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Calvin-Parents E-Newsletter: October 11, 2011

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Family Weekend

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

Cardboard Canoe Race at Sem Pond ~ Friday, 4:30-6:30 p.m.
Will they sink or float? Come watch as student engineering teams attempt to race around the Sem Pond in vessels made out of cardboard, duct tape, and trash bags! The Annual Cardboard Canoe Race is sponsored by K4L (Knights4Life) and ASCE (American Society of Civil Engineers) and is absolutely free!

Buck Fridays Bowling at Eastbrook Lanes ~ Friday, 10 p.m.-1 a.m.
Sponsored by Student Life, Buck Fridays Events are cheap, safe, fun geared toward students. This Friday, siblings only (no parents) can join their brother or sister to bowl for just a buck!

Climbing wall in Spoelhof Fieldhouse Complex ~ Friday and Saturday, various times
If you haven't tried a climbing wall, here's your chance to do it for free with instructors on hand; minimum age requirement is 8 years old. Sign-ups are required (, 616-526-6142). You may fill out the climbing waiver now and bring it with you when you climb.

Be sure to check the full schedule here before you come. And get tickets now for events like the Calvin Music Festival and Student Improv that will sell out.

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Psalms blog featuring Parent Council dad

Have you been following along in the study of the book of Psalms? See the Faith site for all links to worship and study guides. We are also featuring a blog for parents. Each week there is a new post here, this week's written by Parent Council member Dan Flynn.

Please partner with us in prayer for Calvin College. This prayer page is maintained by the campus ministries team.

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.

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Campus happenings

Calvin celebrates 10th anniversary of UNLEARN Week, a week of anti-racism programs.

Many students sign up for a bike loan program---exceeding expectations (and number of bikes)!

The Calvin community got rid of the objects that ensnare them as part of Confession Week.

Soccer players, their families and friends are replacing the divots on the field after every game in honor of legendary coach Marv Zuidema.

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Off campus student dining option, gift idea

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

Academic Advising Recess

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

Photos to check out

Check out the Roving Web Cam photos to see what goes on around campus on a random fall day.


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.

Voter registration; contact us

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).

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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