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Calvin-Parents E-Newsletter: July 16, 2013

We hope you are enjoying your summer! Contact parent relations (616-526-6142; if you have any questions/concerns. Also, see our FAQ list. Read on to see some answers to questions that have already come in. And please note the new Health Services Information for 2013!

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Dr. Le Roy in Seattle, other events

Families and friends in the Seattle area are invited to attend a dessert reception on Thursday, August 1, to meet and talk with Calvin's 10th president, Dr. Michael K. Le Roy.

You are invited to join us for The Pig Adventure at Fair Oaks Farms (Ind.) on Wednesday, August 7. This farm is a brand-new addition to the familiar agri-tourism destination of Mooville and Dairy Adventure!

There are also events in Lynden (Wash.) and Chicago scheduled for this summer. And there is still time to register for the Calvin Golf Tournament which funds student scholarships! Visit the alumni association pages for more information.

In Memoriam

Calvin mourns the recent loss of two professors. On July 1, music professor Bert Polman died following a lengthy battle with cancer. On July 3, English professor Bill Vande Kopple died unexpectedly, following a pancreatic cancer diagnosis just a week earlier.


In May, all incoming students received a brochure by mail that explains how to register for classes for the first time. Download the brochure here (pdf).

A personalized Academic Evaluation Report records the courses your student has taken and includes grades, course exemptions and major/minor requirements. It is accessible through a student's Calvin account.

Learn more about academic life at Calvin:

Read frequently asked questions here. Contact Dana Hebreard if you have others.

Best colleges, faculty and students

Calvin is again touted as one of the country’s best and most interesting colleges in the 2014 edition of the Fiske Guide to Colleges. Calvin made the lists for small colleges and universities strong in business and in engineering, putting Calvin as the only college in Michigan on either of those lists.

This summer, Calvin students are busy—from working the Google HelpDesk in Seattle to engineering a bridge in Kenya. Read all the stories in the We Are Calvin series on News & Stories. The most recent are for Mercy Anguah (an intern for the mayor of Washington, D.C.), and Jake Anderson & Daniel Joo (Yosemite National Park adventurers).

There are several new faculty profiles on the News & Stories page, including this one about Calvin grad and sociology professor Elisha Marr. She chose to return because of the liberal arts culture at Calvin which she grew to appreciate after teaching at a large university.

Textbook reservations

Getting textbooks can be an overwhelming part of your student's "back to school" experience. Let us make this process easy and convenient for everyone with our online Textbook Reservation system where you'll find a variety of textbook options aimed at saving you money. Options can include used textbooks, rentals and e-books. This is a great way for your student to get the right books for fall semester picked and packed just for them. Your student will get an e-mail notice in early August when our system is open, they may log in and access their book list, and place a reservation. Book orders will be delivered directly to dorms before classes start, or held at the store for off-campus students. In the meanwhile, see Incoming Student Information and Gifts to prepare for the start of school.


PASSPORT is a day and a half summer program designed for new students and adult family members to learn about Calvin through activities and creative workshops that highlight the range of opportunities at Calvin.

PASSPORT II: July 18 (8 a.m. – 11 p.m.), July 19 (8 a.m. – 5 p.m.)
PASSPORT III: August 26 (8 a.m. – 11 p.m.), August 27 (8 a.m. – 8:30 p.m.)
See the orientation pages for complete schedule for these dates.

Orientation Brochure 2013 (.pdf) |


First-year and transfer students who applied before the May 1 priority housing deadline have already received roommate information and have been encouraged to contact each other so they can get acquainted, share information about what they are bringing, etc. All other students will receive their roommate information, as well as residence hall assignment, in early August via e-mail. Students will not know their specific room assignment until they move in at the end of August. All housing correspondence will be sent to the student's Calvin-sponsored e-mail address. Visit housing for more information.

Answers to YOUR questions

Students can look for jobs on CalvinLink. And they may rent a bike through Student Senate? $35 for one semester; $55 for two semesters. Contact Also, please note the new Health Services Information for 2013.

Student Treats will be available soon. Look for a brochure to be mailed in early August. Online ordering will be available then, too.

And from campus safety:
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.

Thank you!

For the first time, the Calvin Annual Fund was supported by more than $3 million in donations for one fiscal year. And it's all thanks to friends of the college like you. Did you miss the fiscal year end deadline? Support the Calvin students preparing to come to campus this fall--with as little as $5! Visit to give today!

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