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Calvin-Parents E-Newsletter: August 6, 2013

Check News and Stories for many new features about students, alumni and faculty.  Read about:

  • a walking tour app for Grand Rapids that alumni and students created
  • the education professor that leads a literacy effort in Sierra Leone
  • Calvin's Young Women's Business Institute for high school junior and seniors
  • interesting information about professors Won Lee of religion, James K. A. Smith of philosophy and Maria Rodriguez of Spanish

And the "We Are Calvin" series continues, highlighting summer experiences of students here and abroad.

Health service info

In order to comply with new federal health regulations, Calvin Health Services has instituted many changes; please read this letter for more information.

Student Treats

Student Treats are now ready to be ordered for your student(s) for 2013-2014. These are a fun and easy way to let your student know, throughout the school year, that you are thinking of them. With the chance to write a personal note on each treat, they will feel—and sometimes taste—the love! The Year of Treats offer is available until September 11, 2013, and is only $100 for six treats, a $115 value. Find out more and order now »

Student send-offs, other events

Help ussend students back to Calvin for 2013-2014! Alumni, parents and friends in Cleveland, Chicago and Southeast Michigan have planned a summer send-off celebration.

And there is still time to register for the Calvin Golf Tournament which funds student scholarships! Visit the alumni association pages for more information about many events being planned around the country for alumni, family and friends.

This Square Inch

Are you receiving "This Square Inch," a newsletter from Calvin President Michael K. Le Roy? 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 after his first year on the job!


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 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) |


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.

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.

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.

Did you know Calvin is a StormReady campus?

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