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Calvin-Parents E-Newsletter: October 22, 2013

Thank you to all who were able to visit and support their student(s) in person for Family Weekend! If you were here for any of the festivities, would you take a quick survey to help us plan for next year? Please click here to begin »

Students who did not have families on campus have a different family to enjoy. Read a blog entry from student Caroline Cha who is on the VERGE.

Photos and more photos

Were you at the Family Weekend Tailgate photo booth? You may right-click on any of these if you'd like your own digital copy.
See many photos from the weekend, like: student photography galleries. And photos from the Party at the Prez's and general, about-campus photographs.

The growing list of photo links will be amassed on the Homecoming page.

Parent Council

The Calvin Parent Council is a representative group of Calvin parents who meet on campus twice annually, foster constructive dialogue between the college and parents, serve as ambassadors for the college, and faithfully support Calvin's mission.

At their meeting this past weekend, they discussed the college's next strategic plan, college finances, the engineering program and admissions efforts across the country. Members also pledged 100% participation in the ReCommend program and Calvin Annual Fund.

Student Treats - apple deadline

Student Treats 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), next week Tuesday, October 29, 2013; apples will be delivered November 4. 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. Find out more and order now »

Flu Clinic

Health services will be hosting a flu clinic today, October 22 (9 a.m. until 3 p.m.). There will be another on October 31 (time TBA). Read more about Influenza and the Flu Vaccine from health services. We are now able to bill insurance companies; we need the insurance card and the birth date of the primary cardholder. Patients may also pay with cash, check or bill their service to a misc. account (current Calvin students only). Flu Shot $25, Flu Mist $30. Health Services is located in the Hoogenboom Health and Recreation Center; their main entrance is on the west side of the Spoelhof Fieldhouse Complex.

Please note: If students are planning to travel with a Calvin group, the flu vaccine is required!

Light in the Night

Calvin's Knollcrest East Apartments will host the 19th annual Light in the Night event, Thursday, October 31, 2013, 6–8 p.m. The event is free, but we ask that each child attending donates one canned good item to be donated to Family Haven Ministries, a chapter of Inner City Christian Federation. Read more.

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

Recommend One & Give Your Five

We ask all alumni/parents to do two things: Recommend One and Give Your Five.

We’re talking about encouraging a high school junior or senior who would benefit from Calvin's "heart and mind" education (the “One”) and making a small gift to Calvin to work toward 100% alumni participation, boosting Calvin's standings for select grants and college rankings (the “Five”).

Learn more about why these two things are so important »


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.

Dining plan

Calvin Dining Services would like to welcome you back for another great year! 

Consider signing up for the Community Dining Plan for the 2013/2014 school year. The Community Dining Plan is intended for off-campus students, residents of Knollcrest East and the Timmer Studio apartments. Check out the affordable plan rates and sign up today!

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