In this issue:
Last Tuesday Newsletter and Final Friendly Reminders
If you can believe it, this will be the last issue of the Tuesday Newsletter! This issue is longer than usual because there’s a lot of information we want to impart to you before you come to campus, especially about ways to get involved, both on and off campus, when you’re here. But first, here’s an important reminder:
Final days to preregister!
BiONiC closes for pre-registration on Wednesday, August 19 at 12 noon, so if you haven't completed your preregistration, do so now. Even though you'll have the chance to update your preregistration on August 28, it's still important to complete this task now. For one thing, the courses you choose now will be the starting point for your Customs Week Advising Appointment on August 28! Not sure what to expect from that advising appointment? Don't worry…we'll be providing a checklist soon, along with information about who you will be meeting with and when and where. Be sure to check your email early next week for this info!
Accessing information after today
After today, please refer to the FAQ page on the Entering Students website and your BMC email for any additional information and updates prior to your arrival on campus. In addition, be sure to check the last few items off of the Summer To-Do List and take a look at the Athena’s Guide blog for tips for living and learning at Bryn Mawr. You can continue to send your questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
What to expect when you arrive
There will be many people on campus, including staff and student orienteers (ISO Assistants, Customs People, Peer Mentors, Hall Advisors, etc.), who will help you navigate your first week on campus. You'll also receive a tote bag when you arrive that will be full of goodies and information, including the latest issue of The Lantern. For arrival and move-in information, please refer to http://www.brynmawr.edu/enteringstudents/arrival.html.
We wish you safe travels to Bryn Mawr! We can’t wait to welcome you to our community!
Dear Class of 2019,
Bryn Mawr is a college rich in history and tradition and soon you will be joining the community as the newest green class. Did you know that each class has a class color and that the color does not repeat until the class graduates? The class colors dark blue, light blue, red, and green were chosen as representatives of the four elements: water, air, fire and earth. The McBride color is purple. All incoming students receive a tote bag in their class color from Student Activities during Customs Week. Class colors and your class color tote bag are two of the many traditions you will experience as a Bryn Mawr student.
As Director of Student Activities & Orientation, my role is to help you become part of the community as you arrive on campus and throughout your years here. In addition to me, the Office of Student Activities consists of four undergraduate Activities Assistants and a graduate assistant, Kristin Vines. Kristin recently joined the office and is a graduate student here at BMC! Together we plan activities, events, and trips to help you become engaged in not only the Bryn Mawr community but Philadelphia as well. The Activities Assistants are a great resource for what's happening on and off campus and regularly offer information through the BMC Activities Facebook group. Join us on Facebook!
This summer I've been working with the Traditions Mistresses on the first major tradition of the year, Parade Night. Parade Night is a celebration of the completion of the first week of classes and will be held on September 4. First year students are introduced to their sibling class, the juniors, as well as to their adversarial class, the sophomores, and the apathetic seniors. Parade Night roles are based on the relationships defined by the classes. The juniors and seniors "mentor" the first year students and sophomores, respectively, until as juniors and seniors, they receive younger sibling classes. These relationships are prevalent throughout the major traditions.
While I spend much of my time helping students become engaged in the campus community, I also tackle difficult and challenging topics to help you prepare to live in a residential community. So, don't forget to complete AlcoholEdu and Lasting Choices. These programs are important so that everyone has a common knowledge base about alcohol use and misuse and sexual assault. If you haven't received the email with instructions for completing these courses, please email email@example.com.
I'll spend the remainder of the summer putting the final touches on our Customs orientation program and planning out a semester of activities for you to enjoy. Here's a sneak preview of a few events happening in September:
September 4: Parade Night
Be sure to look out for information from the Traditions Mistresses, Celeste and Jasmine, for more information!
September 5: Fall Frolic on Erdman Green
Bryn Mawr has over 150 student clubs and organizations; there truly is something for every interest. Joining a club will not only help you become more connected to the Bryn Mawr community it will also help you gain essential personal and professional skills such as decision making, time management, communication, delegation, motivation, problem solving, and budgeting. Come and find a club that fits you at Fall Frolic!
September 6: Sunday Funday
Our Sunday Funday series kicks off the afternoon of September 6. Sunday Funday’s are stress busters that may involve crafts, coloring, who knows! It’s something you can easily drop in on for a few minutes to take a break from studying.
September 8: A special dessert reception with President Cassidy!
Look for more information soon!
September 11: The Bryn Mawr Film Series kicks off its semester calendar. Look for more information at Fall Frolic!
September 12: College Fest!
Explore what Philadelphia has to offer! Many museums and cultural institutions are free for college students during this special welcome event sponsored by Campus Philly and the City of Philadelphia.
September 19: Late Night Film Series
Our Late Night Film Series kicks off on this date. A calendar will be announced soon.
September 27: We’re going to an Eagles game!
The Eagles are Philadelphia’s NFL football team and I’m so excited to offer tickets to a game. Tickets will be available in Guild L-06 beginning September 8 and roundtrip transportation is provided.
You have a lot to look forward to at Bryn Mawr. I look forward to meeting you at Customs in a few weeks! See you soon!
Mary Beth Horvath, Ed.D.
Director of Student Activities & Orientation
Summer Communications Survey
This is a reminder to submit the Summer Communications Survey. Let us know how you accessed information from the College over the summer and how we can improve summer communications. This survey is anonymous and should only take 5 minutes to complete. Your feedback is greatly appreciated!
You’ll receive a hard copy of the Customs Schedule when you arrive on campus. However, for quick reference on your phone or mobile device during Customs Week, you can refer to the Customs page - http://www.brynmawr.edu/enteringstudents/customs.html - or add the events to your device’s calendar by downloading the Customs Schedule .ics file.
“Customs Week can be super exciting, overwhelming, thrilling, and scary all at the same time. Even though during Customs Week you will have all these different emotions at the same time, you will survive and be fine. Take advantage of this opportunity to get to know people during a time when there is low stress and fun activities. Also, try to get to know people in and out of your customs group because once the school year starts you might not have as much time to get to know other students. Good luck!”
-- Cara Maisel ‘18
If you have paid your bill, thank you and please disregard this notice. If your bill is not yet paid, please consider enrolling in the College’s Automatic Monthly Payment Plan. You can also pay online or mail a paper check.
For financial aid recipients, make sure you have done the following:
Accepted your grants and either accepted or declined your loans on BiONiC.
Completed all other steps necessary to obtain your loans. For Federal Direct Loans and Federal Perkins Loans, you must complete a Master Promissory Note and complete Entrance Counseling. For instructions, read your Student Financial Services Handbook: https://www.brynmawr.edu/sites/default/files/FA_UG_2015-16.pdf
Make absolutely sure, according to BiONiC, that your Fall 2015 bill will be a zero balance once all your accepted financial aid has been applied.
Details regarding payment information and options are available at the "Pay your bill" link located here: https://www.brynmawr.edu/financial-aid/undergraduate-applicants/how-pay-my-bill
Questions? Need help determining that your Fall 2015 bill is at zero balance? Need to speak to someone regarding a special circumstance? You can contact Financial Aid at 610-526-5245 or firstname.lastname@example.org or Student Accounts at 610-526-5500 or email@example.com. We look forward to helping you!
Students are expected to arrive on campus prepared to pay for books, supplies, and personal expenses.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org to connect with help.
A Guide to Fall Frolic by Meera Jayaraman ‘17
Bryn Mawr has pretty much every club, sport, and activity under the sun. Whether you’re interested in fencing, Shakespeare, a capella, soccer, affinity groups, or beekeeping, we’ve got it all! As a first year, you’ll feel like you have an overwhelming number of choices, but a good place to check it all out at once is Fall Frolic.
During Fall Frolic, scheduled for Saturday September 5, almost every club and organization at Bryn Mawr will set up a booth on Erdman Green. You can walk down the path, speak to representatives from every group, and get your questions answered. Fall Frolic can be an intense experience – like a lot of your first few weeks at Bryn Mawr, you’ll have a lot of information coming at you at once. Here are a few tips to help you get the most out of your first Fall Frolic:
Bring a friend. Whether that’s your roommate or a group of people in your hall or your customs group, talking to people feels less intimidating when you have backup.
Sign up. Don’t be afraid to put your name down on an email list if you are even the least bit interested. Signing up doesn’t mean signing your life away in blood – it just means you’ll get emails updating you about meetings and you can decide yourself whether you want to attend.
Visit as many booths as you can. At least walk by and read the posters. The booths are set up in a “T” formation, so don’t forget to make a left walking toward Erdman where you’ll find even more of them.
Welcome to Bryn Mawr! One of your first priorities as a Bryn Mawr student is bound to be exploring your new home – and our campus is definitely a beautiful place to live. Not only are you moving into a new room, a new dorm, and a new campus, but also into a new community!
One of the best ways to become familiar with your new environment is to become involved with it. Civic Engagement, part of the Leadership, Innovation, and Liberal Arts Center (LILAC), offers a wide variety of ways to do just that – by providing community-based learning and volunteer opportunities that will help you get off campus and into our local communities. Through the Praxis community-based learning courses and co-curricular volunteer opportunities like the Belmont Mentoring Program and the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program, our office provides opportunities that fit the needs of all students, whether or not you've ever participated in service programs before and no matter how busy your schedule. Through our Summer of Service program we provide funding for off-campus summer internships with an on-campus residential and reflective component and through the Community Based Work Study program we offer opportunities for federal work-study eligible students to work at paid off-campus internships during the academic year.
By engaging in our sponsored programs, you'll make new friends, become a pro at navigating SEPTA (Philadelphia's public transportation system), share your skills with others and develop new ones by providing needed service in local community agencies. You'll discover connections between the theories you are studying in your classrooms and your observations and experiences in the real world. Most importantly, these experiences will help you learn about yourself as you become more aware of your competencies, your passions, and your interests. By becoming involved in activities that take you off campus, you'll be taking advantage of one of Bryn Mawr's best assets outside the classroom – the local communities in Philadelphia and Montgomery County.
Interested in civic engagement opportunities? Visit our website (www.brynmawr.edu/ceo), attend our Information Sessions, or just stop by our house on Cambrian Row!
Director of Service and Activism
The performing arts are another great way to get involved on campus! Interested in trying out for a dance ensemble, play, or a musical group? Check out the Fall 2015 Arts Program Audition Schedule at
Performing Arts Series - This season's collection of virtuosic live performances that move the mind and spirit includes the inventive choreography of the Trisha Brown Dance Company, cross-genre collaborations from Al-Bustan Seeds of Culture, an integration of traditional African dance with contemporary choreography and spoken word from Ronald K. Brown / Evidence, and more.
Creative Writing Program Reading Series - This series brings major American and international writers in all literary genres to engage with students and the Philadelphia area community. This year's roster of distinguished guests includes novelist and essayist Colson Whitehead; poet Louise Glück; and essayist, fiction writer, and poet Philip Lopate, and others, to visit classes and present free public readings from their work.
Learning to Listen Series - Our salon-like Learning to Listen Series offers free music events on campus and a spring trip to Philadelphia's Kimmel Center.
And More! - Our robust arts curriculum offers a wide range of vocal, chamber and orchestral concerts, dance of all types, and adventurous theater.
Tickets for these events are FREE for Bryn Mawr students. To order tickets or for more additional information, visit http://brynmawr.edu/arts/series.html, call 610-526-5210 or email email@example.com.
Summer Facilities Projects
There have been many physical transformations and repairs taking place on campus over the summer, including improvements to Thomas Hall, the architectural jewel of Bryn Mawr's campus, and the construction of the New Dorm (see photo). For photos and information about these and other major facilities projects, visit http://www.brynmawr.edu/enteringstudents/FacilitiesProjects.html.
Study Abroad – Message from Dean Theresa Cann
Each year, close to half of the Bryn Mawr junior class studies abroad. As a first year student, you still have plenty of time to think about study abroad. Read the welcome letter to the Class of 2019 from Theresa Cann, Assistant Dean and Director of International Education, for her recommendations on how to connect with the BMC community and begin to engage in cross-cultural experiences on campus.
Who's Ellie Esmond, Director of Service and Activism, Civic Engagement
Vippy Yee, Assistant Director of Volunteer Programs, Civic Engagement
Lauren Ward, Program Coordinator, Dean’s Office
Have any questions? Send them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Monday, June 1, 2015
Housing Form Due
Wednesday, July 1, 2015
Health Forms Due to ADMISSIONS
Saturday, August 1, 2015
Fall Semester Bill Payments Due
Monday, August 17, 2015
Arrival for Fall Athletes traveling >4 hours to campus
Tuesday, August 18, 2015
Arrival for all other Fall Athletes
Wednesday, August 19, 2015
Practice for Fall Athletes begins
Monday, August 24 - Wednesday, August 26, 2015
International Student Orientation (ISO)
Wednesday, August 26, 2015
Dorms open for new students at 9:00 am
Wednesday, August 26 - Sunday August 30, 2015
Customs Week Orientation - all new students required to participate
Monday, August 31, 2015
Classes Begin at Bryn Mawr and Haverford Colleges
Friday, September 4, 2015
Monday, September 7, 2015
Labor Day- NO CLASSES
Friday, October 9, 2015
Fall Break Begins after last class
Monday, October 19, 2015
Fall Break Ends - Classes resume 8:00 am
Friday October 23 -
Sunday, October 25, 2015
Sunday, November 1, 2015
Wednesday, November 25, 2015
Thanksgiving vacation begins after last class
Monday, November 30, 2015
Thanksgiving vacation ends at 8:00 am
Friday, December 18, 2015
Exams end 12:30pm at Bryn Mawr & Haverford
Winter Break Begins DORMS CLOSE AT 6:00 pm
Friday, January 1, 2016
Spring Semester Bill Payments Due
Friday, January 15, 2016
Winter Break Ends
Dorms re-open at NOON
Monday, January 18, 2016
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day - NO CLASSES
Tuesday, January 19, 2016
Spring semester classes begin
5-Year Academic Calendar (PDF)