July 15, 2014

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

If your student has graduated and/or you no longer wish to receive Calvin-Parents, or if you wish to change or add email addresses (to include grandparents, guardians, etc.), contact us at parents@calvin.edu or manage preferences here.


PASSPORT studentPASSPORT 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. Click on the photo to read a brief first-hand account of PASSPORT! And see other photos from #calvinpassport.

PASSPORT II: July 17–18
PASSPORT III: August 25–26
See the Orientation>Parents and Family pages for complete schedules and to see a video for parents. There are other orientation programs: Wilderness Orientation, International PASSPORT, QUEST. Find your (student's) program.


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 www.calvin.edu/faith. Email campusministries@calvin.edu for information.

Events for you!

Beach event

Families in the Chicagoland area, save Tuesday, August 12, for a student send-off! There will be ice cream and fun. Find out more.

Calvin alumni and friends gather throughout the summer and families are invited. There are baseball games, concerts, beach outings---some of them with President Le Roy. Young alumni in the Grand Rapids area also have special events planned just for them. And please plan to golf with us on September 6, but register by July 22 to get the discounted rate!

Student news

students in Zambia

Calvin College's May Interim 2014, a group of 15 students and two professors, recently returned from Zambia, Africa, where they were aiding and observing in classrooms, clinics and orphanages. As they embarked on their journey, they blogged, "We will not fear the unknown, unless it involves spiders…" Read more »

As a Jubilee Fellow, Kyle Luck is in Winnipeg, Manitoba, this summer discerning a possible call to ministry. Read more »

Kelly Doles is also interning this summer, at a local TV station.

Do you know that Calvin is one of only a few Christian undergraduate colleges in the U.S. to offer a Chinese language major and will be one of the only schools in Michigan to offer a Chinese education program? Read more »



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 studentsenatebp@gmail.com.

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) beginning on August 1. 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.

Thank you, parents!

Sponsor A Square Inch

When searching the campus map at calvin.edu/go/sponsor, it won’t take you long to find a Calvin parent. That’s because this summer many Calvin parents jumped in to sponsor square inches that were important to them and their students. Visit the map to see which areas of campus were the most popular. Please accept our deepest thanks to those who participated!

Academics info

students in desert

Are you and your student starting to think about life at Calvin? If so, please check out the First-Year Academic Guide sent to all incoming students. This guide contains information about Calvin’s core curriculum and the AER (academic evaluation report) that is a personalized record of a student’s major/minor requirements, grades, completed courses and course exemptions.

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

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