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Calvin-Parents E-Newsletter: February 7, 2012

February 7, 2012

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 (read more below), 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!

Valentine treat deadline today

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 today, Tuesday, February 7, 2012; 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.

Senior Salute

There's more to Commencement than just a cap and gown. Senior Salute will have all the necessary information regarding Commencement available at one time and in one place. This 15-20 minute activity for all 2012 graduates is Wednesday, February 8, and Thursday, February 9, 10 a.m.–6 p.m., in the Library Lobby.

See what your student needs to do before he or she can graduate. This year's speaker is Dr. Cornelius Plantinga, Jr., president emeritus, Calvin Theological Seminary.

Sibs (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."

Career notes

Are you the parent of a junior or sophomore student? Did you know that many employers expect students to complete at least one internship by the time they graduate? Internships give students the opportunity to explore a specific career field of interest and obtain experience that will enhance a resume and improve skills. If your son or daughter is looking for an internship for the summer or next fall, encourage them to visit the career development office. Staff members are available to assist students search for an internship, 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.

Scholarships, FAFSA

Here are some important links:

Scholarships: Students can access an online search tool and apply via Calvin Portal: Services>Scholarships and Financial Aid>Upperclass Named Scholarship Application.

Financial Aid: Parents can fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid by March 1st (using estimates). If you have special circumstances, submit a Calvin supplemental aid form in addition to the FAFSA.

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


The Festival of Faith and Writing (FFW), April 19-21, 2012, is a celebration of religious writing and Calvin brings together the different constituencies of this writing—authors, publishers, readers, and academics—for conversation. Online registration is now open for $175 if you sign up before February 15, 2012.

Click for more information about scholarships (for recent alumni and students) and group discounts. Tell your friends and see you in April!


Rangeela is the annual showcase organized by Calvin's international students that features acts that celebrate their cultures through song,dance, and skits. The theme for Rangeela this year is "IllumiNations."

Rangeela 2012 is Feb 24 & 25, at 8 p.m. in the Covenant Fine Arts Center. Tickets ($6) are available through the Calvin Box Office (616-526-6282, and will sell quickly.

Prince Center

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.

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

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!