In this issue:
Greetings Class of 2018!
Bryn Mawr is a college rich in history and tradition and soon you will be joining the community as the newest dark blue class. Did you know that each class has a class color and that the color does not repeat until the class graduates? The class colors dark blue, light blue, red, and green were chosen as representatives of the four elements: water, air, fire and earth. The McBride color is purple. All incoming students receive a tote bag in their class color from Student Activities during Customs Week. Class colors and your class color tote bag are two of the many traditions you will experience as a Bryn Mawr student.
As Director of Student Activities, my role is to help you become part of the community outside the classroom. In addition to me, the Office of Student Activities consists of four undergraduate Activities Assistants and a graduate student intern. Together we plan activities, events, and trips to help you become engaged in not only the Bryn Mawr community but Philadelphia as well. The Activities Assistants are a great resource for what’s happening on and off campus and regularly offer information on our Facebook site. If you haven’t yet joined, look us up at BMC Activities!
This summer I’ve been working with the Traditions Mistresses on the first major tradition of the year, Parade Night. Parade Night is a celebration of the completion of the first week of classes and will be held on September 5. First year students are introduced to their sibling class, the juniors, as well as to their adversarial class, the sophomores, and the apathetic seniors. Parade Night roles are based on the relationships defined by the classes. The juniors and seniors "mentor" the first year students and sophomores, respectively, until as juniors and seniors, they receive younger sibling classes. These relationships are prevalent throughout the first three major traditions (Parade Night, Lantern Night, and Hell Week).
While I spend much of my time helping students become engaged in the campus community, I also tackle difficult and challenging topics to help you prepare to live in a residential community. So, don’t forget to complete Alcohol.Edu and Lasting Choices. These programs are important so that everyone has a common knowledge base about alcohol use and misuse and sexual assault. If you haven’t received the email with instructions for completing these courses, please email email@example.com.
I’ll spend the remainder of the summer planning out a semester of activities for you to enjoy. Here’s a sneak preview of what’s in happening in September:
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!
You have a lot to look forward to at Bryn Mawr. See you soon!
Mary Beth Horvath, Ed.D.
Director of Student Activities
P.S. - Your class color tote bags arrived last week and they look great!
ESem Registration – Due July 25
Friday, July 25 is the deadline to register for your Emily Balch Seminar. If you haven’t yet registered, please read this July 22 update from Professor Gail Hemmeter.
Fall 2014 Payment – DUE AUGUST 1
Is your Fall 2014 semester bill not yet paid? It is not too late to enroll in College Payment Plan, Pay Online, or mail a paper check. Payment information and options are available at the “Pay your bill” link located at https://www.brynmawr.edu/financial-aid/current-undergraduate-students.
It’s not too late to enroll in the College Payment Plan!
Not sure how to pay for the family’s portion of the Fall 2014 Bill? It is not too late to enroll in the automatic monthly payment plan. For enrollment instructions, see http://www.brynmawr.edu/enteringstudents/PayingBill.html.
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.”
Bi-Co Dietitian Special Diet Needs Form – DUE AUGUST 10
If you are required to pay special attention to ingredients, please submit the Bi-Co Dietitian Special Diet Needs Form to Nicole Patience, our registered dietician, by August 10. This form will help Nicole understand your dietaryneeds and help facilitate a discussion with you about potential accommodations at Bryn Mawr.
On behalf of the undergraduate student body, the Bryn Mawr College Self-Government Association Executive Board welcomes you to Bryn Mawr and to SGA!
Bryn Mawr, in 1892, was the first college in the nation to become self-governing. Today, all Bryn Mawr undergraduate students are members of the Self-Government Association, an association built on trust and respect within our community. As Mawrters, we constantly grow stronger in our autonomy, authority, and abilities. As a community, which includes students, staff, faculty, administration, and alumnae, we gain a sense of responsibility and respect. As young people, we become confident in our thoughts, our ideas, and ourselves. We become empowered through our self-governance.
As entering students, you will soon be exposed to this self-governing student body, which touches all corners of Bryn Mawr’s campus. We hope that you keep self-governance in mind while preparing for your arrival and what will be four empowering and unforgettable years!
Syona Arora ’15, President
Alexis De La Rosa ’15, Vice-President
Charlie Bruce ’16, Secretary/Parliamentarian
Namita Dwarakanth ’15, Treasurer
Melanie Bahti ’16, Head of the Honor Board
2014-2015 Bryn Mawr College Self-Government Association Executive Board
Learn about self-governance, the Self-Government Association, and more at the SGA website.
Here are some things to look forward to in the fall:
Like to Bike?
If you are thinking about bringing a bicycle to campus, this message is for you. Biking is no doubt a great way to get around, but Campus Safety suggests that you hold off on bringing your bike or purchasing one locally until you are familiar with the campus and the surrounding neighborhood. Each year many bikes are left behind on campus, so you may want to wait to bring a bike when you know for sure that you will ride it.
Luckily there are many transportation options available to students. Bryn Mawr has a very walkable campus and transport is available to Haverford (Bi-Co Blue Bus), Swarthmore (Tri-Co Van), or Philadelphia (SEPTA’s Paoli-Thorndale and R-100 lines).
Bikes can pose a safety hazard when students place them in front of the emergency exits in residence halls, so, if you use a bike at Bryn Mawr, please be sure to park it responsibly.
For more information on transportation and safety at Bryn Mawr, please visit http://www.brynmawr.edu/transportation/index.shtml and http://www.brynmawr.edu/safety/services.htm.
Last week approximately 275 of you checked the Summer To-Do List. Be sure to check keep checking this list over the summer for updates. The AlcoholEdu and Lasting Choices online learning modules have been added to the to-do list. In the coming weeks you’ll receive information regarding the Academic Integrity Tutorial, which has also been added to the list.
Students with experience in ballet should attend a placement class on Thursday, August 28 from 4:00 - 5:30 pm in the Pembroke Dance Studio. Please come dressed to dance; no need to prepare anything.
This week we’d like to introduce you to Patti Lausch, who organizes and facilitates the International Student Orientation (ISO). Find out about her favorite things about campus, BMC students and the summer.
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