ($20) or Hugs from Home ($30), which can be ordered anytime and often! Celebrate a birthday, a special occasion, or remember your student "just because" it's the weekend and he or she has been working hard on papers or studying. And there are Birthday Treats, too, for anytime in the year.

For more information on any treat, please visit the Student Treats site.

More information about events/opportunities for all

The Calvin/Hope rivalry will again feature the popular satellite game on February 11, 2012, which showcases the men's varsity game. For "The Game," Calvin and Hope fans gather at a designated viewing location and enthusiastically cheer on their team. Take the whole family to a site near you!

Calvin Alumni Travel is a travel program for alumni and friends (parents and families included). Each trip will be an experience woven with education and faith. Explore Paul's Missionary Journeys in Greece, March 30-April 11, 2012; A Journey to South Africa, November 2-17, 2012; or save the date for A Pilgrimage to Israel: In the Light of Jesus, March 11-22, 2013.

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Art exhibitions

From January 6 to February 18, 2012, the Center Art Gallery features two new exhibitions.

In Gallery 1, the "Alumni Painting Exhibition" showcases the work of 19 alumni who utilize a variety of painting techniques and approaches. This year the Calvin Alumni Association is sponsoring a People's Choice Award, where people are encouraged to visit the gallery and place a vote for their favorite.

Mary Abma presents "In My Own Back Yard" in Gallery 2, which includes three projects that look attempt to connect us with our environment through visual expression. This exhibition focuses the viewer's attention on the world beneath our feet.

Check the Parent Calendar for important dates

Here are several alumni and friends events coming up. Parents and family members are invited--encouraged---to join us!

Also, check the Parent Calendar page to keep track of important academic/financial dates throughout the year. 

Jan. 4-24:
The January Series 2011
Jan. 24: Interim ends - 5 p.m.
Jan. 30: First day of spring semester; classes begin - 8 a.m.

Feb. 1: 
Miscellaneous charges payment due (1st of each month); ReGathering: Opening Convocation 9:50-10:50 a.m
Jan. 5: Tuition, room & board payment due