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Parents & Family Newsletter
February 16, 2021


February 17, 3:30 p.m. EDT: Calvin Chat: Academic Support (Facebook)
February 17, 3:30 p.m.: Career Workshop Wednesday – Job/Internship Search Tips
February 20: Wear Calvin Day
February 23: Tax prep session with NEXUS peer financial coaching
February 26: Virtual Rangeela Reunion 
March 1: FAFSA deadline for Michigan Tuition Grant applications
March 4: Break day
March 5, 7 and 9 p.m.: L’Date Night with Capella and Women’s Chorale (watch online)
March 6, 8 p.m.: Calvin Orchestra concert (watch online)
March 23: Break day; academic advising day 

Full spring 2021 calendar »

COVID Response Team (CRT) update

For today’s update to the Calvin community, which includes opportunities for recreation and information about spring plans for asymptomatic surveillance testing, see the CRT communications archive.

See how some residence halls are creatively building community during these two weeks of enhanced physical distancing.

How can parents help? Here are some opportunities »

Mental health during the pandemic 

Caring for ourselves in the midst of pandemic restrictions can take extra intentionality. If your student is struggling to feel well during our period of "enhanced physical distancing," check out the Center for Counseling and Wellness (CCW) website.

You'll find links to pandemic-specific resources, including mental health apps, exercise videos, and wellness tips. Students can also use the website to request CCW services, such as screenings, weekly group therapy, workshops, individual sessions, and wellness equipment (wellness room, lightbox lending program, etc.). And under the "Services" section, you’ll find links to our Calvin Unmasked peer listener app and our Therapist-Assisted Online (TAO) 24/7 mental health program. 

Calvin Chat: Academic support resources

Join us tomorrow—Wednesday, February 17, 3:30 p.m. EDT—for a Calvin Chat with Center for Student Success co-director Thea Brophy via Facebook or YouTube. We’ll be discussing a wide variety of academic support resources available to students. Send us your questions:

Tutoring, coaching

The Center for Student Success is accepting academic tutoring and academic coaching requests for the spring 2021 semester. Most 100 and 200 level courses are supported through tutoring. Academic coaching is available to all students who would like help organizing and planning their semester.

Drop-in help sessions for 100/200 level calculus, chemistry and physics as well as 143-statistics courses are available Monday–Thursday from 7–9 p.m. EDT. Learn more »

Summer classes: registration open

Summer Term classes give students the opportunity to fulfill requirements for core or an academic program, stay on track with a demanding schedule, and improve their GPA. We are offering courses for many core categories, including Developing a Christian Mind (DCM), as well as some science courses.

Most of the classes will be online, while a few are being offered on campus too. The cost for summer classes is $555/semester hour, about half of the regular tuition rate. Students taking at least 6 credit hours may qualify for financial aid.

Wear Calvin Day: February 20

Get dressed in your favorite maroon and gold gear as we cheer for the Knights in the Calvin-Hope basketball games at 3 p.m. EDT on Saturday, February 20. It’s a Rivalry which spans 101 years and 204 games. For links to watch the game, see

Email a picture of your family in Calvin gear to and we’ll send you a Calvin bumper sticker. Three individuals will be chosen by random drawing of entries to receive a Calvin sweatshirt or blanket. Go Knights! 

25th anniversary of Rangeela

Tune in to the Rangeela web broadcast on Friday, February 26, 8 p.m. EDT as the Rangeela team emcees a throwback Rangeela reunion with highlights from shows over the past two decades. See the Facebook event for details.

Calvin Food Insecurity Initiative

To respond to students facing food insecurity—perhaps skipping meals to cover other expenses or struggling to access enough food—the Center for Intercultural Student Development has developed a free Food Pantry which is open on the 2nd and 4th week of the month and also has access to dining hall swipes for students in need. Students can reach out to Kieychia Likely ( for confidential inquiries or watch their daily Student-News for the sign-up form.

Calvin families interested in supporting this effort with financial gifts can do so at (choose “Other Designation” and specify “Food Insecurity Initiative”).

Seminars for parents of prospective students

Would you share these online seminars with parents of high schoolers considering Calvin? Parents will have a chance to engage with student life leaders and hear from Calvin Parent Council members too:

February 23: Careers and Outcomes
March 23: Student Housing
April 21: Faith and Community

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