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Frequently Asked Questions

 

What meals are provided?
Calvin College dining services will provide dinner on Thursday; breakfast, lunch and dinner on Friday; breakfast and lunch on Saturday. If you have any special dietary needs, please let us know about them on your registration form.

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What should I bring?
If you are staying on campus in a dorm room, please bring your own sleeping bag, pillow, toiletries, towels, etc. Anyone staying in the dorms will want to be prepared to sleep on the floor. Be sure to bring plenty of warm clothing. The dress for the conference is casual. We also recommend bringing a notebook for the various sessions and spending money to purchase items at the fair trade sale or books from the conference book table.

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If I'm a school professor or staff member, where do I stay?

Facutly and staff members are responsible for their own lodging and receive a discounted rate for staying at the Prince Conference Center or one of our other partner hotels.

Prince Conference Center

To make a reservation at the Prince Conference Center, call 616-526-7200 or 1-866-526-7200 and let the receptionist know you are part of the Faith and International Development Conference to receive the discounted room rate of $115 per night. It also provides a complimentary shuttle from the Grand Rapids airport to the hotel with advance notice.

Comfort Inn Airport

4155 28th Street SE (about 2.2 miles from campus)
Grand Rapids, MI 49512

Conference room price is $74.95 + tax per night for a room with 2 double beds or 1 king bed. Rate includes breakfast. Complimentary airport shuttle available. Conference room rate guaranteed until Friday, January 20, 2017. After that time, availability of rooms at the discounted rate is not guaranteed. Please call the Comfort Inn at 616-957-2080 and indicate you are attending the Calvin College Faith and International Development Conference to make your reservation and obtain the discount room rate. Please indicate when making your reservation if you require a shuttle to the hotel.

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If I'm a representative from an organization, where do I stay?
We recommend you stay at the Prince Conference Center, where there is a reduced conference rate of $115, but you may stay at any hotel of your choice. The Prince Conference Center is located on campus and is easily accessible during the conference. It also provides a complimentary shuttle from the Grand Rapids airport to the hotel with advance notice. Please see above for contact information. There are also discounted rates available at the nearby Comfort Inn, information also above.

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Where should I go when I arrive for the conference?
Registration will be at the Calvin College Covenant Fine Arts Center (CFAC). If you are coming by car please temporarily park in the Spoelhof parking lot. At registration you will receive a parking permit valid for the DeVos lot east of the East Beltline. Please move your car to this lot after registering. A campus map is available at here.

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What organizations will be there?
See our sponsorship page for information on what organizations will be at the FIDC.

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How can I get there?
The Gerald R. Ford International Airport is located in Grand Rapids and runs multiple flights to and from the major hubs of Chicago and Detroit daily. There are also bus and train terminals located in downtown Grand Rapids. If you need transportation from the airport/terminal to the college please contact the FIDC Committee and arrangements can be made.

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Can I come to the conference if I live outside of North America?
While we would love to have Christian university students from around the world attend, to be realistic the cost of overseas travel might be too much to make it worth traveling to the conference. If it should happen that you are in the United States for another reason, then it would make good sense for you to attend the conference. Overseas travel just to attend the conference would probably not be good stewardship. Because the conference is very low budget, we are not about to provide resources to support international travel or provide any other financial incentives for attendance.

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What kind of accommodations are made for people with disabilities?
If you have a disability, the Faith and International Development Conference would like to accommodate your needs as much as possible. To assist us, please contact the FIDC directors with your specific needs as soon as possible.

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What is the refund policy for the conference?
Cancellations through January 20, 2017 will receive a full refund. Cancellations between January 21, 2016 and February 8, 2017 will receive a ½ refund if there is a legitimate reason for the cancellation. After the conference begins there is no guarantee of any refund; requests for refunds will be considered on a case by case basis.

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Can graduate students attend the conference?
Yes, graduate students are welcome to come and participate in the conference. However, we are not able to offer free housing in the dorms to anyone over the age of 25. Although we may be able to help a limited number of people over 25 find lodging, the grad student may have to arrange their own lodging at their expense.

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More questions?
Email the FIDC Committee (FIDCdirectors@calvin.edu) for more specific information.

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