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Calvin-Parents E-Newsletter: February 26, 2013

With many teams competing over the weekend, the men's basketball team will head to the NCAA III Tournament with their win over Hope on Saturday. Find out if the women's team received an at-large bid to the tournament after their hard-fought defeat to Hope earlier that day. More about women's basketball star Carissa Verkaik below.

The Knights have been named the Men’s Scholar Team of the Year for the 2012 cross country season as announced by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association. Calvin took runner-up honors at the NCAA Cross Country Championship title this fall.

Read all sports headlines here.

Parent Council

The Calvin Parent Council met during Siblings Weekend last weekend. They toured the Dice Mineralogical Museum and discussed the academic discipline of geology with Professor Gerry Van Kooten. Council members also spent time hearing about Calvin's strategic planning process from President Le Roy and sharing parent perspectives on the Calvin experience with him. Each Council member will be supporting the admissions effort this spring by making phone calls to parents of prospective students. We thank the Council members for their service to Calvin! Contact if you have questions.

Verkaik sisters

Senior center Carissa Verkaik has been chosen as the NCAA Division III Academic All-America® of the Year award winner for women’s basketball. In addition, she has also received a spot on the Capital One Division III Academic All-America first team.

With all her records and awards, she's had a memorable collegiate basketball career, but this year was especially memorable for her. Watch the local news video, "Three sisters make Calvin team a family." 

Internships, alumni help

Are you the parent of a *junior or sophomore* student?  Did you know that many employers expect students to complete at least one internship by the time they graduate? Internships give students the opportunity to explore a specific career field of interest and obtain experience that will enhance a resume and improve skills.  If your son or daughter is looking for an internship for the summer or next fall, encourage them to visit the career development office.  Staff members are available to assist students search for an internship, create a resume, and practice interviewing skills. Students can call 616-526-6485 or stop by the career development office (372 Hekman Library) to set up an appointment. Find out more on Facebook!

Did you see this short video about one young Calvin alum helping other alumni find jobs at the large corporation where she works?

Treats available anytime

Does you student need a little love from home? Consider sending them one of our "anytime treats" such as a Study Break, Pizza Treat or Hugs From Home.

Order online anytime. You may also call Jen at (616) 526-6142, e-mail or fax (616) 526-7069. Thank you for your support of the student treat program!

Events around the country

All alumni and friends (and families, etc.) are invited to events held around the country that are planned by regional alumni networks. Some of the next events planned are in Naples, Florida; Phoenix/Scottsdale, Arizona; San Francisco and Seattle.

Also, President Le Roy will be speaking to alumni, parents and friends at a luncheon in Chicago in a few weeks. That would be a great opportunity to meet and hear from him if you are in the area!

To see all the events currently scheduled, check the alumni association page.

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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