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Calvin-Parents E-Newsletter: January 17, 2012

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Interim activity

An interim class learns about eating healthier, more sustainably and more homemade. Students traveling for interim blog from India, Cambodia and Europe.

Students from the "An Inside Look at the January Series" class share their insights. You can enjoy the January Series, too. Join us at one of the remote locations or listen online!

In his first official meeting with the Calvin community, Dr. Le Roy talked about the importance of community. Watch a short video clip from that meeting.

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Siblings (friends, cousins) 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."

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Campus news

David: A Play with Psalms, pulled straight from the Bible, highlights some of the antiheroic episodes in the life of the biblical king. In fact, the entire script is scripture.

The 2012 Symposium on Worship at Calvin will be the 25th such gathering on campus, since the event began in 1988 as the Symposium on Worship and Church Music.

Students organize seventh-annual Faith and International Development Conference.

Check out a list of recommended reading for the Festival of Faith & Writing, April 19-21, 2012. There is still time to register!

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Opportunities for alumni, families, friends

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 (families, parents, etc.). Each trip will be an experience woven with education and faith. Explore Paul's Missionary Journeys in Greece, March 30-April 11, 2012, or 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. More information is found on the alumni travel pages for all trips.

Be sure to check out all the other events that are happening on campus and around the country (see end of newsletter).

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Great meals, great conversation

Does your student call home and say he/she misses your mashed potatoes? Are you wondering if your student living off campus is getting a balanced diet - enough leafy greens in a fresh salad? Does he/she have no time to grocery shop or cook?

There's still opportunity to join the Community Dining Program - affordable, flexible options of meals for students who live off campus, residents of Knollcrest East, or the Timmer Studio Apartments! Check out more information about the plans.

--Shirley Hoogstra, vice president of student life

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).

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Sweet treat

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.

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What is uKnight week?

Celebrate uKnight Week 2012, Calvin’s winter “spirit week,” which features the annual Cold Knight Club: Sem Pond Jump, campus activities, performances, Wear Calvin Day (for everyone, anywhere), Senior Salute, Ambassadors Lunch honoring Professor David Holwerda and Jim and Dolly Strikwerda, AirBand, sporting events, karaoke and more.

Find out more about uKnight Week!

Career information

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.

Events, etc.

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
Feb. 5: Tuition, room & board payment due

Got questions?

If you have any questions about any of this, contact (616-526-6142). Thank you for reading Calvin-Parents!