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Calvin-Parents E-Newsletter: August 14, 2012

The first edition of This Square Inch, a newsletter from Calvin President Michael K. Le Roy, is available now. If you'd like to be subscribed to this newsletter, which will come out 10 times per year, go to this subscription page. Be sure to "Like" him on the President Michael Le Roy Facebook fan page to see what else he's up to. He and his family just moved to their new home on campus!

Almost time to move back

PASSPORT IV, or student orientation, is next being held August 27-29. Have you heard about Experiential Orientation, an orientation program with options in the back country or urban settings? It's a great way to build new relationships, learn important skills and think more about this transition.

If you have any orientation questions, contact (616-526-8507). You might also like to see this article from the Wall Street Journal: "At Freshman Orientation, Helping Mom and Dad Let Go."

Speaking of challenges, have you heard about the Leadership Challenge Institute at Snow Mountain Ranch? Read their blog from the summer.

Orientation, leadership

Student life is welcoming students back with a lot of great information about the upcoming school year. Be sure to also check this page to help with the move to campus.

Don't forget that the Parent Oasis tent will be up on Wednesday, August 29---move-in day for first-year students. The big white tent is open for questions/refreshments from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the lawn between Rooks-Van Dellen and Schultze-Eldersveld. Also visit the Info Fair from 1:30 to 3 p.m. that day. Details will be in the PASSPORT IV schedule.

Here's more information about Quest (to introduce, connect, prepare) from August 29-September 1.

Questions, resources

Got questions? Here's an answer to one question we get often:

Calvin's financial services office provides some suggestions for banking services. Local and national banks will have information tables at PASSPORT. Checks up to $200 can be cashed at the financial services office; some fees may apply.

You can also use the Parent Resource Guide (.pdf) to answer other questions you may have. Or contact us at any time:; 616-526-6142.

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!

Fun events for families

Mark your calendar for the Presidential Inauguration during Homecoming and Family Weekend. There will be tons of activities for families and friends of Calvin. Join us!

As a parent/family member, you are invited to alumni and friends events whenever and wherever they are, such as the 43rd Annual Golf Tournament and the event at the brand new John Ball Zoo funicular and tree house.

Many alumni networks will be participating in StreetFest International 2012, continuing the Calvin tradition of "serving to learn and learning to serve."

Career resources

As the parent of a Calvin student, you may have questions about your son or daughter's career directions. 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.

Bike returned!

We received this note from a parent this summer: "Our daughter attends Calvin and has her bike registered with the college. Early this summer, her bike was stolen right out of the front yard where she was babysitting. Someone noticed a young man carrying two bikes, looked suspicious and called the police. Because the policeman noticed the Calvin registration sticker, he got on the phone right away to Calvin to identify ownership of the bike. We were SO THANKFUL our daughter was required to register her bike at Calvin. If not, we may never have gotten her bike back."

Here's the bike registration information. One more time...

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.

Campus safety

Calvin’s free emergency notification service allows all members of the Calvin community to receive important and time-sensitive notifications by phone, text or e-mail for serious weather updates, etc. Calvin will not use the system for routine announcements or for any solicitations. Register on Portal (on the Services tab, scroll down to the Emergency Notification section). See Calvin's emergency response plan.

Students are also encouraged to program the contact numbers for Campus Safety dispatch into their phone. The 24 hour non-emergency phone number is 616-526-6452. The 24 hour emergency phone number is 616-526-3333 or 3-3333 for campus phones.

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