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Calvin-Parents E-Newsletter: September 24, 2013

A Calvin’s incoming class of 1,107 students is up 2.5 percent over last year and is its largest since 2007, marking the third consecutive year of growth for the college. See the list of all countries represented, and other interesting facts and percentages about the current student body at Calvin.

Calvin professor Anna Greidanus recently found her passion for art and teaching intersect with an atypical locale: a remote village in northern Thailand.

Roland Hoksbergen and senior John Michael LaSalle spent this summer developing the, a website dedicated to connecting recent grads with opportunities in Christian development organizations.


ArtPrize is a "radically open, independently organized international art competition" held in Grand Rapids, Michigan, each fall. See the list of Calvin alumni, students, faculty and staff that have created, support or are participating in ArtPrize 2013. This year's event is open now through October 6, 2013.

Fall weekend

Please join us for Family Weekend 2013. This week's highlighted event:

Family Weekend Tailgate Dinner:
Friday, October 18, 2013, at 5:30 p.m., Huizenga Tennis & Track Center | Tickets »

Last year almost 400 participants kicked off their weekend with the Tailgate Dinner. The atmosphere is casual, providing plenty of time to talk with your student over a meal. There will be games, a photo booth and other activities. President Le Roy and his wife, Andrea, will be on hand to meet you, too. Encourage your student to bring friends—especially those without visiting families! Tickets required: $10 adults; $5 children 12 & under; free* for Calvin students who register by October 10. Tickets »

*Calvin students are free only with our online registration (with ID number provided) by October 10. The costs for this event have been subsidized by the Student Treats program.

Also...President Le Roy

Be sure to join President Le Roy at his first Family Weekend Town Hall meeting on Saturday, October 19, at 10:30 a.m.  Please see end of this e-newsletter for more President Le Roy events coming up!

Check out the complete schedule for Family Weekend and register now »

Admissions counselors

ReCommend: We all know 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.

Know one? See Admissions about visiting campus to give Calvin a test drive. Or click on the map to find the admissions counselor for your area! Also, here are a few special visiting dates coming up:

  • September 27 (Health Sciences visit day & Wisc. ferry trip); Fridays at Calvin kicks off
  • October 4 (Psychology visit day), 11, 18, 25
  • November 1 (Engineering, Computing or Physics visit day), 8 (Communication Arts and Sciences visit day), 15, 22


In the midst of today’s competitive job market, it is more important than ever that students are making good choices to prepare for a career or graduate school after college. 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 career development to learn about 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. Visit for additional resources and information.

Goals for new students

Adapted from the student life mission statement.

Calvin’s programs are designed with the hope that students will:
#1) Practice regularly the spiritual disciplines required to become increasingly aware of God's presence, power and love, thus to model more and more the life of Jesus Christ (faith formation and ecclesiastical development).

The complete list is found on page 8 of the Parent Resource Guide (.pdf).

On the Faith pages of Calvin's website, you will find many resources that assist students reach this goal, including discipleship opportunities, a list of local churches (including those that have a shuttle to/from campus), links for worship on campus (chapel, LOFT) and more about the Bible study of Exodus. If you have questions, there is campus ministries staff available to help.

Common questions

The Broene Counseling Center on campus has helped answer some common questions that cover topics related to homesickness, guidelines for contact and how to help with good habits. The complete list of questions starts on page 17 in the Parent Resource Guide (.pdf).


What have students been doing on weekends and with their free time?

Speaking of the dorms, there are some interesting facts available about all the residence halls. If you lived there once, you might remember what they are, or would be interested to find out how they've changed. As for apartments on campus, there are many new traditions that are a part of life over at KE.

Read more about Living Legacies walls—dorm displays with names of donors to the Calvin Annual Fund, and how to let us know where you lived.

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