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Calvin-Parents E-Newsletter: January 31, 2012

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A new semester begins

Spring semester started on Monday, but the official kick off to the semester is today with spring convocation, or ReGathering 2012. The topic will be, "Across a Life and Around the World: A Testimony to God's Unending Care, " a conversation with outgoing President Gaylen Byker.

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!

Check the Roving WebCam at any time to see what's going on with students on campus.

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Treat deadline approaching!

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, 2012, 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 (or cousin, friend...) 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."

Named and departmental scholarships

Current students have been informed of the opportunity to apply for named and departmental scholarships for 2012-2013. These "named" scholarships are established by donors for students who meet specific eligibility criteria, often based on factors such as academic major, intended career goal, GPA, minority status, etc.

Students can access an online search tool. The application form for many of these scholarships are available online. The application is due March 1, 2012. All current students who will be attending Calvin next year are encouraged to apply! Students can access and complete the application on the Calvin Portal: Services>Scholarships and Financial Aid>Upperclass Named Scholarship Application.

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 (; 800-688-0122).

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Prince Conference Center deals

Tucked away in a peaceful, serene setting, and just a bridge walk east from the main Calvin campus, is the Prince Conference Center. Set in the woods and surrounded by wetlands and a nature trail, the Prince Center provides wonderful overnight accommodations for all visitors; it is open to the public as a conference center/hotel.

Reserve a a romantic night away in February and a donation will be made to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure West Michigan. You also receive a rose, box of chocolates and a hot breakfast. Ask for the Romance Package or check their deals page; there are always discounts for Calvin parents.

Please e-mail Valarie ( or call 866-526-7200 for more information.

Taxes, scholarships reminder

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.

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

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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 an opportunity to join the Community Dining Program, affordable, flexible options of meals for students who are residents of Knollcrest East/Timmer Studio Apartments or live off campus!

--Shirley Hoogstra, vice president of student life

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Career office

Are you the parent of a senior student?  Are you concerned about your son or daughter obtaining an entry-level position in the midst of today’s competitive job market?  Encourage your student to visit the career development office. Career counselors are available to assist students develop a job search plan, create a resume, and practice interviewing skills. Students can call (616) 526-6485 or stop by the career development office (372 Hekman Library) to set up an appointment.  More resources are also available at, or find us on Facebook.


Students organize the seventh-annual Faith and International Development Conference (FIDC), "Yearning for Justice, Learning in Love: A Dialogue on Fear & Hope," which runs on campus February 2-4, 2012.

The goal of the conference is creating a space for sharing ideas and exploring passions among students and professionals from a wide range of backgrounds. The conference, which draws over 600 students, faculty leaders, and organization representatives, strives to balance prayerful discernment of students' callings, relationship building among students and professionals, and practical learning about international development.

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. 30: First day of spring semester; classes begin, 8 a.m.
Feb. 1: 
Miscellaneous charges payment due (1st of each month); ReGathering 2012: Opening Convocation 9:50-10:50 a.m
Mar. 15: Tuition, room & board payment due
Mar. 16:
Spring break begins, 5 p.m.
Mar. 17: Residence halls close for spring break, 10 a.m.
Mar 25: Residence halls re-open, noon
Mar. 26: Classes resume, 8 a.m.

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