September 30, 2014

four gradsStudents love to have their parents visit. Are you planning to come? Read below.

Student Senate is trying to help students with their search for a home church. Read more about Student Senate and what other programs they offer.

Student, grad, faculty news

four grads

Every five years a team of students and professors survey the trees (nearly 4,000) in the college's Ecosystem Preserve, recording each tree's location, type, diameter and height.

Four recent grads are meeting in tree houses and having lunch by waterfall—as part of their job.

Three profs have teamed up to better understand the regulation of GLUT1 which could help aid the treatments of diabetes and cancer.

Families and friends


Why don't you make plans now to visit your student(s)?

Join us for Family Weekend, October 17–19, 2014. Have you thought about signing up to use the Climbing Wall? Families are invited to climb, but you must sign up. Also, get tickets for the Calvin Music Festival. Find the details, with complete registration and schedule information, on the page for special events for parents and families.

Parents, families, friends and alumni are always invited to any event hosted by alumni networks around the country. Find out more on the Calvin Alumni Association pages.

We look forward to seeing you at any event soon!

Send treats

Send  your student a gift of  encouragement: Student Treats 2014-2015

Student Treats are a fun and easy way to let your student know you are thinking of them throughout the year.

Our next ordering deadline is for the Gourmet Apple Treats which you may order until October 28, 2014; delivery date is November 3. These locally-made gourmet apple treats use tart, juicy (and large!) apples that are hand-dipped in layers of the finest chocolate and creamy caramel. Contact us if you have any questions:

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. To confirm, the correct dates for the fall are October 28 and 29. 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. Additionally, first-year students are welcome to check out the new video on how to register for classes. Questions? Please feel free to contact us at

Careers, jobs

student interns

For quick and easy updates on job opportunities, the Job of The Week, and current events, visit the Calvin College Jobshop Facebook page.

The fall edition of CareerLink is now available from career development which features a 2014 grad’s story of getting hired with Motorola Solutions, photos of summer internships and a calendar of upcoming events which includes...

Chicago Career Fair

Career Fair

On Tuesday, October 28, Calvin’s career development office and the alumni association are sponsoring another Calvin in Chicago Career Fair. This event will include Chicago area employers recruiting for internship and entry-level employment opportunities. Students and young alumni can register and pay their $25 registration fee (which covers transportation and lunch) on the event page now.

Dine with a friend

friends who dine together

Who doesn't like to share a meal with friends?

It's never too late to purchase a Community Dining Plan for your off-campus student or Knollcrest East resident. Our hope is to enrich and extend the sense of community at Calvin by offering affordable and flexible dining options for upperclass students. An occasional all-he-or-she-cares-to-eat meal in the dining hall would provide a wide and healthy variety of foods and beverages, and the opportunity to eat together with friends, classmates, and faculty members. Check out the four affordable plan rates and sign up today!

Is your junior a candidate?

jubilee student

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 (

Quick links

If you have any questions during the school year, contact parent relations (616-526-6142; Thank you for entrusting your child to Calvin College!