In this LAST issue:
Dear Entering Students,
In a few weeks you will be joining us and we, in the Dean’s Office, are looking forward to meeting you. As you transition to college life at Bryn Mawr, you may be faced with the dilemma of choosing from the many exciting opportunities that Bryn Mawr has to offer. This can sometimes be overwhelming. However, remember that you don't have to do all these amazing things at once! One of the things you can look forward to, as you progress through your academic career at Bryn Mawr, is the opportunity to study abroad. Every year over 40% of Bryn Mawr students study abroad in their junior year at one of the eighty programs on Bryn Mawr’s study abroad approved list.
One of the reasons why, I think, Bryn Mawr students are ready for this challenging but rewarding cross-cultural experience is because of the sense of community they develop while at Bryn Mawr. I encourage you to take the time to connect with the Bryn Mawr community, to discover yourself, and to learn from the everyday interactions because these will be valuable ways to prepare for other opportunities that will later come your way. Here are some ideas to get you connected to the Bryn Mawr community as you gradually discover and engage with future opportunities:
I hope these suggestions will help you connect with and understand your new community at Bryn Mawr, but most importantly that the knowledge you gain from these connections will prepare you to engage with a more global world.
Again, a warm welcome to Bryn Mawr!
Theresa E. Cann
Assistant Dean, Director of International Education
Last Tuesday Newsletter and Final Friendly Reminders
If you can believe it, this will be the last Tuesday Newsletter. 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. Also, be sure to check the last few items (we swear!!) off of the BMC Summer To-Do List:
And a few other items:
* - denotes tasks for all entering students
Summer Communications Survey
We’d love to know how you accessed information about the College over the summer. Please complete the Summer Communications Survey to let us know what information you found particularly helpful or interesting and how we can improve our summer communications for entering students. This survey is anonymous and should only take 5 minutes to complete. Your feedback is greatly appreciated!
First-year students in any early return group (e.g. Athletics, ISO, Tri-Co) will receive an Early Return Meal Card that they will swipe at each meal.
During Customs Week, beginning on Wednesday, August 27th and ending with brunch Sunday, August 31st, first-year students will gain entrance to the dining hall using their Customs Button, which you will receive when you check in at your residence hall.
Finally, starting at dinner on Sunday, August 31st, students will need their Bryn Mawr OneCard to gain access to the dining halls. From this point on only the OneCard will be used for dining hall use!
If a student is without their Early Return Meal Card, Customs Button or Bryn Mawr OneCard at any time when trying to enter the dining hall, they will be asked to return to their dorm to retrieve the appropriate item.
Arrival and Move-in Information
Want to know more about what you can expect when you first arrive on campus? Please refer to the arrival information available at http://www.brynmawr.edu/enteringstudents/arrival.html. Remember there will be many people on campus, including staff and student orienteers (ISO Assistants, Customs People, Peer Mentors, etc.), to 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.
If you have any questions before your arrival, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 610-526-5375.
Customs Week Schedule Updates
Please keep referring to the Customs page - http://www.brynmawr.edu/enteringstudents/customs.html - for regular updates to the Customs Week schedules. Bookmark this page on your phone or mobile device for quick reference during Customs Week.
Your Friday 8/29 Advising Appointment
Your individual advising appointment will take place on Friday, August 29. You may be wondering how exactly that will work. In your Customs Packet that you will receive on Wednesday, August 27 you will have a letter telling you when and where your advising appointment will be. Your letter will also tell you whether you’ll be a participant in the Pilot Faculty Advising program we told you about at the end of July. If so, you will have your first meeting with your adviser that Friday. If you were not randomly selected to be a participant in that program, two possibilities exist for your Friday session: you’ll either meet with your dean or with one of many talented faculty and staff advisers who have volunteered and prepared carefully for this one-time advising session. Whichever category you’ll fall into, you’ll find someone eager to talk with you about possible schedules and able to help you find answers to the questions you have. The courses you preregistered for will be the starting point for this conversation, but remember to keep an open mind to suggested changes. Your adviser will likely ask you why you selected these courses in particular. The more prepared you are for this conversation, the more helpful it can be!
Performing Arts Series
Mark your calendars for a season of courageous and captivating art! Share in the transformative power of live performance as virtuosic artists revel in the brilliance of past masters, reflect on complex issues of our times, and point a way to the art of the future in the 2014-2015 Bryn Mawr College Performing Arts Series, with performances by Camille A. Brown & Dancers, the Jasper String Quartet and singer/songwriter Emel Mathlouthi, among others.
Creative Writing Program Reading Series
The Creative Writing Program Reading 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 award-winning writers Rivka Galchen, Tracy K. Smith and Aleksandar Hemon, and others, to offer classroom visits 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. Kicking off will be the renowned soprano Julianne Baird with members of Tempesta di Mare on September 27.
Our robust arts curriculum offers a wide range of vocal, chamber and orchestral concerts, dance of all types, and adventurous theater.
Tickets are FREE for Bryn Mawr students. To order tickets or for more information on shows, directions or accessibility, visit http://brynmawr.edu/arts/series.html, call 610-526-5210 or email email@example.com. For a downloadable brochure, visit http://www.brynmawr.edu/arts/documents/2014-15_Arts_Brochure_Final.pdf.
We hope to see you in our theaters soon!
Summer Facilities Projects
Over the summer many physical transformations and repairs have been taking place on campus, including improvements to Thomas Hall, the architectural jewel of Bryn Mawr’s campus. Other projects include construction of a new dorm, accessibility updates, energy saving measures and landscape improvements. For photos and more information, visit http://www.brynmawr.edu/enteringstudents/FacilitiesProjects.html.
(Photo: side-by-side comparison between the front entrance to Oriel College in Oxford and the front entrance to Bryn Mawr’s Thomas Hall)
Who’s Whoooo at Bryn Mawr – Profiles of Stephanie Nixon (Pensby Center) and Lauren Ward (Dean’s Office)
This week we’d like to introduce you to two individuals you will be meeting very soon. Stephanie Nixon will be facilitating several sessions during Customs Week on the topics of diversity and consent and sexual assault on college campuses. These sessions include the “I am from…” diversity exercise, the presentation on Title IX, the “Speak About It” group discussions, and the Living in a Diverse Community workshop. Stephanie’s is an incredibly dynamic and engaging presenter and her energy is contagious as is her passion for Bryn Mawr and social justice.
And finally, the profile you’ve all been waiting for, the woman behind the headlines, the person who put together this newsletter every single week: Lauren Ward ‘03, Program Coordinator, Dean’s Office!
Stephanie Nixon, Director of Diversity, Social Justice & Inclusion and Title IX Coordinator for the College
Lauren Ward ‘03, Program Coordinator, Dean’s Office
Missed an issue of the Tuesday Newsletter?
Don't fret! Previous issues are available at http://www.brynmawr.edu/enteringstudents/TuesdayNewsletterArchives.html.
Sunday, June 1, 2014
Housing Form Due
Tuesday, July 1, 2014
Health Forms Due to ADMISSIONS
Friday, August 1, 2014
Fall Semester Bill Payments Due
Sunday, August 17, 2014
Fall Athletes Arrive
Monday, August 25 - Wednesday, August 27, 2014
International Student Orientation
Wednesday, August 27, 2014
Dorms open for new students at 9:00 am
Wednesday, August 27 - Monday, September 1, 2014
Customs Week Orientation - all new students required to participate
Monday, September 1, 2014
Labor Day- NO CLASSES
Tuesday, September 2, 2014
Classes Begin at Bryn Mawr and Haverford Colleges
Friday, September 5, 2014
Friday, October 10, 2014
Fall Break Begins after last class
Monday, October 20, 2014
Fall Break Ends - Classes resume 8:00 am
Friday October 24 -
Sunday, October 26, 2014
Sunday, October 26, 2014
Wednesday, November 26, 2014
Thanksgiving vacation begins after last class.
Monday, December 1, 2014
Thanksgiving vacation ends at 8:00 am
Friday, December 19, 2014
Exams end 12:30pm-Bryn Mawr & Haverford
Winter Break Begins DORMS CLOSE AT 6:00 pm
Friday, January 2, 2015
Spring Semester Bill Payments Due
Friday, January 16, 2015
Winter Break Ends
Dorms re-open at NOON
Monday, January 19, 2015
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day- NO CLASSES