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Calvin-Parents E-Newsletter: September 20, 2011


Biology professor David DeHeer passed away Friday, September 16. His colleagues remember him as a leader, mentor and man of science.

According to one colleague, Prof. DeHeer connected with students on a personal level. “David and (wife) Jolene became surrogate parents to a significant number of Calvin students…I think they maybe practiced hospitality in a way most of us couldn’t or wouldn’t. For them, I think it was almost a weekly occurrence.” Read more.

Sights and sounds of campus

Since school started, the campus and students have been busy. See incoming students stock shelves, spread mulch and paint a playground during Streetfest. Watch incoming students move in, get acquainted, serve in the community and bat a few beach balls around.

Roving Webcam photos, which will be updated by student photographers throughout the year, are found here, which now include Chaos Day and Mudbowl, Convocation, Cokes & Clubs and Quest (orientation).

Flu shots

Health Services will be offering a flu clinic on Thursday, September 22nd in the Spoelhof Fieldhouse Lobby from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. The clinic is open to all students, faculty, staff and emeriti. The cost of the flu shot is $20.00. The cost for the flumist (nasal) vaccination is $25.00. Those receiving a flu vaccination may pay by cash or check. Students may also put the charge on their miscellaneous accounts.
The staff at health services highly recommends that all students receive a flu shot. Please note that if a student plans on traveling abroad over interim or spring semester, a flu vaccination is required. Contact health services if you have questions: 616-526-6187.

More Psalms resources

As the Calvin community has begun its study of Psalms, we encourage you to read, pray and sing along with us. Through our partnership with the off-campus programs, the Psalms study will extend around the world. See the Faith site for all links to worship and study guides.

Parents can also be part of their own "study group" by reading and commenting on a blog for parents. Each week, parent relations staff members or other parents will be posting a reflection and inviting your feedback. Check out the blog and add your comments.

The Calvin Symposium on Worship is focusing their worship theme on Psalms. Attend the symposium next January to join with other worshipers and leaders from around the world to grow further with Psalms.

A special collection of additional Psalms commentaries and resources for leading small groups has been created in the Ministries Resources Center at the Hekman Library. View the resources here.

Treats always available

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!

The next treat deadline is for the gourmet apple treat. These gourmet apples are tart, juicy apples hand-dipped in layers of finest chocolate and creamy caramel. They weight 1.5-2 pounds!  There are three flavor choices: supreme, butter brickle and no nuts!

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Worship Apprentices

The Worship Apprentice (WA) program is an intensive worship leadership program for students. The apprentices work as a team, supporting and encouraging each other. Each will be assigned a particular ministry area to serve and develop his/her gifts in worship. Meet the WAs this year.

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We hear of many grandparents who support their grandchildren's college experience -- by prayer, encouragement, care packages and tuition support. This Calvin-Parents e-newsletter is open to grandparents and other friends and family members. If you know someone that would like to receive Calvin-Parents, please e-mail their full name(s) and e-mail address(es) to and we'll subscribe them.  Thank you for reading Calvin-Parents!

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ArtPrize + Calvin

ArtPrize is a "radically open competition" held in Grand Rapids, Michigan for two weeks each fall. This art competition is open to any artist who can find a venue, and anyone who wants to open a venue. This year the Calvin College (106) Gallery presents, indefinite boundaries, an exhibition of nine female artists dealing with place, environment and material.

Many students, faculty, staff and alumni will also be entering their artwork into ArtPrize. For the first time, entries will also include performance art and River City Improv, the alumni improv team, will perform. See the list and artwork information and e-mail us ( if you know of more that we should include!

Go Green, Go Dutch, Go Bike will take its second-annual tour of ArtPrize.

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Family Weekend

Here are some highlights for Homecoming & Family Weekend 2011 that's coming up October 21 & 22. 2011. Register now»

The Calvin Music Festival is a collage-style concert in the Covenant Fine Arts Center that brings together all eleven music department ensembles performing large masterworks. You may also arrive an hour early to hear solo and small chamber works performed in the Center Art Gallery and Recital Hall.  Proceeds benefit Calvin College's music scholarship program. Tickets, which are required, are available at the Calvin College Box Office - $15 for adults and $5 for students.

The Student Improv team will be performing a few times during the weekend (Friday, 7:30 and 9 p.m.; Saturday, 9 p.m.). General admission, $5; Calvin students need a ticket, too. These shows will sell out—get tickets when you register, but do it soon!

Events, 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. 

October 1 - Miscellaneous charges payment due (1st of each month)
October 20 - Tuition, room and board payment due

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