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Calvin-Parents E-Newsletter: November 1, 2011

It's always a privilege to have families visiting Calvin for Family Weekend. If you were here that weekend, would you be willing to complete a Family Weekend survey to help us plan for next year? Please click here to begin.

If you ever need to contact us, e-mail or call 616-526-6142. Next year Family Weekend is October 21-22, 2011. More photos from the weekend have been posted to the online photo galleries and the LOFT service from Family Weekend is found in the archive here.

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Nana Owusu-Achau is mid-way through a historic first semester as student body president, having first heard about Calvin while working as a college counselor at the American Embassy in his hometown of Accra, Ghana.

Students are helping with homework and hanging out with kids at Cook Library Center.

History professor Daniel Bays has written the first comprehensive history of Christianity in China since the most authoritative book on the subject was authored in 1929. Christianity made it to China a lot earlier than people once believed, said Bays.

Classics professor Umit Singh Dhuga adapted the classic Greek play Antigone and Michael Page, theater professor, is directing it.

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Psalm 6

Have you been following along in the study of the book of Psalms? This week's focus is Psalm 6 and Praying Our Tears. See the Faith site for all links to worship and study guides. We have been featuring a blog for parents with a new post weekly, this time written by Parent Council member Dan Flynn.

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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Student treat deadline approaching

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 on November 8. These gourmet apples are tart, juicy apples hand-dipped in layers of finest chocolate and creamy caramel. They weight 1.5-2 pounds so there's plenty to enjoy and share. There are three flavor choices: supreme, butter brickle and no nuts!

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Encourage a prospective student to consider Calvin and be entered to win a FREE set of textbooks (up to $450) or student treats for your student! Alumni parents: Recommend and be entered to win one of three $50 campus store gift certificates. Tell high school students, other parents, guidance counselors and pastors your Calvin story, and let us know who you’re talking to. Register your conversations on this page by Dec. 9, and you’ll be entered in the drawing. Help us recruit students to the school you love. Recommend Calvin today!
Don’t know what to talk about? Find ideas here:


Dear parents and grandparents of Calvin students,

Forty-three years ago, Calvin offered its first off-campus study opportunity: an interim to France. Since then, off-campus opportunities—and students’ interest in them—have only grown. Currently, Calvin offers more than 49 off-campus programs from Beijing to Peru. This year, the Calvin College 2012 calendar celebrates these experiences through the lens of student and staff photography.

Off-campus programs enhance the excellent Christ-centered education we provide. When they travel, students experience the world. And, at the same time, they learn the value of rootedness in their communities of origin.

Watch the mail for your calendar being sent to parents and grandparents of current students.

Thank you for your support of Calvin.
Gaylen Byker

Comments or questions can be directed to

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Community Dining Program

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

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. 

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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