August 5, 2014

Passport ladies

We hope you are enjoying your summer! Contact parent relations (616-526-6142; if you have any questions/concerns.

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Treats, send-offs coming soon!

Send your student a gift of encouragement: Student Treats 2014-2015

The ever-popular Student Treats program will be available soon. Look for a brochure to be mailed later this summer when our new treats website and online ordering system will be ready. We'll have fun treats available for YOUR student all year long!

Also coming soon, Student Send-offs. If you live in these areas, join us!

Events for all


Calvin families, please join us for events going on this summer and fall. In addition to these summer send-offs for our students, there's a networking night for young alumni in Chicago; President Le Roy will be in Seattle on August 15; alumni and friends in Colorado will be giving of their time and talents for Colorado Service Days.

Also, plan to golf with us on September 6; join the networking event for MBA@Calvin on September 11; alumni, faculty and anyone interested will be enjoying the Stratford Festival in Ontario on September 20. And everyone should plan to join us for Homecoming & Family Weekend, October 17–19.

See all events here.

Packing up...

Student Tech @ Calvin

Did you catch the Student Technology session at PASSPORT? Here's a review (or preview if you haven't attended PASSPORT yet, or are a returning family): Student Technology @ Calvin.

And you've probably already viewed the Moving in to campus page?

Here's where you can see more of #CalvinPassport action.

Mentor program available


Many students request to be paired with a mentor---an adult from the Calvin community who is available to meet twice a month to listen, encourage and pray for them. This support and connection is invaluable in the life of a college student! Find out more: or email for more information.



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. Your student will get an email 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 boxed up and 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.

Bikes, vehicles

Rent-a-Bike Bike Club

All bicycles that students bring to campus must 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.

Did you know students may rent a bike through Student Senate's Rent-A-Bike program? Contact

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) already! After registering, please remember to pick up your vehicle sticker from campus safety and fully affix to your windshield. Until then, the vehicle is considered unregistered. See all parking rules and regulations.

More from 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.

Study James with us

James - George M. Stulac

"Consider it pure joy..."

Calvin invites you to join them in the study of the book of James—with no homework, no final exam. Using George M. Stulac’s commentary, the entire college community will be walking through James in 10 weeks. All of the studies will be available by September 1, 2014, at Email for information.

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