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Calvin-Parents E-Newsletter: November 8, 2011

Thanks for visiting us for Family Weekend. If you were here that weekend, would you complete a Family Weekend survey to help us plan for next year? Please click here to begin.  And that is the CORRECT link. We apologize for last week's bad link.

If you ever need to contact us, e-mail or call 616-526-6142. And, as always, photos from many activities are posted to the online photo galleries by our student photographers that roam the campus.

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Apple deadline November 8!

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 Tuesday, 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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Athletic headlines

Here are the top headlines from sports. Congratulations to the volleyball team on their victory over Hope to become the MIAA champions and for an undefeated season!

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Recommend Calvin

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:
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Parent Council

The 27 parents of the Calvin Parent Council represent your voice to the campus community and serve as ambassadors for the college in their home areas. The council met during Family Weekend, discussing recent developments in business education at the college, a pilot program for online learning, parent perspectives about whether or not to begin an intercollegiate football team, and admissions and financial aid programming. The council meets again during Siblings Weekend in February.

Learn more about a variety of opportunities for Calvin parents to be involved with the college.

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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

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Calendars coming

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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In the news

Schmidt a finalist for National Book Award
Okay for Now, the latest young adult novel by Gary Schmidt, could win top honors from the National Book Association.

Elevator Pitching

The concept is to pitch a business idea in the amount of time it would take to pitch it on an elevator ride. The winner takes home a check for $1,000. The event is Elevator Pitch, sponsored by SoundOff Signal and presented by the Calvin Entrepreneurship Club.

Apples, ants and mushrooms at the Bunker
The fall 2011 installment of Critters and Company brings children and their caregivers outside to foster a lifestyle of connection with the natural world.

Poetry into film
A Calvin English professor's poem about painter Andrew Wyeth is now a film.

Interim: Interning in India
Students taking the new "Business as Mission" will spend two weeks working in businesses Hyderabad, India. And they'll see the Taj Mahal.

The Beat Hope Challenge
Calvin fans can now defeat Hope fans by giving more, thanks to a new challenge from the Calvin Annual Fund.

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 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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