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Bryn Mawr College Tuesday Newsletter for the Class of 2018Tuesday Newsletter Archives

August 12, 2014

In this issue:

  • Welcome Message from Dean Isabelle Barker
  • NEW! The Resiliency Project*  – DUE August 22
  • FRIENDLY REMINDERS – This issue contains friendly reminders for various tasks you’ve been asked to complete over the summer.  Those with an asterisk (*) are required of all entering students.
  • How to See Your AP/IB/A-level Scores
  • A Message from SFS about Purchasing Textbooks
  • Dance at Bryn Mawr
  • Get Involved, Get Off Campus, Get Involved Off Campus!
  • Who’s Whoooo at Bryn Mawr – Profiles of Ellie Esmond (Civic Engagement Office), Michaile Rainey (Career and Professional Development), and Dayna Levy (Career and Professional Development)


Welcome Message from Dean Isabelle Barker

Dear Entering Students,

Now that Preregistration for classes is up and running and you now know your dorm and a little about your roommate(s), starting college probably seems more like a reality than ever before.  I remember my own feelings during the summer before I left for college:  excitement, nervousness, and who knows what else thrown in.   Starting college is a big transition, and the deans appreciate that the first weeks of the fall semester—and in some ways, the first year—will to be a time of adjustment.  We want to support you as you navigate this exciting adventure.

Perhaps the most momentous change that comes with college is that the relationships in your life will by definition be different. You won’t be seeing your family members and best friends every day, so part of the challenge of the first year of college is maintaining closeness with the people who are important to you.  Some first-years will want to call or email home several times a week; other first-years may be just as comfortable contacting family and friends once a week or less.  Each of you will work out how to maintain important relationships while exploring new friendships on campus.  A certain amount of homesickness is natural and to be expected. Just remember, you will not be alone in feeling this way and the Counseling Center and the Dean’s Office, not to mention Customs people, Hall Advisors and other members of your Dorm Leadership Team, are sources of support. Another resource students have found helpful is Counseling Services Director Reggie Jones’ tips on adjusting to life at college, which are posted here: http://www.brynmawr.edu/healthcenter/counseling/AdjustingtoCollege.htm. In addition, The Resiliency Project, a project for new students that will culminate with dorm group discussions during Customs, will help you think about and process your transition to Bryn Mawr. (For more information about The Resiliency Project, see the article below.)

This week’s newsletter contains a lot of reminders but also some new items, such as the aforementioned Resiliency Project, tips for purchasing textbooks from Student Financial Services, and ways to get involved in the Greater Philadelphia community through the Civic Engagement Office.Dean Isabelle Barker 

I hope you enjoy these last few weeks of the summer before you set off on your next big adventure at Bryn Mawr!

Best,

Isabelle Barker
Assistant Dean

P.S. – It may appear daunting, but don’t stress about Preregistration.  (Remember to practice good self-care!)  You’ll have opportunities to tweak or completely overhaul your schedule once you’re on campus.  There are many people, including advisors, your dean, upperclass students and professors to advise you and guide you through this process.

 

NEW! The Resiliency Project*  – DUE AUGUST 22
To help you prepare for the semester ahead both in and outside the classroom, the Dean's Office and student Peer Mentors (see below!) have developed The Resiliency Project, housed on your Moodle site.  Here you will have an opportunity to read about strategies several Peer Mentors made use of in their early weeks and months at Bryn Mawr.  We have also included two short and very accessible articles to help you think about how you want to approach your own transition to learning and living at Bryn Mawr.  Finally, we've also asked you to write a "cheerleading" letter to yourself on this eve of your arrival at Bryn Mawr -- a letter that you'll have available to you on Moodle throughout the semester. These articles and the letter will be at the core of dorm-based group conversations held with Peer Mentors during Customs.  

Based in each of the dorms, Peer Mentors are students trained to assist students with course planning, time and stress management, learning, note-taking, reading and study strategies, as well as how to utilize Bryn Mawr resources. You will meet with your mentor in groups and individually over Customs Week and have the opportunity to see them in weekly walk-in hours or appointments, as well as teas throughout the semester. To find out more about your mentor, visit their blog: http://pms.blogs.brynmawr.edu/.


Don't Forget!

FRIENDLY REMINDERS!!
* - denotes tasks for all incoming students


Preregistration* – DUE AUGUST 20 at 12:00 PM EST
All entering students are expected to build a potential course schedule for the fall in BiONic.  A technical guide for the preregistration process is available at http://www.brynmawr.edu/enteringstudents/PreregistrationGuide.html.  Please read this entire document before beginning the preregistration process.

AlcoholEdu and Lasting Choices* – DUE AUGUST 22
These online learning modules are required of all incoming students.  They address drug and alcohol use and abuse and topics of consent and sexual assault on college campuses.  For module access and instructions, please refer to the two July 21 emails sent to your BMC email account from the Student Activities Office.


Music Interest Survey – DUE AUGUST 22
If you are interested in playing an instrument or singing in the music program this year, please complete the Music Interest Survey available at http://www.brynmawr.edu/enteringstudents/HaverfordOrchestralandChoralprograms.htm.


Academic Integrity Tutorial* – DUE AUGUST 24
The “Academic Integrity Tutorial for Entering Students” is a Bi-Co online module that introduces new students to the expectations and best practices for producing academic work in college and beyond.  All entering students are expected to complete the Academic Integrity Tutorial, which is available on Moodle, by August 24. To prepare for this tutorial and to gain a better understanding of self-governance at Bryn Mawr, please read Bryn Mawr’s Honor Code, available at http://sga.blogs.brynmawr.edu/honor-board/honor-code/.


Campus Employment for New Students – Bring documents to campus

Every year first-year students work for Bryn Mawr College Dining Services (BMCDS). If you are planning to work on campus, please read the welcome letter to the Class of 2018 from Dining Services Student Coordinators and Student Supervisors. You can access study employment information and the BMCDS Student Application Form at http://www.brynmawr.edu/enteringstudents/newstudentemployment.html. Please note that paperwork submission and job registration will take place during Customs Week and will be included as part of your Customs schedule.


Access Services – No specific due date
If you are a student with a medical, physical, psychological and/or learning disability and would like to receive accommodations at Bryn Mawr, please contact Access Services Coordinator Deb Alder at dalder@brynmawr.edu or 610-526-7351.

 

How to See Your AP/IB/A-level Scores
At this point in the summer, most AP scores have been reported and the Registrar's Office has posted them to your record.  IB and A-level scores typically do not arrive until later in the year, so don't worry if you don't see them posted just yet.  To see if your scores have been posted, go to your Student Center in BiONiC.  In the Academics section, click "My Academics."  Here, click "View my transfer credit report."  You will see a table under "Test Credits" where you will see the test scores you submitted to us, including AP and SAT or ACT.  If a score on one of these tests meets our requirements to earn credit, you will see this number under the "units" column, with a T next to it, indicating that it counts as "transfer credit."  Under "My Academics," transfer credits are also listed on your "Unofficial Transcript" (but with fewer details).

For more information on the required scores needed to earn credit, see http://www.brynmawr.edu/registrar/students/APTestScores.html or http://www.brynmawr.edu/registrar/students/IB_ALevels.html.  Keep in mind that credits earned from AP, IB, or A-level tests seldom affect your course placement decisions.  If you have questions about advancing to a higher level, please consult with a faculty member from the given department at the Academic Fair during Customs Week.

 

A Message from SFS about Purchasing TextbooksPhoto of textbooks
Students are expected to arrive on campus prepared to purchase books for fall semester from summer savings or family resources. Some students save earnings from their fall campus job to meet book costs for second semester.  Books will cost approximately $500 per semester.  For the most affordable new or used book purchases or rentals, check the College Bookstore and online sellers.

Please let us know if we can help you understand how students provide for book expenses. You may to want discuss any special situations with a counselor.  Contact us now at sfs@brynmawr.edu or call 610-526-5245 if you need help developing a plan. 

 


Dance at Bryn Mawr
If you are interested in taking a dance class for academic or physical education credit, please read the welcome message from Dance Program Director Linda Caruso-Haviland, posted at http://www.brynmawr.edu/enteringstudents/dance.html.  Professor Caruso-Haviland provides important information about classes, class start dates, credit and placement.

Please note that students interested in taking intermediate or advanced ballet Photo of dance department performancesclasses at Bryn Mawr should attend the placement class that will be held from 4:00 to 5:30 pm on Thursday, August 28 in the Pembroke Dance Studio. Please come dressed to dance!


Get Involved, Get Off Campus, Get Involved Off Campus!
Welcome to Bryn Mawr!  One of your first priorities as a Bryn Mawr student is bound to be exploring your new home—and our campus is definitely a beautiful place to live.  Not only are you moving into a new room, a new dorm, and a new campus, but also into a new community!

Photo of Belmont Mentoring Program student volunteersOne of the best ways to become familiar with your new environment is to become involved with it.  Civic Engagement, part of the Leadership, Innovation, and Liberal Arts Center (LILAC), offers a wide variety of ways to do just that—by providing community-based learning and volunteer opportunities that will help you get off campus and into our local communities.  Through the Praxis community-based learning courses and co-curricular volunteer opportunities like the Belmont Mentoring Program and the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program, our office provides opportunities that fit the needs of all students, whether or not you’ve ever participated in service programs before and no matter how busy your schedule.  Through our Summer of Service program we provide funding for off-campus summer internships with an on-campus residential and reflective component and through the Community Based Work Study program we offer opportunities for federal work-study eligible students to work at paid off-campus internships during the academic year. 

By engaging in our sponsored programs, you’ll make new friends, become a pro at navigating SEPTA (Philadelphia’s public transportation system), share your skills with others and develop new ones by providing needed service in local community agencies.  You’ll discover connections between the theories you are studying in your classrooms and your observations and experiences in the real world.  Most importantly, these experiences will help you learn about yourself as you become more aware of your competencies, your passions, and your interests.  By becoming involved in activities that take you off campus, you’ll be taking advantage of one of Bryn Mawr’s best assets outside the classroom—the local communities in Philadelphia and Montgomery County. 

Interested in campus civic engagement opportunities?  Visit our website (www.brynmawr.edu/ceo), attend our Information Sessions, or just stop by our house on Cambrian Row!

Best,

Ellie Esmond
Director of Service and Activism


Who’s Whoooo at Bryn Mawr – Profiles of Ellie Esmond (Civic Engagement Office), Michaile Rainey (Career and Professional Development), and Dayna Levy (Career and Professional Development)
This week we’d like to you to meet a few members of the Leadership, Innovation, and Liberal Arts Center (LILAC) staff who work in the areas of Civic Engagement and Career and Professional Development (CPD).  Consider contacting Ellie if you are interested in getting involved in community service or campus leadership programs while at Bryn Mawr.  You should also try to find the time to speak with Dayna, Michaile or one of the other CPD counselors to identify your strengths and interests, plan for internships or summer jobs, or explore your options for life after Bryn Mawr.

Director of Career and Professional Development Dayna Levy recently joined the Bryn Mawr community.  Be sure to give Dayna a hearty Bryn Mawr welcome if you see her around campus, and ask her about her summer DIY project and her forklift skills!


Ellie Esmond,
Director of Service and Activism, Civic Engagement Office Ellie Esmond

  • What I do:  As Director of Service and Activism I work with individual students and student groups who want to become engaged in the community through direct service, activism, and advocacy.  I also work with community members and local and national organizations to help develop and publicize civic engagement opportunities through service, internships, and work-study experiences to students.  Additionally, I'm involved in campus leadership development programs like LEAP and TriCo.
  • Favorite book, song or movie: Right now I am reading my way through the Inspector Gamache mystery series by Louise Penny.  And, as a result, I've decided that I want to move to Canada--and preferably live in the fictional town of Three Pines.
  • Dream vacation spot: Greece!  
  • Favorite dessert:  Rainbow sherbet
  • Best thing about Bryn Mawr: I think that Bryn Mawr is a really supportive community.  In the 14 years that I've been here, I have seen students, faculty, and staff encourage each other to try new things, work to each of our fullest potential, and pull together to help one another when we struggle.  I feel like I am always learning here and that keeps me feeling energized and enthusiastic about my work.
  • Best thing about engaging in community service:  I think the best thing about engaging in community service is the chance to broaden your perspective.  Working in true partnership with others allows us to see social justice issues in a more authentic way.  Engaging with the community instead of just in the community means that we open ourselves up to listening to new voices and stories, contribute our own, and by integrating experience with learning we can begin working to solve problems collaboratively.
  • BMC club/activity I’d like to join: Swim team--I can't really swim, but I would love to learn.
  • Tip for the first year at BMC:  Take your time and enjoy your time here!  Everyone starts Bryn Mawr really eager to get started, both academically and co-curricularly. But there's really no need to rush!  Savor your classes and activities and be present for them--try not to always think of what you should do next.  Enjoy what you're doing as you do it!
  • What I like about working with new students: I love the creativity that students at Bryn Mawr bring.  I am always amazed at the innovative ideas that students have for internships, projects, and clubs.  I love learning what informs students' ideas and love how each class of new Mawrters infuses the campus with energy and new ideas.
  • Favorite thing about my job: I love how every day at my job is really different.  I get to interact with a lot of different people both on and off campus and I enjoy building new relationships across the many groups I get to work with.
  • Favorite spot on campus: The porch on Cambrian Row--the best view of campus!
  • In my free time, I enjoy:  Traveling, reading, playing with my 3 year old son, and trying to knit.
  • If I were an animal, I'd be: A cardinal 
  • Little known fact about me: I'm a twin--my twin sister, Amy, is a professor in Boston, MA.
  • My secret talent: I'm a really good speller
  • Nickname: Ellie is my nickname!  My real name is Eleanor.



Michaile Rainey, Senior Associate Director of Career and Professional Development
Michaile Rainey

  • What I do: Senior Associate Director, Career and Professional Development/LILAC.  I help students figure out what the next steps are after Bryn Mawr and how to become prepared for these steps during your time here.
  • Favorite book: The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison
  • Favorite candy: Haribo Gummi Peaches
  • Favorite dessert: Key Lime Pie
  • Best thing about Mawrters: I am overwhelmed by the thoughtfulness of Bryn Mawr students. I have kept every handwritten thank you note I have ever received. The unique sincerity of the Bryn Mawr student is one of the things I adore and cherish the most.
  • Best life/career advice I ever received: "You are never stuck. You make the choice to move forward or stand still."
  • BMC club/activity I’d like to join: I would join Sisterhood (Bryn Mawr’s support network for African-American/Black women). The beauty of Bryn Mawr is that if the club doesn't exist, you can create it. I would create a club for those of us who LOVE Fantasy Football!
  • Tip for the first year at BMC: Get to know all of the resources available to you. It's more than okay to ask for help. We all need it sooner or later. Lastly, get involved in a few activities. You need to have a healthy balance of academics and FUN!!!
  • What I like about working with new students: I love working with students who are unsure of what they want to do.  And by the way, there are a lot of students (not only new students) who are unsure. You are not alone!
  • Favorite thing about my job: I get to watch students grow in their knowledge and development of self.  It's an AMAZING transformation to witness and I am honored to be a part of their discovery and journey.
  • Favorite spot on campus: The view from Cambrian Row. It's majestic.
  • In my free time, I enjoy: Spending time with my husband and two children. I also love hanging out with my girlfriends - affectionately known as "the Zoo."  We eat, drink and laugh together.  This is really helpful when I'm feeling stressed.
  • Favorite meal: Thanksgiving dinner with sweet potato pie instead of pumpkin pie.  I could eat this meal all year long.
  • Little known fact about me: I have four sisters and three brothers, all younger than me.
  • My secret talent: I used to make candy for my children and their classmates on holidays.
  • Nickname: Elle
  • On my summer to-do list: I am touring colleges with my daughter. She will be in your position this time next year. I'll take any advice you can give me to get through this year!
  • On your list of things to-do: Visit Career and Professional Development, located at Campus Center 202.  I can't wait to meet you!

 

Dayna Levy, Director of Career and Professional DevelopmentDayna Levy

  • What I do: In my role as Director of Career and Professional Development (CPD), I help students to realize the potential that their liberal arts education provides so they may make intentional decisions about their futures. 
  • Where I was before I came to Bryn Mawr: Before Bryn Mawr, I served as Director of the Career Development Center at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia for 10 years. 
  • Favorite movie: It’s a three-way tie between When Harry Met Sally, The Goonies and The Breakfast Club.  I can pretty much recite them all – just ask me!
  • Dream vacation spot: Domestically, it’s Newport, Rhode Island.  Internationally, I would love to go back to Italy and France.
  • Favorite Dessert: Ben & Jerry’s New York Super Fudge Chunk.  And it’s not just because I’m from New York.  I swear. 
  • Why I’m excited to join the Bryn Mawr Community: I’m passionate about the Liberal Arts, advancing the status of women, helping others pursue their dreams, and building bridges between academia and the world of work or post-graduate education.
  • Something I’m looking forward to seeing/experiencing at BMC: Definitely Lantern Night.  The symbolism of this event is quite powerful. 
  • Best career/life advice I ever received: Do what you are. 
  • Tip for the first year at BMC: Use the CPD!  You’re here to explore, and we’re here to help.  Discover a career you’ve never considered before.  Come to an employer/industry career panel.  Attend an alumnae/i networking event.  (We have outstanding alumnae who LOVE meeting with current students!)  Do an internship.  Become a Peer Career Advisor.  Participate in a Management Intensive.  Practice a mock interview.  Get involved in the community.  Reflect on each and every experience you have while at BMC.  Together, we will help you translate these experiences into your after-Bryn Mawr life!  Come visit us – YOU are the reason we are here! 
  • What I like about working with new students: What I like about working with new students is the wonder and excitement of starting anew.  So much is out there to explore!
  • Favorite thing about LILAC: The combination of several things rolled into one (leadership development, civic engagement, experiential learning, and career development) has the potential to create new and exciting synergy to the living/learning experience of our students.
  • In my free time, I enjoy: Trying new recipes; I’m very proud of the fact that I can make my own pizza dough from scratch.  I also enjoy gardening, running, and paper-crafting.  But not all at the same time! That would be difficult.  And unsafe.  I’m all about safety. 
  • If I were an animal, I’d be: I’ve often envied the lives of fat, lazy housecats.  It seems like a pretty sweet life. 
  • Little known fact about me: I actually possess a forklift operator’s license. 
  • My secret talent: I have an uncanny ability to remember dates (birthdays, anniversaries).  Not for everyone, but for people who I work or live with.
  • Nickname: My maiden name is ‘Dunsmoor’ so people often call me “Dayna Dee.”
  • On my summer to-do list: As a DIY, HGTV and Pinterest fan, I’ve become inspired to re-finish an old dresser.  It has been my weekend project for the last month.  I *hope* to have it completed by the time school starts.  When you see me on campus in a few weeks, ask me about it! 

 

August 5, 2014

In this issue:

  • Message from Dean Michelle Mancini Registrar Kirsten O’Beirne regarding Preregistration
  • Preregistration Guide (Another Must-Read!)
  • NEW! Latin Placement Exam
  • Chinese Placement Essay & Transportation Form – DUE August 10
  • Bi-Co Dietitian Special Diet Needs Form – DUE AUGUST 10
  • Music Interest Survey – DUE August 22
  • Dance Program Reminders
  • Campus Employment
  • Who’s Whoooo at Bryn Mawr – Profiles of Kirsten O’Beirne, Megan Kenny and Jennifer Hawkes of the Registrar’s Office


Message from Registrar Kirsten O’Beirne and Dean Michelle Mancini regarding Preregistration

Dear Entering Students,

It's finally here: Preregistration for entering student opens today!

The first day of classes is just a little less than a month away, and so it really is a good time to start planning in earnest for what classes you want to make up your first semester at Bryn Mawr.  You've already taken one important step, by selecting your three top Emily Balch Seminar choices.  All that data was used to make ESEM assignments, and you can now find yours in your BiONiC record.  That's one class set!  Some of you may also see that you've already been registered for the Quantitative Seminar, so that you'll be able to meet your Quantitative Readiness requirement this fall.  Keep in mind that ESEM and QSEM are finalized and cannot be changed.

Over the next two weeks, you'll get to select two to four other courses to preregister for, and another two to add to your shopping cart.  At your advising appointment on Friday August 29, you'll find that your adviser has reviewed your preregistration and your shopping cart and is eager to talk with you about your interest in those classes.  But your adviser will also be expecting you to have already come up with some new ideas, based on what you learned at the Academic Fair on Thursday, what you've heard from other Bryn Mawr students, or what you've learned from sessions with your dean.  You'll almost certainly be changing your preregistration on Friday, and it's that preregistration that will be used to determine initial course enrollments.  Learn more about this process and about the mechanics of using BiONiC by reading the Preregistration Guide for the Class of 2018

Preregistration is NOT first-come, first-served, but we encourage you to get started soon so you'll have time to get questions answered.  Questions about BiONiC itself go to the Registrar's Office; other questions should go to the welcomebmc@brynmawr.edu address and will be forwarded to your dean.  In some cases, your dean may be able to answer your questions, but in other cases she or he may say something about "don't worry too much about deciding that now  . . . you'll probably have a lot more clarity after you're here."  We want you to take this initial round of preregistration seriously, but we don't want you to get too stressed or anxious!

We decided to have someone from the Dean's Office and the Registrar's Office work together to write this message because course selection and registration really is something that both offices work on.  Kirsten O'Beirne and Michelle ManciniOverall, the deans have responsibility for advising issues, and the registrar's staff for actual registration, but there's a lot of overlap.  The staff of both offices are very aware that what we're asking you to do is really different from what most of you have done in the past, and we really are eager to help.

We hope you enjoy browsing through and learning more about some of the wonderful courses available to Bryn Mawr students.  For many of you, it will be hard to choose just a few, but remember that this is just the first of many semesters as a Bryn Mawr student.  You have a lot to look forward to!

Best,

Registrar Kirsten O'Beirne and Dean Michelle Mancini


Preregistration Guide (Another Must-Read!)
As mentioned in Dean Mancini’s message, the Preregistration Guide for the Class of 2018 is available at http://www.brynmawr.edu/enteringstudents/PreregistrationGuide.html.  This guide covers what the preregistration process is and what to expect.  It includes step-by-step instructions for selecting and adding your courses in BiONic.  Please be sure to read the entire guide before you start the preregistration process.  We also encourage you to look again at The Lantern (vol. 1) for useful advice about how to make some of the initial choices you face. 


NEW! Latin Placement Exam
There is one last placement exam for students planning to study Latin.  In Latinresponse to students' requests, the Latin department has recently developed a placement exam and is asking that students who have previously studied Latin complete the placement exam on Moodle before arriving on campus.  All entering students have been enrolled in the "Latin Placement Exam" on Moodle, where you can find more information.  If you have any questions about this exam, please contact Professor Radcliffe Edmonds at redmonds@brymawr.edu.


Chinese Placement Essay & Transportation Form – DUE August 10
This is a reminder that all entering students with some background in Chinese who wish to take Chinese, including heritage students who can speak the language with no or limited reading and writing skills, must submit a short essay by August 10 on Moodle.  The short essay will register you for the actual Chinese Placement Test, to be given at Haverford the morning of August 28.  To sign up for transportation to Haverford to take this exam, please complete the following form by August 10: https://brynmawr.wufoo.com/forms/chinese-placement-exam-register-by-aug-10-2014/.

  • Where to submit essay/register for Placement Test: Moodle > Courses > Organizations
  • Deadline for essay and transportation form: August 10
  • Time limit for essay: 3 hours
  • Contact person: Professor Changchun Zhang, czhang@brynmawr.edu


Bi-Co Dietitian Special Diet Needs Form – DUE AUGUST 10
If you are required to pay special attention to ingredients, please submit the Bi-Co Dietitian Special Diet Needs Form (see middle of page) to Nicole Patience, our registered dietician, by August 10. This form will help Nicole understand your dietary needs and help facilitate a discussion with you about potential accommodations at Bryn Mawr.


Music Interest Survey – DUE August 22
Over 400 students participate in ensembles and private lessons at Haverford and Bryn Mawr.  Unlike a school with a conservatory or large music department, Orchestranon-majors aren't crowded out of opportunities to sing or play in a fine ensemble or perform as a soloist with one of our choirs or orchestras.

If you are interested in playing in the orchestra, singing in a choir, and/or private study, please complete the Music department’s Music Interest Survey at http://www.brynmawr.edu/enteringstudents/HaverfordOrchestralandChoralprograms.html

Academic Integrity Tutorial – DUE August 24
The “Academic Integrity Tutorial (AIT) for Entering Students” is a Bi-Co online module that introduces new students to the expectations and best practices for producing academic work in college and beyond.  It covers the do’s, don’ts, and resources for topics such as citing sources, taking exams, avoiding plagiarism, and producing collaborative work.  All entering students are expected to complete the Academic Integrity Tutorial, which is now available on Moodle, by August 24.

To prepare for this tutorial and better understand self-governance at Bryn Mawr, please familiarize yourself with the Bryn Mawr’s Honor Code, available at http://sga.blogs.brynmawr.edu/honor-board/honor-code/.


Dance Program Reminders
Hello, dancers!  Mark your calendar for these important Dance Program dates!

  • First year students interested in taking Advanced Technique: Ballet or Intermediate Technique: Ballet must attend the BALLET PLACEMENT CLASS on THURS 8/28 4-5:30 PM in PEM STUDIO. Please enter at the door on Merion Ave to the left of the PEM Arch as you face it from the street (across from the blue bus stop). 
  • ENSEMBLE AUDITIONS at Pem Studio: 
  • Dance
    • Ballet Ensemble TUE 9/2 at 7:10 PM;
    • Modern Ensemble WED 9/3 at 4:40 PM; auditions are conducted like a class, no need to bring prepared material. (an additional modern ensemble as well as ensembles in jazz, African and hip-hop will be offered in the spring)
  • Dance Composition I and Anthropology of Dance begin the week of September 2.
  • All Dance Program technique courses and Ensemble rehearsals start the week of September 8.

Bryn Mawr offers a variety of dance classes at ALL levels including beginning.  To check out the Fall schedule, faculty, or news and events, please visit the Dance page at http://www.brynmawr.edu/dance/ or contact Linda Caruso Haviland at lcarusoh@brynmawr.edu with any questions.


Campus Employment for New Students
Every year first-year students work for Bryn Mawr College Dining Services (BMCDS). Dining Services Student Coordinator, Olivia Hollinger '16; Assistant Director, Richard Clow; and Student Supervisors from all Dining Operations would like to welcome new students who will work on-campus this year.  In their welcome letter to the Class of 2018, they emphasize the advantages for first-year students and explain which documents they must present during the Dining Services Employeesign-ups for campus employment with Dining Services. These sign-ups will take place during the following days and times during Customs Week: 

  • Thursday, August 28, 2014  11:00 am - 5:00 pm - Sign-up tables outside of Erdman Dining Hall (rain site: Erdman Dorm Entrance)
  • Friday, August 29, 2014  9:00 am  - 7 :00 pm - Sign-up tables outside of Erdman Dining Hall (rain site: Erdman Dorm Entrance)

For information about new student employment and to access the student application form, please visit http://www.brynmawr.edu/enteringstudents/newstudentemployment.html.


Who’s Whoooo at Bryn Mawr – Profiles of Kirsten O'Beirne, Megan Kenny and Jennifer Hawkes of the Registrar’s Office
In celebration of the long-awaited preregistration process, we’d like to introduce you to the hardworking individuals of the Registrar’s Office.  Kirsten, Megan and Jennifer play crucial roles in the registration and credit transfer processes.   They also have some interesting hobbies and talents, as well as some great tips for first-year students!  Read on to learn more:

Kirsten O'Beirne, Registrar

  • What I do: The Registrar's Office coordinates all aspects of course planning, registration and grading. I oversee the work we do with faculty and departments to gather course information and grading. We work with students around registration, doing the set-up in BIONIC and answering student questions during registration.  One of the things I do in particular is work with students on transferring credits from other Colleges back to Bryn Mawr.  So if you are ever thinking of taking a summer course, please come to see me!
  • Favorite book or movie: Hmmm, I have lots of favorite books and movies!  I am a big Harry Potter fan (books and movies), and I am looking forward to seeing episodes of Dr. Who with the new Doctor.
  • Dream vacation spot: I've never been to the Grand Canyon, and I would love to go there.
  • Favorite dessert: chocolate chip cookies
  • Best thing about Bryn Mawr: Bryn Mawr's campus!  It is beautiful! Kirsten O'Beirne
  • Best thing about the Registrar's Office: I like technology, but I would never want to stare at a screen all day. In the Registrar's Office we use BIONIC to make things like registration more efficient so that we have time to work directly with student on other things.
  • BMC club/activity I’d like to join: The BMC Greens!
  • Tip for the first year at BMC: Ask questions!  You will hear about all sorts of things this summer and during Customs, but no one expects you to remember everything!  We are happy to answer questions.
  • What I like about working with new students: The excitement and enthusiasm that new students bring at the start of the semester is contagious.
  • Favorite thing about my job: I love Bryn Mawr! In the Registrar's Office we work with faculty, students, administrative staff and alums so you can really see the mission of the College in action.
  • Favorite spot on campus: My office - really, my office is awesome.  I also love the Taft Garden behind Canaday Library
  • In my free time, I enjoy: Reading, and doing fun stuff with my daughter
  • If I were an animal, I'd be: I'd probably be a cat.  
  • Little known fact about me: I've been to every state on the east coast and the west coast of the US, but only one state in between.
  • My secret talent: I'm pretty good at trivia, as long as it isn't about music.
  • Nickname: Kir
  • On my summer to-do list is: Vacation, vacation and getting zucchini to grow in my garden - I have checked them all off!

 

Megan Kenny, Assistant Registrar

  • What I do: Help students to register for classes throughMegan Kenny's Dog Cookie Bionic, handle final exams (both scheduled and self-scheduled), am the liaison for the graduate schools, and assist with graduation.
  • Favorite book: My favorite book is Princess by Jean Sasson.  It was absolutely riveting!
  • Dream vacation spot: Tahiti
  • Favorite dessert: Anything with Nutella.
  • Best thing about Bryn Mawr: The leadership opportunities!  Students are really encouraged to step up and become comfortable as leaders. 
  • Best thing about the Registrar's Office: We maintain the integrity of the College's academic data (i.e. course info, enrollment data, grades) and are enthusiastic about our roles as data stewards. If a student ever has a question about her record, we are happy to look at it with her.
  • BMC club/activity I’d like to join: The Badminton Club.  My family used to play very competitive badminton games at our summer picnics, so I got really good at the game.
  • Tip for the first year at BMC: Review your unofficial transcript after every term.  It takes 2 minutes, so why not?
  • What I like about working with new students: I enjoy hearing about where they came from and all the things they want to do during their time at Bryn Mawr.  
  • Favorite thing about my job: Getting to talk with students everyday.
  • Favorite spot on campus: The row of weeping cherry trees behind Rockefeller Hall.  They look stunning in April when they bloom for just a week.  I always make sure to bring my camera to work and snap a few pics.
  • In my free time, I enjoy: Training my greyhound (see photo) in dog agility.
  • If I were an animal, I'd be: A bird.  I'd love to have wings and fly.
  • Little known fact about me: I once went on a free, brief hot air balloon ride - it was a thank you because the pilot landed in my backyard by accident!
  • My secret talent:  Flower arranging.  I took an elective class on the topic while in college and have been doing it for fun ever since. 
  • Nickname: Nix-nootz.  It means "darling little mischief maker" in the Pennsylvania Dutch language.
  • On my summer to-do list: Going tubing down the Delaware River.


Jennifer Hawkes,
Assistant Registrar

  • What I do: I assign classrooms, process test and transfer credit, evaluate student progress towards degrees, and handle SwarthmorJen Hawkese cross-registrations.
  • Favorite book and movie: Life of Pi.  Both the movie and book were great.
  • Dream vacation spot: Hiking Mount Everest or scuba the Great Barrier Reef
  • Favorite dessert: Anything with chocolate or in the summer angel food cake with fresh strawberries.
  • Best things about Bryn Mawr and Mawrters: As a graduate of a fellow Seven Sister's school, I appreciate the sisterhood and close-knit community.  I also love that students are passionate about a variety of causes and interests.
  • Best thing about the Registrar's Office: We all work well together and constantly try to improve the registration and academic administrative experience for both faculty and students.
  • BMC club/activity I’d like to join: I was a four year member of Indoor and Outdoor track when I was in college and would love to have that back.  There is nothing like being part of a team and having a great environment to train and compete in.
  • Tip for the first year at BMC: You will want to do everything, but you can't.  Pick a few things you are interested in and try those. When it comes to classes, learn some good study skills.  You will get far too little sleep if you try to read everything assigned to you closely.  Skimming is very valuable, and there is a skill to it!
  • What I like about working with new students: You have a chance to give them advice that will make their lives easier over their four years.
  • Favorite thing about my job: Solving problems and finding solutions when possible or at least good alternatives.
  • Favorite spot on campus:  I like the green behind Carpenter Library for a spring outdoor lunch or the garden behind Canaday Library.
  • In my free time, I enjoy: Running, Biking, Scuba Diving, Track & Field, Gardening, taking Adult Gymnastics lessons, learning to Golf.  Basically anything active.  I hate just sitting around. 
  •  If I were an animal, I'd be: Water animal: a dolphin.  Land animal: a monkey
  • Little known fact about me:  When I was competitive, I could high jump higher than my height.  I hold my college school record in indoor and outdoor track in High Jump, but I jumped higher after I graduated.
  • On my summer to-do list is: To build some Adirondack chairs for my backyard.


July 29, 2014

In this issue:

  • Message from Christina Rose Regarding Preregistration
  • Fall 2014 Semester Payment – DUE AUGUST 1
  • Overview of BiONic
  • Alternative PE Wellness Course
  • Housing Assignments Coming Soon!
  • Pre-Professional Advising (Health, Law, Education)
  • Information for Your Parents and Guardians
  • Themes of Customs Week Orientation
  • Who’s Whoooo at Bryn Mawr – Profiles of Arleen Zimmerle (Libraries) and Katie Feno (Help Desk)

 

Message from Dean Christina Rose Regarding Preregistration

Dear Entering Students,

I can’t believe how quickly the summer is coming to an end!  In less than a month, you’ll be on campus, starting this next great chapter of your lives.  So far this summer, you’ve completed many tasks to prepare you for the fall semester – housing forms, placement tests, and learning modules.  Starting next week, you’ll be able begin the process of preregistering for fall classes.  You’ll be using BiONiC to preregister; hopefully you’ve already had some time to experiment with this online system, but we also wanted to provide you with some information about how to use it in general.  Please read through this document, available at http://www.brynmawr.edu/enteringstudents/BionicOverview.html, for tips and information that will make your BiONiC experience more pleasant!  Keep in mind that the summer preregistration (August 5-20) is just the first step in choosing your overall course schedule for the fall.  The selections you make are not final and will likely change during Customs Week after you attend the academic fair and have an advising appointment. 

Speaking of advising, we're proud of our programs and what we offer students, but we're always looking for ways to enhance our services.  We'd like to tell you about two different programs that some of you will be participating in. 

  • The pilot faculty advising program
    For a few years now, we have been researching whether having an assigned faculty member adviser as well as a dean positively impacts a student’s experience during the first year of college.  In order to figure that out, we have been randomly assigning approximately 75 first-year students to this program each year.  Students who have a faculty adviser will learn more about their adviser and about this program in August.  Those students will meet with their faculty adviser during Customs Week and have at least three more meetings with their adviser during their first year at Bryn Mawr.
  • Alternative PE wellness program
    The second new program we’re piloting this year is an academic alternative to the Wellness Issues Seminar that every first-year students must take during the first half of the fall semester (providing your first 2 PE credits).  The alternative to the traditional Wellness course will last the entire first semester and will allow students to earn 2 PE credits plus 0.5 units of academic credit!  The course, called Metacognition and the Transition to College, will include the traditional Wellness topics, but also allow students to investigate their own learning styles and identities while providing strategies for the transition from high school to college.  FurChristina Rosether information about the course can be found below.  I’ve decided to design and teach this course because I wish I had had something like it when I went to college!  I hope you’ll join me for it.  

Best,

Christina

 

Fall 2014 Semester Payment – DUE AUGUST 1
The Fall 2014 semester payment is due to the College on August 1, 2014. Please make sure that your financing plan is in place.  If you have questions about accepting your student loans, applying for a Parent PLUS Loan, or signing up for the College Payment Plan, please contact Student Financial Services at:  610-526-5245 or sfs@brynmawr.edu.


Overview of BiONiCBionic Logo
As Dean Rose mentioned in her message, a general overview of BiONic is available here: http://www.brynmawr.edu/enteringstudents/BionicOverview.html.  Please read the information on this page to become more familiar BiONic before preregistration begins on August 5th.  With a little practice over the summer, you’ll hopefully be a BiONic pro by the time you arrive on campus!


Alternative PE Wellness Course

  • Are you worried that your high school didn’t prepare you well enough for the demands of college? 
  • Do you often battle the beast that is procrastination? 
  • Do you wish you knew your individual learning style and strengths? 

This class could be for you!

Metacognition and the Transition to College (GNST B048) is an alternative pathway to fulfill your Wellness requirement.  In addition to earning 2 Physical Education (PE) credits, students in this class will also earn 0.5 academic credits while learning how to use metacognition to bring out their best selves in and out of the classroom.  The seminar will be a small, inquiry-based course that will promote and encourage intellectual confidence by developing student success tactics including critical thinking, written and oral communication, research skills, self-reflection, and self-regulation – all while addressing larger questions of justice, identity, and community.   First-year students will have an opportunity to preregister for this course starting when preregistration opens on August 5th.

 

Housing Assignments Coming Soon!
Look out for an email from the Residential Life Office by August 1 with your housing assignment, roommate assignment and your mailbox number.  You can also expect to hear from your Customs People soon! 

In the meantime, you can check out the New Students section of the Residential Life Office website for move-in details, an overview of dorm life, advice from Hall Advisors and Customs People, and answers to your residential life questions!  Visit http://www.brynmawr.edu/residentiallife/newstudents/. Roommates Alex Francendesce and Anna Kalinsky

Please not that once you’ve received your mailbox number you can use the following shipping address to send packages to campus:

YOUR NAME
Bryn Mawr College
YOUR MAILBOX #
101 N. Merion Ave.
Bryn Mawr, PA 19010

 

Pre-Professional Advising (Health, Law, Education)
As you may already know, pre-professional advising is available to Bryn Mawr students interested in careers that require entrance exams or long-term preparation, such as health professions, law and secondary education.  If you are interested in one of these career paths, you will have ample opportunity to connect with an advisor once you are on campus.  

To learn more about these professions and the advising available, consult these pages:

Mark your calendars! On Thursday, August 29, 8:00-9:00 am during Customs Week, Health Professions Adviser Mary Beth Davis will lead an orientation for new students who plan to pursue a career in medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine or public health.

 

Information for Your Parents and Guardians
Your parent(s) and guardian(s) should have recently received a packet of information either via email or by post from the Dean’s Office.  Information for parents and guardians is also available on the For Parents and Guardians page on the Entering Students website.  Please direct the appropriate members of your family to that page. Parent Guardian

Health Center staff will join other campus resources on Monday, August 25 at a session for parents and families during the International Students Orientation and on Wednesday, August 27, 11:00 am-12:30 pm during Customs Week at an informal resource fair in the Campus Center main lounge.  Kay Kerr, MD, the Medical Director of Student Health Services, and Reggie Jones, MSS, LCSW, Director of Counseling Services, will be available for appointments to meet with parents and guardians to discuss medical or counseling concerns. Parent(s) or guardian(s) who would like to with the Medical Director or the Director of Counseling may email Ronda Taylor (rtaylor@brynmawr.edu) at the beginning of that week, indicating their availability on Wednesday or at other times during that week. 

 

Themes of Customs Week Orientation
Customs ThemesLearn more about the year-long Customs program and the themes of the Customs Week orientation at http://www.brynmawr.edu/enteringstudents/CustomsThemes.html.

The schedules for the International Students Orientation and for Customs Week will be posted at http://www.brynmawr.edu/enteringstudents/customs.html on August 1. Updates will be added to this page throughout Customs Week.

 

Who’s Whoooo at Bryn Mawr – Profiles of Arleen Zimmerle (Libraries) and Katie Feno (Help Desk)
This week we’re featuring fun factoids about, not one, but TWO Bryn Mawr staff members – Arleen Zimmerle and Katie Feno – who work for Information Services.  The Library and Help Desk staff work alongside one another to provide students with top-notch research assistance and computing support.  In fact, the Help Desk is conveniently located on the first floor of Canaday Library, the main branch of Bryn Mawr’s three libraries.  They are always happy to help students, so don’t be shy about reaching out to staff in person at the library reference desk, through the Ask a Librarian service, at library@brynmawr.edu (for research help) or at help@brynmawr.edu (for computing help). 

Be sure to say hello to Arleen and Katie if you see them during your Information Services and Library Tour on Thursday, August 28 of Customs Week!

Arleen Zimmerle, Reference & Media Librarian Arlene Zimmerle

  • What I do: I help students with media requests and research in the humanities -- English, Creative Writing, Performing Arts and Film Studies.
  • Favorite book, song or movie: Recent favorites were Richard Linklater's film, Boyhood, and Karen Thompson Walker's novel, The Age of Miracles
  • Dream vacation spot: I've visited 17 countries so far, but would love to go to Japan or India.
  • Favorite dessert: My mother's Czech Kolaches.
  • Best thing about Bryn Mawr: You can hang out with the faculty! We have some really great professors.
  • Best thing about BMC Libraries/Help Desk: Our personal service... we still offer one-to-one help with your research, just email us at library@brynmawr.edu.
  • BMC club/activity I’d like to join: Anime Club - they're great, and donate their DVDs to the library, so everyone can enjoy them.
  • Tip for the first year at BMC: Learn who is the subject librarian for your major(s)! Their pictures and info are on our Research Guides - http://libguides.brynmawr.edu.  Don't be afraid to contact them for help or advice.
  • What I like about working with new students: Hearing their suggestions for books and movies that the libraries should buy. Taft Garden
  • Favorite thing about my job: Every day there's an opportunity to learn something new. 
  • Favorite spot on campus: Quita's Corner, our fun book nook in Canaday, or the Taft Garden (see photo) for some peaceful relaxation.
  • In my free time, I enjoy: Travel! Nothing beats hitting the road.
  • If I were an animal, I'd be: A cat - well fed and napping whenever I pleased.
  • Little known fact about me: I am married to the Religion & Fine Arts Librarian at Haverford.
  • My secret talent: I love to scour thrift shops for vintage earrings, scarves, etc.

 

Katie Feno (BMC ’06), Manager of Public Service Desks Katie Feno

  • What I do: I'm responsible for the Help Desk and Canaday Circulation Desk. My days involve things like writing documentation, managing student and professional employees, answering Help Desk calls, going to meetings, and paging books.
  • Favorite book, song or movie: The Enchanted Forest Chronicles by Patricia C. Wrede -- If only I had a robe (or magical door!) like Morwen!
  • Favorite Quote: "And, above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don't believe in the magic will never find it." - Roald Dahl
  • Favorite dessert: Floating Island
  • Best thing about Bryn Mawr: The diversity! You really can learn something from everyone you meet.
  • Best thing about BMC Libraries/Help Desk: The human interaction. You can really get know the reference and special collections librarians and help desk professionals. We also have a really great set of student employees that keep the library and help desk going into the wee hours. Plus, we offer the fun of 24-Hour Canaday, the couple weeks at the end of each semester when we keep the library open 24/7!
  • BMC club/activity I’d like to join: Lighted Fools (Bi-Co improve group)
  • Tip for the first year at BMC: Connect your computer, phone, iPad, whatever to the eduroam network! It's a secure network that you can use to get on the internet at other eduroam institutions (like Swarthmore, Drexel, Cornell, and Oxford). See the IS blog for more info (http://is.blogs.brynmawr.edu/), and look for our Connect Your Device Clinic during Customs Week.
  • What I like about working with new students: As an alum, I like seeing how new generations see Bryn Mawr and our traditions.
  • Favorite thing about my job: Working with my student employees! And, getting to explore the photography books on Canaday’s B-floor.
  • Favorite spot on campus: Quita's Corner in Canaday; I love seeing the fun books and the Staff and Student Picks that are added there!
  • In my free time, I enjoy: Traveling, eating, and reading.
  • If I were an animal, I'd be: A unicorn 
  • Little known fact about me: I have watched the full Buffy the Vampire Slayer series 3 times. It's still my favorite television show!
  • My secret talent: Helping people plan trips to Disney World

July 22, 2014

In this issue:

  • Welcome Message from Director of Student Activities Mary Beth Horvath
  • ESem Registration – DUE JULY 25
  • Fall 2014 Payment – DUE AUGUST 1
  • It’s not too late to enroll in the College Payment Plan!
  • Perkins Loan Promissory Notes Mailed and Entrance Counseling Required
  • Bi-Co Dietitian Special Diet Needs Form – DUE AUGUST 10
  • Self-Governance at Bryn Mawr
  • Like to Bike?
  • Checking the Summer To-Do List
  • Ballet Placement Class
  • Who’s Whoooo at Bryn Mawr – Profile of Patti Lausch, Assistant Director of International Student and Scholar Services and Advising

 

Welcome Message from Director of Student Activities Mary Beth Horvath

Greetings Class of 2018!

Bryn Mawr is a college rich in history and traditiMary Beth Horvathon and soon you will be joining the community as the newest dark blue class. Did you know that each class has a class color and that the color does not repeat until the class graduates? The class colors dark blue, light blue, red, and green were chosen as representatives of the four elements: water, air, fire and earth. The McBride color is purple. All incoming students receive a tote bag in their class color from Student Activities during Customs Week. Class colors and your class color tote bag are two of the many traditions you will experience as a Bryn Mawr student.

As Director of Student Activities, my role is to help you become part of the community outside the classroom.  In addition to me, the Office of Student Activities consists of four undergraduate Activities Assistants and a graduate student intern. Together we plan activities, events, and trips to help you become engaged in not only the Bryn Mawr community but Philadelphia as well. The Activities Assistants are a great resource for what’s happening on and off campus and regularly offer information on our Facebook site. If you haven’t yet joined, look us up at BMC Activities!

This summer I’ve been working with the Traditions Mistresses on the first major tradition of the year, Parade Night. Parade Night is a celebration of the completion of the first week of classes and will be held on September 5. First year students are introduced to their sibling class, the juniors, as well as to their adversarial class, the sophomores, and the apathetic seniors. Parade Night roles are based on the relationships defined by the classes. The juniors and seniors "mentor" the first year students and sophomores, respectively, until as juniors and seniors, they receive younger sibling classes. These relationships are prevalent throughout the first three major traditions (Parade Night, Lantern Night, and Hell Week).

While I spend much of my time helping students become engaged in the campus community, I also tackle difficult and challenging topics to help you prepare to live in a residential community. So, don’t forget to complete Alcohol.Edu and Lasting Choices. These programs are important so that everyone has a common knowledge base about alcohol use and misuse and sexual assault. If you haven’t received the email with instructions for completing these courses, please email studentactivities@brynmawr.edu.

I’ll spend the remainder of the summer planning out a semester of activities for you to enjoy. Here’s a sneak preview of what’s in happening in September:

  • September 6: Outdoor movie on Merion Green
  • September 11: We’re going to see the Tony award winning musical Book of Mormon!
    Tickets are $10 and will available beginning September 2.
  • September 12: Fall Frolic

Bryn Mawr has over 150 student clubs and organizations; there truly is something for every interest. Joining a club will not only help you become more connected to the Bryn Mawr community it will also help you gain essential personal and professional skills such as decision making, time management, communication, delegation, motivation, problem solving, and budgeting. Come and find a club that fits you at Fall Frolic!

  • September 12: After Fall Frolic check out a baseball game as the Phillies take on the Marlins at Citizens Bank Park! Tickets are $10 and will available beginning September 2.
  • September 27: College Fest
    Explore what Philadelphia has to offer! Many museums and cultural institutions are free for college students during this special welcome event sponsored by Campus Philly and the City of Philadelphia.

You have a lot to look forward to at Bryn Mawr. SClass Color Tote Bagee you soon!

Mary Beth Horvath, Ed.D.
Director of Student Activities

P.S. - Your class color tote bags arrived last week and they look great!

 

ESem Registration – Due July 25
Friday, July 25 is the deadline to register for your Emily Balch Seminar.  If you haven’t yet registered, please read this July 22 update from Professor Gail Hemmeter.

 

Fall 2014 Payment – DUE AUGUST 1 Money
Is your Fall 2014 semester bill not yet paid?  It is not too late to enroll in College Payment Plan, Pay Online, or mail a paper check.  Payment information and options are available at the “Pay your bill” link located at https://www.brynmawr.edu/financial-aid/current-undergraduate-students.

Questions? Contact Student Financial Services at 610-526-5245 or sfs@brynmawr.edu.

 

It’s not too late to enroll in the College Payment Plan!
Not sure how to pay for the family’s portion of the Fall 2014 Bill?  It is not too late to enroll in the automatic monthly payment plan.  For enrollment instructions, see http://www.brynmawr.edu/enteringstudents/PayingBill.html.

 

Perkins Loan Promissory Notes Mailed and Entrance Counseling Required
Your Perkins Promissory MPN will be mailed to your home during the first week of August.

You can go in now and complete your Perkins Loan entrance interview at the following link: http://brynmawr.edu/controller/studentaccounts.shtml.  Under Student Accounts Related Links, click on “Perkins Loans Entrance Interview.”

Questions? Contact Student Financial Services at 610-526-5245 or sfs@brynmawr.edu.

 

Bi-Co Dietitian Special Diet Needs Form – DUE AUGUST 10
If you are required to pay special attention to ingredientsFruit Platter, please submit the Bi-Co Dietitian Special Diet Needs Form to Nicole Patience, our registered dietician, by August 10. This form will help Nicole understand your dietary needs and help facilitate a discussion with you about potential accommodations at Bryn Mawr.

 

Self-Governance at Bryn Mawr
Dear incoming students,

On behalf of the undergraduate student body, the Bryn Mawr College Self-Government Association Executive Board welcomes you to Bryn Mawr and to SGA!

Bryn Mawr, in 1892, was the first college in the nation to become self-governing. Today, all Bryn Mawr undergraduate students are members of the Self-Government Association, an association built on trust and respect within our community. As Mawrters, we constantly grow stronger in our autonomy, authority, and abilities. As a community, which includes students, staff, faculty, administration, and alumnae, we gain a sense of responsibility and respect. As young people, we become confident in our thoughts, our ideas, and ourselves. We become empowered through our self-governance.

As entering students, you will soon be exposed to this self-governing student body, which touches all corners of Bryn Mawr’s campus. We hope that you keep self-governance in mind while preparing for your arrival and what will be four empowering and unforgettable years!

Best wishes,SGA Executive Board

Syona Arora ’15, President

Alexis De La Rosa ’15, Vice-President

Charlie Bruce ’16, Secretary/Parliamentarian

Namita Dwarakanth ’15, Treasurer

Melanie Bahti ’16, Head of the Honor Board

2014-2015 Bryn Mawr College Self-Government Association Executive Board

Learn about self-governance, the Self-Government Association, and more at the SGA website.

Also check out our Twitter @bmcsga, and like us on Facebook at Bryn Mawr College Self-Government Association.

Here are some things to look forward to in the fall:

  • SGA sessions during Customs Week
  • SGA 101 and Plenary 101 during the first week of classes
  • Weekly SGA meetings on Sundays at 7 PM in the Campus Center
  • Bryn Mawr Leadership Orientation Workshops
  • Elections (click here for more information!)
  • Appointments (click here for more information!)
  • Plenary (learn more about Plenary!)

 

Like to Bike?
If you are thinking about bringing a bicycle to campus, this message is for you. Biking is no doubt a great way to get around, but Campus Safety suggests that you hold off on bringing your bike or purchasing one locally until you are familiar with the campus and the surrounding neighborhood.  Each year many bikes are left behind on campus, so you may want to wait to bring a bike when you know for sure that you will ride it.  Bike

Luckily there are many transportation options available to students. Bryn Mawr has a very walkable campus and transport is available to Haverford (Bi-Co Blue Bus), Swarthmore (Tri-Co Van), or Philadelphia (SEPTA’s Paoli-Thorndale and R-100 lines).

Bikes can pose a safety hazard when students place them in front of the emergency exits in residence halls, so, if you use a bike at Bryn Mawr, please be sure to park it responsibly.

For more information on transportation and safety at Bryn Mawr, please visit http://www.brynmawr.edu/transportation/index.shtml and http://www.brynmawr.edu/safety/services.htm.

 

Checking the Summer To-Do List

Last week approximately 275 of you To-Do Listchecked the Summer To-Do List. Be sure to check keep checking this list over the summer for updates.  The AlcoholEdu and Lasting Choices online learning modules have been added to the to-do list.  In the coming weeks you’ll receive information regarding the Academic Integrity Tutorial, which has also been added to the list.


Ballet Placement ClassBallet

Students with experience in ballet should attend a placement class on Thursday, August 28 from 4:00 - 5:30 pm in the Pembroke Dance Studio.  Please come dressed to dance; no need to prepare anything.  

Students new to ballet should not take this placement class but simply register for Ballet I.  Send questions to Professor Linda Caruso-Haviland, lcarusoh@brynmawr.edu or phone 610-526-5601.

 

Who’s Whoooo at Bryn Mawr – Profile of Patti Lausch, Assistant Director of International Student and Scholar Services and AdvisingPatti Lausch

This week we’d like to introduce you to Patti Lausch, who organizes and facilitates the International Student Orientation (ISO).  Find out about her favorite things about campus, BMC students and the summer.

  • What I do: I serve the international population on campus through advising, immigration services, programming, advocacy, and outreach.
  • My major in college: Early Childhood Education B.S., Counseling Psychology M.A.
  • Favorite book: Unbroken by Laura Hillebrand
  • Dream vacation spot: BEACH
  • Favorite dessert: Chocolate Coconut Cake
  • Favorite spot on campus: So many to choose from --Cambrian Row, Wyndham, Quita Woodward, Sunken Gardens
  • BMC club/activity I’d like to join: She's the First
  • Tip for the first year at BMC: Stay open to all that is around you. Try new things. Take care of yourself.
  • What I like about working with international students: We learn from each other. My advising assists students as they navigate the U.S. system as they pursue their education. International students teach me more about the world then I ever imagined.
  • Favorite thing about my job: Welcoming students from all over the world, witnessing them grow and change during their time at BMC, and knowing they are out in the world making a difference.
  • Favorite song or movie: A League of Their Own
  • Best things about Mawrters: No two are the same and yet they are one.
  • In my free time, I enjoy: Biking, whitewater rafting, travel, board games
  • If I were an animal, I'd be: Chipmunk.  Always running around crazy busy.
  • Little known fact about me: I saw Mother Theresa in person.
  • Something on my summer to-do list: Play and Relax

July 15, 2014

In this issue:

  • A Message from Katie Krimmel, Associate Dean of LILAC
  • BMC ID Card (OneCard) Registration –  DUE JULY 18
  • Fall 2014 Payment – DUE AUGUST 1  
  • It’s not too late to enroll in the College Payment Plan!
  • Perkins Loan Promissory Notes Mailed and Entrance Counseling Required
  • July 15 ESem Update
  • What to bring (and not bring) for your dorm room
  • Questions about AP, IB and A-Level test scores?
  • Academic and Student Support Services at BMC
  • June 21 Email from Student Activities
  • Who’s Whoooo at Bryn Mawr – Profile of Academic Support and Learning Resources Specialist Rachel Heiser

A Message from Katie Krimmel, Associate Dean of LILAC
The Leadership, Innovation, and Liberal Arts Center (LILAC) is marking its second year at Bryn Mawr.  LILAC, which encompasses Career and Professional Development and Civic Engagement, provides opportunities for Bryn Mawr students to help foster their personal and professional growth.  This week we are pleased to share with you a welcome message from Associate Dean of LILAC Katie Krimmel.

Dear Class of 2018,

Soon you will embark on an exciting and challenging developmental experience as you begin your first year of college at Bryn Mawr.  There are many staff and faculty members who are here to support, encourage and stretch you over the next four years.  Sometimes things will be fun, sometimes things will be difficult, sometimes there will be clarity, and sometimes there will be ambiguity.  No matter what you are feeling, there is always a great support team that is here for you in the Leadership, Innovation, and Liberal Arts Center (LILAC).  As the Associate Dean for LILAC, I am fortunate to work with a great team of colleagues whose number one priority is the students. 

College is a time to engage in learning and to discover your passions and interests.  As you step foot on campus in August, you will be exposed to endless opportunities to learn about yourself.  There will be numerous experiences from classes to volunteering to internships to personal development workshops that will be available to you.  Take advantage of these resources and explore.  Each experience will provide you with data about yourself and how you engage in the world around you! 

LILAC’s mission is to prepare liberal arts students to be effective, self-aware leaders in their chosen life pursuits.  The Center, in its second year of existence, includes staff who focus on leadership, civic engagement and career and professional development.  The competencies that the LILAC team hopes you will explore and foster through the programs we offer include social responsibility, communication, conceptual thinking, connection, cultural competency, implementation, and reflective practice.  We have a physical presence in both the Campus Center and on Cambrian Row and welcome you to drop by either place at any time.  There are no expectations that you come to see us with fully formed ideas about your future.  We see our role as helping you explore and learn through meaningful experiences. 

Another goal of LILAC is to connect you with the incredible alumnae network of Bryn Mawrters that exists across the world.  Many have walked in your footsteps and LILAC is continuously developing ways to facilitate introductions across classes. 

Look for an email from me early in the fall semester that outlines the specific programs the Center will offer in Fall of 2014.  This email will also include links to register for programs.  A brief sampling of what we offer includes: 

  • Leadership and personal development through workshops, assessments, and intensive programs
  • Academic courses called Praxis that offer learning through connections with community organizations
  • A robust database of job opportunities specifically for Bryn Mawr students called Lantern Link
  • Summer internship funding
  • Exploration of post-graduation opportunities
  • Connection to alumnae through an Alumna-in-Residence program, International Skype Series, and lunches with the President
  • Student leadership opportunities such as the Leadership Empowerment Advancement Program (LEAP), Career Peers Program, and Student Coordinator roles for service programs

Katie KrimmelMaking connections with faculty and staff will enhance your experience and the LILAC team is eager to meet you and work with you over your next four years as you learn what your interests and passions are and how you can apply those post-graduation.  We hope to see you this fall!  It’s never too early to start exploring!

See you soon!

Katie

 

BMC ID Card (OneCard) Registration – DUE JULY 18
OneCardIf you haven’t already done so, please register for the OneCard, the official identification card of Bryn Mawr and Haverford, by July 18.  To register, go to https://get.cbord.com/bico/full/login.php, enter your information to sign up, and upload your photo.

Questions? Contact Bryan Connor, OneCard Administrator, at 610-526-5645.

 

Fall 2014 Payment – DUE FRIDAY, AUGUST 1
Image of Bill PaymentIs your Fall 2014 semester bill not yet paid?  It is not too late to enroll in College Payment Plan, Pay Online, or mail a paper check.  Payment information and options are available at the “Pay your bill” link located at https://www.brynmawr.edu/financial-aid/current-undergraduate-students.

Questions? Contact Student Financial Services at 610-526-5245 or sfs@brynmawr.edu.

 

It’s not too late to enroll in the College Payment Plan!
Still not sure how to pay for the family’s portion of the Fall 2014 Bill?  It is not too late to enroll in the automatic monthly payment plan.  For enrollment instructions, see http://www.brynmawr.edu/enteringstudents/PayingBill.html.

 

Perkins Loan Promissory Notes Mailed and Entrance Counseling Required
Your Perkins Promissory MPN will be mailed to your home during the first week of August.

You can go in now and complete your Perkins Loan entrance interview at the following link: http://brynmawr.edu/controller/studentaccounts.shtml.  Under Student Accounts Related Links, click on “Perkins Loans Entrance Interview.”

Questions? Contact Student Financial Services at 610-526-5245 or sfs@brynmawr.edu.

 

July 15 ESem Registration Update
If you haven’t yet signed up for the Emily Balch Seminars, please read this July 15 update from Professor Gail Hemmeter.

 

What to bring (and not bring) for your dorm roomStudent moving into dorm
Wondering what you should bring to campus, what you shouldn’t bring, and what you could share with your roommate?  Consult this page of the Residential Life Office website - http://www.brynmawr.edu/residentiallife/newstudents/importantinfo.shtml.

 



Questions about AP, IB and A-Level test scores?
AP, IB, and A-Level test scores may be used to satisfy credits towards graduation, but cannot be counted towards general education requirements.  Information on credit for AP scores is available at http://www.brynmawr.edu/registrar/students/APTestScores.html, and information on IB and A-Level scores is available at http://www.brynmawr.edu/registrar/students/IB_ALevels.html.  If you have questions about how AP, IB and A-Level test scores may affect your course selection, please contact your dean.  For technical questions about how these scores transfer to Bryn Mawr, please contact the Registrar’s Office at registrar@brynmawr.edu.



Academic and Student Support Services at BMC
 Welcome to Bryn Mawr Class of 2018! Student taking exam

Being a Bryn Mawr student is a notable accomplishment and sets you on a journey that will help shape you as a force in the world.  During your time here, you will meet many friends, share in unforgettable experiences and pursue academic feats through a rigorous curriculum.  These endeavors can be empowering and enlightening, as well as occasionally challenging to manage.  However, there are many support services at BMC that aim to help students navigate their college experience!

Students in many different situations may choose to meet with some of the great academic and student support services offered: students struggling in courses; those wanting to build on successes; or those trying to find balance amongst academics, activities, work and relationships. We collaborate with each student to identify and adopt methods that utilize your unique strengths.

For more information about Bryn Mawr’s academic and support services, please visit: http://www.brynmawr.eduhttp://www.brynmawr.edu/academicsupport/StudentSupportServices.html

Cheers to what I hope will be a fulfilling, stimulating and joy-filled academic year!

Rachel Heiser
Academic Support and Learning Resources Specialist

 

July 21 Email from Student Activities
Look for an email from Student Activities on July 21 regarding two online modules -- Alcohol.edu and Lasting Choices: Protecting Our Campus from Sexual Assault.  You will be expected to complete these modules by August 22.  

 

Who’s Whoooo at Bryn Mawr – Profile of Academic Support and Learning Resources Specialist Rachel Heiser

Rachel HeiserIn addition to providing students with academic and learning support, Rachel serves on the Self-Care at BMC Committee.  She also has many talents (see photo for one of them).  Read on to learn more about Rachel!

  • What I do: I'm the Academic Support and Learning Resources Specialist, which means I help you explore your strengths and implement techniques for more effective learning, studying, test-taking, note-taking and time and stress management so that you feel confident and motivated.
  • My major in college: Psychology
  • Dream vacation spot: I also couldn't pick one place!  However, I really want to do a full tour of Europe someday.
  • Favorite dessert: Crème brûlée
  • Favorite spot on campus: Cloisters
  • BMC club/activity I’d like to join: Any of the a capella groups!
  • Tip for the first year at BMC: Get to know your DLT (Dorm Leadership Team)! They are great BMC guides and can be some of the best mentors!
  • Favorite movie: Amélie
  • Best thing about Mawrters:  Passion!
  • What I like about working with new students: The excitement and energy you bring to campus each year!
  • Favorite thing about my job: Working with students!
  • In my free time, I enjoy: Experiencing culture and nature with family and friends
  • If I were an animal, I'd be: Quokka: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/01/07/quokka-happiest-animal-in-world_n_2426133.html Quokka
  • Little known fact about me: I ride a motorcycle.
  • My secret talent:  Music (I play several instruments and sing!)
  • Nickname: Skittles

 

July 7, 2014

  • Message from Raima Evan
  • Qtest Deadline Extended – DUE JULY 8
  • Want to play a fall sport? – CONTACT COACH BY JULY 11
  • Bi-Co Dietitian Special Diet Needs Form – DUE AUGUST 10
  • What’s that course in my schedule on BIONIC?
  • Sending bed linens and packages to Bryn Mawr
  • Access Services
  • Who’s Whoooo at Bryn Mawr – Profile of Executive Assistant to the Dean Joann O’Doherty

 

Message from Raima Evan

Dear Class of 2018,

It’s hard to believe that we’re almost at the midpoint of July.  Here in the Dean’s Office, we’re reading your files and getting ready for your arrival.  Believe it or not, it won’t be long before you’ll be arriving on campus, unpacking your bags, and meeting the people on your hall. 

In the meantime, there are some important tasks on the Bryn Mawr Summer To-Do List that you’ll need to accomplish in the next few weeks.  I know that all of you are no doubt busy with personal to-do lists of your own.  It may feel like a lot to complete things like the Advising Questionnaire and placement exams over the summer, when you may be working, volunteering, or traveling.  But completing these tasks on time will help us help you when you arrive here.  The Advising Questionnaire, for instance, gives us a detailed sense of your interests and your high school preparation, and it will help us better advise you about fall classes. 

Balancing academic responsibilities and personal commitments over the summer is also good practice for life in college.  As you will soon discover, much about your day-to-day life at Bryn Mawr will feel different from your experience in high school.  Whether you’ve come from halfway across the world or from a town relatively nearby, it’s probably the case that your high school classes occupied most of each day, five days a week.  Here at Bryn Mawr, there may be weekdays when you won’t have any classes at all, or you’ll have just a few hours of class.  You’ll have a lot more freedom here, but this freedom will require careful choices on your part.  You’ll have to decide how much time to devote to studying, socializing, participating in activities, and earning money.  The school day here won’t provide an unvarying structure for you, so you will have to figure out the structure that works for you.  There will be many people on campus to support you in this process:  classmates, peer mentors, and staff members in the Dean’s Office and the Health Center, to mention only a few. 

This week’s newsletter contains several reminders and updates that apply to all of you (such as information about mailing packages and registering for your OneCard) as well as some information that may pertain only to some of you (participating in fall sports). 

I know everyone in the Dean’s Office joins me in wishing you well as you embark on theRaima Evan second half of your summer.  We’re looking forward to meeting you soon!

Sincerely,

Raima Evan

Assistant Dean

 

 

Qtest Deadline Extended – DUE JULY 8
The deadline for the Qtest (Quantitative Readiness Assessment) has been extended by one day.  Today is now the last day to take the Qtest!  If you are unable to complete the Qtest today, or are unable to enroll in courses that require QR (Quantitative Readiness) during pre-registration (August 5-20), please contact Professor Betsy Horner at bhorner@brynmawr.edu.  She welcomes the opportunity to assist you with your unique situation.

 

Want to play a fall sport? – CONTACT COACH BY JULY 11Fall Sports
If you would like to participate in a fall sport but haven’t yet contacted a coach, please email the head coach of the sport you’d like to join no later than Friday, July 11. 

Cross Country

Coach Jason Hewitt

jshewitt@brynmawr.edu

Field Hockey

Coach Beth Riley

briley@brynmawr.edu

Soccer

Coach Erin DeMarco

edemarco@brynmawr.edu

Volleyball

Coach Nicole Reiley

nreiley@brynmawr.edu

Arrival information for fall athletes is available here: http://www.brynmawr.edu/enteringstudents/arrival.html#athletics.

 

Bi-Co Dietitian Special Diet Needs Form – DUE AUGUST 10
Do you have a special dietary condition or food allergy? Bryn Mawr College Dietician Nicole Patience is here for you!  If you indicated on your health paperwork that you have a condition or allergy that requires special attention to ingredients, please submit the Bi-Co Dietitian Special Diet Needs Form to Nicole by August 10. This form will help her undeNicole Patiencerstand your dietary needs and help facilitate a discussion with you about potential accommodations.

 

What’s that course in my schedule on BIONIC?
Bionic LogoIf you’ve ventured onto BIONIC lately (yay!), you’ve probably noticed that there’s an EMILY B001-099 course listedon your schedule.  This is a placeholder to reserve space in your schedule for the Emily Balch Seminar (ESem).  You will be assigned to your specific section of ESem in August.


How do I send bed linens and packages to Bryn Mawr? Image of package
Some of you, especially those who live far away from Bryn Mawr, may be wondering how to get bed linens. You may have received an email or packet in the mail from Our Campus Market over the summer. Our Campus Market sells linens to Bryn Mawr students at a discount rate.  You also have the option of using another vendor of your choice. 

If you are ordering linens or sending other packages to Bryn Mawr before August 1, please use the following shipping address, as you will not yet have your BMC mailbox number:

Your Name
Class of 2018
Bryn Mawr College
101 N. Merion Ave.
Bryn Mawr, PA 19010


Access Services
Bryn Mawr welcomes students with disabilities to the College community.  Access Services provides individualized support and reasonable accommodations for eligible students with learning, physical, or psychological disorders.  Contact the Coordinator of Access Services Deb Alder at dalder@brynmawr.edu or call 610-526-7351.


Who’s Whoooo at Bryn Mawr – Profile of Executive Assistant to the Dean Joann O’Doherty
Joann O'DohertyThis week we’re introducing you to Joann O’Doherty. Because of Joann’s watchful eye, dedication and impeccable organizational skills, the Dean’s Office is able to run effectively and efficiently. A 2001 recipient of the prestigious McPherson Award, she is also a master event planner and is responsible for organizing many memorable receptions for the Dean’s Office.  Meet Joann:

  • What I do: I work as the Executive Assistant to the Dean of the College and also serve as the Office Manager.   My job entails scheduling meetings with the Deans and others across campus, monitoring the budgets, processing student payments, organizing special events on campus, such as Emily Balch Speaker event, and working every day to ensure that the day-to-day operations of the Dean’s Office run smoothly.
  • Favorite Book: Fall of Giants by Ken Follett
  • Dream vacation spot: I just returned from the Amalfi Coast of Italy--it was amazing!
  • Favorite dessert: Anything with cinnamon!
  • Best things about Mawrters: Their diligence.
  • Best thing about working for the Dean's Office: Working with wonderful colleagues & helping students.
  • BMC club/activity I’d like to join: Photography Club-love taking pictures of places I visit.
  • Tip for the first year at BMC: Don't stress out--it will all work out & there are wonderful resources available on campus to help you.
  • What I like about working with new students: Their eagerness to learn.
  • Favorite thing about my job: Interacting with students.
  • Favorite spot on campus: The fountain behind Canaday Library.
  • In my free time, I enjoy: Working out, entertaining family and friends, playing volleyball, spending time at the beach, and especially playing with my four grandchildren.
  • Little known fact: I have worked for Bryn Mawr for over 19 years-- I guess you can tell how much I like it here!
  • If I were an animal, I'd be: A dog--I love to run & be outdoors.
  • Nickname: My friends and family call me "Jo."
  • Secret Talent: Event planning

July 1, 2014

Fireworks Owl

In this Holiday Edition:

  • Message from Michelle Mancini
  • Advising Questionnaire - FINAL REMINDER
  • BMC ID Card (OneCard) Registration – DUE JULY 18
  • Missed a Placement Exam Deadline: Now what?
  • Customs and ISO Schedule Update
  • Who’s Whoooo at Bryn Mawr – Profile of Dean’s Office Summer Intern Swetha Narasimhan ‘15

 

Message from Michelle Mancini

Dear Class of 2018,

Although you’re reading this on Tuesday, I’m writing it on Friday – my last in the office before I go off on a couple of weeks of vacation.  Some of you may be on vacation, too.  Here in the United States, the 4th of July is the big holiday of the summer.  Yes, we celebrate the 240th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence, but we also celebrate summer!  (I’ll actually be in Vancouver, British Columbia, for vacation, so I’ll miss July 4 but will get to celebrate Canada Day on July 1 instead.)

The Dean’s Office and the College as a whole will be closed July 4, but open the rest of the week.  If you are interested in learning more about how religious and national holidays work at Bryn Mawr, please see the Other Topics section of the FAQ page.

Most of this newsletter continues in the “friendly reminders” spirit of last week.  By this time next week, all the tests will be done and most of you will have completed ESem registration.  The faculty will be evaluating your tests so that you’ll know more about your placement in time for the launch of preregistration on August 5.  Next week’s newsletter will shift focus a little, since many of the upcoming to-do itemMichelle Mancinis have more to do with college life in general than just preparing for class selection. 

Keep the questions coming, keep moving through the to-do list, and remember to have fun!

Yours,

Michelle Mancini
Associate Dean

 

Advising Questionnaire – FINAL REMINDER

The July 7 deadline for the Advising Questionnaire is around the corner.

This questionnaire is expected of all students and will be invaluable in helping your dean get to know you better, even before you arrive in person.  Your voice is the most crucial one in any advising conversation, and right now this is your way to let us hear from you!

 

BMC ID Card (OneCard) Registration – DUE JULY 18
It is important that you register for the OneCard, Bryn Mawr’s official OneCardidentification card, by July 18. This card will grant you access to your dorm, meals at the dining halls, libraries, and other facilities at Bryn Mawr and Haverford.  To register for the OneCard and upload your photo, please follow these steps:

1. Go Get Funds website - https://get.cbord.com/bico/full/login.php 

2. Click the light blue “Sign up now!”

3. Register and upload your photo

4. Optional: add funds to your OneCard that you can you use on both Bryn Mawr and Haverford campuses 

OneCards will be distributed later this summer after you arrive on campus. 

Questions? Contact Bryan Connor, OneCard Administrator, at 610-526-5645. 


Missed a Placement Exam deadline:  Now what? 
The July 1 deadline for placement exam is at hand, and for various reasons there may be students out there who missed a deadline.  The good news is all the placement exams are still available on Moodle and students who need to can and should take them even after the deadline.  Those students who completed the placement exams by the July 1 deadline will receive information about their placement results in time for the opening of August 5 preregistration.  Students who arranged for an extension (because of waiting for AP scores or because of delays having access to Moodle) will also definitely have their results in time.  However, we can’t guarantee this for other students submitting placement exams late.  The sooner you do them, the more likely it is that you will have your placement exams in time for August 5 preregistration. 

Remember that questions about particular exams should go to the contact person listed on the FAQ page.  If you have more general questions or concerns about the placement process and the deadlines, please let us know at welcomebmc@brynmawr.edu.  


Customs and ISO Schedule Update
Please check the Customs page to view the latest information regarding the International Student Orientation (ISO) and Customs Orientation schedules.  Though the details of these schedules are subject to change, this page will give you a general idea of what sorts of informative programs and fun activities you can expect during the first few weeks at Bryn Mawr.  Look out for more information regarding Customs and ISO later this summer. 

 

Who’s Whoooo at Bryn Mawr – Profile of Dean’s Office Summer Intern Swetha Narasimhan ‘15Swetha Narasimhan '15
This week we’d like you to meet Swetha Narasimhan, BMC ‘15. This summer Swetha’s been helping administer the Class of 2018 Facebook page and coordinate Dean’s Office communications with incoming students (you!).

  • Major:  Math, Education Minor
  • Hometown:  Scotch Plains, NJ
  • My roles on campus:  Dean's Office Summer Intern, Civic Engagement Office Student Coordinator, SGA Civic Engagement Representative, Hall Advisor, Math Department TA
  • Favorite book:  Winnie the Pooh
  • Dream vacation spot:  Somewhere with lots of friends and family.
  • Favorite BMC tradition:  May Day
  • Favorite course during my first year:  Modeling the Physical World with Peter Beckmann
  • Favorite movie: Parent Trap
  • Favorite spot on campus:  The Cloisters, but the view from Cambrian Row takes a close second!
  • Clubs/activities I've joined:   South Asian Women (SAW), Belmont Mentoring Program
  • Tip for the first year at BMC:  Take a break and meet the people on your hall, even if you don't think you have time to.
  • What I wish I had known my first year of college:  How to find the "balance," but don't worry, I'm still trying to figure that one out.
  • How I practice self-care at BMC:  Daytime naps, and caring for my friends and hallmates
  • Little known fact about me:  I love listening to smooth jazz when I do my homework.
  • Nicknames: Swetha, Sweth, Swe, Swe-Swe, Sweater
  • My hidden talent:  I've been playing the Indian Classical Violin for 15 years!
  • Best BMC memory (so far):  Definitely meeting everyone, but I can't pinpoint that to a specific memory. Instead, probably being serenaded by my grandhellee during Hell Week last year.

 

June 24, 2014

Friendly Reminder Owl

In this “friendly reminder” issue:

  • Message from Vanessa Christman – Introduction to Pensby Center
  • Health Forms – FINAL REMINDER
  • Placement Exams for Math and Languages – FINAL REMINDER
  • Math Placement Exams and AP Math Scores
  • ESem Registration Now Open
  • New FAQ’s
  • Who’s Whoooo at Bryn Mawr – Profile of Anne Marie McElwee, Dean’s Office Administrative Assistant

 

Message from Vanessa Christman – Introduction to Pensby Center

Dear Class 2018,

As I write this letter, I am preparing to join my colleagues to select this year’s Bryn Mawr Tri-Co participants. It’s a nice, cool morning on campus, with none of that Mid-Atlantic humidity that often dominates our summers. The birds are singing, the flowers are blooming: it’s downright idyllic!

As you prepare for your arrival on this beautiful campus, you are no doubt thinking about all the ways you will dedicate yourself academically. After all, Bryn Mawr is known for its promise to “provide a rigorous education.”  But our mission statement also declares our belief that, “only through considering many perspectives do we gain a deeper understanding of each other and the world.” And so, I am writing to encourage you to think about engaging with our community outside of your classes as well. The aforementioned Tri-Co (Tri-College Identity, Equity and Social Justice Institute) is just one of many co-curricular programs that bring people together to learn more about each other and the world. In addition to seeking deeper understanding, many students also enjoy the connection and sense of belonging they find through The Pensby Center’s diversity, social justice and leadership programs.

Once you're on campus, I hope you'll look into programs such as those listed below.

  • LEAP: a semester-long, cohort-based program that  incorporates individual styles and cultural influences in building leadership skills--This program is a collaboration with LILAC
  • Dimensions of Diversity: a retreat focused on meaningful dialogue across similarities and differences as well as the lived impacts of diversity on campus and in a larger societal and global contexts
  • Social Justice Training Program offers an opportunity for individuals committed to issues of inclusion to develop their skills in the areas of dialogue, connectedness and capacity building
  • Alliance of Multicultural Organizations (AMO): an alliance of over a dozen affinity organizations, from the Association of International Students to Zami

I also want to take this opportunity to introduce you to Stephanie Nixon, our Director of Diversity, Social Justice and Inclusion, and Patti Lausch, our AsVanessa Christmansistant Director for International Student and Scholar Services and Advising.  Both Stephanie and Patti will be profiled in upcoming Tuesday Newsletters, giving you the chance to learn fun things about them before you arrive on campus. Once you’re here, please stop by The Pensby Center to meet us and our assistant, Oanh Whalen, and to learn more about opportunities to be involved in our programs!

Warmly,

Vanessa Christman

Assistant Dean

 

Online and Paper Health Forms – FINAL REMINDER
This is a friendly reminder to submit your paper Health Services Form, your online Medical History information and your online Immunization Record information by July 1. Please visit http://www.brynmawr.edu/healthcenter/gyn/IncomingStudents.htm for instructions and other important health services information for entering students. 

Questions? Contact Clinical Administrator Sally Heimann at sheimann@brynmawr.edu.  Please note that the Health Center is closed over the summer; however, email is checked on a weekly basis.

 

Placement Exams for Math and Languages – FINAL REMINDER
Anxious about placement exams?  Don’t be!  Read on for information to allay your placement exam jitters.

The July 1 deadline for many of the placement exams is rapidly approaching.  This includes placement exams for Math, French, German, Italian, and Spanish, as well as registration for the Japanese exam.  (For placement exam information and instructions, visit the FAQ page.) We know that few people find the idea of doing exams very enticing, especially during the summer.  Please realize that these are not exams you need to study for.  The point is to demonstrate what you have learned and really assimilated over the last few years -- not what you can cram in over a few days!  And please realize, too, that there is nothing to be embarrassed or worried about if your placement results are lower than you think they're supposed to be.  Every year, we see seniors graduating with honors in Math or a foreign language who started at the very elementary level when they began as first-year students. 

Remember that questions about particular exams should go to the contact person listed on the FAQ page.  If you have more general questions or concerns about the placement process and the deadlines, please let us know at welcomebmc@brynmawr.edu

 

Math Placement Exams and AP Math Scores
If you took an AP Math exam this year, do not take the Math Placement Exam until after you receive your scores.  We understand that this year AP scores are expected to arrive after July 1, which is the deadline for the Math Placement Exam.  Please contact Professor Amy Myers at anmyers@brynmawr.edu to let her know that if necessary you will be submitting your exam after your scores come in.  All the information you need about how AP scores affect placement in Math is available in Moodle. 

 

ESem Registration Now Open
Emily Balch Seminar (ESem) is seminar course all first-year students take during the fall semester.  ESem provides an opportunity for students to engage in thoughtful written analysis and lively in-class discussion of complex and intriguing topics that span various disciplines.

From June 20 to July 25 you will be able to register for your ESem by selecting three seminar topics of your choice at http://www.brynmawr.edu/balch/registration.html.  You may choose from 24 topics, such as Travel Tales and Understanding; Good Science, Bad Science and Nonsense; and Poverty, Affluence and American Culture.  For the full list of topics and more information about the ESem program, visit http://www.brynmawr.edu/balch.

 

New FAQ’s
See the FAQ page for information about your BMC email account and syncing your BMC email to your smartphone or mobile device.

 

Who’s Whoooo at Bryn Mawr – Profile of Anne Marie McElwee, Dean’s Office Administrative Assistant

 This week we are very pleased to introduce you to Anne Marie McElwee, Administrative Assistant to the Dean’s Office.  Chances are you’ve already communicated with Anne Marie, as she is the person who sends you information and answers your questions via the welcomebmc@brynmawr email account.  Not only is Anne Marie a die-hard Beatles fan, she is kind, generous and very helpful to Dean’s Office staff and students alike and was recently awarded the McPherson Award for Excellence by President Cassidy for her outstanding work at the College.  Meet Anne Marie:Anne Marie McElwee

  • What I do: As one of two administrative assistants in the busy UG Dean’s Office, I work with the deans to help prepare the entering students for their arrival at Bryn Mawr in August.  I help coordinate and process the Tuesday Newsletter and emails to entering students and answer or direct their questions and concerns to the appropriate person.  I coordinate the Academic Fair during Customs Week when students can meet with the professors.  The best part is when I finally get to meet the students I’ve been communicating with all summer-when they finally arrive on campus.
  • Favorite book, song or movie: Movie: “Planes, Trains & Automobiles,”  a very funny and poignant movie, though you would never guess it from the title
  • Dream vacation spot:  Any place where there are lots of walking or bus tours
  • Favorite dessert:  Peach & cranberry pie
  • Best things about Mawrters:  Their independence
  • Best thing about working for the Dean's Office:  The day-to-day interaction with the students and watching them grow
  • BMC club/activity I’d like to join: BMC Outdoors Club or any of the A capella groups
  • Tip for the first year at BMC:  Read your Bryn Mawr emails and give yourself some free time.
  • What I like about working with new students:  Their fresh outlook and enthusiasm
  • Favorite thing about my job: Always something new every day!
  • The best concert I've been to:  Any Springsteen concert
  • Favorite spot on campus: Guild courtyard – it’s very relaxing.
  • In my free time, I enjoy: Swimming, hiking, sightseeing and spending time with my children & friends
  • If I were an animal, I'd be:  A seal – I love being in the water.
  • Little known fact about me:  I enjoy reading maps.
  • Nickname: My children and their friends call me “Molly.”

 

June 17, 2014

Graduation Banner

In this issue:

  • Message from Dean Mancini
  • ESem Registration – DUE JULY 25
  • Important Information Regarding Your BMC Email
  • Will You Receive Outside Scholarships or Tuition Benefits for the 2014-15 Academic Year?
  • Emily Balch Speaker Announced
  • Who’s Whoooo at Bryn Mawr – Profile of Director of the Writing Center Jen Callaghan, Ph.D.

Dear Class of 2018,

It's my privilege today to write to you about two different parts of your Bryn Mawr experience that strike me as especially important to your experience of your first year here: your Emily Balch Seminar and your dean. 

You probably already know that ESem is a graduation requirement; hopefully, you also know it's a small, discussion-oriented seminar that allows you to engage critically with provocative texts (books, films, songs, and more) and with each other. When I've had the opportunity to teach ESems, I've loved seeing the students learn from each other and develop as speakers, listeners, readers, and writers. Small as it will be, your ESem will have a wide variety of students, but you'll all be new to Bryn Mawr.  And all the members of the Class of 2018 will be taking ESem.  This combination makes it a great bonding opportunity. 

The ESem website is updated with all the information you'll need to select three possible ESems for the Fall.  Registration itself goes live June 20 and lasts until July 25

Closely connected to the Emily Balch seminars is the Emily Balch speaker, this year The New Yorker staff writer Elizabeth Kolbert.  You can read the official notification on the Bryn Mawr news site, but that leaves out a couple of important details. First, unlike a lot of lectures, the Balch speaker event is a dialogue. Professor Dan Torday interviews the speaker and asks questions that are insightful, witty, and just plain interesting. And you and your classmates will also have the chance to ask questions.  Second, a fabulous dessert reception is held immediately afterwards! 

At the same time you begin the process of choosing your ESem, you’ll also be finding out which of the deans has been assigned to work with you during your time at Bryn Mawr.  We know most of you haven’t had a dean before and may not have even known that there was any such thing as a dean.  You’ll be getting a letter from your dean this week introducing herself (or himself) to you and telling you a little more about what to expect from your advising relationship. You can also learn some fun facts about your dean on the Meet the Deans page.

Now that we know which students we’ll be advising, the deans will be starting to review the advising questionnaires that students are submitting.  But if you used that questionnaire to ask a question that you really need an answer to before you arrive on campus, please also send it to the welcomebmc@brynmawr.edu email address.  You’ll get an answer much sooner.  And you can also use that address for questions about any items on the Summer To-Do List that you still need to do; just check the FAQs first, because we may have already addressed the question there.

Let me end just by saying briefly that this summer I do hope you’re enjoying the process of preparing to come to Bryn Mawr – and also enjoying some things thMichelle Manciniat have nothing to do with Bryn Mawr at all! 


Yours,


Michelle Mancini

 

 


ESem Registration – DUE JULY 25
Emily Balch Seminar (ESem) is seminar course all first-year students take during the fall semester.  ESem provides an opportunity for students to engage in thoughtful written analysis and lively in-class discussion of complex and intriguing topics that span various disciplines.

From June 20 to July 25 you will be able to register for your ESem by selecting three seminar topics of your choice at http://www.brynmawr.edu/balch/registration.html.  You may choose from 24 topics, such as Travel Tales and Understanding; Good Science, Bad Science and Nonsense; and Poverty, Affluence and American Culture.  For the full list of topics and more information about the ESem program, visit http://www.brynmawr.edu/balch.


Important Information Regarding Your BMC Email

Have you checked your Bryn Mawr email lately? 

It’s good idea to get in the practice of checking this account regularly.  This is the email address the College will use to send official communications to you throughout the summer and all four years at Bryn Mawr.  See the message from the Dean’s Office and Information Services, which provides important information on email usage policies, as well as instructions on how to set up your BMC email account, sync it to your smartphone or mobile device, forward your emails, and reset your password. Remember, you can access your email at webmail.brynmawr.edu.

Email questions or problems? Contact the Help Desk at  610-526-7440 or help@brynmawr.edu.  The Help Desk summer hours are 9am-noon and 1pm-5pm Monday through Friday. 

 

Will You Receive Outside Scholarships or Tuition Benefits for the 2014-2015 Academic Year?
If so, please complete the Outside Scholarship and Tuition Benefit Form:  http://www.brynmawr.edu/sfs/documents/2014-15_Outside_Scholarship_Form.pdf to report any scholarships or employer tuition benefits you will receive for 2014-2015 academic year.

If you are a financial aid recipient, an explanation of how outside scholarships and tuition benefits affect your financial aid award is provided in your Student Financial Services Handbook which was enclosed with your financial aid award letter, and is found on the Student Financial Services website:  http://www.brynmawr.edu/sfs/handbooks.html  

International students should note the explanation at the bottom of their financial aid award letter.

Please send the information back to Student Financial Services via the address indicated at the bottom of the form.

Contact Student Financial Services with questions:  sfs@brynmawr.edu or 610-526-5245

 

Emily Balch Speaker Announced
Elizabeth KolbertThe Sixth Extinction
Elizabeth Kolbert, The New Yorker staff writer and author of Field Notes from a Catastrophe: Man, Nature, and Climate Change and The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History is this year’s Emily Balch Speaker.  On November 10, 2014 she will be at Bryn Mawr to speak exclusively to the Class of 2018 about her writing and to field your questions.  See more at Elizabeth Kolbert/Emily Balch Speaker Series and check out the Daily Show clip of Kolbert discussing The Sixth Extinction with Jon Stewart.

 

 

Who’s Whoooo at Bryn Mawr – Profile of Director of the Writing Center Jen Callaghan, Ph.D.

This week we would like to introduce you to Director of the Writing Center Jen Callaghan, Ph.D.  The Writing Center offers free peer-led consultations for writing and public speaking assignments, as well as English as a Second Language (ESL) tutoring and support. 

Jen Callaghan

  • What I do: I teach academic writing courses (ESem and English 125: Writing Workshop), and I direct the Writing Center and its Writing Partners Program. Basically, I offer Bryn Mawr students lots of opportunities for individualized writing instruction, both inside and outside the classroom.
  • What I like about the Emily Balch Seminars: I look forward to hearing what my students think about the readings--their questions, opinions, and critiques. Mawrters have such lively minds!
  • How I deal with procrastination: Some types of procrastination are more productive than others. Watching old episodes of 30 Rock is a waste of time, but cleaning my desk, taking a walk, or talking to a friend about what I'm writing can help.
  • Best advice I received about writing: Write something every day. The more that you write, the stronger your "writing muscles" will become. Without practice, writing a paper will feel as if you've jumped off the couch and run 5 miles: pretty uncomfortable.

 

 

June 10, 2014

In this issue:

  • Message from Dean Balthazar
  • Online and Paper Health Forms – DUE JULY 1
  • Reunion Weekend Photos
  • New Federal Direct Loan Interest Rates Announced for 2014-2015
  • New FAQs
  • Five-Year Academic Calendar
  • Tri-Co Summer Institute – APPLY BY 9am ON JUNE 16
  • Who’s Whoooo at Bryn Mawr – Profile of Vanessa Christman, Assistant Dean and Director of Leadership and Community Development

Message from Dean Balthazar

Dear Students in the Class of 2018,

On behalf of the Undergraduate Dean’s Office, I write to you to tell you more about the community you’ll be joining, as well as a little bit about the guidance you can expect to receive over the next few months and the next four years.  You will find Bryn Mawr a friendly and challenging place, one that will demand a great deal of you and will give you much in return. You will be joining an amazing group of talented students from all over the globe who, like you, are eager for the experiences offered by a liberal arts education. One of the best parts of being at Bryn Mawr is learning from your fellow students. While there are important, valuable differences that make each of you unique, there is much that you share. Together, you have a lot to teach one another and a lot to learn, and I urge you to come prepared to do both. 

The other members of the Dean’s Office and I will be doing all we can to support you throughout your years at the College, academically and personally.  To get you started academically, we have prepared The Lantern, a guide designed to “illuminate your first year.” It is filled with information and advice about exploring the curriculum, figuring out what classes you can take, and selecting a tentative set of courses for the fall semester.  Please expect to receive a hard copy of The Lantern at your home in the next week or two.  I urge you to read it with care. We have also created a questionnaire (which you received in a separate email) that will help shed some light on who you are and what interests and questions you’re bringing with you as you enter college. 

As the summer goes on, we will continue to send you information by email and to post materials on the Entering Students website.  I hope you will visit our site regularly and keep up with the information and instructions we post there, paying particular attention to the items on the Summer To-Do List.  By completing any necessary placement exams and other exercises we have designed for you this summer, you will be well prepared for Customs Week and the Fall semester.

Even as you’re learning more about academics at Bryn Mawr, remember only a portion of your education will take place in the classroom. By combining your academic studies with meaningful co-curricular activities, research, service learning, externships, and, eventually, internships, you will be extremely well positioned for success in whatever field you choose to pursue. I firmly believe that your time here will not only make your head a more interesting place to live in for the rest of your life (to quote one of our former presidents!) but will require you to hone the critical thinking skills that are key to success in the contemporary work place. 

For now, I encourage you to make the most of this important time, whether it be spending time with your friends, visiting with family or working at a job or internship. When you arrive at Bryn Mawr, we hope you will be relaxed, refreshed and ready to take on the challenges that await you. All of us here at Bryn Mawr are eager to meet you and to get to know you in person.

Enjoy your summer! Dean Judy Balthazar

Best wishes,

Judy Balthazar

Dean of Studies and Interim Dean of the College



Online and Paper Health Forms
– DUE JULY 1
Please submit your Medical History and Immunization Record information online by July 1 by logging into Online Student Health at https://brynmawr.medicatconnect.com/index.aspx.  

Please note that your Medical History is different from the information found on the Health Service Form.

REMINDER: Your paper Health Service Form, which requires consultation with your physician, is also due on July 1.  Please visit http://www.brynmawr.edu/healthcenter/gyn/IncomingStudents.htm for Health Service Form instructions and other important health services information for entering students.

Questions? Contact Clinical Administrator Sally Heimann at sheimann@brynmawr.edu. The Health Center is closed over the summer; however, email is checked on a weekly basis.

 

Reunion Weekend Photos
Alumnae Weekend 2014During the weekend of May 30, several generations of Mawrters came to campus to reconnect with each other and celebrate the College. See the photos of this happy homecoming.

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New Federal Direct Loan Interest Rates Announced for 2014-2015

Interest rates on new Federal Direct Loans are established by the Department of Education each spring. Each loan will have a fixed interest rate for the life of the loan. For new loans made on or after July 1, 2014 and before July 1, 2015 the interest rates are:

 * Federal Direct Loans for Undergraduate Students: 4.66%
 * Federal Direct PLUS loans (Parents) 7.21%

If you have questions regarding federal educational loans, please contact Student Financial Services at sfs@brynmawr.edu or 610-526-5245, or visit the Department of Education’s Student Aid Website at www.studentaid.gov.


New FAQs
Check the FAQ page for answers to questions about the Advising Questionnaire (due July 7) and the health forms (due July 1).

 

Five-Year Academic Calendar
Trying to make travel arrangements to and from Bryn Mawr?  Consult the 5-Year Academic Calendar.


Tri-Co Summer Institute – APPLY BY 9AM ON JUNE 162013 Tri-Co Participants
Calling all students interested in exploring issues of identity, power, privilege and social justice this summer with fellow students from Bryn Mawr, Haverford and Swarthmore!

There's still time to apply to the Tri-College Identity, Equity and Social Justice Summer Institute (Tri-Co), a week-long orientation for first-year students supported by The Pensby Center. Read the letter of invitation and access the online application at http://www.brynmawr.edu/pensby/trico.html. Applications are due by 9am on Monday, June 16.


Who’s Whoooo at Bryn Mawr – Profile of Vanessa Christman, Assistant Dean and Director of Leadership and Community Development

Vanessa ChristmanThis week we’re introducing you to Vanessa Christman.  Vanessa serves as director of The Pensby Center and oversees the Tri-Co Summer Institute.

  • What I do: As Assistant Dean and Director of Leadership and Community Development, I work to support individual growth and build community at Bryn Mawr. All of us at the Pensby Center are dedicated to making the College as inclusive a place as possible, while celebrating the diversity of our community. Much of my focus is on small cohorts of students, but I work with everyone from individuals to foundations.

  • My majors in college: Drama and French
  • Favorite song: I have a soft spot for Leo Brower's “Afro-Cuban Lullaby,” Prokofiev's “Overture on Hebrew Themes” and anything by Gershwin. But I also like new music, especially if you can dance to it!
  • Dream vacation spot: Morocco
  • Favorite memory from my first year at college: Being cast in a play, and becoming part of a close community within the college.
  • Favorite dessert: A bite of something someone else is having (Just ask my kids!)
  • Favorite spot on campus: The view of campus from the second floor of the Pensby Center
  • BMC club/activity I’d like to join: Rhythm and Motion or Pulso Latino
  • Favorite way to start the day: Walking with my husband and our dog in a nearby park (after coffee, of course!)
  • Tip for the first year at BMC: Look for activities and relationships that will support you, as well as for those that will stretch you.

June 3, 2014

  • Message from Dean Christina Rose
  • The Lantern Course-Planning Guide (A Must-Read!)
  • Advising Questionnaire - DUE JULY 7
  • Quantitative Readiness Assessment – DUE JULY 7
  • Placement Exams Are Now Open – DUE JULY 1
  • Placement Information for Other Subjects
  • Steps to Receive Your Federal Direct Loan Funds
  • Who’s Whoooo at Bryn Mawr – Profile of Betsy Horner, Director of the Quantitative Reasoning Project


Message from Dean Christina Rose

Dear Class of 2018,

As things start to wrap up for you at the end of your school year, we hope you are looking forward to moving on to the next chapter of your educational journey.  Here at Bryn Mawr, things are much quieter now that the students have left for the summer.  While classes are no longer in session, we at the Dean's Office are still working away, preparing for the arrival of the newest class of students -- you!  As always, the Admissions Office has done a wonderful job selecting and molding a diverse, intellectually curious group of students who will join our campus in August, and we cannot wait to meet each one of you!  In fact, your first opportunity to allow us to get to know you is the Advising Questionnaire, which you will be receiving in your Bryn Mawr email this week.  You've already had the chance to learn about us through the Meet the Deans page, now we would like to meet you.  The Advising Questionnaire is a brief series of questions that gives you the chance to tell your dean about your personality, past experiences in and out of the classroom, and hopes for your first year at BMC. 

This week's newsletter is full of all kinds of useful information, including a guide to academics at Bryn Mawr, The Lantern: Illuminating Your First Year.  We know you are anxious to start looking through course possibilities and begin planning your schedule for the fall.  This guide will introduce you to the academic procedures and requirements at Bryn Mawr and will walk you through how to go about choosing courses that are right for you based on your previous experiences and interests.  Also in The Lantern, you'll find some initial instructions on how to use BiONiC, which is where you will register for courses, view your grades, and check your bills throughout your time here.  We hope you will spend some time over the summer becoming familiar with the system.  In August, you will be able to use it to actually pre-register for courses.  That preliminary preregistration along with your answers to the Advising Questionnaire will be the basis for a productive conversation with your adviser or dean during Customs Week. 

Finally, as you may have noted from the Summer To-Do List, this week is when many parts of your summer tasks become available to you, including the Quantitative Readiness Assessment (which everyone must complete) and Placement Exams for Math and Languages (which you may or may not need to take).  I hope that you will read the information you receive with each of these tasks carefully and complete them early so you can spend the rest of your summer doing things that bring you joy.
Dean Christina Rose
Best,

Christina Rose
Assistant Dean



 

The Lantern Course-Planning Guide (A Must-Read!)
The Lantern: Illuminating Your First Year, your indispensable guide to the ins and outs of academic life at Bryn Mawr College, is now available.  This first issue focuses on helping you plan your coursework for the fall semester. 



Advising Questionnaire – DUE July 7
The Dean’s Office has sent an Advising Questionnaire to your Bryn Mawr email account.  Your responses to this questionnaire will be shared with faculty advisers and deans in advance of the individual advising sessions during Customs Week.  Please complete this questionnaire by July 7.

Questions? Contact welcomebmc@brynmawr.edu.


Quantitative Readiness Assessment – DUE July 7
Professor Betsy Horner (see her profile below) sent an email to the Class of 2018 with information regarding the Quantitative Readiness Assessment and your unique link to the assessment.  Please follow her directions carefully and complete the assessment by July 7.

Questions? Contact Betsy Horner at bhorner@brynmawr.edu.


Placement Exams Are Now Open – DUE JULY 1
Several departments (Math, German, French, Italian, and Spanish) require you to complete a placement assessment over the summer in order to demonstrate your readiness to enroll in certain courses. These online placement exams are now available through Moodle, the online course management system, and must be completed by July 1.  Please note that although all entering students have been enrolled in all of these Moodle exams, you should take exams only in subjects you plan to take. 

Consult the FAQ page for instructions on how to access exams, information on exam format, deadlines and department contacts.


Placement Information for Other Subjects
Placement information for Arabic, Biology, Chemistry, Chinese, Economics, Greek, Japanese, Latin, Physics and Russian has also been posted on the FAQ page.


Steps to Receive Your Federal Direct Loan Funds
What steps do I need to take to receive my Federal Direct Loan Funds?
You must first accept your Federal Direct Loan on bionic.brynmawr.edu

First time borrowers must complete an electronic Master Promissory Note (eMPN) and Federal Direct Loan Entrance Counseling at http://www.studentloans.gov/.  We cannot release Direct Loan funds to your student account until you accept your loan, sign your promissory note and complete loan entrance counseling.  You should complete these additional steps prior to July 15th to ensure your funds will disburse to your student account around the first day of class.

Questions? Contact Student Financial Services at sfs@brynmawr.edu or 610-526-5245.  Please also see the FAQ page for answers to your billing and loan questions.


Who’s Whoooo at Bryn Mawr – Profile of Betsy Horner, Director of the Quantitative Reasoning Project

  • What I do:  As Director of the Quantitative Reasoning Project, I teach Qsem to amazing students; evaluate Q placement; collaborate with faculty members in math, science, and the social sciences; and work with the fabulous Q Center mentors.
  • My major in college: Earth Sciences, with a minor in Art History
  • Favorite song: Anything that features viola or percussion, especially if my daughters are the musicians.
  • Dream vacation spot: Wales
  • Favorite course during my first year at college: Organic Chemistry
  • Favorite dessert: Anything laced with chocolate.
  • Best things about Bryn Mawrters: Their abundant compassion, unquenchable curiosity, and unsquelchable high spirits.
  • BMC club/activity I’d like to join: Crew, but first I would like to study Chinese.
  • Tip for the first year at BMC: Go to office hours!  If you cannot attend office hours, please email your prof and ask for an appointment at another time.  Your professors want to know how you are doing.  We worry when we can’t see you!
  • What I like about working with new students:  Their unbounded potential and dazzling enthusiasm for new experiences.
  • Favorite thing about my job: Collaborating with Q mentors.  They are analytical thinkers, dedicated teachers, and ridiculously funny.
  • In my free time, I enjoy: Catching up with former students who are immersed in fascinating projects and unexpected odysseys.
  • Why I'm glad Bryn Mawr cares about quantitative competency:  The ability to think clearly and critically about quantitative issues is imperative in contemporary society.  Bryn Mawr is committed to sending graduates into the world with the quantitative skills that will enhance their success as confident and inspiring leaders.

 

May 27, 2014

In this issue:

  • Message from Lauren Ward ‘03
  • Introduction to Customs – Bryn Mawr’s Orientation Program
  • Commencement 2014 at BMC
  • Orchestra, Chorale, Private Study Music Opportunities
  • Send Us Your Self-Care Tips
  • Who’s Whoooo at Bryn Mawr – Profiles of Angie Sheets and ViAnna Bernard of the Office of Residential Life
  • A Quick Note About Moodle
  • Check Your Bryn Mawr Email for Important Messages
  • Housing Preference Form – FINAL REMINDER

Message from Lauren Ward ‘03

Dear Class of 2018,

I hope you had a safe and restful weekend.  I edit the Tuesday Newsletter and am happy to have this opportunity to personally welcome you to the Bryn Mawr community.

It’s been over a week since students left campus and the Class of 2014, your dark blue “sister” class, graduated.  They are now turning their full attention to new jobs, graduate school, fellowships, world travels and other exciting opportunities that await them. 

It seems like it was not so long ago when these newly minted college graduates were eager, recently matriculated “frosh” - wondering what their roommate would be like, which Emily Balch Seminar they would be assigned to, and if the Dining Services food would be as good as they heard it would be.  (I can assure you of the latter!)  I myself remember giddily leafing through the Course Catalog (now online and saving many trees) during the summer before my first year at Bryn Mawr, excited about the prospect of studying subjects that weren’t offered at my high school.

I’m so thrilled for you to soon discover all that Bryn Mawr has to offer you and, to loosely paraphrase President Cassidy’s closing Commencement remarks, for you to leave your unique mark on the College just as the Class of 2014 has done.

This week’s newsletter is full of important reminders and provides a glimpse of the two owl-shaped bookends of your Bryn Mawr career – the Customs orientation program and Commencement.  Next week you’ll receive detailed guidance about some of the important parts in between via The Lantern, an indispensable guide to planning your course schedule and understanding the key components of a Bryn Mawr education.Photo of Lauren Ward

Anassa kata!

Warm regards,


Lauren Ward, BMC ‘03
Program Coordinator, Dean’s Office


 

Introduction to Customs
Please visit http://www.brynmawr.edu/enteringstudents/customs.html for a special welcome message from Customs Co-Heads Hayley Burke ’15 and Sophia Dauria ‘15.  Hayley and Sophia provide an overview of what to expect from the Customs Week and the year-long Customs program.  Check this site over the summer for Customs schedule updates.

Photo of Sophia Dauria and Hayley Burke

 

 

 

 

 

 

Commencement 2014 at BMC
NPR’s Fresh Air host Terry Gross gave this year’s Commencement address.   Gross, an adept and seasoned interviewer who has built a career eliciting intimate personal narratives from cultural icons, spoke about her formative college years and shared her journey to public radio.  Check out the video of her speech, as well as the official Commencement 2014 photos at http://news.brynmawr.edu/2014/05/22/bryn-mawr-college-commencement-2014/.  Listen as Terry gives a shout out to Fresh Air’s Associate Producer of Online Media and BMC Class of 2012 Molly Seavy-Nesper!

Orchestra, Chorale, Private Study Music Opportunities
Over 400 students participate in ensembles and private lessons at Haverford and Bryn Mawr.  Unlike a school with a conservatory or large music department, non-majors aren't crowded out of opportunities to sing or play in a fine ensemble or perform as a soloist with one of our choirs or orchestras.

If you are interested in playing in the orchestra, singing in a choir, and/or private study, see the Music department’s Music Interest Survey at http://www.brynmawr.edu/enteringstudents/SummerToDoList.html#music 


Send Us Your Self-Care Tips
The end of your senior year can be an exciting but sometimes stressful time. How do you like to relax or de-stress? Share your favorite self-care activity at https://brynmawr.wufoo.com/forms/selfcare-tips/ by Friday, June 6 and your name will be entered into a raffle for a $50 gift certificate for the Bryn Mawr Bookstore.  We’ll share some of your tips with the campus community. Here are just a few of the suggestions you’ve sent us so far:

  • “Praying, breathing, meditating, and reminding myself I can only expect myself to be better, rather than perfect. Hugs are good, too.” - Shirah Kraus ‘18
  • “Singing O Children, the music in the Harry Potter 7 film; going to the gym with friends; calling old friends which you have not met for a long time.” - Ziting Shen ‘18
  • Poking people with a long metal stick (fencing practice).” - Anonymous
  • “When life makes me feel down or I am overwhelmed with stress, I watch movies. Sad movies make me reflect on life; happy movies pull me from the harsh reality and later put me on track again; inspiring movies empower me to move on and dream big. Movies give me personal time to ponder about anything, and sometimes nothing is better than concentrating on something with a clear mind.” - KyungIn Kim ‘18

Thank you to those of you who’ve already submitted your self-care tips!

Who’s Whoooo at Bryn Mawr – Profiles of Angie Sheets & ViAnna Bernard
Photo of Angie Sheets and ViAnna BernardThis week we’re introducing the mavens of Residential Life (and the individuals who receive your Housing Preference Forms) Director Angie Sheets and Assistant Director ViAnna Bernard.

Angie Sheets

  • What I do:  I oversee the overall residential life program, which includes collaborating with ViAnna and the two Graduate Assistants to help supervise the Hall Associates and advise other dorm leaders. I also work directly with Residence Council (the elected Dorm Presidents), and co-advise the Community Diversity Assistants (CDAs) with Stephanie Nixon.  I am also responsible for housing assignments and processes related to academic year housing.  In my role to help create a positive residential experience for students, I work closely with many different offices on campus, including the Dean's Office, Facilities and Housekeeping Services,  Dining Services, Campus Safety,  the Pensby Center, and the Health Center and Counseling Services. 
  • Favorite book, song or movie:  Too many favorites!  I love music of most kinds, from pop to classical to Motown. My most recent "major" concert was seeing Pink this past spring.  I love seeing local artists and going to music festivals.   Looking forward to the WXPN Xponential Music Festival in July!
  • Dream vacation spot:  Anyplace scenic--the beach, a river, waterfalls, mountains....
  • Favorite dessert: brownie or chocolate chip cookie
  • Best things about Mawrters:  Very interesting life stories and their passion and interest in such a wide variety of topics!
  • BMC club/activity I’d like to join: Card Sharks!  Growing up, card games and board games were staples of entertainment!
  • Tip for the first year at BMC: Don't be afraid to go outside of your comfort zone.  That's where all of the growth happens!
  • What I like about working with new students: Experiencing the campus and college experience anew each year.
  • In my free time, I enjoy: Spending time with my partner and our crazy dog Bubba!  I also like day trips and simple pleasures, such as hanging out by a fire in the back yard.  I am also a big EAGLES fan!!!
  • Little known fact about me:  I loved my PE requirement in college!!! I took beginning tennis, bowling (we had a small bowling alley on campus) and fencing!
  • Nickname: The Doo (for my love of Scooby Doo)


ViAnna Bernard

  • What I do: I work closely with Hall Advisors and our two Graduate Assistants, but I also spend a lot of time working with students who need support in or around their residential experience.
  • Favorite book, song or movie: The Polar Express is my favorite story OF ALL TIME! My favorite genre of music is country, but I will dance to ANYTHING. My favorite movies are Titanic and Dirty Dancing, because they are clearly the best films of all time.
  • Dream vacation spot: Somewhere with lots of snow and a crackling fire.
  • Favorite dessert: Anything lemon!
  • Favorite Quote: "You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, 'I lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.'” -Eleanor Roosevelt
  • Tip for the first year at BMC:  Don't be afraid to ask for help. We all need a hand sometimes. There are lots of people here that want to help you, so all you have to do is ask!
  • What I like about working with new students:  Their sheer excitement about Bryn Mawr!
    Favorite thing about my job: It allows for a lot of creativity, and we frequently laugh until we cry
  • In my free time, I enjoy: Antiquing, going to flea markets and thrift stores, decorating, playing with my niece, having coffee with my mom and dad, trying new restaurants with friends, organizing, and getting in touch with my creative side!
  • Little known fact about me: I grew up in a farm family in an extremely rural area of South Jersey, and I loved every minute of it. I guess that probably explains the affinity for country music.


A Quick Note about Moodle
Some of you may have tried but were unable to log into Moodle. (We thank you for being proactive!) Incoming students will be able to register for Moodle beginning June 3 (see Summer To-Do List).  Moodle is home to the placement exams you will take over the next few weeks and the online materials for your courses.  Questions about Moodle?  Check the FAQ page.

Check Your Bryn Mawr Email for Important Messages
If you haven’t done so already, please set up your Bryn Mawr email account as soon as possible (see Summer To-Do List).  Next Tuesday check your Bryn Mawr email for links to the Advising Questionnaire and the Quantitative Readiness Assessment (see Summer To-Do List for more info). 

Please also note that after June 3 the Tuesday Newsletter will only be sent to your Bryn Mawr email account.


Housing Preference Forms – FINAL REMINDER
Please submit your Housing Preference Form by June 1.  Share your preferences and habits to facilitate the roommate matching process.  This Housing Preference Form can be found on the Summer To-Do List page.

May 20, 2014

In this issue:

  • Welcome from Dean Judy Balthazar
  • Meet the Deans
  • Summer To-Do List
  • BMC Senior Class Presidents Share Three Important Lessons
  • How to Pay Your Bill
  • Self-Care during Your Senior Year
  • Call for Self-Care Tips!
  • Who’s Whoooo at Bryn Mawr – Profile of Palak Bhandari ‘16

Welcome from Dean Judy Balthazar

Dear Members of the Class of 2018,

I am so happy to add my voice to those welcoming you to Bryn Mawr.  I watched the members of the Class of 2014 graduate on Saturday, with great pride in their accomplishments and excitement to see where life takes them next.  While I am sad to see them go, I know that their departure is what creates the space that you will fill. 
 
One of the best things about my job, aside from the opportunity to get to know Bryn Mawr students, is the wonderful group of people I work with here.  Since all of you will have a dean during your time here, let me start by letting you learn a little more about my fellow deans.  We all share a commitment to our students and to their academic and personal growth.  We all love working in a residential liberal arts college, where learning happens not just in class but everywhere. But we're also all individuals with quirks and idiosyncrasies, as you will see on the Meet the Deans page.

Along with all the deans, I can’t wait to meet all of you at the end of the summer and look forward to getting to know you over the next four years.  

Best wishes,Photo of Dean Judy Balthazar

Judy Balthazar
Dean of Studies and Interim Dean of the College

p.s. – Please be sure to take a look at the Summer To-Do List to get a sense of the tasks you’ll be asked to complete over the summer to prepare for your arrival at Bryn Mawr.


Meet the Deans

Who are these deans, anyway?  See the deans (posing with their favorite owls) and find out which dean is a Bob Marley fan, was an archeology major, fosters kittens, is a foodie, or wants to tango across Argentina on the Meet the Deans page.


Summer To-Do List
A to-do list of the various tasks you’ll need to complete over the summer to prepare for the start of your Bryn Mawr career is available at http://www.brynmawr.edu/enteringstudents/SummerToDoList.html.  You will be receiving more detailed information and instructions about these tasks throughout the summer via our Tuesday Newsletter.


BMC Senior Class Presidents Share Three Important Lessons

During Friday’s 2014 Convocation, Senior Class Co-Presidents Lindsey Crowe, an English major from Alta Loma, California, and Jancy Munguia, a double major in Mathematics and Psychology from Miami, Florida, reminded the Class of 2014 of three important life lessons as they embark on the next chapter in their lives.

Wondering How to Pay Your Bill?   Make Payments to Bryn Mawr Easier!
Bryn Mawr College partners with Nelnet Business Solutions to offer a monthly automatic payment plan by semester for both Fall and Spring.  Avoid lump sum payments each semester using online enrollment.  To take full advantage of the plan, start paying in June and maximize the plan’s potential to spread payments out over time at no interest.  For steps to enroll and target enrollment dates, go to: http://www.brynmawr.edu/enteringstudents/PayingBill.html


Self-Care during Your Senior Year
Right now many of you are taking final exams, preparing for graduation, spending quality time with friends and family, and planning for your summer.  While the end of your senior year is an incredibly exciting time, it can it can also be stressful as you fulfill many important academic and personal commitments.  Some members of the Self-Care Committee at Bryn Mawr have offered some self-care tips to help you find a sense of balance and focus during this time of transition.

Academic Self-CareRachel Heiser
“When you are studying or writing a paper and you feel it's hard to focus, take a break!  A quick break, especially one that involves getting up, walking around, stretching and doing something different, can clear your mind and give you the recharge you need to focus.”
- Rachel Heiser, Academic Support and Learning Resources Specialist

Emotional Self-CareReggie Jones
“The culmination of the senior year of high school is one of excitement, relief, anticipation and heightened stress.  Make time to slow things down, reflect on your experiences and tune in to how you're feeling are important components of maintaining your emotional health.  Other strategies for sustaining your emotional health include: sharing your feelings with others, setting boundaries by saying ‘no’ when you need to, continually cultivating a strong support network by staying connected with people who care about you, intentionally making time to relax, and feeling good about who you are. These skills will continue to serve you well as you embark on your BMC journey in the fall and beyond Bryn Mawr College.”
- Reggie Jones, Director of Counseling Services

Social Self-Care
“The social side of self-care is how you use your time outside of the academic realm, whether that is getting involved in clubs, volunteer opportunities or other events on and around campus. For me, the social aspect of self-care means going out to Philly with friends, going out to eat and attending South Asian cultural events but also just reminding myself that college is not just work but also play.”
- Palak Bhandari ’16, Self-Care at BMC Intern

To learn more about Self-Care at BMC, check out the Self-Care at BMC Blog and Self-Care at BMC Facebook page.


Call for Self-Care Tips!
How do you take care of yourself when you’re feeling stressed?  What do you do to maintain a sense of balance in your life?  Whether it’s meditating in your room or playing Pharrell’s "Happy" on a continuous loop, we want to know!  Share your self-care tip at https://brynmawr.wufoo.com/forms/selfcare-tips/.   

If you submit your self-care tip by Friday, June 6, your name will be entered into a raffle for a $50 gift certificate for the Bryn Mawr Bookstore.  The winner will be announced during the Class of 2018 Assembly at the end of Customs Week.

Who’s Whoooo at Bryn Mawr – Profile of Palak Bhandari ‘16Palak Bhandari '16
This week we’re profiling rising junior and Self-Care at BMC Intern Palak Bhandari ’16.  Palak, who also serves as a Peer Member, is one of several friendly faces you’ll see in Guild Hall (home to the student services offices at BMC).

  • My roles on campus: Peer Mentor, South Asian Women Co-President, Self-Care at BMC Intern, Member of the badminton team
  • Major: Growth & Structure of Cities
  • Minor: International Studies
  • Favorite book: This is a toss-up between the complete works of Sherlock Holmes & Grimm's Fairy Tales.
  • Dream vacation spot: I know this might sound cheesy, but I have always wanted to go to the moon and back. 
  • Favorite BMC tradition: Lantern Night (especially when you get to watch the ceremony from the Cloisters Roof)
  • Favorite course during my first year: Urban Culture & Society (or CITY 185, the course that attracted me to my major in the first place) 
  • Favorite movie: I do not think I have one. If I did, it would probably be a Bollywood movie. 
  • Favorite spot on campus: I honestly like floating around but I would have to say my favorite place is the bench outside the Pensby Center because it offers a great view of campus but also is a great space to take a moment to myself, especially at night.
  • Clubs/activities I've joined: South Asian Women, the Varsity Badminton Team, 
  • Tip for the first year at BMC: Follow your instincts but also be open to new opportunities. 
  • What I wish I had known my first year of college: That sometimes the most random conversations can lead to meaningful actions (which was the first step to me becoming the Self-Care at BMC intern)
  • How I practice self-care at BMC: I try to make sure to keep a balance when it comes to exercise, juggling my responsibilities on campus and having fun. For me, the application of this is making sure to see a variety of people each day but also making sure that I have my own space (my room) to come back to. 
  • Best BMC memory (so far): Friday of Hell Week I got to do bhangra (a traditional dance) in a panda hat during lunch. I did not think much of it until I watched the video and realized that I got Anassed. That was both really fun but also a confidence booster for a young freshman still getting used to life at Bryn Mawr. 

May 13, 2014

In this issue:

  • Message from Dean Chuck Heyduk
  • May Day Photos
  • BMC Class of 2018 Facebook
  • Health Forms – DUE JULY 1
  • FAQs for Entering Students
  • Covering College Costs with Summer Work
  • Do you love libraries?
  • Who’s Whoooo at Bryn Mawr – Profile of Deb Alder


Message from Dean Chuck Heyduk
Dear Entering Students,

Every week you will receive a new issue of the Tuesday Newsletter, which will provide you with information about the people, programs and opportunities at Bryn Mawr College.  The Newsletter will also notify you of important tasks to complete to prepare you for various aspects of campus life (e.g., housing, placement tests, course selection, etc.). 

The Entering Students Website provides additional information about the new student experience at Bryn Mawr, including arrival information, a new-student orientation schedule, and frequently asked questions.  Check the site for regular updates throughout the summer.  Photo of Dean Chuck Heyduk

Enjoy the rest of your week!

Sincerely,

Chuck Heyduk, Associate Dean and Adviser to Customs
On behalf of the Dean’s Office and Customs program

p.s. – Be sure to look out for the Summer To-Do List in next week’s issue.


May Day
May Day, arguably the most fun and beloved Bryn Mawr tradition, took place on Sunday, May 4.  Students in their finest white attire celebrated the occasion with hoop races, May pole dances, a May hole celebration, good food, plays, music performances, carnival rides and, of course, great company.  Take a look at photos of this joyous event at: http://photos.brynmawr.edu/2014/Events/May-Day-2014/  

BMC Class of 2018 Facebook Page
For more photos and posts of these marvelous May weeks on campus, featuring May Day, Pets on the Green, senior week and more, check out the BMC Class of 2018 Facebook page:  https://www.facebook.com/bmc2018.

Health Forms –DUE JULY 1
The paper Health Service Form you received in the mail is due July 1. Since this form requires consultation with your health care provider it’s good idea to start planning ahead.  Here are the key steps:

  • Make an appointment with your health care provider to complete the Health Service Form, which was mailed to you. This will include a physical exam, lab work and any required immunizations that you are missing. Please be sure to obtain a copy of your immunization records from your provider so that you can fill out your immunization information online after June 1.
  • Read the information on the meningitis vaccine and sickle cell testing included with the Health Service Form. If you opt to forgo the vaccine or the testing, sign the waiver(s).
  • Return the Health Service Form in the enclosed envelope by July 1.

Questions about this process? Email Sally Heimann at sheimann@brynmawr.edu.


FAQs for Entering Students
You’ve got questions? We’ve got answers.

The left hand menu of the Entering Students Website includes a link to the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page.  Have additional questions?  Through the weeks until the start of college, contact us with your questions at welcomebmc@brynmawr.edu. We will update the FAQ page throughout the summer.  

Covering College Costs with Summer Work
Please consider working over the summer help cover College costs.

At the beginning of each semester you will need to pay for your transportation and buy books. You can use a portion of your summer earnings to help pay your transportation and book costs, and use earnings from your campus job to meet the same costs for the second semester.  Books will cost approximately $500 per semester.  Your personal and transportation expenses will vary.

Please let Student Financial Services (SFS) know if we can help you understand how students provide for these expenses. You may want to discuss any special situations with a SFS counselor.  Contact us now so that we can help you plan.

Questions? Please email Student Financial Services at sfs@brynmawr.edu or call 610-526-5245.

Do you love libraries?

Our three libraries (Canaday, Carpenter and Collier) are central to campus life at Bryn Mawr. Follow them on Facebook and Twitter to keep up with library news, tips and events!

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BMCLibraries
Twitter: https://twitter.com/BMCLibraries

Who’s Whoooo at Bryn Mawr – Profile of Deb Alder
Learn a little bit about Coordinator of Access Services Deb Alder:

  • What I do:  I am the coordinator of services for anyone on campus who has a learning, physical, medical or psychological disability. My job is to ensure that these individuals have access to all aspects of our campus community.  I also provide academic support to a small group of students.
  • My major in college: Special Education (undergrad) & Clinical Psychology (graduate)
  • Favorite book:  I love to read so I cannot possibly pick one favorite!  One of my favorites from childhood is Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls.  However, I am particularly drawn to mysteries and biographies.
  • Dream vacation spot:  the Swiss Alps
  • Favorite memory from freshman year:  Just hanging out in the dorm with my friends…
  • Favorite dessert:  chocolate ice cream
  • Favorite spot on campus:  Merion Green
  • BMC club/activity I’d like to join: any a cappella group (but, first, I’d have to be able to sing, which I can’t!)
  • Tip for freshman year:  Don’t be afraid to ask for help!


May 6, 2014

In this issue:

  • Welcome BMC Class of 2018!
  • Arrival Information
  • International Student Orientation (ISO)

WELCOME BMC CLASS OF 2018!

Dear Entering Students,

Throughout the summer of 2014, we will be sending this short, weekly Tuesday Newsletter to your @brynmawr.edu email account.  Be sure to read the newsletter every week and reply to all requests for information.  Archived issues of the newsletter, arrival information, the Entering Students Calendar, and five year academic calendar (helpful for planning travel) are posted on the Entering Students website.  Updates and new items (like FAQs, Customs Week Orientation schedule, and directions for preparing to select courses) will be added regularly.

In May, while students are still immersed in finishing senior year and celebrating graduation, the newsletters will focus on helping students and their families anticipate the summer assignments and preparation needed to arrive at Bryn Mawr.  In early summer, we will ask you to learn more about the curriculum, placement exercises and important considerations in choosing courses for your first semester and remind you of the various tasks and deadlines involved.  By the time room assignments are made at the start of August, a series of assignments related to the first-year Wellness course, the honor code and orientation will be highlighted.

From now until your arrival on campus, contact us with your questions at welcomebmc@brynmawr.edu.

We look forward to connecting with you over the summer and meeting you in August!

Sincerely,

Chuck Heyduk, Associate Dean and Adviser to Customs
On behalf of the Dean’s Office and Customs program


ARRIVAL INFORMATION

Most new students move in and begin on Wednesday, August 27, 2014 during the first day of Customs Week, the general orientation for all new undergraduate students.  Students on non-immigrant visas are expected to attend International Student Orientation (ISO) sessions and to arrive and move into their rooms on Monday, August 25.  Fall athletes on teams with summer training camps and volunteer participants in the Tri-College Summer Institute arrive on the dates specified by their group leaders in their invitation letters. ISO participants, fall athletes, and Tri-Co Institute participants then join Customs Week on Wednesday, August 27.  Move-in and visits to assigned rooms are not permitted on any other days this year.  Detail arrival information can be found on the Arrival and Move-in Information page.


INTERNATIONAL STUDENT ORIENTATION (ISO)
- Attending Bryn Mawr on the Student (F-1) or Exchange Visitor (J-1)  Visa? 
The International Student Orientation (ISO) is organized to help you become acquainted with life in the U.S. and at the College.  ISO is required for all incoming international students.  It begins Monday, August 25, 2014 – two days before "Customs Week," the general orientation for all new undergraduate students.  Students participating in ISO will be housed in the rooms on campus into which they are assigned for the year.  Meal passes to eat in the dining facilities are provided.  Parents, family members and friends accompanying new students should arrange for their housing at local hotels and will be invited to an information session during ISO.

ISO helps incoming international students get settled in Bryn Mawr.  Participants will meet other new international students, ask questions about Bryn Mawr, begin to get to know the greater Philadelphia area, and have the opportunity to take care of practical matters such as opening a bank account and applying for a U.S. Social Security number. ISO activities keep participants busy from morning until night and offer many informal and fun chances to share experiences with your new classmates.  Additional information about ISO will be sent with the I-20 or DS-2019 form by the Pensby Center Office of International Services and Advising.

New international students should review the pre-arrival information at the following web page: 
http://www.brynmawr.edu/pensby/international/students/new_students/pre_arrival.html#Arrival

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