August 19, 2014

summer science researchers

As we get ready to welcome students back to campus, catch up with News and Stories about students and faculty.

Lauren Merz, a kinesiology major, is a research fellow at the University of Michigan. Linnea Venhousen is spending her summer doing mission work in Thailand to help bring women out of prostitution. Thuy-Nhi Nguyen is studying songbirds in northern Michigan as part of her biology major. Several students showcased their summer research projects (pictured, with Dr. Le Roy on the left) on campus recently.

Chemistry professor Doug Vander Griend has been selected as a Henry Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar. Spanish professor Ed Miller has been creating an online archive for Afro-Argentine newspapers.

Best colleges

STudents on    sign

In addition to being included in the Princeton Review’s “Best 379 Colleges,” Calvin is also touted as one of the country’s best and most interesting institutions in the 2015 edition of the Fiske Guide to Colleges. Calvin made the lists for small colleges and universities strong in business and also in engineering. Calvin is the only college in Michigan on either of those lists.

And, Money magazine ranks Calvin as the top private school in Michigan on its “The Best Colleges For Your Money” list, which is compiled based on educational quality, affordability and career outcomes. Read more.

Who doesn't love a treat?

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

Student Treats are back, and in a new-and-improved way!

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 up...the Year of Treats available until September 10, 2014. This package includes six treats delivered throughout the year for only $100 (a $115 value). One of the treats in this package is the Winter Exam Treat which features our new Yowie! spirit wear (like those seen on Survivor). Your student will be the first to sport it on campus. Check it out in this video!

Send your student a gift of encouragement.

Health services reminder

Dad and Daughter

Attention parents of incoming students:

Incoming students are required to submit health information to Health Services, including:

• Health History Form
• TB Self-Screening Form
• Insurance Information Form (or Insurance Enrollment Form if choosing to be covered with United HealthCare Student Resources Plan)
• Authorization to Treat Form (Students may sign this form if they are over the age of 18; parents must sign and submit the form for those under 18)
• Immunization Records

Students can login [] using their Calvin username and passphrase.

IMPORTANT DEADLINE: Please remind your student to complete the health requirements prior to October 1 as this is the final deadline. If still incomplete at that time (missing immunizations and/or forms) a non-refundable $50 fine will be assessed and a registration hold will be applied for the following semester. Please do not delay as it often takes time to locate missing records and appointment times do fill up quickly in the fall. If you want more information, your student has received information from Health Services sent to their Calvin email.

Any questions? Contact Health Services (616-526-6187;

Textbook time again

Knights cup

Textbook reservations are now open! Students can view their book list and place their reservation through the by logging into Portal under the textbooks tab. Book orders are picked, packed, charged to Student Misc. Accounts and delivered to dorm desks (for on-campus students) or held for pickup at the store (for off-campus students). Students can also stop in the store for personal help finding their books! Email the campus store ( with any questions.

Need a fun gift for your incoming student as they start packing? There are lots of fun things to buy online. Shop now »

Dining plan option

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Calvin Dining Services would like to welcome you back for another great year!

Consider purchasing a Community Dining Plan for your off-campus student or Knollcrest East resident. Our hope is to enrich and extend the sense of community at Calvin by offering affordable and flexible dining options for upperclass students. An occasional all-he-or-she-cares-to-eat meal in the dining hall would provide a wide and healthy variety of foods and beverages, and the opportunity to eat together with friends, classmates, and faculty members.

Check out the four affordable plan rates and sign up today!

Last call for orientation

Passport leaders

Here are the final dates for orientation:

PASSPORT III: August 25 & 26
QUEST: August 27–30
International PASSPORT: August 22–27
Encore: August 29
Experiential Orientation: All trips complete by August 24

See the orientation pages for complete schedules. Questions? Click on the photo for #calvinpassport action.

Events this fall for all

President Le Roy with students

Calvin alumni and friends gather throughout the year, and families are always invited to join us! Here are several we have planned so far:

The Calvin Golf Tournament---golf for a great cause---September 6. Nationals baseball game in D.C. on September 9; Service opportunities in Colorado in September; 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. And more...


Every Calvin alumna, alumnus, parent, faculty and staff member and current student knows a high school senior who would benefit from Calvin’s “heart and mind” education. So, think about who your "one" could be and how you might connect with them this year to personally encourage them to consider Calvin.

Know one? See Admissions about visiting campus to give Calvin a test drive.