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Calvin-Parents E-Newsletter: October 9, 2012

We hope you are planning to join us later this month. Here are some highlights especially for siblings during Homecoming & Family Weekend, October 19–21, 2012. Register now (to get tickets for events that may sell out, like the music festival and improv).  

Cardboard Canoe Race ~ Friday, 4:30 p.m.
Will they sink or float? Come watch as student engineering teams attempt to race around the Seminary Pond in vessels made out of cardboard, duct tape, and trash bags! The Annual Cardboard Canoe Race, sponsored by K4L (Knights4Life) and the American Society of Civil Engineers, is absolutely free!

Family Weekend Tailgate ~ Friday, 5:30 p.m.
Join other families and students for a casual dinner in the tennis and track center. $10; $5 for 12 & under; free for Calvin students that register before October 15 (or parents, include them on your registration).

Buck Fridays Roller Skating ~ Friday, 10 p.m.

Sponsored by the student life office, Buck Fridays events are cheap, safe, fun for students. Sibs can roller skate for $1; don't forget to pack your favorite super hero/villain costume. You'll need it this night!

Climbing Wall ~ Friday and Saturday, various times
If you haven't tried a climbing wall, here's your chance to do it for free with instructors on hand; e-mail with your preferred time slot and names/ages of climbers. Walk-up participants will be taken as space/staffing allow.

And, of course, all are encouraged to join us in the Van Noord Arena for the inauguration ceremony on Saturday at 2 p.m., but we will be celebrating all weekend long. Be sure to check the full schedule and the page for parents and families so you can plan your time with us. See you soon!

Calvin in 24, round 2

Be sure to check the Calvin in 24 Facebook page on Friday, October 12, 2012, as the day will photographically unfold online for Calvin students, faculty and staff. The 2010 version of Calvin in 24 showcased the swim team underwater, waffle time in Grenoble and many, many squirrels. What will be shared this year? Find out more about the Calvin in 24 event.

Also going on this week...

This year's week of anti-racism programming, or Unlearn Week 2012, features speakers, discussions, a movie and a food festival. President LeRoy kicked off the week by leading chapel on Monday, October 8, on "The Woman at the Well."

News, stories

Be sure to check the News & Stories page to read what and who is new at Calvin.

Ben Kreisman is Calvin's new audiologist.  He will serve the community through a new audiology lab, but his path to Calvin is not the typical one.

Student treats

Parents may send their student some "love" by having the parent relations team deliver a Student Treats to them during the school year. There are birthday, exam, holiday and special event treats to send for on- or off-campus students.

The next treat deadline (October 30) is for the gourmet apple treat. These gourmet apples are tart, juicy apples hand-dipped in layers of finest chocolate and creamy caramel. They weight 1.5 to 2 pounds each!  There are three flavor choices: supreme, butter brickle and no nuts.

Order online now. You may also call Jen at (616) 526-6142, e-mail or fax to (616) 526-7069.

ReCommend ONE

What could happen if we each concentrated on just one high school senior and made that prospective student our own “come-to-Calvin” focus for the next nine months?

Every Calvin alumna, alumnus, parent, faculty and staff member and current student knows a high school senior who would benefit from Calvin’s “heart and mind” education. So, think about who your "one" could be and how you might connect with them this year to personally encourage them to consider Calvin. (There's a free t-shirt in it for you!)

Your first step? Pick your "one" today!

Academic advising

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

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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 register and pay their $25 registration fee, by the October 17 deadline, (which covers transportation and meals) online now.