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Parents & Family Newsletter
September 28, 2021

Campus Calendar

October 1–2: Homecoming & Family Weekend
October 2: Calvin Classic 5K Run/Walk and Fun Run
October 5 or 6: RAD basic physical defense training for women (4-week session)
October 8: Calvin Music Festival (collage concert with all ensembles)
October 11–12: Fall break (residence and dining halls open)
October 17: All-Campus Communion Service
October 22: STEM Division summer research poster fair
November 24–28: Thanksgiving break (residence and dining halls open)

Full events calendar »

Full academic calendar »

Calvin LifeWork programming

All first-year students are encouraged to join the Calvin LifeWork program. 

Participants from all class levels have access to their fall semester modules which teach practical skills to prepare students for life after college. Topics cover vocation, career readiness, financial literacy, and leadership development; each module takes just an hour to complete. Calvin LifeWork seniors have been invited to an exclusive networking event with the Calvin Alumni Board this week.

The Career Center also hosts Workshop Wednesdays for all students:
  • September 29: Resume Do’s and Don’ts
  • October 6: Virtual Career Fair Prep
  • October 13: Acing Your Next Interview
  • October 20: Networking in the Digital Age
  • October 27: Grad School 101

Music, dance, theater schedule

Make plans to attend students' fall performances:
  • October 8: Calvin Music Festival (buy tickets)
  • October 9, 10: Calvin Theatre Company performs A Midsummer Night’s Dream (buy tickets)
  • October 16: Orchestra
  • November 5: Cathedral Concert (Capella, Women’s Chorale)
  • November 12: Wind Ensemble  
  • November 12, 13, 19, 20: CTC presents It’s a Wonderful Life
  • November 14: Gospel Choir
  • November 16: Symphonic Band
  • November 17: Chamber Music Recital
  • November 18: Jazz Band
  • November 19, 20: Dance Guild
  • December 3 (8 p.m.), 4 (3 p.m.): Oratorio Society presents Handel’s Messiah “greatest hits”
  • December 5: Lessons and Carols (Capella, Women’s Chorale, Campus Choir)
  • December 11: Wind Ensemble Sleigh Ride Concert

Family Weekend updates

Schedule additions and changes for this weekend:
  • Campus prayer walk, Friday, 4:30 p.m.
  • Black Widow movie (rated PG-13), Friday, 8 p.m.
  • Open swim, Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Screen printing, Saturday, 10 a.m.–12 noon: 75 tote bags available, or bring your own light-colored t-shirt or canvas item
  • Calvin Improv show on Commons Lawn, Saturday, 12 noon
  • Men’s soccer, Saturday, 1 p.m. (note earlier time!)
  • Baseball, softball, lacrosse scrimmages, Saturday, various times
Please order your free hockey and volleyball tickets by this Thursday (otherwise, pay at the door).

Looking for some fun family photos with your student, plus a chance to win Calvin Cupcakes for them? Download our photo scavenger hunt game and collect photos this weekend!

Note that masks are required at all indoor venues, and that the campus roads will be closed from 8:15–9:15 a.m. on Saturday for the Calvin Classic 5k.

Wherever you are, wear Calvin gear for Maroon & Gold Day this Friday; send your photo to for a chance to win Calvin socks!

See the complete Family Weekend schedule »

Online seminars for prospective parents

Please encourage parents of prospective students in your community to participate in these helpful parent seminars:
  • September 28: FAFSA workshop
  • October 19: Careers and outcomes
  • November 16: Making the college decision with your student
  • December 7: First-year fellowship (or "cohort") opportunities

School Knights YouTube show

Have you caught season two of the live-broadcast School Knights show with Joey and Sarah—designed for prospective students, but a great way for current families to see student life at Calvin? Last week’s episode highlighted the Artist Collaborative and Dance Guild; this Thursday’s show will feature students’ favorite things about Grand Rapids.


UNLEARN Week, held this year on October 4–8, is the kick-off for the year-round program series UNLEARN 365. During this week, we provide a safe campus-wide forum for conversations designed to unlearn stereotypes and biases, promote biblical antiracism, and increase knowledge of different cultures.

This year’s theme is “Identity, Citizenship, and the American Dream?” Students, faculty, and staff have a rich line-up of sessions and conversations to explore what identity, citizenship and the American dream mean for the various groups that make up our Calvin community.

COVID response strategy

We are grateful that our COVID case numbers remain small and that our residential student vaccination rate is over 83% to date. This has enabled us to provide a bit more flexibility with mask-wearing policies in the residence halls. Students, faculty/staff, and campus guests will continue to wear masks in classrooms and all other indoor public spaces based on Kent Country’s current transmission status, but the COVID Response Team will continue to consider adjustments whenever Kent County’s status improves. All COVID communications »
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