September 2, 2014

With gratitude to God for the new academic year, please join President Michael K. Le Roy and the Calvin community in celebrating Convocation 2014 and the installation of Cheryl K. Brandsen as Calvin's 8th provost TODAY. From Dr. Le Roy: "Guests from around the country will join us in the celebration Tuesday, September 2, at 9:50 a.m. in the Van Noord Arena. My address, titled "The Paradox of Christian Learning," will be based on I Thessalonians 5:21: "but test everything; hold fast to what is good..."

Will YOU join us? Watch live:

Can't watch this morning? Convocation, along with videos like LOFT and chapel, will be archived on all year.

Moving in, moving on

President Le Roy ReCommended ONE!

See photos and videos from last week which included Move-In Day, QUEST, Streetfest and more. #calvincollege

Be sure to "Like" the President Michael Le Roy Facebook fan page to see what he's up to throughout the school year (like We-Haul), or follow him on Twitter @MKLeRoy. Click on the picture to find out what happens when YOU ReCommend One!

Also, This Square Inch, a newsletter which comes out 10 times per year with updates from President Le Roy, is available online anytime. If you aren't already receiving it and would like to, go to this subscription page.

Chapel, campus study


Chapel meets daily for 20 minutes at 10 a.m. in the chapel sanctuary. There are a variety of speakers and topics; each service is broadcast LIVE. Daily themes are:

  • Mondays we grow together listening and responding to the Word of God.
  • Tuesdays we gather for praise, prayer, and to listen to God's word.
  • Wednesdays we testify as individuals, groups, and departments, to God's work among us.
  • Thursdays we rest in God's grace though meditative acts of worship.
  • Fridays we sing to the glory of God, proclaiming Christ's Lordship over our campus and world.

Also, find out more about the James Campus Bible Study.

News from campus

Read more about StreetFest 2014, biology professor Wertz's recent grant to study ants—for $479,000—and all the other top news and stories from Calvin.

Family Weekend, events


We know you just brought your student, but now is the time to make plans to come back for Family Weekend 2014. Combined with Homecoming, Family Weekend offers activities and events—many of them FREE—for all ages. See the complete schedule or click the button to REGISTER now.

Parents, families, friends and alumni are always invited to any event hosted by alumni networks around the country. Here are a few examples: a Nationals baseball game in D.C. on September 9; Lakeshore (Mich.) luncheon with Dr. Robert Swierenga '57 on September 18; President Le Roy in Colorado on September 20; Stratford (Ont.) Festival with profs and students on September 20; Homecoming and Family Weekend October 17–19. Find out more on the Calvin Alumni Association pages.


Calvin Knights: Sports Information

Be sure to check the Sports pages. Many events are broadcast online: audio, video and/or live scoreboards. Also, subscribe to Calvin-Sports for reports from every sport.

Chicagoland area alumni and families, be sure to cheer on the Knights as they play two games under the lights on Friday and Saturday, September 5 and 6, in Wheaton and Elmhurst, respectively. The Calvin-Wheaton game will be shown LIVE via webcast as the Division III game of the week. Find out more.

Send a gift of encouragement

Send    your student a gift of    encouragement: Student Treats 2014-2015 Student Treats are a fun and easy way to let your student know you are thinking of them throughout the year. These are all lovingly prepared on campus by our staff, with personal notes from YOU!

First deadline is for the Year of Treats available until September 10, 2014. This package includes six treats delivered throughout the year for only $100 (a $115 value).

But ordering is open for any of the treats—Birthday Treat, Hugs from Home, Study Break. See Student Treats for complete list with delivery dates and order deadlines. Thank you for supporting the treats program—which supports family programming throughout the year!

Cokes and Clubs

Your student will learn more about getting connected to their Calvin community at Cokes and Clubs on September 4, at 5:30 p.m., on the Commons Lawn. There students can check out how to get involved—from ultimate Frisbee and table games to Rubgy and Chimes!

Campus Safety

Calvin Campus Safety

Campus Safety offers a text-messaging service for students/community members to send a text to in situations where it may be difficult or dangerous to make a call. The system is monitored 24 hours a day and Campus Safety will respond to any requests for assistance. 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. Students can anonymously report a crime to Campus Safety through Silent Observer.

Our apologies for mentioning an "early vehicle registration discount" in the last issue. All permits are $150 regardless of when you register. But, all motor vehicles must be registered immediately upon arrival on campus. If students register online, registration is complete when the sticker is affixed to the vehicle.

Quick links

If you have any questions during the school year, contact parent relations (616-526-6142; Thank you for entrusting your child to Calvin College!