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Calvin-Parents E-Newsletter: February 12, 2013

There are a lot of activities on campus in February. In addition to Board of Trustees and Alumni Association Board meetings, the Parent Council meets later this month.

Also, the Calvin community is invited to four February events planned in celebration of Black History Month.

Siblings Weekend: sign up soon!

Siblings Weekend, February 22–24, is a weekend of fun for siblings, cousins, young friends, and other school-aged guests who come to visit a Calvin student! Of course guests can visit anytime, but Siblings Weekend is geared for kids. All meals are included in the registration, and a variety of events and opportunities are available. Sign up by February 18 ($25) to avoid a late fee. Register now!

Alumni and friends

All alumni and friends (and families, etc.) are invited to events held around the country that are planned by regional alumni networks. To see all the events currently scheduled, check the alumni association page. Did you know the alumni association...

Treats delivery

On February 14, nearly 300 Valentine Treat will be lovingly delivered to students with personalized messages from home. Students receiving these delicious treats will get an e-mail notifying them of a postcard in their residence hall mailbox. This postcard can be redeemed with the deskie after 2 p.m. for their gourmet treat, Johnny's gift certificate and other goodies. Off-campus students will be notified via e-mail of a central location on campus where they can pick up their treat. These treats are perishable; if you are able, please encourage your student(s) to pick up their goodies in a timely manner.


Rangeela is the annual showcase organized by Calvin's international students celebrating various cultures through song, dance and skits.

Rangeela 2013 is February 22 & 23 at 8 p.m., and tickets ($8 general admission, $5 students) are available through the Calvin Box Office (616-526-6282,

January Series archives available

The 2013 January Series is now part of the series archives. Many of the presentations from this year—and other years, are available online. Start by going to the January Series page, search for the speaker you'd like to hear, and click on the link. Many topics have been covered over the years! One speaker from this year that might be of interest to parents is by Chap Clark, Fuller Theological Seminary, who spoke about faith formation in our children. The audio and video archive is found here for his presentation, "Sticky Faith."

Senior Salute

There's more to Commencement than just a cap and gown. Senior Salute will have all the necessary information regarding Commencement, including student order forms for Commencement tickets, available at one time and in one place. This 15-20 minute activity for all 2013 graduates is Wednesday, February 13, and Thursday, February 14, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., in the Library Lobby. (Students on off-campus semester programs will receive their information separately.)

See what what your student needs to do before he or she can graduate. This year's Commencement ceremony is Saturday, May 18.

1098T, taxes, scholarships

The electronic version of the 2012 IRS tuition tax form 1098T and a supplement are available to students via their Portal accounts on the Student Accounts & Finances page listed under the Services tab. The paper version of these documents will be mailed out to students' home address no later than January 30th. Any non-tax questions regarding these forms can be directed to the Student Accounts Office at (616) 526-6127 or

Are you planning to apply for financial aid for your son or daughter for 2013-2014? If so, now is the time to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for maximum consideration. Even if you will not have your tax return finished it's more important to submit the FAFSA by March 1st (using estimates) than to wait until your tax return is completed. If you have special circumstances to present to the financial aid office, be sure to submit a Calvin supplemental aid form in addition to the FAFSA.
More information: financial aid (800-688-0122).

And don't forget about available scholarships; look for these with the online search tool. The application for most of these scholarships is March 1, 2013.

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