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Calvin-Parents E-Newsletter: July 31, 2012

We welcome more new parents to Calvin-Parents. Resources are found on the parent pages, including this FAQ to help you get ready for fall.

Contact us if you have questions:; 616-526-6142.

Calvin's new president

Dr. Michael Le Roy has completed his first month as Calvin's new president, keeping busy attending "New President School" at Harvard and meeting many people in and around campus. Be sure to "Like" him on the President Michael Le Roy Facebook fan page, and mark your calendar for the Presidential Inauguration during Homecoming and Family Weekend.

Student Treats

Student Treats are a fun and easy way to let your student know that you're thinking of them! This year's treats will feature new and updated items for 2012-2013! Look for a brochure to be mailed in early August. If you're ready, order now!

Student summer activities

Fourteen Calvin students are testing their calls to ministry at sites all around the U.S. and Canada as part of the college's Jubilee Fellows program.

Over at the Ecosystem Preserve on the east campus, education students are running the "Creepy Crawlies" camp at Calvin's preserve.


Do you know about the online Textbook Reservation system? This site has a variety of textbook options (used, rentals, e-books); your student will get an e-mail notice soon to say the system is open and they may log in to access their book list for making textbook reservations. Book orders will be packed and delivered directly to dorms before classes start, or held at the store for off-campus students.

For now, see New Student Information and Incoming Student Information and Gifts to prepare for the start of school.


A $375,000 state grant from the Department of Environmental Quality  helps Calvin further research, education and restoration efforts to improve the Plaster Creek Watershed.

A $1.7 million grant from the Templeton foundation will allow Jim Bradley to study how "God can have it both ways."

Jan Koop has landed her fourth consecutive grant to work with math teachers to improve skills and change attitudes toward teaching it.

Campus safety: permits

All vehicles on Calvin’s campus must have a parking permit. Students can register for a parking permit on Portal (Services>Campus Resources>Register my Car). Vehicles registered between August 1and September 4 will pay a discounted rate. After registering, please remember to pick up your vehicle sticker from campus safety and fully affix to your windshield. Until it is fully affixed, the vehicle is considered unregistered. See all parking rules and regulations.

All bicycles on campus must also be registered.  The bicycle permit sticker needs to be picked up from campus safety and displayed on the vertical post below the seat. Students may register their bicycle on Portal (Services>Campus Resources>Register my Bike).  Bike registration is free and is valid for the life of the bike on campus. See all bicycle regulations.

New Meningitis Requirements

For the protection of our students, health services is updating our current meningococcal vaccine requirements due to recent outbreaks of meningitis, including the death of a 19-year-old Central Michigan University student in May of 2012, and recommendation revisions from the Center for Disease Control (CDC).

Current CDC data now indicates that the protection provided by MCV4 diminishes within 5 years following vaccination. Therefore, the CDC now recommends that college students who had their first dose of vaccine before age 16 receive a booster. The booster dose will protect individuals during their most vulnerable years (age 16-21). Those who were vaccinated at age 16 or older are adequately protected, unless a booster is needed for travel.

About Meningitis:
Meningococcal disease is a serious bacterial illness that includes meningitis (an infection of the protective layer of the nervous system) and severe infection of the blood. Approximately 1,000 to 2,600 people in the United States develop meningitis each year. With early diagnosis and treatment, meningitis is still fatal for 1 in 10 people and can leave its survivors permanently disabled. For these reasons, vaccination is the best prevention.

What does my student need to do to be protected?
All students must be current with our vaccine requirements. It is required that all students, under age 22, that reside on Calvin’s campus (dorms and apartments), have a booster if they have not received a dose after age 15. It is strongly recommended that all students, not living on Calvin’s campus, have a booster. The vaccine is also available for any student wishing protection from meningitis. Students may get their booster dose at the Health Center. Please call (616) 526-6187 to schedule an appointment.  If a student receives the dose at their local physician's office, please have documentation sent to Health Services so we may update their records accordingly. For more information, please visit the CDC website.

Laura Champion MD, Medical Director of Health Services

Parent Resource Guide

As you prepare to bring your son or daughter to campus, use the Parent Resource Guide (.pdf) as your welcome and orientation to the Calvin community.

Recent grad Andrew Knot

Recent grad Andrew Knot will go on from Calvin to Austria to teach English in a secondary classroom thanks to an award from an Austrian-American Educational Commission (Fulbright Commission).

Knot, who majored in English (graduating with honors) and German, won a writing award as a student sports assistant. He also wrote a series of short stories about his brother David, who has autism, for his honors thesis. English Professor Gary Schmidt said, of Knot, that the "deep sense of devotion, deep sense of his calling as a Christian writer, comes through in his writing." Read more.

Alumni and friends---that's you!

As a parent/family member, you are invited to alumni and friends events whenever and wherever they are. And if you are interested in travel that's woven with education and faith, see the Alumni Travel program.

Now you can receive your favorite Calvin social media feeds through Calvin’s free mobile app. Search an app store for “Calvin College Crib Sheet” to download!

The Alumni Association is encouraging all alumni networks to pick a day in September to make a difference in their community as part of StreetFest International 2012. The goal is continue the Calvin tradition of "serving to learn and learning to serve."