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Calvin-Parents E-Newsletter: January 24, 2012

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Interim news

Check the Roving WebCam to see photos from Interim 2012 so far. Here are other stories from Interim:

Sandra Clevenger's interim quilting class students are taking scrap fabrics and giving them some meaning.

Travelers continue to blog from India, Cambodia and Europe this month.

Students in the "Creating Smartphone Apps" class are learning lessons on creating the next big thing.

Journal entries from various students taking the class "An Inside Look at the January Series" are found here.

David: A Play with Psalms highlights some of the antiheroic episodes in the life of the biblical king.

Student 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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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 online registration click the Register button and/or forward this information to the appropriate parents of your "siblings."

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Celebrate uKnight Week, Calvin’s winter “spirit week,” February 4-11, 2012. The festivities include 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.

The Calvin/Hope rivalry will again feature the family-friendly 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!

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Community Dining Program

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!

--Shirley Hoogstra, vice president of student life

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Tax time is coming up...

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 finaid@calvin.edu (800-688-0122).

Calvin Symposium on Worship

Worship symposium this week!

The 25th annual Calvin Symposium on Worship is this week, January 26-28, and the theme is "The Psalms: When Life is Prayer."

All worship services are free and open to the public, including the Psalmfest (Friday, January 27 at 7:30 pm in the Covenant Fine Arts Center). Also, back by popular demand for Symposium, The Psalm Project will perform a free concert (Wednesday, January 25 at 7:30 pm in the Chapel). Their latest CD is "Psalms Unplugged."

Note: we also be streaming live video of a number of Symposium events. For more details on free events, video streaming, the Symposium Twitter feed and much more, please go the the Symposium site. Also read: "25 years: Symposium on Worship."

Worship with us throughout the year

Watch live: Chapel - daily at 10 a.m.; LOFT - Sundays at 8 p.m.
Watch on demand:
Chapel and LOFT archives - anytime.
Listen on demand:
LOFT podcasts are now available on iTunes!

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If you ever have any questions, contact parents@calvin.edu (616-526-6142). Thank you for reading Calvin-Parents!

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
Mar. 15: Tuition, room & board payment due (Please note this correction)