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Calvin-Parents E-Newsletter: September 18, 2012

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Family Weekend

Mark your calendar for Homecoming & Family Weekend 2012. A special edition of Calvin-Parents was sent last week with more information for families.

Register now (click on the button at right)!.

Treats today

Today pizza treats will be delivered as our first installment in the Year of Treats program. Students will receive an e-mail letting them know that a gift certificate has been placed in their residence hall mailbox. This Big Bob's certificate for one large cheese pizza with up to two additional toppings can be redeemed any time until January 31, 2013. Students can dine-in, order their pizza for take out or have it delivered to their dorm for $2. Off-campus students will be notified via e-mail to pick up their certificates in the parent relations office.

Thank you for supporting the treats program!

News & Stories

One of Jo-Ann VanReeuwyk’s first goals when she joined Calvin’s art faculty in 2001 was to help the college to achieve a K-12 Art Education Program Certification from the State of Michigan. The certification required a complete overhaul of the college’s art education program, and Calvin was the first college in Michigan to achieve the new status. Eleven years later, VanReeuwyk herself has been recognized as the 2013 Michigan Art Education Association Higher Ed Teacher of the Year. .

The women's volleyball team and men's soccer team strengthening their bodies and their bond through geocaching.

Calvin alumni, students faculty and staff are participating in ArtPrize 2012 that takes place in Grand Rapids, Mich., from September 19-October 7, 2012.

The new president

Get to know Dr. Michael K. Le Roy a bit more before his inauguration (see that updated website!) as Calvin's 10th president. The president has been busy participating in many other events, too. Be sure to "Like" him on the President Michael Le Roy Facebook fan page for more information. His (first-ever) Convocation address is archived here.

The most recent issue of This Square Inch, a newsletter from Dr. Le Roy, is available online. If you'd like to be subscribed to this newsletter, go to this subscription page. Why that name? “There is not a square inch of creation in the whole domain of our human existence over which Christ, who is sovereign over all, does not cry: ‘Mine!’” --Abraham Kuyper

Community Dining Plan

Calvin is again offering the Community Dining Plan for off-campus students and residents of Knollcrest East and Timmer Studio apartments. The affordable and flexible options for meals will hopefully encourage upperclass students to eat on campus regularly, and so enrich our sense of community here at Calvin. You can sign up for 30, 60, 100 or 150 meals a semester – any meal period, any day, in Commons, Knollcrest, or Uppercrust. Most plans are shareable with a friend.

Flu Shots

Health services will be offering a flu clinic on Thursday, September 20, in the Spoelhof Fieldhouse Lobby from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. The clinic is open to all students, faculty, staff, emeriti AND family members (ages 16 and over)! The cost of the flu shot is $25. The cost for the flumist (nasal) vaccination is $30. Those receiving a flu vaccination may pay by cash or check. Students may also put the charge on their miscellaneous accounts.

Getting ready for the elections

"Is civil discourse possible in today's politics?" See the alumni association site on civil political discourse to find resources and video reflections from alumni and faculty "experts" that relate to the upcoming elections, what gives them hope, etc. The group will be hosting a panel discussion on October 4, 2012, in the Commons Lecture Hall.

Spark magazine

Spark, the magazine for alumni and friends of Calvin, has recently hit mailboxes. Going along with every printed issue is the online version that contains links and web-exclusive content about the stories you've read. This issue contains many interesting alumni profiles: young missionaries, a long-time negotiator, a long-distance swimmer, a brand and city marketer, and many more. There are video links and additional information found all throughout the issue. Read Spark online now!