December 2014

student in greenhouse

As we look back on a year of blessings, we are often prompted to find ways to give back. In this season of giving, we invite parents to walk alongside Calvin College with their support—and we have three easy ways to do so!

Through a new interactive website, you can support one of the following with just a few clicks:
-Calvin Annual Fund
-Energy Efficiency Efforts
-Student Service-Learning Trips

Make your gift in honor of your student if you wish—and watch the live goal bar tracking our progress toward our goals. Every dollar supports students like yours on their journeys of thinking deeply, acting justly and living wholeheartedly.

Choose Your Area of Support »

No matter how you join Calvin’s efforts this winter, know that your giving matters, your prayers matter, and your continued encouragement to your student is going farther than you know!

More giving

The Calvin community is raising money to buy personal protective suits for social work grads at a partnering school in Liberia. Read all News & Stories »

sister, student a story  of  going further

Calvin students have entered the Ford Motor Company “Go Further” challenge. The challenge is a test pilot for a competition that Ford will roll out this spring. Read more, watch the video and find out how YOU can vote for Calvin here »

Biology professor Amy Wilstermann has been working with her students and local health care professionals to develop a curriculum for younger students about cancer.

Advent, Christmas


As we enter Advent, consider using the Advent and Christmas Resource Guide from the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship.

There are many opportunities to celebrate the season through music from Calvin, too. Check the music department event calendar.

The Messiah
, performed by the Calvin Oratorio Society, will be broadcast all over the country later this month.

KUCO, Edmond, Okla. – Dec. 18, 12:06 p.m.
KDCR, Sioux Center, Iowa – Dec. 24, 6 p.m.
WBLV-WBLU, Blue Lake Public Radio, Twin Lake, Mich. – Dec. 24, 8 p.m.
WFUR AM/FM, Grand Rapids, Mich. – TBA
The Mars Hill Network, Syracuse, N.Y. – TBA
WSCL, Salisbury, Md. – TBA
WHTC, Holland, Mich. – Dec. 24, 7 p.m. .

What is The Rivalry?!

The Rivalry

Parents, alumni, families and friends are encouraged to join us for "The Rivalry" men's basketball game on January 10, 2015. With gathering locations around the country, this truly is an event for all alumni, friends and families! Last year there were over 70 gathering sites---most likely one near you. If you aren't familiar with the Calvin/Hope Rivalry, read more about The Rivalry which spans 95 years!

Events for alumni, friends and families are planned all year long. Later this month, the women's basketball team travels to California; cheer on the Knights if you are able! See the complete list of all events found on the Calvin Alumni Association events page.

Thank you

...for such a great response to the Winter Exam Treat.

360 of these fun care packages were delivered yesterday, Monday, December 8. Students receiving these treats got an email notifying them of a postcard in their mailboxes to turn in to the "deskie." Your personalized messages are on these gifts. Off-campus students have been directed to a central location on campus to pick up their treats. These treats are perishable and will not be held after Friday, December 12, 2014. Please encourage your student to pick them up soon. Thank you for participating! | 616-526-6142

Grades available 12/26

Academic progress reports (grades) will be available to students online via their portal account on December 26. Students can choose to share them with parents via Our system allows students to e-mail reports at any time.

If you have questions, please contact academic services.

Off-campus interim/semester

Off-campus programs director Don De Graaf offers advice to parents of students who will be studying off campus for interim or second semester. Please see the Student and Parent Resources on the off-campus programs pages.

Gift idea; holiday housing

As the holiday season approaches, consider the gift of a service-learning spring break trip. These trips are a great chance to give a meaningful and life-changing opportunity for a student to explore a topic of interest in a real-world setting and make lifelong friends. The sooner an application is received, the better the chance to reserve a spot on the trip of choice. Questions can be sent to

See the parent calendar dates below for information about exams and on-campus housing. Students should leave on-campus housing on the day of their last exam (or the next morning). For questions or special circumstances, students should contact their resident director.

Quick links

If you have any questions during the school year, contact parent relations (616-526-6142;