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Calvin-Parents E-Newsletter: October 4, 2011

Family Weekend

We hope you are planning to join us later this month. Here are some highlights for Homecoming & Family Weekend 2011, October 21 & 22, 2011. Register now»

Because there is so much going on, be sure to check the full schedule here before you come.  On there you'll see many time slots for the climbing wall, all the various sporting events playing at home that day, including the volleyball match which features our women's team---the defending national champions, and many campus tours (and a bus tour of Grand Rapids).

If you haven't tried a climbing wall, here's your chance to do it for free with instructors on hand. Sign-ups are required (, 616-526-6142) with 24 people maximum allowed during each time slot. If all slots aren't filled you may sign up that day. Consider filling out the climbing waiver now and bringing with it you when you climb.

Many families have headed home before the Sunday evening LOFT worship service—so we’ve moved LOFT to the morning for this special weekend. Worship with us at 11 a.m. on Sunday in the Covenant Fine Arts Center. Wonder what a LOFT service is like? Click here for LOFT service audio and video archives.

Don't forget to get tickets now for events like the Calvin Music Festival and Student Improv that will sell out.

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Calvin parent, student named to ArtPrize Top 10

ArtPrize, a "radically open competition", is the big news in town this week (and will be until it concludes on October 9). Many students, faculty, staff and alumni have entered their artwork into ArtPrize.

Robert Shangle and his son, Calvin student Jasper Shangle, have been voted into the ArtPrize Top 10 for their "Under Construction" living statues performance art.

From beating cancer to getting hitched, many people came to be celebrated by River City Improv for their ArtPrize entry. Watch the video.

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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!

The next treat deadline (November 8) 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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Chapel, LOFT

Join us for worship for daily Chapel services. The live feed is available 10 a.m., Monday through Friday. At 8 p.m. on Sunday evenings the live feed is available for LOFT (Living Our Faith Together) services. Click here to view archives of Chapel. Click here for the archives for LOFT.

Steve Okeyo is leading chapel on Wednesday, October 5. You may remember praying for him in recent years. Read more about Steve and his journey.

And all throughout the year you are encouraged to pray with Calvin.

Career Information

In the midst of today’s challenging economic times, it is more important than ever that students are making good choices to prepare for a career or graduate school after college. To encourage your son or daughter in effective career decision-making, here are some things you can recommend at each level of his or her college experience:
  • Freshman year: visit the career development office to learn about the resources provided and establish a relationship with a career counselor.
  • Sophomore year: conduct job shadowing experiences and/or informational interviews with professionals who are working in careers you are considering; take career tests and review the results with a career counselor if you are unsure how your strengths, abilities and interests will translate into the world of work.
  • Junior year: develop your resume and cover letter; secure an internship or part-time job in your career field of interest using the online posting system CalvinLink.
  • Senior year: meet with a career counselor in early fall to develop a plan for your job search or graduate school applications; refine your resume and cover letter.
Professionals in the career development office are available to assist students and alumni with every aspect of the vocational planning process. Visit the career development site for additional resources and information.
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Dining option for off campus students

Are you looking for a Christmas gift this year for your son or daughter who lives off campus? Or, a great complement for the student treats received from you last year? Does your son or daughter have a busy class, sports and activities schedule with no time to commute home for dinner?

Calvin now has a Community Dining Program that offers 30, 60 100, and 150 block meal plans per semester to students who live off campus, at Knollcrest East, or the Timmer studio apartments. These are affordable and flexible meal options. Check out more information about the plans.

--Shirley Hoogstra, vice president of student life

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Parent resources, blog

As the Calvin community studies the book of Psalms, we encourage you to read, pray and sing along with us. See the Faith site for all links to worship and study guides. And read the blog for parents. Each week there is a new post and we invite you to give feedback. Parents from all over the country (and world) have been checking in (there's a map linked to the blog). Check it all out here

Wondering about voter registration for your college student? See this page for information from academic services.

Can't find what you need? Not sure which department to ask? Confused by the Calvin lingo? Ask us! You can contact us on this page where there's a list of frequently asked questions, or you can also e-mail (616-526-6142).

Fridays at Calvin

Please encourage high school students to visit Calvin! Fridays at Calvin, our premiere visit program, gets high marks from hundreds of prospective students and parents each year. Calvin also offers Department Visit Days, International Student Visit Day, bus trips and more. During their visit, students meet Calvin students and faculty, sit in on classes, dig deeper into their major and participate in campus activities. For more visit options and to register, check out

Note from advising office

Calvin schedules two days of Academic Advising Recess, October 25 and 26. This is a time when classes are not in session so that faculty can meet with their advisees. Students are instructed to meet with their advisor during this time and to prepare for registration. In fact, students must meet with their assigned advisor in order to be cleared for KnightVision registration. Please do all you can to encourage your son and daughter to take full advantage of these two days. In addition to meeting with an advisor, this is a good time to get caught up on reading assignments and paper writing. It should not be a time to leave campus for a long weekend getaway.

Questions? Please feel free to contact us at

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 20: Tuition, room and board payment due
October 25: Registration for interim and spring semester begins
October 25-26: Academic advising for interim and spring semester (see note above)
November 1: Miscellaneous charges payment due (1st of each month)
November 21: Tuition, room and board payment due
November 23: Thanksgiving break begins 5 p.m.
November 28:
Classes resume 8 a.m.

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