January 13, 2015

Interim 2015

We’ve experienced another dose of winter snow and low temperatures here on campus, but our physical plant team has kept everything plowed and swept and the college keeps warm and humming. Know that your students are being well cared for—and, we hope, energized by their interim experiences.

Interim Travels

Read blogs and journals from interim classes—and please pray for safety for all students and faculty traveling around the world as well as the students studying on campus.

Calvin pre-health students are in Malawi through
a new partnership with Mission to Heal, an organization which sends health care practitioners to developing parts of the world with high medical needs.

If your son or daughter is abroad during interim or second semester 2015, see these resources for parents from the off-campus programs (OCP) office. If your student is exploring a future off-campus experience, watch this C Talk with OCP director Don De Graaf.

Are you interested in traveling with a purpose? The Calvin alumni travel program just announced new trips to Peru, South Africa and England—and all parents, grandparents and friends of Calvin are welcome to join.  This spring break, there’s also an opportunity for you to participate in a spring break service trip to Boulder County, Colo., with Calvin students.

Apply for Scholarships

Your son or daughter has been informed of the opportunity to apply for named and departmental scholarships for 2015–2016. These “named” scholarships are established by donors for students who meet specific eligibility criteria, often based on factors such as academic major, intended career goal, GPA, etc.

Students may access an online search tool to assist with this process. The application form for many of these scholarships is available online and is due March 1, 2015. All current students who will be attending Calvin next year are encouraged to apply!

January Series: Daley, Claerbaut

Alyce ClaerbautDid you know that every day of the January Series, January 7–27, you are able to listen LIVE online or watch LIVE at remote sites around the country and world? We are looking forward to hearing Calvin alumna Alyce Claerbaut ’69, the niece of legendary jazz composer and arranger Billy Strayhorn, Monday, January 19, in celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr.  Please note: Josh Linkner has replaced Richard Daley as the speaker tomorrow, January 14, and will be speaking on "The Road to Reinvention: Lessons from the Front Lines of Detroit's Rebirth."

Valentine's Truffles

Valentine Treat

Student Treats are a fun and easy way to let your student know that you are thinking of them. Send your student a sweet surprise for Valentine’s Day! We have teamed up with a local vendor to bring you six handmade gourmet cake truffles (chocolate, red velvet and French vanilla) exquisitely decorated and packaged for Valentine’s Day. As always, you will have the opportunity to add a note of love and encouragement. Order deadline is Thursday, February 5. Order online now »

Events, Student Stories

The Calvin-Hope rivalry game was Saturday. See pictures on Facebook and on Calvin's gallery!

Join us Saturday, January 24, for “When the Blues Left America: A Soul Symphony Tribute to Van Morrison & Friends” with Mark Vanden Berge '84, the Calvin Orchestra and the Soul Mambo band. See event details and purchase tickets. This tribute show features a live orchestra and rock band and covers the history of R&B and rock and roll music in America.

Sophomore Cameron Kritikos talked to FOX17 about how he identified a need and an opportunity, bringing leftover dining hall food to organizations that serve nightly meals; he also wrote a blog for Bread for the World about his work.

Nic Scobey ’14 talks about putting his faith in action (highlighted in the Michigan Colleges Alliance’s “We Are the Independents” campaign).

Recommend One and then…

Calvin parents recommended 64 prospective students this fall, and current students recommended 269 more. THANK YOU.

What’s next? Encourage the student you recommended to make a Fridays at Calvin visit, apply for scholarships and meet our Calvin student bloggers. Keep sharing your Calvin story!

And it’s not too late to recommend a high school senior—or a junior.

Kill-a-watt and CERF

The annual January kill-a-watt dorm competition, an environmental awareness lifestyle challenge, kicked off yesterday. Students can earn points for their dorm by riding the bus, turning off lights, using re-usable shopping bags and more.

The Calvin Energy Recovery Fund (CERF) is a revolving fund used to improve energy efficiency on campus. Plus, the cost savings from CERF projects are routed back into the fund for five years after project payoff—thereby growing the fund to support future projects. Your gift to CERF, designated through the Calvin Annual Fund, supports every student, every day.

Student Grade Postings

Academic progress reports (grades) were available to students online via their portal account in late December. Students can choose to share them with parents via www.calvin.edu/go/emailmygrades. The system allows students to e-mail reports at any time. If you have questions, please contact academic services.