Subject: Student Reminder: Housing and Travel Plans
Date: March 13, 2020

Dear Calvin students,

As the weekend arrives, we continue to settle into the new reality of our move toward online instruction, students leaving campus, and significant changes in our daily lives. I want to take a moment to thank you for your resilience, optimism, perseverance, and faith— it’s evident that we’ll need to strive to embody these characteristics more and more in the coming weeks. Many of you are greeting the changes around you with open minds, willing hearts, and even a bit of humor (who doesn’t love Calvin memes?). You demonstrate resilience to all of us when you do this and when you help your friends and classmates navigate their own questions or worries. The coming weeks will require continued resilience and self-direction as we move to new online experiences and work. Faith in our God, who provides all that we need, will carry us through. I’m encouraged by the Psalmist’s words in Psalm 46, : “God is our refuge and strength, an ever present help in trouble...The Lord Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress.”

Yesterday, I sent a detailed FAQ that attempted to answer a variety of student-related questions. That information, along with some added detail from other departments on campus, has been posted at the following URL: https://calvin.edu/offices-services/health-services/coronavirus/. Things continue to change rapidly, so we’d urge you to get in the habit of regularly checking this site to access the most up-to-date information.

And one final reminder: All students are asked to use this link to report your housing and travel plans over the next 4 weeks: https://calvin.edu/go/housing-travel-plans. Thanks to those of you who have already completed this step, and for those who have yet to do so, we’d appreciate your timely response—it helps us ensure that we are planning and responding well. Students are encouraged to update their information as often as your plans might change; you may fill out the form multiple times, if need be.

Praying for a safe, restful, and healthy weekend,

Sarah Visser, Ph.D.
Vice President for Student Life