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Parents & Family Newsletter
November 9, 2021

Campus Calendar

November 10, 9-12:45: Walk-in flu shot clinic and COVID vaccine clinic, Health Services
November 12–13, 19–20: Calvin Theatre Company: It’s a Wonderful Life radio play
November 12: Wind Ensemble concert (also livestreamed)
November 14: Gospel Choir concert (also livestreamed)
November 16: Symphonic Band concert (also livestreamed)
November 18: Jazz Band concert (also livestreamed)
November 19, 20: Dance Guild
November 24–28: Thanksgiving break (residence and dining halls open)
November 29: Deadline to order a winter exam care package - Almost sold out
December 3, 4: Handel’s “Messiah
December 10–16: Exams
December 17, 10 a.m: Residence halls close for Christmas break
Dec. 17 – Jan. 9: Winter break housing available
January 9, 12 p.m: Residence halls re-open
January 10: Spring semester begins

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COVID testing available for holiday travel

The November 9 COVID Response Team update provides information on optional rapid antigen tests for students who want peace of mind for holiday travel and on PCR/NAAT tests for international students whose home country requires them for entry.

Since COVID numbers in Kent County and on campus are trending upward, students have been encouraged to be extra-attentive to campus health protocols following Thanksgiving break to ensure a healthy finish to fall semester for all.


What are your expectations when your student comes home for Thanksgiving or Christmas? See these tips from your fellow parents or join our conversation in the Calvin University Parents group on Facebook. 

Thanksgiving break (Nov. 24–28): Residence halls, as well one dining hall (limited hours, including a main meal on Thanksgiving Day with box dinners available), will remain open. Students will soon receive an email to indicate which days they will be on campus.  

Christmas break: The residence halls close at 10 a.m. on Friday, December 17 and open again at 12 noon on Sunday, January 9. Dining hall meals are available through dinner on December 16 and begin again with dinner on January 9. The Knollcrest East apartments remain open.

Students who need Christmas break housing for any or all days between December 17 and January 9 must apply for winter break housing by December 1. They should contact the housing office or their hall’s area coordinator or graduate assistant with any other questions or special needs related to arriving and departing times.


Wall calendars

The 2022 monthly wall calendar, created by the development office, has been mailed to U.S. and Canadian parents and grandparents. International students can pick one up at the Center for Intercultural Student Development to bring home at the holidays (or email us if your student is not coming home).
To request one for grandparents not in our donor/alumni database, email with their name and address or your student’s on-campus address for delivery.


Calvin announces School of Health

An anonymous alumni donor has provided a $15 million lead gift to establish the Calvin University School of Health, which will include the disciplines of nursing, kinesiology, exercise science, speech pathology and audiology, and public health.

The gift will fund leadership and academic personnel, the remodeling of existing space to develop of state-of-the-art laboratories, and expansion of opportunities at the undergraduate and graduate levels.


Entrada nominations, applications

The Entrada Scholars Program at Calvin University offers racial and ethnic minority high school students a gateway to the future: the opportunity to experience college learning and living while earning college credit. Applications and nominations for this program are open now.

Holiday shopping

  • Campus Store: Virtually shop for items in our on-campus store; returns and exchanges possible
  • Knights Online Store: Create your own custom order, greater selection
  • AmazonSmile: Choose “Calvin University” when shopping via AmazonSmile and a portion of your purchases will support Calvin

Weather-related closures

Because approximately two-thirds of Calvin's students live on campus, the university has a long history of remaining open during inclement weather. While this practice is likely to continue, it also is important for students to be prudent in their decision to travel to campus if conditions are hazardous. Reasonable decisions to remain off the roads and away from campus will be honored by instructors and supervisors.
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