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Calvin-Parents E-Newsletter: October 1, 2013

Check out the new Calvin photo gallery that features the work of student campus photographers. It's a great way to see what's going on around campus. There are WebCams you can check out to see the fall colors change or to find out the weather on campus.

From Chimes, the official student newspaper of Calvin, read recent stories about how the Colorado flooding hits home for Calvin students; Kenyan Calvin students respond to Nairobi terrorist attack; and how the Jubilee Fellows program empowers students interested in ministry (with more about Jubilee Fellows below). There is even a Beekeeping Club beginning on campus to respond to the national bee crisis. Read Chimes now.

In other news from campus, Calvin is one of only two colleges to make the list of Michigan's Best and Brightest in Wellness.

Student Treats

Student Treats are ready for 2013-2014! These "care packages" are a fun and easy way to let your student know, throughout the year, that you are thinking of them. With the chance to write a personal note on each treat, they will feel—and sometimes taste—the love!

Our next order deadline is for the Gourmet Apple Treat ($15) on Tuesday, October 29, 2013; delivered November 4. Find out more and order now »

Fall weekend

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

Student Improv
: Friday & Saturday, October 18 & 19, 2013, at 8 p.m., Lab Theater, Spoelhof Center | Tickets »

Our student improv team will have you laughing as they use audience suggestions for skits in this one-hour show. Tickets required (including for Calvin students): $5 general admission. These show will sell out! (Note: River City Improv, our alumni improv team, is also performing this weekend. Please note the difference on the ticket order form.) Tickets »

Chicago job fair

On Tuesday, October 29, Calvin’s career development office and the alumni association are sponsoring the inaugural Calvin in Chicago Career Fair. This event will include Chicago area employers recruiting for internship and entry-level employment opportunities. Students can register and pay their $25 registration fee (which covers transportation and lunch) on the event page now.

Did you know...

Did you know? The Calvin Annual Fund helps to bridge the gap between the cost of a Calvin education and the tuition you and your student pay. When every parent gives just a little, together you are offering a lot to Calvin students--from financial aid to student life to high quality teaching. Plus, all of the support raised for the annual fund is spent within the fiscal year it is given--so your student will benefit from the gift you give today! Make your fall gift now at »

Advising dates

Calvin sets aside two days for Academic Advising each semester. The dates for this fall are October 29 and 30. This is a time when classes are not in session so that 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 registration through the Calvin Portal. Please do all you can to encourage your son and daughter to take full advantage of these two days. In addition to meeting with an advisor, this is a good time to get caught up on reading assignments and paper writing. It should not be a time to leave campus for a long weekend getaway. Find out more information online. Questions? Please feel free to contact us at

First-year seminar

All first-year students are currently enrolled in a seminar class that introduces them to both the mission and community of Calvin, and gives examples of how a student can be successful in college. Parents may find out more by checking out the videos found on the First Year Seminar pages.


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.

Jubilee Fellows

Do you know a current junior who has expressed an interest in ministry, or who has gifts well-suited for it? We are looking for potential candidates for the Jubilee Fellows program which is designed to encourage students to explore vocational ministry in a church setting. Students can be interested in teaching, preaching, worship, children, youth, etc. Or they can be sensing a call to ministry, but are unsure of what that might look like for them. If you know a junior-level student who would benefit from the program please encourage him or her to apply by October 8. Contact: Kary Bosma (

Read more about Jubilee in this story about Jubilee's summer internships: "Checking in on Jubilee."

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