Robert Schoone-Jongen, Calvin College
NEH Summer Institute for Teachers, 2012
As noted in the Director's Message, we expect that most people will be housed on-campus in Calvin's student apartments, which are just a short walk to the academic buildings and library. You can find most of the relevant information about housing in the Director's Message. This page supplements the information there and contains links to images of the apartments and a campus map.
Participants are of course free to make other off-campus arrangements for housing on their own. If you decide to do so you, please notify us so that we know how many campus apartments will be needed.
Each apartment building has a common room with a television and DVD player. A small computer lab with networked campus computers is also housed in one of the apartment buildings, accessible to participants (but not family members) with the apartment key. Each apartment has Ethernet hookups for those bringing their personal laptops. We recommend that participants bring their own Ethernet cords, though we do have a number available on loan, if participants request their use in advance of arrival. Each building also has free laundry facilities in the basement. The apartments have their own phones which can be used to make free local calls. Outgoing long-distance phone calls need to be placed using a phone card or a credit card. Mail can be sent to the Summer Seminars office.
Participants can arrange to rent (at their own initiative and expense from Grand Rapids rental companies) televisions, DVD players, bicycles, etc. while in Grand Rapids. Our best advice is to bring whatever you need from home to make yourself comfortable.
The Summer Seminars office also provides a Children's Activity Coordinator who plans events for the children of participants in the summer seminars sponsored by Calvin College. There are modest fees for participating in this program. Accompanied by a parent or guardian, children and adolescents aged 3-18 can participate in group games, crafts, fieldtrips (which will be of little or no cost), and much more. Teen activities may also be scheduled based on attendance. Contact the staff of the summer seminars program for more details. Finally, note that there are a variety of pre-college academic, music, nature, and sports camps run by the college for children and adolescents, many led by Calvin faculty and coaches.
Seminars @ Calvin
1855 Knollcrest Circle SE
Grand Rapids MI 49546-4402
Finally, please note that alcohol may not be brought into campus housing and that all apartments are non-smoking, although there are areas outside reserved for smokers. The College has a no-pet (apart from fish and service animals) policy in the campus apartments. There is free parking on campus next to the apartments, so participants are welcome to bring their own cars.