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Calvin-Parents E-Newsletter: August 10, 2010 - Volume 7: No. 25 

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Move-in day fast approaching

We are excited for your arrival on campus as you join our learning community in a few short weeks. When you arrive on campus you'll notice a major renovation project underway— the Covenant Fine Arts Center. While this project will benefit the Calvin community for years to come, it has required us to make some minor changes to the move-in process from previous years. We ask that you read this page carefully as it provides important information for moving into the residence halls at the end of August/beginning of September.  This page has move-in maps and car window signs for parking.

If you have any questions for the housing office, please e-mail or call (616) 526-6120.  For orientation (PASSPORT IV or QUEST) questions, please call the student development office, (616)-526-8507.

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Campus-wide Bible study

This fall the Calvin community--students, faculty and staff--will be studying Philippians together.  Study groups will gather for 10 weeks, using study guides provided by the campus ministries office and books by N.T Wright and the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship. The Sunday evening LOFT services will also dig into these themes.

Parents are invited to follow along individually or are welcome to use these resources to lead a small group in their church, workplace or community.  The campus ministries website provides links to order books and download study guides.  Hope College and congregations from Michigan to Washington will also be studying Philippians with us this fall.  Won't you join us, too?

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Coop's Column

Dale Cooper is chaplain emeritus and adjunct faculty in the department of congregational and ministry studies at Calvin.  He has recently begun publishing a column for the Calvin Institute of Christian WorshipCoop’s Column: reflections on the Christian walk,  a weekly article that explores numerous facets of corporate Christian worship. He hopes his column will both teach and encourage readers, while promoting dialogue.

"I want these weekly articles to teach. Worshiping God worthily demands careful thinking about what we’re doing, and why. I also hope that they encourage. Accordingly, as I write each one, I shall offer a prayer that what I write and you read equips us to live more faithfully and as God intends."

Read the first three articles he's published so far, "There I Have Pledged to Set My Foot, Too"; "God Everlasting"; and "O!"  You may want to bookmark this page to follow him on the journey, too.

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KnightCare Premium

Have you noticed a $1081 charge on your son or daughter's miscellaneous account?  This is the premium for KnightCare, Calvin College's student health insurance plan.  Students who enrolled in KnightCare or failed to submit an insurance waiver in the spring are charged the premium during the summer, and payment is due in full by September 1st.  Information about the plan can be found here.

There is still time to waive out of KnightCare.  Students or parents can download and print a waiver form and submit it to health services.  You can find the 2010-2011 waiver form online.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Kelly Moore ( in health services at 616-526-6568.  Thank you!

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General campus safety information

The following is information from William Corner, director of campus safety:

Parking Permits
Students shouldn't try to park without a pass.  They can register for a parking permit on KnightVision by going under the "Resources" tab, scrolling to the "Student Life" section, and clicking "Register/Renew My Car."  Please read and follow the directions carefully.   See this site for more parking regulations.

Texting Campus Safety
There is now a text-messaging service for students/community members to send a text-message to campus safety in situations where it may be difficult or dangerous to make a phone call.  The address is  It's a good idea to program this number into your phone now just in case you ever need it. The system will be monitored 24 hours a day and campus safety will respond to any requests for assistance.  See this site for all options available for anonymously reporting a crime on campus.

Emergency Notification
Calvin’s free emergency notification service allows all members of the Calvin community to receive important and time-sensitive notifications by phone or e-mail for serious weather updates (e.g., tornadoes, severe weather watches and warnings) or other unlikely situations involving campus safety. Calvin will only use this system for emergency notifications. To register, go into KnightVision, click the "Resources" tab, scroll down to the section titled "Emergency Notification" and click on the sign-up there. For all details of Calvin's emergency response plan, see this page.

Bicycle Registration
Campus Safety and Residence Life have been working together to create a bicycle registration program.  Registration is free and will last the duration of your time at Calvin.  Registering your bicycle will help aide in the recovery should it become lost or stolen.  For more information or to register your bike please see this page.

If you have questions about anything related to campus safety, you can e-mail or call (616) 526-6451.

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Parent resources

Parent Resource Guide: With information especially geared to parents, the 2010-2011 Parent Resource Guide (.pdf) will help parents and families learn anything and everything you have ever wanted to know about the Calvin experience and the surrounding community.  This guide was recently mailed to parents of first-year students, but if any parent wants to request a copy, please e-mail

Calendar/Events:  Dates and activities that might be of special interest to parents and families (Homecoming and Family Weekend, Siblings Weekend, etc.) are featured on the events page of the parents resources pages.  There is also a parent calendar that lists dates that you should know.  (On September 1: tuition, room and board payment is due; residence halls open at 9 a.m.  On September 7: classes begin at 8 a.m.)

Other campus calendars, including the 2010-2011 Academic Calendar and the general college calendar (.pdf), can be found on this site from academic services.

Student Treats: Parents may send their student some "love" by having the parent relations team deliver a treat to them during the school year.  There are birthday, exam, holiday and special event treats to send. The full list of treats is available on the Student Treats page and you can order online now!

Miscellaneous:  Here is a list of residence hall amenities and other services available, along with a list of what to bring, what not to bring, safety information, storage options, etc.  And if you are wondering about computing on campus, here are links to all the information from Calvin Information Technology (CIT).

There is a lot more information available on the Parents and Family pages.  Be sure to bookmark this and contact us at any time at or (616) 526-6142 if you have questions or concerns.

Career resources

As the parent of a Calvin student, you may have questions about your son's or daughter's career directions after graduation.  Be sure to visit the Parent section of the career development website to find answers to some of the most common questions that parents have.

You can also follow them and their suggestions, advice and links to job search help on Facebook. At any time, you may contact the career development office by e-mailing or calling (616) 526-6485.

-Meredith Segur, Career Counselor

Food for your student

Commons, Knollcrest, Johnny's, UpperCrust, sustainability.  What does all of that mean?  Calvin's dining services invites Calvin parents to learn more about the dining program by visiting our dining services website.   There you will find current information, weekly menus, special events, contact information, hours of operation and more.  And if you are wondering about meal plans and how dining dollars work, see this page.

You can also follow Calvin's dining services on Facebook
.  If you have questions, contact director of dining services Rick Balfour (616-526-6386).
Homecoming & Family Weekend, October 22 & 23, 2010

Alumni events and activities

Calvin College's Homecoming is now in the fall -- combined with Family Weekend -- on October 22 & 23, 2010, and all are invited.  The Calvin Music Festival in the new Covenant Fine Arts Center, a lecture by National Forest System deputy chief Joel Holtrop, a River City Improv show, the 40th anniversary of "The Bananer," a choral retreat led by the Calvin Alumni Choir, and more events are scheduled while the campus shows the beautiful colors of fall.  See or call 616-526-6142 for details.

Please also plan to join us for the 41st annual Alumni Golf Tournament on September 11, 2010!

Have you heard about Calvin Alumni Travel for alumni, friends and families?  Trips planned include, "Paul’s Missionary Journeys in Turkey and the Seven Churches of Revelation," March 31 - April 12, 2011; “River Cruise through France,” May 15 - 22, 2011 (which has early-bird booking and pay-in-full incentive deadlines you can find online); “China: Past and Present,” October 24 through November 7, 2011.  Read more about these trips online, contact the alumni office at 616-526-6142, or e-mail

Prayers requested

We mourn the loss of incoming student, Joel Koning, who went to be with his Savior Jesus Christ following his accidental death on August 6, 2010.  [View the obituary online.] Joel had recently completed Calvin’s Wilderness Orientation, and had been eager to start college here.  We would have welcomed him warmly.  We lift up before God Joel's parents, sisters, extended family, and friends. Funeral services are being held today, August 10, at 2:00 pm, at Princeton Christian Reformed Church, in Kentwood, Michigan. Many Calvin faculty, staff and students will be in attendance.

-From the office of the vice president of student life

In Other News

Check out a wealth of great stories on the News & Stories site, including one on engineering major Steve Brink and an overseas internship with Airbus.