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Calvin-Parents E-Newsletter: August 30, 2011

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Summer into fall

As we Welcome Back students to campus (PASSPORT IV  and International PASSPORT run through August 31) for the fall semester, see what a summer day in West Michigan can offer.

In Colorado recently, students learned to wrangle a horse, clean a toilet and serve as leaders at the Leadership Challenge Institute at Snow Mountain Ranch.

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Moving (back) to campus

If you are bringing a student back to campus, you might check the Moving In page to confirm dates, times, what to bring (or not to bring), maps and car signs, etc.

And there may be some areas on campus that look different this year. Knollcrest Dining Hall got some exciting updates over the summer with new lighting, carpet, seating, and two new display cooking stations. All 11 apartment buildings on campus in Knollcrest East have undergone a transformation and look great thanks to a hard-working physical plant staff.

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Parent Oasis, Info Fair

The Parent Oasis tent will be up on Wednesday, August 31, which is move-in day for first-year students. Members of the parent relations team will have beverages and snacks available at the tent, as well as a space to relax and visit with Calvin staff and other parents while your students are unpacking. The tent is "open" from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the lawn between Rooks-Van Dellen and Schultze-Eldersveld.

Also, drop into the Info Fair on Wednesday, August 31, to get your questions answered about everything from banking in Grand Rapids to the opportunities available for on-campus jobs. The Info Fair will be open from 1:30 to 3 p.m. in the Spoelhof Fieldhouse main lobby and a member of the parent relations team will be available to answer any question you have that has not yet been addressed. Many other campus offices will be staffing tables, as well as area banks, off-campus vendors, etc.

For questions any time: | 616-526-6142

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Student Treats

Parents may send their student some "love" by having the parent relations team deliver a treat to them during the school year. There are birthday, exam, holiday and special event treats to send for on- or off-campus students. The full list of treats is available on the Student Treats page and you can order online now!

For a great deal, order A Year of Treats and save $$; it includes a free birthday treat! The order deadline for A Year of Treats is September 14, 2011.

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The fall sports schedules are available on the sports pages now. Here are the rankings and outlooks for the Knights this fall.

Want all the sports news this season? Get the Calvin-Sports Report via e-mail or sign up for the RSS feed.

Research, resources

Biology professor Anding Shen landed a $300, 000 grant from the National Institutes of Health to study the role of endothelial cells in HIV infection.

A $200,000 Teacher Quality Grant allows Calvin's education department to enhance the teaching of reading in local schools.

Did you know that Calvin has a seismograph that's been running for years? It is continually recording and displaying long-wave and short-wave seismic signals from all over the world, including the ones from last week's quake in Virginia (which you can link to from their page).

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Parents welcomed at golf tourney

Calvin parents in town on Saturday, September 10, are warmly welcomed and invited to play in the 42nd annual Alumni Golf Tournament at Pilgrim's Run Golf Club in Pierson, Michigan (about 40 minutes north of Grand Rapids). An award winning course, great fellowship, a scrumptious meal from Texas Roundhouse, prizes and a discussion about the potential of football at Calvin. Perhaps the best of all: proceeds go to student scholarships at Calvin!

The deadline for registration is THIS Friday, September 2. Register now, or contact the alumni office if you have any questions: 616-526-6142,

Alumni and FRIENDS events

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

Check the Parent Calendar for important dates

Bookmark the Parent Calendar page to keep track of important dates throughout the year, including:

August 31 - Residence halls open for first-year students, 9 a.m.; QUEST orientation begins
September 1 - Tuition, room and board payment due
September 2 - Residence halls open for returning students, 9 a.m.
September 6 - Fall semester classes begin, 8 a.m.; Opening Convocation, 9:50-10:50 a.m.  You can watch Convocation live:!


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