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Calvin-Parents E-Newsletter: October 2, 2012

We hope that many parents and families are making plans to visit campus for Homecoming & Family Weekend 2012. See this new page for parents and families explaining events that will be of special interest to you. Take note of the Family Weekend Tailgate meal on Friday night that takes place in the heart of the action allowing you to socialize with your student(s) and their friends without breaking the budget.

Register now for weekend events or contact us at (616-526-6094) if you have any questions.

Inauguration countdown

The inauguration of Dr. Michael Le Roy will be a highlight of Homecoming & Family Weekend 2012. Coming from the Seattle area, he and his family enjoy hiking, sailing, cross-country skiing and other outdoor sports. Read more about the 10th president of Calvin College.

Be sure to "Like" him on the President Michael Le Roy Facebook fan page to see what events he participates in (like Chaos Day, pictured). Also, read the president's newsletter, "This Square Inch."

Chicago job fair

On Wednesday, October 24, 2012, Calvin’s career development office and the alumni association are sponsoring the inaugural Chicago Job Fair. Chicago area employers will come together with our excellently-trained students and young alumni to discuss employment and internship opportunities.

Please encourage your son or daughter to take advantage of this career fair to meet Chicagoland organizations who are hiring interns and entry-level talent. Students can register and pay their $25 registration fee (which covers transportation and meals) online now.

If you are an employer or if you know of Chicago-area employers who are interested in recruiting Calvin students at this fair, please contact us at

More about careers

In the midst of today’s challenging economic times, it is more important than ever for students to make good choices when preparing for a career or to attend graduate school. To encourage your son or daughter in effective career decision-making, here are some things you can recommend at each level of his or her college experience:

  • Freshman year: visit the career development office to learn about the resources provided and establish a relationship with a career counselor.
  • Sophomore year: conduct job shadowing experiences and/or informational interviews with professionals who are working in careers you are considering. Take career tests and review the results with a career counselor if you are unsure how your strengths, abilities and interests will translate into the world of work.
  • Junior year: develop your résumé and cover letter; secure an internship or part-time job in your career field of interest using the online posting system CalvinLink.
  • Senior year:  meet with a career counselor in early fall to develop a plan for your job search or graduate school applications; refine your résumé and cover letter.

Professionals in the career development office are available to assist students and alumni with every aspect of the vocational planning process.


West Michigan is enjoying a massive art event in downtown Grand Rapids called ArtPrize! In addition to the Buck Fridays event during opening weekend, many students have been taking in 1517 entries at 161 venues within three square miles of the downtown area. If you are visiting your student before October 7, check it out; use this list of Calvin ArtPrize participants to get you started.

Worship resources

Among several new resources added to the Worship Institute website recently is a Sermon on the Mount resource guide, particularly of interest to those doing the current all-campus Bible study. We also have added a resource guide for Thanksgiving worship for those of you involved in worship planning at church. The latest Coop's Column from Dale Cooper is on teaching God's word.

We hope these resources might be of some benefit to you and also perhaps to those you know.

Advising dates

Calvin schedules two days of academic advising recess, October 23 and 24, 2012. This is a time when classes are not in session so faculty can meet with their advisees. Students are instructed to meet with their advisor during this time and to prepare for registration. In fact, students must meet with their assigned advisor in order to be cleared for KnightVision registration. These days should also be used to catch up on reading assignments and writing papers; in other words, it's not a time to leave campus for a long weekend.

Questions? See the academic advising website or contact

Student treats stats

Student treat fun facts: 38 birthday cakes and 23 Hugs from Home (pictured) were delivered in September. That's an average of two birthday cakes and one hug delivered every day of school this past month. There were also 218 pizza certificates delivered (185 of those were for the first installment of the Year of Treats). Thank you for a great response to the treats program so far this year!

See all of the Student Treats available or order now »

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, we hope, encourage upperclass students to eat on campus regularly, and so enrich our sense of community. You can sign up for 30, 60, 100 or 150 meals a semester, good for any meal period, any day, in Commons, Knollcrest, or Uppercrust. Most plans are shareable with a friend.