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Issue #8 - June 23, 2015

In this issue:

  • Summer To-Do List
  • Message from Vanessa Christman – Introduction to the Pensby Center
  • Health Forms – DUE JULY 1
  • ESem Registration – DUE JULY 10
  • OneCard Photo ID Registration - DUE JULY 10
  • Perkins Loan Promissory Notes Mailed and Entrance Counseling Required
  • Welcome Letter from Your Dean
  • A Student’s Perspective on Deans
  • Can I arrive before August 26?
  • Mawrter to Mawrter: Advice from the Class of 2018
  • Who’s Whoooo Profiles – Vanessa Christman

Summer To-Do List
Not sure what you need to do this summer before coming to Bryn Mawr?  Check out the Summer To-Do List.  By doing so you’ll have effectively crossed one item off your list! 

 

Message from Vanessa Christman – Introduction to the Pensby Center

Dear Class of 2019,

This was a busy week of meetings: checking in with this year’s Pensby Fellows, planning with Perry House student leaders and reflecting on the past year with our Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellows. Though the pace is slower in summer, I’m glad my work keeps me in touch with students year round.

And I’m glad that it gives me a chance to share some thoughts with you, members of the Class of 2019! As you prepare for your arrival on 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. In addition to seeking deeper understanding, many students enjoy the connection and sense of belonging they find through the Pensby Center's diversity, social justice and inclusion programs.

While the deadline has passed to apply to Tri-Co (the Tri-College Identity, Equity and Social Justice Institute that takes place before Customs), there are many programs and activities you’ll be able to take part in once you arrive on campus. Below is a small sample:

  • Dimensions of Diversity is 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.
  • Beyond the Borders brings together students from all areas of the world to share perspectives on topics such as education, entertainment, food, fashion, and social justice.

Together with my colleagues Stephanie Nixon (Assistant Dean and Director of Diversity, Social Justice and Inclusion) and Patti Lausch (Director, International Student and Scholar Services and Advising), I welcome you to Bryn Mawr. Once you're here, please stop by The Pensby Center to meet us and our Vanessa Christmanassistant, Oanh Whalen, and to learn more about opportunities to be involved in our programs!

Warmly,

Vanessa Christman

Assistant Dean

 Health Forms and Health Insurance Information – DUE JULY 1
Remember: your health forms are due July 1.  For more information, please refer to the Information for New Students webpage (http://www.brynmawr.edu/healthcenter/IncomingStudents.htm).   All information will be reviewed by Health Center staff in July and you will be notified if anything is missing or we have questions.

Questions about this process?  You can email Sally Heimann in the Health Center at sheimann@brynmawr.edu.  Please note that the Health Center is closed over the summer; however, email is checked on a weekly basis.

 

ESem Registration Update - DUE JULY 10
If you have already registered for the Emily Balch Seminar (ESem), thank you!  You'll find out your ESem placement in August. 

If you have not registered yet, please read this message from Professor Gail Hemmeter regarding ESem registration and information on which seminars you will have the best chance of getting into.  Registration will close on July 10.  If you have any questions, please send them to Professor Hemmeter at ghemmete@brynmawr.edu

OneCard Photo ID Registration - DUE July 10
One CardThe OneCard is the official identification card for Bryn Mawr & Haverford Colleges. It provides access to Bi-Co resources including the meal plan, libraries, and facilities across both campuses.

To register for your OneCard, 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 campuses  

OneCards will be distributed later this summer after you arrive on campus.  For more information about all that our OneCard can do, please visit http://www.brynmawr.edu/onecard/.

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


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."

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Bryn Mawr deansWelcome Letter from Your Dean
Earlier in the summer, we introduced ourselves to you as a group on the Meet the Deans page. But since that time, we've been able to finalize deans' advising assignments for the year, and so each of the deans sent out an email yesterday to the group of students they'll be working with.  You should have gotten that email yesterday; if you didn't, let us know at welcomebmc@brynmawr.edu and we'll resend. 

We know most of you haven't had a dean before and before this summer may not have even known that there was any such thing as a dean.  The letter from your dean will tell you a little more about what deans do and what to expect from your advising relationship. You'll learn even more about how advising works at Bryn Mawr at a session called Advising 101 to be held during Customs Week.  

Now that we know which students we'll be advising, the deans will be starting to review the advising questionnaires that students are submitting. Well over 100 are in already.  The questionnaire is due July 10.  Check your email for the link to fill out this online form.  We're looking forward to learning more about you. 

 

Deans: A Student’s Perspective
So, what exactly do deans do?  Summer Communications Intern, Meera Jayaraman ’17, addresses some common misconceptions about deans and shares some of the ways in which deans support and advise students.

You might have an idea of your dean being someone in charge of disciplinary action, or someone so high up that you’ll never come in contact with them. Don’t be misled! The way I see it, the Dean’s Office is your resource for all the small things that help you see the big picture as a Bryn Mawr student. They are your primary advisors for your first two years, and they serve as your resource for things both non-academic and academic. They will be able to answer your questions about placement exams and classes, or even help you work on your communication skills so you can better connect with a professor. But outside of that, your Dean can advise you on personal issues, like homesickness or roommate problems. Your dean helps you see the bigger picture in all of your decisions at Bryn Mawr, and supports you taking initiative and responsibility rather than holding your hand constantly (because who wants that in college, anyway?). In my experience, my dean has been especially helpful in major times of need. I got sick once and had to miss almost a full week of classes, and instead of having to email all four of my professors and my supervisor at work, I emailed my Dean, who was able to contact everyone for me. When missing only one or two classes, most students know to email their professors on their own, but in times of absolute crisis, I knew that I could count on my dean. She’s also my cheerleader, someone who is eager to celebrate all of my accomplishments, whether they are big or small. So don't be intimidated to reach out to your dean.  Remember that the Dean's Office is there to help all students succeed and you will benefit from getting to know your dean sooner rather than later.

arrivalCan I arrive on campus before August 26?
Some students have been wondering whether it’s possible to arrive on campus before August 26.  Unless you are participating in Tri-Co (arrival date: Tuesday, August 18), a fall sport (arrival date: Tuesday, August 18 or Monday, August 17 for students travelling >4 hours), or International Student Orientation (arrival date: Monday, August 24), you cannot arrive on campus before Wednesday, August 26, which is the day Customs Week officially begins.  If you have questions about coming to campus, please review the Arrival and Move-in Information page or contact welcomebmc@brynmawr.edu.  We look forward to seeing the entire Class of 2019 on August 26!

Mawrter to Mawrter: Advice from the Class of 2018
Mawrter to Mawrter logoAs Vanessa mentioned above, there are many ways in which you can become involved in the campus community.  Kristiana Marcopoulos ’18 discusses her experience participating in clubs and activities on campus.  You’ll have a chance to check out and sign up for student-run clubs during Fall Frolic, which will be held during the second week of classes.

“Getting involved on campus is SO IMPORTANT. It's how you meet the upperclasspeople, who seem intimidating but are usually wonderful! Some people do it through sports, affinity groups, even work-study. As a first semester freshman I was in the Shakespeare Performance Troupe, Art Club, Bryn Mawr for MLAR, Green Ambassadors and Greens, as well as being a partial member (as in I was on the mailing list and attended maybe once or twice) of Knitting Club, Double Star Fantasy/Science Fiction Club, and others as well. Which is FINE. When people tell you to sign up for EVERYTHING you may even be remotely interested in, do so! Putting your name on an email list is not binding, nor is it a promise to go! And don't feel bad for leaving some by the wayside when you finally find what you really enjoy. Welcome to Bryn Mawr! We cannot wait to welcome you! <3”

- Kristiana Marcopoulos ‘18

Who's Whoooo at Bryn Mawr - Profile of Vanessa Christman, Assistant Dean and Director of Leadership and Community Development
This week you’ll get a chance to get to know a little more about Vanessa Christman of The Pensby Center.Vanessa

What I do: 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.

Have any questions? Send them to welcomebmc@brynmawr.edu.

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Issue #7 - June 16, 2015

In this issue:

  • Summer To-Do List
  • Message from Dean Mancini about Emily Balch Seminars
  • A Student's Perspective on ESem
  • Mawrter to Mawrter: Advice from the Class of 2018
  • Will You Receive Outside Scholarships or Tuition Benefits for the 2015-2016 Academic Year?
  • Access Services for Students with Disabilities
  • Who's Whoooo Profiles - Meera Jayaraman, Jen Callaghan and Betty Litsinger

 

Summer To-Do List
Another friendly reminder to check the Summer To-Do List!  Especially if you're going to be traveling or away from internet later in the summer, it could be a good idea to get things done now! Health Forms are due July 1 (something everyone needs to attend to); July 1 is also the deadline for Fall Sports Registration. 

 

Message from Dean Mancini regarding Emily Balch Seminar selection and speaker

Dear Class of 2019,

It's my privilege today to write to you about one of the most important parts of your first-year experience at Bryn Mawr: your Emily Balch seminar (or ESem) and about writing expectations and supports at the College more generally. 

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 2019 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 opened as of Friday, June 12 and will remain open through July 10.  Plan to spend some time reviewing the course descriptions and thinking about which sound most intriguing to you. 

Closely connected to the Emily Balch seminars is the Emily Balch speaker, this year memoirist, novelist, and beloved advice columnist Cheryl Strayed.  Strayed is the author of Wild, an account of her months spent hiking the Pacific Crest trail.  Sometimes funny, sometimes heartbreaking, always engrossing: what a story! 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. ESem instructor Matthew Ruben (whose ESems are always very popular!) will be the host for the evening, asking some questions of his own and leaving plenty of time for you and your classmates to ask yours.  Second, a fabulous dessert reception is held immediately afterwards! 

While I hope you're excited about ESem and about Cheryl Strayed's visit, I know writing can also be a source of anxiety.  For those of you who are speakers and writers of other languages as well as English, please know that you may be interested in taking English 126, the Workshop for the Multilingual Writer.  You can read more about this course in BiONiC, and International Students will learn more about it at International Student Orientation.  And all students can benefit from the services of the Writing Center, where trained student writing tutors and writing partners work with other students on every stage of the writing process.   

Let me end just by encouraging you to use the welcomebmc@brynmawr.edu address to send us any questions that you still have.  Just review the FAQs first, to see if we've hit them there.  Meanwhile, I hope you're enjoying the process of preparing to come to Bryn Mawr - and also enjoying some things that have nothing to do with Bryn Mawr at all!  Michelle Mancini


Yours,
Michelle Mancini

Associate Dean

 

ESem: The Student Perspective
The deans and the faculty may think that ESem is important and valuable, but what do students think about this course?  Of course, it's impossible to generalize, but here's the perspective of our Summer Communications Intern, Meera Jayaraman:

During the summer before my first year at Bryn Mawr, I felt a lot of anticipation about the Emily Balch Seminar. I read the descriptions over and over, seeing this course as an exciting new beginning to my academic career. I chose my top three choices with a lot of deliberation.  I found, though, that the class I ended up in was really different from what I had been expecting. Even so, each week, I left ESem having gained something new. With each reading and the weekly papers we worked so diligently on, I realized that my interests were far wider than I thought. The ESem experience was incredibly important; I was in a class of eleven, and we happened to be diverse individuals who brought all kinds of viewpoints to the table. We had one woman who was a McBride scholar, or student of non-traditional age. The class also had several students who identified themselves as people of color, and international students from various countries, spanning from Bangladesh to Germany. I've forgotten some of the details of the readings that I did, two years later, but I do remember the people, who I often see around Bryn Mawr. We share a bond from the literature and discussions that we experienced together, and it isn't one that I will easily forget.

 

Mawrter to Mawrter to Mawrter logoMawrter: Advice from the Class of 2018
Right now, you may be anticipating being at Bryn Mawr, but this week Sarah Miller '18 discusses the importance of planning to get off-campus from time to time. 

"Some students choose Bryn Mawr because they like the peaceful serenity of the area. I like that too, but I must admit that I'd go stir crazy if I didn't get off this beautiful campus every now and then. It's really easy to get off-campus: classes and social events at Haverford are just as easily accessible as those at Bryn Mawr. And classes and events at Swarthmore and Penn are open to us as well. Philadelphia is also only 20 minutes away! (25 from my dorm-room) I managed to get into Philadelphia once a week during my first semester, and it's an amazing city! There is everything that major cities have in terms of parks, historic areas, museums, shops, cafés, etc. And starting in Fall 2015, you can use Indego, Philly's bike share program, to navigate the city.  But there are also so many college students there, and if you feel like going to a party with people from Penn (or the other schools), you most certainly can! I think it is important to get off campus and remind oneself of the world outside the Bryn Mawr bubble. And when that's said, it's always great to get back to the campus that you call home."

- Sarah Miller '18

Will You Receive Outside Scholarships or Tuition Benefits for the 2015-2016 Academic Year?
If so, please complete the Outside Scholarship and Tuition Benefit Form:  https://www.brynmawr.edu/financial-aid/forms-and-publications to report any scholarships or employer tuition benefits you will receive for 2015-2016 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:  https://www.brynmawr.edu/sites/default/files/FA_UG_2015-16.pdf

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

Please send the information back to Student Financial Services as a PDF attached to an email to: sfs@brynmawr.edu or to the address at the bottom of the form.

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

Access Services
Just a reminder:
If you are an entering student who had an IEP in high school and/or has a medical, emotional, physical or psychological disability, we encourage you to connect with Bryn Mawr Access Services office. NOTE: we encourage you to do so even if you are not expecting to make use of accommodations in college.

Bryn Mawr welcomes students with disabilities to the College community. The Access Services office 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. (Please don't be alarmed if you get an automatic response saying that Deb Alder is out of the office; she will still be able to be in touch with you within a few days.)

 

Who's Whoooo at Bryn Mawr - Special Writers Edition
This week we're profiling Meera Jayaraman, our Student Intern, as well as two faculty who offer crucial support to student writers.  


First Meera Jayaraman '17, the Communications Intern with the Dean's Office this summer. 
  • Preferred Pronouns: She/HerMeera Jayaraman
  • Major:  English
  • Minor: Gender & Sexuality Studies and Psychology
  • Hometown: Fremont, California
  • My roles on campus:  Honor Board Member, Customs Committee Member, Hall Advisor, Spectra Co-Coordinator
  • Favorite book:  Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  • Dream vacation spot:  Bangalore, India
  • Favorite BMC tradition: May Day
  • Favorite course during my first year: Women and Feminism in the History of Art
  • Favorite movie: Clueless
  • Clubs/activities I've joined: Extreme Keys acapella, South Asian Students, Mentor for Philly
  • Tip for the first year at BMC: Find your happy place (physically and/or mentally) and go there often.
  • What I wish I had known my first year of college: It's okay to ask for help. You're not the only one.
  • How I practice self-care at BMC:  Singing with my acapella group, Reading, Netflixing
  • Little known fact about me: I might be able to live on plain yogurt
  • Nicknames: Meerz
  • My hidden talent: I can play two songs on the ukulele, and am learning more!
  • Best BMC memory (so far): Late-night conversations at the Lusty Cup

 

Next Jen Callaghan, Ph.D. Director of the Writing Center.  Jen Callaghan
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. 

  • 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.

 

Finally, Betty Litsinger, Director of Multilingual WritingBetty Litsinger

  • Role at the College: I teach Workshop for Multilingual Writers and American Ideas: Cultural Contexts for Academic Writing.  I meet with multilingual students in the Writing Center.
  • Favorite things to read: I'm a big fan of memoir. One of my favorites is A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius by Dave Eggers.
  • Most important thing I've learned about writing: By writing for a daily newspaper in college I learned to meet deadlines. Whether I'm satisfied with my work or not, I turn it in on time and move on to the next project.
  • What I wish I had known as a first-year college student: In my first year composition class we didn't do peer conferences or meet with our professors to talk about our first drafts. I spent lots of time worrying that I was probably the worst writer in the class and that I had probably misunderstood the assignment. Worry is always a waste of time.

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Issue #6 – June 9, 2015

In this issue:

  • Summer To-Do List
  • Message from Dean Heyduk about the Honor Code and Self-Governance
  • Academic Integrity Tutorial – DUE JULY 10
  • Fall Sports Registration – DUE JULY 1
  • Tri-Co Summer Institute – DUE JUNE 18 - FINAL REMINDER
  • Message from SFS
  • Anxious about Placement Exams?
  • New FAQs
  • Quick Links
  • Mawrter to Mawrter: Advice from the Class of 2018
  • Reunion Weekend Photos
  • Who’s Whoooo Profiles – Molly Mac Dougall ‘16 and Celeste Gambino ‘16 (Honor Board Members)
  •  

Summer To-Do List
This is friendly reminder to check the Summer To-Do List!

 

Message from Dean Heyduk about the Honor Code and Self-Governance

Dear class,

Like my colleagues, I look forward to meeting you soon at Bryn Mawr. I write to encourage you to read and think about self-governance and community life. It is my privilege to introduce the Self-Government Association (SGA), the Honor Code and the Academic Integrity Tutorial or AIT (see below).  You are expected to complete the AIT in the coming weeks.

Self-governance is a critically important, often challenging and sometimes exhilarating foundation of one’s Bryn Mawr experience. Our college’s distinctive approach to education is founded upon responsibility for oneself, responsiveness to others, and commitment to this community’s norms.  Each new generation of students contributes to our shared understandings and practices by living them. It’s an ever-evolving system that requires respectful communication, patience with one another and ourselves, and openness. 

Before you arrive on campus this fall, it’s important that you start thinking about the expectations our community members have of themselves and one another about self-governance and the honor code.  Once you are here, be sure to take time not only to immerse yourself in the relationships so central to our living-learning community, but also to reflect on your interactions in order to enhance your understanding and appreciation of the possibilities for growth that self-governance offers.

There are two primary aspects of student self-government at Bryn Mawr: SGA, to which you and every undergraduate belong, and the Honor Code, a set of principles and related practices to which all students agree to adhere. The Honor Code stresses personal integrity, mutual respect, and dedication to dialogue.  These principles help each of us grow as individuals as we seek to understand the full range of human perspectives. 

SGA:  Please explore the SGA blog (http://sga.blogs.brynmawr.edu ) to gain a better sense of the scope of SGA and the issues its many components address.  (The photo of the Assembly on the home page captures the vitality of the leadership.)  There are many ways to participate in SGA:  Customs Week, SGA Assembly meetings every Sunday, MAWRK Notes, Plenaries, and participation in a wide of community activities.  You will have plenty of time to determine what level of involvement will be meaningful for you.

Please read the Honor Code at  https://sga.blogs.brynmawr.edu/honor-board/honor-code/ with special attention to the philosophy and commitments on which it is based. I recommend doing so before you complete the summer placement exercises.

At Bryn Mawr we expect ourselves and one another to be honest, trustworthy, and responsive to one another.   You will find that there is not much focus on rules, investigations or formal disciplinary actions – largely because students act so responsibly.  Campus life under the Social Honor Code is supported by a variety of policies and a wealth of resources and support persons. Together, these provide a safety net for all, so that we may live and learn together.

The Academic Honor Code requires us to take our own work seriously.  It requires us to respect the standards of scholarship in this community and in the disciplines that we study.  Mutual respect among students and between faculty members and their students is central.

New students come from a wide range of schools, educational systems and cultures. We require you to take the Academic Integrity Tutorial (AIT) (see below) so that you will have a shared foundation concerning academic integrity.  This tutorial is now available on your Moodle page and is to be completed by July 10.  It is designed to help you understand how members of the Bi-College community approach the practical aspects of working within the Honor Code.  For some of you, the AIT may introduce new ideas or emphases. You can count on student leaders, faculty, staff, and your new college friends to help you find answers to your questions throughout your years at Bryn Mawr.

We will use the Entering Students web site http://www.brynmawr.edu/enteringstudents/ and FAQs to provide updates and further information until Customs starts.

Best wishes for every success and for happiness throughout your Bryn Mawr career!

Chuck Heyduk, Associate Dean

Dean Chuck Heyduk

 

 

 

 

 

 


Academic Integrity Tutorial – DUE JULY 10
The "Academic Integrity Tutorial" 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 required to complete Parts 1 and 2 of the Academic Integrity Tutorial, which is available in the "Advising Center -- Dean's Office Resources" in Moodle, by July 10. To access the Advising Center, go to Moodle and log in using the same username and password you use for your Bryn Mawr email. 

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/.

 

Fall Sports Registration – DUE JULY 1
It’s not too late to join a fall sport!  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 July 1.

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

Please note that varsity athletes for fall sports should plan to arrive on Tuesday, August 18 for pre-season training and practice.  Students traveling more than 4 hours to campus can arrive on Monday, August 17. For fall pre-season arrival information, see http://www.brynmawr.edu/enteringstudents/arrival.html#athletics.

 

Tri-Co Summer Institute – DUE JUNE 18 – FINAL REMINDER
You are invited to apply to the Tri-College Identity, Equity and Social Justice Institute (Tri-Co), an optional pre-Customs program for first-year students supported by the Pensby Center. Tri-Co is an orientation sponsored by Bryn Mawr, Haverford, and Swarthmore Colleges for first-year students who are interested in exploring issues of identity, power, privilege and social justice.  More information about the program can be found at http://www.brynmawr.edu/pensby/trico.html.

Interested in applying to Tri-Co?  Please complete the online application by 5:00 pm EST on Thursday, June 18.  If you have questions about Tri-Co, please contact Stephanie Nixon at snixon01@brynmawr.edu.


Message from SFS
New Federal Direct Loan Interest Rates Announced for 2015-2016
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, 2015 and before July 1, 2016 the interest rates are:

 Federal Direct Loans for Undergraduate Students: 4.29%
 Federal Direct Parent PLUS loans: 6.84%

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. Click on “Types of Aid”.

 

Anxious about Placement Exams?
Feeling the placement exam jitters? Don’t fret!  Read on for information to allay your concerns.

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. 

For placement exam information and instructions, visit the FAQ page.  Detailed information about each placement exam is listed on Moodle.  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.  

 

New FAQs
New frequently asked questions about financial matters, science and math courses at BMC, and test scores (AP, IB) have been posted on the FAQ page.



Quick Links
Trying to find information online?  Check on the Quick Links page, which contains a list of important webpages for the Class of 2019.



Mawrter to Mawrter: Advice from the Class of 2018
This week, Athena Olson ’18 discusses using your resources at Bryn Mawr.

"When I first got to college, I thought that this was the time in my life to show how independent I could be. But, in reality, this is probably going to be the most vulnerable times in your life. What I am here to tell you, is that it is ok to ask for help. I have never witnessed a better support group than the one offered at Bryn Mawr. You have to know that everyone is just as lost as you and whatever you go through someone else is experiencing the situation as well. The least you can do for yourself is to reach out to the many resources to get yourself back on track."

- Athena Olsen ‘18

 

Reunion Weekend Photos
During the weekend of May 29, several generations of Mawrters came to campus to reconnect with each other and celebrate the College.  See the photos of this happy homecoming at http://photos.brynmawr.edu/2015/Events/Reunion-2015/n-t8pSsP/.

 

Who’s Whoooo Profiles – Molly Mac Dougall ‘16 and Celeste Gambino ‘16 (Honor Board Members)
This week we’d like to introduce you to two members of the Honor Board, which is responsible for  upholding the academic and social Honor Code and educating students about what it means to live in a community that is governed and guided by the Honor Code.

Molly Mac Dougall ‘16, Head of the Honor BoardMolly Mac Dougall

  • My roles on campus:  Head of the Honor Board, Hall Advisor, Captain of the Tennis Team
  • Major:  Psychology
  • Minor:  Child & Family Studies
  • Favorite movie:  It's a tie between Heathers and The Parent Trap
  • Dream vacation spot: This is a tough one.  Perhaps Rome?  Really, anywhere with good food.
  • Favorite BMC tradition:  Lantern Night
  • Favorite course during my first year:  Either my ESEM ("Breaking") or Race and Law in an American Context
  • Favorite spot on campus:  The benches overlooking the athletic fields
  • Clubs/activities I've joined:  Fall Student Dance Concert, Student Athletic Advisory Committee (SAAC)
  • Tip for the first year at BMC:  Read Activities emails! They are full of interesting events, notices, and ways to get involved around campus and in the community.
  • What I wish I had known my first year of college: The Bryn Mawr Community extends greatly beyond current students. Since I realized this, I have been able to build relationships with professors (including some I have never had), the deans, housekeepers, other staff members, and alums.      
  • What the Honor Code and/or self-governance means to me: The Honor Code and self-governance, to me, both mean trust in our community. Under the academic Honor Code, faculty trust us to practice integrity in our work. Under the social Honor Code, we trust each other to be respectful and open to conversations about what that may mean. With self-governance, the trustees and administration trust us to make important decisions for ourselves and to represent to them our opinions about larger issues that arise on campus. 
  • Best BMC memory (so far):  In February, along with the other members of the SGA Executive Board (or EBoard as we like to call it), I got to present a resolution at Plenary to reaffirm the SGA Constitution and the Honor Code. It was a truly amazing experience to watch the student body vote to maintain these community values.

 

Celeste Gambino ‘16, Class of 2016 1-Year Representative of Honor Board

  • Macintosh HD:Users:cgambino:Downloads:10917132_461496577322398_3213594522456158786_n.jpgMy roles on campus: I am a tour guide in Admissions and a member of the Honor Board.
  • Major(s): Geology with a minor in Environmental Studies.
  • Favorite book: Bryn Mawr, you should know better than to ask me this question! If I had to choose a top three I’d say Habibi by Craig Thompson, Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad, and Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling.
  • Dream vacation spot: I’d really love to backpack across Europe.
  • Favorite dessert: Pretty much anything chocolate.
  • Favorite BMC tradition: I adore all of the traditions, but my favorite is definitely May Day!
  • Favorite course during my first year: How the Earth Works (aka Geology 101). It made me fall in love with the subject and want to be a Geology major.
  • Favorite spot on campus: Honestly, as cheesy as it may sound, my favorite place is wherever I am with my friends. It’s the people that make Bryn Mawr my home.
  • Tip for the first year at BMC: College is an excellent time to try new things. Don’t be afraid to put yourself out there! You never know what will happen or who you’ll meet.
  • What I wish I had known my first year of college:  College is a brand new experience for everyone, so it’s ok to make mistakes along the way. You don’t have to have your entire life planned out by the time you graduate :)
  • What the Honor Code means to me: (Though as a member of the Honor Board, I’m clearly biased) I think the Honor Code is at the heart of Bryn Mawr, academically and socially. It gives us amazing opportunities and allows us to shape our community to best fit the people in it. It inspires this sense of community based on trust and communication.
  • Best BMC memory (so far): I’d have to say this year’s May Day. I don’t think I stopped smiling from the minute I woke up to when I (finally) went to sleep! The day is simply all about celebration, joy, and tradition. To me, there is nothing better than spending a wonderful day with friends who have become family, in a place that has become my home.


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Issue #5 - June 2, 2015

In this issue:

  • Message from Dean Christina Rose
  • The Lantern Course-Planning Guide – A MUST-READ!
  • The Summer To-Do List – BOOKMARK THIS PAGE!
  • Mawrter to Mawrter: Advice from the Class of 2018
  • Advising Questionnaire - DUE JULY 10
  • Placement Exams Are Now Open – DUE JULY 10
  • Placement Information for Other Subjects
  • New FAQs
  • Steps to Receive Your Federal Direct Loan Funds
  • Who’s Whoooo at Bryn Mawr – Profile of Carol Fritz, ViAnna Bernard and Angie Sheets (Residential Life)

 

Message from Dean Christina Rose

Dear Class of 2019,

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 today (more information provided below).  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 and beyond.  

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 advising conversation during Customs Week. 

Finally, this week is when many parts of your summer tasks, including the Advising Questionnaire and Placement Exams for Math and Languages (which you may or may not need to take), become available to you through the Summer To-Do List.  I hope that you will read the information on the Summer To-Do List for each of these tasks carefully and complete them early so you can spend the rest of your summer doing things that bring you joy.

The LanternWe'll also be sending you hard copies of The Lantern and the Summer To-Do list, so keep an eye on your mailbox as well as your email inbox! 

Best,

Christina Rose
Assistant Dean

The Lantern Course-Planning Guide - A Must-Read!Christina Rose
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. 

The Summer To-Do List – Bookmark this Page!
This Summer To-Do List is a list of the both required and optional tasks you’ll need to complete over the summer to prepare for the start of your Bryn Mawr career. This list is available online at http://www.brynmawr.edu/enteringstudents/SummerToDoList.html.  Be sure to bookmark this page!  It provides deadlines as well as links to instructions for each to-do item. 

We’ll continue to send you reminders about items on the Summer To-Do List via the Tuesday Newsletter, but it’s a good idea take note now of the things you’ll be asked to complete and their deadlines.   

Questions about the Summer To-Do List? Contact welcomebmc@brynmawr.edu.

Mawrter to Mawrter: Advice from the Class of 2018
Mawrter to Mawrter logoThis week Rachel Massey ’18 gives some advice on how to stay on top of your Summer To-Do List.

So you now know where you are going to go to school and are going through your “Senior Summer” list of lasts. Enjoy this time, but know that it won’t be your last time to have fun.  Freshmen year is intense, but if you have a few good friends to get you through, you’ll be just fine.  An accountabil-a-buddy is going to be essential.  Having at least one person to keep you up to date on your “Summer To-Do List” will be important because it can sometimes be easy to get distracted or overwhelmed.  Get ready for a new experience and welcome to the Bryn Mawr community!”

- Rachel Massey ‘18

Advising Questionnaire – DUE JULY 10
Today (Tuesday, June 2) the Dean’s Office 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 10.  

Questions about the Advising Questionnaire? Consult the FAQ page or contact welcomebmc@brynmawr.edu.

Placement Exams Are Now Open – DUE JULY 10
Several language departments (Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Latin and Spanish) require you to review placement information and potentially 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 10. The Math Department and the Quantitative Center have also prepared placement information and placement assessments.  These can also be found in Moodle.  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 Biology, Chemistry, Economics, Greek, Physics and Russian has also been posted on the FAQ page.  

New FAQs
Check out the FAQ page for new questions and answers regarding the Advising Questionnaire, placement exams, Moodle, degree requirements, and language courses. Look out next week for new FAQs on math and science courses, and AP and IB test scores.

Steps to Receive Your Federal Direct Loan Funds
Q.
What must I do to receive my Federal Direct Loan Funds?

A. You must first accept your Federal Direct Loan on BiONiC. First time borrowers must then complete an electronic Master Promissory Note (eMPN) and Federal Direct Loan Entrance Counseling at http://www.studentloans.gov/. Direct Loan funds will be released to your student account only after you accept your loan on BiONiC, electronically sign your promissory note, and complete loan entrance counseling.  You must complete these steps prior to July 15th for your funds to disburse to your student account around the first day of class.

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

Who's Whoooo at Bryn Mawr - Profiles of Carol Fritz, ViAnna Bernard and Angie Sheets (Residential Life)
Now that you’ve submitted your Housing Preference Form, find out who will be assigning you to a dorm and matching you with your roommate(s).  This week we're introducing the mavens of Residential Life: Administrative Assistant Carol Fritz, Assistant Director ViAnna Bernard, and Director Angie Sheets.

Carol Fritz, Residential Life Administrative AssistantCarol Fritz

  • What I do: keep the Res Life office running
  • Favorite book: To Kill A Mockingbird
  • Dream vacation spot: Chautauqua
  • Favorite dessert: homemade pecan pie with vanilla ice cream
  • Best things about Bryn Mawr or Mawrters: the beautiful campus and friendly atmosphere
  • Best thing about Res Life: interacting with students when they come to the office    
  • Tip for the first year at BMC: enjoy all the new experiences  
  • What I like about working with new students: seeing the excitement of being at Bryn Mawr
  • Favorite thing about my job: I get to work with Angie and ViAnna.
  • Favorite spot on campus: the bench under the huge old copper birch tree overlooking the athletic fields 
  • In my free time, I enjoy: going to museums and the theater    
  • Little known fact about me:  Betty White was my neighbor when I was young   
  • On my summer to-do list (this can be something fun and unrelated to BMC): Go to Norway

 ViAnna BernardViAnna Bernard, Assistant Director of Residential Life

  • What I do: I work closely with our Hall Advisors and our two Graduate Assistants to make the experience of living at Bryn Mawr welcoming, engaging, and, of course, fun! I am always here as a resource for students who have issues or questions arise relating to their room or roommates. I also oversee Project Dorm Room, which is a room design contest that takes place later in the fall semester.
  • 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 just about ANYTHING.  My favorite movies are Titanic and Dirty Dancing.  I am also a huge fan of Gone with the Wind!
  • 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, and you are absolutely never alone. 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 actually spend most of our time laughing. I am surrounded by amazing people each day I come to work.
  • In my free time, I enjoy: Antiquing, going to flea markets and thrift stores, decorating, playing with my niece, cooking up a storm, 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.

Angie Sheets, Director of Residential LifeAngie 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 song:  Too many favorites!  I love music of most kinds, from pop to classical to Motown.   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)

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Issue #4 - May 26, 2015

In this issue:

  • Message from Lauren Ward ‘03
  • Housing Preference Form – FINAL REMINDER
  • Wondering How to Pay Your Bill? Make Payments to Bryn Mawr Easier!
  • Tri-Co Application Now Online – DUE BY JUNE 18
  • Commencement 2015 at BMC
  • Music Opportunities - Orchestra, Chorale, and Private Study
  • Send Us Your Self-Care Tips! – JUNE 5 DEADLINE
  • Mawrter to Mawrter: Advice from the Class of 2018
  • Access Services for Students with Disabilities
  • Who’s Whoooo at Bryn Mawr – Profile of Stephanie Nixon (Pensby Center)

 

Message from Lauren Ward ‘03

Dear Class of 2019,

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 2015, your fellow green 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.

This week's newsletter is full of important reminders and announcements.  Next week you'll receive The Lantern, an indispensable guide to planning your course schedule and understanding the key components of a Bryn Mawr education.  You’ll also receive the Summer To-Do List, which will help you keep track of all of the tasks you’ll need to perform over the summer before you arrive on campus.

I'm so thrilled for you to soon discover all that Bryn Mawr has to offer you and for you to make this your community and second home.  There are so many people - including faculty, staff, current students and alumnae - who are eagerly awaiting your arrival and are here to help you, encourage you and celebrate with you along the way. Lauren Ward

Anassa kata!

Warm regards,

Lauren Ward, BMC '03 (another Green Mawrter!)
Program Coordinator, Dean's Office

Housing Preference Form - FINAL REMINDER
Please submit your Housing Preference Form by June 1.  Share your preferences and habits to facilitate the roommate matching process. 

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: https://www.brynmawr.edu/financial-aid/current-undergraduate-students/monthly-payment-plan

Tri-Co Application Now Online - DUE BY JUNE 18
Tri-Co 2014You are invited to apply to the Tri-College Identity, Equity and Social Justice Institute (Tri-Co), an optional pre-Customs program for first-year students supported by the Pensby Center. Tri-Co is an orientation sponsored by Bryn Mawr, Haverford, and Swarthmore Colleges for first-year students who are interested in exploring issues of identity, power, privilege and social justice.  More information about the program can be found at http://www.brynmawr.edu/pensby/trico.html.

Interested in applying to Tri-Co?  Please complete the online application by 5:00 pm EST on Thursday, June 18.  If you have questions about Tri-Co, please contact Stephanie Nixon at snixon01@brynmawr.edu.  (See Stephanie’s Who’s Whoooo profile below.)


Commencement 2015 at BMC
2015 Commencement. Photo Credit: Paola NoguerasPoet Billy Collins gave this year's Commencement address. Collins, a former Poet Laureate of the United States, encouraged the Class of 2015 to always be “amateurs” and pursue what they love even though they may never master it.  For him, these pursuits of passion include painting and learning Italian.  He concluded his remarks with a reading of his poem “The Lanyard” which highlighted the sentiment of gratitude.  Check out the videos of Collins’ speech and President Kim Cassidy’s remarks at http://news.brynmawr.edu/2015/05/22/video-excerpts-from-the-2015-commencement-ceremony/, as well as graduation photos at http://photos.brynmawr.edu/2015/Events/Convocation-and-Commencement-2/.

Music Opportunities - Orchestra, Chorale, and Private Study Photo of orchestra
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.

To learn more about music opportunities in the Bi-Co, please visit http://www.brynmawr.edu/enteringstudents/HaverfordOrchestralandChoralprograms.html.  If you are interested in playing in the orchestra, singing in a choir, and/or pursuing private music study, please fill out the Music department's Music Interest Survey  (also available at the link listed above).

Send Us Your Self-Care Tips! – JUNE 5 DEADLINE
Self-Care at BMC logoThe 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 5 and your name will be entered into a raffle for $50 on your OneCard (your official Bryn Mawr id card), which you can use at the campus bookstore, dining halls or campus cafes.  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:

“Go out on the town with friends; the only requirement is to not talk about what you're stressed about and just have fun. If that is not an option, you can dance it out, no music or ability needed.” - Anonymous

"Deep Breathing 15 minutes every day. When I am anxious and nervous, my breath is fast and shallow. But when I am sitting quietly, breathing every breath slow and deep, and trying focusing on my deep breath and nothing else, I am really becoming calmer and calmer. What's more, it helps my relationships. When I feel irritated, I will try to take a few deep breaths, and who knows, a fight may already be prevented." - Chang Sun ‘19

"Re-read a funny or comforting book (preferably one you've read many times before so that you aren't stressing about what will happen in the end)."
- Rachel Hertzberg ‘19

“I like to channel my stress into positive, constructive behaviors: doing my laundry, vacuuming, cleaning the guinea pig cage, running the dishwasher. I'm definitely a stress-cleaner, but I can think of much worse ways to manage my emotions. On another note, keeping a clean and healthy environment, for your workspace and living space, will alleviate a lot of stress and focus problems by allowing you to concentrate on what you need to get done.” - Emily Schalk ‘19

“Going to the gym, chatting with my friends, having meals outside, go shopping (online or in-store), helping my little sister with her homework, creating a special dish at home.” - Mai Hoang ‘19

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

Mawrter to Mawrter: Advice from the Class of 2018
Mawrter to MawrterThis week, Nattalya Pacheco ’18 gives some tips on how to find out about exciting events on campus.

“Take advantage of the events on campus. Whether it be a talk, a concert, a pop-up, a workshop, a play, among other things you should definitely attend. Most are free. You can find out about them things on bulletin boards all over campus, via email or at times, event schedules will even be written with chalk on the sidewalk. They are fun and enriching experiences you shouldn’t miss out on!”

- Nattalya Pacheco ‘18

Access Services for Students with Disabilities
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 Stephanie Nixon (Pensby Center)
Stephanie NixonStephanie Nixon serves as Assistant Dean and Director of Diversity, Social Justice & Inclusion and Title IX Coordinator for the College.  She works in the Pensby Center, which is home to diversity and inclusion programs, leadership programs, and international services and advising.  This summer, she will be facilitating Tri-College Identity, Equity and Social Justice Institute (Tri-Co), a pre-Customs academic and leadership program focusing on identity, power, and social justice. If you’re not participating in Tri-Co, you will get a chance to meet Stephanie during Customs Week, when she will present sessions on the topics of diversity and consent and sexual assault on college campuses. These sessions include the Customs diversity conversations, the presentation on Title IX, the “Speak About It” group discussions, and more sessions during the first-year Wellness program. Stephanie is an incredibly dynamic and engaging presenter and her energy is contagious as is her passion for Bryn Mawr and social justice.

  • What I do: I work with diversity and social justice initiatives on campus like the Diversity Council, Diversity Leadership Group, supporting the Alliance of Multicultural Organizations, advising the Community Diversity Assistants, and Spectra Gender and Sexuality Education, and Tri-Co and Dimensions of Diversity social justice retreats among other programs. I also serve as the coordinator of the College's educational efforts around sexual harassment and sexual assault and support reporting and follow up processes related to our policies.
  • Favorite book, song or movie: Favorite book is a tough one as I am an avid reader and bounce between non-fiction and fantasy and sci-fi. One of my favorites is Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman, although I must admit to having a lot of favorite books.
  • Best things about Bryn Mawr: Self-governance and commitment to challenging Bryn Mawr to constantly evolve into a better version of itself.
  • Best thing about Pensby: Pensby is a great place to explore new ideas and to complicate existing understandings of ourselves and our communities.
  • Tip for the first year at BMC: Take a risk and try something new just for the fun of it!
  • What I like about working with new students: I value the chance to learn from all students constantly, and I appreciate the new perspectives and questions the newest members of our community bring.
  • Favorite thing about my job: I am so blessed and privileged to work in a role that aligns with my values and brings me learning and meaning each day.
  • Favorite spot on campus: Almost anywhere outside on a warm and sunny day.
  • In my free time, I enjoy: Spending time with my partner, my dog, my family, and squeezing in time for reading, watching soccer and knitting.
  • If I were an animal, I'd be: My dog, Cleo. She has kind of a sweet life.
  • My secret talent: Like all superheroes, I feel I must keep my powers and my alterego secret to protect those I love.
  • Nickname: Snixon
  • On my summer to-do list: Reading in the sunshine, urban hikes and time with family (see above).

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Issue #3 - May 19, 2015

In this issue:

  • Welcome from Dean Judy Balthazar
  • Meet the Deans
  • Housing Preference Form – DUE JUNE 1
  • Health Forms – (paper and electronic forms) – DUE JULY 1
  • Work Over the Summer to Pay for Fall Semester Books and Transportation
  • Mawrter to Mawrter: Advice from the Class of 2018
  • Self-Care during Your Senior Year
  • Call for Self-Care Tips!
  • Who's Whoooo at Bryn Mawr - Profile of Self-Care at BMC Intern Palak Bhandari '16

 

Welcome from Dean Judy Balthazar

Dear Members of the Class of 2019,

I am so happy to add my voice to those welcoming you to Bryn Mawr.  I watched the members of the Class of 2015 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.

Over the next few weeks, you will receive more information about the things we need you to do this summer in order to prepare for your first semester at Bryn Mawr.  Please continue to check your Bryn Mawr email address and visit www.brynmawr.edu/enteringstudents for updates.  In early June, you will receive a packet in the mail with your Summer To-Do List and the first issue of The Lantern, which will help you better understand the BMC curriculum and how to build a fall schedule.  For those of you traveling or working at camps this summer, please keep in mind that most of the summer tasks require internet access to complete, so please factor that in to your plans.  If you have any questions along the way, we are available to help you at welcomebmc@brynmawr.edu.

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.Dean Judy Balthazar

Best wishes,

Judy Balthazar
Dean of Studies and Interim Dean of the College



Bryn Mawr deans 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 and music major, loves cats, makes a mean flourless chocolate torte, or wants to tango across Argentina on the Meet the Deans page.

 

Housing Preference Form – DUE JUNE 1
So far, over half of the Class of 2019 has submitted their Housing Preference Form at http://www.brynmawr.edu/enteringstudents/housing_form.html. If you haven’t done so already, please complete this form by June 1.  Anne DeHart ’18 Photo of dorm room in Erdmanshares her thoughts on the housing form below (see this week’s Mawrter to Mawrter).  Housing and roommate assignments will be emailed to your Bryn Mawr College email address in the first week of August.

 

Health Forms – (paper and electronic 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 a good idea to start planning ahead.  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.

1.  A paper Health Service Form, which has been mailed to you, needs to be completed by your health care provider.  The information on this form provides our staff with an overview of your health status and alerts the staff to any significant health concerns. 

2.  All REQUIRED immunizations, noted as such on page 3 of the Health Service Form, need to be obtained.  Your health care provider should have a copy of your immunizations.  He or she should check that you have received all required immunizations and tests.

3.  Please return the Health Service Form in the preaddressed envelope contained in the packet from the Admission Office. 

4. AFTER JUNE 1, please complete your Medical History via the Patient Portal. (The link to the Patient Portal can also be found on the left hand side of the Health Center’s Information for New Students page.)  Please be aware that the information found in the Medical History is different from the information found on the Health Service Form. 

5. AFTER JUNE 1, enter your Immunization information via the Patient Portal.

Questions about this process? Please review the Health Center’s Information for New Students or email Sally Heimann in the Health Center at sheimann@brynmawr.edu.

 

Work Over the Summer to Pay for Fall Semester Books and Transportation
A message from Student Financial Services:

  • Students are expected to arrive on campus prepared to pay for books, supplies, and personal expenses.
  • Current estimates of Fall 2015 non-billed expenses are $500 for books and supplies and $500 for personal expenses. Transportation costs will vary from student to student.
  • Students may use on campus earnings to pay for Spring 2016 non-billed expenses.
  • Anticipated problems should be discussed with your financial aid counselor.  Email Student Financial Services at sfs@brynmawr.edu to connect with help.

Mawrter to Mawrter: Advice from the Class of 2018
Mawrter to Mawrter logoAnne DeHart ’18 shares the joys of a good roommate relationship and highlights the importance of sharing your preferences and habits on the Housing Preference Form.

“Dear future Mawrters,

Let me tell you about my experience with my roommate and share some tips about them. I was very nervous about roommate assignment and filled out the form a little too well. It must have done the trick because I got matched with the most amazing roommate I could have imagined. Not only are we super compatible and great friends but we also can give each other space and live responsibly together. Now I know that I (and lots of people I know of) got lucky, but a great roommate certainly doesn’t have to be your best friend. Just remember to communicate your preferences and be considerate of theirs. Relationships between roommates can still get tough, but you should always try your best to work things out. Having said this, your roommate assignments are by no means fixed! When you come here, there are so many people who will help you sort out issues like these. So, things to keep in mind: don’t stress, take your roommate assignment form [Housing Preference Form] seriously, try to make it work and know that whoever you may get, it will all work out.”

- Anne DeHart ‘18


Self-Care during Your Senior Year
Self-Care at BMC logoRight 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 also be stressful as you fulfill many important academic and personal commitments. Some members of the Self-Care at BMC Committee have offered self-care tips to help you find a sense of balance and focus during this time of transition.

Intellectual Self-Care
“Sometimes it can be hard to stay focused when you are reading, writing, or studying. Working in fixed blocks of time and building in fun rewards can help you stay motivated. Also, staying hydrated, eating brain foods (nuts, fruits, greens), and making time for activity, can help keep your mind sharp and give you the recharge you need to focus."
- Rachel Heiser, Academic Support and Learning Resources Specialist

Emotional Self-Care
“The culmination of the senior year of high school is one of excitement, relief, anticipation and heightened stress. Making time to slow things down, reflecting on your experiences and tuning 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 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 UPTOWN FUNK 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 5, your name will be entered into a raffle for $50 to be added to your OneCard, your college id card. (You can use your OneCard at the dining halls, campus cafes and the campus bookstore.) The winner will be announced during Customs Week.


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

  • My roles on campus: Peer Mentor, Self-Care at BMC Intern, former president of BMC South Asian Students
  • Majors: Growth & Structure of Cities & 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 don't think I have one. If I did, it would probably be a Bollywood movie. Or The 100-Foot Journey.  
  • 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 Students and 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 (including how I became the Self-Care @ 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, this means 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 South Asian 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 [the Bryn Mawr College cheer]. That was both really fun but also a confidence booster for a young first year still getting used to life at Bryn Mawr.

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Issue #2 - May 12, 2015

In this issue:

  • Message from Mary Beth Horvath
  • Welcome from Jasmine Rangel '17 and Celeste Ledesma '17, Tradition Mistresses
  • Housing Preference Form – DUE JUNE 1
  • Health Forms – DUE JULY 1
  • Important Information Regarding your BMC Email
  • Mawrter to Mawrter: Advice from the Class of 2018
  • May Day Photos
  • BMC Class of 2019 Facebook
  • FAQs for Entering Students
  • Do you love libraries and technology?
  • Access Services for Students with Disabilities
  • Who’s Whoooo at Bryn Mawr – Profile of Deb Alder


Message from Mary Beth Horvath

Dear Entering Students,

Bryn Mawr is a college rich in history and tradition. The College's traditions establish a sense of community that last beyond the confines of the four-year college experience. As a new student you will share these experiences with every person who attends the college! Below our Traditions Mistresses, Jasmine Rangel and Celeste Ledesma, share information about each tradition and provide a little bit about themselves. You can learn more about our traditions by visiting http://www.brynmawr.edu/activities/traditions.shtml.

Mary Beth Horvath
Director of Student Activities & Orientation
Advisor to Traditions


Welcome + Explanation of Traditions
Hi there Class of ‘19, McBrides and transfers! We are so excited to have you on campus in September and are looking forward to getting to know you. We, Jasmine Rangel and Celeste Ledesma, will be your Traditions Mistresses for next year. Bryn Mawr has many traditions to welcome new students and they each welcome you in different ways. Parade Night celebrates your arrival, Lantern Night passes down the light of knowledge, Hell Week praises you for your uniqueness and quirks, and May Day allows you to bid farewell to seniors and commemorate the end of your first year.

May Day photoMay Day is the last tradition of the year and is a time to relax, have fun, and enjoy the company of friends before the frenzy of finals. Students spend the day lounging, eating food and enjoying good music. It begins with the seniors waking up our president followed by a breakfast of champions, strawberries and cream, then a parade to start off the celebration and a day of fun. The night ends with Step Sing as the seniors say their final goodbyes and juniors claim their role as seniors on campus. View the 2015 May Day photos!

We are truly excited for your arrival and are looking forward to making these traditions an enjoyable experience for all of you. We hope that you are having a great summer and that you have some time to relax before arriving on campus.

Traditions Love,

Jasmine and Celeste
Jamine and Celeste

About Jasmine:

Hi, I’m Jasmine Rangel, class of ‘17, a chemistry major from Houston, Texas. This year I was a part of the basketball team and have been involved with the affinity group Mujeres for the past two years. I’ve gotten to discover the campus over the course of these two years and still find new places all the time. My favorite place on campus has to be behind Goodhart auditorium, it has beautiful view and my favorite place to study is the Campus Center.

Here are some other little fun facts about myself: my favorite movie is Pan’s Labyrinth, favorite book is Night by Elie Wiesel, and my favorite dessert is tres leches cake. This summer I’m working with Breakthrough Houston a program for students who want to get ahead for the upcoming year. I will be a chemistry teacher for 8th graders.

A tip for your first year at BMC would be not to be afraid to ask for help; sometimes it can feel like everyone has it together and you’re the only one not getting it but that’s not true. Ask professors, other students or even friends for help, everyone is willing and it’s how we pull each other up.

And something I love about Philadelphia is that since it’s a new city to me so there are so many things to discover. There are so many things to do that you  can go into the city without a plan and just find something to do once you’re there.


About Celeste:

Hi, I’m Celeste Ledesma, class of 2017, and I’m from El Paso, Texas! Over the past two years I have been involved in the affinity clubs Mujeres, for Latin American students, and Zami, a club for LGBTQ+ students of color. I am also a member of the bi-co rugby team.

I fell in love with Bryn Mawr’s campus the first time I visited, and I have greatly enjoyed getting to know different parts of campus. One of my favorite outdoors places to hang out with friends and do homework is the cloisters, and one of my favorite indoors places is the Quita Woodward room in Thomas.

A few more fun things to know about me is as follows: my favorite dining hall food item is barbeque chicken pizza, my favorite dessert is tiramisu, and I have two corgis that I adore named Thelma and Penny.

As I offer a tip for those starting out at Bryn Mawr, I can’t help but branch off of what Jasmine previously said: it is important to ask for help and it is also important to ask questions. Don’t worry about sounding new or unknowing. Every student that is here now was once brand new to BMC and had to or at least wanted to ask the questions that are most likely on your mind as well.


Housing Preference Form – DUE JUNE 1Photo of dorm room at BMC
The Housing Preference Form at http://www.brynmawr.edu/enteringstudents/housing_form.html is due June 1. Housing and roommate assignments will be emailed to your Bryn Mawr College email address in the first week of August.

Health Forms – (paper and electronic 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.  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.

1.  A paper Health Service Form, which has been mailed to you, needs to be completed by your health care provider.  The information on this form provides our staff with an overview of your health status and alerts the staff to any significant health concerns. 

2.  All REQUIRED immunizations, noted as such on page 3 of the Health Service Form, need to be obtained.  Your health care provider should have a copy of your immunizations.  He or she should check that you have received all required immunizations and tests.

3.  Please return the Health Service Form in the preaddressed envelope contained in the packet from the Admission Office. 

4. AFTER JUNE 1, please complete your Medical History via the Patient Portal. (The link to the Patient Portal can also be found on the left hand side of the Health Center’s Information for New Students page.)  Please be aware that the information found in the Medical History is different from the information found on the Health Service Form. 

5. AFTER JUNE 1, enter your Immunization information via the Patient Portal.

Questions about this process? Please review the Health Center’s Information for New Students or email Sally Heimann in the Health Center at sheimann@brynmawr.edu.


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 Library & Information Technology Services (LITS) 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. 

 

Mawrter to Mawrter:  Advice from the Class of 2018

Mawrter to Mawrter logo
Each week, a member of the class of 2018 will impart some friendly advice to help you prepare for your transition to college and life at the Mawr.  This week, Nikki Westerduin '18 offers her advice about checking your Bryn Mawr emails.

“If you're reading this, you're doing a great job so far! I have three words of advice for you that will prove invaluable during your time here: CHECK YOUR EMAIL! Seriously, the Bryn Mawr email is like a magic portal of opportunity. I've been able to participate in so many amazing activities, clubs, performances, free cupcakes, etc. just because I received emails informing me of them.  Fun events and serious information about Bryn Mawr will be sent right to you, such as how to start looking into internships or what resources you have for support.  There are so many great opportunities you can explore here at Bryn Mawr, and this is a great way to make sure you're aware of them! Anyway, that's all I have for you. Email - it can be a beautiful tool, and if you decide to use it, you'll be just fine.” – Nikki Westerduin '18


BMC Class of 2019 Facebook Page
For more photos and posts of these marvelous May weeks on campus, featuring May Day, the Self-Care @ BMC flash mob, senior week and more, check out the BMC Class of 2019 Facebook page:  https://www.facebook.com/bmc2019.


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.  

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Do you love libraries and technology? Bryn Mawr College Library & Information Technology Services
Our three libraries (Canaday, Carpenter and Collier) and our technology Help Desk (located in Canaday) are central to campus life at Bryn Mawr. Follow Library & Information Technology Services (LITS) on Facebook and Twitter to keep up with library and technology news, tips and events!

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


Access Services for Students with Disabilities
Are you a student with physical, medical, emotional or psychological challenges?

Bryn Mawr welcomes students with disabilities to the college community, providing support and reasonable accommodations when necessary through our Access Services office.  For additional information, please visit the Access Services web page at http://www.brynmawr.edu/access_services/ or contact Deb Alder, the Coordinator of Access Services, at dalder@brynmawr.edu.


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!

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Issue #1 - May 5, 2015

In this issue:

  • Welcome BMC Class of 2019!
  • Arrival Information
  • Access Services for Students with Disabilities
  • International Student Orientation (ISO)
  • Tri-College Summer Institute (Tri-Co)
  • Mawrter to Mawrter: Advice from the Class of 2018
  • Who’s Whoooo at Bryn Mawr – Profile of Mary Beth Horvath, Director of Student Activities & Orientation

WELCOME BMC CLASS OF 2019!

Dear Entering Students,

Welcome and congratulations on your acceptance to Bryn Mawr College! I’m thrilled that you will be joining our community!

As an entering student, you are bound to have questions about how you can prepare over the summer. I hope to help make your transition as smooth as possible and have several ways for you to learn about your summer requirements.

Each Tuesday you will receive our Tuesday Newsletter to your @brynmawr.edu email address. This newsletter will provide you with important information about your summer to-do list. Please be sure to read the newsletter each week and respond to anything you are asked to complete.

The Entering Students Website is where you will be able to find frequently asked questions, reminders about upcoming deadlines in your summer to-do list, past issues of the Tuesday Newsletter, and more. This website is continuously updated and is an excellent source for everything you need to know this summer.

Your first issue of The Lantern: Illuminating Your First Year will be sent to you in June. The Lantern is your guide to academic life at Bryn Mawr and offers valuable information as you plan your course schedule and think about your academic future.

When you arrive in August, your first few days at Bryn Mawr will be spent participating in Customs, our required new student orientation program. Throughout Customs you will encounter different experiences to help acquaint you with both the academic and social aspects of Bryn Mawr. Current students, called Customs People, will help you throughout Customs and all year long in the residence halls. Come prepared to meet new people and make new friends. You will receive a letter from your Customs People in August. They are very excited to meet you!

Make the most of your time before coming to Bryn Mawr and enjoy your summer! I look forward to meeting and getting to know you during Customs this fall! You can get to know a little bit about me by reading my Who’s Whoooo at Bryn Mawr profile in this issue! Mary Beth Horvath

If you have questions prior to your arrival, please contact us at welcomebmc@brynmawr.edu.

Sincerely,

Mary Beth Horvath
Director of Student Activities & Orientation

 

Arrival Information
New students move in and begin on Wednesday, August 26, 2015 during the first day of Customs, the required orientation for all new undergraduate students. Move-in and visits to assigned rooms are not permitted prior to August 26. 

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 24.

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.

All ISO participants, fall athletes, and Tri-Co Institute participants join Customs on Wednesday, August 26. Detailed arrival information can be found on the Arrival and Move-in Information section of the Entering Students Website.

 

Access Services
If you are an entering student who had an IEP in high school and/or has a medical, emotional, physical or psychological disability, we encourage you to connect with Bryn Mawr Access Services office.

Bryn Mawr welcomes students with disabilities to the College community. The Access Services office 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.

 

International Student Orientation (ISO)ISO 2014 participants
If you are attending Bryn Mawr on the (F-1) Student or the (J-1) Exchange Visitor Visa, you are required to participate in International Student Orientation (ISO) beginning on Monday, August 24, 2015. ISO is designed to help you become acquainted with life in the U.S. and here at the College.

Students participating in ISO will be housed in the dorm rooms on campus in which they are assigned for the year. Meal passes to eat in the dining facilities will be provided.  Parents, family members and friends accompanying new students should arrange for their housing at local hotels.  They will be invited to an information session during the early part of ISO.

ISO helps incoming international students get settled in Bryn Mawr.  Participants will meet other new international students, become acquainted with the campus, begin to learn the greater Philadelphia area, and have the opportunity to take care of practical matters such as opening a bank account, shopping for essentials, 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 fellow 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 information at the following web page often during the summer:  
http://www.brynmawr.edu/pensby/international/students/new_students/pre_arrival.html#Arrival

 

Tri-College Identity, Equity and Social Justice Summer Institute (Tri-Co)Tri-Co 2014 Participants and SRPs
The Tri-College Identity, Equity and Social Justice Summer Institute (Tri-Co) is an orientation sponsored by Bryn Mawr, Haverford, and Swarthmore Colleges for first-year students who are interested in exploring issues of identity, power, privilege and social justice. The institute focuses on the ways in which such power dynamics relate to race, class, sexuality, gender, ability, and religion; participants will explore how these social identities relate to one another. The goal of the program is to enable first-year students to gain knowledge and skills needed to thrive in the curricular and co-curricular areas of campus life; and learn how to become effective social agents for change within their own institutions, in the United States and the world.

Tri-Co 2015 will take place from August 18-24. Participants should enter the program with the understanding that they will engage in a process of development and change as they learn about themselves, their identity groups, systems of power and their institutions. All entering first-year students who are not participating in ISO or early-returning athletes are invited to apply; however, spaces are limited to 20 participants. Those selected should plan to arrive on campus Tuesday morning, August 18. Students in Tri-Co will be able to move into their academic year rooms at that time.

More information can be found at  http://www.brynmawr.edu/pensby/trico.html. Applications will be available beginning May 18.

 

Mawrter to Mawrter: Advice from the Class of 2018Mawrter to Mawrter logo
It wasn't too long ago that the Class of 2018 was in your shoes.  Each week, a member of the Dark Blue class will impart some friendly advice to help you prepare for your transition to college and life at the Mawr.  This week, Sarah Miller '18 shares her experiences as an international student.

"I’m half American but have lived in Copenhagen, Denmark all my life. Although I’m part American, I experienced daily mini-culture shocks in the beginning. People don’t hug to greet one another, they are raised with less independence than I am used to, etc.  Being an international student can be tough at times, especially around breaks when everyone is getting excited to go home and see their families. Or when you’re sick or feeling down, or something that you usually share with your family comes around (like birthdays or holidays) and your closest family suddenly seems very far away. I won’t try to romanticize it. But at Bryn Mawr, there are so many international students that you never feel alone with these feelings. And when I think of my friends back home, I know that they will still be there whenever I come back, and in the meantime I’m just enjoying making even more friends here."   - Sarah Miller '18

 

Who’s Whoooo at Bryn Mawr – Profile of Mary Beth Horvath, Director of Student Activities & Orientation

  • What I do: As the Director of Student Activities and Orientation I strive to create a vibrant student community on campus. I oversee the Activities Assistants who help me plan a variety of programs to help students develop healthy and meaningful relationships with others, learn about themselves, and develop leadership and life skills. Many of those activities also help students take a break from their studies when they need it. The Activities Assistants also help students learn about Philadelphia and all the great places you can explore and fun things you can do in the city. I work directly with a number of student led clubs and activities to help them plan engaging events for the campus community to enjoy. I’m the advisor to Traditions and work closely with the Traditions Mistresses to help create a sense of community on campus. I also oversee the Customs program, our new student orientation program, and work with the Customs committee and Customs People to help new students acclimate to the College.  
  • My majors in college: Music and Environmental Studies at Dickinson College
  • Favorite movie: Grease!
  • Favorite dessert: Strawberry Shortcake
  • Favorite spot on campus: I love the Campus Center!
  • BMC club/activity I’d like to join: WHRC, Social Committee, Film Series… I was involved in clubs like these at my undergraduate institution.
  • Favorite way to start the day: Having breakfast with my cMary Beth Horvath's cat Maxat Max. Just look at how cute he is!
  • Tip for the first year at BMC: Be open to meeting new people, exploring new interests, learning about other cultures, getting involved, and ask for help if you need it! Everyone is here to help you succeed in whatever you choose to do. Also, explore Philadelphia! Philly is a city rich in culture, with world class museums and restaurants, theater, sporting events, and so much more.
  • What I like about working with new students: Their excitement, enthusiasm, and ambition!
  • Favorite thing about my job: Working with and getting to know students. And planning events for the community.
  • In my free time, I enjoy: Running, crochet, reading, trying new restaurants, watching TV, hanging out with my husband and cats Max and Sam. Here’s Sam, just because.

    Mary Beth Horvath's cat Sam

 

 

 



  • My secret talent: I make awesome breads and jams! And I crochet stuffed animals.
  • Nickname:  MB
  • On my summer to-do list: Plan a great Customs experience for the Class of 2019!

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